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West Donegal Twp., PA - Crews were dispatched a little after midnight on July 13th for a barn fire on Stone Mill Drive. Chief-70 arrived to find a fully involved barn and requested the working fire assignment along with the second-alarm for tankers. Engine-792 arrived on scene shortly after dispatch due to being out for an investigation of a fire in the area of Greider Road. - See full story on page 28

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This 1983 Mack "Bulldog" model 106-foot ladder is currently being used in Sleepy Hollow, NY. It saw original duty in Quakertown, PA, followed by Milford Twp., PA, before relocating to New York.

RON JEFFERS

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

The Citizens Fire Co. of Highspire (Dauphin County), runs Engine 55-1 as a 2003 Rosenbauer/General Safety. This engine came from Woodbridge, NJ, and has a 2000 pump and 500 water, and has an identical twin from Woodbridge operating with the Unityville Fire Co. in Lycoming County.

TERRY RITZ

MVA on Main Street in East Greenville East Greenville, PA - On July 27th at 2:20 P.M., East Greenville Fire Company was dispatched with Pennsburg Fire Police for a van, driven by a female, that jumped up on the curb and knocked down two trees that were the borough's. She was cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic. Both trees were totally damaged. No injuries were reported. Assisting the members of the fire company were employees of the East Greenville Roads Dept.

This ex-Tanker 631 of the Mahoning Valley VFC No. 1 was a 1985 GMC/Pierce. It was sold to an excavation company and now carries potable water to the sites. KEN SNYDER

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Car Burns on North 6th St. in Reading Reading, PA - A Reading firefighter attacks a vehicle fire in the 200 block of North 6th Street on July 27th. FRANK ROBINSON

Catawissa Hose Company No. 1 operates a 1979 Mack CF 1000/500. The unit formally ran out of FDNY Engine-38.


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Second-Alarm Struck in Fast Moving Laureldale Blaze Laureldale, PA - Just before 11:00 P.M. on August 13th, fire crews were called to Queen St. in Laureldale Borough for a structure fire, reported to be a deck on fire. At around 11:02 P.M., Chief13 (Central Fire Co.), arrived on scene and reported JUMP TO FILE# a working structure 081417121 fire to all incoming units and operations were moved to Berks Fire Ops-1. He reported that the rear deck was on fire with extension into the house, with a hydrant on Queen and Montrose Streets, and requested ladders and a hoseline stretched to the front. Engine-13 arrived, went into service and stretched a line into the front door. Engine Tanker 131 arrived shortly after, as well as Reading Engine-9 and Ladder-3. The newly arriving crews helped hit the hydrant at Queen and Montrose Streets as Ladder3 went around the block to get closer to the house. Crews pulled more lines off of Engine-13 and to the rear of the house, and started to knock down fire in the rear as Engine-11 (Temple Fire Co.) arrived. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack. Fire in the rear and the second-floor started to be knocked down. Ladder-3 started to set up its ladder to the roof as fire moved towards the front of the house. Many other ground ladders were set up all around the house. Chief-13 requested a second-alarm. As the second-alarm was being dispatched, fire in the front room on the "A/B" side of the house grew rapidly. All the lines off of Engine-13 were already pulled, so firefighters went back and pulled a line off of Engine Tanker 13-1. Fire started to completely engulf the room in the "A/B" corner. The line off of Engine Tanker 13-1 went inside and knocked down the rest of the main fire body. Firefighters took up a roof ladder on the "D" side of the house and and cut holes in the roof to vent. About an hour after the initial call, the fire was placed under control with extensive overhaul. Crews from as far as Western Berks Fire Co. responded to the scene. The Salvation Army Canteen 9 provided relief with food and drinks for the firefighters. Companies were staged at Goodwill Fire Co., Central Fire Co. and Temple Fire Co. while crews operated at the scene. The fire started on the rear deck, but it is unknown what caused it. Two people were injured; one female got a minor laceration after escaping through the second-floor window, and another female suffered from smoke inhalation. Crews cleared around 3:00 A.M. and cover companies went available. - LUCAS RICHARDSON

Fire blowing out of windows towards the front of the structure.

Officers quickly discuss fire conditions as they grow.

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Former Dewey Fire Co.'s 1959 American LaFrance Pumper.

TERRY RITZ

SE-WY-CO's ladder tower operates at the north end of the building.

KEN SNYDER

Fire Destroys Fountain Hill Business DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

The Exeter Twp. FD maintains this beautiful 1951 Mack L85S, 750/400, which was Reiffton Fire Company's before they became part of Exter Twp. FD. The engine had been sold off, and was purchased back within the last several years.

Former Bryn Athyn Fire Co.'s 1978 Hahn Pumper.

Former Forest Lake Fire Co.'s 1951 Mack LS 85 Snorkel.

Fountain Hill, PA - On July 15th at about 8:51 P.M., Lehigh County Communications Center dispatched a dual alert for Fountain Hill and Eastern Salisbury for a fire in a garage located at 526 S. Benner Street. Chief 3401 went on scene and reported a heavy smoke condition in a one-story, two-bay garage. The garage adjoins a two-story commercial and the company, Dynamic Detail Plus Powerwash, specializes in deck washing. A second-alarm was transmitted with firefighters

JUMP TO FILE #081717102 facing several problems. Fountain Hill tried to hook up to a hydrant, which was found to be non-functional. Fountain Hill relies on the City of Bethlehem for its water supply. Low level smoke was a periodic problem. There were hazardous materials inside the building. As the stubborn fire increased, the borough's water pressure had to be augmented with ten

tankers. The blaze lasted through the night with three aerial units being used. At around 6:00 A.M. Sunday morning, the blaze was placed under control. An excavator was brought in, as the building was considered a complete loss. One firefighter was taken to St. Luke's Hospital with an ankle injury. Fire companies from Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties responded to this fire. - KEN SNYDER

TERRY RITZ

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A wall of smoke separates a neighbor's yard and alley from the second-floor fire building.

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California: Frank Anaya, 22 Rank: Inmate Firefighter Incident Date: July 5, 2017 Death Date: July 11, 2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition on July 5, 2017, after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg while working a fire near Lakeside, California. Fire crews were clearing brush and working with air crews to successfully defend a threatened mobile home park when the injury occurred. Despite all efforts by medical personnel, Inmate Firefighter Anaya passed away on July 11, 2017. Missouri: John Kemper, 59 Rank: Fire Captain Incident Date: July 5, 2017 Death Date: July 12, 2017 Fire Department: St. Louis Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain John Kemper was injured while battling a structure fire at 3622 Pennsylvania AVE on the morning of July 5, 2017. Kemper was transported to the hospital to be treated for a shoulder injury but it was discovered that he had instead suffered a more serious injury and, soon thereafter, underwent surgery. Fire Captain Kemper was released from the hospital and while recovering at home, passed away from reported complications of his injury. Washington: Robert Spinner, 50 Rank: Interim Fire Chief Incident Date: July 14, 2017 Death Date: July 14, 2017 Fire Department: Lynden Fire Department Initial Summary: Incident Description: Interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner died from an apparent heart attack while on-duty and participating in a fire department fitness activity (jogging).

Oregon: Trenton Martin Johnson, 19 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 19, 2017 Death Date: July 19, 2017 Fire Department: Grayback Forestry, Inc. Initial Summary: While part of a 20-person crew staging an initial attack on a forest fire in the Sealy Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in Montana, Firefighter Trenton Johnson was struck by a falling tree. He was flown to a Missoula hospital for treatment, but passed away from the injuries he sustained when struck. Michigan: Allen Charles Howard, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 17, 2017 Death Date: July 18, 2017 Fire Department: Adrian Charter Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Howard responded with his fire department to a mutual aid fire call in a field involving bailing equipment and multiple large bales of (burning) hay. The fire department reported very high heat and humidity conditions over the several hour incident period as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. The following morning, Firefighter Howard fell ill and succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Michigan: Kevin Ramsey, 50 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 29, 2017 Death Date: July 29, 2017 Fire Department: Detroit Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Kevin Ramsey died of an apparent heart attack shortly after returning to the firehouse from fighting a second commercial structure fire of the day. Firefighter Ramsey complained of nausea and chest pain to fellow firefighters, so they immediately began treatment and summoned advanced medical responders to the station. Firefighter Ramsey was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital where, despite all efforts, he succumbed to his injury.


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Reading 1st Deputy Fire Chief Kent Born.

NIK KNAUER

1st Deputy Chief Retires in Reading

Reading, PA - Congratulations to 1st Deputy Fire Chief Kent Born on his retirement after 25 years of service. Kent was hired in July of 1992. After training, he was assigned as a jumper firefighter on the "C" platoon. In 1994, the city authorized the apparatus staffing level to two firefighters for all rigs. During this transition, Born would be assigned to Engine-1 on the "C" platoon. In July of 1997, FF Born transferred to the driver's seat of Engine-1. August of 2002 would see the expansion of the fire marshal’s office with the addition of a lieutenant. It was during this expansion that Kent was promoted to Prevention Lieutenant. On March 16th of 2012, Lt. Born was promoted to Deputy Chief on the "B" platoon. Three years later, Chief Born was promoted again to 1st Deputy Chief in charge of the "B" platoon. We wish him the best of luck in retirement!

DID Y OU K NOW

Lightning Strike in Milton Causes Methane Tank fire Milton, PA - On Friday, August 4th at 9:02 P.M., while the Rescue and Assistant Chief were operating at an MVA, Company15, along with Companies 2, 5 and 9, were dispatched to Milton Regional Sewer Authority for a report of two methane tanks on fire. Chief-201 and Truck 2-1 immediately cleared a call in West Milton and arrived first to find fire at the top of a methane relief stack, caused by a lightning strike. Truck 2-1 started a lay from a hydrant at the south entrance into

JUMP TO fILE #080717102 the facility and prepared to begin to start cooling the tank that was relieving the methane. Engine 152 arrived next, finishing the lay to Truck 2-1. Engine 5-2 picked up Truck 2-1's line, supplying them from the hydrant. Crews from Company-15 utilized Truck 2-1 to reach and close the valve feeding the stack, and pulled a charged hand-line to provide protection to

the firefighter on the aerial. Engine 9-1 stood by at a hydrant on Route 405 in case a second water supply was needed. Units responding and on scene included Chief-1501/Stump, Chief1503/Derr, 201, 202, 902, 903, 904, Engines 15-2, 9-1 and 5-2, Truck 2-1, Rescues 15-1 and 9-1, Ambulance 2-3, Traffic-15, Milton PD, and Northumberland County EMA. - SCOTT DERR

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Early hand-drawn fire engines, ladder wagons, hose carts, etc. had to be pushed back into fire stations by hand. All of this backing in by hand became unnecessary when motorized engines came to be, however some companies continue to make every effort to honor and pay homage to past members that had to push their engines into the station by doing the same to the new units. This is how “Pushing-In” ceremonies originated.

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Members from Palmer Municipal Fire Department were more than happy to take a quick buddy shot together!


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Eating Healthy in the Firehouse FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

JIM ALERCIA

Palmer Municipal Fire Department recently put this new command vehicle into service.

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Let’s face it, the fire service is filled with bad habits. I am not here to sugar coat it. Whether it is not masking up in a structure fire or the unhealthy food we are putting on our kitchen tables, it is killing us...plain and simple. The statistics are staggering and unacceptable. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2015, 66.7% of Line of Duty Deaths were caused by Stress/Overexertion. This cause is the number one killer of firefighters, not collapse, not burns….cardiac-related incidents. But guess what, we can change this statistic! Because we have the ability to change our lifestyles in and out of the firehouse for the better. That is why Fork and Hose Co. tries to focus on healthier meals as much as possible. And with other like-minded friends such as 555 Fitness, I know for sure we can help push the fire service in a new direction. When I started my own “journey” on to a healthier lifestyle

through fitness and nutrition, I knew I had to carry it over into my firehouse to a certain degree in order to stay on track. So I started cooking more nutritious meals for the crew and myself. It was sort of trial and error at first, but I realized the most effective tactic to get the guys to eat better and still enjoy the meal was to start with small changes. What I mean by this is to take a meal popular in the firehouse, and adjust one component towards a healthier alternative. Here is an example of what I mean: Traditional: Steak with Buttered Green Beans and French Fries Healthier alternative: Steak with Olive Oil Roasted Green Beans, Baked Potato It is all about keeping those familiar flavors and ingredients but changing the preparation, seasoning or even where the ingredients came from. When I say where they came from, I am referring to where in the store you found the ingredient. An example of this is instead of using canned vegetables, to use fresh or frozen, as canned vegetables contain preservatives. A great way to think when shopping is to stay on the outside perimeter of the store. This is usually where stores put the fresh produce, meat and

seafood aisles. The middle aisles are usually dedicated to pre-packaged, preservative-laden foods. The fresh produce aisle is filled with ingredients that can elevate a seemingly mundane dish like grilled chicken, just like the PeachGrilled Corn Salsa recipe for this month! I also think changing one meal a tour is a great way to start as well. So if your crew usually makes lunch and dinner, maybe keep lunch a little more traditional and go a little healthier on dinner, or vise versa. This will keep everyone from getting burned out on healthy food and lessen the chance of falling back into the old habits that are killing us. Just remember who we have all sworn to protect and come home to. It is our duty to perform to our best abilities and make sure we make it home after shift. Let’s change the statistics together and let’s start in the most important room in the firehouse… the kitchen! Fork and Hose Co. is looking for more recipes to feature every month in 1st Responder Newspaper. Do you have a firehousefriendly recipe you would like to see featured? Tag us @forkandhoseco or send us an email to forkandhoseco@gmail.com!

KEN SNYDER

The Schuylkill Haven fire chief uses this Ford F-150 as a command unit.

KEN SNYDER

Car 22 of Blakely Hose Co. No. 2 is a 2003 Chevy Trail Blazer.

“Peach-Grilled Corn Salsa” Ingredients: -4 RIPE PEACHES, pitted and chopped -1 SMALL RED ONION, pickled (see recipe below) -1/2-1 JALAPENO, seeded and diced (adjust to liking) -3 EARS OF CORN, grill and cut off kernels -2 LIMES, zest and juice -1/2 BUNCH OF CILANTRO, rough chopped -1 TBS. EVOO -SALT, to taste Procedure: - Combine all ingredients in a bowl, taste and adjust seasoning. ‘Pickled Red Onions’ Ingredients: -½ Cup of Cider Vinegar -1 Tbs. Sugar -1 Tbs. Salt -1 Cup of Water -1 Red Onion, sliced thin

TERRY RITZ

This 2007 Ford Explorer was once in service with Montgomery Twp. Fire Co. in Montgomeryville, PA, and is now the Chief's car in Green Lane Fire Co.

Procedure: -Dissolve sugar and salt in water and vinegar. Place onions in a jar or bowl, cover with pickling liquid and place in fridge until cool.

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Two-Alarm Fire Ravages Mobile Home in White Deer Twp. White Deer Twp., PA - On Sunday, August 6th at 12:24 P.M., Engine 15-2, Rescue 15-1 and Tanker 15-1 were dispatched to a second-alarm house fire on Millers Bottom Road in White Deer Township. Chief502 arrived on scene to find a dou- JUMP TO FILE# ble-wide mobile 080717101 home with heavy smoke showing from all sides. Engine 3-3 arrived and deployed two attack lines with assistance from 1502 and a crew from Engine 5-2. Engine 15-2 arrived and split its crew, assisting with the interior fire attack and pulling ceilings. Rescue 15-1 arrived, went to the side and cut an inspection hole. Co. 15 crews assisted with extensive overhaul. Company-15 responded with 17 members. Units on scene included Chiefs 1501/Stump, 1502/Lupo, 1503/Derr, 501, 502, 503, 303 and 304, Engines 15-2, 3-1 fill site, 3-3, 5-2 and 2-1, Rescues 151 and 5-1, Tankers 15-1, 5-1, 3-1 and 2-1, Brush 5-1, Ambulances 5-1 and 5-2, Co. 15 and five fire police units. NC Rescue-73 back filled Station-15 while our units worked the fire. - SCOTT DERR

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Rheems, PA - Rheems Fire Department recently hosted a Technical Rescue refresher course. Members attended from the Rheems, Elizabethtown, Manheim Township, East Petersburg and Blue Rock Fire Departments, along with members from Lancaster County Rescue Task Force 36.

JASON BATZ

Firefighters Battle House Fire During Heat Wave Reading, PA - On Friday evening, July 21st, Reading firefighters were handling multiple requests for service due to an oppressive heat wave. Around 10:30 P.M., the Berks County DES began receiving calls reporting a house on fire in the 300 block of South 8th Street. Acting Chief Rehr (C8) arrived at 330 South 8th to a three-story MOR with smoke showing from the second-floor. Firefighters forced entry into the dwelling and located a large volume of fire on the firstfloor. All searches were clear on the upper floors of the smoke filled structure. Firefighters ventilated both dwellings on either side of the home. The fire was placed under control at 10:48 P.M. with one firefighter transported to the hospital with heat issues. Chief Mogel (C2) was in command.

Crews had a two-car accident with one trapped in the white car.

TIMOTHY COOVER

Help is on the Way Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

“This poor man cried and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). Imagine the feeling of those, who during an emergency, call 91-1 and subsequently hear the distant scream of a siren as they approach to offer help. In many cases, this is the very worst day of their lives and they have all their hope and confidence in the professionalism of the Firefighters, Paramedics and/or EMTs who are rushing to their aid. There could be no better feeling than to know that help is on the way! Due to God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ, we have the confidence that God hears, cares and responds to His children in a

time of need. As a matter of fact, God knows the need even before we call upon him. “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). So, let us open your hearts to God as he responds to our many needs in life. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Lean on Jesus. The Bible tells us to “Cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). Whenever we hear that a person is in “stable condition” and not “critical condition,” there is a sigh of relief. Let Christ bring stability into the crisis. God constantly cares for his children, helping us face bad news. We thank God for our first responders as they arrive on scene of an emergency. I’m thankful God is with you on every call; and I’m also thankful that when people require emergency assistance, God sends YOU. You are the answer to someone’s prayers!

Crews work to stabilize the vehicles.

Victim is being pulled out of the car.

TIMOTHY COOVER

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IN SERVICE

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Western Berks Fire Department operates this 2016 Pierce Velocity 2000/500/105' Ladder.

Chambersburg Tower-1 in operation at the Jack Road barn fire in St. Thomas.

DENNY CLOPPER

Fire Destroys 600 Bales of Hay in St. Thomas

KEN SNYDER

E 1-24 of the Hughsville FD is a 2001 New Lexington 1750-GPM pumper.

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

A 2012 Ford F-550/KME runs as Rescue 175 at the Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Co. in Luzerne County. It has a 350 pump and 400 water, and replaced a 1983 Ford F-800/RSI Rescue which came from Lebanon, PA.

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

The Emerald Hose Co. of the Renovo FD operates a 1992 Pierce Arrow as Ladder 29-7. The truck previously operated with Morgan Hill, CA, and has a 1500 pump, 400 water and 75' rear mount ladder.

St. Thomas, PA - On the night of August 5th, Franklin County 911 took calls reporting a barn fire in St. Thomas Township, west of Chambersburg. Multiple departments due on Box 18-8 were dis- JUMP TO FILE# patched on the as- 081617102 signment to 4289 Jack Road at 9:50 P.M. St. Thomas Chief Thomas Bigler marked up directly after dispatch and was advised by Franklin dispatch that they had a reported hay barn fully involved. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen as units approached the scene. St. Thomas Engine 18-1 was the first-in unit to confirm that crews had a working fire. Firefighters were working to set up operations as Fayetteville Deputy Chief Brady Bumbaugh arrived and sized up what firefighters had to work with. Deputy Chief Bumbaugh reported to Chief Bigler and Franklin dispatch that they had a 150’x75’ Hay Cover Bin fully involved. Deputy Bumbaugh established Command-18 until the arrival of Chief Bigler. Chief Bigler requested Franklin dispatch to start the Tanker Task Force with the Working Fire dispatch and to contact St. Thomas Township to have them respond with a front-end loader to assist on the scene. Firefighters deployed multiple attack lines to begin to attack the blaze Saturday night as incoming units worked to establish tanker shuttle operations for water supply. Chief Bigler arrived on the scene at 10:08 P.M. and evaluated the situation, conversed with Deputy Chief Bumbaugh, and assumed Command. After a quick deliberation with the property owner, it was decided for

crews to allow the hay bales to continue to burn while firefighters remained on the scene to monitor the flames. Firefighters worked to knock down a bulk of the flames and bring the fire under control to the point they posed no further danger to any of the surrounding property. Firefighters worked the scene for approximately an hour-and-a-half before getting a significant knock on the flames, bringing the fire under control. Command began wrapping up fire department operations just before 11:00 P.M., at which time he began releasing tankers from the incident. The scene was turned over to the property owner to watch over throughout the night, allowing crews to be able to wrap up operations and return to service shortly before midnight. The blaze destroyed approximately 600 bales of hay and straw Saturday night. The hay bin and its contents were the only loss suf-

fered by the property owner. No livestock was lost that night and no injuries were reported. The cause is currently undetermined, but remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal’s Office. St. Thomas Volunteer Fire Co. 18 responded with Franklin County emergency crews from Marion Fire & EMS Co. 8, Franklin Fire Station-4, Mercersburg Montgomery Peters & Warren (M.M.P.W.) Fire Co. 9, Chambersburg Fire Co. 1, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. 3, FannettMetal Fire Co. 12, New Franklin Fire Co. 17, and Emergency Air10. Mutual aid was received from Fulton County crews from McConnellsburg Fire Co. 56, and Washington County crews from Maugansville Goodwill Fire Co. 13, Leitersburg Fire Co. 9, and Smithsburg Fire Co. 7. - WILLIAM KING

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DRILLS/TRAINING

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Members from Rheems Fire Department and several other area departments recently took the SVRT class.

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EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT If you have photos you would like to see in our Emergency Aircraft feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Members' first scenario was a car under a school bus. Members had to lift the bus using airbags to pull the car out with a winch.

Cumberland County, PA - Air Methods Air Ambulance preparing to launch.

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LITTLE BIG GUYS If you have photos you would like to see in our Little Big Guys feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Two Vehicles Burn in Reading

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Meredith Hose Co. of Childs runs the 2014 Ford 550/Sutphen 1000/400/20/15.

Reading, PA - Reading Deputy Chief James Stoudt arrived on July 19th at the rear of 304 South 5th Street to find a pair of vehicles well involved.

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Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company operates this 2016 Ford F550/Pierce Brat 1000/250 Brush Truck.

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Utility 140 of the Myerstown First Aid Unit runs this Dodge Ram 2500, which can also tow an emergency trailer.


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Two-Alarm Fire in Chambersburg Damages Three Townhomes Chambersburg, PA - On the morning of August 2nd, Franklin County 911 alerted Chambersburg Fire Department for an apartment building on fire at 1001 Byers Avenue in the Boro of Chambersburg. Crews from JUMP TO FILE# Chambersburg and 080717120 surrounding jurisdiction due on Box 102 were dispatched out on the assignment at 2:32 A.M. Franklin Fire Company’s Assistant Chief-49 was in the area and confirmed he had a two-story end-unit townhouse with fire showing, and immediately requested the Working Fire dispatch. Franklin County dispatch started units on the Working dispatch as Chambersburg Assistant Chief Dustin Ulrich responded on the call. Dispatch advised him of Assistant Chief-49’s report as he arrived on the scene, establishing Command and confirming that he had fire through the roof of the structure. Chief Ulrich quickly assessed the scene, advising heavy fire on side "Charlie" of the structure with a gas fed fire from a ruptured gas line. With concern for the rapidly spreading fire, Chief Ulrich requested a second-alarm started on the assignment. Firefighters from Chambersburg Fire Department arrived, dropping supply lines and establishing a water supply as crews deployed an attack line to begin battling the blaze while waiting on additional incoming units to arrive to assist. Franklin Squad-41 arrived and was assigned to conduct a primary search of the building as interior crews worked to attack the blaze. Firefighters battled the blaze for 15 minutes, getting a significant knock down on the fire on Division I and II before advancing an attack line into the attic, where they found heavy fire conditions and requested a second line to the attic. Command reported that they had a complete knock down on the fire by 3:00 A.M., but advised that crews were still faced with a significant gas leak. Firefighters worked to keep the building ventilated while awaiting the gas company, who arrived on the scene

shortly after and secured the gas. Command reported the fire under control with gas secured at 3:07 A.M. Firefighters continued to work the scene conducting overhaul operations and checking for further extension to confirm that the fire was out. Fire Department operations were wrapped up and all units were clear of the scene that morning by 7:00 A.M. Wednesday morning’s fire caused extensive damage to the townhouse at 1001 Byers Avenue. Two occupants were home at the time of the blaze and were awakened when their smoke detectors activated, allowing them to quickly evacuate prior to fire department arrival. Pennsylvania State Fire Marshals were requested to the scene that morning by Command to investigate the incident. Investigators were able to establish the origin of the fire on the outside of the home to the rear of the structure. Investigators report that the fire was electrical in nature and has been ruled accidental. The fire started on the outside of the townhouse and rapidly spread and compromised a gas line, which intensified the blaze. The fire was able to be contained to the home at 1001 Byers Road but did cause moderate smoke and exterior fire damage to the residence at 1003, and some fire damage to the residence at 1005. The American Red Cross is currently assisting the affected residents displaced by the fire. Over 50 emergency personnel members responded on Wednesday’s incident in Chambersburg. Units responding on Box 102 were from Chambersburg Fire Co.1, New Franklin Fire Co.17, Letter Kenny Fire Co.13, Franklin Fire Co.4, Marion Fire Co.8, Holy Spirit EMS Co.100, Cumberland County’s Cumberland Valley Hose Co.53, Fayetteville Fire Co.7, St. Thomas Fire Co.18, Pleasant Hall Fire Co.11, Waynesboro Fire Co.2, West End Fire Co.15, Mont Alto Fire Co.5, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co.3, and crews from Washington County Maryland’s Long Meadow Fire Co.27 and Halfway Fire Co.26. - WILLIAM KING

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massive fire Destroys Hay Barn in metal Township Franklin County, PA - On the morning of August 15th, Franklin County 911 took several calls reporting a barn fire in Metal Township in North Western Franklin County. Metal Township Fire Co. was alerted with several other companies on Box 21-1 to 11747 Creek Road at 7:00 A.M. Franklin had multiple calls reporting a working fire. Captain Zac Hall from Metal Township was the first to arrive, confirming dispatch. Captain Hall reported he had a 50’x75’ hay barn fully involved with fire through the roof. Captain Hall established Command-21 and requested the Working Fire dispatch assignment started. Command evaluated the scene as units responded to formulate an attack plan due to the size of the blaze. Upon arrival of Metal Township’s Engine 21-1, Command had them drop a line and the crew quickly deployed attack lines to begin fire attack. Fannett Metal units arrived and worked to establish water supply operations as firefighters worked to protect surrounding exposures from the blaze. Firefighters worked in a defensive mode, fighting the flames from the exterior of the structure while working to protect exposures. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours Tuesday morning. Firefighters were hampered by water supply issues due to the rural area and the roof collapse of the barn burying the burning hay beneath the tin roof. Crews were able to keep the fire contained with multiple attack lines and ladder pipe operations until a contractor was able to arrive and assist with removal of the tin. Once firefighters were able to access the hay, a front-end loader was brought in to pull apart the hay so that crews could extinguish the flames. Firefighters were committed on the scene for a good part of the day Tuesday. The scene was stabi-

JUmP TO fIlE #082117135 lized enough by 1:00 P.M. that afternoon, at which time crews were able to wrap up Fire Department operations. All fire crews were clear of the scene by 1:30 P.M. and everything was turned over to the property owner to monitor. The barn, which stored farm equipment and hay, was a total loss. Crews were able to keep the damage to the property contained and strictly to the barn. No live stock was lost during the incident and no injuries were reported. The cause and point of origin is not currently known at this time and is being investigated by the owner’s insurance company. Fire crews from four different counties assisted during the early morning blaze. Franklin County crews assisting on the scene responded from Metal Township Fire Co.21, Fannett-Metal Fire & EMS Co.12, Pleasant Hall Fire Co.11, Franklin Fire Station 4, St. Thomas Fire Co.18, M.M.P.W Fire Co.9, and Letterkenny Fire Co.13. Mutual Aid was received on the scene from Cumberland County crews from NewburgHopewell Twp. Fire Co.51, Vigilant Hose Co.52 and Cumberland Valley Hose Co.53, along with Huntington County crews from Three Springs Fire Co.12 and Robertsdale, Wood and Broad Top Fire Co.17. Additional assistance was received from Franklin County’s New Franklin Fire Co.17, Cumberland County’s Vigilant Hose Co.52, South Newton Fire Co.49, Friendship Hose Co.47, and Juniata County’s East Waterford Fire Co.7, who transferred into area stations to cover the area while crews were committed on the scene.

DID YOU K NOW

Firefighters work to remove the collapsed tin to extinguish the burning hay.

CUrTIs BrYAN

- WILLIAM KING

CUrTIs BrYAN

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Early hand-drawn fire engines, ladder wagons, hose carts, etc. had to be pushed back into fire stations by hand. All of this backing in by hand became unnecessary when motorized engines came to be, however some companies continue to make every effort to honor and pay homage to past members that had to push their engines into the station by doing the same to the new units. This is how “Pushing-In” ceremonies originated.

Tanker Dump Site operations in Metal Township.

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Vehicle News

West Grove Fire Company now operates a 2017 Pierce Fame Fire Company of West Chester now operates this Robert Fulton Fire Company now operates this 2016 Arrow XT 105' Ladder. Ford F550/Custom 250/400. 2017 Spartan/Custom Fire Heavy Rescue. FRANK ROBINSON

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DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

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Green Lane Fire Co. Chief John Balmer stands aside the The Nippenose Valley Vol. Fire Co. has recently placed new "SQUAD 42" 2017 Sutphen which was just put into into service a 2016 Freightliner M2112/Rosenbauer as service. Tanker 6. It has a 1000 pump and 2500 water, and was purchased with the assistance of a federal grant.

Columbia County's Lime Ridge Fire Co. has recently placed (a new to them), rescue in service. Rescue 204 is a 2004 Spartan/4 Guys with 1250/330 and was purchased from Sayreville, NJ. It was repainted into Lime Ridge's orange color scheme.


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“10-75” The Box VIDEO REVIEW

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ing company or chief and when those units are put to work, an “All Hands” signal is transmitted which brings a rescue company and very often other equipment. It is followed by additional alarms if needed. This is a weak explanation to give the reader an idea about the title of the DVD. Of the three fires on this DVD, all are well beyond a 10-75! What I can say about them is “Wow!”. It stands to reason that they all started out with a 10-75 signal. The first fire was in the Bronx at E. 174th Street and Weeks Avenue. It involved (six) one-story attached stores commonly known as “taxpayers,” meaning that they were cheaply built structures placed basically to pay the taxes on what otherwise would be vacant land. This is a second-alarm, but has the appearance of a much worse fire. Heavy streams operate from four tower ladders and two Stang guns. There are some handlines but the fire seems to defy everything, resulting in an outside fight. Very intense flames can be seen inside the building. The second fire is a third-alarm in Brooklyn in the month of January. It involves two frame dwellings heavily involved in which there were two DOA’s. It became another exterior operation. The third was in the Bronx at East 169th St. and College Ave. in the Highbridge section and eventually goes to seven-alarms, involving (14) two-story attached dwellings. The fire just runs the cockloft. At least two trench cuts are made by truck companies on the roof. The videographer at one point takes a position on a roof across the street and at times, the smoke is so intense that the buildings are obscured, almost as if you are in an airplane above the clouds. It again becomes an outside fight in the most intense parts of the fire. In all of the fires, toward the end of the coverage, a voice in the background gives a size-up and explains what is burning and what armament is being used to combat it. This is one of the most fire intense videos I have seen.

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Life Net 81 Responds to Assist on Pedestrian Struck St. Thomas, PA - On the morning of June 28th, St. Thomas Fire Department was alerted along with Chambersburg EMS and Medic 118 on Box 18-4 for a pedestrian accident at the Uni-Mart at 7391 Lincoln Way West, directly across the street from Station-18. Medic 118 arrived on the scene directly after dispatch to find a 64-year-old male that was struck by a Honda Accord that was backing out of a parking place at the time of the accident. The Paramedic on 1-18 was as-

JUMP TO FILE #082217117 sessing the patient as St. Thomas’s Chief Thomas Bigler arrived on the scene to assist. Once the paramedic was done with his assessment, on their recommendation, Chief Bigler requested aviation started to the incident. EMS personnel from Chambersburg Ambulance 1-7 and Medic 1-18 packaged the patient and had them ready upon Life Net 81’s ar-

rival on the scene. Life Net’s Paramedics took over patient care and lifted off, transporting the patient to York Hospital. The severity of the patient's injuries are not currently known, but the patient was treated and released from York Hospital within 24 hours of the incident. The incident was investigated by Pennsylvania State Police who cited the driver of the Honda Accord for careless driving that caused the accident. - WILLIAM KING

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Franklin County, PA - "Benelli" the mascot greets a family during a local fire department's open house.


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STILL IN SERVICE

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The Antes Fort Fire Company of Lycoming County still operates this 1972 FWD Engine. It has a 1000-GPM pump, and 1000 water.

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

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MVA with Entrapment in Marietta Borough

Marietta, PA - In August, crews were dispatched for an MVA with entrapment in Marietta Borough along 441 and Furnace Road. As crews were responding to the scene, the initial update was for two cars involved, with one patient in cardiac arrest and one still trapped in a vehicle with different reports of how many were injured. Crews from Marietta, Maytown and Wrightsville Fire Departments arrived to find a four-vehicle accident with five patients and one still trapped in the vehicle. Crews went to work on patient care and stabilizing the vehicle. Crews from Maytown and Wrightsville then worked on removing the roof and rolling the dash to free the one patient. Crews stayed on scene for a short time afterwards while police investigated.

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

The Ruscombmanor Fire Company operates a 1986 Pierce Dash as Rescue 34.

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Clinton County's Engine 3-2 is a 1973 Ford C-900/Pierce. Castanea Fire Co. purchased this engine after Hurricane Agnes destroyed much of their equipment in 1972. The engine still operates with a 1000 pump and 750 water.

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Stroudsburg Engine 38-1 is a 1990 E-One Protector model 1250GPM/500-GWT pumper.


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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Eastern Salisbury's engine operating at a multi-alarm commercial fire in Fountain Hill on July 15th.

KEN SNYDER

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Crews Arrive to Working Barn Fire in West Donegal Twp. Fountain Hill 3431 on scene at the smoky multi-alarm blaze in Fountain Hill on July 15th. KEN SNYDER

Firefighters from several agencies operating at the White Church Road house fire in Franklin County. SHANE SHIFFLETT

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Hampden Township Fire operating in downtown Mechanicsburg at a working structure fire.

West Donegal Twp., PA Crews were dispatched a little after midnight on July 13th for a barn fire on Stone Mill Drive. Chief-70 arrived to find a fully involved barn and requested the working fire assign- JUMP TO FILE# ment along with the 072317101 second-alarm for tankers. Engine-792 arrived on scene shortly after dispatch due to being out for an investigation of a fire in the area of Greider Road. Engine-792 dropped their five-inch down the lane and went to work. Truck-74 and Engine-742 went back the lane with Engine-701 staged at the road for the portatank dump site to supply water back the lane. Bainbridge FD was directed to the Rheems FD to fill tankers. Crews worked for about an hour until the fire was placed under control. Firefighters stayed on scene for about 12 hours going through all the hay in the barn to make sure there wasn't any hot spots. Rheems FD had command and was assisted by crews from Bainbridge Fire Co., Campbelltown Fire Co., Columbia Borough FD, Elizabethtown FD, Hempfield FD, Lawn Fire Co., Londonderry Fire Co,, Marietta Fire Co., Mastersonvile Fire Co., Maytown/East Donegal Fire Co., Middletown FD, Paxtonia FD, and Northwest EMS. - TIMOTHY COOVER

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IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Rescue 18 of the Clifford Twp. VFC is a 2016 Ferrarer Inferno.

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Crews Respond to Airplane Crash at Maytown Airport Maytown, PA - In August, crews from Maytown East Donegal Township Fire Department, Lancaster County Hazmat team, and surrounding mutual aid departments were dispatched for a plane crash at the Maytown Airport. Crews arrived to find a small plane sitting off the runway with a minor fuel leak and the pilot out of the plane with no injuries. Due to the high flashpoint of the fuel, crews laid a foam blanket over the fuel spill area and controlled the leak. The plane was then depowered. Cocker's Towing was requested to help lift the plane to get the landing gear back up right that failed when the pilot lost control of the plane.

Rohrerstown E-67 is a 2011 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/750.

KEN SNYDER

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Accident with Injuries in Upper Hanover Twp. Upper Hanover Twp., PA - On Thursday, August 24th at 8:53 A.M., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched to a two-car MVA with injuries at a dangerous intersection in the township at Kutztown Rd. and Jacobs Sawmill Rd. There was a female and a male driver that were transported to the hospital by two different EMS units. The condition of the two victims was unknown. Damage to both vehicles was extensive. The cause is unknown pending the outcome of the investigation. Assisting the fire company were Bally EMS, Upper Perk EMS units, East Greenville Police Dept., PA State Police, and Fire Police from Hereford Fire Co.

APPARATUS FOR SALE

The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Uniondale Fire District will accept sealed Bids until 2:00 pm, August 31, 2017, for the sale of one (1) Red 2005 International Ambulance. Add’l detailed info can be obtained. At 3pm, August 31, 2017, bid(s) will be opened and publicly read aloud. Vehicle is to be sold “as is”. Hurst Tool and other equipment included in sale. 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 9:00a5:00p 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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FACES OF PENNSYLVANIA’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Rheem's Fire Department Lieutenant Matt Bigler.

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Maytown Firefighter Robert Epply.

Rheem's Fire Chief Chuck Stanford.

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Reading Firefighter Mike Harcarik poses with a cake presented to him before leaving the department. Mike was recently appointed to the Newark Fire Department.

PAT GRIFFIN

Maytown Firefighter Shawn Risser.

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