Station 56 hosted a ladder drill with Station 27. Our members got the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the operation of Ladder 27, climbing the aerial. Both companies worked together to practice ground ladder skills and hoisting equipment.
This week, our duty crews reviewed dive operations. They are very manpower and equipment-intensive. Members practiced assisting divers getting dressed, search patterns, utilizing our underwater communications system.
In addition to fire suppression, Somerset Fire & Rescue performs technical and water rescues for Franklin Fire District 1 and neighboring communities. If you’re interested in joining our team, send us a message to find out more about our membership process!
This week, during our nightly duty crews, members conducted training on our Tripod system. It is a versatile tool that can be utilized in many different ways depending on the situation, such as during a confined space or rope rescue. Members refreshed their knowledge of where the equipment is located on the apparatus and how to set it up efficiently.
Rescue 56 extricates one on Cottontail Ln. The crew of 7 members stabilized the vehicle and removed the windshield, freeing the patient.
On Wednesday, February 10th, at 0345 hours, Station 56 was requested into Franklin District 3 for a working structure fire. Car 56, Car 562, Rescue 56, and Utility 56 responded with a combined crew of 14 members. Upon arrival, the crew was split and tasked with operating on Division 1 and 2. Crews assisted with opening up and overhaul, operating for approximately 2 hours before returning to service.
We are proud to announce the delivery of our new engine 561. Thank you to our engine committee and our sales rep Wayne Lyons for months of dedication. Some features of this apparatus include:
* Seagrave Stainless Steel 142″ Capitol Cab
* Cummins X12 500 HP
* 24″ Extended Bumper with Through Bumper Intake
* Whelen LED Warning Light Package
* Waterous CSU 2000 GPM Pump
* 750 Gallon Water Tank
* Stainless Steel Pump Plumbing
* Stainless Steel 146″ Body
* Seagrave Hydraulic Ladder Rack
* Harrison 10 kW Generator
* FRC LED Scene Light Package
* 198.5″ Wheelbase
This afternoon at 12:04 hours District 1 companies were dispatched to the rear of 1075 Easton Ave for a reported mv fire. Car 56 arrived to confirm a working mv fire , Engine 562 arrived first due and deployed the bumper line to extinguish the fire. Engine 561 arrived minutes after and assisted in overhaul.
This afternoon at 1404 hours, Car 56, Rescue 56, and Utility 56 responded into Middlesex Borough for a 2nd alarm commercial garage fire. First arriving units were met with heavy fire conditions throughout. Rescue 56 assumed Rapid Intervention Team duties and operated without incident for approximately 1 hour.
Back to the basics! Last night, members got their hands on the irons and K12 to practice forcible entry techniques.