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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fire District No. companies attended the second of four district training events. Each district company hosts one district drill per year. This most recent training event was the responsibility of Somerset Fire & Rescue, the topic Confined Space Rescue. Confined Space Rescue is a very specialized skill and requires the help of all District stations to accomplish. This year we had special guests in attendance. Our friends from Community Fire Company (Sta. 25) were a welcome addition to the training. The drill scenario presented the challenge of performing two separate confined space entries simultaneously. In addition, each entry also consisted of a vertical and horizontal entry component. The crews performed both rescues with great expedience while maintaining the highest level of rescuer and victim safety.
While operating at a multi-alarm mutual-aid structure fire, Rescue 56 was dispatched to a single car MVC with entrapment. R56 responded from the fire scene in South Bound Brook. Thankfully, the vehicle operator was able to exit the vehicle with minor injuries prior to R56 arriving on the scene. R56 picked up from the MVC and returned to work at the structure fire.
Engine 562 responded to a multi-alarm commercial building fire in South Bound Brook boro. Command also requested R56 on an additional RIC assignment. Engine 562’s crew in the aggressive interior firefighting efforts. R56 mixed crews with R25 as the primary RIC company.
Station 56 was dispatched to cover multiple brush fires as a result of the massive warehouse fires in Hillsborough Township. While responding E562 was detailed to cover a roof fire from falling embers at a restaurant near the fire site. After the roof fire was extinguished, E562 was redeployed to the tanker shuttle operation. Later in the evening, E562 was then deployed as a supply engine at a draft site supplying L29 (Far Hills-Bedminster). E562 remained on scene till relief arrived at 02:00 hours.
A single vehicle plunged into the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The occupant was able to exit the vehicle without injury. Divers from Somerset Fire & Rescue Co. No. 1 and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Dive unit retrieved the vehicle without incident. Fire companies from Fire District No. 1 and the East Franklin Fire Company assisted in the recovery. The Franklin Township Police Traffic unit is investigating.