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Building fire at Blommer Chocolate On July 28, 2013 at 10:12 p.m., East Greenville Fire Company was dispatched to a building fire at Blommer Chocolate on Blommer Drive in Upper Hanover Twp. Assisting on the original dispatch were Pennsburg, Red Hill, and Milford Township Fire Companies. East Greenville Fire Chief Jason Wilson reported heavy smoke showing and ordered a second alarm for more manpower assistance. Responding on the second alarm were companies from Green

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Lane, Hereford, and Trumbauersville. The fire was brought under control within the hour. Fire companies remained on the scene for a period of time to conduct overhaul and investigation of the cause. Assisting the fire companies, were EMS units from Upper Perk and Green Lane. No injuries were reported.

On July 29, 2013 at 2:20 a.m., East Greenville Fire Co. was dispatched again with assistance from neighboring companies to the same location and building. East Greenville Fire Chief Jason Wilson reported that it was a working building fire and set up command. The fire was brought under control with in an hour. Assisting East Greenville were Pennsburg, Red Hill, Milford Twp, and Green Lane Fire Companies. - TERRY RITZ

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Quick work of mattress fire made Reading, PA. On July 13th, C platoon firefighters were less than an hour into their shift when off-duty firefighter John Seyfert observed smoke issuing from a third floor window on Marion Street. When Seyfert went to alert firefighters at the 9th and Marion Station, Box 0902 was dispatched by the Berks County Communications Center. Units were sent to 1107 Marion Street for a reported fire on the third floor. Ladder 3 on scene at a three story MOR with smoke showing. Companies quickly stretched a line to the upper floor and extinguished a burning mattress. The fire was placed under control moments later.

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responsiveness, and immeasurable support for the safety and integrity of this organization. Mr. Harvey also stated that Woods Inc. also recognized the fire company’s support of the entire community which demonstrated a unique example of dedication and compassion. Woods Inc. and its affiliates provide educational, residential, health care, clinical and vocational

supports and services to more than 4,100 people of all ages and levels of care. Philadelphia school teacher Mollie Woods founded Woods in 1913 as a progressive residential school for children diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Woods is headquartered in Langhorne, PA and has the following affiliates: Brian’s House in Chester County, PA; Allies, Inc. in 16 counties in New Jersey; and Archway located in southern New Jersey. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Life saving equipment donated to East Cocalico Recently, the Reamstown Volunteer Fire Company and its members were going to purchase a Lukas 2 Chest compression device used by emergency medical personnel in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. The cost of the device totaled $13,581.66, which the Fire Company was going to purchase for its ambulance division. After word got out to the community of the purchase, the Reamstown Athletic Association donated the full $13,581.66 to purchase the Lukas 2 for the company to serve the community.


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Hay wagon fire for Berrysburg Mifflin Township, PA. Shortly after noon on July 26th, units were dispatched to the 200 block of Troup Road in Mifflin Township for a hay elevator on fire located next to a barn. This brought units from Companies 26 (Berrysburg), 21 (Elizabethville), 20 (Millersburg), 28 (Pillow) and 6 (Life Team-Medic 6 Chief 26 responded and advised Dauphin County Communications that he was five miles out and had a column visible. It looked like crews

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from Upper Dauphin County were going to have their second working fire in two days. Chief 26 arrived on scene to find that the farmer was able to move the hay elevator and hay wagon away from the barn and placed the hay wagon in the middle of an open field.

Tanker 26 deployed a one and three quarter inch hand line and started to extinguish the hay wagon. Engine 26 and Tanker 28 supplied Tanker 26 with water. Engine 21 took their TIC inside the barn to check for any extension, which turned up negative. The crews from Engine 21 and Truck 20 worked on the few bales of hay on fire near the elevator.

Units from Vigilant Hose Co. and West End Fire & Rescue were alerted for a reported auto fire at around 4:30 p.m. on July 14, Interstate 81, northbound at the 26 mile marker, Southampton Township, Shippensburg. Chief 52 checked up on the air and reported heavy smoke showing in the area. Upon his arrival, heavy fire was reported from the engine compartment. Engine 2-52 pulled a hand line across the median strip to extinguish the fire. Engine 15-1 and 15-2 had a slow response due to the backlog of traffic in both northbound lanes. All occupants in the car escaped without any injuries. Units were on the scene for about 35 minutes before going into service.

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty California: Luke Sheehy, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 10, 2013 Death Date: June 10, 2013 Fire Department: U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Fire Dept. Info: Regional Forester Randy Moore Initial Summary: Firefighter Sheehy, a member of the California Smokejumpers, was struck by a falling portion of a tree while operating on the Saddle Back Fire in the Modoc National Forest. Sheehy was treated by fellow firefighters and flown by helicopter to a hospital in Alturas, California, but succumbed to his injuries. North Carolina: Tony Barker, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 13, 2013 Death Date: June 13, 2013 Fire Department: Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Bill Johnson Initial Summary: Wind from a storm in the Wilkes County, NC, area blew part of a maple tree across power lines igniting a fire in a small structure. A witness said that Firefighter Barker, one of the first to arrive at the scene, was bending over to look more closely where the fire was coming from and was less than 3 feet away from the structure when he collapsed. While witnesses said they never saw Barker touch the structure, the electricity from the power lines on the structure likely moved through the building and unpaved ground, electrocuting Barker. Reports indicate that the ground was saturated with rainwater which helped conduct the electricity. Other firefighters were able to pull Firefighter Barker away from the structure. Efforts to revive Barker with CPR, however, were unsuccessful. Firefighter Barker was pronounced dead at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. New York: Thomas Burley, 20 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 18, 2013 Death Date: June 18, 2013 Fire Department: Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company Fire Dept. Info: Eric Wieland Initial Summary: While returning from fire department mandated training at the Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, Firefighter Burley died from injuries sustained when his privately owned vehicle was involved in an accident. Georgia: Katrina Sims, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 18, 2013 Death Date: June 18, 2013 Fire Department: Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Fire Dept. Info: Kelvin J. Cochran Initial Summary: Firefighter Sims was found deceased while on duty in the fire station. Investigation into the circumstances related to the death is underway by authorities. Rhode Island: Edward C. Vanner, Jr. , 24 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: June 17, 2013 Death Date: June 17, 2013 Fire Department: 143d Fire & Emergency Services - Quonset ANG Base R.I. Fire Dept. Info: Anthony J. Novellino, Jr. Initial Summary: Assistant Chief of Operations Vanner was found by a fellow firefighter in his office unconscious and unresponsive. Chief Vanner was transported to Kent Hospital where despite the best efforts of EMTs and doctors from the 143d FES, North Kingstown Fire Department, and Kent Hospital, Chief Vanner passed away from an apparent heart attack. West Virginia: John T. Appleton, 62 Rank: Firefighter/Chaplain Incident Date: June 24, 2013 Death Date: June 24, 2013 Fire Department: Malden Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: William L. Peterson Initial Summary: While conducting exterior operations with other firefighters at a residential structure fire on Happy Hollow Road in Sissonville, Firefighter Appleton suffered a medical emergency. Appleton reportedly went into cardiac arrest and was treated at the scene then transported to the hospital but passed away from his injury.

Arizona: Garret Zuppiger, 27 Rank: Firefighter Kevin Woyjeck, 21 Rank: Firefighter Clayton Whitted, 28 Rank: Firefighter William Warneke, 25 Rank: Firefighter Travis Turbyfill, 27 Rank: Firefighter Joe Thurston, 32 Rank: Firefighter Jesse Steed, 36 Rank: Firefighter Anthony Rose, 23 Rank: Firefighter John Percin, 24 Rank: Firefighter Wade Parker, 22 Rank: Firefighter Scott Norris, 28 Rank: Firefighter Sean Misner, 26 Rank: Firefighter Grant McKee, 21 Rank: Firefighter Eric Marsh, 43 Rank: Firefighter Christopher MacKenzie, 30 Rank: Firefighter Dustin Deford, 24 Rank: Firefighter Travis Carter, 31 Rank: Firefighter Robert Caldwell, 23 Rank: Firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 30, 2013 Death Date: June 30, 2013 Fire Department: Prescott Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Dan Fraijo Initial Summary: Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues. California: Christopher Douglas, 41 Rank: Engineer/Paramedic Incident Date: July 5, 2013 Death Date: July 5, 2013 Fire Department: CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: John R. Hawkins Initial Summary: Engineer/Paramedic Douglas was hit by a passing vehicle while standing on the Monterey Avenue onramp along Interstate 10. Douglas was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The accident remains under investigation by California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team. Idaho: Dennis Long Rank:Heavy Equipment Operator Incident Date: July 8, 2013 Death Date: July 8, 2013 Fire Department: Idaho Department of Lands - Maggie Creek Forest Protective District Fire Dept. Info: Area Manager Jim Clapperton Initial Summary: Heavy Equipment Operator Long became ill while operating a dozer and putting in a fire line during suppression operations on the Pardee fire located between Greer and Kamiah, Idaho, on the east side of the Clearwater River. The dozer boss performed CPR on Long before Life Flight and emergency medical services arrived on scene, where Long was pronounced dead. The nature of fatal injury is still to be reported.


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Three firefighters were slightly injured when the rear porch and roof collapsed into the back yard.

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House damaged by fire on July 4th Coal Township, PA. On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:20 a.m., the Coal Township Fire Department (Maine, Union, Forrest Hills, East End, Brady, and Fairview Fire Companies,) Coal Township Rescue Squad and AREA EMS were dispatched to 1262 Chemnug St. for a house fire. Coal Township and Shamokin police found smoke and flames coming from the first floor front and rear windows of the home. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the second floor and attic. The Coal Township fire chief requested the second alarm for a working fire in a large single home, bringing Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62 (RIT), Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 and the remaining Coal Township Fire

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Department. Maine Engine 110 established a water supply. The crew deployed a number of hose lines and made an offensive attack. The Brady Fire Company Engine 151 established a second water supply and deployed additional hose lines. Three fire fighters were slightly injured when the rear porch and roof collapsed into the back yard. Incident command assigned the additional arriving Coal Township and Shamokin Fire units to back up the first in companies in fighting the house fire. Additional arriving fire fighters assisted the first in engine crews in stretching a hose

lines to the rear of the residence. The deck guns from Engine 111 and Engine 151 were placed into service. Shamokin Rescue 62 provided RIT operations. The smoke and fire conditions in the home improved and the crews had the fire under control in less than 45 minutes and without further incident. The fire investigator believes the fire started in the first floor kitchen and traveled to the second floor. The fire chief reported that there were no major injuries to firefighters and the home received major damage. AREA and Sunbury EMS stood by and provided rehab.

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Hose line and appliance training Erie, PA. On Monday, August 5th, West Ridge Fire Department Captain Jerry DeRosa led the group in a hose line and appliance training drill. An important tool that any fire department uses these days is the various hose lines that are available to them. Captain DeRosa talked about the importance of hose lines, the usage of the various sizes of hose lines as well as talking about calls in the past. Afterwards, the junior firefighters worked on the proper ways to pull an attack line and how to flake it out.

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Hiker rescued during Gettysburg anniversary Right off the battlefield, during the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg Fire Department, Pennsylvania State Police and the National Park Service rangers rescued a hiker with a broken leg, who called for assistance. At 1:30 p.m. on July 2nd, Adams County 911 was called for an injured subject on Big Round Top, an area that was the site of Union and Confederate battles 150 years ago. Gettysburg Fire Department responded with Truck 1, Ambulance 1A1, and the duty chief. National Park Service responded with rangers and EMS. PSP sent mounted and ATV officers to assist. The injured subject was transported to Gettysburg Hospital for treatment.

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Schuylkill Hose #2 hosts the 110th Six County Parade Schuylkill Haven, PA. On June 30th, the Schuylkill Hose #2 Fire Company of Schuylkill Haven Fire Department hosted the 110th Six County Firemen’s Convention and fire truck parade. The 110th Six County Firemen Convention ran from June 27 to 30 at the Schuylkill Hose fire station. The convention concluded with a large parade containing over one

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hundred emergency response vehicles and marching units. The trophies for the best appearing emergency units were passed out to the lucky winners. Best appearing and most functional company two or more pieces

went to the Citizens Fire Co # 2 of Mahanoy City. Best appearing and most functional department three or more pieces went to the Tamaqua Fire Department. Best overall fire service entry, The Carl Feager Memorial Award went to the Pine Grove Hose Hook and Ladder Fire Company. - STEPHEN BARRETT

FRANK ROBINSON

Overturn in East Lampeter Township On July 6th, the Lafayette Fire Company responded to an MVA overturn with entrapment at the Walmart on Lincoln Hwy. Crews on scene discovered that all occupants of the vehicle were out and walking around. The driver lost control of the vehicle in the parking lot, struck the wall of Route 30, and overturned. Fire crews had to secure and stabilize the vehicle. The driver was arrested at the scene for DWI.

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It’s a crappy job, but someone has to do it Reading, PA. On Tuesday evening August 13th, the Berks County Communications Center dispatched an alarm to Schlegel Park to investigate an explosion in a porta-potty. Engine 5 arrived at an upper ballfield with fire showing from a portable toilet. Reading Police are investigating.


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Water rescue training Erie, PA. On Monday, July 8th, West Ridge Fire Department staffed the apparatus and proceeded down to Beach 7 on Presque Isle State Park for water rescue training. The training also included water rescue personnel from 48 (West Lake), 50 (Lake Shore), 56 (Lake City), 36 (Belle Valley) and the Presque Isle State Park lifeguards. Several different methods of training took place. Some members worked on utilizing throw bags. Those who are members of the dive team performed a practice dive. Others performed the annual 100 yard open water swim as required to be a member of the WRFD Water Rescue team. Those participating were able to take a ride on the back of West Lake's jet skis, Lake City's amphibious boat and UTV 476.

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This DVD is 40 minutes in length. It is an action packed program featuring two incidents in Los Angeles City, California, two in Jersey City, NJ and one in Boston Massachusetts. The opening incident is fought by the LAFD joined by the LAPD. To briefly explain, it is a fire in a one family, one and a half story structure in which there are three hostages inside. It takes place in Hollywood. Armed police are at the scene while firefighters apply water by handline to the burning structure. The fire eventually goes through the roof and the roof collapses into the living room. This report is overheard in the radio traffic. Handlines from an adjoining structure join those on the ground to play water on the house. The next is a greater alarm in Los Angeles for a two story row of stores. Some two and a half inch handlines are operated from

the street. Flames can also be seen above the roof. Ladderpipes also operate. Runoff water floods the street. Eventually, another aerial arrives and sets up a ladderpipe. Next we go to Jersey City and their Rescue 1, who shares quarters with Squad 4. They respond to a second alarm in a four story apartment house of ordinary construction. Flames are seen through a top floor window as an occupant is brought down an aerial from an adjacent window. A second aerial is raised, this one to the roof. Back to back to this one is a third alarm a few blocks from Rescue 1’s quarters. It is in an attached dwelling. This type of dwelling, of which there are a number in Jersey City features three levels. The front stair way leads to the second floor level, but there is a full height basement under the stairway which usually has an apartment. On this cold February night, fire is seen in the basement and a handline is advanced. The fire is also on the second and third floor and eventually blows out of the rear windows of both floors. Finally, we go to Boston and ride to a fire with Rescue 1. The fire has gone to a second alarm and involves a two and a half story frame dwelling. Flames and smoke are emitting from a dormer at the peaked roof. Behind the dormer, smoke and eventually flame show from a skylight opening. Truckees feverishly work to ventilate and are then ordered off the roof when their job is done. A third alarm is eventually transmitted. Aerials were raised to achieve ventilation operations.

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Two car accident for East Greenville On July 31, 2013 at 3:18 p.m., East Greenville Boro responded to a two car accident with injuries on North Main Street. Assisting East Greenville was an EMS ambulance from Upper Perk.

Independent Hose welcomes member back from Kuwait When Army National Guard Sergeant Brian Weidler, 38, of Jersey Shore exited Route 220 at the Main Street exit of his hometown, he wasn’t expecting the fanfare he was about to receive. His family and friends picked him up in Williamsport following a week long journey after his tour of duty in Kuwait. When he arrived at the exit, he was greeted by fire apparatus and fellow firemen from town. Weidler is also a member of the Independent Hose Company No. 1 in Jersey Shore and his firefighter brothers were not about to let him just sneak into town without some kind of celebration. After receiving handshakes and welcome home greetings from members of the fire company, Weidler was instructed to climb aboard the company’s Tower 3 and prepare for an escort through town in the bucket atop the tower. “He didn’t want to at first but we told him he really didn’t have a choice,” explained Independent

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Hose Company Chief, Robert Sheets. This was Weidler’s second tour overseas. His first was in 2008, 2009 in Iraq, when he was stationed with Troop C, 2nd Squadron of the 104th Cav, out of Chambersburg. During that tour, he did a lot of foot patrols and “doorkicking” looking for bad guys, “soldier stuff” as Weidler calls it. In Kuwait, he was part of an armed escort with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 109th infantry out of Pittston, for contractors coming into Kuwait from Afghanistan. Weidler is a quiet, humble kind of guy, “ I don’t do things for recognition, I was a little embarrassed, (with all of the attention), I’m a soldier because I like to be a soldier, and I’m a fireman because I like to be a fireman,” said Weidler, who has been with the hose company for 13 years.

“We wanted to honor Brian and let him know that his service did not go unappreciated and that there are people in this town who appreciate every thing he did while he was over there,” said Chief Sheets. Weidler’s mother Kathy Rinehart, said she was relieved and happy to have her son home. She was shedding tears of joy and holding a sign with Brian’s name on it when the bus pulled into Williamsport. His 10 year old son Colin also couldn’t wait to do things together. “Hoopla’s, movies, and ordering Chinese with Dad,” said Colin. Weidler’s girlfriend of two and a half years, Kristen Simmers, is also ready to share her life with Brian. “I’m just happy that it’s over. This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. I didn’t realize I could care for someone so much,” Simmers said with tears in her eyes. - PAUL GARRETT

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Engine 474 handles working vehicle fire Erie County, PA - On Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:07 p.m., the West Ridge Fire Department was alerted for a vehicle fire in the area of 3910 Caughey Road. As Assistant Chief 461 was responding, Erie County 911 advised that multiple calls were received. Fire Police Captain 4601 arrived on location and reported a working vehicle fire. Engine 474, with five volunteers, arrived on location, pulled the bumper line and had the fire knocked down within minutes. After the fire was knocked down, crews checked the rest of the vehicle for extension. Companies cleared the scene within 30 minutes. FRANK ROBINSON

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KEN SNYDER

Harrisburg muster held Harrisburg, PA - On July 13th, the Pennsylvania Pump Primers held their 38th Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster at River Park. A total of 49 rigs were pumping on the Susquehanna River while another 46 rigs were on static display. Unfortunately, this Ward La France was involved in a four vehicle accident when its brakes failed descending a parade route hill. Two other fire engines and a car were the vehicles involved. This 1961 Ward La France was originally owned by Throop, NY and is now owned by a collector in Paulsboro, NJ. Fortunately, no one was injured and the engine had to be towed.

NIK KNAUER

Gary Mogel named acting chief For Reading Reading, PA. After the sudden departure of Fire Chief David Hollinger, the City of Reading has named Gary Mogel as Acting Fire Chief. Mogel is currently a 1st Deputy Chief on the D platoon and will continue to operate on the D as well as make decisions for the department. Gary was hired on June 30, 1988. After the fire academy, he was placed on the C platoon as a jumper firefighter.In November of 1991, he took an assignment as a firefighter with Ladder 1 on the "D". September 1996, Mogel was promoted to lieutenant on Rescue 1. On August 3, 2002, Lt. Mogel was promoted to 2nd Deputy Chief of the D platoon. Chief Mogel moved to 1st Deputy on February 11, 2011.

STEPHEN BARRETT

Commercial building destroyed by arson in Delano Township Delano Township, PA. On July 25th, after 2:30 p.m., the Delano Township and McAdoo Fire Departments were dispatched to Lofty Road in Kline Township for an unknown type fire. Firefighters found heavy fire blowing from the abandon American Cable Recycling building. The building was owned prior by Aumat Industries and was listed on the Superfund cleanup list. It was determined there was no hazardous materials inside, but the building was used for storage. The burning commercial building quickly became well involved and forced firefighters to conduct defensive operations. The two front gates were locked and had to be cut open for access. A number of hose lines were deployed to the rear. Ladder 49-22 quickly set up its main ladder and sent it to the roof. Ryan Township Engine 26-10 advanced hose lines to the entrances. The fire was quickly attacked with help from exterior hose lines and elevated master streams. It was determined by the first units that the building had no fire hydrants or sprinklers. The Delano Township Fire Chief then ordered a tanker taskforce from three counties. Citizens Engine 454 estab-

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lished a draft from a dump site just outside the compound. A second dump site was then set up and was drafted by Tanker 26-30. Citizens Tower 456 was sent over the roof to recon the roof line. The platform placed its master stream into operation and was supplied by Engine 454. Ladder 49-22 repositioned its elevated masterstream into the loading dock doors to hit the high volume of fire. Tanker trucks from Schuylkill, Carbon, Luzerne Counties responded. The tankers took their turn and backed into the dump sites to release their loads. Hometown Engine 25-10 was diverted to the Delano Township fire station to refill tankers. A second refill site was established at the dry hydrant in the area of Air Products in Rush Township. An engine from Tamaqua was assigned to draft and refill tanker trucks. Air monitor teams from Englewood and Tamaqua were dispatched to check on the air quality. Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 personnel assisted the engine crews

with forcible entry into the building. EMS units from Ryan Township, McAdoo and APTS stoodby throughout the incident and provided rehab operations. Ryan Township Rescue assisted EMS personnel and established a rehab site. The fire was knocked down in three hours and had to be extensively overhauled. A limited amount of smoke was then seen coming from the building after 4:00 p.m. The extreme fire conditions in the building caused the structure to receive major structural damage. The Delano Township Fire Chief ordered firefighters to enter the structure and extinguish hot spots. A number of fire units relocated and stoodby in empty stations during the incident. A large number of personnel and Shenandoah Squirt 745 stoodby in the empty Mahanoy City Citizens station. Saint Clair Engine 702 relocated and stood by at the Delano Station. The fire is under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshal. He ruled it arson due to the multiple spots of origin found throughout the building. - STEPHEN BARRETT

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Union Historical Fire Society hosts first ever summer muster Trexlertown, PA. On June 23rd, the Union Historical Fire Society hosted their first ever summer Antique Fire Apparatus Muster. The muster consisted of static displays of antique and new apparatus displays. A number of firematic vendors were present throughout the day in the out- JUMP TO FILE # side pavilion. There 070213104 were a number of tables from vendors contained fire service antiques and memorable from the past. A number fire companies and private owners displayed their fire equipment and sold firefighting t-shirts throughout muster. The muster was held at the Goodwill Fire Company in Trexlertown. A few fire apparatus dealers were also on location. In service and antique fire apparatus were on display in the big field throughout the day. Trophies and dash plaques were awarded in the afternoon to some lucky owners of classic and antique fire apparatus. The Society’s President Joe Landy stated, “this year was the first summer muster held.” Joe Landy and his organization look forward to continuing the new muster and making this a yearly event in the summer. He expects more fire memorabilia collectors and firefighting buffs will visit when this muster show become more known. To receive more information about the Union Historical Fire Society: Visit www.uniounhistoricalfiresociety.

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Firefighters quickly extinguish loading dock fire Falls Township, PA - Firefighters from the Falls Township, Fairless Hills, Levittown, Morrisville, Edgely, Levittown #2, and Yardley-Makefield were dispatched for a building fire at 516 Lincoln Highway on August 2nd at approximately 3:21 p.m. Falls Township Deputy Fire Chief Steve Lowden confirmed a working fire on the exterior of the building in the area of the loading dock. Falls Township Engine 30 went in service with a hose line and quickly extinguished the fire. Bristol Township Fire Marshal Kevin Dipollito arrived on location to conduct the fire in.

JESSICA NICHOLE BARNES

Bucks County firefighters battle four alarm apartment fire A four alarm fire swept through an apartment building in Levittown on July 26. The blaze started in a secondfloor apartment on the rear of B building shortly after 9 p.m. When firefighters first arrived, they found heavy flames in the second floor roof. Within ten minutes, firefighters were calling for a second alarm and were quickly pulled off the roof of the building as the fire raged out of control. Once the flames reached the attic space, it quickly overcame the existing fire breaks of the 43year-old complex. The fire walls in the attic space also were not continuous. Once the fire spread throughout the attic space, it blew

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through the roof and down into the apartments. Finding enough water to fight the blaze was a huge challenge. The six fire hydrants available in the complex did not supply enough water for a fire this size, which at one point jumped from one section of the building to another. Part of Veterans Highway and Durham Road were closed to through traffic around the complex until early Saturday morning. New Falls Road was also closed so firefighters could drop hoses to

hydrants more than a quarter mile away. During the three hours that the fire burned, one person was solely dedicated to finding water supply grids. Fire crews cut through a chain link fence enclosing tennis courts to move trucks closer to fires at that end of the building. However, the roof in that area collapsed. By 10:22 p.m., fire officials were calling for a third alarm. Shortly before midnight, a fourth alarm was struck after the fire was declared under control to help firefighters deal with the remains. - JESSICA BARNES

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Caller reports swimmer vanishing in the Delaware River Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters from the YardleyMakefield Fire Company and West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company (Ewing Township, NJ) were recently dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to a marine rescue for a reported person swimming in the Delaware River, who vanished underwater. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Special Service 0 launched Marine 0. West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company staged in the access area parking lot. Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Lieutenant Barry Dinola and Firefighter Greg Kobol conducted an extensive search of the

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Delaware River in Marine 0. The call was unfounded. Marine 0 returned to shore and was loaded back onto Special Service 0's trailer and returned to quarters. Deputy Fire Chief Charles 'Bubba' Schlosser ran Marine Command. Also on location were the Lower Makefield Township Police Department and Yardley Borough Police Department. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Carsonville and area companies battle barn fire Wayne Township, PA. While a lot of people were enjoying the carnival at Fisherville Fire Company on July 11th, at 9:13 p.m., Box 19-3 was dispatched to the 100 block of Radel Road in Wayne Township for a barn fire. The initial dispatch brought units from Companies 19 (Carsonville), 216 (Fisherville), 29 (Halifax), 21 (Elizabethville), 22 (Lykens) and 6 (Life Team - Medic 6). Chief 19 went enroute and was advised of a fully involved barn packed with 1,500 bales of straw. Chief 19 advised he was a half mile out with a glow and requested the working fire box. This brought additional units from Companies 20 (Millersburg), 26 (Berrysburg), 23 (Wiconisco) and an air unit from Company 35 (Linglestown). Engine 19-1 arrived on the scene and immediately placed it's deck gun in service on the Bravo side of the structure and emptied their tank. Engine 216 was right behind them and put their portable deck gun in service on the Charlie side of the structure. Tanker 216

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dropped their port-a-tank in front of Engine 216, who in turn supplied Engine 19-1. Rescue 21 drafted out of Tanker 20's port-a-tank on the Delta side and supplied Engine 29. Multiple lines were placed in service and a tanker shuttle was started. Engine 29-1 set up a fill site on Lebo Road and Life Team Medic 6 and Halifax Fire provided rehab supplies. Operations consisted of a defensive attack with exposure protection of the surrounding out buildings and the other barn. Tractors were brought in and used to push the barn and straw together and once the fire was contained to the stone basement of the barn, Command 19 made the decision to let the straw burn off for the rest of the night. Units were on scene for a total to three hours. - PAUL GARRETT

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Two flown from Halifax accident Halifax Township, PA. Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on August 3rd, Box 29-1 was dispatched to the 3900 Block of Peters Mountain Road for an accident with injuries. This brought units from Companies 29 (Halifax), 13 (Halifax EMS), and 6 (Life Team-Medic 6). Units went enroute and were advised that there was a Dauphin County Deputy Coroner on the scene reporting three injuries and was requesting ALS and air medical. Crews found a two vehicle accident blocking both lanes of the roadway. Engine 29-1 popped the driver's side door on the one vehicle while the remainder assisted EMS with patient care. Command 29 requested Company 216 (Fisherville) to assist with manpower while Engine 29 established a landing zone at Station 29 where Life Lion 3 and Life Flight 5 landed and flew two patients to Hershey Medical Center.


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AUDREY MAULE

Fully involved structure for Gratz Lykens Township, PA. At 11:51 a.m. on July 25th, Box 27-1 was dispatched to the 800 Block of East Market Street for a reported structure fire. This brought units from Gratz, Berrysburg, Pillow, Lykens and Wiconisco. Chief 27 went enroute and Dauphin County Communications advised that they were receiving multiple calls for a fully involved house. The first alarm brought additional units from Millersburg, Elizabethville, Klingerstown and Sacramento. Engines 27 and 28 laid 2,000 feet of five inch from a hydrant at the entrance to the

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Gratz Fairgrounds to the scene and found a fully involved ranch style house. Rescue 21 was placed at the hydrant and utilized to boost pressure in the five inch. Truck 22 also placed their master stream in service. Eventually, the structure collapsed into itself and crews had to perform extensive overhaul. The fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the fire. - ROB HORNAMAN

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Three Franklin County companies assist in silo rescue in State Line Three fire companies assisted on a silo rescue on July 16, which was located in the 20,000 block of Lehman's Mill Road, Leitersburg, Maryland, State Line, Pa. just across the Pa-Md. line. A male, unknown age was working at the silo at the very top when he fell in, falling almost 40 feet downward. The silo contained silage. The incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. Units from the local area were dispatched at around 12 noon.

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Units from the Greencastle Hose Co., West End Fire & Rescue Co., and the Letterkenny Army Depot Fire Co. responded. West End responded with three certified rescue technicians and Letterkenny responded with four hazmat personnel. Greencastle responded with an engine company

and a BLS unit. After two and half hours, the male was pulled from the silo with serious injuries to his lower extremities and heat exhaustion. He was placed in a stokes basket and lowered to the ground by an aerial ladder truck. He was air lifted from the scene by a Maryland State Police Helicopter and flown to the Baltimore Shock Trauma Center. - DENNY CLOPPER

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Vehicle into building brings the rescue assignment Erie County, PA. On Thursday, July 25th at 11:46 a.m., the West Ridge Fire Department was alerted for a vehicle into the building with multiple entrapment at 3750 West 26th Street. Millcreek Twp Incident Response Team gave an updated location of the doctor's office directly across the street. Millcreek IRT also reported one vehicle completely into the building with multiple people who needed extrication from both the vehicle and office space. Due to the severity of the call, additional rescue companies were special called from 48 (West Lake), 44 (Kearsarge), 50 (Lake

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Shore) as well as additional ambulances from Millcreek Paramedics. Engine 474 went to work on patient care and patient rescue. The additional resources from the mutual aid rescues assisted with utility control, rescue operations and patient care. Multiple patients were transported to Erie hospitals for treatment. The vehicle accident is under investigation by the Millcreek Township Police Department. - ROB HORNAMAN

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Communications and Emergency Scene Safety III Today, we take the use of radio communications for granted and when they fail to operate in the normal manner, we can easily become frustrated. I can remember operating at a major fire one afternoon about 15 years ago and the entire portable radio operation was useSTAYING less for a SAFE period of time. Face to Chief Henry Campbell face communications and vehicle radios were utilized until Alarm Bureau personnel delivered additional radios to the scene. After about an hour of problems, and for whatever the reason, radio transmissions returned to normal. Did the additional radios that were delivered correct the problem? I don’t believe so, nor did the alarm bureau personnel. We believe it really had something to do with a newly installed and placed in service cell tower a block away (cell phones and cell towers were still in their infancy), though we never were able to draw a final conclusion. All the radios that were initially in use were checked and found to be operating properly. We chalked it up to a combination of atmospheric interference and cell tower interference as we had never experienced any radio problems from that area of the city in the past and none have surfaced since. Like any other mechanical or electronic device, the communications system when operating properly hardly requires much thought or attention. It is when something goes wrong within the system that we must be prepared. Do you have a back up radio communications system if your base radio fails? Do you have a repeater system? Do you have additional portable radios that can be brought to the scene in an emergency? Do you have spare batteries readily available and a system for delivering them when needed? Can you talk directly with your mutual aid departments on fire ground frequencies? Do you have any “dead transmission or reception areas” in your jurisdiction? What have you done to reinforce communications in those areas? These questions require thought and need to be resolved by all departments. There are additional problems that can be encountered with radio communications in emergency services and they will occur when they are least expected. Radio feedback, dead battery on a portable radio, blocked radio signal, bleed through from another agency, and an open or stuck radio transmit button can all add to the confusion and frustration of the emergency scene. There is nothing like the sound

you get over the radio system when someone goes to transmit and is in close proximity to another radio. Worse than the sound is the fact that any transmission has been “lost in space” and never reached the intended recipient. Separate the distance of the radios or turn one of the radios off (remember to turn the other radio back on when done). Feedback is useful in assisting in locating a downed or missing firefighter and it should be reserved just for that purpose. All members should be trained in the procedure and when it is being used, all on scene personnel and the dispatch staff should be notified. Portable radios are only as good as the battery used to operate them. The batteries are usually charged daily and exchanged at change of shift or another specific time designated by department policy. This doesn’t guarantee that a battery won’t go “dead”, especially if the battery is nearing the end of its lifespan, or if it has seen excessive use since last charged and installed. Building construction, especially high-rise buildings, and terrain can create radio interference and/or block radio transmissions. The use of repeaters may be required in certain areas in order to establish adequate radio communications. Radio frequency bleeding through onto your radio frequency may require fine-tuning of all components in the radio system including all radios. At worse, a change in frequency allocation may be required. Emergency services frequencies were split at the beginning of 2013 to increase the number of frequencies available. In the next few years emergency services may have to give up their present radio frequencies and move to a different band length. When and if this happens, it will be very costly change for the emergency services. Add to this the more widespread use of two-way radio communications in the private sector and it is easy to see all the radio spectrums are operating on overload. Maybe with the increased use of cell phone service, there will be less pressure on the FCC to come up with more radio frequencies. On the other side of the coin, how well will the cell phone frequencies stand up to the added pressure? Only time will tell. Lastly on my list, I am sure you can think of additional problems you have encountered with radios over the years, is the “open mike” problem. The dispatcher generally will transmit a tone followed by the message “All units check for an open mike”. - continued at www.1rbn.com

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Mount Tabor assistant chief recommends mortgage program to many Over the last year, Assistant Chief Dave Hollner has become somewhat of a celebrity in the firehouse of the Mount Tabor (N.J.) Volunteer Fire Department. No, Hollner didn’t make the silver screen – he did one better. He was featured in an issue of 1st Responder last year after taking advantage of the Heroes Mortgage Program. 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the enterprising initiative, which provides discounted fees and low interest rates for firefighters and other members of the emergency services community. “A lot of people, not only in our firehouse, have that article cut out,” said Hollner, a 12-year veteran with Mount Tabor. “They have given me a hard time, but it’s all in good fun. If they aren’t saying anything to you at the firehouse, something is wrong. Not only did Hollner take advantage of the Heroes Mortgage Program, he’s raved about it. Some of the people ribbing him have now become clients. Hollner has recommended the program to at least 15 of his peers. Indeed, the Heroes Mortgage Program has been a hit in the fire services community, providing un-

matched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process from their initial inquiry - to the day you close. Firefighters and other members of the emergency services community can learn more about the Heroes Mortgage at the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention on Sept. 13-14 in Wildwood at the famed Jersey Shore. The Heroes Mortgage Program booth at the convention has become one of the more popular attractions. Clients stop by to talk with the staff about their positive experiences and how it helped them, whether they purchased their first home, or refinanced. Meanwhile, interested firefighters stop by to learn more about the innovative program and how it can help them. “We have received so much great feedback about the Heroes Mortgage Program,” said Joseph Belsito, Publisher of 1st Responder. “Sun Home Loans has stepped up in a big way to extend benefits to members of the emergency services community and their families. We look forward to seeing everyone at Wildwood, we always do. For us, getting to meet with our clients and the men and women who risk their lives for us every day, is always a highlight.” Hollner took advantage of the

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to www.comedyworks.org or e-mail joeynovick@earthlink.net.

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From Summer to September FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Summer is a great time of year. It’s often loaded with terrific activities. In addition to the usual workload, there are vacations, family outings, and just so many seasonal things to fill your time. Many of my clients spent the months preceding summer doing their “getting ready for summer workouts”. I have to say, the majority really were ready. They were feeling good – looking good, and filled with anticipation of great fun. They greeted summer with a tremendous amount of healthy energy. Once summer arrived, they spent most of their new found energy enjoying those much anticipated summer activities. They had a blast. They do now, however report, they didn’t do much working out! Uh Oh! It’s September. Now what? Fall is here and they know they need to get back at it, but many are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. It was a great summer. Perhaps your fitness routine went by the wayside. You know you have to get going, but just aren’t sure how to go about it. Relax, you don’t have to get it all back at once. As a matter of fact, trying to jump back in full steam ahead often can lead to a quick burn out or even an injury that may sideline you even further. Take your time. be smart. You’ll be back on track in no time! We all know that a well balanced routine includes multiple forms of training – i.e. flexibility cardiovascular, strength etc. Why not bring them back into your schedule gradually? During WEEK 1 of your training spend about ten minutes doing some gentle walking or cycling. Follow it up with about five minutes of light (yet full-body) stretching. You can do it every day if you don’t find it overwhelming, but alternate days are a great start as well. During this week also make a diligent attempt to drink eight glasses of water daily. Proper hydration is essential and when the weather cools off a little, we tend to forget about consuming sufficient amounts of water. WEEK 2 is a good time to reintroduce some strength training. You can use light weights or even bodyweight exercises (push-ups, squats, lunges, leg lifts, dips etc. – don’t forget those abs and lower back) or simple calisthenics. A gentle walk for about five minutes leading to ten minutes of strength training and back into five addi-

tional gentle cardio minutes is a great week two workout. Finish it off with five minutes of full-body stretching. Keep the water flowing, and start to pay closer attention to your dietary practices. (Reminder: strength training to be performed on alternate days unless muscle groups are divided so that no muscle group is worked on consecutive days - Cardio and stretching can be performed daily.) WEEK 3 you will begin to find more energy and will hopefully welcome a chance to challenge yourself a little bit more. This is a good time to increase the duration of your cardiovascular workout. After a gentle warm-up of five minutes, continue for an additional five minutes (at a slightly higher intensity) before your strength training. Finish with five gentle cardio minutes, then stretching. If you added some unhealthy foods over the summer, now is the time to consider eliminating them or at least limiting their consumption. WEEK 4 is a great time to get closer to full swing. An easy way to do this is with a Circuit Training Routine. After five minutes of gentle cardio alternate one set of strength training with one minute of cardiovascular activity (walking, cycling, stair climbing, etc.) Choose an intensity level that feels comfortable to you, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You will only be doing one minute at a time so a higher intensity level may be quite manageable at this point. Alternate the cardio between ten strength exercises (be sure to hit all the major muscle groups). With strength reps being between 15-20 reps this portion of the workout will take between 15 and 20 minutes. Follow the circuit with five minutes of gentle cardio – gradually cooling down before your stretching. The complete workout is approximately 35 minutes. (Reminder: strength training to be performed on alternate days unless muscle groups are divided so that no muscle group is worked on consecutive days) By WEEK five, your workout habits should have become more regular. You can continue the circuit training and increase the intensity level as you progress. However; if you like, at this point you should be able to re-instate the exercise routine you “misplaced” over the summer. Whatever your preferences, Be Smart – progress gradually and choose activities you like. I have a feeling you will be back on track in No time! Stay Safe – and as always remember to receive clearance from your physician before beginning any exercise program. - LORI HODGKINSON

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Commercial fire brings three counties Sschuylkill County, PA. At 1:08 p.m. on July 25th, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched Fire District 49, Station 2 (McAdoo Inc.) to Lofty Road in Kline Township for a reported building on fire. Carbon Engine 2911 (Trescow) and Luzerne Medic 11 (APTS) were also on the initial alarm. First responding crews were advised of multiple reports of an old building on fire on Lofty Road. It was unsure where exactly the building was located. Police found the fire to be at the old American Cable Recyclers building at 599 Lofty Road in Delano Township. The first alarm was upgraded to a commercial fire and dispatched Delano Twp., Ryan Twp., Rush Twp. (Hometown and Quakake), Mahanoy City (Citizens and West End) and Ryan Township EMS to the scene.

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Fire crews found heavy smoke showing from a large abandoned commercial structure. Delano Engine 06-10 arrived on scene and took the B/C corner of the building. 49-15 began an attack with the deck gun while 49-22 set up an elevated master stream. Mahanoy City Engine 454 established a dump site for tankers at the A/B corner. Ryan Twp. Engine 26-10 took the A/D corner and stretched attack lines. Their tanker set up a dump site also at the A/D corner. A tanker task force was requested to supplement the first alarm. The task force went multiple alarms and brought in close to

twenty tankers from Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne Counties. Mahanoy City Tower 456 was began flowing water from the platform and was supplied by Ryan Twp. 26-30. 26-30 had three ponds set up for drafting while Engine 454 was drafting from five ponds on the other side. With the help of multiple hand lines and the two master streams, the bulk of the fire was knocked down within two hours. Firefighters faced an enormous amount of overhaul due to the amount of material left in the building. The tanker shuttle continued to operate until almost 8:00 p.m. Personnel on scene were cooled down and provided refreshments by Ryan Twp. EMS and APTS Medic 11. - JC KRIESHER

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On July 17, 2013 at around 5:00 p.m. during a thunderstorm, Cumberland County 911 alerted units to the Gulf Oil Bulk Storage Facility at 5125 Simpson Ferry Road in Hampden Township for a report of a building struck by lightning. Chief 112 (Murdoch) went responding within a few minutes and headquarters advised that one of the bulk tanks was reported to be struck by lightning and the foam system was in operations.

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Also there was a report of smoke showing. One of the bulk tanks was struck by lightning causing significant damage to the top of the tank and igniting the fuel inside. Units set up multiple master streams to cool the affected tank and surrounding tanks. The Cumber-

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The Hecktown Fire Company has taken delivery of this The Monarch Fire Co, of Amity Township has just taken Wyomissing Fire Dept. recently delivery of this 2013 2013 GMC/EBY brush truck. Brush 5342 is equipped delivery of this 2013 Mack/ 4-Guys tanker. Seagrave 95 FT. Aerialscope II. with a 200 gpm pump and 250 gal tank

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The Schoeneck Fire Company now operates a 2013 Dushore Fire Department Heavy Rescue 57 is a 2009 The South Newton Township Vol. Fire Co. of Walnut BotPierce Arrow XT 1750/1250/30F Spartan/Rescue 1. tom, Cumberland County, Co. 49, recently took delivery of their new tanker.

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Exeter Twp VFD now operates this 2012 Mack Granite/ The East End Fire Dept. #1 of Mercer placed in service The Laurel FC #1 has taken delivery of this 2014 KME Seagrave tanker with a 1,000 gpm pump and a 3,000 gal- their new to them tower. Truck 87 is a 1987 Mack/Baker Predator engine. lon tank. 95'. It previously served Jericho, NY. and Lebanon, PA.

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The Exeter Twp VFD now operates this 2012 Mack Gran- Sandy Hose Company Quint 36 is a 2012 Spartan/Smeal The Airville VFC have taken delivery of the 2013 Sparite/ Seagrave tanker with a 1,000 gpm pump, and a 3,000 75' rearmount equipped with a 2,000 gpm pump and 400 tan Metro Star engine with a 1500 gpm pump, 750 water gallon tank. gal tank. tank, and a 50 gallon foam cell.


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Monsignor Bill Glosser from the West End Fire Company, Mahanoy City addresses the crowd about the dedication of Pennsylvania fire fighters.

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City of Scranton Engine 4 at an alarm on Murray Street in Scranton. Engine 4 is a 1997 KME

2013 Pennsylvania Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service Emmitsburg, MD. On July 20th, the 2013 Pennsylvania Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service was held at the National Fire Academy. The special ceremony ran in conjunction with yearly Pennsylvania Training Weekend at the National Fire Academy. The ceremony began with a procession of the honor guard and fire-

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fighters in Class A uniforms carrying their department flags. The service started off with special words from the Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Edward Mann. Monsignor Bill Glosser from

the West End Fire Company, Mahanoy City addresses the crowd about the dedication of Pennsylvania firefighters. Commissioner Mann read the names of all the recently fallen Pennsylvania firefighters. A wreath and a fireman’s boot were placed at the memorial site.

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Englewood houses 2013 Pierce Engine Schuylkill, PA. On August 3, the Friendship Fire Company of Englewood hosted a housing ceremony for their 2013 Pierce Velocity engine. The festivities began with an UMP TO FILE # apparatus parade. J080513101 Over thirty pieces of apparatus gathered from surrounding communities to celebrate. Plaques were given out to many different people and organization for their contributions over the years including Pierce representatives, the Ladies Auxiliary and neighboring fire companies.

Ed Beneshunas, Chief, was up next and talked about the dedication of his firefighters and thank all of the companies supporters. After Beneshunas, the engine was christened with a bottle of champagne by Blickley before all members helped push the engine into the garage. With a flash of the lights and the squeal of the Federal Q, Engine 369 had officially been housed at the Friendship Fire Company of Englewood. Engine 369 is a 2000 GPM 2013 Pierce Velocity. It replaced a 1991 Pierce 2000 GPM Engine. The Friendship Fire Company also operates a 2003 Ford Expedition designated Squad 363. - JC KRIESHER

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