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HFD Assists Ringoes with Structure Fire
Feb 28 - Just past 9 pm Friday night and
the sirens spun up to full speed alerting members of the Hopewell Fire Dept of
a mutual aid structure fire in Ringoes. Peacock Country Store was ablaze and it
was spreading to the adjoined multiple apartments. Upon arrival crews
found all residents were safely out of the building, but smoke and fire
were present. This building, estimated to be about 150 years old was of balloon
type construction with no fire breaks so the fire easily raged out of control
as it raced up the walls. Within the hour the fire had breached the roof
as it collapsed into the structure. Crews kept it at bay until a
water supply was established. Once the master streams were put into service the
fire was quickly doused by Quint 52 and 21 (Raritan Twp). The bitter cold
(12') and remote rural area with no established water source, made
this fire a handful to contain. Top picture shows Quint 52
about to go in service with the stick, and below Engine 52 pumping at the draft
site along side Tanker 52. See more pictures here...and here courtesy of NJ.com.
HFD Assists PFD at Fire with Entrapment
Feb 6 - Hopewell Fire Dept and EMU were called to assist at a residential house fire with reported entrapment early Wednesday morning. Engine 31 was clearing from another call and arrived to heavy smoke and fire conditions. HTPD officers attempted the rescue from the front bedroom window. They were hampered by the high window sill which made it difficult to access the patient. Engine 31's crew and the officers successfully recovered the resident and transferred care to the crew from Pennington First Aid. Engine 51, TS 23, Engine 52, 53 and 33 crews went to work to extinguish the fire which may have started by an unattended candle. The power was out in the neighborhood. Rescue 32 stood by for RIT, and a 2nd alarm tanker assignment was called which brought water from Bucks, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. The fire was declared under control in under an hour and the scene was turned over the fire investigators.
Nov 11 - Crews were called to this grisly wreck on Carter Rd Monday when the driver reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel. Rescue 52, Squad 152, Squad 159, with Rescue 51 and Engine 50 responded and worked together to free the driver. Medics from CHS were on hand to monitor the patient and crews had the extrication completed within the hour. More pictures here.
Oct 11 - The last 23 years this Tanker served the residents of Hopewell Valley and beyond, always doing it's diligent duty. From putting out house fires, standing by while big city water pipes went dry, watering expensive sports fields during droughts and filling pools, it is certainly worth its weight in gold. But as things do, it was time to replace this aging work horse. You may have seen the pretty new truck that took its place on these very pages, but although thats new and stronger, don't count this oldie out. It has now started a new life, as it travels the roadways headed south towards New Salem, NC it begins a new journey for a new community.
Feb 4 - HFD assisted Amwell Valley FD with a working fire at a Rt 31 residence. Upon arrival crews had heavy fire conditions and zero visibility. The Quint, Engine and Tanker were put into service and were onscene for 6 hours fighting the blaze. See more pictures here.
October 13 - As HFD was setting up for the Harvest Fair, the sirens rang out in town for a mutual aid tanker call in Bucks County PA. A large barn was burning at a local farm and water was in short supply. Deputy Chief Mullen was at the wheel of Tanker 52 and after a 25 minute drive they made to the scene where, with the assistance of FF/EMT Dave VanDoren shuttled 12,000 gallons of water for fire suppression. More pictures here...
Jan 23 - Foggy and wet roads contributed to this messy MVA on Cherry Valley Rd in Hopewell Twp. A single vehicle lost control and slid into the heavy timber pole carrying high tension and secondary power wires including phone and cable services. When the first police unit arrived, followed by Rescue 52, they found a car on its side with the pole impeding into the passenger compartment. The driver was still trapped inside. Initial reports were the car was on fire, but thankfully that only proved to be steam from the decimated engine compartment. PSE&G was contacted and shut down all power in the area affecting a few thousand customers. As soon as the electric was cut, Rescue 52's crew went into service assisted by Rescue 51 who were special called by Chief 50. The rescue was supervised by Ast Chief Galatro and Deputy Chief Mullen who took command. The battery was cut, the pole's weight was supported with the Para Tech kit, and once sufficent time passed for the air bag modules to de-energize, the roof was removed for patient access. The patient was transferred to 152 EMS and medics from Capital Health. More pictures here...
Photo curtesy of NJ.com
Jan 20 - The siren roared to life about 1711 hours as the Ewing Twp fire companies fought a 2nd alarm fire. The request was to cover Station 32's fire house but as Engine 52 started south soon command upgraded to the 3rd alarm and pulled Engine 52 into the scene for a 2nd RIT. Manpower and tools were needed to break thru the well constructed roof of a new school being built just off the property of Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, so as they arrived they were put into service on the roof. Chief 52 arrived and was assigned as manager of manpower. Once heavy machinery arrived on site they were able to pull up the heavy roofing materials and extinguish the blaze underneath. The fire started as contractors were cutting thru the roof extending vent pipes.