New Heavy goes to work on initial call
May 8 - It was a bitter sweet day at Station
18. At approximately 730 pm, after more than two years of planning, building and
in-servicing, the new Heavy Rescue was officially placed in service. Our old
rig was sold in late January 2015. At that time, we purchased a reserve rescue
from the Wissahickon Fire Department - Rescue 7.
This rig served our community
flawlessly until yesterday when the equipment was officially transferred to the
new heavy. This task was not a simple one. Crew worked the last
nine days straight since the rig came home from the FDIC show in Indy. Hundreds
of hours have been spent just in tool layout and mounting equipment by our
volunteers. This was in addition to the countless planning
sessions, inspection trips and, oh yes, the fund raising activities to pay for
this rig and all our other equipment.
we left the station around 8 pm the question in everyone's mind was
when will it make its maiden voyage.
Unfortunately, there was no time wasted. At approximately 11pm R-18 and
18-9 were dispatched as part of the first alarm to a multi vehicle
accident at mm 215s in Harford's first due. As we rolled out the door
listen to the incident escalating into a serious event.|
quickly that the new heavy's first run was going to was going to put
vehicular accident planning phase of the rig to the test. Upon 18's
the rescue went into a heavy deployment and went to work.
Overall the rig
performed as it was designed and provided the crews with the tooling needed to
save multiple lives in the accidents of today. Sadly, the outcome was not what we would
hope. All though many were saved, there were some who unfortunately did not.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.As for the efforts on scene - an
outstanding job by all involved and a true example of teamwork.
New Rescue 18 in service
Home! The new heavy was on March 29. A huge thanks to all who made this
replacement project possible. The rig went in service in May 8.
Car vs Tractor Trailor on Route 81
0303hrs R18, 18-9, HE4 and HA5 were dispatched to the 210.7 for a car vs. truck
pulling a trailer with confirmed injuries in 18’s first due. While enroute
crews encountered treacherous driving conditions. Chief 18-4 arrived to find a
passenger vehicle vs tractor trailer underride. Command requested HE4 shut the
interstate down at the 208 crossover to protect the crews and avoid additional
accidents. R18 went into the scene and handled their duties while 18-9 and HA5 made the treck to Scranton transporting two. Both rigs would encounter
more ice and accidents on their way. On the return trip, 18-9 was added to
the multi-vehicle accident at the 199 mile marker.
|Ladder, Tanker and 18-9 |
Work at Lenox Twp. Box
On Sunday morning February 7, at approx. 0045hrs, L18, T18,
and 18-9 would respond as part of the second alarm assignment for a working
residential fire on the Glenwood Switch Road, Lenox Twp. Upon arrival,
L18 would be requested to the front of the building for master stream
operations due to poor interior conditions. Crews would split with one
setting the truck while the other began exterior overhaul operations. T18
would join in the tanker shuttle and 18-9 stood by for EMS. Crews worked
for approximately four hours before returning.
Car vs. Pole
On Friday afternoon Station 18 was dispatched for a car vs.
pole with possible entrapment. With the report, Lt18a added E24 and 24-9
to the run. Units would arrive and find one vehicle into a pole with the
occupant still in the vehicle with a large dumpster against the driver’s
side. Kozlowski Towing arrived along with the units from 18 and they
quickly slid the dumpster away from the vehicle to allow better access.
One victim was transported and remainings units cleared.
Thoughts and Prayers
Marge Lynch, charter member of our Ladies
Auxiliary recently passed away. Marge and her husband Steve (charter member
of the fire company) were both instrumental in the Ladies Auxiliary and the
fire company. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
||Acting Rescue 18
many of you know, the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company takes a
very proactive approach to outfitting our responders with the most
up-to-date equipment to provide the best possible services to our
community and surrounding areas that is fiscally possible. In May
2014, a rescue committee was formed to begin design of a replacement
heavy rescue vehicle. As
the design continued to evolve at the committee level, the sale of our
then heavy rescue truck was completed to Justus Vol. Fire Company in
January. To continue to provide all the services to the community
in the interim, a reserve rescue was purchased from Wissahickon Fire
Department near Ambler, Pa.
This unit was placed into service on February 14th and is serving the
community well as we await the new rescue.
|Structure Fire In Lenox
12 - At approximately 1435 hrs, the structure box was dispatched for a
working garage fire on Ledger Road, Lenox Township in 18's first due.
18-12 arrived quickly reporting a 3 vehicle, single story plus detached
garage well involved with partial collapse. L18 would arrive and crews
would place (2) 1 3/4" lines and the 2 1/2" in-service. The assignment
was held to the first alarm companies and 2nd alarm tankers along with
41-9 for rehab. Crews would open up and complete overhaul. Units worked
approx. 2 1/2 hours on the job. Thanks to all for a job well done.
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