Willow Street Fire Company

THE END OF AN ERA

Friday, November 21, 2014  The time has finally arrived to take the old Truck 5-12/50 out of service.   As of 0800 tomorrow morning the current Truck 50 will end its 27 years of providing truck coverage for the area.  Over the years the Truck has run many working fires throughout Lancaster County and served the Volunteers at Willow Street well.  In the next week we will be removing equipment from the old girl and preparing her for the trip to Bear Creek Fire Company in North Carolina which will occur sometime in the latter part of December.  We are sure that she has many years of service to come for our brothers from Bear Creek!!  

The following are some pictures over the last 10 years of the Truck in action. 




     



 

CRASH ON WILLOW STREET PIKE

Thursday, November 20, 2014  This evening the West Lampeter Companies along with Rescue 66 and EMS were dispatched to the 1000 block of Willow Street Pike for an auto accident reported with fire.  Responding units encountered another crash in the 2400 block of the Pike which had traffic backed up in the area of Darrenkamps.  Chief 50 (M Reese) arrived in the 1000 block with a small car underneath a large SUV with no reported injuries.  The Rescues from 50 and 66 handled minor hazard/spill control and were clear in short order.

Earlier in the day the Company was dispatched to 44 Hawthorne Cir in Providence Township for a reported dwelling fire that turned into a good intent call and also was dispatched to an auto alarm with 54 which was a recall.

     



 

TOWER GETS SOME WILLOW STREET GRAPHICS

Thursday, November 20, 2014  This morning Tom from Creative Signs began putting the new graphics on Tower 50.  The graphics were ordered directly from Pierce to match the same gold leaf style on the Rescue and Engine 2.  Tom got almost everything completed with the exception of a couple items that Pierce needs to send us that were shipped incorrectly.  More pictures to follow later on!!

     



 

CAFS TRAINING ON NEW TOWER AND PREP WORK

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  This evening Doug Glick from Glick's Fire Equipment gave the members a class on the CAF (Compressed Air Foam) system on the new Tower.  This is something new to our members and Mr Glick demonstrated how the system works, the various components involved, Percentages utilized for different uses as well as trouble shooting the system if needed.  After the classroom portion the membership went outside and worked with the system.  Thank you to Mr Glick for taking the time to teach us!!

After the class was complete members removed the sign boards on the Tower as well as the ladder tunnels.  The lettering will be completed over the next couple of days and some fabrication work is being done on the ladder tunnels to add some ladders.  The vehicle is coming together nicely and we will post more pictures as it nears completion. 

     
PHOTOS BY ZACH RACE

PHOTOS BY ZACH RACE



 

RESCUE ASSISTS 58 ON DWELLING FIRE

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  At 11:30 hours Rescue 50 was dispatched to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company on a dwelling fire at 535 Drytown Road in Martic Township. LCWC additional information reported a fire in the basement.   First in units from 58 extinguished the fire in the basement and the crew from the Rescue assisted opening up on the first floor where some minor extension was found in the balloon frame structure.  58, 57 and 50 personnel worked together to be sure the fire did not spread any further on a very windy day.  Rescue 50 was available in a little over an hour.

     
PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO UNLESS OTHERWISE
      NOTED



 

CRASH ASSIST TO 54

Wednesday, November 12, 2014  At 1449 hours the Rescue was dispatched along with 54 to Lampeter Rd and Morningside Dr for an auto accident.  Rescue 50 responded with a crew of 5 and assisted on the scene with debris removal and traffic control.  Upon clearing from the crash County advised of the Automatic Alarm at Willow Valley Glen.  The Rescue responded from the scene of the crash along with Engine 54-1.  Rescue 50 arrived to find a false alarm due to workers on scene and cleared the assignment.

     
PHOTOS BY CODY EDMUNDS

PHOTOS BY CODY EDMUNDS



 

ASSIST TO 58 ON GARAGE FIRE

Monday, November 10, 2014  At 0834 hours the Tower, Engine, and Rescue Companies were on the street assisting 58 with a reported garage fire at 635 Lancaster Pike.  Deputy 58 arrived with smoke showing from the structure.  Truck 50 backed in the driveway and set up on the alpha delta corner while Engine 502 assisted pulling lines and the Rescue set up RIT.  Part of the truck crew assisted 57 with getting ground ladders set so the roof could be opened up while the othe part utilized the aerial to open another portion of roof.  Units worked on scene a short time before clearing at 0952 hours.

     
PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO

PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO



 

WORKING HOUSE FIRE IN 60'S FIRST DUE

Sunday, November 9, 2014  At 0314 hours the Station was dispatched to assist West Willow on a house fire at 24 Cobblestone Dr.  Chief 60 (J Topper) arrived with heavy fire from the garage area of the house.  Truck 50 arrived first taking the Alpha Delta corner and went to work opening up for the the crew from Engine 60.  Engine 502 arrived behind 60 and supplied them.  Crews worked together to knock the fire down and stop it from spreading into the main house.  The PSP Fire Marshall was called to the scene to investigate.  The 50 house was clear of the scene by 0520 hours. 

     
GLENN USDIN PHOTO

GLENN USDIN PHOTO

JOHN MICHENER PHOTO

JOHN MICHENER PHOTO



 

OUR "NEW" TOWER ARRIVES

Saturday, November 8, 2014  This morning the three Chiefs, Treasurer and Head of Maintenance headed to Yardley Makefield Bucks County to pick up our new Tower.  After taking care of transfer paperwork and such the crew headed back to Willow Street to a group of members and their families waiting their arrival.  After looking over the rig and taking it for a fly behind the firehouse, the members got right to work figuring out where equipment will be mounted/stored.  After over 5 hours of work almost all of the equipment had found its future spot. 

Some fabrication work will be done in the next few weeks as well as re lettering of the rig (the color will stay the same), and some new lighting/radios will be installed. 

The members plan to train on the new piece over the next month with a projected in service date sometime in December.

A little bit of information on the new Tower:

2003 Pierce Dash 100' Ladder Platform

6 Man Crew Cab

2000 GPM Pump, 300 Gallon Water Tank, 20 Gallon Foam Tank

20 KW Generator

We will post more pictures after the lettering is completed and new lighting is installed.

     

VIEW FROM THE MEZZANINE OF THE FIREHOUSE WITH BOTH TOWERS IN STATION

VIEW FROM THE MEZZANINE OF THE FIREHOUSE
      WITH BOTH TOWERS IN STATION



 

ASSIST TO 90 AT MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY STAYER HALL

67 CREW WORKS THE ROOF (BLAINE SHAHAN PHOTO)

67 CREW WORKS THE ROOF (BLAINE SHAHAN
      PHOTO)

Saturday, November 8, 2014  At 2009 the Tower and Rescue were dispatched to assist Co 90 at Millersville University Stayer Hall for a reported building fire.  First arriving units found a fire on the roof of the structure.  Tower 50 was the 3rd arriving Ladder and took a position on the Charlie Delta corner of the building and reported to the roof to assist other crews working there.  The Rescue took a position on the Charlie side and the crew stoodby.  The cause of the fire was determined to be a Chinese Lantern that landed on the roof causing it to catch fire.  50 units cleared in about an hour.

   


 
 
 

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