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ROOM AND CONTENTS IN SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Sunday, May 27, 2012  This afternoon at 1424 hrs units from Progress, Edgemont, Penbrook, Colonial Park, and Rescue 37 were dispatched to 3630 Brookridge Terrace in the 32-4 box for a reported apt on fire. Engine 321 and the Chief 32 went enroute with updated info that the owner left a candle burning and went to run an errand, came home and now sees smoke and fire from the apartment. Engine 32-1 dropped their supply line and laid in to side c pulling the initial attack line to the second floor. Engine 31 picked up 321's line and sent their manpower to advance the 2nd line off engine 32-1. Engine 30 arrived and picked up the 2nd water supply while Truck 32 took side a throwing numerous ground ladder to windows and the roof. Engine 33's crew was sent to help with searches and opening up. Truck 34 was staged and their crew split to assist with opening up inside and goin to the roof. A 1st alarm was sounded bringing numerous other companies to the scene to help with manpower.



Pictures and Story Courtesy of Correspondent Mike Rodkey



 



     



 

HOUSE FIRE GOES TO TWO ALARMS IN ASHLAND

Saturday, May 26, 2012  ASHLAND (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: At 09:37 hours, Ashland Fire was dispatched to 1307 Arch Street in Ashland for a reported house fire with entrapment. Police arrived on scene to find smoke showing and ammo exploding in the house.   Ashland Fire Chief then ordered a second alarm to the scene. Searches came up negative.  Mount Carmel, Girardville, Gordon, Englewood and Altamont Fire Companies assisted at the scene.  The fire started in the kitchen on the first floor and was under control by 10:20 hours. No injuries to residents or fire fighters were reported.
 
Story and Pictures by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett.
 
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2ND ALARM IN NEWBERRY TWP, YORK COUNTY

Friday, May 25, 2012  Today around 1440 hours units from Newberry Township were dispatched to their first due at 110 Miller Rd for a detached pole building on fire. First in units found a well involved garage close to a house and began exposure and deffensive attacks. Units were out a few hours and a 2nd alarm was struck for manpower on this hot humid day.

Pictures Courtesy of Staff Correspondent Dan Rothermel

     



 

DUMP TRUCK CRASHES INTO FIREHOUSE AND SPARKS 3 ALARM BLAZE

Friday, May 25, 2012  Northampton County, Pa-- At least one person was killed today when a dump truck crashed through the Leithsville Volunteer Fire Company and burst into flames. The station located at 1995 Leithsville Road in Hellertown, PA was fully involved on arrival consuming everything in the building including the fire apparatus.The fire went to 3 alarms bringing in help from Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery County,Pa. Companies went into defensive operations on arrival with ladder pipes, ground monitors and 2.5's. Tenders arrived from all 4 counties filling multiple port-a tanks at the scene and assisting with nursing operations behind the fire building.Heavy equipment arrived and started to pull the rear of the building apart so firefighters could gain access to the remaining fire. Departments had the fire under-control roughly 2 hours in and still remain on scene tonight with extensive overhaul.Counties on Scene: Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, Montgomery



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BATHROOM FIRE DAMAGES HOME IN WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA - On May 23, 2012 at 21:11 hours the West Mahanoy Township Fire Department (Three Stations – Shenandoah Heights, William Penn and Altamont), Shenandoah Fire Department – Rescue Hook N Ladder Squirt 745 and Lost Creek Ambulance were dispatched to 520 Mount Olive Boulevard in the Village of Lost Creek for a house fire. The caller reported there was a fire in the bathroom of the home. The smoke continued to spread quickly and began to move throughout the 2 ½ story home.
William Penn Engine 888 arrived on scene first and found a working fire in the bathroom. Engine 888 established a water supply from the hydrant a block away from the residence and staged on the Alpha-Bravo Corner. The crew deployed a hand line and started the offensive attack to stop the fire.   Hookies Squirt 745 staged in front of the home and sent its ladder into service to the roof. Hookies firefighters went to the roof and provided vertical and horizontal ventilation. Altamont Engine 367 staged east of the home and sent its crew to assist the first arriving engine. The additional engines crews backed up the attack crew and entered the residence to stop the spreading fire.   Shenandoah Heights Engine 881 staged behind Engine 367 and sent it fire fighters to the fire scene.
 The fire was placed under control in twenty minutes and all units cleared the scene by 23:00 hours. The fire chief believes the fire started in the bathroom of the home and appears to be accidental in origin. The fire chief reported that there were no injuries of fire fighters or residents and the home received moderate damage.
Pictures and Story by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett
 
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LADDER TRUCK DRIVER?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  I see too many Ladder Truck drivers that just get the piece there and stand around doing nothing! The Ladder Truck driver should be working as hard if not harder than the riders of the piece! With that being said…………



Did you take the best position possible, are all the points of egress laddered, windows vented, opened and cleaned out with the ladder to the sill, stick or boom to the roof or highest window egress, bars removed from the windows,  ladders to the roof for secondary egress of vertical ventilation team? The Ladder Truck IS NOT a retirement or hiding position, it’s a working position!



To all of those men and woman who do this already we applaud you! To those of you who this apply to………..act accordingly and change your ways!



   


 

WORKING FIRE IN CHOCOLATE-TOWN ** HERSHEY, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Friday, May 18, 2012  Today around 1500 hours units from Hershey and numerous mutual aid units were dispatched to 819 Reese Ave for a structure fire. First in units found a working fire on the first floor with extension to other floors. Crew's worked this smokey job for several hours before marking control.

Pictures Courtesy of Ron Bouch

     



 

HELMET SIZE STICKERS NOW AVAILABLE

Thursday, May 17, 2012  FireFighter-Fit helmet sized scotchlight decals now available to show your dedication to the cause! 

FireFighter-Fit **more than just flipping tires** it's a concept, a way of life! 

Email Dan Rothermel @ huntfire@mattmilesfirephotography.com

Prices are $3.00 for one or 2 for $5.00 price includes postage.

   


 

DETERGENT SUICIDE IN SWATARA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Thursday, May 17, 2012  CASE SUMMARY
On 05/03/12 around 1000 am Swatara Township Police and Fire (49, 41, 40) along with Lifeteam were dispatched to the Super 8 Hotel off of Eisenhower Boulevard for a barricaded person involving hazardous materials. When police and fire arrived we found a 2 story hotel with all guests evacuated except a suicidal person on the second floor of the hotel. There was distinct “spoiled egg” odor in the hotel and just outside the hotel.
The scene was immediately secured and Dauphin County Haz Mat Team (77) were requested to assist. A unified command was established along with an evacuation zone. The command consisted of Swatara Fire, Police, Dauphin Co Haz Mat, and Life Team.
A plan was organized and put into action. Two Police Officers with Firefighting Experience and Two firefighters made entry in full PPE to the room to discover the person deceased in the bathroom by way of “Detergent Suicide”. The hazard and deceased were removed from hotel after approx. 3 hours on scene. Following will describe the chemicals used and how the person used them. I will also described lessons learned good and bad so other firefighters will better prepared for this increasing events.
 
DETERGENT SUICIDE can be found easily on internet and is a common method of suicide in Asian Countries but growing in America. All chemicals are legal and can be obtained easily.
Chemicals mixed
The Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner - Hydrocloric Acid
Hi-Yield Improved Lime Sulfur Spray- Calcium Polysulfide
 
The person locked his hotel room, then constructed a enclosed “bubble type” area in the bathroom tub and sealed the bathroom with expansion foam. He then enclosed himself in the bathtub and mixed the chemicals. He was in the bathtub for extended period of time prior to a 911 call from the hotel.
 
LESSON LEARNED:
 
Do not rush the incident. Insure everyone is evacuated to a safe distance including emergency personnel. Insure scene security.
Gather as much information as possible. We were able to identify the person, his background, and that his vehicle was parked in the lot. His vehicle was searched prior to entering hotel. Our intell developed that person was suicidal. We also discovered he had received a package at the hotel the day before the incident was reported.
Gather all resources needed, develop a plan, and execute plan with safety. Keep the amount of exposed personnel to just enough to complete the task. Have a RIT Team established and ready to act. Control citizens and other firefighters trying to enter the hazard area out of curiosity. A good accountability is important.
 
A common action was observed by the first entry team. The suicidal person wrote a warning on the bathroom door warning emergency personnel of chemicals used. This is often recommended on the internet sites describing “Detergent Suicide”. The crew also found a will and notes to family.
 
All firefighters who entered the scene wore SCBA and PPE. They were all de-coned after operating on scene.
 
We did not have de-con in place prior to executing plan and we learned to make that operation happen earlier. We learned that de-con suggested was just to shower but we stepped it up to the next level with a full wash down as crews exited the scene.
 
Overall the incident was well handled and we all went home safe with no further incidents. I hope to share scene photos soon showing the bathroom set up so you can see what it looked like. 
 
 
Any questions or need for more information feel free to contact me Pat McKenna, Chief 91, 717-564-2551. I hope this will help prevent any injury or death to any emergency personnel.





     



 

REPORTED KITCHEN FIRE TURNS INTO WORK IN STEELTON, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Wednesday, May 16, 2012  This evening around 1915 units from Steelton got dispatched to their first due at 103 Lincoln Street for a reported kitchen fire. Chief 50 arrived on scene to find a 3 story wood framed duplex with smoke showing. Crews from Engine 50 were greeted with a well involved kitchen fire and extension to all floors. Crews worked this stubborn fire for a few hours with fire spread, overhaul and salvage. Multiple mutual aid units were dispatched to the scene to assist.

Story and Pictures by Staff Correspondent Tim Knepp

 

     



 
 
 

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