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JC KRIESHER SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA-At 9:27 P.M. on Thursday, November 18th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched the Mahanoy City Fire Department with Ladder 43-20 (Frackville) and Mahanoy City EMS to 1017 East Pine Street in Mahanoy City for a reported house fire. Units arrived on scene quickly to find heavy fire showing from the middle of a row with an altercation in the street. -

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BAINBRIDGE, PA - Around 8:00 P.M. on November 2nd, units were dispatched to the 100 block of Risser Road for a dwelling fire. Multiple callers stated that the house was fully involved, and arriving units confirmed it was a well off structure. Units from Bainbridge FD, Elizabethtown FD, Rheems FD, FD of Mt. Joy, Columbia Borough FD, Pioneer Fire Co., Maytown FD, Londonderry Fire Co., Middletown Fire Co., West Hempfield Fire and Rescue, and Lower Swatara FD were on scene. Units remained on scene until around 1:00 A.M.


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JC KRIESHER A row of homes were damaged in the 1000 block of East Pine Street in Mahanoy City. A resident of 1017 East Pine was charged with lighting the fire.

Man Charged with Lighting MultiAlarm Blaze in Mahanoy City

TERRY RITZ Former Firefighter Todd Ritz of Keystone Fire Co. in Boyertown and his Uncle Dennis Leister, former Lieutenant of Sassamansville Fire Co., at a truck housing at Keystone Fire Co. in Aug. of 2010.

EMERGENCY WATERCRAFT I f you have photos you would like to see in our Emergency Watercraftfeature, please upload them on our website www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@lstResponderNews.com.

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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA - At 9:27 P.M. on Thursday, No­ vember 18th, Schuylkill County 91-1 dispatched the Mahanoy City Fire Department with Ladder 43-20 (Frackville) and Mahanoy City EMS to 1017 East Pine Street in Mahanoy City for a reported house fire. LTnits arrived on scene quickly to find heavy fire showing from the middle of a row with an altercation in the street. Lieutenant 48-2 took command and requested a second-alarm to the scene. Engine 48-15 arrived and stopped short of the address and stretched lines to the front of the building. Ladder 48-25 positioned on the east side of the fire and set up the aerial to the roof. Engine 48-12 came in behind the ladder while Engine 48-10 went to the rear on Market Street. Ladder 4320 was directed behind 48-15. Chief 48 arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident. Firefighters stretched multiple lines into multiple addresses as the fire was spreading in both direc­ tions. Shenandoah Engine 64-10 and Tiller 64-25 were sent to the rear with 48-10 and assisted with operations. These units assisted with stretching lines in the rear and laddering the building. Once laddered, crews ascended to the roof for ventilation. The remaining units on the second-alarm were directed to both the front and rear of the row to assist with operations. Engle­ wood set up RIT in the front of the

JC KRIESHER Truck crews work to trench the roof on the east side of the fire. building while Pottsville set up RIT in the back. While in the middle of the fire fight, command was advised that there had been a water main break just outside Mahanoy City. With that information, a Tanker Task Force was requested in case addi­ tional water was needed. Crews were able to trench the roof on both side and stop the spread of fire to more areas while interior firefight­ ers darkened down the fire inside. Additional apparatus was re­ quested to move up to Mahanoy City to cover, but then brought into the scene to assist with manpower. Those units included Ringtown En­ gine 30-15 and Minersville Tower 52-22. An additional RIT was brought to the scene from Schuylkill Haven. ShepptonOneida Engine 9-10 and Nesquehoning Ladder 1321 were moved to the West End Fire Station to pro­ vide standby coverage. The fire was brought under control around 11:00 P.M., and a

State Police Fire Marshal was re­ quested to the scene. The American Red Cross was also requested to as­ sist displaced residents. At least five homes were damaged by the fire which displaced residents. Some of the displaced residents have been life-long active members of the Cit­ izens Fire Company o f Mahanoy City. A GoFundMe was set up to as­ sist the family. Mahanoy City Police an­ nounced that they arrested and charged 49-year-old Brendon Hasara with multiple counts related to the fire, including felony arson charges, felony causing a catastro­ phe, five counts of recklessly en­ dangering another person, resisting arrest and trespass. Neighbors told Fire & Film that Hasara was carrying-on on the front porch about the borough condemn­ ing his property and moments later went in and set the house ablaze. - JC KRIESHER

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Illinois: Mehdi Mourad, 21 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 27, 2021 Death Date: June 27, 2021Wabash Fire Protection District Initial Summary: While responding to a multiple vehi­

Muynck was treated and rushed by EMS to nearby Fankenau Hospital where he passed away in the early morning hours o f Monday, July 5, 202 F

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Florida: Thomas M. Barber, 51 Rank: Captain Incident Date: June 13, 2021 Death Date: June 14, 2021 Fire Department: Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Initial Summary: On Sunday, June, 13, 2021, Captain

tal where he passed away during surgery around 10:30

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Virginia: Tyvaughn Eldridge, 26 Rank: Firefighter Recruit Incident Date: July 1, 2021 Death Date: July 3, 2021 Fire Department: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Initial Summary: On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Fire­

Florida: Joseph Deltergo, 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 12, 2021 Death Date: July 12, 2021 Fire Department: Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On Monday, July 12, 2021, Fire­

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fighter Joseph Deltergo took his own life while on-duty

emergency during mandatory physical fitness training at the fire department. He passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Pennsylvania: Sean W. DeMuynck, 35 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 4, 2021 Death Date: July 5, 2021 Fire Department: Lower Merion Fire Department/Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company Initial Summary: On Sunday, July 4, 2021, Firefighter Sean W. DeMuynck was operating at the scene o f a resi­ dential fire when he was found unresponsive on the third floor o f the single-family dwelling. Firefighter D e­

New Jersey: William “Billy”Shaffer, 53 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: July 14, 2021 Death Date: July 14, 2021 Fire Department: Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #2 Initial Summary: On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Assis­ tant Chief William “Billy”Shaffer responded to a vehi­ cle fire. While at the scene, he was found unresponsive by other first responders. He was immediately treated and was rushed to the RWJ Somerset Hospital where he passed away.

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RAINMAN14 RIT crews stand by as firefighters work inside the house to remove two trapped victims.

Tractor-Trailer Crashes Into Maxatawny House; Double Block Home Destroyed Pins Two


MAXATAWNY, PA - On N o­ vember 15th at 19:55, Kutztown Fire Company station 46 was dis­ patched with EMS to an MVA with unknown injuries at the inter­ section of Route 222 and Church Rd. in Maxatawny Township. A short time later the call was upgraded to entrapment reported to be a tractor-trailer into a house. Within a minute the call was up­ graded again to a structure fire, bringing several mutual aid com ­ panies to assist. Chief 46 also re­ quested Lehigh County 42 for a full technical rescue team re­ sponse. With reports o f two peo­ ple trapped a second MICU was also added. Crews arrived to find the trac­ tor portion o f the tractor-trailer completely into the house, with entrapment o f an occupant of the house and the driver of the tractortrailer. The assignment was scaled back to station 46, Topton station 21, Fleetwood Rescue 45 and En­ gine 45, Kempton Rescue 44 and Blandon station 12 for RIT. Fire crews immediately went

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to work stabilizing and lighting up the scene. Extrication efforts began for both patients. Several crews worked together to begin removing debris and tunneling to­ wards the patients. At approxi­ mately one hour into the incident crews were able to extricate the homeowner that was trapped under the tractor-trailer. Lehigh County Technical Res­ cue arrived and began assessing how to stabilize the building. Within 10 minutes crews were able to extricate the driver of the tractor-trailer. Once the patients and all fire crews were out of the building Lehigh 42 went to work with stablization and shoring up o f the house. Crews remained on location for over seven more hours until the house was stabi­ lized and the tractor-trailer was re­ moved.

NANTICOKE, PA - Around 2:00 P.M. on December 8th, the Nanticoke City Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire with possible entrap­ ment. Before arriving on scene a thick heavy smoke could be seen from a few blocks away. When Nanticoke Fire arrived on scene they immediately called for the second-alarm box. Units from Nanticoke, Hanover Twp., Kingston Boro, Plymouth Boro,

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Newport Twp., and Medic 9 all worked together on this fire. It was confirmed that everyone was out o f the house. All crews, both interior and on the roof, were ordered out due to the roof becom ing very unstable and starting to cave in. A surround and drown was conducted until it

was safe to enter the building again for extension checks and overhaul. It took almost five hours to put the fire out and complete overhaul safely. The fire marshal is cur­ rently investigating the cause of the fire and the American Red Cross is helping the families that unfortunately lost everything in the fire. - PA BYSTANDER


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D0NSCICCHITAN0 Flames shoot out of the first floor of the structure prior to fire department's arrival. CHANTELLANGAN

M u ltiple Crews Respond to Working House Fire in Elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN, PA - Around 7:00 P.M. on November 3rd, units were dispatched to the 700 block of Milton Grove Road in Elizabethtown for a dwelling fire. Police advised county that they saw smoke showing from Elizabethtown Road. Police ar­ rived on scene advising that the structure was well off. Engine 74-2 arrived on scene, confirming it was a large two-story struc­ ture that was well involved with partial collapse. Units from Eliz­ abethtown FD, Rheems FD, Bainbridge FD, FD of Mt. Joy, Mastersonville Fire Co., Middletown Fire Co., Londonderry Fire Co., Campbelltown Vol. Fire Co. and Lawn Fire Co. responded and remained on the scene until shortly after midnight.

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Fire Destroys Mount Carmel Home the Weekend Before Thanksgiving MOUNT CARMEL, PA - On Friday, November 19th, just after 10:00 PM., Mount Cannel Fire De­ partment and surrounding areas were alerted to a working fire at Sec­ ond and Walnut Streets in the bor­ ough. While units began to respond they were given infonnation that po­ lice were on scene with a working fire and reporting possible entrap­ ment of two persons. Before fire­ fighters made the scene Patrolman Tyler Herbster, a borough police of­ ficer, and his ride along, grabbed an

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extinguisher and tried to make entry, but backed down and left the front door open when the fire came at them per the ride along. Truck 2 was the first to arrive, followed by Atlas Engine 21 shortly after. Engine 21 laid down the block from the hydrant at Second and Chestnut Streets and deployed lines to begin to suppress the fire. During the fire it was learned that the occu­

pants were not home, and were safely accounted for when they ar­ rived on scene. Patrolman Tyler Herbster was treated at the scene for smoke in­ halation after trying to check for vic­ tims before fire department arrived. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was ruled acciden­ tal, with the fire originating in the flue of the furnace and spreading from there through the walls of the structure. - DON FILIPPO SCICCHITANO

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DALE FEEHRER JC KRIESHER McAdoo Firefighter Danny Leshko takes a break at a multiplealarm commercial fire in Rush Township, Schuylkill County.

Jenn R, a friend of the Walnuttown Fire Company #1, stopped by the firehouse in September to check out the new tanker that was delivered. The tanker is pink, lettered and outfitted to show support for breast cancer awareness. Jenn, herself, is a breast cancer survivor and has been in remission for the past six months.

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Commercial Fire Brings Large Response to Schuylkill County SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA-At 9:26 A.M. on Wednesday, November 10th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched a firstalarm commercial assignment to 87 Tide Road at High wood LISA for a structure fire. The first-alarm in­ cluded Fire D is­ tricts 25 (Rush Twp.), 26 (Ryan Twp.) and 65 (Tamaqua - Ameri­ can & Ladder). Tamaqua EMS was on the radio right away and stated their unit was in the area and confirming a working fire. A fire officer then got on radio re­ porting a large column and re­ quested a second-alarm. Chief 25-02 radioed that it looked pretty bad and requested a third-alarm before any units were on-scene. Crews arrived to find an exte­ rior fire burning pallets and plas­ tic with extension into the large building. H ighwood produces plastic patio furniture. Thick black smoke could be seen for miles rising into the sky. Air mon­ itoring crews from Englewood and Pottsville were sent due to the plastics burning. One crew was sent to the nearby Hometown Nursing Center to check the air quality in that area. 25-10 took the 'D' side where the bulk o f the fire was located with M cAdoo Ladder 49-22. Tanker 49-30 backed in and set up a water supply. Ryan Twp. En­ gine 26-10 took the 'A' side and stretched a two-and-a-half inch line into the building. A Tanker Task Force was re­ quested into the scene to supple­ ment the municipal water supply. Crews worked to get water on the fire, which turned out to be diffi­ cult to extinguish due to the na­ ture o f the materials burning. Multiple times throughout the operation crews attempted to enter the building, but were pulled out due to deteriorating conditions. A crew from Mahanoy City and Hazle Township went to the roof and cut a 20’ x4' vent hole close to the 'D' side wall. Additional ladders were moved closer to the 'D' side to help extinguish the fire using master streams. A foam operation was also initiated to help extin­ guish the burning plastic. The fire was placed under control after 2:00 P.M. LTnits from the follow ing communities responded to the scene: Rush Twp., Ryan Twp., Tamaqua, West Penn Twp., Mahanoy City, Engelwood, Shenan­ doah, Sheppton-Oneida, Harwood, Hazle Township, Sugarloaf Twp., McAdoo, Schuylkill Twp., Walker Twp., Port Carbon, Pottsville, Lehighton, Lansford, Nesquehoning, Penn Forest Twp. and Coaldale.

Thick black smoke billows from Highwood USA as plastic and other materials burn at the outdoor furniture manufacturer in Rush Twp.




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CHUCK LOWE This 2002 American LaFrance Eagle/3D/ National Foam 1500/2500/300F once operated at Neffsville Community Fire Co. as Tanker 207. This unique apparatus found a new home in Wallkill, NY. It now operates as Pocatello Mt. Hope FD's Tanker 149. JC KRIESHER Firefighters work to extinguish hot spots.

Fire Damages Brandonville Home

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK18 PHOTOGRAPHY Mifflin County's Junction Fire Company now operates this 1998 EOne Hurricane 1500/280/20 Foam/95' rear-mount tower as Truck 15. It was originally Carlisle Fire & Rescue's first due truck.

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA -At 6:36 PM. on Friday, November 19th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dis­ patched a structure fire assignment to 235 Main Boulevard in the Bran­ donville section of East LTnion Township for a house fire. The firstalarm included Fire Districts 9 (Sheppton-Oneida), 19 (Nurem­ berg-Weston), 30 (Ringtown Val­ ley), 36 (Shenandoah Heights), 48 (Mahanoy City) and 64 (Shenan­ doah). First responding units were ad­ vised of one call reporting flames

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0k 3 P from a house. Engine 9-10 and 3015 arrived on scene to find a ranch style home with sub-grade garage with fire showing from the garage. Chief 9 assumed command and transmitted a working fire. A crew stretched a line from 910 and had the fire quickly knocked down. Smoke and heat had filled the entire house and a family mem­ ber was now reporting a young

child may still be inside. Crews per­ formed a search of the residence which proved that claim was inac­ curate. Fadder 64-25 laddered the building and ventilated while inte­ rior crews searched the main living floor for fire extension. The fire was placed under control within a half hour. Crews remained on scene until a little before 9:00 P.M. to ensure that all hot spots were extinguished. - JC KRIESHER

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DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY United Fire Company of Lewistown now operates this 2004 Seagrave 100' rear-mount ladder, as Truck 11. It previously served with Upper Darby. i

EXETER TWP. FIRE DEPARTMENT FRANK R0RINS0N Harrisburg Airport Fire Rescue operates a 1989 Pierce Dash Res­ cue. The unit formally served Honey Brook Fire Company.

The Exeter Twp. FD and Oley Fire Co. met at the Exeter Junior High back in August to practice low angle rope evolutions, raising a simulated victim using different ropes. This was a build on the train­ ing session from the previous week, which was basic ropes and knots that was held in station.

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RICKEY WEESE The Chemical Fire Company of Stroudsburg attended the annual labor day parade hosted by the Lookout Fire Company in Pen Argyl, PA on 9-06-2021. Chemical's Rescue Engine 38 had 13 flags mounted on it to honor the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan.


1st Alarm House Fire Displaces Residents in Courtdale COURTDALE, PA - On December 14th, Courtdale Vol. Fire Department, along with Larksville Fire and EMS, and Kingston Fire were dispatched to a possible house fire. When units arrived they confirmed a working strucutre fire with pets still inside. They immediately went to work to get to the pets, pulling two hand lines to go inside and start attacking the fire. Crews worked for about three hours to put the fire out and complete overhaul and extension checks. Fire officials believe the fire started in the kitchen and extended into the walls leading up to the attic. The fire displaced two people and their pets, and is under investigation at this time.


Salisbury Twp. Mansion Fire Goes for Three Alarms SALISBURY TWP., PA - On November 16th, a 1997 stone mansion known as the "Ravenw ood Manor" caught fire. This $6.4 million home had just been purchased by a New Yorker and was known to be the most expen­ sive home in Lehigh Valley. The alarm was sent out around 5:55 A.M. by a passerby who saw smoke coming from the building. The 36,800-square-foot mansion is situated on 3015 Barrington Lane, at the end of a lengthy culde-sac. This presented some prob­ lems for first responders, leaving only one way for the emergency vehicles to enter and exit. The blaze went to three alarms with the bulk of the fire being cen­ tered in the three-story front fourstory rear, 'turret section' o f this castle like 2006 annex. This sec­ tion o f the building had numerous rooms in it, such as a ballroom, movie room, trophy room, collec­ tion room, a bistro, a wine cellar.

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etc. An early interior attack was in progress, but as conditions wors­ ened, two members of the Cetronia Fire Co. were forced to bail out the second floor window. They suffered burns and traumatic injuries and were transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Some firefighters remained on scene for most o f the afternoon, but needed reinforcements in the evening due to a rekindle. After an excavator was brought in, the hot spot prob­ lem was reduced. Responding to the third-alarm fire were 10 engines, three lad­ ders, six ambulances, a rehab, two RIT units, two air units, and a drone unit. - KEN SNYDER

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Fam ilies Displaced by Two-Alarm Fire in Kingston

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The Science o f Firefighting By Douglas B. Watson Available from: FSP Books & Videos 433 Main Street Hudson, MA 01749-1331 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com vvvvvv.fire-police-ems.com Price $83.00 (DVD) This is a 48 minute video from Fire Engineering. It was com ­ posed in 2013. In spite o f the date, some things never change, namely science. The instructor is a veteran o f the fire service and previously an Army veteran. At the time of this video he was the Training Of­ ficer o f the Palm Beach County, Florida Training and Safety Divi­ sion. The presentation takes place

at different times, either in a class­ room or outside on a training ground, depending on the subject to be covered. The subjects in­ clude pressure, maximizing torque (exertion o f force with hand placement), butting a ladder, ideal gas law such as with a demonstra­ tion using an SCBA cylinder illus­ trating pressure volume temperature, heat transfer and conduction, behavior o f smoke and fire gases, thermal conductiv­ ity (expansion and contraction), heat transfer, absorption o f heat, conductors and insulators and water hammer. The illustrations are excellent! Some are ones I have never seen, but they all get the point across. There were two instances where two charts with white back­ grounds were almost unreadable due to video lighting causing a washout condition, however the instructor does explain the lesson verbally so the lack o f the chart contents is immaterial. This is a good class on impor­ tant principles given by a teacher who will hold your attention!

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ALAN HOFFMAN Chief 51 of the Limerick Fire Department has in service this 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe as their command vehicle.

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The Mastersonville VFC has taken delivery of two new The Honey Brook Fire Co. has taken delivery of their Pierces. TAC 27 is a 2021 Ford F-550/Pierce with a 1500- 2021 Pierce Enforcer (2000/3000) pumper-tanker that GPM pump and 300-gallon tank. Engine 27-1 is a 2021 will serve as Engine 33-5. Pierce Enforcer pumper with a 1500-GPM pump and 1000-gallon tank.

The Dover Twp. FD has taken delivery of their 2021 Pierce Enforcer pumper (2000/750).



The Bernville Comm. Fire Company has taken delivery The West Earl Fire Co. in Lancaster County recently ac­ of this 2021 Pierce Enforcer Pumper-Tanker quired this 2022 KME Predator 1750/750 pumper. (2000/2500).

The Colonial Park Fire Company now operates a 2021 Seagrave 95' Aerialscope.




The Stevens Fire Company of Lancaster County has Garden Spot Fire Rescue of New Holland recently retaken delivery of their 2021 Ford F-550/E-One/Fire line ceived three Pierce Enforcer 1750/750 Engines. custom "TAC" unit (1250/300/20F).

Lititz Fire now operates a 2021 E-One Typhoon 1500/500 as Engine 251.



Schuylkill Haven Hose 2 now operates a 2000 Seagrave The Community VFC #1 of Yorkana, PA has taken deliv­ ery of this 2020 International/KME 4x4, designated as 75' Aerialscope. Engine 38-1 (1000x450).

The Emmaus FD recently placed into service this 2021 Spartan Metro Star pumper with 1500-GPM pump, 750GWT and 30-gallon foam tank, designated as Engine 712.



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What an unprecedented year we have all experienced. Huge changes both culturally and polit­ ically have seemed to test and push many o f us to the ragged edge. At the same time, we all know that there is silver lining around every dark cloud. The sil­ ver lining around the cloud of Covid, civil unrest, political con­ cerns, economic challenges is that each and every year we get the opportunity to start fresh again. Even if the aforementioned situa­ tions carry into the new year.

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CHALFOIfT FIRE CO. DOYLESTOWN TWP., PA - Around 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 6th, fire departments were called after a detached garage caught fire on Bristol Road in Doylestown Township. Firefighters from multiple departments responded to the residence. Due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area crews had to rely on water from the fire trucks. Numerous fire department and medical agencies assisted with the effort, including Chalfont Fire Co., Warrwick Twp. Fire Co. No.1, Warminster FD, Doylestown Fire Co. No. 1, Warminster FD, FD of Montgomery Twp., Hartsville Fire Co., Horsham Fire Co., Warrington Community Ambulance Corps, Chal Brit Regional EMS and Bucks County Special Operations.

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Anish Pallod Receives Cetronia Ambulance Corps’ First-Ever Health On Wheels™ Citizen Award ALLENTOWN, PA - Cetro­ nia Ambulance Corps awarded its first-ever Health On Wheels™ Citizen Award on Novem ­ ber 23rd, to 13y e a r - o l d , J ump to file# Springhouse Mid­ 112421110 dle School student Anish Pallod. Anish is a three-time, PA State 3® & Chess Champion. His passion for the game and his community-minded spirit led him to host his second annual chess camp over the summer. His goal is to teach other kids around his age how to play the game. Last year his proceeds went to the Al­ lentown Rescue Mission. With his first year selling out, Anish decided to add a second session o f camp for 2021. In addition to the Allentown Rescue Mission re­ ceiving the proceeds from year two, Anish chose Cetronia Ambu­ lance Corps as the other designee after he saw their crews in action when his father became ill and needed emergency ambulance service. “From the moment I got the voicemail from Anish, I knew he was a special kid. He spoke well beyond his years and was ex­ tremely passionate about wanting to teach the world how to play chess,”said Kim Blichar, Direc­ tor of Marketing and Public Rela­ tions for Cetronia Ambulance Corps. “I worked with Anish to develop a payment portal and from there we were on our way to overselling the camp by jointly s portion promoting it.”Cetronia’ o f the proceeds totaled $420. “It is impressive that someone o f A nish’ s age is willing to go above and beyond to make a dif­ ference in our community,”said Robert F. Mateff Sr., CEO of Cetronia Ambulance Corps. “We are very proud of what he did for not only our organization, but the Allentown Rescue M ission as well. We are honored to provide him with this new award.” Anish resides in LTpper Macungie Township with his parents. He is an active teenager involved in basketball, cycling, math and science fairs, and can rapidly s cube. More infor­ solve a Rubik’ mation about his camp can be found here: https://pallodanish.wixsite.eom/e

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ALAN HOFFMAN Traffic 53 of the Lower Providence Fire Co. is a 2008 GMC/Reading Utility Body.

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fleet of 41 vehicles, including 19 ambulances, 20 para-transit vehi­ cles, a supervisor’ s vehicle, and a special services unit. As the re­ gional leader in EMS, Cetronia Ambulance Corps fields over 42,000 calls annually, covering an emergency service area that spans across 130 square miles, touching more than 226,000 people, and a non-emergency coverage area that encompasses five counties. Cetro­ nia Ambulance Corps is proud to support the residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Pocono Moun­ tains and remains dedicated to community involvement, outreach, and education throughout the Lehigh Valley region. - KIM BLICHAR

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