Station 26 responded to a structure fire during a severe thunderstorm. District 1 companies responded to numerous calls during the storm including a report of a smoke condition on Wycombe Place. Due to the number of calls coming in District 3 was dispatched to assist. While responding the smoke condition on Wycombe Place was upgraded to a working fire within the attic. Ladder 26 ventilated the roof and assisted with locating the fire that was contained to the attic area.
The new Car 26 along with the new Car 28 was received by this past Thursday by Fire District One members from PL custom. The 2007 2500 Suburban will replace the old Car 26 a 1997 Ford Expedition. The new Car should hit the streets in about two weeks once its lettered and the radio installation is complete.
On May 16th a line of severe thunderstorms wreaked havoc through the Somerset County area. These storms included winds in excess of 50 mph. Station 26 responded to numerous storm related calls including a working transformer fire down power lines and the removal of fallen trees across roadways.
The afternoon started with District 1 companies responding to a pole down with wires involved on Easton Avenue in the area of Lakeside Drive. While responding to Easton Avenue calls started to pour in from business on Worlds Fair Drive with fire alarms and smoke conditions being reported. Responding with Eng. 26-3 under the direction of Lt. Franzyshen and Ladder 26 under the direction of Capt. Fredericks crews investigated all 3 smoke conditions with help from Eng. 44-2 Eng. 28-1. Upon investigation of each smoke condition it was determined that overheating appliances from the power surge caused the alarms and smoke conditions. After a 3 hour break Stations 26 56 were dispatched to a reported brush fire next to a structure on Howard Ave. Arriving with a crew of 5 under the direction of DC Lipman Eng 26-3 found an abandoned transformer and an area of brush involved after workers attempted to dispose of the unit with a cutting torch. The fire was knocked down with 1 hand line. Command Car-56 requested Franklin Fire Prevention to the scene. While wrapping up the tones dropped again sending crews up onto Rt. 287 to assisted NJSP for a tree down across the roadway. The tree was cut up and removed from the roadway with all companies clearing approx. 2000.
On May 2nd Station 26 firefighters attended 31 cent scoop night at the Baskin Robbins in Hillsborough. Baskin Robbins is donating up to 100000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation from the proceeds of 31 cent scoop night nationwide. There was a good crowd on hand supporting the NFFF.