cut job on the “I”
and took the lane to protect the scene while the Heavy positioned right
at the vehicle. Crews from both 18 and Harford went to work stabilizing
the patient and beginning extrication efforts. Kozlowski arrived
and secured the rig with the heavy wrecker to prevent any further movement
down the embankment. From the initial size-up, and the drivers side being
90% inaccessible due to the heavy impact with the trees, operations requested
the next due rescue along with E24 for additional manpower. E24 arrived
and stretched a protective line and provided additional manpower while
the crew from 36 established a line to take the victim from the big rig
to the ambulance. The helicopter was landed on the interstate next
to the crash scene for immeadiate transport to the trauma center.
Crews worked for just under 30 minutes to free the victim. The victim
was then airlifted to the local trauma center. An excellent display
of teamwork once again provided a smooth incident. R18 and HE4 remained
on scene while the recovery service removed the rig. More
1658hrs on Friday November 21, the MVA assignment was transmitted for the
tractor trailer that crossed the median in the vicinity of mm211 southbound.
Harford Fire and EMS along with the Rescue were dispatched. While
enroute, communications advised PSP was on location with a tractor trailer
over the embankment with one pinned by the dash. The next due heavy,
Rescue 7, along with a heavy wrecker from Kozlowski’s was requested.
Chief 18-3 marked on scene confirming PSP’s report also advising the crash
would be in 18’s first due and requested the run card be filled out accordingly.
job within sight of the Fire Station
Sunday November 16, at approximately 2030hrs, the MVA assignment was transmitted
for SR106 near the carnival grounds for a vehicle into the trees and possibly
pond with entrapment. Lt18a marked on scene confirming entrapment
and began EMS care. Chief 18 marked on scene reporting one SUV into
the trees with heavy entrapment and requested a full deployment off the
rescue upon its arrival.
rescue marked on scene going to work forcing the driver’s door, removing
the rear door and “B” post for the wide body. Due to the location
of the vehicle and trees, a second crew began efforts to prepare for the
dash lift if necessary.
crew was able to remove the victim thru the wide body and was transported
to the trauma center aboard 18-9. Ch2 was the ALS rig. Units
remained on scene for approximately 45 minutes for lighting assisting 18PD.
gone and the cuttin’ begins
morning October 24, started out around 0900hrs with a traffic control
assist to PSP. Chief 24a responded to the location with nothing found.
Upon further investigation, the incident was found at the intersection
of SR2023 and SR247 – a hydraulic oil spill that stretched about 3 miles.
R18 was added to the run for additional resources. While operating
at the spill, the MVA assignment was transmitted for a rollover on the
“I” at 206 southbound. Susquehanna County communications advised
they were receiving multiple reports on the incident.
section of interstate was very quiet over the summer due to construction
– the construction’s gone and so is the quiet. On the assignment:
R18, E24, 18-9 and 24-9. R18 cleared the initial run and headed for the
18-1 marked on scene reporting a one car rollover blocking one lane with
two occupants confined to the vehicle. The Rescue and E24 arrived
and went to work removing the driver’s door and rolling the roof.
Both patients were extricated and transported to the local trauma center
aboard 18-9 and 24-9. Crews cleared in approximately 40 minutes.
on Decker Road Box
courtesy of 59 Fire
Thursday Oct 23, the 24 box was transmitted for a working fire at 126 Decker
Rd, Greenfield Township. E24 marked on scene with Chief 24 reporting
a 2 ½ story wood frame residential with a smoke condition at the
eaves. E24 along with a crew from E36 stretched an 1 ¾ to
the A/D corner for the initial knock. L18 set up at the A/B corner
and sent the main ladder to the roof as a precaution. Interior crews
checked for extension, ventilated with a PPV and opened up where necessary.
Crews cleared in less than one hour. Chief 24A had the “Decker Rd” command.
alarm fire consumes barn, wooded area
Monday, October 20, the 1801 box was transmitted for a working barn fire
on Rt 106 in the Village of Royal.
18-1 reported he was responding and received updated information on the
dispatch that this would be a confirmed barn fire with extension into the
alarm was requested. 18-1 marked on scene with two structures fully
involved and approx 4-5 acres of heavy brush burning.
brush units were requested. L18 and E24 arrived together with E24
laying out approximately 900’ of LDH and hit the structures with their
was assigned to the front of the residence for protection and to stop the
advance of the brush fire before it moved into a heavily wooded area.
As units arrived, they went to work controlling and extinguishing both
24-9 and SQ59 handled rehab with FCEMS and HAM2 standing by. HBE2
established a fill site with multiple tankers in the shuttle. Rescue
18 served as the command post. Crews remained on scene until approximately
Class in Area 51 wraps up
Sunday, October 19, the crew from 18 finished the 16 hour truck company
operations class with a full day of practical skills. Crews from Carbondale
City, Jermyn, Clifford, Waymart were under the direction of Captain Larry
Semenza from area 93.
some it was a refresher, for others it was all new – but for all it was
a great training. From ground ladders to roof top ventilation, there
was a lot of ground covered in the two nights and Sunday. A huge
thanks to the City of Carbondale and Chief Brennan for their hospitality
and an excellent training opportunity. Photos
Day at Mt View Elementary
Thursday October 16, crews from Clifford, Harford and Hop Bottom spent
the day at Mt View Elementary School for Fire Prevention. 18 sent
crews for the Rescue, Ladder and 18-9 and had a great day with the Kids.
There are a variety of programs administered during the day depending on
the age. Some are given walk-arounds of the fire apparatus and ambulances,
some take part in a presentation in the gym, while others are sent
thru a Children’s safety trailer that offers an array of situations a child
may be involved in at home such as tornado’s and fires.
year Michael Zeshonski and David Krizauskas headed the fire prevention
for Clifford – an excellent job by both! This year marked the return of
a fire safety trailer. A special thanks to Deby Kominsky, Chief Pratt,
and all of Honesdale Fire Department for making this possible.
Turner coordinated the arrival and Deby was on hand all day to handle the
trailer for us. Again, thank you to Honesdale for adding this resource
for our kids. Following the fire prevention activities, a fire drill
was held at the facility. Harford, Hop Bottom and Clifford participated
in the drill. A great day and thanks to all who helped. Photos....
supports certification class at Great Bend
Sunday September 21, the Ladder headed to Great Bend Fire to assist with
the Fire Fighter recruit program being hosted there. Sundays class
was focused on ladders, both ground and aerial operations. The ladder
and crew spent the morning there and were treated to lunch by the host
department. Good luck to all who are pursuing Fire Fighter 1 certification!
Memorial Service held
Thursday September 11, Ladder 18 and crew headed to South Montrose to honor
and remember all those lost seven years ago. Ladder 18 along with
Ladder 2 from Meshoppen, Wyoming County, held the American flag above the
entrance to service.
with Ladder 18 and Ladder 2, many other Susquehanna County Emergency services
were represented as well as over 100 citizens. A beautiful service
was held with many speakers echoing the same message “We must never forget”.
September 7, 18 rescue and EMS assisted the Northeast Rails-to-trails group
with their first distance run. The event ran from Forest City, thru
Clifford Township, Uniondale Borough and Herrick Township then returning
on the same route.
steady pace of EMS, Fire and Rescue runs has continued into this week with
multiple runs keeping the crew at 18 busy.
large portion of the run went thru 18’s first due, which was supported
by a very good crew from 18. Along with 18-9, the Jitney (Teryx),
two PATV’s, and the Rescue, crews from FCEMS, Uniondale Fire, 28 EMS and
51 EMS were on the detail. Crews from Clifford staged along the course
with Capt 18 establishing a med station at the midway point. 18-9
Staged at 171 and Upper Stillwater Road while the Rescue served as the
race Command Post at the start finish line.
was quiet with no transports required; however, during the race 18-9 ran
a medical on SR2027 and assisted 28 with a two car MVA on Rt 171.
cleared the detail at approximately 1230hrs only to run another crash and
med call before the day was out. Half
car crash with one over the bridge at 206
a very busy weekend at 18, the MVA was dispatched on Tuesday morning at
0745hrs for the one car crash at 206.2 southbound, car over the embankment.
On the assignment: R18, E24, 18-9, 24-9 and ALS. Chief 18 requested
any updated information due to the high-hazards of the immediate area.
County advised they had confirming reports of a rollover with one still
in the vehicle. Lt18b arrived at the 206 with one vehicle on its
wheels with no injuries and one vehicle over the bridge, on its roof near
Rt374 with one occupant still in the vehicle.
18 special called R36 to assist E24 with the interstate portion while the
rescue and 18-9 would handle the Rt374 portion. Chief 18-1 arrived
establishing the Rt374 command confirming the reports with a heavy confinement.
The rescue and 18-9 arrived and went to work stabilizing, gaining access
and handling pt care. The lone occupant was extricated and transported
to the trauma center with ALS. Chief 24a handled the interstate portion
reporting no injuries. Crews from 24 and 36 assisted with the Rt374
incident as well. Units remained on scene while the vehicle was being
removed assisting PSP. Photos
2 alarm fire makes for long night
0243 hours on Sunday August 17, Susquehanna County Communications dispatched
the 1802 box for a structure fire in the Lenoxville area with the cell
call being disconnected. On the assignment: E24, HE4, R18, R36, R59,
L18, T24, HT3, T36 , 18-9 and 24-9.
responding, Communications updated the location to Robinson Road off SR2021.
Chief 18-3 marked on scene with a single story residential with heavy involvement
in a substantial section of the structure requesting additional companies
into the scene.
arrived and placed the 2 ½” attack line in service while additional
crew threw ladders and began opening up. E24 arrived placing in service
an additional line along with supplying L18. As crews arrived additional
lines were deployed to suppress the stubborn blaze which had a strong hold
on the structure. The second alarm was filled out a short time into
established a tanker fill site and all water was supplied by a tanker operation.
R18 served as the command post and 18-9 under the direction of Captain
18 handled rehab. Multiple crews worked through an extensive overhaul
project prior to clearing around. 0700. PSP Fire Marshall was conducting
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courtesy of 43fire.com
on the box:
HE4, NE1, HBE, E41, E52, L18, L58,R18, R36, R59, T24, HT3, HBT, T52,
NT, T63, 18-9, 24-9, HAM
Ladder took the front of the complex along with Harford E4 while Harford
Tanker and Hop Bottom engine were positioned on Side D. Rescue 18
served as the command post also positioned on side D. Ladder 18 set-up
and headed rooftop to assess the conditions and hazards. Once completed,
both crews took part in a tour of the facility.At the end of the drill,
all companies returned to Harford’s station for a post incident analysis.
Excellent discussion was had during the PIA with the companies returning
around 2130hrs. 18-9 handled an EMS run in the township during the
and Rescue on Village Apartments Drill
Thursday evening August 14, the Ladder and Rescue crewed up and headed
to Harford to take part in a drill at the Harford Village Apartments.
The three story structure is one of Harford’s target boxes within their
district. Harford, Hop Bottom, Clifford and New Milford Participated
in the exercise.
water supply issues in the area, multiple tankers were called in for the
shuttle –Tanker 18 responded on the special call. With L58 and L20
committed, L18 was placed on standby for the Up-Valley. The tanker
returned near 0300 with the Ladder being placed back in service shortly
on Up-Valley commercial job
courtesy of 58Fire
Wednesday March 26, as the crew from L18 was returning from training, the
21 Box was dispatched at approx 2300hrs for a commercial structure on the
Eynon-Jermyn Road, Lackawanna County. Communications advised the
21 Chief of multiple reports. Crews from the first alarm arrived
to find a heavily involved two story commercial structure. 21 Command requested
additional units into the scene with a defensive attack mounted.
due structure fire starts Monday
approximately 0710hrs on Monday, March 10, the 1804 box was transmitted
for a working fire in a mobile home on Round Pond Road, Lenox Township.
On the assignment: E24, HE4, NE1, L18, R18, R36, T18, T24, HT3, NT, 189
and HAM2. 18-20 marked on scene reporting a fully involved mobile
home, flames venting from side B. With the report, one additional
tanker was added. Chief 18-1 marked on scene confirming the report
and requesting the ladder to put the 200' 2 1/2" in service upon arrival
with the next due tying into the ladder for water.
ladder marked on scene getting the 2 1/2" and an 1 3/4" into service darkening
the fire. Next arriving, E24, nursed into the ladder and handled
the water operations. The crews from 18, 24, and Harford handled
the knockdown while R36 stood fast as the RIT. Two additional engines
were requested for manpower to assist with overhaul. E41 established
a fill site at a nearby pond, laying out 7 lengths of hard tube to hit
the water while sending the rest of the crew up for overhaul. Units
operated for approximately two hours before picking up. Thanks to
all for a good and safe job. Photolink
alarm residential in first due
0152hrs on Saturday, February 23, 2008, the 1805 box was transmitted for
an attic fire on Rt247, Clifford Township. On the run: E24, E41,
E52, L18, R18, T18, T24, T52, 18-9 and 24-9. 18-10 (Fortuner) marked on
scene quickly reporting the working residential with a fully involved attic.
18 requested the sector RIT and two additional tankers bringing L43, T28
and T36. Chief 182 arrived establishing the 247 command confirming
reports and requesting E41 make the lay to the dry hydrant at Crystal Lake.
L18 arrived taking side D in the driveway with T24 right behind establishing
the initial water. The crews from the first alarm placed (2) 1 ¾”
a 2 ½” attack line in service in division one immediately upon arrival
and mounted an aggressive interior attack.
found light to moderate smoke on division 1 with a fire storm above in
the attic. One line was advanced into the attic while crews pulled
ceilings and attacked from below. The challenge was multiple attic
spaces in the sprawling ranch.
operating: Engines: 24, HE4, 52, 41, TE1 Ladder:
18 Rescue: 18, 36 Tankers: 18, 24, HT3, 52
Ambulance: 18, HA2
alarm was transmitted with the work ahead. Once the ladder pipe was
shutdown, crews regrouped and headed in for the enormous overhaul. Captain
43 handled the division one overhaul operations.
2500’ of LDH was laid to complete the supply with HE4 relaying in the middle.
Two additional water supplies were established by R36 and E281. Crews
worked for an additional four hours to overhaul the residence. A
special thanks to the move-up companies SQ22 and E60 for coming in and
assisting packing up. Captain 18 established two rehab areas to keep a
check on the crews. The last units cleared at 0740hrs.
a true example of a great person. We'd like to take this opportunity
to thank all who helped us and Jack's family during this difficult time.
Particularly we would like to acknowledge the support received from Greenfield
Township Volunteer Fire Company and Crystal Fire Company for their help
with the funeral service. While we remained focused on saying goodbye
to Jack, our station was filled with apparatus from Harford Fire Company,
Forest City FD and Browndale Fire Company. Finally, thanks
to all the members of Clifford Township VFC and Ladies Auxilary for
all the sacrifices made this week. Again thank you to all.
respects paid to
is with the great sadness, our family at Station 18 said a final
goodbye to Life-member Jack Tellep. Jack passed away December 31
after a brief illness. We offer Jack’s wife Connie our most heart
felt condolences and support during this time. Jack held offices in administration
and Line Officer duties creating a benchmark of what true dedication is.
18-1 marked on scene establishing the 2033 command with smoke pushing from
around the chimney and no access to the area. L18 arrived taking the A/B
corner of the building, splitting crews with one crew heading to division
1 interior to open up and the second crew laddering the structure.
due attic fire on
Monday February 11, at 2031hrs, the 1806 Box was transmitted for a structure
fire on SR2033 Clifford Townhip. On the assignment: E24,HE4, E52,
L18, R18, T18, T24, T52, 18-9 and 24-9.
responded within minutes with 6 to the location. Communications update
the Chief while enroute that the homeowner stated he had a chimney fire
that had progressed into a working attic fire. With the update, 43
car, R36(RIT) and two additional tankers were added to the box
crew stretched a line from L18 while Chief 18-3 set the main ladder for
roof operations. E24 headed for a water source approx one mile away
planning for the tanker shuttle. R36 would arrive and handle the
1's crew opened up and knocked the fire while the ladder group assessed
the structure from roof. Due to the new, mostly finished home, extra
time was spent to minimize the damage from overhaul as large amounts of
blown-in insulation would need to be removed. The crew took proper
steps to breach a bedroom wall to gain access to the rear of the fireplace
to remove the insulation. After approximately 90 minutes, the crews
had removed the burnt material and began to pack up. Car 43 handled
the accountability and staging while 18-9 and 24-9 took care of the EMS.Photolink
roads = multi-vehicle wreck at 206
the snow moved into the area on Tuesday, February 12, it was just a matter
of time. At 1422hrs the MVA assignment was dispatched at mm206 on
the interstate for a SUV that slid thru the median and collided with two
tractor trailers headed southbound. On the response: E24, R18, 18-9
and 24-9. 18-21(B. Price) arrived within minutes updating the crew that
a secondary crash had happened in the northbound lanes with unknown injuries
involving a tractor trailer and additional passenger vehicles. 18-1
marked on scene establishing the 206 command requesting two additional
BLS, one ALS, and HT3 for traffic. Thankfully, no serious injuries
resulted from the violent crash. Two were transported to local hospitals
while R18 handled the hazardous and safety zone. E24 and HT3 positioned
north of the accident to slow traffic. On the response: R18, E24, HT3,
18-9, 24-9, HAM2, 36-9, CH1, MMM PHOTOLINK
runs 28 box for early morning house fire
Saturday December 22 at 0109hrs L18, R18, and the tanker were special called
to a first alarm structure box in area 28. E28, E52,and E41 were
operating on a two story residential with heavy smoke showing and fire
in the rear. The Ladder arrived on scene as the first due truck and positioned
at the A/B corner with the assignment of opening up the roof. The
crew vented the main roof of the structure and then went to work with the
crew from 41 on a division 1 flat roof on side C of the structure.
fire had traveled from division 1, thru the walls of the balloon construction
and made its way into the addition on the rear while following the chimney
to the roof. When all was done, the crews had removed one of two
roofs on the addition, opened up the entire side C wall behing the chimney
and completed extensive overhaul on the inside. E43 handled the RIT
duties. A good job by all companies involved. Units cleared
at 0432hrs. Links
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goes to Oregon, L-18 gone South
final payment for the engine was received this morning and as of that time
the Engine was pulled from service. In discussions with you previously,
we had asked for your support during this transition. With the engine
gone, our alarm assignments will bump the next due automatically on all
runs requiring an engine. We have re-structured our in house response to
accomplish our mission with your support. I have attached our SOG
on what will be responding to our assignments and in what order.
The quint hunt continues along with exploring the "demo" market.
I will keep everyone up-to-speed on our progress and thank you in advance
for your help" Chief Turner Ladder 18 was removed
from service on August 15. The ladder has been purchased by a department
in Georgia where it will enjoy warmer weather and less road salt.
As with the engine, we are relying on our neighbors during this transition
period into the quint. We will keep everyone up to speed on our progress
and continue to provide truck company operations off of Rescue 18.
Our run cards at the communications center will bump up the next due truck
for our emergencies. Read
the revised SOG Read the revised SOG
hits Greenfield Twp. business
July 31, 2007 at 03:28 hours, the 24 box was dispatched for a commercial
building fire on Rt. 247. On the assignment from 18 was L-18, R-18,
T-18 and 18-9. Chief 24 marked on scene reporting a heavily involved
building and requested the second alarm. The ladder arrived on scene as
the first due truck taking side A of the building and establishing ladder
pipe operations and opening up the front. T-18 arrived and deployed the
porta-pond and dumped its load to begin shuttle operations. The Rescue
arrived and provided lighting and was designated the command post while
18-9 came in to assist with rehab. E-24 mounted an aggressive exterior
attack while the ladder pipe from 18 went to work trying to darken the
fire. As additional units arrived, a large LDH lay was completed
and supplied by E-36 along with multiple porta-ponds at the scene.
L-58 positioned at the B side of the structure and also placed into service
its ladder pipe. The incident went to three alarms bringing companies
from four counties. The ladder crew worked along with L-58, R-59,
R-25 and E-24 for an extensive overhaul. Units cleared near 1100 hrs. Click
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