1300 hours, companies were dispatched to
a reported basement fire at 30 Rosshall Blvd. Engine 651,
Truck656, and Car 658
responded. Car 658 (Chief
Smolko) arrived and
confirmed heavy smoke showing from the basement of the structure. Engine 651
arrived on scene and stretched a 1 3/4 hand line to the basement and
extinguished the fire. Truck 656 checked for
extension, performed minor over haul, and provided ventilation. Companies
were back in quarters by 1345 hours.
Around 0900 hours, companies
were dispatched to the 200 block of Custer Street
for a reported fire in the residence. Engines 651, Truck 656, and Car 658
responded. Engine 651 and Truck 656 were first due and reported a fire in a rear
bedroom. 651 stretched a 1 3/4 line and extinguished the fire while truck 656
did some minor over haul to check for extension. The fire was under control
within 5 minutes of arrival. All units were back in quarters by 0930 hours.
- At 0430 hours the Edison Fire Department requested a River Road Truck
Company to provide standby coverage for the township while they operated
at a structure fire. River Road Unit 658 with Chief of Department J.
Smolko and Truck 656 chauffeured by Engineer P. Cercatore, responded
with a crew of Captain Harding, Lieutenant Maas, Firefighter Barnoski.
The truck stood by at Edison Station 2 and returned to quarters at
around 1000 hours.
Around 2030 hours,
the River Road Fire Company was requested to provide a standby
engine crew at the Arbor Fire House in Piscataway District
Number 3 while they operated at a house fire on West 4th Street.
River Road Unit 658 with Chief of Department J. Smolko and
Engine 651 chauffeured by Lieutenant J. Cercatore, responded
with a crew of Asst. Chief Florek, Lieutenant Maas, Engineer P.
Cercatore, Firefighter Abraham and Cadet A. Smolko. Within
minutes of arrival at the Arbor Firehouse, the engine was
requested at the scene to provide a supply line for the
Possumtown Ladder 637 that was setting up for master stream
operations. Engine 651 arrived at the closest available hydrant
at the intersection of Rock and West 4th but upon testing,
discovered the hydrant to be dead. The next closest hydrant was
several blocks away and with the fire working its way through
the structure and through the roof the engine crew was ordered
to lay the line. The Engine 651 crew laid its entire bed of 1000
feet of 5 inch hose, utilized a 50 foot pony and a 25 foot pony
from the Possumtown ladder for a total supply line lay of 1075
ft. The 651 crew then setup a ground ladder to the lower roof of
the structure which was utilized for the exterior handline
attack. The Engine 651 crew was also utilized for the interior
attack and salvage and overhaul operations. Engine 651 operated
on scene until 0100 hours and then returned to quarters.
At 1700 hours a
fire alarm activation was called into Piscataway Police from the
Colgate-Palmolive Company located at 909 River Road. District 2
units responded and Possumtown Chief Synder was first to arrive
on scene and confirmed a smoke condition from the roof of the
structure. River Road Engine 651, 652, Rescue 655, Truck 656,
and Unit 658 responded to the scene with Chief of Department J.
Smolko, Asst. Chief Florek, Captain Harding, Lieutenants J.
Cercatore and Mass, Engineer P. Cercatore, Firefighters Abraham,
Agnew, Portaro, Winkler, and Cadets Skistimas, A. Smolko, and
Vaughn. Truck 656 setup the Tower Ladder for roof investigation
and found found heavy smoke from the main buildings roof top in
the location of a gas fired Chiller Unit. The truck company
updated command and the engine crews were sent inside to
investigate from beneath. A ruptured gas line servicing the
chiller was discovered to be feeding the fire between the top
floor and roof. Interior crews worked to secure the gas supply
so the fire could be extinguished. The truck company performed
extensive roof cuts to expose the fire between the top floor
ceiling and roof decking while engine companies took down the
ceiling below to expose the fire further. The New Market Tower
Ladder that was requested to the scene as a part of the third
alarm stretched a 1 1/2" handline from their bucket and it was
utilized by truck companies on the roof to work the fire while
engine companies operated with handlines within the building
from the standpipe that was being pumped by the Holmes Marshal
Fire Company. Portable generators and the Cascade System off
Rescue 655 were utilized to facilitate the operation. Several
units from surrounding towns responded to provide standby
coverage within the town and to operate at the scene. Units
cleared the scene at around 2330 hours.
- It is with the deepest regret that we inform of the passing
of River Road Fire Company
member Phillip Martin. Phil was a man of enduring generosity, always
giving to all those around him. His contributions to
the River Road Fire Company will be greatly missed.
At 1700 hours, the River Road Fire Company was
requested to the
intersection of Beatty Avenue and Ellis Parkway for the reported
4 car MVA. River Road arrived on scene to find a two car MVA
which had originated at the intersection and slid thru the front
lawn and ended up colliding with two vehicles parked in the
driveway of a Piscataway Township resident. The resident
happened to be River Road Fire Captain Glenn Harding. River Road
Fire secured the vehicles involved and left the scene in the
hands of Captain Harding and Piscataway Police.
Today morning, River Road Fire Engine 651 and
crew participated in a Fire Prevention Detail at Knollwood
school. The crew participated in the presentation of Fire Safety
in the Saint Barnabas Fire Safety House trailer.
At 2100 hours, the River Road Fire Company was
requested to a possible working structure fire at 437 Rivercrest
Drive. Chief of Department Smolko was first to arrive on scene
in Unit 658 and found heavy fire showing from the rear of the
house and requested a second alarm. Road Engine 651 arrived
shortly after and established a 5" Supply line from a nearby
hydrant. Truck 656 and Rescue 655 arrived moments later and
performed a primary search. The
engine crew stretched a 2 1/2" handline to the rear of the house
and made a knock on the fully involved deck attached to the
structure. The engine crew also stretched a 1 3/4" handline
through the front door and found fire had extended in to the
rear attic space an was venting thru the roof. The interior crew
extinguished the attic fire and the fire was placed under
control around 2200 hours. A third alarm was requested to
initiate mutual aid coverage for the district and bring
additional manpower to the scene. Crews then proceeded with salvage
and overhaul operations. The cause of the fire is still
under investigation by the township Fire Marshall. Other companies on
scene included Possumtown Fire, Holmes Marshall Fire, North
Stelton Fire, River Road and North Stelton Rescue, and others. All units cleared around 0030 hours. Click
below for footage of the fire venting thru the
At 1300 hours, the River Road Fire Company was
requested to provide a mutual aid company for North Stelton Fire
while operating at a structure fire at 802 Mindy Lane. More
Details to follow.
At 1500 hours, the pride of the south side,
River Road Truck 656 was requested to standby and provide
coverage for the north side of Piscataway while District 1 was
operating at a house fire at 65 Carlton Avenue. The truck crew
provided coverage for the duration of the fire and cleared
around 1700 hours.
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