Members of the Oldwick Fire Company conduct a fire extinguisher drill in front of the fire house. Water, dry chemical, carbon dioxide and dry powder [metal] types were used. Fire extinguishers are carried on all apparatus and are often used to extinguish small fires.
On November 10, 2016 Kiddee issued a recall notice for NightHawk combination smoke-carbonmonoxide alarms. The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced, leading consumers to believe it is still working. This poses a risk to consumers being alerted to a fire or CO incident in their home.
It is recommended that the units be replaced. Kidde can be contated at 855.239.0490 for additional information.
Members of both the Oldwick and Pottersville Fire Companys donned turnout gear and air packs and played dodge ball Monday night. While a fun time was had by all, the exercise reviewed turnout gear and air pack safety. This personnel protective equipment is used in most all fire events. Playing dodge ball with turnout gear and an air pack is a bit different as movement and visibility is encumbered. The exercise also illustrates the length of time an air pack bottle will last with a high level of activity.
On Sunday November 6,2016, members of the Hunterdon County Foam Task Force performed a large volume foam drill at High Bridge. Foam techniques are used on large hydrocarbon fires. The foam, which is transported to the scene in concentrate, is mixed with a water stream, which form foam bubbles at the nozzle tip. The foam, sits on top of the oil and smothers the fire. Hunterdon County has a task force distributed throughout the county with dedicated trailers of foam. Seen here is Oldwick supplying concentrate to the foam attack trailer.
On October 19, 2016, members of the Oldwick Fire Company and East Whitehouse Fire Company drilled at the Hunterdon County Training Center in Annandale. Live burn entries were performed with inter-company teams. Two live burn exercie scenarios were performed; first floor kitchen fire and second floor bedroom. These exercises enforce many fire company skills including- inter-company operations, pump operations, communications, command, and hose operations. Shown is a ‘first in’ team. Second picture shows treasurer Robert Boak performing initial size up.
On Monday October 31st, members of the Oldwick Fire Company served hot dogs, hot chocolate and cider to trick or treaters in front of the old fire house on James Street. The fire company, with township approval, closed off sections of Oldwick to motor vehicle traffic for trick or treater safety. DUring the festivities, an outdoor fire pit spread to the homeowners front lawn, As the house was 100 feet from the fire truck, it was one of the fastest response times of the Oldwick Fire Company. Assistant Chief Jim Conner jr and junior firefighter Tyler Priece are on scene.
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Oldwick Fire Company, along with East Whitehouse Fire Company, Lebanon Boro Fire Company, Hampton Fire Company, Glenn Gardner Fire Company, all members of the Hunterdon County Northern Tanker Task Force- drill at Merck Corporation. Exercise practiced movement of large quantities of water almost a mile from a substantial water source to a simulated event. Members shown, taking turns staffing pump panel and inter-engine communications.