Hughestown Hose Company
 
 

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LAST INCIDENT:

Monday, October 20, 2014 


LOCATION: GRIFFITH STREET
DISTRICT: 143
INCIDENT TYPE: CO INCIDENT
UNIT(S): FC143 & E143

   
 

ANOTHER FIRE ON THE WEST SIDE

Sunday, October 12, 2014  For the third time in the last ten days, Chief 143 & Engine 143 would respond to a working structure fire on the west side of the river. This time crews were called to Sixth Street in West Pittston. Truck 184 would arrive on scene first to find a large volume of fire showing from a single family home and requested a 2nd alarm be transmitted.

Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to assist at the Command Post while the crew from Engine 143 would take over as the RIT Team, controlling the utilities and throwing ladders on the exposure house. All crews would operate on scene for three hours before being released by Command 184.

   


 

FIRE PREVENTION AT THE PA PRIMARY CENTER

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  Students at the Pittston Area Primary Center met with firefighters from the Hughestown and Pittston City Fire Departments on Tuesday, October 7th, for a fire prevention seminar. The students from both kindergarten and first grade learned about fire safety, fire equipment, and smoke alarms.

The first grade students also got to use the Pittston City Fire Department Smoke Trailer on Wednesday, October 8th.

Station 143 would like to thank our staff, Chief Jim Rooney, and the Pittston City Fire Department for their assistance every year with our fire prevention activities. Student representatives are pictured with the firefighters and teachers.

   


 

ATTIC FIRE IN DISTRICT 184

Monday, October 6, 2014  Chief 143 & Engine 143 were dispatched as part of a second alarm assignment for a working structure fire on Spring Street next to the firehouse in West Pittston. Chief 184 arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the third floor of a double block wood frame residence. Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to accountability by Chief 184 while the crew from Engine 143 would take over the duty as the RIT Team. All crews would operate on scene for two hours before being released by Command 184.

     



 

DASH CAMS RECENTLY PLACED IN SERVICE

Monday, October 6, 2014  The Hughestown Hose Company has recently obtained new dash cameras that will be used to record the operation of Command 143, Engine 143, and Ambulance 543. This action was voted on and approved at a prior monthly meeting as a protective measure for the department and has been acted upon immediately.

The cameras are set that they will turn on with the apparatus automatically and will run continuously for a one hour period before the recording will end. All of the Apparatus Officers and Operators will be shown how to use the cameras over the next few days and are strongly urged to make sure they are used for each incident.

This purchase is just one of two steps of improvements that were recently decided to advance our department. The other is to add “Smart Pads” to the same three apparatus for use with IAR (iamresponding), completing patient care reports while out of the station, and accessing department pre-plans.

   


 

TRAILER FIRE IN DISTRICT 128

Sunday, October 5, 2014  Chief 143 & Engine 143 responded to a working structure fire in Birchwood Estates on Sunday afternoon in Exeter. Chief 128 arrived on scene to find heavy fire in the rear of a residential trailer that was rapidly spreading.

Once on scene, Chief 143 would assume the role as the Safety Chief while the crew from Engine 143 would assist in overhaul. Due to the poor water system in the trailer park, Heavy Brush 143-3 was requested to the scene during this incident. All crews would operate on scene for over an hour before being released by Chief 128.

     



 

AMBULANCE 543 PARTICIPATES IN THE PAINT PITTSTON PINK 5K RUN

Saturday, October 4, 2014  Ambulance 543 participated in an EMS Detail in the City of Pittston for the Paint Pittston Pink 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Run on Saturday, October 4th. Ambulance 543 was a small part of the detail providing assistance to Pittston Ambulance Medic 29 during this event. Exeter Ambulance 528 also assisted during the run. Our department is proud to help support this great event and to always lend a hand to our neighbors.

     



 

ONE CAR CRASH ON ROCK STREET

Thursday, October 2, 2014  Engine 143 and Ambulance 543 would respond to the intersection of Rock and Kenley Street in the first due for a report of a vehicle that hit a house with unknown injuries. Engine 143 would arrive to find one car against the side of 195 Rock Street with the driver still inside.

Upon further investigation, it was noticed that the vehicle was actually against the gas meter and not the house. The vehicle was completely stabilized and the gas company was requested to the scene. The driver was assisted out of the passenger side of the vehicle and then became dizzy. After being evaluated by Ambulance 543 and Medic 303, the driver would refuse further treatment and transport while on scene.

Engine 143 would remain on scene until the vehicle was safely removed from the scene and the gas meter was checked by the gas company for any leaks. 

   


 

ISO RATING REMAINS AT 4

Wednesday, October 1, 2014  Through hard work and dedication, the Hughestown Hose Company has remained at a “4” rating from ISO, a fire department rating agency that provides ratings to insurance companies in setting fire insurance rates for borough residents and business owners. There are 2864 fire departments rated in Pennsylvania with the highest percentage of 737 departments with a rating of “9”.

To put this in perspective of how difficult it is to achieve the highest score of “1”, other cities which have a 24/7 paid staff like Bethlehem, Kingston, Scranton, and Erie all have a “4” rating. Wilkes-Barre has the highest local rating at “3”, joining just twenty five others in the state with the same rating. Only one fire department has a “1” and two departments have a “2” rating throughout the state.

The administration of the Hughestown Hose Company has taken the results of this study very serious and has implemented a plan to achieve a rating of “3” or lower in the future. This plan includes recently placing Firefighter/EMT on duty, twelve hours a day from Tuesday to Saturday, which started October 1st. Also, future plans include improving in house training and possibly adding a reserve pumper to the fleet.

   


 

STRIKE TEAM ACTIVATED FOR MAIN ROAD FIRE

Monday, September 29, 2014  After Ambulance 543 returned from the crash in Coxton, Lima 10 would activate Strike Team 143 to help fully extinguish a fire in Newport Twp. that has been burning under ground since yesterday. Our specialized crew worked the stubborn fire for more than five hours before returning to service. Brush 143-1 and Brush 143-3 responded to the call.

   


 
 
 

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