Station 82 members train twice a month, with various training topics covered. Tonight the crew practiced hose line deployment and SCBA confidence. They also practiced emergency egress through a wall, to ensure that they have the skills necessary to get out of a room through a wall if needed. A ladder played the role of the wall and members had to go through the ladder rungs.
Station 82-1 was dispatched for a working structure fire. Crews arrived with heavy smoke from 2nd floor. IC sent crews to the basement. 8274's crew advanced the initial handline and Robbinsville Squad 40's crew advanced the backup line to the basement where the bulk of the fire was extinguished. Crews from Groveville Engine 19, Nottingham Tower 17, Millstone 32-1, 40 and 82 had to perform extensive overhaul throughout the house as fire travelled within the walls. New Egypt Station 39 provided a cover crew while 82 units worked. Also on location was Allentown First Aid, Allentown PD, and PSE&G. Thank you to all that assisted.
Station 82-1 responded to a fire alarm activation at the elementary school. Command upgraded to a first alarm assignment upon interviewing school staff and learning they had activated a pull station after finding a smoke condition in the library. Crews searched the building and secured power to AC units. It was later determined a bee's nest and fan motor had burned, causing the smoke. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.
Station 82-1 responded to a motor vehicle accident.
Station 82-1 members tested a new dry hydrant installed by Monmouth County. For those that may have seen us and were wondering what we were doing... the bulk of our response area has no fire hydrants. In order to put fires out we must haul water to the fire scene with our tanker truck. Dry hydrants such as this one in Imlaystown allow a firefighting crew to easily connect a hose to the standpipe, and take water from natural water supplies such as a lake and pump the water to the tanker trucks for delivery to the fire scene. Similar to the days of filling leather buckets and passing them down the line to the fire, today's water supply in rural areas like ours involves passing large volumes of water to tankers, which pass it to other trucks, eventually relaying the water to the fire. (Thankfully these are 6,000 gallon buckets, and is mostly mechanical work!)