Middletown Township Fire Company No.1                                     Emergency Dial 9-1-1
MTFD Station 8
336 State Highway 35, Middletown, NJ

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Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Wire and Cable

Wire and Cable exposed to floodwaters should be replaced to assure a safe and reliable electrical system. When wire and cable products are exposed to water or excessive moisture, the components may be damaged due to mildew or corrosion. This damage can result in insulation or termination failures. The problem can be more severe if the components have been subjected to salt water during hurricanes, etc., or inland flooding where there may be high concentrations of chemicals, oils, fertilizers, etc.

Wire and cable that is listed for dry locations only, such as NM-B, should be replaced if it has been exposed to floodwater. NM-B cable contains paper fillers that can pull contaminated water into the cable, which can cause premature cable failure. Flood damaged cable should be replaced to assure a safe and reliable installation.

Products listed for wet locations, such as THWN and XHHW, may be suitable for continued use if no contaminates are present in the cable. There may be problems that show up later because of corrosion of the conductor. This could result in overheating of the conductor. If the ends of a conductor have been exposed to water, the cable may be purged to remove the water. An insulation resistance test should be conducted before the cable is energized.

All wire or cable products that have been exposed to contaminated floodwater need to be examined by a qualified person, such as an electrical contractor, to determine if the cable can be re-energized. Flood damaged cable may not fail immediately when energized. It may take months for the cable to fail due to damage caused by floodwaters.

Wiring Devices, Arc and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Sediments and contaminants contained in water may migrate into the internal components of installed electrical products and remain there even after the products have been dried or washed by the user.These may adversely affect the performance of those products without being readily apparent to the user community. Also, electrical products, such as AFCIs, GFCIs and surge protective devices, containelectronic circuitry and other components, which can be adversely affected by water resulting in the device becoming non-functional or a hazard to the user. Air drying and washing of water damaged products of this type should not be attempted.

Panelboards, Circuit Breakers, Fuses, Relays including Contactors.

Electrical distribution equipment usually involves switches and low-voltage protective components such as molded case circuit breakers and fuses within assemblies such as enclosures, panelboards and switchboards. These assemblies can be connected to electrical distribution systems using various wiring methods.

The protective components are critical to the safe operation of distribution circuits. Their ability to protect these circuits is adversely affected by exposure to water and to the minerals, contaminants, and particles, which may be present in the water. In molded case circuit breakers and switches, such exposure can affect the overall operation of the mechanism through corrosion, through the presence of foreign particles, and through loss of lubrication. The condition of the contacts can be affected and the dielectric insulation capabilities of internal materials can be reduced. Further, some molded case circuit breakers are equipped with electronic trip units and the functioning of these trip units can be impaired.

Water may affect the filler material of fuses and will degrade the insulation and interruption capabilities. Distribution assemblies contain protective components together with the necessary support structures, buswork, wiring, electromechanical or electronic relays and meters. Exposure to water can cause corrosion and insulation damage to all of these areas. In the case of exposure of distribution assemblies to water, contact the manufacturer before further action is taken.In all cases a licensed electrical contractor should be called in to inspect, repair and or replace damaged electrical equipment followed by an inspection by government electrical inspector.

In all cases a licensed electrical contractor should be called in to inspect, repair and or replace damaged electrical equipment followed by an inspection by government electrical inspector.



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Engine 181 and Previous Ladder 180
 


New Sutphen SPH-100 
Inservice January 2012
1st Wednesday
Trustees Mtg        8:00 pm

2nd Wednesday
Truck Cleanup      7:30 pm

3rd Wednesday
Officers Mtg       7:00 pm 
Company Mtg     8:00 pm

4th Wednesday
Fire School        7:30 pm

5th Wednesday
House Cleanup   7:30 pm


  



 

Captain Frank Butler (189)


1st Lieutenant Kevin Morrissey
(188)


2nd Lieutenant Gregg Cella
(187)


3rd Lieutenant Bob Sampson
(186)


Chief Engineer John Drucker


1st Assistant Engineer Steve Beck


2nd Assistant Engineer John Testa


3rd Assistant Engineer Tom Somerville Sr.


Fire Police Mike Lorensen




President John Drucker


Vice President Robert Carhart


Treasurer John Fitzgerald


Financial Secretary Thornton Ryder


Cor. Secretary Kevin Morrissey


Rec. Secretary Fred Gorsegner


Sr Trustee John Drucker


Trustee Robert Carhart


Trustee Stanley A Midose


Trustee Stanley J Midose


Trustee John Fitzgerald