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.
Yesterday kept our boys very busy, with multiple incidents and a drill.
At 14:47, a report came in of a tree on wires with the wires arching on Lindbergh Rd. The crew arriving on scene identified the location and notified the power company.
At 16:43, a call came in for the smell of smoke in a house on Lindbergh Rd with possible sparks coming from an outlet. The crew on scene was able to sweep the house quickly and clear the scene.
At 18:40, a request for Tender 48 was revceived to assist West Amwell Fire Company with a chimney fire, along with other neighboring agencies. West Amwell was able to control and extinguish the fire quickly, clearing mutual aid crews in around an hour.
Back at the station, the night's drill started a bit late. Crews discussed and worked on forceable entry techniques for different situations, and had a little fun with the irons.
Yesterday at 17:05, AVFC was dispatched with the report of a possible brush fire in the area of Linvale Rd. and Rte 31. Engine 48-1, Tender 48, and Brush 48 responded.
Upon arrival, crews found one of two very large piles of dead tree trunks and shrubs smoking heavily. Crews worked with hand tools to break the pile apart, but some of the trunks were too massive to be moved.
Special thanks to John P. Martin Excavating for bringing an excavator to the scene. The machine was able to make quick work of the large trunks and in breaking down the pile.
All apparatus were clear of the scene by 19:00.
It was a busy night for AVFC, answering three calls in a fairly short span of time.
At 18:25, crews responded to a report of an illegal open burn on Rte 179 across from the fairgrounds. Upon arrival, it was found to be a fully involved snowmobile in a field. The crew on scene was able to walk through the snow covered field and knock the fire with fire extinguishers. Also responding was West Amwell Fire Company.
At 19:19, a second call came in for a pole fire on Wertsville Rd. A second crew responded and found a small pole fire in the woods, away from the road. Discussions with a nearby homeowner and the power company revealed that the piece of equipment had just recently been replaced. The power company advised they would be sending their own crew out to make the necessary repairs.
At 20:41, another call came in, joining West Amwell Fire Company, this time for a brush fire near the road on Rte 31 near Linvale Harbourton Rd. Upon arrival, crews found it was actually a wire burning in the snow from the highway to a nearby building. Once the power company was able to cut power to the vicinity, crews were able to enter the building to check for activity and ventilate smoke from the structure.
Great job by everyone who responded last night!
Last night, Amwell Valley Fire Company celebrated our 2019 Annual Banquet. We had a great time reminiscing about the year's accomplishments and calls, and building relationships over great food and drinks. This year's Executive and Line Officers were formally introduced, and awards were given to deserving members.
This year's award recipients were:
Firefighter of the Year - Captain Ted Kwasnik
President's Award - Mike Grzankowski
Joanne Bracco Luster, President of the Amwell Valley Fire Company Auxiliary pesented President Dave Bond with a generous donation to the Company.
Special thanks to our guests:
Mayor Rick Wolfe, East Amwell Township, New Jersey
Deputy Mayor Tim Mathews, East Amwell Township, New Jersey
Chief Peter Nemec, Flemington Fire Department
Lieutenant Bruce Fozman, West Amwell Fire Company
Firefighter Greg Siwy, City of Lambertville Fire District #1
Amwell Vally Fire Company would like to especially thank our community. The people of East Amwell Township make everything that we do possible. Through your support and donations, we are able to keep our members trained and outfitted with the latest equipment. It is truly our honor to serve all of you, and to be there when you need us most.