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Schuylkill County, PA – A small village outside Shenandoah lost a house to a raging fire on Thursday morning, October 17th. The first dispatch went out at 5:16 A.M. for a working house fire in the 1100 block of West Center Street in the Brownsville section of West Mahanoy Township. The first-alarm included Fire Districts 36 (W. Mahanoy), 64 (Shenandoah), 45 (Girardville), and West End Rescue 48-50.

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One Injured After Jeep Slams Into Tree Near Oneida Schuylkill County, PA - One person suffered minor injuries after a Jeep slammed into a tree on Chapel Road, outside Oneida, around 7:30 A.M. on Thursday, October 17th. Fire District 9 (Sheppton-Oneida) and LVHN BLS were dispatched to the scene and found one vehicle into a tree, partially blocking the roadway. The patient was taken to a local hospital while fire crews remained on scene to help with traffic control.

"I'm Justin, I grew up in Woodcliff Lake and was always hopping on my scooter whenever the fire whistle went off; I did it close to 20 years. Days before I moved, the department had a going away dinner for me. At the end of the dinner, Chief Lucia presented me with a helmet and made me an honorary member. When I moved to Cape May in the summer of 2015, the fire department welcomed me with open arms. I treasure my relationship with both departments." "I also ran a police scanner website ( for 15 years. During that time I

formed relationships with fire departments from all over Bergen County. One of the most rewarding was my friendship with Teaneck Box 54 back in 2000. The president at that time had emailed me with some information and we quickly became friends. He invited me to visit them in Teaneck, and one thing led to another, and they made me an honorary member. I wrote a lot about them, including a poem that was read at their 50th anniversary dinner held in 2002." "Becoming a correspondent with 1st Responder News has given me a way to contribute to the fire service, which I'm very thankful for."


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Lower Alsace Twp. Holds Dual Housing Lower Alsace Twp., PA - On September 21st, the Community Vol. Fire Company of Lower Alsace Twp. held a dual housing for their 2018 KME Panther 1500/1500/30 Engine Tanker 4, and their 2019 Kubota ATV. The engine tanker was dedicated to the memory of their late Chief, James H. 'Saggy' Snyder. The Kubota will give them access to emergencies in the Mt. Penn area and within the 560-acres of Antietam Park.


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Third-Alarm Blaze Strikes Senior Care Center in Upper Macungie Twp. Allentown, PA - On September 22nd at 2:54 A.M., Companies 8, 25 and 56 of the Vera Cruz FD responded to a fire call at the Heather Glen Senior Care facility, located at 415 Blue Barn Road. The facility provides care for seniors and those who are af- JUMP TO FILE# flicted with demen- 092719113 tia or Alzheimer's disease. A neighbor behind the facility saw a fire on the rear deck of the occupied building and called it in. On scene, Fogelsville Fire Chief Jacque Creamer, Jr. reported heavy fire in the rear and transmitted a second-alarm. A Herculean task was carried out by firefighters, police and EMS in evacuating the patrons as smoke began to filter into the numerous rooms as alarms sounded. A third-alarm was transmitted and a MCI Level 2 was established. Five staff members and 82 patrons were evacuated from the facility. Seven rescues were made in the rear of the building via ground ladders. Evacuees were transported by buses and vans to the Trexlertown firehouse and a nursing home in Emmaus. Two firefighters and six residents were taken to the hospital for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries. The blaze continued to give firefighters a problem in the original area, as it had lodged itself in the roof area and ceilings had to be opened up. Surrounding the facility with raised aerial ladders were Western Salisbury, Weisenberg, Trexlertown, Emmaus and Cetronia. Other companies on scene were Whitehall, Tri Clover, Vera Cruz, Lower Macungie, Fountain Hill, Woodlawn, Catasauqua, Lower Milford, Upper Milford, Lehigh County, Nancy Run, Alburtus, Kutztown, Blandon and Fleetwood. Numerous ambulances along with the Eastern PA EMS Council, and state and local police also assisted. Canteen service was provided by North Penn Goodwill of Souderton. (Author's note: My apolgies in case I missed anyone.) To quote Fogelsvile VFC's Facebook page, "At the end of the day, everyone went home".

Smoke at the rear of the Heather Glen Senior Care facility floodlighted by Trexlertown's ladder.



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Maine: Michael Bell, 68 Rank: Captain Incident Date: September 16, 2019 Death Date: September 16, 2019 Fire Department: Farmington Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Employees inside of a recently renovated two-story administrative office for Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) Inc., a nonprofit that helps adults with developmental, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities, made an emergency call reporting that they smelled propane. No patients were inside and all employees inside of the building evacuated immediately. Captain Michael Bell responded with the Farmington Fire Rescue to the emergency call. Soon after firefighters arrived on scene and began to investigate, there was an explosion that leveled the building. Captain Bell was killed as a result of injuries sustained in the explosion. Six other firefighters, including the fire chief, and a maintenance worker were reportedly injured and transported to hospitals around the state. Pennsylvania: Edward Nulton, 60 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 21, 2018 Death Date: September 19, 2019 Fire Department: Kunkle Fire Company Initial Summary: On September 21, 2018, Firefighter Edward Nulton was directing traffic at the scene of a vehicle accident when he was struck by a dump truck. He suffered critical injuries, including traumatic brain injury, from which he was unable to recover. Nulton passed away as a result of his injuries on September 19, 2019.

North Carolina: Claud G. Messer, 74 Rank: Captain Incident Date: September 20, 2019 Death Date: September 20, 2019 Fire Department: Jonathan Creek Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: While operating a fire department vehicle, Captain Claud Messer was involved in a vehicle accident on Jonathan Creek Road (Highway 276 North) as he responded to another emergency traffic accident call. Messer passed away as a result of the injuries sus-

tained in the accident.

Texas: Kenneth Stavinoha, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 21, 2019 Death Date: September 21, 2019 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty at Houston Fire Department’s Station 27, Firefighter Kenneth Stavinoha suffered a medical emergency and did not survive. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Florida: Scott R. Neumann, 52 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: September 26, 2019 Death Date: September 26, 2019 Fire Department: Martin County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: After returning home from his shift at the Martin County Fire Rescue Department, Station 16, in which he participated in physical fitness training, Firefighter-Paramedic Scott R. Neumann passed away from a medical incident which has not yet been determined. South Carolina: Paul E. Quattlebaum, 46 Rank: Fire Engineer Incident Date: October 4, 2019 Death Date: October 4, 2019 Fire Department: Lexington County Fire Service Initial Summary: Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum was dispatched to a medical call. While responding to the call, he and his partner saw a vehicle accident in the 5200 block of Fairview Road and stopped to help. While checking on those involved, Quattlebaum was struck by a semi-truck. EMS treated Quattlebaum at the scene and then transported him to a nearby hospital where he passed away.

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Crews Faced with Tough Conditions at Wilmerding House Fire

"My name is Dale Moore, I'm 19-years-old and I'm a member of New Bremen Volunteer Fire Department in Lewis County, NY. I was a junior member with the department at 17-years-old before becoming the first graduate to move onto full membership status. My tattoo, a thin red line flag with 'We the People' written under it, is located on my lower right arm."

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Wilmerding, PA - At 8:51 P.M. on September 22nd, fire crews were dispatched to a possible structure fire located in the area of Marguerite Avenue in Wilmerding. The caller reported a large amount of smoke and fire in the area, but was unsure as to what was on fire. Wilmerding's Chief arrived in the area, reporting nothing showing, and asked dispatch for a better location. Dispatch advised that they were still unsure on the location, but were now receiving multiple calls. Turtle Creek Truck 283, who was responding to the call, advised dispatch that they could see smoke and flames on a hillside above where Wilmerding's Chief was. Fire units then began search-

JUMP TO FILE #092419100 ing the area for the source of the smoke and flames. After several minutes, crews were able to locate the fire along Orient Ave., and advised dispatch that they had an abandoned house with heavy fire showing. The house was situated along a tight dead-end road with no hydrants nearby. Several engines were able to make it down the tight street and began attacking the fire with tank water. Wilmerding's Chief requested additional units to the scene, including several tankers. It took crews some time to finally establish a water supply from both the top and bottom of

the hill. Over 5,000-feet of supply line was stretched from the top of the hill to the scene and over 500feet of supply line was stretched from the bottom of the hill up a steep set of stairs. Once crews finally had water, a defense attack began. Shortly after crews began attacking the fire, the home collapsed. Firefighters spent several hours dousing the flames before the fire was placed under control. ATV vehicles were brought in to transport firefighters to and from the scene. Additional crews were also brought in to help repack the supply lines. No one was injured and the fire is under investigation. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

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Blandon Fire Co. Ladder 12 operates at a working fire in a scrapyard.


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Firefighters stretched multiple hose lines to combat four dwellings on fire in the 1400 block of North 6th St. The fast-moving fire required 3 alarms to control.

Multiple Homes Burn During Three-Alarm Fire in Reading Reading, PA - Reading firefighters from the 'B' platoon were returning from a box alarm on the morning of September 20th when a column of smoke was observed from the north side of the city. Moments later at 7:23 A.M., Box 0703 was transmitted for a fire at 1402 North 6th Street. Engine 7 arrived with fire showing from a three-story MOR and smoke showing from two additional dwellings. As the first hose line was stretched, crews began to ladder the building to search the upper floors. Chief Banks (Car 5) arrived and quickly requested a second-alarm at 7:27 A.M. Ladder companies began to work the roof of the buildings to cut off the fire traveling down the common cockloft. Additonal hose lines were deployed from Engine 7 into several exposure buildings and the roof. At 7:33 A.M., Deputy Chief Thorpe (Car 6) reported fire through the roof and a collapse at

JUMP TO FILE #092219109 the rear of the fire building. With fire now in 1402A, 1402, 1404 and 1404A North 6th, Deputy Chief Banks ordered a third-alarm at 7:41 A.M. Firefighters from the 'D' platoon, who had arrived for their dayshift, began to place additional apparatus into service to cover the city. The bulk of the fire was knocked down at 8:12 A.M. Crews were then tasked with overhauling several large areas of the roof, as well as inside several dwellings. Multiple people were displaced from the fire, but no injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. Firefighters from Spring Twp., Muhlenberg Twp., West Reading and Mount Penn assisted. - JASON BATZ

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Ma, Meatloaf! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco


A 9/11 ceremony was held in the parking lot of MISSION BBQ, a restaurant located in the Whitehall Mall that's well known for its support of emergency services members and the armed forces. A large American flag flew, supported by Whitehall's Tower and Catasauqua's Ladder. Towards the end of the ceremony, companies on scene as well as others were dispatched to a nearby working dwelling fire.

There are few things that connect us with our past more than food. It has the innate ability to bring us back to a certain time or event in our life, both good and bad. When I think about my own past, these memorable meals tend to be the comfort food I grew up with. Coming from a big ItalianAmerican family, I can still smell both of my grandmothers’ tomato sauce bubbling away. The meatballs, braciole and ribs turning it a dark brick red and lending just enough fat to slick the top. Or maybe it's my mother’s meatloaf, studded with carrots and glazed

perfectly with ketchup, not fussy but certainly satisfying. Meatloaf is one of those miraculous dishes that checks all the boxes. It feeds a crowd, reheats well and can also be eaten cold on a sandwich, all while being a relatively good bang for your buck. The traditional version is my favorite, due of course to that nostalgia I was speaking of earlier. But sometimes I like to take these “traditional” recipes and turn them on their head a little bit while still keeping true to their form, in this case a loaf of meat. By now you may have realized I like to take a healthier approach to my cooking in the firehouse. It's no secret that we tend to gravitate towards high fat, high calorie food as firefighters. But it's killing us, plain and simple. Cardiac-related incidents continue to be the number one killer of firefighters. So

why not take familiar flavors and make them a little healthier, even if it's just a little bit. With meatloaf, the answer was obvious, substitute beef for a leaner meat like turkey. It's important when using these leaner meats to amp up the flavor due to the lower fat content. One thing is for sure, chipotle packs a punch in the flavor department. Mexican ingredients work well when trying to introduce healthier meals into the firehouse because they amplify flavor, not calories. Cilantro, chili powder, jalapeno and lime all add depth to the dish without adding extra fat. And the beauty of meatloaf is that it's a blank canvas, so it takes these flavors on so well. Give this recipe a shot and remember, cooking should be fun. Adjust the recipe according to your liking. Stay safe, eat well!




Since starting in 2007, the WTC Tribute in Light Photo Shoot held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City has photographed well over 1,000 emergency vehicles. This year, just over 175 were shot. Making the trip on a warm but clear night were rigs from NJ, NY, PA and CT. Some arrived early for a BBQ in the staging area. Camaraderie was in full effect among the fire, police and EMS members that attended. Pictured are apparatus from Pink Heals-Lehigh Valley Chapter.

1 lb. Ground Turkey ½ Yellow Onion, diced 1 Cup Plain Breadcrumbs 1 Egg ¼ Cup Milk 1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce ½ Avocado, mashed ½ Cup Black Beans, rinsed and drained 1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and diced 1 Tbs. Chipotle Adobo Sauce Small Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped 1 Tbs. Kosher Salt Glaze: 2 Tbs. Tomato Paste 1 Tbs. Honey 6 Tbs. Chipotle Adobo Sauce 1 Tbs. Water Procedure:

-Preheat oven to 350° JASON BATZ

The Reading FD held it's annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony in City Park, where community members, elected officials and firefighters reflected on the 343 firefighters who lost their lives participating in the greatest rescue in history. Comments made by Fire Chief William Stoudt, Mayor Wally Scott and Senator Judy Schwank all repeated a key theme of "NEVER FORGET". Pictured are Senater Judy Schwank, Mayor Wally Scott, Fire Chief William Stoudt and Deputy Chief Larry Moyer carrying a wreath to the base of the city's Remembrance Tree, commemorating the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

-In a large bowl, combine the onion, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, salt, Worcestershire, chipotle adobo sauce and avocado. Stir well to

combine. Add the turkey, black beans, bell pepper, and a pinch of cilantro. Gently combine with your hands. -On a large baking pan, mold the meatloaf into a rectangle. Combine all the glaze ingredients in a bowl. Evenly spread the glaze on top of the meatloaf and


place in the oven. Cook for 1 ½ hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro.

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Vehicle Pursuit in Reading Ends in Crash with Fire Reading, PA - Early in the morning of October 5th, Reading Police Officers initiated the pursuit of a stolen vehicle, which came to an immediate halt when the vehicle crashed into a home in the area of 4th and Greenwich. As the car caught fire, officers radioed for the fire department to respond. A box alarm was transmitted at 12:28 A.M., with Engine 3 arriving moments later. Firefighters stretched a line and quickly knocked down the vehicle fire while checking the dwelling for fire extension and collapse hazards. No injuries were reported. The RPD officers took one male suspect into custody and units cleared the scene within 45 minutes.

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Tamaqua firefighters were able to help an occupant out of this home on North Greenwood St. and contain the fire in less than 15 minutes on 10/5/19.

Tamaqua Crews Rescue One from House Fire Schuylkill County, PA – Just after 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 5th, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched a structure fire assignment to the area of Mauch Chunk and Greenwood Streets in Tamaqua. First responding units were advised of a second call reporting a fire at 20 North Greenwood Street. Chief 65-2 and Engine 65-12 reported a header from across town and requested it be re-paged as a working fire. Both units arrived on scene and reported a working fire, with fire showing from the middle of a row.

JUMP TO FILE #101819100 At that time, police were reporting the possibility of entrapment as occupants were unaccounted for. The engine crew initiated an aggressive interior attack while others began a primary search. A female occupant was located crawling in the kitchen and firefighters helped her out of the building where she was evaluated by paramedics and taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The other occupant was determined to be not

home at the time of the fire. Engine 65-10 secured a water supply, positioned in front of 65-12 and was followed by Ladder 65-20. Engine 65-14 staged behind 65-12. RIT was requested from Panther Valley (Lansford and Summit Hill). The fire was knocked down within 15 minutes of crews arriving on scene, with two lines stretched and operating. A third line was stretched but never charged. With the quick knockdown, firefighters were able to overhaul the scene and clear up shortly after noon. - JC KRIESHER

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Hazle Township Assistant Chief Mike Volciak prepares to go vent the roof at a recent fire in Sugarloaf.


Harrisburg FD Allison Hook & Ladder Co. #12 once ran this 1957 Mack B/Maxim 85' Tiller.

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Back in 1910, members of Slatington Hose Co. #1 dedicated this 12-foot fireman monument, manufactured by J.W. Fiske Iron Works in New York, NY. The fireman holding the child was chosen as a symbol of service, vigilance and humanity. ET Barnum Co. in Detroit manufactured the fountain to provide water for man and beast. Standing as a living memorial to all volunteer firemen, the statue is a tribute to the heroes who are ready to serve at any hour, during any type of weather, and without pay.


One Injured in Bellevue Commercial Structure Fire Bellevue, PA - At 8:00 P.M. on September 20th, Bellevue firefighters were dispatched to the 4400 block of Ohio River Boulevard at Leff Marvins Cleaners for an automatic fire alarm. Shortly after dispatch, Allegheny County 911 received multiple calls for an explosion and fire at that location. The assignment was then upgraded to a full com-

JUMP TO FILE #092319118 mercial structure assignment. Crews arrived to find a working fire with fire showing through the roof and one injured employee. A second-alarm was quickly added as crews went to work. Firefighters had to evacuate

the building several times due to conditions, but crews continued to battle the stubborn fire for over two hours before it was finally brought under control. The injured employee was transported to a local hospital and the fire is under investigation. - ERIC RASMUSSEN


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One Extricated from Head-On Crash on Route 422 in Exeter Twp. Exeter Twp., PA - On October 13th at 8:03 P.M., Exeter Twp. FD and Life Lion EMS were dispatched to 6260 Perkiomen Ave. for an MVA with one person reported to be unconscious. Berks received multiple calls for a Jeep versus truck, with one vehicle hanging off the median. Callers also reported that the car was driving the wrong way when it struck the pickup truck headon. Deputy 25-2 arrived and confirmed a car crash with heavy entrapment in one vehicle, and requested fire police to shut down Route 422. Birdsboro-Union Engine 7 was added along with an additional medic and ambulance. Crews from Companies 25 and 7 worked hard to the extricate the occupant from the vehicle, but the peculiar position of the car made it difficult. Firefighters worked for over 30 minutes and were able to get the occupant out after removing the roof. The patient was then transported Class 1 to Reading Hospital. Route 422 eastbound was closed for over one hour until the vehicles were removed.


Marple Twp., PA- The Broomall Fire Company finished moving into its new five-bay station in September. It's located directly across the street from their old three-bay station on Malin Road. With furnishings, the final cost of this new 24,000-square-foot building is estimated to be over $8 million. The station features a sprinkler system, six bunk rooms, a training room, gear room and a fitness room. Low wattage LED lights, insulation and radiant floor heating help to make this station as 'green' as possible. At nighttime, the '53' atop the station is lit up in red.


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Four Homes Burn During Afternoon Fire in Reading Reading, PA - Units were returning from an alarm activation at Jamestown Village Apartments on the afternoon of October 9th when Deputy Chief Glore (Car 9) noticed a column of smoke in JUMP TO FILE# the sky around 101319114 Front and Greenwich Streets as he was heading south on Schuylkill Avenue. Before turning onto Greenwich Street, box alarm 0704 was struck for 120 West Greenwich Street. Deputy Chief Glore arrived to a three-story row frame dwelling with fire showing in the rear on the second floor. The fastmoving fire had already extended into homes at 116, 118 and 122 West Greenwich Street. With the fire quickly overwhelming firefighters on scene, a second-alarm was struck for additional manpower. Firefighters stretched hose lines to the rear of the homes while another was deployed to the second floor of the home at 120 West Greenwich Street. Ladder crews immediately went to the roof to begin ventilation efforts and slow the progress through the void spaces. All searches were reported as clear, and the bulk of the fire was knocked down within 20 minutes. Crews would remain on scene for nearly two hours overhauling several areas. No injuries were reported, and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. Units from West Reading and Spring Township assisted.


Firefighters knock down visible fire in the rear of 4 homes on West Greenwich St. in Reading, 10/9/19. The rapid progress of the daylight fire required a second-alarm.


Read more articles on our website! Deputy Chief Stoudt directs roof operations during a 2nd alarm fire in the 100 block of West Greenwich St., 10/9/19.


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Lehigh Twp. Fire Company now operates this 2019 Glen Rock Hose & Ladder Company now operates this The Campbelltown VFC has taken delivery of this 2020 Rosenbauer Heavy Rescue, designated as Rescue 47. 2019 Sutphen 1500/500, designated as Rescue Engine Alexis/Peterbuilt (1750/4000) tanker, designated as 59. Lebanon County Tanker 2.

The City of Lancaster Fire & Rescue has taken delivery The Birdsboro-Union FD recently received this 2020 The Saegertown Vol. Fire Co. of Crawford County now of this 2019 Pierce Enforcer (1750/500). Engine 3 will Pierce Enforcer PUC Pumper, designated as Rescue 7. operates this 2019 Pierce Enforcer as Engine 19-2. It has also carry a light assortment of Holmatro tools. The truck has a 750-GWT and 1500-GPM single-stage a 1500-GPM pump and 1000-gallons of water. pump.


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In August, new firefighters worked on through the lock techniques during an Exterior Firefighter Program held at Intercourse Fire Company in Lancaster County.



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The Suedburg Community Fire Co. runs this 2010 GMC/Pierce 500/250/20 as E 21-41. KEN SNYDER

Hazle Township firefighters open the roof.


Sugarloaf House Fire Draws Second-Alarm ALAN HOFFMAN

Engine 63 from Haycock Fire Co. No. 1 in Bucks County features a 1750-GPM pump and 1000-gallon tank.

Luzerne County, PA – Around 3:40 P.M. on Sunday, September 29th, Luzerne County 911 dispatched Sugarloaf Fire and EMS to 110 Lakeview Drive in Sugarloaf Township for a reported house fire. 177 Chief was on-air shortly after dispatch reporting a column of smoke visible from a few miles away and requested the secondalarm to be added, which included units from Valley Regional, Hazle Twp., Nuremberg-Weston, Hobbie, Foster Twp., and Mahanoy City RIT. Firefighters arrived to find fire

JUMP TO FILE #100219100 on the 'C' side second floor exterior being controlled by a garden hose, and smoke showing from the 'A' side. 116 Engine 3 and 177 Engine 3 secured water supplies on their way in as crews stretched a line through the front door off 177 Engine 2. A second line was stretched to the front door as Hazle Twp. Tower 7 arrived on the scene and was sent to the roof.

Interior conditions rapidly improved once the roof was opened, allowing the smoke and steam to exit into the afternoon sky. An exhaust fan was hung from the front door as the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. Crews had the fire under control within 20 minutes, but remained on scene into the evening. A State Police Fire Marshal was requested to respond in to the scene. - JC KRIESHER

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Shoemakersville Fire Company operates this 2010 Spartan/Central Heavy Rescue.


The West Willow Fire Company operates this 2011 Spartan/Summit (1500/2515) tanker. In this shot, Tanker 60 was supplying an engine during a barn fire.


The Townville FD Emergency Services of Crawford County operates this 2018 Ford F-550/Horton as Ambulance 24.

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Williamsport Bureau of Fire is located at 440 Walnut St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Rescue 1 (not pictured) is lo-

cated at the old Station 2 and is equipped with all of the technical rescue equipment.

They also have two firefighters

staffing Engine 14-1 that runs out of the old Lycoming Twp. Vol. Fire Company house.


Tower 1 is a 2010 Pierce with 300-gallons of water and a 2000-GPM pump. It has a full compliment of ground ladders.



Williamsport Bureau of Fire operates Tower 1, Engine 1 and Car 1 out of the station at 440 Walnut St.

Car 1 is a newly delivered 2019 Chevy Tahoe.


Engine 14-1 is a 2004 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper with a 750-gallon tank. The Williamsport Bureau of Fire has a 2-man crew that runs this engine.



Engine 1 is a 2016 KME with 500-gallons of water and a 1500-GPM Hale pump. The hose bed is filled with 1200-feet of 5-inch, 600-feet of 3-inch, and 200-feet of 2-and-1/2-inch. In the front bumper resides the Hurst Ecombi tool, and in the rear compartment are a set of Hurst cutters and spreaders.

Williamsport Bureau of Fire also has a new patch that will soon be shown on all the apparatus.



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eLEND joins Heroes Mortgage Program to offer down payment assistance for heroes

For many Americans, funding the down payment necessary to realize a dream of home ownership simply is not possible; and squirreling away the dollars to do so on a limited budget could mean several years of renting and waiting to buy a house. In some cases, first responders and other community service employees have trouble affording homes in the areas where they work. With a purchase as big as buying a home, a little help can go a long way. The Advantage Program, introduced to the Heroes Mortgage platform by eLEND, helps hometown heroes like police officers, volunteer and paid firefighters, EMS workers, medical professionals and educators purchase a home within the community where they work, even in high-cost areas. The unique down payment assistance program was specifically designed for those who make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as first time home buyers. “The Heroes Mortgage platform helps connect members of the emergency services community with lenders that are specifically interested in working with them,” said Joseph P. Belsito, publisher of 1st Responder Newspaper. “The Advantage Program created by eLEND is exactly what makes the Heroes Mortgage Pro-

“We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform. It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.”

- BILL PACKER Executive Vice President eLEND

gram a valuable resource for heroes in our community looking for home financing.” Grant provides help to homebuyers Many buyers wait patiently on the sidelines, saving money and watching interest rates rise. Unlike many other home buying assistance programs, eLEND’s Advantage Program provides a grant for the down pay-

ment. These resources can immediately build a borrower’s buying power, helping them act on a purchase more quickly for either that first home, or a move-up home as the family has grown and needs more space. Qualified buyers can receive grants up to 2% of the purchase price, minimizing the

down payment dollars needed at closing. The grant is “forgivable” so it doesn’t have to be paid back, and there are no resale or borrower repayment restrictions. In the state of Wisconsin, appraisal cost (up to $700) is credited back at closing. This program is not yet available in Hawaii or Washington. To qualify, a borrower need only meet one of the following very flexible requirements: a current, retired, volunteer or professional first responder (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, etc.), educator, medical personnel, civil servant or military personnel, or a first-time homebuyer or meet certain income requirements. “We’re excited to introduce our Advantage Program to the Heroes Mortgage platform,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president of eLEND, a division of American Financial Resources, Inc. “It’s our way of trying to help hometown heroes advance their dreams of home ownership.” For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit or call 877-541-HERO.

For more information or to check your eligibility for The Advantage Program, visit or call 877-541-HERO.

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KIMTEK Introduces Three New Brush Truck Skid Units Basic models offer options and price point advantages October 9, 2019–Orleans, VT - Fire departments with brush trucks are benefitting from three new skid unit options just introduced by KIMTEK Corporation. These additions to KIMTEK's FIRELITE® 300 series meet the latest demand for basic, firefighting-only skid units ideal for applications that do not require area for storage and patient transport.


Firefighters wait for water to be shuttled to the scene by tankers.

High Winds Fuel Fire Near Shenandoah Schuylkill County, PA – A small village outside Shenandoah lost a house to a raging fire on Thursday morning, October 17th. The first dispatch went out at 5:16 A.M. for a working house fire in the 1100 block of West Center Street in the Brownsville section of West Mahanoy Township. The first-alarm included Fire Districts 36 (W. Mahanoy), 64 (Shenandoah), 45 (Girardville), and West End Rescue 48-50. Crews arrived on scene to find a two-story, single-family dwelling well involved in fire. High winds were blowing through the area and sending the flames high into the air. Squrt 64-20 took the address while Engine 64-10 stopped to grab a nearby hydrant. First-due firefighters began to apply water to the fire, but the small hydrant was not capable of producing the amount of water needed. As flames continued to fly high into the sky, so did embers, which led firefighters to focus their efforts on keeping nearby houses safe. At 5:31 A.M., a tanker task force was dispatched to the scene and included tankers from Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, Sheppton, Ringtown and Nurem-

KIMTEK's new FDHP 304, 305, and 306 model skid units come equipped with a manual Hannay 4000 Series reel and a water tank in 125, 160, or 200 gallon capacity. Buyers have their choice of four pump options: the Davey 6.5, 9, and 13 hp pumps and the new Darley 1.5 AGE 13HX which produces pressures up to 225 psi and is also available on all KIMTEK brush truck 300 series skid units. Bearing a sleek, basic design, these newest FDHP skid units are priced

affordably and are produced with the same high quality materials and workmanship expected of every KIMTEK product. Like the FDHP 301, 302, and 303 models, the new FDHP 304, 305, and 306 model skid units have all-aluminum diamond plate construction with aluminum tubing, stainless steel plumbing with brass 1/4-turn valves, NFPA fully baffled water tank, and a reinforced base with space to accommodate a fork lift. The entire line of KIMTEK brush truck skid units and all available options may be viewed at About KIMTEK Corporation KIMTEK Corporation is the largest producer and marketer of ATV/UTV-specific skid units for public safety agencies in the U.S. KIMTEK's FIRELITE® fire and rescue skid units and MEDLITE® medical skid units are now in service in all fifty U.S. states, all of

Canada, all branches of the military, the National Park Service, numerous NASCAR tracks, sporting complexes, schools, universities, and in several countries worldwide. KIMTEK Transport skid units are made in the USA. Founded in 1984 as a research and development company dedicated to advances in life safety technology in the fire sciences, KIMTEK Corporation manufactures and markets a full line of FIRELITE and MEDLITE Transport skid units for emergency service UTVs and pick-up trucks. For more information, please contact KIMTEK at 888-546-8358 or visit

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JUMP TO FILE #101819101 berg-Weston. An Engine from Gilberton was also dispatched. Tanker 30-35 and Chief 45 set up the tanker shuttle and began to feed water into the scene. A twoand-a-half inch line and the waterway from the Squrt were put into action, and moments later, the house collapsed into a pile of rubble. By that point the fire had spread to a nearby truck, a gazebo and other items in the backyard. With a steady water supply now established, firefighters were able to stretch more lines and work on the fires in the backyard. The fire was under control and tankers were released after operating for approximately one hour. The incident was scaled back to West Mahanoy Twp. crews, who would remain on scene to perform overhaul. The American Red Cross was requested to offer assistance to the displaced occupants. It's unknown if there were any injuries on scene. - JC KRIESHER



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When a Crisis Gets Close to Home Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Job 1:18-22 (NIV) It is one thing to respond to a critical incident or take part in mitigating a disaster of some kind or another, but there is a whole different dimension to disaster when it strikes so close to home or hits your life. So often in the midst of a crisis we want answers, yet even answers can’t change what has we need something MORE than just answers. Has anyone left us a blueprint in how to face a tragedy? I mean, I know we have Critical Incident Stress Management, and that seems to help most First Responders deal with the trauma we see day in and day out. But how do we deal with tragedy as godly people who believe in a good God? There is a man named Job that faced a series of terrible per-

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sonal tragedies, a man who lost his children in a terrible accident, a man who also had few answers, so what sustained him? The example of Job shows us a path through tragedy, while it doesn’t give us all the answers, it does point us to the one who can sustain us. When we can’t find solutions to our questions, we can find a savior for our catastrophe. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…” (Revelation 3:20).

STILL IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our Still in Service feature, please upload them on our website or email them to

Engine 22-1 of the Columbia Fire Company in Osceola Mills (Clearfield County), still operates this 1972 Mack CF/1988 Grumman refurb. It has a 1250-GPM pump, 600 water and 80 foam. It started out with the Cinnaminson FD in NJ.


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COMMAND VEHICLES If you have photos you would like to see in our Command Vehicles feature, please upload them on our website or email them to

Rothsville Vol. Fire Company Chief 24 operates this 2015 Chevy Tahoe.



The Lower Alsace Fire Co. in Berks County uses this GMC Envoy as a command vehicle.


The Hanover Twp. FD (Luzerne County) operates this 2014 Chevrolet Silverado as the Command Vehicle. It has scene lighting, carries 2 Scott SCBA’s, Hurst Strong Arm Tool, EMS equipment, Accountability Boards, TIC/4 gas meters, extinguishers, and a large variety of hand tools and roadway safety equipment.


Battalion 12 in Philadelphia operates this Chevrolet Suburban.

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Several Animals Rescued from Wilmerding House Fire Wilmerding, PA – At 9:14 A.M. on September 20th, firefighters were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 400 block of Airbrake Avenue. Arriving crews found a duplex with heavy smoke showing from the third floor. Crews made JUMP TO FILE# entry and quickly 092319117 began attacking the fire. Several animals were rescued, including a dog and several cats. The fire was placed under control in under one hour as crews continued to perform overhaul. No one was injured and the fire is under investigation. - ERIC RASMUSSEN

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FDNY, The Battle Continues WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Chinatown, Battling the Blazes VIDEO REVIEW

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FDNY The Battle Continues Chinatown, Battling the Dragon By 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) This DVD is 40 minutes in length. These two major fires take place in the Chinatown section of Manhattan. One is a 5th alarm from 2009 and the other is a 7th alarm from 2010. Even though that was some time ago, fire is fire

and both of these are well worth the viewing! Both fires have fire traffic so that the viewer can get an idea of the magnitude of what these firefighters had to deal with within the walls of these buildings, as well as on the outside! It was shear hell compounded by many occupants, difficulty in locating the fires, close proximity of the buildings, high heat and spread of the fire via airshafts to name a few! There were several MAYDAY’s in the first fire and an evacuation order transmitted by the incident commander at the second fire. Many tower ladders were put to work, as well as numerous hand lines. Fire extended to all floors and to exposures. There were constant roll calls needed to assure that all companies had their personnel accounted for. The intensity of these operations have to be viewed to be appreciated!

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The Nuremberg-Weston Volunteer Fire Company recently placed a 2005 Pierce Enforcer Quint into service. Ladder 19-20 features a 75' aerial, 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank. This rig previously served in Sheboygan, Wisconsin before relocating to PA. Nuremberg-Weston is the primary provider of fire protection for North Union Twp. in Schuylkill County and Black Creek Twp. in Luzerne County.


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Dwelling Fire in Hereford Estates Hereford, PA - On Wednesday, October 9th at 4:45 A.M., Hereford and Siesholtzville Fire Companies were dispatched to a dwelling fire at 321 Ashford Lane in the Hereford Estates Mobile Home Park. Light smoke was showing on crews' arrival, and the fire was placed under control within less than eight minutes. The cause of the fire is pending the outcome of the investigation. There were no injuries reported. Assisting the Hereford Twp. fire companies were East Greenville Fire Co. and Bally EMS. Fire Police from Hereford Twp. and East Greenville were also on scene.

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This patch belongs to Pennsburg Fire Co. Station 65 in Montgomery County. Displayed on it is the 1949 Seagrave 65' ladder truck they once had in service.

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Kochek's Strainers, Elbows Test at the Top Results of latest independent flow tests posted on Kochek website

Reading FF Steve Johnson poses with Smokey the Bear while celebrating Smokey's 75th Birthday. STEVE JOHNSON

Muhlenberg Township career Firefighter Dan Wade and newly appointed Chief Lawrence Moyer pose for a photo after an incident at Unique Pretzel Bakery in Reading.

October 1, 2019--Putnam, CT Kochek Company, LLC has posted on its website white papers detailing the latest independent flow test results of multiple brands of fire hose, strainers and elbows. Conducted by GBW Associates, LLC and Water Supply Innovations, LLC, test conditions were closely monitored for consistency and elimination of variables. Kochek lightweight suction hose was used as a constant in each testing category. Kochek's low level, ice, floating, box, and barrel strainers and 90° suction elbows performed at or near the top of all test subjects. Description of each test's flow speed, motor speed, and vacuum readings as well as official summaries of independent test findings may be found at

Strainers for every call The latest flow testing data support fire professionals' observations of Kochek's rugged construction, reliable performance, and versatility in the field. Kochek strainers are compact and constructed of lightweight aluminum yet are durable to withstand harsh weather conditions while delivering maximum water flow. They come in sizes from 1.5” to 6” and are available in NH, Storz Camlock, connection styles. Kochek produces a full line of top performance water flow products manufactured from high quality materials engineered to exacting specifications. All Kochek products are covered by a five-year warranty against manufacturing defects. About Kochek

Headquartered in Putnam, CT, Kochek Company, LLC was founded in 1988. A technologically advanced manufacturing company, Kochek is a leading producer of water movement products for fire, water works, and irrigation markets throughout North America and abroad. To achieve its mission to manufacture and deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices, Kochek devotes time and resources to the development of innovative solutions that meet high standards of excellence in engineering, manufacturing, and customer support. More information about Kochek and the company's entire line of fire equipment may be found at



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