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Fire a t the M occias Train Stop R estaurant in Lower F rederick Twp. LOWER FREDERICK TWP., PA - On September 26th around 10:00 P.M., multiple companies were dispatched for a build­ ing fire at the Moccias Train Stop Restaurant. Fire was seen coming from the back roof, where the kitchen was located. Lower Frederick 52, Perkiomen 66, Harleysville 89, Schwenksville 73, Upper Frederick 87, Upper Salford 78, and Skippack 86 responded. Firefighters made quick work and extinguished the fire from the interior, and proceeded with ventilation afterward. Crews and apparatus were made available about two hours later.

Auburn Fire Company Holds a Housing AUBURN, PA - On August 13th, the Auburn Fire Company held a parade and housing dedication for its recently ac­ quired KME engine. After the dedication, companies were in­ vited to participate in a hose and barrel competition. The Auburn Fire Company has been serving their community since 1898.

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PENNSBURG, PA - On Thursday, September 22nd at 5:15 P.M., Pennsburg Fire Co. was dispatched to an accident on Main St. in the borough. Upon arrival, the officer in charge had an accident that involved three vehicles; a pickup truck and two automobiles had collided on a busy artery in the bor­ ough. Upper Perk EMS unit had arrived at the scene to evaluade the injured. The cause of the accident and the condition of the injured people are pending the outcome of the investi­ gation. Assisting the fire company were Fire Police from Pennsburg and East Greenville. Police at the scene were from Upper Perk, East Greenville, and PA State Police.

PERKIOMEN TWP., PA - At 7:46 P.M. on Thursday, July 21st, Perkiomen Township’s Engine 66 and an all-volunteer crew responded to a single-vehicle accident with injuries on Township Line Rd., near Bartlett Drive. Also responding were Limerick Fire Department, Collegeville Fire Company, Limerick Twp. Police Department, PA State Police and Skippack EMS. Fire-Police kept the scene safe for first respon­ ders while they worked. Volunteers were in service for about 45 minutes before clearing.


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OLEY, PA - The Oley Fire Company celebrated their 125th Anniversary (yes, they were founded in 1897!) with a parade and housing ceremony on Saturday, September 10th. The housing in­ cluded a 2022 Pierce Kenworth Tanker and 2018 Pierce Saber Engine. The Oley Fire Company remains all-volunteer with over 30 active members and is supported by the citizens of the Oley Valley Community, fundraising efforts, and the Oley Township Board of Supervisors.


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Oklahoma: April Lynn Partridge, 55 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 20,2022 Death Date: March 20,2022 Fire Department: Edgewater Park Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Sunday, March 20, 2022, Firefighter April Partridge responded to a wildland fire. During firefighting opera­ tions she was separated from the crew and the apparatus. When Firefighter Partridge was discovered by fellow firefighters, she was found deceased. Ohio: Edward Long, 55 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: March 22,2022 Death Date: March 22,2022 Fire Department: Portsmouth Fire Department Initial Summary: On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Firefighter/EMT Edward Long was re­ turning to the fire station from a call when he became unresponsive and suffered a medical emergency. Fellow firefighters with him per­ formed life-saving measures and immediately rushed him to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Department where he was pronounced deceased. The cause of his death has yet to be determined. Pennsylvania: Jeff Williams, 56 Rank: Chief Engineer Incident Date: March 31,2022 Death Date: March 31,2022 Fire Department: Larksville Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 7:00 a.m., Chief Engineer Jeff Williams pulled up to the fire station to start his shift. While in the parking lot, he went into a cardiac related incident and life saving measures were immediately performed. He was mshed to the hospital where he was pro­ nounced deceased. Alabama: Jeffrey Ray Wyatt, 49 Rank: Chief Incident Date: April 4,2022 Death Date: April 4,2022 Fire Department: McAdory Area Fire District Initial Summary: On Monday, April 4,2022, Chief Jeffrey Ray Wyatt worked a shift at the firehouse in which he complained to his col­ leagues of having difficulty breathing. When he arrived home after his shift he walked up the stairs and set his briefcase down. He then fell back down the stairs when he suffered a massive heart attack. A family member found him approximately 45 minutes later and was rushed to Medical West Health Center where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Alabama: Freddy C. Reeves, 85 Rank: Acting Chief Incident Date: March 3,2022 Death Date: March 25,2022 Fire Department: Ward Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Acting Chief Freddy C. Reeves was at­ tempting to put out a grass fire when his pants caught fire and he was injured. When other firefighters arrived on the scene, they helped in fighting the fire. Acting Chief Reeves then drove approximately 5 miles and brought back a fire apparatus to continue fire suppres­ sion operations. When an ambulance arrived, Acting Chief Reeves was transported to a local hospital and then to the bum center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. His condition improved and he responded to treatment. However, Acting Chief Reeves subsequently became increas­ ingly ill after responding to treatment and passed away from his injuries on Friday, March 25,2022. New Mexico: Timothy Williams, 54 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: April 3,2022 Death Date: April 4,2022 Fire Department: Eddy County Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: On Sunday, April 3,2022, Probationary Firefighter Timothy Williams was working at the Atoka fire station cleaning apparatus and checking equipment. After ar­ riving home, he began to experience chest pains. He was mshed to the hospital and passed away on Monday, April 4,2022, from a heart attack. Nebraska: Darren D. Krull, 54 Rank: Chief Incident Date: April 7,2022 Death Date: April 7,2022 Fire Department: Elwood Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, April 7, 2022, Chief Darren D. Krall was a passenger in a Ford Expedition, driven by the Phelps County Emergency Manager. They were enroute to a wildland fire, when they were struck head on by a water transfer tank, ap­ proximately 8 miles of Arapahoe on Highway 283. Chief Krall was rushed to the Chambers Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Phelps County Emergency Manager was transported to the hospital and listed in stable but critical condition. Fire and smoke in the area caused zero visibility conditions on the roadway at the time of the crash. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Ohio: Philip M Wigal, 35 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: April 11,2022 Death Date: April 11,2022 Fire Department: Town and Country Fire District Initial Summary: On Monday, April 11, 2022, Lieutenant Philip M. Wigal responded to the scene of a vehicle accident on 1-71 southbound. While at the scene, a trooper was performing an administrative inventory of the crash vehicle while Lieutenant Wigal was completing documentation for their report. At approximately 3:59 p.m.l while finishing these tasks, a southbound commercial vehicle struck the left rear of the fire apparatus, the patrol vehicle and the vehicle involved in the initial crash. Lieutenant Wigal was pro­ nounced deceased at the scene. Arizona: Brendan Bessee, 24 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: April 8,2022 Death Date: April 8,2022 Fire Department: Salt River Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, April 8,2022, Firefighter/EMT Brendan Bessee was driving an ambulance responding to a 9-1-1 call, with a co-worker. They turned left off of McDow­ ell RD, onto Beeline Highway. After crossing the southbound lanes they were hit by a semi­ track going north. Firefighter/EMT Bessee was pronounced deceased at the scene. The coworker was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Pennsylvania: Isaac David Hassen, Sr., 69 Rank: Chief Incident Date: April 14,2022 Death Date: April 15,2022 Fire Department: Hope Fire Company Initial Summary: On Thursday, April 14, 2022, Chief Isaac David Hassen, Sr. re­ sponded to an EMS call at a residence. After arriving home, he experienced a medical emergency and was taken to the hospital that evening. On Friday, April 15,2022, he passed away from cardiac related issues.


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Westfall Twp. VFD and Mutual Aid Quickly Extinguish Fitness Building Blaze

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Galeton's Goodyear Hose Company's Engine 10-2, a 2000 Ameri­ can LaFrance 2000-GPM pumper, is shown drafting from a portable tank to supply hose lines at a mobile home fire on the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Twp., in June 2022. The structure was totally destroyed.

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Middletown Rescue 88's 2006 KME 2000-GPM/500-GWT/25-GFT rescue-pumper was part of the response for a car into a dwelling incident on Rock Street, in Royalton, May 21st. Several mutual aid units were dispatched to the incident, which included shoring op­ erations.

WESTFALLL, PA - A Westfall Township fitness business was destroyed when heavy flames en­ gulfed the structure this summer. Multiple calls re­ porting intense flames and very thick black smoke were received shortly after the blaze began at Arnica CrossFit’s 1005 Pennsylvania Avenue building. Westfall Fire Department Engine 39-1 arrived on scene less than two minutes after dispatch and encountered a rapidly progressing fire. Mutual aid was requested. WFD Chief Fred Jacobs said a supply line was immediately laid from a nearby hydrant, and two master streams applied to the blaze. Other departments arrived minutes later, and together all were able to contain and knock down the flames within about 15 minutes. Fie credited units from both PA and neighboring NY communities with quickly extinguishing the blaze and completing the overhaul process. Pennsylvania departments on scene included Westfall, Milford, Dingman Twp., Matamoras Fire Departments and Eastern Pike Re­ gional Police Department; from NY, Port Jervis and Sparrowbush Fire Departments. Lumberland and Shohola Fire Departments were on standby at Westfall’s firehouse. The cause was not immedi­ ately reported. - SHARON SIEGEL

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ALL IN THE FAMILY If you have photos you would like to see in our “All In The Family” feature, please upload them on our website, www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@lstResponderNews.com.

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Fire Department of Mt. Joy member S. Clark has previously served as Chief, other numerous officer positions, and even spots on the administration side. He will now be serving as a mentor as his son Zach has recently joined the department.

LEHIGHTON, PA - When a committee was formed in the Sum­ mer of 2015 to replace their 1989 E-One ladder truck, the members of the Lehighton FD had no clue who was even going to build it. The committee spent five years access­ ing the "needs and wants" and look­ ing at many manufactures before settling KME. The new Truck 523 was ordered in May of 2020 with an estimated completion date to be in the Fall of 2021. At this point the members did not know that their new ladder would be the last piece of apparatus built by KME in Nesquehoning, PA. In late September of 2021, the REV Group announced that it will be closing the KME plant in Nesquehoning in April of 2022 and

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At command (on right) Westfall Vol.Fire Department Chief Fred Jacobs with Matamoras Fire Depart­ ment Chief Thomas Long, with next door neighboring Pike County fire departments, at the scene of Arnica CrossFit’s 1005 Pennsylvania Avenue building blaze.


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REGINA JELSKI

Barn fire in rural, wooded Westfall Township, PA. In August, Harleysville hosted a joint tanker training involving at least 14 surrounding companies; Trappe 77, Harleysville 89, Upper Salford 78, Perkiomen 66, Towamencin 76, Traumbauersville 58, Worcester 83, Milford 75, Red Hill 71, Hilltown 61, Springtown 40, and Upper Frederick 87.

TED HODGINS

In July, Perkiomen Twp. volunteers got familiar with the Holmatro combi-tool by using it to play a game of giant Jenga with cribbing and also test precision, patience and accuracy using the tool to secure an egg from the top of a traffic cone without cracking it. This was a fun exercise, even the Chief tried with the egg! While we all had some fun, being familiar with the assembly, breakdown and use of this combi-tool is crucial.

W e s tfa ll Twp. Barn Fire Draws M utual Aid from NY, NJ, PA Com m unity WESTFALL TWP., PA - Westfall Township Volunteer Fire De­ partment was alerted to a bam fire at 270 Cummins FTill Road on Monday, August 15th. The call for help came in from the homeowner just after noon. Spoken with on-scene, the homeowner said he first tried to extinguish the blaze himself, but quickly realized he needed help. “It was old wood and was spread­ ing really fast,” he said. According to WTVFD Chief Fred Jacobs, the department’s En­ gine 1 and Car 1 arrived at the same time. Upon their prompt ar­ rival, they found a 20x20 aban­ doned barn well-involved. Due to extremely dry conditions and the

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riencing severe drought conditions and very hot temperatures over the past weeks, causing additional concern about the rural dry, wooded location of the bam. Responding from Pennsylva­ nia were: Dingman Township Vol. Fire Department, Milford Fire De­ partment & EMS Station 33, and Matamoras Fire Department. Re­ sponding from New York State were Port Jervis Fire Department, Fiuguenot Fire Co., and Sparrowbush Engine Co. Responding from New Jersey was Montague Vol. Fire Department. - SHARON SIEGEL

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ART FOR HEROES

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house in the world (Engine 290 and Ladder 103 of the East New York section in Brooklyn), and also from Rescue 4 which covered the Borough of Queens. Get your­ self comfortable as you start be­ cause before long you will be at the edge of your chair while read­ ing of the runs from unbelievable to unimaginable! Some may give him credit for driving into such a bad neighborhood to get to the sta­ tion while others will think he is just plain crazy for doing the same! In any event, it may surprise you to know that he was not alone and that sometimes there was a waiting list for a particular day or night caused by other buffs want­ ing to ride. (Note: In the October book re­ view there was a typo stating that the author was “not” deceased. It should have stated “now” de­ ceased.)

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TERRY RITZ

Commercial Building Fire in East Greenville East Greenville, PA - On Sun­ day, August 21 st at 7:31 A.M., East Greenville Fire Co., along with several other fire companies, was dispatched to a commercial build­ ing fire on State St., between 4th Street and Forge Road in the boro. Upon arrival, there was no fire or smoke showing from the exte­ rior. The fire was contained to the interior of the building. Quick re-

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f t sponse from the maintenance crew and the firemen had the fire under control and contained. There was no injuries reported, and the cause is pending the outcome of the in­ vestigation. Additional fire companies were

dispatched for manpower if they would have to be needed. Fire companies that assisted were Pennsburg, Red Hill, Green Fane, Hereford, Eastern Berks and Mil­ ford. Fire police from several fire companies were also there, along with Upper Perk EMS. - TERRY RITZ

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M u ltip le B u ild in g s Burn in P lym outh’s F atal Four-Alarm Fire PFYMOUTH, PA - Around 9:40 A.M. back on July 3rd, Ply­ mouth Fire was dispatched to a structure fire with possible entrap­ ment and neighbors reportedly putting ladders up to help get peo­ ple out. While en route, Plymouth Fire saw a large black smoke header showing. Plymouth Police pulled up and confirmed multiple struc­ tures on fire, with three double blocks fully involved and the sid­ ing of one neighboring house start­ ing to melt. Two cars were also on fire, and live power lines were on the ground. Plymouth Fire called for a second-alarm and then 10 minutes later, called for a fourthalarm box and the Tanker Task Force to help with a water supply.

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aP I Once the fire was out, it was confirmed that a six-year-old child was found during overhaul and pronounced deceased. Two fire­ fighters were taken to the hospital for minor injuries sustained. Fire­ fighters battled this fire for seven hours. The Pennsylvania State Police investigators, along with the coro­ ner's office were called in to inves­ tigate and remove the body. Sixteen people that left homeless were being assisted by the Ameri­ can Red Cross. - PA BUFFING

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New Bloomfield Fire Company still operates a 1985 Mack R/LT11000/1500 as Tanker 82.

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KEN SNYDER

Fatal Three-Alarm Apartm ent Fire in Allentow n ALLENTOWN, PA - Firefighters encountered a heavy smoke condition at a three-story apartment fire around 5:00 A.M. on July 16th. The address of fire was 824 Walnut Street, with fire showing to the rear of that address along the Lumber St. side. Several ground ladders had to be deployed at that location. The blaze quickly went to three alarms. Unfortu­ nately, 40-year-old Jessica Maes died from smoke inhala­ tion, along with three of her dogs. The fire was knocked down in about one hour. One resident was displaced due to the heavy damage to the building.

PA BUFFING

Plains Twp.'s 1989 Pierce Dash rescue truck was built in 1989 and served in Glen Burnie, MD until 1991. It was then purchased by Edwardsville FD in PA where it served from 1991 until 2018 before it was put up for sale and purchased by Plains Twp. FD, where it is still in service today.

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DARIN SMITH/TRUCK18 PHOTOGRAPHY

The Elkland Borough FD now operates a 1999 American LaFrance Eagle/3D/Aerial Innovations rig as Ladder 3-9. The ex-Barrington, NJ apparatus has a 1500-GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank and 75' rear mount ladder.

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The Liverpool VFC has acquired this 2003 E-One quint (2000/500/75') to serve as Engine 5. This piece formally served the Pine Hill Hose Co. in Cheektowaga, NY.


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Thanksgiving is a good holi­ day for us to turn the corner and become grateful people. Psalm 118:1 says, “Give thanks to the Lord fo r he is good, his love endures forever " Being a grateful person can INCREASE YOUR PERSONAL HAPPINESS. Most of us think that our hap­ piness is determined by our cir­ cumstances. If I asked you, on a scale of one to ten how happy you are right now, you might say, “Well, Em about a 2 or 3 on the happiness meter because of my circumstances.” We’ve been taught that our happiness is somehow dependent on how well things go for us. But really our happiness is determined by attitude. It is really in how we see things. The apostle Paul wrote these words from prison (yes prison). "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say it rejoice." (Philippians 4:4). Paul was happy despite being in prison - how, he learned to thank God in everything he did. It was really his perspective on life. A young woman wrote her mother from college: "Dear Mom: Sorry I haven’t written sooner. My arm really has been broken. I broke it, and my left leg too, when I jumped from the second floor of my dormitory...when we had the fire. We were lucky. A young serv­ ice station attendant saw the blaze and called the Fire Department. They were there in minutes. I was in the hospital for a few days. Paul, the service station attendant, came to see me every day. And be­ cause it was taking so long to get our dormitory livable again, I moved in with him. He has been so nice. I must admit that I am pregnant. Paul and I plan to get married just as soon as he can get a divorce. I hope things are fine at home. I’m doing fine, and will write more when I get the chance. Love, Your daughter, Susie. PS. Mom, None of the above is true. But I did get a "C" in Sociology and flunked Chemistry. I just wanted you to receive this news in its "Proper Perspective!" Happiness is really determined by our perspective in life not by circumstances. If we learn to be grateful people despite circum­ stances that will greatly improve our happiness. Blessings, Pastor Fernando Villicana Fire Service Chaplain

KEN SNYDER

Nuremburg Weston Holds Double Dedication NORTH UNION TWP.,PA - On August 21st, the Nuremburg Weston VFCo held a parade and a dedication. The two units that were dedicated were the recently acquired Pierce Dash Engine Rescue 1910 and the ex-military Stewart & Stevenson Brush 1940. This fire company has been in existence since 1934.


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Landscaping Truck C atches Fire in L im e ric k

TED HODGINS

On July 24th, Perkiomen Township volunteers joined together for a Tanker and Pump training with Trappe Fire Company No. 1, Upper Salford Volunteer Fire Company and Skippack Fire Company. Water was drafted by Trappe’s Engine 77 and brought to Lodal Creek Park and unloaded in a 2-hour exercise. Tankers are used to bring water in areas where fire hydrants may be sparse or not nearby. It’s great to train together with other area volunteers so that we all stay ready.

LIMERICK, PA - Back on June 27th at 2:33 P.M., the Limerick Fire Dept, was dispatched for a vehicle fire on Limerick Cen­ ter Road. Squad 51, Engine 51, and 51 Fire Police responded. Crews arrived to find a fully involved landscaping truck. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and cleared debris. The tow truck loaded the remanence of the vehicle, and trucks and crews returned to the station over one hour later.

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REGINA JELSKI

During August 8th's training, the Limerick Fire Department conducted rolling drills. Members were divided into two teams focusing on engine operations, aerial operations, hydrant hookups, and hose lines. Drills were held in Bradford Woods and Heather Glen housing developments.

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Ember, a 6-year-old Dalmatian, relaxes in a shady spot before at­ tending a parade with her owner, J. Hudak, and other members of the Plymouth Borough Goodwill Hose Co. #2.


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Firefighters Battle Heavy Fire Throughout Muhlenberg Home MUHLENBERG, PA - At 1:05 PM. on August 5th, Muhlen­ berg Township Fire Rescue Sta­ tion 66, along with Central Fire Co. Engine 13, Spring Twp. Fire Rescue 85 for RIT and Muhlen­ berg Ambulance were dispatched to 705 Wagon Wheel Lane for a structure fire. Re s p o n d i n g crews spotted a large column of smoke. Blandon Fire Co. Ladder 12 and Deputy 66-1 ar­ rived to find heavy fire showing from sides 'A' and 'B'. Upon ar­ rival of Engine 66-2, a handline was immediately stretched and put in to service, knocking down the fire from exterior. With a collapse of the front porch blocking the front door, crews pulled the line to the rear of the house where they entered and battled heavy fire conditions throughout. Command requested two additional engines for man­ power and another RIT team to the scene. The special call and cover companies brought Union Fire Co. Engine 37 and Rescue 37, Fleetwood Fire Co. Rescue 45, Walnuttown Fire Co. Engine 32 and Exeter Twp. Fire Dept. 25 for RIT. Two other handlines were pulled, including one to the front of the structure and one to the second floor. Crews com­ pleted searches and confirmed that everyone was out of the house. As additional manpower ar­ rived crews were able to knock down a bulk of the fire and began opening up to check for exten­ sion. Command requested an ad­ ditional two engines again as extensive overhaul was still needed. Wyomissing FD Ladder 79 and West Reading FD Engine 64 brought additional manpower to the scene as crews still had heavy fire in the knee walls on the second floor. Once the final hot spots were extinguished the fire was placed under control at 2:33 PM. Crews continued working intensely overhauling the first and second floors. The Salvation Army Can­ teen 9 assisted with rehab for all crews on scene. The final crews cleared the scene nearly three hours after dispatch.

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Vehicle News

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK18 PHOTOGRAPHY

The Greenwood Fire Co. in Logan Twp. now operates a 2021 Pierce Velocity #35887 as Rescue 16. It has a 1500GPM pump, 750-gallons of water and 20 Foam, and is pictured in front of the Horseshoe curve park. It replaces a 2007 Spartan/Crimson 1500/750.

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DARIN SMITR/TRUCK18 PHOTOGRAPHY

DALE FEEHRER

The Union Twp. Fire Co. now operates a 2021 Sutphen The Cornwells Fire Co. now operates this 2021 Pierce Monarch as Engine 6. It has a 1500-GPM pump and Arrow XT (2000/300/100') Ascendant aerial as Tower 16. 2500-gallons of water. It replaces a 1995 Spartan/S&S tanker that was originally from Wellsboro.

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DALE FEEHRER

Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company now runs a 2022 Sea- West Chester Goodwill No.2 now operates a 2021 Spar- The Weisenberg VFD has placed this 2021 Rosenbauer grave 95' Aerialscope. tan/Custom Fire 2250/750/30 Foam. (2000/3000/20f) into service as Tanker-Pumper 5121.

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Martindale Fire Company now operates a 2022 Pierce The Masontown FD of Fayette County now operates a The Weldon Fire Co. now operates this 2021 Pierce EnEnforcer 2000/2500 Pumper Tanker. a 2017 Pierce Enforcer with a remounted 1985 Sauls- forcer pumper (2000/750) as Engine 303. bury body. It was rebuilt from a 1985 Duplex chassis.

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The Purple Demon of East End Fire Co. in Coal Twp. op- The Fort Washington Fire Co. is now operating this 2021 The FD of Montgomery Twp. is now operating this 2021 erates a 2001 Pierce Dash as Engine 121. The engine has Pierce Enforcer (1500/750) as Engine 88. Spartan/Smeal mid-mount (2000/300/100’) as Tower 18. a 2000-GPM pump, 500-gallons of water, A and B foam, and previously saw service with Albuquerque, NM.


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