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2013 ARCHIVE INCIDENTS


2 MVA's IN SAME LOCATION

11/23-24/13 - Co. 6, Engine 7-1 and Medic 53 were dispatched late Saturday night for an MVA with one overturned on Carlisle Rd at Yellow Hill Rd.  Units arrived to find one vehicle on its roof in the roadway, with  patients to be found.  The box was placed in service with fire police remaining.

 

In the early morning hours on Sunday morning, the same assignment was dropped for the same location for an MVA with ejection and wires down.  With units enroute, Adams advised that the vehicle also struck a gas meter, and there was an odor of gas in the area; they also advised that the caller stated they had the patients inside their residence at the scene.  Rescue 6, 6A and Medic 53 arrived simultaneously, confirming the info.  EMS units entered the residence to assess the patients, with Rescue 6's crew assessing hazards around the vehicle.  Engine 7-1 was assigned to investigate and mitigate the gas leak, and Engine 6-2 took a blocking position at the top of the hill and sent its crew forward to assist with EMS.  Medic 53 then requested 2 additional BLS, 1 additional ALS and airmedical, bringing 6A1, 1A, Cumberland MICU 240 and LifeLion 3.  The LZ was set up north of the scene with Engine 7-1 handling, but then moved to Biglerville High School with Engine 5-1 dispatched to handle.  Upon MICU 240's arrival, they requested another helicopter, bringing LifeLion 1, with Engine 7-1 handling the LZ at the original LZ location.  The box was then placed in service with fire police remaining.


 

QUAKER VALLEY RD GARAGE FIRE

11/14/13 - Co. 6 assisted on a working garage fire attached to a house on Quaker Valley Rd.  Tanker 6, Rescue 6, Engine 6-2 and 6A assisted on the scene, with a great stop by Co. 5's crew!

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100th Anniversary

The Biglerville Hose & Truck Co. #1 celebrated its 100th anniversary with a ceremony on November 10th.  Thank you to all of the members of the community and state/national representatives who came out to support us in reaching this milestone!

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KNOUSE AFA, BORO MVA

11/8/13 - Engine 6-2 was alerted for an automatic fire alarm at Knouse Foods.  The engine responded and found that the facility was testing the alarm, and that there was no problem.

 

At 1112 hrs, the station doorbell rang with bystanders informing personnel of a crash just as the tones dropped for the same crash.  Rescue 6 and 6A were out the door in 2 minutes, finding a small SUV vs box truck and into a parked car


 

MVA DURING FALL FEST

9/12/13 - During the first night of Fall Fest, units were dispatched for a MVA at 2544 Biglerville Rd.  Frederick Engine-Tanker 64, our transfer engine, responded along with 6A and Medic 28.  With units enroute, Adams advised that callers stated that the patient and his motorcycle were stuck in a tree.  Truck 1 was then added to the response.  Units arrived to find the patient only a few feet off the ground, and brought him down out of the tree.  Engine 6-2 was then added to the assignment for a landing zone at the Biglerville Elementary School.

 


 

MOBILE HOME FIRE IN BOX 1-4

9/9/13 - Tanker 6, Engine 6-2 and 6A assisted Co. 1 with a mobile home fire at Lincoln Estates.

Photos by Bill McLaughlin

 


ASSIST CO 7 ON HOUSE FIRE

9/8/13 - Co. 6 responded to assist Co. 7 with a house fire at 160 Reservoir Rd.  Co. 6 assisted with overhaul and ventilation.


 

CHICKEN HOUSE FIRE

9/5/13 - Co. 6 was dispatched on the first alarm assignment for a chicken house fire in box 25-2.  Co. 6 responded with Tanker 6, Engine 6-2, Rescue 6, and ambulances 6A and 6A1.  Units assisted with investigation, extinguishment and overhaul, finding an electrical fire in the middle of the barn that extended into the framework.


 

CAR VS TRACTOR TRAILER

8/15/13 - Co. 6 was dispatched for an MVA at Hanover and Penn streets in Biglerville Boro.  Units found a tractor trailer vs car, and controlled hazards and assisted EMS.


 

ONE INTO THE POLE/HOUSE

8/10/13 - Co. 6 units were dispatched for a MVA on Table Rock Rd in box 6-1.  Units arrived to find 1 vehicle into a pole and then into a house.  Co. 6 units controlled hazards, and the driver was found to be not injured.


ACVESA CONVENTION

8/8-10/13 - Co. 6 proudly hosted the 2013 ACVESA Convention, culminating with a parade and concert by Brittany Opperman on 8/10.  Thank you to everybody who came out, and congratulations to the award winners!


 

ELECTRICAL FIRE

8/8/13 - Co. 6 responded on the first alarm for an electrical fire in box 5-7.  Co. 6 units staged on scene before being released 


 

CONFINEMENT IN THE 6-8 BOX

7/31/13 - Units were dispatched for an MVA w/entrapment at Heidlersburg Rd and Old Carlisle Rd.  Units arrived to find 2 vehicles involved, with a Jeep on its side and the driver still inside.  The driver was able to self-extricate after the soft top was cut.


 

HAZMAT UNIT TO YORK SPRINGS

7/23/13 -Service 6/Spill 41-2 responded to assist on an MVA in York Springs boro.

(Photo by The Evening Sun)


 

ENGINE TO GETTYSBURG AGAIN

7/18/13 -While Co. 1 units were operating on a brush fire on Rt 15, Engine 6-2 responded to an AFA on Stratton St in Gettysburg Boro.  After investigating and finding nothing, Engine 6-2 was requested to respond to the brush fire, and assisted with fire attack and mopup.


 

ENGINE AND AMBULANCE ON GETTYSBURG FIRE

7/15/13 -Engine 6-2 and 6A responded to a house fire at 133 W Middle St in Gettysburg Boro.  Engine 6-2's crew checked the exposure building for extension, and 6A assisted with rehab.

(Photos by Bill McLaughlin)

 


 

ENGINE COMPANY FIRST IN ON 1-6-30 BOX

7/4/13 -Co. 1 and Engine 6-2  were dispatched for a brush fire impinging on a house on Dew Drop Ln.  Engine 6-2 was out the door quickly with a crew of 6, and arived on scene to find Lt 1 (Folster) on the scene with a pine tree that had caught fire as a result of children playing with fireworks.  The engine crew pulled a line to soak down the area, and the box was placed in service shortly.

(Photos by Bill McLaughlin)


 

HOUSE FIRE REKINDLE

7/1/13 -Engine 6-2 and Tanker 6 responded on the assignment for a rekindle of the previous night's house fire in box 9-8.  An insurance adjuster on the scene had found smoldering insulation and called it in.  Tanker 6 staged and Engine 6-2's crew went to the scene to assiste with cleanup.


3 CALL DAY

6/30/13 -Co. 6 kept busy with 3 calls for the last day of June, including 2 working fires.  The first call came at 0334 for a house fire on Mt Tabor Rd in box 7-1.  Units arrived to find a working fire and worked on extinguishment; unfortunately, the house was a total loss.

 

At 1851, units were alerted for a house fire in box 9-8 on White Oak Tree Rd.  Co. 9 found a working attic fire and went to work extinguishing the fire, confining the fire to the attic area.  Tanker 6 assisted with water supply, Rescue 6 sent manpower to the scene and Engine 6-2 established a fill site near the scene.
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At 2254, Co. 6 and Engine 5-1 were alerted for a vehicle accident with a vehicle into a building.  Rescue 6 was still stuck in the mud at the scene of the previous house fire, so Rescue 1 was then alerted.  Engine 6-2 and 6A arrived to find a single car that struck the sidewalk, and was not into the building, and held Co. 6 units and placed the rest of the box in service.  Adams advised that PSP requested that units remain on the scene until they arrived, as they had been looking for the vehicle involved.


 

RESCUE ASSISTS CO 1

6/25/13 -Rescue 6, 6A and Service 6/Spill 41-2 assisted Co. 1 with a tractor trailer accident on Rt 15.  Rescue 6 assisted with patient removal and Spill 41-2 worked on fluid control. 


 

ONE INTO THE POLE

6/4/13 -Co. 6 and engine Co. 1 were  alerted for a vehicle accident on Goldneville Rd.  Rescue 6, 6A and 6A1 arrived to find one vehicle into a pole with heavy damage to the pole and moderate damage to the car.  6A obtained patient refusals and Rescue 6 checked for hazards before placing the box in service.


 

2 GAS LEAKS

5/21/13 -Engine 6-2 responded in the morning hours for an odor of gas outside at Little's Gas in box 6-8.  Asst. Chief 25 was in the area and arrived on the scene with no odor, and facility employees advised there was no leak.  Engine 6-2 placed the box in service.

 

In the afternoon, the tones dropped for an inside odor of gas at 163 N Main St in the boro, bringing Co. 5 and Co. 6.  Engine 6-2 arrived and pulled a handline and spoke with the resident, who advised that there was an odor of gas in the kitchen.  Engine 6-2 and Tower 5 investigated, and found that the oven was turned on  but not lit.  Crews turned off the oven and finished metering the house, and then returned to service.


 

TRACTOR TRAILERS COLLIDE

5/6/13 -Company 6 responded to the intersection of Old Carlisle Rd and Heidlersburg Rd for a vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer.  Units arrived to find 2 tractor trailers involved, both undriveable.  Rescue 6 checked and controlled hazards, while 6A evaluated both drivers and transported 1 patient.  Rescue 6 remained on the scene to provide lighting for Lady & Taylor while they hooked up and towed the trucks.

 

 


 

BACK TO BACK MVA'S

5/3/13 -Companies 6, 1 and Medic 28 were dispatched for a vehicle accident with entrapment in front of the SPCA on Goldenville Rd.  Subsequent reports advised of a vehicle up a pole at a 45 degree angle.  6A arrived to find the driver out of the vehicle; Command 6 held Co.6 and placed the rest of the box in service.  Rescue 6 checked for hazards and stayed on the scene until the tow company removed the vehicle from the guide wire.

 

Just after units returned from the first crash, Adams 911 dispatched units for a MVA in front of Kennies Market.  Rescue 6, 6A and Engine 6-2 responded and found a car vs motorcycle with minor injuries.
 

 


5/3/13 -FF/EMT's J Day and L Powell with Emergency Responder D Long traveled to York County to pay respects to Chief Rodney Miller of the Loganville FD, who was killed in the line of duty.


 

HEAVY VEHICLE TRAINING

4/19-21/13 -Rescue 6 and Service 6 participated in a Heavy Vehicle Stabilization and Extrication class held at Co. 7 and instructed by Mid-Atlantic Technical Rescue. 


 

THE ROOF IS ON FIRE

4/9/13 -The pre-alert sounded at 1654 for 4 S Main St at the Thomas Brothers Country Store for a possible building fire.  Deputy 6 (Leedy) arrived to find smoke and fire visible from from the roof and requested the Working Fire Dispatch.  Engine 6-2 arrived and stretched a line to the roof, finding roofing materials on fire.  Tower 5 was sent to the Bravo side, and Truck 1 was sent to side Delta, with both laddering the roof; Engine 1-1 layed in from S Main St, and Engine 7-1 layed in from N Main St.  The fire was knocked quickly and overhaul was completed.    Control was marked in about 20 minutes, and units began to be released.  Thankfully, this was not the "big one"!


 

ENGINE RESCUE AND AMBULANCE FOR APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE

4/8/13 -Co. 6 units were dispatched to assist on the Working Fire Dispatch for an apartment building fire with possible entrapment on S Washington St in Gettysburg Boro.  Engine 6-2, Rescue 6 and ambulance 6A responded, and assisted with salvage and overhaul operations.

(Photos by Bill Mclaughlin)

 


 

AFA CAUSED BY WOODSTOVE

4/7/13 -Co.6 was alerted for an automatic fire alarm at 9 Penn St.  Engine 6-2 responded, as well as Deputy Chief 6(Leedy).  Deputy 6 arrived on the scene and conversed with the residents, and advised the engine to stage while he investigated.  The cause of the alarm was determined to be smoke from a neighbor's woodstove entering through an open window, and the box was placed in service.

 


 

ENGINE GOES TO GETTYSBURG

4/3/13 -Engine 6-2 was alerted for a fire in the basement at the Gettysburg Tour Center in box 1.  Engine 6-2 responded with 6 and upon arrival was assigned to send personnel to the scene.  The engine crew staged and assisted Co. 1 with repacking hose and returned to service.

(Photos by Bill Mclaughlin)


 

CAR INTO DITCH

3/26/13 -Co. 6 and Engine 25-1 were dispatched for  a vehicle accident in the area of 930 Benders Church Rd.  Units arrived and found 1 vehicle into the ditch with no injuries, and the box was placed in service.

(Photos/Video by FF Powell)

 

 


 

PILE OF TIRES ON FIRE

3/22/13 -Co. 7 was dispatched shortly before lunch time for a miscellaneous fire on Coon Rd.  When units asked for clarification on the type of fire, County advised that there was a fire in a pile of approx. 1000 tires.  A few minutes later, they advised that the caller was now stating that there were only a few tires on fire, but that there were "a few thousand" on the pile.  After being on the scene for a few minutes, Command 7 requested an additional engine and tanker, alerting Engine 6-2 and Tanker 6.  Rescue 6 ended up responding as there were no drivers for the engine or tanker available at the time.  Eventually the engine and tanker both responded, with the engine and rescue crews assisting with attack and overhaul, and the tanker assisting with water supply.  Ambulance 6A also responded and staged on the scene.

 


3/20/13 -Co. 6 personnel loaded up and went to Crop Production Services on Arendtsville Rd for a facility walkthrough.  Employees there informed personnel of the various hazardous materials that are stored in the building, and how to handle emergencies there.

 


3/19/13 -Co. 6 personnel met at the station along with Co. 25 to go over the new accountability system that the county is placing into service.  The session was very informative and we are looking forward to the system going into service in April!

 


LATE SNOW LEADS TO MVA

3/18/13 -   In the midst of an unusual mid-March snowstorm, units were dispatched for a MVA on Carlisle Rd in front of Hollabaughs.  Engine 6-2 and ambulance 6A responded and found 2 vehicles off the side of the road.  Units returned to service shortly.

(Photo by FF/EMT Redding)

 


 

CHIEF, PRESIDENT ACCEPT GENEROUS DONATION

3/14/13 -Chief Eric Bowmaster and President Buddy Redden attended a ceremony at the Gettysburg Hotel and accepted a donation of $2500 from the Monsanto Fund.  This donation was made possible by Smithfield Farms, who submitted us for this grant through the America's Farmers Grow Communities program through the Monsanto Fund.  More info about this program can be found here.

 

 


  

3/9/13 -Engine 6-2 returned after being out of service for about a week to have the damaged rear bumper replaced.  The new bumper is extended for firefighter safety while deploying and reloading hose from the rear of the engine.


 

6TH CAVALRY RUNS ENTRAPMENT TO KICK OFF APPRECIATION BANQUET

2/23/13 -About a half hour before the start of the annual Appreciation Banquet, the tones dropped for a vehicle accident with entrapment at the intersection of Main St and York St.  Rescue 6, Engine 6-2, Ambulance 6A and Carroll Amb 5-8(transfer for the banquet) responded and found 1 car into a pole, with the driver trapped by the dash.  Crews performed a door removal, roof flap and dash lift to free the pt from the car.  Engine 5-1 also assisted on the scene.

 

 

2012 APPRECIATION BANQUET

After cleaning up from the crash, personnel enjoyed the annual appreciation banquet with great food and a few words from the Chief, President, Auxiliary President and EMS Captain.  Awards were presented, and a special presentation was made to Mike Smith, former chief, in appreciation for his many years of service to the department.
Award winners:
Line Officers Award: Buddy Redden

Jr Firefighter of the Year: Samuel Biesecker

Volunteer of the Year: Sue Leedy

 


 

2ND WORKING FIRE OF THE WEEK

2/22/13 -Tones dropped at 0628 for a house fire at 475 Belmont Rd, bringing Tanker 6 on the first alarm.  Captain 1(Hiller) reported heavy fire visible from a mile out and requested the working fire dispatch, bringing Engine 6-2, Rescue 6 and Ambulance 6A.  Tanker 6 shuttled multiple loads of water, Rescue 6 sent its crew to assist with fire attack and overhaul.  Engine 6-2 handled the fill site just north of the scene.  Chief 6 and FF Keck endured a close call while checking for extension on the D side, being struck by falling debris and nearly being struck by the master stream in operation

 

 


 

FIRST DUE WORKING FIRE

2/20/13 -The pre-alert sounded  at 0615 for a house fire in box 6-5 on Clear Spring Rd.  Deputy 6 (Leedy) arrived on scene and requested the Working Fire Dispatch (WFD).  Tower 5 arrived on scene first, and Engine 5-1 and 6-2 arrived simultaneously; the engine companies pulled lines and went to work on the interior, while Tower 5 laddered and performed ventilation.  Additional first alarm units arrived and assisted with fire attack and overhaul, and additional tankers were called for water supply.  Thanks to Engine-Tanker 19 for standing by in our station!

 

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Rescue 6 and ambulance 6A were alerted at 1407 hrs to box 1-5 for a CO Alarm./p>

 

At 1830 hrs, Co. 6 and 7 held a joint training session at Adams Electric on Biglerville Rd.  Crews listened to a presentation from electric company personnel about the dangers and potential problems involving power lines that we may encounter on a scene.  Crews were also treated to a demonstration on different ways that these problems can occur, and were able to ask questions and look at equipment used by the electric company.

 


 

FEBRUARY MONTHLY TRAINING

2/19/13 -February's monthly training night was spent going over the equipment carried on Rescue 6, as well as a review of rescue operations procedures.


 

RESCUE AND TANKER ON 2nd ALARM

2/10/13 -Rescue 6 responded with 5 personnel on the 2nd alarm assignment for a house fire at 1525 Latimore Valley Rd in box 9-5.  Just prior to Rescue 6's arrival,  Command 9 evacuated the building.  The Rescue crew staged initially, and then went into the basement to evaluate what was left of the floor above; once this part was determined to be safe, the crew proceeded to the 1st floor and found fire in the attic of a bedroom.  This was extinguished and the crew then proceeded to work on overhaul and foamed the interior of the 1st floor, before moving to the second floor and doing the same.  Tanker 6 responded on a request for atdditional tankers.

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DUMPING THE HOUSE FOR A CHIMNEY FIRE

1/25/13 - Co. 6 responded with the engine, rescue, tanker and ambulance for a chimney fire with possible extension on East Berlin Rd in box 25-2.  Co. 6 units staged and assisted with ventilation.

 

 


 

RESCUE ASSISTS ON FATAL FIRE

1/20/13 - Rescue 6 was requested to assist for air on a fatal house fire on Mount Hope Rd in box 2-6.  Rescue 6 responded with 3 and filled a few bottles before being released.

 


 

RESCUE AND AMBULANCE ON CHIMNEY FIRE

1/19/13 - Ambulance 6A and Rescue 6 assisted Co. 7(Bendersville) on a chimney fire on Center Mills Rd.  The rescue crew staged in front of the house until being released

 

 

 


 

ORCHARD LN HOUSE FIRE

1/18/13 - Co. 6 dumped house to assist on a house fire in box 7-6, bringing Engine 6-2, Rescue 6, Tanker 6, Ambulances 6A, 6A1 and Service/Rehab 6.  6A was the first apparatus on the scene and assumed Command at the request of Chief 7(Mellhorn).  Engine 6-2 handled the fill site, Rescue 6 assisted with Air, Tanker 6 supplied Engine 7-2, and EMS units assisted with rehab.  Reports from bystanders indicated that the cause of this fire might be suspicious.
Units on the call:
Engines R1, 5-1, 6-2, 7-1, 7-2, 9-1, 25-2

Tankers 4, 6, 9, E10-2, 25, ET27

Rescue 6, RIT33

Tower 5

Ambulances 6A, 6A1, 9A

Service/Rehab 6

 

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