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MOTIVATIONAL-MONDAY

Monday, March 24, 2014  “Motivational-Monday”

Are you from a small, rural PA town that does not run many calls?

Do you want to stay in PA, go to college at HACC for Fire Science and get some good fire experience at the same time?

Do you have a life goal of becoming a career firefighter and want to be mentored by other career firefighters in this process?

Would you like to live or volunteer in a staffed firehouse that has a structured career style atmosphere?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions these are the stations that in my opinion and experience you will find your potential at!

Below are a few stations that are busy and are centered in Dauphin Counties “Fire Belt”.

I will give a short evaluation of what I know of these stations in the past 10 years. My personal experience in the county has been very active in the area.

~Matt~

Progress Fire Company, Station 32

Fires are rated at “High” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County and Tower 32 being Harrisburg City’s 2nd alarm Truck Company and mutual aid to numerous urban areas. The response area is urban, suburban and rural areas. Living condition is traditional with an open style bunkroom with no privacy. Training is very strong with an earned process in place for riding every piece along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are very strong and versatile.

Fire Chief, John Brindle JR
House Phone – (717) 545-3031

Colonial Park, Station 33

Fires are rated at “Medium” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County but the mutual aid response area locked to the suburban building construction area of LP Township. Although fire activity has dropped in the last ten years the call volume is very steady and the first due is very dense with garden apartments and major highways. The response area is suburban and rural areas. Living condition is brand new with an open style bunkroom with no privacy. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are very strong and versatile.

Fire Chief, Tom Swank
House Phone – (717) 652-8378

Paxtonia, Station 34

Fires are rated at “Medium” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County. Truck 34 is Harrisburg City’s 3rd alarm Truck Company and it also runs mutual aid to their eastern mutual aid area as well. The response area is urban, suburban and rural areas. Living condition is traditional with an open style bunkroom with no privacy. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are limited but still present.

Fire Chief, Mike Fife
House Phone – (717) 657-3930

Swatara Township, Station 49

Fires are rated at “Medium/High” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County but the mutual being locked to the zone 4 and 5 response areas. Although fire activity has been rated at a “Medium” the “quality” of the fires due to zone 4 and 5’s building construction outweighs the mutual aid that gives others their “High” rating. Company 49 also runs several major highways in their first due and Rescue Engine 49 is Harrisburg City’s 3rd alarm transfer engine. The area is mostly urban building construction and covers major industry 2nd due in Steelton as well. Living condition is brand new with a huge bonus of a private dorm style bunkroom. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. I am not aware of any volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere but mutual aid neighboring companies have plenty that are willing to mentor at a moment’s notice!

Fire Chief, Shane Steel
House Phone, (717) 986-1644

Middletown, Station 88

Fires are rated at “Medium/High” due to the station being very centralized in the Lower County Zone 5 with a strong mutual aid response area to the eastern area in and out of county. The response area is very urban in the first and second due and also has rural mutual aid response areas. The first and second due has rail, airport and industry with a heavy fire load. Living condition is brand new with a private dorm style bunkroom. Training is very strong with regular scheduled trainings along with FF1 being mandatory at the end of one year. The amount of volunteers that are career firefighters elsewhere are very strong and versatile.

Fire Chief, Ken Whitebread Sr
House Phone, (717) 948-3032


   


 

DAUPHIN COUNTY FIRE ACTIVITY CONTINUES

Monday, March 24, 2014  A 3rd alarm row home fire in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg City last night keeps the fire activity for Dauphin County Towers 50 (Steelton) and 32 (Progress) going strong!

Click the link for additional information and images - http://www.capitalcityfirephotos.com/Other-1/32314-Harrisburg-PA-Hummel-St/38013172_9DL3H4#!i=3139087634&k=KDCtMMJ


   


 

LIVING THE DREAM

Sunday, March 23, 2014  “Living-The-Dream”

The life of a Fireman is re-living that childhood dream every time we scream down the street pulling our bunker pants up from our feet.

~Matt~


   


 

THE FIRE FACTORY CONTINUES WITH IT'S WORKING INCIDENTS!

Sunday, March 23, 2014  Swatara Township, Dauphin County fire activity continues in 49's response area with back to back jobs twenty-four hours apart, AGAIN!

The first picture was last night around 2030 hours for a large stack of pallets against the building on the UPS grounds off of 19th and Gibson.

The second picture was a few hours ago today at 3300 Paxton Street. Crew's found another outside fire this time electrical with extension into the building.

Additional pictures of the fire today can be viewed here - http://www.capitalcityfirephotos.com/Other-1/32314-Swatara-Township-Paxton/38004987_LjJ3Xb#!i=3138328989&k=kkPNXsv


     



 

THROW-BACK-THURSDAY

Thursday, March 20, 2014  “One-Tower” under GOD with master streams and ladder pipes for ALL!


   


 

IT IS NO WALK IN THE PARK!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014  The problem was fixed, public safety was restored and our EMS providers are safe again!

Wearing the White Helmet has stresses only a select few get to experience.

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”

John C. Maxwell




   


 

TIRED, SO WHAT AND TAKE A NUMBER CAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS TOO!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014  No matter how tired we are, ALWAYS get the apparatus and equipment back to the same condition or better than it was before the fire!


~Matt~ 


   


 

SUNDAY-FUN-DAY??

Sunday, March 16, 2014  "Sunday-Fun-Day" ??

Let's face it, there is nothing more fun than getting dirty; #jobs, #gotwork, #blackboogers, #dirtygear

~Matt~


   


 

DO YOU LEAD FROM THE FRONT LINES OR THE BACK OFFICE?

Friday, March 14, 2014  The most important six inches on the fire ground
General James Mattis, USMC (Ret.) would have made one hell of a fire chief if he had so chosen. Revered by fighters from private to four stars and probably disliked as much by those less aggressive, the forty-one year veteran was a lead from the front commander who went out with patrols and got blood on his boots as a General. His radio sign—“Chaos.” His command philosophies included sincere concern for those he was tasked to protect and liberate and a consummate scorn for our countries enemies.
Highly quotable, many of his pronouncements in the area of leadership and others are applicable to the fire service. With just a few paraphrasing liberties, here are some of my favorites. 
“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.” 
“Fight with a happy heart and a strong spirit.”
“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.” 
“Powerpoint makes us stupid.” 
And if you remember none of the others, keep in mind the most valuable one.
“The most important six inches on the [fire ground] is between…your ears.”
Gary Ryman
Author of Fire Men: Stories From Three Generations of a Firefighting Family
www.fire-men-book.com
 
 

     


 

HOUSE FIRE IN HIGHSPIRE, DAUPHIN COUNTY ZONE 5

Friday, March 14, 2014  Last night around 2345 hours Dauphin County 911 started receiving numerous calls for Box 55-2 601 Second St. Reports were coming in saying this would be a well involved house fire. Chief 55-1 then arrived on scene with fire from the rear of the house. Engine 55 had their own water across from the address and established a water supply for Truck 50. Truck 50 arrived and went in service on side Delta, laddered the building and opened the roof.

 

Engine 49’s crew led off with a transitional attack and went interior after darkening it down from the outside. Crew’s worked this job for a few hours before taking up, no civilian injuries were reported and one Firefighter was checked out for a fall.

 

Units: Highspire (55) Middletown (88) Lower Swatara (59) Steelton (50) Bressler (41) Swatara (49) Chambers Hill (456) and Paxtang (40)

 

Photo credit and check out Hevel Photos for additional images https://www.facebook.com/HevelPhotos










Additional images at http://www.capitalcityfirephotos.com/Other-1/31314-Highspire-Borough-PA/37687976_sKX4Gb#!i=3121523136&k=FK5s6n2  



     



 
 
 

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