Saturday, August 24, 2013
Crews were dispatched around 1210 hours for a vehicle accident with injuries in the 800 block of Main Street Pennsburg. Chief 65 arrived to find a multi vehicle accident with a victim trapped inside. Crews from Squad 65 used the Hurst tools to remove the doors and roof to allow access for Medic 369. Crews assisted with packaging and removal of the patient. Crews also controlled the hazards and fluids from the vehicles. Extrication was complete in less than 15 minutes and crews returned to service within an hour. Fire Police directed traffic around the scene.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Come out and support your local all volunteer fire company Saturday August 3rd. Times to be determined. The fire company will be providing a fully cooked chicken meal which will include a 1/2 chicken, baked potato, applesauce, creamed cabbage and a roll. All of this for only $9.00 per meal. You can either eat in the station or take out to your home. If you need assistance, please contact the firehouse. We look forward to seeing you there on August 3rd. The funds from this fund raiser go directly to supporting the fire company in providing the best service to our community.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Crews responded to multiple working fires at Blommer Chocolate in Upper Hanover Township. Around 2200 hours on Monday night, Station 38, Squad and Tower 65, Squirt 71 and Bucks Ladder & Engine 57 were due on a reported building fire at Blommer. Chief 38 arrived with smoke showing from a 4 story section of the factory in one of the augers and advised E38 to lay in and Tower 65 to set up on the corner of the building.. Crews worked handlines to suppress the fire in both the auger and roasting bins. Medic 369 set up rehab to assist the firefighters. Crews worked until around 0115 hours and were back in service. Around 0200 hours, crews were alerted to another fire at Blommer Chocolate but this time in one of the bag houses. The box sent the same apparatus as the first one. Chief 38 arrived to find smoke showing from the vent pipe and bag house area. Tower 65 arrived first and was advised to send crews to the roof and set up the bucket to the silo. E38 was told to lay in and go in service. Crews set up leader lines and pulled a high rise bag to the second floor where 65 and 71 crews operated in the bag area to extinguish the stubborn fire. Crews worked until around 0330 hours and then returned to service.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Thursday morning, companies from around the Valley took place in the annual water battle competition. Crews from Pennsburg, East Greenville, Red Hill, Seisholtzville, Eastern Berks and defending champion Hereford set up on the field at Old Goshenhoppen Church park. Crews drew numbers and started the competition. This year the barrell needed major repairs as did the cable and strapping. Members from Pennsburg made the repairs and members from Pennsburg and East Greenville took the time to repair the cable and strapping system. With not having any time on the line, crews from Pennsburg and Hereford tested the line before their first round. With many close battles and hard fought rounds, the finals wound up to be Pennsburg (coming out of the winners bracket) and Hereford. After 2 full round battles, Pennsburg came out on top. Crews celebrated by the ceremonial "Chief Dunk" in the pond that was formed by the water from the battles. Great job by all companies and thanks to the tankers that supplied water and East Greenville Engine 38 for pumping the lines during the competition..
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tower 65 was dispatched to Washington Township Berks County for a possible dwelling fire on Limekiln Road in Berks 97 first due. 97 Command was established and crews were checking for an odor inside. No fire was evident so Command recalled 65 units. Crews returned to service. Command 65 made it's maiden voyage to the call.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The new Chief's vehicle made it's first call tonight to Washington Township in Berks County. The 2013 Chevy Tahoe (Co-Stars) with a Hendrickson command cabinet and radio and lighting done by Marriott Emergency Equipment is lettered and ready for service. The former Chief vehicle is going to be utilized by the fire police as Traffic 65-1. The new command unit has the Montco MDC with the MSA accountability/firefighter tracking system, complete EMS kit with AED, water and ABC extinguishers, forcible entry tools, hand lights, safety cones, MSA SCBA, MSA 4 gas meter and a full command cabinet to safely run incidents. The unit was outfitted with a NFPA lighting and siren package as well as compliant striping. The vehicle will be going in service full time over the weekend.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
On Saturday June 15th, the Pennsburg Fire Company Fire Police took Traffic 65 to Sellersville Fire Department's 125th Anniversary Parade. Crews worked hard and cleaned the traffic unit and were rewarded with a Second Place trophy. Great job and congratulations.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Crews used the weekly training session this week to practice vehicle extrication practices. With the help of Don's Salvage Yard in Sleepy Hollow, SS65 and Tower 65 set up the rescue grounds with 2 vehicles on their side. Crews were split up into 2 groups and worked on numerous activities. One group used air chisels, hand tools and the battery powered Hurst combi tool to skin a roof and do a modified roof flap. The other group used the Hurst combi tool and O cutter along with a Little Giant ladder to remove a door vertically. Other activities were using the Paratec quick struts and modified cribbing uses. Crews worked for about 90 minutes in the humid night and then returned to the station for clean up. Everyone went away learning something new. Pictures to be posted soon.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The third call in less than 2 hours Wednesday was a vehicle rescue assist to Red Hill Fire Company at 200 Main Street in Red Hill. Reports were given of a head on collision with one vehicle on it's roof and one person trapped. Chief 65 arrived and confirmed the same. Squad 65 responded and was given orders to stabilize the rolled vehicle and remove a door. Crews used cribbing and the Hurst MOC Combi bumper tool to remove the drivers door and assist Medic 369 in removing the trapped patient. Extrication was complete in about 15 minutes. 71 and 65 crews assisted both medic crews with packaging both patients and debris clean up on both vehicles. Fire police shut down Main Street between 2nd and 3rd for about an hour.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Squad 65 was requested to assist Station 67 at a working barn fire on Congo Road in Douglass Township. Assistant 67 arrived to find a barn with heavy fire showing. The barn housed multiple vehicles and horses but the horses were not inside the barn when firefighters arrived. Crews set up multiple lines and master streams to protect the single family dwelling on the property. Squad 65 crew was sent to mapower and rotated in on handlines and master streams. Crews operated for about 5 hours before being released by 67 Command. Fire Police assisted at the scene directing traffic around the scene.
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