Willow Street Fire Company

AUTO ALARM AND CRASH IN FIRST DUE

PHOTO BY BRAD KURTZ

PHOTO BY BRAD KURTZ

Friday, July 31, 2015  At 1430 hours the Company was dispatched to 211 Willow Valley Square at Willow Valley Manor for an automatic fire alarm.  Tower 50 arrived and was advised that the alarm was reported false due to a malfunctioning smoke detector.  As this was occurring a West Lampeter Police Officer came upon an auto accident at Willow Street Pike and Millwood Rd with injuries.  Tower 50, Engine 502 and Engine 54-2 responded from the auto alarm while Rescue 50 responded from station.  Units arrived to find a 2 vehicle accident with one injury.  Personnel assisted EMS with patient care and cleared the scene of hazards and debris.  All units were available in approximately 45 minutes.


   


 

TOWNHOUSE FIRE ASSIST TO 66

Thursday, July 30, 2015  This afternoon the Tower, Rescue and Engine were dispatched to assist 66 with a Townhouse fire at 310 Waterford Ct in Lancaster Township.  Captain 66 arrived first with heavy smoke from the second floor of the end row townhouse.  Engine 66-1 was first arriving and stretched an apartment line and began a knockdown of the fire.  Engine 64-2 arrived second and performed search finding a small dog on the second floor.  Towers 66 and 50 arrived together and the 50 crew began throwing ladders as well as going interior to open up and assist the engine crews.   The Tower Chauffeur retrieved the oxygen and pet masks and began resuscitation efforts on the small dog, getting him breathing again for transport to the SPCA.  Rescue 50 arrived on scene and assumed RIT duties on side Alpha.  Crews from multiple companies worked together to open up the fire unit and the adjacent unit (exposure B).  Units from 50 were on scene for approximately an hour before being released.


Earlier in the day the Rescue was dispatched to assist 57 with a house fire on Buck Rd.  The Rescue arrived and was put available as the fire was contained to a small area next to an outside air conditioner unit.


     
PHOTOS BY DON SHENK

PHOTOS BY DON SHENK



 

WORKING FIRE ASSIST TO 63

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  For the second time in 2 days the 50 house was assisting Lafayette (63) on an incident on Lincoln Hwy corridor.  This time the Rescue was dispatched as part of the working fire assignment to 2250 Lincoln Hwy East at the Ramada Hotel.  First arriving units had smoke showing from the Delta Side and a fire located in the basement.  Rescue 50 responded with a crew of 8 and was assigned to the ventilation sector on side Alpha.  Numerous fans were required to clear the building systematically of the smoke.  The Rescue was on scene for about and hour and half assisting.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

CRASH ON BEAVER VALLEY PIKE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  This evening at 1734 the Rescue was dispatched to assist 54 on a vehicle accident at Beaver Valley Pike and Lime Valley Rd.  Initial reports were that an occupant was possibly trapped; however, this proved to be false.  Units from 54 and 50 assisted EMS and cleaned up the scene.  50 units were clear in about 45 minutes.

     
PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO

PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO



 

TOWER ASSISTS 63 ON GAS LEAK AT WALMART

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  At 23:50 hours the Tower was dispatched to assist Lafayette at the Walmart on Lincoln Hwy East.  63 and surrounding companies were on the scene of a gas leak in the building and needed Positive Pressure Fans to assist in clearing the residual gas from the building.  The Tower was on  scene for approximately 30 minutes providing ventilation before being released. 

On a side note.  Firefighter Jeff Koshuta was on this call with us.  Jeff is in the United States Marines and will be heading to his next assignment as a Military Police Officer in Okinawa, Japan this coming Monday!!  It is great to see Jeff home for a few days and we wish him all the best as he moves on to his next assignment.  Stay safe brother!!!

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE

FIREFIGHTER JEFF KOSHUTA HOME ON LEAVE FROM THE MARINES

FIREFIGHTER JEFF KOSHUTA HOME ON LEAVE
      FROM THE MARINES



 

ASSIST TO RAWLINSVILLE ON MULTIPLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Thursday, July 16, 2015  At 15:40 hours the Rescue was dispatched to assist 58 on an accident with reported entrapment.  While enroute units were advised that there were as many as five vehicles involved with people on the ground and one trapped and the call was being upgraded to a mass casualty incident.  First arriving units found four vehicles involved and five patients needing transport.  The Rescue Co removed a B post and assisted EMS in packaging the patient for transport.   The Rescue and Rescue/Engine cleared the scene a short time after all patients had been transported.

     
PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO

PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO



 

HOUSE FIRE IN THE FIRST DUE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015  At 03:33 hours the first alarm assignment was struck for a house fire at 201 Wendover Way.  Chief 50 (M Reese) was advised by County Communications that several calls were received reporting a possible attic fire.  The Chief arrived with a working fire and requested the working fire dispatch.  Engine 502 arrived and went to work on the second floor opening up and attacking the fire with the crew from Engine 54-2 backing them up with a second line.  Engine 55-1 secured their own water supply and set up on side Charlie protecting exposures and also hitting some exterior fire.  Tower 50 set up on side alpha and went to the roof to open up in various spots.  Units remained on scene for several hours bringing the fire under control and mopping up.  Assisting units were on scene from Lampeter, New Danville, West Willow, Refton, Lancaster City, Conestoga, Lancaster Township, Blue Rock, Refton, Strasburg and Mountville.  The last units cleared at 06:30 hours.

     
PHOTO BY UNKNOWN

PHOTO BY UNKNOWN

GLENN USDIN PHOTO

GLENN USDIN PHOTO



 

FOAM TRAINING WITH 54

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  This evening members went over to Lampeter for some foam training.  This training not only provided us with some good information on the different types of foam utilized for various emergencies but it also satisfied our yearly Haz Mat requirements.  Multiple stations were set up by 54's training officer Rick Miller including a vehicle into a gasoline tank, ruptured 55 gallon drums on a loading dock and a simulated flammable liquids fire to name a few.  To finish off the evening everyone participated in a drill with Tower 50 flowing foam.  Thanks to Refton and West Willow for providing additional water for the scenarios.  Thanks also goes out to Rich Ressel for overseeing the nights training for the Haz Mat curriculum.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

THREE CALLS IN A ROW

Sunday, July 5, 2015  At 2126 hours the West Lampeter Companies were dispatched to 10 Providence Park Dr at the Willow Valley Clubhouse for an alarm.  Upons responding units were advised that the alarm was reported false by the facility.  Units from 50 and 54 checked the building with no problems found.  While on scene County Communications advised of reports of an auto accident with entrapment at Rt 272 Northbound and Pennsy Rd.  Command (Assistant Rhineer)  freed up Engine 54-1 and Tower 50 to return to station and get the Rescue.  At the same time as the accident another fire alarm was also dispatched at 6 Rees Dr.  Engine 54-2 handled this alarm which turned out to be cause by cooking.  Assistant 50 arrived on the crash scene to find one vehicle overturned in the ditch and another involved with no entrapment.  The crews remained on scene for a time assisting EMS and PSP before clearing.

     
272 CRASH (TOM AMICO PHOTOS)

272 CRASH (TOM AMICO PHOTOS)



 

HOUSE FIRE ASSIST TO 90

Sunday, July 5, 2015  Just before 0230 hours the Tower was dispatched to assist 90 on a house fire at 597 Letort Rd in Manor Township.  Tower 50 made the response with 4 personnel and upon arrival was assigned to ventilation of the residence as the first in crews had made a knockdown of the basement fire.  While fans were being set Chief 50, Assistant 50 and the Tower Chauffeur entered the first floor to assist with search and assist in ventilation.  Chief Reese located a dog in the kitchen under the table that needed assistance.  The crew removed the dog to the front yard and EMS provided oxygen to the pooch for a bit.  Rescue 50 was also added to the call and performed RIT duties for a time.  The Tower remained on scene for several hours assisting with ventilation of the structure.

     
PHOTOS BY RICKY BROWN

PHOTOS BY RICKY BROWN



 
 
 

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