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HFD Remembers September 11, 2001

Sept 7 - HFD members attended the Hopewell Valley 9/11 Memorial today to remember those lost during the 9/11 attacks. Our own Deputy Fire Chief Will Mullen, was the keynote speaker for the event. He told a riveting account of his two day experience both serving NJ and NY during the incident. Names of those volunteers lost within the last year from the Valley were read by their respective Chief or President. Once again a beautiful service made possible by the 9/11 Committee. See a letter to the Editor from Chairman Chipowsky here...

 

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May 26 - The annual Memorial Day Parade has once again fallen upon us and it was a beautiful day for a stroll down Broad St. See more pictures here courtesy of The Trenton Times.

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May 3 - Crews from HFD and Pennington Fire responded together to extricate a young man from his car Friday evening. The car was reportedly travelling at a high rate of speed uprooting a tree. It took some time to untangle the mans' foot from under the dashboard as it was crushed between the floor and the transmission.

 
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April 4 - Well its official...the new Tanker 52 has come home. A bit boxier than its predecessor, It has a total height of 11' 5 1/2" to the tip of the exhaust stack. When the truck is loaded with water it squats about 2". The exhaust will need to be modified in order to make it under a few key bridges in the Valley. Once that is done it should be the same height as the rear beacon roughly 10' 6". We just recieved authorization from the Fire Commissioners to allow Sutphen to display it at the Harrisburg Fire Expo in May. Feel free to stop by and take a look at this beautiful piece of fire fighting apparatus.

 
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March 27 - Well at long last, the Final Inspection for the new Tanker 52 has been completed. Here is a beautiful shot of the truck as we filled it at a nearby pond across from Sutphens plant. The truck has some finishing touches to be attended to and is expected delivery is late next week. Check out some new pictures on our photo page or click here and here!

 
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March 20 - New pictures from Sutphen...looks as though the truck is just about complete. More pictures will be added late Monday night after the inspection trip. 

 
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March 8 - New pics from Sutphen.. Lights are working, hose bed cover installed, and the lettering has begun. The right side has the port-a-pond lift and the hard sleeve storage. Final inspection is scheduled for March 25th.

 
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March 1 - New Tanker Pics! Pump cabinet is complete as well as the center console.

 

 
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Feb 25 - Hot off the Sutphen Press! Newest picture of our new tanker with the tank installed...should be anytime now...

 
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Feb 22 - Another update from Sutphen, and it looks as though the project is coming along. The Que has been installed in the bumper and the pump has been mounted on the chassis. In speaking with the build team we expect to head up for the final inspection about the 2nd week of March.

 
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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.

 
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Feb 18 - New pictures from Sutphen today...The truck is coming together, as the electric pond lifts have been installed, and the pump has finally arrived. The rear of the tank has been outfitted with all the steps and lighting. Once the pump is piped in, the tank can be lowered onto the chassis...followed by the final inspection trip by the committee.

 
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Feb 8 - New Tanker pics straight from White Lake, NY. As soon as the pump is ready the tank will be installed on the frame. More lights and fittings have been installed as well. We expect delivery by the end of the month.

 
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Jan 30 - New Pictures! The Tanker build is coming along nicely. Notice the air horns are installed, emergency lighting, including the light bar and the scene light, the body was fitted to the chassis this week as well. Just waiting on the delivery of the pump from Hale, to mount the tank!

 
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Jan 25 - New pictures emerge from White Lake NY, at the Sutphen Plant where the new Tanker 52 is being built. A few more weeks till we can roll it into the Station...

 
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Jan 11 - The Tanker committee met with Sutpen East for the last final touches on the prebuild Friday. See a few pictures here and here of the new apparatus...

 
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Jan 2 - Finally arrived is our new 2013 Kenworth Tanker chassis, and tank. These pictures are hot off the press from Sutphen East's White Lake, NY plant.

 

 

 
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Dec 18 - Crews from throughout the Valley were called to this scene, where a school bus was left overturned as the vehicles came to rest. Early reports of the bus driver being trapped brought Rescue 52 and 51, Engine 50 and BLS units from 152, 151, 159 and 168. All injuries were minor in nature. See more pictures here...and Channel 6 video here.

 
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Nov 9 - New pictures from the Sutphen Plant in upstate NY of the rough body for the new Tanker truck. More pictures to come...

 
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October 19 - The first images of our new Stuphen/Kenworth Tanker being built in White Lake, NY. Expected delivery is February 2013. Conceptual drawing can be found here...

 
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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...

 
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Sept 11 - The smaller artifact of steel recovered from the World Trade Center's Ground Zero given to Hopewell Valley was moved from the MC Public Library to Bank of America (Merrill Lynch) memorial site. Shown here carrying the steel is Specialists John Schafer, Chris Robinson, Josh Wilson, and J.D. Moore with Andy Fosina in tow. Valley emergency service members lined the route to the resting place, including from left Chief Martin, Deputy Chief Mullen, Lt. Peck, PO Tulko, and Ast Chief Muccioli. More pictures here...Below is the large flag hung between Ladder 51 and Telesquirt 53 during the 9/11 Memorial opening on Saturday Sept 8th.

 
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July 25 -Tanker 52 was special called to assist Station 23 with a gas leak at a Lawrence residence. Crews where digging during renovations and struck the underground main to the house. PSEG had crews onscene within an hour to repair the 1" supply line. Several units from Lawrence and Princeton were called in to assist as the main could not be shut off at street.

 
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Somerset Fire Academy Graduation - Spring 2012

July 24 - Five firefighters from HFD graduated from SCFA tonight, adding 3 new certified firefighters to HFD's roster. The other two broadened their knowledge with FF2 certifications. Pictured are (L to R) Caitlyn Toth, Luke Morehouse, William H. Walker III, and Ali Walker. Missing was Andrew VanDoren. Congratulations to all.

 
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July 10 - HFD did some live burn training exercises this month at the Dempster Fire Training Center. Here we see Specialist John Schafer from HVES 50 making sure HFD Captain Dave Hunt dons his safety equipment. Crews went thru several evolutions including search and rescue and extinguishment. See more pics here...

 
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52 ASSISTS 48 WITH QUICK STOP

July 7 - Station 52 was requested to assist Amwell Valley Fire Co with a smoke condition in a residence. Upon Deputy 52's arrival 48 fire was stretching the line from the engine. There was black smoke pouring out of the doorway and he advised Quint 52's incomming crew to pack up and head inside to assist with the fire attack. Within minutes Battalion Chief Rob Myers radioed the fire was out and they were checking for extension. The crew started salvage and overhaul in the back bedroom to make sure the fire didnt make it into the wall. There was no power at the house and the homeowners had a generator running supplying the house with power from cords run thru a window. It is unknown if the generator played a role in the fire. Squad 152 responded with an ambulance and SS52 to assist with rehab in the sweltering heat.

 
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June 12 - A commerical fire alarm turned into a working fire early Tuesday morning in the Township.  Crews were called about 0620 and the incident was upgraded to a first alarm upon arrival of PFD Chief Jim DeForte. Smoke was showing from two roof vents and there was a slight smoke condition inside the structure. First arriving firefighters from Pennington and Hopewell were able to quickly knock down the fire inside the kitchen walls. Although there was a ventilation hole cut in the roof, there was minimal damage. Investigation is ongoing by HTPD and HVES but it seems electrical in nature.  

 
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April 2 - All Valley Fire Departments were called to a Pennington Rd address for a working house fire about 20:00 hrs last night.  Quint, Engine, Tanker, and Special Service 52 responded to assist Pennington Firefighters with extinguishing the blaze. No one was hurt, but one dog has perished. 20 other dogs, including about 7 puppies just days old were rescued. Pictured here is Deputy Chief Will Mullen bringing one puppy to EMS crews for oxygen after being found hiding behind a door in the smoke charged kitchen.Below is a picture of the Quint crew at the ready to go into service on the front lawn. See more pictures here or video here from ABC News Channel 6.

All pictures courtesy of Michael Ratcliffe - Station 22

 
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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...

 
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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.



Nov 1 - Station 52, with 152, 50 and Engine 51 were detailed to a residence this afternoon for a reported house fire. Upon arrival Deputy Chief Mullen found patrol extinguishing the fire with a garden hose supplied by the homeowner. The debris was removed from the residence and awaited investigation by HVES and HTPD.



Oct 30 - No sirens screamed thru the night when a Boro resident called 9-1-1 to report a fire in his daughters bedroom. Thats because a wicked northeastor blew thru town knocking out power for 12 hours and some residents in our district are still out. Snow and rain fell much of the day so when the teenager went to bed, she lit a candle at the foot of her bed and fell asleep. She awoke to her room on fire, yelled for help and hobbled out of the room as her feet and legs suffered from 2nd degree burns. Dad, thinking fast on his feet, grabbed the extended shower head and doused the flames until HFDs arrival. Investigation was handled by HTPD, HVES and MCFM.



Oct 9 - Mutual Aid provided to Station 60 today with a carbon monoxide incident at a residence. Pictured above is an indoor pool that was reportedly holding over 600 ppm of carbon monoxide. The rest of the residence had a 70 ppm reading. Several companies were called in with ladders and towers from Hopewell, Pennington, Montgomery, Plainsboro, Lawrence, and Princeton had their Tower, Engine, SS, and Squirt onscene. Princeton First Aid had two ambulances, their SS, Rescue 168 and mutual aid from Hopewell and West Windsor EMS. All units had stock piled their electric fans at the command post and each was then strategicaly placed in ang around the house. More Pictures here....

 


Sept 10 - Quint 52 and Telesquirt 53 proudly fly a huge American flag between their sticks Saturday morning. Hopewell Valleys 9/11 Memorial had a great turnout and wonderful inaugural service.


Sept 6 - HFD was called in on the 2nd alarm for an abandoned 3 story manision fire. On arrival the crew was assigned to the division 2 and put to work looking for the cause of the heavy smoke coming from the B side of the structure. The fire was found under the bathroom floor, after a crew from TS 23 had already extinguished a fire in the basement. As the Quint 52 crew was pulling up the floor, they discovered the power was still hot to this section of the house, and all operations were shut down until PSEG could secure the power. One FF was shocked when he dug his haligan into the floor to pry up a floorboard. He was checked by EMS on  scene and signed an RMA. Once the power was completely shut off, the crew found the source of the smoke under the floor and quickly soaked the area with the 1 3/4" handline.


Aug 30 - HFD was called to assist with rescuing a man who fell into a storm drain. Pictured here are members from Trenton Fire Dept's HazMat 1 team performing a confined space entry. HFDs crew assisted with manpower. Unfortunately the rescue ended as a recovery.

Aug 28 - Chief Joe Novak makes a splash on one of the many roadways that flooded as most roadways in the Twp and Boros were affected from Hurricane Irene.



August 16 - Hopewell Valley received it's piece of the World Trade Center today as Chairman Mike Chipowsky from the Hopewell Township Board of Fire Commissioners presents the steel to on lookers. The 24,000 lb piece of steel will be placed at the Hopewell Valley 9/11 Memorial adjacent to the Veterans Memorial site on the Alliger Tract in Hopewell Twp on Route 546. More pictures here.


July 29 - It is ready for inspection and on it's way to HFD for delivery.Here are some more photos from the vendor. NEW PICS 7/29

 


July 18 - All Valley Fire Companies were detailed to a local business for a smoke condition that was caused by a small fire on the roof. Workers were repairing a section of the roof of a building when a portion of it caught on fire. The fire was immediately extinguished by the workers but a smoke condition developed inside the two story structure. A first alarm was detailed which brought other departments like West Trenton (33), Pennington Road (32), Lambertville (17) and Bucks Co PA, (0,71). These were accompanied by the local stations who had Engine 50, Amb 159, Squad 151, Rescue 51, Quint 52, Tanker 52, Telesquirt 53 and Tanker 53 on location. The crews determined there were was no extension of the fire and all companies were released within 90 mins. The Hopewell Valley Bureau of Fire Safety is handling the investigation with the Hopewell Twp Police Dept. More pictures here.

 

 

July 10 - A series of unfortunate events took place in Ewing today which cost a family their home. Station 31 was detailed for a wires down call today about 1644 on Nancy Lane. When Ast 31 pulled up in Engine 31 he realized there was a primary wire down on the ground. As he and the crew advised PSEG, the wire snapped, and 13,000 volts came into contact with the ground or 3rd phase of all the residential services on the street. This caused widespread damage to several homes, blowing out electrical services and outlets in various homes. The area also experienced a power outage as the electric company shut down the grid. One house received the most damage, as Engine 31 was working its way up the street the crew noticed the house had fire billowing out of the basement. The fire was so intense the 1st floor became compromised and was about to collapse. The home was a total loss, and although the crew managed to save one cat, another cat and dog perished in the smoke and flames. Engine 52 was called to cover Station 32 but eventually detailed to the fire scene where the crew took over for RIT 22 while they rehabbed in the 92' heat. Engine 52's crew was released from the scene and returned to cover Station 32 until their trucks were back in service. More pictures here...

 

 


July 8 - HFD was summoned to a residence on Benson Lane on Friday for a residential fire alarm. When Fire Chief Joe Novak arrived he found a pretty lucky homeowner who had already removed the iron from the basement. The homeowner stated that the unattended iron was only on for about 10 mins when it started to malfunction, which made the exterior plastic start to burn and caused the smoke which triggered the fire alarm. No damages were reported other than the iron.

 

 


June 24 - HFD was called to Featherbed Lane Friday afternoon for a reported dwelling fire. First to arrive onscene Fire Chief Joe Novak quickly donned his turnout gear and went in to assess the situation. He found a room and contents in the back bedroom, dumped his 20lb extinguisher from the command vehicle on the fire, and waited for Quint 52 to arrive to fully extinguish it. All Valley fire companies responded including Station 23. It was a great stop as damage was limited to the bedbroom ceiling, wall, bed and water damage on the floor. HTPD, MCFM and HVES are investigating the cause of the fire. See more pictureshere....

 

 



June 13 - Mercer County Vo-Tech Career Prep Program graduates 3 students from HFD. Students have certifications in EMT, EMD, and FF1. Shown from left to right standing: Ast. Chief Dan Galatro, FF/EMT Neil Hunt, 1st LT Josh Stoveken, Chief Joe Novak, FF Mike Bender, FF Bobby Jones, and Deputy Chief Will Mullen. Sitting graduates Andrew Armington, Cody Braddock, and Tyler Jefferis-Bender. Andrew Armington received an award from the Mercer County Firemans Association for scoring the highest on the test, and Tyler Jefferis-Bender recieved the award from the school for best overall cadet.

 

 


May 27, 2011 - Kids from the Hopewell Elementary School were delighted to have Quint 52 stop by after Field Day 2011, where they were "showered" down to break the muggy tempuratures.

 

 



May 26 - Students enrolled in the Mercer County Vo-tech Fire Sciences classes are nearing completion of thier studies. They attend High School part of the day and then travel to the MC Fire School for training. When graduating June 13, they will have Firefighter 1, EMT, and Emergency Medical Dispatch certifications.

 

 



May 26 - Valley Police, Fire and EMS companies participated in Operation Head On a staged drunk driving accident at the Hopewell Valley Central High School. The intent was to educate the Senior Class of 2011 on the dangers of drug and alcohol use while driving. The timing was meant to coincide with the Senior Prom next week.  

 

 


Members from Station 52 attended the unveiling of Mercer County's piece of steel from the World Trade Centers in NYC on 9/11. See video posted here by NJ.com

 

 



HFD assists Amwell Valley with Structure Fire
March 16 - HFD was called in on the 3rd alarm for a working fire off Rt 31 in East Amwell Township. Quint 52, Tanker 52, Engine 52, Ambulance 152-1 and Utility 52 all responded to assist in the fire fighting efforts and ems rehab. Quint 52's crew was ordered to the rear of the structure, to attack the heavy timbered house and knocked down the remaining fire. The progress of the fire was stopped by a few quick thinking crews, and resulted in possibly saving at least half of the structure.See more pictures here

 

 



HFD Fights Structure Fire

About 2100 hours March 5, the Hopewell Valley all call was broadcast for a house fire on Rt 518. Valley companies arrived to find the house already consumed by heavy fire. Tankers were called in by 3 area counties including PA to provide water to fight the fire.
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MVA Ignites Car Fires
March 3 - Rt 518 was closed for 2 hours for a 3 car MVA that resulted in two vehicles becoming fully engulfed. Rescue 52 arrived onscene with heavy fire showing, compromising a telephone pole with high voltage transmission lines, phone and cable. Rescue 52 went into service with Tanker 52 supplying water, the fire was knocked down within minutes. Crews performed overhaul with Engine 50, as Squad 159 and 152 assessed and transported the passengers from the vehicles. Tow trucks recovered the vehicles from the roadway and the Rescue crew mitigated a fuel leak from the gas tank of one of the vehicles.
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Another winter storm bore down on the area, where most awoke to ice covering just about everything, including this 7,000 volt power line. Before PSE&G crews could secure the power it melted a large hole in  the roadway.

 

 

HFD Assists with Mutial Aid

The fire siren spun to full speed early Friday morning as the tempuratures barely climbed to the 20' mark. Firefighters from Montgomery, Hopewell, Pennington and Rocky Hill were called in to fight this 2nd alarm blaze. The inferno could be seen from several miles away radiating an orange glow and large column of smoke. The house is a complete loss.  See more pictures here

 

 

Rt 518 Wreck Sends one to ER

Rescue 52 and Squad 152 were dispatched to this two vehicle wreck on County Rt 518 just outside the Borough. An elderly male was east bound headed towards town when he alledgedly crossed the double yellow and struck the drivers side of a mason dump truck flipping it on its' side. No injuries were reported but the driver of the car was taken to the ER for precautions. Engine 50 and 159 assisted onscene.

 

 

 

Oct 2 - HFD crews were called to an automobile accident on a rural road in the Township early Saturday morning.  As the Chief arrived he reported a car fully involved in flames. The crew from Rescue52 extinguished the fire within minutes although the overahaul required extra water from Tanker 52.

 

 

Sept 25 - Rocky Hill called for assistance for a large brush fire that was fueled by high winds and dry conditions Saturday afternoon. Brush and Engine 52 responded with full crews to lend a hand. There are more pictures under our photo tab.

 

 

 

Aug 28- Hopewell Fire Dept participated in a State wide DFS drill, as the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation escorted a piece of steel from the World Trade Center demolished on Sept 11, 2001. The metal was transported to the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. 




July 23 - Area fire companies were called to Cheyenne Dr today for a dumpster fire that spread to the side of the house. HTPD patrol extinguished the bulk of the fire and kept it at bay until responding Valley fire fighters arrived. Pictured here, Chief Engineer John Novak, FF Bill Haynes, FF Matt Peck, and FF Joseph Toth III, cooling off under the shade of a tree. Back right is Junior FF Andrew Armington rolling supply hose.