Willow Street Fire Company

COMPANY TRAINING/PITTSBURGH DRILL

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  Tonight the members worked on teamwork while rescuing a downed firefighter in a scenario named the Pittsburgh Drill.  Basically the drill is a series of obstacles meant to simulate hazards that firefighters might encounter while trying to rescue our own.  The members split into groups of three and worked to rescue the downed firefighter utilizing basic tools and the RIT bag.  This was a very challenging and physically taxing scenario and all members discussed various ways to overcome obstacles and employed differing tactics to see what worked best.  25 members were present for the training.

Rescuing a downed firefighter or firefighters is the last thing we ever want to do; however, the nature of what we do is inherently dangerous and we train to help our own just as we do to help the community. 

Rescue 50 is due in many of our surrounding Company's areas as a RIT company and we train hard to give those Departments the best possible service we can.

     
PHOTOS BY SPICE

PHOTOS BY SPICE



 

BUSY DAY FOR THE VOLUNTEERS

Monday, February 16, 2015  Today the Willow Street Volunteers handled 5 calls for service. 

The Fire Chief handled the first call for an investigation which turned out to be a good intent call. 

Call number two came in at 1032 hours assisting 905 at 120 Centennial Drive on the Millersville University Campus.  Some 700 students were evacuated from a dormitory complex following a gas leak which caused CO readings in the some areas of the building to climb to 300 parts per million.  Truck 50 made the response with four personnel and assisted in ventilating the large building along with monitoring student rooms for CO.  The Truck was on scene for nearly 2 hours while the problem was mitigated. 

Call three came in at 1717 hours assisting Conestoga with a building fire.  Chief 53 arrived to find a two story Antique store/Apartment with heavy smoke showing and upgraded the call to a second alarm.  Truck 50, Rescue 50, and Engine 501 responded and worked on the scene with the truck clearing just over 5 hours later.  Crews were met with many challenges in the Century old structure including void spaces and multiple layers of building materials, not to mention the zero degree temperatures which turned everything to ice.  Thankfully no injuries were reported.

While the Truck and Rescue were working the fire in Conestoga Engine 502 handled two calls for service.  The first was at the Kmart at 2600 Willow Street Pike for a broken sprinkler head.  The Engine was on scene for approximately an hour helping to mitigate the problem before clearing.  The second call the Engine Co handled was an investigation of a natural gas odor at 995 Rawlinsville Rd.  The crew checked the residence and were on scene for just under an hour before clearing.

     
CONESTOGA FIRE PICTURES BY TOM AMICO

CONESTOGA FIRE PICTURES BY TOM AMICO



 

CRASH WITH ENTRAPMENT ASSIST TO 59

Sunday, February 15, 2015  At 1304 hours the Rescue was dispatched to assist 59 in the 1400 block of Beaver Valley Pike for an auto accident with entrapment.  Chief 59 (Hicks) arrived to confirm the driver of a pickup entrapped in a full size pickup that had struck a milk tanker.  Crews from 59 and 50 worked to removed the doors of the truck and also lifted the driver side dash to free the driver.  Extrication time was 15 minutes.

The 50 house also handled an inside investigation earlier in the morning which turned out to be a good intent call and later in the afternoon Engine 502 stood by in quarters for 54 while they worked a mobile home fire in East Lampeter Township.

     
TOM AMICO PHOTOS

TOM AMICO PHOTOS



 

DWELLING ASSIST TO CONESTOGA

Friday, February 13, 2015  At 2137 hours Truck 50 was dispatched to assist 54 at 8 Emerson Ct for inside investigation.  As members were arriving at the station County Communications sent out the pre alert for a house fire in Conestoga's first due which the Rescue was due on.  Members split up and responded to both calls.  The Tower arrived and assisted 54 for several minutes with the call being chalked up as a good intent call.

Meanwhile the Rescue arrived 2nd due with fire showing from the back of the large single family dwelling.  The crew went to work assisting 53 with attack of the fire and opening up the interior ceilings and walls.  This fire escalated and Engine 502 was also dispatched to the scene as well as Truck 50 for a brief time.  The Rescue and Engine worked on scene for nearly 3 hours before clearing.

Earlier in the evening Squad 501 responded to the Double Tree Resort for a drowning.  Fire and EMS personnel arrived to find a 4 year old that was conscious after initally having CPR performed on him from drowning.  EMS transported the child for further evaluation.

     
PHOTOS BY DON SHENK

PHOTOS BY DON SHENK



 

ACCIDENT ON THE VO-TECH PROPERTY

Thursday, February 12, 2015  Just after 1200 hours the West Lampeter Companies were sent to the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center for an auto accident.  Companies arrived to find a pickup truck that had gone off the Vo Tech Drive and into a stream bed.  The driver had self extricated and was waiting for EMS upon their arrival.  Crews checked the truck and found no hazards clearing a short time later.

     
TOM AMICO PHOTOS

TOM AMICO PHOTOS



 

CRASH ASSIST TO REFTON

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  This morning Rescue 50 was dispatched to assist 59 with a vehicle accident reported with entrapment at Rt 222 and Bunker Hill Rd in Strasburg Township.  Communications advised of a dump truck vs a passenger car with two people trapped.  Chief 59 (Hicks) arrived and reported one person confined in the passenger car.  The rescue crew removed the driver side doors to access the patient for EMS.  The Company was available in short order.

Later in the evening the company assisted 54 with another crash in the 1800 block of Millport Rd.  Rescue 50 and Rescue/Engine 501 responded and assisted on the scene.

     
TOM AMICO PHOTOS

TOM AMICO PHOTOS



 

THANKS TO MECK FAMILY TRANSPORT

Friday, February 6, 2015  We would like to thank Jim Meck and Meck Family Transport for donating his time and hauler to transport the 56 Lafrance to Lancaster Truck Repair in Landisville for some repairs.  Jim took time out of his busy schedule to get the old girl there and we appreciate it very much!!

If you ever need a low boy for hauling heavy equipment or vehicles contact Meck Family Transport!!

   


 

OUR SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF LIFE MEMBER GLENN GOCHNAUER

PHOTO COURTESY OF LNP

PHOTO COURTESY OF LNP

Thursday, February 5, 2015  We would like to pass along our deepest sympathy to the family of Life Member Glenn Gochnauer who passed away suddenly on Thursday February 5th at the age of 82.  Our hearts go out to Glenn's family and friends in their time of sorrow. Glenn's services are as follows: Funeral Services will be held at the Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 East Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, PA 17584 on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2PM.  Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetary.  Friends may view at the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home "Sullivan Home", 121 South Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 on Tuesday evening between 7 and 8:30 PM and also at the church on Wednesday between 1 and 2 PM

   


 

OUR SYMPATHY TO THE TUCKER FAMILY AND QFD

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  We would like to extend out heartfelt sympathy to the Quarryville Fire Company on the loss of Active Firefighter / Life member William H. “Pop” Tucker after battling leukemia.  He was 74.

Pop was a great man that was liked by all and pretty much known to be on every call that Quarryville had.  Whenever we worked with Quarryville on calls it was usually not hard to find Pop standing at the pump panel or on the base of Truck 57 with his pipe in his mouth.  He had a quick wit and was always good for a laugh! 

Our hearts are with you Quarryville and also with Pop's family.  He will always be with you!

   


 

ACCIDENT AT VO-TECH

Tuesday, January 27, 2015  At 14:49 hours the West Lampeter Companies were dispatched to the 1700 block of Hans Herr Dr for a reported accident with entrapment.  Units from 50 and 54 arrived to find two vehicles that had struck head on in the Vo Tech complex.  Companies stabilized the vehicles and performed a door removal to assist EMS in removing the patient who had a leg injury.  Crews were clear in short order.

     
TOM AMICO PHOTOS

TOM AMICO PHOTOS



 
 
 

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