Sunday, February 8, 2015
Box 83-51 was dispatched for a reported dwelling fire on Washington Street in Pennsburg Borough. Chief 65 arrived to find nothing evident. Upon further investigation, heavy fire was found in the basement and heavy smoke throughout. Engine 38 was advised to lay into the scene and pull a water line to the basement. Tower 65 arrived at the same time and pulled a water line to the first floor for basement access. Both lines made a quick knock on the fire. Crews laddered the building and set up for ventilation. Squirt 71 arrived and their crews was sent to the basement for overhaul. Other companies arrived and were sent to the exposure buildings to check for extension. None was found and some companies were returned to service soon after their arrival. Chief 65 (Seip) had command, Deputy 65 (Gibbs) had operations and Assistant 65 (Sink) had interior/Basement. Crews performed overhaul on the basement and secured the area for the FM. FM 83 started the investigation but advised command to contact the PSP FM and County FM. The fire was under control in about 30 minutes and crews worked for about 2 hours. Fire Police had the road closed for the duration of the incident. EMS transported one of the residents and checked out another one. Other companies on the assignment were E38, SQ71, Bucks E57, TW18 (RIT) and R58 (RIT). Investigation is ongoing.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tower 65 was dispatched along with the Western Montco Fire Task Force to assist Norristown Fire Department while they operated at a 3 alarm fire in an apartment building. Initial crews found fire in the basement and extended up a trash chute to all floors but mostly the 4th and 5th floors. Reports of multiple people trapped inside and on the fire escape were reported. Crews made many rescues using portable ladders, tower ladders and main ladders. 2nd alarm companies made a push into the building to extinguish the fire but the amount of fire and rooms involved forced crews to evacuate. Command requested the 3rd alarm to assist and then the Montco Fire Task Force to assist companies in service and cover empty stations. Tower 65 and Chief 65 responded with 5 firefighters and were assigned to manpower and then a RIT company. Crews worked for about 4 hours and then returned to service.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Squad 65 was dispatched to initially be the RIT company on a dwelling fire on Hill Road in Salford Township. 72 Command was advised that Rescue 86 made the response and Squad 65 was redirected to cover all calls from Station 72. While enroute, MCEDS advised Squad 65 to respond directly to the scene for manpower. While arriving, the apparatus was staged about 1/2 mile away and crews walked up the icy road and driveway to get to the scene. Crews had made a good knock on the fire and 65 crew was used in overhaul. Crews removed the floor around the fire area and overhauled the kitchen area. Crews worked for about 2 hours and were returned to service.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Squad 65 was dispatched to assist Bucks Station 58 with a working dwelling fire in Richland MEadows. Squad 65 responded with 6 and were assigned the RIT company. The crew split in 2 and did a 360 of the structure. Crews worked for about 45 minutes until the incident was under control and then were released by 58 Command.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Tower and Squad 65 were dispatched to assist Bucks 57 Milford on a building fire at The Hampton Inn in Milford Township Bucks County. Chief 57 arrived to find a smoke condition on 2 floors. Tower 65 was advised to stage in an adjacent lot and send manpower to Side A. Crews assisted with ventilation of the 3 story hotel and went back in service in 90 minutes.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Around 2330 hours Tower 65 along with Station 37 and Berks Engine 97 were dispatched for a working fire on Hoffman Road in Douglas Township. 91-PD arrived to find a working fire in an attached workshop at a large working barn. Assistant 67 (Duncan) arrived and establish command. T37 arrived first and pulled an attack line to go in service. Other units arrived and were assigned to fire attack. Tower 65 responded with a crew of 5 and Deputy 65 (Gibbs). 65 crew were sent to manpower and were quickly assigned to fire attack and overhaul of the workshop. Crews made a good stop before it got into the barn. 65 units worked for about 90 minutes and went available.
Friday, January 2, 2015
Around 0930 hours, Tower 65 was dispatched along with Squad 38 to a dwelling fire on Gravel Pike in Hereford Township Berks County. Berks Chief 58 arrived to find a rancher type dwelling with fire showing. Crews arrived and went in service with handlines. Tower 65 arrived and was instructed to perform roof operations. 58 Command requested a second alarm bring additional units from Berks and Montco. Squad 65 and Special Service 65 responded and went into service with fire containment and overhaul operations. The fire was placed under control in about 90 minutes. Crews worked for an additional hour in overhaul. The fire marshal continues the investigation. Fire Police directed traffic around the scene. Special thanks to Bucks Tower 18, Tanker 58 and Montco Squad 67 for standing by in our station and helping us get our equipment back in service.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Happy New Year to everyone. 2014 went out quietly but 2015 came in like a lion. Around 1600 hours, Squad 65 was dispatched to cover Station 86 (Skippack) while they operated at a dwelling fire in Perkiomen Township. While enroute, MCEDS advised AC65 (Sink) that the Squad was due on another box along with Squad 78, L83, R54 and E77 for an odor of gas inside a dwelling in Perkiomen Township. Squad 65 arrived with the other units and found nothing evident. While units were clearing a box went out for a dwelling fire in Upper Salford. Tower 65 was due on that and responded with 7 to the incident. While enroute, CH65 (Seip) was advised by D78 that all units can recall except Station 78. Squad 65 cleared and resumed to Station 86 for the cover. Chief 86 (Marriott) advised that all units could return. While enroute to Station 65, a dwelling fire was reported in Lower Salford. Chief 78 arrived with a working fire which brought Station 86 to the scene. Chief 86 advised that Squad 65 was needed to return to Station 86 and cover while they operated at the Lower Salford call. Crews stood by for about 60 minutes and then returned to service around 1930 hours.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Station 65 was dispatched for a vehicle fire in the lot of Copart in Upper Hanover. Chief 65 arrived to find a vehicle well involved with exposures to 2 others. Squad 65 arrived and pulled a foam line and extinguished the fire. Crews checked for extension in the other vehicles. Company went available in 30 minutes.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Station 65 was dispatched for a vehicle accident at Route 663 and Geryville Pike in Upper Hanover around 0500 hours. Before any crews responded, MCEDS upgraded the incident to a rescue. Chief 65 arrived to find a 2 vehicle accident with one entrapped in a vehicle on its side. Squad 65 was told to stabilize the vehicle and go in service removing the roof and doors. Crews used struts to stabilize both sides of the vehicle due to the precarious position the vehicle was in. EMS made contact with the trapped driver and started assessing injuries. Crews used a roof ladder to access the drivers door and the Paladin tool to make cuts in the roof. Other crews used the O Cutter, sawzalls, glassmasters to remove the other posts, roof and windshield. Extrication of the driver took about 30 minutes and care was transferred to EMS and then to a medical helicopter. Fire Police directed traffic around the scene as rush hour traffic was just starting. Great work by all involved. This type of incdent shows the importance of training. Thank you to East Greenville Station 38 for handling the LZ.
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