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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
MARCH 2009

During the month of March 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 44 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.





DUMPSTER FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 2009 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: 146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd, Lawrence Twp, Mercer County, NJ
Details: Lawrenceville (Station 23), Lawrence Road and Slackwood (Station 21) fire companies were alerted at 7:45 p.m. for a dumpster fire with possible exposure problems at Amalfi’s Restaurant. Engine 22 arrived on scene at 7:52 p.m. to find a dumpster well involved in fire. Engine 22’s crew stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline and extinguished the blaze. With no exposure problems, Telesquirt 22 and other responding units were redirected to Village Park to investigate and extinguish a small trash can fire. Engine 22’s crew returned to quarters by 8:15 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Patrick Kent
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta  
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr., Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird  
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Private Vehicle
Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik
Fire Police Officer John Zita




EMS ASSIST
Date & Time: Monday, March 16, 2009 – 10:58 a.m.
Location: 2381 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23) was dispatched at 10:54 a.m. on a emergency request to help EMS personnel at St. Lawrence Rehab Center carry a critically ill patient weighing in excess of 450 pounds. As Station 23 was already committed to responding an another incident in Princeton Township, Mercer County Central was ordered to dispatch Lawrence Road Fire Co. at 10:58 a.m. to handle the EMS assist. Rescue 22 arrived at 11:05 a.m. and assisted Squad 151 in carrying the patient to their ambulance. Rescue 22 then escorted the ambulance to Fuld hospital in Trenton and helped carry the patient into the emergency department. Rescue 22 returned to Station 22 at 11:45 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon  
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita




THREE-ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, March 16, 2009 – 6:40 p.m.
Location: 265 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: It was 6:40 p.m. when Lawrenceville (Station 23), Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Slackwood (Station 21) fire companies were alerted for a structure fire on a farm in the 200 block of Cold Soil Road. Police were already on scene confirming a working fire and a massive column of smoke was visible in the sky as firefighters responded in. Because of the rural location of the fire, tankers from Hopewell Valley fire companies were automatically dispatched as part of the first alarm. Firefighters arrived to find a large 2.5-story barn fully-involved in fire, with flames already extending into a similar sized barn next door. Together the two structures formed a large L-shape approximately 150 feet by 75 feet in size. As the barns were located well off the road and the property owners were not home, the fire gained considerable headway before it was spotted by a passing motorist and neighbors. With the closest hydrant more than a mile-and-a-half away, second and third alarms were sounded for mutual aid tankers from Somerset, Hunterdon and Bucks County (Pa.) to set up a water relay. With a very limited water supply during the early stages of the fire, firefighters concentrated their efforts on protecting the exposure buildings and cooling a large propane cylinder stored next to the burning buildings. The cylinder’s relief valve eventually released, greatly intensifying the fire. Embers blown from the fire building also started a fire in an adjacent field, resulting in the dispatch of brush trucks. Different crews of Lawrence Road firefighters manned hoselines and assumed rapid intervention team duties during the fire. Engine 22, meanwhile, was set up in the driveway to pump water from the tanker relay up to Telesquirt 23 and Snorkel 21. The blaze was declared under control at 9:14 p.m. Both buildings were destroyed, but the exposures nearby were saved. Lawrence Road firefighters cleared the scene around midnight. Lawrence Township apparatus that operated on scene included: Telesquirt 23, Ladder Tower 23, Rescue 23, Engine 22, Rescue 22, Telesquirt 22, Snorkel 21, Engine 21-1, and Engine 21. Mutual aid included Brush 44 from Princeton Junction Fire Co., Tanker 51 and Brush 51 from Pennington Fire Co., Tanker 52 from Hopewell Fire Co., Tanker 53 from Union-Titusville Fire Co., Somerset County Tanker 35-145 from Griggstown Fire Co., Somerset County Tanker 45-135 from Montgomery Fire Co. #1, Somerset County Tanker 48-131 from Neshanic Fire Co., Hunterdon County Tanker 23-71 from Stockton Fire Co., Hunterdon County Tanker 33-71 from Three Bridges Fire Co., Hunterdon County Tanker 47-71 from Sergeantsville Fire Co., Bucks County Tanker 46 from New Hope-Eagle Fire Co. and Bucks County Tanker 71 from Upper Makefield Fire Co. EMS on scene came from Lawrence, Pennington and Trenton. Hamilton’s Ladder 14 relocated to the Lawrence Road firehouse during the blaze.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Patrick Kent
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala  
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr. Crew: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Ff. Mathew Farletta Crew: Ff. Christine Toussaint
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Richard Farletta Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.
Crew: Ff. C.J. Decello  
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming
Private Vehicle
Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik
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.




STAND BY ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – 8:18 a.m.
Location: Fire HQ, 244 Perry Street, Trenton City, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was dispatched to relocated to Trenton Fire Headquarters to help cover the capital city while most on-duty Trenton firefighters were busy tackling a two-alarm blaze in a pair of attached houses in the 1200 block of West State Street. Rescue 22 received no assignments during the stand by and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 9:25 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Capt. Ed Budzinski
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.