Pennsburg Fire Company

RIT Assignment to Quakertown

Saturday, November 22, 2014   Crews were dispatched at 0530 hours as the second RIT company to assist Quakertown Fire at a working dwelling fire on East Broad Street in Richland Township.  Tower and Deputy 65 (Gibbs) responded with 5 and were assigned to Side C/D corner.  The crew set up on that side and stood fast for about 30 minutes.  Once the incident was brought under control, crews were moved to the manpower and assisted with wrapping up hose for the engine companies.  While Tower 65 operated, Squad 65 was called to cover Station 18.  Squad and Chief 65 (Seip) responded on that assignment and took in a box for smoke coming from the car wash on North West End Blvd. in Quakertown.  That call was returned when crews found steam from the car wash.  All units were available around 0830 hours.



Vehicle Rescue Marlborough Township

Saturday, November 22, 2014  Crews were dispatched for a vehicle accident on Gravel Pike and Green Hill Drive in Marlborough Township around 1950 hours.  While enroute, MCEOC advised units that it was being upgraded to a rescue with one entrapped.  Squad 65 arrived first and went in service stabilizing the vehicle and with the bumper combi tool, O Cutter and Paladin tool.  Crews removed both driver side doors and the roof.  Squad 71 arrived and assisted 65 crews and Rescue 42 arrived and pulled a fire protection line of Squad 65.  Crews removed the one patient in about 20 minutes.  Patient was turned over to 344 EMS.  crews assisted with spills and secured both vehicles.  Crews cleared in about 45 minutes.  Fire Police closed Route 29 in both directions while crews operated at the scene.



Blommer Chocolate Building Fire

Friday, November 14, 2014   Crews were again dispatched to Blommer Chocolate for a reported building fire in the manufacturing area.  E38/AC38 arrived for a manual pull station fire alarm and found smokeint one of the areas.  The upgraded building response was requested and command was established.  Tower and Squad 65 were dispatched along with SQ71, E42 and Berks T58.  Crews extended a handline inside and E38 secured a supply line.  Crews worked for about an hour to extinguish the fire.  



Upper Hanover Township Blommer Chocolate Building Fire

Friday, November 7, 2014   Crews were dispatched for a reported building fire at Blommer Chocolate around 0330 hours.  Chief 38 arrived and was advised of one of the roasting units.  Crews checked the unit and found the storage of the product burning inside.  Crews applied water from a line that was extended off Tower 65.  Crews operated for about 90 minutes and then returned to service.  Other companies that were on scene were Squrt 71, E42, Berks Tanker 58 and Bucks E75.  369 provided EMS at the scene.



Dwelling Fire Upper Hanover Township

Monday, October 20, 2014   Station 65 along with E38, SQ71, T37, T42, berks T58 and T97 were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire on Paper Mill Road in Upper Hanover Township.  Reports were that the resident said his house was on fire which MCEDS received 3rd party.  Deputy 65 (Gibbs) and Chief 65 (Seip) arrived to find a working fire on the D side exterior of the home.  Quick actions prevented the fire from spreading and crews from TW65 (Sink), E38 (Wetzel) and SQ71 extinguished the fire and checked for extension into the garage and dwelling attic. All tankers were returned. Crews were on scene for about 40 minutes and then returned to service.  Investigation is ongoing into the cause by the FMO.



Congratulations to The Latshaw Family

Monday, September 29, 2014  Congratulations to Battalion Chief Dennis Latshaw and his wife Rindi on the birth of their daughter, Savannah Grace who was born on 9/23 at 12:33pm and weighs 7lbs. 11.8oz. Savannah joins her 3 brothers Caden, Colby and Teaghan.  Mom and baby are doing fine.  



Annual Fire Prevention Open House October 8th

Monday, September 22, 2014   Come out to the Pennsburg Fire Company station at 501 Penn Street Pennsburg for our annual Fire Prevention Open House.  This years open house is scheduled for October 8th between 6pm and 9pm.  There will be a fire prevention table set up inside with fire safety literature and fire prevention items for the kids.  This years Fire Prevention theme is Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives.... Test your Monthly"t".  Our members will be on hand to show you some ways to make and keep your home fire safe and how to check your smoke detectors and how to change your batteries..  A few things to remember: Change your smoke detector batteries at least once a year but check them monthly.  Keep all combustible materials away from every heat source. Try not to use extension cords.  Plug electrical items directly into the outlet.  If using extension cords, please make sure that they are rated for what you are using them for.  If you have questions, please ask one of our members. Have a fire exit plan and meeting place in the event of a fire. We hope to see you at our station.



2014 Community Day in Pennsburg

Thursday, September 4, 2014  Come out this Saturday and support your local volunteers.  The Pennsburg Fire Company will be participating in the annual community day located on Main Street in Pennsburg and East Greenville this Saturday September 6th from 10am to 4pm.  The fire company will have a fire prevention display and apparatus staged in front of Rite Aid at the corner of Rt. 29 and Rt. 663.  We will also have a food tent set up at 2nd and Main in front of Gibbons Fast Tag.  The fire company will be selling Hatfield Sausage Sandwiches, lemonade, bottled water and hot dogs.  Also near our tent will be Moyer's Restoration who will raffle off a Weber 3 burner Grill.  All proceeds go to the fire company.  Come out and see us plus many other vendors and shows.  



Tower 65 added as RIT in District Township Dwelling

Sunday, August 17, 2014   Tower 65 was dispatched by Berks County to assist Station 97 (Eastern Berks Fire) on a working dwelling fire.  Crews from Berks Station 97, 39, 58 5 and 21 arrived to find a working fire in a detached garage.  Tower 65 was added as RIT.  While enroute, Assistant 39 advised Berks that Tower 65 was not needed and returned to service.



Acquired Structure Training

Wednesday, August 13, 2014   Crews gathered at 1830 hours for a planned drill at an acquired structure on the grounds of Perkiomen School.  Crews were placed into Search and Rescue teams and assigned a floor to search.  Each floor had zero visibility from a smoke machine.  Crews learned and practiced new ways to perform searches for trapped victims.  The next evolution was a VEIS (Vent Enter Isolate Search) scenario.  Crews encountered a smoke filled room while accessing it only from a ground ladder.  Crews entered the room and performed a quick but effective search of the room.  While in the room, each crew encountered a change in evolution that trapped them from their ladder exit.  Each crew had to breach a wall (plaster lathe) and find an alternative escape route.  Crews worked hard all night and after all equipment was cleaned and returned to service, a critique of the nights drill was performed and many lessons were learned.  

Thank you to Perkiomen School for the use of the building and to all the crew members that came out to learn.



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