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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
JULY 2007

During the month of July 2007, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 58 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.



STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, July 2, 2007 – 11:41 p.m.
Location: Homasote Co., 900 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: It was 11:33 p.m. when firefighters from the West Trenton Fire Co. (Station 33) were dispatched for a fire alarm activation at Homasote. Upon his arrival, West Trenton Assistant Chief Chris Hoarn was met by a company security guard who advised him there was a working fire inside the building. Hoarn immediately requested an upgrade to Box 33-10’s full first alarm. At 11:41 p.m., Mercer County Central dispatched all three Ewing Township fire companies, along with Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 as the rapid intervention team. Rescue 22 arrived at 11:56 p.m. The crew reported to the command post and stood by as the RIT during firefighting operations and subsequent salvage and overhaul. The fire, which started in one of the company’s industrial dryers and extended into some of the ventilation ducts, was declared under control at 12:20 a.m. Apparatus that operated on scene were: Engine 33, Engine 33-1, Ladder Tower 33, Squirt 31, Ladder Tower 31, Engine 32, and Rescue 22. Rescue 22 was released from the scene at 1:33 a.m. and was back in quarters by 1:43 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Patrick Kent
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 – 9:04 a.m.
Location: 15 Walton Avenue, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Ewing Township firefighters were busy preparing for their town’s annual Independence Day parade when the tones dropped for a possible structure fire at 15 Walton Avenue. Dispatched as part of the initial assignment at 8:59 a.m. were units from all three Ewing fire companies: Pennington Road (Station 32), Prospect Heights (Station 31) and West Trenton (Station 33). Pennington Road Deputy Chief Matt Kalnas arrived on scene at 9:02 a.m. to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a 1.5-story single family home. With confirmation of a working fire, Mercer County Central at 9:04 a.m. also dispatched Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 as the rapid intervention team. At 9:05 a.m., Pennington Road Chief Don Young special-called an extra engine and ladder from Lawrence Township’s Slackwood (Station 21) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) fire companies. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 9:13 a.m. and the crew reported to the command post as the RIT. Ewing crews mounted an aggressive interior attack with 2.5-inch and 1.75-inch lines and quickly knocked down the bulk of the fire. The blaze was under control by 9:23 a.m. The second floor was destroyed, while the first floor was heavily damaged by fire, smoke and water. Investigators later determined that carelessly discarded smoking materials were to blame for starting the fire on the second floor. Apparatus that operated on scene were: Telesquirt 32, Rescue 32, Ladder Tower 31, Engine 33, Engine 33-1, Rescue 33, Rescue 22, Engine 21 and Telesquirt 23. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 10:19 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Ff. Steven Amiott Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Car 22-1
Assistant Chief John Britton

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Friday, July 6, 2007 – 12:41 a.m.
Location: 47 Roxboro Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched during a severe thunderstorm for a house reportedly struck by lightning. The crew from Lawrence Road’s first-due apparatus, Telesquirt 22, was greeted by an odor of burning plastic when they entered the home. Firefighters conducted a thorough search of the dwelling with a thermal imaging camera and discovered that, when it struck the house, the lightning bolt short-circuited the control panel for the residents’ burglar alarm system. No fire was found, however. Firefighters cleared the scene after making sure the residents’ smoke detectors still worked properly.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Car 22-1
Assistant Chief John Britton




PICNIC AND FIREWORKS
Date & Time: Saturday, July 7, 2007
Location: Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Members of Lawrence Road Fire Co. – with guests from the Lawrenceville, Slackwood and Pennington fire companies – held their annual family cookout, and later stood by for the township’s annual Independence Day fireworks display. (This year’s fireworks were originally scheduled for July 4th but were postponed because of rain.) The cookout and standby were both a success.
Responding LRFC Personnel
APPARATUS
Officer: Driver:
Crew: Crew:
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Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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OVERTURNED VEHICLE
Date & Time: Friday, July 13, 2007 – 9:36 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident involving an overturned auto. Slackwood’s Rescue 21 and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 both arrived on scene at 9:44 p.m. to find a car on its roof, with light smoke issuing from the engine compartment. Rescue 22’s crew stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline as a precaution, then firefighters secured the vehicle’s battery. EMS personnel, meanwhile, attended to the car’s driver, who was not seriously hurt. Rescue 22 was recalled at 9:56 p.m. and was back in quarters by 10:13 p.m. Rescue 21’s crew remained on location until the wreckage was removed by a tow truck.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta Crew: Ff. Martin Burch
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Car 22-1
Assistant Chief John Britton




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, July 14, 2007 – 8:08 p.m.
Location: 353 Hillcrest Avenue, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Prospect Heights Fire Co. (Station 31), Engine 32 from Pennington Road Fire Co. and Ladder Tower 33 from West Trenton Fire Co. were dispatched at 8:05 p.m. for a possible house fire. After police arrived and reported a working grease fire on the stove that was extending up the kitchen walls, Mercer County Central upgraded the assignment to Box 31-10’s full first alarm. At 8:08 p.m. all three Ewing Township fire companies were redispatched and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was toned out as the rapid intervention team. Upon reaching the scene, Rescue 22’s crew reported to the command post and briefly stood by as RIT. The fire was knocked down by 8:18 p.m., and the blaze 2declared under control a short time later. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Squirt 31, Engine 31-1, Engine 32, Rescue 32, Ladder Tower 33, Rescue 22, and Ambulance 132-2. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 8:46 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Evan Kutzin Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Steven Amiott
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Ff. Matthew Farletta




HAZARDOUS MATERIALS DRILL
Date & Time: Thursday, July 19, 2007
Location: Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: A crew of Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers took part in a multi-agency hazardous material training exercise that was conducted in front of Maurer Gym on the Rider University campus. The drill simulated a motor vehicle accident involving the spill of sodium hydrochloric acid and muriatic acid from two 55-gallon drums. Also taking part in the event were firefighters from Slackwood and Lawrenceville fire companies, hazardous materials teams from Trenton Fire Department and Bristol Myers Squibb Emergency Services, Lawrence Township EMS and Lawrence Township Police. The drill started about 8:15 a.m. and ran until about 11 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Theresa Androvett
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Car 22
Assistant Chief John Britton

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Robert Santello
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ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Saturday, July 28, 2007 – 10:55 a.m.
Location: Federal City Road and Brandon Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: It was 10:55 a.m. when Mercer County Central transmitted Box 23-10 and dispatched all three Lawrence Township fire companies for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment at the intersection of Federal City Road and Brandon Road. Also dispatched EMS personnel from Capital Health System and Pennington Borough First Aid Squad. Upon arrival, rescuers found that a Honda CRV and a Ford Expedition had collided. The force of the impact propelled the Honda onto the front lawn of 165 Federal City Road, where it came to rest atop a row of hedges and a decorative brick wall. The driver of the Honda was unconscious and trapped inside the wreckage. After stabilizing the vehicle and stretching a pair of 1.75-inch hoselines from Rescue 22 into a protective position, firefighters removed the rear passenger’s side door and helped EMS personnel remove the injured man. The man was freed within 15 minutes and was then rushed by ambulance to the trauma center at Capital Health System at Fuld hospital in Trenton. The driver of the Ford was not trapped, but was hurt. His injuries were not as serious as the Honda’s driver, but he was still transported to the hospital for treatment. Apparatus that operated on scene included Rescue 22, Rescue 21 and Utility 23. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 11:57 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Crew: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe  

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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SMOKE CONDITION
Date & Time: Saturday, July 28, 2007 – 1:19 p.m.
Location: Hill Dormitory, Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched on Box 22-20 for a reported smoke condition inside the Hill Dormitory on the Rider University campus. Telesquirt 22, Ladder Tower 23, Snorkel 21 and Engine 21 all responded and quickly discovered that someone had maliciously discharged a dry chemical fire extinguisher in a hallway. The entire building was checked and no evidence of any fire was found. Positive pressure fans were used to ventilate the extinguish powder from the hallway. Telesquirt 22 was back in quarters by 1:46 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT
Date & Time: Monday, July 30, 2007 – 8:45 a.m.
Location: 136 Eldridge Avenue, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers were dispatched to 136 Eldridge Avenue after residents called 911 to report that a balloon filled with an unknown whitish-colored substance had exploded inside their mailbox. Deputy Chief John Fleming arrived on the scene within a minute and, at 8:51 a.m., requested that the hazardous materials task force from the Trenton Fire Department be dispatched to the scene. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 8:52 a.m. and took up a staging position along with EMS personnel. Trenton’s Rescue 1, HazMat 1, Ladder 1 and Engine 1 arrived at 8:59 a.m. HazMat personnel analyzed the substance that had been released into the mailbox from the balloon. They soon determined that it was just sand and was absolutely harmless. All units were then recalled at 10:01 a.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 10:06 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Robert Santello
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