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St. Thomas, PA - On Saturday, October 29th, Franklin County emergency crews were dispatched out on Box 18-4 at 9:37 A.M. for a mobile home fire. Calls came in to Franklin County reporting the fire at 6220 Nugget Way in St. Thomas Township, located west of Chambersburg. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a mobile home.

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Units Dispatched to Bedroom Fire on Culvert Street

Reading, PA - On Sunday afternoon, November 13th, the Berks County DES dispatched companies for a report of a house fire located at 1051 Culvert Street. Tower-1 arrived with smoke showing from a two-and-a-half story dwelling. Firefighters began to stretch a line and move equipment into the tight street. The fire was located in a second-floor front bedroom and knocked down in 10 minutes, with all searches cleared. No injuries were reported and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.


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Wells Fargo Bank Damaged by Fire in Mount Carmel Mount Carmel, PA – On Saturday, October 29th at 5:50 A.M., the Mount Carmel Fire Department and AREA EMS responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 31 West 3rd Street for reports of a commercial building fire. The Northumberland County 911 JUMP TO FILE# Center received 110716139 multiple phone calls that the bank was on fire. The police and first arriving fire officers found fire venting from the top floor of the multiple-story bank building. The large flames traveled to the roof line and spread into the facade of the building. The line officer in charge ordered a secondalarm to be dispatched immediately, sending in units from Shamokin, Mount Carmel Township, Coal Township, Kulpmont, Ashland, Frackville and Englewood. Clover Engine-3 established a water supply from a hydrant at the corner of Third and Maple Street. Engine-3 then staged at the "Alpha/Delta" corner of the building and deployed its deck gun. Anthracite Truck-2 staged at the "Alpha/Bravo" corner and sent its aerial ladder to the roof. Anthracite Engine-2 secured an additional water supply from the hydrant at Oak and Third Street, located just east of the incident. Engine-1 staged on Maple Street and sent its crew to side "Alpha." Shamokin Truck-32 was diverted from a call in Shamokin and responded to the fire scene in Mount Carmel. Truck-32 staged on Maple Street with Engine-1 and sent its ladder to the roof for its crew. Ashland Ladder 38-25 staged at the "Alpha/Delta" corner and deployed its main ladder to the roof. Mount Carmel firefighters entered the building to finish knocking down the interior fire with hose lines. The ladder company crews gained access to the roof to complete extinguishment and overhaul. The fast action of the first engine on-scene held the fire to the front facade of the building and roof. Northumberland and Schuylkill County units that responded to the fire staged on Third Street. The crews reported to the front of the building to wait for assignments. Englewood firefighters stood by on side "Alpha" and provided RIT operations. Area EMS stood by in the area and provided rehab service to the firefighters. The fire was declared under control before 7:00 A.M. and was contained to the upper floor of the bank. The second-alarm units were released shortly after and cleared the fire scene. Mount Carmel fire units remained on the scene to clean up and assist with the investigation. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - STEPHEN BARRETT

Engine-3 staged at the "Alpha/Delta" corner of the building, deploying its deck gun.

The fast action of the first engine on scene held the fire to the front facade of the building and roof.



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Third Annual York County Fire Muster Held York, PA - The third annual York County Fire Muster was held on October 2nd at Cousler Park, located just outside of the city of York. The event was sponsored by a local group called the "Old Fire Farts of York County." This year's theme was American La France apparatus. Numerous events were scheduled throughout the day, including a fire flea market. A good time was had by all who attended!


Two vehicles collided in the Humboldt Industrial Park and sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Two Sent to Hospital After MVA in Hazle Township Hazle Township, PA – Around 9:45 A.M. on Tuesday, November 8th, Hazle Township Fire & Rescue was dispatched with APTS Medic11 to 550 Oak Ridge Road at the Amazon Fulfillment Center, for a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Chief-141 and Engine 141-3 arrived on the scene to find a two-vehicle crash at the truck entrance to the facility, with both vehicles blocking one lane of traffic. The chief got out to quickly assess the scene and found two patients with minor in-

JUMP TO FILE #111016110 juries. Medic-11A arrived on the scene and began to treat the driver of the car, who was still in the drivers seat. A second ambulance was requested for the passenger of the car, who had self-extricated and was sitting on the curb with minor injuries. Rescue-141 arrived on the scene and began to stabilize both vehicles while also assisting EMS with pa-

tient care. Additional crew members began to direct traffic around the scene while the first patient was loaded into the ambulance. Medic11D arrived on the scene and loaded up the second patient. Both patients were transported to Lehigh Valley Hazleton Hospital. The engine and rescue were placed back into service within 15 minutes. The Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the crash. - JC KRIESHER


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Vehicle Fire with Entrapment in Butler Butler, PA - On November 12th around 7:59 P.M., City of Butler Station-1, along with Butler Ambulance Service and the City of Butler Police, were dispatched to the 400 block of Zeigler Ave. for reports of a vehicle fire. While fire units were arriving on-scene, Butler County 911 was receiving reports of a person still in the vehicle. Firefighters started fire attack and then made their way into the vehicle. Firefighters found the driver in the drivers seat, still conscious but confused as to why firefighters was removing him from his vehicle. The patient was turned over to EMS for care and the incident is being investigated by the City of Butler Police. All units cleared the scene shortly after.


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Nevada: Yaphet Miller, 43 Rank: Captain Incident Date: September 23, 2016 Death Date: October 5, 2016 Fire Department: North Las Vegas Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Yaphet Miller succumbed to a medical injury suffered after working a multi-alarm fire in a shopping plaza that damaged six businesses on September, 23rd. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Colorado: Jermaine Frye, 31 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: October 25, 2016 Death Date: October 29, 2016 Fire Department: Cimarron Hills Fire Department Initial Summary: The day after being released from the hospital for treatment of a work-related injury he sustained during training, Firefighter/Paramedic Frye was found at his home in cardiac arrest. According to the fire department, Wescott Fire Protection District responders tried unsuccessfully to revive Frye, but he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

New Jersey: Joseph Bichler, 66 Rank: Senior Firefighter Incident Date: October 30, 2016 Death Date: October 31, 2016 Fire Department: Evesham Fire-Rescue (Evesham Fire District #1) Initial Summary: Firefighter Bichler responded to two fire calls on October 30, 2016. These calls were at 1302hrs and 2340hrs, respectively. For both calls, he responded to the station and stood-by until fire apparatus returned and then assisted the apparatus with getting back into service. While at home the following morning, Bichler collapsed in the driveway of his residence. Emergency 911 was called and his home department, Evesham Fire Department, responded along with paramedics for the medical call. Firefighter Bichler was found to be in cardiac arrest. His fellow fire department members performed CPR and transported him to a local hospital where he succumbed.

Wisconsini: John C. Brocker, 65 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 31, 2016 Death Date:October 31, 2016 Fire Department: Town of Oneida Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Brocker responded on a fire unit to a single vehicle vs. utility pole crash. The vehicle was occupied by five teenagers, one of whom died from injuries sustained. Upon arrival, Brocker advised the department chief he was having chest pain. After sitting down, he was given oxygen and began to feel better. A short time later, Firefighter Brocker collapsed in full arrest at the scene. He was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI, where he passed away. Ohio: Adam Long, 44 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 31, 2016 Death Date: October 31, 2016 Fire Department: Defense Supply Center Columbus Fire and Emergency Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Adam Long suffered a massive cardiac arrest while on-duty. Fellow responders treated Long and transported him to the hospital, but despite all efforts, Firefighter Long passed away.

New Jersey: Alfred A. Stewart, 79 Rank: Firefighter (Former Fire Chief) Incident Date: November 6, 2016 Death Date: November 6, 2016 Fire Department: West Milford Volunteer Fire Company #6 Initial Summary: Firefighter Stewart reported to the fire station for a company drill. He remained alone at the station to perform maintenance duties while other company members attended the drill. At some point, Stewart ascended a ladder inside the station for these maintenance duties. When fire department personnel returned from the drill, they found Stewart entangled in the fallen ladder. Despite lifesaving efforts, Steward was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. It is unknown whether Stewart suffered a medical emergency while atop the ladder and then fell, or if the ladder had fallen while he was on it, causing his trauma. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of Firefighter Stewart's death.

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Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh


There is a movement currently going on about stigma and mental illness. In emergency services, if we admit to having a challenge, we do not want our brothers and sisters looking at us in a different light. Why? Are we not human? Who among us are perfect? Part of the Stigma Free movement should be understanding your challenges, as well as other people's challenges. Sources indicate that "one-in-five Americans live with a mental health condition." Think about that for a minute; one-in-five. If you have five responders on a truck, one of them may have a mental health issue. Twenty percent of your department may have an issue. Are you or a member of your family or department one that is living with it, but did not seek any help? Are we judging others that have the courage to admit that they need some help? Let's look at some things that might be in our stations. There may be a member who has lost someone so close to them that they will have a difficult time making it through the upcoming holidays because they are battling with depression as they grieve. There may be someone who is still having challenges because of a really bad call and they may have PTSD. I know people who are bipolar, have addictions, in major depression, had a stroke, etc. Should we just tell them to "suck it up, buttercup"? NO! How would

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you want to be treated? What if it was your child or family member? Compassion goes a long way. Whatever mental issues they have does not identify them. One of my best friends is blind. I do not think of him as "Blind Steve". He is just Steve and life goes on. He will tell me if he needs my assistance. Other times I let him know about a situation coming up that he may need to know about. If a person in your department has a substance abuse challenge, are you going to just get rid of him from your department, or are you going to be a brother and come along side of them and help to lead them to a program that can assist them. The person may be a great responder BUT they have a challenge and need help. It is perfectly alright to see a psychologist, psychiatrist, or doctor and get the help that is needed. If you have physical challenges, hopefully you go to the doctor and get help, so why not mental health? Why not take the course Mental Health First Aid? 'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' - Isaiah 41:10 Do not keep trying to make it on your own. God is with you during your struggles. Seek out the help that you, a family member, or member of service may need. Understand those who have the challenges. Let us remove the stigma in emergency services. Let us first get the help that we need and understand those who have mental health issues. Let emergency services be Stigma Free. Let us get to the point where the stations are safe for all. Let us try to help those with mental health issues. Happy Holidays and stay safe, Didymus McHugh



Light smoke rises from the roof of a house on Maple Street in Hazleton as firefighters work to contain a fire in the attic.

Hazleton City Handles Two Fires at Same Time Luzerne County, PA – Just after 9:30 A.M. on Monday, November 7th, Luzerne County 911 dispatched Hazleton City Fire and APTS Medic-11 to 30 West Maple Street for a reported house on fire. Chief-1 went responding and was advised of a report of a fire in the attic of the residence. Ladder1, Engine-2 and Pipeline-4 also responded. Chief-1 arrived on the scene and confirmed a working fire in the attic of the duplex. Ladder-1 took the address and Pipeline-4 nosed into the ladder and stretched a line through the front door. Engine-2 secured a water supply on Laurel Street and supplied the pipeline.

JUMP TO FILE #111016109 Crews found a small amount of fire in the attic and quickly doused the flames. Additional crews entered the structure to pull ceilings and search for any additional fire. Firefighters had the fire under control within approximately 15 minutes. While firefighters were working on overhaul, units were advised of a reported apartment building fire at the Hilltop House Apartments, located at 1501 East Broad Street. Tower-1, Engine-3 and Engine-5 cleared the scene on

Maple Street and proceeded to the second call. Fire units arrived on the scene at the apartment complex and found light smoke showing from the front of the "D" building. Upon making contact with the building occupants, firefighters found that a mop had caught fire in the building. It was quickly brought outside and extinguished. Crews worked to clear remaining smoke from the building before clearing the scene and returning to Maple Street to help with picking up the scene. - JC KRIESHER


After 9/11, famed actor Steve Buscemi rejoined the New York Fire Department to help firefighters sift through the rubble of the World Trade Center. J. KRIESHER

Firefighters ventilate an apartment after a mop caught fire from careless smoking in Hazleton.

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If the site of this Brush Tanker doesn't scare the fire out, it certainly carries the gear to put it out! The Spring Brook Fire Company in Lackawanna County's forested mountain area operates this 1985 AM General Ex-military 5-ton truck. It carries 120-gallons of water, with portable pumps, plenty of forestry gear and bull horns on the grill.


Occupant Confined in Vehicle After MVA in Reading Reading, PA - On the morning of November 9th, the Berks County Department of Emergency Services dispatched an assignment to Front and Amity Streets. Engine-7 arrived to find two vehicles stopped in traffic, with occupants confined in both. Firefighters worked to stabilize the patients while Rescue-1 worked to displace the doors on one of the vehicles. The individuals were freed from the vehicles within 20 minutes and transported by EMS to Reading Hospital. Chief Moyer was in command of the incident.

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Firefighters from Ringtown Valley and Shenandoah responded with Shenandoah EMS to the scene of the MVA.

Three Injured in Union Twp. Crash


Reading Firefighters Glenn Raudensky and Lieutenant Ron Banks pose after a recent street box in Reading.

Union Township, PA – Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Ringtown Boulevard around 10:30 A.M. on October 26th. Schuylkill County 911 dispatched Fire District-30 (Ringtown Valley), Shenandoah Engine-742 (Columbia), and Shenandoah ALS to the area of the scenic overlook for a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Medic-6402 arrived on the scene to find a two-vehicle crash involving two passenger vehicles, with one vehicle rolled over and in the middle of the roadway. After a quick scene size-up, EMS found

JUMP TO FILE #102616111 three patients requiring transport and requested a second ALS unit. Engine-742 arrived on the scene and began to control hazards while EMS cared for the patients. Shenandoah Heights Engine-881 was dispatched to the intersection of Ringtown Blvd. and Route 924 for traffic control, as traffic was beginning to back up as the entire roadway was blocked. Engine 30-15 arrived on the scene and assisted EMS in pack-

aging the patients from the rolled over vehicle while the 742 crew proceeded to help EMS extricate a patient from the other vehicle and load that patient into the awaiting ambulance. The Pennsylvania State Police were on the scene investigating the crash while fire crews worked to clean up the roadway. Two patients were transported to local hospitals while the other was transported to a trauma center. All patients were transported by Shenandoah EMS. - JC KRIESHER


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Sanatoga Volunteers Extinguish Car Fire Lower Pottsgrove, PA - At 6:54 P.M. on November 10th, Sanatoga firefighters were dispatched for a car fire in an auto salvage yard. Squad-58 arrived to find a vehicle that had recently been towed from an accident with an engine compartment fire. Sanatoga firefighters quickly knocked down the fire.


The Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company (East Union Twp. in Schuylkill County), recently placed a 2016 KME Tanker into service. The new tanker replaces a 1987 Mack 4Guys that had served the company since 2004. Prior to service in Schuylkill County, the tanker served the Kutztown Fire Company in Berks County.

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LifeNet-81 lands at the scene of an MVC on Interstate 81 North, at the 17.5 mile-marker.

LifeNet Airlifts One From MVC on Interstate 81 in Chambersburg


Two Alarm Dwelling Fire in Hatboro

Chambersburg, PA - On Wednesday, November 16th, firefighters from Franklin Station, Fayetteville Fire & EMS and Marion Fire & EMS were alerted to a motor vehicle collision on Interstate 81. Crews were dispatched out on Box 44-817 around 12:32 P.M. for a reported vehicle rollover in the area of the 17.5 mile-marker of Interstate 81, northbound. Duty-44 from Franklin Station-4 arrived to find two vehicles off the roadway and immediately established Command-44. Crews arrived and confirmed two vehicles involved, with one occupant still in the vehicle. No patients were entrapped, but one had serious injuries. After evaluation of the scene, Command requested air med-

JUMP TO FILE #111716101 ical to be dispatched. Franklin County dispatch made the request and LifeNet-81 out of Hagerstown was immediately launched from Hagerstown Regional Airport, with a seven-minute ETA. Fire and EMS personnel worked together to package two patients from the accident. One patient was transported by ground to Chambersburg Hospital while a second was airlifted by LifeNet-81 and transported to a trauma center in York, PA. Once Life Net was in the air, Command advised that units were wrapping up. Shortly after, Com-

mand was terminated and the scene was turned over to the Pennsylvania State Police. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by PSP. Troopers remained on the scene for a short duration while waiting for towing agencies to respond and remove the vehicles involved. The condition of the patients involved in the incident was not known. Fire and EMS crews responded out to the incident from Franklin Station-4 in Chambersburg, Fayetteville Fire & EMS Co. 7, Marion Fire & EMS Co. 8 and LifeNet-81, stationed at Hagerstown Regional Airport in Maryland. - WILLIAM KING

Hatboro, PA - Units from Hatboro Fire Co. were dispatched for a dwelling fire on October 26th at approximately 11:30 A.M. The initial dispatch was for E-95, SD-95, L-90, L-15, QT15 and SS-93. DC-90 arrived on-scene and set up Hatboro command after finding smoke showing and a working fire in the attic/roof area. QT-15 was first in and went into service with a waterline. E-95 was second in and laid in from a hydrant to supply QT-15. L-90, SS-93 and SD-10 arrived after and also went into service. Fire broke through the roof and a second-alarm was struck. SQ-93, L-2 and L-100 were sent to assist on the second-alarm. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.


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South Media Holds Housing Ceremony On October 8th, the South Media Fire Co. held a parade, dedication and housing ceremony. Their new Engine-51 is a 2015 Spartan/4-Guys 2000/750.

Hazleton City Pipeline-4 has multiple lines stretched during a recent fire.



Ten-Year-Old Fall Victim Rescued in Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe, PA- On November 5th around 10:30 A.M., fire companies from Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning, along with other emergency units, were dispatched for a rescue in the Mt. Pisgah area, located northwest of the borough. A 10-yearold boy was hiking in the area when he fell approximately 30feet down a steep embankment. Rescuers brought the victim out of the woods, where he was then transported to the hospital. His injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening.


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Lower Providence firefighters have been utilizing a house set for demolition to conduct some training. Their training on November 15th consisted of wall breaching, overhaul and ladders. Pictured is a firefighter practicing escaping through a stud bay.


The wire connected to the house is seen sparking from the fire.

Crews Respond to Electrical Fire in Muhlenberg Muhlenberg Twp., PA - Around 10:10 A.M. on November 13th, firefighters were called to the scene of Hain Avenue for a structure fire, with flames visible from the attic. Shortly after units arrived to the scene, a working structure fire was called. Goodwill Fire Co.'s Engine-10 arrived around 10:15 A.M., stretched a line straight into a building around 10:17 A.M., and then went into the attic. By 10:20 A.M., Temple Fire

JUMP TO FILE #111316113 Co.'s brand new Engine-11 was onscene. Crews went in to assist in the attack. Firefighters inside then opened up the nozzle on the flame and were quickly able to knock down a bulk of the fire. Laureldale Fire Co.'s Engine-13 arrived and connected to the hydrant

down the road to help bring water to the scene. Crews overhauled the walls and roof of the attic. A live wire connected to the house where the fire started fell into the backyard after firefighters started to put water on the fire. The wire was de-energized shortly after by Met-Ed. It is believed the fire started from the electrical areas located on the outside of the house. - LUCAS RICHARDSON


Kyle Lonaberger drills with a rotary saw while Tyler Mogel observes during the "Makin' The Hit" Conference, held in recently in Harrisburg.


Fire in Engine of Vehicle Quickly Extinguished

Shippensburg, PA - Shippensburg firefighters responded to a reported car fire on the evening of October 26th at around 10:15 P.M., in the area of 20 N. Queen Street. Chief-53 arrived in the area with smoke showing. Engine-52 and E-53 arrived shortly after, finding fire showing from the engine compartment. A hose line was pulled from E-52 and advanced to the fire, which was extinguished immediately. No injuries were reported to any firefighters or civilians.


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Resident Burned in Mahanoy City House Fire

A man who lived in this home was taken to a burn center after being injured when the home caught fire in Mahanoy City.



Mahanoy City, PA – At 5:50 A.M. on Thursday, October 27th, the Mahanoy City Fire Department was dispatched to the area of 10 North 8th Street in the borough for a reported house fire. Frackville Ladder 43-20 and Mahanoy City EMS were also due. Assistant Chief455 was the first officer on air and was advised on multiple calls reporting a JUMP TO FILE# house on fire with a 102716115 car still in the driveway. The chief was on-scene shortly after, reporting a twostory, wood frame, detached dwelling with heavy fire throughout. The status of the occupants was unknown. Engine-451 was the first arriving unit and was directed to grab a hydrant at 8th and Centre Streets and proceed into the scene. Once on-scene, 451 was directed to stretch lines back from the driveway and initiate a defensive attack on the fully involved dwelling. Engine-454 was second arriving, secured the water supply and stretched additional lines to the structure. Ladder-459 was directed to get close to the scene for possible use of the aerial device, however they had to detour and come in from the North side of the incident due to not fitting under the railroad bridge near the scene. Engine-465 positioned behind Engine-454, as did Tanker-461 before the Tanker was directed to connect to a second hydrant on Centre Street and send water to the scene. Frackville Ladder 43-20 was staged on Centre Street as well and sent their manpower to the scene. Shortly after arriving on-scene, Engine-451 radioed that the homeowner was in a neighbor’s house. EMS was quickly summoned to the patient, where they found one person with burns. ALS was requested to the scene and the availability of aeromedical was requested, however due to poor weather conditions, the patient had to be transported by ground. Crews worked to knock down the bulk of the fire from the exterior as the front porch's roof collapsed to the ground. As the visible fire was knocked down, firefighters carried multiple ladders to the building and put them to second-story windows, where crews with hand tools ascended to take out remaining windows and pull ceilings before lines were stretched to the top of the ladders to douse more fire. The majority of the fire was knocked down within 30 minutes of the first arriving engine as firefighters worked with rain pouring down on them, with temperatures almost near freezing. Portable scene lighting was stretched down the dark driveway so that firefighters could see their progress. Around 8:00 A.M., Command began to have units break down some of the water supply and apparatus began to be released while first-in crews performed overhaul. A State Police Fire Marshal was called into the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. - JC KRIESHER

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Staying Safe from Electrical Hazards II STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Upon arrival at a fire or emergency scene where downed or arcing wires, or any other form of an electrical problem is involved, a good action would be to request the local power company to respond to the scene. Having the power company respond to all working structure fires is a good practice, should you need them. They will either be on scene or in route, which is a definite advantage. If the electrical hazard poses a threat to personnel or operations, a defensive posture is to be maintained until the hazard has been eliminated. If aerial devices, ladders, or hose streams are to be used in the vicinity of overhead wires or transformers, adequate placement distances should be maintained to prevent coming into contact with the wires or electrical devices. As soon as possible, utility service should be turned off at the gas meter or propane tank and the electrical panel servicing the involved area or structure. A department member trained and knowledgeable in performing such a task usually can accomplish this and it will also prove valuable in the cause and origin determination. Just screwing out fuses and dropping them on the floor, or turning circuit breakers off just won’t do. Turn the mains off by pulling or removing the main fuses and leave all the circuit breakers or circuit fuses in their present positions as found. In some instances where it is unable to reach the electric panel, the utility company will have to disconnect service at the pole or underground service point, and may eventually do it at major fires. Remember that during overhaul and opening of ceiling walls and floors, you may encounter electrical wires, outlets and fixtures; therefore, the power should be off before starting overhaul procedures. When responding to motor vehicle crashes where electricity and downed wires are involved, caution is required. No approach to the vehicle or its occupants should be made until any electrical hazard has been removed. To attempt extrication of trapped victim(s) is foolhardy and should never be at-

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tempted, no matter who the victim may be. In the event of a pole and wires down, obtain the pole number from another pole other than the one involved in the accident. Don’t go walking under the involved pole. Surely the power company will find the location. You are there to do all you can do to rectify the problem, but never lose site of the fact that you did not create the problem and your safety comes first. Risk always has to be evaluated as to what will be gained, and when up against 13,000 volt wires, defer to standing fast until the electric power has been shut down. “Killing the power” is the responsibility of the power company. Emergency response personnel should never attempt to pull electric meters, cut wires, or pull pole fuses or circuit breakers. Secure the scene and await the arrival of the power company. During storms when wires are down in numerous locations, it may require longer waits before response from the power

company arrives. The use of fire police, local, or state police to secure the scene may be required in order to place equipment and personnel back in service and available for additional response. Never leave the scene of any type hazard unprotected that you have responded to. You are responsible until you have transferred the hazard to another agency, the power company or when it has been eliminated. One last thought for those departments that respond to flooded basement calls is to remember that most electric panels are located in the basement. Generally, they are above the depth of the flooding condition, but checking the depth of the water before beginning your pumping operation is important. Looking from the outside before wading into the water and confirming the location of the electric panel with the homeowner will enhance your safety. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Smoke Seen from Miles Away from Pittsburgh House Fire Pittsburgh, PA - On Sunday, November 6th at 4:49 P.M., City of Pittsburgh firefighters were dispatched to a possible residential structure fire located on Rostock Street in the Spring Hill section of the city. Fire units enroute reported heavy smoke showing in the area and the first JUMP TO FILE# arriving chief ad- 111316111 vised dispatch that the entire front of the home was on fire. A few minutes later, Command requested EMS to assist a resident that had been burned. The smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away. Several calls throughout the area came in to dispatch for “smoke investigations,” which turned out to be smoke from the fire. Fire officials stated that the man who was burned had been grilling in the front of the house. He went inside and left the grill unattended, which then sparked the fire. The man was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening burns. First-alarm crews were able to control the fire within about one hour. - ERIC RASMUSSEN


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The Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company is the sole provider of Fire, Rescue and QRS protection to the 26-square-miles of East Union Township in Schuylkill County, PA. The company responds to over 250 emergency incidents annually, with 25 volunteers that protect small neighborhoods, industrial facilities, farmland, wooded areas and housing developments. The company operates Rescue Engine 9-10 (2002 KME 750-GWT/1500-GPM), Tanker 9-30 (2016 KME 2000-GWT/750-GPM), Squad 9-70 (2015 KME Ford 200-GWT) and UTV 9 (2016 Polaris) out of one station located in Sheppton.


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Station 15 in Lackawanna County has a new home! The ElmhurstRoaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company recently moved into a new station, which consolidated all of the equipment into one quarters. They previously kept apparatus in the Roaring Brook Township building as a substation, which is about one mile from the new station.


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out the country. The amount of information and statistics is overwhelming and sounds a signal that many, if not most, volunteer fire departments are hurting for members. That said, it also gives the average age of today’s volunteer. Let’s just say that if they were professional athletes, they would be well retired! He gives many reasons for the shortage, most of which are legitimate, especially when it comes to the economy dictating the need for two or more incomes within families, compounded by the level of stress placed upon men and women today. Contributing to that are the multiple ways that people today can be contacted, including many kinds of phones, answering machines, e-mail and pagers to name a few. He makes his living at a reputable publisher, where he has progressed intoto a management position. He is also an organic farmer. His office is across the street from the fire station, so when at work, it was easy access to respond to a call. He uses part of the book to explain how his journalism job sparked an interest in becoming a volunteer firefighter, particularly when he worked the police desk so to speak at a newspaper in the large city of Ohio. It was after he took a job at the publishing company that he relocated and became a firefighter. He takes the reader through the many variables of being a volunteer. Not taking anything away from the career firefighter (I was one), the volunteer is subject to be called to duty at any time. While career firefighters work in teams and advance in skills together, the volunteer almost never knows who will show up to answer a call, thus it is a guess who will make up this team. The number of personnel showing up is also questionable at a call. I can say that most career FD’s don’t do much better with the numbers game, as firefighters are expensive today, but even years ago when they weren’t, few departments had adequate manning. He goes through all aspects of training for volunteers, which included inside firefighting. Other parts of the book group all kinds of fires and emergencies fought and handled in a non-perfect world. When reading some of these, you may forget that these are volunteers, as many of the details resemble those you may have read from other authors in career fire departments. It is a book you will not want to put down unless something really urgent commands your attention! Also, a quick note that on the last page are ways that a person can ease the burden of a volunteer fire department without necessarily joining the ranks. There are many supportive functions needed, such as grant writers, fundraisers, office workers, cooks (for fundraising), attorney for legal matters, tradesmen such as mechanics, electricians, grounds keeping, chaplain, nurse and many others.


Hazle Township volunteers work to lift the dashboard on the driver of this sedan after it struck a tractor trailer on Route 924

Heavy entrapment after car slams head-on with tractor trailer LUZERNE COUNTY, PA – At 5:30 AM on Thursday, November 3, Luzerne County 9-1-1 dispatched Hazle Twp. Fire & Rescue and Valley Regional Medic 26 to State Route 924 in the area of the Fuel On Truck Stop in the Humboldt section of Hazle Township for a motor vehicle crash with entrapment. Chief 141 went responding ad was advised of a car versus tractor trailer with multiple calls reporting “heavy, heavy entrapment” in the car with one person bloodied but conscious in the car. While responding, units were updated that Pennsylvania State Police were on the scene and confirmed the entrapment. Engine 141-3 and Rescue 141 arrived on the scene to find a Toyota Corolla versus tractor trailer directly in front of the business blocking both lanes of northbound travel. Crews found one male driver trapped in the car and began to go to work. Multiple tools were pulled off the Rescue, Engine 3 and Squad 9. Personnel began with removing the doors of the vehicle followed by the roof. A State Trooper remained in the vehicle and held c-spine immobilization while rescuers continued to work to cut away the vehicle. EMS arrived on the scene and determined a need to rapidly transport the patient to a trauma center and requested aeromedical be dispatched to the Harwood ball field. Once the doors and roof were removed from the vehicle, crews were still unable to extricate the patient. Further assessment led to personnel deciding to push the dash off of the patient; hydraulic rams were put into place and began to lift the dash. Command was notified that all aeromedical services turned down the flight due to poor weather con-

JUMP TO FILE #110316105 ditions. Harwood fire was redirected from the landing zone to the scene to assist with traffic control. Sheppton-Oneida Fire was dispatched out of Schuylkill County to assist with traffic control as well. After 31 minutes of being on the scene, rescue personnel were able to put a backboard into the vehicle and successfully pull the victim from the wreckage. The patient was quickly loaded onto a waiting stretcher and placed in Medic 26. Transport was initiated to a trauma center. A front seat passenger of the car was also taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries after she was found self extricated on arrival. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the crash. While crews were cleaning up, a second crash was dispatched on Route 924 in the area of Veterans Road. Engine 141-2 responded to

that scene and found a crash with minor injuries. As crews operated both scenes, 141 Chief was advised 9-1-1 was receiving multiple calls for an additional accident on Interstate 81. Engine 141-2 cleared the second crash and went enroute to the Interstate. While responding, crews were notified of multiple calls reporting multiple vehicles involved including a tractor trailer and entrapment in at least one vehicle. Units arrived to find entrapment and multiple people injured and had to shut the Interstate down. Harwood and Sheppton firefighters remained on the scene of the original crash directing traffic until the original crash scene was investigated by State Police and cleared up by wreckers. These units cleared shortly after 8AM when the road was re-opened. In addition to the crashes, Hazle Twp. Fire also handled a fire alarm in their first due. - JC KRIESHER


The driver was trapped for 44 minutes as crews from Hazle Twp. Fire/Rescue responded to the scene and removed the wreckage surrounding the patient

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Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire in St. Thomas St. Thomas, PA - On Saturday, October 29th, Franklin County emergency crews were dispatched out on Box 18-4 at 9:37 A.M. for a mobile home fire. Calls came in to Franklin County reporting the fire at 6220 Nugget Way in St. Thomas Township, located west of JUMP TO FILE# Chambersburg. Fire- 103016111 fighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a mobile home. Chief Bigler of St. Thomas Fire arrived shortly after dispatch to find heavy smoke showing. Chief Bigler confirmed with dispatch that they had a working fire and assumed command. Units arrived and made entry to begin fighting the fire when a small explosion was heard inside of the mobile home. Firefighters battling the Saturday morning blaze became faced with additional hazards, as the mobile home had several LP Gas tanks stored inside that the resident was using to heat the residence. Interior crews were jarred by explosion but continued to attack the blaze. Firefighters attempted to remove the tanks as interior crews hosed down tanks, trying to cool them down, while an additional crew worked to battle the blaze. Several tanks exploded during the fire, but no firefighters were injured. Firefighters on Nugget Way battled the fire for about 30 minutes before bringing the incident under control. Once crews had the fire knocked, they were able to remove the remaining propane tanks and begin overhaul operations. Over 45 fire and rescue personnel responded out to the fire, which destroyed the mobile home. The resident was not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported, but two family cats did not survive. The incident is currently under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal’s Office. The resident is currently receiving assistance from the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. St. Thomas Fire & EMS Co. 18 responded out with Franklin Station-4 from Chambersburg, Mercersburg “MMP&W” Fire & EMSCo. 9, Letterkenny Army Depot Fire Co. 13, Chambersburg Headquarters Station-1, Marion Fire Co. 8, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. 3, Fannett-Metal Fire Co. 12, McConnellsburg Fire Co. 56 and Franklin County Air-10. Additional assistance was received by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal’s Office, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.


- WILLIAM KING Firefighters hose down propane tanks as they remove them from the mobile home on Nugget Way.


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West End Fire Co. in Palmerton operates this Chevy Brush truck 200/200.


Kitchen Fire in Reading Injures Firefighter


Brush 28-3-1 of the Kunkletown Fire Co. is a 2010 Dodge 750/200.

Reading, PA - On Thursday, November 3rd, Reading Police Officers working a detail in the 700 block of North Front street radioed that they had smoke showing from the front door of a dwelling. Box 7-4 was transmitted as companies observed a column of smoke in the sky. Engine-7 arrived at 719 North Front to find a three-story dwelling with smoke showing. Firefighters stretched a line into the first-floor and found fire in the kitchen and extending into the other parts of the building. As smoke poured from the dwelling, crews searched the upper floors. An additional line was stretched to backup the first line and to cover fire extension. All searches were clear, with the fire under control at 3:02 P.M. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated on the scene. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.



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Highland, NY - Tiffany Weaver is 27-years-old, a mother of two, and a member of Highland Hose Company No. 1. She was inspired to join the fire department because of her desire to save lives and assist her community in times of need. Weaver, employed as a phlebotomist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY was previously a member of the Roosevelt Fire Department Rescue Squad in Hyde Park, NY. Highland Hose Lt. Joe DeFellipo is proud to have Tiffany in the department and looks forward to having her complete driver training in the near future. Under the guidance of her fellow firefighters, Tiffany has been honing her driving skills on Highland's 1994 E-One Hurricane.

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Smoke pours from the second-floor of this dwelling at 1360 Perkiomen Avenue in Reading.

House Fire on Perkiomen Avenue


"Todd Bender is a Staatsburg Fire District Commissioner in Hyde Park, NY. When not playing with his five-year-old son Logan, or eating pizza with his 21-year-old daughter Megan, or chatting online with his 22-year-old US Army Combat Medic son Ryan, he can be found wandering throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, looking for stories and pictures to contribute to 1st Responder News. Todd is a former Dutchess County Legislator who got tired of politics, until he became a fire commissioner, and now he's just exhausted! Todd is always looking for new story ideas and routinely asks for emergency responders to email him at with their ideas and events."

D ID YOU K NOW No one knows who invented the fire hydrant because its patent was actually destroyed in a fire.

Reading, PA - On Monday, November 14th, the Berks County Department of Emergency Services began receiving calls reporting smoke visible from 1360 Perkiomen Avenue. Box alarm 0601 was transmitted, sending companies into East Reading. Chief Stoudt (C1) arrived at a threestory dwelling with smoke showing from the first-floor. Firefighters from Engine-1

JUMP TO FILE #111516109 began a hose stretch into the home and found fire throughout the rear. Searches were conducted in the dwelling but were hampered due to the building's transformation into apartments. Crews stretched a second line into the second-floor via the front porch to get past

some of the modifications. All searches were eventually cleared, with the bulk of the fire knocked at 1:21 P.M. No injuries were reported and units remained on-scene for 25 minutes, overhauling the fire area. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause. - JASON BATZ

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Highspire Fire Department runs this 2003 General 2000/525. The unit formally served Woodbridge, NJ.

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Middleburg, PA- Reliance Hose Company No. 1 operates this Spartan/4 Guys Rescue.

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Broadheadsville, PA - The West End Fire Co. uses this 2006 Pierce 1500/500/75' as Ladder 43-6-1.




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Heavy smoke is seen blowing across Pottsville Street and obscuring the bucket of Truck-20. FRED DILL

First Alarm Structure Fire in Wiconisco Wiconisco Twp., PA - On the breezy afternoon of Veteran's Day, November 11th, Box 23-1 was dispatched to the 300 block of Pottsville Street for a reported structure fire at 3:30 P.M. This brought in units from Companies 23 (Wiconisco), 22 (Lykens), 24 (Williamstown), 21 (Elizabethville), 20 (Millersburg), 27 (Gratz) and EMS from Williamstown to the scene. Initial reports were of heavy black smoke coming from the eves of the structure. Chief-22 arrived onscene to find a 100' x 50', three-story balloon frame duplex, with heavy fire and smoke blowing out of the first-floor on the "C" side of the structure. Chief 23-2 arrived on Engine-23 and requested a first-alarm. The first-alarm brought additional

JUMP TO FILE #111316108 units from companies 20 (Millersburg), 26 (Berrysburg), 29 (Halifax), 32 (Progress), Schuylkill 650 (Muir) and Perry 2 (Duncannon) to the scene. Engine-23 laid in from the hydrant at the intersection of Rock and Pottsville Streets and set up on the "A/D" corner of the structure to supply Truck-20. Engine-22 laid into the scene from the hydrant at the intersection of Plane and Pottsville Streets and positioned themselves behind Engine-23. Upon Truck-20's arrival, they set up on the "A" side and went straight to work. Engine24 tagged a hydrant on Pottsville Street and positioned themselves on

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Medina, Ohio - November, 2016 Fire-Dex representatives, Todd Herring and Jessica Meade, presented the first Fire-Dex Hometown Hero award to Volunteer Firefighter, Jamie Brock, on November 8, 2016. Jamie received a beautiful award, a new Fire-Dex helmet and a pair of FDXL-100 Red Leather Fire Boots. Additionally, Fire-Dex will make a $500 donation to the charity of Jamie's choice.

Jamie has served his community in his volunteer firefighter role for more than 30 years. On September 28, 2016, he went above and beyond the call of duty. He heard on his pager of an active shooter at a local school, Townville Elementary School. He immediately rushed to the scene and without hesitation tackled the shooter. He detained the shooter until authorities arrived. His efforts were applauded as likely preventing others from being hurt.

Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams spoke about how the community is doing after the terrible shooting incident. "We come together as a community as well as a county, state," Chief Billy McAdams said. "We've had a lot of support, a lot of good people helped us. So, the "A/B" corner of the structure, behind Truck-20. Crews started an aggressive interior attack until conditions started to deteriorate, as the fire was starting to spread to the exposure building. The building was then evacuated. Master streams were opened up and utilized to darken down the fire. Once the fire was darkened down, crews made entry again into the structure. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews began extensive overhaul of the structure. Upon arrival of Engine-650, they positioned themselves on the "C" side of the structure. Upon arrival of Truck-32, they set up on the "C/D" corner of the structure and were supplied by Engine 29-1, who reverse-laid from the scene down Rock Street to a hydrant. Upon the arrival of Perry Truck-2, they set up on the "B/C" corner of the structure. All three trucks were utilized during overhaul of the structure. Three firefighters were treated on-scene for minor injuries. There were no reported injuries to any civilians. - JESSE SHUTT

tonight is basically the people that responded that day. It's our time to be together." Join Fire-Dex in congratulating Townville Volunteer Firefighter, Jamie Brock, our first recipient of a Fire-Dex Hometown Hero award, for his heroic efforts on that fateful day. Fire-Dex, headquartered in Medina,


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