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EVEN SANTA SET'S ASIDE TIME TO TRAIN!

Thursday, December 6, 2012 


Today while doing a few charity events in the "Central PA" area Santa and a few of his Elves performed a quick forcible entry refresher. Santa has been having trouble with the new building construction, he said its tough to make the traditional entry.


Good Luck Santa!!


 

 
 

13 YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOST THE WORCESTER 6

Monday, December 3, 2012 

On December 3, 1999 at 1815 hours, box 1438 was struck for 236 Franklin Street (The actual address is 266 Franklin Street) for smoke coming from the roof of a 6 story warehouse. Initial alarm consisted of Engines 1, 6, 12, 13 Ladders 1, 5 Rescue 1 and a Chief. Upon the District Chiefs arrival, his Aide circled the building to conduct a scene survey, and saw the crews from Engine 13 and Ladder 1 enter the building. The Aide reported that he was on the C/D corner of the building an... [ more ]  

 

 

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 360

Saturday, December 1, 2012 
Here is an example of why we do a full 360 degree check on house fires, especially at night; and why we must explore what is in our area (not just first, second, or third due). What looks like a single story home with ordinary construction and an attached lower level garage actually has an addition added onto side C that looks to be a  garage/shop/barn. There is also an elevated walkway that attaches the two structures. Both of these factors can drastically change fire attack, contai... [ more ]  

 

 

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I HATE BEING COLD AND WET FOR HOURS AFTER A JOB - IS YOUR COLD PACK READY?

Photo Courtesy of Bill Noonan

Photo Courtesy of Bill Noonan

Monday, November 26, 2012  With the days and nights getting colder in Central PA a few simple items can make the difference between happy and miserable on a  prolonged fireground. This can be done with a change of dry clothes. I pack a t-shirt and sweat shirt, knit hat, suppression and work gloves, two hoods, two chemical hand warmers and a hospital towel.





 

Cold Pack

Cold Pack

Ready to go......

Ready to go......

 

 

FIREFIGHTERS AND THE RISKS OF ASBESTOS

Thursday, October 4, 2012 

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that approximately 20,650 firefighters faced occupational exposure to hazardous substances – including asbestos – in 2008.



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LOOK IN THE MIRROR - YOU ARE A MENTOR!

Dick Cray, A solid MENTOR that made countless Firefighters into the Fireman they are today!

Dick Cray, A solid MENTOR that made
      countless Firefighters into the Fireman
      they are today!

Thursday, September 13, 2012  Webster’s II New College Dictionary 1995 defines a mentor as “a wise and trusted teacher or counselor”. When we were young and growing up, most if not all of us had a mentor. Someone we admired or a person who took the time to show us the way. It may have been a teacher, a coach or maybe even the Chief at the local firehouse.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to have several mentors that groomed me. Even today with me being almost 50 years old, I still h... [ more ]  

James “Bummy” Bumgardner another Mentor who changed the lives and made countless great Fireman!

James “Bummy” Bumgardner another
      Mentor who changed the lives and made
      countless great Fireman!

 

 

11 YEARS AGO TODAY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 343 FIREMAN WERE MURDERED

Tuesday, September 11, 2012  SEPTEMBER 11th 2001
 
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          0814hrs on September 11th 2001, the world changed forever. At this time, it is believed hijackers made their move aboard American Airlines Flight 11, shortly after leaving Logan International Airport. Stabbing three occupants and spraying the first class cabin full of mace, they quickly took control of the plane.
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CENTRAL PA BRAVEST IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A PARTNERSHIP WITH FIREHOUSE PRIDE

Friday, August 31, 2012  Firehouse Pride is dedicated to providing you with quality products from the minds of experienced firefighters around the Country. Some are service spawned, others are pride based, but none are “gimmicks”. Members and contributors of Firehouse pride are from all different backgrounds and departments with a common bond of a love for the job of firefighting. This website is our attempt to bring you one place to find some of the most innovative and inter... [ more ]  

Colonial Park Fire Demo's "The Pig"

Colonial Park Fire Demo's "The Pig"

 

 

EXPECT THE UNEXPEXTED WITH VERTICAL VENTILATION

Wednesday, August 8, 2012  Anne Arundel County Tower 40 assigned to assist Ladder 39 from Annapolis City with ventilation on a working residential dwelling fire. TW40 crew consisted of 3, myself (back seat firefighter), PO Handshew, and Capt Ladd (riding the seat).  TW40 had to park several blocks away in this tight neighborhood of Annapolis City. TW40 grabbed our hooks and headed to the scene where we found L... [ more ]  

 

 

TRUCK COMPANY MODIFICATIONS FROM READING CITY, PA

Modify your rotary saw for tight space access

Modify your rotary saw for tight space
      access

Tuesday, July 24, 2012  All Ladder Companies are equipped with “K-12” type rotary saws equipped for wood and metal cutting. Masonry discs are also stored on the apparatus. While the standard configuration rotary saw will work for us most of the time, there may be times when there will not be enough room to get the blade to the intended cutting area. This article will cover the conversion process.

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LANCASTER COUNTY STATION 67 GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND

Saturday, June 23, 2012  As you know, this week marked National Fire & EMS safety, health, and survival
week so I was curious if any agencies really did much to actively participate.
It was great to hear from a few agencies that had actually stepped up and done a
few things for their personnel. I can't say for sure if it was directly related
to the significance of this week or not but several members of Rohrerstown Fire
Co. in Lancaster County decided to make great use of the mezzanine area of... [ more ]  

 

 

HYDRATE WITH HIGH QUALITY H20 THIS WEEK

Wednesday, June 20, 2012  A FEW WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A HEAT WAVE IF YOU’RE A FIREFIGHTER AND SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT RELATED INJURIES
 

  • RE-HAB YOURSELF IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE FLAGGED IN RE-HAB!
  • Take a week off from drinking beer, alcohol dehydrates you!
  • Drink a glass of water hourly until your pee is clear!
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SCHOOL IS OUT - DO A 360 EVERYTIME!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012  School is out, so do a 360 of your ambulance, fire apparatus or whatever you drive. How many times could we have saved time and money on a flat tire from a haligan bar because we did not do a 360? Don't make it a childs life................

 

 
 

5 YEARS AGO TODAY 9 FIREMAN MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

Monday, June 18, 2012  SOFA SUPER STORE
“CHARLESTON NINE”
 
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          At 1908hrs on June 18th 2007, the first call was received for a fire in the Sofa Super Store located at 1807 Savannah Highway. The 42,000 square foot building would start in the loading dock behind the store and eventually would take over the rest of the structure. At 1941hrs a flashover would occur with at least 16 members still oper... [ more ]  

 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 360 AND TO KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!

Thursday, June 14, 2012 

KILLER ON PHILADELPHIA AVE.



KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!!!



At Takoma Park station 2 in Montgomery County Maryland, we pride ourselves in knowing our first due. We are out every shift looking, lurking, and learning. Sometimes we pull lines into occupied apartment buildings, other times we go over buildings... [ more ]  

 

 
 
 

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