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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
MAY 2009

During the month of May 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 39 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: Sunday, May 3, 2009 – 4:13 p.m.
Location: 51 Red Hill Road, Princeton Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 4:09 p.m. all three Princeton Fire Department (Station 60) companies – Princeton Engine #1, Princeton Hook & Ladder and Mercer Engine #3 – were dispatched with Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Squad 168) for a reported structure fire at 51 Red Hill Road in Princeton Township. Police soon arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire on the upper floor of a 1.5-story dwelling. Based on that report, Princeton Fire Chief Dan Tomalin immediately called for the balance of Box 60-20’s first alarm, which resulted in the dispatch at 4:13 p.m. of Engine 53 from Rocky Hill Borough (Somerset County) and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 as the rapid intervention team. Rescue 22 arrived at 4:30 p.m. and the crew set up on Side A as the RIT. At that time, heavy fire was still venting from an upper floor window on Side D. Rescue 22’s crew was soon sent inside to help fight the fire. Additional manpower and rapid intervention teams were special-called to the scene from Plainsboro (Station 49) and Kingston (Station 24) fire companies of Middlesex County and Pennington Road (Station 32) and West Windsor (Station 43) fire companies of Mercer County. The blaze was officially declared under control at 5:12 p.m. Investigators later determined the fire had been accidentally started by a resident trying to solder a pipe on the upper floor. Several Princeton firefighters suffered minor scratches and bites while rescuing six cats from the fire building. Units that operated on the scene included: Squirt 60, Ladder Tower 60, Engine 601, Engine 602, Special Services 60, Rescue 168, Special Services 168, Rescue 22, Engine 53, Ladder Tower 49, Rescue 32, Rescue 43 and Engine 24. After assisting with overhaul, Rescue 22’s crew was released at 6:06 p.m. and returned to Station 22 by 6:22 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Ed Budzinski
Crew: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon  
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.




OVERTURNED VEHICLE WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Monday, May 4, 2009 – 12:24 p.m.
Location: I-295 South, near Route 1, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23), Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. were dispatched at 12:24 p.m. for an accident with possible entrapment on Interstate 295 South near the Route 1 exit. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 12:31 p.m., followed by Rescue 21 at 12:34 p.m. and Rescue 23 at 12:35 p.m. Crews found a van resting on its side against a tree in the woods along the side of the interstate. The van’s driver was heavily entrapped, his legs pinned under the crumpled dashboard. Crews from all three rescues went to work to extricate the trapped motorist. Among the equipment put to work off of Rescue 22 were the Holmatro Combi-Tool, Spreader and Rams, as well as numerous pieces of cribbing, a collapsible ladder, a sawzall, rabbit tool, bolt cutters, halligan bar and stokes basket. The patient was finally extricated from the wreckage at 1:17 p.m. and transported to the regional trauma center in Trenton. After picking up their tools, Rescue 22’s crew cleared the scene by 1:32 p.m. and returned to quarters by 1:43 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Ed Budzinski Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Michael Guala Crew: Fire Police Officer John Zita
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming




RUBBISH FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 10:56 a.m.
Location: 2495 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 10:56 a.m. Engine 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched to Lawrence Shopping Center to assist Engine 21-1, which was already en route for a working fire in a garbage truck filled with trash. Engine 21-1 arrived on scene at 11 a.m. to find that the garbage truck had dumped its load of burning rubbish in the parking lot. Engine 22 arrived a few minutes later and helped Engine 21-1’s crew overhaul the smoldering trash and confirm that the fire had not spread to the interior of the garbage truck. Engine 22 was back in quarters by 11:31 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen

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




MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Friday, May 29, 2009 – 5:36 a.m.
Location: Interstate 295, near Route 1, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23), Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. were dispatched at 5:36 a.m. for an accident with possible entrapment on Interstate 295 North near the Route 1 exit. Hamilton Township Ambulance 110-2 arrived on scene to confirm one person trapped in a car that had gone about 30 feet off the road and into the woods. At about the same time, responding units were advised of another possibly serious accident on the southbound side of Interstate 295 in the same area. Lawrenceville Deputy Chief Dave Burns directed Rescue 22 to investigate that accident, while Rescue 23 and Rescue 22 were ordered to proceed to the first crash. Rescue 22 arrived to find one car into the woods, with a state trooper already on scene. There was no entrapment but three occupants of the vehicle (two adults and an 11-year-old child) were hurt. While Rescue 22’s driver and officer secured the car’s battery, Ff./EMTs Laird and Hodgdon assessed the patients’ injuries. With no other fire department service needed on that scene, Rescue 22 cleared as soon as EMS personnel arrived to assume responsibility for the three patients. Rescue 22 then proceeded to the original accident, where the crews from Rescue 23 and Rescue 21 were in the process of doing a roof removal to free the trapped motorist there. That extrication was completed at 6:13 a.m. Rescue 22 was recalled at 6:25 a.m. and was back in quarters by 6:32 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming