Fire Department Blotter

Summit Fire Department Blotter


12/1/2017 at 3:56 pm - FD dispatched to MORRIS AVENUE and RIVER AVENUE on report of a two-car motor vehicle accident with injuries. Units arrived on scene. FD personnel requested by the Summit First Aid Squad (EMS) to remove the driver's side door to safely remove the patient.  A signal 10 was transmitted to provide manpower for station coverage. FD personnel stabilized the vehicle using step-chocks and used the jaws-of-life to remove the door.  EMS was able to access and safely remove the patient after door removed. The other vehicle, 2017 Jeep Wrangler, checked and no FD action needed.  Command terminated once the vehicles were removed.

12/02/2017 at 1:48 pm - FD dispatched to the area of 41 DRUM HILL DRIVE on a report of an outside odor of natural gas. On arrival command established, fire department investigated, and detected an odor of natural gas in the area. Notification was made to PSE&G. The dwellings in the area were checked with negative results. The incident was turned over to PSE&G.

12/03/2017 at 4:52 pm - FD dispatched to TEMPLAR WAY. Resident reported a chimney fire. On arrival an investigation revealed the smoke from the fire place was not drafting up the chimney due to a down draft. The first floor window was opened to allow the smoke to draft up the chimney. Readings were taken for CO using the gas detector. No CO gas was found. No further FD action needed.

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12/03/2017 at 8:46 pm - FD dispatched to a NORTH STREET multifamily residence for a reported structure fire.  Millburn FD responded automatic aid as a RIC team.  On arrival an odor of burning and light smoke was visible from exterior.  Investigation found a fire on the third floor front side of building.   A water supply established, and a 1-3/4 inch line stretched.  A Signal 11 transmitted, and New Providence FD sent automatic aid.  Primary searches found no occupants still in the building.  Summit EMS responded for rehab for firefighters.  Once the fire was knocked down, crews started opening up the walls checking for extension.  Hot spots found on the second floor and the wall space opened until no extension was found.  Exterior sections of the third floor were opened and removed until no extension was found. The building owner was contacted, and requested to respond.  Overhaul was completed; water damage was noted on the second and first floors, as well as in the basement.   FD actions taken were resident on the second floor and building owner.  The third floor areas that were opened were covered with plastic sheeting.  The building was turned over to the owner, who would make final repairs.  

12/04/2017 at 1:47 pm - FD dispatched to a BEDFORD ROAD residence for a rotten egg smell, possible inside odor of natural gas. On arrival and investigation FD personnel checked the residence with the gas meter, zero readings were found.  An investigation traced the odor to a drain cleaner in the second floor bathroom. The homeowner was advised of our findings.

12/06/2017 at 4:20 pm - FD dispatched to a MORRIS AVENUE multifamily to assist Summit PD with a gutter hanging down onto the ground. On arrival FD found a gutter hanging off a residence across the house service and touching the ground. FD personnel determined the power had been cut at the pole due to a building fire several months ago and the gutter was removed from the residence. FD personnel were unable to make contact with the building owner.

12/07/2017 at 7:48 pm - FD dispatched to a LENOX ROAD residence for a report of a struck gas main. On arrival and investigation found the contractor was requesting PSEG respond to the scene to clarify a mark out. FD personnel metered the Lenox residence and found no gas leak. PSEG arrived on location and released the FD. No further FD action taken.

12/08/2017 at 12:29 am - FD dispatched for an engine cover assignment in New Providence. A Modified 10 recall of off-duty personnel transmitted to provide station coverage in Summit.

12/09/2017 at 11:42 pm - FD dispatched to BEACON ROAD to investigate a tree on wires.  On arrival investigation found that a large tree had fallen against another tree on the property of the Beacon Road residence. Investigation determined that the trees were not against any wires and posed no hazard. Homeowners advised to contact tree service.

12/10/2017 at 2:33:14 am - FD dispatched to a MADISON AVENUE residence for a report of smoke coming from the dryer and smoke in the house. On arrival and investigation found scorched lint in the housing of the dryer. No extension beyond the unit was found. FD disconnected the dryer and advised the homeowner to have it repaired or replaced.

12/11/2017 at 3:42 pm - FD dispatched to the intersection of MORRIS AVENUE and SUMMIT AVENUE for a motor vehicle accident with a fluids spill.  On arrival FD personnel applied absorbent material to the fluids in the roadway.  Tow Company had already removed all vehicles from the scene. FD personnel located a PSEG vent stack struck during the accident and an odor of natural detected. PSEG was requested and responded to the scene. FD personnel remained on location until released by PSEG.

12/29/2017 at 7:47 pm - FD dispatched to the inter section of DORCHESTER ROAD and PORTLAND ROAD for a report from the Summit Police of a vehicle off the road. On arrival FD found that a vehicle had slid off of the road and onto the grass. Further investigation found no hazards with the vehicle from the accident.

12/14/2017 at 12:26 am - FD dispatched to the intersection of SUMMIT and MORRIS AVENUE for a report of a MVA with air bag deployment.  On arrival Summit PD and FAS were on the scene of a MVA involving 2 vehicles.  FD checked both vehicles for hazards and applied absorbent material from a coolant leak. FD remained on scene until vehicles removed by towing company.

12/15/2017 at 10:26 pm - FD dispatched for a reported smoking vehicle.  Prior to arrival Summit PD unit on scene reported a vehicle fire.  On arrival found heavy fire showing from the engine compartment, wheel wells and dashboard.  A 1-3/4 inch line stretched to extinguish the fire and a Signal 10 transmitted for station coverage.   The FD overhauled and wet down the vehicle for final extinguishment.  FD remained on scene until the vehicle was towed, and DPW applied salt to the bridge.

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