Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #1 - Flagtown

CPR Recertification

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  On Tuesday March 24th, members of Flagtown Fire/ Rescue re-certified their CPR.  As first responders it’s important to be up on our skills and all members passed with ease.  Thank you to instructors Sean Mornoney, Christine Gwin, Rob Slovik, and Lori Voorhees for making the class fun while we learned valuable skills.



Bailout Bag Certification

Sunday, March 22, 2015  On Sunday March 22nd, members from Stations 36 and 37 completed training and became certified on the bailout system we carry with our gear.  The bailout bag is used to provide a safe means of escape from a building if a firefighter becomes trapped and must exit the building through an upper story window.  The certification consisted of 4 house of classroom training on Monday March 16th and a full day of practical training on Sunday at the Somerset Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA).  The practical training consisted of 9 window jumps from the tower at the academy.



Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 14, 2015  On Saturday March 14th Flagtown fire lined up to participate in the annual Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Many companies were in attendance and a good time was had by all.  Flagtown sent Car 36, Brush 36 and Marine 36.



Sprinkler Class - Chubb Loss Prevention Lab

Saturday, March 14, 2015  On Saturday March 14th members of Flagtown Fire joined by fellow brothers from Lyons Fire Department attended a class at the Chubb Loss Prevention Lab in Warren Township.  Members listened to a Loss Prevention and systems specialist explain how sprinkler systems operate under fire conditions and how crews can secure these systems after a fire.  Members also reviewed fire alarm systems, fire alarm panels and types of alarms as they pertain to a sprinkler activation.  The class ended with a small fire lit under controlled conditions so members could see a sprinkler activation as well as practice securing the system and clearing the alarms.  This class was extremely beneficial not only as a review for some senior members, but also Officers were able to explain certain township systems as they were demonstrated right in front all the members!  It’s not often firefighters can see all of these systems from start to finish under live fire conditions.



MVC With Entrapment - Amwell & Woodfern

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  On March 10th at 0625 Stations 36 and 48 along with Rescue 79 were dispatched the area of Amwell Rd and Woodfern for a single car crash. Assistant 48 arrived on scene and advised a single car into a pole with heavy entrapment. Medevac was also requested at that time. Chief 36 arrived on scene and took operations branch while Rescue 79 crews started stabilization and extrication. This call quickly turned into an "All Hands" call as members from Engine 36 & 48 and Rescue 49 (Flemington / Raritan Squad) assisted in extrication, patient packaging and assistance to the North Star helicopter. Due to the extensive damage to the car, rescue personnel worked for approximately an hour to remove the patient. All 36 units cleared a little before 8am as 48 remained on scene to close the road and wait for the wrecker.

A job well done by all personnel on scene as extreme icy conditions, and rough terrain added to the obstacles to overcome.



Rest in peace Chief Ex Chief George Kavanaugh

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  The members of Flagtown Fire would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Somerville Fire Department for the loss of Ex Chief George Kavanaugh.  Rest in peace Chief.



Odor of Natural Gas

Monday, March 9, 2015  On Monday March 9th beginning at 1558, Stations 36 and 37 responded to multiple odor of natural gas calls along the 206 corridor from Gail Road (area of Dukes Parkway and Claudia Road) down to Hillsborough Transmission and as well as Falcon Road.  At one location, members from Stations 36 and 37 discovered natural gas visibly escaping the street as bubbles in a puddle of melting snow.  PSE&G was requested to all the scenes to determine the source of the leaks and remedy the situations.



MVC With Entrapment - River Road

Monday, March 9, 2015  On Monday March 9th at 1442, Stations 36, 37, and 48 were dispatched along with Rescue 79 to River Road for a reported overturned motor vehicle with entrapment.  Chief Fire Marshal Weniger arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed an overturned motor vehicle with heavy entrapment.  Rescue 79 began extrication operations with assistance from members of Station 36 and the Fire Marshals.  Engine 36 and Brush 36 stood ready for fire suppression operations while units form Stations 37 and 48 manned the landing zone.  The patient was successfully extricated from the vehicle and flown from the scene for treatment.  All units cleared the scene at 1539.



Students Start Fire I

Monday, February 16, 2015  On Monday February 16th, Firefighter DJ Rolle started Fire I at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA).  Flagtown Fire wishes DJ and all the other students at SCESTA all the best. New Jersey Firefighter I is a 170 hour course spanning 5 months.  It is a combination of classroom and hands on training where students master the basics of firefighting. We know DJ will make us proud and look forward to his graduation in the summer.



RIT Drill

Thursday, February 12, 2015  During our weekly work detail on Thursday February 12th Flagtown Fire ran a RIT drill.  Members split into 2 teams and went through 2 scenarios.  Both started with searching for a downed firefighter in dark smoky conditions. In the first scenario, the team dealt with an air emergency and practiced connecting the RIT pack and swapping out a mask or regulator.  In the second scenario, the team packaged and removed the downed firefighter using the Rite Rescue System.  The drill was a great refresher and confidence builder for all.



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