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HFD Puts Quick Knock on Appliance Fire
Jan 17 - It was cold this morning when the pagers went off, as help was needed in Hopewell Boro just a stones throw from the Department. The 9-1-1 caller stated he had a fire, the refrigerator was ablaze. Quick efforts by first responders Past Chief Greg Peck, along with HTPD Officer Joe McNeil were able to extinguished the flames with water and a dry chemical extinguisher. There was slight damage to the wall but the all clear was given by the Quint crew on arrival. Remember to check your household extinguishers to make sure they are not expired, and make sure your smoke detectors are working.
HFD Battles Chimney Fire
Jan 12 - Crews were called for a chimney fire early Tuesday morning after the homeowner called worried about the smoke lingering in the house. Upon fire department arrival, they found the crumbling chimney fully blocked. Due to safety concerns, and the active fire in the chimney, it was decided to remove the chimney to the roof level. The roof crew was met with flames from years of built up creosote. The chimney was extinguished and overhauled, but due to the cold weather the family was assisted by the Red Cross, as the house was deemed uninhabitable.
HFD Juniors get a Home
Hopewell Fire Dept Juniors finally got a new home in the Engine Bay. The rack was purchased with funds from the Boro Fire Commissioners. They even installed it themselves. If you or someone you know would like more information about the HFD Junior program, for teens aged 15-17 email Chris Jones, Junior Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
HFD Battles 2nd Alarm Barn Fire in Pennington
A large barn burnt late Tuesday night, cause still unknown. Quint, Tanker, and Engine 52 responded and all crews went to work. After 5 grueling hours and 91,000 gallons of water, a loader was brought in from Public Works to get to the hot spots. All crews were released at 0400.
HFD Battles Extreme Cold During House Fire
Feb 15 - Crews battled low temps on Sunday afternoon after being dispatched for a roof fire. Deputy Chief Mullen arrived to find the roof engulfed in flames and the 2nd floor with heavy fire conditions. Quint 52 arrived and stretched a 2 1/2" line to the roof while Rescue 52 laid a 5" supply line from the hydrant 1100' away. Tanker 52 arrived and fed the Quint until Tower 23 was in place and the supply line was charged. Aerial master streams were put in place and the fire was knocked down within 90 mins. See more photos here...
MVA Leads to Car Fire
Feb 10 - Rescue 52 was called into service to assist Station 51 and Station 50 units already on-scene with a motor vehicle collision where the vehicle then caught on fire. Crews were able to extinguish the fire until the fuel tank ruptured and they applied a blanket of foam to contain the spill and fire. Rescue 52 arrived to supplement the foam blanket while recovery crews removed the truck and trailer from the ditch. See more photos here...
Chimney Fire on a Cold Night
Jan 18 - In the cold chill of the dark night all Valley fire companies were sent to a Reed Rd home for a reported chimney fire. HTPD arrived and attempted to snuff out the roaring fire with extinguishers. There were multiple embers falling from the top of the chimney onto the roof. Rescue 51 arrived and removed the firebox contents while Squirt 53 laddered the roof to run the chains down. Quint 52 arrived supplying manpower to the scene. All units cleared after the family was allowed back into the home. See more photos here...
Station 52 battles Shed Fire Involving
Jan 17 - The sirens quickly broke
thru the cold wind this afternoon when Station 52 along with EMS and Engine 51
were detailed to a possible shed fire. Soon other calls came in confirming the
fire which extended to a nearby recreational vehicle. First due crews from
Engine and Quint 52 attacked the fire and quickly extinguished the blaze.
Tanker 52 soon arrived for aqueous support. Chief 52 held with 52 units on
scene while HTPD and HVES investigate the origin of the fire.
HFD goes Phase V
Nov 4 - Large turnout for the annual fall fire evolution at Somerset County Fire Academy. This year we participated in the Swede Phase V live burn drill. Several evolutions were conducted including search and rescue scenarios. More photos here...
Sept 6 - Hopewell Valleys 2014 9/11 Memorial was another beautiful event. The large flag was flown between Quint 52 and Tower 51. Chief Joe Novak delighted the crowd with a few songs, and finally the unveiling of the personalized bricks. The Memorial has finally been completed. Thank you to the Memorial Committee and Past Police Chief Mike Chipowsky for all the hard work and dedication.
Division of Fire Safety Warns of Dangerous Act
Aug 1 - The Division of Fire Safety today sent out a warning about a highly popular stunt young people seem to be doing over social media outlets called the Fire Challenge. Not only is this a dangerous act, the risks associated with it can be life threatening and/or scar you for life. Several people have been burned and even Good Morning America did a piece on this Monday morning on ABC...click here for Alert and here for GMA piece...
Station 46 Celebrates New Pumper Arrival
July 29 - HFD helped Montgomery #2 Station 46 christen thier new pumper today participating in the Wetdown. Several members lent a hand welcoming this new modern piece into service. See more pics here...
HFD Runs the Jaws Thru Em
July 22 - HFD practiced with 3 cars using the Jaws of Life on drill night. Different scenarios and techniques were used to maintain proficiency.
Summer Time Calls for Pump Action
July 3 - On one of the hottest days of the year, here we see Engine 52 pulling a draft from the Stony Brook Creek on the Rt 654 overpass. Chris Jones is manning the pump panel as his son Jacob looks on. The water access point you see here is a 25' drop to the water source.
Hopewell Valley Fireworks thrills young and old at Veterans Park
All Hopewell Valley fire and ems companies lent a hand for the annual fireworks display June 26. Here is Brush 52 pulling perimeter check duty at the conclusion of the show.
Quick Knockdown Saves House
April 17 - Station 52 was called out to assist a homeowner who smelled smoke and saw flames coming from the back of the house late Thursday night. Rescue 51, Telesquirt 53, Engine 33, and Telesquirt 23 all responded to assist. The caller poured water from a pot on the fire prior to the Fire Companies arrival which kept the flames at bay until the crew from Rescue 51 doused the side of the house with the lead off 1 3/4" line. Crews did some short overhaul and turned the scene over to Hopewell Twp Police and Hopewell Valley Bureau of Fire Safety for the investigation. More pictures here...
Tanker 52 Participates in Large Water Shuttle
April 6 - Tanker 52 was requested to help with a large scale LDH water shuttle in Middlesex County recently. It dumped 5 loads of water for 20,000 gallons. Our Tanker had one the of fastest unloading times beating even 3500 gallon tankers. We refilled and unloaded in about 17 minutes with a 2 mile round trip to the fill site. There were over 45 pieces of fire equipment involved from Engines, Ladders and Tankers. They laid over one mile of 5" LDH in Thompson Park with 10 engines spaced 700' apart. The Tanker was put to the test and seemed to be the talk of the event as it was not only the newest truck there, but also the most efficient and well laid out. Many compliments were received. Thanks to the tanker committee and Sutphen for fixing all the bugs and getting this truck road ready. It really is a true modern fire fighting piece that stands up to any challenge. More pictures from the day here...
HFD Assists Ringoes with Structure Fire
Feb 28 - Just past 9 pm Friday night and
the sirens spun up to full speed alerting members of the Hopewell Fire Dept of
a mutual aid structure fire in Ringoes. Peacock Country Store was ablaze and it
was spreading to the adjoined multiple apartments. Upon arrival crews
found all residents were safely out of the building, but smoke and fire
were present. This building, estimated to be about 150 years old was of balloon
type construction with no fire breaks so the fire easily raged out of control
as it raced up the walls. Within the hour the fire had breached the roof
as it collapsed into the structure. Crews kept it at bay until a
water supply was established. Once the master streams were put into service the
fire was quickly doused by Quint 52 and 21 (Raritan Twp). The bitter cold
(12') and remote rural area with no established water source, made
this fire a handful to contain. Top picture shows Quint 52
about to go in service with the stick, and below Engine 52 pumping at the draft
site along side Tanker 52. See more pictures here...and here courtesy of NJ.com.
HFD Assists PFD at Fire with Entrapment
Feb 6 - Hopewell Fire Dept and EMU were called to assist at a residential house fire with reported entrapment early Wednesday morning. Engine 31 was clearing from another call and arrived to heavy smoke and fire conditions. HTPD officers attempted the rescue from the front bedroom window. They were hampered by the high window sill which made it difficult to access the patient. Engine 31's crew and the officers successfully recovered the resident and transferred care to the crew from Pennington First Aid. Engine 51, TS 23, Engine 52, 53 and 33 crews went to work to extinguish the fire which may have started by an unattended candle. The power was out in the neighborhood. Rescue 32 stood by for RIT, and a 2nd alarm tanker assignment was called which brought water from Bucks, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. The fire was declared under control in under an hour and the scene was turned over the fire investigators.
Nov 11 - Crews were called to this grisly wreck on Carter Rd Monday when the driver reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel. Rescue 52, Squad 152, Squad 159, with Rescue 51 and Engine 50 responded and worked together to free the driver. Medics from CHS were on hand to monitor the patient and crews had the extrication completed within the hour. More pictures here.
Oct 11 - The last 23 years this Tanker served the residents of Hopewell Valley and beyond, always doing it's diligent duty. From putting out house fires, standing by while big city water pipes went dry, watering expensive sports fields during droughts and filling pools, it is certainly worth its weight in gold. But as things do, it was time to replace this aging work horse. You may have seen the pretty new truck that took its place on these very pages, but although thats new and stronger, don't count this oldie out. It has now started a new life, as it travels the roadways headed south towards New Salem, NC it begins a new journey for a new community.
Feb 4 - HFD assisted Amwell Valley FD with a working fire at a Rt 31 residence. Upon arrival crews had heavy fire conditions and zero visibility. The Quint, Engine and Tanker were put into service and were onscene for 6 hours fighting the blaze. See more pictures here.
October 13 - As HFD was setting up for the Harvest Fair, the sirens rang out in town for a mutual aid tanker call in Bucks County PA. A large barn was burning at a local farm and water was in short supply. Deputy Chief Mullen was at the wheel of Tanker 52 and after a 25 minute drive they made to the scene where, with the assistance of FF/EMT Dave VanDoren shuttled 12,000 gallons of water for fire suppression. More pictures here...
Jan 23 - Foggy and wet roads contributed to this messy MVA on Cherry Valley Rd in Hopewell Twp. A single vehicle lost control and slid into the heavy timber pole carrying high tension and secondary power wires including phone and cable services. When the first police unit arrived, followed by Rescue 52, they found a car on its side with the pole impeding into the passenger compartment. The driver was still trapped inside. Initial reports were the car was on fire, but thankfully that only proved to be steam from the decimated engine compartment. PSE&G was contacted and shut down all power in the area affecting a few thousand customers. As soon as the electric was cut, Rescue 52's crew went into service assisted by Rescue 51 who were special called by Chief 50. The rescue was supervised by Ast Chief Galatro and Deputy Chief Mullen who took command. The battery was cut, the pole's weight was supported with the Para Tech kit, and once sufficent time passed for the air bag modules to de-energize, the roof was removed for patient access. The patient was transferred to 152 EMS and medics from Capital Health. More pictures here...
Photo curtesy of NJ.com
Jan 20 - The siren roared to life about 1711 hours as the Ewing Twp fire companies fought a 2nd alarm fire. The request was to cover Station 32's fire house but as Engine 52 started south soon command upgraded to the 3rd alarm and pulled Engine 52 into the scene for a 2nd RIT. Manpower and tools were needed to break thru the well constructed roof of a new school being built just off the property of Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, so as they arrived they were put into service on the roof. Chief 52 arrived and was assigned as manager of manpower. Once heavy machinery arrived on site they were able to pull up the heavy roofing materials and extinguish the blaze underneath. The fire started as contractors were cutting thru the roof extending vent pipes.