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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
FEBRUARY 2008

During the month of February 2008, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 40 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.



MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 – 10:35 a.m.
Location: Interstate 295 South, area of Route 1 Exit, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Mercer County Central dispatched Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23), Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co., and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. at 10:35 a.m. on Box 23-50 for a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment. A Lawrence Township ambulance crew, which had already been dispatched, arrived on the scene just seconds later and confirmed that a car had slid off the rain-slick interstate and gone down an embankment into a line of trees. The driver, a 21-year-old woman, was trapped in the wrecked car. Rescue 21 responded at 10:38 a.m., followed by Rescue 22 at 10:39 a.m. and Rescue 23 at 10:41 a.m. Rescue 21 and Rescue 22 both arrived on scene at 10:44 a.m., followed seconds later by Rescue 23. A 1.75-inch hoseline was stretched from Rescue 22 as a precaution as firefighters went to work to free the trapped woman. The woman was freed from the wreckage by 10:55 a.m. and was then rushed by ambulance to Capital Health System at Fuld hospital for treatment of hip and leg injuries. Rescue 22 cleared the scene at 11:03 a.m. and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 11:14 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Deputy Chief John Fleming Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Assistant Chief John Britton Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen
Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera Crew: Ff. Keith Kent

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Robert Santello
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Thursday, February 14, 2008 – 6:03 p.m.
Location: B Mat Inc., 6 Litho Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Mercer County Central dispatched Slackwood Fire Co. and Lawrence Road’s Engine 22 on Box 21-10 at 6:03 p.m. for an activated water flow fire alarm at B Mat Inc., a lithography and metal decorating business located at 6 Litho Road. Engine 22 responded at 6:06 p.m. and arrived at 6:11 p.m. to find a heavy smoke condition in the building. At that time, Mercer County Central upgraded the assignment to a full first alarm and dispatched all three Lawrence Township fire companies for a structure fire. A rapid intervention team from Hamilton Fire Co. (Station 14-1) and an extra engine from Enterprise Fire Co. (Station 14-2) were dispatched at 6:15 p.m. A large diameter supply line was laid from Engine 22 out to a hydrant on Route 1 as firefighters began searching through the smoke for the seat of the fire. At 6:20 p.m. an additional engine was special-called to the scene from the Prospect Heights Fire Co. (Station 31). Firefighters eventually discovered that an exhaust fan had malfunctioned and set fire to the insulation inside an industrial dryer. By 7:14 Slackwood Chief Robert Santello notified Mercer County Central that the bulk of the fire had been knocked down and that overhaul was in progress. Santello began releasing units at about 7:35 p.m. All Lawrence Road units were back in quarters by 8:12 p.m. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Engine 21-1, Engine 21, Snorkel 21, Engine 22, Telesquirt 22, Rescue 22, Ladder 14, Engine 14-2, and Engine 31.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Christina Toussaint  
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Richard Laird III Driver: Safety Officer James Yates
Crew: Ff. Theresa Androvett  
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta




STRUCTURE FIRE WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Monday, February 25, 2008 – 11:33 p.m.
Location: 91 Crescent Avenue, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: At 11:31 p.m. Mercer County Central dispatched the Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32), Ladder Tower 31 from Prospect Heights Fire Co. and Engine 33 from West Trenton Fire Co. on Box 32-10 for a possible structure fire at 91 Crescent Avenue. As additional 911 calls came in reporting that an elderly woman was trapped inside the burning house, Mercer County Central upgraded the assignment to a full first alarm and at 11:33 p.m. redispatched all three Ewing fire companies for full station responses. Also dispatched at that time for rapid intervention team duties was Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22. Firefighters arrived within minutes to find heavy fire showing from the rear of the one-story dwelling. Ewing Township police were already on scene and Police Officers Matthew Wallace, Michael Flynn and Thomas Kownacky and Sgts. Karl Bartkowski and Joseph Maglione had already rescued the trapped woman with the assistance of a neighbor, Todd Roundtree. They had located the 79-year-old handicapped woman in her bedroom and carried her and her wheelchair through the smoke-filled house out to safety. The woman was taken by ambulance to a Trenton hospital to be examined as a precaution. The officers also had used several dry chemical extinguishers to knock down some of the fire they found in the home’s kitchen. The blaze, which investigators later determined had been caused by another resident who left French fries cooking on the stove top, gutted the kitchen and extended into the attic before firefighters got the upper hand. The fire was declared under at 12:06 a.m. Rescue 22, which responded at 11:37 p.m. and arrived at 11:43 p.m., stood by as the RIT until being released at 12:21 a.m. Rescue 22 was then back in quarters by 12:27 a.m. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Telesquirt 32, Engine 32, Ladder Tower 31, Engine 31-1, Squirt 31, Engine 33, Ladder Tower 33 and Rescue 22.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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