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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
JULY 2008

During the month of July 2008, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 41 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 TRACTOR-TRAILER WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Thursday, July 3, 2008 – 3:46 a.m.
Location: Ramp from Route 1 South to Interstate 95 South, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrenceville Fire Co., Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co., and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. were all dispatched for a reported accident with possible entrapment. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 3:56 a.m., followed by Rescue 21 at 3:57 a.m. and Rescue 23 and Utility 23 at 4:01 a.m. Firefighters discovered that a tractor-trailer had gone off the road and overturned. The cab of the tractor had come to rest on the guardrail, trapping the driver, and the rig was leaking diesel fuel. A 1.75-inch hoseline was immediately stretched from Rescue 22 as firefighters went to work. Nearly all of Rescue 22’s Holmatro tools and air bags were utilized as crews struggled to free the heavily entrapped driver. A heavy-duty wrecker was special-called to assist with extrication efforts. Firefighters finally had the injured man freed by 4:42 a.m. Fortunately, his injuries were not considered life-threatening. He was transported by EMS to an area hospital for treatment. After picking up all their tools, Rescue 22 and Rescue 21 were released from the scene at 5:29 a.m. Lawrenceville firefighters, meanwhile, remained on the scene until 1 p.m. attending to the fuel spill and standing by with state police while the overturned tractor-trailer was uprighted and removed.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Car 22-1
Assistant Chief John Britton

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Jackie Mrozicki, Lawrenceville Fire Co.
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FIREWORKS STANDBY
Date & Time: Friday, July 4, 2008 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers, aided by crews from Lawrenceville, Slackwood and Pennington fire companies, stood by for the township’s annual Independence Day fireworks display.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Theresa Androvette Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan
Crew: Ff. C.J. Decello  
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Richard Laird III Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Car 22
Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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FATAL CARBON MONOXIDE INCIDENT
Date & Time: Saturday, July 5, 2008 – 1:32 a.m.
Location: 141 Point Court, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched at 1:32 a.m. after a resident of 144 Point Court called 911 to report that her carbon monoxide alarm was sounding. Chief Richard Farletta and Telesquirt 22 soon arrived and firefighters began to check the residence with their gas meters. Telesquirt 22’s crew found very high levels of carbon monoxide – 319 parts-per-million on the first floor and 400 parts-per-million on the second floor. With no apparent sources of carbon monoxide found in 144 Point Court, firefighters immediately started checking the three other attached homes in the cluster. A request was also made for a PSE&G utility crew to respond to the scene. When no one answered the door at 141 Point Court, Telesquirt 22’s crew forced entry and discovered that the carbon monoxide level in that residence was 1,295 parts-per-million. Wearing self-contained breathing apparatus, firefighters conducted an immediate primary search and located a 74-year-old woman in the first floor bedroom. The woman was in cardiac arrest. Telesquirt 22’s crew removed the woman to the fresh air outside and started to perform CPR. At 1:57 a.m. Chief Farletta notified Mercer County Central that a victim had been located and that EMS was needed with a rush. Chief Farletta also requested that all three Lawrence Township fire companies be dispatched for additional manpower to help finish searching all the homes. An ambulance crew and paramedics soon arrived and took over patient care. Sadly, the 74-year-old was pronounced dead from carbon monoxide poisoning a short time later. No other victims were located and firefighters discovered that the source of the carbon monoxide was the dead woman’s station wagon, which she had accidentally left running in her garage for several hours. The carbon monoxide level in the garage was 1,600 parts-per-million. All four homes in the cluster were ventilated by crews from Telesquirt 22, Engine 22 and Ladder Tower 23. After standing by while police and the township fire marshal’s office conducted their investigation, all Lawrence Road volunteers were back in quarters by 4 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Theresa Androvette  
Engine 22
Officer: Ff. Matthew Farletta Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta




OVERTURNED VEHICLE
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 – 9:07 a.m.
Location: Princeton Avenue at Lanning Avenue, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched at 9:07 a.m. for an overturned vehicle with possible entrapment. Slackwood Assistant Chief Mike Oakley arrived on scene at 9:10 a.m. to find that a car and a pickup truck had collided, with the force of the impact having knocked the pickup on its side. As there was no entrapment, all responding units were recalled except Rescue 21 and Rescue 22. According to police, the accident occurred when the pickup, being driven by a 38-year-old Trenton man, attempted to make a left turn onto Lanning Avenue from the southbound side on Princeton Avenue and was struck on its passenger’s side by the northbound car being driven by a 77-year-old Ewing woman. The pickup’s driver was not hurt and was able to crawl from the overturned truck on his own prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. The car’s elderly driver and her passenger complained of pain following the crash and were taken by ambulance to Capital Health System at Fuld hospital for treatment. Rescue 22’s crew stood by with a charged hoseline until both wrecked vehicles were towed away. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 10:02 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Paid Driver Bryan Gibbons
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Martin Burch
Car 22-1
Assistant Chief John Britton

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Friday, July 11, 2008 – 4:29 p.m.
Location: Mercer Wrecking, 1519 Calhoun Street, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Prospect Heights (Station 31), Pennington Road (Station 32) and West Trenton (Station 33) fire companies were all dispatched on Box 31-10 after someone from Mercer Wrecking called 911 to report there was a fire burning amid the 50,000 square feet of trash stored inside the facility’s enormous warehouse. Squirt 31 arrived at 4:27 p.m. to find heavy smoke issuing from the building. At that time Mercer County Central upgraded to the full first alarm, retoning all Ewing fire companies for a working fire and dispatching Engine 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22. An extra engine from Enterprise Fire Co. (Station 14-2) was later special-called to the scene. Rescue 22’s crew arrived at 4:38 p.m. and stood by as the rapid intervention team while other crews battled the fire using the master streams from Squirt 31 and Ladder Tower and a front-end loader to break apart the massive pile of trash. The fire was officially declared under control at 5:09 p.m. but crews continued to flow water for another hour. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Squirt 31, Engine 31-1, Engine 31, Engine 32, Ladder Tower 33, Engine 33-1, Engine 21, Rescue 22, and Engine 14-2. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 6:08 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Crew: Ff. C.J. Decello  
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 7:22 a.m.
Location: Interstate 95 North in area of Milepost 5.7, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched on Box 23-10 for a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Lawrence Road Chief Richard Farletta arrived on the scene within a minute of the dispatch to confirm that one person was trapped in a vehicle that had veered off the highway. Rescue 23 arrived at 7:32 a.m., followed by Rescue 22 at 7:33 a.m. and Rescue 21 at 7:35 a.m. Firefighters quickly went to work and had the patient extricated by 7:46 a.m. Rescue 22’s stokes basket was used to carry the patient out to the ambulance. Rescue 22 was released at 8:03 a.m. and was back in quarters by 8:08 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta
Car 22-1
Assistant Chief John Britton




COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 7:50 p.m.
Location: Princeton Junction Fire Co. (Station 44), 245 Clarksville Road, West Windsor, N.J.
Details: At 7:50 p.m. Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was dispatched to relocate to Station 44 to help cover West Windsor Township while Princeton Junction and West Windsor fire companies and numerous mutual aid companies were busy battling a two-alarm house fire. The house on Restrick Court was already heavily-involved in fire by the time the first 911 call was received by West Windsor police. Despite the best efforts of firefighters from West Windsor, East Windsor, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Plainsboro and elsewhere, the house was a total loss. Rescue 22 arrived at Station 44 at 8:05 p.m. and stood by there with Princeton’s Ladder Tower 62 without receiving any alarms. Rescue 22 was released from the cover at 11:19 p.m. and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 11:32 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Theresa Androvett
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta




DUMPSTER FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, July 21, 2008 – 7:18 p.m.
Location: Notre Dame High School, 601 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched for a dumpster fire with exposure problems. Telesquirt 22 and Engine 22 both arrived on scene at 7:20 p.m. to find a 10-yard dumpster fully-involved in fire a few feet away from the building. Crews quickly stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline from Telesquirt 22 and knocked down the bulk of the fire. With no extension and no further danger to the exposure building, all responding Station 21 and Station 23 apparatus were recalled. After fully extinguishing the blaze and overhauling the dumpster, Lawrence Road crews returned to quarters by 7:37 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Engine 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik  
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta Ff. Matthew Farletta




COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 – 12:20 p.m.
Location: Mercer Engine Co. #3 (Station 63), 363 Witherspoon Street, Princeton Twp, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was relocated to Station 63 to stand by with Plainsboro’s Ladder Tower 49 and Engine 44 from Princeton Junction to protect the Princeton area while members of the Princeton Fire Department and the hazardous materials task force from the Trenton Fire Department were committed at a HazMat incident at Princeton Borough Hall. The incident began after several employees inside the building complained of sore throats after they opened a piece of mail. Rescue 22 stood by at Station 63 without receiving any emergency assignments. All cover companies were released from Princeton at 3:30 p.m. While enroute back to Lawrence Township, Rescue 22 was dispatched to a vehicle fire at 2009 Brunswick Pike.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent