On January 1st at 1205 hours Millstone Township Fire Company 32-1 along with Millstone First Aid 32-21 was dispatched to Rt. 537 in area of Jackson Outlet Mall for a reported MVA with smoke showing and possible entrapment. Assistant Chief John Fiore 32-68 was first to arrive establishing Rt. 537 command and confirming 2 vehicle MVA with visible fire from the engine and interior compartments. Further investigation and bystanders confirmed patients from both vehicles were out of the vehicle. Engine 32-74 under the command of Lt. Chris Weltner 32-2-70 along with Tanker 32-95 arrived shortly after. While the crew of 32-74 stretched 2 lengths of 1 Firefighter Tim Byrne grabbed the 2 gallon pressurized water can and knocked down the bulk of the fire. The 1 was still required to extinguish the remaining fire and protect the scene. Also on scene were Rescue 32-85 led by Deputy Chief Reed and multiple engines from Jackson 54 and 55 for additional manpower if needed. One patient was transported to the hospital the scene was turned over to Jackson PD and all Station 32-1 units were clear and available at 1234 hours.
Upper Freehold On August 2 2007 Station 82-1Allentown Fire Department and Squad 82-21Allentown First Aid Squad were dispatched for a possible structure fire in the area of Rues Road and Route 526. Shortly after the initial dispatch Monmouth County Dispatch upgraded the alarm to add Station 32-1Millstone Fire Department.Chief 82-1-66Brad Carter had checked in service and asked if this was a confirmed house fire. Monmouth dispatched advised that they were getting multiple calls of this fire. At this point Ladder 3915 Engine 3911 and Tanker 3918New Egypt Fire Department Ladder 5405 and TankerEngine 5411Jackson Mills Fire Department and Tanker 5608Cassville Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.Engine 82-81 Engine 32-1-76 and Chief 32-1-66Jim Carbin had checked in service. Tanker 82-1-96 and Tanker 32-1-96 had checked in service about a minute later. Chief Carter had arrived on scene and advised Monmouth Dispatch that he had a single story ranch with an attached garage that had heavy fire in the garage an extension to the house. Chief Carbin arrived behind Chief Carter and took operations while Chief Carter took command. As Chief Carbin was doing a 360 of the house he had noticed a 200-pound propane tank to the rear of the house. Once Engine 82-81 arrived on scene their crew deployed a 1.75 hand line to the rear of the house for exposure protection. Engine 32-1-76 arrived next and their crew deployed a 2.5 hand line to the A side of the house. Due to the advancing fire the heat and humidity command request a 3 alarm being struck. This brought in the Monmouth County Tanker Task Force a F.A.S.T. Team for Station 19Hamilton Fire District 9 and Monmouth County Field Communications Unit. As this was going on Tankers 82-1-96 32-1-96 and Engine 82-82 had arrived on scene and setup tanker operations. Engine 32-1-74 had arrived at the drafting point a few miles away from the fire. As additional crews arrived from New Egypt and Jackson Fire Departments they were put to work with deploying additional hand lines and truck work.Crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down about an hour into the incident. Command started to release the Tankers from the Monmouth County Task Force and held with Tanker 82-1-96 32-1-96 Tanker 5608 Tanker 5411and Tanker 3918. Command also released most of the mutual aid with the exception of Allentown and Millstone Fire Units. Crews remained on scene for about 3-4 hours for extensive salvage overhaul and clean up The Allentown Fire Bureau Monmouth County Fire Marshals and New Jersey State Police are investigating the fire. The homeowners were away on vacation at the time of the fire. Unfortunately three cats perished do to the fire.Squad 82-21 New Egypt First Aid Squad along with the Allentown Ladies Auxiliary took care of rehab and providing refreshments to all firefighters on scene. Engine 41Hightstown Fire Department and TankerEngine 2612Chesterfield Fire Department covered Station 82-1. Engine 57Monroe Fire District 2 Engine 16-1-79Freehold Fire Department and Tanker 26-2-95Millhurst Fire Department covered Station 32-1.
Tuesday August 1st 2007 at approximately 103 AM Millstone Township Fire Company 32-1 and Millstone Township First Aid 32-21 was dispatched to the area of Sweetmans Lane and Charleston Spring Road for a reported MVA with possible entrapment. Chief Jim Carbin 32-66 arrived on scene moments later confirming the MVA with entrapment and ordered a stage 2 heavy rescue set up and established Sweetmans Lane Command. Due to the extent of the entrapment Chief Carbin dispatched Engine 57 from Monroe Township for additional equipment and manpower while also requesting a medivac stand-by. Rescue 32-85 arrived on scene soon after with Deputy Chief Ed Reed taking operations while Captain Fiore and crew immediately went to work stabilizing the vehicle while Chauffeur Carl Wehmann began the stage 2 set up. Engine 32-76 arrived on scene shortly after along with the First Aid Squad taking over patient care. 32-76 stretched 1 line to protect the patient and rescue personnel in the event of an engine compartment flare up. The crew of 32-85 removed all doors to gain access and further assess the situation while also allowing the EMS crew 32-21 to provide additional patient care. ALS was also dispatched to the scene and the order was given to place the Medivac into service. Chief Carbin requested Manalapan 26-2 to handle the landing zone LZ. The front dash had to be rolled back far enough in order to remove the patient however there was heavy entrapment to the lower extremities which required further rolling to the lower section of the vehicle. Extrication was completed approximately 32 minutes after initially arriving on scene. Chief Carbin released 26-2 and Engine 57 while Rescue 32-85 remained on scene with State Police until 403 AM.
On Monday June 18th at 0825 the Millstone Twp Fire Department and Township First Aid Squad were dispatched to Interstate 195 MM 15 for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Engine 3276 Weltner immediately went responding. Approximately 5 minutes later Rescue 3285 marked up also. Engine 3276 arrived on scene to find a tractor trailer dump truck overturned in the median with the driver heavily entrapped and his load of gravel spread out onto the highway. Lt Weltner established Interstate Command and after a rapid assessment of the scene by the engine crew command requested Hope Fire Company Station 82-1 for a rescue engine and a medevac helicopter to fly. The engine crew stabilized the truck with the basic stabilization equipment on the engine deployed a 1.75 handline for fire protection and the firefighteremts of the crew began patient care. Rescue 3285 arrived and the rescue struts were deployed to further stabilize the truck. At this time BLS and ALS arrived and took over patient care. Realizing the need for additional resources as well as manpower due to the temperature command requested Jackson Mills Engine 5417 and New Egypt Rescue 3902 to the scene. Millstone Firefighters began the task of extricating the driver by first flapping the roof with hydraulic cutters and saw zalls. Firefighters then accessed the interior of the truck to get a better visual on the patients heavily entrapped legs and removed the steering wheel. By this point Rescue Engine 8282 and Engine 5417 were on scene supplying additional equipment and manpower. Firefighters also set-up airbags initially believing the drivers legs were trapped between the ground and dashboard. Rescue 3902 arrived and their crew was also put to work to rotate thru the first arriving Millstone crew as the heat began to take its toll on the firefighters. Allentown First Aid Squad was also on scene at this time handling firefighter rehab. A heavy duty wrecker arrived and was utilized to further stabilize the truck and raise the cab a few inches off the ground to allow for better access of the patient. Crews were able to complete removal of the passenger seat and part of the driver seat. This allowed enough space to allow for the placement of a hydraulic ram to raise the dashboard from the patients legs ultimately freeing him from the truck. The patient was removed by firefighters and emts although his condition rapidly deteriorated. The patient was treated by ALS and BLS as well as the Southstar flight crew. The patient was transported to Robert Wood Johnson at Hamilton where unfortunately he expired due to his injuries. A small passenger was also involved in the accident and the driver was also transported with minor injuries. A handful of firefighters were treated for heat related problems or minor injuries however none required transport. The crews from multiple different organizations should be commended for working extremely close and well under the difficult conditions.
On Saturday June 9th at 1730 the Millstone Twp First Aid Squad was dispatched to Stagecoach Rd Stillhouse Rd for a motor vehicle accident with a reported subject down. Shortly there after the Millstone Fire Department was dispatched as additional information was received reporting a vehicle overturned and a subject ejected. Chief 3266 J. Carbin and Engine 3276 Weltner checked in responding. County Communications reported a medevac on stand-by. Chief Carbin arrived on scene reporting a 2 vehicle accident with one subject in the roadway. Engine 3276 arrived close behind and the 2 firefighteremts on the rig initiated patient care. The Medevac was then requested as a fly. A total of 4 patients were found at the scene with 2 being seriously injured. Rescue 3285 arrived and the crew assisted the balance of the engine crew with securing the vehicles and assisting ems as needed. The firefighteremts and the first aid squad members worked closely to ensure that all patients received prompt appropriate care. Northstar Medevac landed in the near-by soccer field to transport the most seriously injured patient. One additional patient was transported by ground to Jersey Shore and 2 patients were transported to Centrastate by the First Aid Squad. Englishtown Manalapan First was also on scene but not needed for any patient transport.
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.
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.
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.