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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOVEMBER 2007

During the month of November 2007, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 38 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: Thursday, November 1, 2007 – 1:25 p.m.
Location: 5 Tudor Lane, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: At 1:25 p.m. all three Lawrence Township fire companies along with Ewing Township’s Prospect Heights Fire Co. were dispatched for a possible structure fire. Slackwood Fire Co. Chief Michael Oakley arrived on scene at 1:28 p.m. to find smoke issuing from the second floor of the home. With confirmation of a working fire, Mercer County Central dispatched Ladder 14 from Hamilton Fire Co. as the rapid intervention team. Engine 21-1 and Engine 22 both reached the scene at 1:30 p.m. and firefighters stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline inside. As they fought the blaze, Engine 31, Squirt 31 and Ladder Tower 23 arrived with additional manpower. The bulk of the fire was knocked down by 1:35 p.m. The fire was under control and all units with the exception of Engine 21-1, Engine 22 and Ladder Tower 23 were recalled by 1:46 p.m. Investigators soon determined that a malfunction of the tumbler mechanism in a combination washer/clothes dryer unit had started the blaze in the laundry closet on the second floor. A resident of the home reported to firefighters that she had started the dryer at about 10:30 a.m. and then left the house. When her husband arrived home in the afternoon, he heard a smoke detector sounding on the second floor. Going upstairs to investigate, he saw flames coming from the dryer and burning up the wall. The man emptied a portable dry chemical extinguisher on the fire, then fled the house and called 911 on his cell phone. Fire damage was contained to the area around the laundry closet, but the entire second floor sustained smoke damage and both floors sustained water damage. Engine 22 was released at 2:19 p.m. and was back in quarters by 2:29 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Deputy Chief John Fleming Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Ed Budzinski Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 – 2:44 p.m.
Location: 46 Stonicker Drive, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: At 2:44 p.m. Mercer County Central transmitted Box 21-20 and dispatched crews from all three Lawrence Township fire companies for a possible structure fire. At 2:47 p.m. Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Oakley (Deputy 20) arrived on location to find a working fire in the den at the rear of the two-story dwelling. Investigators later determined that a crack in the mortar of the fireplace in the den had allowed embers from the fireplace to ignite a fire in the surrounding wall. Engine 22, Telesquirt 23 and Engine 21-1 all reached the scene at 2:50 p.m. Engine 22 took a position at the front of the house. While Engine 22’s crew advanced a 1.75-inch hoseline into the dwelling, while Engine 22’s driver secured a water supply from a nearby hydrant. As soon as they opened up the wall next to the fireplace, firefighters encountered heavy fire. Fortunately, they were able to quickly knock down the flames using the hoseline. Crews then opened up more of the wall to check for fire extension. The crew from Telesquirt 22 (which arrived at 2:54 p.m., followed by Snorkel 21 at 2:56 p.m.) raised a ladder to check the den roof and chimney stack. With no extension found, the fire was declared under control at 3 p.m. After helping with overhaul operations, all Lawrence Road firefighters were back in quarters by 4:10 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Ff. Michael Trimble Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon  
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Capt. Ed Budzinski Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Photo copyright (c) 2007 by Michael Ratcliffe
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SPECIAL COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Location: Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32), 1666 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Rescue 22 stood by at Station 32, along with Ladder 14, while members of all three Ewing Township fire companies played a flag football game against Ewing Township police officers. The game, held on the football field at Ewing High School, raised money to benefit the Sunshine Foundation, which every May flies seriously ill children and those with disabilities to Disney World as part of its “Operation Dreamlift.” Ultimately, no emergency calls were received during the standby, which lasted from 5:20 p.m. until about 9:30 p.m. In the end, Ewing police won the game, defeating the firefighters by a score of 16 to 12.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Michael Guala
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon  




COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Friday, November 23, 2007 – 1:14 p.m.
Location: Mercer Engine Co. #3 (Station 63), 363 Witherspoon St., Princeton Township, N.J.
Details: At 1:14 p.m., Engine 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. and Ladder Tower 23 from Lawrenceville Fire Co. were dispatched on Box 60-10 to relocate to the firehouse of Mercer Engine Co. #3 in Princeton Township. At the time, members of the Princeton Fire Department were occupied at the scene of a large natural gas leak on the Princeton University campus along Washington Road. Engine 22 responded at 1:19 p.m. and arrived at Station 63 at 1:30 p.m. Ladder Tower 23 arrived at 1:35 p.m. Both crews stood by, without taking in any emergency assignments, until the gas leak was secured and they were recalled at 3:11 p.m. Engine 22 was back in quarters by 3:32 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Keith Kent