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Sunday, March 31, 2013 1030
While City and Suburban units were working the 1-3 box Dauphin County 911 alerted units to a report of a house fire at 2031 Clayton Avenue in the Edgemont District of Susquehanna Township. Several of the units that would have normally been due to this incident were already working the fire in the city so this brought in mutual aid units from further away. Chief 31 arrived on scene with smoke showing from the house. Engine 32 arrived quickly after Chief 31 and advanced the bumper line and made a quick knock on the fire. Units clear shortly after performing minor overhaul.Story and Photos by Tim Knepp
Sunday, March 31, 2013 0950
This morning just prior to 1000hrs, Dauphin County 911 alerted the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire to Box 1-3 to 404 Meunch Street for a house fire. After all units were responding, County advised they were getting "rapid calls" and that PD was on the scene with a working fire. The Uptown units arrived within minutes reporting the same and a 1st alarm assignment was requested, bringing in the rest of the city units and putting suburban companies on standby and York Rescue 69 for RIT. Rescue 69 was involved in a collision while responding to the scene, no one was injured but they were replaced for the RIT assignment. Units worked the scene for a while with extensive overhaul and assisting with investigations.Story and photos by Tim Knepp
Saturday, March 30, 2013
ASHLAND (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On March 30th at 22:45 hours the Ashland and Girardville Fire Departments were dispatched to 926 Brock Street in Ashland for a house fire with entrapment. The Ashland Police arrived in minutes and found heavy fire blowing out the rear of the home. The burning home threatened the next door two connected exposure homes. The Ashland Fire Chief quickly dispatched the second alarm to the scene to assist with operations. Fire companies from Mount Carmel, Gordon, Englewood, Altamont and Shenandoah responded to the scene. The fire was quickly knocked down and was held in the house of origin. The fire is currently under investigation do to starting in a vacant home.
Pictures by Frank Andruscavage and Story by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A lot can be learned from just listening to kitchen table
talk and this is a quick example of a conversation that can be had at any
firehouse across the United States. Remember rookies and new Firefighters, keep
your ears open and your mouths shut when the seasoned men are telling stories,
a lot can be picked up and learned.
This quick scenario comes from Fireman Jason Batz of the
Reading City Fire Department in Reading, PA. Reading City does “work” on a
regular basis and these Fireman are full of “Street Smart” knowledge. http://readingpafire.com/
“While working the Rescue last tour, we were dispatched
early in the morning by a police unit reporting an unknown gas hissing release
at a local compressed gas company. After arrival it was determined that an
oxygen dewar had burst it's high pressure relief disc and was discharging into
With no knoxbox affixed to the building, crews considered
using 2 ladders to bridge the fence for entry. A secondary survey found the
fence secured with a standard case hardened american padlock. The hinge side
was found to be secured with non-movable hinges. Upon closer look, the hinges
relied upon a pin which was secured by a simple cotter pin. The pins were
quickly removed and the fence was opened. The action was quick, simple, and the
fence was able to be restored afterwards. It can't be said enough, when sizing
up for entry don't overlook the obvious”.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 0815
Just after 08:15 this morning the 1st alarm was sent for a water heater fire at the KFC on Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township, Box 31-10. E133 (with 6), T33, E233 (with 4), and Traffic 33 responded. Medic 88 (returning from a medical call reported the incident) and Safety 33 arrived shortly after dispatch reporting smoke from the roof and eaves. E133 arrived and the crew stretched the initial attack line to the rear. Chief 33 (Hall) performed a 360 of the building gaining access to the front with keys supplied by an employee. E31 laid the supply line from the hydrant and T33 supplied E133 on arrival. As the rear door was being forced it was also unlocked quickly. The crew made entry finding fire at the ceiling level and heavy smoke throughout the building. Using a thermal imaging camera, crews located the fire and made a quick knockdown of visible fire then began opening up. Additional crews provided manpower for utility control, roof operations, and ventilation. Once confirmation that all fire was out, ventilation fans were used to remove smoke from the building. Crews on the roof also reported light smoke condition around a roof top HVAC unit and opened it up as well. Crews continued to work on overhaul and discovered a light smoke condition around a light fixture attachment to the building. Saws were used to open a void space between a parapet wall and roof decking. This area was overhauled and wet down. The PA State Police Fire Marshall is investigating. Assisting Silver Spring Township Companies were Citizens and Washington of Mechanicsburg, Hampden, Upper Allen (RIT), Camp Hill EMS, and West Shore EMS. Thanks to West Shore Bureau of Fire (E313) and Tanker 24 (Lisburn) for transferring to Station 33.Story and photos courtesy of the New Kingstown Fire Company and Fire Chief Curt Hall
Monday, March 18, 2013 0330
This morning at around 0330hrs, Dauphin County Communications alerted Harrisburg City units to Box 1-3 for a reported house fire at 688 Schuylkill Street with possible entrapment. Uptown units arrived with a working fire and still no confirmation that everyone was out. With this information BC Horst requested the 1st alarm to be filled and an additional 1+1 to the scene. The reported trapped occupants were in the other half of the duplex and were able to get out safely. Units remained on scene for several hours with overhaul and investigations. Mutual aid assistance was provided by Progress Fire Company (32), Penbrook Fire Company (30), DLA Fire Department (YC 69), West Shore Bureau of Fire (CC 13) as well as fill in companies at the city stations. No one was injured in the incident.Battalion Chief Horst had the CommandStory and photos by Tim Knepp
Monday, March 18, 2013
COAL TOWNSHIP (NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY), PA - On Monday March 18, 2013 at 09:20 hours 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 516 Webster St. in Coal Township for a house fire. The incident was located in the Ranshaw section of Coal Township.
Kulpmont Fire Chief 200 who lives across the street informed the dispatcher it was a working fire. He can see smoke and flames coming from the 2nd floor of the rear of the home. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the attic and the roof. The fire was located on the left side of the double home. Neighbors assisted an elderly woman who lives next door out of her home to escape the fire.
The Coal Township Fire Chief arrived on the scene and established incident command. The fire quickly spread into the attic and start to spread into the next door home’s attic. He then quickly requested the second alarm to the working fire in the double home structure. The second alarm brought Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62, Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 and the remaining of the Coal Township Fire Department.
Brady Engine 151 was on scene first and established a water supply from a hydrant at 6th and Webster Streets. Union Engine 131 arrived and established a water supply from a hydrant at 5th and Webster Streets. The Engine 151 crew deployed a number of hose lines and made an offensive attack to stop the fire. Fire fighters enter the home with multiple hose lines to find and attack the fire. The Maine Fire Company Engine 111 established third water supply at 6th and Main Street and laid into the scene. Engine 111 staged behind Engine 151 and sent its crew to help with the interior attack. Shamokin Engine 21 staged to the rear of the structure on Maple Street. The additional arriving fire fighters assisted the first engine crews in stretching a hose line to the rear of the residence to attack the fire from the rear.
Incident Command assigned the additional arriving Coal Township and Shamokin units to assist the first in companies in fighting the fire. Command then had Mount Carmel Rescue and Kulpmont Engine 221 respond to the scene to assist with RIT operations. The third alarm was then placed on stand by for a possible response to the scene.
Shamokin Ladder 32 staged on the Alpha-Delta Corner of the home and sent its ladder to the roof. The Ladder 32 sent its crew to the Side Alpha to throw ground ladders and to do ventilation. The additional Shamokin rescue and engine crews backed up the attack crew and entered the next door residence and stopped the spreading fire in the attic.
The attic of both homes became well involved and began to vent through the roof on the home on the left. In minutes the conditions in both homes attic worsen with chance of a major collapse becoming possible. Incident Command then activated the evacuation signal and had all personnel leave both homes. In a matter of minutes the fire vented from both homes roofs causing a collapse into the second floor. Command then ordered multiple large hose lines and portable master stream monitor placed into operation. Engine 151 used its deck gun to shoot water at the large flames coming from the roof. Ladder 32 then placed its elevated master stream into service and aimed for the collapsing roof. The Kulpmont Engine 221 and Rescue 5 arrived on the scene and its crews to the front and back of the home to provide RIT operations.
It was then learned that a water pressure problem surfaced and started to hamper the master stream operation. Command then ordered a number of tankers trucks to the scene to establish an addition water supply. Tanker trucks from outside Coal Township were brought in and established a shuttle system. A refill site was the established on Route 61 near the Walmart.
The next twenty minutes of master stream operations caused the flames in the attic to disappear. The smoke and fire conditions in the rest of the home improved and allowed for and interior attack. Fire fighters re-enter the home with hose lines and attacked the fire in the second floor and attic. Fifteen minutes later the fire fighters had the fire under control. Fire fighters remained on the scene for a few hours to mop up and prevent rekindles. AREA EMS stood by on scene and provided rehab to the cold fire fighters.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Units from the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire arrived on Kensington Street in the area of 21st to find smoke showing. Initial reports came in with occupants trapped and HPD was asking units to "step-it-up". The Squad (LT Llllooyyd) arrived and stretched a line to the room of origin and made a quick knock. LT 8 then reported no extension and for Tower 1 to hold off on crackin' the roof and that the primary was negative. The Kings of the Hill held this room and contents to a local box alarm and Tower 2 and Wagon 3 remained in quarters to protect the citizens of Harrisburg City.
Pictures Courtesy of Ricky D Weese.
Friday, March 1, 2013
LT Kelley was riding Engine 3 in Lancaster City the night of 2/18/13 when they received numerous calls of a working row home fire with multiple people trapped. Engine 3 arrived and crews went to work immediately, searching above the fire and giving the trapped occupants all of their efforts. As Engine 3’s crew made the 2nd floor conditions deteriorated trapping the two Firemen. LT Kelley suffered major burns and will be out of work for an extended period of time. Please help offset the costs him and his family will endure during this time of healing by purchasing one of these t-shirts.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
On the morning of February 26, 1993, a plot was set out that was originally intended for the United Nations building however a last minute change would set Lower Manhattan front and center. Around noon, a yellow Ryder van made its way into level B2 of the underground parking garage of the North Tower. Ramzi Yousef and Eyad Ismoil exited the van, set a 20’ fuse and left the area.
At 1218hrs, the 1500lbs. bomb exploded, creating a 98’ crater and knocked out all electrical power to the building. Located across the street, the quarters of Engine and Truck 10 called in the alarm, stating they believed it was an underground transformer vault explosion and would be responding. With smoke present on arrival, nothing indicated anything other than originally thought. It was not until making their way into the parking garage and learning of a ceiling collapse in the train station below did the incident become apparent.
With electrical power lost trapping hundreds in stuck elevators, smoke up to the 93 floor, and emergency calls from the Vista Hotel that actually sat directly above the blast, multiple alarms and two command posts were quickly established. For the first time in 15 years, a Borough Call* was issued. By 1252hrs the incident reached 8 alarms and at its peak would see 156 FDNY units including 31 chief officers.
With calls pouring into the Manhattan Dispatchers Center, the over flow was rerouted to the remaining four borough dispatch centers. All five centers brought in extra call takers but still became overwhelmed with phones ringing constantly for the next six hours.
Part of the 71 separate companies assigned to operate in the below grade levels was Rescue 1. While trying to access a trapped occupant, the concrete floor gave way beneath a firefighter, dropping him into a 45’ deep crater into the parking garage. Among other injuries received was an open fracture to his left leg and a broken forehead. Surrounded by burning cars and debris, he crawled his way to a broken water pipe for safety. Unable to communicate through the thousands of transmissions on his radio, he had to yell his rescuers to his location. While under protection from engine companies whom could not see the fire and had to be directed by the downed firefighter, he was rescued and removed via stokes basket to the hospital were he recovered from his injuries.
Crews continued to work non stop long into the night to stabilize the incident. Once all fire in the parking garage has been extinguished, every elevator forced open and cleared of civilians, and all 8 million square feet of office and hotel space searched, the incident was placed under control at 0225hrs on February 27.
At the time, the Twin Towers were the second tallest buildings in the world, and a symbol. It was the intention of the terrorists to have the North Tower collapse into the South Tower, resulting in a domino effect, killing thousands. While the action failed, engineers felt if the bomb would have been parked closer to the foundation rather than the middle, the intended result may have occurred.
A Vehicle Identification Number was located in the blast, leading authorities to the Ryder rental company. Mohammad Salameh, a co-conspirator, was arrested in March when he reported the van stolen and returned to pick up his $400 deposit. Yousef is currently serving a life sentence in Colorado along side his counterpart Ismoil, who will be eligible for release in 2204.
With the blast leaving 7 dead, and 1,042 injured, a memorial was built and placed on Austin J. Tobin Plaza.
“On February 26, 1993, a bomb set by terrorists exploded below this site. This horrible act of violence killed innocent people, injured thousands, and made victims of us all.”
The granite memorial fountain was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, however a small fragment was recovered and will be used as the centerpiece of a new memorial honoring the victims of both attacks.
STORY BY STAFF CORRESPONDENT MATT LEONARD
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