Big Drill at 202 Dupont Avenue…

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Firefighters from Seaside Heights and Toms River are seen at the location of 202 Dupont Avenue for a fire drill. The building is being demolished to make way for another luxury condo development.

On the evening of Tuesday October 9, 2007, Station 44, The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department hosted a drill at the location of 202 Dupont Avenue, which is being demolished to make way for even more luxury condos. The drill was planned by SHFD Battalion Chief Lou Urcinole. Invited to the drill were members of Station 28, The East Dover Fire Company, and Station 26 from Downtown Toms River. Over 70 firefighters descended on the property for the drill, which included roof operations, forced entry, search and rescue practices. After the drill, those present went back to Station 44’s firehouse where a spread of food had been placed out by the Station 44 Auxiliary members. Food was catered by Mario’s South, Sub Doctors, and Mia’s Pizza. Following the meal, the various Chiefs and other line officers involved in the drill conducted a critique of the event to review what had been learned. The building used for the drill was once the home of the the late John Ricotta, longtime Seaside Heights Building Inspector. Seen at the drill was Station 44 member John LaStella, who is the grandson of Mr. Ricotta.

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Over 70 firefighters from Seaside Heights and Toms River attended the drill at 202 Dupont Avenue in Seaside Heights.

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After the drill, hungry firefighters returned to Station 44’s firehouse for a catered meal.

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