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Walnuttown, PA - Around 1:00 A.M. on September 2nd, crews were dispatched to a structure fire reported to be a barn on fire on Lenhart Rd. in Walnuttown. The police department arrived on scene first and reported a working fire. Deputy-32 assumed command of the scene and reported a fully involved barn.

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Henry A. Campbell, 76, of Rhinebeck and formerly of Mount Vernon, NY, passed away on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Westchester Medical Center.


Child Playing with Matches Starts Bedroom Fire

Reading, PA - On Monday, September 11th, "B" Platoon firefighters were nearing the end of their dayshift when a box alarm was transmitted for 1028 Douglass Street. Reading Engine-9 arrived at a two-and-a-half story taxpayer with smoke showing from the top floor. Firefighters began a hose stretch into a side entrance over a bodega. Crews found a bedroom on fire involving furniture and children's plastic toys. All searches were clear, with no injuries reported. Fire Marshal's Office staff eventually learned that a child had been playing with matches.







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Mr. Campbell was a 37 year veteran of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Operations from 1986 to 1996, when he retired. He served two years as acting Fire Coordinator/Commissioner for Westchester County Department of Emergency Services from 1999-2000.

He was an Adjunct Instructor at the NYS Fire Academy, a member of the NYS Department of Civil Service Fire Advisory Committee, an OSHA Safety Trainer throughout the Hudson Valley, and was the first Director of the Westchester County Career Chiefs Academy. Mr. Campbell served on the Westchester County Arson Task Force from 1980-1996, Westchester County Local Emergency Planning Committee from 1987-1996, the Westchester County Fire Advisory Board from 1988-1996, as a NYS Fire Instructor for Dutchess County from 19831992, he was the Yonkers Command Post Coordinator after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and subsequently NYFD Terrorism Training Instructor, and as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Rhinebeck.

He was a member of the International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the NYS Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the Westchester County Fire Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester County Career Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society, the Fireman's Assoc. of the State of NY, the International Assoc. of Fire Fighters-Local #107 Mount Vernon, the NYS Police & Fire Retirees Assoc., an Honorary Life Member of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department, and an active and faithful member of the Rhinebeck Fire Department.

In addition to his fire service and community involvement, Mr. Campbell was also devoted to his faith. He was a communicant of Good Shepherd Church and was a member of the Ushers Society of Good Shepherd Church for over 44 years. He also served as Head Usher for many of those years.

Mr. Campbell enjoyed his many friends and colleagues in the fire service, along with his pet dogs- Sparky, Muffet, Chowder, and Mollie. He also filled his days with family, friends, working on his computer, hunting, fishing, reading, and always learning each day. In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, he is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Campbell; his son, Kevin Campbell; a brother, Robert Campbell of Franklinton, NC; a sister, Marion Campbell of New York City, NY; along with extended family, countless colleagues and friends. May he Rest in Peace.



Working Structure Fire for Erie Crews Erie, PA - Erie FD Chief 321, Tower 2, and Engines 11, 12, 8, 6 and 13 responded on September 4th to reports of a structure fire at 160 W 8th Street. Crews encountered fire on the thirdfloor. One victim was removed from the building and transported to the hospital.

Henry Campbell, 1940 - 2017


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This unit is regarded as the first snorkel in PA. It's a 1964 Ford/American/Pitman 65' used by the William Cameron Engine Co. of Lewisburg. The snorkel was eventually replaced by a quint and is now privately owned.


Cumru Engine 42-1 arrived with a large section of a junkyard burning. Smoke from the large amount of tires could be seen for miles.

Careless Torch Operator Sparks Junkyard Fire


Longwood Fire Company operates this 2013 Peterbuilt/Heil 1000/7800 Tractor-Trailer Tanker. The Trailer previously saw service with the Villas Fire Company in Cape May County, NJ.

Cumru Township, PA - Shortly after 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 23rd, several calls began to flood the Berks County DES callcenter. Callers reported a large column of smoke south of the city, which was seen from several different areas around Reading. Calls began to pinpoint the location to Mohns Junkyard in the 100 block of Mountain View Road. The initial dispatch of a single engine from the Cumru Twp. FD was rapidly upgraded to additional engine companies from Kenhorst

JUMP TO FILE #082517112 and the City of Reading. Chief 42 (Beane) arrived with a 60x60 area of tires and other debris burning to the rear of the yard. The Chief directed Engine 42-1 to lay a supply line back into the yard and have the next due engine pick up the line on Mountain View Road. Firefighters used a large caliber stream in an attempt to prevent the fire from spreading into more

stacks of tires. With manpower light, two additional engine companies were requested from Shillington and Mohnton. The fire was eventually placed under control nearly two hours later. One firefighter was taken to the hospital after being struck in the head by a five-inch hose coupling. No other injuries were reported. The State Police Fire Marshal and Cumru PD is investigating. - JASON BATZ


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Sandyston, NJ Engine-2's 2000 KME 1250-GPM pumper saw original duty as Taylor, PA's Engine-952.

Engine 1-33 in Cumberland County is a 1998 E-One of the New Kingstown Fire Company. This engine previously served the Good Intent Fire Company of Pottsville. It has a 1250 pump, 650 water, 20A, 30B foam. DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY


Reading Fire Chief William Stoudt congratulates retired Deputy Chief Kent Born during a party thrown by the "B" platoon.

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Bethlehem Battles Large Warehouse Fire Bethlehem, PA - On August 10th around 3:32 P.M, the Bethlehem FD was summoned to a large warehouse fire in the southeast section of the city. The blaze was located at 3419 Commerce Center Blvd., on the roof of a 1.3-million-sq.foot warehouse that JUMP TO FILE# was under construc- 090817105 tion and unoccupied. The building is owned by Majestic Realty, which is developing an industrial park in the former Bethlehem Steel coke works area. Thick black and later brown smoke towering from the burning roofing material could be seen around the Lehigh Valley. The blaze went to two alarms, but there were additional calls for neighboring aerials and tankers. In service were Bethlehem's three aerials, Nancy Run's ladder tower, Allentown's Truck 1 and Easton was also contacted. A tanker task force from Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks Counties was needed, as the new hydrant system was incomplete. The fire was placed under control at about 9:30 P.M. - KEN SNYDER

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New Jersey: Richard W. Leonard, 70 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 10, 1993 Death Date: July 30, 2017 Fire Department: Perth Amboy Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Richard W. Leonard was operating a pumper at a fire on State Street in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on April 19, 1993. The fire involved a recycling facility with plastics. Firefighter Leonard did not have breathing air and worked in the highly toxic plastic burning smoke for hours. Leonard never returned to duty and spent the last 24 years under workers' compensation care for continuous medical conditions caused from inhaling the smoke. Firefighter Leonard died on July 30, 2017 due to the effects of the smoke exposure. Texas: Jay Hinkie, 61 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: August 2, 2017 Death Date: August 2, 2017 Fire Department: Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was struck in the roadway by a passing vehicle while he operated at the scene of a single vehicle rollover. As firefighters were cleaning up the scene, Hinkie was walking with traffic in the westbound lanes of FM418 near Ruby Lane when he was struck. Chief Hinkie was rushed to a hospital in Beaumont where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal accident remains under investigation by authorities. Montana: Brent M. Witham, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 2, 2017 Death Date: August 2, 2017 Fire Department: U.S. Forest Service Initial Summary: Firefighter Brent Witham was

struck and killed by a falling tree while working on the Lolo Peak fire in Western Montana. Witham was given CPR and other emergency medical aid by fellow firefighters and was then airlifted to a hospital in Missoula, Montana. Despite all efforts, Witham passed away as a result of his injuries. Firefighter Witham was a member of the Vista Grande Hotshot crew based in Idyllwild, California. Montana: Tom Martin, 61 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: August 18, 2017 Death Date: August 19, 2017 Fire Department: Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Tom Martin attended live fire training on the evening of August 18, 2017. Within 24 hours of this training, Martin passed away at his residence on August 19, 2017.

Kentucky: Thomas P. McBride, 60 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 24, 2017 Death Date: August 24, 2017 Fire Department: Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: While participating in search and rescue training Thursday evening, Firefighter Thomas P. McBride complained of difficulty breathing. He removed his breathing apparatus, denied medical treatment, cooled down, stated that he felt better and requested to return to the training. Instead, he was assigned to pump operations. A short time later, he collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were started immediately and Firefighter McBride was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injury. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

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A firefighter from Company 85 works on opening the hydrant on Penn Ave.


Crews Respond to Wyomissing Church Twice in One Day for Gas Leak


This adorable pooch's name is "Charlotte". She's from Sacramento Community Fire Co. District 14, located in Hubley Twp., PA.

Wyomissing Boro, PA - Just before 3:25 P.M. on September 17th, crews from Wyomissing Fire Dept. (Co.79), Township of Spring Fire Rescue Services (Co.85), Kenhorst Fire Co. 69, and Western Berks EMS were dispatched to a church on Wyomissing Blvd. for an odor of natural gas with symptoms. Tower and Captain 79 arrived on location first. Capt. 79 assumed command, requested a Fire Ops., and then reported a strong odor inside the church and requested an additional Engine and Ladder to respond to the scene. Rescue Engine-85 arrived and provided temporary traffic control until fire police arrived. Shortly after fire police arrived, Rescue Engine-85 was directed to take the nearest hydrant at the intersection of Lynne Ave. and Penn Avenue.

JUMP TO FILE #092017106 Fire Police shut down Lynne Ave. and the northbound lane of Wyomissing Blvd. at Lincoln Avenue. Capt. 79 requested Rescue Engine-85 to lay a leader line to the rear of the church through the alley off Lynne Avenue. Kenhorst Engine-69 assisted crews on scene as well as Air-85. West Reading Ladder-64 and Shilington Engine36 also responded. Crews continued to investigate but found no readings in the church, indicating that the odor has dissipated, however Capt. 79 reported that there was still an odor in the kitchen. Western Berks EMS tended to one person who was in the building. UGI arrived

and got to work on finding the cause of the odor. Crews then began to clear. The scene was handed over to UGI just after 4:00 P.M. At approximately 5:45 P.M., the Wyomissing, Spring and Kenhorst Fire Companies, along with EMS, were dispatched to the same location at the request of UGI. Capt. 79 confirmed reports that UGI broke a valve. Rescue Engine-85 went to work on taking the hydrant on Penn Ave. again. Capt. 79 stated that Engine-69 could recall. Police and EMS continued into the scene and fire police once again shut down Lynne Avenue. Crews cleared shortly after and the scene went back to UGI. - LUCAS RICHARDSON


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Vehicle Fire in East Greenville Boro

East Greenville, PA - On Tuesday, August 29th at 1:55 P.M., East Greenville Fire Company, along with two other local fire companies, responded to a vehicle fire in the rear of 14 Cherry St. that was a pickup truck parked next to the garage. Quick response by the firemen with the use of hand-lines with foam prevented extension to the garage. The fire occurred when the owner went to start the truck, heard a loud backfire and then saw the engine compartment on fire. He was not injured. Assisting the fire company from East Greenville were Pennsburg and Red Hill Fire Companies. The East Greenville Police Dept. and Upper Perk EMS also assisted.


Philadelphia Fire Department Boat-4 was deployed to Warner Robins, GA to help with Hurricane IRMA.

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Brush 35-3-1 of the Polk Twp. Vol. Fire Co. in Kresgeville is a 2005 Ford/Eby 400/250.


Oley Fire Company operates a 2014 GMC Sierra 153/250 Brush Truck.


Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue Brush 95-1 is housed at Station 951 on Warwick St. in Boyertown Borough.

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One Pinned in Elysburg Two-Car MVA Elysburg, PA - At 12:34 P.M. on Saturday, September 16th, Box 170-01 was dispatched for an auto accident with injuries. The crew of Squad-175 arrived to find two vehicles, one on its side and one off the roadway. There were a total of five patients, one being heavily entrapped. The squad crew worked to stabilize both vehicles, control hazards and remove all patients. The crew of Squad-175 performed a door and roof removal, as well as a seat displacement to extricate the patient. Extrication took less than 10 minutes. The squad was assisted on scene by Quint-294 (Overlook), MICUs 93 (Atlas) and 120 (Danville). Chief-171 (Dluge) had the command.

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York Twp., PA - On the beautiful Saturday afternoon of September 6th, after the York County Fireman's Convention had concluded, my friend and I stopped in at the Goodwill JUMP TO FILE# Fire Company of 090617113 York Township. We were greeted by a full volunteer crew at the station, who were more than happy to take the rigs out to their local park for photos. (Thankfully they knew of this awesome location.) Currently, they run Engine 192, a 1994 Seagrave with a 1500 pump and 750 water which was purchased from the Glen Rock Fire Co. This engine is going to be replaced very shortly by a 2017 Pierce Enforcer with a 1500 pump and 750 water. Rescue 19 is a very well equipped 2013 KME Predator Severe Service rig. This rig is well set up and ready to handle most any rescue assignment. One of the previous rescues for the company was a very unique 1987 Autocar/SPI that had a 35' crane mounted on it. Now for the interesting side of things! This department doesn't run just one aerial device, it runs two. Truck 19-1 is a 2004 Seagrave/Aerialscope which had served the Friendship Fire Co. of Elizabethtown. It has a 95' midmount tower, and is also set up to run their RIT assignments. The members know that the tower will be needing replacement in the not too distant future, so they decided to do a "trial" run when they found that Hagerstown, MD Fire Dept. was selling one of their tillers. The 1997 Duplex/Aerial Innovations 100' ladder runs as Truck 19-2. Depending on the nature and location of the call, they will take what they think is the best truck for the job. Prior to the current trucks, they at one time operated a 1994 Spartan/Skywolf as Tower 19. It had a 1500 pump, 300 water and 105' rear mounted tower. They also have run a 1975 International Cargostar/Pierce with a 1000 pump, 500 water and a 55' rear mounted "tele-squirt" style ladder. I wish to thank everyone at the station for giving us the opportunity to photograph the apparatus in such a beautiful location!


York Twp. recently placed into service this 1997 Duplex/Aerial Innovations 100' tiller as Truck 19-2. It was purchased from Hagerstown, MD.


Truck 19-1 is a 2004 Seagrave/Aerialscope 95' Mid-Mount Tower that was purchased from Elizabethtown (Lancaster County).


Rescue Squad 19 is a 2013 KME Severe Service.




Reading Fire Recruit Rebecca Zentmeyer experiences a "Reading" hydrant while out on Engine Company training.

Engine 19-2 is a 1994 Seagave 1500/750 that previously served Glen Rock (York County). This engine will be replaced very soon by a 2017 Pierce.

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Fall Produce FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco


Cumberland County Crew Recognized for Participation Mechanicsburg, PA - Cumberland County Co. 37-Navy Region Mid Atlantic Firefighters from "A" shift, were recently recognized and thanked for assisting during a DLA drill.

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Summer has come and gone, probably quicker than we all had hoped. Till next year, tomatoes! See ya in twelve months, jalapenos! Wait...sweet corn! Where are you going?!?! But fear not because not all produce is dead! Fall is actually a great time of year for ingredients that thrive in the cooler temperatures. Think hardy butternut squash, sweet apples, crisp cauliflower and the all-mighty pumpkin. With the hot weather behind us, it is time to throw the cover on the grill and fire up the ovens again. I am talking long simmering

stews, super slow braises and yes, even baking! The ingredients available at this time of year love this kind of cooking. Root vegetables, such as parsnips and carrots, shine in dishes like the firehouse classics, Pot Roast and Beef Stew. The sweetness from the natural sugars really develop with the extended cook times. One often overlooked ingredient this season are greens. Kale and collards thrive in the cooler temperatures of the fall and winter and are sturdy enough to hold up to long slow cooking. And while kale may have already seen it’s “15 minutes of fame," it still makes an appearance on the firehouse table whether sauteed with garlic and chiles, or in a cannellini bean soup. Fall may not make you think fruit, but nothing is better than a sweet crisp apple. And don’t think for a minute all you can do with

them is apple pie! Apples and pork are a match made in culinary heaven. I mean, you can’t go wrong with pork chops and homemade applesauce. Pears are also in season and another classic combo is to pair them with walnuts and bleu cheese, a simple salad that would go well with just about any fall dish. Speaking of salads, this is the perfect time of year for chicories! What are chicories you may be asking? They are a pleasantly bitter family of lettuces which include radicchio, endive (great with the pear, walnut, bleu cheese combo) and one of my favorites, escarole. One of the most memorable dishes from my childhood is escarole and beans. Simple, rustic Italian food, perfect for the fall weather that makes my heart warm. Check out the recipe below for my Escarole, Sausage and Bean Soup!

“Escarole, Sausage and Bean Soup” Serves 4 Ingredients:

-1 Onion, peeled and chopped -1 Carrot, peeled and chopped -3 Garlic Cloves, sliced thin -½ Head of Escarole, thoroughly cleaned and rough chopped -1 lb. Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage, removed from the casings -2 - 15 oz. Cans of Cannellini Beans, drained -4 Cups of Chicken Stock (more may be needed) Red Chili Flake -Parmesan Cheese -Extra Virgin Olive Oil -Salt, to taste

nellini beans to a medium sauce pan with enough water to cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Add to a blender and puree the beans (be careful as hot liquid in a blender can be messy and dangerous!) Add this puree to the soup pot along with the escarole and reserved sausage. -Cook the soup for about 1 hour partially covered. Taste for seasoning and serve with grated parmesan.


-In a deep pot over medium heat, add a glug of olive oil and then the sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage and brown. Remove the sausage and set aside. -In the same pan, add a little more oil if needed and add the onions and carrots. When the onions are translucent, add the sliced garlic and a pinch of chili flakes. When the garlic is just starting to brown, add ONE can of the beans and saute for a minute or so. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. JASON BATZ

Reading Firefighter Patrick Griffin grants a local child some nozzle time while out on a drill.

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Elysburg Fire Department now operates this 2016 KME Carlisle Fire/Rescue has placed this 2017 Pierce En- Vigilant Hose Co. has placed this 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750 Rescue Engine. forcer rescue into service, designated as Rescue 45. engine (2000/750) into service, designated as Engine 52. FRANK ROBINSON



Colonial Park Fire Department took delivery of this 2017 Honey Brook Fire Company took delivery of this 2017 The Fire Department of Mt. Joy has taken delivery of this KME 1250/400/30 Foam. Pierce Enforcer Heavy Rescue. 2017 Seagrave Marauder II tower, designated as Truck 75. It's equipped with a 95' Aerialscope II aerial. FRANK ROBINSON



The members of the East Pennsboro FD have placed Manheim Twp. Fire/Rescue has taken delivery of their Paxtonia Fire Co. has taken delivery of this 2017 Seathis 2017 KME Engine (2000/1000/20A) into service, des- 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 100' TDA, designated as Truck grave Marauder II 100' TDA, designated as Truck 34. ignated as Engine 17. 204. DALE FEEHRER



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“Keep Safety in UTV Public Safety Rescue” Essential precautions for deploying side-by-sides with rescue skid units

Upper Leacock Fire Company Air 61, a 1991 Pierce Dash, at a recent working fire in Witmer. FRANK ROBINSON

DLA Squad 69 operating at a recent mutual aid second-alarm house fire in Jackson Twp.


UTV chassis side-by-sides outfitted with appropriate medical or fire skid units complement most any agency's first response fleet. Safety concerns surrounding their use, particularly when used for patient transport, warrant careful attention from rescue teams. A thorough understanding of the vehicle, transport apparatus, offroad terrain, and patient requirements must precede any use in public safety situations.

First, understand the vehicle: Before considering the advantages of using a patient transport skid unit for side-by-side UTVs, understand the design and limitations of the offroad vehicle in which it fits. (Please reference Kimball Johnson's earlier article titled, "Not All UTVs Are Created Equal.") Most of the larger UTV chassis available today, such as John Deere Gator, Polaris Ranger, Gravely Atlas, and Kubota RTV, to name a few, can dependably accommodate the transport of a patient. Slip-on skid units for medical or fire rescue, such as KIMTEK's MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® units, are specifically equipped for safe transport of patients in compatible UTVs and in some pick-up trucks.

Next, understand the missions: Fire and EMS teams must clearly understand the likely mission objectives and what is expected of the equipment in the field. Types of terrain, for example, will help inform which UTV chassis is best for the mission. Sand or rock, flat areas or mountains, and other features of location are all important factors in the decision. Mechanicsburg Fire Engine & Truck operating at a two-alarm house fire. SHANE SHIFFLETT

West Shore Air Unit & Mechanicsburg Truck-28 operating at a recent two-alarm fire.


Choosing the right equipment also depends on what type of calls the department anticipates. Will the vehicle cover bicycle trails too narrow for larger ambulances? Will it cover wooded areas where hunting, fishing, and horseback riding are popular? Will the vehicle need equipment for the dual service of fighting wildfires as well as providing medical transport? Perhaps the coverage area includes beaches or vast stadium areas with large concentrations of people. The types of medical treatment likely for each coverage area also affect equipment decisions. Are heart attacks, heat stroke, and shortness of breath more likely than traumatic type injuries from bicycle riding, horseback riding, and motorcycle and ATV accidents? Consideration of all these factors is essential when selecting the right UTV sideby-side chassis and the medical and

fire rescue slip-on transport unit that best meets the needs of the call area.

Patient comfort and safety: How best to transport patients is the next decision. When immobilization of a patient's neck and spine is required because of suspected traumatic injury, a skid unit equipped with a long board or stokes basket should be sufficient. If a medical emergency occurs along paved or hard surfaces, such as a local road race or inside a stadium, consider a skid unit that carries a full-wheeled cot stretcher, such as a Stryker® or Ferno®, to transport patients in a position of comfort.

In accordance with the rescue service mandate to "do no further harm to the patient," a complete understanding of the UTV, the skid unit, and how they work together is necessary to meet that goal. These units are not meant to transport patients at high rates of speed over rough and uneven terrain; rather they are designed and built to safely and professionally transport patients in a manner that would be relatively faster than transport on foot. Occasions may arise when removing a patient from the UTV skid unit mid-transport is required in order to safely traverse a particularly difficult or dangerous part of the trail, such as in a steep incline or deep water crossing.* The rescue team leader may decide to lift off and hand carry the stokes basket or long board with the patient over an obstacle, then securely remount the patient once safely beyond it for transfer to a waiting ambulance or command post.


Training is essential: Once a team has identified the purpose and model for its new UTV side-by-side rescue vehicle and properly outfitted it with the appropriate skid unit, lights, and perhaps a radio, enacting several different training drills and scenarios is key. Every department and agency should develop and incorporate a full set of standard operating guidelines or procedures (SOG or SOP) that encompass operation of the vehicle, loading and securing a patient onto the skid unit, and overall guidance on how teams will handle obstacles and incidents along the trail or through the rescue site. To assist rescue service teams in their training, KIMTEK provides a complete installation and safety manual with every skid unit sold. The manual covers basic safety concerns and suggests solutions to particular coverage area challenges. KIMTEK reminds its customers that UTV-based rescue vehicles fully deserve the same respect that larger ambulances and fire apparatus receive because serious injury to rescue personnel or patients can result if proper training and operation procedures are not followed. Even though these specially equipped public safety vehicles may not leave the fire or EMS bay every day, their unique purpose and custom design make them worth every penny to rescuers and their patients. *KIMTEK recommends that patients never be transported through high water where a rollover could occur, risking further patient injury or drowning.

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"The Ripple Effect" Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

I have heard so much about the ripple effect, how what we do has impacts that we could never imagine. Well, how about what we do impacts so many people, and people that we will never meet, or know about? A friend of mine passed away and we thought about what he did and who we had to coordinate with for his memorial. He served in the Navy, retired after serving in a fire department for 25 years, retired from being an instructor at the local fire academy for 25-30 years, he was a life member of a firefighter’s motorcycle club, a founding member of an ambulance corp., he served on a CISM team, he worked with AA and also with his local church. When you think of it, just belonging to one organization impacts many people. My friend had to have taught thousands of firefighters and developed friendships with so many of them. Those firefighters may have taught other firefighters, taught fire prevention to people including children, saved lives through EMS or pulled people out of buildings. Through a fire instructor, just teaching one class can have an immense impact that they will never know. How many people are alive because someone responded as an EMT? If that person died in a car crash, from a gunshot, or of a medical issue, how many people would not have been born because the family’s blood line could have ended there? We do not really realize the impact of our words or actions. In the Bible, because of the life that Abraham lived, he was told that he would have more children than the stars in the sky. Or how about Joseph? He was sold as a slave by his brothers, BUT later he ended up saving Egypt from a great famine. Jesus only did ministry for three years on Earth, but how many people today are following his teachings from 2,017 years ago? How many people are you going to impact? Who can you inspire, just by speaking words of encouragement to them? What lessons can people learn from you? My friend taught that you need at least four hugs a day to continue a happy and healthy life. He also taught that it is alright to cry. “It is through our tears that we are able to go on. You cannot have a rainbow without the rain and you need the tears to help you heal.” Just one of us can help and effect so many. We throw one stone into the pond of life and the ripple of our existence will propel lives, like a wave effecting a boat. The words that we speak can put wind into someone’s sails and keep them moving on. The love that we share, in our service to our neigh-

bor and fellow man, can impact a family, community, country. Al, Thank you for being in our lives. You have helped so many people and touched so many people's lives. You were there for me as I was laying on my deathbed. You loved your family and friends. You served as an instructor and took care of so many. Now you have been called home by our Heavenly Chief. You have reported for your new assignment, working in the heavenly station as our guardian. You have been told “Well done good and faithful servant”. We will see you again someday. May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; May the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand. Stay safe, Brother Didymus McHugh

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Salona, PA - Lamar Township's Engine 11-2, a 1938 Chevrolet, parked in front of Woolrich's Engine 12-1, a 2017 KME. Engine 11-2 is still running and only used for parades or special events.



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Ten Ways Social Media Works For Your Department by Chief Joel Miller

1. Ensure your social media policies work for the department and do not completely restrict your social media platforms. Do not leave “gray areas” for interpretation such as making policies so strict or confusing that people are deterred from utilizing them. 2. Utilize your PIO (Public Information Officer) as your social media administrator. This is the person with the information that needs to be available on your social media. They can do this from the field as the action happens and even use social media for a press conference or mass notification. 3. Consider utilizing firefighters as volunteer PIOs for your social media accounts. This allows you to cover more areas than having one PIO. Volunteers can be given rules and guidelines for posting pictures and information or have all posts funnel through the official PIO for actual posting. Many fire departments have been very successful with this approach. Just make sure your crew understands, work first and social media second unless they are the official PIO. 4. Establish a following. Make sure your fire departments’ social medial information is on everything! In today’s world, this is just as important as your phone number…….and I’m not talking about 911. So, from business cards to flyers for an event, be sure to include all your departments’ social media information. 5. Work smarter not harder. Let your social media accounts promote

your events and fund raisers. Use social media to direct people where to buy tickets or make donations to your events. 6. Always post the “great” things that are going on within your department such as fire prevention, feeding the homeless, or other public services in which your department participates. 7. Always post your departmental promotions and retirements on social media. This is a great way to let the community know about your departments’ accomplishments and recognize staff for their hard work and dedication. 8. As I stated in a previous article “A Picture is NOT Worth a Thousand Words," you must always tell the story behind the picture because if you don’t, people will assume the worst and reflect negatively on your department. Keep the story brief, as most readers only read the first two or three lines. 9. Use other groups and organizations’ social media pages to help promote your page. Tag other people with large sites relevant to your page and use their hashtag to help promote your pictures and get your information in front of the masses. (@chief_miller #chiefmiller , just saying… lol) 10. Start a hashtag for your department and use it consistently on all your posts. This is an important way for others to find your page in the social media world. Choose a hashtag that is relevant to your department while keeping it simple and easy to remember.

Heavy smoke coming from the front of the garage.


Crews Save Residence from Detached Garage Fire in Mt. Penn Mt. Penn, PA - Just after 4:40 P.M. on September 17th, crews from Berks County and the City of Reading were alerted to a structure fire on Perkiomen Ave. in Mt. Penn Borough. Crews arrived on scene with heavy smoke and flames coming from a one-story detached garage, located less than 10-feet from a residence. The smoke could be seen from throughout the borough. Mt. Penn Fire Co. Engine-1 arrived, stretched a line to the front of the garage and

JUMP TO FILE #091817101 crews quickly knocked down a bulk of the fire. Reading Engine-1 supplied Mt. Penn Engine-1 and also stretched a line, which was not charged. Lower Alsace Engine-4 charged the hydrant at Perkiomen and N. 24th to supply Reading Engine-1. As more crews arrived, command re-

quested a crew to go into the neighboring residence to check for extension. Crews started overhaul and the fire was placed under control around 5:00 P.M. Birdsboro-union Tower-7 set up in the rear while crews went to the roof of the garage to vent. Crews were able to stop major damage to the residence and were cleared of the scene before 6:00 P.M.



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The Cumru Twp. Fire Department conducted a power saws drill at the Berks County Fire Training Center on Monday, August 21st. After reviewing chain and rotary saws, the group was split up into different skill stations to cut multiple types of material in a variety of positions. Skills featured cutting from ladders, cutting overhead and on angles, and rapidly changing blades and chains. Pictured is FF Jason Lutz working a chainsaw to cut plywood off a simulated window.

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Longwood Fire Company operates this 2005 Pierce Quantum 2000/400/75' Quint.



Reading Firefighters Raise More Than $600 During MDA Softball Tournament Reading, PA - Reading firefighters recently attended the 44th annual IAFF Muscular Dystrophy Softball Tournament in Prince George's County, Maryland. The three-day tournament features teams from Fire Departments all across the county. The group sponsored a chicken wing feast the night before the opening to raise money for the MDA. At the end of the evening, more than $600 had been raised for the charity. The long running tournament has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars for Muscular Dystrophy. The Westinghouse Waltz Mill facility in Westmoreland County operates a 1986 Spartan/E-One as Engine 116. It has a 1250 pump and 500 water, and previously served Washington, DC.


Rescue 51 of the Cottage Hose Ambulance Co. of the Carbondale area is a 2011 KME.



Reading firefighters use a boat to remove 3 occupants after they drove their car into a low section of Spring St. known as "the subway". The city had just been hit with a torrential downpour.

Occupants Rescued from Flooded Car Reading, PA - On Tuesday evening, August 22nd, the City of Reading was experiencing severe weather which had flooded several streets in the area. Engine-9 was dispatched at 9:46 P.M. to the 700 block of Spring Street. The section is more commonly known as the "Subway" due to its passthrough under several sets of railroad tracks. A lone car was observed in the

JUMP TO FILE #082517115 subway with water up to the door handles. Firefighters donned PFDs and made their way closer to make contact with the vehicle. Three occupants were observed within the car, and a rescue assignment was requested. With the steadily rising water,

crews launched a small boat from the west side of Spring Street to retrieve the passengers. All three occupants were removed after a 30 minute operation. Minor injuries to the driver were reported after advising that he broke the window out with his fist. Acting Chief Rehr (C8) was in command. - JASON BATZ

The Lower Providence FD has placed into service this 2017 Sutphen Monarch custom pumper as Engine 53. The LPFD is expecting delivery of a matching Rescue truck later this Fall. A. GETKA

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Three-Alarm Barn Inferno Kills Horse in Walnuttown Walnuttown, PA - Around 1:00 A.M. on September 2nd, crews were dispatched to a structure fire reported to be a barn on fire on Lenhart Rd. in Walnuttown. The police department arrived on scene first and reported a working fire. Deputy-32 assumed command of the scene and reported a fully involved barn. A second and third-alarm were quickly struck for manpower, and water and operations were moved to Fire Ops 1. Walnuttown Fire Co. Engine Tanker 32-1 and Engine 32 had multiple lines stretched and in service, but crews were quickly met with water issues and could not flow enough water onto the fire. Blandon Fire Co. Engine-12 and Ladder-12 were set up in a field across from the barn and up a slight embankment. A line was also stretched from Engine-12. Fleetwood Fire Co. Tower-45 was set up on Lenhart right behind

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JUMP TO FILE #090317103 Walnuttown's engine tanker and flowed a lot of water onto the back part of the barn. A pool was set up next to Engine-32 where tankers were constantly dumping water. In addition to having many lines off of Engine-32, they also supplied Engine-12 with water. Virginville Fire Co. Ladder-33 set up at the intersection of Lenhart and Criscross with a pool which sent water through more than 400feet of five-inch hose to supply Tower-45 and Engine Tanker 32-1. Much of the back of the barn collapsed by 1:19 A.M. Fire spread to a long building behind the barn which mainly collapsed by 1:25 A.M. A pump house more than 50-feet away from the barn also caught fire. At 1:37 A.M., the final wood wall standing on the "A" side of the barn collapsed inward. With a fill site set up half a mile away on Chipmunk Lane, crews were able to gain an upper hand on the fire. Crews gained access through a gate next to the barn, allowing them to move lines closer to the back of the barn. Ladder-12 reloctaed from the field across the barn to Lenhart Road due to wires being in the way. Shortly after, Ladder-12 raised their stick and put more water onto the barn. Wires across the road from the barn started to melt due to radiant heat. A tree next to the barn and some brush also caught fire. Sadly, a horse that was in one of the buildings was wounded too badly and perished. Another horse is being treated by a vet. Many more units were also called on top of the three alarms, including fire police for traffic control, many apparatus which were relocated to Station-32, and tankers from as far away as Amity Township. Tanker operations were also moved to their own ops channel. The fire was placed under control at 2:54 A.M., and crews started to clear just before 4:00 A.M. Companies 32 and 33 stayed on scene throughout the morning to extinguish hot spots. At around 9:30 A.M., Blandon Fire Co. was called back to the scene to assist Companies 32 and 33 at normal flow of traffic for manpower. At that time, Ladder-33 was set up at the barn extinguishing hot spots from the stick. Around noon, the final units left the scene. There's no word as to how the fire started yet. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating. - LUCAS RICHARDSON

Fire burning behind the last wood wall standing.


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Trailer Contents Fire in Upper Hanover Twp.

Upper Hanover Twp., PA - On Sunday, August 27th at 5:07 P.M., East Greenville Fire Company was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of New Goshenhoppen Church. It turned out to be contents on fire inside the trailer in the lot that was attatched to the vehicle. It was an accidental occurance on the inside of the trailer that caused the fire. The fire was extinguished within a few minutes. There were no injuries. Assisting the fire company was the East Greenville Police Department.


Traveling in style. This Amish horse and buggy was the transportation method some people used to come watch the 125th anniversary celebration of Honey Brook Fire Company No. 1 in northwestern Chester County.

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New Junior Firefighter Riley Ober with his dad, Past Fire Chief Duane Ober, of the Manheim Fire Department. PROVIDED

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T-2 of the Bethlehem Fire Dept. is this 2009 Chevy Suburban.


Smoke Floods Street from Reading Apartment Fire

Reading, PA - On Saturday, September 16th around 3:30 P.M., firefighters from the "A" Platoon were called to 142 North 9th Street for a report of smoke on the third-floor. Chief Kemery (Car 3) arrived at a three-story MOR taxpayer, with no smoke showing. As crews investigated, they encountered smoke on the second-floor and requested a hose line stretched. A fire in a rear apartment on the second-floor was suppressed within 10 minutes. Searches were conducted throughout the remainder of the building with no victims found. No injuries were reported, and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.


Union Fire Company of Oxford runs this 2008 Ford Expedition Chief's Car.


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Cumru Township Fire Department Fire Chief 42 drives this 2017 Chevy Tahoe.


Cumru Twp. Probationary FF Rachael Brady learns to work an ambulance litter during a joint-training with local fire departments and Southern Berks EMS.

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Honey Brook Fire Co. Celebrates Anniversary

Honey Brook, PA - On August 5th, Honey Brook Fire Co. No. 1 and the Borough of Honey Brook celebrated their 125th anniversary. A fire department parade was held with companies coming from Berks, Chester, Lancaster and Montgomery Counties. After the parade, a ceremony was held at the firehouse, which was then followed by a multi-housing of apparatus. Food and drinks were served after the ceremony and eventually, the parade trophies were given out. Pictured is new Rescue 33 being housed.


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Myerstown, PA - Members were recently at the station when our two most senior men stopped by to "talk shop". They have served the Goodwill Fire Company in various rolls over the years and both have been members for over 30 years each. They each still take an active roll in teaching their knowledge and past experiences, while also keeping up to date with new technology and practices. (L to R): Ralph "Pat" Ryland and Jeff Zellers.



Honey Brook Fire Company used to run this 1970 International/Pierce 1250/500. The unit is now privately owned.

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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Columbia County's Summerhill Fire Company still operates Tanker 314. The 1985 Mack R/Carmar has a 350 pump and 1500 water.

Reading Firefighters Raise $4,172 During Boot Drive

Reading, PA - Reading firefighters completed their final boot drive for Muscular Dystrophy on Friday, September 15th. Firefighters worked the doors at the Reading Wawa in the morning to catch donations from the coffee crowd before transitioning to the streets at 11:00 A.M. All "A" Platoon companies worked the streets at different times during the shift. The final event brought Reading's total to $9,748 in donations to the charity. Pictured is Reading FF Tim O'Brien accepting a donation from a motorist.


Goodwill Fire Company Station 30 out of Myerstown Borough (Lebanon County), still operates this 1994 Pierce Dash, armed with a 1250-GPM and a 2000-gallon tank. This Tanker has served the department extremely well and is still going strong.


2009 Ford ALS Ambulance 33205.7 miles • 2989.9 Engine hours Accepting offers until Wed. Nov. 1, 2017 Minimum offer: $25000 Please forward all offers to: Laura Hinde, District Secretary Hicksville Fire District 20 East Marie Street • Hicksville, NY 11801 516-933-6445 x112

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Buckboard Fire Apparatus ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Buckboard Fire Apparatus The Original Cab Forward By Anthony G. Buono Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: support Price: $29.99 This book is soft cover, measuring 8 ½ inches by 11 inches and has 243 pages. The author did a fantastic job of research to put this history together. Though I am an apparatus buff so to speak, I am not very learned in antiques, but I was very impressed in reading this book. What I did not know is that the term “buckboard” was never used to describe any fire apparatus when these particular trucks were being built. The name was coined by Walter P. McCall, who in the opinion of many (including myself), is a famous historian of apparatus, most notably American LaFrance.

He likened this design to the buckboards of the cowboy days when these wagons were used for transportation and the hauling of supplies. The book is not broken down into chapters, but into topics and the different brands of apparatus that used the design. The author went to great lengths and detail to give the reader the most accurate information about these histories. There are over 300 references listed on the pages and eight pages of bibliography. Much of these are from a host of apparatus experts from SPAAMFAA. The photos are all black and white, and there are plenty of them. Many major cities are represented and I was even surprised to see a photo of an aerial ladder tuck from my hometown of Bayonne, NJ on Page 192. All of the coverage of the manufacturers are like short stories in a sense and it makes an easy read because none of them take up a lot of pages. It is safe to say that most of these manufacturers are not around today and that there are a few of the buckboard trucks in the hands of museums and perhaps private owners. So for readers that are up in their years, the book may bring back fond memories, and for the young readers, it will take them down through history, illustrating how fire departments of yesteryear used the best they had to fight fires.


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Building Fire Erupts in Red Hill Boro Red Hill, PA - On Sunday, September 10th at 8:12 A.M., Red Hill Fire Company, along with several other fire companies from Upper Perkiomen Valley were dispatched to a building fire on Graber Alley in the borough. Upon arrival, Chief Mike Eshbach had smoke and flames showing from the interior of the main floor. He called Montgomery County Dispatch for a secondalarm with more equipment and manpower. The manpower worked on the main floor from inside the building and manpower was also

JUMP TO FILE #091117101 up on the roof. Saws and fans were used in the ventilation of the fire. The fire was under control within 35 minutes and extensive overhaul followed. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire and dollar amounts of the building and contents damage is pending the outcome of the investigation. The building was the former

elementary school in the Upper Perkiomen School district for Red Hill. It presently houses a Community Church and a Thrift Shop. There was nobody in the buiding at the time of the fire. Assisting Red Hill were fire companies from East Greenville, Pennsburg, Green Lane, Milford Twp., Trumbauersville, Quakertown, Richland Twp. and Souderton. Also assisting was Upper Perk EMS, and Red Hill and Pennsburg Fire Police. - TERRY RITZ


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This patch belongs to Brickerville Fire Department, located in Lancaster County, PA.

Reading firefighters along with other guests gathered in City Park on September 11th to honor those who lost their lives 16 years prior during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The ceremony was conducted with pauses at 9:59 A.M. and 10:28 A.M. to signify the falling of both towers of the World Trade Center. Remarks were made by Fire Chief William Stoudt, Mayor Wally Scott and Senator Judy Schwank. We must never forget the sacrifices made by 343 New York City firefighters on that fateful day as they performed their jobs bravely. Pictured is Deputy Chief James Conrad ringing the "5-5-5-5" on the ceremonial bell to signify the loss of firefighters from the morning of September 11th, 2001.

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