This morning at 11:43 hours, Engine 562 was requested into South Bound Brook for a 2nd alarm structure fire. Engine 562 with a 4 man crew and Car 56 responded. On arrival, the crew was tasked with primary searches and assisted in fire suppression and overhaul. Once the Engine had cleared, our dewatering equipment was requested back to the scene. Special Ops 56 towing our pump trailer, and Van 56 responded. Once on scene, the crews assisted in removing water from the fire building. All 56 units were clear in approximately 5 hours.
This evening at 18:32 hours, Franklin District 1 companies were dispatched to Smithwold Court for a reported house fire. While en route Car 562 advised County Comms he had smoke visible from a distance and requested the 1st alarm be filled. Once on location Car 562 (Deputy Chief Gianotto) established command, advised he had heavy fire through the roof and requested the 2nd alarm be filled. On the arrival Engine 562, the crew pulled additional lines off of Engine 442 and immediately started fire suppression. Engine 561, Car 56, Van 56, and Special Ops 56 were also on location. The various crews were responsible for fire suppression, ventilation, searches, and extensive overhaul. All units were cleared in approximately 3 and 1/2 hours.
This evening at 22:05, our RIT was requested into Franklin District 3 for a commercial structure fire. Rescue 56 with a 7 man crew and Car 562 responded. The crew stood by without incident for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes before being released.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Stations 44 and 28 responded to a reported structure fire at 60 Ruppert Drive. Upon the arrival of the first fire units a full district response was requested. Along with mutual aid from outside Fire District No. 1 an aggressive interior attack limited the fire damage to the garage and 2nd floor of the home. No injuries were reported. The fire was under control in approximately 3 hours. The fire is under investigation by the Franklin Township Fire Marshal’s office.
On May 30th, 2019 Van 44 came across an MVC at the corner of Easton and Cedar. Once it was confirmed with injuries, Rescue 56 which was traveling on Easton Ave with 2 EMT’s on board quickly responded. Once on scene, the crew assessed 1 patient with a minor arm injury. Patient care was transferred on the arrival of RWJ BLS.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 Fire District No. 1 responded to a report of a working fire at 162 Beckett Place. First arriving units found a working fire in an attached garage of a condo in the middle of the row. An aggressive interior attack limited the damage to the unit of origin. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation by the Franklin Township Fire Marshal’s Office.
After almost 20 years to the day of faithful service the old Rescue 56 pulls out of the station one last time. She is going to her new home, a department in West Virginia purchased her to replace their damaged rescue truck. She has served us well and with continue to do so with her new owners. Best of luck old girl!
The new rescue 56 has been making some headlines.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 Somerset diver participated in one of our yearly dive drills. Divers refreshed their skills and practiced emergency procedures. This was also a trial run for some new equipment and a chance to get our tenders some time on our shore based operations. A big thanks to The Cedar Hill Swim Club for the use of the pool.
On May 3, 2019 Fire District No. 1 responded to a fully involved car fire on Millstone River Road. No injuries were reported.