Fire calls

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Chimney fire in Southampton Twp.

 Today Company 49 responded to a chimney fire on Kline Road in Southampton Twp. Engine 49 crew checked for extension before being placed in service by Command 52. Photos by Denny Clopper

Another busy day for the 49 house

Yesterday was another busy day for Company 49 with 4 runs. The day started around 07:42 for an overturned tractor trailer on I-81 in Penn Twp. in the area of 35.5 S/B. Engine 49 was placed in service by Chief 50 just prior to arriving on the scene. The second call was a brush fire to the rear of 30 East Main St in Walnut Bottom, South Newton Twp around 13:30. Brush 49 arrived to find a 10 x 10 area and returned to service in a few minutes. The third call came in at 16:27 and took us back out onto I-81 S/B in South Newton Twp. for a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, Chief 49 found it to be a disabled vehicle and the box was placed in service. The last call of the evening came in just after 22:00 for Tanker 49 to respond to a house fire in Lurgan Twp. Franklin County on Mowersville Road. A short time later Engine 49 was also requested to the scene. Tanker 49 arrived and staged and the Engine crew assisted with overhaul. Company 49 units were placed in service around midnight. T/T rollover photo stolen from Co 47 - House fire photo by Denny Clopper

Christmas brings 3 call day

Yesterday Company 49 ran 3 calls, First was a possible gas leak in the area of 560 Walnut Bottom Rd in Southampton Twp around 17:00. Company 49 arrived to find a gas line feed going into JLG had blown the pop off valve. Units staged and monitored the air in the area until UGI arrived and secured the leak, we cleared in about an hour. The second call came in around 20:00 and was for manpower at the scene of a house fire in Upper Frankford Twp. in Bloserville. Engine 49 arrived and assisted with overhaul pulling some ceiling and cleaning debris out of a room on Division 1. We were on scene for a little over an hour before being placed in service by Command 48. The 3rd call came in around 23:00 for a medical assist in North Newton Twp. House fire photos by Denny Clopper

Crews dispatched for possible house fire

At 03:27 units were dispatched for a possible house fire in the area of Ritner Hwy and Firehouse Rd. Second call back from the original caller advising after further investigation this was a large pile of debris. Engine 49 and Chief 49 arrived at 2002 Ritner Hwy to confirm this was a large pile of stumps burning with nobody around. The box was held to Company 49 units. We extinguished the bulk of the fire due to flying embers. The owner came out and advised he had not burnt the pile for over 3 weeks  but did stir up the pile yesterday. Units cleared a short time later. Photos by Co 49

Engine 49 responds to Lebo Rd, Penn Twp.

This morning around 10 am Engine 49 responded to an auto accident, vehicle into a tree. Chief 150 arrived advising negitive injuries and held Engine 49. Engine 49 arrived and secured hazards before returning to service. Photos by Larry Davidson

Tanker on Franklin County House Fire

Yesterday Tanker 49 responded to assist Company 51 on a house fire in Franklin County.

2 alarm house fire in Shippensburg Boro

Earlier this evening Engine 49 responded to the Boro of Shippensburg for a 2 alarm house fire on South Washington Street. Photos by Denny Clopper

Car into the woods

Yesterday (Thursday) Engine 49 was alerted on the 52 box for an auto accident on I-81 South Bound in the area of Mile marker 31. Engine 49 arrived to find a car about 50' off the Interstate into the woods. Because of the location and circumstances the roof needed to be removed to extricate the patient. Units operated for about an hour before being placed in service by Chief 152.

Bicyclist struck

This morning Engine 49 along with Rescue 47, Ambulance 47, Medic 87 and Life Lion Carlisle responded to the 200 block of Stoughstown Road for a pedestrian struck. Upon arrival we found it to be a bicyclist struck. The subject was flown from the scene. Photos by Denny Clopper

One on its side in North Newton Twp.

Tuesday morning at 09:22 Company 49 was alerted to North Newton Twp., 915 Shippensburg Rd for a vehicle vs a pole, vehicle overturned and on fire.  Engine 49 arrived shortly after Ambulance 47 and Engine 147 and staged. About 1 minute later command placed Engine 49 in service. Photo by Denny Clopper

Company 49 assists with corn field fire in Penn Twp.

Brush 49 along with other units were alerted Friday afternoon shortly after 16:00 for a field fire in the area of 1540 Walnut Bottom Road in Penn Township. Utility 49 was returning from the Country Butcher Shop when this call came in and I received a call from FF B. Foltz advising this was to the rear of his house in a standing corn feild moving quickly. Chief 50 arrived on the scene to find a quick moving fire in a cornfield and approaching a house & garage. He requested 3 additional brush trucks and 2 Engines to assist. This added our Engine and our Tanker was already responding after the Brush truck. The Brush & Tanker arrived and started fire attack. The Engine arrived and was assigned to protect the exposures. Company 49 units cleared in about an hour.  Thanks to Daniel Define from Co 50 for the photo's

Box Truck overturned on the Interstate

This morning units were dispatched for an overturned tractor trailer in Penn Twp. in the area of mile marker 34 north bound. Engine 49 arrived to find a box truck on its side up a steep embankment with the driver still inside. We removed the windshield to get the driver out and crews from Engine 147 and Squad 54 assisted with extracation of the patient and getting him into the Ambulance. Units cleared a short time later with miles of backlog on northbound I-81. Photos by Larry Davidson

Early morning rollover on the mountain

This morning around 5:30 am Engine 49 was alerted to 1622 Centerville Rd in Penn Twp. After responding county advised this may be near the county line or around the top of the mountain. Captain 150 arrived on the scene in the "S" turns on Centerville Rd just prior to the Ridge Rd. in Cooke Twp. Engine 49 arrived just behind Rescue 50 and assisted with patient care and controlling the hazards before being released by Chief 50. Photos by Larry Davidson

Cabin Fire In the 51 box

Sunday Brush 49 was alerted for a cabin fire on the north side of the PA Turnpike in the area of the Blue Mt Interchange. Company 51 was originally alerted to the area of Sawmill Rd & Three Square Hollow Rd for a smoke investigation. Chief 51 located the smoke and found it to be a cabin & trailer already on the ground and requested additional units. This location was in a very remote area and could only be accessed by smaller fire equipment. Several Brush Trucks & Tankers were added to the box as well as Tanker 49, which was later placed in service prior to thier arrival. Brush 49 with a crew of 4 hauled 2 loads of water to the scene before being released  by Command 51. Photos by Denny Clopper

Company 49 assists with fall from rocks

Last evening Company 50 & 36 were dispatched for a person who fell from the rocks at Tumbling Run. Shortly after dispatch Chief 50 requested Company 49 be added to the call for manpower. We arrived and had manpower assist with hiking in to the patient, almost an hours hike. After crew arrived Chief 36 had operations and requested a helicopter to air lift the patient from the rocks. County contacted Maryland Trooper 3 & 6 who came in and exticated the patient. Good Job by all involved.


Michaux State Forest, Cooke Township, Cumberland County, PA --

                    A Maryland State Police helicopter based in Frederick successfully performed a night hoist rescue from the side of a mountain, after an 18 year old female climber fell 15 feet and suffered traumatic injuries.  
                     Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on July 26, 2010, an 18-year-old woman from Carlisle, PA was rock climbing with friends when she fell backward 15 feet off a rock, struck her head and lost consciousness.  Due to the remote location of the victim, it took over an hour for Cumberland County EMS to reach the victim.  The victim had head and chest injuries and as initial responders assessed the situation, it became apparent that a lengthy technical rescue would be required.  
                    Officials from Cumberland County Fire Rescue requested assistance from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command for the hoist rescue.  At 11:10 pm, SYSCOM, the communications center for the Maryland State Police Aviation Command, received the request for aerial rescue services.  
                    Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 3, based in Frederick, was dispatched along with Frederick County Advanced Technical Rescue Team (ATR), which is standard operating procedure for aerial rescues.  Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 6, based in Easton, was also dispatched to support the mission.  Trooper 6, flown by Pilot Jim Billings and Flight Paramedic Trooper First Class Adam LeCompte, landed at Frederick Municipal Airport and picked up additional ATR members Jamie Daily and Mike Smallwood, en-route to the Pennsylvania scene.
                    At 11:52 p.m., Trooper 3 was able to locate the victim in the remote forest area utilizing night vision goggles.  The crew of Trooper 3, Pilot Craig Renier, and Flight Paramedic Trooper First Class Gregg Lantz, utilized the rescue hoist on the helicopter to deploy Frederick ATR team members Richard Lyons and Kurt Hornicek, who once at the scene prepared the victim to be hoisted.  As Trooper 3 Pilot Renier held the aircraft steady, TFC Lantz operated the hoist.   
                    By 12:15 a.m. today, the victim was extracted through a small hole in the canopy of trees and brought alongside the aircraft.  Without landing, Trooper 3 moved the victim inside the helicopter, where TFC Lantz initiated patient care.  The victim was ultimately transported to York Hospital, York, PA, for evaluation and is reported to be in stable condition.  
                    This mission exemplifies continued successful coordination among the Maryland State Police Aviation Command, the all-volunteer, Frederick County Advanced Technical Rescue Team, and initial responding personnel.  The successful completion of a combined rescue and medevac mission further illustrates the effectiveness and value of a multi-mission capable aircraft serving the citizens of Maryland on a daily basis; and, in this case, a citizen from a neighboring state. 

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