Princeton Department of Emergency and Safety Services

Princeton Department of Emergency and Safety Services Princeton Emergency and Safety Services includes the Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Office of Emergency Management, Princeton Fire Marshal's Office, and Princeton Department of Housing.

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This accident occurred at 11:15 am, but clearing up the overturned dump truck and gravel is anticipated to take a couple...
11/04/2021

This accident occurred at 11:15 am, but clearing up the overturned dump truck and gravel is anticipated to take a couple of more hours.

Avoid Route 1 North & Southbound lanes for extended period.

10/26/2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

GOVERNOR MURPHY HAS ISSUED A STATE OF EMERGENCY BEGINNING AT 8PM TONIGHT

The Flash Flood Watch continues for portions of central New Jersey from 8 PM EDT this evening through Tuesday afternoon. Rain, heavy at times, is expected to begin late this evening and continue through much, if not all, of the day on Tuesday. Widespread rain totals of 2 to 4 inches are likely within the watch area, with locally higher amounts possible.

Flash flooding of creeks, streams, urban areas, and areas of poor drainage is possible with the heaviest rain. Please clear storm drains of any debris before the storm hits.

DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES OR THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

Please continue to monitor social media and Nixle Alerts for updated road closure information.

Tonight's forecast is calling for 2.5" - 3.5" of rain.  It is anticipated this will last through the night and into tomo...
10/25/2021

Tonight's forecast is calling for 2.5" - 3.5" of rain. It is anticipated this will last through the night and into tomorrow. There has been a flash flood watch posted. Please avoid flooded roadways and do not attempt to drive into flood waters. If there are any storm drains located by your house, please clear away any debris, if you are able.

Good Morning Everyone! The new briefing on the coastal storm expected to bring impacts to our region starting this evening can be accessed here:https://www.weather.gov/media/phi/current_briefing.pdf (You may need to refresh and/or clear your browser cache to see the latest version)

For the latest forecast for your location, visit www.weather.gov/phi

Today a true leader with in our Emergency Services family retired today.  Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad Chief Frank...
10/20/2021

Today a true leader with in our Emergency Services family retired today. Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad Chief Frank Setnicky thank you for your 35 years of remarkable service to the Princeton residents. You will be sorely missed but we know you have left your mark and the leaders you have trained will pick up where you left off. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement!!

Public Information Announcement: Everyone please be aware that our staff should always be in uniform and, if not, should...
10/18/2021
Man impersonates fire chief, writes Rye business bill for inspection

Public Information Announcement:

Everyone please be aware that our staff should always be in uniform and, if not, should be able to provide identification. Also, our staff will NEVER accept cash payment outside of the office. Here is a story about someone impersonating a Fire Chief and collecting cash from businesses.

MSN: Man impersonates fire chief, writes Rye business bill for inspection http://a.msn.com/0E/en-us/AAPzcIQ?ocid=se

Please do not hesitate to call our office 609-497-7646

Man impersonates fire chief, writes Rye business bill for inspection

09/09/2021
New Jersey Mental Health Cares

If you are in Princeton and you or your business have been affected by Tropical Storm Ida please fill out the appropriate form below:

Princeton Residents:
https://seam.ly/4Fkerh1x

Princeton Businesses:
https://seam.ly/r29HMjku

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Helpful links to resources that may provide information and some assistance:

• NJ Hurricane Ida assistance:
https://www.nj.gov/health/er/emergency-preparedness/hurricane-readiness/?fbclid=IwAR3AvYGDXh6KDMklUQQcCcrXgo6mYNAxdiRpoosxVKaz20njPjADGPLWJ0g

• FEMA Hurricane Ida assistance
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ida?fbclid=IwAR0wlaHlYhaknSQkuE83VlELrXLR8pixdO6WeOwi2--twEKfaXZ4RNoKvAI

• Red Cross Shelter Finder
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ida?fbclid=IwAR0wlaHlYhaknSQkuE83VlELrXLR8pixdO6WeOwi2--twEKfaXZ4RNoKvAI

• Information on NJ DOT’s road closures
https://511nj.org/home

Department of Banking and Insurance Information - Insurance Council of NJ :
https://icnj.org/

• To learn more about Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage
• To learn more about Renter’s Insurance Coverage
• To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program
• To learn more about emergency preparedness in New Jersey

Homeowners:

Insurance Council of NJ - Homeowners Disaster and Recovery Insurance Manual (PDF)
https://www.princetonnj.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8425/Homeowners-Post-Disaster-Insurance-Manual?bidId=

Businesses:

Filing a Business Insurance Claim After a Disaster
https://www.iii.org/article/filing-business-insurance-claim-after-disaster?fbclid=IwAR0EGrDIin5eCBUzYzhUo9QH3a07lFPcjYO5Ozd4BQkK45gsdc6OHRaXXE0

Auto Resources:

Flood Damaged Cars - Questions Answered
https://www.insure.com/car-insurance/flood-damaged-cars-tips.html?fbclid=IwAR0wlaHlYhaknSQkuE83VlELrXLR8pixdO6WeOwi2--twEKfaXZ4RNoKvAI

Mental Health Resources:

NJ Mental Health Cares & Hotline
https://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/

New Jersey Mental Health Cares

09/08/2021

To help prevent further flooding this afternoon we are asking for your assistance. If a storm drain is located near your home, please remove any debris that may be blocking it from doing its job. Our roads were covered with debris after last week's storm, so assisting in clearing the drains can be a big help in preventing flooded roadways. We thank you for any cooperation!

If you have been affected by the recent flooding and are in need of assistance, please contact our Safe Neighborhood Bureau at 609-921-2100 X2136 or 2139 and they will help get you in contact with the appropriate resources.

09/08/2021

Keep yourself and others safe. Flood waters will disable your car and rise quickly.

.5” to 1” with higher totals from localized rainfall expected tonight. Remember the ground is saturated and many water w...
09/08/2021

.5” to 1” with higher totals from localized rainfall expected tonight. Remember the ground is saturated and many water ways are near capacity from Tropical Storm Ida. Please be careful if you must drive.

Please keep in mind it will not take much rain to flood roadways. Turn around, don’t drown. Be patient on your ride tomo...
09/08/2021

Please keep in mind it will not take much rain to flood roadways. Turn around, don’t drown. Be patient on your ride tomorrow afternoon.

Quaker Rd. will remain closed for an extended period of time due to severe roadway damage.

Good afternoon (again),

We have uploaded a briefing package regarding tomorrow's severe storm and heavy rainfall potential. In general the greatest threat for both severe weather and flooding will be over the NW half of the area, with the main timing being late afternoon into the evening. Seehttps://www.weather.gov/media/phi/current_briefing.pdf for more details.

While the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad  and Princeton Fire Department  were on the Rosedale Rd. rescue assignment....
09/03/2021

While the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad and Princeton Fire Department were on the Rosedale Rd. rescue assignment. Resources on Rosedale Rd. were diverted and mutual aid was dispatched to Rt. 206 at Quaker Rd. for another water rescue. Again the motorist drove around barricades and purposely into the flooded water. The rescue was completed by members of the Trenton Fire Department. Please do not drive past barricades and into flooded waters. The picture is posted to help educate motorists about their decisions. Photo credit by TFD. Princeton Professional Firefighters

While the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad and Princeton Fire Department were on the Rosedale Rd. rescue assignment. Resources on Rosedale Rd. were diverted and mutual aid was dispatched to Rt. 206 at Quaker Rd. for another water rescue. Again the motorist drove around barricades and purposely into the flooded water. The rescue was completed by members of the Trenton Fire Department. Please do not drive past barricades and into flooded waters. The picture is posted to help educate motorists about their decisions. Photo credit by TFD. Princeton Professional Firefighters

09/03/2021

The flooding caused by Hurricane Ida helped to create 2 dangerous rescues. In both cases, the motorists drove around barricades and into the flooded waters. We share the video and picture to help discourage motorists from driving around barricades and into water. The video shows a motorist on Rosedale Rd., standing on top of the yellow sign, then being hoisted by a New Jersey State Police helicopter. All other attempts to rescue the motorist were exhausted due to height and flow rate of the flood water. Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad and Princeton Fire Department responded to 8 other water rescues during the storm. Both organizations responded to about 20 other emergency calls in a 36 hours period. We are proud of the bravery of the career Fire Fighters from our Department, the volunteers of PFD and the career and volunteer members of PFARS. The organizations work together as a single team. Princeton Professional Firefighters Video credit Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.

09/03/2021
New Jersey Mental Health Cares

Many people have been impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Below are some resources that may provide information and some assistance.

NJ Hurricane IDA assistance:
https://www.nj.gov/health/er/emergency-preparedness/hurricane-readiness/

FEMA Hurricane IDA assistance:
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/hurricane-ida

Red Cross Shelter Finder:
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html

Information on DOT’s road closures:
https://511nj.org/home

Department of Banking and Insurance Information:
To learn more about Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage
To learn more about Renter’s Insurance Coverage
To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program
To learn more about emergency preparedness in New Jersey

Information from the Insurance Council of NJ:
https://icnj.org/consumers-policy-makers/
Homeowners:
https://icnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Homeowners-Post-Disaster-Insurance-Manual.pdf
Businesses:
https://www.iii.org/article/filing-business-insurance-claim-after-disaster
Auto Resources:
https://www.insure.com/car-insurance/flood-damaged-cars-tips.html

DHS Mental Health Hotline and Resources:
https://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/

New Jersey Mental Health Cares

09/02/2021

Due to the heavy rainfall last night, Princeton experienced severe flooding and numerous roadways were closed as a result. At approximately 11:43 PM, PPD, PFARS and PFD were dispatched for a swift water rescue on Rosedale Rd. near the Johnson Park School. All responding personnel made efforts to rescue the stranded motorist, who was identified as a 58 year-old Princeton resident. While rescue efforts were attempted, the motorist climbed onto the roof of his vehicle as the water continued to rise at a rapid rate. Due to the unsafe water level and dangerous current rescue efforts were unsuccessful. As a result, requests were made for the NJSP aviation unit to respond and assist. At 4:08 AM the victim was successfully hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Trenton Mercer Airport for evaluation. Mutual aid was received by Lawrenceville Fire Co., Princeton Junction Fire Co., Hamilton Fire Dept., Trenton Fire Dept. and the Pennsauken FD High Water Truck.

During the aforementioned rescue, a second motorist became stranded with high rising waters on Rt. 206 in the area of Quaker Rd. The resident was identified at 30 year-old Montgomery resident. The PPD, PFARS and PFD all responded. The swift moving water flooded the roadway and began to flood the motorist’s vehicle, forcing the driver to escape onto the roof of the vehicle while emergency rescue efforts were made. The Trenton FD responded with a ladder truck, which drove into the flooded roadway and extended its 100 ft ladder, which was used to rescue the motorist.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported as a result of these incidents. Several roadways remain closed as a result of the storm. See the below list of closed roadways as of 7:00 AM

The following roads remain closed due to flooding:

Quaker Rd. between Provinceline Rd. and Mercer Rd.

Rosedale Rd. between General Johnson Dr. and Fairway Dr.

River Rd. between Herrontown Rd. and Montgomery Twp.

Mercer Rd. between Parkside Av. and Quaker Rd.

Mercer Rd. between Quaker Rd. and Hale Dr.

South Harrison from Hartley Av. to West Windsor border

Alexander Rd. from Faculty to the WW border

Princeton-Kingston Rd. between River Rd. to South Brunswick

Stockton Rd. between Hutchinson Rd. and Lovers La.

09/02/2021

Please do not drive into flooded roadways. There have been ongoing water rescues since the storm began. Water rescues continue across the County.

Please be prepared for the impending weather. Avoid unnecessary travel.   If you encounter flooded roads do not drive in...
09/01/2021

Please be prepared for the impending weather. Avoid unnecessary travel. If you encounter flooded roads do not drive into the water. "Turn around don't drown" Everyone stay safe!!

Please be prepared for the impending weather. Avoid unnecessary travel. If you encounter flooded roads do not drive into the water. "Turn around don't drown" Everyone stay safe!!

Congratulations on your retirement! Best of luck on your next chapters! 💙
08/27/2021

Congratulations on your retirement! Best of luck on your next chapters! 💙

Today we celebrated the careers of Lieutenant Geoff Maurer, Corporal Adam Basatemur and Detective Holly Arana. As of September 1, 2021, all three officers will be officially retired from the Princeton Police Department. Over the next week, we will spotlight each officer's individual career. If you have any fond memories of these officers please feel free to share! Lt. Maurer, Cpl. Basatemur and Det. Arana...you will be greatly missed and leave behind some big shoes to fill! Congratulations and Best of Luck on this next chapter in your lives!
Pictured left to right: Cpl. Basatemur, Lt. Maurer, Det. Arana.

08/25/2021

******UPDATE******
We were able to identify the victim. Thank you for your help*****

WE NEED THE PUBLIC'S HELP. Our department is currently investigating a serious motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred this morning at 8:03 am on Rosedale Road. The victim had no identification on his person and we are unable to identify him. He is described as a 70 year old male, possibly of Asian descent, small build, wearing a navy blue shirt, khaki pants and loafers. Inside both of the victims socks were two stress balls tied together with rope. If you have any tips that would help us identify the victim please call D/Sgt. Gering at 609-921-2100 X1840 or Det. Travis Allie X2123. Thank you for any assistance. Please share this post.

This week, until Friday, the heat index is forecasted to be extremely high. Therefore, the Cooling Center will be open a...
08/25/2021

This week, until Friday, the heat index is forecasted to be extremely high. Therefore, the Cooling Center will be open at 400 Witherspoon Street Community Room from 11am-5pm. See the flyer below.

Esta semana, hasta el viernes, se prevé que el índice de calor sea extremadamente alto. Por lo tanto, el Cooling Center estará abierto en 400 Witherspoon Street Community Room de 11 am a 5 pm. Vea el folleto a continuación.

This week, until Friday, the heat index is forecasted to be extremely high. Therefore, the Cooling Center will be open at 400 Witherspoon Street Community Room from 11am-5pm. See the flyer below.

Esta semana, hasta el viernes, se prevé que el índice de calor sea extremadamente alto. Por lo tanto, el Cooling Center estará abierto en 400 Witherspoon Street Community Room de 11 am a 5 pm. Vea el folleto a continuación.

Our career staff were able to assist these occupants. We would also like to thank the Lawrenceville Fire Company for the...
08/22/2021

Our career staff were able to assist these occupants. We would also like to thank the Lawrenceville Fire Company for their high water truck.

Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and Princeton Police also assisted in the rescue.

Although it has stopped raining locally, roadways are continuing to see an increase in flooding as rain runoff from other areas is flooding our local water ways.

If the roadway is flooded, please turn around and not risk your life, your family’s life and the safety of rescuers.

Members of Local 72 at a water rescue assignment today. Local members removed 2 adults and 1 child from a disabled vehicle due to rapid rising flood waters.

2 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire and Burn Hazard | NJ International Association of Arson Investigators
08/17/2021
2 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire and Burn Hazard | NJ International Association of Arson Investigators

2 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire and Burn Hazard | NJ International Association of Arson Investigators

      Two million dehumidifiers, sold under at least 20 well known different brand names, have been recalled by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) On Wednesday, the CPSC announced the recall over concerns that the affected products can overheat and cause fires, therefore "posing f...

Heat indexes are forecasted to be extremely high the next few days. Therefore, our Cooling Center will be open from 11am...
08/11/2021

Heat indexes are forecasted to be extremely high the next few days. Therefore, our Cooling Center will be open from 11am-5pm at 400 Witherspoon Community Room.

Heat indexes are forecasted to be extremely high the next few days. Therefore, our Cooling Center will be open from 11am-5pm at 400 Witherspoon Community Room.

08/10/2021

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