2019 Somerset Fire & Rescue Annual Santa Tour

On Friday evening, December 20th Santa will be visiting the neighborhoods off of JFK Boulevard and DeMott Lane. Santa will be leaving the firehouse at 5:30 PM and proceeding first to Stratford Place and London Place, then across DeMott Lane to Ellison Road. Santa then heads north on DeMott Lane and then travels down New Brunswick Road and JFK

Boulevard to Webster Road, Landry Road, Tripplet Road, Summerall Road, Hughes Road, Vince Court, Larsen Road, Renfro Road, Rosewood Court, Chandler Road, and Sherman Circle.


Safety is Santa’s top priority and because of that he can not stop on DeMott Lane, JFK Boulevard, Cedar Grove Lane, and New Brunswick Road. If you live along these roads, please feel free to join Santa on one of the many other streets he visits during his tour.

On Saturday afternoon, December 21st, Santa will be leaving the firehouse at 1:30 and visiting the Avalon Somerset neighborhood. After a well deserved break, Santa will be heading out again at 3:30 PM and proceeding to Wexford Way off of Cedar Grove Lane. From there he visits Stone Leigh Way, Dartmoor Drive, Brenner Road, Rue Cezzane, Rue Matisse, Monet Court, and Renoir Way. Santa then heads down Treptow Road and Martino Drive to visit Eton Way, Steeplechase Court, Barclay Court, Gloucester Drive, and Canterbury Circle. Santa then heads north on DeMott Lane to visit Emerson Road, Fairfield Road, Deerfield Road, and Academy Road. Unfortunately, Santa’s sleigh is too big to drive down Richmond Drive, Cambridge Lane and Bedford Road. Residents of these streets are asked to walk down to Emerson Road or Academy Road to visit with Santa. The last stop of the evening for Santa will be the Eastern North neighborhoods of Eastern North Drive and Oakcroft Lane.


On Sunday,
 December 22nd, Santa will be leaving the firehouse at 4:00 PM and heading up Hollywood Avenue towards Dellwood Lane. From there, he will visit Rue Chagall, DiVinci Court, and Picasso Court. He then heads back onto Dellwood Lane and heads down Willow Avenue to 4th Street, turns and heads up Walnut Avenue to 13th Street, turns and visits Culver Street to 1st Street, turns and heads to the entrance to Lakeside Court. Unfortunately, Santa’s sleigh is too big to drive down Lakeside Court so residents wishing to visit with Santa should walk down to 1st Street. From there Santa visits 2nd Street and then onto John E. Busch Ave before heading off again to the North Pole.


Every year we are honored to escort Santa around our neighborhoods. Sometimes fires or other emergencies or weather cause us to have to alter our schedule. We ask for your patience while you wait for Santa.

MVC With Injury

This afternoon at 12:08 hours District 1 companies were dispatched to 287 southbound in the area of mile marker 10/3 for a motor vehicle accident 1 vehicle reported to be smoking. Rescue 56 and Car 56 responded. Rescue 56 located a 3 car accident and updated the location to mile marker 9/8. Once on scene the crew from the Rescue assessed 1 patient for minor injuries before transferring care to RWJ EMS. Car 56 and Rescue 56 then stood by as blockers for state police until all cars were cleared from the highway. Units were on scene for approximately 1 hour. 

Dive Class

Today 7 of our members started the 1st day of a 4 day rapid deployment rescue and recovery course offered by Life Guard Systems. This is the last step to becoming full fledged rescue divers and dive tenders on our team. Along with us are divers from Lambertville FD as well as dive tenders from Millstone Valley (Station 28) and Elizabeth Ave (Station 26).

DISTRICT 3 RIT ASSIGNMENT

This afternoon at 12:13 hours our RIT was requested into District 3 for a working structure fire. Rescue 66 responded with a crew of 6. Upon their arrival the crew conducted 360’s and set up on the B side of the structure. The crew stood by for approximately 2 hours without incident. 

MVA WITH ENTRAPMENT

Last night at 21:18 hours District 1 was dispatched into Millstone Boro for an MVA with entrapment. Car 562 , Rescue 56, Engine 562 , and Engine 561 responded. Once on scene the crews split into stabilization and patient care. Once the car was stable the crew was able to extricate 1 patient from the back seat. Then assisted with patient packaging and removal from the vehicle. The patient was then handed over to ems for transport. All units were cleared in approximately an hour. 

PISCATAWAY MUTUAL AID STRUCTURE FIRE

Yesterday evening at 23:12 hours our engine was requested into Piscataway Township to cover River Road’s firehouse while they operated on a structure fire. Engine 561 responded with a 5 man crew. Shortly after calling in service the engine was redirected to the scene. Upon their arrival the crew stretched a supply line to River Road Engine 652. The crew then went to work assisting in ventilation , checking for extension , and hitting hot spots in the fire room and adjoining apartments. The crew operated for approximately 1 hour before being cleared. 

DISTRICT 3 STRUCTURE FIRE

Yesterday morning at 03:19 hours our RIT was requested into District 3 for a working structure fire. Rescue 56 with a crew of 6 and Car 562 responded. Upon their arrival the crew conducted 360’s and set up on the A side of the structure. The crew stood by without incident for approximately 1 1/2 hours before being cleared. 

MVC WITH INJURY

After clearing an AFA across the district, Engine 561 came across a 2 car MVC on Easton Ave in the area of the 287 northbound ramp. After radioing in to County Communications , Rescue 56 was requested for possible entrapment and Engine 261 for a blocker. The crew of Engine 561 quickly went to work accessing the drivers for injuries. Car 562 arrived and assumed command. After confirming no entrapment , the combined crews secured the batteries to both vehicles and stood by until being cleared by state police. 

DIVE TEAM REQUEST

This morning at 10:05 hours our dive team was requested into District 2 for a vehicle submerged in the water , unknown if occupied. Car 56 , Car 562 , Rescue 56 , and Special Ops 56 towing Marine 2 and Marine 3 responded. Once on scene the team gathered information and entered the water. Shortly after the first diver descended , the vehicle was located. After confirming there were no occupants and searching the immediate area , the divers came to shore and waited for the tow company. Once the wrecker arrived divers entered the water to assist in rigging the vehicle for removal. After the vehicle was removed the team was released after operating for 3 and 1/2 hours.