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18 Works Main Street
Forest City Blaze




August 27  - A massive blaze tore through the 500 block of Main Street in Forest City.  L18 dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment for a working fire with reported  just after  3:30 AM .  As command struck a second alarm upon arrival with reports of multiple people trapped and heavy fire spreading into the adjacent structures, L18 was assigned the “Charlie side” of the fire with R41 laying the supply line once the ladder made access.  Rescue 18 responded  as part of the second alarm assignement.

With a tight alley and parking area to contend with in the rear, the crew was still able to get the rig placed to be able to access all four fire buildings. R18 set up on Main street for lighting, cascade and other resources.

Crews commenced  searches and place multiple lines in-service to hold the fire from spreading into the northern exposure.As additional companies arrived, more resources were deployed off the ladder to assist with suppression and opening up.

At the height of the fire, the ladder was supplying the ladder pipe, two master streams and multiple handlines to the rear of the structures. In total four multistory buildings were involved. 

A great effort by everyone involved to bring the fire under control. The ladder operated for approx 8hrs before returning to service. Thanks to the crew from United (Montrose) for relocating and covering the area due to the large number of resources committed to the fire.

Thanks to All
Another picnic is in the recod books! We'd like to thank everyone who supported this most important fund raising event. Our members contributed counltess hours in preparing for the picnic. However, without your support our efforts would have been in vain. Thanks again for your support and confidence in Cliffrod Township Volunteer Fire Company!

Fatal Fire
in Dundaff
May 24 - At 06:45 hours the first alarm assignment was sent to SR247 in Dundaff for a possible building fire. The two first responders injured, transported, treated and releases. Thank you to all our mutual aid departments that assisted. An excellent job by all. We appreciate your respect, thoughts and prayers for the families involved.  Newslink





Goodbye to Past Chief
May 22 - Another pioneer of the Cliffor Thownship Volunteer Fire Company was laid to rest.  William R. Machell, 75, of Clifford, died Wednesday at home after a brief illness.Born Sept. 25, 1941, in Carbondale, son of the late Albert "Pat" and Rachel Bowen Machell, Bill was a graduate of Mountain View High School and served in the Air Force from 1959 to 1963.

He had been a talented self-employed carpenter his entire working career. Bill was a lifelong member of the Clifford Baptist Church, a longtime member of the Clifford Twp. Volunteer Fire Company and a board member of the Willow View Cemetery Association in Clifford.

He was a devoted family man who was always an active part of his daughter's childhood and life, even though she lived in Virginia since the age of 8. Bill was a role model to his two grandsons and always looked forward to his monthly visits with them.

Bill, we will miss you but never forget you!



Two alarm fire in Forest City
May 12 – At 15:30 hours  Ladder 18 was dispatched to assist Forest City as part of the first alarm assignment at 725 Delaware Street for a possible structure fire. 41 EMS was first arriving reporting heavy fire in two 2 1/2 story residential. A second alarm was requested. L18's crew went to work opening up and attempting entry as the occupant was unaccounted for. Conditions in the initial structure deteriorated rapidly and the attempts were suspended. L18 would be repositioned in front of the address and would place the ladder pipe in service to assist in suppression. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, the crews would continue to assist in overhaul. Units operated for over 4 hours. Great job by all departments involved.

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