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THE HARDEST 2 MINUTES OF THE DAY

Thursday, May 10, 2012  This circuit starts with a one mile run in PPE with no SCBA. After the run come into the donning station and do 30 sit ups or crunches. The SCBA is then donned which starts the 10 station circuit with a two minute rotation between stations.

 



  • 4” supply hose stretch and retrieve
  • Tire stretch and reverse drag
  • Tire strikes
  • Tire flips
  • Standing Rows with humat valve or bucket
  • High Rise rack curls
  • Ladder Squat Thrusts
  • Walking lunges
  • Push Ups
  • Hose Burners








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    ARE WE REALLY READY TO DEAL WITH A TORNADO OR MICROBURST IN OUR FIRST DUE?

    Christian Hunter of Monroeville was driving home from work along Route 30 in Hempfield when he took this photo of the funnel cloud moving toward him.

    Christian Hunter of Monroeville was
          driving home from work along Route 30 in
          Hempfield when he took this photo of the
          funnel cloud moving toward him.

    Thursday, May 10, 2012  We are now into May and most weather experts consider April and May to be the official
    start to the severe weather season so with that said, and being the weather geek
    I am, I read this article in Fire Engineering and thought I'd share it with you.
    As most of you are aware, this year has already proven to be one that will more
    than likely be record setting in many ways for severe weather events. From the
    large tornado outbreaks in February and March to yesterdays storm systems that
    moved through the metro Dallas area, it clearly proves that any area could be in
    for a bumpy ride. Take a few moments and read the article in the link below. All
    in all I don't feel we(we the fire service) should cry wolf, but at the same
    time maybe we can reconsider our typical mind set of "it's going to miss us" or
    "it won't be that bad" just some food for thought to pass along.

    http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/04/fire-department-storm-response-management.html?cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyApril42012

    Train hard, train often, teach, LISTEN, and learn.

    Story by Staff Correspondent Jason W. Greer


       


     

    W.A.C.K.E.R. WEEKEND RETURNS AT THE NEW KINGSTOWN FIRE COMPANY

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012  W.A.C.K.E.R Weekend returns for its 4th year on Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th. The 2-day weekend will focus on getting the attention of kids in the community ages 11-14 years of age to spark an interest in the volunteer fire company. The New Kingstown Fire Company will sponsor it's 4th WACKERS (We Are Committed Kids to Emergency Rescue Services) Weekend. This program enables are...a children from the ages of 11 to 14, to experience firefighting first hand. Each participant will be issued safety equipment, uniforms and an accountability tag for use during this weekend. Chosen applicants will arrive Friday evening June 29th and stay at the firehouse until Saturday, June 30th. They will learn first hand how to use firefighting and rescue equipment; much of the weekend is hands on exercises. Highlights from this years fun filled weekend include: vehicle rescue, a visit from Air-Medical Helicopter, confine space rescue and many more awesome activities including "bunking in" at the Fire Station! At the end of the weekend, awards will be given out to everyone. This is an excellent opportunity for many children in our community to experience what it is like to be a firefighter or officer in a local fire company. Think you have what it takes?? Give us A Call!  For additional information, please contact Firefighter Josh Baney at 717-773-0127

    If interested, please complete the forms posted at www.newkingstownfire.com and return via fax (717-796-1544) or by email: joshbaney@mattmilesfirephotography.com

       


     

    ** The Basics Matter Most **

    Sunday, May 6, 2012  While at work yesterday we stop for a quick bite to eat and when I stepped out of the tower I just happened to look up and see something quite interesting. I've been at this building dozens of times but never thought much about it but for some reason I happened to glance at a different area of the buildings exterior today and I'm glad I did. I looked up to see a "door to nowhere". I know these doors are not that uncommon but I wanted to at least post this to remind folks that practicing our m... [ more ]

         



     

    IN MEMORY OF A TRAGIC LOSS 5 YEARS AGO TODAY!

    Friday, May 4, 2012  Five years ago today 3 young brothers of the the local fire community lost their lives in a tragic accident. Take time to remember this tragic loss of our three young brothers today.


    Rest Easy Brothers and hope you are catching some good jobs up there! 

       


     

    WORKING BASEMENT FIRE IN GRANTVILLE, DAUPHIN COUNTY

    Thursday, May 3, 2012  This evening at 735 pm company 39 (grantville) was dispatched to 123 automatic lane for a reported kitchen fire. Chief 39 went enroute and was advised the home owner is trying to go back in for their cats and that there was black smoke coming from the windows. Chief 39 arrived and confirmed a working fire and immediately had engine 39 drop a line at the end of the road and have engine 36-1 pick it up. Truck 35 arrived, backing into the drive and set up for roof operations that were then held. Crews found a working basement fire with extension to the kitchen and got a quick knock on it. Units were out for 3 hours.



    All cats were found alive.


    Command- chief 39
     
     
    Pictures and Story Courtesy of Correspondent Andi Mowry of http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andi-Mowry-Photography/234154230008565#!/pages/Andi-Mowry-Photography/234154230008565


     

         



     

    WORKING COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE IN WICONISCO, DAUPHIN COUNTY

    Thursday, May 3, 2012  Crew's from Wiconisco Station 23 were dispatched to their first due today at 738 Pottsville Street @ TNT Cycles for a building fire. Heavy fire and smoke was evident on arrival of Engine 23 and units went deffensive right off the bat. Numerous mutual aid and stand by units were involved with this fire and were out for several hours after clearing at 1130 hours.

    Pictures Courtesy of Titus Bergey via http://www.abc27.com/ 

         



     

    TEN YEARS AGO TODAY ST LOUIS LOST TWO BROTHERS

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 

    Ten years ago today, Captains Rob Morrison and Derek Martin of the St. Louis Fire Department received fatal injures while searching for a reported missing firefighter.  The four alarm fire at Gravois Refrigeration Company which distributed goods to local grocers, shortly after 9:00 PM.  Approximately twenty minutes into the fire attack, an accountability check showed one firefighter missing.  Morrison and Martin entered the structure to begin a search. 



                While this search was underway, concerns over the condition of the building lead the incident commander to order it evacuated.  A subsequent accountability check showed three missing, including the two captains.  The third firefighter was located, but the Morrison and Martin remained missing.  Another search was initiated and Morrison was found approximately eight feet from the front door and Martin deeper in the structure. 



                Captain Morrison left behind a wife and two children.  Captain Martin was survived by his wife and three children. 



                There were reported issues involving the Survivair breathing apparatus worn by Captain Morris and subsequent lawsuits resulted in multi-million dollar settlements and awards in the cases to the families of Morris and Martin. 



     



    Gary Ryman



    Author of Fire Men:  Stories From Three Generations of a Firefighting Family



    www.fire-men-book.com



     



         



     

    4 ALARM BUILDING FIRE IN CARLISLE, PA

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012 2230 This evening at around 2230 hrs units were dispatched to box 45-1 for 50 Carlisle Springs Road in Carlisle Borough for a building fire.  First arriving units reported heavy fire from a large (several city blocks) industrial building.  A 2nd and 3rd alarm were requested and a 4th alarm soon followed.  Multiple explosions and collapses occured.  Units are still working this scene and will be for many hours to follow.  Units from Cumberland, Perry, Adams, Franklin, Dauphin and York counties assisted at the fire.

    Story, Photos and Videos by Staff Correspondent Tim Knepp

         



     

    LOCAL MARINE AND PROGRESS FIREMAN WELCOMED HOME AFTER 2ND PURPLE HEART!

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012  Corporal Brian Riddle of the United States Marines and Progress Fire Company Fireman was welcomed home today. Brian was first injured by a sniper in Afghanistan and recently injured by a mortar attack in Helmand Province on April 22. He sustained shrapnel wounds from head to toe and was flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to undergo several procedures to remove the shrapnel.

    Brians escort started in Montgomery County, MD by the MCFRS and MCPD and continued to the Montgomery County, MD line where it was picked up by local Fire and Rescue Depts and Freedom Riders in Progress! 

    Welcome Home Corporal Riddle!  You ARE Central PA's Bravest!!! 

    Click the link below to see local news coverage of Brian! 

    http://www.abc27.com/story/18066898/injured-marine-returns-home-after-receiving-2nd-purple-heart

    Additional images and video: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/05/progress_fire_company_members.html

         
    MCPD leading the escort from Bethesda, MD

    MCPD leading the escort from Bethesda,
          MD

    Brian leaving Walter Reed escorted by MCPD and MCFRS Engien 721

    Brian leaving Walter Reed escorted by
          MCPD and MCFRS Engien 721



     
     
     

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