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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
OCTOBER 2007

During the month of October 2007, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 45 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.



OVERTURNED GARBAGE TRUCK
Date & Time: Monday, October 1, 2007 – 1:24 p.m.
Location: Off ramp from Route 1 Freeway South to Whitehead Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched on Box 21-10 for a reported overturned vehicle. Upon arrival, the crews from Rescue 21 and Rescue 22 found that a garbage truck had flipped onto its side while exiting onto Whitehead Road from Route 1 South. There was no entrapment, however two men who had been traveling in the truck were injured and were transported by ambulance to the Capital Health System at Fuld hospital in Trenton for treatment of minor injuries. Rescue 22 was released at 1:46 p.m. after Engine 21-1 arrived on location to assume fire suppression duties. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 1:53 p.m. Slackwood firefighters, meanwhile, remained on scene until the overturned truck was uprighted and towed away.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Ed Budzinski Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd
Crew: Ff. Michael Trimble Crew: Ff. Keith Kent




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 3, 2007 – 8:31 a.m.
Location: Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Crews from the Lawrence Road, Slackwood and Lawrenceville fire companies, along with a Lawrence ambulance, were dispatched on Box 22-11 for reported fire on the roof of Lawrence High School. The police officer on duty as the school resource officer immediately confirmed a working fire and, as a result, Mercer County Central at 8:33 a.m. dispatched Rescue 32 from Ewing Township’s Pennington Road Fire Co. to the scene for rapid intervention team duties. Lawrence Road Deputy Chief John Fleming arrived at 8:34 a.m., followed by Telesquirt 22 at 8:36 a.m. Snorkel 21 and Telesquirt 23 then arrived. Firefighters soon learned that a contractor using a torch to patch the roof had accidentally ignited the insulation between the roof and the ceiling of the school’s kitchen. Telesquirt 22’s aerial was raised to the roof, while Telequirt 23 laid a supply line to a hydrant on Princeton Pike. At 8:39 a.m. Engine 14-3 from Hamilton Township’s Enterprise Fire Co. and Ladder Tower 31 from Ewing Township’s Prospect Heights Fire Co. were special-called to the scene for extra apparatus and manpower. Ladder Tower 23, Engine 22, and Rescue 22 then all responded as well. Heavy smoke billowed from the school, as firefighters worked to cut open the roof and pull down the ceiling tiles in the kitchen to reach the fire. The blaze, which was ultimately contained to a small area of the roof, was declared under control at 9:04 a.m. All apparatus were clear by 9:49 a.m. and all Station 22 units were back in quarters by 9:52 a.m. Firefighters briefly responded back to the school after the fire alarm system was accidentally set off at 11:01 a.m. by steam from staff members working to clean up the smoke-damage kitchen.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik Crew: Ff. Brian Laue
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Engine 22
Officer: Ff. Steven Adzima Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera  
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Safety Officer James Yates
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming
Personal Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT
Date & Time: Sunday, October 7, 2007 – 8:22 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Police Headquarters, 2211 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: A well-intentioned resident unintentionally sparked a hazardous materials incident when he went to the Lawrence Township police station with a bag containing an unknown white powder. The man reportedly found the bag on the street and, fearing for the safety of children at a nearby playground, decided to take the bag to the police. As soon the man arrived, police kept him and the bag outside and immediately had Lawrence Road firefighters dispatched. Deputy Chief John Fleming and Rescue 22 responded and, after obtaining details from the police, requested that the Trenton Fire Department’s HazMat team be dispatched. Trenton Rescue 1 and HazMat 1 responded and arrived on scene by 8:42 p.m. HazMat personnel examined the bag and determined the white powder was a common oxidizer, most likely pool chlorine. The material was then properly disposed of. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 9:23 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Lt. Evan Kutzin Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Andrew Fosina  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, October 8, 2007 – 12:55 p.m.
Location: Quaker Bridge Mall, 3320 Brunswick Pike (Route 1), Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: The Lawrenceville, Slackwood and Lawrence Road fire companies were all dispatched on Box 23-50 for a reported fire at Quaker Bridge Mall. Crews arrived to find debris burning in the soffit in the area of the Sears store. Snorkel 21 was raised to the roof and the soffit opened to check for fire extension. After no extension was found, the blaze was under control by 2:01 p.m. Apparatus that operated on scene were: Telesquirt 23, Snorkel 21, Engine 21, Engine 22, and Rescue 22. All Station 22 units were back in quarters 2:24 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Lt. Evan Kutzin Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Theresa Androvett Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Lawrence Road Fire Co.
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COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: October 17, 2007 – 6:41 p.m.
Location: Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32), 1666 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was dispatched to relocate to the Pennington Road Fire Co. to provide rescue coverage to Ewing Township while crews from Pennington Road, West Trenton and Prospect Heights fire companies were committed at the scene of an extended extrication. That accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. when a dump truck belonging to a tree trimming company veered off the southbound side of Route 31 (Pennington Road) between Rockleigh Drive and Glenmore Avenue. A large wood chipper being towed by the truck whipped around and flipped onto its side when the truck hit the tree. Three men were trapped in the truck’s badly damaged cab, their legs pinned beneath the mangled dashboard. It took about 45 minutes for the last man to be freed. Fortunately, none of their injuries was life-threatening. Rescue 22 responded at 6:44 p.m. and arrived at Station 32 at 6:50 p.m. Rescue 22’s crew stood by, without taking in any emergency assignments, until they were recalled at 7:19 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Lt. Evan Kutzin Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. John Voorhees  
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta




MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT (CAR VS. GAS PUMP)
Date & Time: Saturday, October 20, 2007 – 11:13 a.m.
Location: John’s Truck Stop, 3271 Brunswick Pike (Route 1), Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: An 18-year-old Pennsylvania man was driving south along Route 1 when he lost control of his car while turning into John’s Truck Stop. His car struck one of the service station’s gas pumps, knocking the pump over and sparking a fire. Lawrenceville Fire Co. was dispatched at 11:11 a.m.. But, after getting multiple 911 calls about fire being right next to the building and reports of possible entrapment, Mercer County Central upgraded the assignment to Box 23-50’s full first alarm and at 11:13 a.m. dispatched all three Lawrence Township fire companies. Also dispatched two minutes later was Ladder Tower 17 from Hamilton Township’s Nottingham Fire Co. Fortunately, an employee of the service station hit the emergency shut-off button for the gasoline pumps and then used a portable extinguisher to put out the fire. By the time police and firefighters arrived, the fire was already out, there was only a small gasoline spill, and there was no entrapment nor any injuries. Police later issued a careless driving ticket to the 18-year-old. All Station 22 units were back in quarters by 11:52 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Martin Burch
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Lt. Evan Kutzin
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Safety Officer James Yates
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




OVERTURNED VEHICLE WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Franklin Corner Road, near Woodmont Drive, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Crews from all three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched to extricate a woman from the wreckage of her minivan after it flipped onto its side after colliding with a sport utility vehicle. Firefighters first stabilized the minivan, then cut away its windshield to free the woman. The woman, whose injuries were described as being minor in nature, was then taken by ambulance to an area hospital as a precaution.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala Crew: Ff. Keith Kent

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Robert Santello
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TWO-ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2007 – 6:40 a.m.
Location: 12 Glen Mawr Drive, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: It was 6:39 a.m. when Ewing firefighters were dispatched on Box 32-10 for a possible house fire. Due to multiple 911 calls and then confirmation of a working fire by police, Mercer County Central immediately upgraded to a full first alarm and, at 6:40 a.m., retoned all three Ewing fire companies and dispatched Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 as the rapid intervention team. At 6:42 a.m., Pennington Road Fire Co. Deputy Chief Matt Kalnas arrived on scene to the house at 12 Glen Mawr Avenue heavily involved in fire, with flames already impinging on the Side B Exposure (14 Glen Mawr Avenue). Kalnas requested a second alarm, which resulted in the dispatch at 6:43 a.m. of units from Slackwood, Lawrenceville, Pennington Borough, and Union-Titusville fire companies. Ewing firefighters attempted an interior attack on 12 Glen Mawr Drive, but the fire conditions were too great and all personnel were ordered to evacuate the building at 6:59 a.m. Firefighters then switched to a defensive operation utilizing several hoselines. The fire on the Side B Exposure was quickly extinguished, with damage limited to the exterior siding. The original fire building, however, was completely destroyed, as the blaze burned through the roof. Upon Rescue 22’s arrival, half the crew was ordered to man a 2.5-inch hoseline, while the other half was ordered to stand by as the RIT. At about 7:25 a.m. Rescue 22’s RIT members were also given a firefighting assignment. At that point, an additional company (from Hopewell Borough) was special called to the scene to assume RIT duties. The blaze was officially declared under control at 8:15 a.m. At about 8:40 a.m., Rescue 22’s crew resumed RIT duties. By 9:45 a.m., Rescue 22 was dissolved of RIT responsibilities and put to work helping with overhaul operations. Investigators eventually found that the blaze had been sparked by an electrical problem in the garage of 12 Glen Mawr Drive. A total of seven people were left homeless by the fire. One firefighter who became dizzy on the scene was transported to the hospital for treatment. Apparatus that operated on the fireground included: Telesquirt 32, Engine 32, Light Plant 32, Engine 33, Engine 33-1, Ladder Tower 31, Rescue 22, Engine 21-1, Telesquirt 23, Ladder Tower 51, Telesquirt 53, Engine 52-1, and Signal 22 (Canteen). Rescue 22 was released from the scene at 10:49 a.m. and back in quarters at Station 22 by 11 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Capt. Michael Byrd
Officer: Ff. Matthew Farletta Driver: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera Crew: Ff. Steven Adzima
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT (CAR VS. HOUSE)
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 – 6:36 p.m.
Location: 2467 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Township firefighters were busy enjoying Halloween with their families when Box 23-10 was suddenly transmitted and all three township fire companies were dispatched for an accident with possible entrapment and fire. Lawrenceville Fire Co. Chief Ray Nagy arrived on scene at 6:37 p.m. to find that a Pontiac Sunfire that had been traveling southbound on Lawrence Road had veered off the roadway near the corner of Monroe Street, hopped the curb, crossed a front lawn, and slammed into some shrubbery and the front porch of the home at 2467 Lawrence Road. The spinning wheels of the car generated a lot of smoke that made it seem the vehicle was burning, however there was no fire found. The car’s driver, a 29-year-old Pennsylvania man, was not trapped but allegedly tried to drive the damaged vehicle away and refused to open his door when police approached him. Police had to break the driver’s window open to get the man out of the car. After he was treated at a Trenton hospital for minor injuries, the man was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and failure to maintain a lane, according to police. Rescue 22’s crew helped secure the damaged car’s battery and check the interior of the house for structural damage. Damage was found to be limited to a small area of the front porch. A fan from Engine 21-1 was used to remove from the home’s basement the smoke that had been generated by the car’s spinning tires. Rescue 22’s light tower was also used to illuminate the scene for police. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 7:13 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr. Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Ff. Matthew Farletta
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Lawrence Road Fire Co.
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