Monday, March 4, 2013
A car hit another that had pulled to the side of Route 22.
All parties refused medical attention after a vehicle struck a parked car on Route 22 West near Milltown Road Monday. According to North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson, a vehicle had pulled to the side of Route 22 to use a cell phone around 2:30 p.m. Another vehicle travelling west struck the parked car, he said. "Although both vehicles sustained major damage, all drivers and passengers refused medical attention," he said. Still, Hickson said, the North Branch Fire Company and Green Knoll Fire Company were called to the scene because of a stuck door. "The patient was not complaining of any injuries, but she could not get out of the car due to damage sustained by the accident," he said. Firefighters were able to get the door open quickly, …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Gas was found to be flowing in the Fit Zone Gym Monday morning.
Fit Zone Gym at the Somerset Shopping Center was evacuated Monday after gas was found to be present and actively flowing inside, according to North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson. Hickson said an off duty Franklin police officer alerted Bridgewater Township Police to a strong smell of gas at the shopping center around 11:30 a.m. Monday, and the Green Knoll Fire Company was sent to the scene, with assistance from the North Branch Fire Company. "The first arriving fire chief was greeted with a very strong odor of gas at the Fit Zone Gym," he said. "Three customers were still in the gym and ordered to evaucate." An investigation found that the smell of gas was also prevalent in Eastern Mountain Sports and Modell's, also in the shopping …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
One person extricated himself and a dog from the vehicle.
A motor vehicle was found overturned deep in the woods in the area of Gaston Avenue and Adamsville Road Tuesday afternoon. According to North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson, the Green Knoll Fire Department and the North Branch Fire Department were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on the report of an overturned motor vehicle. "A single motor vehicle was found upside down deep into the woods," he said. Hickson said one person had extricated himself and a dog from the vehicle, but did sustain injuries in the accident, and he was taken from the scene by the Somerset Mobile Intensive Care Unit. "There was a steep grade where the car came to a stop," he said. Green Knoll has a specialized rescue truck, Hickson said, which has a stokes basket…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Animal had fallen through ice in the North Branch of the river before being pulled out by firefighters.
A black Labrador and Rottweiler mix dog was pulled from the Raritan River by Bridgewater firefighters Wednesday evening after it fell through the ice. According to North Branch fire chief David Hickson, he received a call from Bridgewater Township Police around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday that there was a report of a dog having fallen through the ice in the North Branch of the Raritan River between Branchburg and Bridgewater. "North Branch Fire, with a specialized Swift Water Rescue Team, has the personnel and equipment to handle this highly unique call," he said. "North Branch immediately called in the help of Bridgewater's Green Knoll Fire Company for mutual aid." "Green Knoll's elevated platform ladder truck has the ability to span outward to …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
North Branch Chief David Hickson said it happened when the car was started.
North Branch and Green Knoll firefighters were dispatched to a home on Stillwell Court after the residents started their Audi in the driveway and it caught fire Tuesday, according to North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson. Hickson said the firefighters were dispatched at 12 p.m. because of a reported car that was on fire, but believed to be out. As soon as he arrived on the scene, Hickson said, the visible flames had subsided, but the car was still involved in the fire. "The fire, which had settled into an area between the engine and the firewall, was still active and visible smoke could be seen," he said. Hickson said the fire was difficult to extinguish, and they started with a chemical fire extinguisher. "These extinguishers remove the …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Fire quickly knocked down on Garretson Road Thursday morning.
Firefighters responded to an early morning fire on Garretson Road Thursday after someone disposed of fireplace ashes in a garbage can, according to North Branch Fire Chief Dave Hickson. According to Hickson, the blaze was discovered by Green Knoll fire official Karl McAleer, who knocked it down quickly with a water extinguisher in his first responder vehicle. "The balance of the fire was knocked down with a joint effort of the Bridgewater District 3 fire companies, McAleer and fire official Glenn Wilson," he said. From there, Hickson said, he arrived with back-up water support that was used by Green Knoll firefighter Mark Hudec. "The blaze rose to unexpected heights during the battle," Hudec said, "but thanks to my years of experience and …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Smell was found to be from an outside meter.
PSE&G was dispatched to make repairs on an outside meter after a police officer reported an odor of gas on Stryker Court Friday morning. According to North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson, a Bridgewater police officer detected a strong smell of gas on the road around 9 a.m. "Upon arrival of Green Knoll engine 34-101, gas was detected at an outside meter, and PSE&G was dispatched to contain the leak and make repairs," he said. Hickson said the fire company investigated the house where the odor was present and found no issues inside. "The gas odor was outside at the meter," he said. PSE&G was expected to respond to the scene to make the repairs by late morning.