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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
FEBRUARY 2009

During the month of February 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 35 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 CONDITION
Date & Time: Thursday, February 12, 2009 – 11:43 a.m.
Location: 912 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. Chief John Britton was driving along Lawrence Road (Route 206) when he noticed that the day’s strong wind had toppled over a large tree in the front lawn of the house at No. 912. The tree was leaning up against the power lines of a nearby utility pole and resting partially in the southbound lane of Lawrence Road. Britton called for Station 22 to be toned out at 11:43 a.m. Telesquirt 22 responded and the apparatus was positioned to block the southbound lane of Lawrence Road as a precaution. With the assistance of police, firefighters detoured traffic away from the area until a PSE&G utility crew was able to shut off electricity running to the affected wires and utility pole. While standing by, firefighters also investigated a report of arcing wires on Devon Avenue but were unable to find any such problem. With all hazards mitigated, Telesquirt 22’s crew released the scene to police and returned to quarters at 1:09 p.m. The fallen tree was cut up and ultimately removed by a cleanup contractor.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen
Fire Police Officer John Zita

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

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




STAND BY ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Thursday, February 12, 2009 – 1:08 p.m.
Location: Engine 1, 460 Calhoun Street, Trenton City, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was dispatched at 1:08 p.m. on a request to relocate into the City of Trenton to stand by at the Calhoun Street firehouse. At the time, Trenton firefighters were busy battling a two-alarm blaze at the corner of Soulth Olden Avenue and Farragut Avenue. The fire building was occupied by a grocery store on the first floor, with apartments above. Rescue 22 responded at 1:10 p.m. and arrived at Engine 1’s quarters at 1:16 p.m. Rescue 22 stood by there, without receiving any assignments, until being released at 2:18 p.m. Rescue 22 was back at Station 22 by 2:30 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird  

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




BRUSH FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, February 14, 2009 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: 175 Johnson Avenue, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Dispatched at 11:50 a.m. for a brush fire behind Building 5 of the Eggerts Crossing Village apartment complex, Lawrence Road firefighters responded with Telesquirt 22 and arrived to find fire burning over an area of the woods measuring about 25 feet by 10 feet. Telesquirt 22’s crew used 450 feet of 1.75-inch hose, two brooms and a shovel to extinguish the fire and wet down the surrounding area. Telesquirt 22 was back in quarters by 12:29 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Patrick Kent
Crew: Ff. Adam Rivera Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




BRUSH FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, February 16, 2009 – 2:37 p.m.
Location: Pine Knoll Dr. and Balsam Ct., Lawrence Twp, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched at 2:37 p.m. for a brush fire behind the home at 20 Pine Knoll Drive. Rescue 22 arrived to find Deputy Chief 20 (Jack Oakley) and Deputy Chief 23 (Gary Wasko) both already on scene with a fire burning a sizeable area of leaves along the Five Mile Run creek. Rescue 22’s crew stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline and wet down the entire area. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 3:16 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr. Crew: Ff. C.J. Decello
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen
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.

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.

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




MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Date & Time: Saturday, February 21, 2009 – 9:58 a.m.
Location: I-295 South near Route 1, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23) was dispatched at 9:51 a.m. for an accident on Interstate 295 between a tractor-trailer and a sport utility vehicle. While there was no entrapment, there were several injuries and a large spill of diesel fuel from the tractor-trailer’s rupture saddle tanks. At 9:58 a.m. Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was special-called to the scene to help Rescue 23’s crew. Rescue 22 arrived at 10:08 a.m. and helped apply speedie dry to the roadway to contain the spilled diesel fuel. Several members of Rescue 22’s crew who are also certified EMTs also assisted EMS personnel with patient care. Ultimately, a total of four patients were transported by ambulance to the hospital. Rescue 22 was released at 10:47 a.m. and returned to quarters by 10:59 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, February 21, 2009 – 5:36 p.m.
Location: 3375 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrenceville (Station 23), Slackwood (Station 21), and Lawrence Road (Station 22) fire companies were dispatched at 5:36 p.m. to the Jennifer Convertibles store in the Mercer Mall after employees called 911 and reported there was smoke issuing from a utility closet at the rear of the store. Telesquirt 23, Ladder Tower 23, Snorkel 21, Rescue 22 and Telesquirt 22 all responded. Crews arrived to find a medium smoke condition in the store, with an active fire in the utility closet. Rescue 22’s crew stretched the second hoseline into the store and helped check for fire extension. Telesquirt 22’s crew, meanwhile, investigated a water flow alarm at the nearby Ross Dress For Less store. That alarm was found to have been triggered by the change in pressure that occurred when a hydrant in the parking lot was opened because of the Jennifer Convertibles blaze. Ultimately, the store fire was quickly contained to the utility closet and extinguished. After helping with overhaul and cleanup, all Lawrence Road units returned to quarters by 6:23 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik Crew: Ff. William Klimczuk
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Christine Toussaint Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Steven Adzima  
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

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

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