It is with deep regret the Millstone Township Fire Company announces the passing of FirefighterEngineer Joe Uncle Joe Buckalew this past Saturday. Joe Buckalew has been an active member of the company for over 56 years and is one of the first members of the company. Uncle Joe as most members knew him helped create some of Millstones first peices of apparatus in which the term HOME BUILT comes from. Uncle Joe maintained his active status and continued to drive 32-95 tanker. Arrangements will be made available as details become available.
At approximately 1414 in the afternoon on Memorial Day Millstone Township Fire Company 32-1 and First Aid Squad 32-21 was dispatched to Route 537 for an MVA with possible entrapment. Engine 32-76 went into service arriving on scene first confirming one vehicle vs. pole with 2 victims trapped. Soon after 32-66 Chief Jim Carbin arrived on scene establishing 537 Command with Rescue 32-85 arriving moments later. The crew of 32-76 immediately went to work stablizing the vehicle and providing patient assessment until Millstone First Aid 32-21 arrived on scene. In order to extricate both victims it was decided the roof front passenger door and rear side driver door needed to be removed. After all debris was removed both patients were removed from the vehicle. Extrication was complete at 1444. Units were on scene for approximately 10 minutes cleaning up and the scene was turned over to State Police.
At 239 in the morning Millstone Township Fire Company 32-1 was dispatched to 195 West Bound for a reported tractor trailer fire. 32-66 Chief Jim Carbin signed in service and upon arrival confirmed a working trailer fire and established 195 command. The driver of the trailer quickly unhooked leaving just the trailer. Squirt 32-90 arrived on scene shortly after with tanker 32-95 arriving for additional water supply if needed. Assistant Chief Ed Reed set up for a C.A.F.S. operation while Captain Fiore and his team went to work extinguishing the fire. The fire was brought under control and units remained on scene securing the area and turned over to State Police.
Upper Freehold – At approximately 218 AM Station 82-1 Allentown Fire was dispatched to 21 Trotters Way for a vehicle fire with possible exposure. Station 32-1 Millstone Township was also dispatched for mutual aid for an engine and tanker.Chief 32-1-66 Jim Carbin arrived on scene establishing Trotters Way Command and advised he had a well involved SUV in the drive way. Squirt 32-1-90 arrived on scene first and the crew went to work pulling an 1 34 inch hand line operating with C.A.F.S. Tanker 32-1-95 arrived shortly thereafter providing a water supply. Chief 82-1-66 Brad Carter Engine 82-81 and Tanker 82-1-96 all arrived and a crew stretched a 2nd 1 34 hand line for additional fire suppression if needed. As 32-1-90 was knocking down the fire the gas tank from the SUV gave way creating a large spill with heavy fire conditions. 32-1-90 crew extinguished the fire while 82-1s crew assisted with overhaul of the vehicle.
At approximately 0452 on Friday the 13th Station 32-1 Millstone Twp. Fire Department and Emergency squad 32-21 was dispatched to the area of Sweetmans Lane and Charleston Spring Rd for a reported MVA with fire. Chief Jim Carbin arrived on scene and established Sweetmans Lane Command. The vehicles engine compartment was fully involved at this time with extension into the interior. Chief Carbin approached the vehicle where he found an unconscious victim in the back seat. He immediately opened the rear passenger side door where he grabbed the victim and removed him from the vehicle. A civilian bystander was present and the Chief asked for his assistance in removing the victim further from the burning vehicle. Telesquirt 32-90 led by Captain John Fiore along with tanker 32-95 and rescue 32-85 with Deputy Chief Ed Reed arrived soon after. Deputy Chief Reed set up for a CAFS operation while the crew of 32-90 pulled an 1 34 hand line to the passenger side of the vehicle. Auxilliary water supply was provided by tanker 32-95 and rescue support from 32-85. Due to the severity of the situation a medivac unit was requested. Chief Carbin then called for mutual aid 26-2 Manalapan Fire Company 1 Chief John Morini to handle the Landing Zone assignment.32-1 units remained on scene while State Police conducted an investigation. 32-1 units were released approximately 0700.