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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
NOVEMBER 2008

During the month of November 2008, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 47 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.



HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 – 5:32 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Police Station, 2211 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. and the hazardous materials team from the Trenton Fire Department were dispatched after a resident of Pembroke Court brought to the Lawrence Township police station an envelope containing a small plastic bag filled with an unknown white substance. The envelope, which mad been mailed from New York City, was actually addressed to a location in London, England, but as the result of some kind of postal error was delivered to the house on Pembroke Court in Lawrence. After the resident arrived at the police station with the envelope, police immediately requested the HazMat team. Rescue 22’s crew stood by while HazMat personnel analyzed the substance in the envelope. Test ultimately revealed the substance was an illegal drug, crystal meth. The substance was then turned back over to the police for their investigation and all fire units cleared the scene. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 4:02 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Capt. Ed Budzinski
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Michael Byrd
Car 22
Chief Richard Farletta




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 – 5:42 p.m.
Location: 74 Ross Stevenson Circle, Princeton Township, N.J.
Details: All three Princeton fire companies – Princeton Engine #1 (Station 61), Princeton Hook & Ladder (Station 62) and Mercer Engine #3 (Station 63) – were dispatched, along with the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Squad 168), at 5:34 p.m. after Princeton Theological Seminary Professor Geddes W. Hanson and his wife called 911 to report smoke on the second floor of their home. Heavy smoke was pushing from the eaves and flames were visible on side D when police and first-due firefighters manning Squirt 63 arrived on the scene. With confirmation of a working fire, Mercer County Central upgraded to Box 60-20’s full first alarm. That resulted in the dispatch at 5:42 p.m. of Engine 53 from Rocky Hill and Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road. Ladder Tower 49 from Plainsboro was special-called a short time later, along with the rehab unit from Trenton Emergency Medical Service. Thanks to an aggressive interior attack by Princeton firefighters, the blaze was contained to the room of origin on the second-floor. The fire was declared under control at 6:09 p.m. Rescue 22’s crew stood by as the rapid intervention team during firefighting and overhaul efforts. Ultimately, Rescue 22 was released at 6:44 p.m. and was back in quarters by 7:05 p.m. Apparatus that operated on scene included: Squirt 63, Engine 63, Ladder Tower 62, Engine 62, Special Services 60, Rescue 168, Engine 53, Rescue 22, Ladder Tower 49, and Rehab 174.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Michael Byrd  

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
For additional photos from this incident, click here




COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – 2:31 a.m.
Location: Engine Co. #1, 460 Calhoun Street, City of Trenton, N.J.
Details: At 2:31 a.m. Mercer County Central dispatched Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 and Slackwood’s Snorkel 21 to stand by at the Calhoun Street firehouse in Trenton while city firefighters were busy battling a two-alarm blaze in a row of houses on Dickinson Street. Rescue 22 stood by in place on Engine 1, without taking in any emergency assignments, until being released at 4:16 a.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 4:23 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Ff. Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – 9:36 p.m.
Location: 915 Lanning Avenue, Lawrence Township, N.J.
Details: At 9:36 p.m., after Lawrence Township police received a frantic 911 call from a resident reporting his bedroom on fire, Mercer County Central transmitted Box 21-13 and dispatched the Slackwood (Station 21), Lawrence Road (Station 22), Lawrenceville (Station 23) and Prospect Heights (Station 31) fire companies for a structure fire. Additional personnel from the Pennington Road (Station 32) and Enterprise (Station 14-2) fire companies were dispatched after Slackwood Chief Robert Santello arrived on scene and reported that he had heavy smoke issuing from the left side of a 2.5-story duplex, with fire visible on the second floor. Engine 22, the first apparatus to arrive, pulled up in front of the fire building at 9:39 p.m. Engine 22’s crew immediately stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline inside and up to the second floor to attack the fire. The next-arriving crews helped establish a water supply and vent the building. Telesquirt 22’s crew, meanwhile, forced entry into the right side of the duplex to check for fire extension. Ultimately, the blaze was contained to the front bedroom on the second floor and the fire was declared under control at 9:59 p.m. Investigators later determined that the fire had been sparked by a space heater that had been placed too close to a mattress. Apparatus that operated on scene included: Engine 21-1, Snorkel 21, Engine 22, Telesquirt 22, Rescue 22, Ladder Tower 23, Telesquirt 23, Squirt 31, Rescue 32, and Engine 14-2. All Lawrence Road apparatus and personnel were back in quarters by 11:27 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala  
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Martin Burch  
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Ff. Brian Laue Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
For additional photos from this incident, click here




THREE-ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Friday, November 21, 2008 – 8 p.m.
Location: 14 Pond View Lane, Hopewell Township, N.J.
Details: At 8 p.m. Mercer County Central dispatched Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. to respond as cascade support to the scene of a three-alarm house fire. It was 7:14 p.m. when Mercer Country Central transmitted Box 53-20’s first alarm after Hopewell Township police received a 911 call from the owner of 14 Pond View Lane reporting she had a fire in her laundry room. Police and firefighters arrived to find the large two-story house charged with smoke and flames venting from the window of the first-floor laundry. The second alarm was quickly sounded, followed by the third alarm for manpower at 7:40 p.m. The blaze was fought by crews from Union-Titusville, Pennington, Hopewell, West Trenton, Pennington Road, Lawrenceville, and Eagle-New Hope (Pa.) fire companies. Tankers from Upper Makefield (Pa.) and several Somserset County fire companies were recalled prior to arrival on the scene. Rescue 22 reached the fireground at 8:17 p.m. While the rest of Rescue 22’s crew stood by as part of the manpower pool, Ff. Shaun Dlabik used Rescue 22’s cascade system to refill more than two dozen SCBA bottles. Ultimately, several cats and dogs were rescued from the home and the fire was officially declared under control at 8:09 p.m. Damage to the house was significant but no injuries were reported. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Telesquirt 53, Tanker 53, Engine 53, Tanker 52, Engine 52, Ladder Tower 51, Engine 51, Engine 33, Ladder Tower 33, Ladder Tower 23, Rescue 32, Engine 46, and Rescue 22. Rescue 22 remained on scene refilling SCBA bottles until 9:35 p.m., and then returned to quarters by 9:48 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Kent Kent
Crew: Ff. Michael Byrd  

Photo copyright (c) 2008 by Michael Ratcliffe
For additional photos from this incident, click here




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 – 4:19 a.m.
Location: 257 Pennington-Harbourton Road, Hopewell Township, N.J.
Details: At 4:05 a.m. Mercer County Central dispatched Pennington Borough Fire Co. and Hopewell Borough’s Engine 52 for a reported barn fire at the Gone Away Farm. The owner of the farm had called 911 to report that she had been awakened by an explosion coming from her barn. The structure housed a small office and various horse equipment but no animals. Police soon arrived and reported that the barn – which they estimated to be about 30 feet by 50 feet in size – was already fully-involved in fire. Pennington Deputy Chief Jim DeForte reached the scene at 4:13 a.m. and requested Box 51-60’s full first alarm. That resulted in the dispatch of tankers and additional apparatus from the Hopewell and Union-Titusville fire companies. Also dispatched to the fireground at 4:19 a.m. was Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 4:43 a.m. and stood by as the rapid intervention team while Hopewell Valley firefighters extinguished the fire. Tankers shuttled in water from a hydrant on Scotch Road. Ultimately, the barn was a total loss, but several exposure buildings were saved from damage. Rescue 22 was released at 5:09 a.m. and was back in quarters by 5:21 a.m. Apparatus that operated on scene included: Rescue 51, Tanker 51, Ladder Tower 51, Engine 52, Tanker 52, Tanker 53, Engine 53, and Rescue 22.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik




COVER ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Location: Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32), 1666 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, N.J.
Details: Rescue 22 stood by at Station 32 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.” During the standby, Rescue 22 responded to four alarms: smoke conditions at Homasote Co. and another nearby property in the 900 block of Lower Ferry Road, a fire alarm at 9 Wiscassett Avenue and a carbon monoxide alarm at 350 Concord Avenue. In the end, Ewing police won the game, defeating the Ewing firefighters by a score of 32 to 8.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Shaun Dlabik.
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Michael Guala
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon