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Shortly after 4 p.m. on February 16, 2015, Allegheny County 911 dispatched firefighters to a possible residential structure fire with smoke coming from the third floor at 1531 North Canal Street in the Borough of Sharpsburg. - See full story on page 24

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Yardley firefighters sharpen their forcible entry skills Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA. Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company recently participated in a Forcible Entry Class hosted at Woodside Fire House, Station 80. Firefighters practiced with irons, K-12 saws, and cutting torches.

Second alarm struck in Reading Reading, PA. Early on the morning of March 9th, firefighters from the B platoon were sent to the 1200 block of Perkiomen Avenue. Engine 1 arrived in the rear of 1224 Perkiomen Avenue with a large volume of fire from the third floor. A master stream was deployed to hit the fire and drive it back while crews could get hose lines into position. A second alarm was struck at 1:34 a.m. for more manpower to work the fire. Three lines were stretched and operated in the large vacant semidetached home. The fire was eventually placed under control around 3 a.m. There was a great deal of overhaul due to numerous void spaces. All searches were clear, and no injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. Units from Mount Penn and Exeter Township assisted city companies.

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One trapped and one unresponsive after MVA West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, PA. At 3:18 p.m. on February 13th, the rescue/engine was alerted to assist Lancaster County with a vehicle accident with entrapment on the Route 462 Veterans Memorial Bridge. Rescue 41-1 was en route with a staffing of five in less than one minute. Rescue 1 arrived on the scene to find a two-vehicle accident, head on with one patient trapped, and one not breathing. Crews removed the priority patient and began resuscitation efforts. Remaining crews began stabilization of the second vehicle and extrication of the patient. Both patients were turned over to EMS. Crews wrapped up equipment and the rescue returned to quarters in less than one hour.


Car fire destroys Hanover Twp. house Hanover Township, Lehigh County, PA. On February 16th, Han-Le-Co firefighters were dispatched to a car fire, which had started around 3:30 p.m. Heavy fire conditions from the split level home were visible even before the company arrived at 1911 Troxell Street. Somehow, a fire had started underneath a running unattended car located in the first floor garage. Mutual aid units from Catasauqua, Hanover Twp., (Northampton County), and East Allen were immediately summoned. The cascade from Nancy Run was later required. A deck gun and several handlines were initially deployed from Han-Le-Co’s engine, and Hanover Twp.’s ladder tower was also placed into service. After the knockdown, crews remained on scene for several hours due to the extensive damage.


Mayday sounded at Mount Carmel fourth alarm Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, PA. On March 16, 2015 at 11:40 a.m., the Mount Carmel Fire Department (four stations) and AREA EMS were dispatched to 217 South Walnut Street in Mount Carmel for a possible house fire. The police and AREA EMS found smoke coming from the three story row home. Medic 93 assumed EMS command and confirmed there may be entrapment. A Mount Carmel chief officer assumed incident command. He quickly requested the second alarm for manpower. Anthracite’s Engine 2 established a water supply from a hydrant at 4th and Walnut Street. A number of Engine 3’s hose lines were deployed into the back yards, just east of the burning homes. A number of Engine 1’s hose lines were then deployed as well. Rescue 5 staged a block away from the home and sent its crew to assist the first arriving engines. Ladder 2 sent its crew to the roof for ventilation. Mount Carmel firefighters entered the home and attacked the spreading fire. It was then learned that all occupants made it out with no entrapment. The first interior attack crew found the fire spreading to the third floor in 217 South Walnut. The interior crews continued to open up the ceilings on the second floor, but the fire spread through the walls to the third floor. Smoke could be seen venting from the two fire buildings and next door exposure home’s roof. Command determined the fire was jumping homes and the third alarm was dispatched. Mount Carmel Township Atlas Engine 21, Shamokin Fire Department Engine 21 and Ladder 32 assisted with offensive operations. Ladder 32 sent its crew to Side A to set up additional ground ladders. Rescue 62 was ordered to provide RIT operations. Command then staged the third alarm throughout the fire scene. Coal Township Maine Engine 111, Kulpmont Engine 221, Ashland Engine 38-10 and Ladder 38-25 Girardville Engine 45-10, Altamont

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Engine 367 and Englewood Engine 369 arrived. Third alarm firefighters assisted the attack crews with deploying hose lines on the D side exposure homes. Ashland Fire Department Engine 38-10 sent its crew to the home’s back roof. The ladder crews were ordered to trench the east side roofs of the fire building. The RIT team from Englewood Fire Companies, of Schuylkill County stood by on the A side. Forty minutes in, a “Mayday” call was heard on the fire ground radio. Command activated the RIT eam on side A and sent them into the structure. The Englewood RIT team deployed to the second floor to find a downed firefighter in the bathroom. The team was able to remove the firefighter from the second floor and extricate him out the front door. The unconscious firefighter was carried to the triage point and was evaluated by EMS personnel, who quickly ordered an air medical to fly to the Mount Carmel Area for a firefighter in cardiac arrest. Paramedics used their heart monitor with CPR to resuscitate the rescued firefighter. Command determined additional manpower and water was going to be needed for the RIT activation and to stop the raging fire. He ordered the fourth alarm. Ladder trucks from Sunbury and Frackville were dispatched to assist with possible ladder pipe operations. Fire companies from Union, Snyder and Montour Counties responded. A number of tanker trucks from Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Columbia Counties established a dump site a few blocks away. The rescued firefighter was Mount Carmel Assistant Fire Chief James Reed from the American Hose Fire Company. He was carried by firefighters to the Elysburg Fire Department’s ambulance and transported to a landing zone at the

Mount Carmel High School. Chief Reed regained consciousness when he was loaded into the helicopter to be flown to a trauma center in Danville. Chief Reed was then transferred and flown to a burn center in Allentown in the afternoon. The conditions of the third floor and attics of the initial fire and exposure building worsened and were at risk of a backdraft. Command ordered all interior firefighters to evacuate the structure and do an accountability check. In minutes, fire vented out the upper floors and roofs of the involved homes. Multiple large exterior hose lines and the deck gun from Engine 2 were directed to the venting flames. The Frackville ladder crew assisted the Ashland truck crew in trenching the roof and cutting off the spreading fire. The second and third alarm engine crews re-entered all four homes to extinguish the fire. The main fire building roof became structurally unsafe and the interior crews were removed again. Mount Carmel Ladder truck placed their elevated water pipes into service. The fire conditions in the main and exposure homes were finally knocked down. The smoke conditions in the homes improved and allowed the interior crews to reenter. It took firefighters almost an hour to overhaul and extinguish all hot spot. The incident was soon under control. The first alarm units remained on the scene to assist with the investigation and to prevent rekindles from occurring. The fire investigators believe the fire started on the second floor of 217 South Walnut Streets. The row home building construction helped spread the fire to the attic of the homes. Six homes were destroyed and a number other ones received major to moderate damaged. Area EMS and Sunbury Rehab Unit took care of the exhausted and cold firefighters throughout the incident. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty West Virginia: Garry Rose, 66 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 6, 2015 Death Date: February 6, 2015 Fire Department: McMechen Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Rose was wheeling a patient through the doors of the Emergency Room at the Ohio Valley Medical Center when he collapsed and, shortly thereafter, passed way from an apparent heart attack. Georgia: Randy Parker, 46 Rank:Lieutenant Incident Date: February 12, 2015 Death Date: February 12, 2015 Fire Department: Macon-Bibb County Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Parker was pronounced dead at Medical Center-Navicent Health and at least five other firefighters were injured after a structural collapse occurred while fire crews were operating inside of a burning residential structure. According to media reports, the Bibb County coroner said Lieutenant Parker died from burns and smoke inhalation. Three of the injured firefighters are being treated at the Augusta Burn Center; one of the three was in critical condition and airlifted to the Center. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by authorities. South Carolina: Kenneth M. Stanton, 52 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 15, 2015 Death Date: February 15, 2015 Fire Department: Sandy Springs Fire Department Initial Summary: Sergeant Stanton was directing traffic at the scene of a previous vehicle accident when an approaching vehicle drove around emergency equipment and struck him. Stanton was immediately treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital where he passed away from injuries sustained. The driver of the vehicle who struck Sergeant Stanton is being charged with felony driving under the

influence resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident. Minnesota: Randy Hiti, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 18, 2015 Death Date: February 18, 2015 Fire Department: Rice Lake Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Randy Hiti was responding to a medical emergency call when he suffered a medical episode and passed away from injuries sustained. The cause of death remains under investigation. Texas: Dwight W. Bazile, 57 Rank: Captain Incident Date: February 19, 2015 Death Date: February 19, 2015 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Bazile fell ill shortly after responding to a residential structure fire with reports of people trapped inside. Captain Bazile was operating inside of the structure with other firefighters when he began experiencing a medical emergency. He was able to walk out of the burning building under his own power, but collapsed outside shortly thereafter and went into cardiac arrest. Captain Bazile was immediately treated by fellow responders and transported to Memorial Herman Hospital where he succumbed to his injury two days later. Pennsylvania: Edward Roddy, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 5, 2014 Death Date: FebruSomerset Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Roddy suffered from a heart attack on November 5, 2014 while at the scene of a fire and did not recover. He passed away on February 22, 2015.

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Accident with injuries in Upper Hanover Township On Monday, February 23, 2015 at 3:35 p.m., East Greenville Fire Company was dispatched to a two car accident at 1096 Church Road in Upper Hanover Township with injuries. The woman in the silver sedan sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident. Details about the accident were not available pending the investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police. Assisting East Greenville Fire Co. were Upper Perk EMS, Pennsburg Fire Police and PA State Police.

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Shoemakersville Fire Company holds law enforcement appreciation breakfast The Shoemakersville Fire Company held its monthly all you can eat breakfast on March 7th and honored law enforcement officers with a free meal. The firefighters wanted to show some appreciation in light of recent violence against police officers. Law enforcement officers from the Berks County area attended the event. The Shoemakersville Fire Company holds their all you can eat breakfast the first Saturday of the month.

Fire damages primary school in Shaler Township Around 8:45 a.m. on April 4th, firefighters were dispatched to a report of smoke coming from the roof of a school located at 705 Scott Avenue in Shaler Township, Allegheny County, PA. Firefighters arrived on-scene to find a one story school with smoke showing from the structure. The fire was mostly contained to a mechanical room and the roof area, but smoke did fill the school. A second alarm was requested for additional manpower as fire-

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fighters had a tough time extinguishing the fire in the roof. No one was inside the building when the fire occurred and no injures were reported. Rodgers primary school is one of five primary schools in the Shaler Area School District. It houses about 200 students in kindergarten through third grade.

The school district is currently on Spring break for the Easter weekend, but school officials cancelled classes at the school on Tuesday until restoration experts have a chance to figure out the extent of the damage. There is no word on what may have started the fire as the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's office and Shaler Police detectives investigate. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

Second alarm struck in Cumru Township Cumru Township, PA. Late in the afternoon on Monday, March 30th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a structure fire assignment for 780 Church Road. Dispatchers advised a hysterical JUMP TO FILE # caller reporting the 033115106 back of her home was on fire. Deputy Chief Seiger (DC42-1) arrived seconds later reporting a working fire with the walkout basement fully involved. With the fire spreading up the rear of the wood frame home, a second alarm was requested for additional manpower at 5:09 p.m. With water supply an issue, companies were also required to establish a tanker fill site at Brady's Dam a short distance away. Firefighters stretched multiple attack lines from Cumru Engine 42-1. All occupants were accounted for including several pets. The fire was eventually placed under control at 6:45 p.m. The Township Fire Marshal is investigating. Units from Shillington, Mohnton, Brecknock, Spring Township, Gibralter & Smokestown Lancaster County. - JASON BATZ


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Spring Township fire goes multi alarm On March 4, 2015, crews were alerted to a reported building on fire at 1354 West Wyomissing Court for the Lincoln Park Apartments. Crews arrived to a working building fire and shortly thereafter a second alarm was struck. Crews encountered difficulty with hoses around and cold weather. Crews were released a few hours later.


Tuesday evening structure fire in Erie Erie, PA. On February 17th, just before 5 p.m., units from 46 (West Ridge), 48 (West Lake), 50 (Lake Shore) and Millcreek paramedics were dispatched to the 5000 block of Walnut Ridge Drive for a residential structure fire. As Chief 460 was responding, ECDOPS advised of multiple calls being received. Chief 460 then requested 44 (Kearsarge) for an engine. Safety 1 arrived on location and reported a working fire. A large header was visible as crews were responding to the scene. Engine 472 and Engine 474 arrived on location, each laid a supply line

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from different hydrants, pulled multiple blitz fire lines and two and a half inch lines and went to work on suppression operations. Ladder 489 arrived on location, took position on the front side of the house and set up for master stream operations. Crews worked for around 60 minutes to bring the fire under control. Additional manpower from Engines 482, 502 and 442 assisted with suppression, opening up and

overhaul. Fire police handled traffic while Truck 478 and the WRFD Auxiliary setup rehab operations. Crews did have to battle temperatures in the teens, a frozen hydrant at the beginning along with a hydrant that was buried under several inches of snow. Crews remained on location for around four hours. While companies were on location, a call came in for a water line break at a local telemarketing firm. Special thanks to Ladder 449 for handling this call with Assistant Chief 461. - ROB HORNAMAN

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MVA on PA 65 in City of Pittsburgh during snowstorm The driver of an SUV lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the concrete barrier along Pennsylvania 65 in the Manchester section of the City of Pittsburgh, where motorists typically ignore posted speeds and travel at very high rates of speed. This was just one of many accidents reported during a snowstorm, which brought as much as seven inches of snow to the Western Pennsylvania area.

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Bellevue firefighters make quick stop in duplex fire At 12:54 a.m. on February 22md, Allegheny County Emergency Services dispatched firefighters to 533 Madison Avenue, in Bellevue Borough for a report of a bedroom on fire. Police arrived on-scene and found a good working fire in the rear of a duplex with evacuation in progress. The fire quickly spread and by the time firefighters arrived, there was heavy fire showing the second division. A few minutes later, the fire

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self-ventilated through the roof. An entry crew conducting a search reported the second floor was fully involved. Additional fire units were requested, but the bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down. Due to hoarding conditions inside the structure, firefighters struggled to conduct a search. Overhaul was also a struggle due

to the conditions and at one point there was a report of six to seven foot piles of debris inside the home. Command had to request additional units to help with overhaul as firefighters were quickly becoming fatigued. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office is now investigating. There were no reports of any injuries. - ERIC RASMUSSEN


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Brecknock Fire Company operates this 2000 Pierce / Freightliner pumper as Engine 72.


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Dauphin County Station 36’s Engine 1 is a 2009 Spartan Gladiator/Cenreal States engine. It carries 1000 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam.


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Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Ladder 80 was a 2003 Pierce 2000/300/40/100’.

Reading, PA. Late Wednesday evening on March 11th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a box alarm assignment to 1236 Church Street. While units were responding, the communications center advised the caller was reporting smoke in the basement of a private dwelling. Engine 7 on scene with a three story MOR with smoke throughout the first floor. Crews found fire in the chimney with extension into the floor of the surrounding area. Lines were stretched into the structure, while crews opened up the floor. The fire was placed under control quickly, with no injuries reported. Units cleared at 11:55 p.m.

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The West Reading Fire Dept. operates this 2012 103 ' Crimson Quint(2000gpm/500). WARD - NEW HANOVER FIRE RESCUE

Gilbertsville ambulance chief assisting with rescue Gilbertsville Area Community Ambulance Chief Garry Schmoltze assisting the three medic ambulance units that responded during a head-on rescue crash in New Hanover Township. All three of the victims had to be extricated from the their vehicles. Two of the victims were transported from the scene by ambulance to two waiting medevac helicopters that transported them to trauma centers. The third victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.


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Pittsburgh firefighters go defensive in three alarm row house fire At 10:34 a.m. on February 28th, City of Pittsburgh fire units were struck out for a fire zone 2-5 dispatch for a structure fire located on Morgan Street in the Hill District area of the city. The first unit arrived on scene at 10:40 a.m., the delay in arrival was due to the first due engine being out on an EMS call. When they arrived, firefighters found heavy fire in one of the middle units of a four-unit row house. The first arriving battalion chief ordered a defense attack due to the amount of fire and to protect the surrounding exposures. A second and third alarm were

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quickly called. No one was injured, but the fire destroyed four homes and displaced six adults. The fire was placed under control about two hours later and crews stayed on scene for several more hours. There is no word on what may have cause the fire. The City of Pittsburgh Arson Squad is now investigating. ERIC RASMUSSEN FIRST DUE PHOTOGRAPHY


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West Ridge Fire Department celebrates 75 years of service Erie, PA. On Saturday, February 7th, the West Ridge Fire Department celebrated 75 years of service at the Ambassador Center. During the cocktail hour, those in attendance had an opportunity to view several exhibits that were set up by the local Firefighter's Historical Museum. Following dinner, several members were presented with their service awards. Those receiving awards were Matt Bell (five years), Jason Myers (five years), Kyle Kunz (five years), Andy Kilmer (ten years) and Gary Carver (25 years). Brian Keinath, Scott Heidt and Pat Heffner were

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also honored for their years of service. These three individuals were rewarded honorary member status within the past year. Pennsylvania State Representative Ryan Bizzarro's office presented WRFD a proclamation from the PA House of Representatives congratulating WRFD on 75 years of service. Matt Cramer was awarded the Rookie of the Year while Jerry DeRosa was awarded Firefighter of the Year. A look back through

the history of WRFD video was also presented. After the banquet, the Firefighters' Ball began. Many people hit the dance floor, got their groove on with the band and had a wonderful time. Proceeds from the Gala ticket sales and raffle sales were donated to the Firefighter's Historical Museum. Special thanks to the committee who spent months planning this event. Also special thanks to West Lake FD and Kearsarge FD for providing coverage throughout the evening. - ROB HORNAMAN

As Spring approaches, it’s time for the annual “Spring Melt” Fire Antique Memorabilia and Marketplace and the 27th Annual Firematic Antique Auction. This year the auction will be held on Saturday, April 18th with the JUMP TO FILE # marketplace to fol- 031015112 low on Sunday, April 19th at the Agri-Plex at Allentown Fairgrounds. As always, auctioneer Donn Zalewski promises to have both quality and quantity in this year’s auction. Preview begins at 7 a.m. on April 18th with the auction to start promptly at 9 a.m. Get a bid card and have a seat, you never know what will turn up! That’s what makes this event so great. For auction information visit or contact Donn directly by phone: 216-780-4821 or email: On Sunday April 19th at 9 a.m. the doors open to the largest fire antique and memorabilia marketplace in the United States. At-

tendees come from all over the country, Canada, the U.K and France, as well as from Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. Anything fire department related can be found gathered in one place at this show. There is something for everyone. Admission is a contribution to the Union Historical Fire Society of $5.00 to the Auction and $8.00 to the Marketplace. Children under 12 admitted free. Refreshments are available all weekend and parking is free. Because this is an indoor show, the weather is never a problem. Vendors are always wanted. Keep in mind the show is limited to fire related items ONLY. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, visit our website at or contact Tom & Cheryl D’Arcangelo at 631-348-3787 / with your questions. We hope to see both new and remembered faces – we are sure you will enjoy the show! - SPRING MELT

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The future of the Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser fire service Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

Where do we get our firefighters from? There is no factory that just cranks them out. It takes many years to mold and educate a firefighter. We know that the job is not for everyone. Who in their right mind would willingly go into a burning building, when even the rats are running out? It takes unique people to do the job. But where do these people come from? So many children see the firefighters as heroes, riding on the big bright shining red fire trucks rolling down the street with the sirens wailing. People are used to their pictures of firefighters fighting that big blaze or rescuing a cat from a tree. I don’t know about you, but I have only received one cat call in over thirty years and lately it is more smells and bells than the working house fires. Fire prevention is definitely working. Anyway, I remember that kids wanted to grow up and be a police officer or firefighter. This being said, I have a question for you. Would you want little children to grow up like firefighters that you know? People watch you and listen to you, little people especially. You may think that certain behavior is alright because it is part of being a firefighter. You may use dark humor, colorful stories and language that helps you express yourself. Are you sure that you want to do that in public? Have you seen the children that are around fire scenes or around the corner or upstairs, when you are doing an investiga-

tion? Have you noticed how many people are taking videos on the phone and posting them on facebook or youtube? Well people are watching and listening. We are to set the examples for the children. If they are looking up to you as their heroes, don’t make them have to hang their heads by what they overhear you say. We are supposed to train up the children. They are clay and the heroes that they have help mold them into what they think that they want to be. I know that firemen are a certain way but how would you feel if you are going at it and then you see that a child walks up behind you. We have a responsibility to mentor and also be the heroes and teach our children how to be examples in the community. Should your department set a better example? How much interaction does your department and individual firefighters have with children? Are we forgetting the days when fire departments would go into school to teach public safety? Do our children become our jewels with best behavior and manners? Do your rookies show proper respect for rank or the job? Does your rookie argue with you because they do not want to do the task assigned to them? Who taught them that? Who was they mentor? Where did they learn their traits? Did they watch your department scream and shout and stomp your feet? Did they watch you act that way? Are your children at home doing the same thing? Have your children seek wisdom now. Teach them respect when they are young so that they will not stray from it. Teach all to be presentable in private so that they will be presentable in public. It may not be big brother, it may be little child, but someone is always watching you. Set the example that you want to see in the public.

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Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail

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Smoke flows from the 3rd floor windows while crews put water on the fire at this job in East Reading.

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Second alarm struck in East Reading Reading, PA. Early into the D platoon's first dayshift on February 28th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched a box alarm to the 200 block of South 17th Street for a working fire. Engine 1 was on scene at 255 South 17th with a two and a half story MOR, smoke showing from the third floor. Firefighters began a hose stretch into the dwelling encountering hoarding conditions. As

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the fire was spreading into the adjoining home on the north side, Chief Landis (C9) requested a second alarm. The bulk of the fire was knocked down approximately 20 minutes later, however crews worked in both structures on either

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Deputy Chief Ron “Moose” Wentzel honored as Keystone Educator of the Year Reading, PA. The Keystone Chapter of Fire Service Instructor announced they were awarding the 2014 Educator of the Year posthumously to Ron "Moose" Wentzel. On Monday evening March 9th, the award was presented to his wife Diane for his life's work in training firefighters. Ron passed away in January of 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Congratulations to Firefighter Keith "Sarge" Eschleman on more than 25 years of service to the city. Sarge began his career on June 26, 1989. After completing fire training, he was assigned as a jumper on the C JUMP TO FILE# platoon. Later in 030315111 1990, Keith was assigned to Engine 2 on the C platoon. He remained on Engine 2 until August of 1994, when the city added a second career firefighter to the apparatus. During this transition, Sarge took assignment on Engine 9 working with former Local 1803 President Jon Gowombeck. Keith remained with the company for the next 17 years until moving across the floor to Ladder 3 on January 27, 2011. In July of 2014, Sarge left the C platoon and moved to Ladder 3 tiller on the B. Over the years Sarge was very involved with the Reading Firefighters Local 1803 serving in several roles, including president for a short term. He also helped extensively with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, as well as playing Santa for various groups throughout the Christmas Season. When asked about his plans, Keith says he plans on taking it easy, and playing lots of golf.


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Halifax Township, PA. On April 4, 2015 at 7:49 p.m., Dauphin County Communications dispatched Box 29-4 to the 200 Block of Middle Road, Halifax Township for a reported residential structure fire. This JUMP TO FILE # brought Company 040515101 29 (Halifax) and Engine 20 (Millersburg). Due to the county communications center receiving multiple calls of a working fire and Chief 29 reporting a visible column from Station 29, the first alarm was transmitted, bringing units from Companies 216 (Fisherville), 21 (Elizabethville), 26 (Berrysburg) and additional apparatus from Company 20 (Millersburg). Engine 20 reported a fully involved structure with a partial collapse. Engine 20 laid five inch partially up the driveway before stopping. Tanker 29 dropped their port-a-tank at the end of the driveway and Engine 29 drafted and supplied Engine 20. Engine 21 set up a fill site at the Halifax Boat Landing to refill tankers. Handlines were stretched along with a Blitiz Fire and were placed in service protecting the exposure buildings. Minutes after the first units arrived on the scene, the rest of the house collapsed. Flying embers caused small spot fires in the field across the roadway, which were taken care of by brush trucks. Also a nearby barn was wet down due to flying embers landing on it. Due to the efforts of the crews on the scene, they were able to save a nearby garage and vehicles from being destroyed. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. - JESSE SHUTT


Three apartments destroyed in Sharpsburg fire Shortly after 4 p.m. on February 16, 2015, Allegheny County 911 dispatched firefighters to a possible residential structure fire with smoke coming from the third floor at 1531 North Canal Street in the Borough of Sharpsburg. Firefighters arrived on-scene with a three story home converted into apartments with heavy smoke showing. The fire quickly spread throughout the structure. Due to the layout of the apartments, it made fighting the fire very difficult. Eventually, firefighters were

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forced to evacuate the structure due to rapidly deteriorating conditions. To make matters worse, firefighters had to battle the blaze in single digits and sub-zero wind chill factors. Three people were in the apartments when the fire started. All escaped without injury. A cat was rescued from the apartments, but

had to later be put down due to its condition. Investigators believe the fire may have started when a plumber was using a blow torch to thaw pipes, however, the cause is still be investigated. Firefighters from nine departments battled the fire for several hours before finally bringing it under control. The Red Cross is now assisting those displaced by the fire. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

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Dauphin County Truck 34 (Paxtonia Fire Company), staged on Side “C” on a multi-residental structure after clearing the sign of a garage fire.

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Citizens group banquet picture PETER WALINCHUS

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Large construction vehicle overturns and injures driver Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, PA. On February 17th at 11:30 a.m., the Shenandoah ALS, Mahanoy City Fire Department and Ambulance were dispatched to the area of Route 54 and Patriotic Hill Road for a vehicle accident with injuries. The caller reported a large construction vehicle rolled over at a mining site and the driver was injured. Medic 64 and Ambulance 48-03 found an escort to lead them to the accident scene. The accident scene was on the coal mining land owned by Schuylkill Energy Resources. EMS found Mahanoy Township Police with an injured male lying on the coal dirt roadway. The driver stated he was driving a large Haulpac dump truck, when the side of the coal bank collapsed causing the truck to overturn.

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The truck landed on it’s roof, confining the driver inside the cab. The driver was able crawl out the window to safety. EMS personnel quickly packaged the patient and moved him to the Mahanoy City Ambulance. An air medical helicopter was placed on standby. West End Rescue 993 and Engine 465 assisted in vehicle stabilization. Medic 64 decided to fly the helicopter due the driver’s possible serious injuries requiring a trauma center. Life Flight 5 flew to the Shenandoah landing zone. The patient was flown to Geisinger Trauma Center in Danville. - STEPHEN BARRETT


Citizens Fire Company hosts their annual company banquet Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, PA. Mahanoy City’s Citizens Fire Company No. 2 and Mahanoy City EMS held their yearly company banquet on Saturday, February 21st at their fire station. Saturday’s banquet marked 145 years of service that Citizens Fire Company No. 2 has provided to the Mahanoy City Area. Mahanoy City Ambulance has been serving the Mahanoy City Area community for 76 years. The banquet’s ceremonies started with a welcome from Harry Wagner Jr., the company’s president. It was followed by the invocation by the Vice President John “Bucky” Rogers. He presented the roll call of offi-

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cers and honors the Last Alarm for Fallen Brothers. President Wagner congratulated life members of 50 or 35 years of service to the company. Mahanoy City Fire Chief Randy Kalce spoke to the crowd and thanked all members for their hard work with emergency calls in 2014. Mahanoy City EMS Chief Ken Soult informed the members that year 2014 was another successful year for EMS operations in Mahanoy City. The banquet’s guest speaker Lieutenant Michael Glore from Rescue Company 1 of Reading recog-

nized the Citizen’s Fire Company for its 145 years of commitment. He urged firefighters to look to the past, talk to longtime members and see what worked well for emergency situations and learn from mistakes that were made. Citizens Ladies Auxiliary presented a $3,000 check to the President to assist in the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus air pack bottles. Julius “Ziggy” Dudash received the Citizen of the Year Award for 2015 from Engine Captain John Desjardine. Mahanoy City EMS Chief Ken Soult presented Pete Walinchus with the EMS Person of the Year Award. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Columbia Susquehanna Fire/Rescue still maintains this 1948 American La France 750/150.


Monarch Fire Company run this Chevy 75/150 brush truck.

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The Reading FireďŹ ghters met the Reading Police during the 10th annual Battle of the Badges.

Firefighters beat cops during 10th annual Battle of the Badges Reading, PA. The Reading Fire Department met the police once again on the ice during the 10th annual Battle of the Badges on March 7th. The game did not start as the firefighters envisioned, with the police scoring an early goal just fifteen seconds into the game. The firefighters bounced back, with goals by Tim Conti and Jim Salanik to send the firefighters trailing by one into the third period. The RFD, mounted a comeback sparked by a third period goal by Erik Hirner to tie the game at 3-3. With eight minutes

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left, Ken Kise scored the game winning goal over the police. Matt Azrolan took over the game; recording 26 saves enroute to a Reading Fire Department 4-3 victory. The Reading firefighters record stands at 6-3-1 over Reading Police. All money raised from ticket sales went to a scholarship fund for children of police officers or firefighters. - JASON BATZ

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John Sorge, Rob Laufenberg, Andy Kilmer and Matt Cramer


The Mastersonville Fire Department Squad is a 2009 Ford F550 with a Summit 11-foot box. Squad 27 carries an Amkus hydraulic rescue system including a spreader and cutter.

West Ridge participates in Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game Erie, PA. On Saturday, February 21st, local law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel met for the annual Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game. This game has been taking place for the past several years. The proceeds raised during the game every year are donated to a different charity every year. This year's charity was the local branch of NAMI. Participating in the game from WRFD were Deputy Chief John Sorge, Deputy Chief

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Andy Kilmer, Firefighter Rob Laufenberg and Firefighter Matt Cramer. Although in the end the guns team won 8-2, the real winner was NAMI, who was presented with a check for $7,500 at the Erie Otters game later in the evening. After the charity hockey game, members and their families

from West Ridge and West Lake Fire Departments gathered at a local downtown establishment to relax, kick back and enjoy some refreshments. Afterwards, several members and their families proceeded over to the Erie Insurance Arena for the Otters game. Thank you to everyone to game out for this fun afternoon and for supporting both the teams. - ROB HORNAMAN


The Spring Township Fire Dept. operates this 2011 Pierce Velocity (2000gpm/750).

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Residential truss construction law STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell STEPHEN BARRETT

Multiple companies operate at Hazle Twp commercial fire Hazle Townshipo, Luzerne County, PA. On March 31st at 5:00 p.m., Hazle Township, Sheppton, West Hazleton Fire and APTS EMS were dispatched to a commercial fire at Vita Line, in Humboldt Industrial Park. The first fire units found thick smoke coming from the roof of the multi-story building. The fire chief requested units from McAdoo, Nuremburg and other mutual aid companies dispatched for a working commercial fire. The Mahanoy City RIT was put on standby in their station. Attack crews found heavy fire in the large storage silos. A number of engines established water supplies from hydrants throughout the complex. Hose lines were deployed to the top of the silo to extinguish the fire inside. In a half hour, the fire was under control and the smoke was venting from the building. At 9:00 p.m., it was reported to command that a second floor fire started in the storage system and it was growing. Command had the second alarm dispatched to the scene. The Mahanoy RIT Team was dispatched. Command requested the Espy Fire Company from Columbia County to respond. The fire was brought under control again. The next morning around 6:00 a.m., smoke was seen coming from

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the storage area. Firefighters were again dispatched to the scene for a working fire at the dog food plant. Hazle Township and a number its mutual aid companies responded. Firefighters operated throughout the morning flowing water into the storage area. The company’s administration personnel worked with the firefighters in removing some of the product from the silo to contain the stubborn fire. A number of fire units were released. The fire started again after 2:00 p.m. in one of the silo. Hazle Township Fire Department responded back to the plant for the third time. The township fire chief again requested additional fire companies from Luzerne, Columbia, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties. Mutual aid firefighters went to work attacking the fire in the silo with hose lines. Unexpectedly at 3:30 p.m., a possible dust explosion took place in the pant, which blew off a portion of the roof. Command quickly ordered the Mahanoy City RIT Team to the scene again. It was unknown to all on the fireground if any firefighters were trapped or injured in the basement. The building was quickly

evacuated of plant workers and fire personnel to determine if everyone was accounted for. Command ordered all interior crews out of the building to be counted. Firefighters from the basement were already evacuated and being evaluated for injuries by EMS personnel. The smoke quickly vented from the roof and made the conditions extremely dangerous. A de-con station was established to decontaminate the firefighters of the food product that was all over them. The fire, that was throughout the silo, in the building was knocked down in twenty minutes. It was determined the structure was safe enough for crews to mount an interior attack. Firefighters reentered the basement to finish extinguishing hot spots and to overhaul the silo. The fire was placed under control in less than hour with all visible fire extinguished. The three story building received major damage and may have to be totally disassembled. The second alarm units were released before 6:00 p.m. The fire companies who responded and operated on the fire scene were required to have all their gear and equipment cleaned and de-contaminated. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Shenandoah Engine 747 in service at a second alarm on Centre St.

On January 1, 2015, legislation went into effect in New York State that requires property owners to notify their local municipality whenever a newly constructed or rehabilitated residential structure is comprised of a truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction. The legislation was introduced by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Senator Jack M. Martins and passed by both houses of the State legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo on September 17, 2014. The new law requires property owners to indicate on a building permit application if the construction method being used will include the use of truss construction. The notification process requires local governments to provide fire departments, first responder organizations, county fire coordinators, and 911 dispatch centers with the information about homes that include truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction design. It is required of all newly constructed residences or to any additions or rehabilitation construction made to previously constructed residences where truss construction will be employed in the addition or rehabilitation. Buildings constructed prior to January 1, 2015 are exempt from the law and the new law does not apply to New York City. The law further requires a specific warning label to be attached to the exterior electric box, or exterior of the building. This label must be reflective, six inches in diameter and contain the building classification type, I-V, and where the truss construction is employed, floor roof, or both. Roman numerals are used to indicate the building classification and capital letters, F-floor, Rroof, or FR to indicate where the trusses are installed. Lettering is to be red in color on a white background. A truss is structural members joined together to form ridged frame work of a structure. Most commonly in the shape of a triangle or series of triangles, some may be in the shape of rectangles. They are engineered to be lighter, cheaper and stronger than large single support members.

Truss construction has been widely used for more than 30 years, consisting of light weight wood, heavy timber, light weight and heavy metal truss systems. Light weight wood truss construction is safe and cheaper than ordinary construction and is used widely today in one form or another, especially in residential construction. Under normal circumstances trusses hold up very well. It is from fire that they can be compromised and fail, becoming a hazard to firefighters. Truss construction is a concern to firefighters due to the collapse potential of roofs or floors. These type structures have been known to fail with little or no warning and have caused numerous deaths and injuries to firefighters over the years. The gusset plates that are used to connect the joints are a key component in the failure of a truss. When heated, the metal plate warps and pulls the gang nails out of the wooded member and with additional weight or fire burn through can bring about the total collapse of the roof or floor. Legislation was enacted in 1998 that encompasses truss construction in commercial and industrial construction. The buildings require the posting of similar signage to the exterior of the building at specific locations, heights, and maximum separation distances between signs. The New York fire service is currently involved in the adoption of the ICC building code, which would require residential sprinklers in all newly constructed homes. At present, there is opposition from home builders and real estate associations that must be overcome. With the reduction in firefighters, both career and volunteer, residential sprinklers will become a much needed assist to fire protection in the saving of lives and extinguishment of fire, beneficial to the community and the firefighters. In the not too distant future, we may need some form of warning on commercial and retail buildings that employ photovoltaic solar panels, many of which are installed on flat roofs and cover a large expanse. Safety warning for all firefighting personnel on solar panels is to consider they are always electrified and to give them a wide berth. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Hazle Twp. (Luzerne County Station 141) operates Tower-Ladder 107. The tower is a 2009 Seagrave 95 foot Baker AerialScope. The Company also runs a 1983 Mack CF 75 foot Baker AerialScope. KEN SNYDER

Fountain Hill’s ladder pipe operates at the Salisbury third alarm commercial structure.

Salisbury Township three alarmer destroys a family business JASON BATZ

The Exeter Township Fire Department operates this 3000 gallon/1000 gpm Mack/Granite pumper/tanker as Tanker 25.

On February 12th at 11:10 p.m., Eastern Salisbury and Fountain Hill firefighters were called to 820 Public Road in the township for a commercial structure fire. Chief 20 enroute to the scene requested a second alarm. Smoke and flames were showing from a one and two story building of the National Automated Solutions company. This structure consisted of an office, work floor and a warehouse. Automated security gates and other security products were made here by this small

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company. The fire continued to progress and a third alarm was requested. Eastern Salisbury’s deck gun and Fountain Hill’s ladder pipe were placed into service as well as several handlines. Companies from Lehigh and Northampton counties battled the blaze. The building is believed to be a total loss. The weather that night was

around 6 degrees F. and North Penn Goodwill provided the canteen service. Borough dump trucks from Salisbury and Fountain Hill were brought in to pick up frozen hoses and return them to the fire companies for defrosting. Ironically, the fire building was once the home of the River Road Fire Company; which later merged with Salisbury Fire Co. No.1 to form the Eastern Salisbury Fire Co. and then occupy a new station. - KEN SNYDER

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Slatington Ladder 2431 in service at a recent fourth alarm structure fire in Walnutport

Berrysburg Fire Company once ran this 1954 International/Oren 750/250.

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Dublin Fire Company operates a 2010 KME Predator Rescue equipped with a 25 gallon foam tank.


Exeter Township operates a 2012 Mack/Seagrave 1000/3000 Pumper Tanker.

Pittsburgh firefighters battle third three alarm fire in same day Shortly before 4 p.m., Zone 423 City of Pittsburgh firefighters were dispatched to a possible residential structure fire on Nobles Lane in the Carrick section of the city. The fire was reported by City of Pittsburgh police, who were already on-scene with smoke coming from the structure. Police quickly gave an update as a room fully involved in the rear of the structure. The first fire unit arrived to find a fully involved residential structure fire with heavy fire showing. A second alarm was immediately requested. Firefighters were ordered to set up a defensive attack. Issues with hydrants in the area forced firefighters to lay long supply lines in order to fight the fire. Due to the large amount of fire and water supply issues, a third alarm was stuck. Firefighters battled the fire in frigid and icy condi-

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tions for over an hour before the fire was placed under control. The home was a total loss with a collapse of the Brave, Charlie and Delta sides and also damaged an exposure home on the Brave side of the original fire structure. A Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesperson stated that a 73-yearold man, who lives at the home was not home at the time, but did attempt to enter his home and extinguish the flames before having to flee his house. He was not hurt. Two school buses filled with school children returning home from school were stuck on Nobles Lane due to supply lines being laid around the buses. The students were escorted about an hour later

single file past the fire in order to board buses awaiting them. This was the third three alarm fire city firefighters battled earlier in the day. One of the earlier fires occurred just before 2 a.m. in the 8300 block of Bricelyn Street in which a 73-year-old woman was killed. One firefighter fell through the first floor into the basement, but was uninjured This fatal fire comes nearly 20 years ago to the day when three Pittsburgh firefighters died while battling an arson fire at 8361 Bricelyn St. Fire Capt. Thomas Brooks, 42, and firefighters Patricia Conroy, 43, and Marc Kolenda, 27, died after falling through a staircase and becoming trapped in the basement in the February 14, 1995 fire. - ERIC RASMUSSEN


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Springtown Fire Company operates a 2008 American La France 75' Quint 1500/400.

On April 3, 2015 at 2:41 p.m., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to assist Lower Milford Twp. Fire Co. on a dwelling fire at 4868 East Mill Hill Rd. in Lower Milford Twp., Lehigh County. Upon arrival , the captain from Lower Milford reported light smoke showing. The smoke was from a malfunctioning pellet stove. Fifteen minutes after ventilating the dwelling, the fire was declared under control. Minor clean-up followed. Assisting Lower Milford was East Greenville Fire Co., Upper Perk Med Unit, and Fire Police from Lower Milford. There were no injuries.

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Two alarm barn fire in Rapho Township Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on March 29th, crews were alerted for a barn fire at 707 Fairview Road in Rapho Township, Lancaster County. Manhiem fire chief, Daniel Wagner, arrived and confirmed a working fire with smoke showing from the eve of the roof. Under one minute of that update, Chief Wagner updated fire through the roof. Engine 261 made an interior attack on side Delta. Side Delta also had a pole barn that housed farm and construction

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equipment. With the initial attack from side Delta, they were able to save the pole barn. The remainder of the barn was not a loss. Command requested the second alarm for water, which brought five additional tankers to the scene. Through master stream ops from the truck companies and some exterior hand lines, crews were able to

bring the fire under control in about an hour and a half. The cause of the fire was due to an overheated heat lamp being used for a calf. Damage total is around $300,000. Manhiem fire department was assisted by Mastersonville, Mount Joy, East Petersburg, Brunnerville, Penryn, Rheems, Maytown, Hempfield, and West Hempfield fire companies. - TIMOTHY COOVER

Dog alerts homeowner to fire On March 24 at 4:37 a.m., the structure response was transmitted for a dwelling fire on Franklin Street in Bechtelsville Borough. On the first alarm were apparatus from all three Eastern Berks fire stations, as well as all three stations of Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue. Bally Ambulance responded in addition to Pennsburg Fire as the RIT. Fire officers quickly found a working dwelling fire, with fire in the basement and first floor kitchen. Four propane tanks stored in the basement added to the hazards (two propane tanks were venting fire), First in engine from Eastern Berks took the front of the house, second in engine laid five inch supply line up Franklin Street from Main, while Boyertown’s ladder opened the roof to vent hot gases.

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An Eastern Berks tanker set up it’s porta-pond on Main Street, while truck from Boyertown drafted from that tank and sent it up the hill for fighting the fire. A second alarm for tankers was requested, adding tankers from Hereford, Seisholtsville, Earl, Topton and Gilbertsville. Later two additional engines for manpower. It was reported that the homeowner’s dog woke the resident and alerted him to the fire. They managed to evacuate safely. Investigation by the PSP Fire Marshal pointed to a basement appliance as the cause. - KEVIN QUIGLEY

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Family of six displaced in Duquesne fire At 12:31 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire in the 1000 block of Kennedy Avenue between Catharine Street and Wilmont Street in the City of Duquesne. Firefighters arrived on-scene to find a single family dwelling well involved with exposures on both sides. A second alarm was quickly requested as firefighters made quick work of knocking the

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bulk of the fire down. The home was occupied at the time of the fire. A man who resides there grabbed his elderly grandmother out of her bed and carried her out to safety. Everyone in the home managed to escape, included the family’s pets unharmed. An adjacent home was also

damaged due to the fire. The fire was under control in about an hour and firefighters remained on-scene for overhaul. The home is considered a total loss and the American Red Cross is helping six adults displaced by the fire. There is no word on what started the fire. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is now investigating. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

FDNY War Years, Vol.2 Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: Price: $29.95 (DVD only) This video is 60 minutes long and comprises fires from the 1970’s including the blackout in 1977, which left most of New York City without power with the exception of the Rockaways and another part of Queens. The footage of the blackout fires was taken by Sheldon Levy of Action Movie News of New York City. He captured several fires including a fire in Brooklyn including a fifth alarm in a four story brick building which eventually became full involved. Other Brooklyn fires were captured and briefly narrated. Loiterers were rounded up after a fire during the blackout and the

video shows the police making arrests. As you can imagine, the flames are the best you can see because of the darkness. Only one fire was actually in the daytime on this DVD during the power failure. A crayon factory fire provided plenty of action again in Brooklyn as well as a school fire in Staten Island and a vacant piano factory in Manhattan. The back of the jacket of the DVD states that the school fire is in the Bronx, but Levy says it is Staten Island and there are Staten Island companies present as you view it. In the piano factory fire, several mail trucks were parked alongside the building and get wiped out by a collapse. There is also a house boat fire, which gets completely destroyed. The Fireboat Harvey is delayed by an unattended bridge that had to be opened. Later when the boat gets through, there is brief footage of the boat operating with its monitors. The last fire was in 1975 at a bathhouse in Manhattan, which resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries. If you’ve been around awhile, you probably remember at least some of these, but for those who didn’t, this DVD fills you in quite well!

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Fire for Hershey Hershey, PA. On Saturday, February 14th, firefighters were dispatched to a fire in the 100 block of Forrest Avenue in Hershey, PA. Responding were Hershey 48, Hummelstown 46, Campbelltown 2, Londonderry 54 and Middletown 88 for RIT. Two lines were deployed and the fire was quickly extinguished. Chief 48 had command. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

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Challenge yourself! FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

The season is changing and your fitness regime should be too! Here’s a way to not only make some changes; but a way to assess your current fitness level, establish new goals and keep your fitness program moving in the right direction. You can do it in the gym, or even better move it to the truck floor and/or outside when possible. If you are ready to challenge yourself, here’s one way to do it. My favorite type of challenge is a functional (job related) challenge, but you may want to choose a gym activity (distance on the treadmill/bike within a designated time frame, reps/weight lifted per minute etc.). You can select any task (test), but I think the functional ones are more practical, more beneficial and actually more fun! (Yes, I said Fun!) A good place to start is by selecting 3 (three) or 4 (four) functional tasks, i.e. dummy drag, ladder climb, equipment carry, etc. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever done the “Combat Challenge” or “CPAT” Test, those tasks are not new to you. If this is the first you are hearing of them, research them online. You can use them as is, modify them or completely create your own. Some of the tasks require very little equipment, while others are a little more involved. Keep in mind your capabilities and be sure to select tasks appropriate for you. Remember: never sacrifice safety for speed. Perform each task, following all safety protocols and time yourself. Record your time for each task. Additionally, perform each task in whichever sequence you like and record your overall time for completing all of the tasks in succession. Continue your existing exercise program, and add the tasks two to three times per week. It’s your choice whether or not you time the tasks each time you do them. Some people absolutely will have to know how they are progressing and yet others may want to wait until the end of the four to six week training period to see the progress. At the end of four to six weeks, retest yourself and compare your times to your initial outing. Challenging yourself will take your fitness regime to a new level. If you are more the competitive type, see if you can get other members on board. Some

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Mahanoy City Citizens Captain John Desjardine operates outside a second floor window at a fire on "D" Street in Mahanoy City


Firefighters wrap up after making quick work of a house fire in St. Clair, Schuylkill County


Hazle Twp. firefighters walk up to the scene of a garage fire in Butler Twp.


Hazle Township firefighters exit Tower 107 and head into a working garage fire


Firefighter John Garber takes his SCBA off after exiting a two alarm fire in Mahanoy City

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Londonderry Fire Company operates a 2005 Ford F450/Swab special services unit.


Northampton Fire Department operates a 1987 Chevy 120/200 brush truck.

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St. Clair firefighter Darren Boyer operates on the scene of a house fire in the first due


Cumru Twp Firefighter Andrew Dittman is captured working at a second alarm tire fire.


St. Clair Lieutenant JT Cray looks over the scene of a house fire a few blocks from the station



Shenandoah Lieutenant 759 (Polish American Fire Co.) John Szczyglak on the scene of a working fire in the borough

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Firefighter Jeff Buck succumbs to injuries At 4 p.m. on March 10th, the Clearfield County coroner confirmed that Firefighter Jeff Buck went to God. Buck was critically injured on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 when a porch roof collapsed on him in Clearfield Borough. According to the official release, the Clearfield County Dept of Emergency JUMP TO FILE # Services along with 031015122 the Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 regrets to announce the passing of Firefighter Jeffery Scott Buck. Firefighter Buck was critically injured while fighting a structure fire Tuesday March 3rd and has passed away from his injuries. The Clearfield County Department of Emergency Services extends its most sincere condolences to family, friends and brother firemen. There have also been many fundraisers established for Jeff and his family. If you know of any additional fundraisers, please let us know and we will add them to this post. Thank you again to everyone for showing their support for Jeff and the area fire departments.

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A viewing was held from Noon to 8 P.M. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, 113 N. 3rd St. Clearfield, Pa. 16830. A non-denominational memorial service was held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Clearfield Area High School, 2831 Washington Avenue, Clearfield, Pa. 16830. Fire departments arriving with apparatus staged at Target Square, 8878 Clearfield/Curwensville Hwy., Clearfield, Pa. 16830. Interment was at Bradford Twp. Cemetery, off of Route 970. Graveside service is limited to family members only. - DON FILIPPO SCICCHITANO

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Mastersonville Fire DepartmentEngine 27-2 is a 1995 E-One Topkick 4x4 with a three man cab.


Pls. take notice the Board of Fire Commissioners, Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00p, April 3, 2015 for the sale of one (1) 1991 Ford 350 White 24-Seat Passenger Bus – good condition. Bids open 3:00p. Vehicle sold “as is condition.” Min. accepted bid is $4,000. Sealed bids may be delivered in person to the District Mon.-Fri., 9-4p at 501 Uniondale Ave, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bids must be marked “Bid for 1991 Ford 350 Passenger Bus” & accompanied with check for 10% of bid or bid will not be accepted. Final pymt. - Certified/bank check. For more info call District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 9-4p Mon.-Fri. ONLY.


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May, 2015

1st Responder Newspaper - PA


CONGRATULATIONS TO YORK AREA UNITED FIRE & RESCUE Features: • Metro Star EMFD Chassis • Cummins ISL 450HP Engine • Allison 3000EVS Trans • Axles: 20,000#F/24,000#R • Advanced Protection System (APS) • Seating for four(4) firefighters • On-spot Automatic Tire Chains • Multiplex Electrical System • Waterous CSC20 1250 Fire Pump • Pump Boss 400 Pressure Governor • Four (4) Rear Discharges • Low Hosebed • 500 gallon water tank • Aluminum Body • High Rise pack Storage • LED Warning & Scene Lights

CALL 1-800-800-3959 FOR ADDITIONAL INFO We appreciate your business and look forward to providing you with quality products and excellent customer service.

1st Responder News Pennsylvania May Edition  
1st Responder News Pennsylvania May Edition  

1st Responder News is the first newspaper to cover emergency service personnel on such an intimate basis. We give detailed coverage to the...