MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A firefighter fell through the floor into the basement while battling a blaze at a Budd Lake home Monday night.
The fire was reported shortly after 6:00 p.m. at a residence on Sand Shore Road.
While firefighters were battling the blaze, a mayday was called for a firefighter who had fallen through the floor and into the basement of the home.
Netcong Fire Department’s Rapid Intervention Crew Team was activated and three team members entered the building with the rest of the team at the ready.
A Rapid Intervention Crew is a team called specifically to standby in case of a down fireman which requires separate training and an additional set of skills.
The firefighter was located not far from where entry was made and it was determined he was not injured and a hand line was given to him to knock down the surrounding fire.
An attic ladder was requested, and the fireman was assisted out of the hole and back out through our entry point to be evaluated.
Several fire companies from the surrounding area assisted at the scene.