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Two homes destroyed in Shippensburg Shortly before 2:00 a.m. on March 5, Cumberland County 911 dispatched a reported house fire on Rustic Drive, Southampton Township, Box 152-1-01. Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose, West End Fire & Rescue, Walnut Bottom and Shippensburg Area EMS were alerted on the initial dispatch. While units were en route, Medic 84 ALS was also dispatched for someone possibly in the home. Engine 52 arrived to a heavy smoke condition with fire coming from the backside of the home. Command 52 was advised that a second home was on fire next to the original burning home. Several hand lines were pulled, as Engine 15 layed a five

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inch supply line to assist Engine 52. Some of the original fire was knocked down and firefighters swung the hose line to the right to knock down flames from the second home. A second alarm was requested. Flames were again pouring from the roof area of both homes. Second alarm units were Newburg-Hopewell, Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin, CV Air Cascade unit and Pleasant Hall EMS. Firefighters began to extinguish the flames from both the homes, while also battling the cold temperatures and windy conditions.

As additional manpower arrived, crews began to rotate in and out, with many coming out for a change of air bottles and their gear covered in insulation. The flames were knocked down and firefighters went to work with extensive overhaul and salvage, and carrying out salvageable personal belongings to family members. A total of four adults and one child were displaced. The Red Cross was on the scene assisting. Units were on the scene for several hours before clearing. The fire was believed to have started somewhere on the deck area of the home. - DENNY CLOPPER

Fire turns deadly in Summit Township Perry HiWay Hose Company was dispatched to a structure fire with entrapment on Rosebay Drive in the Holly Acres Mobile Home Park on March 13th. Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose and Brookside Fire Departments along with Emergycare Ambulance Service were dispatched on the first alarm. Erie County Dispatch received several calls reporting a person trapped. Belle Valley Chief 360 found heavy fire coming from the front of the trailer. One male was found outside the house suffering from burns. Chief 360 confirmed one person still trapped. Engine 683 stretched a handline into the side door and began a valiant search effort. Engine 363 advanced a second line to assist in the search. When Engine 434 took a third line through the front door. Tower 369 began to vent and Engine 682 relieved the attack line crews. Rescue 248 was assigned the RIT. Deputy Chief 690 was the water supply officer. A tanker oper-

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ation was used. An additional tanker from Waterford Fire Department also responded. Unfortunately during the search, firefighters found a female deceased inside the residence. The male, who was found outside the house, was taken to Hamot Medical Center by Emergycare Ambulance Service. He was later transported to a Pittsburgh burn center. One firefighter was injured during the firefight, but was treated at the scene. Another firefighter fell through the floor, but was not injured. It took about a half hour to bring the blaze under control, but took a couple hours to perform overhaul. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshals are investigating. The Erie County Coroners Office was also called. - JOHN SEMPLE

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Second alarm fire hits saw mill shop West Earl Township, PA. At 12:15 a.m. on March 15th, companies were dispatched to 220 Cover Bridge Road for a reported saw mill shop on fire. Chief 35 (Good) advised LCWC of heavy fire showing and requested his second alarm transmitted. Engine 35-1 began fire suppression with a one and three quarter inch and a two and half with a Blitz Fire. Truck 31 began aerial

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operations with their master stream. A tanker shuttle and porta tank operation was used to get water to the scene. Deputy 35 had fire ground operations. Rescue 39 had the RIT. Air 39 was called to the scene to fill air cylinders. The fire was placed under con-

trol at 12:56 a.m. There were no injuries reported. Units cleared the scene at 2:44 a.m. Companies assisting Farmersville were West Earl, Akron, Bareville, Garden Spot Fire Rescue, Martindale, Intercourse, Upper Leacock, Weaverland, Fivepointville, Churchtown, Witmer and Leola Ambulance. - KIRK NEIDERMYER

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Firefighter Green pulled Steele from a structure fire on Grange Road in Bern Twp. on February 24th. Steele suffered minor CO2 poisoning, but he has since made a full recovery. Steele, with his owners the Miller Family, stopped by the Greenfields Fire Station last Monday night to personally thank Green for saving his life.


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Pennsylvania: Berwick, Michael Martin, 51

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:11/27/2012 Death Date: 11/27/2012 Initial Summary: Firefighter Martin passed away while participating in a first responder training program at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute. Martin, an employee of PPL Susquehanna, was employed at the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township and was part of the company's on-site fire brigade. During a SCBA portion of the training, Martin required medical assistance. The on-site trainer began to administer CPR and a college official called 911. An ambulance transported Firefighter Martin to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury. Investigation into the incident continues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Texas: Bryan, Eric Wallace, 36 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Pennsylvania: Summit Hill, Claudia Sokol, 55 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: Feb 21, 2013 Death Date: Feb 22, 2013 Fire Department: Diligence Fire Company No.1 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Shawn Hoben Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Sokol suffered a medical emergency while on traffic control duties at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday and passed away Friday evening, February 22. Tennessee: Church Hill, David Schnepp, 43 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 24, 2013 Death Date: Feb 24, 2013 Fire Department: Carter's Valley Fire Departmentt Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Michael Yates Initial Summary: A short time after fighting a brush fire Sunday evening, February 24, Firefighter Schnepp passed away from a cause still to be determined. Incident Location: Pending Michigan: Mattawan, Nate Fruin, 22 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 26, 2013 Death Date: Feb 26, 2013 Fire Department: Mattawan Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Terron McLean Initial Summary: Firefighter Fruin was responding to a structure fire when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Shortly after leaving the station, Fruin's partner, who was driving, called to report the medical emergency. He then pulled over to the side of the road, and according to reports, Fruin went into cardiac arrest. Other responders stopped and rendered aid, but Firefighter Fruin succumbed to his injury.


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Manheim Township handles repair shop Manheim Township Fire Companies were dispatched to a reported apartment fire with people trapped on March 7th. While on scene, it turned out to be a working auto shop fire next to apartments. The fire was knocked down quickly due to the quick action by an employee trying to extinguish the fire. Firefighters arrived and had the blaze knocked down in short order. Damage to the structure was around $30,000. Fire companies from Manheim Township, Lancaster City, Lancaster Township, Lafayette, East Petersburg and Blue Rock responded.

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Car hits deputy chief’s house Terre Hill Borough, PA. At 2:10 a.m., Weaverland Fire Company was dispatched to 219 E. Main St. for a reported vehicle into a house. Deputy Chief Weaver advised it was his residents and he had a possible broken arm. Chief 30 confirmed his deputy’s report. Crews performed spill control and stabilized the vehicle. Chief 30 assumed the command and requested the Lancaster County Rescue Task Force. When the rescue task force arrived, they shored up the house and chimney to be able to remove the car. Once the car was removed the task force closed up the side of the house. The deputy chief was not transported to the hospital. When the car struck the house, he was laying on a couch right inside where the car hit. He was thrown across the room. All crews cleared the scene around 5:30 a.m.

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Car rear ends school bus in East Earl Township East Earl Township, PA - At 4:01 p.m., companies were dispatched for an MVC involving a school bus in front of 1623 Main Street. Engine 303 arrived to find a car that rear ended a school bus. The driver of the car was transported to the local hospital. Rescue 39 was recalled. None the students on the bus were hurt, including the bus driver. Crews provided spill control and depowered the vehicle. Station 30 went available at 5:03 p.m.

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Driver rescued from vehicle in Mahanoy Township Mahanoy Township, PA. On February 25, 2013 at 6:49 p.m., the Mahanoy City Fire Department, Mahanoy City EMS and Shenandoah ALS were dispatched to a vehicle accident with injury on Route 54. Humane Engine 451 and West End Rescue 993 found a vehicle with major driver’s side damage off the roadway. The driver was seri-

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ously injured and entrapped. The fuel tank was ruptured and leaking. Engine 451 deployed a charged foam hose line for protection. Rescue 993 started extrication. West End Squad 468 assisted. A fallen tree was cut and removed

from the hood. Firefighters cut and removed the roof. The patient was removed from the vehicle and placed on the litter with a long board. An air medical helicopter was flown to the helipad in Shenandoah to await EMS. Mahanoy City Ambulance transported the driver. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Basement job at the Silver Dollar Reading, PA. At 4:30 a.m. early Sunday morning on February 24th, B platoon companies were awoken to Box 05-01. Units arrived on scene to a three story EOR with smoke showing from basement windows. A line was placed in service from Engine 5, while crews searched the bar and upstairs apartments. One occupant was removed from the second floor after firefighters woke him up. The entire structure was vented after the fire was placed under control. Most companies were clear in 30 minutes. The fire marshal's office is investigating.

Reading, PA. Around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 24th, members from the A platoon were dispatched to Schuylkill Avenue and Lackawanna Streets for a minor motor vehicle accident. Engine 7 arrived on scene with a two car accident in the intersection. Two occupants in one of the vehicles were injured, and were removed via LSB extrication. Both patients were taken to Reading Hospital Trauma Center.


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One confined in tractor trailer crash Manheim Township, PA - At 5:45 p.m. on February 22nd, Station 204 along with Station 62 were dispatched to the 2000 block of New Holland Pike for a vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer. Truck 204 was advised by LCWC of a minivan versus a tractor trailer with one patient trapped. Truck 204 confirmed the report with one patient confined. Truck and Engine 204 went into service with their tools while Engine 207 assisted with patient care. Crews quickly extricated the patient from the minivan. The crew from Engine 204 found the saddle tank leaking from the tractor trailer. Crews plugged the hole and provided spill control. The Lancaster County Hazmat chief was called to the scene to check the leak. Two patients were transported to the local hospital.

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Allentown blaze displaces 17 Allentown, PA. On February 17th around 12:30 p.m., firefighters responded to 509 N. 7th Street for a working fire in a three story home converted into apartments. The blaze went to three alarms and started on the first floor spreading to the top floor. It also extended into the 507 N. 7th St. apartment building. All the residents got out of the buildings safely, but a dog had to rescued by firefighters. Eleven residents from 509 and six residents from 507 were displaced. Allentown EMS transported two patients to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

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LITTLE BIG GUYS If your department has photos you would like to see in our “Little Big Guys” feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

KIRK NEIDERMYER

One hurt in third alarm Lancaster City, PA. At 6:50 a.m., city firefighters were dispatched to 518 North Queen Street for a reported apartment building fire. Truck 2 was advised by LCWC of a caller coughing and refusing EMS. Police were on scene with smoke billowing out every door and window. One of the residents went back in to get people out and later was transported to Lancaster General Hospital for smoke inhalation. Captain 2 advised he was three blocks out with heavy smoke in the area and requested his second and third alarms. The additional alarms brought in out of city units Truck 204 (Eden) and Truck 63 (Lafayette). City crews arrived and made quick work of the fire, putting multiple handlines in service. The city fire marshal was called to the scene and later determined that a space heater caused the fire.

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Come and Help us Celebrate the

125th Anniversary of the DuBois Fire Department! Saturday, June 15, 2013 – DuBois City Park, DuBois PA

2013 PA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE OF THE BARREL 1st Prize $3,000 2nd Place - $1,500 • 3rd Place - $1,000 • 4th Place - $500 5th Place - $500 • 6th Place - $200 • 7th Place - $200 • 8th Place - $200 Teams of 4 or 5; 3 different nozzle men per battle; Limit of first 64 teams to register Registration $50 – Refunded the day of the battle if your team shows up See below for contact information and how to get registration forms

Registration 8a.m. to 8:30a.m. Competition Begins immediately afterwards

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Bring the whole family to the battle. DuBois Community Days will still be in full swing. You and your family are invited to take part in the many activities going on including: free swimming, free music concerts and free entertainment from all over the country. There will be food booths run by local non-profit organizations and many other activities for kids. Bring the whole family and enjoy the day!

At 5 p.m., the DuBois fire sirens sound, DuBois Volunteer Fire Department Firemen’s Parade will move through the streets of downtown DuBois. Then after the parade, come back to the park for more fun & entertainment and look to the sky for the world famous Zambelli’s Fireworks Display!!

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Snowmobile breaks through Lake Harmony ice On January 1st, the first call for 2013 was a reported ice rescue on Lake Harmony just before noon. County dispatched companies for a snowmobile through the ice with two people in the water. Rescue 17 arrived on scene in the cove area of the lake. It was then determined that the two victims self-extricated from the lake and were headed down the lake. EMS were directed to meet up and evaluate their condition. Districts 16 and 18 were then recalled. Meanwhile, Rescue 17 and

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Tanker 17 crews began the process of extricating the snowmobile due to the possibility of contaminating the lake with oil and gasoline, or curious children falling through the ice. Two firefighters in mustang suits entered the lake with the ice sled and the front winch cable from Rescue 17. They attached the cable to the snowmobile and started to pull it in to shore.

Shortly after the cable became tight, the front skis became lodged under the ice. A chainsaw was then deployed to cut the ice to free the skis. As the winch started pulling, the truck started to slide towards the lake, so the rear winch was engaged and attached to a tree to secure the truck. The snowmobile was then easily recovered from the water averting any hazardous materials situation. Lake Harmony was in service for over two hours.

JASON COLEMAN-COBB

Carlisle warehouse fire quickly extinguished Carlisle Borough, PA. A fire damaged a Carlisle produce warehouse on Saturday, February 9, 2013 going two alarms before firefighters put out the flames. The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. at the occupied warehouse at 200 S. Bedford Street and took firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish. The fire was contained to one room inside, but the roof of the metal building needed to be opened to access the fire extension. The cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

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Working building fire in Earl Township Earl Township, PA. At 5:12 p.m., Garden Spot Fire Rescue’s first alarm assignment was transmitted for a reporting building fire. Deputy 39 (J. Martin) was advised that they were receiving multiple calls of a working building fire at 43 Emily Lane. EMS Chief 3-7 (Fisher) advised of a working fire with heavy smoke showing. JUMP TO FILE # Deputy 39 con- 030613102 firmed a two story structure with heavy showing. smoke Chief 39 (L. Martin) assumed command while Deputy 39 took the operations. Chief 39 requested three additional tankers added. Engine 39-1 hit the plug right in front of the building and made an aggressive interior attack with a one and three quarter inch line. Engine 39-1 also deployed a two and a half to help with fire suppression. Truck 39 began venting windows and cutting a hole in the roof. Rescue 48 had the RIT. A partial floor collapse of the second story happened, but no one was injured. The fire was placed under control at 5:51 p.m. The PSP fire marshal was called to scene to investigate the cause of the fire. The building was a complete loss and was estimated at a $200,000 loss. Engine 301 stood by at GSFR

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ANTHONY MICCICKE

Several pets killed during second alarm fire Reading, PA. B platoon firefighters were called into action after lunchtime on March 1st, when Box 06-02 was transmitted for 9th and Muhlenberg Streets. Chief Born (C9) arrived seconds later to a two and a half story EOR with fire showing from the second floor windows. With a large amount of smoke pushing from an exposure dwelling, a second alarm was immediately requested.

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Firefighters stretched a line into the second floor and quickly knocked the fire down, advising command of extension to the roof. A second line was stretched to the roof to assist crews with opening up. Crews located several dogs, two of the dogs were rescued with rest

perishing. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The fire marshal's office is investigating. Companies on the box included Engines 1, 3, 9 and 7, Tower 1, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and Western Berks EMS. The second alarm brought Mount Penn Engine 1, Lower Alsace Engine 4, Ladder 3 & Spring Township Engine 85-1. - JASON BATZ


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APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

PAUL GARRETT

Independent Hose Co. receives award Recently the Independent Hose Company No. 1 of Jersey Shore was recognized by the Department of Health and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Recognition by the department means that a rescue service has met the requirements defined by the Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) program, deserving the privilege of displaying the "Seal of Recognition" decal. When a rescue vehicle displays the decal, it guarantees to the com-

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munity that the rescue service met the standards. It shows the public that on each emergency response call, there are an appropriate minimum number of rescue and medical personnel along with having the appropriate rescue tools and equipment to safely and effectively perform a rescue.

KEN SNYDER

Emmaus Rescue Engine 741 Central States in service at a second alarm fatal apartment fire on March 17th

"Displaying the decal should give the public more confidence that we have been able to attain a certificate from the State of Pennsylvania," said Independent Hose Company's Chief Robert Sheets. The Department will celebrate it's one hundred and eleventh year in September, serving the Borough of Jersey Shore and the surrounding communities. - PAUL GARRETT

JASON BATZ

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! T I S S I M T DON’ STEVE SPIES

Assistant Chief Scott Trate

Greenfields announces two promotions On February 12th, Chief Fisher announced the promotion of Firefighter Billy Pagan to the rank of lieutenant and the promotion of Lieutenant Scott Trate to the rank of assistant chief. Lt. Billy Pagan has wanted to be a firefighter since childhood. He began his volunteer fire service with the Cumru Township Fire Department and moved to the GFC in April of 2009. Billy’s civilian em-

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ployment is with the Reading School District as a school bus driver. Billy and his wife, Alicia, have three children: a daughter, Infiniutie, and two sons, Elijah and Louis. Assistant Chief Scott Trate comes from a long lineage of fire-

fighters starting with his grandparents and includes his uncles, his father and a sister. Scott joined the GFC in November of 2004 and was promoted to lieutenant in January of 2010. When Scott is not working at the fire station, he is employed in the construction industry. Scott is a single dad with a three year old son named Tyler. - STEVE SPIES

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IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Hero firefighter inspired by Hurricane Katrina helped by mortgage program Like so many other Americans, Stephanie Fowle watched on television in disbelief and horror, as Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans in 2005. Fowle wanted to do something to help down in New Orleans, but she couldn’t. However, she could make a difference back home. Inspired by the devastation Hurricane Katrina left in her wake, Fowle joined the Green Creek Volunteer (NJ) Fire Department. She is still a proud Green Creek firefighter, a true hero, one the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program is proud to have worked with. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers unmatched rates, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. Fowle and her husband, Merrill, a firefighter for 32 years, used the Heroes Mortgage Program to refinance – saving a few hundred dollars every month on their mortgage. “Everyone with the program was so helpful and you can’t beat

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Storm preparations for your firehouse Most people heeded the evacuation warnings that were given, but as usual there were those who remained behind thinking they could ride it out and be safe. They were wrong and placed emergency responders’ lives in jeopardy in order to rescue them. STAYING T h e SAFE pager has just opened and b r o a d c a s t s Chief Henry Campbell the following message, “The Weather Bureau has issued a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning for the area between the hours of p.m. and 9 p.m. There is a potential for heavy rains, nickel sized hail and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour with the potential for flooding in low lying areas. Should a storm hit in your area, you should immediately report to your fire station.” Will the damage from the storm be minor and last an hour or less? Or will there be major damage to your community requiring emergency duty lasting a day or possibly extending into weeks. As you respond to your fire station in compliance with the storm message, you should feel secure in knowing your family is prepared, but how about your fire station. Is it prepared to handle an extended operation? If not, it should be. Does the fire station have the capability to house (sleep) the number of members who have reported for duty? When any extended emergency requires you to go on long term (more than a day or two) emergency response and standby, it will require the feeding and housing of the firefighters and EMS personnel responding to the numerous and varied calls. Living and working out of the fire station for prolonged periods of time requires preparation and if you aren’t or haven’t prepared, you should. Any of the aforementioned storm scenarios can be encountered by most communities at any time, then add the potential terrorist threats, hazmat or WMD’s and the potential for flu and related medical epidemics, the realization of having your fire station prepared for extended operations is important. Having a standby source of electricity with a sufficient fuel supply to provide electric power to the fire station is very important should power fail. Portable radios and pagers will require charging; along with maintaining basic communication links within the fire station and dispatch. It is also important to note where you can obtain additional fuel for the standby generator system if needed, gasoline, diesel or propane. A full service kitchen with an adequate supply of food, coffee, drinks, water and needed staples along with disposable paper products and utensils is required. The quantity in supply will be dependent upon the number of firefighters you foresee having on hand in an

emergency for a minimum of three to five days, or possibly longer. Your best food supply would be the commercial sized (large) cans of prepared foods and with a backup electric supply, you can also safely store frozen foods. Most of these commercial meal type items can be purchased from the local supermarket or big box discount supply houses beforehand and will only require heating prior to serving when needed, even if no firehouse chef is available. Additional food supplies may be obtained initially at local supermarkets and merchants, but if it is an extended operation with power outages, their food stock will deplete rapidly and restocking may take days or longer. During an extended period of emergency operations, you may be very limited as to what you will be able to obtain locally during the emergency. Having some basic provisions on hand and replacing them annually is the way to go. You can use last year’s food stock products for an after meeting or drill meal, donate them to a local food pantry or whatever innovative way you choose while you replenish it with a fresh supply. Rest for the weary firefighters is another priority. Does your fire station have sleeping accommodations and how many can it accommodate? If you don’t have sleeping accommodations or need a larger area, can you establish them by setting up a specific area or room that can be used solely for the purpose of firefighters catching some “shut eye.” You may have to split a large meeting room by installing movable room dividers and separating the room during an emergency. Once you have a designated sleep area, you will need cots, blankets and pillows to provide the basics for a good sleep. Individual members should bring a personal grooming kit and a sleeping bag if they have one. Individual sleeping bags can be used with the cots and eliminate the need for blankets and sheets. In extended operations rest is important as the novelty, adrenaline rush, and excitement will quickly wear off, and a place to rest will become a must. Throughout periods of high activity it would be wise to assign four to six firefighters per apparatus and to have those remaining firefighters/EMT’s be designated the off duty (rest) group. After a certain period of time, four to eight hours, the groups can exchange allowing for all personnel to have a rest period. It is important that everyone get their proper rest and an officer should be responsible for seeing that all firefighters comply with their assigned rest period. Lack of rest often leads to unsafe acts, which in turn leads to injuries. Don’t forget personal hygiene and shower facilities will make the stay more livable and healthy for all! Being prepared for long term emergency operations is taking proper proactive action and will help keep all safe while providing service to your community. Till next time, Buckle Up, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Fire erupts at Garrette Landscaping Falls Township, PA. Falls Township, Morrisville, Fairless Hills, Levittown, and Yardley-Makefield were initially dispatched by Bucks County Fire JUMP TO FILE # Radio to Falls 031413115 Township Box 3022 on Route 1 for a large brush fire at Garrett Landscaping on Monday evening March 11th, dispatched at approximately 7:25 p.m. Additional mutual aid fire companies were dispatched to the assignment.

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faces of Pennsylvania’s emergency services To see your Faces in the newspaper, upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

DENNY CLOPPER

Three Station 4 white helmets. Franklin Fire Company of Chambersburg’s Huey Brown, Jason Kuhler and John Linhart ready plan at a house fire in Shippensburg as a mutual aid company.

JASON BATZ

Reading Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Lessar celebrates with the A platoon on the anniversary of his first year as a chief.

ANTHONY MICCICKE

Reading Firefighter William Lomnychuk is captured working after a job on South 9th Street.

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Chief Ron "Moose" Wentzel poses with Erik Hirner, Chief Michael Lessar and Lt. James Stoudt during a visit at Engine 7

Firefighters from Coal Township and surrounding communities battled a blaze in the Ranshaw section of the township


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Spring into “Team Fitness” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

We have discussed the benefits of group fitness many times in the past. Quite simply group fitness is a great motivator and compliance booster. Working as a team comes naturally to members of the fire service, so it’s a good fit. The arrival of Spring is a perfect time to take training as a group one step further. It’s a great time to get outside. The weather can be a factor at times, so you have to have a backup plan for this. A simple indoor circuit does the trick. How ‘bout getting organized? It can be as simple as designating time(s) to walk or jog as a group. Walking or jogging as a group is a fun and easy way to exercise together. It doesn’t require any equipment and you can change the route often. Through a park - the beach? Change it up! You can go totally recreational with games of ‘ultimate frisbee’ (touch football style) or even revert to your old school days with ‘field day” like activities. Think - relay races, obstacle courses, tug ‘o’ war, etc.) Setting up a volleyball court or organizing softball or basketball games work great. You can play games within your department or make arrangements with nearby departments to participate along with you. There are leagues out there. Either way, why not give it a shot? You can even create your own version of the combat challenge. Make an obstacle course consisting of four to six “duty” related activities and train or compete for times and accuracy on a regular basis. This is one of my favorites because of its functionality. Getting fit and improving your work skills at the same time is a great combo. Go for it! Start, by getting a few members excited about your idea. Conduct a survey with a few proposed activities and also ask members for their suggestions. Check with”the powers that be” to make sure officers/administrators are “on board” and for guidelines. Post sign-up sheets on bulletin boards - make announcements at meetings/drills and get something going. Be sure all participants receive physician’s approval, and let the games begin! - LORI HODGKINSON

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Tractor trailer overturns on Route 1

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Coal Township dwelling strikes the second Northumberland County, PA. Around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 29, Northumberland County sent out the first alarm assignment for a dwelling fire at the corner of Wabash Street and Sherman Street in Coal Township. First arriving units found heavy fire showing from JUMP TO FILE # 012913109 the first floor. Brady Engine 151 arrived and began to stretch multiple lines. As other first alarm units were arriving, the second alarm was transmitted bringing in companies from surrounding communities. The bulk of the fire was knocked down and crews were able to make entry and get the fire under control within an hour. Crews worked well into the evening to ensure all fire had been extinguished. A few hours later, these same crews were dispatched for a two alarm fire in Shamokin. Over half a dozen fires have been battled in just as many days for this small community. - JC KRIESHER

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Falls Township, PA. Firefighters from the Falls Township Fire Company #1, "The Big House," Morrisville Fire Company and Levittown Fire Company #1 were dispatched by Bucks County JUMP TO FILE # Fire Radio to an 030513102 overturned tractor trailer on Southbound Route 1 in the area of the Bridge Street overpass on March 4th at approximately 1:10 p.m. The assignment was held to Falls Township Rescue 30 and Morrisville Rescue 98. The driver of the tractor trailer was freed and turned over to the Morrisville Ambulance Squad and transported to a local hospital. The Falls Township Police are investigating the accident. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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SQ. 41 crew ďŹ nishes up extrication and assist with patient care.

Two vehicle crash injures five A total of five people were injured in a two vehicle accident on March 9th at around 10:45 a.m. Franklin County 911 reported the accident at milemarker 16 on Interstate 81 northbound with entrapment. Box 44-81-7 sent Franklin, Fayetteville, Chambersburg EMS, Fayetteville EMS and West Shore ALS. Squad 41 found two vehicles about 100 yards apart with entrapment in one vehicle and confinement in the other vehicle with a total of five patients. Command 44 requested an additional squad company, two more BLS units and one more ALS unit. Air medical

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was also requested. Marion Fire, Marion EMS, West Shore ALS, and Life Net Air Medical were dispatched. Crews went to work on extrication, freeing all patients. One person was airlifted to a trauma center and four others were transported to a local hospital. Fire police assisted state police with traffic control. - DENNY CLOPPER

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