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Monday, June 10, 2013
LOCATION: FAIRLAWN DRIVE
INCIDENT TYPE: TRANSFORMER FIRE
UNIT(S) RESPONDED: FC143, E143, B143-1
Thursday, June 6, 2013
By special request of Command 279, the Chief and Engine responded to assist Station 279 with a working commercial structure fire on the corner of Main and Hughes Street in Swoyersville. First due crews arrived to find fire in the rear of the building with extension up to the second floor and attic.
Once on scene, the Chief and Engine Crew would join up with Rescue 112 and then setup on Side D of the building as the second due RIT Team. After going defensive earlier, crews would re-enter the structure to start overhauling. During this time, both RIT Teams would throw ladders and clean out windows. All units would operate on scene for over two hours before picking up and returning to service.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
On Wednesday evening, a box alarm was transmitted for a working commercial structure fire at the old KB Guilford's Restaurant on Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming. The first arriving crews encountered heavy fire throughout the building and would place multiple attack lines into service to try to control the fire.
Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to do accountability while the crew from Engine 143 would set up as the Rapid Intervention Team, controlling the utilities, laddering the building, forcing entry, and assisting in ventilation. A short time into the incident, Rescue 166 would be requested to the scene to take over as the RIT Team so the crew from Engine 143 could place a hose line into service in the basement.
After the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews would hook ceilings and extinguish the many hot spots. There were no injuries reported and all of the units remained on scene for approximately three hours before being released by Chief 191.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Firefighters from all over took part in a training exercise at the
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Thursday evening and
Friday morning, rescuing life size mannequins and putting out a fire in
an airplane simulator.This training takes place once a year at
the airport usually in the summer time. Even though the simulator is the
closest thing to an actual emergency many of these firefighters may
ever see, this class also allowed personnel to familiarize themselves
with airport procedures for these types of incidents.Crews from
airports in Binghamton, Reading, and Williamsport and firefighters from Station 143 attended this class.Station
143 would like to extend our gratitude to the entire Public Safety
Staff at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport for inviting us
to this training exercise.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Several members of the department recently completed a 16 hour Truck Company Operations class hosted by the Avoca Fire Department. Firefighters Brandon Collins, Patrick Kaczmarczyk, and Ryan Meranti completed the course.
As part of this course, members learned more about the interior and exterior roles and duties of a truck company at a working structure fire. The course instructors included Kevin Hazleton of Nanticoke Fire Department, Jim Wills of the Kingston Fire Department, and Firefighter Jason Rybeck of the FDNY. The former Saint Mary's Church Convent building was utilized for the practical portion of the class. Despite being an engine company, many of the skills learned in this class can be utilized when a truck compny is not available and in RIT operations.
The department would like to thank the Avoca Fire Department for inviting us to take part in this training course. Additional thanks to Avoca Fire Officers Lt. Chris Collins and Sgt. Jason Bartoli for their help working with our crew during this training.
Photo is courtesy of Avoca Fire Department.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Evening, the tones were dropped for a two car motor vehicle accident with unknown
injuries in front of 227 Rock Street in Hughestown. While enroute to the
scene, Comm Center advised Chief 143 that there were no injuries and that
a vehicle hit a parked car. Chief 143 was first to arrive on scene and reported that there was one vehicle with heavy rear end damage and another vehicle over a small embankment against a house.The crew
from Engine 143 would check both vehicles for hazards and start cleaning a
large amount of debris from the roadway. The Engine Officer then reported to Command that one of the vehicles was
leaking gasoline. Once the leak was
controlled, the Engine Company and Fire Police would assist with traffic
control until the vehicles could be safely removed from the scene. All units
operated on the scene for approximately one hour before returning to service.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Early Sunday morning, the Chief & Engine would be dispatched on the SRN for a working
structure fire on Maple Street in Old Forge. Chief 93 was first to arrive on
scene and found fire showing from the second floor of a two and a half story
wood frame multi-unit dwelling.While
enroute to the scene, command reported that there was fire on the first and
second floors as well as the attic. Since the house was reported to be vacant
and there was a partial roof collapse, Chief 93 ordered all units to evacuate the building and operate in a defensive mode.Once on the scene,
Chief 143 would be assigned as the Safety Chief while the crew from Engine 143
would go right to work, handling the initial RIT Team duties. All of the crews
would operate on scene for over three hours before being released by Command
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Chief 143 and Engine 143 responded into the Houston City section of Pittston Township today for a working basement fire on Spruce Street. Engine 166-3 was first to arrive and would establish the primary water supply and stretch an attack line into division one while Engine 112 stretched another attack line into the basement. Truck 226 arrived next and completed all of the truck company assignments.Once on scene, Chief 143 would assist command on division one while the crew from Engine 143 handled the RIT Team duties. The first arriving companies had a good knock on the fire and all units would operate on scene for less than two hours before picking up.
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Hughestown Hose Company, in conjunction with crews from Geisinger Medic 303 and Life Flight, offered an ALS Assistant Course at Station 143 to help show EMT’s and other first responders how they can work with and assist paramedics during emergency medical incidents. As part of the class, EMT’s had the opportunity to work along side of the paramedics to learn more about how they can help prepare and provide support during routine ALS procedures in the field such as EKG, advanced airway procedures, intravenous and intraosseous procedures, and CPR.EMT’s and first responders also had the opportunity to work with the newly acquired Lucas 2 CPR System being utilized by Geisinger Medic 303. Participants had the opportunity to setup and operate the Lucas system which provides continuous chest compressions, which has been shown to be a significant factor in successfully reviving heart attack victims.The department would like to thank Geisinger Medic 303 and Life Flight for providing this valuable training opportunity. The department would also like to thank the EMT’s from the local departments that attended this recent training opportunity. Stay tuned for more upcoming EMS training opportunities occurring at our station.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Shortly after the snow started falling this afternoon, Chief 143, Engine 143, and Ambulance 543 would all respond to a report of a possible natural gas leak in a residence on Maple Lane in Hughestown. Chief 143 would be first to arrive on scene and meet with the homeowner who stated they had encountered a strong sulfur like odor in their basement. Ambulance 543 and Engine 143 would be next to arrive on the scene. The crew from Engine 143, assisted by Engine 126, would enter the structure and conduct an investigation utilizing their multi-gas meters to try to find the source of the odor. Based upon information provided by the homeowner, it was concluded that the foul odor was caused by some recent plumbing work from earlier in the day and it was not a natural gas leak. All units would operate on the scene for approximately 40 minutes before returning to service.
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