SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

THE TRADITION CONTINUES!!  SOMERSET FIRE & RESCUE Co. No.1 in cooperation with Kringle Productions LLC. is proud to present a special event for three nights only. Santa Claus will be appearing in Somerset!  Please join the tour on the following nights: in your neighborhood to welcome the one and only Santa-Schizzle!


2016 Somerset Fire & Rescue Annual Santa Tour

On Friday evening, December 16th, Santa will be visiting the neighborhoods off of JFK Boulevard and DeMott Lane. Santa will be leaving the firehouse at 5:30 PM and proceeding first to Stratford Place and London Place, then across DeMott Lane to Ellison Road. Santa then heads north on DeMott Lane and then travels down New Brunswick Road and JFK Boulevard to Webster Road, Landry Road, Tripplet Road, Summerall Road, Hughes Road, Vince Court, Larsen Road, Renfro Road, Rosewood Court, Chandler Road, and Sherman Circle.

Safety is Santa’s top priority and because of that he can not stop on DeMott Lane, JFK Boulevard, Cedar Grove Lane, and New Brunswick Road. If you live along these roads, please feel free to join Santa on one of the many other streets he visits during his tour.

On Saturday afternoon, December 17th, Santa will be leaving the firehouse at 1:30 and visiting the Avalon Somerset neighborhood. After a well deserved break, Santa will be heading out again at 3:30 PM and proceeding to Wexford Way off of Cedar Grove Lane. From there he visits Stone Leigh Way, Dartmoor Drive, Brenner Road, Rue Cezzane, Rue Matisse, Monet Court, and Renoir Way. Santa then heads down Treptow Road and Martino Drive to visit Eton Way, Steeplechase Court, Barclay Court, Gloucester Drive, and Canterbury Circle. Santa then heads north on DeMott Lane to visit Emerson Road, Fairfield Road, Deerfield Road, and Academy Road. Unfortunately, Santa’s sleigh is too big to drive down Richmond Drive, Cambridge Lane and Bedford Road. Residents of these streets are asked to walk down to Emerson Road or Academy Road to visit with Santa. The last stop of the evening for Santa will be the Eastern North neighborhoods of Eastern North Drive and Oakcroft Lane.



On Sunday, December 18th, Santa will be leaving the firehouse at 4:00 PM and heading up Hollywood Avenue towards Dellwood Lane. From there, he will visit Rue Chagall, DiVinci Court, and Picasso Court. He then heads back onto Dellwood Lane and heads down Willow Avenue to 4th Street, turns  and heads up Walnut Avenue to 13th Street, turns and visits Culver Street to 1st Street, turns and heads to the entrance to Lakeside Court. Unfortunately, Santa’s sleigh is too big to drive down Lakeside Court so residents wishing to visit with Santa should walk down to 1st Street. From there Santa visits John E. Busch Ave before heading off again to the North Pole. 



Every year we are honored to escort Santa around our neighborhoods. Sometimes fires or other emergencies or weather cause us to have to alter our schedule. We ask for your patience while you wait for Santa.

 

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VEHICLE IN THE WATER

Saturday, November 19, 2016 12:40 Somerset diver's responded to a car in the water near Amwell Road.  After searching for the vehicle, it was discovered in the Delaware and Raritan Canal near the historic Rockingham site in the Kingston section of Franklin Township.  The vehicle which was presumed stolen, was retrieved with the help of Somerset diver's. 






     



 

TRENCH RESCUE CLASS

Friday, October 28, 2016  Station 56 and the Somerville Rescue Squad hosted a three day trench rescue training class by Rescue Products International.  Trench rescue Awareness was the topic for all responders Friday night.  Saturday and Sunday the class was split into two groups.  The first group was for members that have not had previous training.  This group received the trench rescue operations certification.  The second group consisted of members that have operations level training.  The second group worked on more technical scenarios such as deep trenches and "L" trenches. This training earned them the trench technician certification.  Congratulations to all the members from both organizations that participated in this extensive and demanding training.




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MACHINE FIRE

Thursday, October 27, 2016 13:34 Fire District No. 1 was dispatched to a fire alarm activation at a electronics reclamation facility on Apgar Drive.  During the response the incident was upgraded to a reported fire involving a piece of machinery inside the building.  Car 26 immediately upgraded the response to a second alarm.  The first arriving units found a fire in a plastic compacting machine.  A lithium battery was inadvertently left inside one of the items being compacted which shorted and started the large mass of plastic on fire.  The fire was partially controlled by the building occupants.  Engine 561 and FM8 units stretched a hose line into the building to complete extinguishment.  Extensive ventilation was needed to clear the building of the remaining smoke.  Units operated on the scene for approximately two hours.  The cause of the fire was investigated by the Franklin Township Fire Prevention Department. 

   


 

MVC with ENTRAPMENT

Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:36 Stations 56 and 26 were dispatched to a MVC overturned with entrapment on Cottontail Lane near Weston Canal Road.  Rescue 56 and E261 Arrived on the scene to find a 2 vehicle MVC involving a delivery truck and a single passinger vehicle.  Upon the arrival of the first fire units it was determined by medical personnel on the scene that the driver of the passinger vehicle was pronounced at the scene.  Car 56, Car 562, SO 56  and E562 were returning from a SCUBA drill out of town and responded to the scene.  


   


 

MULTI UNIT DIVE DRILL

Saturday, August 6, 2016 07:30 Somerset Fire and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Dive Unit trained together at Donaldson Park.  The teams from both units worked together and used this valuable opportunity to home their skills and familiarize themselves with each others operation and equipment.  Somerset Fire and the Prosecutor's team work together often and used this time to further our relationship.


   


 

BOAT OPERATIONS TRAINING

Saturday, July 30, 2016 07:30 Station 56 and The South Bound Brook Fire Department (Sta.55) attended a joint drill on boat operations and water rescue at Donaldson Park.  The drill allowed our members to work closely with the members of Station 55 and familiarize themselves with each others equipment, boats and water rescue operations. Once again a great training opportunity to work with our neighboring departments.


   


 

MVC with ENTRAPMENT

Thursday, July 28, 2016 19:47 Stations 56 and 44 were dispatched to a single vehicle MVC on Blackwell's Mills Road near Canal Road.  Rescue 56, Car 56, SO56 E562 responded with Engine 441, Car 44 Car 28 and Squad 28.  Somerset members extricated one person who was heavily entrapped.  The driver suffered serious non life-threatening injuries.  The victim was transported to the hospital by RWJ medics and BLS.  This complicated extrication took approximately 40 minutes to perform.  Great work by all who responded.


     



 

MUTUAL AID DIVE UNIT RESPONSE

Monday, July 25, 2016 01:18 Somerset Fire & Rescue Co.  No.1 divers were requested into the city of New Brunswick to assist them with the recovery of a vehicle that plunged onto the Raritan River along Rt. 18.  Car 56, Car 562, Special Ops 56 with Marine Units 2 and 3, Van 56 and Rescue 56 responded.  Somerset divers assisted with occupant removal and rigging for the tow truck to remove the vehicle.  This incident is still under investigation.


Our deepest condolences to all affected by this tragedy.


   


 

EXTRICATION TRAINING

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 1900 Members of Somerset Fire & Rescue practiced some more advanced vehicle extrication techniques during this drill.  This training concentrated on extrication of vehicles in unusual positions.  This drill required the use of advanced stabilization to make the vehicles safe for patient removal.  The members focused on scene safety and crew communication as a part of this very successful drill.  





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