Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:19PM
North Branch and Green Knoll Fire Departments were
dispatched into the North Branch section of Branchburg to the Taylor Forge
Company for the reported fire in a dust collector. First arriving Deputy Chief
Mike Russoniello of North Branch reported a large smoke and fire condition to
the side of the building. With that, North Branch Chief Hickson struck a 2nd
alarm which brought in Bradley Gardens Fire for a FAST Team and Readington Fire
for a full response. Due to the nature of the manufacturing process of the
facility, Somerset County HazMat, Somerset County Mutual Aid Coordinator and
Branchburg Township Fire Official also responded to the scene.
Units took precautions to make sure exactly what was in the
container prior to starting fire suppression to protect themselves from
potential hazardous materials. It was determined that the materials involved
were various oils and filters used in the stainless steel manufacturing and
fabrication process. Firefighters attacked the blaze from the exterior while a
second crew inspected the interior of the structure for extension. Fire crews
had the blaze under control within the 15 minute mark and all units were
cleared within the 75 minute mark.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:30
Raritan Fire Departments quick response prevented a certain
structure fire today at the new 3 story residential buildings under construction
on Route 202, North of Quick Avenue by the Ortho Pharmaceutical site. North
Branch Fire Chief Dave Hickson reported the fire as he could see the smoke from
his office in Raritan. Responding in to assist Raritan, a 30 yard dumpster was
found well involved within 20 feet of the new construction. Wind was whipping
the flames dangerously close to the new structure. Quick thinking Raritan
Firefighter Lou Laine deployed a “Deck Gun” from the fire apparatus to knock
down the flames while Hickson and Raritan Firefighter Jeff McBride pulled an 1
¾” hand line to start extinguishing the blaze. The blaze was deep seated and
impossible to extinguish without removing the contents from the dumpster.
Incident Commander, Deputy Chief Brian Kredatus summoned a construction worker
to bring a back hoe to the dumpster and pull the contents while the
Firefighters extinguished them as they were pulled out. The scene was declared
under control within the 30 minute mark.
Sunday, April 14, 2013 14:46
North Branch Firefighters were alerted into Readington for the FAST Team to respond to a report of a structure fire. First on scene was North Branch Deputy Chief Mike Russoniello. Russoniello updated responding Readington Deputy Chief Apsley of a well involved shop attached to a three car garage that was detached from a house about 20 feet away. With this information, Deputy Chief Apsley struck out a 3rd alarm for the blaze. With the 3rd alarm, a full response was requested from North Branch. Squad 32 was the first Engine on scene. With a quick attack, the fire was suppressed in about ten minutes. Units on scene included North Branch, Readington and Whitehouse Fire, Whitehouse Rescue and Readington PD.
Friday, April 12, 2013 12:30PM
Green Knoll and North Branch Fire Departments were
dispatched to 55 Corporate Blvd in the Green Knoll section of Bridgewater for
the reported car fire. First arriving Chiefs Vitale of Green Knoll and
Hickson of North Branch were greeted with three cars well involved in fire and
rapidly spreading down the parking lot.First arriving engine 34-109 from Green Knoll quickly
deployed an 1 ¾” hand line to knock down the fire and prevent it from spreading
further. North Branch engines 49-108 and 49-102 followed quickly behind and
deployed a second 1 ¾” hand line. Realizing that the fire was too large to
extinguish with tank water from the responding engine’s, Chief Vitale requested
a tanker from the Far Hills Fire company to supply water.
Firefighter’s were hampered by burning tires, gasoline and
magnesium auto parts, all of which are very difficult to extinguish.
Firefighters used a foam line to extinguish the petroleum
based fire and had all three cars fully under control within ten minutes.
Chief Vitale deployed the Somerset County HazMat Team for
the run off of fuel and other hazardous materials that were being sent to the
storm sewers due to the high volume of rain during the incident.
Units responding included Green Knoll, North Branch and Far
Hills Fire, Martinsville Rescue Squad, Bridgewater PD and Somerset County
Fire units remained on scene for approximately 45 minutes.
At the time of this report, HazMat was still on scene.
Chief Vitale was greeted with lage
volume of fire
Chief Vitale points out FF Hudec
pointing out "hot spot"
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8PM
From NJ.com: A
Bradley Gardens home was destroyed Wednesday night after lightning struck the
building's electrical service and sparked a fire that left one family without a
home, according to fire officials on the scene."The home
suffered major damage and is uninhabitable," said North Branch Volunteer
Fire Chief David Hickson. "There was heavy fire to the second floor, and
heavy water and smoke damage throughout."
Just before 9 p.m.
Wednesday night, a fire was reported at 140 Brahma Ave., in Bridgewater.
Assistant Chief Frank Ur arrived on the scene first, and saw heavy fire was
showing from the second flood, Hickson said.
Green Knoll, County Hills and North Branch fire companies were dispatched and
made an "aggressive interior attack and had the fire under control within
30 minutes," Hickson said.
The cause of the fire
is under investigation with the Bridgewater Fire Official's office, but initial
reports indicated that the home's electric service may have been hit by
lightning, Hickson said.
Other responding units
included Bradley Gardens Fire and Rescue and Bridgewater Police.
FF Mark Hucec reoports blaze to Deputy
Chief Jack Egan
Heavy damage to Division 2, AD Corner
Thursday, April 4, 2013 3:59PM
Green Knoll and North Branch Firefighters were dispatched to
a report of an overturned cement truck in the area of the Somerville traffic
circle. First arriving Chief 49-10 Hickson was greeted with a heavily damaged
Cement Truck on its side on 202/206 Northbound in the area of the Hess Gas
Station. Knowing that this was out of the Bridgewater jurisdiction, Somerville
Fire and Rescue were immediately dispatched. Green Knoll Chief 34-10 Vitale
arrived shortly thereafter and started size up. One patient was found on his
side, partially ejected but entrapped in the vehicle. The two Chiefs worked together
to provide the incoming Somerville units with an initial patient assessment and
to remove the windshield for eventual patient extrication. Somerville units
worked quickly to remove the patient from the heavily damaged vehicle.
Units on scene included Green Knoll, North Branch and
Somerville Fire, Somerville Raritan Rescue, Somerset Medical Center MICU,
Somerville and Bridgewater PD. +
Green Knoll Firefighter Mark Hudec
points out patient to rescuers
Firefighters work on extrication
Monday, April 1, 2013 1600
cars were destroyed in a fire that engulfed three cars in total in the parking
lot outside the California Pizza Kitchen Monday afternoon.
to North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson, three cars were involved in the fire
in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall around 4 p.m.
said that two of the cars were completely destroyed and the third was badly
damaged in the fire.
cause of the fire, Hickson said, is unknown.
said the fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters with the Green Knoll
Fire Company, Country Hills Fire Company and North Branch Fire Company.
FF Mark Hudec points out more fire
Country Hills Firefighters extinguish
fire pointed out by Hudec
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It is with the deepest sympathy that we report the Line of Duty Death of our Brother Firefighter Jeff Scheurer. Below is the account from NJ.Com:
The state Forest Fire Service firefighter struck and killed while conducting a controlled burn near Round Valley Reservoir is Jeffrey Scheuerer, 35.
He had deep Hunterdon roots as a longtime resident of Raritan Township and as an active volunteer with the Readington Volunteer Fire Company, possibly since his high school days at Hunterdon Central.
Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III and Clinton Township Police Director Robert Manney released Scheuerer's identity after contacting out-of-state family members.
According to Kearns, Scheuerer was hit by a Jeep driven by a woman on Lebanon-Stanton Road (Route 629) at about 11:30 a.m. today. He said that Scheuerer was in the roadway at the time.
The accident happened when heavy smoke from the controlled burn shifted, apparently reducing visibility on Lebanon-Stanton Road near an entrance to Round Valley Recreation Area.
The driver of the Jeep had not been charged in the accident, but hours later the road remained closed as the investigation continued.
A firefighter man was struck and killed today on Stanton-Lebanon Road (Route 629) near Round Valley Reservoir in Clinton Township.Google Maps
On Route 31 at the county Parks & Recreation Department headquarters in Clinton Township a large cutout of Smokey the Bear announced to passers-by that the risk of fire today was "low."
A sign at the entrance to Round Valley announced that the state park was closed today and inside there was ample evidence of the work being done by the Forest Fire Service. The smell of wood smoke hung in the air.
The accident apparently happened after the wind shifted, Kearns said. It happened near the bottom of a hill, north of the park entrance.
"The victim was struck by a vehicle and did not survive his injuries,” Kearns said.
Kearns said that the man and fellow firefighters with the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service were "conducting a controlled burn along Route 629" at the time of the accident.
Kearns said, “Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Scheuerer’s family, Fire Chief John Rathborne and the Readington Volunteer Fire Company; as well as Mr. Scheuerer’s colleagues in the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.”
The accident is also under investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Collision Team and Clinton Township Police, assisted by Town of Clinton police.
Friday, March 15, 2013 3:44PM
Bridgewater Police received a 911 call for a report of a
women who was trapped underneath the pedestrian bridge in the area of route 22
and Bridgewater Commons Mall. Initial reports we unclear of the nature of the
accident and exact location.
Upon arrival of Bridgewater PD Officers, a motor vehicle
accident underneath the pedestrian walkway, east of Macy’s at the Bridgewater
Commons Mall was found. PD Immediately requested Fire and Rescue to be
dispatched to the scene. Green Knoll Fire Chief James Vitale was on location
within minutes. He found a heavily damaged car upside down, on its roof,
underneath the pedestrian bridge with a female patient, heavily entrapped and
seriously injured. Vitale requested the services of North Branch Fire for
assistance in the rescue and Country Hills Fire to secure a safe landing zone
for the NJ State Police Medevac helicopter. Firefighters, working side by side
with Bridgewater Police Officers and Somerset Medical Centers Mobil Intensive
Care Unit secured and cut the vehicle away from the patient. Firefighters were
hampered with several obstacles. The vehicle hit a guard rail and was launched
through the air and landed approximately 75 feet off of the roadway and down a
15 foot embankment. The proximity of the vehicle was too far away to reach with
truck mounted rescue tools. Green Knoll Firefighters lowered a portable
hydraulic generator and “Jaws of Life” to perform the extrication. The
Firefighters had the patient safely removed from the vehicle within ten
After removal, the Green Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad
worked with the Medics to assess the patients injuries. The severity of the
injuries warranted transportation to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical center
Trauma unit via NJ State Police Medevac helicopter.
Country Hills Fire Company had a challenge on their hands
handling the medevac landing zone. The Mall was very crowded and filled with
onlookers. Deputy Chief Charles Springer working with Bridgewater PD Officers
cleared a location within the parking area of the Mall and landed the
helicopter. Onlookers witnessed a dramatic and well-coordinated rescue
performed with Police, Fire and Rescue personnel.
Units on scene included The Fire Departments of
Bridgewater District 3 of Green Knoll, North Branch and Country Hills,
Bridgewater PD, Green Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad, Somerset MICU, NJ State
GK FF Mark Hudec points out accident
Patient air lifted to trauma center
Monday, March 11, 2013 0411
Green Knoll Firefighters along with the District 3 Fire
Companies of North Branch and Country Hills were dispatched to a report of a
structure fire at 455 Bayberry Rd. at 4:11AM. First arriving Chief James Vitale
of the Green Knoll Fire Company was on location within minutes. The Chief was
greeted with a large volume of fire and a report that all occupants had fled
the badly burning dwelling. First arriving Firefighters from Green Knoll were
met with a daunting task. The large volume of fire was complicated by sparking,
live electrical lines that were feeding the home. As the lines continued to
spark as a constant reminder of the danger, the Firefighters quickly worked to
contain the blaze while staying safely away from the arching wires.
Green Knoll Fire set up their platform ladder truck and sent
out hand lines around the structure. Green Knoll Engine 109 laid a 1500 foot
supply line down Bayberry Road from Foothill Road.
The family that was in the home at the time of the fire
consisted of a father and two children.
All three suffered burns from the fire and were treated at
the scene by the Green Knoll/ Martinsville Rescue Squad. All three were
transported to St. Barnabus Burn Center.
Firefighters remained on scene for approximately 2.5 hours.
Units on scene included: Green Knoll, North Branch, Bradley
Gardens and Country Hills Fiore Companies, Green Knoll / Martinsville Rescue
Squad, Bridgewater PD, Bridgewater Fire Official, Somerset County Mutual Aid
Fire Erupts from Windows
Firefighter Mark Hudec points to area of
fire for hose stream
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