Friday, March 7, 2014
This morning at 0300 hours the West Lampeter Companies were dispatched to 7 Penn Grant Rd for a reported vehicle fire. County Communications received several calls reporting a car on fire in the driveway with another car and a house as exposures. Chief 50 (M Reese) arrived and updated the report to 2 cars on fire. Engine 502 arrived and made the initial knock with Engine 501 backing up with additional water and Engine 54-2 providing additional support. Units went available in just over an hour.
TOM AMICO PHOTOS
Saturday, March 1, 2014
This evening the members and their family and friends enjoyed the annual banquet which was held at The Revere Tavern. We all took time to reflect on the year 2013 as well as look forward to the future. After dinner the awards were presented for years of service and Firefighter of the Year. This year's Firefighter of the Year was presented to Firefighter Jennifer Anastasio. Jen was selected by the previous three recipients of the Award (Tom Nitz, Ben Ebersole and Tom Amico) for her positive attitude and her willingness to be a mentor to new firefighters as well as her can do drive in everything she attempts. She is always there to lend a hand and assist no matter the need. Congratulations Jen!!Chief Mike Reese, Deputy Dave Reese and Assistant Craig Rhineer Jr then presented each active member of the Fire Co with a gift for their service and dedication the past year.To conclude the presentations we viewed the annual video prepared by Tom Amico. Thanks again to Tom for taking the time to make the video and to all of the photographers who took pictures and video throughout the year.And as always the membership spent the rest of the night having a good time dancing and socializing with one another. Thank you to all of the membership for your dedication and we look forward to another year of providing Emergency Services to our Community.Thanks also goes to Gap Fire Co and Longwood Fire Co for standing by while we enjoyed our evening off!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
This afternoon at just after 1400 hours Truck 50 was dispatched for the Metro RIT assignment along with Truck 66 to assist Lancaster City units at 536 W Vine St. City units were initially dispatched for a dwelling fire and were advised that the occupant had set the house on fire and was holding police at bay with a handgun. Units were requested to stage out until the scene was secured. Thankfully, the occupant quickly surrendered and responding fire units could proceed in to the scene. Upon arrival City units found a working basement fire and made an aggressive interior attack. Command upgraded to a 2nd and then a 3rd alarm bringing the Metro RIT assignment. Truck 50 was assigned side Charlie and the 6 man crew staged their tools and opened two rear doors that had been blocked by the occupant with various household items such as a radiator and a home gym. The crew remained at the ready for nearly 2 hours before being released.Earlier in the day the Rescue assisted 54 on a crash on Strasburg Pike.
PHOTOS BY SPICE
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This morning at just before 0600 hours County Communications dispatched 54 and 50 units to the 1100 block of Beaver Valley Pike for an auto accident. The Police Department arrived with a vehicle on its roof and very icy conditions in the area from an overnight re-freeze. Rescue 50 assisted 54 units on scene for a short time and Squad 501 assisted with traffic control.
Monday, February 17, 2014
This morning at 0938 the WSFC Volunteers were sent to 20 Frogtown Rd in Providence Township for a reported chimney fire. Engine 502 and Truck 50 made the response and laddered the residence while also checking the inside. Upon further investigation it was found that the chimney fire had extended into a void space between the basement and first floor living area. Crews opened up and extinguished the affected area and made sure there was no further extension. Engine 59-2 and Tanker 59 assisted on scene.
Earlier in the morning the Tower assisted Lampeter at a CO alarm 22 Kennedy St which proved to be false.
PHOTOS BY TOM AMICO
Friday, February 14, 2014
This afternoon the Willow Street Volunteers were kept busy with several calls for service. Over the past week several snow events as well as an ice storm brought as much as 2 feet of snow to the area. The snow created weight issues on structures throughout the area. At 1417 hours the 50 house was dispatched to assist Rawlinsville 58 for a barn fire at 1270 Rawlinsville Rd. Responding units were advised that a large chicken house had collapsed and was smoking. Deputy 58 (Fuhrman) arrived and confirmed the report of light smoke showing. Engine 502 arrived and assisted with opening up the wall of the collapsed building to access the small fire. Engine 501 backed in the lane and was prepared to reverse lay to the street if needed. Luckily the smoldering fire was quickly located and the fire was placed under control within half an hour.
Upon clearing the barn Engine 501 was sent to 108 Spruce Lane for report of a sagging porch roof at a mobile home. Engine 53-2 also responded from the barn fire to assist. The companies checked the lightweight porch roof that was slightly bowing and advised the homeowner how to brace the structure and cleared shortly thereafter.
While 501 was on this call County dispatched Engine 502 to 7 Birch Interval for a carport collapse. Engine 60 also responded to assist with this event and eventually Rescue 50 and Engine 501 assisted as well. After carefully clearing the majority of the snow off the roof crews utilized support struts and the amkus rams to lift a lightweight tin and aluminum car port off of a car so the car could be removed. Companies were on scene for about 45 minutes assisting the homeowner.
Engine 501 was then sent to standby at Lancaster Township Station 66 North while they operated at a partial roof collapse at WGAL 8. While there the engine handled a fire alarm. The Engine cleared at 2009 hours.
CREWS WORK TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE
SMOLDERING FIRE. SPICE PHOTOS
Thursday, February 13, 2014
At 1300 hours the Rescue was dispatched to assist Refton 59 with a vehicle accident reported entrapment. Rescue 50 responded with 9 personnel and was advised that Squad 59 had been struck from behind by an SUV and the driver of the SUV was trapped in the vehicle. Upon arrival the crew deployed the Amkus spreader with extenda tips as well as a cutter and performed a quick dash push to free the driver. Extrication time from the Rescue's arrival was 7 minutes. Thankfully none of the 59 members were injured in the incident.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
From time to time we have people approach us and ask "What does it take to be a volunteer firefighter?". The answer is that it takes a lot of time, effort and money to become a qualified firefighter able to respond on the rigs and help our community.
When a new member comes in off the street they are expected to attend the first available Fire Academy that is offered through the State Fire Academy. This is the "basics" that are needed for a person to start a firefighting career. This Academy is 200 hours and lasts several months. Also required are the following classes to be able to respond on the emergencies that we face from day to day:
Hazardous Materials Operations : 24 hours
Truck Co. Operations I and II : 32 hours
Vehicle Rescue Awareness/Operations/Technician : 48 hours
CPR/AED/Basic First Aid : 8 hours
These are the classes that we require to ride our rigs and only the beginning of what we expect of our members. The above classes equate to over 300 hours of training at a cost of over $1400 per member. We are always looking for new firefighters willing to dedicate themselves to the community we serve and we help all new members attain each goal and support them every step of the way.
Once new members have attained the above classes they are still required to continue training. In the year 2013 our members completed the following classes:
Firefighter I Pro Board Certification including preparation, written examination and practical examination.
Firefighter II Pro Board Certification including preparation, written examination and practical examination.
Hazardous Materials Operations (full State class)
Hazardous Materials Operations Pro Board Certification including preparation classes, written examination and practical examination.
Vehicle Rescue Series including Awareness, Operations and Technician level which includes PA Dept of Health written and practical examinations.
Incident Safety Officer Class
Leadership 1 and 2.
Other in-house training including yearly air pack recertification, hose line advancement evolutions, ladder evolutions, firefighter rescue, bailout procedures, search and rescue, water rescue, confined space rescue, ropes and rigging, driver qualifications, engine co. operations including pump operations and other classes led by our Officers and Senior Firefighters.
In all WSFC Volunteers attended 2,506 hours of classroom and hands on training which does not include study time and out of class assignments/work.
This training cost the Fire Company nearly $15,000 for the fiscal year 2013.
We take our training seriously and we are proud to serve our community and neighbors by providing the best possible fire/rescue practices.
Volunteers; the unpaid professionals.
Friday, February 7, 2014
At 0200 hours this morning Rescue 50 was dispatched to 250 Mount Hope School Rd for a CO Detector activation. Upon arrival the rescue crew was met by the homeowners outside of the residence who reported that their detector was sounding and that they were utilizing a generator due to being without power since the ice storm. The crew ran three different CO monitors through the dwelling and got 0 CO readings on all three. As a precaution the crew moved the portable generator away from the house and made sure that the exhaust was pointed away from the residence prior to clearing. Engine 502 also made the response.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Forecasters were calling for a few inches of snow followed by a coating of ice. What the County actually received was more like straight ice for several hours. The Willow Street Volunteers started off the morning at 04:00 with back to back calls and pretty much remained steady for the next 12 hours as did the rest of the County's Fire Service. By the end of those 12 hours the Volunteers had handled 17 dispatched calls for service as well as several other calls that were handled without hindering County Communications who had been inundated with calls.
Thankfully there were no reports of serious injury and power companies were working to restore power to the thousands of customers who still were in the dark.
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