Its that time of year again! Operation Santa is back and better than ever! Click the image on the side for more details and dates about Operation Santa 2016
Strike Team Response to Mercer County
Monday Nov. 21, 2016. Tower 46 was requested as part of a Somerset County Strike Team (along with E45, SQ42, E37, and E57) to assist The Trenton Fire Department with a 6 alarm fire inside the city. Tower 46 was released back to Somerset County just after 8am after staging at the Mercer County Fire Academy. More details can be viewed by clicking on the linked article 6abc.com/news/9-homes-destroyed-in-trenton-fire/1617753/
Open House 2016
We will be hosting the 2016 fire prevention open house October 8th, from 10am to 2pm, hosting 45 fire, 53 fire, 47 EMS and possibly some county resources as well. Bring your kids, bring your teenagers, bring your siblings and parents! We will have demonstrations set up for extrication as well as firefighting. In addition we have activities and games for young children. We will be actively recruiting this event so if you have any questions at all about volunteering with us or in general feel free to stop by and ask!
9/11 Blood Drive
Sept. 12, 2016 Station 46 hosted a blood drive in honor of the many who died on 9/11/01 as well as for those who continue to be stricken with illness as a result of being present in Manhattan that day. In the four hours the blood drive was active a total of 29 units of blood were donated which could save up to a staggering 87 lives. 46 Fire wants to thank all of those who donated as well as those who attempted to donate and were deferred, for their commitment to life saving and generosity. We look forward to working with the New Jersey Community Blood Council for future blood drives.
And look! We even got our Chief to donate!
Large Dumpster Fire in Rocky Hill
Sept. 12, 2016 At 5:50pm, Montgomery Station 46 and Rocky Hill Station 53, were dispatched to 40 Washington Street in Rocky Hill for a dumpster fire close to a house. Chief 46 arrived to find a fully involved 30 yard dumpster a short distance from the house. Shortly following were Chief 53, Engine 467, and Engines 531 and 532. The crew from Engine 467 pulled a hand line and controlled the fire so that the crews from the 3 engines were able to pull the contents of the dumpster apart enough that the fire could be properly extinguished. The house escaped with no damage. All crews cleared at approximately 7pm
House Fire in Belle Mead
June 28, 2016 At 5:31 pm the department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in Belle Mead off of Millstone-River Road. First arriving units from 45 Fire determined the fire was primarily in the attic and quickly got to work along with units from 53 Fire to bring the fire under control. The Somerset Co. Tender Task Force was activated to provide water for fire operations as there were no hydrants in the area. 46 Fire units were used for water supply operations and manpower. The fire was mostly contained to the affected attic due to the quick response from all responding agencies.
Overturned Tractor Trailer
June 21, 2016 At 5:37am the department was dispatched to an overturned tractor trailer on Rt. 601 between Skillman Rd. and Sunset Rd. The tractor had ruptured at least one of its saddle tanks in the accident causing diesel fuel to leak onto the side of the road. Somerset County HAZMAT, along with the members Montgomery Fire Companies 1 and 2 were able to contain the leak and properly dispose of the contaminated roadway and soil. Several local companies assisted in the removal of the vehicle as well as its load of gravel. The driver was taken to the hospital by MEMS with minor injuries.
Hopewell Memorial Day Parade
Over the past few weeks members have been cleaning the apparatus around the clock to get ready for the Hopewell Memorial Day Parade. Their hard work paid off and Tower 46 was awarded best appearing aerial! The entire fleet looks fantastic. Members carried the company banner, the State Flag of New Jersey and The American Flag in formation through the parade route, followed by Car 46, Utility 46, Brush 46, Engine 468, Rescue 46, Engine 467 and Tower 46.
Looking Back On 2015
Another excellent video produced by our members. Take a look back on some of Station 46's most memorable moments!
New Self Contained Breathing Apparatus in Service!
Sunday April 23, 2016. After two months of heavy training, Station 46 has placed new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) in service on their trucks. The current MSA brand packs on the fleet had reached their expiration date. After much research by the Board of Fire Commissioners, Fire Officers and the membership, a decision was made to purchase new SCOTT brand SCBA. The Fire Officers developed an intensive training program to teach the membership how to use the new packs. After several weeks of drills, each member was tested out at a high competency level. The move to the SCOTT brand SCBA now makes us the last company in Somerset County to have finally moved to the same brand, creating a better interoperability throughout the County.
Station 46 responds to a Fire in Station 45's District.
On April 16 at almost 9pm. Both Montgomery Township Fire Department Volunteer members were alerted to a garage fire on Marian Dr. Located in Station 45's District. One of 45's officers was just down the street and reported the garage to be fully involved and to request a full first alarm. After the first Chief arrived on scene, he requested a Second Alarm assignment, fearing the fire had spread into the attached living space of the home. Station 45's Engine was the first on location and stretched a handline to the front door and a handline to the garage. Their crew began attacking the large fire which was engulfing the garage. Engine 46-7 was the next due on scene and their crew used the handline at the front door to make entry into the home. The crew utilized pike poles to open up the ceiling in the living and dining room which was adjacent to the garage. The crews found that the fire had made its way into the attic. 46's Engine crew aggressively attacked the fire from the interior and continued to open up the ceilings to prevent the fire from spreading. With the assistance from another crew from Station 45, they were able to stop the advancement of the fire in the attic. Unfortunately the home sustained a lot of fire damage and smoke damage. Crews made every attempt to salvage the home owners belongings. Excellent teamwork between all companies on scene contributed to the successful extinguishment of the fire without any injuries.
Claude Lewis, 1925-2016
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Charter Member Claude Lewis. Claude passed away peacefully on Sunday April, 3rd 2016. Claude was born on January 19th, 1925 in Montgomery Township. Claude was a past Chief, President, Commissioner, Trustee and the last surviving charter member. He had faithfully served the citizens of Montgomery Township for almost 70 years before retiring from active service as Fire Police Captain in 2015.
Claude was a role model for the Fire Company, brightening up our day with his smile and laugh. His mentorship will be greatly missed. Not only did Claude serve the citizens of Montgomery Township, but he served the citizens of the United States when he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. In addition to being a firefighter in Montgomery, He was also a Police Officer in the Township. Claude was an active member in the Elks Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Montgomery Township Veterans Association and was the recipient of numerous Local, State and National Awards.
Calling hours for Claude Lewis will be Saturday April 9th from 9AM to 11AM at Station 46, located at 529 Route 518 Skillman NJ, 08558. Burial ceremony will follow at the Rocky Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Claude’s family wishes that donations are made to Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company Number 2 in his honor.
Ropes and Rigging
March 16th, 2016 Firefighters drilled last evening in ropes, knots and rigging. After a knots review, firefighters put their skills to practice and simulated a raise and lower off of a roof multiple times. This also was a great opportunity for firefighters to review tower operations and patient packaging.
Interested in Joining or Learning More?
Pictured above are some of the current active members at Station 46, however we want to grow and we need your help! The Company would love to welcome some new faces to our organization. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a Firefighter, Fire Police, or just helping out at the station, we encourage you to stop by on a Wednesday night at 7pm and talk to the ladies and gentlemen who volunteer their time to keep our community safe.
Fire at Blawenburg Market
January 21st, 2016. At 9:07Am Stations 46, 45, 53 and 47EMS were dispatched to 391 County Route 518 for a possible chimney fire. Chief 46 was first on scene and determined there was a very heavy smoke condition coming from the second floor of an attached apartment. A minute later the second floor window gave out and Chief 46 was able to see active fire. The balance of the first alarm was filled. Engine 46-7 was the first engine on scene. The crew of 46-7 pulled a CAFS hand line and went to work. The fire was under control in just a few minutes. Extensive overhaul operations took place. Mutual Aid Companies that assisted were Hopewell, Hillsborough, Kingston, and Griggstown.
LMS Students Send Cheer
Towards the end of December, we were greeted with a small bag left by our side door. We opened it up to find it full of Holiday cards sent from students from the Montgomery Lower Middle School. We are so thankful for the appreciation from the young members of our community!
Station 46 Dispatched to Two Fires in One Day
Mid-morning on November 2nd, both Montgomery companies and Rocky Hill responded into Station 46's local for a reported oven fire. The burning materials were extinguished quickly and removed from the home with only heat damage to the surrounding area.
Shortly after the sun set on Monday, several tones sounded, summoning the Montgomery & Rocky Hill volunteer firefighters for a house fire in Station 46's local. Command units arrived to find smoke showing from a house and quickly upgraded to a full first alarm, summoning additional firefighters from Hillsborough and Hopewell. An electrical fire was discovered in the attic, which quickly filled the home with smoke. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and investigate for any extension. Rehab was provided to firefighters by Montgomery EMS.
October is Fire Prevention Month!
Both the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Companies along with the Montgomery Township Fire Prevention Bureau will be out educating the public about fire safety this month. This year's theme is to promote the installation of life saving smoke detectors in every bedroom of the home. The NFPA reports that nearly half of the home fire deaths result from fires that occur between 11pm and 7am.
This year's Fire Prevention Open House will be on October 22nd, hosted by Station 45. Everyone from the public is welcome and encouraged to come to the fun event which will include Information on preventing fires, fire truck tours, smoke trailer demonstrations, and more! The event will be held at Station 45 which is located at 35 Griggstown Rd. Belle Mead, NJ 08502 From October 12th to 19th Elementary school students will be getting a visit from the Fire Companies and maybe Sparky too!
Mutual Aid into Hopewell Twp.
October 4th 7:30PM, Station 46 was requested into Mercer County, Hopewell township for a working structure fire. Upon arrival Chief 46 was assigned accountability and several firefighters from Engine 468 were sent to the manpower pool. 46 units were on scene for a little over an hour.
J&J Car Fire
September 3rd 8:18AM, Stations 46 and 45 fire and 47EMS were dispatched to Johnson and Johnson, Grand View Campus. Chief 46 was first on scene, determined the bulk of the fire was extinguished by staff. Engine 453 and 468 arrived together and pulled a line off of engine 453. Crews soaked the rear of the car and the mulch around the vehicle. Crews were on scene for an hour.
MONTGOMERY Volunteer Fire Co No 2
529 County Route 518 Skillman, NJ 08558 609-466-3926