Today the career staff took a little trip next door to the Lambertville Public School for fire prevention for the pre school thru 3rd grade kids. We gave a tour of Squrt17 and asked fire safety questions which the kids were eager to answer.
Our Open House /Fire Prevention will be held Wednesday October 24,2018 Union Fire House 230 N Main St Lambertville. ... See MoreSee Less
NJ-TF1 updateNew Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) Continues Search and Rescue Operations in Florida
NJ-TF1 continues to perform search and rescue operations in Jackson County, Florida after Hurricane Michael left a path of devastation. To date, the team has assisted 2 residents, reported 865 animal issues, assisted 3,108 residents sheltering-in-place, and conducted 2,550 structural damage assessments. In the past 48 hours they have covered 988 square miles together with our search and rescue partners from FL-TF7, IN-TF1, MO-TF1, OH-TF1, PA-TF1, VA-TF1, and VA-TF2.
Amid the destruction, the team remains positive and grateful for the ability to help those in need. If you would like to learn more about how to help those impacted by the recent hurricanes visit www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/current-responses/ to connect with vetted organizations making a difference in these areas.
Remember, pets are family too! Always include them in your emergency plans! Visit animalemergency.nj.gov to learn how today!
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the first responders and all those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Today the career staff held fire prevention for the Fishermen’s Mark preschoolers and teachers. 36 students learned all about what we do as firefighters when called into service. The kids took part in a gear demonstration with FF/EMT Hoffman. Equipment walk around with Chauffeur/EMT Hayes and learned about home saftey.
The district will be holding Open house on Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 6:30pm till 9:00pm. ... See MoreSee Less
NJ-TF1 update.New Jersey Sends Additional Personnel to Areas Affected by Hurricane Michael
Thirty five additional members of New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1) were deployed tonight at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These members include two K9 search specialists from New York Task Force One (NY-TF1) who will be assisting with the mission.
The team is currently enroute to a staging area at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. They will join the forty seven members of NJ-TF1 who departed yesterday to Montgomery Alabama.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the citizens and first responders affected by Hurricane Michael. ... See MoreSee Less
With Hurricane Michael coming ashore in the Florida panhandle as a strong Category 4 storm, FEMA has upgraded New Jersey USAR Task Force 1 from a Type III to a Type I response. This adds approximately 45 personnel to the team. Good luck and safe travels! ... See MoreSee Less
New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1), having just returned from North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence, has been requested by FEMA to respond and stage at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm and will hit Florida as a major hurricane. The team deployed with 47 members, 14 vehicles, and 6 boats to assist with search and rescue operations as the storm moves across the southeast United States.
The highly trained team, comprised of police, fire, and emergency medical personnel, was deployed from NJ-TF1 headquarters in Wall Township tonight. The task force members are skilled in a variety of search and rescue operations including swift-water rescue, which will allow them to conduct rescue operations in flooded areas.
All costs associated with the deployment will be fully reimbursed by FEMA.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens and first responders in Alabama and Florida. ... See MoreSee Less
NJ-TF1 is being deployed and again another district member Tom Hoffman will be deployed with FEMA New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 in advance of Hurricane Michael. NJ-TF1 is leaving this evening for Alabama, to be in staged in advance of the storm.
We wish Tom and NJ-TF1 safe travels, and our thoughts are with everyone in the projected path of hurricane Michael. ... See MoreSee Less
On Sunday 7 October at 0730 Hours, the Lambertville FD completed the Lifeguard Systems Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue / Recovery Public Safety Diver class. Day 4 involved diving in the Delaware & Raritan Canal near the Route 202 toll bridge.
The canal is moving water, with a current between .5 and .75 knots. The speed of the water makes diving from shore difficult and physically demanding on the divers. It also makes it difficult to maintain accurate search patterns. As an alternative to shore-based diving, an inflatable boat is moored in the center of the canal to serve as a fixed dive platform. This allowed the divers to perform an accurate search pattern with the assistance of their tenders on the platform. The back-up diver is also on the platform, allowing rapid assistance to the primary diver in the event of a serious problem on the bottom like entanglement in debris or discarded fishing line. The search object (target) was a weighted 16 oz. water bottle.
Divers performed multiple searches that were documented by their tenders / profilers. The target (water bottle) was thrown in at different locations each time (unknown to the diver), and was subsequently located each and every time despite very limited visibility and underwater obstructions like fallen trees. This proved the value of tender-guided search patterns and the ability to locate a very small object, even in moving water. The dive platform was moved downstream as needed in a controlled fashion to expand the search area. A second inflatable boat was used to ferry personnel to and from the dive platform, and was also used as a downstream back-up. Divers also practiced "out of air" drills, cut box exercises, and "Contingency / Diver Rescue" drills as well.
After dive operations were completed, personnel returned to the firehouse and completed a written exam before beginning the task of cleaning up all of the equipment.
The LFD would like to thank the Stockton Fire Company (Marine 23-2) and West Amwell Fire Company (Marine 26-2) for supplying the boats and personnel for this all-day session, along with the Lambertville - New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad for providing an EMS stand-by. Thanks also to students from the Fairview Dive Rescue Team of Middletown Township NJ for assisting with dive equipment during class. Finally, thanks to our LGS instructors Butch Hendrick, Andrea Zaferes, and Tommy Mastroeni.
The following LFD personnel completed the program: Technician Level: Chief Mike Barlow Asst. Chief Gary Breuer FF Travis Hoffman FF Tom Hoffman Operations Level: FF Robert Hayes FF Don Huggins FF John Schutts FF Ken Lavelle, MD FF Alex Gillespie
Today was Day 3 of our LGS Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue / Recovery class. The damp weather didn't hamper the training at all! The entire day was spent at the Suez Water Company reservoir in West Amwell Township.
Students practiced various search patterns such as the arc, dock walk, and vertical box searches. Searching was enhanced by having to find small objects such as weighted water bottles on the bottom. Diver / Tender communications via rope signals were practiced extensively to increase effective searching and to maintain a high degree of safety for the divers who were operating in near-zero visibility. The silt and darkness reduced visibility to less than one foot at times. Dive tenders gained valuable experience in managing divers and documenting the search patterns and completing diver safety checks and air consumption calculations on every dive.
Another important part of today's session were several contingency rescue skills. On one dive, divers had to descend and find a weighted milk crate on the bottom. The milk crate had dozens of short ropes, fishing line, wire, weedeater string, and zip ties secured to it. Once the box was located, the diver had to cut multiple objects on the box using his shears and knife to simulate freeing himself or another diver from an entanglement.
Possibly the most difficult station was the "diver needs assistance" scenario. One diver went to the bottom and played the role of the diver in distress (before they submerged, instructors secured loops of fishing line at three locations on victim). The distressed diver signaled for help from the back-up diver. The back-up diver had to follow the primary's tether line and locate him. Then the back-up had to figure out the problem using hand / touch signals in zero visibility before cutting the fishing line clear. As this was happening, the distressed diver suffered a leg cramp that needed to be managed, as he ran low on air and had to switch to his pony cylinder. The back-up then had to return to the surface, grab the contingency air supply, and return back to the distressed air and ensure he was on the new air supply. Both divers then carefully ascended slowly to the surface. Then both divers switched roles and did it again!
Divers also trained on switching from primary to alternate air sources multiple times, along with an "out of air" exercise where divers, while in shallow water, had their air supply turned off while submerged so that they could experience what it actually feels like to run out of air, and then make the quick transition to their alternate air supply.
The final session is tomorrow, with another day of "hands-on" training along with a final written exam. ... See MoreSee Less
The City of Lambertville FD is hosting the Lifeguard Systems Inc. Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue / Recovery course this week. Eleven district firefighters are participating in this intensive forty hour underwater training as members of the LFD Dive Rescue Team.
A Public Safety Dry Suit course started off the class Thursday morning at 0800 Hours. After a couple of hours in the classroom, the rest of the day was spent in a pool (Thanks to the Skeuse family!) practicing underwater skills. Four hours were spent in the classroom Thursday evening. Friday morning was the completion of the classroom material. After lunch, members practiced diver / tender skills on land before heading off to the Lambertville Water Company / Suez Reservoir for the first of many dives over the weekend. Chilly water with near zero visibility will be the norm for the weekend, with two full days of diving scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
This public safety dive team training will advance the skills and abilities of the dive team so that rescue operations can be initiated faster and more safely to hopefully have the best chance at a rescue. The window of opportunity to locate, rescue, and resuscitate a drowning victim is very limited. The benefit of the best available training and equipment is saving those precious seconds that will help with a successful outcome for the patient.
Don't Train until You Get It Right - Train Until You Can't Get It Wrong! ... See MoreSee Less