2012 News Archives

2012 Ends With Liberty Corner Fire Company Assisting Basking Ridge Fire Company at Basement Fire
December 31, 2012

With fewer than three hours remaining in 2012, Liberty CornerFire Company was called to assist Basking Ridge Fire Company with afire in the basement crawl space of a home at 519 S. Maple Ave.

The fire appears to have started as a result of fireplaceembers falling down the cleanout chute, into the basement, ignitingplastic sheeting used as a vapor barrier in the crawl space.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and cleared smoke from thebasement and first floor.

This was Liberty Corner Fire Company’s 520th call of 2012, farsurpassing 2011’s record of 441 calls.

Liberty Corner Firefighters Free Crash
Victim After Extensive Extrication
December 11, 2012

Liberty Corner Firefighters and EMTs removed a woman from her
car after a long and complicated extrication on the afternoon of
December 11.

While traveling westbound on I-78 in the area of mile marker
33.8, a vehicle with one occupant flipped on its driver side, sliding
off the roadway and into a tree just off the right shoulder. The driver
was trapped as the tree forced the dashboard and steering column onto
her legs and feet.

Arriving on the scene around 3:00pm, Liberty Corner Fire Chief
Marc Friedman notified incoming units of a heavily entrapped patient.
In addition to responding Liberty Corner EMS units, A Northstar Medevac
helicopter was summoned as well as Atlantic Ambulance paramedics.

Upon arrival of Rescue 1, and shortly thereafter, Engine 4,
the vehicle was stabilized with heavy duty rescue jacks and wood
cribbing. A scaffolding was set up on one side of the vehicle to allow
extrication efforts to begin from above. While EMS and police
maintained contact with the patient, firefighters began the extrication
by removing the passenger side doors, which were now the top of the
overturned vehicle. The roof was then removed, gaining further access
to the patient. However, as a result of the heavily entanglement of the
legs and feet, firefighters then had to remove the front passenger
seat, the center console, and the dashboard and related air ducts and
other components of the vehicle to gain further access.

Immediately upon gaining sufficient access, crews began work
to release the patient from the steering column and seat. The hood was
removed, gaining further access to the steering column assembly. A
chain and come-along were attached to a nearby tree and the steering
column and, in conjunction with hydraulic speaders, the steering column
assembly was spread from its position near the floor and seat to allow
enough space to remove the patient.

The patient was transported to Morristown Medical Center via
helicopter after being freed around 5:30pm. She was reported to be in
fair condition as of December 13.

Liberty Corner Firefighters Extricate
Patient From Another I-78 Crash
September 27, 2012

Liberty Corner Firefighters and EMTs were summoned to a single
vehicle traffic crash on I-78 westbound at 9:25 on the morning of
September 27. The vehicle, occupied only by the driver and his dog,
veered off the roadway into the center median were it crashed into
several trees. The driver was pinned in the driver seat, with his left
leg stuck under the dash.

Chief Marc Friedman quickly arrived, and upon sizing up the
scene, called for additional firefighters from the Lyons Veterans
Administration Fire Department, due to the potential complexity of the
extrication. Bernards Township Animal Control was also quickly on the
scene to remove and transport the dog for treatment.

Liberty Corner firefighters on Rescue 1 arrived shortly
thereafter, stabilized the vehicle and patient, and removed both driver
side doors. VA firefighters arrived and together with Liberty Corner
firefighters, removed the roof and windshield, and using hydraulic
rams, pushed the dash away from the patient, allowing him to be freed.

The patient was treated by Liberty Corner First Aid Squad
EMTs and paramedics from Somerset Medical Center before being
transported to Morristown Medical Center for further treatment.

Two Transported Via Helicopter After
Serious Crash on Interstate 78
September 23, 2012

Fifteen minutes before midnight on Saturday, September 22,
2012, Liberty Corner Fire Company was dispatched with Liberty Corner
EMS to a traffic crash on Interstate 78 eastbound, about a half mile
from exit 33. Firefighters arrived at a single vehicle crash involving
a passenger car. The vehicle had struck the guardrail on the right
shoulder and crossed all three lanes, coming to rest on the left lane
and adjacent shoulder. One patient was trapped in the back seat;
another was found on the roadway near the vehicle. Firefighters quickly
extricated the rear passenger while EMS attended to the freed patient.
Both patients were transported via air by NorthStar Medevac with life
threatening injuries.

During the extrication and treatment of the two initial
patients, additional fire and police personnel searched the nearby
woods both in the median and shoulder areas for possible additional
patients who may have been ejected. Due to the altered level of
consciousness of both patients, it was unclear how many passengers were
in the vehicle at the time of the crash. No additional patients were

Liberty Corner firefighters remained on the scene for over
four hours, providing lighting for the New Jersey State Police
investigation as well as scene clean up. The eastbound side of the
highway was closed for several hours.

In addition to Liberty Corner Fire and EMS, the following
units operated on the scene: Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Department,
Warren Township Fire Department and First Aid Squad, Basking Ridge Fire
Company, Somerset Medical Center Paramedics, NorthStar Medevac, New
Jersey State Police, Bernards Township Police, and Warren Township

Liberty Corner Firefighters Make
“Phenomenal Save”
July 23, 2012

Liberty Corner Firefighters were called to a house fire at 47
Emily Rd. on the afternoon of Monday, July 23rd. Having recently
returned from an alarm due to lightning strikes in the area, Engine 4
responded immediately. Upon arrival of Engine 4 and Chief Marc
Friedman, a working fire was reported on the wood shake roof of a large
home. Members of Engine 4 quickly forced entry, made their way to the
attic and got water on the fire.

Water supply was established from a cistern down the street by
members of mutual aid companies from Basking Ridge and Bernardsville
Fire Companies. Additional truck companies were provided by Lyons
Veterans Administration and Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Departments.
Emergency medical services were provided on the
warm and humid summer day by Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge EMS.

Liberty Corner Fire Chief Marc Friedman called the job done by
fifty volunteer firefighters a “phenomenal save,” allowing the
residents to remain in their home. Damage was confined to the roof
involved in fire, as well as water damage to the surrounding areas
inside the home. There were no injures.

Art Sale Sponsored by AT&T
Pioneers and Liberty Corner Fire Company
June 16, 2012

Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township……The Liberty
Corner Fire Company and AT&T Pioneers are holding an art
fundraiser on Saturday June 16 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the firehouse at
95 Church Street, Liberty Corner. A large selection of pictures,
drawings and prints were donated to the Pioneers by AT&T.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry
of Morris County and Liberty Corner Fire Company. Come by early for the
best selection of large or small artwork!

For more information, please visit libertycornerfire.org
or call the firehouse at
(908)647-3530 or (908)647-0792.

Traffic Crash with Overturn
April 13, 2012

A single vehicle crash on the evening of Friday, April 13
resulted in a vehicle overturning after hitting a tree. Liberty Corner
firefighters and EMTs responded, tending to one slightly injured
patient and cleaning up a fluid spill.

House Fire – 22 Prospect Ave.
April 10, 2012

Liberty Corner Fire Company provided one engine and one ladder
to assist Basking Ridge Fire Company with a fire in a single story home
on the afternoon of April 10. Fire was confined to the rear of the home
and quickly brought under control with no injuries.

Brush Fire – 544 Allen Rd.
April 9, 2012

Liberty Corner firefighters were called to 544 Allen Rd.,
at the entrance to Hills Highland Village, for a brush fire in the
island of the entry drive. The fire was quickly extinguished by the
crew from Engine 2 under the command of Chief Marc Friedman.

Red Flag Warnings had been in effect for the past several days
as a result of high winds and low relative humidities. Several small
brush fires and smoldering mulch calls have been received over the past
several days as a result of the windy and dry conditions.

Head-On Collision – 252 Lyons Rd.
April 8, 2012

A head-on collision resulting in several injuries occured on
the evening of Easter Sunday directly in front of Liberty Corner Fire
Chief Marc Friedman’s home. Chief Friedman immediately notified
Somerset County Communications of the crash, requesting Fire, EMS and
Paramedic response. Police, firefighters and EMS units quickly
responded, treating the injured and securing both vehicles. Bernards
Township Police are investigating the crash.

Vehicle Fire – 1 Collyer Ln.
April 1, 2012

Liberty Corner firefighters assisted Basking Ridge
firefighters on the evening of April 1 at Bernards Township Police
headquarters with a police car on fire within a couple feet of the
building. Liberty Corner firefighters stretched a hose line from the
first floor entry to the basement (which is the ground floor of the
involved side of the building) assisting with extinguishing the fire.
Firefighters also checked for extension and removed smoke from the

Chimney Fire – 76 Somerville Rd.
March 6, 2012

A chimney fire was dispatched at 5:36 on March 6 at 76
Somerville Rd, near Mountain Rd. Liberty Corner Fire Company responded
with one engine and one ladder, and due to lack of a sufficient water
supply, Chief Marc Friedman requested a tanker from Far
Hills-Bedminster Fire Department. Liberty Corner Fire utilized its
tower ladder to safely and effectively control the fire with minimal
damage to the home.

Fatal Traffic Crash – Rt. 78 Eastbound
February 25, 2012

Liberty Corner Fire and EMS were called to the scene of a
single vehicle crash on Interstate 78 Eastbound, mile 33.7, about a
mile west
of exit 33 at around 10:00pm on Saturday, February 25. Initial
reports of a person trapped inside the vehicle proved to be incorrect,
however a rear seat passenger, Asia Keith, aged 18, of Jersey City was
ejected from the vehicle. Keith was pronounced dead at the scene. The
driver was treated for a minor injury, and a front seat passenger was

According to the New Jersey State Police, the driver lost
control, leaving the left lane and rolling over into the median,
hitting several trees. Firefighters remained on the scene to provide
lighting and
traffic control for State Police investigators until New
Jersey Department of Transportation personnel arrived to provide those