Thursday, February 27, 2014
At 1816 hrs on Thursday February 27th, the Hillsborough Fire District was alerted to 1248 Millstone River Rd. in 37's primary for a working shed fire behind a house. 37-C1 (Chief Paterno) arrived with heavy smoke showing from a large shed approx 120' from the house. Brush 37-2 arrived first and took the neighboring driveway, stretching it's booster line over the fence and into the yard for initial suppression, while the crew from Engine 37-2 positioned themselves in the roadway and sent their crew to assist. Tanker 38 arrived and took the other neighboring driveway, stretching a 1.75" line to the rear of the house to assist with suppression. Additional crews from all district stations assisted with suppression, overhaul and checking of the neighboring houses for extension due to significant ember problem from the high winds. The fire was knocked within 20 mins and crews remained on-scene for another 40 mins completing overhaul. All units cleared the scene by 1915 hrs.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
21 years ago today, 6 terrorists made their first attempt to take down the Twin Towers in New York. A yellow box truck was parked in the parking deck below 2 World Trade Center and a 1/2 ton of bombs exploded causing a crater 100 feet deep and 200 feet wide. 6 people lost their lives and 1,000 more were injured. Thankfully, the buildings stood tall, the only damage caused was the loss of power and damage to the PATH station underneath the parking deck. We remember those that lost their lives today and those that were injured during this first terrorist attack on United States soil.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Congratulations to ex-chief Bruce Vatter on his victory in the 2014 Hillsborough Fire District election! Also, thank you to the residents of Hillsborough Township for braving the elements today and coming out to vote in this year's election. The results of the election are as follows:Vatter - 175Carone - 1182014 Fire District Budget - 251 Yes, 47 NoA sincere thank you as well to outgoing commissioner Dr. Ron Berju for his many years of dedication and service as a district commisioner.
Friday, February 14, 2014
At 1905 hours, Station 37 was requested to respond with Station 79 EMS for a motor vehicle accident with reports of an overturned vehicle, multiple patients entrapped. Engine 37 arrived and stretched a precautionary suppression line along with providing light for the rescue scene. Medevac request was made by MICU 682 on scene and Station 38 was dispatched to handle the landing zone which was located at the nearby Hillsborough High School. Brush 36-2 was also requested to the scene for assistance.
Units remained on scene to assist Hillsborough PD and County Investigators with lights.
The accident is currently under investigation by Hillsborough PD and Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Friday, February 14, 2014
While members were standing by for the Winter Snow storm, Station 48 was dispatched to Camp Dewitt for an activated fire alarm. Within minutes, District tones alerted companies for an upgraded structure fire. MP37 and Engine 37 signed on with full crews. Command had a working fire in a 2 story large commercial structure which is located on a Girl Scout camp reservation with major access problem due to snow, ice and mud on the access driveway. The Tanker task force was requested and Engine 37 positioned itself for water shuttle operations at Amwell Road and Blackpoint Road. Tankers were sent in one by one to feed Ladder 36 and hand lines that were in operation. Units were on scene for approximately 3 hours. The scene is under investigation by the Fire Safety Office.Units on scene included Car 48 (Command) Deputy 36 (Operations) Car 36 (Staging) Car 37 (Water) MP 37, Engine 37, Ladder 36, Tender 36, Brush 36, Brush 362, Ladder 38, Tender 38, Chief and DC 38, MP 48, Tender 48, Tender 45 (Mont. #1) Tender 32 (Readington) Tender 52 (Hopewell) Tender 51 (Pennington), Station 21 (Raritan Twp, Hunt. Cty) as the FAST and special services, Hillsborough EMS and Hillsborough PD as well. Station 24 (Country Hills) was on standby at Station 36 and Station 42 (Manville) provided and engine company to stand by in our quarters. Hillsborough DPW provided tremendous support for helping plow and salting the roads.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Tonight, we want to recognize and congratulate the following members for accomplishments throughout the last month.
FF/Medic Ryan Buckley- 7 Years exempt status
FF Rob Clougher- 1 year active, off probation
We want to welcome new members Ryan White and Mike Phuangthong as they were given their 2nd reading and welcomed into the company.
Firefighter I begins February 10 and 9 members will walk through the doors and begin their careers as firefighter candidates. Those members are Shannon Paterno, Troy Griffith, Max Bosenko, Mark Pagano, Sean Ismaili, Joe Pultorak, Rob Gillia, Ryan White and Mike Phuangthong.
Congratulations to all!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
According to the National Weather Service: Tonight will be a wintry
mix of freezing rain and sleet until approximately 2am. This will
continue from time to time until Wednesday evening. The rest
of week will be clear of precipitation until Saturday evening where a
chance of snow will begin and more precipitation is anticipated
throughout the course of Sunday into Monday. We
urge you to take the necessary precautions and stock up on any
essentials that might be needed during the cold weather season such as
wood for fires, medications, food, blankets, batteries, etc.
We also urge you to please stay home during the snowfall unless travel
absolutely necessary. The roads will become very icy and dangerous with
the temperatures dropping well below freezing.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
volunteers at Station 37 started off 2014 strong, answering 83 calls for
service in just the month of January alone! Thank you to all the
members who dedicated the many hours and suffered through the lack of
sleep some nights to demonstrate the pride and dedication we have for
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Spring training semester is right around the corner and as always, the members of Station 37 are putting their noses in the books and dedicating many hours to better themselves in the fire service. Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy held their firefighter graduation this past Thursday to congratulate and recognize the students to successfully completed Firefighter I and Firefighter II.The following members successfully completed courses this past fall:Firefighter Lena Demchenko- Firefighter IIFirefighter Rob Clougher- Fire InspectorFirefighter/EMT Kaci Iskra- Truck Company Operations, Fire InspectorFirefighter/Medic Ryan Buckley- Fire InspectorFirefighter I begins in a couple of weeks with 9 members registered.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Tonight, members of Station 37 participated in the monthly drill which focused on SCBA confidence and search techniques. Crews went through a quick review and refresher about the parts of the SCBA as well as some reminders about search techniques, reduced profile and entanglement hazards.Crews partnered up and ran through the course testing their skills with entanglement hazards, narrow crawl spaces, searches and victim location followed by 2 reduced profile scenarios before exiting.Thanks for Deputy Chief Bartolucci, Lieutenants Crater and Nelson for the development and implementation of the drill.
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