ROBBINSVILLE FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND UNDERSTAFFED, RISK LIVES, AVERT 8000 GALLON GASOLINE DISASTER
Two Robbinsville fire fighters (by themselves for approximately 12 minutes) battled an extremely dangerous fire this morning managing to prevent a catastrophe.
No fire fighters were injured, but were extremely lucky the 8000 gallon gasoline tank did not rupture.
The relief valve on top of the tank had opened and fire was burning on the top of the tank, witnesses say. The firefighters operated a 2 1/2" hose line alone and used 750 gallons of water attempting to knock down the heavy volume of fire. while trying to remain out of the rupture area. This hose is usually manned by 3 to 5 fire fighters. Still by themselves, they ran out of water and were forced to retreat.
After reinforcements arrived from Hamilton and Allentown, and a water supply was secured, the final knockdown of the fire was attempted.
Turnpike officials were delighted to say the least that the fire was contained to the tractor. Had it escalated any further, lives could have been lost and the road may have been destroyed. As for the added danger these fire fighters were placed under.
Robbinsville Fire Department has gone from 6 career fire fighters working per shift, to 3 or less per shift, thanks to the systematic dismantling of the fire department by Mayor Dave Fried over the last several years.
How much time will go before a fire fighter or civilian is killed or injured?