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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
JUNE 2008

During the month of June 2008, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 54 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.



FATAL ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Monday, June 2, 2008 – 10:57 a.m.
Location: Interstate 95 North near Exit 8B (Princeton Pike), Lawrence Twp, N.J.
Details: Rescue 23 from Lawrenceville Fire Co., Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co., and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. were dispatched, along with emergency medical personnel, Lawrence Township police and New Jersey state troopers, to Interstate 95 on the report of a vehicle off the road with possible entrapment. Crews arrived to the vehicle into the trees near the fence separating the interstate from the office complex at 3131 Princeton Pike. The vehicle had sustained a tremendous amount of damage. The driver, an 18-year-old woman, and one of her two passengers, a 20-year-old man, were both killed in the crash. The other passenger, a 16-year-old male, was badly injured and had to be extricated from the wreckage by firefighters. A medevac helicopter was requested but it was later cancelled and the teenager, once freed, was rushed to the trauma center at Capital Health System at Fuld hospital. Engine 12 from Mercerville Fire Co. was special-called to the scene at 11:12 a.m. to help search the woods surrounding the accident scene because it was originally feared that a fourth person might have been traveling in the car and ejected upon impact. Ultimately, the searches proved negative and it was determined that only three people had been in the vehicle. After extricating the 16-year-old, firefighters freed the other victims from the wreckage to aid the Mercer County Medical Examiner’s Office. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 12:11 p.m. The officers and members of Lawrence Road Fire Co. offer their condolences to the families of the deceased and wish the survivor a full and speedy recovery.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Paid Driver Bryan Gibbons
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Christine Toussaint
Car 22
Assistant Chief John Britton
Private Vehicle
Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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TWO-ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, June 7, 2008 – 9:32 a.m.
Location: 405 Redding Circle, Princeton Township, N.J.
Details: At 9:27 a.m. all three Princeton fire companies – Princeton Engine #1 (Station 61), Princeton Hook & Ladder Co. (Station 62) and Mercer Engine #3 (Station 63) – and the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Squad 168) were dispatched for a possible structure fire. Police and Ambulance 168-3 arrived on scene at 9:31 a.m. to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the front of one unit in an apartment building, with a victim down on the front lawn. The unconscious woman, who was reportedly rescued from the burning apartment by a neighbor, was carried to a safe location by police officers and administered oxygen. She and two other residents of the apartment building were transported to University Medical Center at Princeton, where they were treated for minor injuries and later released. With confirmation of a working fire, Engine 53 from Rocky Hill Borough (Somerset County) and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 were dispatched as the balance of Box 60-20’s first alarm. Princeton Lieutenant 63-1 then arrived on location and immediately requested a second alarm, resulting in the dispatch at 9:36 a.m. of units from the Kingston (Middlesex County Station 24), Montgomery #2 (Somerset County Station 46), Hopewell Borough (Station 52) and Plainsboro (Middlesex County Station 49) fire companies. Rescue 22 responded at 9:36 a.m. and arrived on scene to assume rapid intervention team duties at 9:49 a.m. The blaze, which investigators said began in the kitchen as the result of unattended cooking, was knocked down by 9:56 a.m. and was officially placed under control at 10:05 a.m. Apartment #405 and two neighboring units were damaged as a result of the fire. Apparatus that operated at the scene included: Engine 61, Ladder Tower 62, Squirt 63, Engine 63, Rescue 168, Special Services 60, Rescue 22, Engine 24, Ladder Tower 46-126, Ladder Tower 49, Engine 52-1, Engine 53, Ambulance 168-3, and Ambulance 145-3 (West Windsor). Rescue 22 was recalled at 10:45 a.m. and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 11:06 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Evan Kutzin
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Brian McCarthy
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Sunday, June 8, 2008 – 9:36 p.m.
Location: 1337 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: At 9:31 p.m. Mercer County Central transmitted Box 32-10 and dispatched the Pennington Road (Station 32), West Trenton (Station 33), and Prospect Heights (Station 31) fire companies for a possible house fire. At 9:34 p.m. West Trenton Assistant Chief Chris Hoarn arrived on location and reported he had smoke showing from the rear of a one-story single-family dwelling. As a result, Mercer County Central at 9:36 p.m. retoned all three Ewing fire companies for a working fire and dispatched Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. to the scene for rapid intervention team duties. Because it was a hot and humid evening, an extra engine company (Engine 21 from Slackwood Fire Co.) was called to the scene as a precaution at 9:45 p.m. Rescue 22’s crew set up as the RIT in front of the house while Ewing firefighters battled the blaze, which was in the basement. Ultimately, the flames were contained to the basement and the fire was declared under control at 10 p.m. Rescue 22 remained on location throughout overhaul operations and then cleared the scene with the rest of the apparatus about 11:03 p.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 11:14 p.m. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Engine 32, Rescue 32, Engine 33, Ladder Tower 33, Engine 33-1, Rescue 33, Engine 31, Squirt 31, Rescue 22 and Engine 21.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Andrew Fosina
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.  
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Thursday, June 12, 2008 – 3:01 a.m.
Location: Engine Co. #1, 460 Calhoun Street, City of Trenton, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22. was dispatched at 3:01 a.m. to relocate, along with Snorkel 21 from Slackwood Fire Co., to Trenton’s firehouse on Calhoun Street to help provide coverage to the state capital while city firefighters were busy battling a two-alarm fire in a junkyard on Enterprise Avenue. Rescue 22 arrived at the quarters of Engine 1 and Ladder 1 at 3:14 a.m. and stood by there until 6:09 a.m. without receiving any emergency calls. Ironically, just minutes after Engine 1 returned to its station and sent Rescue 22 home to Lawrence Township, a working structure fire was reported on Lamberton Street in South Trenton. Rescue 22 was back in quarters at Station 22 by 6:18 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Richard Laird III Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan  




MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Friday, June 13, 2008 – 5:12 p.m.
Location: Outer Ring Road at Kelly Viaduct, Quakerbridge Mall, 3320 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence, N.J.
Details: Crews from all three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched, along with EMS and police, for a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Slackwood’s Rescue 21 arrived on the scene at 5:19 p.m., followed by Lawrenceville’s Rescue 23 at 5:23 p.m. and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 at 5:24 p.m. Slackwood firefighters quickly went to work with their rescue tools to perform a “door pop” to free one trapped victim. The extrication was completed by 5:29 p.m. and the victim turned over to medical crews. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 5:44 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik  
Private Vehicle
Ff. Jospeh Dlabik Sr.




TWO-ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, June 14, 2008 – 10:49 a.m.
Location: 50 Broad Avenue, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Crews from all three Ewing Township fire companies – Pennington Road (Station 32), Prospect Heights (Station 31) and West Trenton (Station 33) – were dispatched at 10:45 a.m. for a reported structure fire. Pennington Road Chief Matt Kalnas arrived on location at 10:48 a.m. to find a split-level home fully-engulfed in flames. He immediately requested the balance of Box 32-10’s first alarm, then seconds later called for the second alarm. At 10:49 a.m. Mercer County Central retoned all Ewing fire companies for a working fire and also dispatched Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 as the rapid intervention team. At 10:51 a.m. Slackwood’s Engine 21, Lawrenceville’s Telesquirt 23, Pennington Borough’s Engine 51 and Union-Titusville’s Engine 53 were all dispatched on the second alarm. With all the residents reported to be out and safe, and with parts of the fire building already starting to collapse, Kalnas called for a defensive exterior operation using multiple hoselines and the master streams from Ladder Tower 31 and Ladder Tower 33. Rescue 22 responded at 10:54 a.m. and arrived on the scene at 11 a.m. Rescue 22’s crew was quickly put to work and stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline from Rescue 22 to protect the Side B exposure building, the side of which was starting to smolder from the intense radiant heat given off by the blaze. Ultimately, the exposure building was saved and only suffered some melted siding and other minor damage. After the exposure building was out of danger, Rescue 22’s crew was reassigned RIT duties. Rescue 22’s driver (James Yates) and Lawrence Road Deputy Chief John Fleming also helped stretch a supply line from Engine 31-1 to Ladder Tower 33. The fire building soon collapsed, leaving only small parts of wall and the chimney left standing. The blaze was darkened down and declared under control at 11:29 a.m., however firefighters continued to flow water on the ruins for some time afterward. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Engine 32, Ladder Tower 31, Engine 31-1, Ladder Tower 33, Engine 33, Rescue 22, Engine 21, Telesquirt 23, Ladder Tower 51, Engine 53, Rehab 174 (Trenton EMS), and Signal 22 (Canteen). Rescue 22 was released from the fireground at 12:28 p.m. and was back in quarters by 12:43 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Safety Officer James Yates
Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Shaun Dlabik
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STRUCTURE FIRE, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT & COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Monday, June 16, 2008 – 3:43 p.m.
Location: 17 Wiscassett Avenue, Ewing Township, N.J.
Marie Katzenbach School For The Deaf, 320 Sullivan Way, Ewing Township, N.J.
Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32), 1664 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: All three Ewing Township fire companies were dispatched on Box 33-10 at 3:36 p.m. for a possible house fire at 17 Wiscassett Avenue. West Trenton Fire Chief Ralf Brandmaier arrived at 3:40 p.m. and reported that he had smoke showing from a split-level dwelling. Based on that report, Mercer County Central at 3:43 p.m. dispatched Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 as the rapid intervention team. Ewing firefighters quickly discovered flames burning in the home’s utility room. The fire, which began in a clothes dryer, had started to burn up a wall and was just seconds away from spreading to the floor above. But Ewing firefighters made a fast knock down and the blaze was placed under control at 3:54 p.m. Rescue 22, which had not yet arrived on the fireground, was redirected to stand by at the Pennington Road firehouse. Prior to arriving at Station 32, however, Rescue 22 was dispatched with other Ewing fire apparatus to the Marie Katzenbach School For The Deaf for a reported hazardous materials incident. Rescue 22 arrived there at 4:07 p.m. Lawrence Road firefighters performed a recon and learned that 3 to 4 ounces of mercury had leaked from a barometer as it was being taken off a wall in the school's science laboratory. After the Trenton Fire Department’s hazardous materials team arrived on scene at 4:19 p.m. to take over cleanup operations, Rescue 22 was ordered to return to the cover assignment at Station 32. Rescue 22 reached the Pennington Road firehouse at 4:32 p.m. and remained there, without receiving any additional emergency calls, until being recalled at 4:42 p.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters at Station 22 by 4:48 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant John Britton Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent




VEHICLE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17, 2008 – 11:59 p.m.
Location: Area of 2211 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: At 11:59 p.m. Lawrence Road firefighters were dispatched for a reported vehicle fire on Lawrence Road in the area of the police station. Deputy Chief John Fleming responded at midnight, followed by Chief Richard Farletta at 12:01 a.m. and Rescue 22 at 12:02 a.m. Fleming arrived at 12:03 a.m., followed by Rescue 22 at 12:04 a.m. and Farletta at 12:05 a.m., to find a working fire in the engine compartment and dashboard of a Volkswagen Passat. Rescue 22’s crew quickly stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline and extinguished the fire. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 12:33 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Michael Guala
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Sunday, June 22, 2008 – 2:59 p.m.
Location: 48 Rickard Court, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: At 2:59 p.m. Mercer County Central transmitted Box 23-60 for a structure fire at the Lawrence Square Village complex after a 911 call was received reporting that a clothes dryer was on fire inside a second-floor laundry room. Dispatched at that time were units from Lawrenceville (Station 23), Lawrence Road (Station 22), Slackwood (Station 21) and Mercerville (Station 12) fire companies. Arriving on scene at 3:04 p.m., Engine 12’s crew reported smoke showing from the apartment building and immediately began stretching a 1.75-ince hoseline up to the second floor to begin attacking the fire. Mercer County Central, meanwhile, redispatched all three Lawrence fire companies for a working fire. A rapid intervention team from West Windsor Fire Co. (Station 43) was also dispatched at 3:10 p.m. Engine 22 reached the scene at 3:10 p.m. and laid a 200 feet of 5-inch hose to a hydrant to supply Engine 12. Engine 22’s crew then reported to the third floor to check for extension above the burning laundry room. Ultimately, the fire was contained to the laundry room, which was badly damaged. After checking the third floor, Engine 22’s crew assisted with ventilation and overhaul in the laundry room. During the fire, Rescue 22’s crew stood by as the rapid intervention team, while Rescue 22’s driver (Ff. Shaun Dlabik) used the apparatus cascade to refill 10 SCBA bottles. Pennington Borough’s Engine 51 and Princeton Fire Department’s Ladder Tower 62 relocated to Station 22 to cover Lawrence Township during the blaze. Apparatus that operated on the fireground included: Telesquirt 23 Ladder Tower 23, Engine 22, Rescue 22, Snorkel 21, Engine 12, Rescue 43, and Rehab 174 (Trenton EMS). All Lawrence Road units were back in quarters by 5:11 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr. Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Rescue 22
Officer: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Theresa Androvette Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Private Vehicle
Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr. Ff. Chris Dlabik

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Brian McCarthy
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 – 9:19 p.m.
Location: 23 Delaware Avenue, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: At 9:13 p.m. Mercer County Central dispatched all three Ewing Township fire companies for a reported house fire. Prospect Heights Lieutenant 31-1 arrived on the scene within minutes to report fire showing from the front of the dwelling. As a result, Mercer County Central retoned all Ewing station for a working fire and, at 9:19 p.m., dispatched Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 to the scene for rapid intervention team duties. Rescue 22 responded at 9:22 p.m. and arrived at 9:33 p.m. The blaze, which was caused by an oil or grease flareup on the stovetop, was knocked down by 9:34 p.m. and contained to the kitchen by Ewing firefighters. Ewing Ff. Robert Jobst Jr. received minor burns on his left wrist while fighting the fire, according to police reports. Rescue 22’s crew stood by as the RIT during overhaul operations, then was released at 10:36 p.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters at Station 22 by 10:48 p.m. Apparatus that operated at the fireground included: Engine 33, Engine 33-1, Rescue 33, Telesquirt 32, Rescue 32, Ladder Tower 31, Engine 31-1, and Rescue 22.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Matthew Fareletta
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Sr. Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Steven Adzima Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Car 22-1
Assistant Chief John Britton

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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