Oldwick fire and other countywide officials are researching what the benefits, use cases, and other operational needs / requirements of starting a drone program. In April, our membership approved and created a drone exploratory committee. We are currently applying for grants/funding and putting together, SOG (standard operating guidelines) use cases based on NFPA 2400 and FAA Part 107 regulations. We welcome interested individuals to help build this program.
Recently, drone lead coordinator Steve Timko attend a UAS skill training class at the Millstone Valley Fire Department. We learned how drones can help find missing victims, preplanning, enhance safety, among delivery supplies to folks in distress. Our team is planning to attend additional sessions to be hosted by Homeland Security in utilizing drones for disaster management and more.
On June 17, 2019, members of Lebanon Boro Fire Company, Pottersville Fire Company, Whitehouse Rescue and the Oldwick Fire Company held a friendly competition via the newly erected barrel. Teams practice hose handling and water operations by aiming the hose stream at the red suspended barrel. The team that pushes the barrel to the opposing side wins. All firefighters received a good workout and a cool down on a hot day. The barrel is located just south of the fire house on Route 523.
Members of the Oldwick Fire Company practice vehicle extrication techniques at the September drill. The drill included size up, response vehicle positioning, traffic awareness, victim vehicle stabilization, lighting techniques, in addition to victim extrication techniques. Each member practiced with different tools and responsible positions.
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.