Training Recap Thursday – 2/25/2021

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.

District 3 Highland Ave Structure Fire

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.

2020 Awards

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold our annual Installation of Officers Dinner. Yesterday, at our company meeting, the 2021 fire and administrative line were sworn in, and the following awards were presented in recognition of our membership’s hard work and dedication.
Rookie of the Year: Nick Rossi
Don Wilbur Award: Dave Summers
Officer of the Year: Billy King
Sal Pultro Award: The 2020 Trustees
Lifetime Service Awards:
1,000 calls: Dave Summers
2,000 calls: Garrett Leung
3,000 calls: Jeff Eriksen
4,000 calls: Alan Grosso
8,000 calls: Chris Gianotto
9,000 calls: Billy King
Top 10 Responders:
1. Billy King – 824 calls
2. Garrett Leung – 771 calls
3. Chris Gianotto – 657 calls
4. Mike Lesik – 530 calls
5. Nick Rossi – 455 calls
6. Troy Armstrong – 432 calls
7. Jeff Eriksen – 409 calls
8. Tyler Katzenback – 405 calls
9. Nick Gianotto – 292 calls
10. Anthony Mayo – 289 calls

New Engine 561 Delivered


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


easton ave motor vehicle fire

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 1300 hours, Station 56 was alerted to respond into Franklin District 3 for a working apartment fire on John F. Kennedy Blvd. Rescue 56 responded, assigned initially as the Rapid Intervention Crew, but arrived 2nd due (1st arriving special service) and was reassigned as the search company. The crew performed primary searches and assisted North Brunswick Truck 3 in opening up on Division 2. Crews were met with heavy fire in the attic, which was quickly extinguished. After rehab and swapping air bottles, the Rescue crew stood by as RIC. Units operated for approximately 2 hours.


At 13:46 hours, Station 56 was alerted to respond mutual aid into Hillsborough Township for a working fire at Reckitt Benckiser. Rescue 56 and Car 56 responded with a crew of 8. The assignment was quickly scaled up to a multi alarm incident, bringing additional resources to the scene. Rescue 56 assumed Rapid Intervention Crew duties on the Delta side and worked closely with Finderne Fire Department, Elizabeth Avenue Fire Company, and Millstone Valley Fire Department. The fire was brought under control and Rescue 56 was relieved approximately 4 hours into the incident.