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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
SEPTEMBER 2008

During the month of September 2008, 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.



STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Thursday, September 18, 2008 – 3:09 p.m.
Location: 30 Green Avenue, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrenceville’s Telesquirt 23, Lawrence Road’s Engine 22 and Slackwood’s Snorkel 21 responded to a 911 call for smoke issuing from a dwelling. Firefighters soon discovered a small fire in a wall on the second floor that had been accidentally started by soldering work. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and confirmed there was no extension. All units were released at 4 p.m. and Engine 22 was back in quarters by 4:09 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Private Vehicle
Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.




VEHICLE FIRE
Date & Time: Thursday, September 18, 2008 – 5:23 p.m.
Location: Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. was toned out for a vehicle fire in the parking lot of the high school. Deputy Chief John Fleming arrived within a minute of the dispatch to find fire showing from the engine compartment of a Hyundai Elantra. Fleming knocked down the bulk of the fire using a dry chemical extinguisher. Rescue 22 then arrived at 5:27 p.m. Rescue 22’s crew finished extinguishing the fire and secured the vehicle’s battery. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 5:43 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen




MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 – 12:42 p.m.
Location: Route 206 near Rider University, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched at 12:42 p.m. to assist police at the scene of a single-vehicle accident. Firefighters arrived to find that a Pontiac Grand Am being driven by a 24-year-old man from Wrightstown had veered off Route 206 and slammed into a utility pole just south of Rider University's main entrance. The force of the impact crushed the front of the car and snapped the utility pole in half, causing power lines it supported to sag dangerously low across the road. As a result, the Rider campus and the surrounding area lost power. Despite the severity of the crash, the driver was not trapped and refused medical treatment. Fearing that the upper half of the pole — which was supported only by the overhead wires to which it was attached — might fall, police immediately shut down both sides of Route 206, detouring southbound traffic past the crash scene by way of the Rider campus and sending northbound traffic onto Princeton Pike via Darrah Lane. Firefighters helped police secure the area around the damaged pole until PSE&G repair crews arrived and shut off power. Ultimately, the road was closed for about 90 minutes. Station 22 personnel cleared the scene at 1:29 p.m. to respond to a fire alarm activation on Pine Knoll Drive.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Paid Driver Robert Santello
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Michael Guala
Utility 22
Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
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STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Sunday, September 28, 2008 – 9:20 a.m.
Location: Halloween Adventure, Quaker Bridge Mall, 3320 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched to Quaker Bridge Mall after smoke and smelled and then seen coming from the Halloween Adventure store on the mall's lower level. The novelty store was still closed at that time. Responding apparatus included Telesquirt 23, Ladder Tower 23, Engine 22, Telesquirt 22, Rescue 22, Snorkel 21 and Engine 21. After unlocking a security gate and entering the store with the help of police and mall security guards, firefighters discovered a moderate smoke condition inside. Firefighters conducted a search and soon discovered that the smoke was being generated by an electrical short in a transformer at the rear of the store. Power was immediately turned off to the transformer. Crews checked for fire extension but found none. All Lawrence Road units were back in quarters by 10:05 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Patrick Kent
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Fk. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik  
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Deputy Chief John Fleming
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Christine Toussaint
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala  
Rescue 22
Officer: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik  
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen