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ONE TRAPPED IN SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Wednesday, May 16, 2012  Early this morning units from Company 37 in Susquehanna Township and the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire were dispatched to 22-322 Eastbound between jungle and Cameron Street at 0118 for a PIC. Crews arrived to find a SUV underneath a tractor trailor with one trapped with an extended extrication.

 

Pictures Courtesy of http://www.rescue37.com/

     



 

CHEMICAL FIRE IN BUCKS COUNTY RESULTS IN LODD FOR FIRE POLICE MEMBER

Wednesday, May 16, 2012  CHEMICAL FIRE – Bucks County, 5:02 a.m. 5/16/12 – A lighting strike caused a chemical fire at the Rohm and Haas Chemical Plant in Bristol Township. One bulk storage tank was set on fire. The fire was contained to a containment area with an unknown quantity released. The fire is now out and residents are advised to shelter in place. The Bucks County EOC has been activated. The Bristol Borough School District has closed for the day.  

 

Dave Wintz a Fire Police Captain was directing traffic at the scene he left the scene due to feeling sick and went home. He later called 911 and was rushed to Torresdale Hospital where he died.

Wintz was in his 60s and put in almost 50 years of service with the local fire company!

Two additional firefighters were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Rest Easy Brother! 

Click the links for video: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Lightening-Ignites-Croydon-Chemical-Fire-151674175.html

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8663483

     

Fire Police Captain Dave Wintz

Fire Police Captain Dave Wintz



 

STAY FIREFIGHTER-FIT MY FRIENDS!

FireFighter-Fit MOTIVATION!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 
We get asked and criticized by firefighters - “why do you guys train like this all of the time”? Did you forget that our job whether it be career or volunteer is consistently ranked in the top 3 most stressful jobs in the United States? Did you forget the commitment we owe to our families to come home after a fire or shift? Did you forget the commitment we have to our brother and sister firefighters of being able to pull them out in their time of need? Did you also forget the commitment to the people in the communities we serve and to be at our BEST at ALL times?

 

Since 1999 we lost 641 Brother and Sister Firefighters to medical related incidents in which 552 were cardiac in nature! Quit denying that we are out of shape as a whole and take a stance in keeping our brother and sister firefighters healthy and fit!

 

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

   


 

UPPER DAUPHIN COUNTY STAYS BUSY WITH ONE EJECTED AND ONE PINNED

Tuesday, May 15, 2012  At 06:30 hours Box 19-1 was transmitted for a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the area of the fire station bringing Co 19 (Carsonville) and Rescue-Engine 29-1. The Rescue-Engine responded with 3 (FF W. Leonard) and the Utility with 2 (FF T. Laudenslager). Upon arrival of of E19-1 they found one person heavily entrapped in the vehicle. Crews from 19 worked on vehicle stabilization and extrication. Upon arrival of 29 units they assisted in completing the extrication. Fire Police controlled traffic. At 06:59 Box 29-1 was transmitted for a Med Local on S River Road, Chief 29 (Stout) responded and handled the incident while crews operated at the crash. At 10:55 Box 29-1 was transmitted to the base of Peters Mountain on Route 225 for a tractor trailer overturned. Captain 29 (Neiter) responded and was advised of 2 patients ejected down over an embankment. Rescue-Engine 29-1 (Asst Chief T. Pottiger) responded with 6 and the Utility (FF. T Bunger) followed. Upon arrival the crews assisted EMS with patient care and established a 3:1 haul system. The patient was secured in a stokes and brought to EMS where he was transferred to Life Lion Helicopter in Dauphin. Co 38 (Dauphin) provided the LZ. Squad 216 (Fisherville) responded and assisted at the scene with manpower. Fire Police controlled traffic

Pictures and Story Courtesy of http://www.halifaxfire.com/

     



 

FIREMAN BLAKE APPLETON PASSES AWAY TODAY

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 

It is with great sadness that I report 9 year old Blake Appleton has lost his battle with cancer, and has joined the other angels in heaven. Blake was a fighter all the way to the end. A man among men. Never did he give in or give up. His mother conveyed to me the importance of the trip to New York City and his new found Fire Department friends. I feel humbled to have been a part of the team that was able to make such an impact on such a special child at such a crucial time in his illness.



Blake had a rare type of aggressive brain cancer. Blake decided in November that he no longer wanted to continue his chemo or radiation treatments and wanted to live his last few months living life to the fullest and not being sick. His mother granted her son this wish (imagine how difficult a decision that must have been). Today around 1400 hours Blake drew his last breath. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of the people that Blake impacted during his short time here on earth.

Godspeed

 

Earlier story on Blake - http://www.mattmilesfirephotography.com/news/fullstory/newsid/159477



     



 

FEMALE DRIVER TRAPPED FOR AN HOUR IN VEHICLE NEAR RINGTOWN

Monday, May 14, 2012  UNION TOWNSHIP (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On May 14, 2012 at 15:47 hours the Ringtown Valley Fire Department, Ringtown Ambulance, Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993, and Shenandoah ALS responded to an accident with entrapment. The two vehicle accident was on the Ringtown Blvd in Union Township, just south of Ringtown. The accident was a head on collision involving a SUV and a small passenger car. The one driver was trapped underneath her dashboard in her vehicle and had to be rescued. Fire fighters had to remove the roof and all doors to gain access to the trapped driver. The second vehicle had to be pulled off and separated to allow the trapped driver’s vehicle’s front end to be rolled. The extrication took close to an hour to perform and closed the roadway. The female driver was taken by ground to the trauma center due to rainy weather.
 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES FROM THE SCENE BY COAL REGION FIRE:
 
Story and Pictures from the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett

     



 

LEARN IT, LOVE IT ** LIVE IT!

Sunday, May 13, 2012  This set of rules is from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Company in Prince Georges County, MD but these rules can be used anywhere from the smallest to busiest volunteer or paid houses! 

   


 

RESTORED FIRE HYDRANT FUND-RAISER

Saturday, May 12, 2012  Reading City Fire Dept, PA--‐Area Fire Museum Restoration Specialist Ralph Bascelli is selling this restored fire hydrant to benefit the Fire Museum as well as cancer--‐stricken Reading City Fire Chief Ron Wentzel.

The price is $400 You can contact Ralph at rjbascelli@mattmilesfirephotography.com



     



 

TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS ON ROUTE 901 IN FOSTER TOWNSHIP INJURING THE DRIVER

Thursday, May 10, 2012   FOSTER TOWNSHIP (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On May 10, 2012 at 17:10 hours the Foster Township, Cass Township Fire Companies, Minersville Fire Rescue 518, Western Schuylkill ALS and Minersville Ambulance responded to Route 901 for a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer.   Foster Township Chief 350 arrived on location and found a tractor trailer off the roadway on its side with the driver possibly trapped. Engine 353 arrived on scene next and found the driver crawling out of the vehicle. Chief 350 down graded the incident after determined there was no longer entrapment. Minersville Rescue 518, Cass Township Clover Engine 263 and South Cass Engine 268 arrived and staged in the area. Minersville Ambulance 52 evaluated the injured driver and transported him to a local hospital with minor injuries. Fire fighters then had to control and contain a fluid leak coming from the cab of the truck. Fire police assist with traffic control in the area until the tractor trailer was upright and towed from the scene. 
 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES FROM THE SCENE BY COAL REGION FIRE:
 
Story and Pictures from the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett

     



 

TOKYO DINER IN LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Thursday, May 10, 2012  This evening at 2006 hours units from Lower Paxton Township were dispatched to Box 33-5 4089 Londonderry Rd at the Tokyo Diner for smoke from the ceiling. While enroute multiple calls were coming in the the county advising smoke in the building. E-33 arrived to find fire showing and the1st alarm was struck. Trucks 33 and 34 opened up the roof as crews on the interior worked to open the ceilings where the bulk of the fire was. E-32-1 was brought in on the 1st alarm and their crew assisted E-33's crew on the interior. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes and crews remained for a few hours with investigations and overhaul.

Units: Engines-33, 33-1 34, 35, 32-1, 31

          Trucks - 33 and 34

          Rescue 40

     



 
 
 

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