2013 News Archives

Liberty Corner Firefighters Help Santa
with Deliveries

Dec. 23, 2013

Liberty Corner firefighters had another successful day helping
Santa deliver presents to good boys and girls throughout Liberty Corner
on Saturday, December 21!

Santa would like to thank all the moms and dads who helped get
those Christmas lists to him early, and the Liberty Corner firefighters
thank them for their warm hospitality!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!


Liberty Corner Fire Company Earns First
Place Trophies at Boonton Labor Day Parade

August 31, 2013

Liberty Corner Fire Company earned two first place trophies at
the Boonton Fire Department’s Annual Labor Day Parade on Saturday,
August 31: Best Appearing Tower Ladder, and Best Overall Aerial Device.

Led by Junior Captain Kyle Harcourt and Firefighter Robert
Scaniello, Liberty Corner firefighters spent several weeks preparing
40-116, Liberty Corner Fire Company’s 100 foot tower ladder. Great care
went into cleaning and detailing every piece of the apparatus, from
power washing the engine, pump, and under-carriage, to polishing the
body and diamond plate. All tools, gear and equipment was inspected,
cleaned and painted as needed. The results, in addition to maintaining
morale and comeraderie at the fire station, are close inspection and
maintenance of tools and equipment; gaining knowledge and experience of
equipment use and locations; and of course, pride in one’s company.

These two first place awards come after Liberty Corner Fire
Company won first place for Best Appearing Aerial Device in Hillborough
on June 13, 2013.

Liberty Corner Swift Water Rescue
June 9, 2013

On Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 14:45, the Liberty Corner Fire
Company and Liberty Corner First Aid Squad were dispatched to the
Passaic River behind 55 Pond Hill Road for a water rescue. While en
route, county dispatch updated that a kayak had overturned and one
adult and one child were stranded in swiftly moving water.

First Assistant Chief Pete Aprahamian arrived on scene along
with FF Rich Mikutsky and several officers from the Bernards Township
PD. Chief Aprahamian established command and confirmed two victims in
swift water clinging to several downed trees within the river. Chief
Aprahamian requested the rescue and tower respond simultaneously. Due
to the urgency of the situation, Chief Aprahamian, FF Mikutsky and Sgt.
Glen Amerman, a Bernards Township Police Officer, commandeered a nearby
kayak and life jacket from the banks of the river and entered the water
to establish a position on an island closer to the two victims. The
responders threw the life jacket to the adult as the child was already
wearing one. The responders then tied a rope to the kayak and managed
to guide it to the stranded adult. The stranded adult placed the child
into the kayak. Aprahamian and Amerman used the ropes to guide the
kayak back to Mikutsky. The same operation was repeated to rescue the
adult. During this operation, firefighters from Rescue 40-151 and Tower
40-116 supplied additional life jackets, ropes and rigging and set up a
rope system to assist in removing the adult victim from the water�s
edge and both the child and the adult up the steep 100 ft. embankment.
Both victims were brought safely up the embankment by fire company
personnel to an awaiting ambulance from the Liberty Corner First Aid

It was through the well-coordinated efforts of the Fire
Company, Police Department and First Aid Squad, that a tragedy was
avoided. Only minor injuries were reported for the victims along with a
few cuts and scrapes for the firefighters.

Please see related article at Basking Ridge Patch: Man,
Granddaughter Rescued from Capsized Kayak on Passaic River


Bernardsville Fire Company is Victorious
in Tri-County Firematics Competition

On Saturday, June 9th, local area fire companies participated
in the Annual Tri-County Firematics Competition hosted by the Liberty
Corner Fire Company. The annual competition is based on a series of
simulated fire fighting activities. The goal is to successfully
complete each activity, which consists of two hose events and one
ladder event, in the least amount of time. Trophies are awarded for
each of the three individual events and the team with the lowest time
for all three events combined is declared the overall winner.

In what proved to be an exciting day, the Bernardsville Fire
placed first in the single hose event, second in the ladder event,
first in the double hose event and finished with the lowest combined
time for all three events thereby taking home the first place trophy
for the overall competition. The Green Village Fire Department placed
first in the ladder event with Chatham Borough taking second place in
both the single and double hose events. Chatham Borough also took first
place in the mystery event with the Stirling Fire Department taking
second place.

Fire Companies participating in this year�s competition were
Ridge, Bernardsville, Chatham Borough, Far Hills-Bedminster, Green
Village, Martinsville, New Vernon, Peapack-Gladstone and Stirling.

The Tri-County
Firematics Association would like to thank this year�s sponsors – Fail
Safe, Inc. (www.failsafeusa.com)
provider of fire hose and ground
ladder testing, Firefighter One (www.ff1.com)
provider of fire, police
and EMS supplies and Chatham Print & Design
provider of brochures, booklets and other
printed materials and Paul Davis (www.pauldaviscompanies.com)
a national network of full service water, fire and mold cleanup and
restoration specialists.


Liberty Corner Fire Company Assists
Basking Ridge Fire Company at Fatal Crash
January 31, 2013

Liberty Corner firefighters were summoned to assist the
Basking Ridge Fire Company at a fatal traffic accident on the afternoon
of January 31. Basking Ridge firefighters were operating at a call for
wires down on Old Army Rd. when a report of a tree onto a vehicle was
received in the area of 170 Mt. Airy Rd, just south of the YMCA. A
large section of a tree broke off in high winds falling onto a utility
truck driven by a long-time employee of H.W. Alward Construction on Mt.
Airy Rd., Bernardsville. The impact of the falling tree pinned the
driver in the vehicle, killing him instantly.

Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge firefighters extricated the
victim under the direction of the New Jersey State Medical Examiner,
Newark Office. Fire Companies also provided lighting and other
assistance during the investigation and cleanup which lasted for more
than three hours.

Passing of Ex-Chief Charles W. Deasy
January 18, 2013

The fire company mourns the loss of LCFC Ex-Chief Charles W.

Charlie served the fire company as Chief from 1973-1974 and as
President from 1966-1967.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Deasy family.

House Fire on Benedict Crescent
January 17, 2013

Liberty Corner firefighters were summoned to 6 Benedict
Crescent at around 2:00pm, January 17 for a fire in a private
residence. Chief Marc Friedman (40-10) arrived on scene and reported a
working fire on the first floor with fire venting out the rear.

Engine 4 (40-104) arrived and firefighters quickly stretched a
hose line and got water on the fire while other members hand stretched
five-inch supply hose to the nearest hydrant. Shortly after the arrival
of Engine 4, firefighters from Far-Hills Bedminster (Station 29)
arrived to assist with search, extinguishment, and overhaul. The Lyons
Veterans Administration Fire Department (Station 59) also responded
with their FAST (Firefighter Assist and Search Team), as is standard
procedure for all working building fires. Also responding from Liberty
Corner Fire Company were Engine 2 (40-102) and Rescue 1 (40-151).
Liberty Corner EMS also provided support on the scene.

The fire was initially reported by a resident at home at the
time and is believed to have started with a Christmas tree in close
proximity to a fireplace. There were no injuries and fire damage was
limited to the room of origin, with smoke damage throughout the 2-story

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fatal Traffic Crash on Martinsville Rd.
January 16, 2013

At 8:50pm on January 16, the Liberty Corner Fire Company was
dispatched to a traffic crash with injuries on Liberty Corner Road in
Bernards Township, near the Pingry School. Upon the arrival of Second
Assistant Chief Dave Carroll (40-12), it was determined that there had
been a head-on collision, with three injured, one significantly.
Responding units were Rescue 1 (40-151) and Engine 2 (40-102).

Chief Marc Friedman (40-10) arrived and assumed command.
Medevac was placed on standby. The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad
arrived with two ambulances, and a third was requested from the Basking
Ridge First Aid Squad (Station 20).

The driver was removed from one vehicle, as was the passenger
from the second vehicle, but the driver of the second was significantly
entrapped. The
extrication was supervised by First Assistant Chief Pete Aprahamian
(40-11). It
was ultimately determined by paramedics that the driver had expired,
and Medevac was canceled.

The fire company remained on the scene until 11pm, to provide
lighting for investigating authorities.