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Jeanette, PA - Around 2:00 P.M. on April 9th, City of Jeanette firefighters were dispatched to South 7th Street for a structure fire. Fire units arrived quickly to find heavy fire and flashover conditions in a six-unit, wood-frame row house style structure. - See full story on page 4

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Knoxville, TN - The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is kicking off its Spring Fire Prevention Push, in which free fire prevention materials are offered to groups across the country. The Alliance has free fire prevention activity books available to fire departments, schools and civic organizations. The Alliance hopes that these materials will help raise fire prevention awareness in communities across the nation. Groups can get started by visiting http://www.volunteerfirefighteralliance.org and clicking on the ‘programs’ tab to request materials. Organizations will then receive the materials in the mail. The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is a national non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting volunteer firefighters and their departments through many diverse programs.

JUMP TO FILE #032318106 The Alliance is also dedicated to fire safety education of at-risk groups across the nation. Free fire prevention education books for fire departments, schools, and organizations can be requested at w w w. v o l u n t e e r f i r e f i g h t e r a lliance.org. About Volunteer Firefighter Alliance: The Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is committed to fire safety and prevention through public education. The non-profit organization assists local volunteer fire departments across the country in areas such as recruitment, community outreach, fundraising, and public education. - VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER ALLIANCE

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Quarryville Fire Company once ran this 1977 Mack CF/Hamerly 1000/2500. The unit also saw service in Bedford, KY and BJW Fire Company, PA.

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The Herrick Twp. Fire Company operates a 1998 International 4900/KME 1500/1000 as Engine 4-1. This engine originally served the neighboring Wyalusing Valley Fire Company.

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The Friendship Hose Co. #1 of Spring Grove operates this 1995 HME/Saulsbury rescue that previously served the Singerly Fire Co. in Elkton, MD.

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Elderly Woman Killed in Fast-Moving Jeannette Row House Fire Jeanette, PA - Around 2:00 P.M. on April 9th, City of Jeanette firefighters were dispatched to South 7th Street for a structure fire. Police arrived on-scene and advised units of entrapment in the structure. Fire units arrived quickly to JUMP TO FILE# find heavy fire and 041018101 flashover conditions in a six-unit, wood-frame row house style structure. One woman was found hanging out of a second-story window and jumped to safety as firefighters and local Jeanette City road crew workers caught her. Firefighters went to work and began rescue operations. As fire conditions quickly worsened, firefighters were unable to rescue a second victim, who was identified as a 78-year-old woman. One firefighter was burned during the rescue attempt. The intensity of the fire ended up melting a gas line in the back of the structure, which led to more fuel for the fire to feed on until the gas company was able to turn off the line. Live power lines also caused problems as they fell in the rear of the building. At one point, the entire side of the structure collapsed. Firefighters continued to fight the fire for several hours before finally bringing it under control. The woman who was rescued was transported to a local hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. A total of four adults and seven children were displaced, and the American Red Cross is now assisting those families. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and Westmoreland County Coroner are now investigating.

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Kansas: John Randle, 67 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 1, 2018 Death Date: January 2, 2018 Fire Department: Wamego City Fire Department Initial Summary: At 0450hrs, January 1, 2018, the Wamego Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire. Upon completion of the call and after returning to the station, Firefighter John Randle sustained a life threatening injury from a fall while returning fire apparatus to service. Firefighter Randle, was air lifted from Wamego Health Center to Stormont Vail Hospital where on January 2, 2018, Firefighter Randle succumbed to his injuries.

Pennsylvania: Matthew LeTourneau, 42 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: January 6, 2018 Death Date: January 6, 2018 Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau of Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 45 succumbed to injuries suffered from a structural collapse while fighting a rowhouse fire. Louisiana: Russell Achord, 48 Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Incident Date: January 17, 2018 Death Date: January 17, 2018 Fire Department: West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District #1 Initial Summary: While at the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that had run off the side of a highway due to icy conditions, the driver of a second vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, lost control and crashed into the scene. Several people were struck and injured, including Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who was pinned under a vehicle. Fellow responders rushed to extract Chief Achord and provided med-

ical aid measures while he was transported to the West Feliciana Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Tennessee: Derrick Ryan Webb, 31 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 17, 2018 Death Date: January 17, 2018 Fire Department: Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb fell ill while preparing a training drill at the fire station. Webb was found unresponsive in the apparatus bay beside his turn-out gear and SCBA. The PASS device on the SCBA was still sounding. CPR was initiated but firefighter Webb was pronounced deceased at the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Virgin Islands: Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas, 57 Rank: Firefighter/Driver-Operator Incident Date: January 24, 2018 Death Date: January 24, 2018 Fire Department: U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service Initial Summary: Shortly after driving a tanker to the scene of a structure fire, Firefighter/Driver-Operator Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas assisted with forced entry of the burning building. Firefighter Thomas then returned to his apparatus as other fire engines arrived on scene to set up water supply. Soon thereafter, Firefighter Thomas was found unresponsive by fellow responders. Thomas was attended to immediately, but succumbed to his injury, a reported heart attack, while being transported to the hospital.


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Reading FF Glenn Raudensky poses with his partner, Tim Sullivan, at his last fire with the department. Raudensky was recently hired by the Harrisburg Fire Department. We wish him the best of luck!

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Autism: The Unexpected Call and What to Expect I started training first responders in autism awareness in 2008. It was a hard sell even though the training was free. The autism rate then was 1 out of every 150 children born in the U.S. Now officially it’s 1 out of 68; unofficially it’s more like 1 out of 24 per the large autism groups. Autism is getting to be more prevalent every year. The chances of a call involving an individual with autism are extremely high. You may have already had this interaction and not realized it. We have all been trained to handle emergencies, but not an emergency that involves an individual with autism. In this article, I will try to outline the basics; my hope is that this article will help you better understand the issue and the need for more involved training. Autism is basically a dysfunction of the senses: hearing, vision, touch and smell. In many individuals one or more of these senses are amplified causing confusion and sensory overloads. The first thing you must consider is that individuals with autism are very structured on how they live day to day. Any disruption can create a sense of panic and anxiety. The one common trait is that it will be a confrontation for you, the first responder. Their caregiver should be your go-to person. This could be a parent, teacher or anyone that knows the person. They can answer most questions. Many individuals with autism are nonverbal or have skills far less than their age level. Many use picture boards to communicate. There are free apps you can download for your phone so you have them readily available. When you do attempt to communicate, speak slowly and do not shout. Use simple terms, not slang, as they may take what you say literally. Even if they are not looking directly at you, it doesn’t mean they are not listening. Give them the time they need to sort out what you are asking them. Sometimes rephrasing the question will

JUMP TO FILE #032618125 get you the answers you need. Let’s move on to search and rescue. Elopement is big in the autism community. Individuals with autism are master escape artists and are attracted to water. They have no real sense of dangers, like water currents, temperatures, heights, roads and railroad tracks. They feel comfortable in tight, out of the way places that can be dangerous to access. Approaching them quickly can startle them, putting them in further danger. Our second form of search and rescue is a structure fire. Any action you take will break their routine, thus causing confrontation. You are asking them to leave their “safe” place. Remember, the caregiver will be your go-to for places to look. Once again search tight, out of the way places, under beds and in closets. Subduing the individual will not be easy and will require several people. Individuals with autism have great amounts of strength especially when their adrenaline is flowing. After finding the individual, be ready for more possible confrontation. Things as simple as what door you exit may break their routine. Be prepared in case an alternative exit is needed. Doors and windows can be locked and barred to deter wandering. After any rescue, the individual must be watched or they may attempt to return to the place they were just rescued from! If approaching an accident scene or called to a house or school for an individual with autism, try to keep lights and sirens to a minimum. These can trigger seizures. Even if you are responding to a call at a school or group home and the individual does not have autism, someone there may. Many individuals with autism are subject to regular seizures. Confusion is frustrating for individuals with autism. Simple

things like the diamond plate on the steps of the ambulance or EKG cable wadded up could cause the individual to become uncooperative. Have a caregiver accompany the individual in the ambulance; it will make things easier. Again, if you must restrain the individual, it must be face up and use as many people as possible. The ER environment should be a private quiet room, low lighting and cloth sheets, not paper. One reactive mechanism is a “meltdown”. It’s basically a loss of control of senses. It’s not a temper tantrum. In most case it will play itself out. If the individual is not endangering him or herself and is no danger to you or others, let the meltdown take its course. They will tire and be much more willing to cooperate. In closing, visit an autism group home and set up a fieldtrip with them to your firehouse. It’s a great way for interaction between first responders and the individuals in a non-threatening environment. They get to see the equipment and firefighters in gear and can learn to become more relaxed with it and you. You get the opportunity to see some of the things we discussed in this article first hand and a chance to practice your communication skills. - JOHN SOKOL

John M. Sokol. Ph.D., the author of this article, has been a firefighter for over 10 years and is currently Deputy Fire Chief of Beaverville Fire Protection District in Illinois. You can take his complete training course online @www.prevent-Educate.org for a very small donation. The program is nationally accredited through C.A.P.C.E. and approved for EMT/EMS/Paramedic continuing educations hours in almost every state. You can contact Deputy Chief Sokol if you would like to set up on-site training at PreventEducate@gmail.com.

You might expect EMTs to be relatively safe when dealing with patients -- after all, they are there to help. But in fact, EMTs face a lot of danger in the field, and they do so without the weapons and authority that police officers have. EMTs have been hit with cinder blocks, stabbed by syringes (often still filled with drugs), chased by dogs and shot at on a regular basis. In Boston, for instance, 28 percent of total EMT injuries in 2006 were the result of violent assaults. PROVIDED


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Truck 75 of Mt. Joy is seen here just minutes after going in service during a smokey one-alarm dwelling fire in East Donegal Twp. on February 6th.

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Pottsville Engine 62 (Yorkville) secures a water supply to the rear at a recent building fire.

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Palymra FD Tower 1 in operation during a two-alarm commercial building fire at a vacant feed mill.

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Engine 32 (Humane-Pottsville) works on West Market Street during a building fire.

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IN SERVICE

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Firefighters arrived at this 2½ story dwelling in Cumru Twp. with a well-involved fire in the rear.

Salem Twp. E 174-1 is a 2000 HME/New Lexington 1750/1000.

Four-Alarm Duplex Fire Taxes Resources in Cumru Township Cumru Twp., PA - Late in the afternoon on Friday, April 13th, a caller reported a house fire on South Wyomissing Avenue. Dispatchers at the Berks County Department of Emergency Services initiated a structure fire response at 4:28 P.M., alerting Cumru (42), Shillington (36), and Mohnton (57). Deputy Chief 42-3 (Mohn) arrived with a two-and-a-half story semi, with a large volume of fire spreading across the rear. A second-alarm was requested immediately, which added Kenhorst (69), West Reading (64), and Spring Township (85). Firefighters from Ladder 57 stretched a line and cooled a severely exposed structure adjacent to the fire building. Crews struggled initially due to low staffing issues. Hydrants were taken by

JUMP TO FILE #041618125 Engine 36 on the north side, and Engine 42-1 on the south side of the incident, which required 1400feet of LDH supply line. Wind blowing through the area hampered suppression efforts to stop the intense flames. Multiple attack lines were stretched and operating. Deputy Chief Mohn placed the RIT company in service, and then requested a thirdalarm at 4:43 P.M. Additional equipment from Spring Township and West Reading were dispatched, along with Mount Penn (1) for RIT. Career staff from Spring, Wyomissing and Cumru were advised to report for duty moments after the third-alarm was transmit-

ted. Twenty minutes later, command requested a fourth-alarm, which brought firefighters from Brecknock (72), Greenfields (55), Adamstown (Lanco), and Denver (Lanco) responded to the scene with additional personnel. The fire severely damaged all floors of both dwellings and burned away the stairs of the fire building. All occupants were evacuated and suffered no injuries. The severe heat from the fire melted the siding and cracked windows on the "B" side exposure. The fire was finally placed under control nearly two hours later. The Cumru Township Fire and Police Departments are investigating. Oddly enough, the home was the site of a previous fire nearly two years prior.

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Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue operates this 2016 E- One Typhoon 1500/500.

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The Citizens Fire Co. of Palmyra operates this 2006 ALF EngineRescue (2000/750).

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Firefighters were hampered by windy conditions and low staffing when they arrived at this house fire in Cumru Twp.

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The West Hanover Twp. Fire Co. operates this 2000 HME/Central States (1750/1800) pumper/tanker.


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Trash Compactor Fire in East Donegal Twp. Threatens Nearby Building East Donegal, PA - Crews from Maytown East Donegal Twp. Fire Department responded to a trash fire at a local egg processing plant in March. Chief 792 arrived to find a working fire in a trash compactor, five-feet away from a building. Crews utilized JUMP TO FILE# the winch off of 040118115 Rescue 791 to pull the trash compactor away from the building and to gain access to the fire. Once the fire was knocked down at the entry point, firefighters used a skid loader to pull debris out of the trash compactor to be sure that all fire was knocked down. Crews worked on scene for about two-and-a-half hours. Maytown East Donegal Twp. FD was assisted by Fire Department of Mount Joy, Pioneer Fire Company No. 1, Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Company 41, Rheems FD and Mountville Fire Company No. 1. - TIMOTHY COOVER

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Bedroom Fire in Reading Home Quickly Knocked

Reading, PA - On Friday, March 23rd, the Berks County Department of Emergency Services received a call reporting a bedroom fire at 1402 North 10th Street in Reading. Ladder 3 arrived at a two-and-a-half MOR with smoke showing in the rear. Firefighters located a fire in a closet and requested a line from the engine. Crews quickly knocked down the fire and completed a search of the dwelling. No injuries were reported. The fire was placed under control at 10:34 A.M.

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Working Basement Fire in Red Hill Red Hill, PA - On Sunday, April 1st, at 4:29 A.M., Red Hill Fire Co., along with several fire companies from Upper Perk Valley, were dispatched to a dwelling fire in the 300 block of Jefferson Street in the borough. Upon arrival at the scene, Red Hill Fire Chief Mike Eshbach had smoke showing and confirmed a working basement fire in the split-level dwelling. He radioed Montgomery County Dispatch for a second-alarm for manpower to cover the severity of the situation.

JUMP TO FILE #040318103 Quick response by fire company personnel with hand lines had the fire under control within the half hour. The fire was confined to a basement bedroom and smoke filled the rest of the dwelling. High velocity exhaust fans were used to ventilate the dwelling. The occupants had gotten out of the dwelling before the fire companies arrived, and there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is pending the outcome of the investigation, but it all leads to the bedroom in the basement. Damage is unknown. Assisting Red Hill Fire Co. were Pennsburg, East Greenville, Green Lane, Milford, Trumbauersville and Souderton fire companies. Also responding were Upper Perk EMS, both Red Hill Fire Marshals, Red Hill, Pennsburg and East Greenville Fire Police. - TERRY RITZ

PATCH OF THE MONTH

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Goodwill Firefighters Respond to Telephone Pole Fire

Muhlenberg Twp., PA - Goodwill Fire Company was dispatched to 532 Raymond Street on March 30th for a miscellaneous fire, reported to be a pole on fire. Chief 10 and Engine 10-1 arrived to find fire near the top of a telephone pole, just above a transformer. Chief 10 requested Met-Ed to expedite. The road was closed as the pole was burned through. A MetEd technician arrived, shut off power and extinguished the fire with a dry chemical extinguisher. Fire department personnel cleared the scene shortly after.

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STILL IN SERVICE

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The Catawissa Hose Co. still operates this 1979 Mack CF with a 1989 Micro Refurb as Columbia County Engine 55. It has a 1000 pump and 500 water, and previously operated as FDNY Engine 38. J. KRIESHER

Smoke and steam exit the second-floor bedroom where a fire started on East Oak St. in Shenandoah.

Shenandoah Firefighters Make Quick Work of Bedroom Fire FRANK ROBINSON

Union Fire Company in Bethel, PA still operates this 1972 Ford/American LaFrance 750/500.

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The Salem Township Fire Co. of Luzerne County still operates this 1987 Ford F/FMC Roughneck pumper as Engine 174-2. It has a 1000-GPM pump and 750 water.

The Crystal Fire Department of Saint Marys (Elk County), still operates this 1991 Mack/1995 New Lexington as Tanker 101. It has no on-board pump, and carries 2000 gallons.

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Schuylkill County, PA - At 2:05 P.M. on Saturday, April 7th, Shenandoah firefighters were dispatched to 110 East Oak Street in the borough for a reported house fire. Shenandoah ALS and Mahanoy City Rescue 993 were also due on the first-alarm. UMP TO FILE# Chief 64 was J040818100 advised of multiple calls received reporting a fire on the second-floor of this residence. EMS soon arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire. All occupants were out of the building upon their arrival. Tiller 64-25 arrived on the scene and pulled past the address where Squrt 64-20 positioned at the "A/D" corner of a two-story, single-family dwelling with an attached exposure. Lines were stretched off the Squrt as the Ladder flew to the roof. The initial hydrant that was secured was found to be malfunctioning, which led command to have Engine 64-12 secure a water supply while Engine 64-10 brought in a supply from Centre Street. Firefighters found heavy fire conditions on the second-floor and began to knock down the fire. The roof was opened up by the truck company and additional crews entered the exposure to check for extension. The bulk of the fire had been extinguished by the 20 minute PAR check as crews worked on finding any hidden hot spots. PPL Electric was requested to the scene to disconnect power. The American Red Cross was also requested to help with two

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Steam exits the second-floor as the truck company works on the roof.

adults and two teenagers who were displaced from the residence according to Chief 64-3, Rick Examitas. Examitas told 1st Responder News that the fire has been ruled accidental and started in an up-

stairs bedroom, where most of the damaged was contained. The department was clear of the scene by late afternoon. - JC KRIESHER


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North Versailles Firefighters Quickly Contain Apartment Building Fire North Versailles, PA - At 6:14 P.M. on April 11th, a report was dispatched of smoke coming out of an apartment building located in the 2500 block of Hyer Avenue at the Castle Apartments. Police arrived on-scene first and reported smoke JUMP TO FILE# coming from the 041218108 roof of the multiunit apartment complex. Fire units arrived quickly and found a working kitchen fire inside one of the apartments. All residents of the building were able to evacuate safely as firefighters quickly knocked down the fire. A smoke condition remained in the structure for about 45 minutes before firefighters were able to wrap up the scene. No one was injured. Over 18 residents were displaced and the American Red Cross is now assisting those residents. The fire is under investigation. -ERIC RASMUSSEN

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John Thomas submitted this tattoo, saying "I had it completed in one sitting on March 22, 2018. It took 6 hours to complete. I have been in emergency services since 1981 with a few different departments, and I was also an EMT and Police Officer before going back to fire. I've been a firefighter with the current township for 28 years. This is the only tattoo I will be getting. I returned from Ground Zero from my last shift and wanted to do something for all of my fallen brothers; yes I know it took me a few years to find someone this good. The top has my personal logo that I live by, "No Guts No Glory". If you don't have the guts to do the job, you don't get to see the look on someone's face after you just saved one of their loved ones. The medals don't mean anything to me, I have actually turned down a few over the years. The money means nothing but paying bills. I do this because I love the job. I love to see the looks on people's faces when we come out and the fire is out, and the family is safe."

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Coudersport, PA - On March 7th at 4:56 P.M., the Tioga County 9-1-1 center received numerous calls of a working commercial building fire with explosions at Twin Tiers Linen Services, located on N. East Street. While en-route to the dispatched emergency, Chief 48 Phelps could see a JUMP TO FILE# large column of 040418109 smoke and flames across town and immediately requested a full second-alarm assignment, summoning Roulette 46, Austin 44, Port Allegany 3, Galeton 10 and Shinglehouse 39. Chief 48 arrived at 4:56 P.M. and notified all units of an exposure issue on side "B" with heavy fire. The residents of that house were evacuating and there were high voltage lines down in the street. Chief 48 established command. Assistant Chiefs 48-10 T. Haskins, 48-20 G. Dunn and 48-30 T. Ostroski, as well as Capt. 48 G. Dunn II, took on fire suppression and operations of the exposure as well as the fire building. Engine 48-1 arrived and laid a five-inch supply line from E. Second Street (200'), and went to work with deck gun and master stream operations from the street, and quickly went interior. Truck 48-9 laid a five-inch supply line from E. First and N. Main Streets (300'), as Engine 48-2 and additional crews evacuated the residence and secured the gas line while also providing large fans to evacuate smoke from the nearby county jail. As second-due companies arrived at 5:11 P.M., they quickly went interior to assist with control and extinguishment of the fire. The fire was brought under control at approximately 5:37 P.M., with several hours of overhaul operations. At approximately 5:59 P.M., a Roulette FF was treated/transported and later released from

UPMC-COLE for minor injuries. At approximately 8:22 P.M., command started releasing personnel and apparatus. In all, approximately 85 firefighters (27-Cdspt) responded and assisted at the scene while numerous other departments provided standby coverage from Tioga, Potter, Cameron and McKean Counties, as well as NYS. Also assisting at the scene were PSP-CDSPT, CDSPT-Boro PD, PSP-Fire Marshall Unit, CVAA/Medics, PENNDOT, CDSPT Boro EOC and Potter County DES. N. Main Street and E. Second Street were shut down with a detour put in place until approximately

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8:46 P.M. due to apparatus and firemen working the fire. After a combined investigation with the Fire Marshall Unit, the cause of the fire will be ruled undetermined, with extensive damage to this local business (fire, heat, smoke and soot throughout). The business is insured and the fire has displaced their employees. No other residents or businesses were displaced and were able to return to their homes. Coudersport 48 crews remained on scene until 11:45 P.M. and placed all apparatus in service at 12:25 A.M. - BRYAN PHELPS


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Large Coal Conveyor Burns at Gilberton Coal Company Mahanoy Twp., PA - On March 30th, the Gilberton, Frackville, Butler Township, Mahanoy City and Shenandoah Fire Departments were dispatched to East Main Street in Gilberton Borough for a structure fire. The Schuylkill County 9-1-1 center reported that they re- JUMP TO FILE# ceived multiple 040518106 phone calls reporting that an industrial coal conveyor was on fire at the Gilberton Coal Company. A large amount of black smoke and flames could be seen coming from the 140foot concrete coal drying silo and conveyor. In less than 10 minutes, the Gilberton and Mahanoy City West End Fire Companies arrived on location to find a working fire in the gigantic coal conveyor. It was then determined that the conveyor was located at 1300 West Center Street in Mahanoy Township. Mahanoy City Chief 450 quickly assumed command and started to give assignments to the arriving companies. He determined that tanker water would be needed to extinguish the spreading fire. Incident command quickly requested the secondalarm with multiple tanker task forces. Frackville Ladder 43-20 and Shenandoah Ladder-Tiller 745 arrived and set up their aerial ladders on the north-east corner of the conveyor. Mahanoy City West End Engine 465 staged behind the ladders and supplied them with water. Englewood Engine 369 was fed with water from portable ponds which were set up close to the roadway. Engine 369 relayed the water to Engine 465 and then the ladder trucks. The ladders operated their elevated master streams on the burning conveyor, but were only able to reach half of it. Engine 465 deployed a number of hose lines, which included large blitz lines. The fire continued to overtake the entire conveyor and engulf the top of the silo. Incident command decided to use a front-end loader to remove the conveyor belt from the main structure. He ordered the aerial devices to come down and retreat from the area near the conveyor. Firefighters evacuated the area of the conveyor in case the conveyor collapsed when the belt was pulled out. The majority of the belt was removed from the main structure and laid on the ground. The belt quickly exploded into flames and dense black smoke blew throughout the area. Ringtown firefighters established air monitoring teams and patrolled the area to monitor air levels. Shenandoah Engine 742 staged west of the burning belt and deployed a number of hose lines. Engine 742 was supplied with water by a number of tankers from the tanker task force. Columbia and Humane firefighters worked on extinguishing the belt that was lying on the ground. West End firefighters used their attack lines to extinguish the other end of the belt and lower bottom of the conveyor.

Incident Command had LadderTiller 745 reposition its aerial ladder and used its elevated master stream on the conveyor that was still burning. Gilberton Coal employees were able to remove some panels on the conveyor to allow hose streams to access the hot spots. Water from the dump sites was used to feed the attack engines operating at the fire scene. Tanker refill sites were established on the nearby highway to fill tankers. A water shuttle system was then established and ran for a few hours until the fire was brought under control. Mahanoy City and Shenandoah EMS units stood by on the fire scene and were not put into service. The majority of the second-alarm units and tanker task force were released after 7:00 P.M. Mahanoy City Fire Department eventually cleared the scene by 9:00 P.M. without incident. The fire scene was then released to the coal company to keep eye on the heavily damaged large conveyor system. - STEPHEN BARRETT

STEPHEN BARRETT

A large amount of black smoke and flames can be seen coming from the 140-foot concrete coal drying silo and conveyor.


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Countdown to Calamity (1971) VIDEO REVIEW

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Pittsburgh Firefighters Rescue Cat from House Fire City of Pittsburgh, PA – At 12:07 P.M. on April 11th, firefighters were dispatched to a possible residential structure fire located along Orator Street in the City of Pittsburgh. The first arriving engine reported smoke showing from the second and first floors. It was unknown if the home was occupied, so a search for both the occupants and the fire began immediately. Primary searches were nega-

JUMP TO FILE #041218105 tive and firefighters began to attack a fire found on the secondfloor. Firefighters were advised that the homeowner was not home, as his car was not near the home. A secondary search was commenced just to be sure and turned up negative for the singe occupant, however, the home-

owner's cat was found and brought outside to City of Pittsburgh Paramedics where it was treated with oxygen for smoke inhalation. The cat is expected to be okay. The fire was quickly extinguished and placed under control in about 30 minutes. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Countdown to Calamity (1971) By Quality Information Publishers Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail:support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $18.99 (DVD) This DVD is 26 minutes in length. It is narrated coverage of a massive fire from 1970 which started in Oakland, California. Though it seemed to be contained,

the high winds which periled that state spread the fire from north to south, spreading the joint firefighting forces so thin that mutual aid had to be called in. This was a very difficult story to review because the scenes changed so fast and in spite of the excellent narration, notes just could not be taken quickly enough to keep up. It was exhausting to even watch this devastation, especially if you thought of the relentless fight that these forces put forth. All of the fire scenes show ruins! There is footage of the operations centers and their dispatching activities. Camp crews were also in abundance. These were the infantry so to speak, whose manual labor helped other ground and air operations to bring this conflagration so to speak, to a halt. It is an exceptional report that viewers can appreciate.

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Mohnton Fire Company uses this 2016 HME RAT (Rapid Attack Truck) with 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon tank as Engine 57.

The rescued cat is given oxygen by Pittsburgh paramedics.

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Upper Leacock Fire Company runs this 2000 Ford F 350 Squad Truck.


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Vehicle News

The Reinholds Fire Co. has taken delivery of this 2018 Washington Fire Company #2 of Danville (Montour The Warrior Run Area FD recently placed into service Pierce Arrow XT engine. Engine 18-2 operates with a County), now operates this 2018 Spartan/Rescue 1 as Truck 9-1, a 2017 Pierce Enforcer 2000/500 with a 107' 2000-GPM pump and a 1000-gallon water tank. Heavy Rescue 27. ascendant ladder. DALE FEEHRER

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Ranger Hose Company #2 of Berwick now operates this The Shamokin Dam FD has placed this 2018 Spartan/4- Cleona Fire Company has taken delivery of this 2017 2017 KME as Engine 111. It has a 2000 pump, 750 water Guys rescue-engine into service. Rescue-Engine 91 has Pierce Saber engine (1500/750), designated as Wagon 8. and 30 foam, and replaces a 2003 KME engine. a 1750-GPM pump, a 750-gallon tank, and carries a variety of Amkus extrication equipment.


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Second-Alarm Requested at West York Borough House Fire West York, PA - While firefighters from around the country honored fallen brothers Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony from the York City FD on March 28th, a call was received by York County for a working fire in the first block of South Highland Ave. With smoke JUMP TO FILE# being seen from the 040118110 memorial, crews upgraded to the working fire assignment. Firefighters arrived to find fire in the second-floor of an attached dwelling. Crews then asked for the second-alarm to be hit due to staffing. Firefighters worked on scene for about two hours. According to CBS 21 news, the occupants of the home found their bedroom on fire after the power went out and escaped the residence. Since crews were standing by at stations throughout York County so members could attend the services of the day, firefighters from Dauphin, York, Franklin, Adams, Lancaster and Cumberland Counties were on the call. -TIMOTHY COOVER

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How to Hide Healthy Ingredients in the Firehouse Menu FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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Bedroom Fire on North Front St. in Reading

Reading, PA - On Monday, April 9th, dispatchers at the Berks County DES 9-1-1 center received a call reporting a fire at 543 North Front Street. Chief Mogel (Car 2) arrived at a three-story MOR with smoke showing from the top floor. Firefighters from Engine 7 and Rescue 1 stretched a line into the dwelling and located a fire in a third-floor bedroom. The fire was controlled quickly. All searches were declared clear, and no injuries were reported. The incident was placed under control within 15 minutes. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

I have said it once and I will say it again; getting the crew to eat healthy in the firehouse is not easy. But one thing I have learned over the years is that you have to treat it the way parents do when trying to get their kids to eat vegetables. It’s trickery, mixed with a little culinary creativity and a splash of luck. If you are lucky like me, your crew will trust you enough when it comes to cooking that they won’t ask too many questions. Sometimes after a meal I will get the “What was that thing you put in the pot?” But if I was successful at hiding the healthy stuff, they won’t even know what hit 'em! How to go about doing this is easier than you may think. One of

the first ways I was able to “hide” a healthy ingredient was by swapping in mashed cauliflower for half of the potatoes needed for Shepherd’s Pie. The crew knew something was different, but they just couldn’t figure out what it was, but they loved it! One of my favorite things in the world to cook is pasta, but unfortunately many pasta dishes don’t offer much in the way of nutrition. To get a little more fiber I will use whole wheat pasta if possible. This will fill up the crew a little quicker, resulting in smaller portions and often less calories consumed. Adding more vegetables than meat is also another little “trick” to get more nutrients and vitamins into the meal. For example, with the classic pasta with sausage, broccoli, garlic and oil, I will cut the amount of sausage in half and add more broccoli than say a recipe calls for. When the crew wanted lamb burgers I was able to put some ideas “to the test”. Since lamb is

naturally very lean, it can dry out very easily. So even if you don’t overcook it, it still needs some extra fat to make it more delicious. With the Roasted Pepper Sauce, I used Greek Yogurt instead of the traditional Mayonnaise based. The yogurt offers much more in protein and probiotics. And the best part...they didn’t even know it was yogurt! I also felt the burger needed a little crunch to it, so I decided on a Radicchio Herb Salad to top the burger with. Radicchio is great because it offers a slight bitterness that compliments the gamier lamb flavor. And the herbs and lemon were able to cut through the fat of the feta cheese and sauce. And of course a burger is often served with fries, and while it is a great combo, sometimes I want to eat a little healthier. So for this meal I roasted some potatoes in olive oil with fresh thyme and finished with lemon. Another healthy, delicious firehouse meal!

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INGREDIENTS: 3 pcs. Jarred Roasted Red Pepper, drained well 8 oz. Plain Greek Yogurt Zest of ½ Lemon 1 Tsp. Lemon Juice 1 Garlic Clove, diced 2 TBS. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt, to taste

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Lt. Getka of Rescue 1 captured this fire shot while searching the dwelling in East Reading.

Second-Floor Job in East Reading Reading, PA - On Thursday, March 22nd, several emergency calls were made from the 400 block of South 15th Street reporting flames shooting from a second-floor. Engine and Rescue 1 arrived at 4:44 P.M., with fire showing from the rear of a two-and-a-half story dwelling. Firefighters stretched a line into the dwelling and began searching. Crews located the fire and knocked it down quickly. A second line was stretched to cover adjacent dwellings from extending fire. Searches of the home were declared clear with no injuries. The fire was placed under control by Chief Banks (C5) at 4:58 P.M. No injuries were reported, and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

PROCEDURE: Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. Pulse well. With machine running, drizzle in olive oil just until combined. Taste for seasoning. Radicchio Herb Salad

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PROCEDURE: Cut radicchio into thin strips. Combine in a bowl with herbs, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine, add a drizzle of olive oil. Taste and season as needed.

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WORKING FACES

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Mahanoy City Firefighter James Markiewicz throws a ladder as part of an RIT assignment to Shenandoah.

Lancaster City firefighters work to extinguish a rooftop fire at 101 N. Queen St.

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Working Building Fire in Lancaster City Lancaster, PA - A noontime rooftop fire struck a building under renovation at 101 N. Queen Street in Lancaster City on March 28th. Demolition crews working at the building accidently caught a piece of HVAC equipment on fire while dismantling it. The fire was contained to plastic components of the piece of equipment. The burning plastic created a very smoky scene in the downtown district. The building's stand pipe was out of service due to renovations

JUMP TO FILE #032818104 being done at the building. Firefighters used the aerial ladder's waterway to create a standpipe on side "A" in order to supply water to the crews working to extinguish the fire on the roof. Engine 64-1 picked up a hydrant on North Queen St. and supplied water to Truck 62-2, while crews from Engines 64-2 and 64-3

picked up a second water supply on E. Orange St. to supply hand lines on side "D". Firefighters had the fire under control shortly after arriving and remained on the scene for about two hours. There were no injuries and there was no dollar amount in fire loss, as the equipment was being removed. Captain Todd Hutchinson was in command of the scene. - BOB DEVONSHIRE

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Shenandoah Lieutenant Eric Macker replaces his SCBA cylinder after a dwelling fire on East Oak Street.

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Members from Lancaster County, Maytown East Donegal Fire Department walk out of a scene with members from Franklin County, Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department.

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Life Lion 1 on the scene of a crash in East Donegal Township, (Lancaster County). Life Lion 1 is the newest aircraft which was placed into service on January 11, 2018.


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The Reading Fire Department K-9 arson unit operates this 2008 Ford Explorer as Car 23. The vehicle was previously assigned to the RPD as a K-9 unit. Multiple master streams battle a commercial fire in Harrison Township.

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Fire Consumes Commercial Structure in Harrison Township

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JUMP TO FILE #041018106 importance of maintaining our Medicare ambulance extenders. The fact is... EMS could not survive without them,” noted NAEMT President Dennis Rowe. “We deeply appreciate Rep. Nunes’ leadership in securing our Medicare extenders for another five years. Throughout the entire process, Rep. Nunes demonstrated his steadfast commitment to do right for our industry, our patients, and our communities. It has truly been an honor to work with Rep. Nunes and his great staff on this legislative initiative, and we thank him for his outstanding leadership to our nation.” About NAEMT: Formed in 1975 and more than 65,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. - NAeMT

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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Mahanoy City Tower 456 (Citizens) set up if needed for operation during a fire in the borough. FIRST DUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Fire units remain on-scene throughout the day after building is destroyed by landside.

Apartment Building Collapses After Landslide Destroys Major Allegheny County Road East Pittsburgh, PA - An apartment building was destroyed in the early hours of Saturday, April 7th, after US Route 30, a major Allegheny County roadway, collapsed more than 40-feet. In March, PennDOT officials noticed a dip along the westbound lanes of US Route 30 in East Pittsburgh. Signs were posted to alert drivers to the dip. On April 2nd, a water main caused a small landside and further damaged the road. Several residents of the building that was later destroyed were evacuated as a precaution and were allowed to return home the next day once the water main was fixed. On April 4th, US Route 30 began to sink further. PennDOT then closed all westbound lanes and one eastbound lane due to the damage occurring to assess what may be causing the damage. The road

JUMP TO FILE #040918100 continued to deteriorate and on April 6th, PennDOT officials closed US Route 30 completely and evacuated the residents in the apartment building that was later destroyed. At some point in the early morning of April 7th, a major landside occurred, dropping three lanes of US Route 30 between 30 and 40 feet. The landside destroyed one of the apartment buildings in the complex and damaged a second building. It also brought down power lines and severed gas lines in the area. Shortly after the landside occurred, emergency personnel responded to the scene to evacuate the rest of the residents from the en-

tire apartment complex, along with several businesses and one home near the landside. Later in the day, heavy equipment was brought in and the damaged apartment building was torn down to begin the process of clearing the landside. Thankfully, no one was injured during this event. At this time, it is unknown if other buildings will be destroyed or torn down. Local, County and State officials have all requested emergency declarations and will be working together to clean up and repair the damage. PennDOT officials have stated the clean up and repairs will take months, but no estimate has been determined at this time. Approximately 30,000 people use the road that was destroyed and will be facing lengthy detours.

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Hummelstown's Engine 46, a 2012 Alexis/Spartan (1500/750/30F), is seen here pumping a few lines during a working structure fire in Hummelstown Boro on February 5th.

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Hershey Fire Department Air 48 assists during a 2-alarm structure fire at 475 East High St., in Palmyra Borough.

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Mount Carmel Engine 3 pumps to the scene of a multi-alarm fire on Hickory Street.


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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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The Fremont FD of Mt. Pleasant Hills, PA continues to operate this 1988 Darley engine (1500/750) that originally saw service in nearby Millerstown, PA.

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Car Burns Inside Reading Automotive Shop

Reading, PA - On the morning of April 5th, the Berks County Department of Emergency Services began receiving calls reporting a garage on fire on Nicolls Street. Engine 9 and Ladder 3 arrived moments later with smoke showing from a single-story garage. Firefighters forced entry into the structure and knocked down a fully-involved SUV inside. With fire travel into the roof, crews laddered the building to overhaul. Several sections of roof decking were cut and removed to expose fire that had traveled through a duct. The fire was placed under control 20 minutes later by Deputy Chief Mogel (Car 2). No injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. Jefferson County's Reynoldsville FD has this 2006 Pierce Arrow/1981 Sutphen that they run as Tower 6. It saw service in Saginaw, TX, who remounted the Sutphen on the Pierce chassis. It has a 1500 pump, 400 water and a 100' mid-mount tower. It replaces their 1989 Sutphen tower they had purchased from State College. DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

The East Waterford Fire Co. operates this 2002 E-One engine (1500/1000). This piece saw previous service in Greenwich, CT.

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The Nashville Fire Co. in York County has taken delivery of this 2009 Pierce Arrow XT quint (1500/500/75'). This piece previously served in South Adams, CO.

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Car Strikes Rock Wall on Lititz Pike in Manheim Twp.

Manheim Twp., PA - At 7:13 P.M. on April 8th, crews from Manheim Twp. Fire Rescue and Manheim Twp. Ambulance were dispatched to 2680 Lititz Pike for a vehicle accident reported with entrapment. Truck 204, Engine 201 and Chief 207 went responding with additional info that a car hit a rock wall with unknown injuries, but the driver could not get out of the vehicle. Chief 207 arrived quickly to confirm no entrapment. MTFR crews went to work cleaning up debris and fluids. Firefighters used a sledgehammer to break down a large chunk of the wall so that crews could clear the roadway. Crews cleared the scene around 7:35 P.M.

Reading Fire Department Arson K-9 "Gracie" attends the memorial service for fallen York Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony. JASON BATZ


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A God of Empty Promises Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

I recently came across this story: A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate an automobile. "Bill" and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. Bill's father told him that he would come through with a promise to purchase the car for him upon his graduation. On the eve of his graduation, his father handed him a gift-wrapped Bible. Bill was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other again. It was only the news of his father’s death years later that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night going through his father’s possessions that he was to inherit, he came across the Bible his father had given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier’s check, dated the day of his graduation, in the exact amount of the car they had chosen together. As I thought about this story, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people in this world have done the same thing with God. Literally tossed aside a wonderful promise(s), because they didn’t understand it, look into it enough, or believe that it was possible. God reveals His promises to all of

us in the Bible: "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope," (Jeremiah 29:11). In our world, we are taught that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". So many of us have been taken in by “empty promises,” that we are leery of anything or anyone that tells us we can have something for nothing. The world simply doesn’t work that way! But, you know what – God does. God never made a promise that was too good to be true. It is His gift to those who trust in Him: “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid," (John 14:27). The truth of the matter is, the world is full of empty promises. We watch TV and the advertisements tell us that we can be happy, sexy, rich, or famous, if only we purchase a certain product. It doesn’t take long before we discover that the world’s promises are full of emptiness. But, God is different. Instead of promises full of emptiness, he gave us emptiness that is full of promise. For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!", and through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") …(2 Corinthians 1:20a). Jesus said: ”I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:2526 ). What tremendous promises promises that all can embrace with confidence.

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Lower Alsace Township Community Volunteer Fire Co. ran this 1957 Mack b85f as Engine 4-1.

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Car Torched in Reading Railway Yard

Reading, PA - On Monday evening, March 26th, firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle fire on North 8th Street. Engine 9 and Ladder 3 arrived with a fully involved vehicle.

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Firefighters from Phoenixville and Kimberton practice conventional methods of forcing padlocks during a forcible entry class held in March.


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IN SERVICE

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East Brandywine Fire Company utilizes a 1998 American LaFrance 75' A I 2000/500 Quint.

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President Joseph Wayne of the Girardville AOH watches SCI Mahanoy Honor start the parade.

Girardville Holds 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Girardville, PA - On Saturday, April 14th, the Girardville Borough was the scene of the 15th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The large parade is sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Jack Kehoe Division #1 of Girardville. The parade started at 12:00 P.M. and was viewed by 10,000 spectators. The parade consists of multiple bagpipe bands, marching units, floats, and emergency equipment. The parade lasted over

JUMP TO FILE #041518103 four hours and was four divisions long. Parade activities concluded at the famous Hibernian House with an award ceremony. A special performance of the Brian Boru Bagpipe Band was enjoyed by the crowd. The parade and special celebrations were well welcome by the residents of Girardville and Schuylkill Counties.

Fire apparatus from Girard Fire Company had black memorial bunting displayed due to the recent loss of a member. Firefighter Amy McClintock passed away one week prior to the parade and activities. She was also a member of the Parade Committee and Amateur Radio Club that supports the parade. Her son, Devin, wore the "Sparky" suit and marched in the parade for the Girard Hose.

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Fannett-Metal Fire & Rescue operates this 2011 KME Predator (1250/1000/Amkus) rescue-engine as Engine 12-1.

- STEPHEN BARRETT

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Susquehanna Twp. operates this 2007 Pierce quint (1500/500/75'), designated as Engine 37.

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A picture of Firefighter Amy McClintock, who passed away one week prior to the parade, sits on the front of the Girard Hose engine.

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The Po-Mar-Lin Fire Co. operates this 2009 Pierce Quantum PUC (1500/1000), designated as Engine 36.


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The estimated number of firefighters working in the U.S. is 1,134,400. Of that number, 346,150 are career firefighters and 788,250 are volunteers.

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Dwelling Fire in Upper Milford Township Upper Milford Twp. (Lehigh County), PA - On Thursday, April 5th at 11:40 A.M., Upper Milford Fire Companies and various other fire companies from a three-county area were dispatched to a dwelling fire on Ridge Road in the township. Upon arrival, crews had smoke showing from a second-floor room. Quick response from all the companies using hand lines had the fire under control within 30 minutes. The fire was contained to the

JUMP TO FILE #040618108 one room, which suffered more water damage than fire. The residents were outside when the firemen arrived, and there were no injuries. A second-alarm was needed for manpower and tankers, as the dwelling was located in an extremely wooded area in the town-

ship. The cause of the fire is not known, pending the outcome of the investigation. Assisting the two Upper Milford companies were Emmaus, Greenawalts, Alburtis, Eastern Berks, Siesholtzville, East Greenville and Hereford. Macungie EMS and Fire Police from several locations also responded to the scene.

- TERRY RITZ

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Reading Fire Department recently placed this 2017 Ford/AEV medic unit into service as Medic 3.


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Firefighters arrived at this dwelling early Easter morning with a large volume of fire in the rear extending into an exposure. A second-alarm was transmitted to control the fire.

Easter Morning Second-Alarm in Reading Reading, PA - Just after midnight on April 1st, Reading firefighters were turned out on Box 07-04. Dispatchers from Berks County DES advised responding companies of a possible basement fire from 341 West Greenwich Street. Engine 7 arrived at a threestory MOR with smoke showing at 343 West Greenwich Street. Firefighters stretched a line into the dwelling and located a large volume of fire from the rear. Chief Stoudt (C4) reporting the fire extending into 345 West Greenwich that required a line into the exposure dwelling. With crews searching the upper floors of what appeared to be a vacant dwelling, the fire was found extending into the walls and roof through void spaces. With all

JUMP TO FILE #040118114 hands operating, Chief Stoudt requested a second-alarm. Three additional lines were stretched into the fire building and adjoining dwellings. All searches were declared clear with no injuries reported. The fire was placed under control with overhaul at 1:27 A.M. Suburban units from Spring Township, West Reading and Greenfields assisted. Off-duty firefighters placed reserve units in service to cover remaining calls. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. - JASON BATZ


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A partial view of Ontario St. showing the courtyard, station and antique apparatus.

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Philly Company Celebrates 140 Years of Service

Reading Firefighters Dan Wade and Justin Auker scrub several sections of attack line after a previous fire.

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Philadelphia, PA - Engine 28, in the Port Richmond section of the city, celebrated their anniversary on April 14th. Ontario Street was closed off with antique fire apparatus on display by members of the Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus Association. To the side of 28's station is a courtyard where the locals gathered for vendors and refreshments. E-28 remained in service that day and made a medic run that afternoon.


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Two-Car MVA on Main St. in East Greenville East Greenville, PA - On Saturday, April 7th at 5:28 P.M., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to a two-car MVA on Main St. in the Boro. The female from the light tan car was being tended to by EMTs from Upper Perk EMS. The woman in the white car was not injured. The cause of the accident was from the light tan car, who rear-ended the white car. All traffic on Rt. 29 (Main St.) had to be rerouted. Assisting the fire company was Fire Police from East Greenville, East Greenville Police and Upper Perk EMS.


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