Feb 012016

For immediate release:

On January 31, 2016 at 3:33PM Warren Township Communications received a call reporting a dog stuck in a storm drain in Somerset County’s East County Park off Reinman Road. Warren Township Fire Chief Mark Russo responded to the scene to perform an initial assessment and discovered a full-sized golden labrador retriever (“Bailey”) that fell through a storm drain approximately 8 feet under ground. The storm drain was situated roughly 1000ft from the main parking lot across a snow-covered field. He quickly determined the Fire Department would have to commence a rescue operation and requested the Rescue Truck and manpower from Mount Bethel Fire Company and the all-terrain Brush unit and manpower from Mt. Horeb Fire Company as well as personnel from Community Fire Company; all located in Warren Township.

Units responded and established incident command and began assembling equipment while fire department personnel evaluated the scene. Due to the immense amount of snow it was difficult to fully understand the condition the basin and how its associated cast iron parts were lingering above the animal. Rescue teams deployed low-angle rope systems with appropriate safety systems to secure the storm drain lid and grate and made initial attempts at moving the lid away from the opening which initially proved unsuccessful. At this point the operations lead deployed additional rope systems and additional anchor points as well as the departments all-terrain vehicle for its winching capability.

Once two rope systems and the winch was setup, the operators began a coordinated removal which successfully removed the several hundred pound lid exposing the opening entirely. At this point it became clear that the grate portion of the storm drain was secure enough to operate around via ground ladder. Operators descended into the opening to rescue to dog after being underground for approximately 90 minutes. Needless to say, “Bailey” was quite ecstatic for freedom and the owner took the animal home for a nice bath.

Units remained on scene for breakdown and cleanup and turned the hazard over to the Somerset County Parks officer. 

Additional questions can be fielded via the Office of the Fire Chief at 908-753-8000 x269.

Oct 122015

On Wednesday October 7th Chief Russo, Capt Dante, Capt DeVizio and F/F Valentino made stops at each elementary school to educate the students on the importance of fire safety at home and in the schools.

The crew reviewed importance of escape planning, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and cooking safety!



Sep 072015

imageimageOn Sunday September 6th, Community, Mount Bethel and Mount Horeb fire companies responded to Mary St for a reported Mulch Fire. Engine 61-103 provided initial suppression while Squad 61 and Engine 61-102 provided manpower, fire suppression and water supply support. Firefighters operated for approximately 60 minutes to control and deescalate the situation.




Aug 282015

On Wednesday night, members of Mount Bethel, Community and Mt. Horeb Fire Companies participated in the collective Warren Twp. Fire Department drill. The topic of training was Stand-pipe operations – something that we don’t routinely get access to. A property owner in town was kind enough to arrange for access to their facility after hours and use it for training purposes. We deployed Mount Horeb’s Engine 61-2 to feed the stand-pipe while two mixed fire company teams were deployed into subdivision-2 (two stories below grade parking deck) and deployed two hand-lines into operations. The “charlie team” deployed and flowed water out the deck while the “alpha team” deployed to above floor (simulating operating below the fire level) and flowed water out of the deck as well. The opportunity to operate a non-simulated stand-pipe setup is an excellent opportunity and we all learned something from the drill!


Jan 252015

Just a friendly reminder to all the residents of Warren to please help us by ensuring that your nearby fire hydrant has been shoveled out. Being able to locate and quick utilize fire hydrants is crtical for operations. So while we’re out running fire calls, please please please go outside and shovel out your neighborhood fire hydrant.

Nov 262014

HazMat 2014

The Mount Bethel Fire Company responded to a reported fuel leak from a vehicle last week. Upon arrival fire units confirmed the leak and requested Somerset County HazMat for assistance. The fire department worked to contain the leaking fuel as shown in the picture using “portable containment pools”. The Somerset County HazMat team assisted with the mitigation of small amount of fuel in the storm drain system.
The owner of the vehicle arrived with a tow company and secured the leak and towed the vehicle in for service.

Apr 032014

Fire Department Response Totals for the 1/1/2014 to 3/31/2014 quarter.
Data Source – Fire service software reporting system (NFIRS compliance)

Total calls for period: 126

Mount Bethel Fire Company #1
SQUAD 61            71 responses
RESCUE 61          67 responses
UTILITY 61-1        26 responses
CAR 61-2              39 responses

Mount Horeb Fire Company #2
ENGINE 61-2        21 responses
UTILITY 61-2          5 responses
BRUSH 61               1 response

Community Fire Company #3
ENGINE 61-3        38 responses
UTILITY 61-3        16 responses

Washington Valley Fire Company #4
ENGINE 61-4          3 responses
TOWER 61              2 responses

Warren Township Fire Department
Chief 61                  24 responses
Personal                 24 responses