Willow Street Fire Company

WEST CHESTER BURN DAY

Sunday, April 26, 2015  Today 25 members traveled to the West Chester Training Grounds for some live fire burning. Members spent the morning advancing hose lines and working with some of the newer members demonstraiting fire/smoke behavior and proper hoseline advancement/useage.  It was a gorgeous day and the ladies and gents had a great time working together with each other. 

There was also another company on the grounds from Reliance Fire Co from Delaware Co. Back in early 2000 they purchased a used fire truck from Yardley Makefield Fire Co , that truck was called "Tower 80 " and was replaced by a platform which is now owned by the Willow Street Fire Co. Before we left we had to get a photo shoot.

     
ZACH RACE PHOTO

ZACH RACE PHOTO

EX YARDLEY MAKEFIELD UNITS NOW OWNED BY RELIANCE FIRE COMPANY AND WILLOW STREET FIRE COMPANY.  CRAIG RHINEER JR PHOTO

EX YARDLEY MAKEFIELD UNITS NOW OWNED BY
      RELIANCE FIRE COMPANY AND WILLOW STREET
      FIRE COMPANY. CRAIG RHINEER JR PHOTO



 

BRUSH FIRE ASSISTS TO 58

Thursday, April 16, 2015  This morning at 0353 hours Engine 502 was dispatched to assist 58 with a large woods fire involving structures at Susquehannock Dr and Port Deposit Rd along the rail line.  The engine made the 18 mile trip and assisted in carrying lines up the steep incline to where the the fire was located.  The crew worked for several hours in mop up mode.  Several small cabins were destroyed along with several acres of woods.

Later in the day at 1511 Engine 2 was again on the street assisting 58 for a large woods fire at 1457 Holtwood Rd.  The engine was assigned to go to the Muddy Run Reservoir to fill tankers.  The engine filled several tankers for a total of 20,200 gallons pumped. 

While returning from the fill site the company was dispatched to Eshelman Mill Rd and Millport Rd for another brush fire.  Engine 54-1 arrived with several fires along both roads and units worked together to quickly extinguish all areas of fire.  Units were cleared by 1940 hours.

The company also handled a reported house fire in 54's first due earlier in the day which turned out to be a stove fire with minimal services needed.

     
TOM AMICO PHOTOS

TOM AMICO PHOTOS



 

VEHICLE FIRE ON THE PIKE AND SHOOTING

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  Wednesday afternoon at 1456 hours the West Lampeter Companies were sent to the intersection of Willow Street Pike and Locust Lane for a vehicle fire.  A crew was in station and Engine 502 hit the street immediately and arrived to find a working engine compartment fire.  Engines 2 and 1 along with 54 made quick work of the fire.  As units were finishing up overhaul of the vehicle an SUV was spotted driving south in the northbound lane of traffic towards the fire scene.  Police Officers on scene stopped the vehicle and found that the driver had a gunshot wound to the head.  Crews from both departments immediately went to render aid to the injured person and EMS was summoned.  It was determined the man had shot himself in the head at his residence in Manor Township and for an unknown reason was driving with his dog to an unknown location.  EMS transported the subject where he is in critical condition but expected to recover.  Fire personnel took custody of the dog while Police investigated.  The dog was eventually transported to the SPCA and the gunshot victim's vehicle was impounded by Manor Township Police.

Later on Rescue Engine 501 handled a standby at Strasburg while they operated at a house fire and the Company handled a crash between a motorcycle and horse and buggy on Rt 272 South.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

HOUSE FIRE ASSIST TO STRASBURG

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  This morning at 07:24 hours the Tower was dispatched to assist Strasburg at 1605 Lime Valley Rd on a house fire.  First arriving units reported smoke showing from the rear of the single story house.  A small working fire was found in the side Bravo wall and companies quickly opened up and extinguished it.  The Tower was assigned ventilation of the structure and later performed some minor overhaul.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

RIT ASSIST TO 63 ON MOTEL FIRE

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  At 1734 hours the Rescue was dispatched as part of the working fire assignment to 2331 Lincoln Hwy East for the Motel Fire.  First alarm companies found a working fire on both first and second floors of the two story motel.  First in companies from Lafayette and surrounding units made a quick knockdown of the fire.  Rescue 50 was assigned to the Charlie side RIT for a short period of time before being released.  Truck 50 was also dispatched on the 2nd alarm request but was returned upon arrival.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

LARGE BRUSH FIRE IN MARTIC TOWNSHIP

Thursday, April 2, 2015  Just before 1200 hours the two engines were dispatched to assist 58 with a large and fast moving brush/field fire in the area of 578 River Rd.  Engine 502 responded and was assigned to fill tankers at the Rawlinsville Fire Co cistern.  Engine 501 and Squad 501 responded and reported to the north side of the fire to assist in stopping fire spread.  Personnel worked with brush units and hand tools stopping the fire growth to the north while many other units worked the approximately 15 acre fire.  Crews worked for several hours cutting trees down and mopping up hot spots.  Engine 502 pumped approximately 35,000 gallons of water into the numerous tankers working the fire and eventually moved to the Pequea Marina to continue filling after depleting the water in the cistern.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

AAAANNNNNDDDD THEY WORK!!!! FINALLY!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015  The new lighting on the Tower finally works!!  After spending the day at Glick's Fire Equipment, some new switching and computer programming got our front warning just a bit of an upgrade.

     



 

TRUCK ASSISTS 58 ON DWELLING FIRE

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  At 04:45 the Tower was dispatched to assist 58 on a house fire at 725 Martic Heights Dr.  Chief 58 (Strickler) arrived with light smoke showing and arriving units found fire in the walls from the first floor to the attic area.    The Tower arrived and the crew of four was assigned various tasks on the scene including opening up the structure and ventilation.  The crew worked on scene for just under two hours before being cleared.   

     
TOM AMICO PHOTOS

TOM AMICO PHOTOS



 

TUESDAY EVENING DRIVER/PUMP TRAINING

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  This evening members took the two engines and rescue to the Vo Tech school for some evening driver/pump training.  While Chief Reese worked with a couple new drivers on the Rescue, Captain Ebersole went over pumping on Engine 1.  We covered the basics such as proper placement for hydrant work, hooking up, transfer from road to pump, priming the pump, observing water useage and working from both the tank and a water source. 

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

LUCKY KIDS ON THE CONESTOGA

Sunday, March 22, 2015  Sunday afternoon the Company along with a boat from 90 were dispatched to the former Engleside Carwash for a public service.  County Communications advised that Police were on the scene with two juveniles that had capsized their canoe and were on shore; however, their canoe was still in the river.  EMS was also dispatched to check the two youths that were possibly suffering from hypothermia.  Chief Reese also requested Lancaster Township as they also border the River and have boats to utilize.  Upon arrival the two boaters were in the care of EMS and our personnel were able to grab a line that was attached to the canoe and pull it to shore without putting anyone in harms way.  All companies were available in short order.  The current in this area of the River is very swift and combined with the water temperature in the 30's, the two juveniles were very lucky to reach shore on their own.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 
 
 

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