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The purposes for which this Company is organized are,
for the maintenance of a home for the housing of fire
engines and other fire fighting and life saving apparatus.
To assist our fellow citizens, save lives and preserve
their properties at times of fire and disaster. And
to conduct a club for the sole purpose of providing
social diversions, entertainment and refreshment for
members only, without profit, incidental or otherwise
and thereby possess and enjoy all the rights and benefits
and privileges guaranteed under the Act of Assembly
and its supplements as a non profit corporation.
2, Sect. 1 of the Constitution and By-Laws of the
Friendship Hook & Ladder Co., No. 1
1, 2010- This year we are switching hosts for
our website and also a total rebuild of design and features.
Keep checking back for updates on when the new site will be
operational. During this switch over period there will not be
many updates done to the old site. We apologize for the appearance
and lack of information during this transition but the wait
for the new site will be well worth it. Thanks for all the support
in the past and we look forward to supplying you with the latest
information on our Fire Company.
28, 2009- At 0757 hours Stations 15 and 16 were
dispatched to the 200 block of Winding Road in Douglass Twp.
for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Rescue 15
and EMS arrived to a single vehicle accident that left the roadway
and crashed into a post and rail fence. The driver was out of
the vehicle and refused any EMS services. A rail from the fence
had penetrated throught the windshield of the car and luckily
went into the passenger seat and not the driver's seat of the
vehicle. The company cleaned up the fence debris on the roadway
and were released by the police and were available and at station
at 0853 hours.
25, 2009- At 1148 hours the rescue assignment
was dispatched to Route 100 at the intersection of Countyline
Road to assist Station 17 (Liberty) for the vehicle accident
with injuries and entrapment. Rescue 15 responded and arrived
to a four vehicle accident. A tractor trailer had rearended
two passenger vehicles pushing one of them into another stopped
tractor trailer. EMS was attending to the injured subjects in
the first vehicle and reported that rescue would not be needed
on that vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was trapped
and a roof and side removal was performed to extricated the
patient. The rescue was complete at 1215 hours. At the request
of Deputy 17 the company remained on location to assist in cleanup.
After assisting with debris and fluids cleanup the company was
available at station at 1336 hours.
24, 2009- At 2110 hours Ladder and Engine 15
were dispatched on the initial structure assignment to assist
Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue)
for a possible structure fire at the McDonald's on East Philadelphia
Ave. Chief 67 arrived and reported a smoke condition in the
building and possible fire in the basement. Ladder 15 arrived
and was directed to the rear of the building and gained entry
with a crew from Station 67. Engine 15 arrived and was ordered
to the hydrant in front of the building. Interior crews reported
a motor on fire on a machine with a smoke condition and checking
for extension. The fire was extinguished and a leak on the carbon
dioxide line to the soda system was shut down. Ventilation was
then setup and after the building was cleared the units were
available and at station at 2244 hours.
23, 2009- At 2039 hours a civilian walked into
the station during our weekly training session and reported a
vehicle accident, reported to be an overturned vehicle on Farmington
Ave in the area of Fisherman's Paradise, which is an area where
we have numerous accidents. Rescue, Engine and Utility 15 responded
and Chief 15 advised Communications of the walk-in and to dispatch
Station 16. Upon arrival a BMW was overturned with the occupant
self extricated and refusing EMS assistance. Personnel powered
down the vehicle and assisted with debris cleanup and the companies
were available and at station at 2124 hours.
22, 2009- At 0302 hours Stations 15 and 16 were
dispatched to Route 562 in Douglass Twp. for a reported pole and
wires down on the roadway. After the dispatch a second call was
received for the same area for an accident with unknown injuries.
Rescue 15 responded and arrived to find both incidents one in
the same with a one vehicle accident that sheared a utility pole
and landed in a field adjacent to the roadway. The area was secured
and the utility company was contacted. EMS evaluated the patient
who refused treatment and personnel powered down the vehicle.
After the arrival of the utility company Chief 15 made units available
and were at station at 0423 hours.
17, 2009- At 1156 hours Ladder and Rescue 15
were requested by Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville
Fire and Rescue) to assist with a high angle rescue for a patient
with a medical condition on the roof of an industrial building
on Englesville Road. The units arrived and it was decided the
best route of extrication was to lash the patient in a stokes
and use Ladder 15 to lower him to the ground. A 4:1 mechanical
advantage rope system was setup and attached to the main of
the ladder while a crew got the patient ready in the stokes.
The patient was then lifted using the system and ladder 15 swung
off the rear and he was lowered to the ground to the awaiting
EMS units. The entire rescue took less than 20 minutes to perform
and the company was available and at station at 1254 hours.
16, 2009- For training this evening Station 16
(Keystone Boyertown) invited us down to go over various vehicle
rescue training. The evening started with a review of stabilization
of a vehicle followed by a use of hand, power, and hydraulic rescue
tools. Members intermixed with each other throughout the evening
and all members from both stations in attendance learned alot
of techniques. We thank Deputy 16 for the invite and look forward
to more joint training sessions in the future.
7, 2009 - After returning from the trench rescue
incident, Engine 15 with a crew went to the Boyertown Park to
standby for the Parks and Recreation Committee of the Borough
of Boyertown at a bon fire for their annual Fall Festival. The
Engine was put to the task of building and maintaining a fire
for anyone in attendance at the festival to keep warm and roast
marshmallows. The bon fire was used extensively by hundreds
of people throughout the day and evening. The crew, with the
assistance of some younger attendees, then extinguished the
fire after a day of relaxing.
7, 2009 - At 1022 hours, while Company 15 was
on location at an automatic fire alarm, Chief 15 was notified
by Berks County Communications that Deputy 85-1 (Spring Twp.)
requested that Company 15 respond to assist with an active trench
rescue incident in Bethel Township. Company 15 immediately cleared
the AFA, responded back to station, and began to get the technical
rescue equipment together. Within minutes, Ladder, Utility,
and Collapse Trailer 15 went responding to 32 Legion Drive in
Bethel Township. While en route, Deputy 85-1 contacted Assistant
15 via cell phone and stated that they were in the process of
shoring the trench, which had sloughed in on a male patient,
burying him up to his chest. Bystanders had reched in and cleared
the dirt from his chest so he could breathe. Company 15 units
arrived on location at 1113 hours, and were ordered to set up
a cut station near the trench. Companies 15 and 85 worked together
and were there as a technical rescue resource for Companies
54 and 27 (Bethel and Rehrersburg) while they performed the
extrication Everyone worked together extremely well, and had
the patient out of the trench at 1224 hours. All personnel discussed
operations on the scene, then systematically removed the equipment
from the trench. After everything was secured, units returned
back to the Borough. Company 15 was at station at 1444 hours.