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13 YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOST 2 FIREMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DCFD

Wednesday, May 30, 2012  DC TOWNHOUSE
“3146 CHERRY ROAD NE”
 
DETAILS
 
          A call was received by D.C. Central Dispatch on May 30th, 1999 for a reported fire in the basement of a town house. At 0017hrs four engines, two trucks, a rescue and a battalion chief responded as the first alarm assignment. Arriving first, Engine 26 reported smoke showing from side alpha and began to advance a 1 ½” line to the first floor. E10 arrived next and ran a 400’ 1 ½” line to back up the initial engine company. E17, staging at another hydrant off side A, running a 350’ 1 ½” line to the rear of the structure.
          Truck 15 began ventilating and laddering upon arrival. Slowing their process were barred windows. On the roof, the chauffer and tillerman found thick black smoke exiting their vent holes. While laddering and forcing entry to side charlie, T4 saw spot fires in the basement through the sliding glass door. Along with E17, together entry was made at 0026hrs. With the doors opened, air rushed in and caused the fire on the first floor to grow considerably.
          The following two members of T4 whom returned from retrieving ladders, saw the basement fully involved and grabbed a hand line off of E12 to back up E17. On the first floor, E26 and 10 are operating in extremely hot  conditions, with visibility improving and a solid floor. Backup man on E26’s line at one point turned around to see fire in a doorway disappear to zero visibility followed by an intense blast of heat. Both firefighters dropped the line and hit the floor. They frantically attempted to get out but could not find the line. At this point the two heard a loud, unmuffled scream for about 15 seconds that was getting closer, and finally a loud thump followed by silence.
          The firefighter from E26, now alone without his backup man, found the nozzle and began hitting the ceiling in an attempt to quell an impending flashover. Hitting the ceiling reduced the heat slightly and revealed fire at that level which eventually dissipated and at this point made his way out.
 
          All members operating on the first floor felt the intense blast of heat and exited the structure, initially leaving some firefighters inside. While the E26 firefighter was hitting the ceiling, the Incident Commander walked to side alpha to get a better view, and only at the sight of firefighters bailing from the structure did he realized there was an issue. E26 firefighter finally exited the structure at 0033hrs and informed the IC of the possible location of the trapped firefighter.
          With two firefighters confirmed missing on the first floor, multiple units began a rapid search effort. As crews entered the first floor, a PASS could be heard and a firefighter was found under a table wearing no mask and unconscious. Removed to the front lawn at 0045hrs, CPR was started and it was determined this was not the first reported victim and the search efforts continued. At 0049hrs, the last firefighter was found on a couch and when brought outside was found to have a pulse, but would eventually succumb to his injuries
 
AFTERMATH
 
          In total, four firefighters were transported to the hospital. One was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital, and the other would die the following day. One injured firefighter would receive first, second, and third degree burns to over 60% of his body. He would survive his ordeal and return to duty.
          When the basement doors were opened for firefighter entry, air was drawn in and shot up the staircase directly into the path of the crews.
          It was originally believed side C ground level was the first floor, rather it was a terraced basement, causing a delay in water application due to fear of opposing streams.
 
DECEASED
Firefighter Anthony Phillips, Engine 10
Firefighter Lewis Matthews, Engine 26
 
Story by Matt Leonard


     



 

2ND ALARM HOUSE FIRE IN YORK COUNTY, DOVER BORO

Tuesday, May 29, 2012  Station 9 units responded to assist Station 6 (Dover Boro) for a 2 alarm house fire. The first arriving units reported heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor of a Ranch style house. It was estimated to be about 75% involved. Units made an aggressive attack, knocking down the bulk of the fire in about 10 minutes. 2 firefighters were injured on the call. One after partially falling through the floor, the other after partially falling through the roof. Both firefighters are recovering from their injuries, but neither were serious. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross is helping the family.



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THANK YOU!

Monday, May 28, 2012 

It’s simple, we can enjoy this long weekend off with our families because of the sacrifices of our armed forces! Thank You to all of our men and woman who served and gave their lives so we could live in peace in our wonderful country! 



  Enjoy this group of images that show many peoples perspectives of Memorial Day.  



 



     



 

ROOM AND CONTENTS IN SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Sunday, May 27, 2012  This afternoon at 1424 hrs units from Progress, Edgemont, Penbrook, Colonial
Park, and Rescue 37 were dispatched to 3630 Brookridge Terrace in the 32-4 box for a
reported apt on fire. Engine 321 and the Chief 32 went enroute with updated info
that the owner left a candle burning and went to run an errand, came home and
now sees smoke and fire from the apartment. Engine 32-1 dropped their supply line
and laid in to side c pulling the intial attack line to the second floor. Engine
31 picked up 321's line and sent their manpower to advance the 2nd line off
engine 32-1. Engine 30 arrived and picked up the 2nd water supply while Truck 32
took side a throwing numerous ground ladder to windows and the roof. Engine 33's
crew was sent to help with sreachs and opening up. Truck 34 was staged and their
crew split to assit with opening up inside and goin to the roof. A 1st alarm was
sounded bringing numerous other companies to the scene to help with manpower.

Pictures and Story Courtesy of Correspondent Mike Rodkey

     



 

HOUSE FIRE GOES TO TWO ALARMS IN ASHLAND

Saturday, May 26, 2012  ASHLAND (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: At 09:37 hours, Ashland Fire was dispatched to 1307 Arch Street in Ashland for a reported house fire with entrapment. Police arrived on scene to find smoke showing and ammo exploding in the house.   Ashland Fire Chief then ordered a second alarm to the scene. Searches came up negative.  Mount Carmel, Girardville, Gordon, Englewood and Altamont Fire Companies assisted at the scene.  The fire started in the kitchen on the first floor and was under control by 10:20 hours. No injuries to residents or fire fighters were reported.
 
Story and Pictures by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett.
 
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2ND ALARM IN NEWBERRY TWP, YORK COUNTY

Friday, May 25, 2012  Today around 1440 hours units from Newberry Township were dispatched to their first due at 110 Miller Rd for a detached pole building on fire. First in units found a well involved garage close to a house and began exposure and deffensive attacks. Units were out a few hours and a 2nd alarm was struck for manpower on this hot humid day.

Pictures Courtesy of Staff Correspondent Dan Rothermel

     



 

DUMP TRUCK CRASHES INTO FIREHOUSE AND SPARKS 3 ALARM BLAZE

Friday, May 25, 2012  Northampton County, Pa-- At least one person was killed today when a dump truck crashed through the Leithsville Volunteer Fire Company and burst into flames. The station located at 1995 Leithsville Road in Hellertown, PA was fully involved on arrival consuming everything in the building including the fire apparatus.The fire went to 3 alarms bringing in help from Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery County,Pa. Companies went into defensive operations on arrival with ladder pipes, ground monitors and 2.5's. Tenders arrived from all 4 counties filling multiple port-a tanks at the scene and assisting with nursing operations behind the fire building.Heavy equipment arrived and started to pull the rear of the building apart so firefighters could gain access to the remaining fire. Departments had the fire under-control roughly 2 hours in and still remain on scene tonight with extensive overhaul.Counties on Scene: Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, Montgomery



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BATHROOM FIRE DAMAGES HOME IN WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA - On May 23, 2012 at 21:11 hours the West Mahanoy Township Fire Department (Three Stations – Shenandoah Heights, William Penn and Altamont), Shenandoah Fire Department – Rescue Hook N Ladder Squirt 745 and Lost Creek Ambulance were dispatched to 520 Mount Olive Boulevard in the Village of Lost Creek for a house fire. The caller reported there was a fire in the bathroom of the home. The smoke continued to spread quickly and began to move throughout the 2 ½ story home.
William Penn Engine 888 arrived on scene first and found a working fire in the bathroom. Engine 888 established a water supply from the hydrant a block away from the residence and staged on the Alpha-Bravo Corner. The crew deployed a hand line and started the offensive attack to stop the fire.   Hookies Squirt 745 staged in front of the home and sent its ladder into service to the roof. Hookies firefighters went to the roof and provided vertical and horizontal ventilation. Altamont Engine 367 staged east of the home and sent its crew to assist the first arriving engine. The additional engines crews backed up the attack crew and entered the residence to stop the spreading fire.   Shenandoah Heights Engine 881 staged behind Engine 367 and sent it fire fighters to the fire scene.
 The fire was placed under control in twenty minutes and all units cleared the scene by 23:00 hours. The fire chief believes the fire started in the bathroom of the home and appears to be accidental in origin. The fire chief reported that there were no injuries of fire fighters or residents and the home received moderate damage.
Pictures and Story by the Coal Region Correspondent Stephen Barrett
 
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LADDER TRUCK DRIVER?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  I see too many Ladder Truck drivers that just get the piece there and stand around doing nothing! The Ladder Truck driver should be working as hard if not harder than the riders of the piece! With that being said…………



Did you take the best position possible, are all the points of egress laddered, windows vented, opened and cleaned out with the ladder to the sill, stick or boom to the roof or highest window egress, bars removed from the windows,  ladders to the roof for secondary egress of vertical ventilation team? The Ladder Truck IS NOT a retirement or hiding position, it’s a working position!



To all of those men and woman who do this already we applaud you! To those of you who this apply to………..act accordingly and change your ways!



   


 

WORKING FIRE IN CHOCOLATE-TOWN ** HERSHEY, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Friday, May 18, 2012  Today around 1500 hours units from Hershey and numerous mutual aid units were dispatched to 819 Reese Ave for a structure fire. First in units found a working fire on the first floor with extension to other floors. Crew's worked this smokey job for several hours before marking control.

Pictures Courtesy of Ron Bouch

     



 
 
 

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