Dwelling Fire on Franks Drive
On Monday, Dec. 3, 2007,
at 04:16 hours, East Allen Twp. Station 46 and
Allen Twp. Station 45 were dispatched to a dwelling fire on Franks Drive in
Spring Lake Village East Allen Township, just west of Airport Road.
Upon arrival Chief 4651 confirmed a working attic fire and requested a
full response from Bath Station 40. Engine 4611 arrived and 1-1
3/4" hand line was used to attack the fire. Ladder 4621 vented the
roof. Most of the fire was knocked down quickly, however, numerous
hotspots required the pulling of ceilings and extensive overhaul.
Additional manpower was requested from Hanover Township Station 15 and
Northampton Station 42.
Christmas in the Park at Bicentennial Park West
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007,
Township held its first annual 'Christmas in the Park' at Bicentennial
Park West. Numerous activities and events were enjoyed by all,
including Santa arriving on Ladder 4621.
Prevention Week Oct. 7 - 13, 2007
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007,
EAFD took our Fire
Prevention Week show on the road to the children in Sunday School at
St. Peters United Church of Christ.
In spite of the cool weather everyone seemed to enjoy the outdoor
activities, including the firefighters.
Friday, Oct. 12, 2007,
provided a morning of Fire Prevention and Fun for about 32 youngsters
and about a-dozen-and-half parents and teachers from St. John's Nursery
School. The kids learned about Fire Prevention Week, how to evacuate,
what to do in smoke and if clothing catches fire, and fire safety with
Bert and Ernie.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007,
a group of youngsters, parents and teachers from The Wonder Kids Day
Care Center visited the fire station. They heard about fire safety, got
to see a firefighter in full firefighting regalia, toured the station,
saw fire trucks, and got to squirt water from a real fire hose. The
weather was hot so no one minded the water games.
MVA on Nor-Bath Blvd.
Monday, Sept. 17, 2007,
Dispatched for Motor Vehicle Accident on Nor-Bath Blvd. On arrival
(4691) advised units that there was one patient entrapped in the car.
Rescue 4641 and Engine 4611 responded to on scene. Engine 4611 crews
stretched a 1¾ inch hand line to protect the rescues and patient.
Rescue 4641 crew used the Hurst spreaders to free the patient. The
units cleared the scene within 45 minutes.
4641, Engine 4611
Concrete Apron for Fire Station
the past month we have been working to improve the area directly in
front of our apparatus bays. The macadam was showing its age and
was beginning to fail under the weight of apparatus when parked for
periods of time. Much of the labor and material were donated.
plunges into house with collapse and entrapment!
Friday, July 6, the above dispatch came over our pagers for an MVA on
Weaversville Rd. It's the kind of call that sends all first
responders' hearts into tachycardia. East Allen Fire and EMS
Stations 46 and Allen Township Fire Station 46 were dispatched
initially. First arriving units confirmed the situation.
Dues to the time of day and the not knowing if anyone was in the home at
the time, Chief 4651 requested additional units from Hanover Fire
Station 15 and Lehigh County Han-Le-Co Fire Station 33. For a
while it was an 'all hands' call. A protective hose line was
stretched, extrication and patient care were initiated, a primary search
of the house was conducted and shoring up of the front wall was begun.
All work proceeded well and extrication of a lone occupant was completed
without further incident. Following removal of the victim, the car
was removed from the dwelling, which allowed a search of the collapse
area immediately adjacent to the vehicle. The lone occupant of the
home turned out to be away at the time of the accident. Fire, EMS
and State Police worked together seamlessly to get a difficult job done
on this hot day.
Command: Chief 4651
Units: Stations 46, 45, 15, 33
On Saturday, June 2, all of the planning of the last several months came
together for a full scale drill at Gracedale in Upper Nazareth Township.
The scenario was a fire on Tower 3, with fire involving at least three
rooms and multiple victims needing to be located, rescued, removed and
triaged. There were the traditional challenges of dealing with a
fire in a high-rise building. There were the newer challenges of
trying to incorporate NIMS and ICS along with an evolving communication
system, and organizations not accustomed to working with one another.
The drill was deemed a success on many fronts, however, the extreme heat
limited the activities to one full evolution. East Allen Fire acted as
the RIT Team for the event.
Command: Chief 54
Units: Stations 14, 40, 46, 50, 52, 53, 54
Dwelling Fire at Whispering Hollow Mobile Home Park with Allen Twp.
On Sunday, May 13 - Dispatched
to assist Station 45 on a dwelling fire. On arrival Tanker 4631 was
requested for manpower. When the next unit arrived the crew from Engine
4611 went to the rear of the dwelling to assist the crew from Station
45. Ladder 4621 also responded for manpower. 4651 was accountability
Command: Assist. Chief 4552
Units: Stations 45, 46, 47, 42
New Trailer 4643
On Saturday, May 12, a new trailer was received to
replace the 1986 Mack Haz-Mat Truck. The unit is currently being
outfitted with shelving and other components prior to being placed into
MVA at Airport Road and Nor-Bath Blvd.
On Tuesday, May 1, upon arrival found three-vehicle
accident. One vehicle on the northwest corner on the grass and the other
vehicle on Airport Road north of Nor-Bath Blvd. A third vehicle involved
was parked in the lot of Barnhouse Restaurant. EMS 4672 took EMS
command. Fire personnel stabilized vehicle 1 and vehicle 2. Also
provided spill control and traffic control.
Command: Fire Chief 4651
Units: R4641, E4611
Farwell Brush 4642
On Saturday, April 28, members of EAFD, said good-bye to
Brush 4642, a 1989 GMC after 18 years of service. Later this year we
will be taking delivery of a replacement unit.
Brush Fire at Blue
Mountain with Lehigh County Station No. 24
On Saturday, April 21 - Dispatched for a Mountain
Fire with Lehigh County Station 24. The request came thru Lehigh
Township Chief 4751. Responded with 4647, 4645, Township Pubic Works
Truck, Chief 4651 and his ATV and trailer. A five man crew went to the
east end of the fire and proceeded up the mountain. 4651 and 4652 both
on ATVs proceeded to the west end of the fire to transport equipment and
personnel into the fire area. 4751 ordered that all crews be removed
from the mountain before nightfall. All 46 crew members rehabbed and
accounted for. Released by 47 command.
Command: Fire Chief 4751
Units: B4647, ATV4645, PW46
Haz-Mat on Chrisphalt
Drive and PA Rt. 512
On Saturday, April 14 - Dispatched for diesel fuel
spill at Chrisphalt Dr. and PA 512. On arrival (4651) found a semi
trailer disconnected from the tractor. The trailer was a refrigeration
unit and it had a 50 gallon diesel tank under the trailer. This tank as
a result of the trailer disconnecting from the tractor was split open
causing the spill. There was approx. 30 gallons of diesel fuel on the
roadway (Chrisphalt Drive). No injuries reported. Provided spill control
Command: Fire Chief 4651
Units: R4641, B4642
Dumpster Fire on Nor-Bath
On Monday, April 9 - Dispatched for dumpster fire.
Upon arrival found 6 by 6 dumpster smoking. Used 1 inch line to extinguish fire.
Assisted by Station 45.
Command: Fire Marshal 4660
Units: E4611, E4511
with fire on Airport Road
On Monday, April 9 - Dispatched as Motor Vehicle
Accident with unknown
injuries. Updated to vehicle into house and vehicle on fire. Requested
County put Stations 15 and 40 on standby. Updated by TEAMS to vehicle on fire
but not into house.
Upon arrival there was a Jeep in the yard of a home
on Airport Rd. fully involved and a Hyundai on the roadside. There was a
driver only in each vehicle. Both were out of the vehicles. Fire units
from Station 46 stretched a 1¾ inch hand line to extinguish fire, assisted
by Station 45. Fire was extinguished without incident.
Command: Fire Marshal 4660
Units: E4611, T4631, R4641, E4511
to Josh Smith
Friday, March 30 - Josh Smith placed third at a state competition of
firefighting skills at the Schnecksville Fire Co. and won a BRONZE
METAL. He placed first at a local district competition of
firefighting skills at the Bethlehem Twp. Fire Co. and won a GOLD
METAL. This was a program provided by the
Bethlehem-Northampton Area Vo-tech School.
Decon Engine Company Drill
at Catasauqua High School
Saturday, March 24, East Allen Township Fire Department took place in a
Lehigh and Northampton County joint emergency exercise program at the Caty
High School. The drill included the evacuation of a number of victims
from the school who had been 'exposed' to a white powder substance from the
air handling system. Engine 4611 set up a mass decon operation along
with several other mass decon engine engine companies. Engine 4611 is
one of only 3 or 4 such companies in Northampton County. A mass decon
engine is equipped with a special Trident nozzle, a tarp with curtains, and
a number of decon kits (protective clothing and replacement clothing) for
those going through decontamination. The crew has also received
MVA at Weaversville Road and Bullshead Road
Sunday March 11, 2007, a lone occupant of an SUV sustained minor injuries when her vehicle lost control on the ice and struck a utility pole.
The accident brought down live wires on her vehicle, and the victim could
not be removed until the arrival of the power company. Rescue 4641 and
Engine 4611 responded, while Chief 4651 took command.
Farwell Haz-Mat 4643
On Saturday March 10, the members of EAFD, said Good-bye
1986 Mack MS after 16 years of service. Later this year we will be
taking delivery of a replacement unit.
Brush 4647 upgraded
4647 is getting an electrical system upgrade. Much of the original
wiring is being replaced due to age and the lighting is being brought up to
current standards. All the work is being done in-house.
A group of 12 members of EAFD recently completed
the 24-hour NIMS-300 training program. This is the first such program
in Northampton County. Those completing the program included Assistant
Chief Ray Anthony, Captain Lee Boehning, Jr., Fire Chief Barry Frantz,
Firefighter Sean Frantz, Firefighter EMT Julie Hamilton, Firefighter Donnie
Hunter, Deputy Chief Brett Kresh, Fire Police Lieut. Gary Maursky, Fire
Marshal John McDevitt, Fire Police Captain Carl Schafer, Junior Firefighter
Josh Smith and Fire Captain Marc Wisniewski. The course was taught by
Chris Post, Dave Swoyer and Tom Barnowski.
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