Hampton Boro, NJ (Hunterdon) - Shortly before midnight last night, Hampton Fire & EMS (Stations 13 Fire & Rescue) where dispatched to 10 Main St in the Boro, for the reported car vs house. First arriving units advised car was completely in the house, with major structural damage. Driver was reported as out of the vehicle, as was an occupant of the house who was sleeping in the bedroom the car was misplaced into.
Command upgraded the call and requested the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force. The TF responded with Collapse 4959, Heavy Rescue 4556, Support 4557 towing TRU455, Support 2277 and Car 495 towing lumber support trailer 495. Under the leadership of TF Leader, Chief 495 Tom Hoffman, the TF members where briefed, given assignments of 2 shoring teams and a cut station, the teams, supplemented by local Fire Fighters and EMS workers, went to work on completing a temporary shore to allow debris removal, then placing 5 shores along the side of the house damaged by the car, which removed the front corner and entire side of the home. Units cleared shortly after 3:00am, after the home had been stabilized and car removed from the side of the house.
The HCTRTF is made up of volunteers from Flemington-Raritan Rescue Services Unit (Station 49 RSU), Clinton Rescue Services Unit (Station 45 RSU), and Whitehouse Rescue Services Unit (Station 22 RSU). Started in 1999 shortly after Hurricane Floyd hit the area hard, the volunteers have spent years of training and attending conferences and seminars focused on the technical rescue disciplines of confined space rescue, trench rescue, high and low angle rope rescue, and, as used this evening, structural collapse rescue.
Members are certified up to the Technician Level in multiple disciplines, and are there to support local operations when the request for assistance is made.
The American Red Cross assisted the family with temporary housing, and the Womans Auxiliary in Hampton provided snacks and fluids, while NJSP handled the investigation.