Boat operations training

Station 56 and The South Bound Brook Fire Department (Sta.55) attended a joint drill on boat operations and water rescue at Donaldson Park.  The drill allowed our members to work closely with the members of Station 55 and familiarize themselves with each others equipment, boats and water rescue operations. Once again a great training opportunity to work with our neighboring departments.

MVC with entrapment

Stations 56 and 28 were dispatched to a single vehicle MVC on Blackwell’s Mills Road near Canal Road.  Rescue 56, Car 56, SO56 E562 responded with Engine 441, Car 44 Car 28 and Squad 28.  Somerset members extricated one person who was heavily entrapped.  The driver suffered serious non life-threatening injuries.  The victim was transported to the hospital by RWJ medics and BLS.  This complicated extrication took approximately 40 minutes to perform.  Great work by all who responded.

Mutual aid dive unit response

Somerset Fire & Rescue Co.  No.1 divers were requested into the city of New Brunswick to assist them with the recovery of a vehicle that plunged onto the Raritan River along Rt. 18.  Car 56, Car 562, Special Ops 56 with Marine Units 2 and 3, Van 56 and Rescue 56 responded.  Somerset divers assisted with occupant removal and rigging for the tow truck to remove the vehicle.  This incident is still under investigation.

Our deepest condolences to all affected by this tragedy.

Extrication training

Members of Somerset Fire & Rescue practiced some more advanced vehicle extrication techniques during this drill.  This training concentrated on extrication of vehicles in unusual positions.  This drill required the use of advanced stabilization to make the vehicles safe for patient removal.  The members focused on scene safety and crew communication as a part of this very successful drill.

MVC with entrapment

Stations 56 and 44 were dispatched to an overturned single vehicle MVC with entrapment on Easton Avenue near Easton North Drive.  Car 56 and Rescue 56 responded with Car 44 and E442.  The driver of the vehicle suffered a medical emergency which caused the accident.  The driver was extricated and died sometime later.  The accident is still under investigation.

Newest Firefighters

Congratulations to Somerset’s newest firefighters – Charlie Watts and Garrett Leung. Charlie and Garrett passed their final firefighter exam and are ready for action.  Great work boys!!

MVC with entrapment

Somerset Fire & Rescue and Middlebush Fire were dispatched to a single car MVC overturned with possible entrapment.  Shortly after dispatch, the incident was upgraded to confirmed entrapment of the driver.  Chief 56 (Sudo) and Chief 44 (Cuddy) arrived on scene and found a single vehicle had crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic and rolled at least one time coming to rest on the passenger’s side partially off the roadway.  Rescue 56 crew arrived and performed vehicle stabilization and started the extrication of the seriously injured driver.  Engine 562 and Special Operations Unit 56 arrived a short time after to assist in the extrication.  The driver was removed in approximately 30 minutes and quickly transported to the hospital by Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics and EMS.

Bound Brook Carnival

Engine 561 was on stand-by for the Bound Brook Fire Department during their annual carnival.  While standing by, the crew just happened to catch a rainbow that formed after a brief rain shower.

Bailout Training

Somerset members practiced bailout recertification training today at Somerset County Fire Academy. This session also introduced our recently certified firefighters to our bailout program.  All members present showed exceptional proficiency and confidence in their bailout skills.  This continued training allows our firefighters to prepare themselves to escape the possibility of a career-ending situation.  Congratulations too all who attended.

MVC with entrapment

Fire District No. 1 companies were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash with entrapment on Canal Road near Suydam Rd. Car 56, Car 562 and Engine 562 and Rescue 56 found a panel truck partially on it’s side with the driver entrapped. Crews from Rescue 56 and E562 stabilized the vehicle and removed the driver’s door to free the driver. The driver was not seriously hurt, the incident is being investigated by the Franklin Township Police, Traffic Division.