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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
JANUARY 2007

During the month of January 2007, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 32 emergency calls. Below are details and photographs from some of the more noteworthy alarms and other non-emergency fire company activities that took place during the month.



EMS ASSIST
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 – 9:53 a.m.
Location: 123 Altamawr Avenue, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched for a lifting assignment. Rescue 22 responded and met emergency medical personnel already on scene. Rescue 22’s stokes basket was used to help carry the patient from the residence to the ambulance. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 10:12 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Deputy Chief John Fleming Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Richard Laird III




CARBON MONOXIDE INCIDENT
Date & Time: Friday, January 19, 2007 – 8:58 p.m.
Location: Carriage Park Condominiums, Colts Circle, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Slackwood Fire Co. was dispatched at 8:21 p.m. to investigate an activated carbon monoxide alarm. Upon obtaining readings in excess of 50 parts per million on Engine 21-1’s gas meter, Slackwood Chief Michael Oakley special-called Engine 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. to the scene to help check the rest of the four-story age-restricted residential structure. Engine 22’s crew checked the second floor with their gas meter and obtained various readings between 200 and 300 parts per million. Because of the danger posed to residents by such high carbon monoxide levels, Engine 22’s crew forced entry to Units 1211 and 1214 to check for possible victims. No victims were found. Lawrence Police Officer Robert Loveless was present when entry was forced. Ultimately it was determined that the improper use of the heaters in a section of the building under construction was to blame for the elevated CO levels in the building. Ladder Tower 23 from Lawrenceville Fire Co. was special-called to the scene at 9:27 p.m. to assist with ventilation. Through ventilation efforts, the carbon monoxide levels in the building dropped below the danger level. Engine 22 was back in quarters by 10:22 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr. Crew: Ff. Evan Kutzin
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik  




ASSIST CIVILIAN
Date & Time: Friday, January 26, 2007 – 6:11 p.m.
Location: 125 Roxboro Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. dispatched to assist a woman who accidentally locked her child inside a running vehicle. Rescue 22 responded and helped free the child from the auto with no injuries. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 6:27 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr. Crew: Ff. Richard Laird III
Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Mark Lenarksi Jr.
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta Ff. Matthew Farletta




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, January 27, 2007 – 3:58 p.m.
Location: 5 Marion Court, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Members of Prospect Height Fire Co. (Station 31) were dispatched at 3:55 p.m. for a possible structure fire. Engine 32 from Pennington Road Fire Co. and Ladder Tower 33 from West Trenton Fire Co. were also dispatched at that time. Assistant Chief 33 arrived on scene at 3:58 p.m. to report smoke showing from the second floor at the rear of the dwelling. He requested that Box 31-10's full first alarm be transmitted, resulting in the retone of all three Ewing Township fire companies and the dispatch of Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. Rescue 22’s crew stood by on the scene as the rapid intervention team while Ewing crews knocked down the fire in a second-floor bedroom. The blaze was declared under control at 4:11 p.m. Apparatus that operated on scene were: Engine 31-1, Squirt 31, Engine 32, Rescue 32, Telesquirt 32, Ladder Tower 33, Engine 33-1, and Rescue 22. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 4:39 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Richard Laird III  
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, January 27, 2007 – 8:28 p.m.
Location: 370 Green Lane, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Engine 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. was standing by at Station 32 while members of Pennington Road Fire Co. enjoyed their annual installation dinner party when all three Ewing Township fire companies were dispatched on Box 31-10 for a reported structure fire. Also dispatched as part of the first alarm was Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22. Lawrence Road Deputy Chief John Fleming arrived on scene at 8:31 p.m. to find smoke showing from the front porch area of a one-story dwelling. On further investigation it was found that a fire in the mulch surrounding the home had extended to a small area of a handicapped ramp leading to the front porch. All responding apparatus were recalled with the exception of Engine 22. Engine 22 extinguished the fire and then returned to the standby at Station 32 by 8:50 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Mark Lenarski Jr.
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr. Crew: Ff. Brian Laue
Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Michael Trimble
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




FATAL STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, January 29, 2007 – 7:50 a.m.
Location: 215 Marshalls Corner-Woodsville Road, Hopewell Township, N.J.
Details: Pennington Borough Fire Co. (Station 51) and Engine 52 from Hopewell Borough Fire Co. were dispatched at 7:48 a.m. for a structure fire with entrapment. Police arrived on scene to report a working fire, with heavy smoke showing from a two-story dwelling. Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22, Lawrenceville’s Rescue 23, and tankers from Hopewell Borough and Union Fire Co. (Station 53) of Titusville were dispatched at 7:50 a.m. as Box 51-20’s full first alarm was transmitted. Ladder Tower 33 from West Trenton Fire Co. was special-called to the scene at 7:59 a.m. A neighbor and police officers attempted to enter the house but were driven back by the intense heat and smoke. First arriving firefighters from Station 51 then conducted a primary search and removed an 89-year-old resident from the house. Sadly, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Multiple hoselines were put in service as firefighters fought the blaze. At 8:44 a.m. firefighters were ordered to evacuate the structure due to deteriorating conditions and defense operations were implemented. The fire, which destroyed the house, was finally declared under control at 9:24 a.m. Hopewell Township police later said the blaze may have originated in the kitchen area. Also killed in the fire were a family dog, two cats and a guinea pig. Rescue 22’s crew stood by as the rapid intervention team during the fire. Rescue 22’s cascade system was also used to refill SCBA bottles. Apparatus that operated on scene were: Engine 51, Tanker 51, Ladder Tower 51, Engine 52, Tanker 52, Tanker 53, Rescue 22, Rescue 23, Ladder Tower 33, Ambulance 159-1, and Ambulance 151-3. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 10:32 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Ff. Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Mark Lenarski Jr.

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Mark Lenarski Jr.