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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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
6/Spill 41-2 responded to assist on an MVA in York Springs
(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.
Photos available at
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
LATE SNOW LEADS TO MVA
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
(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
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
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
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!
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
monthly training night was spent going over the equipment
carried on Rescue 6, as well as a review of rescue
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
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
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
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