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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Today for “Two-Alarm-Tuesday”
we travel back in time to October of 2004 in Perry County. This job came in
at 0204 and was in a non-hydranted, rural area of Duncannon Fire Company’s
first due or shall we say on the “Almighty’s Turf” http://www.duncannonfire.com/
This fire had a few “memorable moments”, the first
one was when Company 2 first arrived and found a shackled homeowner in the back
“DUNCANNON, Pa. -- Police said an early-morning fire
in Perry County Friday is now at the center of an attempted murder
investigation. State police said Joseph Roberts, 37, told them two to three
intruders broke into his home on Faculty Road at about 2 a.m., pointed a gun at
him and tied him to his bed. Troopers said the intruders then set fire to the
home and fled. Roberts was able to escape the fire unharmed. No arrests have
After this scenario was dealt with and normal rural
water operations and fire attack were under way the fire had progressed throughout
the large single family house. By now the Dauphin County units began to arrive,
Tower 32, Rescue Squad 37 and Air 35. These units are part of Company 2’s “working
fire dispatch”. After a long walk with tools and everything we thought we might
need up a ¼ mile lane the Tower Chauffeur Tom Kurtz scoped out a nice nook the
Tower would fit in! Meanwhile the Truck Company decided they were going to beg,
barter and work their way into the interior due to it looking like a stop could
be made on the far side. Crew’s split and one half went to the 2nd
floor and another crew took the first floor for a secondary search of this
While the crew was searching this large house it was
unknown by units from Dauphin County that the house was under renovation. FF
Kleckner doing what he was taught, doing a right hand search on the wall
quickly found himself in the basement and in severe pain. The floor had been
out above the basement stairwell and was only slightly covered with walking
boards. Firefighter Kleckner was quickly recovered by his own members and
removed to the Charlie Side for a quick assessment. He was then transported to
Harrisburg Hospital to rule out a broken leg and some other injuries.
Units on the interior were then removed so that a defensive
attack could be waged with the now positioned Tower Ladder on the Charlie Side.
The Tower and other streams then took aim for about one hour until this large
house was darkened down and void spaces on the roof were opened up. While units
were preparing to leave the scene, Rescue 37 was assisted by their Big Brothers;
Tower 32. A chain was hooked up to the Rescue and the specialty piece was pulled
out of the mud by the Fireman’s helper piece, the truck!
All in all this fire had a few “memorable moments”
to it and lessons learned…….
take it for granted that there is a floor, or a single family home that appears to be finished,
creative and think “outside the box” with Tower Ladder positioning, Truck
Company is an art not a science!
the Unexpected, who would have thought they would find a man bound with shackles
on arrival of a house fire!
4. Watch where wash out run offs are headed, defensive fires have
tons of run off water, literally! Check your apparatus if you’re parked in the dirt it can become a swamp quickly.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Good morning Central PA, this morning we have
touching story that we have all thought about. If you're a Dad, Mom or a
first generation firefighter you can relate on a personal level, I have
always wondered how I would explain this to my boys and daughter and if they would have the same passion for the job I do. ~Matt~ Take a few minutes to read this amazing, motivating and personal moment Brother Rebok shared with us! “Motivational Monday”
Good morning Central PA! Being a first generation fireman, I never had
that go to person to teach me the history of the fire service. Being a
father of a young boy, I have always wondered if Landon would take an
interest in the fire service. About 2 months ago, Landon approached me
and asked if we could renovate his bedroom for his 9th birthday, turning
it into a firehouse room. Well, I said absolutely!!! As a 9
year old boy watches his father prepping and painting his bedroom, the
questions just fly at the speed of light. This is the moment I have
been waiting for; he wants to learn about the fire service! It was very
flattering answering the million questions about “what’s it like to
sleep in a firehouse”, “how many guys do you cook for”, and the
almighty, “what is your favorite fire truck”? As I spoke about the last
20 plus years of being a fireman, it was breath taking to see the
glimmer in his eyes when I spoke about my experiences. Last
Wednesday was a day that I will never forget. As I had finished
painting his room, it was time to move some collectibles/memorabilia to
his room for decorating. So, we ventured to the room where all my “Fire
Stuff” is stored. It was like watching a kid in a candy store,
selecting several prize collectibles for his room. As we had
finished, Landon asked “can we look at this book, and tell me about the
guy holding the flag”? I turned around; he was holding the
“BROTHERHOOD” book, written after 9/11/01. I was stunned… to say the
least! Having a vast knowledge of the book, I found myself a little
tongue tied at the approach I should take to explain the impact of this
book; after all, he is only 9. We had a great conversation about the
pictures we looked at, and I answered many questions relating to the
attack on the Twin Towers. The motivation of this story is
simple. As a father, you are your child’s “CHIEF”, whether you hold a
title or not. You will be asked many questions, but your child looks up
to you. It is your responsibility as a father/mother and fireman to
teach, coach, and mentor the young ones in our life! Just think, your
child may someday be YOUR chief!!! That would be awesome… Till next time… Stay Safe! ~REBOK~
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Good morning Central PA, Today is Sunday-Fun-Day, with that being said we want you to caption this photo! "SUNDAY-FUN-DAY, CAPTION THIS" Go to our Facebook page CentralPABravest.com to add your "transmission"
Saturday, November 16, 2013
CentralPABravest.com would like to welcome and introduce our newest member of the team, Jeremy Rebok! Check out his profile on our "Meet the Staff" page http://www.centralpabravest.com/sitecontent/index/page/Meet%20the%20Staff Stay tuned for more of his work, Rebok is a very inspired, motivated and educated Fireman. He has a deep love and passion for the job and it's loud and clear with his awesome articles! Thanks for coming aboard Brother Rebok!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Chauffeur Responsibilities Good morning Central PA! Today I bring you an article about a very passionate topic. Most of my topics will be in reference to “responsibility” and what it means to hold certain positions. Please understand that nothing in the fire service is given to you, it must be earned! By earning it, take pride in what you do! I am excited to be a part of Matt’s team reaching... out to everyone who wants to better themselves. I hope you find my posts enjoyable and educational. Please feel free to reach out to me about certain topics and interests. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org The “Chauffeur” (Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator) position in any fire department is without a doubt one of the most crucial jobs in the fire service. In department’s all across the country, Chauffeur’s are assigned or tested positions, increasing the company’s operations and situational awareness. A good Chauffeur has qualities of adaptability, not only on the fire ground, but one that can perform in several positions at any given time. One must understand that career or volunteer, a Chauffeur has many responsibilities which include the personnel you are transporting. It is up to you to take your job seriously no matter what the circumstances are! The most important aspect of the “Chauffeur “job is preventative maintenance and the importance of the rig being ready at all times. The Chauffeur must take a proactive role in inspecting their rig each and every day at shift change. While it is very important to have an essential preventative maintenance program, not every department can afford to have certified Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVTs). The first line of defense for any FADO is to have a well documented maintenance checklist. If you are a volunteer organization, it is most likely you have a line officer that is responsible for assuring that daily/weekly inspections are completed. A simple daily checklist will not only spell out discrepancies, but will provide as an official document in the case of being involved in an accident which can protect you and the department. An effective PM program is only as strong as the leadership of your organization. Your department’s leadership must be proactive to “establish” and follow through with a PM program. When the Chauffeur approaches the officer in charge about a problem, it is his/her job to get it repaired in a timely manner. It is your duty to know every inch of your apparatus and the equipment it carries along with the capabilities of your rig. Remember, this is not the officer’s job. It is something that you should have known before getting behind in the driver’s seat!!! A few key elements to know are: • Height – Will my rig fit under that bridge? • Weight/Length – Will that bridge hold my rig? • Fuel Tank Capacity – How long can I operate on a scene before I need a fuel truck? • Water Tank Capacity – How many minutes does my crew have for initial attack? • Pump Size and Max Capacity – How much water can I flow at one time? • Amount of Hose – Will I make it? • Ladder Sizes !!!!!! – Yes, as a Chauffeur you need to throw ladders!!!! Be your own mechanic! While you may not be a certified EVT, you may learn firsthand the operational components that keep you on the road. Nobody wants to be out of service, especially when it can be prevented. It is important for the “Chauffeur” to have a working relationship with the mechanic who services your apparatus on a regular basis. If a good relationship is formed, you can learn the inns’ and out’s of your rig; and you just might be able to acquire that part you need in a pinch. TAKE PRIDE If you are a “Chauffeur”, ensure that your rig is clean, maintained, and ready for the next run. If you are a volunteer, make the apparatus floor your first stop when you arrive at the station. Make sure that after a run is over, you take the extra 10 minutes to go over all the equipment by yourself to ensure everything is put back correctly. You do not want to go on another run missing a valuable tool. Take every incident and learn from it! There are always ways to make you better! Here is a related story on backflushing the pump, another responsibilty of the chauffeur after use or for PM purposes! http://www.centralpabravest.com/news/fullstory/newsid/140342 Until next time, Stay Safe! -Rebok-
Backflushing the pump after use or for a
Backflushing the pump after use or for a
Thursday, November 14, 2013
At 1120hrs, Perry County Communications started to drop tones for a
report of a residential structure on fire along routes 11/15, just
north of the Borough of New Buffalo. New Buffalo Engine 9 and Chief 9-1
were advised of multiple calls reporting heavy fire showing on the 2nd
floor with a column visible from their station in the 3200 block of
Susquehanna Trail in Watts Township. Engine 9 arrived with a working
fire, fire showing side A and B on the 2nd floor, pulling a 1 3/4"
attack line to a 1st floor door on side C. Duncannon Squad 2 arrived
just behind Engine 9, pulling a 2" attack line off the squad to a 2nd
floor door on side D. Duncannon Tower 2 arrived, setting up on the A/B
corner sending crew interior, and to the roof to open up. The interior
Tower crew, discovering the 2nd
floor was divided into two apartments, breached a wall into the main
fire apartment and began assisting with opening up and extinguishment
with Squad 2 crew, and Engine 9 crew. Command 9 then requested the 2nd
alarm be transmitted for manpower and Tankers due to no hydrants in the
area, and fire running the attic space. Halifax Engine 29 set up a fill
site for Tanker shuttles at Angie's Diner North of the incident. Control
was marked just after 1230hrs. Crews remained on scene with overhaul
and extinguishing hot spots until 1520hrs.With "Working Fire
Chief" at topic a lot these days, this fire shows three Perry County
Fire Chiefs that are Working Fire Chief's. New Buffalo Deputy Chief 9-1
(Joby Baker) was interior with the first line making an attack with his
crew and was found on the knob on the 1 3/4" line. Duncannon Chief 2
(Byron Worner) was interior with his crew opening up, and could be found
manning the knob on the 2" line at
times. Duncannon Deputy Chief 2-1 (Bryan Worner) could be found in the
bucket opening up from the Tower. Check out our friend Tony Kelleher's site on this subject http://www.workingfirechief.com/ Units on scene: Perry- Co. 9, Co. 2, Engine- 5, 8 Tanker- 6, 7, 5 Dauphin- Engine- 29, 37 Tanker- 29, 38, Cumberland- Engine- 20Multiple other units transferred to cover for stations. Story: Dylan HooverPhotos: Julie Campbell
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Lancaster City, York City now Harrisburg City chimes in making a Central PA, "They Come in 3's" 24 hours of working fires! Early this am units were dispatched to 1410 South 15th Street on the City's "South-Side", Units from the Bureau of Fire arrived with a 3 story garden style apartment building with fire showing on the top floor. Several occupants had already jumped with serious injuries and a barking dog which perished is credited for alerting the occupants! Photo Courtesy of Jason Coleman-Cobb, click the link to see the rest of his images of this 2nd alarm JOB. http://www.capitalcityfirephotos.com/2013PhotoStories/111413-Harrisburg-PA-S-15th/33446787_MchdXh#!i=2906323534&k=FSWhxWX
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Good morning Central PA, this morning we take you back to an era of true grit and hardworking Fireman!
This is a story inspired by an image of three Fireman that were part of an era of men that were labeled the “Suicide Squad” by their peers in Steelton, PA – Dauphin County in the 1960’s and 1980’s.
The next two paragraphs are a short history on hard work in an ethnic steel town. Steelton was formed around the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1866 along the Susquehanna River, just East of Harrisburg City limits. In 1880 Steelton was incorporated as a borough changing its name from “Steel Works” to what we know it as now, Steelton Borough.
In the 1880’s and 1890’s people in search of work traveled from all over the world to this boomtown; Germany, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria, Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Croatia and Romania to name a few. At its peak Steelton had a population of 15,000 residents; today it’s listed at 5,858 residents. This melting pot of ethnic steel workers produced many generations of hard working, tough as nails, proud Steeltonians! With that being said we now know where the work ethic these Fireman had came from and we will get back on track to the Fire Service part of this history lesson.
The “Suicide Squad” consisted of: Sam Venturo, Denny Vogel and Ralph Venturo. These three well known, rugged, tough as nails and charismatic “Fireman” ran out of the Baldwin Engine Company #53. The Baldwin opened July 1st 1900 and closed in 1984. This closing was due to a merger that created one central Steelton station out of six stations and is known as Station 50 today.
The “Suicide Squad” had no limitations; if it was on fire they would put it out, period! This era of men inspired and mentored many great Fireman to put out the spectacular blazes that this old town yielded.
For example, August and September of 1984 were two months these three men were put to the test on two nights. The first was September 26, 1984 at 343 South 4th Street in Cottage Hill. These three men pulled an unconscious male by the name of Matthew Schmick from his burning house. Matthew was hospitalized for months but made a full recovery and lived for many more years!
The second test was at 926 Wood Street when the same three men pulled a 35 year old unconscious female from her burning house. Christine Cox also made a full recovery! Another twist to the story is that the EMT’s who resuscitated these victims were the same two on both nights; Dr. Dan Kambic and Jim Taljan and the Engine Chauffeur was the same as well, Eugene Vance. Gene is still active, he served as Department Chief for many years and still holds the Battalion Chief position.
The "Suicide Squad" is even honored by current day, active Fireman. This show of respect was done by placing a small mural on the jump seat door of Engine 50. The lower part of the mural says, “Back For More” meaning their inspiration still holds strong to the younger brothers. They feel they must live up to the Suicide Squads expectations of AGGRESSIVE, INTERIOR FIREFIGHTING!
Let's keep aggressive firefighting alive in Dauphin County and Central PA, use this story as inspiration, one thing is FOR SURE........
I am inspired,
Sam Venturo, Denny Vogel, Ralph Venturo;
The "Suicide Squad"
8/26/84 343 South 4th Street
MAYDAY, ARE YOU READY - THEY WERE!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Great example of keeping calm in a high stress situation, take a listen to these radio transmissions! MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAYLUNAR:L - location, your location in the building.U - Unit number you are on, Engine 32, rider 3N - Name, the firefighters name who is lost.A - Air, how much air do you have left. R - Resources, what resources do you think the RIT team will need to save you.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
4 alarms earlier today on Coral Street in Lancaster City. Pictures Courtesy of Photo-5 Imagery. Check out the rest of the images in his album and give him a "like" if you haven't already! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.346587072123190.1073741973.144567845658448&type=1Early video can be viewed at this link; http://www.abc27.com/story/23959457/large-house-fire-burning-in-lancaster
"The mystical mustache" LT Jason Greer!
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