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JUNE 2009

During the month of June 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 65 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.

Date & Time: Monday, June 22, 2009 – 7:55 a.m.
Location: I-95 North, near Milepost 6.1, 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 7:55 a.m. for an accident with possible entrapment on Interstate 95 North near milepost 6.1. Rescue 23 and Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 8:05 a.m., followed at 8:06 a.m. by Rescue 21, to find that a car had gone off the road and struck a tree, trapping the driver. Crew stabilized the vehicle and went to work to remove the driver’s door. The patient was free by 8:22 a.m. and transported by ambulance to the regional trauma center in Trenton. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 8:32 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Ed Budzinski Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming

Date & Time: Monday, June 22, 2009 – 11:25 a.m.
Location: 105 Montadale Drive, Princeton Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 11:25 a.m., Engine 53 from Rocky Hill Borough (Somerset County) and Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. were dispatched on Box 60-20’s first alarm to assist the Princeton Fire Department with a working structure fire at 105 Montadale Drive. Princeton firefighters, having first been dispatched at 11:15 a.m., had just arrived to find heavy smoke showing from Sides A and B of a three-story dwelling. Rescue 22 responded at 11:27 a.m. and arrived on scene at 11:41 a.m. Rescue 22’s crew stood by as the rapid intervention team while Princeton firefighters finished extinguishing the blaze, which they had quickly contained to one room in the house. Rescue 22 was soon released and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 12:15 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird  

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – 3:19 p.m.
Location: 40 Enterprise Avenue, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 5:19 p.m. Mercer County Central transmitted Box 21-15 for a structure fire at 40 Enterprise Avenue. Dispatched at that time were all three Lawrence Township fire companies, as well as Ladder Tower 31 from Ewing Township’s Prospect Heights Fire Co., and Ladder 14 and Engine 14-2 from Hamilton Township’s Hamilton and Enterprise fire companies. Lawrence Township firefighters and mutual aid companies arrived to find a full first-alarm assignment from the Trenton Fire Department already on scene extinguishing a small fire that had broken out on the roof of the building. Trenton had received the first 911 call about the blaze and, thinking it was within the city, had responded. After no extension was found, the blaze was officially declared under control at 3:39 p.m. Engine 22’s crew helped pick up a 5-inch supply line that had been laid down Enterprise Avenue, while Telesquirt 22’s crew stood by. All Station 22 units were released from the scene by 4:07 p.m. and were back in quarters by 4:17 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Chief John Britton Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita

Date & Time: Sunday, June 28, 2009 – 2:10 p.m.
Location: 7 Hallett Drive, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 2:08 p.m. Pennington Borough Fire Co. (Station 51) and Union-Titusville Fire Co. (Station 53) were toned out for a possible structure fire at 7 Hallett Drive in Hopewell Township. With a heavy column of smoke looming up in the distance, Chief 51 immediately requested a full first alarm. That resulted in the dispatch of Hopewell Borough Fire Co. (Station 52), Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22, Engine 33 from West Trenton Fire Co. and Tanker 71 from Upper Makefield Fire Co. of Bucks County, Pa., at 2:10 p.m. First due units arrived to find heavy fire burning through the roof of a large two-story mansion worth well over one million dollars. Flames rapidly spread throughout the house, making interior firefighting impossible. With no hydrants nearby, the second and third alarms were requested for tankers at 2:26 p.m. A short time later, at 2:43 p.m., the fourth alarm was called for additional tankers. Working from two fill sites (at Route 31 and Pennington-Harbourton Road, and at Route 546 and Scotch Road) the tankers ended up shuttling over 200,000 gallons of water to the fireground. Due to the deteriorating condition of the structure, a collapse zone was established. Multiple hoselines and the master stream from Ladder Tower 51 were used to fight the fire safely from the exterior. Because it was a hot and humid day, several additional engines and ladders were also special-called for manpower. Rescue 22, which responded at 2:14 p.m., arrived on scene at 2:28 p.m. and the crew set up as the rapid intervention team. Ultimately, the house was completely destroyed by the blaze. The fire was declared under control at 4:22 p.m. but crews remained on scene for several more hours flowing water on hot spots amid the ruins. Apparatus that operated on scene included: Rescue 51, Ladder Tower 51, Quint 52, Telesquirt 53, Engine 53, Rescue 22, Engine 33, Engine 32 (Pennington Road Fire Co.), Engine 31 (Prospect Heights Fire Co.), Telesquirt 23 (Lawrenceville Fire Co.), Ladder Tower 45 (Montgomery Fire Co. #1), an engine from Lambertville Fire Department (Hunterdon County Station 17), and Snorkel 21 (Slackwood Fire Co.). In addition to Tankers 51, 52, 53 and 71 from Pennington, Hopewell, Titusville and Upper Makefield, other tankers that responded came from the following fire companies: Millstone Valley (Station 28), Griggstown (Station 35), Hillsborough #3 (Station 38), Little Rocky Hill (Station 41), Montgomery #1 (Station 45), Neshanic (Station 48), all of Somerset County; Stockton (Station 23), Three Bridges (Station 33), and Sergeantsville (Station 47), all from Hunterdon County; and New Hope (Station 46) of Bucks County, Pa. Investigators reportedly concluded that the fire had been sparked by a problem with the home’s electrical system which was damaged when lightning hit the house during a severe thunderstorm two days earlier. Rescue 22 was released from the scene at 5:53 p.m. and back in quarters by 6:06 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik Crew: Ff. William Klimczuk
Car 22
Chief John Britton

Photo courtesy of and copyright (c) 2009 by Brian McCarthy

Video courtesy of and copyright (c) 2009 by Brian McCarthy