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Montgomery and Berks County battle fire Firefighter falls through floor Gilbertsville Fire Company along with New Hanover were dispatched shortly before 8 a.m. on March 26th for a working house fire just off Swamp Pikein Gilbertsville, Montgomery County, PA. The lone resident was taking a shower when the fire broke out. A neighbor saw the smoke and went into the house, alerting the resident who escaped with just pants and shoes. Heavy smoke was already coming from the hous. Firefighters were not only met with heavy smoke, which filled the entire house and front yard, but also flames from the rear. New Hanover Ladder 37 was able to set up in the driveway. Just over 700 feet of five inch hose was laid from a fire hydrant across Swamp Pike. Firefighters were able to gain

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access to the house and able to knock down most of the fire. However, the fire had already made its way into the crawl spaces and attic. At one point, firefighters who were inside the house were evacuated due to the unsafe conditions. Firefighters cut holes in the roof to vent the building and had to retreat as they were met with huge fire balls and smoke making the roof unsafe. Firefighters manned several ground hose lines while a water line from above was supplied from New Hanover Ladder 37. Although there were no injuries, Limerick Fire Company Rescue 54 served as RIT.

The fire was brought under control in just over an hour. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours. Small pockets of fire continued to smolder in the roof line and crawl spaces of the house. Fire police kept busy for several hours detouring traffic. Gilbertsville Ambulance Station 332 provided rehab. The Salvation Army from Boyertown, Berks County assisted with beverages and food. In addition to firefighters from Gilbertsville, New Hanover and Limerick; Montgomery County crews from Ringing Hill and Sassamansville with Berks County cerws from Boyertown Friendship and Boyertown Keystone. - ROBERT WARD

Luzerne County, PA. Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th, Hazleton City Fire and APTS Medic 11 were dispatched to 411 Kiefer Avenue for a reported house on fire. First arriving units found heavy smoke filling the street. Chief 2 assumed command. A line was stretched into the residence, where crews found heavy fire in the kitchen area. An attack was initiated to knock down the fire, which had begun to spread to the second floor. The aerial was put up to the roof and vertical ventilation was performed. During the operation, a firefighter operating on the second floor fell through the weakened floor and landed on the first floor. The firefighter was immediately removed from the building and placed in the hands of EMS. After being evaluated, the paramedic requested a medical helicopter be sent to the Hazleton General Hospital helipad to transport the patient to a local trauma

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center. After the fire, Hazleton Fire Chief Donald Leshko stated the firefighter suffered a back injury and was conscious and alert before being placed in the helicopter. Firefighters continued to douse the blaze even after their brother was taken to the hospital. Hot spots were continually found and extinguished from both the interior and exterior. The fire was completely extinguished before 3:00 p.m. A state police fire marshal was requested to assist in the investigation. Later in the afternoon, through a series of Facebook posts, it was found out the injured firefighter suffered only scrapes and bruises and was released from the trauma center only hours after being flown. - JC KRIESHER

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Abandoned house in Locustdale Schuylkill County, PA. Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on March 6th, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched Butler Township to the area of Main Street in Locustdale for a reported house on fire. First responding units were advised that the caller was reporting a well involved abandoned dwelling. Butler Township Police Unit 51 confirmed the working fire and found it heavily involved. Multiple line officers arrived on scene and confirmed, requesting a second alarm and bringing in Ash-

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land Ladder 38-25. Lavelle Engine 4-12 took the A side of the building and found heavy fire showing. Locustdale Engine 258 took the B side. A defensive operation was immediately set up as the house was too heavily engulfed for firefighters to make entry. Multiple lines were stretched off both engines. A tanker task force was re-

quested assist in supplying the municipal water system. Tankers from throughout the region responded on the assist, including units from Northumberland and Columbia Counties. Firefighters were able to knock down the bulk of the fire within an hour and perform overhaul. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with a minor injury. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. - JC KRIESHER


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Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date:March 3, 2013 Death Date: March 3, 2013 Fire Department: Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Assistant Fire Chief Curt Burmeister Initial Summary: Fire Chief Morrison was operating at the scene of a brush fire when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Morrison was treated by fellow responders on scene and en route to a hospital where he passed away from his injury. Incident Location: 500 Block of Knotts Island Road

Illinois: Christopher Brown, 39 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 5, 2013 Death Date: March 5, 2013 Fire Department: Hudson Community Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Dan Hiter Initial Summary: ncident Description: Firefighter Brown was working with other responders on a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 39 when a southbound semi-tractor trailer lost control and slid into the accident scene killing Brown and injuring several others. Investigation into the fatal accident continues. Incident Location: Interstate 39 (MM6) near Hudson, IL Texas: Donald Mize, 62 Rank: Firefighter Cadet Incident Date: Mar 6, 2013 Death Date: Mar 6, 2013 Fire Department: League City Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Brad Goudie Initial Summary: ncident Description: Firefighter Cadet Mize was cooling down after the training exercise at the department's training facility when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Mize was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury. Incident Location: Fire Department Training Field, 911 North Kansas AVE, League City, TX

Georgia: Lonnie Nutt, 49 Rank: Firefighter Engineer Incident Date: Mar 7, 2013 Death Date: Mar 7, 2013 Fire Department: Marietta Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Jackie Gibbs Initial Summary: The Marietta Fire Department was responding to a motor vehicle accident. Firefighter Engineer Nutt was the driver of the responding apparatus accompanied by two other firefighters. After arriving on the scene, the firefighters were performing aid to the injured motorist when Firefighter Engineer Nutt collapsed. Aid was immediately given and Firefighter Engineer Nutt was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of death is still to be determined. New York: George A. Turner, Jr., 60 Rank: Captain Incident Date: Mar 8, 2013 Death Date: Mar 8, 2013 Fire Department: Jericho Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Carl E. Johnson Initial Summary: Captain Turner passed away from an apparent heart attack while responding to a motor vehicle accident. Incident Location: Long Island Expressway (I-495) South Carolina: Michael L. Broz, 58

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Mar 10, 2013 Death Date: Mar 10, 2013 Fire Department: Mattawan Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Tres’ Atkinson Initial Summary: Firefighter Broz passed away from injuries sustained when his personally owned vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree while he was responding to an outdoor fire in the Francis Beidler Forest. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Broz was reported to have been wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. Incident Location: Vicinity of Francis Beidler Forest

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Elizabethtown kept busy Shortly before 3 p.m. on March 24th, Lancaster County Dispatch toned out Elizabethtownfor a fire alarm. After a quick response, Engine 74-2 held the box to that engine, noting a false trip. While on scene, members heard the station siren activated again for a vehicle accident with entrapment just a few blocks down from where they were currently operating. Crews again quickly responded. Both units arrived to find a vehicle on it's roof, with the occupants self-extricated from the vehicle. With the arrival of EMS, the crew passed over the patients who were ok, then finished containing fluids and waited until the towing company arrived.


Easter row home fire On March 31st just prior to 10:00 a.m., Dauphin County 911 alerted the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire of Box 1-3 to 404 Meunch Street for a house fire. County advised they were getting "rapid calls" and that police were on the scene at a working fire. The Uptown units arrived within minutes, reporting the same and a first alarm assignment was requested bringing in the rest of the city units and putting suburban companies on standby with York Rescue 69 for RIT. Rescue 69 was involved in a collision while responding to the scene. No one was injured, but they were replaced for the RIT assignment. Units worked the scene for a while with extensive overhaul and assisting with investigations.

As I write this final column on storm preparedness, it is snowing and the weather forecast is calling for 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight and through most of tomorrow. Just another weather event in the northeast, or shall I say in the United States. T h e s t o r m y weather is not limited to the northeast, as STAYING the entire SAFE country continues to be battered by Chief Henry Campbell hurricanes, tornadoes, rain storms and flooding, snowstorms, ice storms, and blizzards. Take your pick depending on what region of the country you are located in you will have to respond and perform under some very trying conditions brought on by the weather. If a storm impacts your area it can create a lot of problems in a short period of time. Some you can be prepared for, others you will have to come up with a plan in order to resolve the problem. The washout of roads and bridges, or the temporary closure of local roads, blocked with fallen trees, poles, power lines, snow and ice, flooded roadways, and abandoned vehicles all of which may make it impossible for emergency apparatus to pass. What alternate routes are available? Will some sections of your response area be isolated? Would an adjoining fire department be better able to respond into that area? If so, make the necessary notifications to put them on standby. The need for alternate response vehicles may arise for other than the chiefs 4 wheel drive vehicle. There may be a need for additional all terrain 4 wheel drive vehicles, boats, or snowmobiles that may be pressed into service as emergency response or transport vehicles. Well in advance of using any members equipment or vehicles, contact your department’s insurance carrier for their direction and guidance prior to implementing any such use. It is recommended that you do not use any vehicles, etc. that are not or cannot be covered by the departments insurance carrier. The availability of fuel for apparatus and power tool equipment during any prolonged emergency operation is a priority. Where and how you obtain your apparatus fuel may vary dependent upon location and or size of department or community. Larger departments may operate their own fuel dispensing facility at certain fire stations, others may report to town, village, or city highway department facilities to obtain fuel. Lastly, there are those departments that procure their apparatus fuel at local gas stations. Whatever method you use to obtain apparatus fuel there are a few important points that should be resolved prior to any extended emergency in your community. They include are you on a priority list for fuel during emergencies, can you obtain fuel at night, will some-

one come out to fuel your apparatus when operating for long durations of time at a specific location (fire scene) etc. Prior to the storms arrival, all department vehicles fuel tanks should be topped off along with requesting a fuel delivery to top off your stations storage tanks. Do you live in the Snow Belt? If so, does your department have full sets of tire chains for all the apparatus and department vehicles, or do you depend solely on drop down type chains. The drop down chains can perform quite well when the vehicle is underway and the roads have been plowed, but for deep snowfalls, unplowed roads and drifting snow, you can’t beat a full set of tire chains that have been properly installed. There is no guarantee that you will get through in the worst of snowstorms, but you will know that you did all you could to arrive at the emergency scene. The use of local fire stations for public shelters during extended periods of emergency operations should be avoided whenever possible. When

a fire station is in full emergency mode operation with apparatus and firefighters constantly on the go, and other firefighters trying to get some rest, housing the public can only create problems relative to sheltering and providing the basics of life. In many smaller communities the fire station may be the only point of refuge, especially at the onset of an incident. In those circumstances there should be a plan in place to accommodate the public without detracting from the department’s ability to conduct emergency operations. Arrangements should be made early on to try to establish a better location for sheltering purposes. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has an excellent document on storm preparedness that all departments should review. It is the “Model Procedures for Response of Emergency Vehicles During Hurricanes and Tropical Storms” that can be viewed and downloaded at: AFCmodelProcedsVehiclesInHurricanes.pdf


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Smoke billows from this fatal apartment building fire.

Four perish in tragic fire in Emmaus Emmaus, PA. On March 17th, a fast moving fire destroyed a former funeral home that had been converted into apartments several years ago. This three story duplex had nine apartments and was located at 36-38 S. 5th St. Four victims perished in the two alarm fire while others barely made it out. Initial reports from witnesses and residents claimed they heard explosions and saw flying glass come from the fire building. One of the nearby residents believed that one of the victims may

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have had an oxygen tank in their room. According to investigators, the fire started on the third floor of 38 S. 5th St. When firefighers arrived, flames were shooting through the roof. As interior operations became more hazardous, command switched to an outside attack with handlines and a ladder pipe. The four victims were Melissa Twining, 48; Montana Twining, 16;


The New Bridgeville Memorial Fire Company still operates this 1986 Pierce Dash. (1000/1000)

David Jenkins Jr., 65 and Lena Marie Adamo, 58. They died from thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. After a lengthy investigation, by the PSP, the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office, the Lehigh County Coroner and agents from the ATF, the conclusion was that the fire was not suspicious in nature. The cause of the fire was being investigated. - KEN SNYDER


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Londonderry Township garage destroyed Londonderry Township, PA. On March 18, 2013, at 1:35 a.m., Londonderry, Middletown and Lower Swatara dispatched to 960 Braeburn Road in Londonderry Township for a garage fire. Additional info updated the address to 977 Thistle Road. A chief officer from Company 54 arrived on location to a well involved 20 x 40 garage with a single family dwelling slightly exposed. Command requested the balance of the first alarm, bringing in

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companies from Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Due to lack of hydrants in the area, a port-a-tank was set up at Beagle and Thistle Roads. Firefighters led off with defensive operations using deck gun operations as heavy fire engulfed the structure. Due to water supply issues,

firefighters were hampered in their efforts to fight the fire. Companies operated for over three hours before being released. Units on scene included Engine 54, 54-1, Tanker 54 (Londonderry), Engine 88, Truck 88 (Middletown), Engine 59-1, Tanker 59 (Lower Swatara), Engine 74-1 (Elizabethtown), Tanker 70 (Rheems) and Pumper Tanker 3 (Lawn). - JASON COLEMAN-COBB


Liberty Fire Company's Wagon 736 is a 1980 Mack CF/ 2010 Swab Refurb. Wagon 736(Ex-FDNY E50 and 63) drafts off of a bridge into a creek as the main water supply on April 7, 2013.

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Duck Rescue in Shippensburg The Shippensburg Police Department received a call reporting that a duck was stuck in a storm drain late Sunday evening, March 24th, at Dykeman's Pond. The officers located the mallard sitting in the bottom of the storm drain. The local fire department was requested to the scene for assistance. Firefighters from the Cumberland Valley Hose Co. used an animal noose catcher from the police department to pull the duck to safety. After releasing the duck, it swam away to the center of the pond shaking its feathers as it was saying thank you. It seemed to be hungry, as it began eating some food, fed by some by-standers standing along the banks of the pond.

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Vacant mansion fire in Manheim Township Manheim Township, PA. At around 3:45 p.m. on March 22nd, Manheim Township Fire Rescue was dispatched for a working fire at 1253 New Holland Avenue. Chief 204 (Roten) arrived shortly after dispatch and advised of a working fire in a “do not enter structure”. The Gammache Mansion was built in 1899. An addition was put on in 1952. The mansion had been vacant for years and was declared a do not enter structure by the township. Firefighters let the mansion burn

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Coal Twp. house rings in two alarms Northumberland, PA. At 8:26 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, Northumberland County Communications sent out the 150 Box to 516 Webster JUMP TO FILE # Street in Coal Town- 032013129 ship for a dwelling fire. The fire was to be located in the Village of Ranshaw within the Township. Brady Engine 151 took the A/B corner of a duplex. Shamokin Truck 32 took the A/D corner and Engine 111 hit a plug. Shamokin Engine 21 took the rear of the building. Crews worked to try to contain the fire found on the second floor and in the attic. Despite their efforts, the fire continued to grow and approximately twenty minutes into the incident all units were evacuated from the structure. Multiple exterior lines were placed in service as well as a master stream from the truck. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within an hour and crews were able to re-enter the building and begin to overhaul the remnants. Crews continued to search for hot spots. The box was placed back in service with all units available at 1:34p.m. - JC KRIESHER


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Mifflin Township, PA. On April 4th, Box 26-3 was dispatched to the 600 block of Saint Johns Road, Mifflin Township for a reported garage fire, bringing units from Berrysburg, Elizabethville and Millersburg. Chief 26 was advised initially of a detached garage on fire, but they were newly advised of a possible barn fire. Chief 26 advised of a column four miles out and requested that Pillow be added. Chief 26 found a fully involved barn that had been converted into an automobile service garage with multiple vehicles involved. Fisherville out of Millersburg was added to the box. Gratz and Fisherville were dispatched as well. Tanker 26 pulled a one and three quarter inch crosslay. Rescue 21 placed in service two and a half inch and one and three quarter inch crosslays. Rescue 28 dropped their hard sleeve into the pond.

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Two five inch lines were laid with a four valve manifold. The Dauphin County Hazmat Duty officer and DEP were contacted due to 500 gallons of used motor oil and used antifreeze stored inside the barn. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews were able to shut the master streams down and move in closer with hand lines to begin overhaul. A local backhoe was brought in to assist with removing the various burned out vehicles and other heavy machinery from inside the collapsed structure to assist with overhaul. Units were on the scene for seven hours. - JESSE SHUTT

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Firefighters sent to demolition site for debris fire Mount Penn, PA. Around 6:30 a.m., the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a structure fire to the former Leinbach Hardware Store at 2239 Perkiomen Ave. Firefighters arrived to a small fire in the partially demolished store. The fire was quickly contained with no injuries reported and the fire marshal is investigating. Units dispatched included Mount Penn and Lower Alsace Fire Companies along with Reading Engine 1 and Tower 1. The property was recently purchased by CVS and was in the process of being demolished.

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Welcome home escort Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters from the YardleyMakefield Fire Company participated with Tower 80 in United States Army 1st Lieutenant Sean Wolodzko’s welcome home escort coordinated with A-Hero’s Welcome & Warriors Watch Riders on Saturday, March 23, 2013.


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Hartsville celebrates 90th Anniversary Warminster Township, PA. On March 30, 2013, the Hartsville Fire Co. #1 celebrated their 90th anniversary of service to the community. A banquet was held at the Warrington Country Club. President and Past Chief Edward Pfeiffer welcomed members and invited guests. As guests arrived, the banquet committee had a magician performing magic to small groups. After dinner, Chief Chris McDonald spoke to everyone reflecting on some past history and future endeavors. Chief McDonald introduced a special guest for a short

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presentation. Ben Franklin arrived to present Hartsville Fire Co., the voluntary firefighter certification program 100% award level. The certification program is a legislatively mandated system promulgated by Act 1989-112, repealed by Act 1995-61. The Voluntary Firefighter Certification Program allows for the certification of any commonwealth resident, 18 years of age, regardless of religion,

gender, or natural origin. Commonwealth emergency responders have an opportunity to participate in and be recognized as a certified fire professional at various levels in accordance with nationally recognized and sanctioned professional qualification standards. After Ben Franklin’s presentation, the chief officers presented awards and citation ribbons to members while the banquet committee handed out 90th anniversary gifts. The evening continued with music and dancing. - JOHN ENGLAND IV

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This is a 58 minute DVD that contains 11 scenes responded to by the District of Columbia FD & EMS. They took place between December, 2009 through July of 2011. Broken down, they consist of seven working fires in which special calls were made at three, three second alarms and one third alarm. The first incident is a second alarm in a vacant apartment house of ordinary construction. Light smoke shows above the roof, aerials are raised and truckmen use saws to cut window bars on the lower floor. Handlines later advance into the building. The next is a working fire in a two story dwelling at night. Truckmen again use saws to cut window bars. Fire is seem on the first floor. A working fire in a restaurant is next. Heavy fire is seen coming from a roof structure (possibly where HVAC equipment is.) Crews raise ground ladder to ascend. The scene switches to ground level and when it returns to the roof, the fire is out. A working fire in an underground transformer is the next incident with heavy fire showing from below street level. Firefighters protect an exposure, which is a high rise building as the smoke hugs the facade as it ascends. The flames eventually die down. A large crash truck shows up from the airport afterward. Next is a third alarm in an apartment building in which numerous occupants are trapped. Heavy fire is showing through two large window openings at the corner of the eighth floor of a nine story building. A firefighter rides an aerial up to rescue an occupant and a second aerial is brought into play for more of the

same. A second alarm in a row of frame dwellings appears from the 1st floor window char that it was fully involved upon arrival. It seems to be extinguished but the second floor is still fully involved. A ladderpipe is set up on the “A” side (front of building) and a deck gun operates on the “B” side (right) which is on a side street. It appears that the fire does not extend to other attached occupancies. An Amtrak engine is smoldering in the next incident, which is a working fire with special call. Firefighters wet the car down. Next is a working fire in a twostory vacant house, the second story being an attic. The fire appears to be knocked down and smoldering until flames appear around the roofline. Truckee’s pull off siding to reveal fire reappearing in the attic. A working fire next is at a frat house at the George Washington University. The building looks to be ordinary construction and smoke is showing at the roof. Fire then shows through the roof. Truck companies cross ventilate via windows. The rear porches of several frame row dwellings require a second alarm in the next incident. Heavy fire shows at one point. Handlines are used from both front and rear. The last incident is a working fire with special call for an Amtrak locomotive at a station. Light smoke is seen coming out of the cab and on the roof. Seems to be a transformer fire. The car is pulled out of the station where further operating can take place. As with DVD’s of this type, they make for good viewing and critique. The scenes are all described as they start with regard to the date, location, number of alarms and brief description a to what is on fire. Apparently, the DCFD officers from sergeant and above wear white helmets. In most FD’s, it would make it appear that there are many chiefs, but not so.

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Working dwelling fire for Lower Makefield Township Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters from YardleyMakefield, Upper Makefield, Morrisville and Levittown were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Tactical Box 0-62 for a working dwelling fire on Taylorsville Road on March 18th at approximately 12:11 p.m. Yardley-Makefield Ladder 0 went in service with multiple hand

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lines aggressively attacking the fire. Morrisville Engine 98, Levittown Rescue 32 (RIT) and YardleyMakefield Engine 80, Tower 80, Rescue 0, Utility 0 assisted with extinguishment and overhaul operations.

Upper Makefield Tanker 71 assisted with water supply operations. Fire police conducted traffic control operations throughout the incident. The fire was investigated by the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Marshal's office. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG


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Fire damages Harrisburg duplex Harrisburg City, PA. On Monday, March 18, 2013, around 3:15 a.m., Box 1-3 sent A platoon companies to 688 Schuylkill Street for a structure fire. Responding units were advised that police were on location at a working fire and the home was possibly vacant. Uptown companies Wagon 3 and Tower 2 arrived to heavy smoke from the first and second floors of a two story duplex. Chief Horst requested the balance of the first alarm, bringing Wagon 4, Tower 3, and Rescue 69

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(RIT) to the scene. While companies were preparing an aggressive interior attack, reports of an occupant trapped was reported. Penbrook Engine 30 and Progress Truck 32 were requested. Companies quickly knocked down a fire involving the first floor of 690 Schuylkill Street which was unoccupied.

The primary search proved to be negative. Fire was able to extend to the upper floor of the fire building via walls and void spaces. Crews opened up the roof and continued to pull ceilings to contain the fire in about 30 minutes. The exposure building suffered from smoke and water damage and a family of five was displaced from that residence. - JASON COLEMAN-COBB


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Three escape injury in Porter Township A female driver and her two daughters ages, 10 and 7, escaped injury when their 2002 Chevy Trail Blazer slid into a guardrail while traveling northbound on Route 220 in Porter Township around 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. According to Patrolman Brian Fioretti of the TVRPD, Dawnette Shobert, of Avis, lost control of her vehicle on the snow-covered roadway between the Pine Creek and Thomas Street exits. She hit the rail on the right side of 220, then slid across the road and ended up on top of the guardrail on the left side of the road. No one was injured in the one vehicle accident. All of the occupants were wearing seat belts. Both fire companies from Jersey Shore responded to the accident.








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Garage fire for Summerhill Summerhill Borough, PA. Summerhill and South Fork Fire Departments were dispatched by Cambria County 911 for a vehicle fire inside a garage on Rt53 in Summerhill Borough. Summerhill E861 found heavy smoke and flames showing from the interior of a concrete block garage. The owner was working on his vehicle inside the garage when it caught fire, spreading to items inside the building. E861 laid in at the driveway while South Fork E851 caught the hydrant. Crews had a quick knockdown, but the interior sustained heavy damage. The owner's vehicle was destroyed.





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Susquehanna Township vehicle fire Susquehanna Township, PA. On Saturday, March 9, 2013, while some members of Rescue Fire Company (37) were training at the HACC Fire Training Academy, units were dispatched to the 4100 block of Beaufort Hunt Drive for a vehicle fire. Units from Company 37 arrived to an engine compartment fire and quickly stretched a line knocking down the fire in about ten minutes.

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Police chase ends with serious accident Reading, PA. Early morning on March 16th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a rescue assignment to the WAWA at 11th and Rockland Streets in the city's Northeast. With units responding, Chief Lessar (C8) was advised this was the end result of a county police chase into the city. Engine 9 arrived at 11th and Richmond Streets to a minivan into a building with the driver heavily entrapped. Firefighters worked for 30 minutes with three hydraulic tools and a reciprocating saw to free the driver. Medic 3 transported the victim to Reading Hospital Trauma Center. Units on scene included Engine 9, Ladder 3, Rescue 1 and Medic 3.


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Aircraft crash kills one in Lancaster County East Lampeter Township, PA. At approximately 5:45 p.m. on March 30th, Witmer with mutual aid companies and EMS were JUMP TO FILE # dispatched to 033113101 Smoketown Airport for a reported ultralight aircraft that crashed right after take off. Chief 62 was advised that the plane was reportedly on fire. Chief 62 confirmed a working fire with one Class 4 patient. The crew quickly extinguished the fire. Companies remained on scene for an extended period of time to wait for the Coroner and the FAA. Crews later extinguished the rest of the fire and assisted in loading the plane onto a trailer at the airport. The pilot was experienced and was from the Amish Community. Crews cleared around 8:45 p.m. - KIrK NEIdErmyEr

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Tractor trailer takes down overhead wires Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters from the YardleyMakefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Local Box 80-36 for a tractor trailer which was tangled in overhead cable wires on Big Oak Road at approximately 1:13 p.m. on March 27, 2013. Engine 80 went in service removing the wires from the tractor trailer. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Police Traffic 0 driven by Fire Police Carl Coppola was

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dispatched to the location to conduct traffic control operations diverting traffic from the scene until the incident was cleared. The wires were removed from the truck and street was cleared. The Lower Makefield Township Police Department was also on location investigating. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Harrisburg room and contents fire Harrisburg City, PA - On Saturday, March 2nd, Box 1-4 sent companies to 2035 Kensington Street for a structure fire. Squad 8 arrived on location to smoke showing from an occupied, two story dwelling. A hand line was stretched quickly, knocking down a fire involving a room on the second floor rear. The primary search was negative and units remained on the scene for about an hour before clearing.


Harrisburg captain helps save occupant Harrisburg City, PA - On March 11, 2013, around 2:00 a.m., Box 1-2 sent companies to 1711 Walnut Street for a structure fire with possible entrapment. Captain Enterline arrived to smoke showing from a three story, middle of the row dwelling. With one person still confirmed inside, Captain Enterline entered the structure and guided out the occupant from the third floor. The balance of the first alarm was requested. Squad 8 and crews quickly went to work on a rapidly advancing kitchen fire that was on the verge of flashing over before companies knocked down the bulk of the fire with no extension. Four people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The first floor suffered heavy damage and a total of six occupants were displaced.


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Fire chief and 40 year life members honored Falls Township, PA. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company hosted its 2013 Annual Fire Company Installation Banquet at Westaby HallStation 31 on March 16th. The 2013 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company executive officers are President Larry Newman, Vice President Barry Dinola, Secretary Ron Workman, Membership Secretary Russell Bellmont, Treasurer Gene Cadwallader, Assistant Treasurer Marilyn Rosine, Trustee Phil Devaney, Trustee Jeff Goldberg, Trustee John Kingham, Trustee Marc Johnson Trustee Ryan Matheson and Trustee Larry Schwalm. The 2013 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company line and support officers are Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain, Deputy Fire Chief Charles ‘Bubba’ Schlosser, Assistant Fire Chief Tim Chamberlain, Captain 0 Larry Newman, Captain 80 Sean Herbert, Lieutenant 0 Barry Dinola, Lieutenant 01 Jason Feyko, Lieutenant 80 Colby Fisher, Lieutenant 801 Scott Lindenbaum, Safety Officer Phil Devaney, Training Officer Tim Chamberlain, Fire Marshal Ken Richards, Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Goldberg, Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Habgood, Deputy Fire Marshal Kevin Campbell, Chief Engineer Kevin Kall, Fire Police Captain

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Rick Heckman and Fire Police Lieutenant Larry Schwalm. The 2013 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Relief Association officers are President Phil Devaney, Vice President John Kingham, Secretary Ken Bernard, Treasurer Rick Heckman, Assistant Treasurer Jon Kloc, Trustee Ed Bernard, Trustee Barry Dinola and Trustee Larry Newman. The top ten drivers for 2012 were Greg Kobol (233 alarms), John Kingham (110 alarms), Kevin Kall (107 alarms), Adam Keister (75 alarms), Tyler Ramirez (67 alarms), Larry Schwalm (66 alarms), Colby Fisher (60 alarms), Bob Hairhoger (56 alarms), Charles Boss (46 alarms) and Rick Heckman (44 alarms). The top ten responders for 2012 were Colby Fisher (609 alarms), Greg Kobol (513 alarms), Scott Lindenbaum (486 alarms), Barry Dinola (473 alarms), Larry Newman (469 alarms), Bob Hairhoger (418 alarms), Jeff Goldberg (414 alarms) Ryan Matheson (394 alarms), John Kingham (390 alarms) and Phil Devaney (343 alarms).

The 2012 Firefighter of the Year trophy was presented to Firefighter Greg Kobol. The 2012 Rookie of the Year trophy was presented to Fire Police Officer Joe Bresley. The 2012 Presidents Award plaque was presented to Firefighter Joe Devaney. Years of Service pins were given to Lieutenant Barry Dinola (10 years), Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Goldberg (10 years), Greg Kobol (30 years), Tim Heasley (30 years), Gary Margerum (40 years), Russell Bellmont (40 years) and Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain (40 years). United States Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero presented a Proclamation and Certificate to Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain, who was recently granted life membership by the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company in 2013. United States Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero also presented proclamations and certificates to 40 Year Life Members Gary Margerum and Russell Bellmont. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Live wires and flames in Allentown Allentown, PA - On March 13th, around 6:15 p.m., a working fire badly damaged a city rowhome at 436 Chestnut St. Upon arrival, city firefighters encountered downed live electrical wires as flames and smoke poured from the second floor windows. A four year old boy who lived there admitted to burning paper with a cigarette lighter in the second floor bedroom. A male resident refused police orders to vacate the dwelling. He was then forced out by the police who found cocaine on him. The alleged person, Marquis Harris, 21 was charged with resist-

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Geoffrey Wetherhold is one of the new 1st Responder Newspaper correspondents. Geoffrey, the son of Dennis Wetherhold Jr, is six years old and has been taking photographs since he was 4 years old. Currently Geoffrey is using dad's back up camera, but is hoping to have his own camera in the near future.


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Reading, PA. D platoon firefighters were pressed into action on on Wednesday afternoon, April 3rd when the Berks County Communications Center tapped box 01-01. Chief Kemery(C7) arrived at 343 North 13th Street, with smoke showing from the JUMP TO FILE # rear of a two amd a 040413115 half story MOR dwelling. With the wind blowing up the side of Mount Penn, the fire was spreading quickly to exposure dwellings on either side. A second alarm was transmitted by Chief Mogel (C3) at 4:43 p.m., bringing remaining city companies along with units from the county. Four hoselines were stretched and operating during most of the fire. Engine 9, initially working alone in the rear, stretched a two and a half attack line down an alley to darken down a large portion of the fire which was consuming rear porches. fencing and other combustibles. Extensive roof work was necessary to check the spread of the flames via the interior voids and attic spaces of the homes. The fire extended into 339, 341, 345 North 13th Street. Searches proved negative; however, one civilian was injured. Oncoming B Platoon firefighters eventually relieved D Platoon units on the scene. The office of the fire marshal is investigating. All city units were at the scene along with Mount Penn Engine 1, Spring Township Engine 85, Exeter Township Rescue 25 & Exeter EMS. Many other county units were placed on standby to cover the city should the need arise. - JASON BATZ

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Unmatched service from loan officer affords family an incredible mortgage experience When she and her husband applied for a home mortgage, Lori Yukniewicz admitted being a little intimidated by the seemingly endless paperwork. At least, until she started working with the dedicated and knowledgeable staff from the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. Sun Home Loans and 1st Responder teamed up to create the Heroes Mortgage Program. This exclusive mortgage opportunity provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. Yukniewicz’s husband, Logan, has been a volunteer with the East Whitehouse (NJ) Fire Department for six years. So they took advantage of the Heroes Mortgage Program, which offers unmatched rates, minimal lender fees and promises to get clients in their new home by the contract date. “There was so much paperwork,” Lori Yukniewicz said. “But we primarily worked with (mortgage loan officer) Robyn Clancy, who was tremendous. She helped us along the whole way. Robyn gave us her cell and home phone numbers. She was available any time and always responded quickly to our questions.” Logan, Lori and their 22month-old daughter, Alexia, re-

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Stabilization University stops in the North East!! Lincoln Park, NJ. Rescuers from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey descended on the little town of Lincoln Park, NJ on a sunny day in April. When they got there they were met with a car overturned and under another vehicle, a roll off dumpster on top of a Mercedes, and a dump truck rolled over onto a sedan trapping the occupants. These are just some of the challenging scenarios presented to the students of ResQ-Jack’s Stabilization University! On the weekend of April 21st, members of the Lincoln Park Hose Company #2, led by Deputy Chief Shaun Mackey, set up various challenging scenarios in the vacant field behind the fire house. Vehicles were set up to resemble accidents involving multiple cars overturned, upside down on top of other vehicles, over rides, and under rides. One scene included a 6,000 lb culvert pipe on a car. This was all done to prepare for Res-Q-Jacks Stabilization University, a program developed

by Res-Q-Jack to bring stabilization training out to the fire departments. The event was brought to Lincoln Park by Mid-Atlantic Rescue Systems, INC the local Res-Q-Jack dealer. “We didn’t care if the students were using our equipment or our competitors, we just wanted to show folks there is more to stabilization then just throwing a strut under a vehicle on it’s side” says Mid-Atlantic owner Bill Lynch. Each station presented with different challenges. Students were broken into groups and rotated through each of the 12 stations with guidance from the instructors.

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Royalton Borough scrap pile fire Royalton Borough, PA - On Thursday, March 7, 2013 around 1:00 p.m., Londonderry was dispatched to River Road for a report of an explosion and smoke in the area. A chief officer Company 54 arrived to a large pile of scrap on fire at the Royalton Scrap Yard on Hollandale Street. The box was updated to 88-4 and Middletown Fire Company was dispatched to the scene. Two hand lines were used to extinguish the flames and an excavator was used to pull the pile apart for easier access to the seat of the fire. Crews operated for over an hour before command placed the box in service. Units on location were Engines 54, 88, Truck 88, Tankers 54, 59 and Rescue 88.


Group picture of special speakers and award winners at the 2013 SHFS banquet.

Schuylkill Historial Fire Society hosts annual banquet in Mahanoy City Mahanoy City, PA. On March 9, 2013, the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society hosted their annual banquet at the Banquet Hall in Mahanoy City. Over 50 members were present for this year’s banquet and award ceremony. The event started off with a big welcome from Society President Michael Kitsock. Dinner was then served homestyle to the guests. Mike Glore, a local historical fire book author and Reading City firefighter was the guest speaker. The banquet guests received a special treat by watching the doc-

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umentary that was recently videotaped about the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society. The documentary was also featured and shown on the local public television channel. It was created by Sam-Son Productions of Hazleton. Neal Rodino of Sam-Son Productions was then made an honorary member of the society by the President Mike Kitsock. Joseph Zaleski received the Member of the Year award. He

was rewarded for his dedication and untiring support of the organization. Zaleski is responsible for seeing that many fundraising dinners are a success. A number of members received lifetime membership cards from President Kitsock. Harvey Eckert won the annual Fire Extinguisher Lamp drawing. The lamp is kept by the winner for a year till the next banquet. A number of other door prizes were also won by other members of the society. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Jersey Shore fire chief sworn in Jersey Shore Mayor Dennis Buttorff swore in Independent Hose Company No.1 Fire Chief Robert Sheets as Jersey Shore Borough fire chief recently at the borough hall. Chief Sheets term will continue through 2013.


Philadelphia, PA. That's the slogan you’ll find on Engine 37’s patch and wall ornament. Their historic Chestnut Hill firehouse was built in 1894 and is the oldest one in the city. Since the last horses ran out of this station in 1916, the building's general facade has remained the same. As fire apparatus cabs have become larger, side clearance at 37 has become a problem. When their previous Seagrave engine was assigned here, they had five inches of clearance on each side. With the current KME engine, clearance has been reduced to 2.5 inches on each side. Hence, the well earned “Tightest in the City” apply fits for the firefighters of Engine 37.

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Fund set up to help survivors of fallen West, TX responders The NVFC is deeply saddened by the tragedy in West, Texas, which has claimed the lives of multiple firefighters, EMS responders, and community members and injured many others. We join the rest of the nation in grieving this terrible loss. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has established a national JUMP TO FILE # fund to accept dona- 042513106 tions to assist the survivors and coworkers of the fire and EMS personnel who died in the line of duty. westtx_041913.html In light of the tragic event in West, Texas on Wednesday and in cooperation with local support efforts, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has established a national fund to accept monetary donations to assist the survivors and coworkers of the fire and EMS personnel who died in the line of duty. Checks can be mailed to: NFFF c/o West, Texas Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund P.O. Drawer 498 Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Donations also can be made by credit card at All donated funds will be used to assist the survivors and coworkers to rebuild their lives and support the programs and services they will need. As a result of the blast, the station along with the apparatus, equipment and turn-out gear were destroyed or badly damaged. If you would like to donate these items, please send a message with your contact information to and the Foundation will share this with the West, Texas department. "This fire and explosion have devastated the entire town in which so many people know and care about each other," said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. "We want to ensure the survivors and coworkers of those who died in the line of duty know that the entire fire service family is holding them in our hearts and doing all we can to offer support." As part of the Foundation's mission to assist the survivors of the fallen, the Texas LAST (Local Assistance State Team) was activated on Wednesday night to pro-

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Crews make quick work of house fire West Earl Township, PA. At 2:37 p.m., Bareville’s house fire assignment was transmitted for a reported working dwelling. Chief 31 (Smith) was advised by LCWC that they were receiving multiple calls of a working fire at 10 South Farmersville Road. Chief 31 reported a working fire to the rear with heavy smoke showing from the structure. Engine 31-1 made an interior attack. Tanker 35 stretched a one and three quarter inch to the rear. Truck 39 sent two crews to the roof via ground ladders to vent. A crew from Station 35 went to the roof from the rear to cut a vent hole. The fire was placed under control at 3:00 p.m. There were no injuries reported. The fire marshal was notified. The crews went available at 4:21 p.m. Companies assisting Bareville were Farmersville, Garden Spot


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Debris burns in back of construction trailer Reading, PA - Shortly after shift change on Thursday March 14th, firefighters from the A platoon were dispatched to Empire Wrecking for a report of a trailer on fire. Engine 7, arriving at 1420 Clarion Street, reported a trailer full of construction debris burning. After evaluating the scene Chief Lessar requested an additional engine company for water supply. Units switched to a foam operation to take care of the trailer load of debris. Units on the incident included Engine 7, Ladder 3 and Engine 9.

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Two story wooden farmhouse destroyed in Newville Firefighters from three counties responded to a two alarm house fire on March 19th at around 8:17 p.m. located in the 800 block of Doubling Gap Road, Lower Mifflin Township, Newville, Pa. Shortly after the first units arrived, they found a two story wooden farmhouse with heavy fire through the roof. Command 47 asked for a second alarm. Engine 1-47 dropped a five inch supply line and pulled several hand lines to attack the fire. Additional units began to arrive, sending their manpower. An interior attack was made,

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but due to the high winds, the flames traveled very quickly making it dangerous for firefighters. Air horns began to sound for the evacuation of the structure, making the continued firefight defensive. No one was home at the time the fire began. When family members returned, they found one of the first floor rooms in flames near the wood stove. They left the residence and called 911. The fire was brought under

control in about one hour, but the winds were a big factor. A family of four were left homeless and the American Red Cross was on the scen. The cause of the fire was apparently related to the wood stove. One firefighter was injured and transported to a local hospital with a minor injury. Units responding were from Cumberland, Perry and Franklin Counties. Some units remained on the scene for about five hours before returning to service. - DENNY CLOPPER


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