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CREWS ARRIVE TO WORKING FIRE

TIMOTHY COOVER

At around 1:00 p.m. on April 14th, crews were alerted for a dwelling in Rapho Township, Lancaster County on Back Run Road. Crews were given the update that multiple calls were being received reporting the house on fire. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the second floor of the residence.

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Dwelling fire quickly under control in Pennsburg Pennsburg, PA. On Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:24 a.m., Pennsburg Fire Company was dispatched along with East Greenville and Red Hill Fire Companies to a dwelling fire at 317 Seminary JUMP TO FILE St. in Pennsburg. #041116100 Upon arrival, Pennsburg Fire Chief Scott Seip had smoke coming from the stainless steel chimney. It turned out to be something burning within the chimney. The chimney was disassembeled at the top sections. A blockage, and the fact that the section was hot proved where the problem was. The wood-burning stove was empied out and the ashes and the wood were disposed outside. The home had smoke that had gathered on the first floor. An exhaust fan was used to clear out the

smoke. The overhaul was minor and it was brought under control within

20 minutes. Assisting the fire companies was Upper Perk EMS, UpperPerk

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police, and Pennsburg Fire police.

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TIMOTHY COOVER

Crews arrive to a working fire At around 1:00 p.m. on April 14th, crews were alerted for a dwelling in Rapho Township, Lancaster County on Back Run Road. Crews were given the update that multiple calls were being received reporting the house on fire. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the second floor of the residence. Crews worked for a short time inside before pulling out and started an exterior attack. About half an hour into the fire, the roof collapsed into the building. It took crews about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. Mount Joy was assisted by crews from Rheems, East Petersburg, Maytown, Manhiem, Mastersonville, and Elizabethtown Fire Cepartments.

JASON BATZ

Western Salisbury Forcible Entry Training On Saturday April 2nd firefighters from Western Salisbury conducted a forcible entry class at their substation. After a presentation in the morning, members worked with basic entry techniques using the "irons."


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STEPHEN BARRETT

The fire and heat conditions worsen in all the attics of the homes causing unsafe for the interior fire fighters.

Three alarm row home Mahanoy City exit blocked by overturn fire strikes Mount Carmel STEPHEN BARRETT

Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County PA. On April 21st at 11:30 a.m., the Mahanoy City Fire Department, Mahanoy City EMS and Shenandoah ALS were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer on Interstate 81 in the area of the Mahanoy City dxit. Humane Engine 451 and Chief 452 found a tractor trailer accident with minor injury. The tractor trailer was resting on the divider

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in the center of the roadway. The driver was outside the vehicle and was walking about. The engine crew found fluids leaking from the cab of the tractor. Firefighters placed high dry on the fluid spill to contain the leaking anti-freeze. West End Rescue 993 assisted with traffic control.

The driver stated he lost control of the tractor, hit the concrete divider, and the truck rolled on it’s driver side. The driver was evaluated by the Mahanoy City EMS ambulance and was transported to a local medical center for minor injuries. The state police investigated the cause of the accident. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Coplay Fire Department still runs a 1986 Mack MR/LTI 1000/500.

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Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, PA. On April 26, 2012 at 8:20 a.m., the Mount Carmel Fire Department and AREA EMS were dispatched to 242 South Beech Street for a house fire. Police found flames coming from the second floor rear. A fire chief confirmed the working fire and requested a second alarm. In a matter of minutes, the fire vented out the rear windows of the second floor back deck. The fire continued to grow and spread to the roof and attic areas. Mount Carmel Engine 3, Engine 2 and Ladder 2 started offensive operations. The ladder crew was sent to the roof to do horizontal ventilation. A number of attack lines from Engine 2 were deployed into the exposure homes. The heavy flames at the rear were knocked down quickly by the use of multiple hose lines. The first interior attack crew found the fire spreading from the second floor to the attic in the fire building and exposures. The interior crews continued to open up the ceiling and the walls. Smoke could be seen venting from a number of homes’ roof. It was determined the fire was spreading in the walls with the help the gusty winds. A number of grounds ladders were placed at the front of the rowhomes to assist with fire fighter escape. Exterior hose streams were placed into service. Coal Township Maine Engine 110, Mount Carmel Township Atlas Engine 21, Shamokin Fire Department Ladder 32 and Engine 21 responded. Shamokin Rescue Squad 62 assisted with RIT operations. Incident command had the third alarm placed on stand by for a possible response. The smoke condition in the exposure homes

JUMP TO FILE #042816119 intensified and the fire continued to spread. Command ordered the third alarm and an evacuation of all homes for a PAR report. A number of exterior hose lines were placed into action and directed into the attic windows. Command then allowed the attack teams to reenter the homes and advance on the fire. The fire and heat conditions worsened in all the attics causing an unsafe condition for the interior firefighters. Heavy fire eventually vented from the roof of the main fire building and later collapsed. Command ordered a second full evacuation of all fire buildings in the seven home block. In twenty minutes, the heavy fire conditions in the main fire building and exposure home roofs were knocked down. The smoke condition in the exposure homes decreased and the fire was no longer spreading. The incident was marked under controlled by 10:30 a.m., allowing all second and third alarm units to take up. Mount Carmel units remained on the scene throughout the afternoon to assist with the investigation and cleanup. The Mayor order the emergency demolition of two homes. The fire chief believes the fire started in the rear of the second floor of the home at 242 South Beech Street. He reported that there were no injuries to fire fighters or local civilians. AREA EMS assisted with rehabilitation operations. The seven homes received major or moderate damage, causing the residents all to be displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting. - STEPHEN BARRETT


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1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty

Texas: Steven Whitfield II, 32 Rank: Cadet Incident Date: March 31, 2016 Death Date: March 31, 2016 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Initial Summary: Cadet Steven Whitfield II was hired by the Houston Fire Department on October 26, 2015, and was a member of Class 2015-G that will graduate in June 2016. On March 31, 2016, Whitfield collapsed during obstacle course training at the Houston Fire Department Val Jahnke Training Facility. Other cadets, as well as a medic crew, immediately began CPR and tried to lower his body temperature. He was then transported to the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute where, despite the resuscitation efforts of the medical staff, Cadet Whitfield was pronounced dead at 1248hrs. The cause of death is still under investigation.

Alabama: Charles M. Tucker, 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 30, 2016 Death Date: April 2, 2016 Fire Department: Lynn Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: On March 30, 2016, Firefighter Tucker responded from home with his son, Austin, a 16-year-old Junior Member of Lynn Fire & Rescue, to a grass and woods fire on Winston County Road 37. Once units cleared the fire scene, Firefighter Tucker was driving with his son back home when, for a cause still to be determined, their privately owned pickup truck veered off of the highway and struck an empty logging trailer parked nearby. Lynn Fire & Rescue and other emergency services responded to the scene finding both occupants badly injured and entrapped in the vehicle. After extensive extrication efforts, Firefighter Tucker and his son were flown by medical helicopter to UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Firefighter Tucker succumbed to his injuries sustained in the early morning hours of April 2, 2016. Junior Firefighter Austin Tucker remains in UAB Children’s Hospital recovering from his injuries. The fatal accident is under investigation by the Alabama Highway Patrol.

Maryland: John Ernest "Skillet" Ulmschneider, 37 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: April 15, 2016 Death Date: April 15, 2016 Fire Department: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Initial Summary: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) responded to a home for a welfare check call regarding a man with medical conditions that had not responded to relatives attempting to contact him. After arriving on scene, checking for any open doors or windows, and after making themselves known several times, firefighters forced entrance to the residence. As they entered the home, the resident fired several gun shots striking PGFD Firefighter/Paramedic John Ulmschneider, Morningside Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Swain, and the relative who had originally called for help. After being transported to the hospital, Firefighter/Paramedic Ulmschneider succumbed to his injuries. Firefighter Swain remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Police said the resident of the home believed his house was being broken into and fired in self-defense. No charges have been filed. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Tennessee: Rodney Eddins, 57 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: April 16, 2016 Death Date: April 17, 2016 Fire Department: Memphis Fire Department Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of a residential structure fire, Lieutenant Eddins collapsed from a nature of fatal injury still to be determined. Fellow firefighters removed Lieutenant Eddins from the structure and rushed him to Methodist South Hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injury. Fire crews determined the blaze started from a malfunctioning portable fan in the bedroom. There was not a working smoke alarm in the house, but two adults and four children at the home were uninjured.


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ANTIQUE APPARATUS If you have photos for Antique Apparatus please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com

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ERIC RASMUSSEN/FIRST DUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Explosion and fire rips through Forest Hills duplex On a quiet Sunday afternoon, April 17th around 1:40 p.m., an explosion ripped through a duplex located in the 200 Block of Avenue A in Forest Hills. A fast moving fire resulted from the explosion. The police arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire with exposure problems. Fire crews were able to contain the bulk of the fire to the original structure. The other half of the duplex did

JUMP TO FILE #041816103 sustain substantial damage as a result of the explosion and fire. No one was home at the time, but one firefighter did sustain a sprained ankle. The explosion was so intense that the blinds from the front windows could be seen laying on the street.

It is suspected that the explosion was the result of a natural gas leak. Allegheny County 911 advised command that Peoples Natural Gas received two additional calls for a smell of gas inside additional homes located on the street. The actual cause of the explosion is still under investigation. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

The Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Company of New Enterprise maintains this 1947 International/John Bean high pressure fog unit.

KEN SNYDER

The Doylestown Fire Company maintains this 1923 Ahrens-Fox 1000 gpm pumper.

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The former Engine 884 of the Citizens Fire Company - Lost Creek, PA served the residents of West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, before the fire company was closed in late 1990s.

Goodwill Fire Company of Jacobus operates a 2002 American La France Eagle 2000/1200.

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Goodwill of the Carlisle Fire Department once ran a 1937 Seagrave 750/100.


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FRANK ROBINSON

House fire in Spring Township Spring Township, Berks County firefighters quickly responded to a working house fire at 502 Kutz Street on April 24th. The fire, which started in the garage and quickly spread throughout the house, injured a man. Firefighters had the blaze under control in one hour with the help of Western Berks, Shillington, West Reading and Wyomissing Fire Departments. The injured man was taken to a local hospital.

KEN BROOKE

Firefighters from Ladder 1 ready their ladder pipe at this warehouse fire in the 600 block of Arlington Street in Reading.

Warehouse destroyed during three alarm fire in Reading Reading, PA. The Berks County Communications Center received a single phone call from the Prizer Stove Company warehouse reporting a furnace fire. The caller advised workers attempted to fight a fire, but were unsuccessful. A box alarm was transmitted at 2:34 p.m. for 600 Arlington Street. With half of the department at a hazmat drill, units from Kenhorst and West Reading were dispatched. Chief Lessar (C6) arrived with Engine 5 at a 50x200 single story warehouse more than 25% involved in fire. A defensive attack was ordered, with companies to place

JUMP TO FILE #042616102 master streams in service. With the fire rapidly spreading, Chief Lessar requested a second alarm. Companies surrounded the old commercial building with aerial and ground master streams. Chief Stoudt (C1) arrived at 3:02 p.m. and ordered a third alarm struck for additional manpower and large diameter hose. The fire was contained to the building of origin and was placed under control at 4:25 p.m. Off-duty firefighters were recalled to place reserve apparatus in service. In ad-

dition several suburban units were placed on standby to cover the city. All workers escaped the building unharmed. One firefighter was treated on the scene for minor injuries. A few companies remained on scene for an extended period of time to assist the Fire Marshal's Office. Damage was estimated at several million dollars. The facility was the scene of a previous fire 32 years ago when it burned on April 21, 1984. Companies from West Reading, Kenhorst, Mount Penn, Shillington, Spring Township, and Wyomissing assisted. - JASON BATZ

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Friday night vehicle fire Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched for a vehicle fire in the parking lot of Doylestown Hospital at 595 W. State St. on April 23 at 6:45 p.m. Engine 19-1's crew pulled the bumper line, led by Deputy 19 Mike Wood and Battalion 79 Denny Loux, with firefighter Steve Lee backing up. Damage was limited to the truck, which was totaled.

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W M Cameron Engine Company of Lewisburg still runs a 1976 Mack/4 Guys 1000/3000 tanker.


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Five alarms requested in Downtown Pittsburgh

RAYMOND STENDER

Rollover with entrapment At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 24th, the Erie Fire Department responded to a rollover with entrapment at E. Grandview and Pine Avenues in Erie. Engines 13, 8, 6 and Ch. 324 responded.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25th, City of Pittsburgh firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of Fort Duquesne Boulevard located along the Allegheny River in Downtown Pittsburgh. Firefighters ar- JUMP TO FILE# rived to find a nine 042716122 story 100’x100’ building with smoke throughout. A highrise assignment was requested, which automatically made this a three alarm fire. A floor by floor search commenced searching for the source of the smoke. While searching, firefighters encountered several squatters, who were safely removed from the building. About 30 minutes into the incident, firefighters learned that the fire suppression system had been damaged and disconnected. At this point, two additional alarms were requested to speed up the search for the fire. 45 minutes into the search, firefighters found the source of the smoke. A barrel located on the fourth floor was found with wires smoldering inside. The building was the ventilated and all units returned into service. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

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Firefighters await orders while nine story building is searched.

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Firefighters battle a 47 acre woods fire in Mercer County On April 20, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Department responded to a rekindle of a large woods fire that occurred on the previous Monday in Worth Township. Stoneboro was assisted by Jackson Center Fire Co. and Sandy Lake Fire Department. Monday's fire consisted of 47 acres of brush and woods with dirt access roads winding through the area. Stoneboro was assisted by 13 other fire departments from Venango, Butler and Crawford Counties. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also assisted with state foresters. A DCNR Cessna 708 airplane was used for reconnaissance. Firefighters and state foresters were on scene for 12 hours to contain the fire. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with a back injury.

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Fairfield holds annual awards dinner

On April 2nd, the volunteers of the Fairfield Hose Company enjoyed a evening of relaxation and camaraderie at our annual awards dinner. Fairfield would like to thank all of the active members, honoraries, families, and mutual aid departments that make our job easier. Congratulations to the members, who received length of service awards, achievement awards, the Bryan R Bell Safety Award, and of course gag gifts. Here's to another safe and productive year at the Fairfield Hose Company.


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New Franklin Squad 41 (Franklin Fire Co.) clearing an entrapment on Wayne Road. JEFF GOLDBERG

Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Firefighters in service with hose line on Upper-Makefield Fire Company Tactical Box 71-05.

Building fire Upper Makefield Township Upper Makefeld Township, Bucks County, PA. Firefighters from the Upper-Makefield Fire Company, Newtown Fire Association, and Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Tactical Box 71-05 for a working building fire on Dolington Road near Route 532 at approximately 6:47 p.m. on March 12, 2016. Firefighters arrived on scene

JUMP TO FILE #031416107 with heavy fire showing and went in service with multiple hose lines attacking the fire. Tankers from Northampton Township Volunteer Fire Company, New Hope Fire Company and Union Fire Company of Titusville, New Jersey were also dis-

patched to the scene due to the lack of fire hydrants. Upper-Makefield Fire Company Fire Chief Tim Brewer ran incident command. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Upper-Makefield Township Fire Marshal. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Oakmont 216 Truck, former FDNY Mack Arielscope gets work in Penn Hills.

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Mount Carmel Engine 1 laid LDH in the alley to the rear of Beech Street in the borough. The engine pumped all lines to the rear of a rowhome fire that damaged seven units

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Huntingdon Fire Rescue operates a 1994 Pierce Lance 2000/300/105' Quint. The unit saw service at Garden City, PA.

J. KRIESHER

Mount Carmel Engine 2 secured a water supply and sent lines into the buildings during a three alarm rowhome fire in the borough


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Cops take firefighters in 11th annual Battle of Badges

The Reading firefighters gave their all during the 11th Annual Battle of the Badges Hockey Game, but it was the police department who was on fire! The Reading cops took the victory by a score of 6-2, with Officer Pete Karpovich scoring 5 of the police goals (yeah he's good). The game was a great success and more evenly matched than the score suggests. Scoring for the Reading Firefighters were Dan Wassel and Jim Salanik. The Fire Department still leads the series by a record of 6-4-1. All of the funds collected at the battle of the badges game go towards the BOB scholarship fund which donates scholarships to the children of police and fire department personnel.

JASON BATZ

Rollover accident traps driver

Cumru Township, PA. Late in the afternoon on Monday, March 14th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched received a phone call reporting a vehicle accident on New Holland Road. Firefighters from Cumru Township (42) and Shillington (36) were dispatched to New Holland Road near Meadow Glenn Road. Paramedics from Southern Berns EMS arrived to a work van rolled over on it’s side with the driver trapped inside. After fire crews arrived on scene, a plan was devised to remove the occupant through the windshield area. Through the use of hydraulic tools, the patient was removed in 18 minutes. The driver was taken to Reading Hospital Trauma Center. Some units remained on scene to assist the tow company in uprighting the vehicle.


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IN SERVICE

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The Hershey VFD operates this 2011 Pierce Arrow XT engine (2000/750/25AF/20BF) The engine was posed in front of the newly remodeled quarters.

The Tipton-Antis VFD uses this 1996 E-One 1250/1000/50.

LUCAS RICHARDSON

Multi alarm brush fire in Glenmoore Glenmoore Fire Company was called to a reported woods fire around 2:00 p.m. on April 17th. When companies arrived, they called in a working brush fire. Minutes later, just before 2:10, Glenmoore requested multiple brush units and ATV's from mutual aid companies. Command 48 took control of the situation with help from multiple firefighters and an East Brandywine chief officer. Once more units arrived, they attacked the brush fire from multiple angles and prevented the spread of the

JUMP TO FILE #041716122 fire. The arriving companies included more Glenmoore Fire Company (48) units, East Brandywine (49), Wagontown (35), Twin Valley (69), Honey Brook (33), and Ludwigs Corner (73). Luckily, multiple paths were carved out of the surrounding areas for pipelines and power lines. This let the brush units get close to the fire from all angles. A

majority of the fire was knocked down by 3:20 and units were mainly just hitting hot spots. Multiple trees were cut down due to hot spots on top of the smoking trees. Elverson EMS set up rehab and brought plenty water bottles to help out firefighters. Pizza was a brought as well as food made by nearby home owners to feed the firefighters on scene. A majority of the hotspots were knocked out by 4:30 and units started to return to stations. - LUCAS RICHARDSON

KEN SNYDER

Reedsville Engine 6-1 is a 1993 E-One 1500/1000.

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Truck 7 of the Mt. Union Fire Department is a 2009 Rosenbauer 1500/550/100'.

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Another commercial building fire in Upper Hanover Twp. Upper Hanover Twp., PA. On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:10 p.m., East Greenville Fire Company was dispatched to a commercial buiding on Blommer Drive for a fire alarm. Upon arrival, East Greenville Fire JUMP TO FILE# Chief Jason Wilson, 033016105 confirmed a fire on the upper level of the rear building. He set up command and notified Montgomery County Radio for an upgrade to a second alarm with apparatus and manpower. Manpower pools were utilized to bring the fire under control. The fire was declared under under control in 45 minutes. The cause of the fire is pending the outcome of the investigation. There were no reported injuries. Assisting East Greenville were fire companies from Pennsburg, Red Hill, and Green Lane. Upper Perk EMS and Pennsburg fire police also assisted. - TERRY RITZ

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Mulch fire at Auto Zone in Upper Hanover Twp. Upper Hanover Twp., PA. On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., East Greenville Fire Company was dispatched to a small mulch fire at Auto Zone on Gravel Pike. The cause is unknown and it was extinguished with in a couple minutes. There were no injuries or damage.

RAYMOND STENDER

Second structure fire of night for Erie At approximately 4 a.m. on April 20th, Erie Fire Department received a second structure fire of the night at 525 E 25th St. Reports said a possible entrapment. Units responding was Chief 322, Engines 6, 8, 11,12, and 13 and Tower 2. Upon arrival, heavy fire and smoke was seen from two blocks away. At the same time, another structure was reported. Mutual aid from Bellvalley, West Lake, West Ridge and a few other towns found it was smoke from 25th St. After about 40 minutes, the person they were looking for just showed up outside. The structure was a two and a half story 50x75.


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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Heavy fire from Shenandoah dwelling Schuylkill County, PA. Just before 7:00 p.m. on April 13th, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the first alarm assignment to 508 West Mount Vernon Street in Shenandoah for a reported house on fire. The first alarm included the Shenandoah Fire Department, Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 and Frackville Ladder 43-20. Shenandoah EMS. As the advisory was given to the police, the West Mahanoy Township police advised County that they could see smoke rising from Shenandoah in the area of the reported fire. Chief 740 confirmed he had a header. The chief confirmed a working fire in a two story attached dwelling with heavy smoke and fire throughout. Chief 740 assumed Shenandoah command. A line was stretched off each

JUMP TO FILE #041516133 rig to the front of the building, where crews began an exterior attack. Frackville Ladder 43-20 set up on Catherine Street and flew the stick over the fire building while they also stretched a blitzfire to the rear where heavy fire was present venting from the first floor. With the heavy amount of fire, command requested a second alarm. The second alarm brought units from Mahanoy City, Englewood, Ringtown, Shenandoah Heights and Nuremberg. After the majority of the fire was knocked down from the street, crews began to enter the building and knock down the bulk of the fire. Second alarm crews sent their manpower to the front of the building.

The heavy smoke that was quickly rising from the building was getting lighter fifteen minutes after the arrival of the first units and by the thirty minute mark, only small amounts of smoke were visible from the structure. Fresh crews rotated into the building and continued to find hot spots that they quickly extinguished. As the incident approached one hour in duration second alarm crews began to pick up and return to service. Shenandoah units remained on scene throughout the evening dousing the remaining hot spots in the building and fire officials began to investigate the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross was also on the scene to help those displaced by the fire.

Wyomissing Fire Department’s 2013 Seagrave 95' Aerialscope is scene operating at a working fire in Spring Twp. recently.

J. KRIESHER

Squrt 745 was first due to a working house fire on Arlington Street in Shenandoah.

- JC KRIESHER

Manheim Truck 26 a 2001 ALF/LTI 95' is seen here dousing hot spots at a mutual aid house fire in Lancaster County.

DALE FEEHRER

J. KRIESHER

Fire erupts along Interstate 95

Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were recently dispatched to a reported dozer fire on the Southbound side of Interstate 95 just south of the rest area on the top of a hill. Engine 0 arrived on location and it’s crew navigated up the hillside with a hose line and extinguished the fire. Rescue 80 assisted with extinguishment. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police conducted traffic control operations during the incident. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Marshal's Office was investigating the cause of the fire.

DALE FEEHRER

Engine 75-1 of Mt. Joy (2005 Seagrave- 2000gpm/500) is seen here operating at a mutual aid house fire in Lancaster County.


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TERRY RITZ

Two vehicle MVA in East Greenville Boro

East Greenville, PA. On Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 6:25 p.m., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to an accident with injuries at 6th and Washington St. in the boro. What seemed to be a rear-ender with minor injuries, resulted in the red car rear-ending the grey car. Assisting East Greenville Fire Co. were Upper Perk police, EMS from Upper Perk and Pennsburg Fire police.

DOUGLAS KAHN

Smoke inside a hotel

On April 17, 2016, at 5:08 p.m. Gettysburg Fire Department was dispatched for smoke inside a hotel. Upon arrival of fire department officals, smoke was confirmed and additional units requested. Gettysburg Fire Department responded with Engine 1-1, Engine 1-2, Truck 1 and fire police. Biglerville, Arendsville and Bonneville Fire Departments also responded with apparatus and personnel. Units were released within one hour after it was confirmed that fire was not inside the building and only minor damage occured.


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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Shenandoah Engine 751 operates to the front of the building at a second alarm fire in the borough. Engine 751 is operated by the Defender Hose Company. RAYMOND STENDER

Firefighters on scene all night in Erie On Monday, April 11th at approximately 3:10 p.m., the Erie Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire. Chief 322 reported heavy smoke seen from the fire house. Responding units included Engines 6, 8, 11, 12, 13 and Tower 2. Upon arrival, Chief 322 reported heavy fire and smoke in a building two blocks long about 50x500 and the private dwellings on the south were being threatened. Tower 2 set up on the west end

JUMP TO FILE #041216102 of the structure. Engine 6 was set up in between two buildings. Engine 8 set up two buildings away and set up a deck gun. Engine 13 set up on the far end of the structure. Chief 322 called for county mutual aid. West Ridge set up on the East end of the building, supplied from Kearsarge by 1700 feet of five inch hose. At the same time and

only 20 minutes apart, firefighters encountered a working structure fire in Erie on E 32nd Street. Erie Engine 6X, 8X, and 9 as well as other departments responded to that fire. At 18th Street, a roof fire in a commercial building was probably from the another fire nearby. Nine other departments responded to that fire. Firefighters were on the scene all night and had a watch line.

- RAYMOND STENDER

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J. KRIESHER

Shenandoah Engine 747 supplies the scene of a working fire on West Mount Vernon Street in the first due. The engine is operated by the Phoenix Fire Company

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The Lower Milford VFC No. 1 maintains this 1984 Chevy /Pierce 300/250.

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Trailer carrying baby cows overturns Foster Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On April 15th at 6:57 a.m., the Goodwill-Frackville Fire Company and Minersville Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries on Interstate 81 at mile marker 114. Engine 43-10 JUMP TO FILE# found the occupants 041816128 ou of the large animal trailer being pulled by a large pickup truck. The trailer was overturned and blocking the passing lane. Minersville Ambulance evaluated the occupants. The trailer contained about 78 baby male cows, who were being delivered to Georgia. Some of the cows were injured and pinned under parts of the trailer. Frackville Chief 43-01 requested the assistance of the Schuylkill County CART team. A veterinarian was called to evaluate the injured cows. A second trailer was quickly deployed from Maryland. They decided to set up a corral on the interstate. Animal rescue removed the cows from the trailer. A total of five cows were deceased. The replacement trailer arrived on the scene and staged next to the large temporary corral that was built. The uninjured cows were then moved one at a time and placed into the new trailer. The owner of the trailer credited the firefighters, EMS towing service, state police and the CART team with working together tocoordinate the rescue of the trapped animals in the trailer. The quick response of the animal rescue team was credited with saving the lives of the of many baby cows. The unique incident of animals being trapped in a trailer on the interstate proves for the need of CART teams and the importance to training with other first responders in the area.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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J. KRIESHER

The Perdix Fire Company continues to operate this 1984 MC Mack/Saulsbury rescue that originally served in Camp Hill, PA.

Woman rescued from burning building Schuylkill County, PA. Just after 2:30 p.m. on March 25, the Minersville Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Sunbury Street and Delaware Street for a reported apartment building fire. Police units in the area noticed smoke coming from the windows of the building on the corner. Minersville Fire Chief 510 confirmed a working building fire and requested the second alarm dispatched, bringing Pottsville Stations 50 and 60 to the scene. Fire could be seen venting from the second floor on the C side of the apartment building as crews were pulling on scene. Engine 514 took the address and secured a water supply. Tower 519 took the D side of the building and flew the

JUMP TO FILE #032816147 bucket to the roof while Engine 528 secured a water supply behind the tower. Ladder 51 was directed to back into the A/D corner and also fly their stick to the roof to assist with ventilation. As crews knocked down the fire visible on the C side, but brown smoke continued to push from the third story windows and roof. Command then received word that one person was still unaccounted for and a third alarm was struck. The third alarm included units from Branch Twp., Cass Twp., Pottsville, Frackville and RIT from

Schuylkill Haven. Interior crews located an unconscious victim and began to extricate the patient. Firefighters worked hard to pull the victim to fresh air, where they began to evaluate the patient as EMS made their way. Once loaded, the patient was taken to a waiting ambulance and quickly transported to meet Life Flight 5. The patient was then flown to a burn center. Chief 510 declared the fire under control just under an hour into the incident. Command also requested the American Red Cross to assist multiple people displaced by the fire and a State Police Fire Marshal to aid in the investigation.

The Citizens Fire Company #2 of Mahanoy City operates Tower 456, a 1991 Mack Baker 75' Aerialscope. The tower previously served the Upper Saucon Twp. Fire Company in Lehigh County.

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- JC KRIESHER

Engine Rescue 352 is operated by the Aristes Fire Company #1 in Columbia County. It is a 1997 Pierce Saber with a 1500 gpm pump 500 gallon water tanks and 20 gallon foam tank. The engine previously served as Rescue 181 with the Espy Fire Company, also in Columbia County.

J. KRIESHER

SHANE SHIFFLETT

MVC on Route 30

Hamilton Township, PA. On March 13, 2016, Pennsylvania State Police and Franklin County Fire Police operated at a minor injury crash on Route 30 at the borough line.

Ringtown Valley Fire & Rescue Company operates Engine 30-15 out of it’s station in Ringtown, Schuylkill County. The engine previously served as Engine 122 for the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company in Anne Arundel County, Marlyand.

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COMMAND VEHICLES

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ES-6 of the Philadelphia Fire Department is a 2015 Chevy.

KEN SNYDER

JACK LITTLE

The hole is shown in the side of the building while track workers try and secure the broken water pipe.

One flown from Gratz Fairgrounds

DOUGLAS KAHN

The Gettysburg Fire Department recently placed this SUV into service for their duty officer.

Gratz Borough, PA. On the sunny afternoon of April 16th, an AMA Motorcycle race was taking place at the mile long oval track at the Gratz Fairgrounds. At 3:37 p.m., an accident occurred when two riders clipped each other while going into turn one. One rider laid his bike over on the track, while the other rider went off a ten foot embankment. After going off the embankment, the rider slammed into a block wall of a horse stable. The result

JUMP TO FILE #041616109 of the collision knocked a hole in the side of the wall and broke a water spout that was sticking out of the ground. MICU 6-6 was on standby for the races and was on scene in under a minute. Due to the nature of the crash, a second MICU was requested to the scene to assist. The crew of MICU 6-6 and track

workers worked together to get the motorcycle off of the rider and the track workers were able to stop the constant spray of water coming from the broken pipe. After a few minutes, Life Lion was requested to the scene and Engine 27 was dispatched to set up a landing zone in the infield of the oval track. The patient was transferred to Life Lion and flown to a local trauma center. - JESSE SHUTT

DARIN SMITH

Command 1 of the Clearfield Fire Department is this 2013 Ford Expedition.

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Downed tree ignites brush fire in Limerick

DARIN SMITH

Command 5 of the Lawrence Township Fire Company, Clearfield County is this 2014 Ford Explorer with police interceptor package.

High winds contributed to a brush fire from a downed electric wire in Limerick Township on Saturday, March 28th. A large dead tree severed a high tension wire as it fell across Steinmetz Road not far off Swamp Pike. Engine 54 responded, secured the area, and was able to safely extinguish the brush fire away from the downed wire. The crew also cut the tree to open the road for the electric company crew. It was the second incident of its kind over a ten day period.


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DENNIS SEROSKIE

Three pinned in Franklin Township

At 8:32 a.m. on April 1st, Rescue 177 and Engine 174 out of Elysburg were sent to the 900 block of Southern Boulevard for an auto accident with three occupants entrapped. Units from Elysburg, Catawissa and Numedia arrived to find a single vehicle on it’s side into a tree. The rescue crew worked for approximately ten minutes to stabilize the vehicle, remove the roof and extricate the driver and two passengers. Patients were taken to a local trauma center by Elysburg EMS.

WEST RIDGE FD

Neighbors save five from burning Brentwood home

Two neighbors helped save five people from their burning house in Brentwood on March 31st. The fire on Olancha Avenue started just before 3 a.m. and engulfed the home by the time crews arrived. No firefighters were injured and the five residents inside were treated at UPMC Mercy for smoke inhalation before being released.

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Two alarm apartment building in Middletown Borough Crews from Middletown Volunteer Fire Department and Mutual aid companies were dispatched for an apartment building at the apartment complex of Pineford. Chief 88 arrived with a five story mid-rise apartment building with fire from the top floor in the middle of the row.

RON JEFFERS

An expression found inside the Greenwalds Fire Company firehouse in South Whitehall Township.


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LITTLE BIG GUYS

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KEN SNYDER

The Junction F Co. in Granville Twp. operates this Squad 15-1 2002/08 Chevy/local. Squrt 745 arrived on the scene and found fire right inside the front door

J. KRIESHER

Shenandoah makes quick work Schuylkill County, PA. At 10:21 p.m. on Friday, April 22, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the first alarm to 217 West Arlington Street in Shenandoah for a reported house on fire. The Shenandoah Fire Department was due with Frackville Ladder 43-20, Mahanoy City Rescue 993 and Lost Creek EMS. Chief 740 was advised two callers were reporting a glow in the residence and the sound of “popping�. The police department confirmed a working house fire. Squrt 745 found heavy smoke showing from a two and a half story dwelling with an exposure on the B side. The Squrt crew stretched a line to the front door and as they were forcing the door,

JUMP TO FILE #042316103 the front room flashed. The crew quickly knocked down the fire and continued into the house. Engine 742 laid line up Arlington Street and supplied water to the Squrt. Engine 751 secured a water supply and stretched an additional line. Tanker 759 and Ladder 43-20 sent their crews to the front. Firefighters from Mahanoy City West End set up a RIT. An additional line was stretched into the building off Engine 742 while additional members from the Squrt went to the roof and vented. Crews operated on the second floor and performed

overhaul to ensure all the fire was doused while others checked the exposure on the B side. Within fifteen minutes of crews arriving, the bulk of the fire was knocked down. The fire was placed under control by 10:50 p.m. and most of the smoke had already cleared out. A State Police Fire Marshal was requested to help investigate the origin of the fire. Out of town units were released from the scene shortly after 11 p.m. and most of the Shenandoah crews were back in station shortly after midnight. One unit remained on the scene for most of the overnight for fire watch.

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Plymouth Fire Company runs this 2001 Ford F 350 water rescue unit towing with two Zodiacs.

- JC KRIESHER

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FRANK ROBINSON

Marshalls Creek Fire Company operates a 2012 GMC 220/400 brush unit.

DARIN SMITH

Attack 38 is from the Mount Gretna Community Fire Company in Lebanon County. The 2003 Ford F550 has an E-One body with a 400 pump, 290 water and 10 foam. This rig is excellent for getting around the narrow paths, of the mountains of Mount Gretna, that are lined with cabins and homes.

DALE FEEHRER

The Monroe Fire Company operates this 2012 Fouts Bros/F-550 Mini Pumper (300/400/10AF).


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TODD HOAR

Garage fire in Mifflin County

On Feb. 2, a working garage fire was reported on 61 Ruth Street, Rose Ann area of Milroy, Mifflin County. Stations 7, 6, 4, and 3 were dispatched. Milroy's Engine 7-2 laid 600 feet of five inch hose from the hydrant to the back of the garage. Engine 7-1 was sent to the front of the house, for protection of the back of the house. Companies 3, 4, and 6 assisted with manpower. Milroy EMS and Milroy fire police also assisted at the scene. Two motorcycles, a new truck, a car plus contracting equipment were destroyed by fire.

STEPHEN BARRETT

Truck load of apples overturns on Deadman’s Curve Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On April 5th at 3:17 p.m., the Frackville-Goodwill, Butler Township-Englewood, West Mahanoy Township-Altamont Fire Companies, Shenandoah ALS and Frackville Ambulance were dispatched to a vehicle accident with injuries. The accident was reported in the area of “Dead Man’s Curve” on Route 61 just south of the Schuylkill Mall. Second report from a phone caller reported a tractor trailer

JUMP TO FILE #040816121 overturned with the driver trapped inside. Frackville Ambulance 43-03 and Goodwill Engine 43-10 found a tractor trailer accident with no entrapment. The tractor trailer was on it’s side with the driver sitting on the nearby guard rails with a passerby. The trailer was torn open and

spilled fresh apples over the roadway. The uninjured driver was evaluated by Ambulance EMTs and found to have no injuries. Engine 43-10 checked the overturned vehicle for fluid leaks or fuel spill. A minor fluid spill was contained and control with Hi-dry material. Engine 369 and Engine 367 assisted with providing traffic control by setting up a new traffic pattern. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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JAMES ALERCIA

Palmer Township and the Tilted Kilt raise money

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Palmer Township Municipal Fire Department in Northampton County teamed up with the Tilted Kilt to raise money for the eepartment’s training facility and burn tower, which is soon to begin construction

DARIN SMITH

The Morris Township Fire Company in Clearfield County, recently placed into service a new Engine 17. The 2002 Sutphen Monarch has a 2000 pump, 750 water, and 30 foam. It is from Butler Township Fire District in Butler County. The engine was originally with Meridian Fire Company until they merged a couple years ago.


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Three alarms, damages seven homes Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, PA. At 8:20 a.m. on April 26th, Northumberland County 911 dispatched the first alarm to 232 South Beech Street in Mount Carmel for a working house fire. JUMP TO FILE# As the first alarm 042616111 tones were dropped, local police got on radio to report a fire on Beech Street. Police advised of a working fire in the rear with three houses already involved. Captain 1 requested a second alarm. Mount Carmel Engine 3 had smoke showing from multiple addresses in the middle of a row. Engine 1 went to the rear of the row which had heavy fire showing. Shamokin Truck 32 flew the stick to the roof and crews went to perform vertical ventilation. A third alarm was placed on stand by and quickly upgraded to a response. Shamokin Rescue 62 and Englewood Engine 369 provided a RIT. Heavy smoke continued to pour from the roof line which was quickly followed by heavy fire through the roof. Evacuation tones were sounded. Firefighters began to hit the fire with deck guns, ground monitors and additional hand lines from both the front and rear. After a large amount of water was poured onto the building, command allowed crews to reenter. Crews went back into multiple addresses while others went on the roof to continue to open up.

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Truck 1 from Citizens Fire Company (Palmyra, Pa) at a second alarm fire in Middletown borough

J. KRIESHER

Smoke and fire pour from the top floors of a row of house on South Beech Street in Mount Carmel. Three alarms were brought in to bring the fire under control.

About an hour and half after the initial alarm, the fire was brought under control. Firefighters continued to overhaul the building before third alarm companies began to get released around 10 a.m. In total, seven homes were dam-

aged. Firefighters remained on the scene well into the afternoon. No serious injuries were noted. The American Red Cross assisted those displaced by the fire. - JC KRIESHER

TIMOTHY COOVER

Engine 55, Highspire Fire Department on scene at a second alarm fire in Middletown borough

Paxtang Fire Department Rescue 40 at a second alarm fire in Middletown borough

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Erie fire quickly brought under control On March 31st at 12:43 p.m., the City of Erie Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire. Engines 8, 12, 13, and 6 with Tower 2 and DC 324 were sent to 1105 E 25th. Engine 8 went on location with a working fire in a two story frame multi residential. Engine 8’s crew advanced 200 feet of one and three quarter inch to the second floor to locate the fire. Tower 2 started a primary search of the structure and placed

JUMP TO FILE #040816118 ground ladders. Engine 12 established a water supply to Engine 8 and assisted Engine 13 with advancing a backup line to the second floor. Engine 6 preparde to lay out a second supply line and assigned as FAST. Engine 8 located and extinguished the bulk of the fire on the second floor.

The fire had extended into the cockloft area and Tower 2 was ordered to open the roof. Under control time was 1:11 p.m. Primary and secondary searches were negative. There were no injuries reported. All crews assisted with overhaul and picking up lines. Erie Police Department and Emergycare were also on scene assisting. - JUAN F. BLAKELY

TIMOTHY COOVER

Middletown Fire Department rescue 88 sitting with the smoke flowing over it


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N. GRISWOLD

Head on crash with entrapment in Mansfield Just prior to 11 a.m. on April 24th, Mansfield Hose Company along with Mansfield Firemans Ambulance and Wellsboro ALS were dispatched to Route 6 near Old Mainesburg Road intersection for a motor vehicle crash with reports of multiple patients. With the monthly pancake breakfast going on at the firehouse, crews responded immediately with Engine 2-2 and several ambulances. Engine 2-2 found a two vehicle head on crash between a sedan and a minivan with vehicle sideways blocking the roadway. It was determined that there were four patients in the minivan and one in the sedan. Both drivers were trapped in their respective vehicles. Additional ambulances were requested and due to

JUMP TO FILE #042516120 the injuries to the driver of the sed a medevac was also requested. Crews went to work checking on injuries and removing patients from the minivan as well as extricating the drivers. The driver of the minivan was not seriously injured, but the driver’s door needed to be removed to get the patient out. The driver of the sedan was more seriously injured as well as more seriously entrapped. Using the hydraulic spreaders, crews worked to meticulously remove the driver’s door without encroaching on the patient. They then had to utilize rams to create enough room to

remove the patient’s legs from underneath the dash. All patients were removed to waiting ambulances and transported to various hospitals. The driver of the sedan was transported a short distance away to a waiting medevac to be transported to a trauma center. Engine 2-1 responded to the landing zone and stood by for Life Flight. Pennsylvania State Police investigated the crash. Along with Mansfield units, Wellsboro ALS, Western Alliance ALS, Life Flight Medevac, and Mansfield Borough Police all responded. All units had returned to service within two hours. - NICHOLAS GRISWOLD

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Kitchen fire on Constitution Way Reading, PA. On Tuesday, April 5th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a box alarm assignment to 319 Constitution Way. A single call was placed to 911 reporting smoke in an apartment. Engine 3 was on scene at a two story apartment building with smoke showing from the upper floor. As aerial apparatus maneuvered into the narrow area with a line was stretched into the structure. The apartment was searched and cleared with all of the occupants safely outside. The fire was contained to the kitchen with Car 2 (Mogel) placing the fire under control 20 minutes after arrival. No injuries were reported, the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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The New Bridgeville Memorial Fire Company of York County, operates a 1993 Ford L/Glick tanker with a 500 pump, 1800 tank.

The Glen Richey Fire Company, Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, operates a 1954 Dodge as Brush 7. It has a portable pump and 150 gallons of water on board along with forestry tools.


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OLD & NEW

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Mulch fire with minor extension to building

Just before 1 p.m. on March 21st, Lower Pottsgrove stations 59 (Ringing Hill) and 58 (Sanatoga) were dispatched for a possible building fire at Sunnybrook Ballroom. Police arrived on location and reported some smoke in the building, which then added Pottstown Fire Department's Rescue and Squrt to the call. Units found a mulch fire that extended slightly to the wall and floor of the entranceway to the ballroom. The fire was quickly contained by occupants while firefighters overhauled the affected area.

DARIN SMITH

The BJW Fire Company in Clearfield County received a federal grant to replace an aging rig. They were running a 1978 Mack CF/Hamerly with a 1988 LTI Refurb. It had a 1000 pump and 2500 water, and was in very rough condition. The old tanker was purchased from Quarryville in Lancaster County, and was repainted into, what was at the time the company colors, a bright yellow. They recently placed a 2015 Spartan Metro Star/4-Guys rig in service as Engine Tanker 16. It has a 1500 pump and 1500 water and is painted green to match the rescue that they purchased from Greenwood, Delaware.

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STEPHEN BARRETT

Vehicle rolls in Foster Township Foster Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On March 20, 2016 at 2:20 p.m., the Goodwill-Frackville Fire Company and Minersville Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. The accident was reported to a vehicle overturned and just south of the Minersville exit of Interstate 81 at milemarker 114. Engine 43-10 found Minersville Ambulance 52 with the victim out of the overturned vehicle. Engine 43-10 crew examined the vehicle for fluid leaks and provided traffic control. State Police believe the accident was caused when the driver fell asleep.

BJW Fire Company recently placed a 2015 Spartan Metro Star/4-Guys Engine Tanker 16 in service. It has a 1500 pump and 1500 water.

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Steam and smoke rise from a row of houses on Pine Hill Street in Minersville. Firefighters found heavy fire venting from the second floor when they arrived on scene and requested an additional alarm.

Extra alarm called in for Minersville fire TERRY RITZ

Working dwelling fire in Marlborough Twp. Marlborough Township, PA. On Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 9:35 a.m., Green Lane Fire Co., along with several other fire companies on the initial call, were dispatched to a working dwelling fire at 725 Dogwood Drive in the Green Lane Trailer Park in Marlborough Twp. Upon arrival, there were heavy flames and smoke showing. A second alarm was put out for additional fire companies for tankers and manpower. Water was utilized from a pond in the immediate area and send to the tankers to supply the engines. The fire was brought under control in an hour and a half, but not before it had caused extensive damage to the structure 's interior and exterior. The dwelling was a doublewide mobile home. An extensive overhaul followed. There were no injuries. The owner was not at home when the fire brokeout. The cause of the fire is pending the outcome of the investigation with the fire marshall. Assisting on the fire were fire companies from Pennsburg, Red Hill, East Greenville, Upper Frederick, Upper Salford, New Hanover, Tylersport, Quakertown, North Penn Goodwill, Upper Perk EMS, Harleysville EMS, Upper Perk Police, and

JUMP TO FILE #042516103 Marlborough Twp. along with police and fire police from numerous companies. - TERRY RITZ

Schuylkill County, PA. At 12:48 a.m., on Tuesday, March 8, the Minersville Fire Department was dispatched to 514 Pine Hill Street in the borough for a reported house on fire. Chief 510 went responding and was advised of multiple calls reporting a working fire at this address. The chief requested a second alarm be dispatched, which brings Stations 50 and 60 out of Pottsville. Chief 510 confirmed a working fire with heavy fire showing from a residence attached to five other buildings. A third alarm was requested. The third alarm brought units from Cass Township, Llewellyn, Frackville, Pottsville Station 10 and a RIT from Schuylkill Haven. Engine 521 pulled passed the

JUMP TO FILE #031316113 address while laying supply line, a line was quickly stretched to the front of the building. Tower 519 backed down Pine Hill Street to the front of the row and flew the bucket to the roof. Engine 528 positioned in front of the tower and set up an additional water supply and stretched a line. Ladder 51 took the intersection in front of Engine 521 and its crew assisted with roof operations. Engine 62 was directed to the rear of the building where they stretched a line through the yard. Llewellyn Engine 03-10 was also directed to the rear. Squad 63-69 sent a RIT to the front of the building while Engine 63-12 provided a

RIT to the rear. The bulk of the fire was knocked down by the first 20 minute PAR check. Extensive overhaul was needed on both the second and third floors as well as the roof. Crews continued to operate on the scene for about an hour before third alarm companies began to pick up and return to service. One resident suffered burns on the scene and was treated by Minersville EMS and subsequently flown to a burn center. The American Red Cross was brought into the scene to assist the displaced residents and a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal was requested to aide in the investigation. - JC KRIESHER


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KEN SNYDER

Upper Saucon Twp. 2741 runs this 2015 Spartan/Rescue 1.

STEPHEN BARRETT

One female resident burned in Minersville

Yeagertown Engine 3-1 is a 2000 E-One 1250/1000.

KEN SNYDER

Minersville, Schuylkill County, P. On March 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m., the Minersville Fire Department and Schuylkill EMS were dispatched to 2 Sunbury Street for a possible structure fire. The caller reported a smoke coming from a second floor window in the three story apartment building. Minersville Police found heavy smoke pushing from the windows. The dispatch center quickly dispatched Yorkville with West End Fire Companies from Pottsville for RIT. Goodwill Engine 514 and Chief 510 found heavy smoke coming from the second floor rear. The initial attack crew quickly knocked down the fire and vented out the window. The backup crews proceeded to check on extensions and vent the smoke from all of the upper windows. The ladder crews went to the roof for vertical ventilation on the

JUMP TO FILE #032816140 roof. A number of the building’s occupants self-evacuated and were waiting outside the building. One of the residents was unaccounted for and was possibly entrapped in the building. Chief 510 quickly ordered the third alarm dispatched to help with a possible Engines from Pottsville City, Cass Township, and Branch Township were dispatched. Frackville’s ladder and the Schuylkill Haven RIT Team also responded. A number of firefighters reentered the building to search for the missing resident. The resident was found in one of the rear apartments and unconscious due to smoke inhalation. The trapped resident was rescued and removed from the building and turned over to EMS. The patient was first

“Step Up” To Fitness KEN SNYDER

Truck 1-1 of the Burnham Fire Company is a 2013 KME 2250/760/20/102'.

FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

KEN SNYDER

Collapse Unit 1 of the Philadelphia Fire Department is a 2002 Freightliner/American La France.

With stair climbing playing such an integral part of firefighting and rescue it makes sense to include stair climbing and step training in your fitness regime. As with any training modality, it is important to create a balance between training enough so that you are prepared when called upon to perform at work, but not so much as to risk overuse injuries. With this in mind, work stair climbing and step training into your workouts while also cross training with other cardio and leg

training exercises. While actual stair climbing (and using the Stairmaster 7000 – which actually has moving stairs) translates more directly to duty related circumstances, using a stepper or step platform can also provide beneficial training. Periodically and randomly vary the modality (climbing actual stairs, using the stairmaster, stepper and step platform) for best results. This basic workout is designed to be performed two to three days per week on alternate days in addition to your regular regime. For Safety and Training Purposes - Remember to “walk” the stairs – not “run”. Warm-up with three to five minutes of light cardiovascular activity Stair climb/step train for three minutes

treated by Medic 68 at the fire scene for smoke inhalation. The EMS crew then transported the patient to a waiting helicopter at the nearby Life flown to the burned center in Allentown. The smoke was quickly vented from the building and no major fire extensions were found above the fire floor. Chief 510 declared the fire under control at 3:30 p.m. and started to release some mutual aid units. The remaining Minersville units returned to their quarters by 4:00 p.m. Eight apartments were affected by the fire, displacing all their tenants. The Tri County American Red Cross assisted the displaced. The fire was ruled accidental in nature and started near a stove. The injured female resident remained in the burn center in serious condition. - STEPHEN BARRETT

One minute of crunches or other abdominal exercise Stair climb/step train for three minutes One minute of heel raises Stair climb/step train for three minutes One minute of crunches or other abdominal exercise Stair climb/step train for three minutes Three to five minutes of light cardiovascular exercise followed by complete stretching All the usual guidelines for intensity apply. Work within your capabilities. Train with or without gear as appropriate for your personal fitness level and duty requirements. “Step Up” and Stay Safe! As always remember to have your physician’s approval before beginning any exercise program.


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STILL IN SERVICE

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JEFF GOLDBERG

24th Anniversary of LODD Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Past Fire Chief Nelson 'Snooky' Margerum Last Alarm March 15, 1992 ceremony.

The Hobbie Fire Company of Wapwallopen, Luzerne County, operates a tanker with a second hand chassis. The 1985 GMC General started as a dump truck, but in 1993 New Lexington built a body with a 300 pump and 3000 tank. It responds as Tanker 142

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Newtown Township, Bucks County, PA. Family and Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, Falls Township Fire Company, and Newtown Emergency Services Department gathered at the Newtown Cemetery for the 24th Anniversary of LODD Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Past Fire Chief Nelson 'Snooky' Margerum Last Alarm March 15,

JUMP TO FILE #031616119 1992 ceremony. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police Captain/Chaplin Larry Schwalm officiated the ceremony.

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The Alert Fire Company of St. Clair still operates this 1969 Mack CF as Engine 701.

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Engine 462 is a 1979 Hang Engine that is still in service with the Good American Hose Company #3 of Mahanoy City, PA.

Multiple Lemoyne houses burn

On March 9th at around 11:00 a.m., units were dispatched to Box 113-02, 140 Bosler Avenue in Lemoyne for a house fire. Chief 213 arrived quickly and requested a second alarm due to heavy fire involvement. Fire quickly extended into the A exposure, 136 Bosler Avenue. The original fire building was a duplex and both units were effected. Units had to breech walls from exposures to access the upper levels of the original fire building. Units from Cumberland, Dauphin, and York Counties responded and remained on scene for several hours for extensive overhaul.

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The Phoenix Fire Company of Shenandoah operates Engine 746 its second due engine.


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IN SERVICE

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J. KRIESHER

Womelsdorf operates this Ford 550 as Attack 47. (750gpm/300).

Off-road rollover leads to flight Schuylkill County, PA. Shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2nd, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched Fire District 9 (Sheppton-Oneida) and Shenandoah ALS to 230 Phineyville Road in East Union Township for a vehicle accident with injuries. Engine 09-10 and Chief 09 arrived on the scene to find an offroad buggy rollover to the rear of the residence.

JUMP TO FILE #040316136 One occupant of the vehicle had been ejected while the other was suffering from minor injuries. Fire and EMS personnel quickly assessed both patients and decided one would need expedited transport to a trauma center. Aeromedical was requested to the scene.

Lehigh Valley Health Network MedEvac 4 was dispatched to respond and was landed by fire department personnel in the field directly behind the residence. Once on the ground, the patient was evaluated by the flight crew and taken to the waiting helicopter. Once the helicopter took off all fire and EMS crews went available. - JC KRIESHER

The Spring Township Fire Department operates this 1998 Pierce Saber rescue truck as Air 85.

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Firefighter separated from hoseline dies

STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Over the past few years, I continue to read of firefighters, who for some reason or another have managed to separate themselves from the rest of their crew, usually a hoseline attack crew, and become disoriented, trapped, and eventually running out of air and succumbing within the structure. A few firefighters caught in these conditions have managed to be rescued by RIT firefighters and revived. Why do these firefighters leave the safety of their crew? How do they leave the security of the crew without the other crew members knowing they have left? Many times, the crew has withdrawn from the structure before they realize a member is missing. Is there no communication among the crew? One can only wonder as to the answers. They are supposed to be a team following some pretty simple operating procedures, stay together! They should be maintaining visual, vocal, or physical contact with each other at all times, you know, hanging onto each other’s coattail while keeping up the chatter. Staying alert to their surroundings and any changing fire conditions that may impact their safety while monitoring the radio are also required. If for any reason a team member has to leave, the entire team must exit, following the hoseline back out. If it is a Mayday situation, a Mayday should be called over the radio and department procedures for a Mayday should be initiated by the incident commander and followed. Sounds simple, yet firefighters continue to die in similar circumstances as in the following report. On April 15, 2016 NIOSH released the following FF Fatality report: “On May 8, 2013, a 29-year-old male career probationary firefighter died after running out of air and being trapped by a roof collapse in a commercial strip mall fire. The firefighter was one of three firefighters, who stretched a one and a half inch hoseline from Side A into a commercial strip mall fire. The hose team stretched deep into the structure under high heat and heavy smoke conditions and were unsuccessful in locating the seat of the fire. The hose team decided to exit the structure. During the exit, the firefighter became separated from the other two crew members. The incident commander saw the two members of the hose team exit on Side A and called over the radio for the firefighter. The firefighter acknowledged the incident commander and gave his location in the rear of the structure. The firefighter later gave a radio transmission that he was out of air. A rapid intervention team was activated but was unable to locate him before a flashover occurred and the roof collapsed. He was later recovered and pronounced dead on the scene.” The NIOSH report lists the following contributing factors and key recommendations: risk assessment, communications, crew integrity, firefighter ran out of air in an IDLH atmosphere, staffing and deployment, arson fire in a commercial structure,

and lack of automatic fire sprinklers. There also is an extensive list of recommendations worthy of review. I include the following from the report as it contains important information relevant to firefighting in modern commercial buildings. Adaptive Fireground Management Safety Considerations Firefighting in commercial buildings and occupancies demands alternate tactical engagement and management that differentiate from residential deployment and operations. Building features and systems and complexities create very distinct and defined incident action parameters that required commanders, officers and firefighters to implement discrete strategies, tactics and awareness that are commonly resource driven, complex, concurrent and high risk. Commercial building fires and incidents require specific training, skill sets, and experience and risk management protocols. Today’s fireground demands, challenges and risks are less forgiving than in the past, leave little to no margin for error and when those errors and omissions manifest themselves-may be very unforgiving in their resulting severity and magnitude. This then requires significant adaptability in the identification, selection of strategic, tactical and task level actions that demand critical thinking skills, based on fluid incident and building assessment and evaluation for conditions. The importance of implementing Tactical Discipline, Tactical Patience and Adaptive Fireground Management is formative on today’s fireground and built upon an established platform of building knowledge, an understanding of the predictability of the building’s performance under fire conditions and the integration of critical thinking skills that aligns with the unique given conditions of an incident scene and structural fire in a building. Firefighting continues to be driven by long established practices and protocols that have a basis on expected building or fire performance and behaviors. These long held beliefs and methodologies have had new perspectives applied based on on-going research, development and emerging practices that suggest adaptive and alternatives methods, practices and protocols that are changing the rules of engagement. First-due company operations are influenced by a number of parameters and factors; some deliberate and dictated, others prescribed and prearranged and yet others subjective, biased, predisposed or at times accidental, casual and emotional. The connotations and implications are significant and can be characteristic of successful or detrimental operations. Buildings and occupancies when involved in a structure fire will continue to require the suppression and rescue engagement and intervention of fire department resources and staffing; evolving into an art and science of firefighting that demands greater command and company officer skill sets and understanding of building parameters and fire dynamics. The complete NIOSH report can be downloaded at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/pdfs/fac e201314.pdf Till next time, stay safe and God Bless!

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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FRANK ROBINSON

Union Fire Company operates a 1987 Western Star/Reo Diamond pumper tanker 750/4000. The unit operated from the 10th District in Maryland.

ERIC RASMUSSEN/FIRST DUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Firefighters scramble to move truck out of harms way with outriggers still out

KEN SNYDER

Ladder 82 is a 1961 American La France 100' which originally served Harrisburg as Ladder 3, then Steelton, and later West Newton. It is now believed to be privately owned.

DENNIS WETHERHOLD JR.

The Star Hose Company of Washington Township operates this 1985 Mack MC/Swab as Rescue 641. It formerly saw service in Upper Saucon, PA

FRANK ROBINSON

Community Fire Company of Frystown run this 1990 HME/Grumman pumper tanker 1500/2500. The rig once ran out of Malaga, NJ.

Smoke can be scene from miles away

NICK MARKOWITZ JR.

Seven Penn Hills firefighters trapped, three injured At approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 26th, a fire was reported in the old Rivers Edge Restaurant along Allegheny River Blvd. It’s most recent reincarnation was as Vincinos, an Italian restaurant, which closed shortly after opening last year. Firefighters from several Penn Hills departments arrived and started an initial attack with a short water supply as there was only one hydrant in area. The Allegheny River was many feet below them. A tanker assignment was immediately called for. Firefighters initially started an interior attack. but unknown to them were all the additions and layers of construction from over

JUMP TO FILE #032716101 the years and the subbasement, which the fire had been burning underneath for several hours before the fire was noticed. Seven firefighters became trapped and three firefighters suffered injuries but were quickly rescued. The fire was extremely intense and terrifying at points. The large foam unit from Greensburg, Westmoreland County was brought in to help get the massive fire under control. The fire was knocked down, but did rekindle later in evening and was still smoldering in the

morning. A great effort was put forth by all under the leadership of Station 221 Chief Shawn Snyder. On scene units included Penn Hills 221, 222, 225, 227 with Stations 216, 137, 278, 102, and 196 and City Engine 15. Tankers included Aleppo 101, Rural Ridge 175, West Deer 290, Airport 100, Ohio Township 220, Sardis 78, White Valley 64, Washington Twp Richland 241, Monroeville 195, Logan's Ferry 235, Wexford 228. Greensburg Foam 2 arrived as special service as well as multiple EMS and rehab units. - NICK MARKOWITZ


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High rise fire quickly contained in Glenside Glenside, PA. On April 8, 2016, Glenside Fire Company (Station 1) along with LaMott Engine 2, Edge Hill Ladder 400, and Wyndmoore Squirt 82 were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Towers at Wyncote on JUMP TO FILE Friday afternoon. The dispatch #040816120 stated that heavy black smoke was reported on the fourth floor of the high rise apartment building. Engine 1 arrived on scene first and established command, and then proceeded to connect to the standpipe connections on side A of the structure. Ladder 1 took side B and placed their main in service to the fourth floor. Ladder 400 set up on side A and was used to enter the fire floor. Crews quickly set up an attack line to the standpipe system and were able to knock down the bulk of the fire in Apartment 417 in a matter of minutes. Additional companies (3, 5, 96, and 300) were dispatched to

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Chemical Fire Company #1 (Hummelstown) Truck 1

TIMOTHY COOVER

Engine 1 and Ladder 400 in service at the Towers at Wyncote

J. LENNON

assist in search and rescue efforts. After the fire was contained, ventilation of the fire floor was initiated.

Crews were on scene for several hours.

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ANTHONY MICCICKE

Fire showing in Reading

Reading, PA. Later in the evening of Saturday, March 19th, the Communications Center dispatched companies to 1446 North 10th Street. Engine 9 arrived at a three story MOR with fire showing in the rear. A line was stretched through an exposure building to begin knocking down the fire, while an additional line was stretched to the second floor of the fire building. The fire was placed under control at 11:41 p.m. with all searches clear. Crews did locate a deceased dog on the second floor. No injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. Chief Born (C5) was in command.

Heavy smoke condition in the rear of the fire buildings.

KEN SNYDER

Two buildings destroyed in Catasauqua fire Catasauqua, PA. Early morning on February 27th at 3:16 a.m., Lehigh County Communications Center dispatched Catasauqua and North Catasauqua companies to smoke in a dwelling call at 223 Front St. Callers reported smoke coming from the second floor and from the basement. Companies investigated and a second alarm was requested by command at 3:25. At 3:32, command requested a third alarm dispatched along with Exposure 2 involved. At around 4:00 a.m., the

JUMP TO FILE #032116103 two three story buildings (one and two story in the rear) were rendered unsafe for interior firefighting and evacuation tones were sent out. At 4:07, the original fire building had a collapse in the rear portion of the building. An exterior attack consisted of hand lines, deck guns, two ladder pipes in the front of the building and streams from a ladder tower in the rear. The bulk

of the fire darkened down by about 6:40 and there were no reported injuries with all occupants safe. The buildings were demolished later that day . Exposures 4a and 4b also received varying fire damage in the rear. Assisting companies were West Catasauqua, Han-Le-Co, Nancy Run, Fullerton, Hanover Township and Northampton. RIT was provided by Greenawalds and Alburtis. - KEN SNYDER

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Hanging on a wire

On Tuesday, March 1st, Montgomery County dispatched the vehicle rescue box for Flourtown and Thomas Rd. in Whitemarsh Township. The dispatch brought Station 6 (Floutown), Station 29 (Barren Hill) and Whitemarsh EMS to the scene of a car balancing on a utility pole guy-wire. The occupant of the vehicle was uninjured, but due to the situation was unable to get out. The companies worked to stabilize the vehicle using paratech struts, junk yard dogs and come alongs. The occupant was removed via ladder. Tower 67 is a 2007 Pierce Dash 2000 with a 95’ mid-mount aerial

TIMOTHY COOVER


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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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J. KRIESHER

Chief 26 and Engine 26-10 arrived on the scene on Grier Avenue to find smoke showing from this single family dwelling. The fire was quickly knocked down by first due crews.

One flown from Barnesville house fire Schuylkill County, PA. At 12:16 p.m. on Friday, March 25, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the first alarm structure assignment to 74 Grier Avenue in Rush Township for a reported house on fire. The first alarm included Fire Districts 26 (Ryan Twp.), 25 (Rush Township), 27 (Schuylkill Twp. – Tuscarora) and 06 (Delano Twp.). Altamont Fire and Mahanoy City Fire (Citizens and Good American) were due as well as Polish American Tanker 759 out of Shenandoah. Chief 26 found a two and a half story wood frame single fam-

JUMP TO FILE #032816146 ily dwelling with smoke showing. A working fire was announced. Ryan Twp. EMS and APTS Medic 11 founnd one patient with burns. It was determined the patient needed treatment at a burn center. Aeromedical was requested to fly. Fire crews were making good progress on the fire. Within the first ten minutes, the fire was knocked down and crews were

working on finding hot spots. The fire was officially placed under control at the 20 minute PAR check. Altamont Engine 367 and Tuscarora 27-17 were sent to the Ryan Township Fire Company to set up a landing zone for Lehigh Valley Health Network MedEvac 7. The helicopter landed safely and loaded the patient for a trip to the burn center outside Allentown. All units were clear of the fire scene by 1:30 p.m. - JC KRIESHER

ERIC RASMUSSEN/FIRST DUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Penn Hills Station 227 Truck, a 2009 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Tower was damaged at the scene of a commercial structure fire

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A firefighter protects Penn Hills 221 squad, "Squadzilla" from heat damage at a commercial structure fire.

Downtown Jeannette building burns for hours On Saturday, April 23rd at 10:33 p.m., City of Jeannette firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire located in a former Family Dollar on Clay Avenue in the downtown business JUMP TO FILE district. 042516100 Units arrived to find heavy fire in a vacant three story building and Box 18, Master Box 1251 was upgraded to a full commercial structure fire assignment with mutual aid requested from surrounding volunteer fire departments in the area. A defensive operation was put into action as the fire quickly consumed the block-long structure and spread to nearby exposures. Several parts of the building collapsed, including a section that destroyed a car parked next to the building. At 11:30 p.m., the roof of the building finally collapsed as firefighters fought to contain the bulk of the fire. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from extending further into exposure building as they fought throughout the night trying to get a hold on the fire. On Sunday, demolition crews were called so that firefighters

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Penn Hills Station 227, Rescue 7, a 1997 Sutphen Monarch at the scene of a commercial structure fire in Penn Hills

could continue to douse hidden hot spots buried by the collapse. Over 15 hours later, a high expansion foam truck from the City of Greensburg began operations as firefighters continued to fight the fire throughout Sunday afternoon. The building, which formally was home to a Family Dollar store and a duck pin bowling alley was vacant, but did still have power. The building, which was almost

100 years old, did not have an alarm or sprinkler system. There were no serious injuries reported and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal’s office along with officials from the City of Jeannette are now investigating what may have sparked the massive blaze.

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- ERIC RASMUSSEN

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Monroeville Tanker 5, a 2007 KME/Kentworth 3200 gallon tanker assists at the scene of a commercial structure fire in Penn Hills.


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Fire units arrive to find home fully involved Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, PA. On April 13, 2016 at 6:58 p.m., the Shenandoah Fire Department, Frackville-Goodwill Ladder 43-20, Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 and Shenandoah Ambulance were dispatched to 508 West Mount Vernon Street for a structure fire. The 911 center received multiple phone calls. The Shenandoah police and EMS found smoke and flames showing from the A side of the double home with fire moving throughout the first and second floors. The fire quickly extended to the attic and into the roof area of the home. Chief 740 confirmed a working fire in a row home and quickly requested the second alarm. Engine companies from Englewood, Shenandoah Heights, Ringtown, Mahanoy City and Nuremburg Ladder were dispatched. Shenandoah EMS had Frackville Ambulance responded to assist with rehab. Crew deployed a number of hose lines to the front of the house. Large hose lines were able to darken down the fire that was venting from the front of the house. Ladder crews forced their way through a large wooden fence into the fire building’s back yard. A Blitz Fire was placed into service on the C side of the home. The powerful hose line helped knocked down the fire in the main fire building. West End Rescue 993 assist with RIT operations. Fire fighters had a tough time making entry into the fire building due to smoky and intense heat con-

JUMP TO FILE #041416112 ditions throughout the home. The fire spread through the walls and extended into the attic. Interior crews had a difficult job opening the ceiling on the upper floors of the home. F The smoke conditions in the home dissipated and the fire was knocked down. Shenandoah Heights Engine 881, Mahanoy City Citizens Fire Company Engine 454, Englewood-Butler Township Engine 369, Ringtown Engine 30-10, and Nuremburg 581 arrived for manpower. Firefighters entered the heavily burned out two and a half story home to extinguish multiple hot spots. The walls and attic ceilings were opened up by the firefighters. The crews had the fire under controlled in by 7:40 p.m. Second alarm firefighters were released just before 8:00 p.m. Firefighters remained on the scene overhauling and investigating until 10:00 hours to prevent rekindles. The State Police Fire Investigator, fire chief and fire marshals investigated the cause of the fire. The fire chief reported that there were no injuries to firefighters or residents. The two alarm fire destroyed two houses and damaged three other row homes. Shenandoah and Frackville EMS crews provided rehab. The Red Cross Emergency Response Unit assisted.

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Brush fire ignites shed Schuylkill County, PA. In the morning of St. Patrick's Day, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched the first alarm assignment to the intersection of Girard Manor Road and Phineyville Road in East Union Township for a reported structure fire. Sheppton-Oneida Engine 0910 found a brush fire next to a cemetery with a small equipment shed involved in fire. District 9 command was established by Chief 09-02. Two lines were stretched off the engine to initiate the attack on

JUMP TO FILE #032816143 the brush fire and extinguish the shed. The box was held to Sheppton units and the first two tankers on the box (Ringtown and Shenandoah). The fire was knocked down within ten minutes and crews remained on scene for an hour mopping up hot spots. - JC KRIESHER

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IN SERVICE

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FRANK ROBINSON

Alert Hook & Ladder of Honesdale operates a 1994 Sutphen 1500/400/75' Quint.

TERRY RITZ

Single car accident in Upper Hanover Twp. Upper Hanover Twp., Pa. On March 16, 2016 at 2:29 p.m., East Greenville Fire Company, along with Pennsburg Fire Company and Red Hill QRS were dispatched to a single car accident with injuries on Schoolhouse Rd. that resulted from a medical condition. Upon arrival, they found a black sedan that went down an embankment and landed in a very small creek. CPR was started on the victim and the result was undetermind. A medical air unit was placed on standby. Damage to the vehicle was moderate. Assisting the fire companies were Pennsburg Fire Police, Gilbertsville EMS unit, Upper Perk Police, and PA State Police. TERRY RITZ

Reading Fire Department Tower 1, a 2003 American LaFrance 75 ft

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Wyomissing Fire Department operates a 1994 Pierce Saber 1500/500.

DARIN SMITH

The Emporium Fire Dept responds to it's brush fires with a 2014 Ford F-550 with a Shore Equipment custom body. It has a portable pump with 300 water and a small foam tank. It operates as Brush 14 in Cameron County

DALE FEEHRER

The Monroe Fire Company operates this 2010 Pierce Arrow XT PUC (1500/750/50af/30bf)


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Male resident sustains burn in Rush WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Rush Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On March 25, 2016 at 12:20 p.m., the Rush Township, Ryan Township, Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, Schuylkill Township, West Mahanoy Township, and Delano Township Fire Compa- JUMP TO FILE nies with Ryan #032816139 Township Ambulance were dispatched to 74 Grier Avenue for a house fire. The caller reported a fire in the bedroom with a possible burned patient. Engine 26-10 and Chief 26 found heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the two and a half story home. One of the residents was waiting outside the home with severe burns. The crew from Engine 26-10 deployed a hose line into the home and to the second floor. Tower 456 deployed a number of ground ladders. The initial attack crew quickly knocked down the fire and vented out the window. The backup crews proceeded to the attic to check on extension and vent the smoke. The patient was treated by Ambulance 977 and Medic 11 at the scene. The EMS crews requested a helicopter to fly to the

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Ryan Township Fire Station to transport the burned victim to a burn center. The patient was loaded into the helicopter and flown to Allentown. The smoke was quickly vented from the home and no extension was found on the above floor. Chief 26 declared the fire under control and started to release some units from the scene. He the al-

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lowed the fire units at the landing zone to return to service. The fire was ruled accidental and the injured resident remained in the burn center in serious condition. The remaining units on the scene picked up and returned to their quarters by 3:00 p.m. STEPHEN BARRETT

When the Greenock Fire Company in Allegheny County upgraded their fleet, they sold off the 1988 E-One Cyclone engine to Chester Hill Hose Company in Centre County. It now runs as Engine 14, and has a 1500 pump and 500 water. It replaced a 1969 Mack CF with Hahn bodywork, 1250/1000 that was originally from Berlin, CT.

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DARIN SMITH

The BJW Fire Company, in Clearfield County, operates this 1998 Pierce Lance rescue which saw service in Greenwood, Delaware. It runs as Rescue 16.


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Quick knockdown prevents extensive damage

NIK KNAUER

Firefighter retires

Congratulations to Reading Firefighter James Wenrich on 21 years of service to the City of Reading. Jim was hired on February 1st of 1995. After completing fire training, he was assigned to the A platoon as a jumper. Wenrich also served with Engines 1 and 3 before finishing his last few years with Engine 5. We wish him well in the future!

On April 5, 2016, Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 was dispatched for a building fire at 96 W. State St. in Doylestown Borough at 6:51 p.m. Chief 19, Sam Cramer, Jr., arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke JUMP TO FILE# in the rear of the 042516128 building and established Doylestown command. E ngine 19 stretched a two inch line to the rear door of the two and a half story restaurant as the smoke rolled over to flames. Captain 19 Will Fluck, Lt. 79 Craig Lager, and firefighters Steve Cote and Todd Kulp got the line in service quickly and knocked the fire down in minutes. Ladders 79 and 29 arrived to handle ventilation. Plumsteadville Station 24 assisted with water supply and manpower. The fire was placed under control at 7:19 p.m. Central Bucks Ambulance set up rehab. There were no injuries, and the damage was limited to a storage room in the rear of the building. - LARRY BROWNE

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Doylestown Lt. 79 Craig Lager tests the line as Capt. 19 Will Fluck prepares to back up the line and Deputy 29 Joe Fuchs dons his mask.

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TERRY RITZ

Brush fire in Upper Hanover Twp Upper Hanover Twp., PA. On Monday, March 7, 2016 at 5:43 p.m., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to a brush fire on Station Rd. in the Village of Palm. Chief 38, Jason Wilson, called Montgomery County dispatch for a working brush fire behind the homes on Station Rd. He told them to dispatch Hereford Fire Co. (Berks County) to assist with their brush truck and tanker in fighting the fire. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes after the attack began. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is pending the outcome of the investigation. Assisting the fire companies were fire police from Hereford Fire Co.

DARIN SMITH

When Sutphen had a large recall on their aerial devices, State College found themselves without a 100' aerial. They made a quick purchase of a 1991 Pierce Arrow 105' rear mount ladder from California to bridge the gap. It operated as Ladder 516 until just recently. It has been sold to Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Clearfield County, but we managed to catch it before the lettering was removed.


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IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com

Brush 6-1 of the Reedsville Fire Company is a 2004 Ford/Martins

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JEFF GOLDBERG

Yardley firefighters participate in ventilation drill

DARIN SMITH

The Reliance Fire Company of Philipsburg, Centre County, runs this 1989 Amertek as Brush 5724. It has a 1000 pump, 660 water.

Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company recently participated in a roof ventilation drill at the former Moon Rickert Nursery property now owned by Toll Brothers Inc. on Quarry Road. Thanks to Toll Brothers Inc. for allowing firefighters to practice on the property.


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Vehicle News

Lionville Fire Company operates a 2015 Pierce Arrow XT Nancy Run Fire Company Tower 1421 is a 2015 Spartan Philadelphia Ladder 31 is a 2016 KME 100’ 2000/750. ERV 100' rearmount tower equipped with a 2,000 GPM pump and 300 gal tank. FRANK ROBINSON

DENNIS WETHERHOLD JR.

KEN SNYDER

Swatara Township has taken delivery of this 2015 Pierce Tri-Clover Fire Company Engine 2611 is a 2016 KME Friedens Fire Company Utility 991 is a 2015 Ford F350 Arrow XT engine (1500/750). equipped with a 2,000 gpm pump, 1,000 gal tank and with Reading Body Work. Williams around the pump foam system. DALE FEEHRER

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Allentown Fire Department Engine 6 is a 2015 Pierce The Liberty of Lebanon has taken delivery of this 2015 Squad 9 of the Rockledge Fire Company is a 2016 KME Arrow XT PUC equipped with a 1,500 gpm pump and 500 KME Panther engine 1500/500. gal tank. DENNIS WETHERHOLD JR.

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KEN SNYDER

The Upper Saucon Fire Department has taken delivery The Marysville Fire Company has placed this 2015 Allegany Valley Fire Company runs this 2015 Rosenof this 2015 Spartan/Rescue 1 rescue truck. Pierce Enforcer tanker in to service. Tanker 6 operates bauer 1500/1000. with a 1500 gpm pump and a 2500 gallon tank. DENNIS WETHERHOLD JR.

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ACTION SHOTS FROM AROUND THE STATE

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Reading Firefighter Ron Frey takes a group of 3rd graders over basic pumper operations during a fire safety education program at the 13th & Union School.

Allentown Firefighter Jeremy Bellois of Truck 2 prepares to vent the windows during a working dwelling fire at 1043 Walnut St on April 5th.

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Firefighter Jeremy Urbanavage works to find hot spots during a two alarm fire in Shenandoah

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Western Salisbury Chief Josh Wells practices cutting through a basement door to gain access.

Rescue Hook & Ladder firefighter Adam Sajone takes a peak out the second floor window while doing overhaul on Mount Vernon Street in Shenandoah


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IN SERVICE

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Saxonburg VFC of Butler County runs this rescue as Rescue 15

Porch fire burns back of dwelling

Reading, PA. On Friday, March 18th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a box alarm assignment to the 500 block of North Front Street. Multiple 911 calls were received reporting a fire burning up the rear of a home. Engine 3 arrived at a three story MOR with smoke showing from the rear. Firefighters stretched hose lines into the fire building as well as the home next door. The fire was quickly controlled, with all searches clear. One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to the hospital. The fire marshal's office is investigating. The Red Cross is assisting several displaced occupants.

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Veterans Affairs Fire Department in Butler County runs this engine as Engine 38-2


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Vehicle News

DENNIS WETHERHOLD, JR.

The Friedens Fire Company of Washington Township operates this 1996 Simon Duplex/Saulsbury as Rescue 941. Rescue 941 is equipped with a 1,500 gpm pump and 1,000 gal tank along with rescue tools. This unit was original purchased by the Quakertown, NJ Fire Department before being sold to Warrington, PA and then to Friedens.

TOM LESZCZYNSKI

Cumru Township Engine 42-1 flows its wagon pipe onto this dwelling at 70 Butlers Ln in Brecknock Township.

Fire destroys home in Brecknock Township Brecknock Twp, PA. At 9:52 a.m. on April 15th, the Berks County Communications Center received a call reporting a house on fire at 70 Butlers Lane. Firefighters from Brecknock, Bowmansville and Cumru Township were initially dispatched to the call. With thick black smoke showing for several miles, Assistant Chief Joel Lutz requested a second alarm. Cumru Engine 42-1 arrived at a two and a half story dwelling with fire showing through the

JUMP TO FILE #041516123 roof. A blitz attack was initiated, with firefighters stretching a blitzfire around the front of the structure. Crews quickly ran out of water with no supply in the vicinity. Tankers were used to shuttle water from a source a mile away. With fire involving the majority of the home, no interior attack was initiated. The fire was eventu-

ally placed under control at 12:07 p.m. The sole occupant of the home escaped unharmed. The state police fire marshal is assisting Brecknock fire and police. No injuries were reported. Firefighters from Shillington, Mohnton, Kenhorst, Spring Township, Gibralter, Adamstown, Reamstown, Fivepointville, Womelsdorf, Mount Pleasent, Leesport, Greenfields, West Reading, Western Berks responded. - JASON BATZ

The Liberty Fire Co. No. 3 of Lebanon has acquired this 2016 KME 1500/500

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Working vehicle fire in Lake Harmony

Exeter Twp., has placed this 1995/2015 Seagrave 95' Aerialscope tower into service. This piece originally served in Monroe Township, NJ. DALE FEEHRER

Lake Harmony, PA. On March 12, 2016, Fire Districts 17 and 16 along with Lake Harmony Ambulance were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on State Route 903 just before midnight. Engine 17 arrived on scene and pulled a one and three quarter inch line. Squad 16 pulled a back-up line, while Tanker 17 set up to supply the engine if needed. Units were on scene for just over an hour. No injuries were reported.


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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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DALE FEEHRER

Engine 69 of the New Cumberland DLA is a 2010 KME Severe Service (1500/750/50BF). Here it was supplying multiple lines during a mutual aid house fire.

Dog rescued from burning home in Reading Reading, PA. On the morning of Monday, April 25th with firefighters changing shifts, a box alarm was dispatched to the 600 block of Moss Street for a house fire. The Berks County Communications Center advised responding JUMP TO FILE# units they were re- 042616101 ceiving multiple reports of someone trapped inside a dwelling in the block. Chief Thorpe (C8) arrived at a two and a half story MOR with smoke showing from the front and rear. Firefighters quickly pulled an unresponsive dog from the first floor, which was treated and successfully revived. Fire was located in the first floor rear kitchen with heavy smoke throughout. Other searches proved negative and the fire was placed under control at 8:13 a.m. No other injuries were reported. The fire marshal's office is investigating. Chief Born (C5) was in command. - JASON BATZ

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Lemoyne, PA. West Shore Fire Police on scene of a two alarm fire.

Firefighters work to overhaul the rear of this dwelling at 634 ½ Moss Street in Reading.

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When do we stop helping people? Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

When we joined the fire service, we wanted to make a difference and help people. We have seen that John 15:13 become so real “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” How many times are we willing to risk our lives for a civilian, child and even more so for a brother? But this is only the beginning or supreme end. We are to have compassion for people as we always do. When are we supposed to stop showing compassion for others? There is a way that we can save or enhance to about 50 lives, once we die. We can become organ and tissue donors now. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. They state that the organs that can be transplanted are the heart, kidney, livers, lungs, pancreas and intestine. Since there are more than 122,000 people waiting for transplants in the U.S., that’s a big number, But if you look that, 22 people die every day as they wait for an organ transplant. How or who can you help? Think about the guys in your station, department or their families. Does someone you know have health challenges? Where do you think skin comes from for the graft for burn victims? Yes, they can take the donor skin off of other parts of the patients’ body, but sometimes things will not or cannot work that way. Do you know a brother, who may need a valve job? No, not his car, but heart. You can help one of them out. Your corneas can help restore sight to someone. What about bone grafts, ligaments or tendons to help fix diseased bones and joints? The people who are on the organ donor lists as recipients are praying and hoping for a new organ. I know that for me, it would be nice if God used me to answer someone’s prayers and let them continue to live. Right now, you answer people’s prayers and give them hope when you assist them

by answering calls. Continue that spirit when you die. By our concern for our fellow man, we are called into this profession and we give of ourselves with our time, money, talents, etc. I, myself, am an organ and tissue donor. I let my family know. I let a lot of people know. I have come to appreciate that if I can help someone, I will. If people can physically benefit from me dying, I do not want to cremate a body part that someone might not be able to live without. I know that it may be a concern to people, but I feel that this conversation needs to be put out there. You may want to talk with your family, friends, doctor, or religious leader. I am just making you aware of a situation, not an opportunity to volunteer. You may even know someone who benefited from an organ or tissue donation, or maybe someone who did make a donation. Romans 12:1 reminds us that we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. If we care for people, why not have a part of us live on and help others. Would your family be comforted that even though you would not be with them anymore, that you selflessly gave for others? If you have any questions, please reach out to your local organ and tissue donation organization. If you are concerned about religious implications of organ donation, I have been advised by the NJ Sharing Network, that most religions approve of it. But you can still discuss it with your religious leader. I mentioned about being a donor and wondered what would happen at wake and I was advised that it would look like me, if I wanted a viewing. When people were trying to trap Jesus about the greatest commandment, He stated that the greatest commandment was to love your God with your heart, mind and soul and that the second greatest commandment was that we are to our neighbors as ourselves. Do you love people enough to help them when you are no longer living? I used to belong to a fire department that did not have fire companies, instead we had defender companies. The sign at the firemen’s memorial said “Defenders of life and property”. I’m all in, take what you need to protect someone’s life. What about you?

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Hundreds in Pittsburgh loose power Shortly after 6 p.m. on April 1st, Senior Correspondent Eric Rasmussen was at a stop light located at the intersection of Banksville Road and Potomac Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh when he heard an explosion and saw several bright flashes of white light several hundred feet up Potomac Avenue. Being that it may have been a car accident, he proceeded to investigate and upon arriving on-

JUMP TO FILE #040316111 scene discovered that a telephone pole three large and three small transformers had fallen onto the roadway, which had also ripped a second telephone pole further down the street out of the ground along with ripping multiple power lines away from several homes. 28 Engine from the City of

Pittsburgh arrived on-scene and requested the haz-mat team called due to fluid leaking from transformers that was entering a nearby sewer. Several hundred residents in the area and multiple business lost power for several hours before repairs were made. Thankfully, no one was injured when the poles fell. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

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Schuylkill Haven RIT travels to Berks County On April 1, 2016 at 5:39 p.m., the Fire District 63 Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 363 Kohler Hill Road, Windsor Township, Berks County for a working structure fire. As units became enroute, Lad- JUMP TO FILE der 63-25 was also #042616109 requested by Windsor Township command as part of a third alarm assignment. Fire crews arrived on scene and assisted firefighters working the incident. Crews also assisted with overhaul of the large house that was fully involved. RIT was then released and sent to the Union Fire Company No. 1, Hamburg to stand-by as their units continued working at the scene. - AARON SCHIMPF

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Kitchen fire in Lewistown Borough

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Trash fire turns to brush fire in Caernarvon

JASON BATZ

Kitchen fire in North East Reading

Reading, PA. On Monday afternoon April 4th, the Berks County Communications Center received a call reporting a stove fire at 1601 North 11th Street. A box alarm was transmitted, with companies observing a large amount of smoke pushing from the area. Engine 9 arrived at a two and a half story duplex with smoke showing throughout the first floor. A line was stretched to the kitchen along the side. With Ladder 3 firefighters searching the structure, all occupants were accounted for. No injuries were reported, with the fire placed under control in 30 minutes. The fire marshal's office is investigating. Chief Mogel (C2) was in command.

At approximately 5:30 pm on April 15th, Twin Valley Fire Department was called to a brush fire in it’s first due area of Lancaster County. When firefighters at the station saw the smoke, they hopped into Brush 69-1 and re- JUMP TO FILE# sponded to the 041616105 scene. They arrived, reporting a working brush fire. As the initial attack began, more Twin Valley units responded and Churchtown Fire Company’s tanker and brush unit were requested to the scene. Engine 69-1 arrived to help supply water and foam to brush 69-1. Twin valley units attacked from two sides of the fire to prevent it’s spread to nearby houses. As Station 34’s (Churchtown) brush truck arrived, they attacked the fire from a third angle. Once tanker 34 arrived, they supplied more water to Engine 69-1 and sent manpower to help build a fire line. Units were able to knock out

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Smoke seen from nearly two miles away from the fire.

the fire, and prevent further spreading in under an hour. Once the fire was extinguished, crews kept dousing the burned areas to prevent fire from sparking up again. They also overhauled piles of

wood that fought fire. Units returned after overhaul was complete and a fire line was established. - LUCAS RICHARDSON

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