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Atlantic City Fire Department suffers damage to three buildings due to Hurricane Sandy

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Almost everyone who lives on the Barrier Islands was some how affected by Hurricane Sandy and some of those who were out in the flooded streets everyday helping those in need were doubly affected.

"We lost half of the cities fire stations during the storm."

Hurricane Sandy may have damaged the buildings that Atlantic City first responders consider a second home, but that doesn't change anything about what their job requires them to do.

"That's really what the job is all about, is putting the citizens of Atlantic City or wherever you serve, putting them before your own, or your own well being," said Chief Dennis Brooks.

And that is exactly what Atlantic City firefighters have been doing, since the storm hit the Barrier Islands.

While flooded waters filled three of their six stations, the department camped out at the

Convention Center shelter, and say they were ready to jump into action whenever the call came in.

"Any of these kinds of emergency situations are kind of like organized chaos. You are as organized as can be."

But more than two weeks later fire officials say it's time to go home to pick up the pieces of what was lost, and start new.

While two of the three damaged stations were able to begin operations, Station 5 in the Chelsea Heights section of Atlantic City remains closed.

The building suffered the most damage including flooding which damaged not only the building itself but almost everything that remained inside.

"So right now most of our guys are sacrificing. They are doing without the normal comforts of home until we get through this situation."

But they say they are willing to sacrifice the necessities for the city they live in and are already preparing for if disaster strikes again.

"I think the best lesson you learn out of all of it is see where you made your mistakes. See where you were successful or not successful and see where you can do a better job next time," said Brooks.

Station 5 will reopen once the building is cleared for safety.

Officials assure us that they are still providing the same number of response teams to emergency calls as normal.


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