A Letter From The Chief
The following letter was printed in The Daily Journal on August 21, 2014:
Thank you for your help during flooding.
August 18, 2014
On the night of August 12, 2014 a torrential rain storm pounded the City of Millville and the surrounding areas with over 8 inches of rain. Starting around 8:30 PM and not ending till almost 24 hours later the Millville Fire Department responded to approximately 30 calls for service that were storm related.
During the height of the storm we responded to everything ranging from wires down in the roadway, public assist with vehicles in the water, to activated alarm systems. The severest calls were the 7 structural collapses, with Rhonda Dr. being the focal point of the destruction. MFD, Millville Rescue Squad, and the Red Cross worked effortlessly together to evacuate the Rhonda Dr. neighborhood.
The clean up began early on the morning of August 13. The Maurice View Plaza had 7 feet of water in the basement, with the coordination between the Millville Housing Authority and the Millville OEM, had to be evacuated and a shelter was set up at Holly Heights Elementary School.
Five basements on Rhonda Dr. were filled with at least 7 feet of water. To help with removing the water Downe Twp. Fire/Rescue were called. They pumped the basements for 6 hours and removed 70,000-80,000 gallons of water. The Salvation Army was requested and provided fire personnel and families in the neighborhood with lunch and cold drinks.
Later that night the MFD received a call that the Maurice View Plaza had once again filled with 7 feet of water. A contractor who had been trying to remove the water was unable to keep up, so once again Downe Twp Fire/Rescue responded and were able to pump out the water within 2 hrs.
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to my members of the Millville Fire Department who worked tirelessly throughout the night and all the next day. I also want to thank the Downe Twp Fire/Rescue Company, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, South Jersey Gas Company, and the Millville Rescue Squad. Lastly I would like to acknowledge and thank the citizens of Millville themselves. Gregory Maines, a Millville resident and former member of the MFD, helped evacuate residents on Rhonda Dr. with his personal boat. Also to the people who brought donuts and coffee out to Rhonda Dr. the next morning during the clean up.
If it was not for everyone working so closely together we would not have been able to accomplish everything we were call to do while still providing excellent service to the citizens of Millville.
Chief Kurt C. Hess,
Millville Fire Department
Dog Rescue - July 14, 2014
Dear Rescue Team,
My name is Nannette Xxxxxxx I am the owner of the dog your team rescued from the City Park River on Monday afternoon. I would like to give you my sincerest Thank You for rescuing my dog Gnomeo. My understanding is that your team as well as the officer from Animal Rescue went beyond the call of duty to save my dogs life. I was at work when this happened to come home and not find my dog where I had left him. If it would not have been for your quick response my dog would have drowned in that river. There are no words that I could ever say to your team that would express how grateful I am. The City of Millville should very proud to have such a Team in our City. If you would risk your life for a dog I could only imagine what your team would do for a human life.
My family and I truly Thank You.