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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
JULY 2009

During the month of July 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.





TWO-ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Monday, July 6, 2009 – 3:03 p.m.
Location: 4 Ingleside Avenue, Pennington Borough, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Pennington Borough Fire Co. (Station 51), Quint 52 from Hopewell Borough Fire Co. and Engine 50 (Hopewell Valley Emergency Services) were dispatched at 2:55 p.m. for a possible garage fire in Pennington Borough. Hopewell Valley Emergency Services Chief Matt Martin (Chief 50) arrived on scene at 3 p.m. to find smoke issuing from the home at 4 Ingleside Avenue with heavy fire in the attached two-car garage. Mercer County Central immediately upgraded to Box 51-10’s full first alarm and dispatched Rescue 23 from Lawrenceville Fire Co. and Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. Rescue 22’s crew reached the scene at 3:12 p.m. and set up as the rapid intervention team. Rescue 22’s driver also set up the rig’s cascade system to refill empty SCBA bottles. With heavy fire conditions threatening to spread from the garage to the attached residence, a second alarm was struck at 3:19 p.m., resulting in the dispatch of Engine 53 (Union-Titusville), Ladder Tower 33 (West Trenton) and Engine 32 (Pennington Road). During the blaze, Rescue 22’s RIT crew performed accountability duties and conducted a roll call of all personnel on the scene as a safety precaution. The blaze was placed under control at 3:40 p.m. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Engine 50, Engine 51, Rescue 51, Brush 51, Quint 52, Rescue 22, Rescue 23, Engine 53, Ladder Tower 33, and Engine 32. Rescue 22 was released from the scene at 5:07 p.m. and was back in quarters at 5:19 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Patrick Kent
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Michael Guala
Crew: Ff. Kris Palmer Crew: and Ff. Radek Szaja
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 10:20 a.m.
Location: 905 Country Lane, Ewing Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: All three Ewing Township fire companies – West Trenton (Station 33), Pennington Road (Station 32) and Prospect Heights (Station 31) – were dispatched at 10:15 a.m. for a structure fire in an apartment building on Country Lane. When police arrived and reported a working fire, West Trenton Chief Ralf Brandmaier immediately called for a second alarm as a precaution. Mercer County Central, in turn, at 10:20 a.m. dispatched Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 as the rapid intervention team, and Engine 53 (Union-Titusville), Ladder Tower 51 (Pennington Borough), Rescue 23 (Lawrenceville) and Engine 21 (Slackwood). First-due Ewing firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, prompting Brandmaier to place the blaze under control at 10:32 a.m. Upon arriving on scene, Rescue 22’s crew set up as RIT and stood by until being ordered at 11:04 a.m. by command to take up from Country Lane and respond with mutual aid cover companies to a reported smoke condition at 164 Homecrest Avenue in Ewing Township. Rescue 22 arrived on Homecrest Avenue at 11:12 a.m. and stood by as RIT while crews from Engine 15 (DeCou), Engine 52 (Hopewell Borough), Ladder 30 (Falls Township, Bucks County, Pa.) and other companies investigated the smoke condition. It was soon determined that the home’s heater had malfunctioned and that there was no fire. Rescue 22 was released at 11:21 a.m. and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 11:35 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Officer John Zita




MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Thursday, July 16, 2009 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Carter Road at Cold Soil Road, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Lawrence Township firefighters had to extricate a woman from the wreckage after a car and a pickup truck collided. It was 11:30 a.m. when crews from Lawrenceville (Station 23), Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Slackwood (Station 21) fire companies were dispatched to the accident at Carter Road and Cold Soil Road. Rescue 23 arrived at 11:35 a.m., followed by Rescue 22 at 11:38 a.m. and Rescue 21 at 11:42 a.m., to find that the car had come to rest on the front lawn of a home near the intersection. The driver’s side of the car had sustained significant damage and the female driver was trapped. Rescue 23’s crew cut off the driver’s door, while the crew from Rescue 22 secured the batteries of both vehicles and stood by with a charged hoseline. The woman was extricated by 11:44 a.m. She and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to area hospitals by Lawrence Township EMS and Princeton First Aid Squad. All units cleared the scene by 11:59 a.m. and Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 12:09 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.,
Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan Crew: Ff. Radek Szaja
Crew: Fire Police Officer John Zita  

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

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




SERIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Date & Time: Saturday, July 18, 2009 – 1:12 a.m.
Location: Route 1 South, prior to I-295, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: A driver narrowly escaped death when the van he was operating plowed into the rear of a tractor-trailer during the early morning hours. Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23), Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. were alerted to the crash along the southbound side of Route 1, just prior to Interstate 295, at 1:12 a.m. Initial reports were that the front of the van was crushed and the driver trapped. Rescue 21 arrived on scene at 1:19 a.m., followed by Rescue 22 at 1:20 a.m. Firefighters found that the van had indeed sustained major damage but that the driver, although seriously hurt, was not trapped. The man was rushed by EMS to the regional trauma center in Trenton. Rescue 21 recalled at 1:33 a.m. after checking the van’s wreckage for hazards. But at the request of Lawrenceville Deputy Chief Gary Wasko Rescue 22 remained on scene to use its light tower to illuminate the area for police investigators. Rescue 22 cleared the scene at 2:10 a.m. after police had concluded their work and the wreckage had been placed onto a flatbed tow truck. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 2:17 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.  
Private Vehicle
Ff. Ryan 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.




OVERTURNED VEHICLE WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Monday, July 20, 2009 – 7:12 a.m.
Location: Lawrence Road at Craven Lane, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: It was 7:12 a.m. when Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23), Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. were dispatched to the 2600 block of Lawrence Road for an overturned vehicle with entrapment. Rescue 23 arrived on scene at 7:18 a.m., followed by Rescue 22 at 7:21 a.m. and Rescue 21 at 7:22 a.m. Firefighters found a vehicle resting on its side against a tree with the driver heavily entrapped. Crews from all three rescues went to work to remove the vehicle’s roof to allow EMS access to the patient. Among the tools put to work from Rescue 22 were the Homatro Combi-Tool and O-Cutter. The difficult extrication was finally completed and the patient free by 7:49 a.m. After picking up their equipment, Rescue 22’s crew cleared the scene at 8:04 a.m. and was back in quarters by 8:11 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Sr.  




STAND BY ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Sunday, July 26, 2009 – 9:32 p.m.
Location: Colonial Fire Co. (Station 18), 801 Kuser Road, Hamilton Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 9:32 p.m. Mercer County Central dispatched Lawrence Road Fire Co. with a request for Rescue 22 to relocate to Colonial Fire Co. (Station 18) in Hamilton Township to stand by at their firehouse while Hamilton firefighters were busy answering dozens calls for service for downed trees and power lines and other damaged caused by a severe thunderstorm that swept through the eastern end of Mercer County. Rescue 22 responded at 9:35 a.m. and arrived at Station 18 at 9:43 p.m. Rescue 22 did not receive any emergency calls during the stand by. After being released upon the return of Colonial firefighters, Rescue 22 was back in quarters at Station 22 by 2:13 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Kris Palmer Crew: and Ff. Keith Kent




STAND BY ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 29, 209 – 4:01 p.m.
Location: Engine 1, 460 Calhoun Street, Trenton City, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 4:01 p.m. Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was toned out by Mercer County Central to relocate to the Calhoun Street firehouse of Engine 1 and Ladder 1 in the City of Trenton to stand by while Trenton firefighters were busy battling two working fires. The first blaze was reported about 3:30 p.m. and involved the home at 404 South Olden Avenue. The second blaze broke out about 4 p.m. at 1023 Melrose Avenue. Rescue 22 arrived at the Calhoun Street firehouse at 4:17 p.m. and stood by there, without receiving any emergency assignments, until being released at 5:16 p.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 5:27 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. William Klimczuk Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon




OVERTURNED VEHICLE
Date & Time: Thursday, July 30, 2009 – 12:27 p.m.
Location: 220 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched at 12:27 p.m. for an overturned vehicle with possible entrapment. Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 and Slackwood’s Rescue 21 both arrived on scene at 12:32 p.m. to find that a car had indeed hit a utility pole and flipped over but its driver had already crawled out of the wreckage. While the driver was attended to by EMS personnel, firefighters made sure the vehicle was safe. A 1.75-inch hoseline was stretched from Rescue 22 as a precaution until the overturned car was upright and removed by a tow truck. Rescue 22 cleared the scene at 12:48 p.m. and was back in quarters by 12:58 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Career Ff. Bryan Gibbons
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Capt. Ed Kitchen
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.  
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen




THREE-ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Friday, July 31, 2009 – 2:12 a.m.
Location: 354 Nassau Street, Princeton Borough, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 1:37 a.m. all three Princeton Fire Department (Station 60) companies were dispatched to an activated fire alarm at 354 Nassau Street in Princeton Borough. At 1:42 a.m. borough police arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a one story building occupied by two Asian restaurants. Box 60-10’s full first alarm was immediately transmitted, bringing mutual aid to the scene from Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Emergency Services (Station 66) and Rocky Hill Borough (Somerset County Station 53). A ladder tower from Plainsboro (Middlesex County Station 49) was special-called to the scene at 1:50 a.m. With conditions rapidly deteriorating and heavy fire consuming the inside of the building, the second alarm was requested by Princeton Fire Chief Dan Tomalin at 1:59 a.m., resulting in the dispatch of units from Kingston (Middlesex County Station 24), West Windsor (Station 43), and Princeton Junction (Station 44) fire companies. At that time Tomalin also ordered all firefighters to evacuate the fire building. Firefighters switched to a defensive exterior operation and worked to protect nearby exposure buildings. At 2:12 a.m. Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was dispatched as the rapid intervention team on the second alarm after Rescue 43 was unable to respond. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 2:26 a.m. Rescue 22’s crew assumed rapid intervention team duties, and helped monitor the collapse zone around the perimeter of the building. A large section of wall collapsed not long after Rescue 22 personnel advised several firefighters manning a hoseline to move back. Additional units were then special-called to the scene, bringing the fire up to third alarm status. Third alarm apparatus came from Hopewell (Station 52), Lawrenceville (Station 23), East Windsor #2 (Station 46), Montgomery #2 (Somerset County Station 46), and Pennington Road (Station 32). At 3:25 a.m. Chief 60 advised Mercer County Central that he still had heavy fire conditions inside the building, with six master streams flowing water on the flames. The blaze was ultimately declared under control at 4:10 a.m. but crews remained on scene until almost 8 a.m. hitting hot spots and standing by while heavy equipment was used to knock down the weakened Side C wall of the structure. The building and the two restaurants it housed were a complete loss. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Engine 60, Ladder Tower 60, Squirt 60, Special Services 60, Engine 66, Engine 53,Ladder 49, Engine 24, Engine 44, Rescue 22, Engine 52, Ladder Tower 23, Engine 46-1, Somerset Engine 46, Rescue 32, and Signal 22 (canteen unit from Trenton). During the fire, Lawrence Road Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. was treated on scene by EMS personnel for smoke inhalation. Rescue 22 returned to quarters by 5:01 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik
Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta  

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