Dec. 1- No, it was not
a prayer circle. Rather the photo shows a crew gathered around the
engine Wednesday evening during a training drill. A review of layouts the
first topic followed by an thorough review of knots. A thank you
to the Captain and Sargents for a well planned training drill.
at box assignment
Nov. 24 - Just before 17:00
hours a box was dipatched for a structure fire on the 1100 block of Main
Street in Vandling. Initially sent out a stove fire, the Ladder and Engine
were both due. Supplimental information reported the occupant had the fire
extinguished. Chief 41 assumed command, downgrading the assignment
to one company.
Santa's visit a success
|Browndale Fire Company's
Craft Fair and visit from Santa on Saturday was a huge success. With a
steady flow of bargain seekers in the morning keeping everyone busy, the
arrival of the jolly old fat man in the red suit took center stage.
Leaving around 2 p.m. with
a long list of from those who where nice and not naughty, Santa left for
We'd like to thank all
who contributred to make this a successful event.
day at 43
Saturday was a bittersweet
day at Station 43 as Tower Ladder departed for it's new home. Our "first
truck" is headed to Lawrence, MA, a suburb of Boston. With a lots
of good memories we hope that it will serve new new owners as well as it
Binghamton worth the ride
A sincere thank you to Chief
Shear (pictured above right) for inviting us and Brothers Todd for an excellent
meal that followed the training.
|Nov. 7 - Despite a fifty
minute ride, there were no other complaints from those who attended
rapid intervention team drills on Sunday. Personnel from Station 43 were
the invited guests to participate in training with several departments
from Broome County, NY. The training event was hosted by the Choconut Center
Volunteer Fire Company at its training center near Binghamton, NY.
RIT crews completed two
very difficult Mayday events including a floor collapse with three downed
firefighters and a second event that replicated "Collier's Mansion" conditions
with a narrow basement stairwell with very tight quarters. Both exercise
resulted in completed rescues with favorable outcomes!
on Thompson box
October 29 - Ladder 43
was dispatched as the RIT company on the first alarm assignment to
a structure fire at 16202 Route 171 near Thompson, Susquehanna County at
06:16 hours. With command marking on scene with smoke showing, a second
alarm assignment was requested. Route 171 Command quickly reduced the assignment
by canceling the second alarm having the balance of the first continue
in. Companies operated of about 25 minutes.
The second annual open
house at Browndale Fire Company on Thursday, was a bid draw. A steady
flow of visitors toured the station, sat in on fire safety presentation
and took time to show their appreciation for our services. Thank you to
all who attended and to our members of the efforts making the event a success!
In photo: Sgt. Skasko demonstrates PPE stressing not the "fear the firefighter"
day at high school
A portion of Tuesday was
spent a Forest City Regional High School. Our recruitment team met
with several high school students who expressed in interest in emergency
service. Thanks for your interest in Station 43! A special thank
you to Captain Short who spearheaded the effort!
collapse on Belmont Turnpike
Company 43 responded to
a reported building collapse on Saturday, September 25, just after 6 pm.
The incident ar 1359 Belmont Turnpike in Clinton Township occurred
while a man was working on a porch roof that collapsed resulting in a 10
fall. The injured man was treated by Forest City EMS and Cottage ALS. and
transported to CMC. Companies returned to service after 20 minutes.
morning 41 box
August 11 - A 41 box for
a house fire was dispatched just after 00:30 hours for 63 Depot Street
in Forest City. Ladder 43 and Engine double pulled on the box. With smoke
showing from 41 engine stretched a line to division 2.
The fire was quickly knocked
down, limiting damage to one room. Crews operated for about an hour before
returning to service.
A new SOG entitled “Shift
Assignments” has been issued replacings the SOG entitled “Platoon
System” that has been in place since 2007.
The SOG involves
several operational changes that are being implemented to accomplish several
objectives are met:
• Insuring that minimum
staffing is available to respond to emergencies.
• Built in “off duty” time
for volunteer members by requiring response only while on a duty shift.
• Non-emergent station
duties are completed on a scheduled basis on a rotating basis allowing
work a more equal distribution of the workload.
• Personnel will be afforded
more individualized training and hands on experiences within the shift.
The premise behind
the shift assignments is simple.
• Everyone shares equally
in the workload
• Everyone shares equally
in training, station duties and apparatus checks
• Everyone share equally
in time off
• Everyone shares equally
• Everyone depends on each
other Review the
According to the National
Weather Service a tornado did cause the path of destruction in Wayne
County early Friday evening. Representatives from the National Weather
Service in Binghamton, NY, toured the area Saturday confirming that a tornado
did tear through the area on Friday. Crews from Station 43
spent the day throughout the Clinton Township meeting with homeowners and
lending a hand where needed. Utility companies, PennDot and the local chapter
of the American Red Cross were also busy restoring power, phones,
clearing roadways and insuring all local residents had shelter. Scranton
Likely related to the storm,
a box assignment was dispatched to White Oak Drive in Clinton
Township just after 18:30 hours on Friday for possible structure
As companies and 43 responded
to the incident, they had to be replaced on the assignment as they were
unable to traverse a path of destruction on Routes 247 and 296. The assignment
was adjusted by Wayne County Communications. The fire was handled
by the revised box with Companies 43 and 41 trying to clear a path of downed
trees and wires. There were no reported injures from the storm, however,
there were several properties damaged and countless trees and utility wires
down in Clinton Township. Several roadways were closed. Numerous
companies from Wayne and Lackawanna County were kept busy with the storms
A "fire" located in a
patient's room was quickly snuffed out with a quick deployment of the 400
foot preconnect with engine covering the FD connection. The truck vented
and completed the primary search.
Engine get "work"
On Tuesday, the annual
drill was held at the Forest City Nursing Center in Forest City.
43 double pulled with the engine and ladder both taking position
on Side C, division 2 of the facility.
Despite temps near 95 degrees,
a good training exercise was conducted on Wednesday evening, at 340
Main Street in Forest City (the former Station 41). The old firehouse
will be demolished early next week and Station 43 seized the
opportunity to use the building for some hands on training. Crews
drilled on rooftop ventilation, trench cuts and worked with both
portable and the aerial ladder Thank you to Mr. Newak for giving
us this opportunity prior to demolishing the structure.
the day care
A crew from Station 43
were guests as a local day care center on Tuesday. Fire drills, stop,
drop and roll and other public fire education topics were covered
by the crew with tots and teachers at the Pat Pitus Day Care Center in
Browndale. No surprise, the kids liked the fire engine!
Vince Wojcik passes away
is with deep regret that Deputy Chief Obelenus announces the death
of Life Member Vince Wojcik. Vince passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2010,
following an illess. Vince served in various operations and admistrative
offices in his 40+ year career at 43. Most notable, he served as recording
secretary for over 30 consecutive years. Funeral arrangments are private.
gobble up tractor
A riding mower met it's
fate Friday morning around 11:30. Just after cutting his lawn, a
local resident can from inside his home to find this mower on fire. Originally
dispatched as a local alarm, Chief 43 requested the upgrade to a box assignment
with two nearby exposures. The fire was held in check by Engine 43 resulting
in the remainder of the box returning to service.
join up for structure burn
43 and 23 (Dickson City)
partnered efforts to complete a successful training program on Saturday
with a trip to Schuylkill County's Fire Training Center for a burn exercise.
Thirteen personnel from 43 participated in day's activities. A special
thank you to Chief Randy Shear and his crew from Choconut Center
VFC (Broome County, NY) for filling in for 43 while we were in Frackville.
RIT assignment in Susquehanna County
A working two alarm fire
in Gibson Township on Monday morning, April 12, just after 10:30 hours
drew a RIT assignment for Co. 43. The fire destroyed two structures
in this non-hydranted area. Companies worked in a defensive mode for about
two hours before returning to service. During the operation, Engine 61-4
from Lackawanna County transfered to Station 43.
in Clinton Township wreck
A Forest City girl died
last Sunday morning as a result of injuries she suffered in a crash along
Route 247 in Wayne County, reported state police in Honesdale.Police have
not released the name or age of the girl, who was a passenger in the 2003
Hyundai, or the driver, another female juvenile of Forest City who has
been transported to Community Medical Center with unknown injuries.
Police said the driver was
traveling south on Route 247 around 7:45 a.m. and negotiating a curve when,
for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed lanes and struck a tree.
Companies 43, 41, Forest City EMS and Mobile 9 (MICU) responded
to the incident. Crews remained on the scene for over two hours assisting
the Pennsylvania State Police and the Wayne County Coroner.
43 awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Station 43 was notified
of the award of over $67,000 in an AF Grant. The grant will be used
to replace all supply and attack hose, nozzles and other appliances. Additionally,
a complete cascade system (compressor and air cylinders), saws and thermal
imaging cameras will be purchased.
U-truck placed in service
With the help of a state
grant, a "new" utility truck was place in service this week. the F-250
Ford club cab pickup was purchased locally. It was recently
outfitted with emergency warning devices, radio and a graphics package.
“Mick” Mayers has served the Hilton
Head Island (SC) community as a firefighter and paramedic since 1982,
where he is currently a Battalion Chief. His career began as a volunteer
with Bridgeport (PA) in 1980. His responsibilities also include duties
as the Deputy Director of the South
Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Program (SC-TF1) and as Chairman of
NFPA’s Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications Committee (NFPA 1006).
Mick is also one of the founders and past Vice-Chairman of the State Urban
Search and Rescue Alliance (SUSAR). Mick holds a degree in Fire Science
Technology from Savannah Technical Institute and is a graduate of the National
Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program. He is an author of many
articles on emergency service leadership; his articles and posts can be
found on his site at
for Company Officers program completed
Nearly 40 fire officers
or fire officer candidates attended a two day training program on January
30 and 31, 2010, presented by Task
Force 1, Inc. entitled, Command For Company Officers. The program's
lead instructor will be Michael "Mick" Mayers. The
lead instructor was : Mick Mayers, Battalion Chief, Hilton Head Island
FD , SC.
In addition to personnel
from Station 43, participating fire departments included:
|Lackawanna County, PA
Dickson City Fire
Newton Ransom Fire
Blakely Hose Company
Broome County, NY
Choconut Center Volunteer
West Haven IAFF Local
West Shore Fire Department
|Wayne County, PA
Lake Ariel Fire Company
Honesdale Fire Department
Gouldsboro Fire Company
Hop Bottom Fire Company
Thompson Hose Company
Luzerne County, PA
Plymouth Fire Department
A new SOG related to the
training process at Station was recently issed. Read
Station 43 was paid a visit
by retired District of Columbia Battalion Chief Steve "Shelly" Schellenberg.
Chief "Shelly", who was enroute to a training seminar, spent a few hours
at the station, reviewing our operation and sharing some of his experiences
with crew. We'd like to thank him for taking the time to stop by and
share his insights with us. (In photo: Chief Richards, Battalion
Chjef Schellenberg and Assistant Chief Ellsworth)
Engine 43 sold
On Friday, January 8th,
Justus Volunteer Fire Company, Station 28 in Lackawanna County, took delivery
of our former Engine 43. The 1990 Spartan/FMC may get a new color
and look in the near future. Best of luck to the new owners!
on line, SOG issued, training conducted
Training was held
Monday, January 4, 2010, to insure all response personnel are familar with
the operational features of the IamResponding.com
program. A new SOG, I Am Responding, 500-10-01, was issued. Review
the SOG now
Chief Billy G stops by 43
Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder,
one of the most recognizable names in the fire service, spent some time
Friday morning at Station 43. Billy was in Hazleton Thursday
evening presenting a Firefighter Survival Seminar, "Injury and LODD's
at Single Family Dwelling Fires" .
Chief Richards, long time
friend of Chief Goldfeder, and Assistant Chief Obelenus were his
guests for dinner before Thursday evening's event. Enroute to his next
program in Albany, NY on Saturday, Billy stopped by to check out Station
43 Friday morning.
|Billy commented on our
commitment to safety and operations, in particular, the automatic 4 engines,
2 ladders, 1 rescue squad and 4 tanker response on EACH alarm assignment.
Ironicially, during his
lecture the night before, he emphasized the need to have adequate
resources at all working fires. Billy has written several articles
on the topic, showing that over 20 firefighters are needed to SAFELY
conduct interior operations, hence the need for automatic mutual
Billy also had a twinkle
in his eye when he climbed in and on Tower Ladder 43 which originally
saw service on Long Island, where Billy grew up.
Billy said, "You have
a great station. I'm really impressed. Riding assignments, good box assignments
and a good proby program. It's clear you guys have your sh%@ together."
We hope to have Billy back
soon for another visit!
Deputy Chief Goldfeder:
Goldfeder, EFO, a firefighter since 1973, serves as Deputy
Fire Chief of the Loveland-Symmes FD in S.W. Ohio. LSFD is an ISO Class
2, full service ALS department providing a full range of traditional and
non-traditional emergency & community services. A Chief Officer since
1982, he has served as a Fire Chief in Ohio, Virginia and Florida.
also served as a Public Protection representative covering southern New
York, for I.S.O. as well as a Company Officer, starting with the Manhasset-Lakeville
F.D., in Long Island, N.Y.
1993 graduate of the National Fire Academy's
Executive Fire Officer Program, he is the former Chair of the International
Association of Fire Chiefs VCOS Section. In 2001, Chief Goldfeder was honored
with an appointment of Hon. Battalion Chief of F.D.N.Y. and is a member
of the Board of Directors of the September
11th Families Association, the Board of Directors of the National
Fallen Firefighters Foundation and provides assistance to the NIOSH
Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program . Additionally,
he is the recipient of numerous operational and administrative awards and
recognitions and received the Loveland-Symmes FD Departmental Award of
Excellence in 2003, the ISFSI Fire Instructor of The Year Award for 2004,
the Dana Hannon Fire Training Award for 2004, the I.A.F.C’s Presidential
Award for 2005, the 2007 IFSTA
Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award for firefighter training excellence
and the 2007 Nassau County (N.Y.) Frances X. Pendl Fire Service Humanitarian
recently completed his 6th year as a Commissioner
on the Commission of Fire Accreditation International. He serves as
an Associate/Contributing Editor for FIRE ENGINEERING, FIRE RESCUE, WITHTHECOMMAND.COM,
FIREHOUSE as well as Firehouse.Com and is a member of the F.E.T.N. (Fire
and Emergency Television Network) Advisory Board. He has spoken on, as
well as published, numerous articles on subjects such as combination FD's,
fire command and tactics, firefighter/fireground safety, apparatus design
and deployment and fireground staffing. His monthly column "Close Calls"
appears in FIREHOUSE Magazine and his bi-weekly radio show “Through The
Smoke” is hosted on Firehouse.com.
Chief Goldfeder accepts Station 43 shirt from Assistant Chief ObelenusChief
Goldfeder has served on several NFPA
and IAFC Committees, is the Chair of
the IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival Section, serves on the National
Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting
Task Force (IAFC) and has been an Instructor at the Fire Department Instructors
Conference (F.D.I.C.) for the past 25 years as well as a member of the
Advisory Board for the past 15 years. He has and does provide consulting
services for municipal and private corporations with a clear focus on firefighter
safety and survival. Chief Goldfeder, along with Captain Gordon Graham,
police/fire service risk management expert, attorney and California Highway
Patrol Captain, hosts and sponsors the website: www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
, a 100% non-commercial, independent and free site with only 1 focus: Firefighter
Safety, Survival and Getting
Browndale Fire Company
released its first newsletter. The newsletter provides information about
company operations and other timely topics. Download
days of training completed: "Save Yourself, Save Others"
Force 1, Inc., presented its new training program, "Save,
Yourself, Save Others", on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18th at
Station 43. Lead instructor and friend of Station 43, retired Captain
Tony Tricarico from FDNY's Squad 252 teamed up with Captain Greg
Barnas from Jersey City's Ladder 6 to show firefighters how to save themselves
in life threatening situations.
Both days started at
Station 43 with an interactive lecture. Intense practical exercises were
conducted at the Kartri Sales Company building on Susquehanna Street in
Forest City. Seventeen Browndale firefighters were joined by fellow firefighters
from as far away as Colorado, traveling to see this program's debut.
Center FD, Broome County, NY
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Fire Company, Wayne County, PA
Hose Company, Lackawanna County, PA
Fire Department, Lackawanna County, PA
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Mtns. Fire Protection District, Garfield County, CO
through mobile home
credited with early warning
The fire is under investigation
by the PSP Fire Marshal. Photos
||The lone occupant of a
mobile home located at 258 Burns Road in Clinton Township narrowly escaped
for a fire just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4. The
fire resulted in heavy fire damage to the trailer. Wayne County Communications
Center dispatched the box assignment at 02:41 hours. The fire was brought
under control in about fifteen minutes. The fire was declared out at 05:05
hours with command (Chief 43) releasing all companies.
On the box: Engines
94, 12, 43, and 41, Rescues 75 and 59, Ladder 43 and 13-4, Tankers 94,
12 and 75, Car 43 and Waymart EMS.
An SUV that apparently
lost its brakes coming down Marion Street (Route 247) in Browndale did
extensive damage to two structures just after 10:30 hours on Saturday,
Chief 43 had the command with
the Sgt. Short on the engine handling Division 1 inside the structure,
Captain Zasik (41 Rescue) took charge of the stabilization group.
Once the extent of structural damage was determined the vehicle was removed
from the structures without incident. The incident was wrapped up
in 30 minutes. Photos
||The female driver escaped
unharmed despite the extensive damage to the SUV and both structure.
The damaged structures are no strangers to similar crashes as over the
years other vehicles have met their fate there as well.
The driver of SUV self extricated
despite double air bag deployment.
On the assignment: Chief
43, Car 43, Engine 43, Rescue 41, Forest City EMS and PSP.
dirt bike on Route 247
The driver of a dirt
biker suffers significant injuries in a crash with an SUV
The driver of the SUV reportedly
was uninjured. Forest City EMS and Mobile 9 handled patient care. On
the assignment: Engine 43, Car 43, Chief 43, Rescue 41, Forest City EMS,
Mobile 9 and PSP
|The wreck occured Sunday
afternoon, October 11, around 15:30 hours on Route 247 near the between
Commerce Drive and Front Street in Clinton Township. After the collison
between the SUV and the bike, the SUV hit the guardrail stopping in a wooded
A deadly crash on Route
171 in the 300 block of Main Street drew a response for the Engine crew
on Friday evening, September 4th. A motorcyclist died in the crash after
losing control on a corner ending up under a SUV. The deadly crash
is under investigation by the PA State Police.
Engine 43 was detailed to
the Vandling Recreation Field to establish a landing zone for Lifeflight,
but was eventually canceled by EMS. Crews remained on the scene for over
90 minutes with Route 171 remaining closed. On the assignment:
Engine 42, Rescues 41 and 51, Forest City EMS, Cottage ALS (Mobile 9).
Station 43 opened it's
door to the public Thursday evening. The event featured fire station tours,
public fire safety education demonstrations, and a presentation provide
an overview of fire company operations. Special thanks to all three
Clinton Township Supervisors for taking the time to visit the fire station
and sit through our presentation. WNEP TV made time to come up the
the firehouse to cover the event. We're proud of our station and apparatus,
but most importantly, we are proud to have a great cadre of members
who are committed to the firehouse!
crash on Route 296
Upon dispatch communications
advised that due to weather conditions no medical helicopters were available
to fly due to weather conditions. The female passenger was self extricated
with the male driver heavily entrapped. Both patients were taken
to the trauma center via ground transportation.
||A violent crash on Route
296 between Stanton Drive and Elk Lake Drive resulted in serious injuries
for two people Saturday morning bust before 06:00 hours on Saturday, August
1. Wayne County Communications dispatched the rescue assignment at
05:58 hours bringing Rescue 75, Engine 43, Car 43, Waymart EMS and ALS
from Cottage EMS.
Rescue 75 handled
the extrication and removed the entrapped patient at 06:19 hours. Engine
43 handled the hazards and provided a hand line for patient and crew protection.
Deputy Chief 75 (Lombardi) handled the extrication while Captain
43 (Ellsworth) oversaw the hazard control.
Chief 43 (Richards) had
the Route 296 command. Crews cleared the scene just before 07:00 hours.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State
On the response: Car 43,
Engines 43 and 94, Rescue 75, Tanker 94, Waymart EMS and Mobile 9.
|The pilot of a lightweight
plane was injured in a crash landing at a private air strip near
Stone Bridge Lane and Route 170 in Clinton Township Sunday afternoon at
17:47 hours. Apparently the plane lost power on approach to the landing
strip, slamming to the slide of a ravine, coming to rest on some downed
trees. The pilot was still in the plane when emergency services arrived.
The plane was immediately
secured preventing it from sliding down the hill side into the stream below.
Once extricated by Rescue 75, the pilot was treated by Waymart EMS and
Mobile 9 then transported to the hospital. The cause of the crash is under
investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Photos
of training with Co. 94
Tuesday evening may respresent
the first of many multi-company training exercises with Company 94 and
other mutual companies over the summer. 43 worked with 94 (Prompton)
at White Oak Pond in Clinton Township, give both companies a chance
to get familiar with each others apparatus and equipment. Several water
movement drills were conducted involving both engines and the tower
ladder. We'd like to thank Chief Collins and his crew for their efforts
in making for a great training exercise. Both companies plan to train together
in the very near future. Photos
HOGFEST Saturday, Training Sunday
For the third month in
a row, Station 43 personnel racked up nearly 400 man-hours of training.
On Sunday, the day was spent doing various drills in conjunction with the
fourth module of the Delmar FF1 program. Photos
Blessed with beautiful
weather, the event drew hundreds of locals who where out for a good time.
Special thanks to Chief Fanning and the crew from Station 22 who filled-in
for us while we were committed to HOGFEST. The
with the 400' line
A good portion of a Saturday
was spent practicing with the 400' 2" preconnect line. The line was
added to the attack arsenal when the new engine went in service. With many
setbacks and building that are "deep", the 400' footer can be deployed
with good fire attack capabilities. The
The Delmar FF1 program
that started a few days after the New Year came to an end Monday evening
with the written exam. The 180 hour program consisted of four modules.
In addition to the basic FF program, all members obtained a National Haz
Mat Certification. Station 43 would like to thank all the instructors who
made this program a success. We look forward to having you back for
future training endeavors! Congratulations to the following firefighters
from Station 43 who successfully completed the program: Shawn Burns, D.J.
Yestrepsky, Don "Pappa D" Yestrepsky, James Tasso, Julie Doyle,
Pat Davis, Mike Skasko, and Sgt. Kristian Short.
on arrival in Vandling
Firefighters had heavy
fire showing on arrival on Thursday, March 12, just before 20:00 hours
in the 400 block on Main Street in Vandling, Box 4201. Fire was blowing
out into the street from a 2.5 story wood frame structure at 440 with exposures
on the Bravo (444) and Delta Sides (438). With heavy fire involvement and
exposure problems, Command immediately requested a second alarm on the
First arriving engine, E-41,
mounted a high volume exterior attack with Ladder 43 on the Alpha side.
Following the high volume attack, crews determined that the fire was contained
to the 440 Main Street structure. Command backed down the assignment to
the second alarm, special calling Rescue Co. 51 from the second.
Companies worked for nearly
four hours handling extensive overhaul operations. A PSP Fire Marsha;l
determined the fire was arson. On the box: Engines 42, 41,
43, 614 and 52, Ladders 43 and 58, Rescues 59,51 and 41,
Squad 59 and Forest City EMS. Photos
Car on two alarm fire in Bethany
A massive log cabin style
home was hit by flames Friday morning in Dyberry Township, near Bethany
on Route 670 in Wayne County just after 08:00 hours.
Initial companies on scene
had heavy fire on the Charlie side of the structure with extension into
the Division 2 and the roof area prompting a quick request for a second
alarm. The fire was contained to three rooms of the structure, but required
With the fire contained,
efforts were focused on overhaul and salvage. The structure was located
approximately one mile off Route 670 limiting apparatus access. Engine
43's crew was assigned to Division 2. Crews worked for about two
hours before returning to service. No injuries were reported. A State Police
Fire Marshal will investigate the fire's cause. More
attains FF1, Hazmat Ops Certifications
Cheryl Hunsburger recently
was certified as a Firefighter 1 and received her Hazardous Materials Operations
certification. Cheryl traveled to Great Bend and Susquehanna
Fire Departments from August 2008 to January 2009 for over 200 hours of
classroom time, practical skills, and practice time. Included in this class,
was a structural burn class that was needed for the certification that
was held in Vestal, New York. Testing for this certification, which also
took place in Vestal New York, was very rigorous. There were four different
written examinations and two different practical examinations that had
to be completed. Early in 2008, she also completion her Emergency
Medical Technician certification.
43 to become Red Cross Shelter
thanked for "stepping up"
Browndale Fire Company
approved unanimously to proceed with an application to be an American Red
Cross Shelter last week.
Browndale Fire Company was
visited by the American Red Cross of Lackawanna County on Monday, October
20th for a walk through of the fire station in consideration of being a
Red Cross Shelter and to be utilized when disaster strikes in the area.
The Red Cross was very pleased
with the fire station's facility and thanked us for "stepping up" to the
plate. While Browndale may seem like an unlikely place, you never
know when disaster may strike. The American Red Cross of Lackawanna
County was pleased to have our fire company added to their list of shelters.
The official letter will be arriving in the mail soon.
We understand that in a
time of emergency/disaster, the fire company members will be out helping
others in the community as we did two years ago for the June floods. However,
our station, once activated as a shelter, could be manned by the Red Cross
and its trained volunteers to help others in our community, or those "down
the valley" from us or even "over the mountain" from us. The Red Cross
will be looking to provide shelter and emergency training to volunteers
in the community.
The Browndale Fire Company
is proud and eager to be assisting those in need in case of disaster.
Just another example of the commitment of the members of the Browndale
Fire Company to the community that we serve.
to new frequencies complete
The transition to the new
frequency lineup that is part of a communications upgrade effort at Wayne
County Communications Center was completed on Saturday. The new freqeuencies
are as follows: Both County 1 and 2 have a PL of 167.9 transmit and receive,
County 1 ~ 151.415 and County 2 155.6775. Fire 1 is 155.9175
and Fire 2 is 156.0375. A third county frequency
and a third fire frequency is planned for the future. At this point, all
four frequencies will be activated. Sgt. Ellsworth coordinated the project.
Tricarico and Barnas do "REAL" Truck Company Ops
Captain Tony Tricarico,
Squad 252, FDNY, and Capatin Greg Barnas, from Ladder 6 in Jersey
City, NJ, gave an intense training program presented by Task
Force 1, Inc., on Saturday and Sunday. The new program, REAL Truck
Company Operations, focused on how a "Real" Truck Company should operate.
The intense training left firefighters breathless by the end of Sunday.
The class was made up of firefighters from host Browndale Fire Company,
Duryea Fire Department in Luzerne County, Blakely Hose Company, Clarks
Summit and Elmhurst Fire Companies from Lackawanna County. Firefighters
from Lower Swatara Fire Department near Harrisburg and Wallington, New
Jersey rounded out the roster of nearly thirty firefighters at the training
Day Photos Day
due fire wrecks dwelling
A box assignment was sent
to the Elk Lake area of Clinton Township Sunday evening before 20:00 hours
for the working house fire. The structure was fully involved on arrival.
An exposure on side D was damaged by radiant heat but was spared. The occupants
of the dwelling were home but were not in the structure at the time of
the fire. A PSP Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the fire. Scranton
assignment: E 43, 42, 41 and 12, Rescues 75 and 59, Ladders 43 and 43,
Mini Pumper 94, Tankers 94, 12, 13 and 75, Car 43 and Waymart EMS. Chief
43A had the command. Photos
gets work on 28 box
A working fire in a
commercial building on Route 371, literally in the shadow of Station 28,
drew a response for Ladder 43 just before 02:00 hours on Tuesday .Ladder
43, first arriving ladder, initially took aposition on Side D of
the large "T" shaped structure.
The truck crew checked
the basement reporting a fire in the A/B area. With the fire growing rapidly,
Ladder 18 and Ladder 43 were assigned to trench cut the roof in hopes of
holding the fire in the main portion of the structure.
The strategy worked allowing
engine crews to hold the fire in main structure. The ladder was eventually
repositioned on B of the structure.Crews worked for about five hours on
the stubborn blaze. Ladder 43 was recalled to the scene the blaze
around 10:30 hours to assist the PSP Fire Marshal with aerial
photos of the scene.
at Ops in Large/Complex Structures program
Captain Tony Tricarico,
252 in Brooklyn returned for another weekend of training as Task
Force 1, Inc., delivered yet another intense training program.
A Truck crew attended the two day program entitled "Operations in Large
/Complex Structures in Old Forge,
Lackawanna County. Captain "Trix" was joined by Battalion Chief Jim
Dugan from the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department. The training
was intense as would be expected with Captain "Trix". Go
the the Old Forge Website
hits Station 42
A devastating fire tore
through a 150' x 30' picnic pavilion, kitchen and storage shed at Vandling
Hose Company in the 500 Block of Clinton Street in Vanding.
The blaze, which hit just
after 02:00 hours on Tuesday, presented tense moments for firefighters
when they were greeted by a 500 pound propane tank venting a vertical flame
in the midst of the inferno with a second tank being impinged by flames.
Initial reports from the
scene suggest some sort of an "explosion" but that was not confirmed.
Chief Hollis and his crew
focused on removing his apparatus for the station, a mere twenty five feet
from the structure. The fire station suffered minor damage on Side C from
radiant heat. Crews operated for about 90 minutes before returning
to service. One firefighter was injured but refused medical treatment.
A PSP Fire Marshal determined the fire was arson. On
the Box: E 42, 41, 43, 61, 60, 52, R 41, 59, L 43, 58, Car
43, FC and Cottage EMS. Chief Hollis had the Clinton Street Command. WNEP
A two alarm plus fire tore
through a one hundred year old home on Main Street in Clifford. The four
occupants of the dwelling safely escaped the blaze as firefighters were
greeted by a wall of fire on side C of the structure.
Crews operated for nearly
4 hours clearing the scene just before 06:00 hours. Chief 43A with
Car 43 was on the second alarm working with Chief 18 (T.Turner) in command.
spends 2 days training
Neither cold or snow stopped
two days of training. On Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, a crew
and the ladder participated in the "Coordinated Attack" program
presented by Task Force 1, Inc. at
Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Company (29). Check
out the photos
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