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LAWRENCE ROAD FIRE CO.


NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
OCTOBER 2009

During the month of October 2009, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a total of 35 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.





STAND BY ASSIGNMENT
Date & Time: Friday, October 2, 2009 – 9:26 a.m.
Location: Mercerville Fire Co. (Station 12), 2711 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co. was dispatched at 9:26 a.m. to relocate to Mercerville Fire Co. (Station 12) to stand by there while Hamilton Township firefighters were busy battling a structure fire at 8 Banbury Road. While en route to Station 12, Rescue 22 was dispatched at 9:32 a.m. along with Aerial Tower 18 and Engine 14-2 to check a fire alarm activation at 3 Tennis Court. After it was confirmed as an alarm system malfunction, Rescue 22 cleared the scene at 9:41 a.m. and continued on to the Mercerville firehouse. Rescue 22 stood by there, without receiving any additional emergency calls, until being released at 10:28 a.m. Rescue 22 was back at Station 22 by 10:40 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Capt. Edward Kitchen Driver: Career Ff. Robert Santello
Crew: Ff. Matthew Farletta Crew: Ff. Keith Kent




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – 7:36 p.m.
Location: 432 Stokes Avenue, Ewing Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: Ewing Township fire companies – Prospect Heights (Station 31), Pennington Road (Station 32) and West Trenton (Station 33) – were dispatched at 7:32 p.m. for rubbish fire inside the Central Jersey Waste warehouse at 432 Stokes Avenue. Ambulance 139-1 arrived on the scene at 7:35 p.m. to find heavy fire showing from a large pile of waste paper and cardboard inside the building, with flames having already extended through the building’s roof. All Ewing fire companies were retoned for a working structure fire and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was dispatched at 7:36 p.m. as the rapid intervention team. Rescue 22 responded at 7:40 p.m. and arrived on location at 7:44 p.m. Rescue 22’s crew set up as the RIT and stood by while Ewing firefighters battled the blaze with multiple master streams and hoselines. The blaze, which badly damaged the roof on one end of the building, was declared under control at 8:42 p.m. but Ewing firefighters remained on scene until about 11 p.m. dousing hot spots amid the mound of trash. Heavy equipment was used to break up the trash to reach the deep-seated fire. Apparatus that operated on scene included: Squirt 31, Engine 31, Engine 32, Rescue 32, Telesquirt 32, Ladder Tower 33, Engine 33 and Rescue 22. Rescue 22 was relieved of RIT duties and recalled at 9:35 p.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters at Station 22 by 9:43 p.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Rescue 22
Officer: Ff. Ryan Dlabik Driver: Ff. Michael Ratcliffe
Crew: Ff. Keith Kent Crew: Ff. Kris Palmer
Crew: Ff. Sean Ryan Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Crew: Ff. Charles Commini Jr.  

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.

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




STRUCTURE FIRE
Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 2009 – 10:40 a.m.
Location: 2300 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J.
Details: At 10:40 a.m. Mercer County Central dispatched all three Lawrence Township fire companies – Slackwood (Station 21), Lawrence Road (Station 22) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) – for a reported stove fire in the pastor’s residence on the grounds of the Church of Our Savior at 2300 Princeton Pike. Slackwood Safety Officer Jack Oakley arrived on scene at 10:43 a.m. and reported he had smoke showing from the front door of the residence. Going inside to investigate, he further advised that the stove and adjacent kitchen cabinets were involved in fire. With confirmation of a working fire, Mercer County Central upgraded to Box 21-10’s full first alarm and at 10:44 a.m. dispatched additional units from the Hamilton (Station 14-1), Enterprise (Station 14-2) and Pennington Road (Station 32) fire companies of Hamilton and Ewing townships. Engine 21-1 arrived at 10:45 a.m. and its crew stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline inside to attack the fire. Engine 22 arrived at 10:46 a.m. and laid a supply line from Engine 21-1 to a nearby hydrant. Ultimately, the fire was knocked down using Engine 21-1’s tank water, so the supply line was never charged. Snorkel 21 arrived at 10:47 a.m., followed by Ladder Tower 23 at 10:51 a.m. and Telesquirt 23 at 10:54 a.m. The fire, which was contained to the kitchen, was under control by 10:54 a.m. At that time, all other responding units (including Engine 21, two engines from Hamilton Township, and Rescue 32) were recalled. Engine 22’s crew helped with salvage and overhaul before being released at 11:15 a.m. Engine 22 was back in quarters by 11:19 a.m.
Responding LRFC Personnel
Engine 22
Officer: Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik Driver: Lt. Richard Laird III
Crew: Capt. Edward Kitchen Crew: Ff. Keith Kent
Crew: Ff. Steven Hodgdon Crew: Ff. Chris Laird
Car 22
Chief John Britton
Car 22-1
Deputy Chief John Fleming
Private Vehicle
Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen