On Thursday October 20th from 6-9pm, Montgomery Vol. Fire Co 1 will be hosting the annual Fire Prevention Open House. This years event will feature displays of both new and antique fire apparatus, live fire demonstrations, fire safety house, Freddie The Fire Truck, Sparky The Fire Dog, and much more. Please come out to learn about fire safety, tour our fire house and meet your local volunteer firefighters at this fun family event.
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Hopewell Fire Department 100th Anniversary
On Saturday, October 1st Montgomery Fire Company 1 traveled to Hopewell to help recognize Hopewell Fire Department's 100th Anniversary. The company worked very hard in preparing four of our apparatus and our color guard to participate in the parade and judging along with companies from across the state. The hard work paid off and we left with seven trophies in the following categories, 1st Place Best Appearing Apparatus (This is the highest award given to a company outside of Mercer County), 1st Place Chief's Unit 1 to 5 years old, 1st Place Aerial Platform 6 years old or older, 1st Place Pumper 1 to 5 years old, 1st Place Tanker 1 to 5 years old, 1st Place 20 or more men, 2nd Place Color Guard.
Tunnel To Tower 5K Run
September 25, 2011
On September 11th , 2001 Firefighter Stephen Siller of FDNY Squad Company 1, was on his way home from work when he heard a plane had struck the World Trade Center. He immediately turned around and headed back to his Brooklyn firehouse where he grabbed his gear and attempted to drive to the World Trade Center and meet his company. Stephen only made it to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which had been closed to all traffic. In his desperation to help those In need, Stephen donned his fire gear and ran the remaining 3 miles to the World Trade Center where he ultimately lost his life. Today 7 members of Station 45 along with 30,000 fellow runners Honored Stephen Sillers memory by participating in the annual Tunnel To Towers 5k run. After completing the race, the group gathered at the FDNY museum to learn about the rich history of Fire fighting and remember the 343 Firefighters lost on 9/11. The Station 45 members who participated in today’s race were Andrew Chin, Jared Knapp, Emilio Bettencourt, Kevin Schroeck, Bruce Zydel, Dan Kozaryn and Andrew Clark (not pictured).
Hampton Court Structure Fire
On Saturday, 9-16-2011 at 21:50hrs Stations 45 and 46 were dispatched to a structure fire on Hampton Ct. On arrival firefighters found a house fully engulfed in flames. The house was unoccupied and boarded up from a previous fire two years ago. With no life hazard and no immediate exposures, a defensive position was taken and master streams were set up from two aerial platforms. The two Montgomery Fire Departments (Station 45 and 46) were supported by Station 53 (Rocky Hill), Station 38 (Hillsborough) and Montgomery EMS (Station 47). The fire was extinguished within two hours and is being investigated by the Montgomery Board of Fire Investigation and the Somerset County Arson Team
Broadway Structure Fire
On 9-13-2011 at 11:37hrs, Montgomery Township Stations 45 and 46 were dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery. Upon arrival, Chief Jeff Huxley reported heavy fire showing from the "D" side, second story window and all the occupants out of the house. A second alarm was struck including the dispatching of the Somerset County Tanker Task Force for water supply. Engine 45-103 arrived a short time later laying a supply line down the long driveway. The engine crew forced entry through the front door and stretched an 1.75" line to the second floor. While mounting the initial attack the interior crew was met with heavy smoke and high heat due to the low ceilings and heavy fuel load on the second floor. Recognizing the dangers on the interior, the crew immediately backed out and repositioned their hose line to the "B" side and mounted an attack from a ground ladder that had been set up by the crew of Ladder 46-126. A second line was then stretched to the "D" side to flow into the second floor window. As the exterior lines knocked down the bulk of the fire the next arriving crews were sent to the lower roof to open up and extinguish the remaining fire in the attic. After completing the initial knockdown, crews were sent back inside to commence with the extensive overhaul that was required on the second floor. All units were released from the scene by 15:45hrs. Other companies operating on the scene included Station 53 (Rocky Hill), Station 36 (Hillsborough), Station 28 (Millstone Valley), EMS 47 (Montgomery), EMS 79 (Hillsborough), as well as tankers from Hillsborough, Hopewell, Neshanic, and Franklin Townships.
Water Rescue Griggstown Causeway
On 09-08-2011 at 2145 hrs, Stations 45 and 53 were dispatched along with Stations 35 and 56 to the area of the Griggstown Causeway for a water rescue. Upon arrival, Chief Jeff Huxley confirmed the victim was trapped on the Montgomery side of the Millstone River. The victim was rescued by members of Station 45’s Swift Water Rescue Team. Responding companies were clear by 2215 hrs.
Hurricane Irene Summary
On Friday August 26th Officers of Station 45, led by Chief Jeff Huxley, held a meeting at the firehouse to plan for the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene. The planning and preparation paid off when the storm arrived on the evening of Saturday August 27th. At 23:27 hours the first call was received for a transformer fire on Staats Farm Rd. That was quickly followed by two activated fire alarms on Burnt Hill Rd and Sunset Rd. Over the next 19 hours members of Station 45 responded nonstop to159 more calls. By the time it was over, the 37 available members responded to an additional 65 calls for a total 227 storm related calls within a 48 hour period, helping their neighbors while their loved ones and houses weathered the storm alone.
Most of the calls during that time were for water in the basement. With life safety being the primary concern, crews were instructed to secure the gas and electric to the house so that the occupants were able to stay with no possible fire hazard from unsecured utilities. Other more urgent calls were also answered during that time including carbon monoxide alarms with reported illness, downed power lines, helping secure a power source for a citizen needing oxygen, assisting the Montgomery Twp. E.M.S. with transporting a sick infant threw flood waters, and retrieving 8 people and two dogs on 3 different swift water rescue assignments.
With a normal call volume of approximately 300 calls per year, Hurricane Irene was very taxing on man power and resources. Thanks to the endless hours of training and work nights that the volunteers of Station 45 perform each year our members were able to handle the extreme conditions presented during this natural disaster in stride with pride and honor.