A lot of what goes on behind the scenes at the firehouse isn't very exciting, but is a necessary part of keeping equipment ready for emergencies, and the department prepared for a response.
Today, the duty crew inspected and inventoried the life safety rope rescue equipment carried on Tower Ladder 17. The requirements of NFPA Standards 1983 and 1858 call for regular, documented inspection of this equipment because of its critical life support use during high angle rescues. Rope rescues can and have occurred in Lambertville and surrounding towns, and the LFD participates as a member agency of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force.
FF/EMT Brian Dettra is pictured sealing identification tags to a replacement rope. ... See MoreSee Less
⚠️⛈️ The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded portions of our area to an Enhanced Risk (3 out of 5) of severe weather for Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop by the afternoon and into the evening hours. Damaging wind gusts will be the main threat, but large hail and a few tornadoes are possible as well. Additionally, storms will produce very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding. Please see our latest briefing package for more info: www.weather.gov/media/phi/current_briefing.pdf #PAwx #NJwx #DEwx #MDwx ... See MoreSee Less
The day crew reviewed drafting today at the Delaware and Raritan Canal near the toll bridge.
Rescue 17 drafted water from the canal using 24' of hard suction and a floating strainer in order to feed the rig's pre-piped deck gun and a nozzle on a rear discharge. The Rescue's Trident air primer system makes drafting much easier than using traditional rotary vane primers. ... See MoreSee Less
On Friday 9 August at 1117 Hours, Lambertville Fire Box 17-01 Level 3 was dispatched for a structure fire on North Union Street near York Street. Lambertville PD in the area immediately reported a working fire. Tower Ladder 17 responded in less than a minute, and arrived on scene about a minute later.
Personnel found heavy smoke coming from the roof and pushing out the front door. The crew of Tower Ladder 17 stretched a 2" attack line to the third floor while the apparatus operator set up the aerial. Squrt 17 arrived and established a water supply from a high flow hydrant on York Street.
Chief 17 arrived and assumed command of the fire, with West Amwell Chief 26 handling the operations officer position. New Hope Engine 46 arrived and hit the hydrant at Union and Jefferson and laid into the fire. A second attack line was stretched from Engine 46 to the attached bravo exposure. Personnel from additional arriving units assisted with the various operations. A third attack line was stretched from Tower Ladder 17. Due to the possibility of the fire extending through the attic, a 2nd alarm was requested, along with a callback of off-duty career firefighters.
Additional alarms (3rd and 4th) were requested due to a shortage of manpower on some of the units responding on the first and second alarms. An aggressive interior attack in conjunction with roof ventilation and rapid overhaul contained the fire to the attic with very minor extension to the exposure. The fire was declared under control around 1300 Hours.
Lambertville - New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad handled EMS stand-by at the fire. Clinton Rescue responded with Rehab 455 to provide hydration and medical monitoring of personnel. HMC MICU EMS-3 stood by as well in the event ALS was needed - luckily there were no injuries.
The fire is under investigation by the Lambertville PD in conjunction with the HCPO and the State Division of Fire Safety.
The Lambertville FD would like to extend our thanks to all of our mutual aid partners who responded and assisted today. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for such fast action. We all know what can happen with houses so close together. Your prompt and effective action saved many structures and prevented injury. I am sure the homeowners and neighbors are very grateful!
thank you all for your help
Glad Everyone was safe and went home! Call anytime!
Great job guys. Thank you
Great job guys good stop!
Great Job To all those who fought the fire and making sure all involved are safe!
Thank you all!
Thank for your service
Good work by all! Thanks for the fast response to keep it to one home ❤
I glad my crew from Kingwood township fire cover for you
Thank you for your service!!
Job well done!
Nice work guys!
Good job boys
Whew ! Great job, City of Lambertville Fire District #1 and your mutual aid partners. We are so grateful that you got this under control so guickly and that there were no injuries !
Great stop !
Great knock in a tight space. Hell of a job, brothers!
The crew on Tuesday evening took advantage of the nice weather to practice stretching the 350' preconnected handline. This line takes some practice to efficiently place in service compared to the standard 150' and 200' preconnected attack lines, but is critical here in Lambertville due to the alleys and long set-backs of homes, along with some of the condominiums and apartments.
The crew stretched the line multiple times from Squrt 17 in front of the firehouse, around back of the station to the rear door of the day room, and flaked out the attack length ready for the advance. Each stretch was timed and discussed for improvement, as you only get one chance to get the first line in service, quickly and efficiently. ... See MoreSee Less
July was another busy month with 44 calls for service.
On July 29, 2019 we started our second shift consisting of a crew of 4. (FF/Chauffeur , FF/EMT ,and 2 FF ) The day shift started in 2013 due to a growing issue with lack of volunteers during the day time hours.
Training continued with the dive team and technical rescue Taskforce
HCTRTF- trained on silo/grain bin rescue at 49 Rescue with the National Education Center for Agriculture Saftey.
HCTRTF was also dispatched to a trench rescue but canceled prior to our arrival.
Some information. With the temp going to be close to 100 later this weekThe National Weather Service in Mount Holly is advising a period of excessive heat is possible starting Wednesday and continuing through the weekend.
Here are the key messages for this week:
• Heat index values above 100 degrees are possible as early as Wednesday for locations along and southeast of the Interstate 95 corridor.
• The hottest days are expected to be Friday and Saturday. On those days, heat index values of 105 to 115 degrees are possible along and southeast of the Interstate 95 corridor. For northern NJ, and the remainder of SE PA, heat index values of 100 to 105 will be possible.
• There will be little relief each night as overnight temperatures are expected to stay above 70 degrees for most locations.
• These could be the highest heat index values we've seen in a few years! These heat index values can cause heat related stress and illness for anyone, but particularly among at-risk populations. Those especially vulnerable include elderly, children, those with pre-existing conditions, and those that live near urban centers without air conditioning. Prolonged outdoor activities will be dangerous for anyone on Friday and Saturday. For more information on heat safety and information on heat illness, visit www.weather.gov/safety/heat
On Friday 12 July, the Lambertville FD Special Operations Dive Team conducted some in-service training at Round Valley Reservoir. Divers and tenders practiced underwater search patterns, line signals, search documentation, and emergency procedures like switching from full face mask to pony regulator while underwater. The team practiced from 1000 to 1500 before returning to town and cleaning up all the equipment.
A duty crew remained in town and responded to two calls while members participated in the training exercise. ... See MoreSee Less
Task Force Drill 7-10-19 Grain Bin Rescue.Last night, the Rescue Squad hosted a Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force drill focused on grain bin safety and rescue. With a number of working farms still active in and around Hunterdon County, the need for efficient rescue procedures for grain bin emergencies remains important. Additionally, many of the skills applicable for grain bins can be applied to similar storage vessels in industrial settings. The HCTRTF is an "all hazards" technical rescue team comprised of the Flemington - Raritan FARS, Clinton FARS, Whitehouse FARS, Lambertville FD, and Hunterdon County Emergency Management.
Rescue Squad Chief Tom Hoffman applied for a grant through the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety earlier this spring, and we were selected to receive both training and equipment. The NECAS brought a mobile grain bin simulator to our station from Iowa last night. After a classroom session from NECAS Director Dan Neenan and dinner provided by the Squad, all HCTRTF personnel went outside and had the opportunity to practice techniques using a grain shield and rescue auger to remove grain from around the patient. Personnel played the role of the engulfed patient, gaining an appreciation of how easy it is to become trapped in flowing grain. Personnel also used various cutting tools to practice cutting the metal sheets that make up a grain bin, in the event that product needs to be released in a rapid but controlled fashion to free a patient completely buried in the grain.
Over 100 bushels of wheat were provided by the Zeng Farm in Raritan Township for use in the grain bin simulator. Without their assistance, the training would not have been possible.
Upon completion of the training, the HCTRTF was given the grain shield system used in the program. It will be carried on a Clinton FARS rescue unit, available county-wide (and beyond) when needed through the HCTRTF.