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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
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~
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
Thursday, March 20, 2014
“One-Tower” under GOD with master streams and ladder pipes for ALL!
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
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, March 16, 2014
"Sunday-Fun-Day" ?? Let's face it, there is nothing more fun than getting dirty; #jobs, #gotwork, #blackboogers, #dirtygear ~Matt~
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.”
Author of Fire Men: Stories From Three Generations of a Firefighting Family
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
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Today around 1600
hours units from Colonial Park (33), Paxtonia (34) and Linglestown (35) were
dispatched to King George Drive in the 33-1 box in Dauphin County, PA for a reported
apartment building on fire. Chief 33 (Swank) went enroute, seeing a column from
his vantage he requested that county fill out the first alarm assignment. The
first alarm assignment brought in Progress (32) and Paxtang (40). Chief 33
arrived and reported smoke showing from a two story garden style apartment and
what it sounded to be an unruly crowd. Engine and Truck 33 then arrived; Engine
33 had their own water and stretched while Truck 33 began to throw ladders.
Engine 34 then
arrived shortly after and their crew began a primary search. As E-34’s crew was
entering the structure Firefighter Cerzullo a 3rd generation
Paxtonia firefighter overheard a frantic civilian scream that their dog was
still inside. Cerzullo went to his training; he began to search the hot spots
after his initial sweeps came up negative. Under the bed, nope, behind the
doors, nope, in the bath tub, YES! Cerzy now has the lifeless, limp dog on the
front yard with his SCBA mask over his face and still nothing. Chief Leidy, chauffeur
of Engine 33 sees this and quickly gets the K-9 resuscitation kit and oxygen
After a few
minutes of delivering the concentrated oxygen with the specialized K-9
equipment that E-33 carries the dog begins to show signs of life. The dog was
then turned over to South Central EMS and transported to a local animal
hospital. Firefighters Keiser and Cerzullo even did a follow up with Aubry the
5 year old lab/pit mix at the hospital!
Aubry is now back
with his family after making a full recovery due to the quick teamwork of the
82nd Fire Battalion of Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County – PA!
Give Paxtonia a “like”
on their facebook and check back to see a visit by Aubry at the Tillerhouse! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paxtonia-34-Fire-Company/101871186533443?ref=br_tf
Park Station 33 a “like” too for going above and beyond by purchasing K-9 resuscitation
equipment! https://www.facebook.com/southside33TEAM WORK SAVES LIVES!
Firefighter Cerzullo on the left,
Firefighter Keiser on the right!
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