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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
SEPTEMBER 2009

During the month of September 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 56 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.





MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
WITH ENTRAPMENT
Date & Time: Thursday, September 3, 2009 – 1:57 p.m.
Location: Federal City Rd at Interstate 95, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: It was 1:57 p.m. when all three Lawrence Township fire companies – Lawrenceville (Station 23), Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Slackwood (Station 21) – were dispatched by Mercer County Central for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Federal City Road at Interstate 95. This was the first week for Lawrence Township’s new daytime duty crew staffed with per diem firefighters. Staffing Rescue 22-20 on this day were Lawrence Road Capt. Michael Byrd and Ffs. Steven Hodgdon and Michael Ratcliffe, along with Career Ff. Robert Santello. Rescue 22-20 responded within seconds of dispatch with the additional staffing of Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. and Ff. Sean Ryan. Lawrenceville Capt. Butch Bentley arrived on scene at 1:59 p.m. to find that a Toyota Camry had collided with a small school bus. The female driver of the Toyota was trapped. Rescue 22-20 arrived at 2 p.m. Rescue 22’s crew immediately stabilized the car and went to work with their Holmatro tools. Rescue 23 and Rescue 21 soon arrived to assist. The passenger’s side door was cut away and the passenger’s seat removed to allow EMS personnel access to the injured woman. The extrication was completed in about 15 minutes and the woman then transported to hospital.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22-20
Officer: Capt. Michael Byrd Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe




HAZARDOUS CONDITION
NATURAL GAS LEAK
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – 10:01 a.m.
Location: 1840 Princeton Avenue, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: It was 9:57 a.m. when Mercer County Central dispatched Slackwood Fire Co. (Station 21) for a strong odor of natural gas in the area of the QuickChek convenience store. Lawrence Township’s daytime per diem duty crew for the day, riding out of Lawrence Road’s firehouse in Rescue 22-20, consisted of Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik, Capt. Edward Kitchen and Ff. Matthew Farletta, along with Career Ff. Robert Santello. Rescue 22-20 immediately responded and arrived, along with Jack Oakley (Deputy 20), to find that contractors working on a new building near QuickChek had struck and ruptured an underground high pressure natural gas main. An urgent request was made for a PSE&G utility crew to respond to the scene. At 10:04 a.m., with no response yet from Station 21, Deputy 20 special-called Telesquirt 22 to the scene to help Rescue 22-20’s crew evacuate people from the QuickChek and neighboring businesses and to close Princeton Avenue to traffic. As a precaution, a 2.5-inch hoseline was stretched into a stand by position from Telesquirt 22, with water supply established by Rescue 22-20. At 10:09 a.m. Telesquirt 23 from Lawrenceville Fire Co. was special-called to the scene to assist with operations. At 10:30 a.m., as natural gas continued to flow from the ruptured main, additional resources were special-called to the scene from the Mercerville (Station 12), Hamilton (Station 14-1) and Pennington Road (Station 32) fire companies of Hamilton and Ewing Townships. PSE&G personnel arrived on scene at 10:36 a.m. and began efforts to secure the gas leak. The gas leak was finally stopped at 10:53 a.m. After some air monitoring confirmed there were no hazards to the public, the buildings were reopened and the hoselines picked up. Apparatus that operated on the scene included: Rescue 22-20, Telesquirt 22, Telesquirt 23, Utility 23, Engine 21-1, Utility 21, Engine 12-1, Engine 14, and Rescue 32, along with Lawrence Township Ambulance 129-3. Telesquirt 22 and Rescue 22-20 were back in quarters by 11:19 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22-20
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta
Telesquirt 22
Officer: Chief John Britton Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Lt. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen




STAND BY ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Friday, September 11, 2009 – 2:08 a.m.
Location: Engine 1, 460 Calhoun Street, Trenton City, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Trenton firefighters were busy battling a two-alarm structure fire in the 100 block of North Montgomery Street when Mercer County Central toned out Lawrence Road Fire Co. at 2:08 a.m. with a request for Rescue 22 to relocate to the Calhoun Street firehouse to help cover the capital city. Rescue 22 arrived at the Calhoun Street firehouse at 2:24 a.m. and stood by there, without receiving any emergency assignments, until being released about 3:45 a.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 3:55 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Ff. Steven Adzima




OVERTURNED VEHICLE
Date & Time: Friday, September 11, 2009 – 7:52 p.m.
Location: Route 1 South, north of I-295, Lawrence Twp., Mercer County, N.J.
Details: It was 7:52 p.m. when all three Lawrence Township fire companies – Lawrenceville (Station 23), Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Slackwood (Station 21) – were dispatched by Mercer County Central for an overturned vehicle on Route 1 South in the area of the Midas auto repair shop. Rescue 21 and Rescue 22 arrived to find a vehicle on its side with no entrapment. Firefighters contained a minor oil spill from the auto and made sure there were no other hazards. While responding to the scene, Rescue 22 was sideswiped by a civilian car. The accident took place on the Kelly Viaduct ramp to Route 1 South as Rescue 22 was attempting to pass the car. Minor damage was done and there were no injuries. Lawrence police took a report on the accident. Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 8:49 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Ff. Ryan Dlabik
Crew: Capt. Michael Byrd Crew: Lt. Richard Laird III
Crew: Ff. Chris Laird Crew: Ff. Kris Palmer
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon