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Schuylkill County, PA. Around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, the St. Clair Fire Department was dispatched to 207 North Front Street in their borough for a reported house on fire.

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Pine Grove Borough, PA. On June 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., the Pine Grove Fire Department (North End and Hose Hook & Ladder), Pine Grove Township (Ravine and Suedburg Fire Companies), and Pine Grove Ambulance were dispatched to JUMP TO FILE # 18 Spruce Street for 060614126 a structure fire. Responding police found the old canoe factory fully involved. Schuylkill Haven Schuylkill Hose Engine 732 was dispatched to move up and stand by. Firefighters found fire coming from the two story building confirming the working fire. The fire continued to spread quickly and moved through the rest of the building. The fire on the second floor vented through the roof causing all operations to go defensive. The intense heat was threatening the nearby exposure homes. The assistant fire chief quickly ordered a second alarm. The Landingville Fire Company, Wayne Township (Summit Station and Friedensburg) Fire Companies, Schuylkill Haven Liberty (tanker) Fire Company, and the Porter Township-Joliett tanker were dispatched. Mutual aid tankers from Berks and Lebanon were dispatched and responded. Hose Hook & Ladder Engine 58-11 arrived on scene first and went to work. Engine 58-10 established a water supply from a hydrant in front of the building and made a defensive attack to stop the fire. The crews from Schuylkill Haven backed up the first attack crews and attacked the fire. Suedburg Engine 21-11 supplied a number of attack hose lines from a hydrant water west of the fire scene. Pine Grove and Schuylkill Haven firefighting crews operated a number of hose lines on the fire building. Engines from Landingville, Friedensburg, and Summit Station level two staged in the area of the fire buildings. The engine crews reported to Side A and D, joined in the fight to stop the spreading fire. Pine Grove incident command requested a RIT team from Pottsville City to respond to the scene to stand by. Pottsville West End Ladder 51 and Yorkville Rescue 63 responded to the scene and stage away from the scene. The crew from Ladder 51 was reassigned to fire attack and truck company operations. Pottsville Ladder 51 staged east on Side C of the fire building in the alley. The rescue crew remained assigned to RIT and reported to Side A of the building. The crew was ordered to prepare to operate its elevated master stream at the fire building. An elevated master stream from the Pine Grove ladder was directed to the collapsing roof of the building. Multiple portable


master streams from Engine 58-10 and 58-15 were opened onto the fire building from the front. Engine crews from Pine Grove, Schuylkill Haven, and Wayne Township were able then stop the fire in the primary fire building. The bulk of the fire was knocked down after 2:00 p.m. and overhaul operations started. The engine crews were then able to gain entry into the primary fire building to extinguish hot spots. The majority of the mutual aid fire units cleaned up and cleared

the scene by 3:00 p.m. Pine Grove firefighters remained on the scene throughout the day wetting down the destroyed building. A Cressona Engine stood by at Pine Grove North End. Tankers from Schuylkill, Berks and Lebanon Counties responded on the second and third alarm. The incident was under control by 3:00 p.m. and all hot spots were out with no rekindles. Pine Grove fire crews remained at the scene throughout the day to prevent flare

ups. A total of six homes or garages were damaged by the fast moving fire. The cost of damage is undetermined. The fire is currently under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal. The fire chief reported that there were no serious injuries to firefighters. Pine Grove ambulances responded to the scene and assumed control of rehab with the American Red Cross. - STEPHEN BARRETT


100 years old On May 13, 2014, the officers and members of the Croydon Fire Company # 1 voted on making George Gleason an honorary member of the department. George was a member back in the 50's and serve 18 years. George turned 100 years old on May 29, 2014. Happy Birthday George. We wish you another 100 and thank you for your service.

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Driver wrecks car and flees police Reading, PA. Early Tuesday morning on June 3rd, city companies were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Cotton Street. Units arrived to a single vehicle accident into the front of a dwelling on Cotton. The driver of the vehicle fled from police officers only to be captured a short time later. The accident caused damage to a fire hydrant, gas meter, and other property. Engine, Tower, and Rescue 1 responded.

Jersey Shore man injured in porch collapse A Jersey Shore man was injured when the second floor porch he was standing on collapsed from underneath him. Chip Duet was on his porch at 439 S. Main Street in the borough at around 6:30 Sunday evening when the right half of the porch collapsed sending him part way through the structure. His wife was inside when it happened "All I heard was a crash and he screamed. It sounded like glass breaking," said his wife Jody Duet. All she could do was help him back up and into the apartment and wait for the ambulance to arrive. According to his wife, he suffered an injury to his side. He was taken to Jersey Shore Hospital for treatment. The neighbor downstairs was fixing his screen door directly under the porch. Harry Braim Jr.

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said he was sawing wood just two minutes before the collapse. "I was right under that side of the porch. I heard him yell and I hurried up and ran in the door because there was stuff falling on the ground," said Braim. Firemen from Independent Hose and Citizens Hose responded to the collapse and had to remove the wife and ten year old son of the victim from their upstairs apartment. The neighbor downstairs also had to be removed. "At this time we are going to evacuate the two apartments because the porch is unsafe and the borough will have to have the codes department look at it." The owner of the apartments,

Allan Ferrar could not be reached. Another tenant in the building said he was in Georgia. The Duets have been having a landlord tenant dispute with Farrar over the conditions they have to live in for the past few months according to Jody Duet. "The kitchen floor is ready to cave in and the toilet is also ready to cave in," she said. She went on to say they have not paid their rent because Ferrar won't fix the problems.' He (Ferrar), said he isn't going to fix anything until we pay our back rent," said Duet. For now the Duets will have to live with their aunt. There was no indication where Braim will be staying until the borough decides what to do with the property. - PAUL GARRETT

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Car vs pole in Limestone Twp At around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, May 30, 57 year old Carl Frantz of Loganton was traveling southbound on Rauchtown Road when he hit a utility pole in front of 3137 Rauchtown Road, in Limestone Township, Clinton County. His 2003 Chevy Impala suffered major damage to the passenger side front fender and wheel after smashing into the pole. Rescue personnel from Jersey Shore EMS arrived but Frantz refused to be taken to the hospital. Instead, he was handcuffed and placed into the back of a Pennsylvania State Police cruiser. According to the trooper on scene, he was taking him in on suspicion of DUI. There were no other vehicles involved in the incident. Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Company personnel responded to the accident.


Hanover Township Rescue 5 sits in front of the White Haven Fire Department while its crew operates as the Rapid Intervention Team on a three alarm fire. The rescue is a 2006 KME Heavy Rescue.

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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 Kentucky: Charles "Charlie" Goff , 53 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 27, 2014 Death Date: April 27, 2014 Fire Department: McQuady Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Goff suffered a fatal heart attack several hours after returning home from a multiple vehicle accident involving a reported five patients with critical injuries, including those of another McQuady firefighter and his wife whom Goff helped extricate from their vehicle. Florida: Jeffrey B. Newland, 50 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: April 23, 2014 Death Date: May 1, 2014 Fire Department: North Port Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Approximately four hours after going off of a shift which included several emergency response calls, Lieutenant Newland suffered an aortic dissection. Newland was treated and transported to a local hospital then flown to Health Park Hospital for specialized care where he remained for just over a week before passing away from his injury. Maine: David W. Millett, 62 Rank: Captain-Safety Officer Incident Date: May 10, 2014 Death Date: May 10, 2014 Fire Department: Norway Fire Department Initial Summary: Several hours after responding to an early morning structure fire, Captain-Safety Officer Millett fell ill at his residence passing away from a reported cardiac arrest.

Wyoming: Ted F. Drake, 62 Rank: Fire Crew Supervisor Incident Date: May 17, 2014 Death Date: May 17, 2014 Fire Department: Wyoming State Forestry Division Initial Summary: Fire Crew Supervisor Drake passed away from a reported heart attack while participating in a work capacity (fitness) test for red card certification, part of the wildland fire qualification system used by federal and most state wildland fire management agencies. Fire Crew Supervisor Drake, a career employee of Wyoming State Forestry Division, supervised and trained inmates called “Smoke Busters,” wellrespected teams utilized to fight wildland fires and complete many other associated projects on both federal and state lands. Incident Location: Newcastle, WY Connecticut: David Fiori, 59 Rank: Deputy Chief Incident Date: May 25, 2014 Death Date: May 26, 2014 Fire Department: New Britain Fire Department Initial Summary: While working his shift, Deputy Chief Fiori fell ill at approximately 2200hrs on Sunday (05/25/2014). Firefighters immediately provided medical care to Fiori and then transported him to the Hospital of Central Connecticut where he passed away at approximately 0330hrs on Monday (05/26/2014)

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Engine 225-1 of the Thad Stevens Fire Company of Penn Hills is a 1992 KME 1500/750/50 Foam. It was originally in service with Greenwood Fire Company of Moosic in Lackawanna County.

Fire in Lansford displaces couple A couple and their two dogs were displaced following a fastmoving fire that destroyed their neighbor’s home along West Snyder Avenue in Lansford on May 21, 2014). Emergency personnel were called around 1:30 a.m. to 336 West Snyder Avenue for a working structure fire after neighbors called 911. Jimmy Gulla, of 338 West Snyder Avenue, said he was home only 20 minutes after arriving from work when he heard glass breaking and looked outside to see the flames and called 911. His wife Dorothy said, “All I could see was a bright orange glow outside my bedroom window.” The two properties are only about three feet apart. Upon arriving at the scene, Lansford and Coaldale Police immediately started knocking on doors. After knocking on Gulla’s home, Jimmy and his wife Dorothy Gulla told police that no one has lived in 336 West Snyder Avenue since February, adding that people had recently purchased the property. Prior to the arrival of the fire-

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fighters, neighbors said that Jimmy Gulla and Lansford Patrolman Josh Tom could be seen using garden hoses to slow down the fire and prevent it from spreading to the Gulla’s home. While responding, John Reinbold, a paramedic with the Lehighton Ambulance, said he could see the orange glow as far as Summit Hill. Firefighters noted an issue with the hydrant at the top of West Snyder Avenue. Firefighters ended up using a pipe wrench brought over by nearby resident Rosemarie Cannon. Personnel remained on scene for about four hours to ensure they extinguished any hot spots. On scene were fire companies from Lansford, Coaldale, Summit Hill, Nesquehoning, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe. Also on scene were Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, Lansford Police, Coaldale

Police, Lehighton Ambulance, and others. Mahoning Valley served as rehab unit for all the responders on scene. Coaldale, Lansford and Summit Hill Fire Police redirected traffic around the scene for the duration. 336 West Snyder Avenue suffered severe damage to most of the home. 338 West Snyder Avenue suffered substantial damage to the outside, top floor and other areas of the home. The Gulla’s said they and their two dogs are staying with family. There were no injuries noted. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. The Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group and Tamaqua Salvation Army responded and distributed cold refreshments. Turkey Hill in Lansford also helped by donating an unlimited supply of hot coffee. “This could have been much worse if Jimmy would have went to bed a few minutes earlier,” said neighbor Jeff Montgomery.


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Interstate MVC with rollover Chester, PA. On Wednesday morning May 7th, Company 82 was dispatched to Interstate 95 northbound for a reported accident. Engine 82 arrived on scene and reported a single vehicle accident JUMP TO FILE # with a vehicle on 051314121 it’s roof. With one patient, the assignment was reduced to Engine 82 and EMS. The cause of the accident is under investigation by local officials.


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Schuylkill County, PA. At 12:55 on Monday, June 2, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the Pine Grove Fire Department and the Pine Grove Twp. Fire Department to the area of 18 Spruce Street in Pine Grove for a reported structure fire. Shortly after dispatch, police arrived and reported a large building heavily involved in fire with multi-

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ple exposures catching fire. A second and third alarm were immediately requested to the scene. Multiple engines secured water supplies and stretched heavy lines to knock down the fire. Ladder 58-25

also set up the ladder pipe for operations. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within the hour and the additional companies were slowly released until only the first alarm remained on the scene for mop-up. - JC KRIESHER

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Hazle Twp. fire brings extra tankers Luzerne County, PA. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 26, Luzerne County 911 dispatched Hazle Township Fire/Rescue and APTS Medic 11 to 11 Getz Drive in Hazle Township for a reported house on fire. McAdoo Engine 4915 and Quint 49-22 were due out of Schuylkill County and Tresckow Fire out of Carbon County was also on the first alarm. The fire was quickly confirmed as a worker when a portable unit arrived on scene and found fire showing from the rear of the single family dwelling. Hazle Township command requested additional tankers dispatched to the scene.

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Quint 49-22 arrived and took the driveway stretching a line to the rear of the building and began to knock down the exterior fire. Engine 49-15 fed the quint. Hazle Twp. Engine 102 fed 49-15. Additional lines were stretched into the building. Hazle Twp. Tower 7’s crew began to ladder the building. Hazle Twp. Engine 3 and Tanker 6 set up a dump pond on Route 309 and secured a water supply. West Hazleton Fire was dispatched to set up a fill site for the

tankers a few miles down the road. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within thirty minutes of the initial dispatch and crews began to overhaul the structure. Within the hour, the additional tankers were released from the scene and the fire was placed under control. A fire marshal from the Pennsylvania State Police was requested into the scene to help investigate the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross was also dispatched to assist displaced residents. - JC KRIESHER

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Two homes were heavily involved with fire when crews arrived at this scene in White Haven. Three alarms were brought in to control the blaze


New England Fire Company operate a 2002 Freightliner/ KME 2000/3000.


The Alert fire Co. of Downingtown operates this 2006 Pierce Lance rescue.


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Three alarms for two dwellings in White Haven Luzerne County, PA. At 7:23 a.m. on Monday, May 12, Luzerne County 911 dispatched White Haven Fire, Freeland Fire, Dennison Twp. Fire, White Haven BLS and APTS Medic 11 to 215 Towanda Street in White Haven for a reported house on fire. Initial responding units were advised of an updated address of 223 Towanda and the fire was spreading to the neighboring home. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire from multiple sides of 223 Towanda and it was quickly spreading to the D side exposure. A second alarm was quickly struck. The second alarm brought in Valley Regional, Foster Township, Hazle Township and Weatherly Fire Companies as well as Freeland EMS. Both of White Haven’s engines took the front of the buildings and secured a water supply. Engine 62 had a long lay due to a bad hydrant. Dennison Township pumped the hydrant due to the lay. Freeland’s lad-

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der positioned next to Engine 63 and threw multiple ground ladders while heavy lines began to knock down the exterior fire. A crew went to the roof of the original fire building to cut multiple vent holes. Multiple lines were stretched into both structures that were heavily involved in fire. Firefighters in the exposure building had to fight with large amounts of debris throughout the house. A third alarm was requested to the scene, bringing Wright Township, Fairview Township, West Hazleton, Tobyhanna Township and Kidder Township Fire Companies. Hanover Township was also requested as an additional RIT team. While working the scene, a second call came in for a reported house on fire on Barry’s Lane in White Haven. Kidder Township Squad 18 and a Foster Township en-

gine responded to the call. They found a working kitchen fire. The fire was quickly knocked down and the scene was brought under control. Back at the original scene, the original fire building was brought under control around 9:00 a.m. However, crews were having a hard time bringing the fire in the exposure building under control. A second crew was sent to the roof to cut additional ventilation holes. With the additional holes, the fire was able to be brought under control. The bulk of the fire was finally knocked down by 10:00 a.m. A State Police Fire Marshal was requested to the scene to assist with the investigation for a cause. Rehabilitation for firefighters was set up in the area of the White Haven fire station by the L&L Fire Company from Carbon County. Units began to be released in the early afternoon. - JC KRIESHER


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Rescue personnel tend to the injured on the roadway.

Morning rollover for the volunteers Lower Windsor, York County, PA. At 6:49 a.m. on May 19th, the 44-06 Box was alerted for a vehicle accident with rollover on the 1300 Block of Snyder Corner Road in Lower Windsor. Rescue 41-2 went en route with four personnel under the direction of Lt. Newcomer. Rescue 41-2 arrived on scene, patients were in care of EMS. The crew from 41 assisted Craley Fire Department with debris removal before being placed available in just under an hour. Other companies on scene included Yorkanna 38 and East Prospect 42.

Pick up truck crashes through playground, four injured Four people were injured in a one vehicle accident in Limestone Twp. early Friday evening, May 16th. The male driver of a white Ford F150 pick up truck was traveling eastbound on Middle Road at around 7:00 p.m. when he hit a section of standing water on the roadway and lost control of his truck, sending it through a chain link fence. The fence was part of a community park at the corner of Middle and Quarry Roads. The truck continued on, crashing into a play house and a see saw before it smashed through the Quarry Road

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side of the fence and ended up front end first into a ditch in front of 1259 Quarry Road, according to rescue personnel on scene. Fortunately, there were no children playing in the park at the time. The distance the truck traveled before hitting the ditch was approximately 50 yards. The male driver and one of his female passengers were taken to Williamsport Hospital while the other two female passengers were

transported to Jersey Shore Hospital. It is not known if the driver or the passengers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. The steering wheel was snapped off of the steering column and was lying on the drivers seat. Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Company along with both Independent Hose and Citizens Hose responded to the scene, along with Jersey Shore EMS. The condition of the four injured people was not known. - PAUL GARRETT

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Work van nearly lands in Big Boulder Lake A work van traveling on Lake Road veered off the road and landed feet from Big Boulder Lake. The two occupants were treated by Lake Harmony Ambulance on the scene. Units from Lake Harmony and Albrightsville Fire Companies secured the scene and hazards on the vehicle. Lake Harmony Fire Police controlled traffic on Lake Road. Units were on scene for about a half an hour.


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Large home destroyed in Pottstown Vehicles collide at tree-covered stop sign

First responders on scene prepare the driver of the overturned Ford Explorer before getting her to a waiting ambulance.

On March 17th at about 12:40 a.m., a call came in from an affluent neighborhood in Pottstown Borough for a working fire. This fire occurred in an abandoned home with an estimate of $400,000 plus in damage. It destroyed the whole interior. Assisting Pottstown Fire Deartment were Sanatoga and West End Fire Companies.

Sandi Dauberman of Jersey Shore was not familiar with the area around Middle and Quarry Road in Limestone Township. Unfortunately around 10:45 Sunday morning she was approaching the intersection of Middle Road on Quarry Road and saw the partially tree covered stop sign too late. “She said the sign was blocked by tree branches and she didn’t see it until the last second. She didn’t realize the intersection was so close,” explained her husband Mark Dauberman, who rushed to the scene after receiving a frantic phone call from his wife saying she had been in an accident with his daughter and her daughter’s friend. Dauberman drove into the path of a 2005 Blue Dodge Caravan. According to officials on scene, the impact spun the vehicles around and they both ended down a 25 foot embankment. Dauberman’s 2004 silver

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Ford Explorer flipped onto its roof while the Caravan stayed upright. When rescue personnel arrived on scene, all of the accident victims had freed themselves from the vehicles. There was one female driver in the Caravan, and three people in the Explorer, Sandi Dauberman, her stepdaughter Courtney Dauberman and a 16 year old male friend of Courtney’s. All four were taken to Jersey Shore Hospital by Jersey Shore EMS. Dauberman has since been released from the hospital along with her stepdaughter. The 16 year old boy was kept overnight due to a concussion. The driver of the Caravan was also treated and released. Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dean Miller, be-

lieves something should be done about the stop sign at that intersection. “The person that was in the Explorer is from out of the area and not familiar with the area and did not see the stop sign. That stop sign isn’t visible due to some foliage on the trees and it has been that way for better than a year,” said Miller. He went on to say that the conditions have been reported to Penn Dot several times and it needs to be taken care of. Moreover, Mark Dauberman was told by the PSP trooper who investigated the accident that because of the tree and stop sign issue that he would consider this a no fault accident. Along with the responders from Nippenose Valley, Independent Hose Company from Jersey Shore also participated in the rescue operation. - PAUL GARRETT


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Shenandoah ALS and Ringtown BLS care for the patients

Crash in Ringtown injures two Ringtown, Schuylkill County, PA. Around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched Fire District 30 (Ringtown Valley Fire/Rescue), Shenandoah Engine 742, Ringtown EMS and Shenandoah ALS to Main and Center Streets in Ringtown for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Engines 30-10 and 30-15 arrived on the scene to find a two vehicle crash with multiple in-

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juries. EMS arrived on scene and began to immobilize the patients. In all, two patients were transported to local hospitals with what appeared to be minor injuries. Ringtown Police were on the scene to investigate the crash. - JC KRIESHER


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Car crashes into East Lampeter Township house

Chester, Delaware County, PA. At 4:45 p.m. on May 19th, Company 82, Engine 83, Chester 11 (S. Quigley) and Medic 83 were dispatched to the area of Morton and Melrose Avenues on the Chester's east side for smoke coming from the building. Chester 11 was the first on the scene and had a two story taxpayer with apartments above and smoke showing. Engine 82 landed next and placed a one and three quarter inch line in operation while Squirt 82 (in-service while Tower 82 is out of service) opened up and began an aggressive interior search. When Engine 83 arrived, Chester 11 had them place a second hand line on the second floor when the fire was found extending up. At 5:11 p.m., the fire was placed under control with all hands working.

Lafayette firefighters responded to an MVA car into a house on the 1800 block of Route 462 on May 13th. Firefighters quickly secured the car and set up support for the home porch, which was heavily damaged from this high speed crash. The driver took off and fled the scene and was apprehended by the police a short time later.


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Shoemakersville holds open house The Shoemakersville Fire Company opened its doors for an open house on Saturday, May 10th. The event included a Medevac helicopter, Fire and EMS vehicles, a smoke trailer, displays, demonstrations and the Berks County Sheriffs Department issued child ID's. The event was a great success

A head on collision sent three people to Williamsport Hospital on May 29th. A Dodge Ram van, driven by Gary Weimer was traveling south on Route 44 when it was hit head on by a Toyota Rav 4 driven by Benjamin Davis, Jr. of Williamsport. Davis reportedly pulled out from Route 654 and turned right onto Route 44, striking the Dodge van head on. Davine Coney, 38, of Williamsport, a passenger in the Toyota and Weimer both suffered major injuries. They were first brought to the Williamsport Medical Center, then transferred to Geisinger, Danville. No Life Flight transports were available. Davis was also injured, but not severely. He has been taken into custody for driving under the influence. Davis was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault by

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vehicle, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and several summary traffic offenses. The crash occurred at around 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of Routes 44 and 654 in Limestone Twp. in front of The Breeze Inn. Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dean Miller was one of the first to respond. When he arrived, there were two males lying on the roadway unresponsive and one male trapped in an SUV. It was unclear if the two vehicles were both on Route 44 traveling in opposite directions or if one was turning onto Route 44 from Route 654, according to Miller. The collision occurred between a purple Dodge 3500 work van and

a red Toyota Rav 4. “The male in the van was selfextricated, but we found him lying on the roadway. There were two males in the SUV. The passenger had self-extricated, but was also lying on the roadway. The driver of the SUV was trapped and had to be extricated,” said Chief Miller at the scene. It took responders about 20 minutes to remove the driver. They had to remove the doors to free the victim. Paramedics on scene reported to Chief Miller that two of the patients were class 1 and one was a class 2. Nippenose Valley along with both fire companies from Jersey Shore responded to the wreck. Route 44 was closed for hours while the Pennsylvania State Police conducted an investigation. - PAUL GARRETT


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Worcester State Hospital Fire VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

Worcester State Hospital Fire Worcester, Massachusetts Photography by D. M. Wenc Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-pol i c e - e m s . c o m Price: $19.95 This DVD is 38 minutes in length. It was transferred from the original VHS to a DVD in 2012. The fire happened on July 22, 1991. It is first important for the reader/viewer to know that the videographer took in this fire after taking up from another fire a distance away. I write this because for the first five minutes or so the viewer will see a blank screen with only the time and the date showing. Within the five minutes is a flash of the vehicle he is in, responding on a highway to a column of smoke off in the distance. This smoke is the hospital fire. During the black screen presentation (which is when the camera is turned off to save wasted time), one can hear the radio traffic of companies arriving and an order from the chief for a fourth alarm. This is all written so that the viewer does not think that the DVD is defective! The hospital is an old historic building, most likely vacant (condition of occupancy is not mentioned) and from the looks of the building, it has the telltale sign of being a state hospital, namely drab and depressing. It is a large building with an inclined roof running the length of it

with dormers in some parts between the ridge pole and the floor below. The fire has possession of the top of the building and is through the roof in some sections. A tractordrawn aerial (which appears to be an E-ONE tractor pulling an older Maxim aerial trailer) has the ladder raised and eventually a ladderpipe is deployed. It appears to be an outside fight, but during the period of firefighting, an evacuation signal was given so I guess there may have been attempts made at an interior attack. There is a part of the roof buildup that resembles a cupola, but I’m not sure if that would be what this section was called. Anyway it eventually becomes fully involved with fire. It is decided to have the firefighting force fallback to a safer position and the aerial is actually moved while the ladder is still raised. The ladderpipe is eventually re-deployed, but the stream is not hitting the fire but falling short onto the exterior of the building where there is no flame. It’s quite possible that there was insufficient water pressure. The blaze was eventually elevated to five alarms with over 100 WFD firefighters in attendance reinforced by members from nine other mutual aid fire departments. In its height, the fire runs the length of the building. The videographer pans both the fire building and the fireground. I saw one mutual aid chief wearing a white helmet without a front piece, but the town’s name and his rank were on the back of his bunker coat. The scene brought back memories of some of the older apparatus many of us were used to seeing such as Maxim Model “S” pumpers, a Mack “R” pumper and more. The video abruptly ends probably due to the transfer from VHS to DVD. It is a scene with plenty of fire!


Fairless Hills Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief 31 Jeff Rhodunda operating the hand line aggressively knocking the bulk of the fire down.

Firefighters battle dwelling fire in Lower Makefield Township Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, Fairless Hills Fire Department, and Levittown Fire Company #1, were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Tactical Box 80-37 for a working dwelling fire on Waterford Road on May 23rd at approximately 2:20 p.m. Fairless Hills Fire Department Engine 31 was the first arriving apparatus on location and firefighters hand stretched to a close

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hydrant and also went in service with a hose line. Fairless Hills Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Rhodunda operated the hand line aggressively knocking the bulk of the fire down. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Ladder 0, Tower 80, Rescue 0, Engine 80, and Levittown Fire Company #1 Rescue 32 arrived on

location and firefighters assisted with manpower, extinguishment, and later overhaul. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Marshal's Office was investigating the fire. Lower Makefield Township Police Department Officers were also on location. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police conducted traffic control operations throughout the incident. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Make A Wish Convoy 2014 On Mothers Day, the Make A Wish Foundation held it's 25th anniversary of the Make A Wish Convoy in Lancaster, PA. The event gives children with life-threatening illness the chance to ride along in various types of trucks from tractor trailers, dump trucks, classic cars and fire apparatus. The convoy takes the children through a good portion of Lancaster County and is roughly an hour long. Though the tractor trailers seem to be the majority of the convoy, many fire departments also participate in the event by either escorting a child or being there in support of the cause for the event and the foundation, which still allows them to be part of the convoy. The event started at 8 a.m. with clowns, food, a live band, and climbing in any truck they chose.


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Smoke condition at Upper Perkiomen High School Red Hill Boro, PA. On Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., all of the fire companies that serve the Upper Perkiomen Valley were dispatched to Upper Perkiomen High School for a building fire. Upon arrival, Chief Scott Alderfer (Red Hill) reported a heavy smoke condition in the building. He notified all incoming companies to report to the lower end of the school and set up a manpower pool behind East Greenville Ladder 38. All other units were to




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Vehicle fire closes Route 30 in East Lampeter Township Lafayette firefighters responded to a pickup truck fire on busy Route 30 in East Lampeter Township. The vehicle was fully involved when units arrived. The highway was shut down during the evening rush. When the fuel tank on the vehicle ruptured, the gasoline ignited in the street. Dry chemical had to be applied. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes and Route 30 was reopened one hour later.


Firefighters rescue dogs on a mutual aid five alarm fire The Shoemakersville Fire Company responded to Hamburg on May 2nd for mutual aid for a working five alarm fire. Firefighters Tim Seyfert and Alex Resh rescued two dogs from inside the residence.


Three dogs were rescued from the house. One dog received oxygen from an emergency kit

Pets rescued from St. Clair dwelling fire Schuylkill County, PA. Around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, the St. Clair Fire Department was dispatched to 207 North Front Street in their borough for a reported house on JUMP TO FILE# fire. Police arrived 051214130 in the area and reported heavy smoke showing from the front of the duplex. Ladder 703 was the first arriving fire apparatus and stretched a line to the rear, where fire was showing. Assistant Chief 700A took command of the incident. As the rest of the borough companies were arriving on scene, command requested an engine from Altamont, an engine and tower from Minersville FireRescue and two stations out of Pottsville. Firefighters had the bulk of fire knocked down on the first and second floors when the third floor began to push heavy smoke. A crew went to the roof and began ventilation while others went in to get the fire. Three dogs were rescued from the structure and received medical attention. One of the dogs received oxygen from an emergency pet oxygen mask before perking up. It appeared some cats were also rescued from the fire. The fire had been brought under control by noon; however, crews were still overhauling the structure. Additional resources were requested to the scene from Schuylkill Hose Company #2 to aid with mop-up. All crews were clear by the afternoon. - JC KRIESHER


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June 25 – 28, 2014 Columbus, Ohio Host Chapter Central Ohio Antique Fire Apparatus Association

41 empties the house on Box 2101 Hallam, PA. At 7:42 p.m. on May 19th, the structure assignment was put out for an appliance fire on East Cherry Ave. in Hallam. Engine 41 hit the street with eight in one minute, followed by both rescues with an additional eight personnel. Captain 21 (Cox) arrived on scene to a light smoke condition throughout, with a pan fire on the stove. Engine 21 made a quick knock on the fire. The engine company entered the exposures and TIC'd the walls with no extension. 41 assisted in ventilation before going available in just under an hour. Other companies on scene included Columbia #1.

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Other honorees during the banquet ceremony were left to right, Fire Police Captain, and Company Treasurer, Charles Rhinehart receiving the Chief's Award, Assistant Fire Chief Matt Brown, for Officer of The Year, Dave Ulmer, for 50 Years of Service, Matt Kieffer, for Firefighter of The Year, and Shawn Rhinehart, for Rookie of The Year.

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Firefighters on the first floor advanced the initial hose line to the second floor to extinguish the stubborn fire.

Working fire in Shenandoah Heights contained quickly West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On May 24, 2014 at 7:00 a.m., the West Mahanoy Township Fire Department (Shenandoah Heights, William Penn and Altamont), Shenandoah Fire Department (Rescue Hook & Ladder Squirt 745 and Columbia Engine 742) Englewood Engine 369 RIT, Shenandoah ALS Medic 64 and Lost Creek Ambulance were dispatched to a house fire reported at 208 Florida Avenue in the Village of Shenandoah Heights. The caller reported the one side of the first floor on fire in the double home. The smoke continued to spread quickly and began to move throughout the two and a half story home. Squirt 745 reported a working fire on the first floor and sent its ladder to the roof. A ground ladder was set up on the A side of the home to allow firefighters to vent the home. The squirt crew deployed a hand line and started the offensive attack. Hookies firefighters went to the roof and provided vertical ventilation. Columbia Engine 742 established a second water supply from a hydrant. Engine 742 sent its crew to assist. The additional engines crews backed up the attack crew and entered the residence to stop the spreading fire. The fire on the first floor was quickly knocked down, but was able to run the stairway to

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the second floor. In a matter of ten minutes, the fire was able to travel throughout the rear second floor. In no time, flames were venting through the walls of the rear bedroom. Firefighters then advanced an additional hose line into the front second floor window from a ground ladder. Firefighters on the first floor advanced the initial hose line to the second floor extinguish the stubborn fire. Incident command then requested Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 to scene for air and additional manpower. The fire was placed under control in thirty minutes, allowing some units to clear the scene by 10:30 a.m. The fire chief believes the fire may have started in the first floor of the home and appears to be accidental in origin. The fire chief reported that there were no serious injuries to firefighters or residents. Shenandoah and Lost Creek ambulances stood by on scene and provided rehab to the firefighters. The home received major damage causing the residents to be displaced. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Five minute “caffeine free” energy boost FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Looking for a quick “pick me up”? Why not give yourself a five minute energy boost? I was recently asked to provide a few “desk jockeys” with a quick "caffeine free" midday energy Boost. Fitness, motivational levels and age varied across a broad spectrum. Each participant was provided a 32oz bottle of water. Here’s what worked for them, and it can work for you, pretty much anytime, anyplace! Do as many repetitions as you can during the 30 seconds without using momentum or sacrificing proper form or alignment. Remember to work at an intensity level (speed) suitable to your current level. Progress to the next movement without rest. Once you have completed all the movements go back and repeat each one a second time. In a seated or standing position begin while holding the 32oz bottle of water in front of you (elbows bent, bottle close to your body) at chest level and extend overhead to near straight arm position. Return to starting position. For a greater challenge, if standing try performing the movement while standing on leg, being sure to alternate legs ½ way through. If seated, you can further vary the exercise by raising the bottle in your right hand only then switching to the left half way through. Keep the empty arm extended overhead throughout. Repeat for 30 seconds. Next, while standing, hold the water bottle in front of you at chest height (overhead for a greater challenge), sit down near the edge of a chair (if you don’t have a chair, squat as though you do) then stand up to the starting position. Repeat for 30 seconds.

Continue by sitting near the edge of a chair (if no chair, you can sit on the floor/ground) with the water bottle at chest level and somewhat close to your body (elbows bent). Keeping hips fixed rotate only at the waist as far as you can (keeping bottle in front of your chest) and then to the opposite direction. You can pause in the forward facing (start) position between rotating to each side if you are more comfortable with that. Continue this for 30 seconds. Seated or standing (if done standing, be sure knees are slightly bent) hold water bottle overhead. Keeping elbows up and shoulders stationary (close to your ears/head) flex the elbows to bring the bottle down behind your head. Return to starting position. As with all the previous movements, continue for 30 seconds. Stand up. Raise one knee to hip height (or as close to hip height as you can), lower it back down to the floor then switch knees. Continue alternating knees for 30 seconds. (For a greater challenge, raise both arms overhead each time you lift one knee and return them to shoulder height as you raise the other knee). Continue alternating knees for 30 seconds. Repeat all five movements a second time for a total workout time of five minutes. When finished, slowly rotate your head and hold it to the left for ten seconds, and then repeat to the right side. Facing forward, inhale (through your nose) as you shrug your shoulders up and hold two seconds then exhale (through your mouth) as you relax them down. Drink eight oz of water (1/4 of the bottle) and continue to sip the remainder of the bottle throughout the day. The combination of the increased daily movement and better hydration levels may be just what you need to keep your energy level up. As long as your physician approves this is a simple, effective and caffeine free energy boost you can perform daily or even twice throughout your day.

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser 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-

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Aston Township runs overturn with entrapment Aston Township, Delaware County, PA. Aston Township Fire Companies (Rescue 63 and Rescue 72) were dispatched to an accident with entrapment around 9:30 a.m. on May 19th. Rescue 63 arrived to a large roll off container truck overturned into a pole confirming entrapment. Chief 63 (M. Evans) assumed command and reported one DOA. Crews were on the scene for an extended amount of time while the truck was uprighted.

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Gratz handles overturned propane truck Lykens Township, Dauphin County, PA. Around 6:15 p.m. on May 18th, Chief 27-2 was traveling down North Crossroads Road in Lykens Township when he came upon an overturned propane truck approximately 40 yards down an embankment and laying on it's side. Chief 27-2 requested that his company be dispatched. An EMS unit from Life Team-Medic 6 was also dispatched to the scene. Upon further investigation, Chief 27-2 determined that the driver had self-extricated from the truck and was uninjured. He had a small fuel leak from the one saddle tank and no propane leaking from




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the trailer. Crews from Rescue and Engine 27 performed haz-mat operations for the fuel by placing pads and pigs as well as plugging the leak in the saddle tank. Two crosslays were also deployed off of Rescue 27 and positioned as a precaution. The truck went off the road approximately 50 to 60 yards prior to it's final resting spot, shearing off a telephone pole and a few trees. The trailer ended up rolling over onto it's side on the edge of a small

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creek. The truck also stopped approximately 30 yards from an occupied house. A tractor trailer from Koppy's Propane in Williamstown was brought in to offload the propane on the overturned truck. Once this was completed, crews began assisting the towing company to prepare to upright the truck. As the night continued to get later, the towing company decided to suspend operations for the night and return in the morning to upright and remove the truck and trailer. - JESSE SHUTT

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Reading firefighters raise $3300 for MDA Three alarms struck during dwelling fire


Conditions in the rear at 1032 Weiser Street

Reading, Berks County, PA. On Monday June 2nd, the Reading Fire Department took to the streets to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The department's summer boot drive raised over $3300 dollar, which was given directly to MDA to help defray the costs of sending children to summer camp.

tient up the ravine in a stokes basket. The patient was turned over to the Yardley-Makefield emergency unit for transport to a local hospital. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police conducted traffic control operations and the accident is under investigation by Lower Makefield Township Police Department.

Reading, Berks County, PA. As A platoon firefighters were nearing the end of their first day shift on Tuesday, June 3rd, a box alarm was transmitted for 1032 Weiser Street. Engine 7, on the street from a JUMP TO FILE# medical run, ar- 060514117 rived quickly to a two and a half story middle-of-the-row dwelling with smoke showing from the first floor. Firefighters from Engine 7 and 9 began to make a stretch to the front door while securing a water supply from a hydrant in the block. With crews confronted with a large amount of heat, a basement fire was discovered beneath them. Car 7(Lessar) arrived in the rear of the structure and radioed he had a car burning in a garage under the first floor. Additional hose lines were stretched to the interior and rear of the dwelling. With conditions further deteriorating, Chief Stoudt (C3) requested a second alarm. Engine 3 made their way into a rear alley and positioned for a blitz attack. Firefighters were pulled from the building for the heavy stream to knock down all visible fire. A third alarm was eventually struck to relieve crews due to weather conditions. The fire was eventually placed under control around 6:00 p.m. No injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal's office is investigating. All city companies were committed, along with units from Greenfields, Muhlenberg, Wyomissing and Spring Township.



Fire, police, EMS packaging patient


Motorcyclist loses control Firefighters from the YardleyMakefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to assist the police and squad with a motorcycle accident on Township Line Road in the area of Floral Vale Boulevard on Sunday evening May 18, 2014at approximately 7:30 p.m. Engine 80’s crew went in service with a chain saw, cutting through thick brush in the woods down a ravine in order to gain access to the patient. Rescue 0 assisted with manpower and packaging the patient on a backboard. They removed the pa-

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Firefighter Ray Carl operates in the rear while smoke pours from all floors.

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SCENES FROM THE FIRE EXPO Photos by Heather Pillsworth

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Air drops needed to stop brush fire Ryan Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On May 6, 2014 at 1:15 p.m., the Ryan Township Ambulance, Ryan and Delano Township Fire Companies were dispatched to a brush fire at Back Street. The fire was reported to be behind a residence and was starting to move to the wood line. A Schuylkill County fire chief informed the Schuylkill Communication Center that he was on the scene and fire was increasing in size. He informed the dispatcher that the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry will be needed to assist. Ryan Township firefighters deployed hose lines to help stop the spreading brush fire. The head of the fire made its way to the base of the mountain with help of the strong windy weather. The Forestry

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warden requested for the air tankers from the Hazleton Air Tanker Base to fly. Firefighters advanced a light hose line up the right eastern flank of the fire. The Delano Township firefighters were able to allow the southwestern left flank burn to the small stream bed. The fire continued to spread and work its way up the steep terrain of the wooded area. The state fire warden requested for the Saint Clair West End fire warden’s crew respond. Firefighters used leaf blowers and brush rakes to control the right eastern flank. The air tankers made a number of water drops onto the

head of the fast spreading fire. Saint Clair Brush 705 and its personnel were able to access the head of the fire from on top of the mountain. The crew was able to start a back fire and burn off the fuels to help cut off the large spreading wildfire. The fire was almost contained by 5:00 p.m. when a second fire was reported near Mahanoy City. The Delano Brush 6-47 and additional personnel were released from the fire scene to respond to the second fire. Fire personnel remained on the fire scene throughout the night to prevent flare ups or rekindles. It was reported that the initial fire was started by an individual, who was burning trash near the wood line. - STEPHEN BARRETT


Upper Darby A Platoon conducts confined space rescue ZACH ISHMAN

On Monday, May 12th at 10:35 a.m. , Upper Darby Township Station 20, Quint 37 and Rescue 26 were dispatched to a "person injured at the bottom of a manhole". Companies arrived on scene and observed a worker, who had fallen to the bottom of a manhole and was injured and unable to climb out on his own. A rescue tripod and Z-Rig were assembled and used to raise the injured worker to ground level. Air sampling was conducted during the operation using a multi-gas meter. Medic 103-7 (Crozier paramedics) provided EMS.

Wagon goes working barn fire At 1:09 p.m., the RIT from 41 was dispatched to assist Company 39 (New Bridgeville) with a barn fire. Officers from Company 39 were miles out with smoke showing. Engine 41 (DC Livelsberger) was en route with 7 in two minutes. Engine 41 arrived on scene and assisted with fire suppression. Crews then assisted in overhaul before returning to service in about four hours.

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Vehicle News




Bird N Hand Fire Company now has this 2014 Pierce Ve- Pleasant Hall has taken delivery of this 2014 Pierce PUC East Greenville Fire Company’s 2014 Ford chief/comlocity 2250/4000 Pumper Tanker. engine (1500/1000). mand vehicle was delivered May 19th.




Union of Oxford has taken delivery of their 2014 Pierce The Berwyn Fire Company of Chester County, PA oper- Hanover Township Rescue 1541 is a 2013 Spartan/MarArrow XT 105' ladder. ates this 2013 Seagrave Marauder II engine (1250/750) ion with a 15kw Harrison generator.




Union Hose of Annville now operates this 2013 Sutphen Pittston Twp now operates this 2013 Ferrara Engine The FDLS has taken delivery of this 2014 Ferrara/ HME SP-70 mid-mount tower. (1500/500/70'). equipped with a 2000 gpm pump. rescue. Rescue 59 is looking to be placed in service in June.



Lower Allen Twp. took delivery of their 2013 Pierce Veloc- Topton operates this 2013 E-One (2000/1030). ity rescue. This rescue utilizes three Amkus power units.


Pipeline 5 of the Philadelphia Fire Department is a 2012 KME 1500/500.

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an Oklahoma reunion in Pennsylvania. 1st Responder News N.J. editor Ron Jeffers, left, reunited with Mike Wieder, associate Director, FPP and executive Director, International Fire Service Training association (IFSTa) at Oklahoma State University, during the annual Fire expo in Harrisburg, Pa., in May. Jeffers attended OSU in 1968.


Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Firefighter Joe Fusco qualifying on Ladder 0's aerial.


The Bird In Hand, Lafayette and Witmer firefighters pose in front of the West Chester burn building recently.


Reading Probationary Firefighter Tom english.

Reading Lt. Tom Rehr and Firefighter Robert Stichter assist MDa ambassador austin Whitmoyer into Rescue 1 for a ride.


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During the annual Fire Expo in May, two local firefighters gave two New Jersey guys a tour of Harrisburg and a recent 3rd alarm-plus fire at Hanna & Cambron St.'s.L-R: 1st Responder N.J. Editor Ron Jeffers, Saddle Brook, N.J., Firefighter Damien Danis, Middletown, Pa., Fire Official Brian Glasmire and Walnut Bottom, Pa., Captain Carey Murray.


Freeland firefighter Cal Herring takes a quick break during a multiple alarm blaze in White Haven


Firefighters from Co. 13 Letterkenny Army Depot, Emory Weller and Chris Shaffer, work with Co. 15 West End Fire & Rescue, Joe Hruniuk at an accident scene with entrapment


Hazle Township firefighters take a break during a working fire


Hazle Township firefighter Jason Bridge exits the building during a house fire in their first due

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Harrisburg commercial fire goes three alarms


Vehicles can be seen burning in the building after the collapse.

Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA. On May 12th, the Harrisburg City Fire Department and Progress Tower-Ladder 32 were dispatched to a possible structure fire in the area of Cameron and Hanna Streets. The responding captain reported a large column of smoke. He requested the entire first alarm to the working commercial fire and found a large commercial warehouse burning to the rear of the building. Multiple garage doors had fire venting from them. The business cut up and dismantled old cars. The three engines established a number of water supplies from hydrants. Firefighters advanced a number of large hose lines to the burning garage doors. A number of explosions were heard and large flames vented from the roof. The hose line crews retreated from the building and prepared to setup portable master streams. Tower 1 operated its master stream onto the building. In a matter of minutes, a collapse destroyed the rear Bravo side of the building. The incident commander requested the second alarm and

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third alarm units to transfer. York County Rescue 69 was the first RIT crew. Paxtonia Ladder-Tiller 34 positioned at the B-C corner in the rear. The crew deployed its hundred foot ladder and flowed water onto the collapsing building. Progress Tower-Ladder 32 and Lower Allen Truck 12 were set up on the D side. A number of attack lines were deployed into the front entrances and its exposures. The fire appeared to be knocked down in the rear garage. But in minutes, thick smoke vented from the roof vents and the front of the building. It appeared the fire extended into the two exposure buildings. The acting fire chief assumed command. He requested the third alarm units to the fire scene. A number of hydrants within the five block radius were used by county engines as additional water supplies. Incident command ordered all firefighters stay out of the building due to the risk of an additional collapse.

The fire extended to the roof of the exposure buildings causing blinding smoke to hang at the scene. Command ordered all platform trucks to use their elevated master streams on the roof. In an hour, the fire was somewhat knocked down and contained allowing firefighters to reenter the building. Firefighters had an intense and difficult job extinguishing and overhauling. It wasn’t until after 10 p.m. that the fire was completely extinguished to allow the mutual aid units to go home. The majority of the county units were placed available and returned shortly after 11 p.m. The main fire building was a complete loss. The two other exposure buildings received severe fire and water damage. The other connected buildings in the complex also received smoke damage and may be closed for a while. The overall amount of damage caused by the fire is over one million dollars. A great number of mutual aid in and out of county assisted at the scene as well as for coverage. - STEPHEN BARRETT


Family of five displaced A pregnant woman, her husband and their three children were displaced after a fire heavily damaged their home on May 27th at 254 East Abbott Street in Lansford. Emergency personnel from Carbon and S c h u y l k i l l JUMP TO FILE # Counties were 052914102 dispatched around 11:40 p.m. after Lansford Police said someone came running out of the home screaming that it was on fire. Flames could be seen shooting out a back section of the home. Police said that everyone was out of the home, except for the father Joseph Collins, who police said went back into the building after thinking his pregnant wife, Stephanie, ran back. Witness Mariah Lewis said that officer Joshua Tom could be seen using a neighbor’s garden hose to slow down the fire, while officer Shawn Nunemacher carried Joseph to

an ambulance. Lewis and Lynn added that all the emergency responders did an excellent job helping the victims and stopping the blaze from spreading to adjacent properties. Lansford resident Gerald Steigerwalt told a WNEP reporter that a fire occurred at the duplex home on Christmas Day about six years ago; although this information isn’t confirmed. Responding were firefighters from Lansford, Summit Hill, Coaldale, Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe. Also responding were Lehighton Ambulance and area fire police. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross. Joe Cannon, 2nd Assistant Chief, Lansford Fire Company, said the fire was contained to 254 East Abbott Street. Firefighters added that the adjacent property at 256 East Abbott Street suffered smoke damage. The cause of the fire was blamed on a cooking accident. - ANDREW LEIBENGUTH


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