Last night, crews from AVFC headed up to the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center (HCESTC) to take part in a live burn.
In this drill, our firefighters enter a building that has actual structure fire conditions - flames, smoke, low visibility, etc. Multiple situations are given, such as search and rescue, with different officers in command and firefighters in different teams and roles.
This gives our firefighters a chance to keep their skills honed in real life conditions, while still in a controlled environment.
Big thanks to Amwell Valley Ambulance Corps for taking the ride up with us to be there in case any of our guys needed their assistance.
Last night at 21:29, AVCF was dispatched to Boss Rd. for the smell of smoke in a house. Crews were joined on scene by West Amwell Fire Company, Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company, and Amwell Valley Ambulance Corps.
After searching the premises for an hour, crews were able to locate two wires touching in the residence’s electrical box that were creating the smell.
Great job by everyone who responded, and big thanks to our mutual aid companies.
Tonight at 19:50, AVFC was alerted to an illegal open burn/controlled bonfire in the area of Rte 31 and Linvale Rd. Engine 48-2 responded. On arrival, crews found a large, partially contained bonfire, approximately 100 yards back from the road. After a visit from the NJ Forest Fire Service, the land owner was informed that, because they had not obtained a permit, the fire needed to be extinguished immediately. At that time, Brush 48 was called to the scene.
While crews were still on scene, the neighboring property also lit their own fire. Members of AVFC and NJFFS approached the home owner there as well and instructed them to extinguish their fire, which they did immediately. All crews were clear at 22:00.
AFVC does not enjoy interrupting our neighbors who are having good, clean fun. If you want to have a bonfire on your property, simply apply for an open burn permit.
Today at 15:15, AVFC was alerted to the report of live wires down and smoking on Rosemont Ringoes Rd. Utility 48 and Brush 48 responded. On arrival they found a tree down across the road resting on wires on the opposite side of the road.
With the assistance of Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company, crews blocked the road and awaited the power company. Once on scene, the power company took control of the scene to handle wire repairs and tree removal.
Crews were clear of the scene by approximately 16:20.