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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
APRIL 2007

During the month of April 2007, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 92 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.





BONFIRE STANDBY
Date & Time: Saturday, April 7, 2007
Location: St. Ann’s Church, 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Telesquirt 22 stood by while members of St. Ann’s Parish held their annual Easter Vigil bonfire on the lawn in front of the church. Firefighters used a flare to ignite the small fire, then used Telesquirt 22’s booster line to extinguish it.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Mark Lenarski Jr. Crew: Ff. Richard Laird III
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Todd Lenarski  

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Monday, April 9, 2007 – 9:19 a.m.
Location: Lawrence Road (Route 206) in the area of Rider University, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Crews from the Lawrence Road, Slackwood, and Lawrenceville fire companies responded with Rescue 22, Rescue 21 and Rescue 23 to a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Firefighters arrived to find a Ford F-150 pickup truck on its side with the driver still inside and a nearby utility pole completely split in half. The female driver was found standing inside the flipped pickup. She complained of no injuries and did not want firefighters to cut her vehicle to extricate her. The woman had apparently lost control of her vehicle while driving to work. The pickup drifted off the road and flipped over after striking the utility pole. Firefighters stabilized the pickup with Junkyard Dog struts from Rescue 22. Rescue 23’s crew stood by with a charged 1.75-inch hoseline from Rescue 22 while the crews from Rescue 22 and Rescue 21 cut away the windshield to free the woman, who refused medical attention. The extrication was completed by 9:34 a.m. Rescue 22 remained on scene until the wreckage was removed by a tow truck and utility crews secured the severed pole. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 10:12 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr. – Officer: Driver:
Crew: Paid Driver Robert Santello Crew: Ff. Evan Kutzin
Crew: Ff. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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SEVERE FLOODING
Date & Time: Sunday, April 15, 2007 – Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Location: Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: A powerful Nor’easter swept into New Jersey and dropped more than 5 inches of rain on the Mercer County region beginning late on Saturday, April 14, and continuing throughout much of Sunday, April 15. Widespread flooding was the result. Numerous local roads, including parts of Route 1, were left under water for several days. Hundreds of homes throughout the county suffered flooded basements and other water problems. Between 4:33 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, and 7:37 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, the dedicate volunteers of Lawrence Road Fire Co. responded to a total of 49 emergency calls for service. Ten alarms were received on Sunday, 28 came in on Monday, and 11 were received on Tuesday. Of these 49 alarms, 31 were dewatering assignments, six were for fire alarm activations, five were for smoke conditions, four were water rescues, two were accidents and one was a vehicle fire. The dewaterings involved firefighters pumping anywhere from just a few inches to well over a foot of water from flooded basements and crawl spaces. In each case, firefighters checked the integrity of each home’s utilities and, in some cases, turned off power as a precaution. The four water rescues involved vehicles that became stranded in flood water. But in each case, vehicle occupants were able to get to safety on their own.

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Lawrence Road Fire Co.
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OVERTURNED VEHICLE
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 – 12:53 p.m.
Location: 1600 White Pine Circle, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched on Box 22-20 for a reported overturned vehicle with unknown entrapment. Lawrenceville Chief Ray Nagy arrived on scene at 12:54 p.m. to find a Ford Explorer resting on its side, with its driver already out and uninjured. The 61-year-old man apparently lost control of the sport utility vehicle and flipped over after hitting a pickup truck parked at the curb in front of the White Pine Apartments rental office. Because there was no entrapment, all responding apparatus were recalled with the exception of Engine 22 and Rescue 22. Lawrence Road firefighters contained anti-freeze and other fluids spilled from the overturned SUV and then stood until a tow truck removed the wreckage.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Evan Kutzin Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik  

Photo copyright (C) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 – 9:53 p.m.
Location: Mercer Wrecking, 1519 Calhoun Street, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Members of Prospect Heights Fire Co. (Station 31) were initially dispatched at 9:51 p.m. to the Mercer Wrecking yard for a reported trash fire. Prospect Heights Chief Jeff Lenarski and the first-due engine arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming from a massive pile of trash (which measured at least 50 feet high and three times as wide) inside a warehouse on the site. A full-first alarm was immediately sounded at 9:53 p.m., resulting in crews from the Pennington Road (Station 32), West Trenton (Station 33), and Lawrence Road (Station 22) being dispatched. An extra engine from Slackwood Fire Co. (Station 21) was special-called one minute later. Multiple hoselines were put to work by firefighters, as Mercer Wrecking personnel used their machines to break apart the pile of trash. The blaze was under control by 10:21 p.m. but firefighters remained on scene for another hour overhauling and hitting hot spots. Rescue 22’s crew stood by as the rapid intervention team during the incident. Apparatus that operated on the scene were: Squirt 31, Engine 31-1, Engine 31, Telesquirt 32, Engine 32, Rescue 32, Light Plant 32, Ladder Tower 33, Engine 33, Rescue 22, Engine 21 and Ambulance 139-1. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 11:36 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik Crew: Ff. Evan Kutzin
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik  
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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OVERTURNED VEHICLE
Date & Time: Thursday, April 26, 2007 – 10:37 p.m.
Location: Route 1 Freeway Northbound, north of Whitehead Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Slackwood Fire Co. (Station 21), Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 and Lawrenceville’s Rescue 23 were dispatched for an overturned vehicle with unknown entrapment. Crews arrived to find that a vehicle had veered off the roadway and flipped over. However there was no entrapment. Rescue 23 was recalled. Rescue 21 and Rescue 22 remained on the scene to drop speedie-dry to contain fluids spilled from the overturned auto. The accident victims were cared for by EMS. Rescue 22 was released after all hazards were mitigated. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 11:07 p.m., while Rescue 21 remained on location to aid the tow truck.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Michael Guala
Crew: Ff. Evan Kutzin Crew: Ff. Richard Laird III




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, April 30, 2007 – 1:13 p.m.
Location: 1 Voscek Court, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies and Engine 12 from Mercerville Fire Co. were dispatched for a fire on the second-floor balcony of a condominium building. The fire reportedly began in a barbecue grill and extended to the porch. Engine 44 from West Windsor Township’s Princeton Junction Fire Co. was dispatched at 1:16 p.m. as the rapid intervention team. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and fire showing from the rear of the multi-unit building. First-arriving Engine 12 stretched a 1.75-inch hoselines and quickly knocked down the fire, limiting damage to the balcony. The blaze was officially declared under control at 1:28 p.m. Apparatus that operated on scene were: Engine 12, Telesquirt 23, Snorkel 21, Engine 22, Engine 44, and Ambulance 129-1. Engine 22 was back in quarters by 1:51 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Deputy Chief John Fleming Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Evan Kutzin
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent