Montgomery County
Fire News
 

 

Click here for live feed of DAUPHIN, CUMBERLAND and NORTHERN YORK COUNTY

 
 
 

ONE TRAPPED UNDER A LIGHT RAIL AT SHADY GROVE RAIL YARD

Wednesday, May 30, 2012  Today at 1300 hours units from the 3rd Battalion were dispatched to box 03-12 for one trapped under a light rail car at the METRO SHADY GROVE YARD @ 15903 SOMERVILLE DR. The PT was trapped by his leg for about 1 hour before he was extricated and flown to a local tauma center.

Initial alarm: PE703 T703 AT708 RS703 M708B D3 BC703 RAIL DFRS M708B D3 BC703 RAIL DFRS

Additional Units: AT723, PE723, DFRS, E753, FS03, RS729, RS717

 

 

 

HOUSE FIRE IN COLESVILLE AREA OF THE 1ST BATTALION

Sunday, May 20, 2012 

Today at 1208 units from the 1st and 4th Battalions and Prince Georges County were dispatched to Box 24-3, 5 Appleby Ct for a house fire. Truck 715 (Illowite) was on the air with 3 headed for lunch when the box tones hit. Truck 715 arrived first and reported a 2 story split level, single family house with a well involved car port extending throughout the house. The Truck Company had the ladder bed emptied and the process of removing the window bars started prior to any other apparatus arriving. Engine 724 (Dominick) would have normally been 1st due but was tied up on a med call. Engine 718 (Hefferin) took the 1st due assignment and Engine 715 (Carrigan) pushed in E718 and took the 2nd due assignment. Engine 715 put the 1st interior line in service while Engine 718 knocked the car port area. Truck 715 opened up for Engine 715 while Tower 718 and Rescue 2 performed the primary searches. The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked and held to the attic area of the living space and car port area. Crews remained for a few hours with overhaul, investigations and salvage.

 

Engines 718, 715, 724, 841, 712, 716

Trucks 715, 718 and 716

Rescues 742 and 814

Battalion Chiefs 701 and 704



 



 

 

 

DETERGENT SUICIDE IN SWATARA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY

Thursday, May 17, 2012  CASE SUMMARY
On 05/03/12 around 1000 am Swatara Township Police and Fire (49, 41, 40) along with Lifeteam were dispatched to the Super 8 Hotel off of Eisenhower Boulevard for a barricaded person involving hazardous materials. When police and fire arrived we found a 2 story hotel with all guests evacuated except a suicidal person on the second floor of the hotel. There was distinct “spoiled egg” odor in the hotel and just outside the hotel.
The scene was immediately secured and Dauphin County Haz Mat Team (77) were requested to assist. A unified command was established along with an evacuation zone. The command consisted of Swatara Fire, Police, Dauphin Co Haz Mat, and Life Team.
A plan was organized and put into action. Two Police Officers with Firefighting Experience and Two firefighters made entry in full PPE to the room to discover the person deceased in the bathroom by way of “Detergent Suicide”. The hazard and deceased were removed from hotel after approx. 3 hours on scene. Following will describe the chemicals used and how the person used them. I will also described lessons learned good and bad so other firefighters will better prepared for this increasing events.
 
DETERGENT SUICIDE can be found easily on internet and is a common method of suicide in Asian Countries but growing in America. All chemicals are legal and can be obtained easily.
Chemicals mixed
The Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner - Hydrocloric Acid
Hi-Yield Improved Lime Sulfur Spray- Calcium Polysulfide
 
The person locked his hotel room, then constructed a enclosed “bubble type” area in the bathroom tub and sealed the bathroom with expansion foam. He then enclosed himself in the bathtub and mixed the chemicals. He was in the bathtub for extended period of time prior to a 911 call from the hotel.
 
LESSON LEARNED:
 
Do not rush the incident. Insure everyone is evacuated to a safe distance including emergency personnel. Insure scene security.
Gather as much information as possible. We were able to identify the person, his background, and that his vehicle was parked in the lot. His vehicle was searched prior to entering hotel. Our intell developed that person was suicidal. We also discovered he had received a package at the hotel the day before the incident was reported.
Gather all resources needed, develop a plan, and execute plan with safety. Keep the amount of exposed personnel to just enough to complete the task. Have a RIT Team established and ready to act. Control citizens and other firefighters trying to enter the hazard area out of curiosity. A good accountability is important.
 
A common action was observed by the first entry team. The suicidal person wrote a warning on the bathroom door warning emergency personnel of chemicals used. This is often recommended on the internet sites describing “Detergent Suicide”. The crew also found a will and notes to family.
 
All firefighters who entered the scene wore SCBA and PPE. They were all de-coned after operating on scene.
 
We did not have de-con in place prior to executing plan and we learned to make that operation happen earlier. We learned that de-con suggested was just to shower but we stepped it up to the next level with a full wash down as crews exited the scene.
 
Overall the incident was well handled and we all went home safe with no further incidents. I hope to share scene photos soon showing the bathroom set up so you can see what it looked like. 
 
 
Any questions or need for more information feel free to contact me Pat McKenna, Chief 91, 717-564-2551. I hope this will help prevent any injury or death to any emergency personnel.





 

 

 

RESCUE SQUAD 15 CUTS IN SANDY SPRING

Wednesday, May 16, 2012  At 1900 hours PE704, M704, and RS715 were dispatched for the PIC at the
intersection of New Hampshire Ave and Tree Lawn Dr. Crews arrived to find one
patient confined to the vehicle. RS715 stabilized the vehicle before removing 2
doors and the "B" post to gain access to the patient.

 

 

 

RESTORED FIRE HYDRANT FUND-RAISER

Saturday, May 12, 2012  Reading City Fire Dept, PA--‐Area Fire Museum Restoration Specialist Ralph Bascelli is selling this restored fire hydrant to benefit the Fire Museum as well as cancer--‐stricken Reading City Fire Chief Ron Wentzel.

The price is $400 You can contact Ralph at rjbascelli@hotmail.com



 

 

 

POLICE CARS AND TRASH TRUCKS ON THE B-SHIFT

Friday, May 11, 2012  Engine 708 and 731 handled a well involved trash truck fire at 1533 hours on Interstate 270 and around 0200 RS715, E712 M712 and BC701 handled a crash with entrapment involving MCPD.

 

 

 

ENGINE COMPANY 733 HANDLES AUTO FIRE

Monday, May 7, 2012  Engine Company 733 handles an auto fire........

 

 

 

TOW TRUCK DRIVER REPORTS WORKING FIRE IN 28'S FIRST DUE THAT ENDS WITH A MAYDAY

Saturday, May 5, 2012  This morning around 0540 the 3rd Battalion was dispatched to Needwood and Muncaster Mill Rd for a reported house fire. Additional information was that a tow truck driver was on scene and saw fire in the basement windows and smoke from the house. As crews were enroute ECC found the house in an intersection camera and confirmed a working fire and dropped the Rapid Intervention Dispatch. Crew's arrived to find fire in the basement with extension into the first floor.

A MAYDAY was activated at 0600 when a firefighter from Rescue Squad 703 fell through a hole in the 1st floor and landed in the basement. The firefighter was transported to a local hospital with a knee injury.

 

The hole Rescue 3 Firefighter fell through

The hole Rescue 3 Firefighter fell
      through

 

 

WORKING HOUSE FIRE IN 5'S FIRST DUE

Friday, May 4, 2012  At 19:47, units were dispatched to Decatur Ave for the 5 Box. Units arrived to find smoke showing. C705D established command. E705B found a working kitchen fire with some extension into the attic.

 


 

 
 

ENGINE COMPANY 26 HANDLES AUTO FIRE ON 270

Friday, May 4, 2012  At 20:48, PE723 and E726 were dispatched to I270 N between Montrose Rd & Falls Rd for the vehicle fire. E726 arrived on-scene to find a fully involved vehicle fire in the CD lane.

 

 

 
 
 

Search for news stories :

Select Year Select Month
Select Category Enter Keyword