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In this issue... Lower Burrell Car Fire On November 7, 2016, Station 69 responded to a fully involved car.

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East Hempfield Twp. Garage Fire Firefighters extinguished a fire at a commercial garage in East Hempfield Township.

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Firefighters were dispatched for a dwelling fire on North Fulton Street. See story page 20

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

2017: Time for Re-evaulation It is no secret that the fire service is undergoing change. This change forces you to take a hard look at yourself and ask why are you in the occupation of being a first responder. The cliché of “being into the job” is one that is not just for firefighting. On the surface, any occupation requires dedication and commitment to be successful at. However, in the fire-rescue and emergency services if you are not into the job, you are putting the lives of your community and yourself at risk. Maybe I am just getting old and cranky, but I am seeing a lack of commitment by too many members of departments. Whether you are a paid responder or a volunteer, you need to rethink how you are doing things. Only you know if you are weak in the skills that could save your life when things go wrong. Look in the mirror and ask yourself: are you the best at what you do? Are you aware of the new issues that require you to do more than put the wet stuff on the red stuff? In 2016, responders were faced with the task of responding to calls during civil unrest. Only good leadership from experienced officers will get you through those

type of incidents safely. After the most recent incidents, departments took a hard look at their procedures and trained for the future. Bulletproof vests have become part of your PPE in many areas. Hopefully you never have to use them, but it is nice to know the vests are there in case you do need them. There is one word that should scare you and make you rethink the way you protect yourself in 2017. That word is “cancer.” Both career and volunteer responders are coming down with cancer. Please do everything that you can to protect yourself. Take the time to wear your mask, shower off after fires and keep your gear clean. For responders who carry gear in their cars, think about keeping it in a sealed container while you are driving around with the gear. Remember, your family is just as susceptible to the toxins that linger on the gear when they sit in your car. As a volunteer firefighter, I am proud to be part of the fire department that serves my community. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 69 percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteers. That percentage is dropping. As a volunteer,

you are expected to perform the same way a paid responder does. Take a few minutes when you sit around the table and ask one another who in your company is not carrying their weight. Encourage the members who seem to be unsure of themselves to train, respond and to be into a job that protects the community they live in. Like a Phoenix rising, make 2017 the year that all responders rethink their commitment to the emergency services. Be safe, look out for one another, train together, and carry on the traditions that have made you the heroes that you are. Happy New Year! Dennis


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Commissioner’s Corner by Tim Solobay Happy New Year from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner! Another year has passed us by. I hope it has been a good one, and if not, I hope for all of us a healthy, happy, prosperous and safe 2017. I am very honored to serve as the State Fire Commissioner and hope that as a new year is upon us, we can continue to build on the many initiatives that we have ALL been talking about, and can make some — if not all of them — a reality. The life of the fire service in Pennsylvania, whether volunteer or career, depends on all of us to work together on those items to get them accomplished. My work in the office and at the Academy could not be accomplished without the great staff with which I am privileged to work. To all of them — George, Bruce, Pat, Tracie, Christine, Scott, Robin, Lisa, Gary, Letitia, Rachel, Barb, Kraig, Ed, Tim, Tom, Mark, Doug, Terri, Dave, Mike, Kathy, Gerald, and our two newest members of the team, Diane and Linda, all our adjunct instructors and the hundreds of local level instructors across this wonderful Commonwealth— THANK YOU for your dedication to fire service responders all over the state The last legislative session of 2016 had around 11 different pieces of legislation that aided or was helpful to the fire service that were signed by the Governor. I will leave the full detail of all those to Don Konkle and the PFESI folks to share. I do want to highlight a couple of them and also talk about the next legislative session and where we hope it is going to go as far as legislative accomplishments. First off, the $30 million grant program was reauthorized for another four years and, while we were not able to get additional funds added, there were a few additions to the use of the funds and also a doubling of the time merged companies could apply separately. There was a bill passed that was to help eliminate some of the confusion of what type of emergency lighting that chiefs and assistant chiefs can use on their POVs and company chief vehicles, but there is still some concerns by PSP as to what was passed; we have met once and will continue to engage them and PENN DOT to get this straightened out. Once settled we can then check on how we can make changes for volunteers as well. Also passed was a “may” provision Tax Credit bill that would allow municipalities to offer earned income and local property tax credits to their volunteers. We have reached out to both Boroughs’ Associations and Township Associations state organizations and will also include County Commissioners Associations to sit down and help them work up sample language that groups looking to offer this credit can use. Unfortunately there is no one fix-all language that can be used by every community so it may be a challenge, but one that could be very beneficial to our volunteers. As far as new legislation, we have been meeting with House and Senate Emergency Service Committees to discuss the rebirth of former Senate Resolution 60 group and after reviewing the pieces of the former legislation that were completed have started creating a new list of initiatives that can possibly become reality. I am very hopeful that the commitment of the chairs and their willingness to make this next session all about emergency service issues will get a lot done. As we close out for this month and the year, please continue to reach out to us and share thoughts and ideas that you think might be of benefit. Also remember to be safe and vigilant each time you go out on an emergency because we want all of you to come home safe after each call. Again Happy New Year! Tim

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PFSA Corner Prep for Winter By George Stapleton Happy New Year from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA)! Winter weather and dropping temperatures means it’s time to deal with the elements and the hazards of winter operations. Are you prepared? Apparatus and driver preparedness begins with knowing how window defrosters, heat vents, drop-down (instant) chains, and brake retarders operate. Is your pump “dry” or “wet” during winter months? Are tires in good condition with acceptable tread wear and tire pressure? Do you coat the threads of fittings with straight antifreeze to help prevent freezing without damaging gaskets? A spray bottle filled with antifreeze kept on the rig is a simple solution to reducing freezing. Do you scout fire hydrant locations to ensure they are tagged with flags or maker devices, and are accessible both prior to and after streets are plowed. Does your community educate the public on the importance of clearing hydrants or “adopting” a fire hydrant? If your municipality doesn’t provide hydrant clearing, can civic groups or neighborhoods take on the task of adopting a hydrant as a community service project? Do you pre-plan wintertime water supply operations? Does your hydrant person also carry a shovel? Remember, once you commit to flowing water, you need to keep water moving through hose lines, valves, and nozzles. As the motion (molecules) of moving water creates heat (friction) it slows down the potential of freezing. For this reason, keep nozzles open with some water flowing until ready to shut down and pack up. Freezing water also means slips and falls. Are your boots (water repellent) and the soles sufficient to gain traction? Sodium chloride or road salt must first be dissolved before it can work effectively. Get this down early especially around the apparatus before water freezes. Sand and even kitty litter can be used to improve traction. To combat cold stress, rehabilitation (rehab) requires a warm space out of the elements and located away from vehicle exhaust. Rehab must include hydration through warm fluids. Ensure rehab has the ability to monitor personnel for hypothermia and frostbite. Muscle shivering means the body is not generating enough heat and can lead to the lowering of the body core temperature (called hypothermia). Hypothermia can cause injury, confusion, fatigue and drowsiness. Work cycles in extreme weather must be shorter thus requiring additional alarms to rotate manpower. Frostbite can occur quickly depending on temperature, the length of time the body part is exposed and whether you are wet or dry. Protect hands, feet, ears and face against frostbite. Frostbite may appear as changes in skin appearance such as discoloration (white or gray) and will be accompanied by numbness and stiffness to the affected area. Often, those experiencing frostbite will not even realize it due to accompanying numbness. The best way to prevent frostbite is to protect skin from direct exposure to cold air. Dress in layers of loose fitting clothes beneath turnout gear to allow for adding/removing clothing based on workload and scene activity. Consider keeping personnel moving, wearing two pairs of socks with properly fitted footwear; cover heads with hats or hoods (eliminates 50 percent of heat loss), and utilize a second set of gloves. Keeping a bag with extra structural and work gloves, socks, and hats on apparatus to replace wet clothing is also a good idea. What about the physical demands on firefighters? A high percentage of firefighter LODDs are caused by preventable medical conditions. Regularlyscheduled physicals are crucial for life safety and the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section has as a strategic goal to promote annual medical exams for every firefighter in the United States. Whether your department provides annual physicals or not, the IAFC has produced a Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals that provides information on the unique health issues and recommends a variety of yearly screening and tests. The IAFC hopes all firefighters schedule a yearly physical (usually provided free of charge with most personal healthcare plans); bring the guide to your next annual physical. This guide and the 2017 PFSA Resident Course Calendar are located on at www.osfc.pa.org. New courses include: Basic Fire Protection Systems for Front Seat Rider. This 6.5-hour course is designed to provide a practical understanding of the operation of common fire alarm and fixed water-based fire protection systems with four hands-on scenarios to troubleshoot/resolve typical response issues. continued on page 29


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A Good Reason to Not Do Drugs

On November 12, 2016, the City of Butler Fire Department, along with Butler Ambulance Service and Police, were dispatched for a vehicle fire in the 400 block of Zeigler Avenue. While fire units were coming on scene, Butler County 911 advised that they were receiving reports of someone still in the vehicle. City firefighters attacked the fire and made entry into the vehicle.

Firefighters found the driver of the vehicle still sitting in the driver’s seat, conscious but confused as to why he was being removed from his vehicle. Firefighters removed the driver and it was found he was still in the vehicle due to some type of drug activity. The driver was turned over to EMS for care. - Fire News photo by Artie Osniak


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Wiconisco House Fire

On November 11, 2016, Box 23-1 sent Company 23 (Wiconisco), Engines 21 (Elizabethville), 22 (Lykens), 24 (Williamstown), 27 (Gratz), and Truck 20 (Millersburg) to Pottsville Street in Wiconisco Township for smoke from the eaves of a structure. Chief 23-2 arrived and requested a first alarm assignment. Companies on the first alarm: Engines 20 (Millersburg), 26 (Berrysburg), 650 (Muir), Truck 2 and Rescue 2 (Duncannon). The fire building was a large, three-

story, wood frame, multiple dwelling attached to a similar type on side B. Heavy fire in the basement extended to all floors and the attic. Engine 29 (Halifax) and Progress (Truck 32) were requested to the scene to assist. Command ordered an evacuation and companies set up big lines and a master stream from Truck 20 to knock down the bulk of the fire. Companies remained on the scene performing extensive overhaul. - Fire News photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb

Bethel Park 2-Alarmer

On October 30, 2016, a second alarm was struck in Bethel Park for No injuries were reported and the homeowners got out safely. a garage fire that extended to a two-story, single-family dwelling. - Fire News photo by Ken Lager


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Lower Burrell Car Fire

On November 7, 2016, Station 69 (Lower Burrell) was called for a vehicle fire. Crews arrived to find a car fully involved. The engine compartment was popping, and there were small magnesium explosions. Crews quickly extinguished the flames, but the car was a total loss. - Fire News photo by Steven Matto

Structure Fire in Dauphin Co.

Shortly before shift change, Squad 8 and Tower 1 were dispatched to the 300 block of S. 13th Street for a smoke investigation. Shortly after arrival, Squad 8 reported a second floor fire at 14th and Swatara Streets. Dauphin County Communications sent Wagon 4, Tower 2, Captain 1 (Bradford), and Chief 1 (Enterline) to the scene. Captain 1 requested the first alarm assignment, bringing Wagon 3, Rescue 69, and Air 13. Captain 1 arrived and assumed command reporting a fire in a 2-1/2 story duplex involving the vacant side. The fire travelled via the knee walls before companies could open up and knock down the bulk of the fire. - Fire News photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb

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Lower Makefield Dumpster Fire

Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Firefighter Tom Campbell extinguishing a well involved dumpster fire at a construction site on Woodside Road in Lower Makefield Township. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg

Penn Township Handles Hanover 2-Alarmer Penn Township firefighter works on ventilating the attic windows during a two-alarm fire in Hanover, York County on November 26, 2016. - Fire News photo by 911 Photography

Bus-Pickup MVA On December 2, 2016, Engine 36 was dispatched to an accident with fire, on Rhawn Street near Craig Street in Philadelphia. Upon arrival, crews found a parked pickup truck had been hit by a paratransit bus. No one was injured, but the engine compartment of the bus caught fire and was quickly doused. - Fire News photo by Alex Lloyd Gross


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Allentown House Fire On October 23, 2016, crews from the Allentown Fire Department arrived at a Lexington Street home to find fire showing from the roof of a house. - Fire News photo by Geoffrey Wetherhold

Fully Involved in Pittsburgh On November 6, 2016, Pittsburgh City firefighters were dispatched to Rostrock Street for a fully involved dwelling; command called for defensive operations only. All occupants were evacuated. - Fire News photo by Ken Lager

20 Displaced in Halifax 2-Alarmer On November 17, 2016, Box 29-6 sent Company 29 (Halifax) and Engine 216 (Fisherville) to Armstrong Street in Halifax Borough for a building fire. Reports indicated a grill fire on a back porch with extension to the porch. Chief 29-1 requested the first alarm en route due to calls and a smoke column. First alarm: Engine 20 (Millersburg), Rescue 2 (Duncannon), Rescue 38 (Dauphin), Tanker 20 (Millersburg) and 216 (Fisherville). Command 29 reported a two-story, multi-family dwelling with heavy smoke from the rear and multiple structures involved. Multiple lines were stretched for an interior attack and the place was opened up as fire travelled through the void spaces. The fire extended to the unattached B exposure. Multiple special calls and a second alarm were struck. The fire was brought under control in about an hour and displaced 20 residents. - Fire News photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb


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Susquehanna Twp. House Fire

Pizzeria Fire in Manheim

On November 25, 2016, Box 37-5 toned, dispatching Company 37 (Rescue), Engines 31 (Edgemont), 32 (Progress), Truck 32 (Progress), and Rescue 35 (Linglestown) to Beaufort Hunt Drive in Susquehanna Township for a garage fire. Chief 37-1 reported a smoke column en route and requested the first alarm. Engine 30 (Penbrook), Rescue 40 (Paxtang), Truck 35 (Linglestown), and Air 30 (Penbrook) made up the assignment. Harrisburg Wagon 3 and Tower 2 also assisted at the scene. Chief 37 arrived to heavy fire from the garage attached to a two-story, single-family dwelling. Three lines were stretched and contained the bulk of the fire to the garage with no fire extension into the dwelling. - Fire News photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb

On November 21, 2016, Manheim Township Fire Department was dispatched to the Rosa Rosa Pizzeria on Harrisburg Pike for a fire on the roof. Ten patrons and five employees were in the building when the fire broke out then safely evacuated on their own, according to Troy Slaymaker, Chief of Manheim Township Fire Rescue’s Neffsville station. Little smoke and fire was visible, but within seconds, a large amount of smoke caused zero visibility. Firefighters found no flames inside the building, and began pulling ceiling tiles and determined the fire was solely within the roof. Fire consumed the entire roof, the bulk of it on the side of the brick oven and drive-thru. The chief feared a roof collapse because of the roof’s lightweight wood construction and large HVAC units on it. He pulled firefighters from the building and put a defensive operation in place. About 60 firefighters extinguished most of the fire in 30 minutes and brought it under control. Fire destroyed the ceiling and roof trusses and “gutted” the building. The fire started in an oven chimney and caused estimated at $400,000 damages to the building and $150,000 to its contents. The owners plan to reopen. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman


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Hoarding at Middle Paxton Twp. Fire

On November 4, 2016, Dauphin County Box 38-4 sent Company 38 (DauphinMiddle Paxton), Rescue 2 (Duncannon), Truck 32 (Progress), Tankers 29 (Halifax), 37 (Rescue-Susquehanna), 2 (Duncannon), and Air 35 (Linglestown) to Mountain Road for a reported house fire. A firefighter from Company 38 reported a working fire with heavy fire from the rear of a single-story, singlefamily dwelling. The first alarm brought Engines 29-1 (Halifax), 32 (Progress), 37 (Rescue-Susquehanna), 1-20 (Summerdale), 2 (Duncannon), Tankers 35 (Linglestown), 20 (Summerdale) and 17 (West Enola). Interior crews reported hoarding conditions inside. Three lines were stretched and operated and the fire was placed under control. - Fire News photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb

Nice Work in Granville Township On December 13, 2016, Granville Township fire stations, along with mutual aid units, arrived on Birch Drive to find a garage attached to a house well off. Engine 17 and Truck 15 a made a very aggressive attack that prevented the fire from advancing into the house. - Fire News photo by Patrick Shoop

East Hempfield Twp. Garage Fire Firefighters extinguished a fire at a commercial garage in East Hempfield Township early on October 18, 2016. On arrival, smoke was pouring out of the building on Rohrerstown Road, Chief Dusty Dommel said. A bathroom ceiling fan caught fire and spread to a secondfloor office around a hot water heater and extended into walls and above the ceiling. Firefighters located the fire in various void spaces and extinguished it in about 20 minutes. Assisting Rohrerstown were Mountville, Manheim Township, Blue Rock, East Petersburg, West Hempfield and Lancaster Township. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman


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Accidental Fire at Conestoga Valley High School

On December 3, 2016, firefighters from Witmer Station 62 were dispatched for an automatic fire alarm at Conestoga Valley High School in East Lampeter Township and reported a working fire in a garage at the rear of the school. Smoke from the burning garage spread throughout the school. Assisting were Manheim Truck 204, Bareville Truck 31, Gordonville Truck 43, Willow Street Truck 50, Lafayette Truck 63, Lancaster Township Truck 66 and

Rohrerstown Truck 67. The fire originated at the rear of a sixwheeled maintenance utility vehicle that was parked inside a garage. The blaze in a maintenance garage caused between $250,000 and $400,000 in damage, said a state police fire marshal. Also assisting were crews from Bird-In-Hand, Ronks, Upper Leacock and Strasburg. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Montooth Street House Fire

Duplex Blaze

Early on November 15, 2016, Pittsburgh firefighters were dispatched to a reported vacant house fire on Montooth Street. On arrival they found a two-story dwelling well off on one side. - Fire News photo by Ken Lager

On November 25, 2016, Box 501 sent Company 50 (Steelton), Engines 49 (Swatara Township), 41 (Bressler), Rescue 40 (Paxtang), and Tower 1 (Harrisburg) to Pine Street in the Borough of Steelton for a structure fire. Wagon 4 (Harrisburg) also responded on the initial assignment. Engine 50 arrived and requested the first alarm. Truck 32 (Progress), Rescues 88 (Middletown), 69 (New Cumberland DLA), and Air 30 (Penbrook) filled out the first alarm. Command 50 reported heavy fire from the second floor rear of a three-story, multi-family duplex. An interior attack knocked the bulk of the fire down in less than 10 minutes with extensive overhaul required. There was minor extension into the exposure. - Fire News photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb


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Restaurant Destroyed in Lewistown

On November 5, 2016, the Waterfront Tavern on Belle Avenue was destroyed by a early morning fire. Granville Township fire stations, along with area mutual aid stations, were alerted for a building fire. Arriving units from Junction Fire Co.Station 15 found heavy smoke and fire conditions. Additional units were requested from Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder and Huntingdon counties. The establishment was very popular with students attending the State Fire Academy in Lewistown. The building was a total loss and the cause was unknown. - Fire News photos by Pat Shoop

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Apartment Bldg. Blaze in Lancaster City On October 15, 2016, Lancaster City firefighters extinguished a general-alarm apartment building fire in the 200 block of East King Street near North Jefferson. The building sustained heavy damage. None of the four people who live in the two apartments in the building were home at the time of the fire. Lancaster City Bureau of Fire estimated about half the structure was saved. “It was accidentally caused by a faulty extension cord,” said the city’s Fire Marshal, Captain Ken Wright. “The cord overheated because it was a real thin, low-priced extension cord not made to handle the load it was carrying.” The displaced residents were assisted by the American Red Cross. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Allentown 2-Alarm

Firefighters from the Allentown Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire on N Berks Street. Dispatched on the initial box were Chief 43 (Held), Engines 10, 9, 4, Truck 2 and Engine 6 as RIT. Engine 10 arrived and reported a well involved single-family dwelling with fire showing from two sides. Engine 10’s crew deployed handlines with additional companies bringing in a supply line and manpower. Battalion Chief Held arrived and requested an additional engine for manpower. Engine 14 was dispatched to the scene to act as the RIT and Engine 6 was placed in service. Held would eventually call for a second alarm bringing Engine 11 to the scene. Crews worked for about an hour to get the fire knocked down. - Fire News photo by Dennis Wetherhold, Jr.

Jacks of all Trades! In December Philadelphia Ladder 15 shows took traffic control into their own hands when police and fire police were unavailable to block traffic. During an afternoon house fire on Cottman Avenue No one was hurt in the house fire, but the second floor of the house was destroyed. - Fire News photo by Dawn Altstatt

Garage Fire Firefighters from the Falls Township Fire Company and Morrisville Fire Company in service with hose lines extinguishing a garage fire on Jennifer Lane. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg


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6 Displaced at Harrisburg Fire Early on November 1, 2016, while Harrisburg companies were operating at a first alarm assignment, Box 1-4 sent county mutual aid to the 1200 block of Chestnut Street for reports of a structure fire. Engines 30 (Penbrook), 37-1 (Rescue-Susquehanna Twp), Trucks 32 (Progress), 50 (Steelton) were dispatched. Chief 1 (Enterline) en route to Nectarine Street diverted to Chestnut Street and quickly arrived to find a row of three dwellings on fire and requested a second alarm. Engine 40 (Paxtang), 2-13 (West Shore), Trucks 34 (Paxtonia), 12 (Lower Allen), Rescue 44 (Lawnton) and Air 30 (Penbrook) were sent on the second alarm. Engine 30 and Truck 30 arrived and set up on side A. Engine 37-1 and Engine 40 took a position on side C. Chief 1 reported possible entrapment but all occupants safely evacuated. Several lines were stretch and a 2-1/2 inch step gun operated in the rear between the fire building and exposure B. The fire extended into the exposures A and D. Engine 2 (Harrisburg) responded to the scene with a crew along with Engine 32. Units operated with an aggressive interior attack and knock the bulk of the down in about 20 minutes with extensive overhaul. Six occupants were displaced. - Fire News photo by Jason Coleman-Cobb

Allentown 4-Alarmer The Allentown Fire Department was dispatched on December 1, 2016, for a dwelling fire on N Fulton Street. Battalion 43 (Chief Hess), Engines 10, 4, 9, Truck 2 and Engine 6 as the RIT responded. Engine 10 arrived and advised of smoke showing from a middle-of-the-row dwelling and stretched an attack line. Battalion Chief 43 Jeff Hess arrived and took command as heavy fire was coming from the back of the building. Crews found that the fire had already extended upward and was running the cockloft. A second and then a third alarm were called, bringing in the last engine in the city. As the fire continued to spread, off-duty personnel were called out bringing the fire up to a fourth alarm equivalent. Firefighters used as an elevated platform to work at knocking down fire in the multiple dwellings that were now burning. Firefighters battled the fire for up to four hours before getting the upper hand. Eight homes were damaged and the City Fire Marshal’s Office reported the fire was started by careless smoking. - Fire News photo by Dennis Wetherhold, Jr.


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Jumper on Bridge in Lancaster Twp. On October 19, 2016, Lancaster Township Fire Police closed roads around the Engleside train during an hours-long incident when a man threatened to jump from an abandoned train. Police responded to the railroad bridge and discovered a man who had one leg over the edge and a rope around his neck. Water rescue boats from Blue Rock Fire Rescue were staged near the bridge. Willow Street Truck 50 extended their ladder from the Route 222 south bridge across to the abandoned train bridge to give the man a cell phone and water. Eventually the man allowed himself to be removed from the bridge. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Missing Person Call Emergency responders were called to Silver Mine Park in Pequea Township on November 12, 2016, for a report of a missing male. Crews from West Willow, Conestoga and Rawlinsville, as well as Middle Creek Search and Rescue, scoured the park through the evening, but found no sign of the missing Quarryville man. A Maryland state police helicopter also took part in the search. A family member reported the man missing after finding his vehicle at the park. The man was found safe on November 15 outside the Lancaster area, Southern Regional Police Officer Dianne Carter said. She declined to disclose where he was found and said there were medical issues involved. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman


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Basketball in Turnout Gear Lancaster Township firefighters used a friendly basketball — in turnout gear — to provide firefighters an opportunity to experience the mobility limitations when wearing it. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Car Fire Class Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Lieutenant George Daniello (nozzle) backed up by Captain Barry DiNola extinguishing an automobile fire during a vehicle fire class at the Bucks County Fire School in Croydon. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg

HazMat Training Lower Bucks County firefighters trained for a HazMat incident during a drill at Lower Bucks Hospital, this fall. (Left): fireifghters practicing decontamination. The drill took place over a weekend and lasted about three hours. - Fire News photo by Dawn Altstatt

Aerial Drills Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company participated in an aerial drill with Ladder 80 on Township Line Road in Lower Makefield Township. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg


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Rear-Ended in Bucks Co.

On November 30, 2016, Bucks County Rescue Squad responded to an accident on Veterans Highway. One man, who was injured, rear-ended another car. - Fire News photo by Alex Lloyd Gross

Truck Crash Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched to a truck accident on southbound Interstate 95 just south of the Newtown exit. (Right): Captain Barry DiNola in service with oil dry for fluid control. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg

Guardrail Stops 50 Foot Fall On November 1, 2016, the Lancaster Township Fire Department was dispatched to Jennings and Michelle Drives for an accident with entrapment. While en route, Lancaster County Wide Communications transmitted an updated location at the intersection of Michelle Drive and Judie Lane at the “T� intersection in the Village of Lancaster Green apartments. Arriving firefighters found a car into a guardrail, which prevented the car from going down a 50-foot embankment. The vehicle came to a stop over the embankment with the rear wheels off the ground. The driver was conscious but could not exit through the driver side door, but eventually self extricated. Lancaster EMS transported the driver to the hospital. A female passenger exited was unharmed. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Car vs. Bus MVA Philadelphia Engine 18 was called to stand by at an accident on the Roosevelt Boulevard at Strahle Street on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. A car with three passengers rear-ended a bus. There were no injuries on the bus but the driver and passengers went to local hospitals. - Fire News photo by Alex Lloyd Gross


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Lancaster Township 2016 Service Awards

The Lancaster Township Fire Department held its annual appreciation banquet on Saturday December 10, 2016 at the Conestoga Country Club on Stone Mill Road in Manor Township. The annual banquet is held to recognize members who displayed outstanding service throughout the year. A buffet style dinner was provided for all members of the department followed by the awards ceremony. Each year after the awards presentation, Lieutenant Greg Leaman presents a slide show from the past years incidents and events. Fire Chief Ron Comfort Jr. and Deputy Chief Glenn Usdin presented the service awards to the firefighters. Fire Police Captain Ron Comfort Sr. presented the fire police awards. Firefighter of the year was presented to Firefighter Jennifer Miller for her outstanding community fire prevention programs and public education for Lancaster Township citizens. Rookie firefighter of the year was presented to Devin Ashba and Melvin Reyes to recognize their high level of participation and interest in becoming a senior Lancaster Township firefighter. Fire Officer of the Year Award was presented to Lieutenant Tom Royer. This award is chosen by the membership to recognize service by a line officer. Royer is the quartermaster maintaining and distributing gear to new members. Royer was instrumental in keeping the incident reporting up-to-date each month as well as the points incentive pro-

gram. Fire Chief’s award was presented to Firefighter Mark Clare. This award is presented to a member who assists the chief throughout the year. Clare assisted the chief with many maintenance projects ensuring the fleet can hit the street at any given moment. Clare also serves as a fire police officer when needed for public events. The President’s Award was presented to Assistant Chief Mike Pickard. Pickard assisted the president this year stepping up to temporary treasurer following the retirement of the previous treasurer. The Firefighter Jeff Jones Volunteerism award is given to the member who best represents the Lancaster Township Fire Department and shows true volunteer spirit, an all-around dedicated volunteer, upstanding community member and someone who always comes through for the fire department. Firefighter Jeff Jones died in the line of duty June 13, 1981 during a confined space rescue on Hamilton Road in Lancaster Township. This award was presented to Lieutenant Mike Adams for his work as a line officer and assisting with maintenance projects. The Lieutenant Keith Rankin Training Award is given to the person who has dedicated themselves to the Lancaster Township Fire Department in all aspects of training. Rankin died in the line of duty September 25, 2011 during a live burn drill at Lancaster County Firemen’s Association Pequea Lane Fire School. This award was presented to Firefighter Eugene Gallagher for

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his commitment to continue his firefighter education after completing his rookie year of mandated training. The Jeffrey L. Wolfersberger Memorial Award was presented to Firefighter Chad Slover and support group member Sally Comfort. This award is given to a member who quietly goes about fire department business without complaining and never requires recognition. These were the traits of Lancaster Township firefighter Jeffrey L. Wolfersberger who passed away July 11, 2001. Life Membership was granted to Lieutenant Tom Royer and Firefighter Jake Bowman. Members are eligible for life membership after completing 15 years of continuous service. Fire Police Officer of the Year Award was presented to Fire Police Officer Eric Krause for his dedication and high level of participation. Fire Police Line Officer of the Year Award was presented to Lieutenant Rod Warner, Jr., for assisting the fire police captain with public events and coordinating fire police activities. Top Responder Awards were presented to Lieutenant Tom Royer (71 events), Firefighter Mark Clare (69 events), Fire Chief Ron Comfort, Jr. (67 events); Fire Police Captain Ronald Comfort, Sr. (82 events), Sergeant John Jones (80 events) and Lieutenant Rod Warner, Jr. (56 events). Service awards were present to Karen Hertzog, Assistant Chief Steve Roy and Sergeant John Jones. These members spend many hours preparing a hot meal for the mem-

Mike Adams

Devin Ashby

Mark Clare

Gene Gallagher

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Jen Miller

Eric Krause

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Melvin Reyes

Rod Warner, Jr.

Sally Comfort

bers after each monthly meeting. The Thomas H. Schaller Award for Excellence was created last year in 2015 to recognize Schaller’s 55 years of service for Lancaster Township. The second recipient of the award, Schaller being the first, was presented to Administrative Lieutenant Gregory Leaman. A few of his administrative duties include publishing a monthly newsletter for members, administrator of NFIRS fire reporting, 911 text paging and iamresponding software. He also maintains the department website and Twitter account. Leaman presents a slide

show from the past years incidents and events for each yearly banquet. Leaman was recently appointed Convention chairman for the upcoming 2017 L.C.F.A. convention. The Thomas H. Schaller Award for Excellence is the highest award given by the Lancaster Township Fire Department and is bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in serving their community or organization which surpasses ordinary standards. The individual has displayed Integrity, reliability, commitment, leadership, and the highest work ethic. They meet all obli-

gations, take ownership and accountability, are responsible and continually learn in order to improve and reach the ultimate goal of excellence in what they do. A broken shovel award was presented to Firefighter Jen Miller Foy. She was removing insulation in an attic area after an apartment building fire at Village Green apartments when the handle of her barn shovel broke off at the scoop. Following the awards ceremony, music was supplied by D.J. Chuck Colson. - Fire News photos by Greg Leaman

Chad Slover

Tom Royer


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Millersville Community Parade

Celebrating its 20th anniversary with the biggest parade yet, the Millersville Community Parade was held October 22, 2016, and featured 174 participants including seven local fire companies. Attending fire companies were Blue Rock, Columbia Borough, Lancaster Township, New Danville, Willow Street, Keystone Wildfire Crew and the Gibney Family Antique Fire Truck. “Hollywood Comes to Millersville” was the parade’s theme. Twentyfive bands performed, as well as several other participants from across the mid-Atlantic region. The parade included six inflatable costumed characters, the Lady Bug drivable float, color guards, equestrian teams, motorcycle and mini-car drill teams, antique vehicles, local dignitaries and much more. The day also included a celebrity look-alike contest, a Toys-for-Tots toy drive and a coat drive. A special tribute was given this year to all Korean War veterans. The Millersville Community Parade was started in 1997 by a group of volunteers dedicated to improving relationships between the Borough

of Millersville, Millersville University, Manor Township and surrounding communities. Since then, the Millersville Community Parade has quickly evolved into one of Lancaster County's largest and most dynamic parades. Parade entries range from Philadelphia Mummers in “full-plume” to handmade floats by area children’s groups. The Millersville Community Parade Committee works hard to bring high quality bands to the parade each year from as far away as Baltimore and New York City. With antique cars, music, dancing, animals, floats and clowns, to name just a few of the many things entered each year, the Millersville Community Parade has something for every family to enjoy. The Millersville Community Parade is made possible by the help of nearly 100 area volunteers as well as thousands of dollars in financial contributions from Millersville area businesses, Millersville University and the MU Alumni Association. - Fire News photos by Greg Leaman


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Whitehall Fire Department Banquet and Awards Ceremony

(Above): Members of Whitehall Fire Department’s Hokendauqua Station present Deputy Chief Francis ‘P-Nuts’ Bilder, Sr., with a plaque for his service with their station prior to being promoted to Deputy Chief of Department. Bilder served as Assistant Chief of the Hokendauqua Station from 1992 until a month ago when he was promoted. Also seen in the photograph are newly promoted officers of Hokendauqua’s Station, Lieutenant Chad Unangst, Captain Barry Kibler, Sr., and Assistant Chief Mark Bilder. (Right): Whitehall Fire Department Chief of Department David Nelson (left) stands with Deputy Chief Joseph Shambo after Shambo was presented with the Robert L Benner Award. The award was named to honor former Chief Robert L. Benner who served the residents of Whitehall for over 40 years. - Fire News photos by Dennis Wetherhold, Jr.


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YardleyMakefield Open House

Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Firefighters Joe Coscia and Alec Ryan extinguishing an automobile fire demonstration at the 2016 Fire Prevention Community Open House at Station 80. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg

Still Trucking Yardley-Makefield Fire Company’s 1937 Studebaker driven by YMFC Life Member Gene Cadwallader participating in the Lower Makefield Township Veteran’s Day Parade. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg


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Putting a Face to FF PTSD

Jessica Nichole Barnes of Flashover Photography of Reynoldsville has been working with fire departments all around Pennsylvania on a major project, which will be a series of photos placed into a slide show, and is intended to bring awareness to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) among firefighters. Fire departments from around the state have been coming together to stage some of the horrific calls that still haunt them. Some of the staged photos include a firefighter Mayday, a child rescue from a burning structure, car accidents, and more. PTSD is real and it is serious. The scenes that first responders see will be forever etched in their minds. After a while those images take a toll physically, mentally and emotionally. Barnes is hoping to complete the project in early spring and hopes that her work will show people the true emotions of what firefighters go through every day. - Fire News photo by Ashley Walters

9/11 Ceremony Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company participated in the Keeping the Legacy Alive ceremony at Pennsylvania’s Official 9/11 Memorial in Lower Makefield Township. United States Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick addressed the guests at the ceremony. - Fire News photo by Jeff Goldberg

FDIC Speakers Corner Rick Lasky Rick Lasky, a 35-year veteran of the fire service, is Chief (ret.) of the Lewisville (Texas) Fire Department. He began his career as a firefighter on the southwest side of Chicago. While in Illinois, he received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors Innovator of the Year award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program. He was the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Survival program at FDIC for more than 10 years, is an editorial advisory board member of Fire Engineering, and also serves on the FDIC advisory board. He is the author of Pride and Ownership - A Firefighter’s Love of the Job and Five Alarm Leadership: from the Firehouse to the Fireground (Fire Engineering) and is the co-host of the radio show “The Command Post” on Fire Engineering Talk Radio. He has an associate’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University and was selected as the CSU 2012 Distance Education and Training Council Outstanding Graduate. Don’t miss the 2017 FDIC Int’l Opening Ceremony Presentation of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award to Chief (ret.) Rick Lasky, and a look at previous winners including such fire service legends as Alan Brunacini, Ray Downey, Denis Onieal, John Norman, Vincent Dunn, Francis Brannigan, Bill Peters, and Ron Siarnicki. This award is named for Fire Engineering Editor in Memoriam Tom Brennan, who embodied a lifetime of achievement in the fire service.

PFSA Corner Prep for Winter continued from page 6 Fire and EMS Administrative Officer. A 24-hour course designed to educate new or existing volunteer/combination Fire/EMS administrative personnel, to implement the best practices of an administratively well-managedand responsibly governed non-profit organization. The course meets once a month (eight-hours) for three months. Assignments between scheduled sessions are required. The content is based on the curriculum and model policies, procedures and practices provided by the Standards for Excellence Ethics and Accountability Program for Nonprofit Organizations. A materials fee of $100 per student is required to enroll. Flammable Gas and Liquids Fire Fighting. This 21-hour course is designed for hands-on flammable gas and liquid (LP gas, Bakken Crude Oil, ethanol, fuel oil) live fire suppression utilizing extinguishers, handlines, and foam. Incident Command System (ICS) & Resource Management for the Fire Service. A 16-hour National Fire Academy (NFA) course, which applies ICS principles, resources, and forms to a variety of fire service incidents. Successful completion of the course fulfills the requirements for ICS 100 and 200. Truck Academy I and Truck Academy II. These 18- and 27-hour courses are designed for “intense, high impact” training to develop, improve and learn best practices working with portable ladders, rooftop ventilation, forcible entry, search and rescue, all while performing these skills under live fire/smoke fireground conditions. In closing, please welcome two new employees; Diane Knorr and Linda Harpster to the PSFA. On behalf of everyone, have a safe and enjoyable holiday, a Happy New Year, and please remember cold weather takes a toll on emergency responders. With proper planning, training and awareness, the hazards of extreme winter weather can be reduced because “Safety is no Accident, Train to be Safe”.


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Up Close & Personal

Lieutenant William Warren, Jr., working the accountability board at Allentown structure fire. - Fire News photo by Dennis Wetherhold, Jr.

Upper Leacock Twp. firefighter John Labar flushing CAFS foam from a hand line used to extinguish burning insulation at an apartment fire in Lancaster Twp. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Bethel Park two-alarmer. - Fire News photo by Ken Lager

Firefighter Cody Harsomchuck, who runs as both paid and volunteer firefighter, during a live practice burn. - Fire News photo by Ashley Walters

Penn Twp. Firefighter Derrick Potts on scene at a two-alarmer in Hanover. - Fire News photo by 911 Photography

Keystone Wildfire Crew tested Pyrocap B136, which has a unique capacity to cool, minimize smoke and heat, and penetrate fuels. It creates a barrier coating on structures and the natural environment to retard fire spread. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Forty people were evacuate from a Lancaster Township senior and assisted living facility on October 14, 2016. - Fire News photo by Greg Leaman

Firefighter covered in insulation after battling an Adams County house fire near Hampton on November 2, 2016. - Fire News photo by 911 Photography


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NEW KIMTEK WEBSITE TARGETS BRUSH TRUCK MARKET FIRELITE Transport Skid Units Transforms Truck and Vehicle Beds

KIMTEK Corporation, the world leader in off-road fire rescue skid units for UTV side-by-sides and pickup and flatbed trucks, has announced the launch of its new website dedicated to the needs of firefighting agencies using pick-ups and flatbed trucks for off-road wildland firefighting. The new website, www.brushtruckskids.com, can be accessed directly or linked via the company’s main website, www.kimtekresearch .com. The new site features the company’s FIRELITE Transport Series of high quality, affordable fire skid slipon transport units equipped with lifetime-warrantied copolymer water tanks, Honda driven Darley-Davey pumps, Hannay reels, and Scotty Foam Systems. Available in multiple configurations, they feature all-aluminum

diamond plate construction, stainless steel piping and are available with storage areas, patient rescue areas, or with fully enclosed brush fire equipment boxes and pre-connected cross lay trays. KIMTEK expertly designs and builds FIRELITE units in Vermont to the specifications of firefighting agencies, industrial complexes, sports venues, agricultural ranches, and other organizations requiring affordable, all inclusive skid slip-on units that rapidly transform their pick-up and flatbed trucks into effective brush trucks.


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