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Schuylkill County, PA – Around 1:15 A.M. on Monday, March 5th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 sent Fire Districts 38 (Ashland), and 45 (Girardville) to 333 Walnut Street in the borough for a reported house fire.

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Rapho Twp., PA - On February 24th at 7:45 A.M., crews were dispatched to a dwelling in Rapho Township. As crews went enroute they were given the additional of a furnace malfunction. The homeowners attempted to put it out, but had no luck and exited the building. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from the home, and had fire underneath the mobile home with extension into the living room. Firefighters worked on-scene for about two hours before clearing. The State Police Fire Marshal was called to the scene to determine the cause.


Dwelling Fire in West Catasauqua Hampered by High Winds

West Catasauqua, PA - On March 2nd, the Whitehall FD was dispatched to a working dwelling fire at 1257 Catasauqua Road at around 8:45 P.M. An RIT engine from Whitehall and a ladder from Catasauqua were also added to the assignment. The fire was believed to have started in a rear garage of the two-and-a-half story house. Remnant wind gusts remaining from an earlier nor'easter hampered firefighting operations and helped gut the building. Final extinguishment and overhaul kept crews on scene for several hours.


This handsome pup's name is "Remington"! He's the smallest member of the Hand In Hand Hose Co. in Lock Haven, PA.

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Firefighters arrive to find heavy fire showing.


Turtle Creek Firefighters Encounter Heavy Flames Upon Arrival at House Fire Turtle Creek, PA - On March 16th at 9:01 P.M., fire units were dispatched to a possible residential structure fire located on Church Street Ext. in Turtle Creek Borough. Police arrived on-scene and reported a working fire with heavy fire showing and unknown occupants. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire on the "Alpha" side from both the first and second floors, with exposures on the "Bravo" and "Delta" sides of the structure. Units began stretching lines and attacking the fire. Soon after units began to make an attack, power lines

JUMP TO FILE #031818100 began to arc near the "A/B" corner of the building and command requested the power company to be expedited. Heavy fire began showing on the "Delta" side and crews worked to protect the endangered exposure. A few minutes after crews began an interior attack, it was reported that the second-floor had been compromised. A second-alarm was then requested for two additional engines, two additional trucks and one addi-

tional Rapid Intervention Team. Fire crews worked for about two hours before the fire was placed under control, and units remained on-scene for several more hours before returning into service. Throughout the incident, Allegheny County 9-1-1 received multiple calls for smoke in the area as a result of the fire. One person was displaced and is being helped by the American Red Cross. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is currently under investigation.

City Units Dispatched to West Reading Third-Alarm Fire

Reading, PA - At 1:45 A.M. on March 11th, Reading Ladder 1 was requested to assist in West Reading Borough at a commercial structure fire in the 600 block of Penn Avenue. Ladder 1 arrived with units from West Reading and Kenhorst at a two-and-a-half story MOR restaurant with fire in the rear. Crews immediately went to the roof to begin ventilation. The fire quickly escalated to three alarms which brought Engine 3 to the scene. Firefighters worked the scene for several hours. The city Fire Marshal was also requested for the incident. Deputy Chief Mogel accompanied the crews.

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Cumru Township Junior Firefighter Samantha Brady reviews PPE components during a drill. Sam is a fourth-generation firefighter within her family.

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Minnesota: Jeffrey A. Vollmer, 40 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 19, 2017 Fire Department: Mayer Fire and Rescue Department Initial Summary: Captain Jeffrey A. Vollmer passed away at home from an apparent cardiac arrest several hours after participating in non-classroom training of a nonroutine strenuous nature at a local community center.

New Jersey: Craig A. Maull, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 21, 2017 Fire Department: Haddon Fire Company #1 Initial Summary: Firefighter Craig A. Maull responded to a dwelling fire call on 12/19/2017, but his apparatus was recalled while enroute. Upon returning to quarters, Maull mentioned to other members that he wasn't feeling well, but declined medical assistance and later went home. Firefighter Maull missed additional calls later, which was uncommon for him, and members were unable to contact him by phone or email. Family and department members went to his home on 12/21 to check on Firefighter Maull and found him deceased (from a heart attack). *Additional police follow-up shows extensive evidence that Firefighter Maull passed away sometime between the evening of 12/19 and morning of 12/20. New Jersey: Frank Matagrano, 75 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 13, 2017 Death Date: December 13, 2017 Fire Department: New Milford Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Frank Matagrano suffered cardiac arrest inside the fire apparatus while it was responding to an emergency call on

12/13/2017. His fellow crew members immediately initiated CPR and utilized an AED to successfully regain his pulse. He was transported to a local hospital, where he remained hospitalized for continued care. Doctors determined that Firefighter Matagrano suffered a stroke which caused his cardiac arrest. He never regained consciousness, and subsequently passed away on 12/23/2017 in the hospital.

Kansas: Jason Garrett, 46 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Initial Summary: Fellow responders discovered Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Garrett deceased in the firehouse bunkroom when he did not appear for a morning response call. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined by authorities. Oklahoma: Jeffrey S. White, 53 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Oklahoma City Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Jeffrey S. White succumbed to complications from a medical condition on December 26th, 2017. Lieutenant White was assigned to Fire Station 36 in southeast Oklahoma City where he was when the episode began. White was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he later passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury to be determined.

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Spring Has Sprung, Fire Up the Grills! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to take the covers off the grills!! I use mine all year round, but not nearly as much as when the weather gets warm, especially at the firehouse. Grilling is great because we tend to make our meals a little healthier by using less fat, more vegetables and less processed food. It also results in less dishes, and who doesn’t like that in the firehouse?!? Besides the usual suspects of

hamburgers and steaks, I like to change it up once in a while and one of my favorites is grilled chicken gyros. It is a great way to incorporate healthy, flavorful ingredients into your firehouse cooking. A simple marinade, some fresh toppings and a delicious Tzatziki sauce is all you need for this soon to be firehouse favorite! When it comes to a marinade, they all usually share the same types of ingredients. You need some sort of salt, such as kosher/sea salt, soy sauce, worcestershire, etc., a fat to help carry fat soluble ingredients into the meat, olive oil being the most popular, and finally, an acid to help tenderize the meat. In this case lemon is perfect, but just be careful not to marinate it too long, as the meat

will break down into “mush”, not good. But the star of the show is the Tzatziki sauce, a traditional Greek condiment usually consisting of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon and fresh herbs. When it comes to yogurt, a lot of people think the low/no fat versions are healthier, but I disagree. Usually in order to make up for flavor they add extra garbage, such as sugar to make it more palatable. I also feel that when you use full fat products, you tend to use less of it because it is more “filling”. And like they say, fat is flavor! Tzatziki is not just good for gyros, but also great on fish, grain bowls and basically anything grilled. Give this recipe a shot!

TZATZIKI SAUCE Yields 2 ¼ Cups Ingredients:


Schuylkill Haven firefighters push in through the front door of a residence on North Lake Dr. after a fire broke out in the basement.

Schuylkill Haven Firefighters Battle Basement Fire Schuylkill County, PA – At 12:50 P.M. on Tuesday, March 20th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched Fire District 63 (Schuylkill Haven) to 63 North Lake Drive in North Manheim Township for a possible house fire. Chief 63-01 was advised that 9-1-1 received a call from an outof-breath individual reporting a house on fire. The chief arrived on scene shortly after and reported a two-story wood-frame home with a working fire. The fire was reported to be in the basement. Command requested RIT to be dispatched from Pottsville. Tower 63-25 arrived and took the address, where a hand line was stretched into the basement. Engine 63-12 was directed to lay out from a hydrant, but was advised it would be a long lay and additional LDH may be needed. Engine 6312 dumped its entire hosebed and Engine 63-17 continued the lay into the scene. Tower 63-22 continued on Lake Drive, which continues above the residence, and set up for operations. A second line was stretched from 63-12 and advanced through the front door as heavy smoke poured out from the residence. Tower 22 flew to the roof and a

JUMP TO FILE #032018112 crew began to check the status of the roof. Firefighters began to make a good knock on the fire and the brown smoke began to turn to white steam. The roof crew was advised to hold off on any ventilation as interior crews reported improving conditions. A Rapid Intervention Team from Pottsville Engines 11 and 72 staged in front of the building. Ladders were thrown around the building and a third line was stretched into the second-floor, but never charged. The fire was under control by the 20 minute PAR check. Apparatus began to be released around 2:00 P.M., as all of the smoke had been cleared out using positive pressure fans. A State Police Fire Marshal was requested to the scene and the American Red Cross was notified for displaced residents. First arriving crews remained on scene into the evening to investigate the fire. - JC KRIESHER

2 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt (preferably full fat) 1 Cucumber, halved lengthwise and seeds removed 5 Sprigs of Dill, stemmed and finely chopped 2 Sprigs of Parsley, stemmed and finely chopped 1 Lemon, juice and zest 3 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt, to taste Chile Flakes, to taste Procedure:

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Maytown East Donegal Township Firefighters Kevin Bixler, Josh Barclay and Cody Smith.


Palmer Township Municipal Fire Department members stop for a photo after working a kitchen fire.


Reading Firefighters pose on the side of the 1959 Mack/Maxim Ladder 1. The rig is being restored by the Keystone Fire Company of Reading. MARK CIVITARESE

Fire Department Mount Joy truck crew members Matt Gohn, Bubba Smith, Khrystian Ceron and Zach Dennis at a recent fire.


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A Call to Save The Memoir of A Fire Chap-

By Thomas Harrington Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: Price: $12.95 This is a soft cover book measuring six-inches by nineinches and has 72 pages. The author is a semi-retired Roman Catholic priest who serves in Massachusetts. Through the years, he has served in many different cities in the state and he writes about his experiences in those assignments. To read the nine chapters and epilogue was to me like reading about a volunteer firefighter because Father Thomas is well versed in fire terminology and

lingo. He details his fires and incidents in ways that you feel you are there with him. His field of operation so to speak is not limited to only serving firefighters, but to minister and pray for those unfortunate souls that firefighters encounter and seek his blessing to help set a person or a family at ease after a horrid experience. These incidents could be accidents, drug related calls and other medical calls to which they responded. The reader can very easily get exhausted comprehending his running around at times of his own volition. That also takes into consideration all kinds of weather. A number of the stories are rather sad, while others are heartwarming. One of the incidents included is the Worchester Fire that took six firefighter’s lives. Another is a fire involving a large Catholic church that consumed 30 blocks in Fall River. There is a photo section of four pages of color and black and white pictures of a plane crash, the church fire and a dramatic rescue of an elderly lady from the attic of her dwelling to name a few. This is an inexpensive book that is well worth the while to read and identify with the duties of a chaplain and the good and bad times they have to minister through.

The car was found on its roof about 100-feet from the railroad crossing.


Train Strikes Unoccupied Vehicle in Topton Topton, PA - Just after 8:20 P.M. on March 11th, Topton Fire Company Station 21, along with Topton Ambulance Station 575, were dispatched to the railroad tracks in the area of North Home Ave. and Centre Ave. for an MVA with unknown injuries, reported to be a train versus car. Responding crews were only given the additional information that a train struck a vehicle at the railroad crossing. Lt. 21-2 arrived to find a train on the south side of the tracks that was heading eastbound. Chief 575 located the female occupant of the vehicle, who was uninjured, and confirmed that the vehicle

JUMP TO FILE #031318101 was unoccupied when it got hit. The vehicle was found on its roof about 100-feet from the crossing. Rescue Engine 21 arrived on scene and provided lighting. Chief 21 went on a search for the engine of the train to check on the crew. Chief 21 requested for Berks DES to contact Norfolk Southern to make sure that the train was okay and to stop all train traffic for the time being. Norfolk Southern halted train traffic and confirmed that no one on the train was injured.

Chief 21 could not access the engine and stated that it was somewhere between N Haas St. and Chestnut Street. Once it was confirmed that absolutely no one was injured, EMS went available from the scene. As the tow company was preparing to upright and retrieve the vehicle, the bumper line off of Rescue Engine 21 was stretched as a precaution. It took the tow company about 30 minutes to retrieve the vehicle due to limited access. All railroad crossings were reopened at 10:44 P.M. - LUCAS RICHARDSON


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American Hose Co. 1 from Tamaqua used to run this 1971 Mack CF 1000/500.


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Crews Work East Donegal Township MVA with Entrapment East Donegal, PA - On March 6th, as crews were still cleaning up from an earlier dwelling fire, the bells went off again for an unknown injury vehicle accident. Assistant Chief 791 arrived to find a two-vehicle crash where an SUV tboned a car at the drivers side door. JUMP TO FILE# With having one 030718120 person trapped and one confined in the vehicles, he upgraded it to entrapment. Crews arrived and started stabilizing the two vehicles, then started to gain access to the patient by removing the roof and doors. To gain access to the driver's door, crews utilized the winch off of Rescue 792 to remove the SUV so they could roll the dash. Three patients were taken by ambulance from the scene to local hospitals. Crews were on scene for about one hour before clearing. Maytown East Donegal Township FD was assisted by Marietta Pioneer FD and Wrightsville Fire and Rescue Company 41. - TIMOTHY COOVER


St. Patrick’s Day House Fire Quickly Knocked in Reading Reading, PA - On Saturday, March 17th, with most firefighters on the "D" platoon completing their dayshift, a box alarm was transmitted for 1220 Schuylkill Avenue. With companies on the way, Engine 7 arrived at a three-story middle of the row with smoke showing JUMP TO FILE# 031718100 from the roof. Firefighters stretched a line into the dwelling and located a fire in the rear of the thirdfloor. Ladder crews made their way to the roof to ventilate while working in conjunction with the hose line. A second line was deployed to the rear up through a fire escape. All searches were declared clear and the bulk of the fire was stopped within 20 minutes. No injuries were reported. Chief Mogel (Car 2) placed the fire under control at 6:04 P.M. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause. - JASON BATZ

Firefighters work to open the roof and vent the top floor of this dwelling at 1220 Schuylkill Ave. in Reading.


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The Hempfield Twp. FD recently placed into service this 2007 Sutphen (1750/750) pumper, designated as Engine 69-2, that was purchased from Blufftown Twp., SC. TERRY RITZ

Building Fire in Pennsburg Displaces Residents


The Millerstown FD of Perry County, PA has acquired this 2010 Ford F-550/M&W brush unit (500/250/30F), designated as Utility 7, which originally saw service in Churchville, VA.

Pennsburg, PA - On March 13th at 10:48 A.M., Pennsburg Fire Co., and additional companies from Upper Perk Valley and surrounding areas, were diapatched to a building fire at 353 Main St. in Pennsburg. Upon arrival, Pennsburg Fire Chief Scott Seip had heavy smoke showing with flames from the secondstory in the front, and heavy smoke from the second-story in the rear. Everyone had gotten out safely and there were no injuries reported. Additional companies were called in to support the manpower

JUMP TO FILE #031318105 pools. Quick response from the manpower from the front and the rear are credited for bringing the fire under control without heavy extension to the surrounding apartments. No word on the damage nor the cause was available yet, pending the result of the investigation. The fire was brought under control within one hour. Assisting Pennsburg Fire Co. were East

Greenville, Red Hill, Green Lane, Milford, Trumbauersville, New Hanover, Quakertown, Hereford, Eastern Berks and Boyertown Fire Companies. Also assisting were Upper Perk EMS, Bally EMS, North Penn Goodwill Canteen, PA State Police, PA State Police Fire Marshal,Upper Perk Police, East Greenville Police, Pennsburg Fire Police, Red Hill Fire Police, Hereford Fire Police, Board of Health and the Red Cross. - TERRY RITZ

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Goldsboro Fire Co. has placed this 2011 Kenworth/Sutphen tanker (500/3000) into service, designated as Tanker 28. This tanker was previously owned by the Lakeville Fire Co. where the tanker suffered major damage when the station caught fire. The tanker was refurbished by CarCo Truck & Equipment Sales, and then sold to Goldsboro.

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Brush 33 of Berks County's Virginville Community Fire Co. is a 2006 Ford F-550/Weis Fire-Safety unit, with 300/400/20 Foam.


Smoke showing from the roof at a three-alarm apartment building fire in the City of Pittsburgh.

Fast-Moving Apartment Fire in Pittsburgh Displaces 28 People RAINMAN14

Reading FD Brush 2 is a 2001 Ford/KME with 250-GPM and 200gallon booster tank, shown here responding to a brush fire.

Pittsburgh, PA - On March 3rd at 8:04 P.M., City of Pittsburgh firefighters were dispatched to a possible commercial structure fire located along the 3300 block of Iowa Street in the Upper Hill section of the city. The caller reported that the kitchen was on fire in their apartment located on the fourthfloor. Fire dispatch then advised responding units that there was a second call reporting that there was glass breaking from the heat. The responding Battalion Chief requested first-alarm transfers upon hearing this second call.

JUMP TO FILE #030518136 The first arriving Battalion Chief found fire showing from the "Charlie" side of a four-story multifamily apartment building and called for a second-alarm shortly after. Arriving companies began an aggressive attack. The fire quickly spread throughout the fourth-floor, and soon firefighters discovered fire conditions on the third-floor as well. Fire began venting through the roof and command requested a

third-alarm. Firefighters worked hard trying to control the stubborn fire before finally placing it under control at 9:48 P.M. One firefighter was injured and transported to the hospital for 1st and 2nd degree burns after having a ceiling fall on him. The firefighter was released later that night and is now recovering. A total of 11 adults and 17 children were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross is helping those 28 people displaced. The fire is currently under investigation. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

The Alsace Manor Fire Co. operates Attack 8, a 2013 GMC 3500 with a Levans skid unit. It has a 120-GPM pump, 200 water and 25 foam.




If you experience symptoms of a heart attack, dial 911 first, then chew on an aspirin. Don't swallow it; chew it, and then swallow it with a glass of water. Doing it that way gets the aspirin into your system rapidly. In an impending heart attack, a blood clot is forming in one of your heart's arteries, blocking the blood supply to a part of your heart. Aspirin can help dissolve the clot before there's permanent damage to the heart.


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One Person Seriously Injured in Reading Two-Car Crash Meet Bob, our 1st Responder News mascot. Bob is 67-years-old and 24" tall. We found Bob many years ago at a New Jersey Trade Show and knew right away that he belonged with us. Bob is dependable and trustworthy, and never misses a day at the office. Stop by an upcoming show to meet Bob and have your picture taken with him!


Reading, PA - Just prior to shift-change on the morning of March 14th, a car accident occurred at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Noble Street. Firefighters from Engine 5 arrived to a two-car crash with moderate damage. Crews provided care to one occupant who was suffering respiratory distress. The patient was rapidly extricated from the vehicle and transported to Reading Hospital Trauma Center in serious condition. A large portion of a utility pole was also damaged in the accident. Deputy Chief Rehr (Car 9) was in command.


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Ashland Fire Goes to Second-Alarm

"I’m Seth Winters, I’m 27-years-old and I’ve been a firefighter for 10 years. I’m with the Fountain Hose Company 1 in Ansonia, CT. I’ve had the tattoo for about 2 years now. It has a lot of meaning to me because I’m a third generation firefighter in my family. The idea for this tattoo came to me when my parent's house unfortunately burned to the ground and my father actually had to fight his own house fire. We all went in after looking for anything salvageable, but unfortunately all our family photos and everything was gone except for a picture of me and my father in a frame with the firefighter prayer. It was a little burnt, but nonetheless it was there, and it inspired me to get this tattoo done."

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From 1603 until 1867, Japanese firefighters fought fires in a “different” kind of way. They wet themselves with hoses so they would be less flammable (causing their uniforms to weigh up to 75 pounds). They used hooks on poles to try to pull the buildings down and smother the fire. They believed preventing the fire from spreading was more important than saving the burning structure itself. Only five percent of all recorded fires which happened in Japan for centuries resulted in death, seemingly proving their methods.

Schuylkill County, PA – Around 1:15 A.M. on Monday, March 5th, Schuylkill County 9-11 sent Fire Districts 38 (Ashland), and 45 (Girardville) to 333 Walnut Street in the borough for a reported house fire. Chief 38 was advised of a caller reporting a porch on fire of a residence. The Chief arrived on scene shortly after and found a two-and-a-half story, single-family dwelling with heavy fire showing from the “A” side of the building; a second-alarm was requested to the scene. The second-alarm included District 46 (Gordon), Altamont, Mount Carmel Station 2, and Englewood for their Rapid Interven-

JUMP TO FILE #032018115 tion Team. Engine 38-10 came down Walnut and stopped short of the address to leave room for Ladder 38-25 and stretched lines to the front of the residence. Firefighters began to knock down the fire from the exterior before entering through the front door. Engine 3815 went to the rear of the building and secured a water supply. Engine 45-10 arrived and sent their manpower to the scene, as did the second-alarm companies. Ladders were thrown to the "A" and "D" sides of the building and

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double checked by the Englewood RIT, who then staged in front of the building. Crews made a quick hit on the fire and others were sent to the second-floor and attic to check for extension. Ladder 38-25 flew to the roof and a crew ascended to cut a hole for ventilation. The bulk of the fire was knocked down quickly and firefighters worked on overhauling the front porch and the rest of the building. Chief 38 placed the fire under control around 2:00 A.M. and requested a State Police Fire Marshal to the scene. - JC KRIESHER

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How's Your Rubber Band? Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

There is a demonstration of resiliency that shows our resiliency, our sense of bouncing back is like a rubber band. After we experience a traumatic event or something stressful, we need to look at if we come back to the same place where we started, like a rubber band that has been stretched. We stretch the rubber band and release it and watch it go back to where it started. The more intense the pressure and/or the longer the pressure, the less were are going to go back to when we began, just like the rubber band. The more and more that we are stretched without our coping skills and self-care skills, we can snap like that rubber band. Our coping to stress starts long before we ever respond to any emergency call. It starts with the relationships that we develop, how well we are trained, what we do to relax and what we do to seek joy. It includes understanding what the signs of stress are. Some people show stress some different ways, but most are the same. Do you know who you can talk with? A friend, chaplain, crisis team....Who do you have? What do we do when we are in the middle of the crisis? On a scene, we may not have time to remove ourselves from the scene. We can remove ourselves from the scene. We can try tactical breathing exercises, to bring our breathing under control and our pulse. There was an incident that I was about to go in with a partner but I could see that his mind was someplace else. I asked him what was going on. He said that I was the only one that noticed. We had a quick discussion and went on with

our assignment. Yes, I could have just gone in with him and not discuss it, but it came to me "Two in, two out" and I wanted to make sure it would be two out. A few minutes to address someone's stress can make a big difference on the overall scene. What about after the scene? Do you exercise when you are stressed? Do you pray, do yoga, go for a bike ride? There are so many things that people do. Jesus after feeding 5,000 people, made the disciples get into a boat and go ahead of him and dismissed the crowds. "After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone." Matthew 14:23 See, we may all need some time alone to do self-care. I do not think that anyone is immune. Even God rested on the seventh day. If we do not treat our stress and take hold of it, we can have psychological issues, or physical issues, like a heart attack. We need to reduce as much stress that we can. When I was on a Hazmat team, we had physicals annually to make sure that we were in shape. When we went to a scene, we had our vital signs checked before and after entering into the hot zone. When we came out, we had a certain amount of time for our vitals to come within ten percent of our baseline. If we did not stabilize, we got a ride to the hospital, no negotiations. Resiliency may include running, eating healthy, playing with your kids, etc. We all need to take care of the stress and how it affects us. If we do not handle the stress, it will handle us. How do you feel about having a heart attack? Don't want one? Find a constructive way to deal with it. If you do not know how to build resiliency, you can always talk to people trained in crisis intervention. They are trained with a bunch of ideas. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh


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Fleetwood Fire Co. Car 45 responding to a fire alarm, covering for Station 11.



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Electrical Fire in Upper Providence

Providence, PA - The Royersford FD and Liberty FD of Spring City were dispatched at 2:33 A.M. on March 15th to a building fire in the Upper Providence section of the township that RFD covers. Upon arrival, Chief 98 confirmed the homeowners' report of a smoke condition on the first-floor. Crews led off with thermal imaging cameras and extinguishers, and established a dry attack line to the front door. Crews checking the interior found a burnt surge protection along the "Alpha" side wall of the living room. Crews verified that there was no fire extension and proceeded to ventilate the smoke out of the residence. Crews cleared at 3:06 A.M.

Sheridan Engine 647 pumps on the scene of a working fire in the Village of Orwin.



Lafayette Fire Company Engine 2, a 1977 Mack CF, working at the scene of a recent structure fire.


Allentown Fire Department Chief 43, along with Engines 9 and 4, responding to an inside odor investigation on New Year’s Day.

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VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists recently delivered The Bellegrove Fire Co. recently placed this 2017 West- The Fairview Twp. FD has taken delivery of this 2018 this 2017 Horton 553 Ford E-450 to Springfield Ambu- ern Star/Alexis tanker (1000/3000) into service as Tanker Pierce Enforcer PUC Rescue (1500/600/Amkus). This unit will be designated as York County Rescue 68. lance Corp. 6. VCI EMERGENCY VEHICLE SPECIALISTS



The Conestoga VFC has taken delivery of this 2018 The West Shore Bureau of Fire (Lemoyne Station) has The Lower Swatara VFD has taken delivery of this 2018 Spartan/4-Guys engine. Engine 53-1 operates with a placed this 2017 Pierce Enforcer (1500/650/30F/Amkus) Pierce Enforcer pumper-tanker (1500/2500), designated 1500-GPM pump, 1000-gallon tank, Holmatro extrication into service, designated as Squad 13. as Tanker 59. tools, and a Wilburt light tower. DALE FEEHRER



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Small Fire in Boarding House Panics Occupants Reading, PA - With crews ready to start their night-shift on March 10th, a caller dialed 9-1-1 to report a building on fire on South 4th Street. A box alarm was transmitted for 127 South 4th JUMP TO FILE# Street, which is a 031118101 well-known boarding house. Engine 3 arrived at the threestory building with smoke showing. Firefighters entered the building to evacuate occupants and locate the fire while a hose line was readied for a potentially long stretch. Crews found the fire in the walls and window of a centralized room on the second-floor. The fire was quickly contained within 15 minutes. Several ventilation fans were used to the clear the building of smoke. All searches were declared clear. One occupant was treated for a minor hand injury. Chief Mogel (Car 2) was in command.

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Reading firefighters work to overhaul a window after a small fire caused panic in this boarding house on South 4th St.


Glen Lebanon Fire Co. has placed into service a 2018 Peterbilt/Pierce designated as Tanker 42, which has a 750-GPM and 3000-gallon tank.

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Two-Car Accident with Injuries on Main St. in East Greenville East Greenville, PA - On Tuesday, March 13th at 7:49 P.M., the East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to a two-car accident with injuries in the 400 block of Main St., in the borough. A female from one of the cars was transported by an ambulance to the hospital for treatment. The cause and estimated damage is pending the outcome of the investigation. Assisting the fire company was East Greenville Fire Police, Pennsburg Fire Police, Upper Perk EMS and Upper Perk Police.

Squad 241 of the Catasauqua Fire Dept. is a 2017 Spartan ER IPS 1500/500.


Oley Fire Company operates this 2002 Pierce Dash Heavy Rescue.

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Rohrerstown FF Sam Welk throws a ladder during a kitchen fire in Manheim Township on Wednesday, March 14th.


Crews arrive to find fire on the second-floor of the home.


Multiple Departments Respond to Working House Fire in Maytown

Maytown East Donegal Twp. Firefighter Tim Bain cleaning up on the scene of a crash. TIMOTHY COOVER

Maytown, PA - On March 6th at 5:04 P.M., crews from Maytown East Donegal Township Fire Department, along with mutual aid departments, were alerted for a reported dwelling fire on Queen Street. Crews arrived to find a single-family dwelling with fire JUMP TO FILE# showing through a 030718118 second-floor window. Police advised that kids had been breaking into the building and said that they might be inside. Assistant Chief 791 arrived, requested a working fire assignment and upgraded it to possible entrapment. First-in crews found fire on the second-floor and searched the building to find the dwelling empty. Crews knocked the bulk of the fire down and then started overhaul. The departments worked on scene for about two-and-a-half hours before clearing. Maytown East Donegal Township Fire Department had command and was assisted by crews from Fire Department Mount Joy, Columbia Borough, Elizabethtown, Rheems, Marietta, Wrightsville, Hellam, Mountville, Bainbridge and NWEMS. Manheim and Columbia Fire Departments transferred to Station 79 while crews were on the scene. - TIMOTHY COOVER


Reading Firefighter Rik Kuhn poses with a cake after being promoted to Lieutenant.



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Apartment in Red Hill Sustains Extensive Fire Damage Red Hill, PA - On Friday, March 9th at 1:00 A.M., Red Hill Fire Co., along with several other fire companies, responded to an apartment fire at 440 Main St., in Red Hill borough. Upon ar- JUMP TO FILE# rival, firefighters had 030918100 smoke and flames showing from the rear and side windows of the dwelling. All of the residents of the several apartments got out safely without injuries. Red Hill Fire Chief Mike Eshbach took command and instructed the manpower. The small apartment dwelling was attached to a main structure and it had a firewall. The small apartment sustained very extensive damage, but the main structure did not sustain any fire damage. The fire was brought under control within an hour-and-a-half. Heavy overhaul followed. Damage estimates and the cause is pending the outcome of the investigation. Assisting Red Hill was Green Lane, Pennsburg, East Greenville, Milford, Trumbauersville and Soudertown Fire Companies, as well as Upper Perk EMS, PA State Police, Pennsburg Fire Police and Red Hill Fire Police. - TERRY RITZ


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Fire Guts Kitchen in Manheim Township, Displaces Family Manheim Twp., PA - Firefighters responded to a working kitchen fire late Wednesday afternoon, March 14th, in Manheim Township, Lancaster County. Firefighters from Manheim Township Fire & Rescue (MTFR) were already on the street after responding to a vehicle accident when the call came in shortly after 4:00 P.M. MTFR Engine 201 arrived and pulled the initial attack line to a side JUMP TO FILE# door and entered the 031518110 home to find a working fire in the kitchen. MTFR Truck 20 arrived shortly after and began to ladder the building and open up the home for ventilation. MTFR Engine 204 reverse laid a supply line to a hydrant and supplied Engine 201. Rohrerstown Truck 67 arrived and assisted with laddering the building and ventilation. Also assisting on the scene were firefighters from Lancaster City and Lancaster Township, as well as an EMS crew from Manheim Township Ambulance. Firefighters were on the scene for about one hour before clearing. The fire, which started when chicken on the stove top caught fire, gutted the kitchen and displaced the family that was living in the rental property. There were no injuries. - BOB DEVONSHIRE

A Manheim Twp. Fire & Rescue firefighter enters a side door to assist with suppression efforts at a working kitchen fire in the 1500 block of Fruitville Pike in Manheim Twp. on March 14th. BOB DEVONSHIRE



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Reading Fire Department Deputy Chief Gary Mogel utilizes this 2008 Ford Explorer as Car 2.

This patch belongs to Centre Square Fire Company, located in Lancaster County, PA.

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Columbia County Brush 313 is a 1965 Toyota Landcruiser. The Summerhill Fire Co. unit has a portable pump and 75-gallons of water.

Crews arrive to a fully involved structure.


Firefighter Injured at House Fire in Mount Joy Borough Mount Joy, PA - At 3:15 P.M. on February 6th, crews from Fire Department Mount Joy and surrounding companies were dispatched to Union School Road for a reported dwelling fire. Crews arrived to find a fully involved single-family dwelling. After a few minutes of interior work, the evac tones were hit due to

JUMP TO FILE #022518101 possible collapse. During the course of evacuating the structure, one firefighter sustained burn injuries to the arm. Crews worked on scene for approximately three hours. The state

police fire marshal ruled the fire as accidental, stating that it was started due to a mechanical failure from a 1989 Corvette that was recently driven. The residence was a total loss. The injured firefighter is back home at this time, and is recovering.


West Grove Fire Co. still operates this 1990 Mack R/S&S 1500/2500 pumper tanker.



The Shartlesville Fire Company still operates this 1984/1999 Hahn engine-tanker (1500/1250), designated as Engine 41-2.



Covington Township Fire Company #14 in Lackawanna County operates this 2001 Pierce/LTI/SkyArm 95-foot Tower Ladder as T-14.

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Franklin Station 4 Engines 43 and 45 on the scene of a camper fire on I-81 North.


Camper Fire Shuts Down Interstate81 Near Chambersburg J. KRIESHER

Pottsville Captain Kurt Shelhamer stretches a line from Tower 6325 to the second-floor of a fire in North Manheim Township.


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This 1959 Mack/Maxim 85' tractor-drawn aerial, which served as Reading Ladder 1, has been painstakingly restored for the past several years and recently left Fire Line Equipment in Lancaster with a fully-certified aerial. The rig is owned by Mark Civitarese and Martin Daniels.

Franklin County, PA - On the afternoon of February 21st, Franklin County 9-1-1 received reports of a tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 81 northbound in Guilford Twp., just south of Chambersburg. Units from Franklin JUMP TO FILE# Station 4 and Mar- 022218101 ion Company 8 were alerted at 2:21 P.M. on Box 8-81-44 to respond to milemarker 13 of Interstate 81. Franklin Station 4 units were responding when dispatch received additional information reporting that they had a pickup truck hauling a camper which was fully involved. Firefighters responding on the call had heavy smoke showing from several miles out. Station 4 Chief Mark Trace (Chief 46), immediately requested dispatch to add tankers to the assignment to assist based on the updated reports they received. Franklin Engine 45 passed the scene heading southbound and requested a brush truck started to assist due the flames spreading into the median and an adjacent cornfield. Station 4 Assistant Chief Travis Miller (A.C. 49), arrived on the scene and confirmed that he had a working camper fire and immediately requested fire police to assist with shutting down Interstate 81. Engine 43 took position and began their fire attack on the camper fire while Engine 45 concentrated on the brush fire. Interstate 81 had to be shut down in both directions due to zero visibility from the heavy black smoke. Station 4 firefighters received additional assistance from several other companies who responded and worked together for nearly 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Firefighters were committed on the scene for over three hours


The camper fire quickly spread to the median and an adjacent cornfield south of Chambersburg.

conducting overhaul operations and assisting with clearing the roadway. Traffic around the area was heavily affected due to the incident. Southbound lanes of the interstate were able to reopen by 3:30 P.M., but northbound lanes remained closed for an extended period while towing services worked to remove the remnants of the destroyed vehicles, and PENDOT evaluated the damage to the roadway itself. The cause of the fire is not currently

known, but the occupants were able to escape the fire and no injuries were reported. Emergency crews from five different Franklin County departments responded to the incident consisting of Franklin Fire Co. Station 4, Marion VFC Co.8, New Franklin VFC Co.17, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co.3, and Holy Spirit EMS Co.100. - WILLIAM KING

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The Benton Volunteer Fire Co. of Columbia County operates two brush units. Both of these units were extensively worked on by fire company members to make them work for their needs. Brush 156 is a 2004 Ford F-450 with body work that was assembled from purchased components. It has a 350-GPM

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Benton Fire Co. Brush 157, 1990 Chevrolet/Able Body, PP/150.

Brentwood Firefighters Arrive to Find Fully Involved Apartment Fire Brentwood, PA - On March 5th at 10:26 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire located on Pearl Drive in Brentwood Borough. Brentwood's Fire Chief arrived on scene and reported a fully involved structure. Firefighters began to attack the fire, but were evacuated from the structure about 20 minutes later. Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters re-entered the structure to extinguish hot spots. All units were clear by 2:51 P.M. The fire began in a four-unit apartment that mostly houses refugees. No one was hurt and the fire is now under investigation.



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Shenandoah Ladder 745 operates in front of a vacant dwelling that caught fire on East Lloyd Street in Shenandoah.

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