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Lower Makefield Township, PA - Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Rescue Box 80-39 for a two vehicle accident on Township Line Road on Friday morning, January 11, 2013. - See full story on page 12

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Car struck a house in East Lampeter Township Lafayette Fire Company responded to a motor vehicle accident with entrapment for a car that struck a house on Greenfield Road on January 16th. Crews arrived and quickly removed the female patient from her auto. The stone wall in front of the house prevented the car from entering it and caused additional injuries to occupants inside. The other auto involved just missed hitting the house next door. Lafayette Fire and Lancaster EMS responded.


Firefighters attack the house fire from inside, ground ladders and Lower Frederick Ladder 52.

Lower Frederick battles house fire Lower Frederick Fire Station 52 was dispatched to a house fire with flames and heavy smoke from the second floor shortly after 1 a.m. on January 11, 2013. The original 911 call reported an odor of smoke in the house. Lower Frederick Fire Chief Tom Gamon found heavy flames and smoke coming from the second floor. Due to the rural location and no water supply, Chief Gamon hit a second alarm for additional fire companies and tankers from the Western Montgomery County tanker task force. The tanker task force set up portable water pools,

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which fed the engines at the house from over 900 feet of five inch hose. Several task force tankers were able to keep the water supply full. Firefighters entered the house and fought the smokey second floor fire while other firefighters worked the outside roof areas. A quick knock down kept the fire from spreading to the first floor and garage areas. The fire damage was contained to the second floor and roof. Although the fire was under control

within in an hour, firefighters remained on the scene until 5:35 a.m., extinguishing small pockets of fire, smoldering frame and roof. Lower Frederick EMS 331 and Trappe EMS 324 Ambulances were on scene to assist, check and refresh the firefighters as they were rotated in and out of the building. They provided water while checking blood pressure and heart rates. Souderton Goodwill Station 41 also provided food and beverages. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal's office. - ROBERT WARD

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Allentown’s fire alarm bell Allentown, PA - On permanent display in Allentown's West Park is this 1,100 pound fire alarm bell, which was made by the Meneely Bell Co. of Troy, NY in 1902. The bell sounded alarms from the Franklin Fire Company No. 10 bell tower at North 14th and Turner Streets until 1960. At that time, the few remaining bell towers were silenced. After the Franklin station had been sold and converted into an apartment building, the bell was relocated to the park in 1987.


The Earl Township Vol. Fire Co. of Berks County congratulates Firefighter Lucas Groff on his marriage to Katie Ritschard. Lucas and Katie wed on January 12th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyertown. Katie is a member of the Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Company of Boyertown and Lucas is of Earl Twp. Fire Company. The two rode to their reception in Ladder 15, while their bridal party split between Engine 19 and Tanker 19. Ironically, while on the way to the reception, Engine 19 and Rescue 15 from Boyertown were dispatched for a vehicle overturned in Earl Township. All members of the bridal party made it to the reception on time.

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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 North Carolina: John McClelland Hall, 48

Rank: Deputy Fire Marshal Incident Date:11/3/2012 Death Date: 11/7/2012 Fire Department: Bladen County Emergency Services Fire Dept. Info: Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw Initial Summary: Deputy Fire Marshal Hall responded to and actively participated in fighting a fire in the Carvers Creek Community. He was also the primary investigator of the fire. During the incident, Hall fell ill and was put on bed rest. Several days later, he was taken to the hospital where he passed away from a heart related cause.

North Carolina: Walter M. Summerville III, 55

Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date:11/6/2012 Death Date: 11/7/2012 Fire Department: Kernersville Fire Rescue Department Fire Dept. Info: Interim Fire Chief Terry Crouse Initial Summary: Fire Chief Summerville responded with his fire department to a triple shooting incident. Near the end of the incident, Summerville complained to fellow firefighters that he didn’t feel well and went to sit in one of the department vehicles while the incident finished up. The following day while at work, Chief Summerville complained again to coworkers that he still did not feel well and departed work early for home. A short time later, Summerville was discovered by a family member passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Michigan: John T. Sayles, 38 Rank: Captain Incident Date: 11/13/2012 Death Date: 11/14/2012 Fire Department: Pentwater Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Terry Cluchey Initial Summary: Fire Captain Sayles responded with his fire department to a working residential structure fire. Fewer than twenty-four hours later, Sayles was at home when he experienced chest pain and difficulty breathing. Emergency assistance was summoned and he was transported to the hospital. After being evaluated and while being transported to a second hospital for surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, it ruptured, resulting in Captain Sayles death. Pennsylvania: Chris Good, 36

Rank: Captain Incident Date: 11/21/2012 Death Date: 11/22/2012 Fire Department: Good Will Fire Company Fire Dept. Info: Dale McClure Initial Summary: Captain Good died of possible cardiac arrest within 24 hours of working an active house fire in West Goshen Township.

Rhode Island: David M. Mowbray, 52 Rank: Captain Incident Date: 02/05/2012 Death Date: 11/24/2012 Fire Department: North Kingstown Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Fenwick Gardiner Initial Summary: Captain Mowbray passed away at home after being taken to the hospital and treated for a broken back injury suffered while he was at the scene of an emergency medical call earlier in the year. Pennsylvania:

Michael Martin, 51 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 11/27/2012 Death Date: 11/27/2012 Fire Department: PPL Susquehanna LLC Fire Dept. Info: Pending Initial Summary: Firefighter Martin passed away while participating in a first responder training program at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute. Martin, an employee of PPL Susquehanna, was employed at the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township and was part of the company's on-site fire brigade. During a SCBA portion of the training, Martin required medical assistance. The on-site trainer began to administer CPR and a college official called 911. An ambulance transported Firefighter Martin to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury. Investigation into the incident continues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Illinois: Timothy P. Jansen, Jr., 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 12/02/2012 Death Date: 12/02/2012 Fire Department: Santa Fe Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Adam Maue Initial Summary: Firefighter Jansen was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene of a house fire. Jansen was on the first fire apparatus to arrive at scene and was standing outside the vehicle when he was hit. Firefighter Jansen was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, where he passed away from his injuries. Texas:

Jalen Smith, 20 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: 11/30/2012 Death Date: 12/03/2012 Fire Department: Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: M. Terence Thompson Initial Summary: Enroute to the firehouse in response to a tractor accident in the area, Firefighter Smith was riding in a personally owned vehicle that according to preliminary reports was forced to take evasive action and crashed. Three members of Jackson Heights Fire Department were involved in the single vehicle rollover and all were taken to the hospital. Smith passed away from injuries sustained during the rollover; he was reported to have been ejected from the vehicle. The other two firefighters were treated and released the night of the accident.

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Second alarm in Doylestown Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched to Box 19-5, 232 Gatehouse Court, in the Charing Cross development in Doylestown Township. While en route to the scene, Battalion Chief 19 Paul JUMP TO FILE # Kreuter and Deputy 123012100 Chief Mike Wood were informed by Bucks County Fire Radio of numerous calls for a dwelling fire and a report from a Doylestown Township Police officer that it was a working fire. Kreuter reported heavy fire from the first floor, ordered Engine 19 to prepare to lead off with their deck gun and established Doylestown command. All occupants were out of the dwelling and there was heavy fire from the garage and first floor. Heavy smoke was pushing from the second floor as Ladder 79 set up their main for ladder pipe operations and Engine 19 set up for a deck gun operation and a hand line was stretched. Also responding on the first alarm were Plumsteadville, Midway and Warrington, along with Central Bucks Ambulance. Dublin and Chalfont were added for manpower. Engine 19-1 hit the hydrant and supplied Engine 19. Ladder 24 set up on the corner of Old Dublin and Trafalgar. The second alarm was struck at 8:26 a.m., bringing Warwick, Lingohocken, Harstville, Point Pleasant and Hilltown. Handlines were placed in service from sides A and C. There was a collapse of the garage ceiling and heavy fire on the second floor that was knocked down quickly. There was no extension to the attached exposure on side B, due to the quick and aggressive efforts of the companies. The fire was placed under control at 9:56 a.m. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation by the Doylestown Township fire marshal. - LARRY BROWNE


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Second alarm struck in Reading Reading, PA. C platoon companies were pressed into action shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 10th, when they were sent to 341 North 2nd Street. The Berks County Communication Center advised units during the response that they were receiving multiple calls reporting a fire in the rear. In addition, someone may have tried to reenter the dwelling. Engine 3 and Ladder 1 were on the scene for a three story MOR/OMD, with fire showing on the first and second floors. Two lines were stretched and operated on both floors. Chief Serba requested a second alarm for additional help at 4:30 p.m. The bulk of the fire was knocked down at 4:37 p.m. with the fire placed under control at 4:48 p.m. Primary searches were negative and one occupant was transported for burns to the back. The fire marshal's office is investigating.

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Driver killed in accident in Lower Makefield Township Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Rescue Box 80-39 for a two vehicle accident on Township Line Road on Friday morning, January 11, 2013, dispatched at approximately 8:42 a.m. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Rescues 80 and 0 secured vehicle hazards and assisted the Yardley-Makefield Emergency Unit package one patient for transport to a local hospital. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police remained on location for an extended period of time while the Lower Makefield Township Police Departmentconducted their accident investigation.

Jeep rolls outside Shenandoah Schuylkill County, PA - On Friday, January 4 around 12:00 p.m., Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the Shenandoah Fire Department, Shenandoah ALS and Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 to the 700 Block of East Centre Street for a reported motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Medic 6402 responded and was advised of a single vehicle rollover into a ditch with an additional call reporting a person still in the vehicle. Shenandoah Police Unit 167 arrived on the scene shortly after and found a Jeep that struck a utility pole down into a ditch with a person fleeing. Tanker 759 responded to the scene. EMS and rescue were canceled as there were no patients.

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Schuylkill County, PA. Shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th, the Gilberton Fire Department was dispatched with Frackville BLS and Shenandoah ALS to Main Street in the area of the Continental Fire Company for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Engines 44-10 and 44-15 arrived on scene with EMS to find a two vehicle accident in a parking lot with one of the vehicles into a house. All occupants were out of the vehicle upon arrival. All patients were assessed by EMS personnel with minor injuries.

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Lengthy extrication from mass casualty incident Erie County, PA. On January 17th at approximately 7:00 a.m., the West Ridge Fire Department was alerted by Erie County 911 to assist McKean Hose with a rescue engine for a Greyhound bus accident with 25+ injuries and heavy entrapment. Rescue Engine 472, Rescue Engine 474, Utility 477 and Truck 478 responded with 15 volunteers. Chief 460 reported that the driver of the charter bus was heavily entrapped and there were several

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minor and moderate injuries. This set a mass casualty incident into play, bringing EMS units from McKean, Perry Hi-Way, Fairview, Central County paramedics, Emergycare, West County paramedics, Millcreek paramedics and the Haz-Mat command bus to transport the non-injured. Crews from 472 and 474 split

up with half the crew working on extrication the driver and the second crew extricating passengers through a side wheelchair door. The extrication team put several tools into service, taking around 90 minutes until all patients were transported. West Ridge Fire Police provided traffic control and safety. - ROB HORNAMAN

Philly opens new station For the first time in fifteen years, the Philadelphia Fire Department has built a new station at Magee Avenue and Keystone Street in the Tacony section of the city. The station was dedicated on January 8th with Mayor Michael Nutter, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and other dignitaries in attendance. As part of a fire service tradition, Water Tower 38 was pushed back into the station by various personnel. Old Engine 38's station had to be demolished due to construction of the new I-95 access ramp and interchange improvements at Cottman Ave. The new facility is 12,200 square feet and cost $6.7 million.

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The station has a green roof, a community center within the station and a public art project called "Taokonick" by artist Suikang Zhao, formerly of Shanghai. This station is a contender for becoming Philadelphia's first LEED certified fire station. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is an internationally recognized green building program. - KEN SNYDER

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Woman ejected in Woodward Township Two women were transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center after their car was struck on Route 220 in Woodward Twp. Sarina Skellenger and her two children were traveling northbound on Route 220 in a Mazda Millenia, when a Mercury Sable pulled onto the highway. "She just pulled out in front of me and I didn't have time to stop" said Skellenger.

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The impact ejected the female driver of the Sable onto the roadway. The female passenger in the car was extricated by rescue personnel. The accident happened at around 4:30 p.m. and had northbound traffic on 220 backed up. Life flight was called, but

could not fly due to weather conditions. The condition of the two women were not available. Skellenger, her children were unharmed. They were all wearing seat belts. Woodward Twp responded to the crash along with Old Lycoming's ambulance, Medic 94 and Jersey Shore EMS. - PAUL GARRETT


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Driver arrested after accident The Lafayette Fire Company of Lancaster County responded to a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Lincoln Highway East on the evening of January 10, 2013. Crews arrived quickly and removed one victim from one of the vehicles from this two car crash. The driver of the other vehicle was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence of drugs. Crews were on the scene for one hour for traffic control on the busy Route 30. Lafayette and Ronks Fire Companies responded.


Diabetic emergency leads to accident in Englewood Butler Township, PA. On January 12th at 3:30 p.m., Englewood Fire Company, Shenandoah ALS and Frackville Ambulance were dispatched to a report of a man down in a yard in the 600 block of west Oak Street in Butler Township. The accident was reported to be a vehicle off the roadway and into some trees.

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Ambulance 43 found a semi-responsive driver in a pickup truck in a ditch with front end damage. Witnesses stated the pickup ran into a large fence and multiple shrubs, up the roadway from its cur-

rent location. The truck drove through multiple private yards before crashing into the ditch. EMS crews requested the fire department dispatched for a possible injury. The injured driver was then transported to a local hospital by the Frackville Ambulance. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Store front fire in Reading Reading, PA - On January 9th shortly after 12:00 p.m., C platoon members were dispatched to the 500 block of Penn Street for a structure fire. Companies arrived at 529 Penn Street to find a smoldering fire under a store front window. The fire marshal’s office is investigating.


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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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York Haven area home damaged in two alarm fire Newberry Township, PA - On January 5, 2013, shortly before 6:00 a.m., York County Box 28-11 sent companies to 1159 Cly Road for a residential structure fire. Chief 27 arrived to heavy fire from the second floor of a single family dwelling. All occupants were able to escape prior to arrival of the fire department. A second alarm assignment was requested. Several interior attack lines were deployed to knock down the fire. Due to a lack of hydrants in the area, a portable pond was set up for water supply. Crews remained on the scene for extensive overhaul before being released. The fire displaced six residents and during overhaul, a python snake was found alive in an aquarium tank.

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Christmas gifts can be seen scattered in the snow at the crash site.

Single engine plane crashes in Lycoming County BRETT MACK

Another job in Southeast Reading Reading, PA. On the early morning of January 7th, a box alarm was dispatched for 436 South 16th Street. Engine's 1 and 6 arrived to smoke smoke showing from a two and a half story MOR. Crews located fire in the basement and reported they were having trouble making access. A second line was stretched to the rear to access a bilco door. All searches came up negative, with the fire placed under control at 8:41 a.m. The fire marshal's office is investigating.

The male pilot of a single engine Piper Cherokee plane was flown to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, after his plane crashed in the woods near the Black Forest Inn, along Route 44. The unidentified pilot, who was traveling alone, was trapped in the wreckage for about an hour before rescue crews freed him, according to Black Forest Fire Company Capt. Peter Austin. Austin said the crash occurred at about 2 p.m. and the plane was found 250 yards off Route 44 in Brown Township, Lycoming County. Two witnesses, Tanner Riggle, 11 of Jersey Shore, and Josh Marr, 15, of Renova, saw the aircraft

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struggling to stay in the air, watched as it struck trees and crashed into a small creek and then ran to call for help. "I thought I heard gun shots, but it was the plane hitting off the trees," said Riggle. It was flying really weird. It was like waving and stuff... like it was about to run out of fuel. It didn't sound right." Wrapped Christmas presents and other items were scattered on the snow covered ground at the crash site. Don Bratz, one of the first

emergency responders on the scene from the Black Forest Volunteer Fire Co., said the pilot complained of neck and back pain before being removed by rescue basket to a Life Flight helicopter that landed in a nearby field that was once an airport landing strip. State Police at Montoursville said Sunday evening the pilot's injuries were believed to not be life threatening. His identity still had not been released. Volunteers from Black Forest Fire Co., Haneyville Fire Co. and both Jersey Shore fire companies responded along with Jersey Shore EMS. - PAUL GARRETT

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Ryan Township operates this 1988 Hahn engine (1500/1500) that formally served in East Greenville, PA.

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Debris from the chimney can be seen on the roof of the Lycoming County Coroners vehicle.

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The two story barn was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Truck slams into house Well involved barn fire in Fannettsburg in Salladasburg A Jersey Shore area man escaped serious injury after the pickup truck he was driving slammed into a home along Route 287 near Salladasburg at about 7:30 p.m. on December 23rd. Jerold N. Ross of Salladasburg was northbound in the Lycoming County Coroner's Office vehicle when he apparently lost control. Emergency workers reported the truck left the highway, traveled about 75 yards and sheered off a telephone pole, crossed two lawns and struck the side of a home at 1938 Route 287. The impact caused the chimney to fall and caused other struc-

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tural damage to the home. Snyder said n one in the home was injured and he is hopeful his family will be able to remain in the home. Ross, who was out of the vehicle when emergency workers arrived, was taken to Jersey Shore EMS to the Jersey Shore Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The Citizens Hose and Independent Hose companies of Jersey Shore responded to the crash. - PAUL GARRETT

A barn and its contents were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning, January 6 at around 9:30 a.m. located at 10421 Back Road, Metal Township, Fannettsburg, Pa. Metal Township Volunteer Fire Co. Fire Chief Dru Allen said, "The barn was pretty much engulfed in flames when units arrived on the scene. The barn contained large amounts of hay, farm items and some livestock. Quick action by nearby residents and neighbors saved the livestock,” added Allen. Fire departments from Franklin, Cumberland and Huntington Counties responded. The barn was a total loss according to Allen. It was owned by

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Barb Wineman and there was some insurance coverage. Allen said the cause of the blaze was a uni-loader, moving hay around inside the barn. The warm exhaust pipe ignited some of the hay, causing an accidental fire. Firefighters were on the scene until about 1:30 p.m. No injuries were reported to any firefighters. Water was shuttled by tankers from two nearby drafting areas from a creek. - DENNY CLOPPER

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Industrial size dumpster fire in Shippensburg


Fatal two vehicle accident with triple pin and fly out One person was fatality injured, two with serious injuries and one with minor injuries after a two vehicle accident on December 31st at 12:19 a.m. at the intersection of E. McKinley Street and Cleveland Avenue in Chambersburg. After the impact, both vehicles came to rest in a residential yard up against a porch area. Three people were trapped in one of the vehicles. Personnel from Squad 41 from Franklin Fire Company Station 4 went to work extricating the injured patients and performing a full roof and removal of doors. The patients were transported to a nearby landing zone and a hospital. The driver of the other vehicle sustained a minor injury and was transported to a local hospital and taken into custody later by the local police for DUI. Units responding to the call were Co. 1 Chambersburg, Sta. 4, Franklin Fire Co. of Chambersburg, Co. 100 West Shore EMS and ALS, Co. 1A Chambersburg EMS, Co. 8A, Marion EMS and Co. 7 A, Fayetteville EMS and ALS.


Two vehicle accident on Lindbergh Viaduct Reading, PA - Around 12:00 p.m. on December 28th, D platoon companies were dispatched for a car accident on the viaduct. Units arrived on scene to a, t-bone type two vehicle accident. Two occupants were removed from the wreckage, packaged and transported to Reading Hospital Trauma Center. Units on scene included Engine 1, Tower 1, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Ambulance 6 and Chief Kemery(C7).

Shippensburg, PA. A large 30 cubic yard dumpster caught fire on Wednesday, January 9, at around 2:45 p.m. located at 275 N. Queen Street at the Domestic Castings Plant. Employees noticed smoke coming from the dumpster and called 911. Apparently something mistakenly hot was dumped into the dumpster causing it to catch fire according to the employees and fire officials on the scene. Units from the Vigilant Hose Co. were on the scene for about one half hour.


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Fire Chief David Hollinger directs operations at the rear of 1231 Luzerne Street

Working fire on Luzerne Street Reading, PA. Around 2:30 p.m. on December 30th, an engine and ladder company were dispatched for a fire alarm activation at 1231 Luzerne Street in the Glennside section of the city. Moments after the dispatch, the incident was upgraded to a box alarm as the communications center was receiving multiple calls for smoke showing from Schuylkill Ave. Engine 7 and Chief Lessar (C8) arrived to a two story SFD with

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smoke showing from the rear. Crews from Engine 7 began stretching a line into the first floor of the dwelling to locate the fire. Initial reports from neighbors indicated that the occupants were not home. The fire was located in the rear of the home on the first floor. An accountability evacuation was requested after a firefighter from Res-

cue 1 did not answer his radio during the primary search. The firefighter was located soon after. Chief Lessar requested a second alarm struck at 2:41 p.m., bringing two suburban engine companies, along with Tower 1 to the scene. The fire severely damaged the first floor of the home. One firefighter was treated on scene for burns. The fire marshal's office is investigating. - JASON BATZ


This 1991 E-One once served the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton VFD and is now in service as Rescue 21 in Ravine, PA


Hereford Fire Company in Berks County, PA. runs with this 2008 2700 KME Predator Tanker Pumper, aka Tanker 58.

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Reading, PA - On January 23rd, the Reading Police Department received a phone call reporting smoke coming from a house at 700 North 12th Street. At 2:41 p.m., Box 9-03 was struck. Engine 9 and Ladder 3 arrived to a two and a half story dwelling with smoke showing from the second floor rear. A hose line was stretched with crews encountering light smoke on the second floor. Crews located the fire burning on the rear wall of the home. A second line was stretched into the first floor kitchen. The fire was placed under control at 3:07 p.m. by Chief Lessar. No injuries were reported. The fire marshal's office is investigating.



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Lemoyne fire displaces five Lemoyne Borough, PA. On Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2:51 a.m., West Shore companies were dispatched on Box 113-01 to 223 Bosler Avenue in the Borough of Lemoyne for a bedroom fire. Headquarters advised the responding on duty chief that police were on location reporting a fully involved. Engine 2-10 (New Cumberland) laid a supply line to the front of the structure from a hydrant at S. 3rd Street and Bosler Ave to the front of the structure. Command reported heavy fire to the rear of an occupied, two and a half story duplex. Several lines were stretched and after a brief attempt at an interior attack, crews were evacuated from the building.

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Several hand lines and a portable master stream were used to knock down the bulk of the fire. A second alarm was requested for manpower, bringing in companies from York and Dauphin Counties. The fire was placed under control in about an hour with crews performing overhaul and salvage operations before returning to service. The fire was reportedly caused by a four year old, who set a mattress on fire and displaced two families. - JASON COLEMAN-COBB

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Heroes Mortgage Program

Mortgage program helps 1st Responders, despite Hurricane Sandy During the process of Timothy Mazza refinancing his home, Hurricane Sandy hit, wreaking havoc on New Jersey. Talk about a stressful time. Mazza, a veteran with the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, located in the northern part of the state, sprung into duty to tirelessly help with rescue and recovery efforts. As for his mortgage? It was no worry, stress-free and money-saving, thanks to Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. The program offers a great rate, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. “This was the least stressful refinancing experience I ever had,” said Mazza, who has served the Ramsey Fire Department for 16 years. “Everyone at Sun Home Loans was fantastic. They made the process easy and took care of everything. The hurricane hit right in the middle of it, but it was no problem. I’ve already told people about the program.”

Mazza said refinancing with Sun Home Loans has saved him about $300 per month. “I have a son who is a senior in high school and going to college next year,” Mazza said. “Everything helps.” Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and 1st Responder are both proud to serve the heroes in our community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. Clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process, from their initial inquiry, to closing. Working with its own resources and federal government programs, Sun National Bank develops solutions that open the path to home ownership. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it.

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. “The program continues to be a success and we are proud to work with first responders who serve us every day,” said Steven Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. “The feedback has been incredible and thanks to referrals, we look forward to continuing to build our relationships with the emergency services community.” To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973615-9745. 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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Mortgage Checklist 1. Look for a bargain: According to the National Association of Realtors, home prices often drop by an average $7,000 after Labor Day. Prices in the Northeast can plummet by nearly $20,000 by October. 2. Know the market: Here's a quick quiz. Do you know why sellers in some Northeast and Midwest towns drop prices so quickly? Because winter's coming and they don't want to spend another year digging out the place. Use that to your advantage. 3. Know when a seller is desperate: Does the photo of the house you've been pining over all summer on MLS look exactly as it did when you first saw it Memorial Day? Is there yet another open house coming up in a few weeks? That all works in your favor. If a buyer hasn't budged since the summer, chances are there's room to negotiate. If they want the house sold more than they want a big profit, well, that's how deals are born.

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The Friendship Hose Company of Newville operates this 2003 Ford/Seagrave F-550 mini- pumper. Mini 47 has a 500 gpm pump, a 300 gallon tank and utilizes Amkus extrication equipment.

4. Kick the tires: Fall is the time of year when the weather takes a turn. When you're buying a home, the leaf litter and returning rain provide ample opportunities to see where the current homeowners have done work and what they've neglected. For the most part, there shouldn't be leaves piled up in the gutters in late September or early October. There also should be decent gutter drainage that doesn't involve water spewing from where a drain pipe once was. 5. Help is on the way: Census Bureau numbers indicate that fall is a tough time for contractors and home and garden stores. If your dream house could use a kitchen upgrade or central air through its heating ducts, home stores and builders usually start discounting inventory around this time of year and can help you make changes without spending as much during warmer months.

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Berks County Engine 15 of the Friendship Fire Company in Boyertown pumps during a recent two alarm house fire in Boyertown Boro, Berks County.

Girardville store erupts in fire Schuylkill County, PA. At 7:25 p.m. on November 28th, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the Girardville Fire Department to 146 North Second Street at the R&R Quik Mart for a reported JUMP TO FILE # fire. Girardville Po- 011313103 lice found a working fire from a convenient store attached to a two story building. A second alarm was transmitted within minutes of the initial dispatch as crews found heavy fire throughout the building. Multiple lines were stretched into the building as firefighters made entry into the building, but they were quickly pushed back. A blitz fire was pulled off Engine 45-10 while Ashland Ladder 38-25 set up for ladder pipe operations. Once everyone had exited the building, the master streams were put into use including a deck gun on William Penn Engine 888. While crews were putting large amounts of water on the building, the fire damaged the structure to the point the roof collapsed onto the first floor. Multiple hand lines were stretched to the surround the building. Crews continued to pour water with the help of Mahanoy City Tower 456. - JC KRIESHER


Fire broke out in the former “Jiffy Mart” in Girardville. The fire brought in companies from many surrounding communities


The driver of this pick up was uninjured

Pick up rolls in Schuylkill County Schuylkill County, PA. On Monday, January 7 as firefighters were watching the BCS Championship Bowl Game, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched ShepptonOneida and Brandonville with Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 and Shenandoah ALS to Rattlin Run Road for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Medic 64, 6404, Engine 9-10 (Sheppton) and Rescue 993 were advised of a single vehicle rollover with one female confined inside a pick up truck. Both ALS units found a pick up truck on its roof in the middle of the roadway. Crews found the operator self-extricated from the vehicle. Hazards were controlled while traffic control was set up as crews waited for police to arrive and investigate the accident. Fire crews were released from the scene in approximately one hour. The operator of the vehicle refused treatment from EMS. -JC KRIESHER

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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS February 10, 2013 NJ-The Secaucus Fire Department Exempt Ladies’ Auxiliary is hosting their 3rd Annual Valentine’s Breakfast at Washington Hook & Ladder in Secaucus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For tickets and information, call Jane Olsen at 201-330-9147. February 15, 2013 NJ-The 3rd annual Dover Fire Department Beefsteak Dinner will take place at the American Legion in Dover. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. Contact Jon Filosa at 973-366-0328 February 16, 2013 FL-An Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Flea Market sponsored by the Florida Antique Bucket Brigade and SPAAMFAA will take place at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Jacksonville. Email Bob at for more information. February 23-24, 2013 NY-Long Island’s Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show 2013 will take place at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. Visit for more information.

tween the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni and All Hands Working. Tickets for the game and the autograph signing can be purchased at March 16, 2013 NY-The Euclid Hose Company of the Patchogue Fire Department is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Celebration from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include a buffet dinner, wine, beer, soda, DJ, raffles/prizes and Irish dancers. Contact them at 631-3566551 for details. March 16, 2013 FL-The International Fire Service Parade, the largest in the state, will be held in Delray Beach the weekend off March 16th. Contact the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Palm Beach at 561883-7763 for details. March 22, 2013 NJ-The Belmar Hook & Ladder Company is hosting their 2nd Annual Comedy Night and Sandy Relief Fundraiser at the South Wall Banquet Facilities. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Call 732-681-6353 for details/tickets.

March 15-17, 2013 PA-Harrisburg River Rescue is hosting a Water Rescue Training Conference. This course is certified through the PA Fish and Boat Commission and meets NFPA Operations Level Certification. Contact Chief Ketterer at 717-215-9963 for more details.

March 23, 2013 NJ-The Bloomingdale Fire Department Hook & Ladder Company is happy to announce their Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser featuring Comedian Joey Kola. Tickets are $30 per person. E-mail for details.

March 16, 2013 NJ-All Hands Working and the Leary Firefighters Foudation will host a Charity Hockey Game be-

March 24, 2013 PA-The Montgomery County Fire Academy is hosting the “Public Relations for the Fire & Emergency

Services” class. For more information and registration, visit www. or call 610-278-5600. March 30, 2013 NY-The Suffolk Firefighters Emerald Society is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser/Party to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The party begins at 4 p.m. at MJ Sullivans in Mt. Sinai. Visit them on Facebook for further details. April 6, 2013 PA-The Montgomery County Fire Academy is hosting the “Public Relations for the Fire & Emergency Services” class. For more information and registration, visit www. or call 610-278-5600. April 7, 2013 NY-Wolcottsville is hosting an Indoor Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are $12 each. Contact Doug at 716-735-3687 for more information. April 12-13, 2013 NY-The NYSAFC is hosting a Company Officers Leadership Training will take place at the Marriott Rochester Airport. For additional details visit their website at May 3-5, 2013 NY-the NYSAFC & OPC are hosting a Public Fire Safety Educators’ Conference at the NY State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls. Visit their website at for details. May 6-10, 2013 NJ-The NJEPA Expo will take place at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Training will take place May 6-8, Breakout sessions will be on May 8-10 and Exhibits will be open May 8-9. Contact for more details. May 6-7, 2013 PA-Chaplain Training, “Managing School Crises” will take place in Hermitage PA. Pleae contact Chaplain David Williamson at 724-3422310 for more information. May 11, 2013 NY-Wolcottsville is hosting a Cash Raffle and Steak Dinner at 5 p.m. at $25 per person. Contact Bob Groff at for more information. June 12-15, 2013 NY-The NYSAFC 107th Annual Conference will take place at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona. 2013 attendee and exhibitor registrations are available at


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Partnership benefits firefighters The ground breaking partnership of The First Twenty and All Hands Working provides the U.S. Fire Service with a singular point of focus for firefighter health and safety. By firefighters for firefighters, these two non-profits are dedicated to the health and safety our nation's firefighters. On December 4th, they held an event in Egg Harbor Township, which resulted in a donation of fitness equipment to the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Department. They host frequent events throughout the year to assist with departments in need, who contact them. These include a Meet and Greet with Danny Watkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, Bowl with the Birds, Autograph Signings and several donation nights at various restaurants. Their partnership with Danny Watkins has resulted in exceptional support from other members of the Philadelphia Eagles. Through this needed partnership, the aligned missions of these nonprofits are building a new road towards firefighter health and safety. Their three main goals are:

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1. Reducing LODD due to heart attack 2. Increasing the overall health and safety of our firefighters 3. Eliminating financial hardships for firefighters who experience on-the-job injuries By firefighters, for firefighters, The First Twenty & All Hands Working were built around their passion for bettering the health of their own.The firefighter community is best strengthened from the inside, and together they aim to provide programs that target every area of opportunity fully, swiftly and with unwavering commitment to the cause. Upcoming events and more information on their charities can be viewed at and They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. - HEATHER PILLSWORTH

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Smoke showing in East Greenville On January 22, 2013 at 2:17 a.m., East Greenville Fire Department was dispatched to a dwelling fire at 316 3rd. St. in the borough. Chief Wilson reported a three story dwelling at the corner of 3rd. St. and Long Alley with light smoke showing at the left rear corner of the first floor. The dwelling was wood frame in structure and half of a double home. Hand lines were utilized

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with the CAF system. The fire gained acecss to the second floor through the rear wall. Chief 38 called Montgomery County radio and told them to dispatch the next two due engines for manpower back up. A 1uick response from the fire-

fighters using handlines, saws and various other tools prevented the fire from making further extension to the third floor. The fire was declared under control by 38 Command within an hour. Overhaul followed. Assisting East Greenville Fire Department were Pennsburg, Red Hill, Hereford and Upper Perk EMS. - TERRY RITZ


Fire in Southeast Reading Reading, PA - Late at night on January 5th, B platoon companies were dispatched to Box 06-01. The Berks County Communications Center advising that people may still be inside the building. Engine 6 arrived at 514 South 17 & 1/2 Street to fire showing from the D side on the first floor. A line was placed into operation and had the main body of fire darkened down within 20 minutes. Searches proved negative for occupants. However two dogs, a bird and two reptiles perished. The fire marshal's office is investigating.


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Winter operations and personnel safety Part III

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The City of Harrisburg continues to operate this 1988 Sutphen 100' tower on a reserve basis.


Hazle Township still operates this 1983 CF Mack, with a 75 foot tower.

Problems may be encountered in locating and establishing a water supply. Hydrant and static water sources may be difficult to locate under snow banks or drifting snow. S o m e communities STAYING have local ordinances reSAFE quiring the nearest resi- Chief Henry Campbell dent to maintain the hydrant free of snow and debris. Other communities have an adopta-hydrant program in which one of the neighborhood residents maintains the hydrant. There still is no guarantee the hydrant will be clear and easy to spot. To further complicate matters, the hydrant may be frozen and will result in a delay in getting hose lines into operation. Test the hydrant before hooking into it and have a secondary water supply established as soon as possible. If your response is within an area serviced with a hydrant system, all responding engine companies should locate at a hydrant and secure a water flow before making a commitment to that hydrant. Static water sources that have iced over will require extra time in penetrating the ice. In either situation, on board water should be used by the first in attack pumper while a water source

is secured and the use of tanker relays may be the only viable source under extreme conditions. All departments, including municipal departments serviced by hydrant systems, should have a tanker relay plan in place as an alternate source of establishing a water supply. Hydrants should be checked annually and permitted to drain after each use to prevent freezing in the barrel. If you have a problem draining a hydrant, the water company should be notified to respond. Hydrants aren’t used every day, for that matter, most hydrants aren’t used at all, therefore the need for an annual or semiannual hydrant inspection program. As for static water sources, your department should have a water resource officer, who is knowledgeable as to the location of all reliable water sources within the community that can be tapped when the need arises. A map of your jurisdiction with all static water sources should be on board each apparatus. Apparatus pumps should be drained in the winter and all lines blown free of any water. Gauges and valves have the potential to freeze and should be properly monitored and drained. It only takes a drop or two of water to freeze up and place the pumper out of commission, and usually at a most inopportune time. Front mounted pumps may have a blanket or heating unit to provide protection from cold

weather and long distance responses. Secure water extinguishers in the cab of apparatus or in a heated compartment to protect from freezing. Also protect medical supplies and other items that can be affected by freezing temperatures. The placement of apparatus, especially aerial apparatus, on icy surfaces and inclines will require constant monitoring and the use of salt and or sand to aid in maintaining the stability of the vehicle and any positioned outriggers. The surfaces may not be icy when the operation begins, but as water begins to be used the hazard will develop. If the spot the apparatus is positioned looks unstable and un safe relocate to a safer position as there is no need to lose firefighters or apparatus. Then, when the fire has been extinguished and it is time to pick up and return, the fun will begin in retrieving frozen hose lines, tools, and retracting aerial equipment that has become locked in place due to icing. Care should be taken when attempting to retract aerial devices and the manufacturers’ recommendations should always be followed. Some departments have thawing equipment to assist in picking up hose, and no matter what method you use the least number of folds in the hose when frozen, the better. The best may be to wait for the sun to do its’ thing! - ConTinuEd AT www.1Rbn.CoM


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Firefighters raise nearly $2200 for Toys For Tots Reading, PA - Reading firefighters completed their fourth Toys For Tots fundraiser. Each year a T-shirt is designed in partnership with Weikels Sportswear. Proceeds from the shirt sales, along with donations raised $2,150 to purchase toys for the charity. After a night of shopping, toys were presented at at the annual Y-102 Toys For Tots Christmas Party held at California Bar & Grill. After the party, the firefighters packed up to bring some holiday cheer to cancer stricken Chief Ron “Moose” Wentzel. The group sung Christmas Carols and presented the chief's family with a gift.


Hazleton battles apartment building fire Luzerne County, PA. Around 11:15 on December 2nd, Luzerne County 911 dispatched the Hazleton City Fire Department and APTS Medic 11 for a reported residential structure fire. Chief Jones advised the center was receiving multiple calls for an apartment building fire with children possibly trapped at 53 North Cedar Street. Ladder 1 took the front of the three story multi-family dwelling. Chief 2 took command and requested Engine 5. A page for additional volunteers was also requested. The chief reported heavy smoke and fire on the third floor and all occupants outside the building.

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Lines were stretched and crews began to advance to the third floor. Additional personnel were directed to begin horizontal ventilation to assist the interior crews. The aerial was flown to the A side roof while a crew ascended to vertically ventilate. Command requested off-duty personnel to staff additional engines and bring Tower Ladder 1. It appeared firefighters were making good progress inside as the smoke began to dissipate from the exterior, but the fire had spread to the cockloft and other hidden

places. The smoke began to once again pick up. The ladder was repositioned to the corner of the building and flown to the D side and an additional vent hole was cut. As time passed, the smoke once again dissipated. Firefighters were rotated out with fresh manpower and medical crews from APTS provided rehab. The fire was brought under control shortly after noon and crews remained on scene into the afternoon. Close to a dozen people were displaced by the fire which is under investigation by the fire marshal. - JC KRIESHER

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VFW Post donates $500 to Jersey Shore Fire Company VFW Post 5859 of Jersey Shore recently presented a check for $500 to members of the Independent Hose Company No. 1 at their monthly meeting. Quartermaster Richard L. Swank Sr. from VFW Post 5859 presented the check to Chief Robert Sheets and President Dennis Kilpatrick. The money will be used to purchase new equipment according to Swank. "This will be an ongoing thing. We want to spread funds around the community," said Swank. The funds come from small games of chance held at the post. KEN SNYDER

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A Platoon goes to work Reading, PA - After 5 p.m. on January 16th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched Box 07-03 for a working fire at 1743 Centre Avenue. The communications center advised of multiple calls for fire showing from the rear of the dwelling and that the occupant normally sleeps during the day. Engine 7 arrived to a three story MOR with smoke showing from the rear. As a line was stretched from the engine, Ladder 3 forced entry through the front door. A primary search of the first and second floors was quickly initiated, resulting in no occupants. Crews did find several dogs, which succumbed to the thick smoke. The fire was placed under control at 5:34 p.m. The fire marshal's office is investigating. One firefighter was transported to Reading Hospital with chest pains, but was later listed in stable condition.

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New Year’s predawn fire destroys Middletown apartments Middletown Borough, PA. On January 1, 2013 with the new year barely three hours old, Dauphin County Box 88-2 sent units to 239 E. Main Street for an apartment building fire with possible entrapment. Multiple calls were received as well as reports of multiple people trapped. The responding duty officer upgraded the box to first alarm status. Middletown Engine 88 arrived to heavy fire from the rear of a three story, mixed occupancy structure and secured a hydrant at E. Main and Race Streets. Truck 88 began an aggressive interior at-

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tack and search/rescue operations. Companies secured additional water supplies and assisted crews working inside. Due to rapidly spreading fire conditions, firefighters retreated and used exterior master streams. Command 88 requested the second alarm. Fire continued to burn in the top floor and roof area concealed in multiple void spaces. Crews also prevented extension to a rear attached, one story, row of

apartments. Extensive overhaul was required to fully extinguish the flames. Command 88 marked control about an one and a half hours. The fire building, which contained apartments on the top two floors and Demp's Corner Pub on the first floor, was destroyed. Several occupants were displaced, including one who jumped from a second floor window, but all were uninjured. The fire is currently under investigation but is believed to not be suspicious. - JASON COLEMAN-COBB


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A motorist suffered head and neck injuries when he lost control of his vehicle while traveling northbound on 287 in Mifflin Twp. at around 11:30 a.m. on January 16th. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Amar Mustafa of Harrisburg, lost control of his vehicle, traveled up the side of a hill and flipped his vehicle onto it's roof in the northbound lane of 287. Jersey Shore EMS transported the driver to Jersey Shore Hospital for treatment. Mustafa was the only occupant in the car and no other vehicles were involved. Citizens Hose Company of Jersey Shore also responded to the incident.

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New Year’s Day brings double entrapment Paradise Township, PA - At 9:50 a.m., Paradise Station 47 along with EMS were dispatched to the intersection of Route 30 and Belmont Road for an MVC with multiple patients trapped. Chief 47 was advised by LCWC of a three car crash with at least two patients trapped. Chief 47 confirmed the reports and requested a third and fourth BLS to the scene along with his second due rescue company. Rescues 47 and 42 went into service with their tools while Engine 47-2 deployed two foam lines. A total of four patients were transported to local trauma centers. Route 30 was shut down for three hours while state police reconstructed the crash.


Mass casualty incident in Clay Township Clay Township, PA. Around 5:12 p.m. on January 24th, the rescue local was transmitted to the area of Clay Road and Middlecreek Road for a reported personal injury collision with multiple injuries. Engine Company 22, RescueEngine 21-1, Squad (Rescue) 22 along with multiple EMS agencies were advised of a three vehicle PIC with up to five patients needing aid. Companies on the assignment reported to fire radio on

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arrival of one patient trapped with multiple patients. Fire radio placed aero-medical on stand by as the MCI EMS alarm was upgraded to an MCI due to number of patients. During operations, companies rendered aid to multiple patients ranging in ages from children to adults. Crews completed a com-

plete side removal on one of the vehicles to free the one patient that was trapped. As EMS started transporting patients, EMS commanded the direct fly of Life Lion for a pediatric patient. Engine 14-1 had the landing zone under the command of Chief 14. Extrication was completed in under 15 minutes as crews assisted with clean up. - CHRIS HALDEMAN

West Mahanoy Township home catches fire

company in April of 2011, Mark found himself once again a jumper on the A platoon. On May 18, 2011, he was assigned the driver position on Engine 5 on the A platoon. Ironically, Snader had been filling in there since the closing of his company. Mark plans on continuing to exercise and ride his bike as he has done for many years. He says he will miss the job and the guys the most.

Schuylkilll County, PA. At 12:47 p.m. on December 12th, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the West Mahanoy Township Fire Department with Shenandoah Fire Department to 1200 West Coal Street for a reported house JUMP TO FILE # fire. Shenandoah 011313106 ALS was also included on the first alarm assignment. Shenandoah Police confirmed the working fire with everyone out. William Penn Chief 888 assumed command. A line was stretched to the front door and the boom was flown to the roof. Crews found a heavy smoke condition pushing from the front door and advanced to the first floor. Crews kept advancing and began to knock the fire found on the first floor. An additional crew went to the roof and began vertical ventilation. A back up line was stretched into the building by a crew from Altamont. The fire was knocked down within fifteen minutes while crews continued to overhaul the building search for hidden fire. The scene was under control within the hour and crews were packed up and returning to service shortly after 2:00 p.m.




Firefighter Mark Snader retires Reading Firefighter Mark “Greenie” Snader has retired after nearly 33 years of service to the Reading Fire Department. Mark began his career on March 17th, 1980. After training, Firefighter Snader was placed on the A platoon as a jumper firefighter. Months later, Snader was transferred to the D platoon to work on aerial apparatus. Mark later took an assignment back on the A platoon as the driver of Engine 1. He remained with the busiest company from September 11, 1990 until October 2 of 2011. Firefighter Snader then transferred to Engine 14. When the city disbanded the

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Firefighters make initial entry into a house on West Coal Street in West Mahanoy Township

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Independent Hose Company helps deliver Christmas gifts Smiles and shrieks of joy greeted Santa as he made early deliveries to children in the Jersey Shore area on Christmas Eve. This year over a dozen volunteers helped Angelo and the Santa’s deliver their goodies to all the little girls and boys. For Angelo and his helpers it is definitely worth it. “It’s a lot of work behind the scenes, but we just do it for the kids,” said Patrolman First Class, Marlin Angelo of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department.

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Upper Leacock Township, Lancaster County, PA. An Amish bystander grabs the knob and goes to work on a working building fire in Upper Leacock Township.


Lower Frederick Station 52 Deputy Fire Chief John Hautzinger, Montgomery County, Pa.


Chief 46 of Sta. 4, Franklin Fire Company of Chambersburg lays low in the bed of the aerial ladder operating the water flow from the tip to extinguish the flames of a barn fire.



Doylestown firefighter Jerry Bredow works with fellow Doylestown jakes Steve Downs, Nate Coia and Jessica Meisinger-McDonald to advance a two inch line on a dwelling fire on December 28th.

Lt. Chris Slaymaker of Gap Fire Company works a double entrapment in Paradise Township.

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City Service Hook & Ladder Trucks and Quads not meet the strict definition. City service trucks customarily only carried ground ladders, but there were some that had a chemical tank (soda acid and water solution) and one on page 89 has a 500 gpm front mounted On The Book Shelf by John Malecky pump. The book has a chapter on the principle builders of City Service Hook & Lad- these trucks followed by seven der Trucks and Quads chapters stemming from the By Walter P. McCall early years and into the 1970’s Available from: FSP and beyond. There is an interBooks & Videos, 188 Central esting color section from page Street, Hudson, MA 01749- 113 through 126. The early 1330. quads were distinguishable by 1-800-522-8528 their long bodies due to many ladders being one piece. , E-mail: support@fire-policeWhen more ladder lengths became available with one or Price: $32.95 more extension sections, is This is a soft cover Icono- when the more modern quads grafix book measuring 8 assumed the lengths of inches by 10 inches and has pumpers and it was not easy to 126 pages. The author is well distinguish a quad from a known as a dedicated appara- pumper unless one went to the tus buff and I can personally rear to discover the ladder testify that he is one of the complement. most knowledgeable in the However, if a fire departsubject of fire trucks and their ment still wanted to have a histories. single, long section ladder as As many know, the differ- part of the inventory, then a ence between quads and city modern day quad may well be service trucks by definition is made in the extended body that the name, “quad” is short fashion. It is interesting to for “quadruple combination” note how long some cities meaning that the vehicle continued to use city service specifically had a rated pump, ladder trucks. You can find out a hosebed, a water tank and a by reading the book. full complement of ground The photo gallery, which ladders. is most of the book is excepIt fit between a triple com- tional and many interesting bination and a quintuple com- apparatus. In my opinion, a bination apparatus. A triple did Walt McCall book sells itself not have a full complement of so I will simply attest to buyground ladders and a quint ing one and not being disapwas a quad with the addition pointed. of an aerial device. Many apparatus called quints today do - JOHN MALECKY

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Pre-Alert saves building in Upper Leacock Township Upper Leacock Township, PA. At 12:37 p.m., Station 44 (Intercourse) along with their first alarm assignment were dispatched to 409 South Groffdale Rd. for a reported building fire. Engine 44-1 went enroute hearing the pre-alert put out by LCWC. Deputy 39 arrived to find a working fire. Deputy 44 established the command while Captain 44-1 had water supply operations. Engine 44-1 deployed two-one and three quarter inch hand lines. Truck 39 went to work opening up the roof. The fire was placed under control at 1:24 p.m. Crews remained for some time providing extensive overhaul. The fire was believed to be caused by a woodstove. All crews cleared the scene at 3:42 p.m. There were no injuries. Intercourse was assisted by Garden Spot Fire Rescue, Bareville, Witmer, Kinzer, Gordonville, White Horse, Farmersville and Leola Ambulance.


House trailed destroyed on Christmas Day Shamokin Township, PA. On December 25, 2012 at 2:30 a.m., the Ralpho Township, Sunbury, Shamokin Fire Departments, Elysburg EMS and Stonington Fire Company were dispatched to a dwelling fire at 4504 State Route 61 in Shamokin Township. The caller reported his house trailer was on fire and he was evacuating. Elysburg Engine 194 found a working house trailer fire. The house trailer was half involved and spreading to the other end. The engine’s crew advanced

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two hose lines. A dump tank was set up behind Engine 194 and Engine 294 drafted out of it. Engine 294 then pumped water to engine 194 and deployed backup those lines to the fire. Shamokin Rescue 62 provided RIT. Firefighters had to attack the fire from outside the house trailer. The fire was quickly knocked down in 30 minutes. Firefighters

overhauled the rest of the smoldering house trailer. It took firefighters an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. The homeowner was taken to the hospital for an injured foot. The fire chief believes the fire was started by a wood burner in the home. He said it was tragic for the two residents to lose their home on Christmas Day. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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