The work that Station 45 provided for Superstorm Sandy started well before the storm hit landfall and lasted over a week. The officers and members of the Fire Department held planning sessions and set up and checked out equipment so we were prepared for anything.
When the storm hit on Monday, October 30th we had full crews standing by to man four of our trucks and a full swiftwater rescue team ready to go. Throughout Monday and Tuesday, at the height of the storm, we responded to numerous calls including trees into houses; power lines down and on fire; fire alarms going off; utility issues in homes; and smoke conditions.
As the storm left our area we still had many calls to attend to including a structure fire in Pike Run and providing mutual aid to a structure fire in Hillsborough. During the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, we sent our Tanker 45-135 to Ocean County, New Jersey to assist the fire departments there. We conducted decontamination and stand-by services in Lavallette, Ortley Beach and Seaside Heights.
Viburnum Drive Fire
On July 16th at 08:35 hours Stations 45 and 46 were dispatched to 65 Viburnum Drive (46 primary) for a resident reporting smoke coming from the vents. On arrival 46 C-2 established command and upon investigation found a smoke condition in the basement. Engine 46-108 arrived 1st due and advanced a 1 ¾ line to the basement. Engine 45-103 arrived just after and proceeded to laid 1600 feet of 5” hose to the one of the 40,000 gallon holding tanks located in the development due to the lack of fire hydrants. Tanker 45-135 arrived and was hooked up to nurse engine 46-108 while engine 45-103 was still establishing their water supply.
Due to the quick response of all involved the fire was knocked down with minimal water and fire damage to the home. Upon investigation by the Montgomery Fire Prevention Bureau, the fire was determined to originate in the dehumidifier. Other units operating on scene were Ladders 45-116 and 46-126, Engine 45-102, Tanker 52 from Hopewell, Montgomery Twp. E.M.S. and Montgomery Police Department. All units cleared the scene by 10:05 hours.
Rosewood Court Field Fire
On July 11th at 16:13 hours Montgomery Fire Stations 45 and 46 were dispatched for a reported brush fire behind 36 Rosewood Court. Chief 45 C-1 arrived on scene, established command and reported that several large piles of logs were on fire in a field behind the houses. Brush 45-141 and 46-149 arrived shortly after and began attacking the fire perimeter to keep it from spreading. Engine 45-103 and Tanker 45-135 were directed up wind of the piles and began knocking down the bulk of the fire. Engines 46-108 and 46-107 responded to Rosewood Court and deployed hand lines to protect the rear of the structures.
A mutual aid request early on brought extra tankers, brush trucks and manpower from Hillsborough Twp. Stations 36 and 38, Franklin Twp. Station 35, Hopewell Twp. Station 52, as well as NJ State Forestry Units. Final extinguishment required the use of a bull dozer to get to all hidden pockets of fire. Additional units on scene were Montgomery Twp. EMS 47, Somerset County Mutual Aid Coordinator 99-A, and Montgomery Police. Fire units from Hillsborough Station 37 and Rocky Hill 53 provided a cover assignment while Montgomery units operated on scene. All units cleared by 20:04 hours.
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MVA on Sleepy Hollow Road
On the evening of July 7th at 19:49 hours Station 45 was dispatched to a car verse pole and tree on Sleepy Hollow Lane near Terry Town Terrace. While units were responding, Somerset County dispatch advised that there was a report of power wires possibly being down on the car also. On arrival, 45 C-2 established command and updated a single car accident with one patient, no entrapment and no wires down on the car. Rescue 45-151 and Engine 45-103 responded and secured the battery to the vehicle. All 45 unit cleared by 20:24 hours.
On Sunday April 30th fire company members and friends came out to support the Run with Rotary and Match for Marilyn. Ten members ran the 5K and others helped out with the Match for Marilyn by helping register people into the national bone marrow transplant database.
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Dumpster Fire on Charleston Drive
On April 8th at 18:30 hours Stations 45 and 46 were dispatched to a residence on Charleston Drive (45 primary) for a report of a dumpster fire with exposures. 45 C-1 arrived to smoke in the neighborhood and confirmed a working dumpster fire with a car as an exposure. Engine 45-103 pulled 1st due and deployed a 1 ¾” bumper line. Tanker 45-135 arrived and supplied Engine 45-103 with additional water. Crews from Ladders 45-116 and 46-126 and Engine 46-108 assisted with over haul of the debris for final extinguishment of the fire. The car escaped with minimal damage. All crews cleared by 19:11 hours
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Firefighters participate in 25th Annual Firefighter Ski Race to benefit St Barnabas Medical Center Burn Unit.
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