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Schuylkill County, PA - Around 4:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 21st, the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 13 East Liberty Street in their borough for a reported house on fire. Initial calls reported the rear of the house on fire which was quickly confirmed by police on scene. - See full story on page 12

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Sporting a new paint job for it's new department, 174 Ladder 1 is this 1997 Spartan/Quality/Aerial Innovations ladder. The Salem Twp. Fire Co. of Luzerne County purchased this unit from the Richland Twp. F.D. in Cambria County. It has a 1250 pump, 500 water and a 75' rear mounted ladder.



Firefighters from several companies assisted the Cumru Twp. Fire Dept. during this dump truck fire in a scrapyard.

Tri-Town Fire Co. out of Ulysses, PA (Potter County) has slowly been updating their fleet of apparatus after building a brand new fire station. They purchased from the Township of Spring out of Berks County, PA Engine 47-2, a 1998 Pierce Saber 4x4 pumper with a 1,250-GPM and a 740-gallon tank. JOSHUA "GUNNER" KNOLL


Mount Penn, PA Fire now runs a 2005 Pierce Lance 2000/750. The unit once ran with Gordons Corner, NJ Fire Company.


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The Liberty Hose Co. #1 of Williamstown, PA has acquired this 1998/2008 Seagrave engine (2000/750/50/150) that previously saw service with the Lower Swatara FD.

Cumru Twp. Firefighters Handle Dump Truck Fire Cumru Twp., PA - On Monday, September 25th, the Cumru Township Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in a scrapyard at 475 Poplar Neck Road. With a plume of smoke visible in the sky, Chief 42 (Beane) requested an additional Engine and Tanker. The Chief arrived with a tractor-trailer dump truck with a load of styrofoam and scrap burning on the trailer. Units began stretching lines and establishing a water supply to the remote area. With assistance from the yard, heavy equipment was used to offload the

JUMP TO FILE #092617104 contents for extinguishment. Firefighting efforts were hampered by an unseasonal heat-wave for this time of year that had them operating in 90+ degree weather. Crews were on scene for over an hour. No injuries were reported. Units from Kenhorst, Gibralter, Exeter and Shillington assisted. - JASON BATZ

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Brand new Virginville Ladder 33 is a 2017 Rosenbauer America Model RBM Commander with 400-gallon tank and a 1,500-GPM pump. Ladder 33 is seen here working at a dump site for tankers at a barn fire in early September.


EMS crews from Schuylkill EMS and Saint Clair firefighters work to extricate the driver of a vehicle that struck a tree along Route 61.

Driver Flown from Crash on Frackville/Saint Clair “Grade” JOSHUA "GUNNER" KNOLL

Harrisburg Tower 1 on the move for a Fire Alarm at a local high rise building in the City of Harrisburg.

Schuylkill County, PA – Just before 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 5th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched the Saint Clair Fire Department and Schuylkill EMS to Route 61 Northbound on the “Grade” between Saint Clair and Frackville for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Original reports were given to responding crews that there was one vehicle into a tree with nobody seen around the vehicle, and the vehicle was smoking. A second call gave EMS updated information that the male driver was unresponsive in the vehicle and possibly having a seizure.

JUMP TO FILE #092717111 Aeromedical transport was placed on standby. Engine 701 arrived on the scene and found one vehicle off the roadway and into a tree with minor damage to the vehicle. The engine crew began patient assessment until EMS arrived on the scene a few moments later. The patient was extricated from the vehicle and placed in the nearby ambulance for further evaluation. Bystanders on scene stated that the driver may have suffered

some type of medical emergency. EMS then requested aeromedical transport to be dispatched and land at the Schuylkill Mall. Frackville, Altamont and Englewood Fire Companies were dispatched to the Schuylkill Mall to set up a landing zone for Lehigh Valley MedEvac 7. The helicopter landed without issue and the patient was loaded for transport to a tertiary care facility. The Pennsylvania State Police were on the scene investigating the crash. - JC KRIESHER

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Schuylkill Hose Tower 63-22 (Schuylkill Haven) sits on scene of a house fire in North Manheim Township.


Apparatus from Cumru Township, Kenhorst and Southern Berks EMS operating at a hazardous materials drill held at the Berks County Fire Training Center.


Macungie Ambulance Corps operates this 2002 Ford E450/Excellance as an incident support unit for extended operations, known as 6651.

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Alabama: Dale Clinton “Clint” Hardemon, 58 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: August 13, 2017 Death Date: August 13, 2017 Fire Department: West Blocton Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Dale Clinton “Clint” Hardemon responded with the West Blocton Fire Department to a structure fire at 0818hrs on the morning of August 13, 2017. While on scene at the structure fire, Lieutenant Hardemon operated the fire pump on the fire apparatus and also maneuvered fire hose around the structure and apparatus. Fire department units returned to service at 1120hrs. Hardemon then drove the apparatus back to the station with no problems noted. Later that afternoon at approximately 1410hrs, Lieutenant Hardemon was at the fire station with Fire Chief Joe McCool looking at one of the fire department boats. Lieutenant Hardemon told the chief that he was feeling lightheaded and then fell to the ground unresponsive. Fire Chief McCool immediately began medical care and called 911. McCool initiated CPR and placed Lieutenant Hardemon on the AED; 2 shocks were administered before the arrival of the ALS unit. Lieutenant Hardemon was taken by ambulance to Bibb Medical Center, and then airlifted to DCH Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased that evening from a heart attack. Arkansas: Randy Ray Treat, 71 Rank: Captain Incident Date: August 26, 2017 Death Date: August 26, 2017 Fire Department: Kingston Rural Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Randy Ray Treat fell ill while responding to an emergency call, becoming unresponsive, and then passing away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

California: Gary Helming, 47 Rank: Battalion Chief Incident Date: August 31, 2017 Death Date: August 31, 2017 Fire Department: Los Padres National Forest Santa Lucia District Initial Summary: While returning from an assignment on the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest, Battalion Chief Gary Helming was killed when a Ford F-350 traveling in the opposite direction suffered a tire failure, crossed the middle of the road, and struck Chief Helming's vehicle head-on.

California: Terry Smerdel, 59 Rank: Battalion Chief Incident Date: September 10, 2017 Death Date: September 10, 2017 Fire Department: San Francisco Fire Department Initial Summary: Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel returned from an early morning fire alarm call, and was later found by coworkers in his office, unresponsive. Advanced Life Support measures were immediately initiated. He was pronounced deceased surrounded by his Fire Department Family, and later joined at the station by the Department’s Chaplain and the Smerdel family. Pennsylvania: Kenneth Greene, Sr., 60 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: September 3, 2017 Death Date: September 14, 2017 Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Kenneth Greene, Sr., became ill while on-duty and was transported to the hospital from the fire station on September 3, 2017. Lieutenant Green passed away on September 14th, 2017, from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

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Firefighters were called from several suburban companies to assist during this multiple-alarm in the 300 block of Cedar St.

Multiple Fires Tax Fire Department Resources in Reading


This patch belongs to Camp Hill Fire Department, located in Cumberland County, PA.

Reading, PA - Firefighters were stretched to the limit when box alarms were struck three minutes apart on September 30th. At 7:18 P.M., a caller from the boarding house at 125 South 4th Street requested the fire department for smoke in the building. Chief Moyer (C8) arrived at the three-story multi-occupancy structure with occupants advising there was a fire on the first-floor. Crews discovered a fire partially knocked down with an extinguisher on the floor with smoke throughout the building. With on-duty units were tasked with the incident on South 4th Street, a box alarm was transmitted for 312 Cedar Street at 7:21 P.M. Multiple calls were received reporting a fire in an occupied row home. With Ladder 3 out of service due to a staffing issue, Engine 9 was dispatched as

JUMP TO FILE #100417122 the sole remaining company in the city. Medic 2 arrived with a twostory MOR with smoke and fire showing. Chief Moyer redirected several units from South 4th Street to Cedar Street to assist Engine 9. Multiple units from suburban companies were dispatched to cover for the city. Chief Rehr (C9) and Chief Mogel (C2) responded from home and were advised that the fire was rapidly extended into two exposure dwellings. A second-alarm was requested for additional manpower and equipment at 7:33 P.M. Several lines were stretched into the fire building and exposures with fire spreading into a

common cockloft. All searches were clear with the bulk of the fire knocked down in the fire building at 8:09 P.M. A large number of firefighters were committed to the fire in the cockloft along with roof work. Several saws were placed into service at the request of Chief Rehr (C9). No injuries were reported and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating both fires. Engines 3 and 1 along with Ladder 1 remained committed to the South 4th Street incident for approximately one hour. Units from Mount Penn, Lower Alsace, Exeter, Muhlenberg and Spring assisted. Additional firefighters were recalled to staff reserve fire apparatus in the city. - JASON BATZ



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Upper Leacock Fire/Rescue Firefighters Jason Keys and Bobby Good pose for a buddy shot after finishing up the Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.


A group of Reading Firefighters pause for a photo before an academy graduation ceremony begins for the Newark Fire Department. Members came to support former Reading FF Mike Harcarik, who was graduating.

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The Cumru Township Fire Department was given a unique opportunity recently when a structure was offered for them to train on by the Health South Rehab Hospital. The building is one of several which will be torn down in the complex. Firefighters gathered on Monday night, September 11th to begin practicing engine and ladder company operations in conjunction with the Kenhorst Fire Company. Several new members of both departments worked on the first-floor practicing simple hose stretches and using SCBA. The second-floor of the building was used for a simulated fire with crews working to stretch lines, ladder the building, and conduct searches. In the coming weeks, multiple drills will be conducted before the building is demolished.


Hazle Township firefighters work to free a trapped occupant from a car that was involved in a crash on the CAN-DO Expressway.

Hazle Township Performs Quick Extrication on CAN-DO Expressway Firefighters from Cumru deploy a hose line during a simulated house fire at an acquired structure drill. JASON BATZ

Luzerne County, PA – Around 11:45 A.M. on Tuesday, October 10th, Hazle Township Fire & Rescue Company was dispatched with APTS Medic 11 to the CAN-DO Expressway (SR 924), near the entrance to Interstate 81 South, for an accident with injuries. Chief 141 and Medic 11B were the first units responding and were advised of a passenger car versus truck with one occupant of the car unresponsive. Units were quickly updated that there were now reports of the unconscious occupant being trapped in the vehicle. Chief 141 arrived on scene and confirmed one person trapped in the passenger car in the Northbound lanes of Route 924. A second ALS

JUMP TO FILE #101017107 unit was requested to the scene and aeromedical was dispatched to land at the Harwood ball field. Rescue 141 was directed to come in to the scene and take the driver’s side door in order for a rapid extrication to occur. Engine 3 arrived on scene and assisted the rescue crew. The patient was extricated within minutes of the rescue company arriving on the scene. The patient was taken to the ball field in Harwood where an engine company from Hazleton City set up a landing zone for Lehigh Valley MedEvac 4. The patient was

transported to a trauma center by air. The Pennsylvania State Police had the Northbound lanes of 924 closed for the duration of the crash which led traffic to back up to the area of Maplewood Drive. Utility 141 was requested to the scene with the hazmat trailer to help control the massive amount of fluids on the road from the truck involved in the accident. All units were placed available after 12:30 P.M. This accident is just one of many on this stretch of roadway. Many involve passenger cars and tractor-trailers and result in entrapments and serious injuries. - JC KRIESHER

New firefighters from Cumru and Kenhorst work to repack a hose line after completing an evolution. JASON BATZ

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One occupant was trapped in this vehicle after colliding with a truck on Route 924 in Hazle Township.

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Three Homes Damaged in Schuylkill Haven Fire Schuylkill County, PA – Around 4:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 21st, the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 13 East Liberty Street in their borough for a reported house on fire. Initial calls reported the rear of the house on fire which was quickly confirmed by police on JUMP TO FILE# scene. Chief 63 re- 092717122 quested RIT to the scene from Pottsville. The Chief arrived on scene and assumed command. Crews found a two-and-a-half story duplex with heavy fire on the "B" side with an exposure only feet away. Tower 63-22 took the address with Engine 63-12 following right behind. Engine 63-12 secured a water supply. Squad 63-69 came in from the opposite direction and also secured a water supply. A second-alarm was transmitted and brought units from Cressona, Landingville, Orwigsburg, Pine Grove and a Rapid Intervention Team from Tamaqua into the scene. Multiple lines were stretched off 63-12 and 63-69 as fire was now licking out the front of the house. The Tower crew began to ladder the building and set the truck up for aerial operations. Pottsville Ladder 51 was directed to the rear of the structure where they too secured a water supply and stretched lines to the fire building. Crews also performed a search of the building and pulled out a cat that had perished in the fire. Tower 63-22 was flown to the roof and a crew performed vertical ventilation. Tower 63-25 staged behind 63-69. As second-alarm units arrived on scene they were directed to send all available manpower to the front of the building. Interior crews radioed that they had heavy fire on all floors and command acknowledged that there was now heavy fire showing from the roof. Crews entered the other half of the duplex and stretched lines to the upper floors. Other firefighters checked the “B” side exposure for extension as heavy damage was noted on the exterior. Firefighters began to make excellent progress on all floors and the fire began to darken down. Within 25 minutes of crews arriving on scene, the bulk of the fire was knocked down. The American Red Cross arrived on the scene to provide assistance to those displaced while firefighters overhauled the building. Crews set up ventilation fans in the doorways and made sure all of the hot spots were extinguished. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Crews began to be released after 6:00 A.M. and all crews were available by late morning. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal was requested to the scene to help with finding the cause of the blaze. - JC KRIESHER

Schuylkill Hose firefighters work on the roof from the bucket of Tower 63-22.

Fire damaged three buildings on Liberty Street in Schuylkill Haven.



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Healthy-ish Thanksgiving in the Firehouse


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a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

The Goodwill Fire Co. of Flemington (Clinton County), operates a 1995 KME as Engine 7-12. It has a 1500 pump and 1250 water.


private sector jobs or careers, emergency services do not take holidays. The fire doesn’t care that it is July 4th, the heart attack isn’t worried about ruining Thanksgiving dinner and the robber certainly doesn’t mind stealing all of your Christmas presents. We signed up for this knowing full well that while other families and friends are home enjoying time together, we may be on shift or have to respond to an emergency at any given time. This makes it all more important to use these opportunities to “celebrate” with our second family at the firehouse. In my crew, we have taken it a step further and invite our immediate families to the firehouse to enjoy a nice meal to help make the holidays at work a little better.

Of all the holidays, I would say Thanksgiving is our most “popular," and for good reason! Deep fried turkey!!! We all know the dangers of frying a turkey but just in case you forgot, here are some tips: -Make sure the turkey is completely thawed out! -Use the correct amount of oil. One trick is to place the turkey (still in bag) into the pot and fill with water, stopping about ¾ of the way up. Now remove the turkey, and where the water line is, is where you will want to fill the oil up to. Using a dry erase marker on the OUTSIDE of the pot will help you see where to fill it to. -Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. -Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow. -Choose a smaller turkey for frying – 8 to 10 pounds is best. We all know the classics of Thanksgiving...Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing, etc. etc. But why not switch it up a little and make it just a little healthier, but still delicious?! Maybe mash up some sweet pota-

toes instead, or how about roasted green beans instead of a casserole? Since we usually deep fry a turkey, I like to lighten it up a little with the sides, and for me personally, I look forward to these more than the turkey! One of my go-to’s is glazed carrots. There are a million and one ways to make this classic dish but below is a recipe that really takes it to the next level using classic French and Italian techniques. The French technique, called “a l’etuvee,” is when you cook vegetables in a shallow pan, preferably with straight sides, with just enough water to come up halfway with butter and salt and then simmered with a parchment paper lid called a “cartouche”. With this dish, I have simplified it a little by eliminating the cartouche and just adding a little more water to compensate for evaporation. The Italian part used is called an Agro Dolce sauce; agro meaning sour, and dolce meaning sweet. By using maple syrup and cider vinegar in this recipe, you are able to truly capture flavors of this season!

“Maple-Cider Agro Dolce Glazed Carrots” Serves 4-6

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-32oz. Package of Baby Carrots, halved diagonally -3 Tbs. Butter, plus 1 Tbs. to finish dish -Small Bunch of Fresh Parsley, chopped -¼ Cup Pecans, toasted and chopped -Water, enough to just barely cover carrots in pan -Salt, to taste Maple-Cider Agro Dolce:


Bethlehem Township Engine 1711 is a 1989 Mack/Ward 79 1250GPM/500-GWT pumper, that had refurbish work done by Micro. This tough veteran is still serving the community.

Prescott Community Fire Co. Station 29 purchased their current Engine from the Goodwill Fire Co. Station 30, located just a couple miles away in Myerstown, PA. Engine 29 is a 1970 Hahn Engine with 1,000-GPM and 1,000-gallon tank.


-1 Fresno Chile, thin sliced (substitute 1 tsp. Chili Flake) -¼ Cup Maple Syrup -¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar -Salt, to taste PROCEDURE:

In a deep saute pan, arrange carrots in a single layer with the 3 Tbs. of butter, pinch of salt and just enough water to barely cover the carrots. Bring up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the carrots are tender and there is almost no liquid left.

Add the Agro Dolce to the pan, cook until it reduces to a glaze. Pull the pan off the heat and add 1 Tbs. of butter, stirring to make a glaze. Taste and season. Stir in pecans and parsley, serve.



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Pickup Truck Crashes Through Store in Limerick Township Limerick Twp., PA - On Thursday, October 5th at 8:45 A.M., Limerick and Linfield Fire Companies were dispatched to a vehicle into a building with entrapment. Chief 54 arrived on location and found a pickup truck in the building and the driver out of the vehicle. The truck did extensive damage to the store, but luckily

JUMP TO FILE #100517111 there were no injuries to any store workers or patrons. The driver, who complained of not feeling well prior to the crash, said he woke up and realized he was in the building. He was exam-

ined by Trappe Ambulance and signed off with no services needed. Fire crews secured the building, assisted removing the truck from the building and secured all the various cleaning supplies and chemicals that were damaged in the building from the crash.


Reading Firefighter Promoted

Reading, PA - Congratulations to Reading FF Michael Brunner on his promotion to Lieutenant with Rescue 1. Mike was hired on June 16th of 1997. After completing the academy, Brunner was assigned to the "D" platoon as a jumper firefighter. In February of 2008, Brunner took assignment with Engine 13. Mike would then transfer to Tower 1 on March 13th in 2011. Lieutenant Brunner is now assigned to Rescue 1 continuing on the platoon he's been with since he was hired.



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Rescue Fire Co. Celebrates Anniversary J. KRIESHER

Lehigh Valley MedEvac 7 on a scene call for a victim from a motor vehicle accident. The loaner chopper landed at the Schuylkill Mall in New Castle Township.

Dallastown, PA - Rescue Fire Co. No. 1 observed its 125th Anniversary on September 30th. On display in the adjoining parking lot were various pieces of apparatus and an area for firematic vendors. The new Pierce pumper tanker was also housed that day.

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Jeep and Pole Destroyed in Zion Grove Crash Schuylkill County, PA – At 5:42 A.M. on September 27th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched Nuremberg-Weston Volunteer Fire Company and Shenandoah ALS to Green Mountain Road and Red Ridge Road in North Union Township for a motor vehicle accident with JUMP TO FILE# injuries. 092717118 Chief 581 and Engine 582 were advised of a single-vehicle accident involving a utility pole with one person injured. The injured person was reported to be at a nearby residence. Engine 582 arrived on the scene and found one Jeep in the roadway with severe damage, and a utility pole completely sheared. Engine 583 arrived on scene and initiated patient care until the arrival of Medic 6401. Fire police set up traffic control while EMS tended to the patient and firefighters cleaned up debris around the scene. Chief 581 requested PPL Electric Utilities to the scene. After being evaluated by EMS, the patient refused any further treatment for minor injuries. The fire department was clear of the scene around 7:00 A.M. - JC KRIESHER

The driver of this Jeep suffered minor injuries after it demolished a pole on Red Ridge Rd. in North Union Township.



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Reading Firefighters pose at the completion of the 2017 awards ceremony held at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.

Firefighters Recognized During Awards Ceremony Reading, PA - The Reading F.D. held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, October 7th at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. Citations are submitted throughout the year by department officers. The following three incidents were chosen for this year's event: #1: 1211 North 10th Street 12/30/16 - B platoon Firefighters Timothy Conti and Kenneth Brooke were assigned to Ladder 3 when they were dispatched for a structure fire with a child trapped. Ladder 3 arrived quickly at the dwelling fire and observed a child at the top floor window. With crews fighting the fire inside, the two utilized the aerial ladder to remove the child without incident. Both

JUMP TO FILE #100917124 were awarded commendations for their actions. #2: 1707 Haak Street - 1/1/17 D platoon firefighters had their hands full at this second-floor fire in the 1700 block of Haak Street on the 1st of the year. As firefighters arrived, they were advised that a bedridden man was trapped on the second-floor. Working together to make the rescue and control the fire, several firefighters were recognized. 2nd Deputy Chief Rehr, Lt. Michael Brunner, FF Tim Sullivan, FF Steve Ginder and FF Glen Raudensky received the Medal of Valor. FF Dev Kanaan received a

commendation. FF/PM Mark Placek, FF/PM Chris Bixler, FF/PM Josh Schmeck and FF Luke DePledge received unit citations. #3: Spring Street Subway 7/28/17 - B platoon Firefighters Jason Licwinko and Lucas Baker were assigned to the 9th & Marion Station during the evening of July 28th. After a strong storm pushed through the area, many parts of the city began to flood. Companies were dispatched to the Spring Street Subway during the storm for a vehicle stuck in the water. The pair entered the water, secured a frightened woman and safely removed her. Both were awarded a Medal of Merit for their actions. - JASON BATZ


Car Strikes Pillar of Econo Lodge in Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg Twp., PA - At around 3:40 P.M. on October 3rd, crews were called to the Econo Lodge for a structure fire. The original dispatch was for a car that struck a building with smoke coming from the car. Goodwill Fire Co. Chief 10 arrived on scene first and reported a car versus pillar at the Econo Lodge, with light smoke from the engine compartment. Rescue 10 and Ladder 10 arrived on scene moments later and assisted the chief with extricating the patient from the vehicle. Crews also discharged a fire extinguisher for the smoke from the engine compartment. Shortly after the patient was extricated, Chief 10 reduced the call to companies 10 and 11. Central Fire Co. Engine 13 was also on location for a short time and assisted crews with placing down oil dry. Crews were clear of the scene by 4:30 P.M.

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Dog Perishes in Schuylkill Haven Area House Fire Schuylkill County, PA – Just as the 63rd Annual Schuylkill County Firemen’s Association Convention was preparing to take over Schuylkill Haven on Saturday, September 16th, the fire department battled a house fire in JUMP TO FILE# North Manheim 092717113 Township Thursday afternoon, September 14th. Shortly after 2:30 P.M. on Thursday, the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 94 Weavers Road in North Manheim Township for a reported house fire. Chief 63-02 went responding and was advised that the caller was reporting smoke from the garage with a dog still inside the residence. Chief 63-02 arrived on scene shortly after and found nothing showing from the driveway. The chief directed Engine 63-12 to take the driveway and advised that he had found items melted in the windows. The engine crew was directed to make entry into the residence. Ladder 63-25 and Tower 6322 arrived on the scene and the tower crew split up with some laddering the building and the rest performing a search of the residence. Engine 63-17 was directed to standby at a nearby fire hydrant. Interior crews reported heat throughout the residence but had no signs of fire except a limited amount of smoke. With crews having difficulty finding the seat of the fire, Chief 63-02 directed 63-17 to tag the hydrant and lay in to the scene. The interior crews continued a thorough search of the house. 63-91 discovered that the basement had suffered heavy fire damage, but the fire appeared to had snuffed itself out prior to the arrival of firefighters. Additional search crews found a dog in the residence and brought it outside. EMS was summoned to the backyard to help assess the dog, which was found to be beyond help. The crew from 63-91 reported that there was no active fire in the basement and crews could start opening up the residence and ventilating. Engine 63-17 was directed to leave the supply line dry. The fire was placed under control within 20 minutes of crews arriving on scene. PPL was dispatched to the scene to disconnect the power while firefighters began to investigate the cause of the fire. Crews were released from the scene later in the afternoon. - JC KRIESHER


Firefighters found heavy fire damage in the basement of this home, but the fire was extinguished before they arrived on the scene in North Manheim Twp.


Firefighters exit the building in North Manheim Township.


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This 2014 GMC 3500 operates as Brush 5 for the Oley Fire Company of Berks County.


East Pennsboro-Northeast Fire/Rescue operates a 2003 Ford F550/Brat 150/400/35 F. Brush Truck.

Tamaqua firefighters found fire to the rear of a duplex on North Railroad St. when they arrived. A second-alarm was transmitted. J. KRIESHER

Tamaqua Strikes Second-Alarm for Friday Morning Fire Schuylkill County, PA – At 8:30 A.M. on Friday, October 13th, the Tamaqua Fire Department and Tamaqua Rescue were dispatched to 501 North Railroad Street in the borough for a possible house fire. Tamaqua EMS was responding to a different incident and quickly reported that they could see a working fire in the area. First responding units were advised that they were going to find a working fire. Engine 778 arrived on scene to find fire showing from the rear of a two-story duplex at 500-502 North Railroad Street. Engine 778 secured a water supply at the corner of Railroad and Vine Streets. Engine 776 came into the scene and secured an additional water supply from Washington Street. Captain 777 arrived on scene and assumed command. At this time, Command requested a second-alarm to the scene. As crews were stretching lines and getting them in service, firefighters heard a train horn sounding from the center of town. An imme-

JUMP TO FILE #101317105 diate request was made to notify the railroad to suspend operations in the area. The train was able to get the message and stopped a block away from the scene. Ladder 770 arrived on scene and set up on the “B” side of the building. The ladder was set up and flown to the roof and crews ascended for vertical ventilation of the building. Engine 782 arrived and positioned in front of the ladder while Engine 784 stood by at Washington and Vine Streets. Rescue 992 and Squad 786 staged on Washington Street and filled SCBA cylinders. Multiple lines were stretched off 778 and 776 and the bulk of the fire was darkened down by the 20 minute PAR check. Coaldale Tower 40-24 arrived as part of the secondalarm and was directed to the front of the building. Lansford and Sum-

mit Hill were also dispatched on the second-alarm and set up a Rapid Intervention Team on the “A” side. Tower 40-24 was set up, flew to the "A/D" corner and opened up another vent hole. The tower then went along the “D” side of the building and pulled siding off in search of hidden fire. EMS crews from Tamaqua, Lehighton and Penn Mahoning responded to the scene to aid with treatment of multiple patients who were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. None of the patients seemed to be in critical condition. The fire was placed under control at 9:15 A.M. Crews remained on scene searching for hot spots and picking up their equipment throughout the morning. Firefighters on the scene stated that the side of the residence where the fire originated was vacant. - JC KRIESHER

Brush 4-10 helps take the fire fighting anywhere with some heavy fire power. The Mill Hall Fire Co. of Clinton County operates this 2008 Ford F-550 with a Reading Body, 400 pump, 300 water and 5 foam. DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY


Shippensburg Vigilant Hose runs a 2014 Dodge/Eby 250/225 Brush Truck.

Coaldale Tower 40-24 operates in front of the building in Tamaqua.


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Two-Alarm House Fire in Greenwich Township Greenwich Twp., PA - On Sunday, September 10th, fire crews from the northern part of Berks County were dispatched to 345 Dietrich Valley Road. Information provided by the Berks County Department of Emergency Services reported flames JUMP TO FILE# visible from win- 092417106 dows. With a column of smoke showing from miles away, a secondalarm was requested at 1:55 P.M. Deputy 61-2 (Emes) arrived at a two-and-a-half story, singlefamily dwelling with fire showing from the second-floor. Firefighters from Kutztown and Virginville made entry and began an aggressive attack on the secondfloor. A search of the home was completed with no one found. Crews operating from the aerial of Ladder 33 worked the roof and eves. The fire was placed under control with overhaul at 3:15 P.M. Firefighters from Blandon, Hamburg, Lyons, Shoemakersville, Leesport, Fleetwood, Port Clinton, Kempton and Weisenberg responded, as well as Kutzown and Macungie EMS. - JASON BATZ

Firefighters work to overhaul this house fire at 345 Dietrich Valley Rd. in Greenwich Twp., Berks County.


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Another Hurricane? Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

Satellite images showed us the scale of flooding and devastation in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico this month. With rainfall topping 50inches in some areas, Harvey blasted a huge part of Texas stretching from the Houston area into Louisiana. One resident yelled out “our whole city is underwater.” We watched the news as rescue operations took place and the human toll affected all of us. But in the midst of the devastation there were many positive stories, too. The strength of the human spirit, rescue efforts from all over the country, brotherly love, compassion and finances that poured in to aid those in need. Hurricanes have names - Har-

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vey, Irma… The Bible describes another kind of storm that can enter our lives with little warning. Hurricanes that we have names for. What have you named your hurricane? Divorce, death in the family, sickness, financial ruin, depression over a life that has not gone the way you planned or hoped? Yes, hurricanes have names and can become very personal and devastating. Yet, as damaging and frightful as these storms can be, there is some good news. They pass. In the Bible, the Disciples found themselves faced with a lifethreatening storm out at sea. They called on Jesus who was asleep in the bottom of the boat. Have you ever called on God and had the feeling that He was asleep? Jesus is awakened by the panic and fear of the Disciples who thought this was the end for them. Jesus gets up and speaks to the storms and says: “peace be still” and the storm passed. To those of us who cry out to God in a time of crisis, He promises a “peace that surpasses all understanding.” He is still speaking to storms. When your life seems to be under water, when everything seems to be going south, a rescue operation is under way. God is still able to minister to our fears and needs with “peace be still.” For those who have gone through a storm and are still suffering the consequences and residual affects of it, God is here for that too. He knows that even though your personal storm has passed, there is a rebuilding process needed. Let us all look to God as the source of restoration and peace even in the midst of a storm. Psalm 107:28-31 Yet when they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, the Lord brought them out of their distress. He calmed the storm and its waves quieted down. So they rejoiced that the waves became quiet, and he led them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his gracious love and for his awesome deeds on behalf of mankind.


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Rescue Fire Co. in Dallastown (York County), has their 1948 Mack back home! It had been sold privately, but was recently purchased back by the company and is in immaculate condition.


This 1955 Chevrolet C/Howe is at home in Juniata County's Thompsontown Fire Co. It has a 500 pump and 500 water.

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The Airville Fire Company of York County operates this 1959 Ford/Howe 750/500 engine as a parade piece. It was purchased new by the company.

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The Virginville Fire Company uses this 2016 Rosenbauer 1500/400/78' as Ladder 33.

Police kicked in the door of a residence that was on fire in Mahanoy Township. Two homes were damaged before Mahanoy City firefighters extinguished the blaze.


Police Rescue Two from Mahanoy House Fire

Rescue 43 of the Nanty Glo FD is a 2007 Spartan/4-Guys.



Lower Allen Twp. Fire Department operates a 2014 Pierce Velocity Heavy Rescue.


Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company operates a 2005 Pierce Quantum 2000/750/30 Foam.

Schuylkill County, PA – Just after midnight on October 5th, the Mahanoy City Fire Department was dispatched with Shenandoah Engine 742, Ryan Twp. Tanker 26-30 and Hometown Tanker 25-30 to the 900 JUMP TO FILE# block of West Cen- 100517117 tre Street in Mahanoy Township for a reported house fire with possible entrapment. First responding units were advised that police had arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire on the first-floor, and also confirmed entrapment. Shenandoah ALS was added to the response and a medical helicopter was placed on standby. As fire crews were gathering at their stations, Mahanoy City police officers kicked in the door of the residence and made their way upstairs where they pulled an infant and an adult to safety. Assistant Chief 455 arrived on scene and found a fire mostly on the exterior of a two-and-a-half story wood-frame middle-of-therow dwelling. Engine 451 arrived on scene and secured a water supply from a nearby hydrant. Two lines were stretched to the front of the building. Tower 456 arrived and pulled short of the address. The remainder of the units staged on Centre Street behind the first-in crews. Firefighters quickly knocked down the bulk of the fire and searched the interior for extension. Additional crews ascended to the porch roof and the top roof to check for extension. After extensive overhaul, the fire was placed under control around 1:00 A.M. EMS evaluated the two that were pulled from the building and found them to have

Assistant Chief Macleary surveys some of the damage.

escaped injury. Command held the incident to Mahanoy City units and cancelled the mutual aid while enroute. A State Police Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate the


cause of the fire. Department Chief Dan Markiewicz released the cause of the fire, which was found to be from careless smoking. - JC KRIESHER


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Vehicle News If your department has a new vehicle FRANK ROBINSON

The City of Shamokin Fire Department now runs this 2017 KME Heavy Rescue.


The Marion Fire Company Station 52 out of Berks County recently took delivery of their brand new Tanker 52, a 2017 Peterbilt/4 Guys with a 1,000-GPM and 3,500-gallon tank.

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The Crystal Fire Department of Saint Marys recently placed a new engine into service. Engine 12 is a 2016 Pierce Enforcer with 1750/750/20 foam.


Berks County's Virginville Community Fire Co. recently placed a new Ladder 33 into service. This 2017 Rosenbauer Commander has a 1500 pump, 400 water and a 75' rear mounted ladder.


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MVA with Injuries in Upper Hanover Twp. Upper Hanover Twp., PA - On Thursday, October 19th at 5:40 P.M., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to an accident with injuries at 3rd and Schoolhouse Road in the township. The injuries were minor and the driver in the silver Buick was being taken care of by ambulance personel. The cause is pending the outcome of the investigation. Assisting the fire company were Upper Perk EMS, PA State Police and Pennsburg Fire Police.

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The Reading Fire Department recently took delivery of two 2017 Dodge Durango SUVs. They have been assigned to Cars 5 and 8.


Nuremberg-Weston Ladder 581 sits in the driveway of a residence that caught fire in Eagle Rock on Sunday afternoon, August 6th.

Nuremberg-Weston Makes Quick Hit on House Fire Luzerne County, PA – At 12:20 P.M. on Sunday, August 6th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched Nuremberg-Weston Vol. Fire Company and ShepptonOneida Vol. Fire Company to 174 North Iroquois Circle in Eagle Rock (Black Creek Township), for a reported house fire. Hazle Township Fire & Rescue was also due on the box from Luzerne County. First responding units were advised that the caller stated the bedroom was on fire with flames shooting out of the windows. Additional calls were reporting a male still in the residence and possibly throwing items out the window. Chief 581 arrived on the scene to find a single-family dwelling with fire showing from the second-floor; a Working Fire was declared. Engine 582 pulled past the

JUMP TO FILE #092717110 residence and stretched a hand line. Ladder 581 took the address in the driveway and sent the ladder to the roof. The 582 crew charged their line and made a quick hit of the fire from the exterior and then moved in to find the seat of the fire. Engine 9-10 was directed to secure a water supply at a hydrant in front of the residence and feed Engine 582. Hazle Township Tower arrived and laddered the building while additional personnel went in to assist with pulling ceilings. An additional line was pulled from Hazle Township's Engine to extinguish an exterior fire. A crew went to the roof and opened it up.

The bulk of the fire was knocked down within five minutes of the first crew’s arrival. The fire was placed under control at the 20 minute PAR check. One occupant of the residence was taken to the hospital with minor injuries by APTS ambulance. Shenandoah Ambulance was also on the scene providing rehab to the firefighters. The American Red Cross was notified to assist the displaced residents. PPL was requested to the scene to disconnect power. Most crews were packed up and clear of the scene by 2:00 P.M. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal arrived on the scene Sunday afternoon to begin investigating the cause of the fire.


This 2003 Ford Expedition is used by the Hauto Fire Co. in Nesquehoning and was originally used by the East Greenville Fire Co.



The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 pm, June 19, 2017, for the sale of one (1) Red 2005 International Ambulance. Add’l detailed info can be obtained. At 3pm, June 19, 2017, bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold “as is”. The minimum accepted bid for the vehicle is $35,000 w/ firematic pkg. Sealed bid(s) may be delivered in person to District Office M-F 9:00a-5:00p at 501 Uniondale Ave., 2nd Floor, Uniondale, NY 11553. Sealed bid(s) must be marked “Bid for 2005 International Ambulance”. Sealed bid(s) must be accompanied with a check in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the bid price submitted or the bid will not be accepted. Contact District Secretary at (516) 481-8411 8:30a-5:00p M-F. The final sale payment is to be by certified or bank check. The Uniondale Fire District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

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Deputy Chief Patrick Steinbacher teaching firefighters from Lamar Township Volunteer Fire Company the proper way to take the roof off of a car during a car accident demonstration at the 2017 FarmCity Family Festivals. KEN SNYDER

Housing and Dedication Held in Mahanoy City Mahanoy City, PA - Back in 2013, Washington H&L Co. #1 lost their station and a '93 Simon Duplex 75' quint due to a serious fire. Since then, the company was able to acquire a new station and a replacement '97 E-One 75' quint, which came from Southampton. To commemorate this occasion on October 14th, an apparatus parade was held which was then followed by a ceremony dedicating the station that houses Ladder 457, the E-One. *Author's Note: The station had food tables on the apparatus floor which prevented the 'true' backing in housing tradition.


Firefighters from Cumru Twp. Fire Co. 42 took advantage of a sunny day to train a new operator at the Berks County Fire Training Center.


Firefighters hydraulically vent a fire room during a live fire drill at the Lebanon County Fire School.


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Elk County's Crystal F.D. in Saint Marys maintains a beautiful 1917 American LaFrance engine. This engine has a 300-GPM pump and 50 water. Sadly at the time of our visit, it wasn't running and couldn't be pulled outside for photos.


Bedroom Fire on Greenwich St. in Reading


Allison Hook & Ladder Co. No. 12 of Harrisburg used to run this 1957 Mack B/Maxim 85' Tiller.


Video reviews by John Malecky

F.D.N.Y. We Gotta Job By Fireline 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 85 minutes in length and is produced by the same company that gave us the last video reviewed in September, 10-75 Da

Box. This video has coverage from the year 2000 and the fires are just as intense as the previous one. One difference is that additional brief information is on the front of the disk about the incidents. The narrator in the background gives a size up, but at least you know what the actual scene is about from the disk. There are six incidents. The first is a third-alarm in Flatbush, Brooklyn and involves a row of one-story taxpayers comprising eight stores. The cockloft, as expected, is the means of fire travel. Two tower ladders and five monitors operate in this outside fight. The next is in Brooklyn and is a second-alarm response with foam units for an overturned tanker which took the life of the driver. It is at McGuiness Blvd. and two tower ladders are involved in the

operation. The next is in Queens for a second-alarm in a 2 ½ story frame private dwelling. The next is also Queens, in the Glendale section, for a second-alarm at a 200'x500', twostory factory. Two tower ladders and handlines operate. Brooklyn is next for a thirdalarm at a four-story occupied dwelling with exposures affected. This is the Bushwick section. Five lines were stretched to battle this. Lastly, in downtown Brooklyn is an explosion and collapse of (two) three-story occupied dwellings. It is at State and Bond in the 31 Battalion’s territory. Numerous special units are called to the scene as well as a police ESU presence. These five events make for another group of heavy involvement for the FDNY.

Reading, PA - Early on the morning of Saturday, October 2nd, firefighters were enjoying a relatively quiet evening when a box alarm was transmitted at 1:58 A.M. A single call reported smoke showing from a dwelling at 1035 Greenwich Street. Engine 9 arrived at a two-and-a-half story MOR with smoke showing. Crews stretched a line into the structure and located a fire in a second-floor bedroom. Searches for occupants were conducted and all were found to have a escaped. The fire was marked under control in 10 minutes. No injuries were reported and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. Units remained on scene for 45 minutes. Chief Mogel (C2) was in command.


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