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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
JANUARY 2009

During the month of January 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 51 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.





CAT RESCUE
Date & Time: Saturday, January 3, 2009 9:29 a.m.
Location: 206 Review Avenue, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched at 9:29 a.m. to assist the resident at 206 Review Avenue. Upon their arrival, Telesquirt 22s crew found the resident seeking help rescuing his cat, which was stuck approximately 10 to 15 feet up a tree. Telesquirt 22s crew raised a roof ladder to the tree and retrieved the cat from the tree. With pet and owner successfully reunited, Telesquirt 22 cleared the scene and was back in quarters by 9:44 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Andrew Fosina
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen
Fire Police Officer John Zita




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:23 a.m.
Location: 107 Treymore Court, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Pennington (Station 51) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) fire companies were dispatched at 4:16 a.m. to investigate a report that the home at 107 Treymore Court was filling with smoke. First-arriving crews discovered a working chimney fire and requested Box 51-40s full first alarm. That resulted in the dispatch at 4:23 a.m. of units from Lawrence Road, West Trenton (Station 33), Hopewell (Station 52) and Upper Makefield (Bucks County, Pa., Station 71) fire companies. Rescue 22 arrived at 4:36 a.m. Lawrence Road firefighters stood by as the rapid intervention team while other crews extinguished the fire in the chimney and confirmed there was no fire extension to the rest of the home. Rescue 22 was released at 4:59 a.m. and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 5:06 a.m. Apparatus that responded to the fire included: Rescue 51, Ladder Tower 51, Telesquirt 23, Rescue 22, Engine 33, Tanker 52, and Tanker 71.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:41 a.m.
Location: 205 South Main Street, Pennington Borough, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Pennington (Station 51) and Hopewell (Station 52) fire companies were dispatched at 10:35 a.m. after the resident of 205 South Main Street called 911 to report her living room was on fire. Rescue 51 arrived at 10:41 a.m. and reported heavy smoke showing from the front of the home. As Rescue 51s crew stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline inside to fight the fire, Mercer County Central toned out units from Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) fire companies at 10:41 a.m. as the balance of Box 51-10s full first alarm. Rescue 22 arrived at 10:52 a.m. and the crew was put to work conducting a search of the second floor and helping to open up walls to check for fire extension. A 1.75-inch hoseline from Rescue 22 was stretched and charged for fire attack on the first floor, and Rescue 22s cascade system was used to refill about 20 SCBA bottles. A crew from Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32) was special-called to the scene to assist with operations before the blaze was officially declared under control at 11:30 a.m. Rescue 22 was released at 12:23 p.m. and was back in quarters by 12:38 p.m. Apparatus that operated at the scene included: Rescue 51, Engine 51, Ladder Tower 51, Quint 52, Rescue 22, Telesquirt 23, Ladder Tower 23, and Engine 32.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Patrick Kent
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




SMOKE CONDITION
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:51 p.m.
Location: 735 Bunker Hill Avenue, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Slackwood (Station 21), Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) fire companies were all dispatched at 5:51 p.m. for a possible chimney fire at 735 Bunker Hill Road. Police arrived first and reported heavy smoke in the home, resulting in the dispatch at 5:55 p.m. of additional units from Enterprise (Station 14-2) and Pennington Road (Station 32) fire companies as a precaution. Engine 21-1, Engine 22, Telesquirt 22, Ladder Tower 23, Engine 14-2, and Rescue 32 all responded. Firefighters quickly discovered that residents had accidentally overloaded their fireplace. Crews used buckets to carefully removed several burning logs from the fireplace. The logs were taken outside and extinguished. After it was confirmed there was no fire extension beyond the fireplace, fans were then used to clear the smoke from the home. All Station 22 units were back in quarters by 6:48 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Michael Guala
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: : Capt. Ed Budzinski
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Ff. Steven Adzima Crew: Ff. Christine Toussaint
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita

Photo copyright (c) 2009 by Lawrence Road Fire Co.

Photo copyright (c) 2009 by Lawrence Road Fire Co.

Photo copyright (c) 2009 by Lawrence Road Fire Co.




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Friday, January 30, 2009 9:18 p.m.
Location: 1460 Prospect Street, Ewing Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Prospect Heights Fire Co. (Station 31) was dispatched at 8:57 p.m. to investigate a fire alarm activation at the auto body shop at 1460 Prospect Street. Squirt 31 arrived to find nothing showing from the building and all doors locked. A representative of the business soon arrived with a key to let firefighters in. When Squirt 31s crew entered, they found heavy smoke in the building. They immediately called for a full first alarm and began to stretch a hoseline. Pennington Road (Station 32), West Trenton (Station 33) and Lawrence Road (Station 22) fire companies were all dispatched at 9:18 p.m. Other than Squirt 31, responding units included Engine 31-1, Ladder Tower 31, Light Plant 31, Engine 32, Rescue 32, Ladder Tower 33, Engine 33-1, and Rescue 22. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 9:27 p.m. and the crew set up as the rapid intervention team. Ewing firefighters soon extinguished the blaze, which involved the buildings heater. The fire was officially declared under control at 9:40 p.m. Rescue 22 was released at 9:53 p.m. and was back in quarters by 10:01 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala  
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita