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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
AUGUST 2009

During the month of August 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 68 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.





BACK-TO-BACK STRUCTURE FIRES
Date & Time: Sunday, August 2, 2009 – 12:20 p.m.
Location: 15 Seven Oaks Lane, Ewing Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Location: 97 Jacobs Creek Road, Ewing Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph caused widespread damage to Ewing Township during the morning of Sunday, August 2, 2009. Trees and power lines were ripped down, damaging several homes, and at least one plane at Trenton-Mercer Airport was overturned by the wind. Crews from Ewing’s fire companies – Prospect Heights (Station 31), Pennington Road (Station 32) and West Trenton (Station 33) – were busy throughout the day. At 12:15 p.m. Ewing firefighters were dispatched for a possible house fire at 15 Seven Oaks Lane. Ewing firefighters arrived to find a working fire. Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched at 12:20 p.m. to respond as the rapid intervention team. Rescue 22 had no sooner arrived on Seven Oaks Lane when another possible structure fire was reported in Ewing Township at 12:35 p.m. Rescue 22 was immediately ordered to respond to that fire at 97 Jacobs Creek Road. Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 12:38 p.m. to find heavy smoke issuing from the one-story home. So much smoke was showing that it was difficult at first to even see where the fire building was. A fallen, still-energized power line in the street complicated matters by limiting access to the scene. Because there was a long stretch to get to the home from the street, Rescue 22’s crew pulled their preconnected 3-inch line gated down to a pair of 1.75-inch lines. After forcing entry to the home, Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik and Capt. Michael Byrd proceeded to the basement, where they encountered heavy fire conditions. Ffs. Keith Kent and Steven Hodgdon performed outside ventilation, then conducted a primary search of the first floor. Rescue 22’s driver, Ff. Ryan Dlabik, meanwhile secured his own water supply from a nearby hydrant. Rescue 22’s crew knocked down the bulk of the fire and then, with the assistance of other arriving companies, finished extinguishing the blaze and checked for extension. Ultimately, the fire was declared under control at 1:03 p.m. Three pets – two dogs and a cat – were removed from the home but, sadly, all three were already dead from smoke inhalation. Other apparatus that operated on the scene included: Engine 31, Ladder Tower 31, Ladder Tower 51 (Pennington Borough), Quint 52 (Hopewell Borough), and Telesquirt 53 (Union-Titusville). After overhauling and assisting investigators, Rescue 22 cleared the scene at 3:30 p.m. and finally was back in quarters at Station 22 by 4:02 p.m. Investigators later said it was possible that the fire on Seven Oaks Lane and the fire on Jacobs Creek Road were both started by electrical problems caused by lightning strikes during the thunderstorms. While Rescue 22 was busy in Ewing, Engine 22 responded to a smoke condition, caused by an electrical problem, at 11 Mimosa Court in Lawrence Township.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent  




MAJOR FLOODING
Date & Time: Saturday, August 22, 2009 – 6:21 p.m.
Location: Various Locations, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Firefighters from Lawrence Township’s three fire companies – Slackwood (Station 21), Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) – were busy after a slow-moving thunderstorm spawned by Hurricane Bill dumped about 7 inches of rain on the township in just a few hours’ time on Saturday, August 22, 2009. Between 6:21 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. Lawrence Road firefighters were dispatched to 25 separate assignments. Many of the emergency calls were to assist motorists whose vehicles stalled when they tried to drive through deep water that flooded low-lying areas. Others were to check on the utilities of homes and businesses whose basements flooded. Crews from Rescue 22 and Telesquirt 22 responded to water rescues at Princeton Pike and Graf Avenue; in the parking lot of Lawrence Shopping Center; on Franklin Corner Road; and elsewhere. Several homes on Hazelhurst Avenue had to be checked after the street was badly flooded. Telesquirt 22’s crew secured all of the utilities in the home at 171 Hazelhurst Avenue after nearly four feet of water was found in the basement.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr.
Crew: Ff. Chris Dlabik Crew: Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr.,
Crew: Ff. Steve Adzima  
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Lt. Richard Laird III Driver: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Ff. William Klimczuk Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Ron Benning  
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.




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Thursday, August 27, 2009 – 10:59 p.m.
Location: 2327 Pennington Road (Rt. 31), Hopewell Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 10:57 p.m. Pennington Borough (Station 51) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) fire companies were dispatched for a structure fire after a resident called 911 to report he had a fire in a room on the second floor of his 2.5-story home at 2327 Pennington Road (Route 31). Police soon arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire, prompting Mercer County Central to dispatch the balance of Box 51-40’s first alarm at 10:59 p.m. Dispatched at that time were Engine 33 from West Trenton Fire Co., Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co., Tanker 52 from Hopewell Borough Fire Co. and Tanker 71 from Upper Makefield Fire Co. (Bucks County, Pa.). Heavy smoke was showing from the home when the first firefighter, Lawrenceville Deputy Chief Gary Wasko, arrived at 11:01 p.m. Telesquirt 23 arrived at 11:05 p.m. and its crew stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline inside to attack the fire. Engine 33 and Rescue 22 both arrived at 11:07 p.m., followed by Rescue 51 and Tanker 51 at 11:09 p.m., and Tanker 52 at 11:14 p.m. Rescue 22’s crew was initially ordered to assume rapid intervention team duties but was then ordered to go to work. Some members of Rescue 22’s crew went with Chief John Britton to the roof, via Telesquirt 23’s ladder, to cut a ventilation hole, while the rest of Rescue 22’s crew went to the interior to conduct a search for victims. With heavy fire showing from the second floor, additional resources were special-called to the scene for manpower and RIT duties. Dispatched at 11:14 p.m. where Hopewell Borough’s Quint 52, Telesquirt 53 from Union-Titusville Fire Co., Ladder Tower 33 from West Trenton and Rescue 32 from Pennington Road Fire Co. Pennington Borough’s Ladder Tower 51 also responded. Ultimately, the blaze was contained to the second floor and declared under control at 11:33 p.m. Rescue 22’s cascade system was used to refill about a dozen empty SCBA bottles on scene. Rescue 22 was released from the scene at 12:46 a.m. and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 12:53 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22
Chief John Britton

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
WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Friday, August 28, 2009 – 7:38 p.m.
Location: Route 1 North, north of I-295, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: All three Lawrence Township fire companies were dispatched at 7:38 p.m. for a two-car accident with entrapment on the northbound side of Route 1 just north of Interstate 295. Slackwood’s Rescue 21 and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 7:44 p.m., followed by Lawrenceville’s Rescue 23 at 7:48 p.m. Firefighters found one person trapped in a car that was stopped in the northbound fast lane. The passenger’s side of the car was badly damaged. The crews from Rescue 21 and Rescue 22 quickly went to work with their rescue tools and opened the jammed passenger’s door. The extrication was completed by 7:57 p.m. and the victim transported to a local hospital by Lawrence Township EMS. A charged hoseline from Rescue 22 was in position to protect rescuers and the trapped patient during the extrication operation. Rescue 22 was released at 8:10 p.m. and in quarters by 8:18 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Driver: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe Crew: Junior Ff. Wayne Hannon Jr.

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

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