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Bath, PA - On Monday, March 3, 2014, at around 9:15 a.m., Northampton County Communications dispatched Bath firefighters to a dwelling fire at 128 South Chestnut St. The fire quickly spread throughout the house and numerous mutual aid companies were eventually called in to fight the fire during cold temperatures. - See full story on pages 34

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Mountville Borough, Lancaster County, PA. On March 31, 2014 at 11 p.m., Mountville Fire Company along with mutual aid companies were alerted for a reported house fire at 209 East New Street in the borough. Assistant 7 (Kalbach) went en- JUMP TO FILE# route and was ad- 040114102 vised by LCWC that a caller was out for a walk and saw black smoke coming from a window. Police arrived reporting a working house fire. Assistant 7 (Kalbach) arrived confirming the officer’s report and reported that there were vehicles in the driveway unknown if occupants are out. Engine 7-2 arrived and began an interior attack. Truck 67 arrived and went to work on the roof. Engine 7-2 reported “extreme hoarding conditions” inside the dwelling. Command 7 requested additional resources throughout the incident. A report indicated that a firefighter had fallen through the floor. Assistant 7 (Kalbach) later reported that a firefighter lost his footing on the second floor, but


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Independent Hose Company member hits the 50 year mark The members of Independent Hose Company #1 would like to congratulate 72 year old, David A. Ulmer, on reaching a major milestone. This year marks 50 years of service with our company. Dave joined the department in 1964. He no longer fights fires, but is a valued driver for our tanker truck and is active with our fundraisers and anything else that needs to be done around the station. Dave has come through the ranks as Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief for four years in the 1980's. All of the members of Independent Hose Company salute you Dave.


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Working commercial structure fire On March 17, 2014, just after midnight, a commercial structure fire in the 3200 block of Paxton Street in Swatara Township was dispatched. This brought Companies 49 (Swatara), 41 (Bressler), 44 (Lawnton), 40 (Paxtang), 50 (Steelton), 456 (Chambers Hill), 30 (Penbrook), 32 (Progress), and 88 (Middletown). Police arrived on scene to find heavy smoke pushing from Monro Muffler. Chief 49-2 confirmed a working fire with fire showing from the back of the building. Engine 49

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and Engine 41 grabbed two hydrants, while Truck 50 and Engine 44 went to the roof. An interior attack was attempted through Side C (rear), but units were quickly evacuated due to rapid fire spread. Crews went into a defensive mode and started flowing master streams to darken the fire. The fire quickly escalated to a second alarm, bringing in Companies 45

(Rutherford), 6 (Harrisburg), 59 (Lower Swatara), Truck 32, and Engine 30. A crew went interior on the Delta exposure (Aaron's) and were able to knock down a few hot spots that the fire wall did not stop in the showroom. Crews operated on scene for several hours before being released. This was the third working fire for many units on scene in three days. - BENJAMIN KIRKPATRICK


Yardley firefighters extinguish brush fire on farm Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA - Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were recently dispatched to Local Box 80-50 to extinguish a brush fire on the property of the Torbert Farm on Sunday morning, March 16th. Firefighters quickly mounted an aggressive attack going in service with two booster lines off of two fire trucks. Several firefighters also went in service with hooks and pressurized water cans. The brush fire was quickly brought under control. The cause of the fire was being investigated by the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Marshal's office.


Twenty-two years, always remembered, never forgotten Newtown, Bucks County, PA. Family members, friends, and firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company and Newtown Emergency Services Department gathered at the Newtown Cemetery to pay respects for Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Line Of Duty Death Past Fire Chief Nelson 'Snooky' Margerum on the 22nd anniversary of responding to his last alarm on March 15, 1992.

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Mississippi: Dwight Hilton, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 1, 2014 Death Date: February 1, 2014 Fire Department: East Central Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Hilton suffered a fatal heart attack while fighting an outdoors fire that was threatening homes in the area. According to officials, the cause of the fire is under investigation and may have been intentionally set in several locations. Ohio: Bruce A. Stayner, 49 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: February 3, 2014 Death Date: February 4, 2014 Fire Department: Scioto Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Stayner fell ill at home within 24 hours of responding to a mutual aid structure fire call. Stayner was transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Indiana: James Joseph Knesek, Sr., 59 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: February 8, 2014 Death Date: February 8, 2014 Fire Department: Munster Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Knesek passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after responding to a motor vehicle accident. Texas: William Scott Tanksley, 40 Rank: Fire Rescue Officer Incident Date: February 10, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Dallas Fire Rescue Department Initial Summary: As road conditions in Dallas began icing over and visibility was hampered by mist and fog, Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was operating at the scene of an auto accident which occurred on a bridge in Southwest Dallas. Tanksley was setting road flares to warn motorists of the accident when he was reportedly struck by a passing vehicle and fell a significant distance off of the bridge to the ground below. Responding EMS personnel attempted resuscitation efforts en route to the hospital where Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was pronounced dead. Arkansas: Dennis Channell , 54 Rank: Fire Captain Incident Date: February 9, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Poyen Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Channell fell ill during or soon after responding to a medical call. Captain Channell passed away in the hospital the following day from a reported stroke. New York: James C. Wilber, 58 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 9, 2014 Death Date: February 9, 2014 Fire Department: Franklin Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Wilber suffered an apparent cardiac event while responding to a motor vehicle accident call. Wilber was transported by the Unadilla Emergency Squad and Cooperstown Medical Transport to the Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney where he succumbed to his injury a short time later. Arkansas: Jake Harrell, 34 Rank: Pilot Incident Date: January 31, 2014 Death Date: January 31, 2014 Fire Department: Arkansas Forestry Commission Initial Summary: Following almost two weeks of searching for a missing single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion, Civil Air Patrol located the crash site and a National Guard helicopter crew confirmed that the pilot, Jake Harrell, was deceased and likely killed upon impact. Harrell, an experienced pilot, went missing while flying a regularly scheduled fire detection flight throughout west Arkansas. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local, state, and federal (NTSB) authorities. Florida: Roger Dale Tome, 71 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: February 10, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Kennedy Space Center Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Tome passed away

from an apparent heart attack several hours after completing his shift which included department mandated physical training. New Jersey: Gregory D. Barnas, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 28, 2014 Death Date: February 28, 2014 Fire Department: Wallington Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Barnas died of injuries sustained when he fell from the roof of a burning commercial structure (restaurant) while, according to reports, he was working to ventilate the building. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Tennessee: Jerry Campbell, 61 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 1, 2014 Death Date: March 1, 2014 Fire Department: Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry Initial Summary: While at a work center and preparing to deploy to a wildland fire incident in the Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, Firefighter Campbell fell ill from an apparent heart attack. According to reports, Campbell's condition suddenly deteriorated and he passed away from his injury while being prepared for air transport to the hospital. Ohio: Steven Joseph Knaus, 47 Rank: Firefighter First Class Incident Date: February 28, 2014 Death Date: February 28, 2014 Fire Department: Willowick Fire Department Initial Summary: Several hours after coming off of a shift that included four emergency responses, Firefighter Knaus was discovered in his vehicle located in the driveway of his home and in cardiac arrest. Knaus was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury. New York: Kevin J. Bristol, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 3, 2014 Death Date: March 3, 2014 Fire Department: Peekskill Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Bristol passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after coming off shift during which he worked one or more emergency responses including a kitchen fire. Arizona: Bobby Mollere, 61 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: March 8, 2014 Death Date: March 8, 2014 Fire Department: Hellsgate Fire Department Initial Summary: While performing a Wildland Pack Test, Lieutenant Mollere collapsed on the Payson High School track. Fellow firefighters on scene initiated a medical assessment and found Mollere in cardiac arrest. The EMTs and Paramedics began advanced life support immediately on scene. Lieutenant Mollere was transported to the Payson Regional Medical Center where resuscitative efforts continued until he passed away. Alaska: Jeffery Bayless, 51 Rank: Senior Captain Incident Date: March 7, 2014 Death Date: March 7, 2014 Fire Department: Anchorage Fire Department Initial Summary: Senior Captain Bayless collapsed during Rules Of Air Management (ROAM) training. Crews on scene began immediate treatment and Senior Captain Bayless was transported to Alaska Regional Hospital where he later passed away from a nature of fatal injury still to be reported. Michigan: Jamie A. Peite, 43 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: March 4, 2014 Death Date: March 5, 2014 Fire Department: Ironwood Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While participating in pumper training at the fire department, Fire Chief Peite began to not feel well but thought it was not serious. While attending classes at the University of Wisconsin-Superior the following morning, Peite suffered a heart attack. Fire Chief Peite was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury.

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Engine 9 and Ladder 3 discover working fire on 10th Street Reading, PA. Around 4 a.m. on Friday, March 21st, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched Engine 9 and Ladder 3 to investigate an unknown type of fire in the 700 block of North 10th Street. Engine 9 was on location at 754 North 10th with three story MOR dwelling with fire showing in the rear. A box alarm was struck turning companies out while crews stretched a line to the rear of the dwelling and alerted neighbors to the fire. The bulk of the fire was knocked at 4:20 a.m. All searches were clear and no injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal's office is investigating. Chief Serba (C4) was in command.

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Paint shop burns in Bart Township Bart Township, Lancaster County, PA - A paint shop burned Tuesday, March 11th in the 5200 block of White Oak Road in Bart Township. Firefighters arrived to find a working fire in the area of a paint room of a one and a half story barn. Firefighters from Bart Township entered the building and made an interior attack while a second line was pulled to attack from the outside. The fire was contained to the paint shop portion of the building as firefighters saved the rest of the attached barn. Firefighters were on the scene for about four hours.

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Firefighters from Independent Hose and Citizens Hose try to contain the fire behind 285 Minnier Dr. in Porter Twp before it reached the Rails to Trails.

Brush fires near Jersey Shore keep companies busy Jersey Shore, PA. Two brush fires kept fire companies in Jersey Shore busy on Saturday afternoon, March 22nd. The first call came in at about 2:00 p.m. at a home in Piatt Twp. The homeowner, Rodney Laub, was burning blow downs and brush on his property at 236 Plank Rd. near Routes 287 and 220 at around 10:00 a.m. “This morning the wind wasn’t blowing. It was more still when we started the fire. Then it took off and started the hill on fire,” explained Laub. “We normally burn it in the wintertime, but we had a hard time burning because it was wet from the snow,” Laub added. Luckily the wind blew the flames away from the home and burned about an acre and a half of field and woods on the property. Both fire companies from Jersey Shore and a tanker truck from Antes Fort Volunteer Fire Department responded, but even before they were finished with that inci-

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dent another call came in for a brush fire in Porter Twp. near a structure at around 2:48 p.m. According to The Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department, the owner of the property, Regis Werts, who resides at 285 Minnier Dr. was preparing to clean-up his yard and burn some leaves and material in preparation for his daughter’s party, when it got away from him and the fire started to spread. The fire was very close to the home, but eventually traveled up an embankment behind the home heading directly for the Rails to Trails. MICU 94 personnel from the Jersey Shore Ambulance service was first to respond and began fighting the fire until other units from Citizens Hose and Independent Hose arrived. Even Lycoming County Sher-

iff Mark Lusk was at the scene raking away dead leaves from the path of the fire. A forest ranger from DCNR also arrived at the scene but did not file charges against the homeowner since the fire was stopped just short of the trail. Independent Hose Company Chief Robert Cowfer, cautioned residents to be very careful burning now that the weather is getting nicer. “Don’t burn. Wait until things start getting a little greener. It’s not worth it. This time of year as dry as everything is, one little spark can catch the field on fire and it can take off. Brush fires have caught homes and sheds on fire. You never know the direction of a fire. Because the wind can be blowing in one direction and make a u-turn and head right towards their home,” said Cowfer. No injuries were reported at either incident and no one was injured.

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City of Butler firefighters battle two alarm fatal house fire City of Butler Station 1, City of Butler Chief 1, Veterans Affairs Fire Department Station 38, Butler Ambulance Service Station 99 and City of Butler Police were dispatched at 12:05 a.m. on March 8th for a residential structure fire with a person possibly still inside. Upon Butler Ambulance arrival, they advised of a working fire with fire showing from the Bravo side of the structure. Firefighters arrived within minutes of the call and requested a second alarm, which brought in all off duty City of Butler firefighters. Neighbors were reporting that the male who was in the house went back into to find his pets and they haven't seen him since he went back in. Firefighters attempted an aggressive interior attack and search, but due to the fire progression all units were pulled from the structure

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and went into a defensive mode. Butler City Truck 1 deployed their master stream to darken the fire down. Multiple hand lines and a deck gun off of Butler City Engine 1-2 were deployed on the A/B side of the structure. After 30 minutes of defensive operations, the firefighters went back inside to search for the victim. The 22-year-old victim was located in a bedroom on the second division of the structure. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Butler County Coroner were called to the scene to assist in the investigation. All units were cleared from the scene around 5:00 a.m. - ARTIE OSNIAK

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Crews used the Holmatro tool to remove passenger and driver front doors and completed a half roof roll to gain access to patients. Two patients were extricated. JASON BATZ

Cumru Township trains with airbags and struts Firefighters from Cumru Township and Shillington conducted a daytime drill on airbags and vehicle struts at CTFD Station 3. The drill focused on practice with airbags, cribbing and struts.

Entrapment and ejection in Lake City Lake City Fire Company was dispatched Monday, March 24th around 9:45 p.m. for a reported head on crash with entrapment and ejection on Elk Park Road in the area of the Elk Creek Bridge. A.F. Dobler Hose and West County paramedics were dispatched to assist. Springfield Fire Department was returning from a previous incident and requested to respond in with an engine and squad. Engine 563 found a car versus truck with heavy damage to both vehicles. Two patients were confirmed

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entrapped in the car and one patient was found ejected from the truck. The crew began patient assessments. LCFC began extrication with the Holmatro tool on car occupants and Springfield and Girard joined in as they arrived on scene. The ejected patient was loaded in the squad and transported to UPMC Hamot ALS Priority 1. Crews extricated the first pa-

tient by removing the passenger door.Tthe patient was loaded and transported by Springfield squad to UPMC Hamot ALS Priority 1. The second patient was extricated after a half roof roll was completed and driver’s door removed. The driver was removed and loaded into A.F. Dobler Hose Squad for transport to UPMC Hamot as well. Lake City Police, Girard Police and PA State Police were on scene for the investigation. All units cleared around 12:15 a.m. - TOM HOSACK

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Zora Gussow is escorted to a waiting PSP car after she was freed from the blockade

Jersey Shore 1st responders called to assist in gas well protest Anti gas drilling protesters shut down Dam Run Road for about five hours in Mifflin and Cummings Twp. in Lycoming County on March 20th. About 40 protesters gathered on Route 287 at about 7:00 a.m. blocking vehicles from accessing well pads located along Dam Run Road. When PSP arrived, they were met with three protesters linked together with a length of 12 inch drainage pipe. One protester Nathan Joseph, 28 was sitting in the center of the road with one arm in each length of drain pipe filled with concrete. At each end of the pipe was a woman with one arm securely stuffed into the pipe. Zora Gussow, 23 was on the left side and Sierra Moy 18, was on the right. At first inspection it looked as though the three were cemented into the pipes, but after closer examination it was revealed that there arms were in a four inch PVC pipe with cement around it. Fire and EMS units were dispatched to the scene to remove the pipe and concrete at around 9:30 a.m. “We had three individuals who secured themselves in a homemade device to protest the gas well industry. They basically used a 12 inch drain pipe and filled it with concrete and debris, nails, railroad ties, bolts, steel then inserted a four inch PVC pipe inside of it with a piece of rebar through it and chained themselves to that,” explained Shane Newvine, a Captain on the EMS side of the Citizens Hose Company in Jersey Shore. Newvine, coordinated the two hour process of freeing the protesters. “They were not secured by

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concrete. They had the ability to unhook the D ring and let themselves out. They just refused to do so. The protest was nothing new to gas well workers; however, this was a bit more sophisticated. Nathan Joseph, the middle man in the protest, said they were targeting Anadarko Petroleum, who has well sites along Dam Run as well as Range Resources, and PG&E Energy Companies. “The site we are stopping access to is the most recent permit issued to Anadarko Petroleum, and we are here to send a message to Anadarko that their drilling on public lands is a threat to the community and needs to stop immediately,” said Joseph. Joseph and his fellow protesters are part of a group he says is called Marcellus Shale Earth First. Kathryn Hilton, the group’s “police liaison” person echoed Josephs message to Anadarko. “This is for public use not private profit,” said Hilton pointing out that the site is on state forest land. She went on to site the concerns of most every protest group, ranging from water pollution to quality of life issues and health concerns due to the fracking of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. As EMS Captain Shane Newvine sees, the protest it actually did more harm than good. “They really didn’t affect the services. What they did was cost the taxpayers a lot of money, potentially threatening the lives of the local citizens,” Newvine said. He sited the state police pres-

ence of over a dozen troop cars and the utilization of two fire departments and EMS. If there were another emergency, a lot of manpower was being wasted on the protest and they couldn’t respond in a timely fashion. “So you’ve tied up two fire departments two EMS units and police and law enforcement units. It taxes our resources because they are refusing to release themselves. There was the potential for them to get hurt while we were using power tools to get them out,” said Newvine. After EMS and fireman released the protesters one by one cutting through the drain pipe then sledge hammering and drilling through the concrete, members of the state police shackled them and escorted each one to a waiting police car then transported them to the Lycoming Prison where they were given a preliminary arraignment vie video link by Judge Jerry Lepley in Jersey Shore. In all, five people were arrested and none were from the local area. John Nicolson, 28, and Tyler Kobel, 23, were charged with, failure of a disorderly person to disperse, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor, and obstructing highway or public passage. They are being held in the Lycoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The other three protesters who were in the pipe, Nathan Joseph, Zora Gussow, and Sierra Moy, were arraigned on the same three charges, but had an additional charge of reckless endangering added. They are also in the Lycoming County Jail in lieu of $12,500 bail. - PAUL GARRETT


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The Brickerville Fire Company operates this 2005 ALF rescue/engine equipped with a 1500 gpm pump, 750 tank, 50 gallons of foam.

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Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain and Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Chamberlain presenting Firefighter of the Year 2013 to Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Goldberg.

The Lancaster County Public Safety Grounds operates this 2005 Pierce Contender engine equipped with a 1500 gpm pump and 500 gallon tank. This piece is used as a training unit.


East Allen Township operates this 2012 Pierce Arrow XT 95' tower with a 2,000 gpm pump, 300 gallon tank, and 25 gallons of foam.


Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain and Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Chamberlain presenting Rookie of the Year 2013 to Firefighter Thomas Campbell.

Yardley-Makefield Fire Company 2014 Installation Banquet Fairless Hills, Bucks County, PA. The Yardley-Makefield Fire Company hosted it’s 2014 Annual Installation Banquet at Westaby Hall on March 15, 2014. The banquet was held in memory of Past Fire Chief Nelson ‘Snooky’ Margerum, Line of Duty Death March 15, 1992. Firefighter of the Year 2013 was presented to Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Goldberg. Rookie of the Year 2013 was presented to Firefighter Thomas Campbell. A special recognition plaque was presented to Past Deputy Fire Chief Charles Bubba Schlosser in recognition of his past ten years holding a chief’s position. Another special recognition plaque was presented to the Tullytown Fire Company Honor Guard in appreciation for their participation in the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company banquets.

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The 2014 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Executive Officers are President Larry Newman, Vice President Barry DiNola, Treasurer Gene Cadwallader, Assistant Treasurer Joseph Fusco, Financial Secretary Marilyn Rosine, Membership Secretary Russell Bellmont, and Secretary Ron Workman. The 2014 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Trustee are Phil Devaney, Jeff Goldberg, Marc Johnson, John Kingham, Charles Bubba Schlosser, and Larry Schwalm. The 2014 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Line & Support Officers are Chief 0 Glenn Chamberlain, Deputy Chief 0 Timothy Chamberlain, Assistant Chief 0 Ryan Matheson, Captain 0 Barry Dinola, Captain 80 Colby Fisher, Lieutenant 0 Jason

Feyko, Lieutenant 80 Scott Lindenbaum, Safety Officer Phil Devaney, Training Officer Timothy Chamberlain, Fire Marshal Wilford Ken Richards, Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Goldberg, Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Habgood, Deputy Fire Marshal Kevin Campebell, Deputy Fire Marshal Larry Newman, Chief Engineer Kevin Kall, Captain Fire Police Rick Heckman, and Lieutenant Fire Police Larry Schwalm The 2014 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Relief Association Officers are President Phil Devaney, Vice President John Kingham, Secretary Ron Workman, Treasurer Rick Heckman, and Assistant Treasurer Jon Kloc. The 2014 Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Relief Association Trustees are Ed Bernard, Barry DiNola, and Larry Newman. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG


The Denver Fire Co., operates this 2010 KME as Rescue 13


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Greenfield's Fire Company operates this 2009 GMC Yukon XL command unit.


Vehicle rescue in East Greenville East Greenville, PA. On April 12, 2014 at 3:11 a.m., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to a vehicle accident with injuries at 5th and Main Street in the borough. Chief 38 (Jason Wilson) was first to arrive and called Montgomery County Radio to upgrade the assignment to a rescue. Arriving on the scene was Squad 38 followed by Engine 38. After completion of the extrication, the male driver was transported to a local hospital. Assisting East Greenville were EMS units from Upper Perk and Green Lane and fire police from Pennsburg Fire Co. Upper Perk Police were on the scene to conduct the investigation.


Chief 3 of Northampton Township is a 2008 GMC Yukon.


Monroe Township, Cumberland County Fire Company Chief operates a 2009 Dodge Charger.

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City of Butler battles two alarm house fire City of Butler Station 1, City of Butler Chief 1, Veterans Affairs Station 38, Butler Ambulance Service Station 99 and Butler City Police were dispatched to 408 2nd St in the City of Butler at 6:18 p.m. for a reported house fire. Butler Ambulance 99-2 was on location within a minute of the call reporting a working house fire with fire showing from the Bravo side of the structure. Chief 1 ( Bann) took command and requested the second alarm, which brought in all offduty city shifts. Veterans Affairs Engine 38 was put to work assist-

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ing city firefighters with fire attack. City of Butler Truck 1 was ordered to come up 2nd Ave and to nose into Engine 1-2 and raise the ladder to the roof. Engine 38 was then ordered to hit a hydrant behind Truck 1 and lay into Truck 1. Heavy smoke conditions were evident on the third division of the structure with moderate fire conditions visible on the Charlie of the structure.

Chief 1 evacuated all members out of the structure and out the ladder pipe in operations on the third division. The fire was darkened down and members went back inside to continue attack of the fire. The fire was brought under control and overhaul began. Chief 1 requested the Red Cross for the residence of the structure. Chief 1 had Mercer Road Station 6 and South Butler Station 7 on stand by while the city units were on scene. All units cleared the scene. - ARTIE OSNIAK

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Members of the Newtown Fire Association

Christiana Fire Company operates this 2005 Pierce Contender

Newtown Fire Association Banquet 2014 Fairless Hills, Bucks County, PA. The Newtown Fire Association hosted its 2014 Banquet at Westaby Hall on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The 2014 Newtown Fire Association line officers are Chief 45 Carl Forsyth, Battalion Chief 45 Brian Gerhard, Battalion Chief 55 Matthew Gerhard, Captain 45 Nick Weaver, Lieutenant 45 Steven Gentile, and Chief Engineer Robert Adams, Sr. The 2014 Newtown Fire Association administrative officers are President William W. Fabian II, Vice President Zach Dunkelberger, Secretary Ethan Crivaro, Treasurer Warren Dallas, Trustee Rob Sutton, Trustee Chris Jones, Trustee Charles Keller, Trustee Shawn

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Keen, and Trustee Ray Pugh. The 2013 Firefighter of the Year award was presented to Firefighter Ethan Crivaro. The 2013 Presidents Award was presented to Firefighter Chris Jones. Top ten responders for 2013 were Firefighter Will Fabian (218 alarms), Firefighter Cody Stoner (201 alarms), Firefighter Ryan Kane (174 alarms), Firefighter Ray Pugh (165 alarms), Firefighter Lane Jaffe (157 alarms), Firefighter Ed Orr (156 alarms), Firefighter Warren Dallas (149 alarms), Firefight-

ers Nick Weaver, Bob Adams Jr., and Bob Adams Sr. (138 alarms), Firefighter Ethan Crivaro (132 alarms), and Firefighter Shane Quinnan (97 alarms). Years of service awards were presented to Robert Sutton (15 years of service), George Forsyth Sr. (60 years of service), and Albert Jones (65 years of service). The three generations of the Forsyth family (George Sr., George Jr., Glenn, Dennis, and George III) collectively have given 192 years of service to the Newtown Fire Association. Also present at the banquet was one of George Sr.'s other grandsons Christopher.


The DH&L operates this 1998 Seagrave (1500/500/100')


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The Port Trevorton Fire Company operates this 2005 International Rescue, that obtained the rescue box from a rescue that was heavily damaged by a Schuylkill County department.


Reiffton, Exeter Township Fire Company has this 1951 Mack L 750/500. This unit is used for parades.

West Hempfield F & R operates this 2008 Spartan/SVI Rescue. Rescue 76 operates a Hurst five pre-connected tool system, with a 500 gpm pump and 500 gallon tank among many other features.

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Bust your routine with the 15 minute medicine ball workout FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

These days, it appears more and more fire service personnel are becoming increasingly diligent with their exercise routines. That’s an awesome trend and I hope the numbers continue to grow. The majority of those I speak to are having success and plan to continue. I’d have to say one of the most common requests I am receiving from these individuals is for a simple routine buster. This is not a new topic for us. As we have previously discussed, remaining diligent is essential, but can lead to boredom and stagnation of results. We have covered many ways to change your exercise routine. As much as I’ve explained the importance of varying the frequency, intensity duration and choice of activities/exercises, it appears most people just want me to tell them exactly what to do. So here is a full-body workout to throw into your schedule once a week for the next month or so. Use it in place of one of your fullbody workouts weekly. If you don’t have a full-body workout (and are training different muscle groups each day) select the exercises from the workout that train those muscle groups and substitute the medicine ball in place of the free weights or machines. Select a medicine ball with a weight that allows you to perform all repetitions correctly and with proper alignment while still challenging yourself physically. Most of my clients use a ten lb medicine ball, but based upon your physical condition the ball may range anywhere from 5-15 lbs. Challenge yourself, but be smart! Chest-Medicine Ball Chest Press. This exercise replaces your typical chest/bench press. Upper back-Medicine Ball Bent-over Row. In standing position, flex forward 90 degrees at the hips so that your back is flat. Knees are slightly bent, arms are holding medicine ball and are extended downward. Pull medicine ball to chest. Shoulders-Overhead Shoulder Press. Can be done seated or standing. If standing, be sure knees are slightly bent. Start with the medicine ball in front of you at chest level (elbows bent – ball somewhat tight to your body) and extend overhead to near straight arm position. Bicep-Medicine Ball Bicep Curls. Stand with knees slightly bent holding the medicine ball in front of you with arms extended downward. Keeping elbows in at your sides flex at the elbow and curl the medicine ball to chest level (as you would in a barbell bicep curl).

Triceps-Medicine Ball Overhead Triceps Extension. Can be done seated or standing. If done standing, be sure knees are slightly bent. Hold medicine ball overhead. Keeping elbows up and shoulders stationary (close to your ears/head) flex the elbows to bring the ball down behind your head. Legs-(Quadriceps, Gluteals, low back) Medicine Ball Squats. Perform a squat with the ball at chest height, overhead or extended downward in front of you. Legs-(Hamstring) Medicine Ball Bridge. Lie on your back. Knees are bent and both feet are on top of the medicine ball. Arms are extended to the sides at shoulder height with palms facing downward. Lift the hips and low back off the floor and hold in the “UP” position for a second. Abdominals-Seated Medicine Ball (Russian) twist. Sit holding the medicine ball at chest level and somewhat close to your body (elbows bent). Keeping hips fixed rotate only at the waist as far as you can (keeping ball in front of your chest) and then to the opposite direction. You can pause in the forward facing (start) position between rotating to each side if you are more comfortable. Abdominals-Medicine Ball Crunch. Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Hold the medicine ball overhead and perform a crunch (keeping low back on the floor). How to use it-After a 3-5 minute warm-up of light cardiovascular activity, perform each exercise for a total of 30 seconds. Do as many repetitions as you can during the 30 seconds without using momentum or sacrificing proper form or alignment. Remember to work at an intensity level suitable to your current fitness level. Progress to the next exercise with little or no rest. After completing all of the exercises – rest for 30 seconds then repeat the entire sequence a total of three (3) times. Be sure to stay hydrated, by sipping water. Conclude with a cool-down followed by stretching for each muscle group. Variations-Alternate the upper body exercises with a leg or abdominal exercise. (Do the routine in this order: chest press, squat, bent-over row, seated twist, shoulder press, bridge, bicep curl, crunch, triceps extension). You can increase intensity by gently releasing the ball (at the top of each movement) and catching it during each repetition. You are not throwing the ball, just opening the hands and releasing it so that it is briefly airborne). Additionally; you can alternate each medicine ball exercise with 30 seconds of cardiovascular exercise for greater variety, intensity and duration. Please Note. All exercises are not suitable for all individuals. Be sure to consult with your physician and receive medical clearance before beginning this or any exercise routine.


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Local Heroes Taking Advantage of Program Benefits

Local hero glad he learned about the Heroes Mortgage Program With three children and another on the way in June, Ron Salzano and his wife contemplated buying a new home. However, after consulting with the Heroes Mortgage Program, he came to the conclusion that refinancing might work better financially. Saving him money on his monthly mortgage payment. Or, in this case, a lot of money. By refinancing with the Heroes Mortgage Program, Salzano said he saved about $700 per month on his mortgage. That’s a lot of extra income for a hard-working gentleman with a growing family. “To save that kind of money is a big deal,” Salzano said. “and the process was very straight forward. There were no catches. It was well thought out and very streamlined. It was to the point and I’m glad I found out about it.” The Heroes Mortgage Program is dedicated to serving the mortgage needs of the firefighter, police rescue and EMS community, providing discounted fees, first-rate customer service and low interest rates not available to the general public. At only age 31, Salzano is already a decorated veteran of the Bergen County Police


Department, with 11 years experience in the field. He serves as the deputy coordinator of the office of emergency management. Salzano also is a member of the Bergen County Police scuba team, working in water search and recovery. In addition, Salzano is a key member of Bergen County’s traffic incident management team, which works with traffic flow during accidents and emergencies. He served as a volunteer with the Wallington Fire Department from 2000-08. Talk about a

hero: Salzano certainly fits the bill. However, he remains humble about his various accomplishments, and burgeoning career. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career because of my background as a volunteer firefighter and experience in EMS an rescue,” Salzano said. “In my time with Bergen County, my horizons have been broadened. There are a lot of opportunities to advance yourself. Every day is a new adventure.” 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. To participate in the program, firefighters, police officers, rescue and EMS personnel must verify their active or retired status within the emergency services community. The program is open to both paid and volunteer members and provides the kind of first-rate customer service these brave men and women deserve. ------Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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Heroes Realty client more than happy to refer family member David Ciliento, a respected and experienced real estate salesperson with Heroes Realty, helped Carlos Villar purchase a home in Lodi, N.J. last October. The process was a seamless one, from initial inquiry through closing. Of course, Villar was pleased with Ciliento’s professionalism and customer service, and everything else Heroes Realty has to offer. Four months after working with Ciliento, Villar paid him a meaningful compliment: He referred his sister, Melissa Villar, to Ciliento and Heroes Realty. Ciliento helped her buy her first home. “I appreciated that gesture so much,” said Ciliento, who has worked as a realtor for 11 years. “The fact that Mr. Villar would do something like that was very rewarding for me and for Heroes Realty. He had told us we did a great job, but to give a referral to a family member, well, that means a lot.” Like her brother, Villar praised Heroes Realty, created to provide heroes who serve our communities every day with a variety of enterprising real estate services. Heroes Re-


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countability, integrity, ethics and service. Villar, a clerical associate at Hackensack University Medical Center, utilized Heroes Realty to purchase a beautiful condominium in Passaic, N.J. She proudly closed on Feb. 10. “It’s a big step. I’m very excited,” Villar said. “Everything my brother told me about the Heroes Realty was right. It was excellent. I’m definitely excited that I was referred to the Heroes Realty program and I will refer Mr. Ciliento to my friends and family as well.” Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, sell the one you are in for the best price possible, or are even looking to rent or lease a quality home or apartment, Heroes Realty has opened its doors to provide personal real estate services to all of the Heroes in our community. Heroes Realty is dedicated to the longterm success and financial well-being of all of our clients. We understand how hard you work and the sacrifices you and your family make every day. That’s why Heroes Realty’s

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Million dollar house under construction goes to a second alarm in East Cocalico On April 3, 2014 at 3:35 a.m., East Cocalico fire companies along with their first alarm assignment were dispatched to 775 White Oak road for a reported house fire. Chief 17-2 went enroute and was advised by LCWC that police were on scene with a fully involved house. Chief 17-2 immediately requested his working fire dispatch be transmitted. Chief 17-2 arrived confirming

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the additional and requested his second alarm plus an additional three tankers. Truck 17 setup master stream operations while Engine 17-2 deployed multiple handlines. A tanker shuttle was set up to get water to scene. There were no injuries re-

Montgomery County Ladder 15 operating in Warrington Bucks County on Box 29-30

ported. State police fire marshals are investigating the cause. The house was a million dollar loss and was under construction. Companies assisting were Smoketown, Reamstown, Adamstown, Denver, Reinholds, Stevens, Martindale, Durlach/Mt. Airy, Farmersville, Garden Spot Fire Rescue, and Berks County departments. - KIRK NEIDERMYER


Bath, PA Engine 4011 was first due at working dwelling fire on S. Chestnut St. March 3rd.

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Fire on Mulberry Street Reading, PA. On Tuesday morning April 15th, D platoon companies were sent to 1039 Mulberry Street for a reported house fire. The engine arrived at a two and a half story MOR dwelling with smoke showing from the roof line. Two lines stretched into the fire and the exposure buildings. The fire was placed under control at 8:24 a.m., with no injuries reported. fhe Fire marshal's office is investigating. Chief Mogel (C2) was in command.

Some common sense safety practices with ladders begins with don’t do anything on a ladder you wouldn’t do on the ground. Use the right length ladder for the task at hand. It should go to where you want it to without you having to hug the ladder or to lean back in fear that it will slide down the face of the building. Try to position the ladder on level ground whenever possible, dig out a little dirt if you have to, or reposition it. Remember the ladder basics for proper positioning and climbing, you should be able to grasp the rung in front of you at shoulder level with your arms fully extended with your feet at the butt of the ladder. Common sense should tell you if the ladder angle doesn’t look right, it most likely isn’t right, then reposition the ladder. The ladder should be firmly butted on the ground and, or secured at the top with a rope or nylon strap to insure it doesn’t slip. Remember, once you secure the ladder from the top, it will be out of service for use elsewhere should a ladder emergency arise. When there are only two firefighters deploying a ladder and making entry into the structure, one firefighter can butt the ladder as the other firefighter climbs the ladder. Once the firefighter climbing the ladder has reached his objective, entered a window or is on the roof, that firefighter can grasp the fly of the ladder, holding it secure while the other firefighter climbs to his position. Reverse the procedure when returning to the ground. Climbing of the ladder requires one to be looking straight ahead or up, and maintaining contact with the ladder, moving only one hand or one foot at a time. Don’t concentrate on the climbing, as it generally comes naturally. When unsure of the window or roof height, use extension ladders, they cover any mistake. Remember 24-footer for the second floor and the 35-footer for third floor and roof you should have it made. If you have to overreach or overextend when working off of a ladder, reposition the ladder or get a longer/shorter ladder; it saves falling off and becoming a casualty. Additional safety points to consider when working with ground ladders include the caution that metal ladders, and all other ladders when wet, conduct electricity. When placing ladders or climbing ladders, be observant of overhead wires and avoid coming into contact with them. Also remember, aluminum siding conducts electricity so be careful when using and placing ground ladders if there is an electrical problem within the structure.

STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell

When placing ladders at a working fire, try not to place ladders above windows or door openings on lower floors where the fire may vent from and cut off your return route. Do not break overhead windows from a ladder placed below them. The ladder should be placed to the windward side of the window, and a little above so that when the glass is broken it will fall harmlessly to the ground. Prior to breaking any glass, make sure no one is operating

where the falling glass can endanger him or her. Should windows have to be taken out by use of ground ladders, the ladder should be dropped into the glass window and the removing hand contact with the ladder. If your hands are on the ladder, there exists the potential of the broken glass sliding the beams and resulting injury to the firefighter. Whenever a firefighter is to work from a ladder, they must secure a “leg-lock” on the ladder or use a safety belt. A leg lock is taken on the side opposite from which you will be working. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless! - HENRY CAMPBELL

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There is not enough my department or I can say about the service and satisfaction Brindlee Mountain provided to us, we contacted them to broker a rescue truck we had been sitting on for 2 years, the truck was a brand new rescue truck, we just had no use for. I had been in touch with Brindlee before on brokering the truck but was afraid the hassle would not have been worth the reward, as we was dealing with using the rescue as a trade-in on a new apparatus, just about every large manufacture would bring up Brindlee, they would say we can’t do anything with it but Brindlee is a great bunch and they can get rid of it for you, we couldn’t understand how the manufactures would take in one of our existing engines, but would have nothing to do with the rescue that they all agreed was not needed buy this district and felt the same as we did about it. You could say Brindlee Mountain built us a new department, but they did more they placed us back in the position we was once in, plus set us a few notches above, here at the house we say “never done, 2nd to none” and now we get to move on to new and improved projects to set our district forward again, so great thanks to all at Brindlee for that, and to the rest of you go see Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, talk to them, tell them your story, they are truly there for you, let them help you, they are on that mountain for a reason, we seen it, and felt it. Thanks again.



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Barn burns outside Pine Grove Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On February 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., the Pine Grove Fire Department, Pine Grove Township, and Pine Grove Ambulance were dispatched to 304 Sweet Arrow Lake Road for a barn fire. The caller reported a barn next to the side of the road on fire. Pine Grove firefighters found flames coming from the barn and confirmed the working fire. The smoke and flames continued to spread quickly. The assistant fire chief quickly ordered Engine 732 and additional tankers to the scene. Wayne Township Fire Companies, Muir, Llewellyn, Newtown, and Joliett were dispatched. Schuylkill Haven Schuylkill Hose Engine 732 responded to a Pine Grove station. North End Ladder 58-25 and

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Engine 58-15 went to work attacking the fire. Engine 58-15 established a water supply from Tanker 58-35 in front of the barn and made an defensive attack on the fire. Firefighters assisted Engine 21-10 crew with advancing hose lines to the rear entrance of the building. The Pine Grove ladder crew went to the barn and overhauled the fire in the roof. The interior attack crews found the fire spreading to the roof through the walls. The attack crews entered the first floor of the barn with a hose lines and extinguished the fire. The fire was knocked down

before 1:50 p.m. and overhaul operations were started. The engine crews were able to extinguish hot spots in the walls and the roof. The majority of the mutual aid fire units cleaned up and cleared the scene by 3:00 p.m. The incident was under control by 3:00 p.m. and all hot spots were out with no rekindles. The home received major fire and structure damaged by the fast moving fire. The fire chief reported that there was one serious burn injury to a resident and none to firefighters. Pine Grove ambulances responded to the scene and assumed control of rehab for the fire fighters.


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MVA with rollover and confinement Maxatawny Township, Berks County, PA. On Thursday, February 7th, Lyons and Kutztown Fire Companies were dispatched to the 1200 block of Noble Street in Maxatawny Township for an MVA with rollover and reported entrapment. While enroute, crews encountered treacherous roadways in the area of the incident and requested the road to be shut down during operations. Crews from Lyons and Kutztown arrived to ďŹ nd one uninjured patient in the vehicle, conďŹ ned. The vehicle was stabilized by crews and the windshield was removed for the patient to exit the vehicle. Deputy and Brush 35, Deputy, Rescue, and Engine 46 were on scene.


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Collapse rescue training On April 11th, the Upper Darby Fire Department, A Platoon, conducted collapse rescue training.

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Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., I was notified that a non-fire department community volunteer organization was responding to a report of an oven fire in one of our communities. The fire department was never dispatched. This incident was the latest of several reports of this organization responding to fires and motor vehicle accidents. The group itself was formed many years ago to assist individuals who had a flat tire, needed a jump start, locked their keys in their car or needed other non emergency assistance, a great and certainly worthwhile volunteer service. It appears that some local residents now call their non-emergency number rather than dialing 911 for fires and other emergencies. Unfortunately, it appears that the organization’s leadership has decided to respond to actual emergencies that traditionally were handled by the local police and fire departments. Two years ago, we became aware of a municipality that purchased a mini pumper and equipment truck with taxpayer dollars and gave it to another volunteer non-fire department. This organization started responding to dumpster, brush, trash and oven fires. This well-meaning group of volunteers was not organized as a fire department and responded to fires without turnout gear or selfcontained breathing apparatus. Photographs were forwarded to me showing these non-firefighters utilizing booster lines on room and content fires, and one incident in particular showed a

volunteer standing on top of garbage in a 40-yard, roll-off dumpster in his wingtip shoes, white shirt and absolutely no personal protective gear as he directed a hose stream into the burning materials. I thought of how many times we have encountered empty propane tanks, flammable liquids and other hazardous materials in burning dumpsters. At one point, we met with the leaders of the municipally-funded group and gave them a presentation on the danger of inhaling smoke and all of the dangerous substances that it contains; to no avail. We also suggested that they join the local volunteer fire department if they were interested in firefighting. We then filed a complaint with Public Employee Safety & Health (PESH), who sent inspectors to investigate and concluded that they had no jurisdiction because this was not a fire department/government organization; even though taxpayer dollars were utilized to purchase the fire apparatus and the equipment on it, heh??!!!!!!!! So, we then filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since it was clear that OSHA’s regulations were being violated. After a few months, OSHA too concluded that they had no jurisdiction because the organization was not a private business – heh??!!!!!!! So, since they are the only two organizations to enforce OSHA’s regulations, we are out of options and the organization continues to fight fires without the mandatory equipment and training. Firefighting is inherently dangerous; eventually one of these well meaning individuals will get hurt or killed, despite the local volunteer fire department’s best efforts to keep them from placing themselves in very dangerous situations.

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Receiving thanks from neighborhood children Earlier this month on March 3rd, a devastating fire destroyed everything homeowner Tim Bachman owned as flames ripped through his two story home on Locust Street in Jersey Shore. Bachman, is a substitute school teacher for the Jersey Shore Area School District. Two houses down the stree, two little boys watched in awe as the fire engulfed the front porch of the home and spread to the rest of the house. “It was up in flames. They were watching out the window when the fire truck pulled down the alley and were spraying water at the house. J.R. saw it and he thought it

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was the coolest thing. He actually got to see them fighting a fire,” said Bob Rodabaugh, the father of five year old J.R. and eight year old Ian Rodabaugh. On Saturday, March 22, the Rodabaughs drove to the fire house on Pennsylvania Ave in the borough and J.R. and Ian, presented their gift to a few of the officers at the fire house. When asked why they wanted to bring the men the cupcakes, J.R. said, “Because they always put out

fires with their big trucks,” His helper Ian wants to be a fireman some day and he wanted to do it because, ”They put out a lot of fires and I wanted to thank them.” J.R.’s dad explained how this experience has helped his son overcome his fear of fires. “For some reason, he (J.R.) has always been worried about fires. Now he knows that there are people who will help him out if there is one,” As a show of appreciation, the officers at the fire house took the two boys for a ride around town in their “big truck”, Tower One. - PAUL GARRETT

Minivan rolls on Route 61 Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On February 3, 2014 at 7:00 a.m., the Frackville-Goodwill, Altamont and EnglewoodFriendship Fire Companies and Ambulance were dispatched to a vehicle accident in the area of the Dead Mans Curve on Route 61. Goodwill Engine 43-10 and Englewood Engine 369 found a minivan on its side. The driver was able to crawl out of the vehicle and was standing and awaiting first responders. The minivan overturned at the curve and was then hit by a tri-axle dump truck. The truck had major front end damage, but was still drivable. The minivan had major damage and was towed.

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The driver of the vehicle stated she lost control of her minivan due to the icy road conditions. The driver was evaluated by Frackville EMS and refused transport. Engine 43-10 crew contained a minor fluid leak and deployed hi dry material. Engine 369 provided traffic control. The accident is one of many that occurred at the same location in the past few weeks due to icy road conditions. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Blaze destroys Bath home Bath, PA. On Monday, March 3rd at around 9:15a.m., Northampton County Communications dispatched Bath firefighters to a dwelling fire at 128 South Chestnut St. Police on the scene reported an active fire with thick smoke coming from the basement area. The fire quickly spread throughout the house and numerous mutual aid companies were eventually called in to fight the fire during cold temperatures. Electrical power was shut down to about 100 area residents and a shelter was opened up at the Wolf Elementary School. During fire operations, crews were ordered out of the building several times due to unsafe conditions.

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The fire was placed under control at 12:40 p.m. A family of two adults, six children and two dogs were displaced by the fire. They were given aid by the Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley. A male resident was in the basement cleaning his motorcycle parts with a solvent. He claims he turned a fan on to ventilate the room and a spark ignited the fire. Police indicated that the fire was not considered suspicious, but ruled it 'undeterminded' until further investigation. - KEN SNYDER

The Reading firefighters hockey team went up against the Reading police on Sunday, March 16th, during the 9th Battle of the Badges Game. The game is played annually before a Reading Royals game with proceeds from ticket sales going toward the Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund. The fund was established as a scholarship for children of police officers and firefighters. This year's exciting game was by far the highest scoring game since its inception nine years ago. The match was charged up from the start, no matter which team you were rooting for. It began with a flurry of quick goals by the police in the begin-

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ning of the first period, with the cops taking a 2-0 lead. It looked like it could be a runaway game at that point, until the fire department finally got a tally on the board with a nice across the crease pass from Matt Staley. Staley tallied another three assists by the end of the game. Moments later, another nice tap in goal went in from Andrew Rebuck which seemed to spark the team. The entire game was a back and forth battle with the police up as many as three goals at one point. The firefighters kept up their fight and clawed their way back into the

game. The RFD team showed a persistent attitude until the very end of the game. It truly was an all out effort by both sides, and both teams left it all out on the ice. The final score was 8-6 with the police barely holding on in the third period after the firefighters scored two goals. A big congratulations to the police department team, who played a heck of a game, and won for the second year in a row. The officer's BOB record stands as 3-51 overall. Goals for the firefighters were scored by Andrew Rebuck, Ron Banks, Tim Conti, Ken Kise, Glenn Raudensky, and Jim Salanik. - JASON BATZ

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Gavin Barnes-Seals the son of Jessica Barnes and Gary Seals, both firefighters in Bucks County PA.

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Working fire in Lancaster Township apartment complex


Firefighters clipping into the system for tethered search.

Cumru firefighters conduct large area search training Cumru Township, PA. Recently the C.T.F.D. conducted a large area search drill at the Cumru Township Public Works garage. Firefighters reviewed the components of the "Safer Search System" from Fire Research Corporation. The 200 foot rope system allows firefighters to work their way into a large area, and have firefighters clip into the main rope and tether off into a 25 foot work area. Instead of relying on knots tied into the rope, a steel ball or rectangle is incorporated, making it easier to feel through a gloved hand.

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Working in operational periods of 15 minutes, several groups of firefighters rotated through the line until two traffic cones were located in the vast vehicle storage area. Search techniques, air conservation and radio traffic were also discussed. Firefighters also experimented with using a retractable dog leash as the tether to make searches faster. - JASON BATZ


Several Lancaster County fire companies responded to a working fire in a third floor apartment of a Lancaster Township apartment building in the 1100 block of Marietta Pike Friday night, February 28. JUMP TO FILE# Firefighters ar- 030414128 rived to find heavy fire venting from a balcony on the third floor of a non-sprinklered apartment complex. Initial crews reached the third floor to find numerous residents unable to evacuate due to smoke and high heat conditions in the hallway. Deputy Chief Glenn Usdin requested his working fire dispatch, additional truck companies and EMS units due to the entrapment issues. Firefighters rescued several residents trapped on the third floor using ground ladders and aerial ladders. The fire started when a candle was knocked over and caught curtains on fire. The fire quickly overran the apartment, completely destroying it. Two residents were transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and one firefighter was injured when an extension ladder fell, striking him. The firefighter’s injuries were minor and he was treated on the scene. Crews were on scene for over three hours in temperatures that hovered in the low teens. - BOB DEVONSHIRE


Firefighter Percy Wise assists one of two civilians into Truck 66 from the third floor balcony of a working apartment fire in Lancaster Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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Father’s Day, The Forgotten Fire VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky


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far away. It was a two story commercial structure with dwellings above. The fire worsened as time went on with “popping” noises reported coming from the basement. The DVD picks up the scene after a collapse had occurred and a fourth alarm was sounded bypassing a third alarm. The scene is a mass of rubble and structure with handlines, ladderpipe and tower ladder operating. As the time progresses more handlines are stretched. Radio traffic saturates the background! An army of firefighters can be seen desperately trying to control the fire and support those who are in search of missing members. This force is mixed in with members of EMS and the police. The fire building was on Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Queens. The tractor-drawn collapse rescue unit arrives and members go to work to assist in the search. One of the trapped members is located and

removed during this footage. The scene is complete devastation but everyone in attendance is busy! I have to commend the videographers who did an exceptional job in bringing the viewer every possible angle that could be achieved in covering the operation. At times smoke shroud the scene, but they wait it out until the smoke lifts. A number of high ranking officers can be seen here including First Deputy Commissioner Feehan and Battalion Chief Ray Downey both of whom lost their lives three months later on 9/11. In fact many of the members in attendance here lost their lives that day as well! Probably due to the heavy loss on 9/11, this Father’s Day tragedy was called “The Forgotten Fire.” But like 9/11, may we never forget the three firefighters who lost their lives this day, Harry Ford and Brian Fahey of Rescue 4 and John Downing of Ladder 163! May you continue to rest in peace!

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City of Butler firefighters battle two alarm apartment fire City of Butler Station 1, City of Butler Chief 1, Veterans Affairs Fire Dept Station 38, Butler Twp Fire District 3 Ladder, Butler Ambulance and Butler City Police were dispatched to 302 N. Main St at 6:22 p.m. in the City of Butler for a report of an apartment fire. City fire units arrived on scene wit in minutes of dispatch and confirmed a working fire. Chief 1 (Bann) had N. Main St command. Chief 1 requested the second alarm and brought in all off duty shifts and Butler Twp Fire District 3 ladder. Crews entered the building for the fire attack. Butler Twp Fire District 3's ladder was requested to the front of the fire building and to deploy their ladder to the roof to check for fire extension. Interior crews darkened down the fire and began overhaul operations. Chief 1 requested all utilities to the scene along with the American Red Cross for a displaced occupant. All crews cleared the scene.


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Swatara runs another commercial structure fire On March 23, 2014 at 4:45 p.m., Box 49-2 was struck for a commercial structure fire, bringing Companies 49 (Swatara), 41 (Bressler), 44 (Lawnton), 40 (Paxtang), 456 (Chambers Hill), 50 (Steelton), 45 (Rutherford), 32 (Progress), 30 (Penbrook), and 88 (Middletown). Shortly after dispatch, a firefighter went on scene with a working fire in a transformer against a strip mall. Command upgraded the box to

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the full first alarm prior to arrival. Upon arrival, Chief 49 advised of a working fire against the building with live power lines. As crews arrived, command placed units in strategic places while waiting for PP&L to cut power. After several minutes, permission was received to cut power to the en-

tire grid due to unforeseen circumstances, and fire attack was allowed to commence. Engine 49 and 41 crews advanced a line to the interior while truck crews went to the roof, and knocked down the small amount of fire interior. Crews then performed extensive overhaul to make sure all hot spots were doused. - BENJAMIN KIRKPATRICK

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Custodian being lowered through roof hatch.

Custodian rescued from elementary school roof Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, Morrisville Fire Company, and Falls Township Fire Company #1 were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Rescue Box 0-9 for a reported custodian, who fell off a ladder on the roof of the Makefield Elementary School at 1939 Makefield Road dispatched at approximately hours 7:42 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Firefighters, police officers, and EMS gained access to the injured custodian via a roof hatch in the area of the school’s cafeteria.

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On the roof, firefighters assisted the Yardley-Makefield Emergency Unit personnel package the patient on a stokes basket. Firefighters then lowered the stokes basket through the roof hatch and the patient was handed over to the squad and transported to a local hospital. The Lower Makefield Township Police Department officers were investigating the incident. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG


Steelton Truck 50 a 2003 E-One (2000/300/95') is set up at a commercial fire with crews checking for roof extension.

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A funeral procession for volunteer fireman James "Jimmy" Heimbach passed under Pennsburg’s Firemans Arch. Forming the arch are Pennsburg Fire Co. Tower 65 and East Greenville Fire Co. Ladder 38. Jimmy died suddenly at home on March 20th at the age of 53. Jimmy was active for many years in the fire service as a volunteer. His fire helmet shield will accompany him along with an Honorary Chief's badge, which was pinned on his shirt prior to the service. He was very special in the hearts of many people and will be sadly missed by his family members, friends, and firefighters. Jimmy will not be forgotten. Attending the funeral service, other than family and friends, were firefighters and apparatus from Pennsburg, East Greenville, Red Hill, Green Lane, Siesholtzville, Sassamansville, Hereford, Coopersburg, Eastern Berks, and Trumbauersville Fire Co's. Burial was at Pennsburg U. C. C. church.

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Cumru Township Sr. Firefighter Gary Brady works the control position during a large area search drill.


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Highspire Assistant Chief Seace is seen here taking care of accountability during a recent job.


Citizens Fire Company #2 (Mahanoy City) Lieutenant Tom Ward gives an update during a fire in Mahanoy City


Firefighter Dave Marshall, 22 ,with Independent Hose Company No. 1 out of Jersey Shore. Dave has been with the company since he was 16



Reading Firefighters Paul Lis, Mike Brunner, Rick Zondlo & Bob Stichter pose a few days before the 2014 Battle of Badges Hockey Game

Pottsville City P-5, Bill Dewalt, responded to Shenandoah as part of the third alarm

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Alert Fire Company No.1 of Saint Clair still operate a 1963/93 Mack CF 1250/500.

Fatal Lykens fire sends two to hospital Lykens Borough, PA. On the night of March 2nd in the old coal town of Lykens Borough, Box 221 was dispatched at 10:13 p.m. to the 600 block of Main Street for a reported residential structure fire with entrapment. This brought units from Com-

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panies 22 (Lykens), 23 (Wiconisco), 24 (Williamstown), 21 (Elizabethville), 27 (Gratz), Schuylkill 650 (Muir) and two MICU's from EMS Company 6 (Life Team - Medic 6) to the scene. Chief 22, who lives a few doors down from the address, went enroute and 20 seconds later walked out his front door to find his neighbors house fully involved and confirmed entrapment on the first floor. Two occupants were able to escape the structure by jumping from the second story windows into the rear yard, but were baldy burned. Additional EMS units from Companies 24 (Williamstown), 20 (Millersburg) and Schuylkill 961 (Tower City) were dispatched to the scene. As Chief 22 was making his initial size up, oxygen cylinders inside the structure exploded from the intense flames. Engine 22 laid in from the hydrant at Main/Market

and stretched multiple two and a half inch and one and three quarter inch handlines and went to work. Engine 23 laid in from the hydrant at Market/Spruce and also stretched multiple handlines. Engine 24 hit the hydrant at Market/N. Second Street and went to work on the C side of the structure. Crews made an aggressive exterior attack knocking the flames back so that crews could make entry and searched for the trapped person. Meanwhile fire started to extend into the structure on the East side, so a crew from Truck 22 went to the roof and made a trench cut to stop the spread of the fire. Despite the best efforts of all crews on scene, a Signal 12 was found on the first floor on the original fire building. Signal 12 and the fire marshal were called to the scene and the incident is currently under investigation. The fire damaged or destroyed six homes and displaced several people.


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Gibraltar Fire Company operates this 2003 E-One Pumper. (2000 gpm,1000 gallon, 30 gallon foam)

Lawn still operates this 1989 Pierce tanker with a 1500 gpm pump, and a 2500 gallon tank.

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The Mifflin Fire Department operates a 1986 Chevrolet The Citizens of Palmyra operate this 2012 Ford F-550/ The Western Berks Fire Dept. operates this 2008 Ford Brush Truck 50/250. Swab utility unit. F550 with a KME custom utility body.


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Dog rescued, revived and now back with family


Dauphin County, PA. On Thursday, March 13th around 4:00 p.m., units from Colonial Park (33), Paxtonia (34) and Linglestown (35) were dispatched to King George Drive in the 33-1 box in Dauphin County, PA for a reported apartment building on fire. Chief 33 (Swank) went enroute. Seeing a column from his vantage, he requested that county fill out the first alarm assignment. The first alarm assignment brought in Progress (32) and Paxtang (40). Chief 33 arrived and reported smoke showing from a two story garden style apartment and what it sounded to be an unruly crowd. Engine and Truck 33 then arrived; Engine 33 had their own water and stretched while Truck 33 began to

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throw ladders. Engine 34 arrived shortly after and their crew began a primary search. As E-34’s crew was entering the structure, Firefighter Cerzullo a third generation Paxtonia firefighter overheard a frantic civilian scream that their dog was still inside. Cerzullo went to his training. He began to search the hot spots after his initial sweeps came up negative. Under the bed, nope, behind the doors, nope, in the bath tub, Yes! Cerzy now has the lifeless, limp dog on the front yard with his SCBA mask over his face and still nothing. Chief Leidy, chauffeur of En-

gine 33 sees this and quickly gets the K-9 resuscitation kit and oxygen bottle. After a few minutes of delivering the concentrated oxygen with the specialized K-9 equipment that E-33 carries, the dog began to show signs of life. The dog was then turned over to South Central EMS and transported to a local animal hospital. Firefighters Keiser and Cerzullo even did a follow up with Aubry, the five year old lab/pit mix at the hospital. Aubry is now back with her family after making a full recovery due to the quick teamwork of the 82nd Fire Battalion of Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County! - MATT MILES


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