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.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Today Chief Scott Seip and Assistant Chief/Treasurer Joe Sink made the trip to Faulkner Chevrolet in Lancaster, PA to sign for the new Command 65. A few months ago, the department voted to replace the current vehicle, a 2005 Ford Expedition with the new 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Costars model. The expedition will be used by the fire Police as Traffic 65-1. The order was processed by Steve Dragon from Fleet Sales at Faulkner and financing was provided by Quakertown National Bank.
The new Command unit will have a custom command cabinet made by Hendrickson Command out of NY. It will also have an MSA multi-meter, 800mhz radios, SCBA, forcible entry tools, traffic altering devices, First Aid bag, AED and all pre-plan information. The unit will also have a Montco MDC which was purchased as part of a Regional FEMA Grant last year. The light package was designed by the Chief and Assistant Chief and will be installed by Marriott's Emergency Equipment in Skippack, PA. Custom lettering will be done by Danz Lettering of Woxall, PA. The unit should be ready for service by mid June. Stay tuned for more pictures.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Come out and join your local volunteer firefighters for a day of golf. The Pennsburg Fire Company will be holding it's annual golf outing on May 4th. Registration starts starting at 11:30 am followed by lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1pm. Dinner and door prizes will follow the round. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Cordero or Carmen Merolla at the station.
We look forward to seeing you for a day of fun eating, playing golf and spending time with the men and women that protect you and your surrounding communities.
We are also looking for a few more sponsers for the event. Some of the hole sponsers, green sponsers and general sponsers are still available.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Come out to Station 65 at 501 Penn Street Pennsburg on Saturday April 13th from 8:30am to1pm for the 2nd Annual Mothers Market Kids Rummage Sale. Shop for all your babies/kids needs. There will be clothing, strollers, toys, maternity clothes and just about everything else for kids. There is a $1 donation request to the Fire Company to shop as long as you want. Hope to see all of you there. The fire company will also be serving hot dogs and beverages for a small fee.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Around 2210 hours Box 79-02 was dispatched for a dwelling fire on Ziegler Road in Marlborough Township. Chief 65 arrived with an attached garage with heavy fire showing. Initially on the box was E42, T42, SQ71, TW and Squad 65, Bucks T58, T72 and Squad 72. With fire showing and a lack of hydrants in the area, Chief 65 requested the Tanker Task Force bringing additional tankers and a draft engine to the scene. Command (Chief 65) was established and advised SQ71 to lay a supply line from Upper Ridge up Ziegler Road. TW65 arrived and was advised to throw ground ladders to the 2 story structure. Crews from 71 used 2 handlines on the exterior and TW65 crews was advised by Operations (Chief 71) to take a line interior and attack the fire. Crews worked for a few minutes attacking the fire and pulling ceiling to get ahead of the fire. Interior (Assistant 62-2) advised command of a lack of water and was holding the fire in check. Water was given from TW65 to SQ 71 and the interior crew was able to stop the fire at the stairwell. Squad 65 crew with Bucks Station 58 went to the roof to ventilate for interior. Once under control, crews from multiple companies were used in overhaul and extinguishing the remaining hotspots. Multiple tankers and engines were used in the manpower pool to relieve crews. Canteen 41 set up and Medic 328/344 set up rehab at the scene for firefighters. PSP FM and Montco Fire Marshal were requested to the scene to investigate the fire. Special thanks to Squad 67 and Berks T58 for standing by at Station 65. Crews went available around 0230 hours.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Station 65 and Medic 369 were dispatched to an accident with injuries at Route 663 and Geryville Pike in Upper Hanover Township. While enroute, Chief 65 was notified that the accident is now being upgraded to a vehicle rescue. Once on-scene, Chief 65 confirmed one patient trapped in a vehicle. Also involved in the accident was a tractor trailer that had fluid leaking from the crash. Squad 65 arrived and went in service to remove the roof and doors to provide access for Medic 369. Special Service 65 was advised to secure the tractor trailer and control the hazards. Extrication was complete in about 15 minutes and patient care was handed over to Medic 39. Crews remained on scene until both vehicles were removed due to the hazards. Fire Police controlled traffic around the busy intersection fro about an hour.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Squad 65 was dispatched to assist Station 67 on a working dwelling fire on Oak Road in Douglas Township. Squad and Chief 65 responded and were given orders to report to manpower. Once staged, the 65 crew was sent to the attic to overhaul and contain the fire. Crews worked for about 40 minutes and made good progress. Next assignment was to open up the roof area where smoke was progressing. Crews made multiple trench cuts and overhauled the single story part of the home. Crews worked for about 3 hours and were returned to service.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Stations 17 & 18 were dispatched to Franklin & Ambler St. in Quakertown for a reported dwelling fire. Chief 87 arrived o/s with smoke showing from the attic of a 2-1/2 story twin dwelling & requested the working fire disp to be added bring Rescue's 26 & 58 for RIT. crews extened 2 1 3/4 lines into side A. R58 was put into service adding Squad 65 as the second RIT. Squad 65 was already on the assignment as a cover to Station 18 when given the assignment. Crews stood fast as Side C RIT for about 30 minutes and then returned to service.
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