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 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.
Members of the Oldwick Fire Company drill with Pottersville and East Whitehouse departments. Drills were conducted on May 16 and May 23 at the Oldwick Fire House. Four vehicles were staged and the mutual aid companies practiced extrication techniques which included: initial size up, PPE, vehicle recognition, vehicle accident protection systems, vehicle stabilization and tool application.
Members of the Oldwick Fire Company along with members of East Whitehouse Fire Company, drilled at the Hunterdon County Training Center in Annandale. The live burn exercise simulated a basement fire with fire extensions to the second floor.
The drill reinforces fire fighting skills including: Command, Communications, Size Up, Pump Evolutions, Hose Handling, SCBA use…..
East Whitehouse is one of many mutual aid companies that Oldwick works with. Joint drills such as these improve teamwork on the fire ground.