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NOVEMBER 6, 2004

STAND BY ASSIGNMENT

Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32),
Ewing Township


On the evening of Saturday, November 6, 2004, a crew of Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded mutual aid into Ewing Township to cover the Pennington Road firehouse during a working house fire.

It was about 10:45 p.m. when the Mercer County Central Communications Center dispatched Ewing Township’s West Trenton Fire Co. (Station 33) to 1103 Parkway Avenue for a possible structure fire.

Ewing police arrived a short time later and reported heavy smoke was showing from the 1.5-story home. At that time, the assignment was upgraded to a full first alarm and all three Ewing fire companies were toned out.

First-arriving firefighters forced entry and found fire in the basement. Because of heavy fire conditions, an evacuation tone was sounded and exterior operations were implemented while ventilation efforts were undertaken. Once vent work was done, interior operations resumed.

West Trenton Chief Dave Schino special-called Pennington Borough’s Ladder Tower 51 to the scene, while Engine 0 from Yardley-Makefield Fire Co. of Yardley Borough, Pa., was dispatched as the FAST Team.

The fire ultimately caused heavy damage to the basement and part of the first-floor kitchen. It was officially declared under control at 11:23 p.m. Apparatus that responded to the fireground included: Engine 33-2, Rescue 33, Telesquirt 32, Rescue 32, Squirt 31, Ladder Tower 31, Ladder Tower 51 and Engine 0.

As 10:56 p.m., Mercer County Central dispatched Lawrence Road with a request for one engine to relocate and cover the Pennington Road Fire Co. firehouse (Station 32).

Engine 22 responded at 11 p.m. with Lt. Michael Byrd in command, Rescue Capt. Andrew Fosina driving, and a crew of Ff. Matthew Farletta, Ff. Evan Kutzin, Ff. Ryan Dlabik and Ff. Charles Commini Jr.

Engine 22 arrived at the Pennington Road firehouse at 11:05 p.m. and stood by there without incident until being released at 12:53 a.m. Engine 22 was back in quarters at Station 22 by 12:59 a.m.

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