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Reading, PA. Around 7:30 p.m. on June 5th, a box alarm assignment was sent to Schuylkill Avenue for multiple calls received for a dwelling fire.

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Neighbors save Jersey Shore woman from house fire Neighbors frantically tried to save 61 year old, Mary Fox when her home caught on ďŹ re at around 10 p.m. on June 3rd. Dan Guthrie ran into the burning home to save the wheelchair-bound Fox as windows began to explode in the residence. “Get out! Your house is on ďŹ re,â€? shouted Guthrie. After he got her out, Guthrie went back in to save Fox’s dogs. Neighbors yelled to him to stay away from the burning building, but he went back in several times to save most of the ďŹ ve pomeranians that were running around near the front door. Antes Fort FireďŹ ghter Robert W. Spong, along with neighbors Steven Hill, daughter Skyler Hill and Danielle Guthrie worked to rescue the dogs. “They were headed back into the house into the middle of the ames. I had to catch them before they ran back in,â€? said Spong. “ It makes me feel good. I love animals. I take care of them. I work on a horse farm so I would do anything to save an animal,â€? the 15 year ďŹ reďŹ ghter said. Mr. Hill said he saw the ames from his bedroom window and went to help.â€? I saw the dogs come out, so I ran over to get them before they ran back in,â€? said Hill. Ms. Hill, 16, said that despite the ames around the house, she wanted to help. I was hoping the lady was out of there and all the dogs were safe,â€? said Ms. Hill Fox and her companion Larry Flook, the owner of the home, lost everything in the home they shared at 413 Bailey Ally, in Jersey Shore. Including two of her pet dogs, Gracie Mae and Holly Anne. Jersey Shore Borough Fire Chief Robert Sheets said they found a dog’s body in the burnt out home. But, Fox didn’t know which of the two Pomeranians it might be. Homeowner Larry Flook was not home at the time of the ďŹ re. When he returned at midnight, he found his home in ruins. He had no insurance on the house. “I don’t know anything in the world. I’m lost. I’m as lost as the house is. I have no clothes, just the clothes on my back,â€? Flook said. When ďŹ reďŹ ghters arrived, the east side of the house was well involved, with ames running up the side all the way to the attic, Fire Chief Sheets said. The crews initially made an interior attack, but could not make any headway after about 45 minutes. It took two hours to get the ďŹ re under control. “There were void spaces and enclosed areas where the ďŹ re took hold and we couldn’t get to them,â€? Sheets said. “We couldn’t get to the crawl space above the ceiling because it’s hard to pull down double-plank ceilings, so we pulled the men out and did an external attack for about 15 to 20 minutes, and poured water into the structure.â€? According to Sheets the house sustained major smoke and water damage and is a total loss. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Cpl. Nicholas Loffredo

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said the ďŹ re started on the outside of the building. “It looks like we have an extension cord that was run out back and powering some items, and we have some indication of some fault in that plug,â€? Loffredo said. Earlier in the day Flook was working outside, running a box fan and a saw. The plug melted where the cords met. “We are going to leave it undetermined in nature at this point and time, and probably close it out,â€? Loffredo said Six ďŹ re companies from the surrounding area responded to the ďŹ re. - PAUL GARRETT


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Firefighters rescue man after police foot pursuit Reading, PA. Late in the evening on June 3rd, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a rescue assignment to Front and Washington Streets for a vehicle accident. While units were enroute, Chief Lessar (C7) was advised the accident was the result of a police pursuit and that an occupant was being chased on foot. Engine 3 arrived at the Reading Area Community College Parking lot to a minor accident with one injured occupant. Police officers advised that their suspect was chased towards the river and had fallen approximately 10 foot down a steep embankment.

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Michigan: Brian Woehlke, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 8, 2013 Death Date: May 8, 2013 Fire Department: Westland Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Michael J. Reddy Initial Summary: Firefighter Woehlke passed away from injuries sustained in a commercial structure fire at a strip mall. Woehlke was caught and trapped when the roof of the structure collapsed. Initial reports indicate that a Mayday call was made shortly after the collapse. Further details regarding the incident are pending and it remains under investigation by authorities. Incident Location: 6581 N Wayne RD, Westland, MI 48185

Texas: Stanley A. Wilson, 51 Rank: Fire Rescue Officer Incident Date: May 20, 2013 Death Date: May 20, 2013 Fire Department: Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Fire Dept. Info: Louie Bright, III Initial Summary: Fire Rescue Officer Wilson died of injuries sustained in a multi-unit residential structure fire. Wilson became caught and trapped when a portion of the condominium unit in which he was operating collapsed. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Incident Location: Hearthwood Condominiums at 12363 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX

Washington: Albert A. Nejmeh, 59 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 14, 2013 Death Date: May 14, 2013 Fire Department: Tacoma Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Jim Duggan Initial Summary: While working at the scene of an EMS incident, Firefighter Nejmeh collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Fellow responders rendered basic and advanced life support to Nejmeh and transported him to St. Joseph Medical Center where, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he succumbed to his injury.

Houston, TX Name: Robert Bebee, 41 Rank: Engineer Operator Name: Matthew Renaud, 35 Rank: Captain Name: Robert H. Garner, 29 Rank: Firefighter Name: Anne M. Sullivan, 24 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date:Apr 17, 2013 Death Date: Apr 17, 2013 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Terry Garrison Initial Summary: The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire. While battling the blaze, the roof of the motel collapsed, trapping the firefighters in burning debris. All four firefighters perished. Incident Location: 6855 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX

Arizona: Brad Harper, 23 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 18, 2013 Death Date: May 19, 2013 Fire Department: Phoenix Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief Bob Khan Initial Summary: Firefighter Harper was pinned between two fire department vehicles at the scene of an outside fire. He was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital by other firefighters but did not survive.

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Smoke obscures the fire scene on Catasauqua Ave.

Three alarmer damages city row homes Allentown, PA. On May 26 shortly before 3 a.m., companies were dispatched to 1108 1/2 Catasauqua Ave. for a three story dwelling fire. Comm. Center advised incoming units that police were on scene, with fire on the first floor rear of that address and that there were downed wires. Companies went to work, but the fire rapidly spread via walls and contents, eventually

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a second dwelling became involved. Bn 43 then requested a second alarm, which was shortly followed by a third alarm. Some 23 people were left homeless as the fire damaged seven homes with the eighth one receiving heavy smoke dam-

age. According to press reports, Allentown Fire Chief Robert Scheirer stated the flames traveled up the roof line where it spread from one home to the next within minutes. One firefighter suffered an injured shoulder when he slipped on a wet floor. The fire was declared under control around 6:30 a.m.

Tractor trailer overturns into structure Lower Windsor Township, PA. At 11:10 p.m. on June 5th, York Rescue Company 41 (Wrightsville) was requested to assist Company 38 (Yorkana) with an accident with entrapment on the 5400 Block of Mt. Pisgah Road. Rescue Company 38 was on the scene of a tractor trailer overturned with entrapment and fluids leaking. Chief 41, Rescues 41-1, and 41-2 were en route with 15 in one minute. Rescue 41-2 (AC/EMT Russ) assisted with extrication. Rescue 41-1 (LT Newcomer) pulled the bumper line for safety. Crews from 38/41 worked together to quickly extricate the patient. 41 was available in just over an hour. Companies operating or on standby were Hellam (21), Yoe (36), Yorkana (38), Wrightsville (41), East Prospect (42), York County Hazmat (91), Canadochly Valley EMS (42), and Memorial Hospital ALS (102).


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He and his wife moved into their new home on June 18. “We just wanted a fresh start,” Stefanie Williams said. “We just couldn’t stay there thinking about what could have been? It’s been a process, but the Heroes Mortgage program was great. They helped us with every question, they were amazing.” When the fire broke out, John Williams alertly threw his son, Camden, out of the second-story garage, feet first. However, his other son, Gavin, was scared and hid in the garage. John Williams feared he might not find Gavin and had to put his head out the window for fresh air, before making one last ditch effort to find the young boy. Luckily, John found Gavin, and tossed him to safety out the window. Young Gavin sustained head injuries, but made a full recovery. John Williams’ calm demeanor and quick thinking helped avoid a tragedy. He is, truly, a hero. “John only became a firefighter two years ago,” Stefanie Williams said. “I think this was all destiny, you have your whole life planned out for you. We were lucky, we count our blessings every day. Nothing is guaranteed.” John and Stefanie have another son Tyler, 10, and a daughter,

Makenna, 6. The family is still settling into their new home and, most importantly, are safe. Of course, 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans are proud to be part of the process. In seeking a new mortgage, the Williams’ were turned down by other companies because of the complexity of the deal. “It took a good week of man hours to set up the loan and ensure a closing,” said Steven Testa, a Vice President with Sun Home Loans. “But I was not going to let this family not fulfill their dream. We had to get this done for them and are proud that we did. Indeed, the Williams’ are a special family.” Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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Live fire training Blandon, Fleetwood and Walnuttown Fire Companies recently conducted a live fire drill at the Berks Fire Training Center.

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail

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Alarm leads to worker Upper Macungie Township, PA. On June 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., Engines 56-11, 8-11, Truck 8-31 and EMS 62 were dispatched to 6923 Shantz Road in Upper Macungie Township for a fire alarm. The fire chief found smoke coming from the first floor front and side windows of the warehouse building. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the first floor of the big box type building. The fire chief requested the full first alarm due to a working fire in a large commercial building. At 10:05 a.m., the alarm was upgraded to a structural fire sending Tanker 8-21, Rescue 25-41 and one more unit from EMS 62. Chief 8 ordered the first in engine to bring a water supply from a hydrant in front of the property on Shantz Road. Command requested an additional engine to the scene. Tanker 25-21 was dispatched and responded. Command requested the second alarm transmitted to assist with the operations due to the size

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of the building, bringing Engines 30-11, 3-11, Truck 3-31, Topton (Berks) Rescue 21, Rescue 1-41 (FAST) and EMS 62 rehab unit. The building was searched for occupants, but came up negative. The fire was brought under control in one hour, but required extensive ventilation. A number of fans were used to vent the building due to its size. A number of RIT teams responded to the scene as well. The smoke conditions in the building improved and the crews had the incident under control in less than 90 minutes and without further incident. The fire chief reported that there were no major injuries to firefighters and the building received moderate damage. A number of EMS units stood by and provided rehab to the firefighters. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Hanover Township responds to a working apartment fire Han Le Co Fire Company and many others from surrounding communities responded to a working apartment fire at the Allendale Apartments. Upon arrival, a working fire was transmitted with heavy fire on the second floor of the occupied building. Residents made it out of the building safely, but a dog had to be revived at the scene. Heavy damage was visible to the unit, and a quick stop was made to save the others. Several people were left homeless from the fire. The blaze is under investigation at this time. Mutual aid responded from Hanover Twp, Nancy Run, Catasauqua and East Allen responded.

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Reading, PA. A platoon of firefighters were dispatched to 1237 Buttonwood Street around 5:15 p.m. on June 26th. After heavy rain had just come through the city, a police officer observed bricks falling from the front of the former Birch Tavern. Engine 1 arrived to a large pile of bricks on the sidewalk, with apparent structural damage to the front of the building. The building had been on the fire department's list of dangerous properties for a few years. City officials deemed the structure condemned and were working to have the entire property demolished. Several times during emergency demolition the building's owner Harry Stauffer had to be restrained by police officers for his unruly conduct.

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1st Responder reporter reports water rescue in King of Prussia King of Prussia, PA. On June 10th, heavy rain fall came down in the King Of Prussia area of Montgomery County. A nearby small creek overran its bank and flowed through the nearby parking lots. The depth and speed of the current of water made it very dangerous or impossible to drive through. A number of individuals still decided to drive their pickup trucks through the newly raging river to enter the motel’s parking lot. They were followed by a number of careless drivers, who decided to cross the water in their automobiles. A number of close calls of passenger vehicles becoming disabled in the fast mov-

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ing water were observed. In ten minutes, a small VW compact car drove directly into the center of water. It became disabled with the driver trapped inside and became at risk of floating away. Stephen Barrett quickly called 911 and advised the call taker of the current crisis taking place. In about ten minutes, police arrived and shut down the street that was flooded. Shortly later, King of Prussia’s heavy rescue and a local EMS unit arrived. Firefighters quickly equipped them-

selves with PFDs and floating rope bags. A team of firefighters walked up to and accessed the flooded area and the disabled vehicle. Two firefighters were able to cross the moving water and reached the automobile. The driver was given a PFD and removed from the vehicle. He was then walked to a safe area outside the moving water and evaluated by EMS. The heavy rain stopped and the fast moving flooding water receded. The disabled vehicle was removed.


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In December of 2011 Fairview Twp, purchased this 1986 Spartan/Quality engine with a 1999 Pierce refurb from the Hershey Fire Department in Hershey, PA. This engine was purchased to protect the newly acquired Lewisberry Twp area.


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Coaldale has acquired this 1981 CF Mack/Baker Aerialscope 75' tower that formally served the Undine Fire Company near State College, PA.

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Ryan Township houses new engine Ryan Township, PA. On June 8, 2013 the Ryan Township Fire Company housed their new engine rescue in Pottsville. The event was celebrated with a fire truck parade and a special engine housing ceremony at the fire station. The housing was held with the company’s first block party in years. The event started off with a parade of modern in service fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. The housing ceremony started at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Janet Kline spoke to the crowd and blessed the new engine.

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Chief Paul Hillibush spoke of the process of obtaining funding for the new engine. He thanked the local community for their support. He also recognized the township residents for their support in purchasing the new engine. Representatives from the state, county and township were also present. Fire Company Treasurer Jack Hurst took the lead in smashing a bottle of champagne on

the front bumper to christen the new truck. The members of the Ryan Township Fire Company then pushed their new engine into the station to bring good luck in the future. The day of events continued with the serving of block parade food and beverages at the fire company’s parking lot. The winners were then announced and trophies presented to the judged fire units in the parade. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Reading firefighters serve up lunch at Annual MDA Summer Camp Worcester, PA - Reading firefighters once again traveled to the Variety Club Camp in Montgomery County to prepare lunch for MDA campers during their annual summer camp. The firefighters compete in the MDA Silver Spatula Award. The contest pits firefighters from different locals against each other to see who can serve the best meal. This is the 5th year Reading has participated.


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Rush hour rescue for Lower Makefield Lower Makefield, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to an automobile rescue (Rescue Box 8056) for a two vehicle accident with entrapment on Lindenhurst Road in the area of Trowbridge Drive during rush hour on June 4, 2013 dispatched at approximately 5:14 p.m. After stabilizing the Chevy, firefighters went in service with hydraulic Hurst cutters and removed the driver’s side door.


Smoke showing from the upper floors at 312 South 11th Street.

Firefighters stretched thin during simultaneous working fires Reading, PA. B platoon firefighters had just begun their first night shift, when the communications center dispatched a kitchen fire at 1051 Pershing Blvd at 8:39 p.m. With companies turning out, a second box alarm was dispatched for 312 South 11th Street. Engine 1, only blocks away returning from a medical assist, advised the dispatch center they had smoke showing and were taking the 11th Street fire. Engine 5 arrived on the scene at Pershing Blvd to a two story heavily involved project building in the center of the structure. Two lines were stretched immediately to try and cut off the rapidly spreading fire. Ladder 1 arrived went into aerial operations, with fire breaching the common loft area. Engine 7 laid 350 feet of supply into the scene to establish water to Engine 5. Chief Mogel (C2) responding from home requested the second alarm transmitted at 8:56 p.m. Two additional lines were stretched from Engine 5 as crews knocked down the main body of fire and worked their way into the loft area. Ladder 1 firefighters made several relief cuts on the roof to stop the spread of fire into the other units. The fire was eventually

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placed under control at 9:51 p.m. No injuries were reported and the fire marshal's office is investigating. Engine 1 was on the scene at 312 South 11th Street for a three story MOR with fire showing from the rear of the second and third floors. Several units from the Pershing Blvd fire were diverted to South 11 Street. Chief Nefos directed Mount Penn's engine to Pershing Blvd and kept Lower Alsace to the scene. One line stretched into the dwelling with the bulk of the fire knocked quickly. All searches proved negative. The fire was placed under control at 9:24 p.m. No injuries were reported and the fire marshal's office is investigating. All city companies split up to handle the fire, with some units going to Pershing Blvd and the remainder responding to South 11th Street. Off duty firefighters also manned reserve apparatus. Multiple suburban units were requested to standby or respond into the city. - JASON BATZ

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Firefighters also assisted the Yardley Makefield Emergency Unit package the driver for transport to a local hospital. The driver of the BMW was self-extricated and packaged for transport by the Newtown Ambulance Squad to a local hospital. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Deputy Fire Chief Charles

Bubba Schlosser ran incident command. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain ran rescue operations command. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police conducted traffic control operations. The Lower Makefield Township Police Department was investigating the accident. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

Car slams into a parked car and flips Warminster, PA. At 2:21 p.m. on May 17th, Hartsville was dispatched by Bucks County Emergency Communications for a standby at an accident with JUMP TO FILE # Medic 122. Soon, Rescue 051713110 Box 93-31 was transmitted for an auto extrication. Police confirmed one person trapped and in and out of consciousness. Assistant 93 reported one vehicle on its roof with one person trapped. Engine 93 went in service with cribbing to stabilize. Rescue 90 was placed in service with more stabilization and a door pop. Medic 122 packaged the patient for transport. - JOHN ENGLAND IV


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Firefighters from Co. 7, man a hose line to cool the flames.

Flames consume barn in Marion It was early morning on July 2, when Franklin County 911 dispatched a barn fire at around 3:00 a.m. located in the area of Miller and Statler Roads, Guilford Township, Marion, Franklin County, Box 8-04. Chief 8 of Marion Fire Co. reported a working fire. Engine 8-2 layed out the five inch hose from Miller Road. Many other units began to arrive, along with the additional units from the working fire dispatch. Large diameter hose was laid on Social Island Road. The flames were of huge heights with radiant heat. Truck 17

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of the New Franklin Fire Co. went right to ladder pipe operations. Engine 45 of the Franklin Fire Co. supplied Engine 8-2, and Tanker 8 was supplying Engine 45. Additional hand lines were pulled from several engines to control the flames from spreading to nearby structures. Fayetteville and Greencastle had hose lines going. Firefighters were able to save a loafing barn and no livestock was lost.

Rehab was set up by EMS personnel from Marion EMS and West Shore EMS. No injuries were reported to firefighters. The cause of the fire was undetermined and a fire marshal was contacted to assist. Units were on the scene for several hours. Units responded from Marion Fire Co., New Franklin Fire Co., Chambersburg Fire Dept., Franklin Fire Co., Greencastle Fire Co., St. Thomas Fire Co., Marion EMS, West Shore EMS, and Fayetteville Fire Co. - DENNY CLOPPER


Reading Chief Nicholas Amicone retires after 36 years of service Congratulations to 1st Deputy Chief Nicholas Amicone on 36 years of service to the Reading Fire Department. Chief Amicone was hired on May 23, 1977. After training, firefighter Amicone was a jumper firefighter assigned to the D platoon. In January of 1981, Amicone took assignment as the driver of Engine 3 on the "C" platoon. After taking the promotional test, Amicone was promoted to 2nd Deputy Chief of the A platoon on January 6th of 1991. Chief Nick

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moved to the B platoon in 1993, and remained as their commander for 18 years. On December 23, 2010, the chief made his last move by accepting promotion to 1st Deputy Chief on the D platoon. One year later, Chief Amicone was moved back to the B platoon to finish his career. - JASON BATZ

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Second alarm for dwelling fire Reading, PA. Around 7:30 p.m. on June 5th, a box alarm assignment was sent to Schuylkill Avenue for multiple calls received for a dwelling fire. Chief Lessar (C7) arrived to a two and a half story MOR with fire showing. The chief was grabbed by the homeowner and advised that his children were still in the dwelling. While a line was being stretched, the homeowner ran down the baker's alley and attempted to enter the kitchen of the

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home. An aggressive attack was made through the front door and searches commenced throughout the upper floors. The homeowner was forcibly removed in the back. With the fire rapidly progressing and threatening exposure properties, a second alarm was transmitted by Chief Serba (C4). Ladder company searches

proved negative, with the children found unharmed watching from the sidewalk. Two lines were placed in service with the fire contained to the first and second floors. One male was transported to Reading Hospital with a burn to the hand. The fire was placed under control at 7:57 p.m. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. All city companies were sent to the scene with assistance from West Reading Engine 64. - JASON BATZ


Engine 9 operates its deck gun at the Allentown third alarm multiple dwelling fire on May 26.


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Six fatalities at building collapse in Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA - On June 5, 2013, emergency responders were alerted to a building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Fire Department arrived to find a harrowing scene. A four story building, in the process of being demolished, collapsed onto a Salvation Army Thrift Store. It took quite some time for authorities to determine how many people were in the thift store, but they think that all are accounted for. Six fatalities were reported along with fourteen patients transported to local hospitals for treatment. One woman was pulled alive from the rubble reportedly twelve hours after the initial collapse. According to published reports, more than 100 first responders were on the scene assisting in operations. The investigation is ongoing. NIK KNAUER

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Dover Township house explosion with fire


Vehicle firefighting drill Reading, PA. Members of the Cumru Township Fire Department (42) recently completed a vehicle fire drill at the Berks Fire Training Center.

Dover Township, PA. On Friday morning, June 7th, the Wrightsville volunteers were covering for Dover Township Fire Department while their members attended a funeral service for one of their beloved firemen. Shortly after arriving at the “9 House" at 9:03 a.m., Rescue 41-1 was JUMP TO FILE # alerted to the 5000 061113106 Block of Carlisle Road for a structure fire. Rescue 41-1 began getting reports of possible entrapment. Rescue 41-1 found a two story cape cod with the B side wall blown off the structure and a working fire on the A side of the structure. Rescue 1 crews pulled two attack lines to knock down the bulk of the fire. West Manchester Township Fire Chief 50 (Nichols) took operations, while Chief 41 (Livelsberger) had the 9 Box command. A defensive approach was utilized due to structure instability as well as possible explosion hazards. Once a response from the power and gas companies was made, the remaining fire was extinguished. Crews from 41, as well as other departments performed multiple tasks on the fireground, including protecting an animal hospital which was an exposure to the fire building. The scene and command was later turned over to Chief 50 due to Company 41 being due for an accident with entrapment in Dover Township. Companies on scene included


West York (1), Shiloh (2), Thomasville (3), Lincolnway (5), Dover (6), Nashville (11), North York (25), Wrightsville (41),

Wellsville (66), Dover Area EMS (6), and Thomasville EMS (3). - ERIC OBERDORFF


Coal Township house damaged on July 4th Coal Township, PA. On July 4, 2013 at 6:20 a.m., the Coal Township Fire Department (Maine, Union, Forrest Hills, East End, Brady, and Fairview Fire Companies,) Coal Township Rescue Squad and AREA EMS were dispatched to 1262 Chemnug St. for a house fire. Crews found smoke and flames coming from the first floor front and rear windows. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the second floor and attic. The Coal Township fire chief requested the second alarm, bringing Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62 (RIT), Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 and the remaining Coal Township Fire Department. Maine Engine 110 established a water supply from a hydrant on Chemnug Street. The crew deployed a number of hose lines and made an offensive attack. The Brady Fire Company Engine 151 established a second water supply and deployed additional hose lines to the rear. Three firefighters were slightly injured when the rear porch and

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roof collapsed into the back yard. Incident command assigned the additional arriving Coal Township and Shamokin Fire units to back up the first in companies. The deck guns from Engine 111 and Engine 151 were placed into service. Multiple exterior hose lines helped to knocked down the fire in the rear. Shamokin Rescue 62 provided RIT operations. The smoke and fire conditions in the home improved and the crews had the fire under control in less than 45 minutes and without further incident. The fire investigator believes the fire started in the first floor kitchen and traveled to the second floor. The fire chief reported that there were no major injuries to firefighters and the home received major damage. AREA and Sunbury EMS stood by and provided rehab. - STEPHEN BARRETT


Retired Reading Firefighter William Stoudt Sr. was surprised recently when he was presented a special plaque by members of the department. The plaque was created after obtaining the original plates from the City's Pittman Snorkel. Stoudt retired back in 2008, after more than 40 years of service, most of which he spent working Snorkel 1.

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Yardley extinguishes dumpster fire Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters from the YardleyMakefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Box 0-6 for a well involved dumpster fire on Kathy Drive in Yardley Crossing on June 16, 2013 dispatched at approximately 3:49 p.m. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Deputy Fire Chief Charles

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Bubba Schlosser confirmed a working dumpster fire. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Rescue 0, driven by Firefighter Greg Kobol,. firefighters went in service with the booster line and extinguished the fire.

Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Engine 80 returned to station. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police conducted traffic control operations during the incident. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Marshal's Office was investigating the fire.


The Willow Street Fire company still operates this 1987/2002 Pierce Arrow with a 1500 gpm pump, 200 gallon tank and a 110' rear mount tower.



Palo Alto Fire Company still operate a 1987 Hahn 1000/700/30 Foam.


The patient was placed in a large reeves litter and moved to a Stokes basket.

Technical residential rescue in Tremont Tremont, PA. On June 2nd after 12 p.m., Tremont EMS Medic 6703 was dispatched to 236 N Pine Street in Tremont for a sick person. The EMS crew found a severely overweight male on the second floor of the home complaining of abdominal pain. It was determined by the EMS crew that the patient was too large to be brought down the steps of the home. The patient would have to be removed through the second floor window. The crew then requested the ladder truck from Pine Grove. The Frackville Ambulance Bariatric Unit was also dispatched for their special bariatric litter. The front bedroom window was removed to allow egress for the patient’s extrication. The patient was

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placed in a large reeves litter and moved to a Stokes basket. Ladder 58-25 was sent to the second floor window. The ladder crew created a haul system to lower the patient to the street. The ladder was used as a high anchor point for the complex haul system. The haul system was hooked to the Stokes basket to assist the firefighters in lifting the patient. The patient was removed from the window and lowered to the sidewalk in front of the home. The patient was then transferred to the Frackville EMS bariatric ambulance litter.

The patient was then transported non-emergency to the Schuylkill Medical Center East in Pottsville City. Frackville Ambulance 43-02 requested continued fire department assistance at the hospital to assist with lifting the patient. The ambulance, hospital staff and firefighters worked together. The patient was then transferred from the Stokes basket to an oversize hospital bad and moved to the ER department. The total incident lasted close to three hours from initial phone call to arriving at the hospital. It was determined the incident had been successful due to the help of the multiple emergency agencies. - STEPHEN BARRETT


The Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Company in Hanover, PA (York County) runs this beauty as Engine 52-4. It is a 1976 Ford C/FMC John Bean 1000GPM/1000GWT Hi-Pressure engine.


The Oreland Fire Company still operate a 1980 Mack CF 1500/500.


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Another rollover for the 20 House Station 20 (Montoursville) and Medic 1-91 (SREMS) responded to the 22000 block of Interstate 180 for a reported vehicle accident with rollover and injuries. Medic 1-91 reported one vehicle down an embankment and requested an additional BLS and ALS. The engine and ambulance arrived shortly after with the engine crew assisting with patient packaging.


Elizabethville works morning silo fire Washington Township, PA. At 5:37 a.m. on May 3rd, Box 21-4 was dispatched to the 4800 Block of State Route 225 in Washington Township for a commercial structure fire. A few seconds later, Dauphin County Communications sent out a critical update page advising responding crews that it was to be a silo fire. This call brought crews from Elizabethville, Berrysburg, Lykens and Life TeamMedic 6. Crews arrived on scene to find a 70' tall silo filled 3/4 of the way with haylage and smoke showing

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from the unloading chute. As crews worked to extinguish the visible fire, a call was made to Eric Rickenbach, a Farm Agricultural Rescue Instructor with Penn State University, who responded to the scene to assist. Command also requested Air 35 (Linglestown) to the scene for long line air capabilities and Rescue 1 (Harrisburg Bureau of Fire) to the scene for confined space operations.

Personnel made entry in the unloading chute with a custom built piercing nozzle which was used to extinguish the remaining fire in the haylage. The Dauphin County Hazmat team was also called to the scene for air monitoring. The farmer had also called a silo technician to the scene due to the unloader being inoperable due to the fire. Once the silo tech got the unloader working, the burned haylage was unloaded from the silo. - JESSE SHUTT

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Fairless Hills responds to accident with entrapment Falls Township, PA. Fairless Hills Fire Department and Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched to Rescue Box 31-20 for a reported two vehicle accident with entrapment on North Oxford Valley Road in the area of Route 1 Superhighway dispatched at approximately 8:43 p.m. The YardleyMakefield Fire Company was later recalled and the Fairless Hills Fire Department handled the assignment. Firefighters from Rescue 31 assisted the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad in packaging a patient for transport to a local hospital. The Falls Township Police Department was investigating the accident.


Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Co. #1 is still in service with their 1979 Sutphen tower.

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Housing in Palo Alto KIRK NEIDERMYER

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On July 4th at 3:00 a.m., city fire units were dispatched to 115 E. Clay St. for a house fire with reported entrapment. City units arrived to find heavy smoke pushing from the house with confirmed entrapment. Units deployed multiple handlines and began searching the dwelling. Fire crews were able to rescue five people from the burning home. A total of seven people perished in the fire (three adults and four children). Four occupants perished at the scene on July 4th and two passed away July 5th at a local burn center. There were a

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total of 15 occupants living in the house at the time of the fire. The fire was started by unattended cooking in the kitchen area. There were no working smoke detectors in the house. Lancaster City units were assisted by, Manheim Township Fire rescue, Willow Street, Lafayette, Ronks, and Lancaster Township. - KIRK NEIDERMYER

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Palo Alto, PA - On May 18, 2013, the East End Fire Company of the Palo Alto Fire Department housed their new utility truck. The event was celebrated by hosting a fire truck parade and a special new truck housing ceremony. The new Utility 617 was built by the members and is a Chevy utility Pick up with a skid mount pump. A local chaplain blessed the new truck with a short ceremony. One East End’s Company member took the lead in smashing a bottle of champagne on the front bumper to christen the new truck. The members of the East End Fire Company then pushed their new truck into the station to bring good luck in the future.


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Weavertown, PA. The Lebanon County Firefighter's hosted their 91st annual convention on June 15, 2013. The business meeting was conducted at the "Blue Max" Hall adjacent to the Weavertown Fire Company. Outgoing President Stanley Singer called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and began the organization's standard committee reports. Various awards were distributed. After conducting the association's business, the new officers were installed during a ceremony conducted by Steven Shenk. Shenk is a longtime firefighter from Lancaster County and along with many other accomplishments is a director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Federation. The new officers include President Barry Batz of the Perseverance Fire Company of Jonestown, Vice Presidents Frank Ceresini III of Chemical Fire Co. of Lebanon, Paul Snyder of Ono Fire Co., David Hull of Keystone Hook & Ladder of Myerstown and Do-

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minic Tribioli, Community Fire Co. of Cornwall; Recording Secretary Duane Trautman of Rescue Fire Co. of Lebanon; Financial Secretary Randy Simmon of Neptune Fire Co. of Richland; Assistant Financial Secretary Arthur Wealand of Newmanstown Volunteer Fire Co.; Treasurer Richard Bleistine of Liberty Fire Co. of Lebanon; Assistant Treasurer Larry Stohler of Schaefferstown Volunteer Fire Co.; Chaplain Joel Risser of Perseverance Fire Co. of Jonestown; Assistant Chaplain Ronald Miller of Ebenezer Fire Co.; Fire Marshal Michael Tribioli, Community Fire Co. of Cornwall; Deputy Fire Marshal Darlene Mindler of Quentin Fire Co.; Assistant Fire Marshal Kevin Helms of Ono Fire Co.; and five-year Trustee Stanley Singer of Quentin Fire Co. - KIRK NEIDERMYER

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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS August 18, 2013 NY-The Winona Lake Engine Company will host their Poker Run to benefit the NY State Firemen’s Home. Visit for more information. August 19, 2013 FL-The CF Levy Paramedic class will be offered in conjunction with Levy County Department of Public Safety. Class registration deadline is July 18. Call 352-4939533. August 20-23, 2013 NY-FASNY will be hosting their Expo and Conference at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center on Albany Shaker Road in Albany. Visit their website at for more details. September 2, 2013 VT-The Barre Town Fire Department is holding a 52 gun raffle in an effort to raise money for a side by side ATV for trail/wilderness rescue, and wildland fires. Contact Deputy Chief Sanborn at 802-371-9193 for details. September 3, 2013 NJ-The Friends of the Avalon Fire Department present the 4th annual 50/50 Cash Elimination Drawing to benefit the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Princeton Bar and Grill, 2008 Dune Drive. Contact the Avalon Fire Department for more information. September 13-14, 2013 NJ-The New Jersey Firemen’s Convention will be held in the City of Wildwood. For more information on the convention, visit September 20-22, 2013 CT-The South Windsor Fire Department is hosting the 2013 Connecticut Firefightes Association Annual Convention to include a parade, firefighters muster, food and

entertainment. For details, contact Scott Fine at 860-463-0500. October 3-4, 2013 VA-The 11th Annual Fairfax Fire Officers Seminar is proud to announce for the 2013 seminar the following presenters: Firefighter Jason Brezler from the Fire Department of New York, Chief (ret.) Rick Lasky. Contact us ror more information and registration at October 5, 2013 NJ-Silverton Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring their 2013 Harley FLHX Street Glide Raffle. Drawing: October 5th at 5pm during the Silverton Volunteer Fire Company 6th Annual Fall Festival & Poker Run. For tickets: 732-255-3244. October 5, 2013 NJ-Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Station 44 on Sheridan Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ. Visit for more information. October 12-13, 2013 OH-The Ohio Emergency Response Expo will be held at the Eastwood Expo Center in Youngstown, OH. For additional information, visit


Two vehicle MVA in East Greenville On May 30th at 7:25 p.m., East Greenville Fire Company responded to a two vehicle accident at 3rd and Main St. in the boro. There were no reported injuries. Damages to the two SUV vehicles were minor. Main St. had to be shutdown and traffic had to be detoured.

October 13, 2013 PA-A Model Train Show & Sale is being held at the Hawley Fire House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3, children under 12 free with paid admission. For information, contact Bill Delling at 570-2263206. November 23, 2013 NY-Wolcottsville is hosting a Meat/Turkey Raffle with free refreshments and 50/50’s. Contact Bob Groff at for more information.

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Truck overturns in Foster Township Foster Township, PA, On May 31st after 4:00 p.m., the Foster Township, Cass Township Fire Companies, Minersville Fire Rescue 518, Western Schuylkill ALS, Pottsville Yorkville Rescue 63 and Minersville Ambulance were dispatched to Route 901 for a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer. Initial phone calls reported entrapment involving two occupants. Pottsville Medic 68 found the occupants crawling out of the cab. The tractor trailer was on its side and into east bound lane of Keystone Boulevard. The Fire Chief downgraded the incident after determined there was no longer entrapment. Minersville ambulance personnel examined the driver and passenger for injuries.


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The Longwood Fire Company has placed in service a East Greenville Fire Co. took delivery of a 2013 Spar- The East End Fire Dept. #1 of Mercer recently placed in service Truck 87, which is a 1987 Mack/Baker 95'. It pretan/Smeal 105' aerial ladder (Ladder 38). 2012 Pierce Arrow XT Engine (2,000/750). viously served Jericho, NY and Lebanon, PA.




Members of the Friendship Fire Co., #1 have taken de- Bristol Consolidated Fire Company operate a 2012 Fer- Harrisburg Fire Department Squad 8 is a 2012 Pierce Arrow XT equipped with 1,500 gpm pump, 500 gal tank livery of their 2013 Pierce Velocity pumper. 2000/1000. rara 1750/500. and 30 gal foam tank.




The Continental of Danville has taken delivery of this Progress Engine 32 is a 2012 Pierce Arrow XT with a The West End Fire Company of Quakertown now operates a 2012 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Rescue. 1,500 gpm pump and 500 gal tank 2013 Pierce Velocity engine. 1500/1000




The members of Annville, PA have taken delivery of this The ACME Hose Company #1 of East Stroudsburg re- The Dauphin County Haz-Mat has taken delivery of this 2013 Sutphen SP-70 quint. Truck 5 has a 1500 gpm cently put into service Tower 21-4.Tower 21-4 is a 2012 Demo 2013 Pierce Saber rescue unit. Pierce Velocity 2000300 100 ft. pump, 500 gallon tank, and a 70' aerial.

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At the Fire Expo, Bill Lynch of MidAtlantic Rescue Systems greeted his guests, RJ and John Paul from Swamp People. Show attendees visited Lynch's booth all weekend to snap photos, buy t-shirts and greet the History Channel stars.

Yardley-Makefield transports one after accident Lower Makefield Township, PA - The Yardley-Makefield Emergency unit transported an accident victim to a local hospital after a two vehicle crash between a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord at the intersection of Langhorne-Yardley Road and Stony Hill Road on June 25, 2013 at approximately 12:45 p.m. The Lower Makefield Township Police Department was on scene investigating the accident.


John Seyfert, Bob Schmale, Deputy Chief Mike Lessar, Ray Carl pose after completing a successful elevator rescue in Reading


Man rescued from fire in Southeast Reading


Frank Robinson and Ken Snyder stopped by the 1st Responder Newspaper booth at the Harrisburg Fire Expo. The tables were turned and a photo was snapped of them.

Reading, PA. A box alarm was dispatched at 10:20 p.m. in Southeast Reading. Engine 1 arrived at 1346 Cotton Street with smoke showing from a two and a half story MOR. After forcing the front door and beginning the stretch, crews located a victim on the first floor. Firefighters quickly carried the injured man outside, where he was transported in critical condition to Reading Hospital. Crews located a fire on the first floor in the rear producing smoke throughout the dwelling. A single line was stretched, with the fire being contained quickly. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. The fire marshal's office is investigating. Units on the box included Engines 1, 3, 5 and 9. Tower 1, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Medics 3 and 1 also assisted.


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Lingohocken Fire Company 100th Anniversary Parade Village of Wycombe, PA - The Lingohocken Fire Company & Bucks County Fire Chief’s and Firemen’s Association hosted Lingohocken Fire Company's 100th Anniversary Parade on June 8th. RICKY BROWN

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Men in black arrive to vehicle fire Hellam Township, PA. At 2:24 p.m. on June 8th, Rescue Company 41 (Wrightsville) along with Engine Company 21 (Hellam) were dispatched for a vehicle accident on Hauser School Road. Chief 40 (Smeltzer), Rescues 41-1, and 41-2 went en route with 11 in less than a minute. Rescue 41-2 (AC/EMT Russ) arrived to a single vehicle accident into a tree with an engine compartment fire. The crew from Rescue 2 kept the fire in check with extinguishers and assisted in patient care until the arrival of Rescue 1. Rescue 41-1 pulled the bumper line to cool the engine. Crews from Rescue 2 utilized the Holmatro spreader to force the hood. Units remained on scene for about 30 minutes.



The Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Company in Hanover (York County) owns this 1947 International /FMC John Bean Hi Pressure 400GWT engine.

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East Greenville Fire Co., 1949 Mack L model, saw 40 years of service retiring in 1989. Remains as a parade piece after being refurbished.

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Drilling on the Delaware Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company recently conducted a marine drill on the Delaware River.

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Best wishes to Lieutenant Rodney Wolfe Reading, PA. Congratulations to Paramedic Lieutenant Rodney Wolfe on his new job with St. Luke's Emergency & Transport Services. Paramedic Wolfe was hired on the first of January in 2001, when the city went back into EMS. Rod later took a promotion to EMS Lieutenant on January 1st of 2003. Lt. Wolfe worked on the C platoon his entire career. Rod’s last night with the department was June 13th.

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Medal of Valor award recipients: Trevose Fire Company Firefighter Brian Armstrong, Trevose Fire Company Firefighter Chris Doster, Trevose Fire Company Firefighter Tim Doster, Goodwill Hose Company #3 Deputy Fire Chief Brian Russell, Bristol Consolidated Fire Company Lieutenant Eric Ziegelhofer, Bristol Consolidated Fire Company Captain James Burnett, and Bristol Consolidated Fire Company Firefighter James Kuzma.

Above and beyond Trevose, PA. Bucks County Fire Chief’s and Firefighters Association awarded several firefighters with the Medal of Valor during an Accommodation Ceremony held at the Trevose Fire Company JUMP TO FILE # Station 4 on 052113111 May 20th. B u c k s County Fire Chief’s and Firefighters Association President Paul Kreuter introduced and awarded the following Medal of Valor award recipients from the Trevose Fire Company: Trevose Fire Company Firefighter Brian Armstrong, Trevose Fire Company Firefighter Chris Doster, and Trevose Fire Company Firefighter Tim Doster, were awarded a Medal of Valor and a Certificate of Valor in recognition of their heroic actions which were above and beyond the call of duty that resulted in

the successful rescue of resident s from a fire that occurred at 100 Orchard Lane, Feasterville, PA on December 25, 2012. Bucks County Fire Chief’s and Firefighters Association President Paul Kreuter introduced and awarded the following Medal of Valor award recipients from Bristol Borough: Goodwill Hose Company #3 Deputy Fire Chief Brian Russell, Bristol Consolidated Fire Company Lieutenant Eric Ziegelhofer, Bristol Consolidated Fire Company Captain James Burnett, and Bristol Consolidated Fire Company Firefighter James Kuzma were also awarded a Medal of Valor and a Certificate of Valor in recognition of their heroic actions which were above and beyond the call of duty that resulted in the successful rescue of residents from a fire that occurred at 612 Pond Street, Bristol, PA on December 27 2012. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG



EMT Barbie Harshman puts on her game face to begin rehab at a recent house fire.


For Sale Via Sealed Bid 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 Whelen Light and Code 3 Siren Package • 45,724 miles Original owner, clean title, minor interior wear and tear. Starting Bid - $8,500 Must be received by 10am on June 29th. Please mail bids to: Delmar-Bethlehem EMS Attn: Jeep Sealed Bid • P.O. Box 246, Selkirk, NY 12158 Jeep available for inspection from 10-12pm on June 15th. Bids will be opened at 10am on June 29th. Questions should be directed to Lt. Matt Wiley 518-225-1032 or email

For Sale. 1996 Freighliner FL-60 chassis • 18,441 miles Serviced in August 2012 with new battery installed Equipped with air brakes, Allison automatic transmission, 230hp Cummings diesel on spot chains, air conditioning Original 10’ walk-in body built in 1975, several upgrades Kussmaul pump plus charger/compressor Asking $26,000. For more info please call 276-732-5302 • Collinsville VFD located in Virginia

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Rohrerstown operates this 2012 Ford F-450/Pierce Mini Pumper equipped with a 250 gallon tank and a Darley gas powered pump.

For Sale First Priority Renaissance Horton Type III Ambulance on a Ford E 450 Gasoline Chassis. New Electrical System, New Interior LED Lighting, New Exterior Emergency LED Lighting, Plus much more... Call us at 800-247-7725 for additional information. $95,000 Ford Government Pricing Concession discounts available on these units, as applicable.

2002 Ford PL Custom Ambulance Power Stroke Diesel Engine, Low miles Fully Loaded, Power windows, doors, mirrors, outer compartment doors, anti theft system Asking price $55,000.00 Contact person: Gordon Evans (914) 497-2833 E-mail:

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Trauma Junkie, Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse ON THE BOOK SHELF On The Book Shelf by John Malecky

Trauma Junkie Memoirs of an Emergency Flight NurseUpdated and Expanded By Janice Hudson Published by Firefly Books, Ltd, Richmond Hill, Ontario Available from your local book seller or online book sellers Price $19.95 (paperback) This book measures 6” x 9”, has 272 pages with 24 pages of photos, maps and glossary. You can probably imagine that if you are a flight nurse assigned to an emer-

gency medical helicopter ambulance, it is likely that the calls you respond to are for individuals who are seriously injured or sick. Many wind up dead from their injuries or complications. So it is with this in mind that I advise the reader that if you have a sensitive comprehension to reading about graphic material, this book may not be for you! I have found by talking with many people who are readers, that some cannot stomach the content of some books even though in most cases there are no accompanying photos. The author became a flight nurse in 1987 after leaving a full time job as an emergency room nurse. After many years as a flight nurse she later became a full time, certified registered nurse anesthetist. She accidently found out one

day after stopping to visit her old quarters, that her book was required reading for all new flight nurses at CALSTAR (California Shock/Trauma Air Rescue), which is an air ambulance in the San Francisco Bay area. You will notice that the current book is updated and expanded so there was a previous printing but it was sold out. There are 16 action packed chapters which hold multiple incidents including the earthquake in 1989 (during the baseball world series coverage) and a major, fatal Oakland brush fire. She writes with a technique that causes the reader to empathize with what is going on and imagery which tends to place you on the scene. - Continued at

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The Friendship Fire Company of Port Royal operates a 2011 Ford/Brat 500/400/10 Brush Truck.


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1st Responder News Pennsylvania August Edition  

1st Responder News is the first newspaper to cover emergency service personnel on such an intimate basis. We give detailed coverage to the...