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Fire broke out in June at a storage facility next to Two Chums Bait, Tackle and Boat Rentals in Sea Isle City’s Fish Alley.

SEA ISLE CITY — Under scrutiny after a number of destructive fires, city officials began working this spring with the state to bring the volunteer fire department up to standards.

The state’s review of the department ended June 12, when the department’s chief and his two assistants were sent cease-and-desist letters because they were not certified to be in leadership positions. Copies of emails exchanged between police Chief Thomas McQuillen, who oversees the Fire Department as public safety director, and a state fire representative — obtained in an Open Public Records Act request by The Press of Atlantic City — reveal the depth of the problems in the city’s department, centered on a lack of training and record keeping.