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November 7, 2009- At 0012 hours Stations 15 and 16 were sent to the 2100 block of Farmington Ave in Douglass Twp. for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Rescue 15 arrived a had a single vehicle that lost control and crashed into a post and rail fence and then struck the corner of the residence. The injured driver was gone before the arrival of emergency services and was later determined to be at his residence. EMS was sent there for patient care and the crews powered down the vehicle and gained access in the building to check for any structural damage. Asst. 15 determined that the vehicle sideswiped the front of the structure and due to the brick construction there was no significant damage to the structure. Personnel assisted with fluids and debris cleanup and the companies were available and at station at 0122 hours.

November 5, 2009 - At 1445 hours, Ladder 15 was dispatched to assist Company 22, 20, and 14 (Barto, Bechtelsville, and Bally) on a reported garage fire at 409 Weinsteiger Road in Washington Township. As units went responding, it was stated that there was a large column of black smoke from over a mile away. The next alarm and the Southeastern Berks Tanker Task Force were immediately requested to be dispatched by Chief 22. Ladder 15 responded, arrived on location at 1501 after Engines 20 and 14, and was ordered to ladder the front of the building and set up for master stream operations. Meanwhile Chief 15 and a crew entered the dwelling to perform a quick primary search. After search proved negative, all personnel exited the building, and a defensive attack occurred. When the bulk of the fire was knocked down, the Ladder began to break down to be able to reposition and extinguish all hot spots from a different angle. After the fire was deemed out and overhaul was complete, units went available. Company 15 was at station at 1937 hours.

While on location, Companies 15, 16 (Keystone), and 17 (Liberty) were dispatched at 1649 hours for a kitchen fire on South Reading Avenue back in the Borough. Since all three Companies were tied up at the Weinsteiger Road incident, Montgomery County Companies 67 and 37 (Gilbertsville and New Hanover) were also dispatched. Assistant 15 was available and responded direct. Engine 15 also freed from the Weinsteiger Road incident to assist with the other incident. A crew from Company 16 was able to respond with Brush 16. Assistant 15 arrived on location at 1655 hours and stated that the fire was out and all units could slow down. That incident cleared out at 1721 hours.


 

October 19, 2009 - Today, St. John's Lutheran Church Preschool of Boyertown walked down to the firehouse for a fire prevention demonstration to wrap up Fire Prevention Week. Captain James Thomas, Lieutenants Mike Thomas, Ashley Neubauer and Brian Sierocinski, and Firefighter Ethan Miller hosted the demonstration. The crew discussed fire safety, what firefighters do, and then the children got a chance to go outside and check out the fire trucks. Overall this year, Fire Prevention Week was full of fun and success. We thank everybody who participated, and look forward to doing it next year!


 

October 16, 2009 - At 1410 hours Rescue 15 was dispatched along with Station 16 (Keystone) for a motor vehicle accident with injuries and confinement. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location at 1417 hours to a two-vehicle, head-on accident. EMS was on-scene and stated that one female driver was confined to her vehicle. Lieutenant 15-2 entered the vehicle after it was stabilized and performed patient care and c-spine immobilization, while Chief 15 and Firefighter Carlile used the Hurst Maverick to do a driver's door removal. Crews assisted EMS in extrication of the patient. After clean-up and arrival of the tow company, Units went available. Company 15 was at station at 1518 hours.


 

October 16, 2009 - At 0729 hours Rescue 15 was dispatched along with Station 16 (Keystone) to the 1300 block of Douglass Drive for a motor vehicle accident. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location at 0736 hours to find a Honda Civic that rear-ended a GMC Yukon. It was determined by EMS that there were no injuries. Crews controlled fluids and cleaned up debris. After the tow company secured the vehicles, Company 15 went available. The Company was at station at 0822 hours.


 

October 15, 2009 - Today, Lieutenants Mike Thomas, Ashley Neubauer, and Brian Sierocinski, and Firefighter Ethan Miller took Ladder 15 over to the Boyertown Area Senior High School for a fire prevention demonstration for their Preschool. The crew discussed firefighters, our Company, and fire safety. The students got to see the Ladder Truck, and Fire Police Chris Ritschard once again brought Aerial the Dalmation for the kids to meet! We had a great time coming to the school and we hope to come next year! Thanks to the BASH Preschool class for inviting us!


 

October 14, 2009- At 1117 hours Rescue 15 was dispatched to assist Station 19 (Earl Twp) at a motor vehicle accident with injuries and entrapment at Route 73 and Little Getting Road. Additional was given to responding units that there were three vehicles involved, three people injured, and two of those were possibly deceased. Rescue 15 arrived on location at 1126 hours, following units from Station 19, and immediately began stabilizing vehicles and assisting EMS with triaging the patients. It was determined after medical evaluation that the operator of the overturned Dodge Nitro and the operator of the Land Rover, despite our best efforts, were both deceased and unable to be resuscitated. The driver of the third vehicle, a Volkswagon Beetle, had sustained critical injuries and was flown to the hospital by Med-Evac. After a thorough investigation by multiple Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) units, it was ordered for the fire department to assist the Coroner in the extrication of the patients. The driver of the Land Rover was not entrapped, and was extricated first. The driver of the Nitro was heavily entrapped and required a long and technical extrication. Faust Towing carefully uprighted the vehicle, and upon doing so, fire personnel discovered extremely severe damage throughout almost the entire vehicle. After approximately an hour, the second patient was extricated from the vehicle. Units began to go available, and Company 15 was at station at 1548 hours.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Paul Yoder and Rachel Young, who passed away during this incident.


 

October 14, 2009 - At 1043 hours Rescue 15 was dispatched along with Keystone Fire Company (Station 16) to the 000 block of East Second Street for a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location at 1050 hours to find an occupied school bus that sideswiped two parked vehicles. Luckily, none of the students on the bus were injured. The bus driver was believed to have a medical problem that caused him to lose control of the bus, and was treated and transported by EMS for minor injuries. Crews controlled fluids and cleaned up debris. Company 15 went available at 1117 hours, upon dispatch of another accident.


 

October 11, 2009 - Today marked the 4th Annual Boyertown Unity Walk. The Unity Walk is an event held annually, and the purpose if for people to come together and promote the elimination of prejudice and discrimination. Boyertown Area schools have adopted the slogan "No Place for Hate." Ladder 15 was invited to set up at the event, held at Boyertown Junior High West. Thanks to the Boyertown Area Unity Coalition for inviting us to participate!


 

October 9, 2009 - Today, Rescue and Ladder 15, along with Keystone Fire Company (Station 16), went to Boyertown Elementary School for Fire Prevention Week. Crews opened up the trucks and allowed the students to explore all of our equipment. A few of our members also talked to the different classes about our trucks, firefighters, and fire safety. The children also had a chance to meet our "unofficial mascot," Aerial the Dalmation! Thanks to Boyertown Elementary for inviting us to the school to educate the children during Fire Prevention Week! And thanks to the cafeteria staff for providing us with lunch!


 

October 3, 2009 - Today was the 5th Annual Boyertown Fire Department Custom Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show, held at the Boyertown Park. The day started off a bit iffy, with clouds and drizzle, but turned out to be a beautiful day! We had a good turnout of vehicles and spectators, and everybody had a great time. Thanks to everybody who came out, to all of our sponsors, and to everybody who assisted in making this year's show a success! Watch for our 6th Annual Show next year in early October!!


 

September 17, 2009- At 2038 hours Rescue 15 was dispatched to assist Station 19 (Earl Twp) at a motor vehicle accident with injuries and entrapment on Route 73 in the village of Shanesville. Chief 19 arrived and reported a two vehicle head-on collision. Rescue 15 arrived and assisted the members from Station 19 with finishing the stabilization and setup to open the jammed driver's door. The Maverick tool was used and the door was opened on vehicle one. As that evolution was happening another crew was stabilizing vehicle two and attempted to hyper-extend the driver's door. Unsuccessful in doing so the decision was then made to remove the door to allow EMS access. After assisting EMS with packaging of both patients the company was released by Chief 19. Fire police remained on location assisting with traffic control and the company was available and at station at 2221 hours.


 

September 13, 2009- At 0959 hours the assignment of Stations 15, 16, and one engine from 17 was sent to 215 West Philadelphia Ave for an automatic alarm. Engine 15 under the command of Chief 15 arrived first in and accessed using the keybox and sent crews to investigate. No cause for the alarm was discovered and the system was reset and the building turned back over to the owner.

 

On a side note, Assistant 15 Bingaman responded to all four of the incidents on his wedding night. His wife allowed him to go due to the fact that alot of members would be out of service from the previous night's celebration. Way to break in your new wife the right way.


 

September 13, 2009- Shortly after the engine returned to station and while still working at the first accident, at 0143 hours Ladder 15 was requested on the initial structure assignment to assist Company 22(Barto) for a dryer on fire in the residence on Gehman Road. The Ladder responded immediately and arrived to a heavy smoke condition. Crews assisted with locating the fire, extinguishment and ventilation. After completing all assigned tasks the company was at station at 0319 hours.


 

September 13, 2009- At 0103, only 1-1/2 hours after attending the wedding and releasing the stanby companies, the rescue assignment was dispatched for the 200 block of Edgehill Road for an accident with possible entrapment. Police department on location reported a one vehicle accident into a tree, negative entrapment, and the driver not in the area. The rescue arrived first in and stabilized and powered down the vehicle. After assisting the towing company with debris cleanup the company was available at 0220 hours. While working at this accident Berks County Communications at 0127 hours called Chief 15 and advised of another accident unkown injuries in the 2200 block of Farmington Avenue. Chief 15 assigned a crew to Engine 15 to respond to check this accident while Rescue 15 and Engine/Tanker 16 remained on location at the first accident. Lt. 15 arrived on location and the engine was recalled during response as the vehicle left the scene and no fire services were required. The engine returned to the station as their services were no longer required at the first accident.


 

September 12,2009 - Today the company attended the wedding of Assistant Chief Ryan Bingaman and his new wife Leanne. The entire crew was in attendance including the apparatus for transporting the wedding party from the church to the reception hall. As the newly married couple left the church the firefighters lined up and formed an arch using hand tools. At the reception the crew celebrated with the newlyweds and their families. During the traditional garter toss the single firefighters all gathered on the dance floor to fight over the trophy only to be overpowered by a young attendee who got to place the garter on the young girl's leg that caught the flowers. A special thanks goes out to Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue and Western Berks Fire Companies for standing by so our members could enjoy themselves. Our best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Bingaman on their new journey in life together.


 

August 24, 2009- At 1328 hours the structure assignment was dispatched for 1326 Douglass Drive for a garage fire with exposure. Assistant 15 arrived on location and reported a fully involved 25'x50' garage with exposures to another out building and the residence. Engine 15 arrived first in and the crew attacked the fire on the side of the residence and entered checking for extension. Rescue/Engine 49 arrived and their crew pulled a line off Engine 15 and began attack on the main fire. The crew from the Engine then took their line and assisted with the extinguishment. Numerous companies were called for assistance for tankers and manpower. After extensive overhaul the companies were available and at station at 1701 hours.


August 18, 2009- A severe storm rolled through the Borough this date with strightline winds causing severe damage. The evening started at 1916 with a report of a building struck by lightning at the corner of East Thrid St. and South Chestnut St. As units operated at this incident calls started coming in for numerous emergencies throughout the Borough. Till the evening was over the company, with the help from numerous mutual aid companies, ran 49 incidents including several structures with structural collapse, trees and wires down to trees into structures. All the companies that responded to assist did an outstanding job in helping us mitigate all the incidents. All companies cleared and finally returned to station at 0115 hours.


 

August 11, 2009- At 1615 hours the rescue assignment of Stations 15, 16, and 17 with one engine was dispatched to the 700 block of South Reading Ave for a vehicle accident with entrapment. Chief and Rescue 15 arrived and reported a vehicle versus dump truck accident confirming entrapment and Chief 15 establishing Command. Crews began to stabilize and setup for a roof and side removal and also a possible dash displacement. Engine/Tnaker 16 arrived and the crew was split to secure the dumptruck and pull a protection line. Engine 17-3 was given the orders to establish a landing zone for the medical helicopter. Crews used hydraulic and electric tools and performed a full roof removal and driver's side removal. The spreader was then used to do a vertical displacement of the dash and steering column. Personnel then assisted in patient removal. After assisting the tow company with debris cleanup and the police department with their investigation the companies were available at station at 1840 hours.


 

August 9, 2009- At 1327 hours Ladder 15 was dispatched on the initial structure assignment to assist Stations 49 (Amity) and 6 (Monocacy) at a possible structure fire on Meadowcrest Lane in Amity Township. Chief 49 arrived on locattion of a frame dwelling reporting a working fire due to a lightning strike. Ladder 15 arrived and was given orders by Command to the Delta side of the building and to ladder the structure and the main to the roof. Crews were split and set ground ladders on all sides and Chief 15 took a crew to the roof. Personnel assisted with checking for extension and overhaul. After assisting with numerous tasks the company was available and at station at 1537 hours.


 

July 25, 2009- This morning the station was invited to participate with Station 17 and Station 525 to do a demonstration on vehicle rescue for their Explorer Posts during their EREW weekend. A crew went with Rescue 15 and the young adults and future firefighters and EMS personnel were given instructions on stabilization and then a demonstration by members of Stations 15 & 17 was done to show them the capabilites at an accident scene. The EMS explorers were responsible for patient care and command during the demonstration. It was a pleasure to be invited and assist with teaching the future of the fire and EMS service in the Boyertown area and look forward to an invite next year.


 

July 25, 2009- At 0705 hours Stations 15 and 16 were dispatched to East Philadelphia Ave in the Borough for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Assistant 15-1 and Chief 15 arrived and reported on vehicle into a utility pole with the driver still inside the vehicle. EMS requested that the driver's door be popped and removed to assist with patient removal. Chief 15 assumed command and Rescue 15 arrived and stabilized and used the hydraulic tools to remove the door with the rescue complete at 0721 hours. After assisting with patient packaging and cleaning up debris the companies were available and at station at 0750 hours.


 

July 6, 2009- At 1431 hours EMS requested the rescue assignment be dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot to assist in removing an injured subject from a passenger van. Stations 17 and 15 were dispatched and Rescue and Utility 15 made the response with 10 personnel and arrived and were told by Assistant 17 that the rear seats would need to be removed from the van. Utilizing hand tools the seats were taken out to allow EMS room to package the patient for transport. After the patient was removed the seats were replaced and the company was available an at station at 1523 hours.


 

July 3, 2009- At 0747 hours the structure assignment was dispatched for Boyertown Medical Associates on North Walnut Street in the Borough. Additional was given of a fire in the bathroom to Chief 15 upon response. Engine/Tanker 16 under the command of Chief 16 arrived first and reported a heavy smoke condition in the building. Chief 16 established Boyertown Command. Engine 15 arrived immediately and laid a supply line into the scene. The crews entered with Chief 15 being Interior Operations. Additional units arrived and staged and it was determined that a fire started in the ceiling fan with minor extension to the crawl space and fire damage in the bathroom. Crews opened up checking for extension and then setup mechanical ventilation throughout the building. After ventilation and overhaul were complete the companies were available and at station at 0939 hours.


June 26, 2009- This evening was extra busy as a severe wind and hail storm passed through the area bringing numerous strom related incidents. The evening started off at 1822 hours with the company getting sent to the Boyertown Senior High School where a cancer relay fund raising event was being held with hundreds of participants and vendors. The storm caused vendor tents to blow over and made the participants scramble for cover. Upon arrival the crews made their way through the crowds assuring that there were no injuries. Following that the company ran eleven more incidents ranging from trees and wires down to assisting Station 49(Amity) with trees into residences to a possible structure fire and finally ending the evening at 2256 with an automatic fire alarm at the Chestnut Knoll Assisted Living Center. There were times when the company operated at multiple calls and still had a crew in the station on standby.


 

June 9, 2009- At 0706 hours Ladder 15 was dispatched on the initial structure assignment to assist Station 49(Amity) at a structure fire in the 100 block of Colebrookdale Road in Douglass Twp. Rescue 49 arrived and Chief 49 reported a working fire in an outbuilding to the rear of the residence. Ladder 15 arrived and the crews from Amity and Goodwill, Pottstown had the bulk of the fire knocked down. The crew assisted in final extinguishment and overhaul and were available at station at 0815 hours.


 

June 1, 2009- At 0138 hours Ladder 15 was dispatched on the initial structure alarm to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) with a possible structure fire in the 400 block of Mill Street in Douglass Montgomery Twp. Ladder 15 arrived first in and police reported a working fire in the stove in the rear apartment. Chief 15 reported smoke showing from side D from both floors. Ladder 15 crew made entry and found a fire contained to the stove with a heavy smoke condition. Engine 67 arrived and the crews worked together in extinguishment, ventilation and overhaul. The companies were avaiable and at station at 0301 hours.


 

May 23, 2009- At 0958 hours the company was requested with manpower to assist as relief crews to assist Company 13 at a working fire at the Exide Battery plant in Temple Borough. The fire had started approximately 12 hours earlier and numerous companies had been working this multi alarm fire throughout the night. The fire involved a large pile of ground up wooden pallets inside the building. Crews arrived and were briefed and reported to manpower staging. They were then called into the scene and were put to work with manning several hose lines while a front end loader removed the burning products. After assisting with these operations and overhaul the company reported to decon and was available and at station at 1613 hours.


 

May 18, 2009- At 0021 hours the structure assignment was dispatched for the area of Highland Avenue in the Borough reporting a shed on fire. Engine 15 arrived first in and reported the fire to the rear of 640 Highland Ave. with a 15'x30' pool house fully involved with exposure to a propane tank and the main residence. The crews from Engine 15 split and pulled two lines and started to hit the main house and the propane tank exposures. Engine/Tanker 16 arrived and laid a supply line from the hydrant and fed Engine 15 and also pulled a line to attack the main body of fire. Additional apparatus arrived and crews were sent into the main residence with thermal cameras to check for extension. Chief 15 had command and Assistant 15 had operations and the fire was placed under control at 0049 hours. The fire melted the siding on the residence and the heat broke most of the windows on the rear but there was no interior extension in the main house and the pool house was a total loss. After performing overhaul and assisting the Fire Marshall's office the companies were available and at station at 0308 hours.


 

July 27, 2008 - After running a residential fire alarm earlier in the day a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area bringing high winds, rain, hail, and lightning. At 1311 hours the calls started to come in for numerous storm related incidents including trees and wires down including one on an unoccupied vehicle at a local eating establishment. At one time during the storm we had crews at four different locations. After being dispatched to 9 incidents in an hour and a half the company was at station at 1538 hours.


 

July 26, 2008 - At 1500 hours the structure assignment was sent to 817 South Reading Avenue for a garage fire. Assistant 15-1 arrived and reported heavy smoke from the detached garage and made it a working fire. Engine 15 arrived and the crew forced entry and had fire in the second floor loft area. Engine/Tanker 16 arrived and laid a supply line to Engine 15 from the hydrant and the ladder crew vehtilated the roof. Engine 17 arrived and the crew was sent to assist in operations. Due to the high temperatures and humidity command requested Station 49 (Amity) for one engine with manpower. After overhaul and assisting the Fire Marshall with investigation the companies were available and at station at 1710 hours.


 

July 24, 2008 - At 0655 hours the rescue assignment was dispatched to assist Station 17 (New Berlinville) with a vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 100 in front of the Super Wal-Mart. The rescue responded with a crew of nine and arrived at 0706 with a two vehicle head-on accident with one driver trapped. The vehicle was stabilized and a roof and driver's side removal was performed. The dash was also dispaced with the spreader to accomplish the extrication. The company also assisted with debris clean-up and was available at station at 0804 hours.


 

July 22, 2008 - At 1905 hours Station 15, 16 and 17 with one engine were sent for a vehicle fire to the rear of 120 East Philadelphia Ave in the borough. Assistant 15 arrived and reported a working vehicle fire in the engine compartment. Engine/Tanker 16 and Engine 15 arrived and attacked with preconnects and the piercing nozzle. Engine 17 arrived and stood by at the hydrant and sent their crew to assist with extinguishment and overhaul. After overhaul and investigation the companies were available and at station at 2005 hours.


 

July 22, 2008 - At 1001 hours Engine 15 was requested to assist Montgomery County Station 79 (Upper Pottsgrove) at a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 100 north of Moyer Road. Chief 15 was given the additional of a truck overturned with one injury and fluids and debris on the roadway. The engine arrived and pulled a safety line from Engine 79 and assisted with controlling the fluids leaking from the dump truck. After standing by and assiting with hazard control the company was available at station at 1339 hours. Thanks to Berks-Mont Towing for the photos.


 

July 13, 2008 - At 1612 hours a vehicle accident assignment was sent to Douglass Twp. on Farmington Avenue in the area of the Colebrookdale Twp. line for an accident with injuires. Additional was given of a two vehicle head-on accident with injuries and no entrapment. Companies arrived with the vehicles heavily damaged and two drivers injured both still in the vehicles. Stabilzation was done to both vehicles and personnel controlled the hazards and assisted EMS with patient packaging. The companies were available and at station at 1725 hours.


 

July 8, 2008 - At 1526 hours Ladder 15 was sent to assist Station 20 (Bechtelsville) at a possible structure fire on Spring Street. Chief 20 arrived with smoke showing and made the incident a working fire. The ladder arrived full crew and was told to split crews and ladder the building and get ready for roof ventilation and also to the basement to secure utilities and check for extension. The fire was contained to the rear wall with a smoke condition throughout the structure. Mechanical ventilation was setup and crews checked the entire residence for extension. Engine 15 was sent to setup for drafting for a possible water supply and the crew from Rescue 15 assisted with RIT duties. After assisting with these tasks the company was available and at station at 1656 hours.


 

July 7, 2008 - This evening the equipment awarded from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program was delivered by Mid-Atlantic Fire and Air. We were awarded enough funds to replace all our Self Contained Breating Apparatus and also add a supplied breathing air tool cart. The new Scott SCBA have many new features including a firefighter locating device used to track a downed firefighter. A representative from Mid-Atlantic did a training session on all the new equipment. We would like to thank FEMA for making the grants available and choosing our company to recieve the much needed funds. Without this grant we would not be able to afford the equipment.


 

July 6, 2008 - At 2019 hours the structure assignment was sent to 128 East Philadelphia Ave for alarm bells ringing and reported smoke in the structure. Engine 15 arrived several minutes later with a full crew and had an alarm caondition with a smoke condition on the third floor. Upon investigation it was determined to be a cooking fire out with a light smoke condition. Mechanical ventilation was setup and the area was checked for extension. The rest of the building was checked for smoke and after clearing the smoke condition and resetting the alarm the companies were available and at station at 2103 hours.


 

July 4, 2008 - Again this year the company was asked to participate at the Pottstown Annual July 4th Parade. A crew and their families braved the rainy weather and setup the flag arch with the Sanatoga Fire Company. Although it was a little damp all the members attending had a good time watching the parade and look forward to attending next year. On a side note, E-Man did not get wet because he spent the entire day watching the parade from inside the truck.


 

June 24, 2008 - At 2354 hours Stations 15 and 16 were sent to the intersection of West Philadelphia Ave and Orchard Hills Drive for an accident unknown. Chief 15 arrived and reported one vehicle against the building and the driver out. Engine 16 and Rescue 15 arrived and the crews split to perform the tasks of powering down the vehicle, checking the structure for damage and assisting the police department with cutting the stop sign off. After it was determined that there was no major structural damage the companies were available and at station at 0043 hours.


 

June 20 , 2008 - At 0239 hours Ladder 15 was requested as the RIT team to assist Montgomery County Station 65 (Pennsburg) at a working fire in the 500 block of Main Street. The ladder arrived with the fire knocked down and units working in three structures of a middle of the row dwelling. The team setup on side "A" and stood by as the RIT with no services required. Command released the company and were available and at station at 0414 hours.


 

June 10, 2008 - At 2019 Stations 15 and 16 were sent to the 700 block of East Fourth Street in the Borough for a transformer fire. Chief and Assistant 15 were already enroute as a column of smoke was visible from the station. Arriving to a bank of transformers for a commercial building burning threatening the structure. Montgomery County Station 67 was also dispatched as calls were being received by their County. Engine 15 arrived and laid a 5" supply line and pulled a 1-3/4" preconnect. Engine/Tanker 16 and Ladder 15 arrived and laddered the building to check the roof. When the utility company arrived the serviceman attempted to extinguish the oil fire with no luck the crew started to cool the transformer with the water line and extinguished the fire. Crews also gained access to the building and checked the entire building for any extension with none found. The crews were available and at station at 2218 hours.


 

June 6 , 2008 - At 1254 hours the Rescue was requested to assist Station 17 (New Berlinville) at a vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 73 and South Ironstone Drive. It was reported to be a head-on accident of a vehicle versus a dump truck. Assistant 17 arrived and determined a female driver trapped over an embankment and the dump truck overturned. The rescue arrived at 1302 hours with a crew of 11 and went to work with stabilization and a roof and driver's door removal. The patient was extricated at 1327 hours and transported to an awaiting helicopter for transport. The crew also assisted with packaging the truck driver for transport. After all patients were transported the crew assist in setting up booms to stop the spread of fuel and oil in the water where the truck landed. The company was available and at station at 1933 hours. At 1607 hours during this incident the company also ran a report of wires down along the detour route around the accident. Deputy 15 arrived and determined it was a cable tv line torn down by a truck. The wire was removed from the roadway and the company was available at 1617 hours.


 

June 4 , 2008 - At 1607 hours the Rescue was requested to assist Station 19(Earl Twp.) at a motor vehicle accident with injuires involving a school bus on Route 73 at Pond Road in Earl Township. The rescue arrived and was given instruction by Chief 19 to assist with patient packaging of the driver of the vehicle and assess if the students on the bus were injured. It was determined that no students required EMS treatment and after assisting EMS the company was available at 1650 hours. While returning from this accident the Rescue was again sent to Earl Township, this time on Route 562 at Fancy Hill Road for a two vehicle accident with unkown injuries. Chief 15 arrived and determined that there were no injuries and no fire service required. The company was available from this accident and at station at 1803 hours.


 

June 3 , 2008 - At 1444 hours Stations 15, 16, and 17 with one engine were sent to the 2100 block of Farmington Ave in Douglass Twp. for a possible structure fire. Chief 15 was given the additional of a possible electrical fire in the bedroom and the homeowner was attempting to extinguish. Engine 15 arrived first in with a smoke condition in the structure and smoke alarms activated. The crew went to investigate and determined the fire out with a heavy smoke condition on the second floor. Engine/Tanker 16, Ladder 15 and Engine 17 arrived and the crews were sent to secure power and setup ventilation. It was determined to be a short in an extension cord which ignited the carpet and dresser in the bedroom. After ventilation was complete the companies were available and at station at 1534 hours.


 

June 2, 2008 - At 1738 hours the company was requested to assist Station 19 (Earl Twp.) on the 1st alarm for a working fire in the 300 block of Longview Road. The company responded with all the apparatus manned with 27 volunteers. Arriving on location with a log cabin type residence with fire through the roof, personnel were requested to assist with suppression efforts. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down the Ladder was requested to back up the long driveway to the scene to assist with extinguishment and overhaul. After assisting with all the above the crews were placed available and at station at 2250 hours. Thanks to the crews from Pennsburg, Bechtelsville, and Gilbertsville for covering our area.


 

May 26, 2008 - This morning the station was requested to setup a memorial flag arch at the Boyertown Memorial Day Parade. Ladder 15 along with Montgomery Ladder 37 (New Hanover) setup at the "Main Intersection" in town and enjoyed watching the parade go by honoring our veterans present and past. Our own Junior Firefighter Michael Allmendinger marched with the Boyertown Senior High School Marching Unit and was honored to play Taps at the cemetary during the service. The company then proceeded to the Fairview Cemetary and watched the ceremonies which included several guest speakers. It was an honor to participate again this year and we look forward to doing the same next year.


 

May 7, 2008 - At 0352 hours Ladder 15 was requested to assist Station 22 (Barto) at a possible structure fire at the Woodside Villa on Route 100 in Washington Twp. The Ladder responded with a full crew of eight arriving at 0403 and was requested to setup positive pressure ventilation as the fire was out with a smoke condition in the structure. The personnel assisted in setting up mechanical ventilation and after the smoke was cleared the company was available and at station at 0444 hours.


 

May 4, 2008 - At 1812 hours the Fire Police were requested to assist at a police incident involving a double shooting on Laurel Valley Lane in Douglass Township. Fire Police Captain Richards assumed command and shut down the area surrounding the incident. At 2126 hours the police requested the Rescue and Utility for lighting of the scene to continue with their investigation. The rescue and utility arrived and setup lighting of the crime scene and assisted the police with gaining access to the roof of the residence. After a long night the police completed their investigation and the rescue and fire police were available and at station at 0218 hours.


 

May 3, 2008 - This evening Deputy Chief Glenn Trate was honored along with other recipients for the annual Boyertown Jaycees and Berks-Mont Newspaper Citizen of the Year Banquet. Each year the committee picks a Citizen, Firefighter/Ems, Educator, Student, and Law Officer of the Year. At a packed firehouse of over 300 attendees the recipients were presented with awards and Citations from Local Representative Kessler, Berks County Commissioner Leinbach, and Senator Michael O'Pake. In addition the apparatus crew presented Deputy Trate with a Firefighter Watch from the Swiss Watch Company. Congratulations to Deputy Trate on a well deserved honor and we are proud to serve under your command.

 


April 28, 2008 - At 2200 hours the rescue assignment was sent to assist Station 17 (Liberty) at a vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 73 in front of the Colebrookdale Police Station. Police on location reporting three subjects trapped in a vehicle with a utility pole sheared. The rescue responded immediately with a crew of nine and arrived at 2205 hours to a one vehicle accident with one person self extricated and two patients still trapped. The vehicle sheared a large utility pole with high voltage lines causing a wide spread power outage. The vehicle was stabilized and a simultaneous two side rescue was started. Both doors were removed and the passenger was extricated in less than 10 minutes. The roof was then removed to assist in extricating the driver and the rescue was complete. The crews were then required to stand-by until the utility company could ground the high voltage lines and assure that no power would return to the affected pole. After securing all the equipment the company was available and at station at 0107 hours.


April 28, 2008 - At 0759 hours Stations 15 and 16 were sent to Farmington Avenue for a vehicle accident unkown injuries. The rescue arrived to a one vehicle rollover accident with the driver self extricated and no injuires. The vehicle was stabilized and powered down and after an extended wait for the State Police the company assisted the towing company and was available and at station at 0926 hours.


April 27, 2008 - At 1258 hours Stations 15 & 16 and Station 49 (Amity) with one engine were sent to the 500 block of Colebrookdale Road in Douglass Twp for a possible structure fire. Additional was given as a fire in the breaker box in the basement. Deputy 49 arrived and reported flames from the box with a light smoke condition. Engine 15 arrived under the command of Assistant 15 assuming first in and the crew was sent to the basement. The fire burned itself out and the structure was ventilated. Crews checked the area around the breaker box and also crews were sent to check the first floor for extension. The power was secured and the homeowner contacted an electrician for repairs. The companies were available and at station at 1402 hours.


 

April 26, 2008 - The Company was requested by the St. John's Lutheran Parish Nurses to participate in their annual Kid Safety Awareness Days held at the Boyertown Junior High West. The company took the entire fleet of apparatus and also manned the Berks County Kids Safety House from the Burn Prevention Foundation. There was plenty of interactive displays for the kids to participate in including a DUI driving course which simulates a person's reaction while being impaired. Good job to Junior Firefighter E-Man for trying his luck on the course.


April 25, 2008 - At 2259 hours Rescue 15 was requested to assist Station 19 (Earl Twp) at a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 73 at Little Getting Lane. Upon arrival it was determined to be a two vehicle head-on collision. Chief 19 requested personnel to assist with the driver of their vehicle. After all the occupants refused EMS treatment and due to the distance between the two vehicles Chief 19 requested the rescue crew to handle one vehicle while his company handled the other. Absorbant was spread on the large amount of fluids on the roadway and after assisting the towing company the company was available and at station at 0122 hours.


April 19, 2008 - At 1504 hours while returning from the previous woods fire, the Berks County Communications Center contacted Chief 15 and advised of an accident unkown injuries on Route 73 and Merkle Road in Earl Township and requested the Company respond covering for Station 19 (Earl Twp). The Engine responded immediately and the crew from the Utility returned to respond with the Rescue. The units arrived and found a one vehicle accident with a utility pole sheared and the vehicle into the woods over an embankment. A Fire Police from Station 19 was on location reporting the driver still in the vehicle with minor injuries. The crews accessed the driver and the vehicle was stabilized and assisted the driver who was now refusing EMS treatment out of the vehicle. The vehicle was then powered down and the utility company was contacted. The company secured the scene till being relieved by Station 19 and was available and at station at 1617 hours.


April 19 , 2008 - At 1420 hours the station was requested on a first alarm brush assignment to assist Station 19 ( Earl Twp.) on a woods fire on Vale Drive. The engine went responding almost immediately full crew and arrived at 1432 hours. The crews assisted in containment, extinguishment, and overhaul of the burnt areas. The company was available at 1458 hours.


April 10 , 2008 - At 2146 hours Stations 15 & 16 (Keystone) and Station 17 (Liberty) for one engine were sent to the rear of 18 South Reading Avenue for a vehicle fire. Chief 15 arrived and reported a working fire in the engine compartment. Engine 15 arrived and pulled the piercing nozzle preconnect and attacked the fire by piercing through the hood. A second backup line was pulled but due to a quick knockdown by the piercing nozzle the backup line was not required. Engine/Tanker 16 arrived and setup to supply Engine 15 with water and their crew assisted with overhaul. Engine 17 arrived and their crew was held at the apparatus. After overhaul and assisting the towing company with the vehicle removal the companies were available and at station at 2249 hours.


April 3, 2008 - At 0927 hours the rescue assignment was sent to assist Station 17 (New Berlinville) to Franklin Road and Hilltop Road in Colebrookdale Twp. for a vehicle accident with entrapment. The Rescue arrived with a vehicle that hit a tree and the driver was trapped. Station 17 setup a landing zone for a medical helicopter and pulled a protection line as the crew from the rescue stabilized and began a roof and driver's side removal. The patients foot was also pinned between the floor and dashboard. After performing the above the patient was removed and flown by aeromedical. After the rescue was complete the company assisted the towing company with debris cleanup and was available and at station at 1056 hours.


March 22, 2008 - At 0250 hours Engine and Rescue 15 were requested to relocate to Station 49 (Amity) for a working structure fire in Birdsboro Borough. The units stood-by until 0507 hours when the company was requested by Birdsboro Command for Ladder 15 to assist at the fire in the 200 block of Furnace St. The ladder would be the sixth due aerial device at the apartment building fire. The company responded with 20 personnel and were instructed to side "C" of the building. The ladder arrived at 0520 and backed down two blocks of narrow alleys to setup in the rear of the building by Ladder 1 (Mt. Penn). The crews assisted in extinguishment and overhaul of the two involved buildings. The company was available and at station at 0909 hours.


March 21, 2008 - At 1357 hours Stations 15, 16, & 17 were sent to a beauty salon on S. Reading Avenue in the Borough for a possible structure fire. Chief 15 arrived and reported the fire possibly out with alarms activated and a light smoke condition in the building. Engine 15 arrived and the crew investigated and reported a ceiling track mounted light system that shorted and the salon owner used a fire extinguisher to contol the fire before arrival. The crew from Engine-Tanker 16 went to the apartment above the fire room to check for extension. Finding no extension power was secured to the lights the building was ventilated and the alarm was reset. The companies were available and at station at 1439 hours.


March 19, 2008 - At 0822 hours Stations 15 & 16 were sent to West Philadelphia Ave. and Second St. in the borough for an accident with injuries. Assistant 15 (Bingaman) arrived and reported a vehicle into a utility pole which was sheared and the patient self extricated. Rescue 15, Utility 15, and Engine-Tanker 16 arrived and stabilized and powered down the vehicle. The area was secured and the utility company was contacted. The companies assisted the towing company with debris cleanup and as soon as the utility company arrived the scene was turned over to them and the company was available and at station at 0915 hours.


March 17, 2008 - Ladder 15 assisted the Pennsburg Fire Company with remembering past Fire Chief and Life Member John "Jack" Mensch. Jack passed away this past week. The ladder setup a memorial arch with Montgomery County Station 38 (East Greenville) at the "Square" in Pennsburg. It was an honor to participate in remembering Jack and the Friendship Hook & Ladder Co. sends our condolences to the Mensch family and The Pennsburg Fire Company.


March 16, 2008 - At 2026 hours Ladder 15 was requested to assist at a structure fire with possible entrapment. Chief 5 arrived and reported a working fire. The station responded full company with 29 personnel. The Ladder arrived and was instructed to the roof for ventilation. All searches proved negative and the crews cut several ventilation holes and assisted with extinguishment and overhaul. The company was available and at station at 2250 hours.


 

March 16, 2008 - At 1241 hours the station was dispatched on automatic aid with Station 19 (Earl Twp.) for a vehicle accident with injuries on Route 562 at Fancy Hill Rd. The rescue arrived at 1251 with a crew of nine and stabilized both vehicles, and assisted EMS with patient removal. The companies spread absorbant on the fluids and assisted with debris cleanup and were available and at station at 1405 hours.


March 16, 2008 - After returning from an automatic fire alarm at Walnut Woods, at 0826 hours Stations 15 and 16 were sent to the 2200 block of Farmington Ave. for an accident with injuries. Chief 15 arrived with one vehicle that struck the bridge and went over the embankment landing on it's side. Engine-Tanker 16 and Rescue 15 arrived and the vehicle was stabilized and was powered down. The units assisted the towing company with removing the vehicle and debris cleanup and were available at station at 1002 hours.


 

March 10, 2008 - At 1112 hours Ladder 15 was requested on automatic dispatch for a possible structure fire on Lindy Lane in the Brookview Development. The ladder was first in with nothing showing. Access was made difficult due to placement of other emergency vehicles in front of the driveway. The crew investigated to find a melted belt on the washing machine. Power was shut down to the washer and the company was available and at station at 1151 hours.


March 9, 2008 - At 1919 hours Station 15 was requested full company to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) on a working structure fire with possible entrapment in the 700 block of East Philadelphia Ave. Ladder 15 responded full crew and arrived second unit in at 1925 hours. The crew was split with two assisting with fire attack and the balance search. Chief 15 was given operations on side "D". A solder joint on a copper heater line melted creating a sprinkler system type which helped keep the fire in check. The attack crew completed the knockdown and all searches proved negative. Ventilation was setup on all three floors while overhaul was performed. After assisting with operations the company was available and at station at 2204 hours.


 

March 8, 2008 - At 0326 hours Station 15 and Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) were requested by Chief 17 to assist Station 17 (Liberty) at a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 100 in front of Wal-Mart. Chief 17 arrived and had a vehicle into a residence with structural damage. Rescue 15 arrived and Chief 15 and Assistant 15 entered the building to investigate the structural damage and determine if shoring of the wall was necessary. The Chiefs from all three companies determined to have the vehicle removed and recheck the structure. The crews assisted the towing service with removing the vehicle. After a second check and assured the power was shutdown to the affected room it was determined to release the building to the homeowner and contact a contractor for repairs. The company was available and at station at 0444 hours.


 

March 4, 2008 - This evening it was with great pleasure to host the Hawk Mountain Council Boy Scout "Good Scout Dinner" which is a major fund raising event for the scouts. The apparatus crew hangs up their bunker gear for the evening and becomes the servers for the dinner. With over 100 very prominent citizens in attendance, the crew shined as volunteers serving the crowd their dinner and dessert. The guest speaker for this years event was former Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Dick Vermeil. Mr. Vermeil took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to the crew and look at our equipment. His speech to the attendees promoted teamwork and responsibility toward scouting. The Fire Company thanks the Hawk Mountain Council for their continued support and to Mr. Vermeil for stopping by and spending some time with us. We look forward to having the scouts again next year.


 

March 4 , 2008 - At 1551 hours Stations 15 and 16 were sent to Englesville Hill Rd in Douglass Twp. for an accident unkown. Chief 15 was given the additional of two vehicles at the sharp bend. Utility 15 with the "Tiller Rescue" trailer running because of the Rescue being out of service responded with a full crew and arrived with one vehicle with air bag deployment and the driver with minor injuries. The vehicle was stabilized and powered down and the companies assisted the towing service with debris cleanup. The companies were available and at station at 1650 hours.


 

March 3, 2008 - At 1612 hours Stations 15, 16 & 17 were sent to the 400 block of E. Third St. for a residential fire alarm. Engine 15 under the command of Chief 15 arrived at 1618 hours and were confronted with a smoke condition in the structure. The interior crew reported a pot of food on the stove with the fire out and checking for extension. Engine 17 arrived and took the hydrant on the corner. Ladder 15 arrived and setup positive pressure ventilation. At 1616 hours Chief 15 was contacted by the borough police during response for an engine at an accident on W. Fifth St. Chief 15 redirected Engine-tanker 16 to the accident under the command of Chief 16. At the accident crews powered down the vehicle and checked the vehicle to assure no fire services were required. At the fire scene Chief 15 reported the fire out and ventilation in progress. All units cleared both calls and were at station at 1714 hours.


March 2, 2008 - While returning from the previous brush fire at 1407 hours Stations 15 & 16 were dispatched to E. Philadelphia Ave and Monroe St. for a vehicle accident with injuries reported to be a vehicle versus a motorcycle. On arrival a motorcyclist was down and fluids and debris on the roadway. Personnel began patient care and Chief 16 put a helicopter on stand-by. Upon evaluation the helicopter was stood down due to insufficient injuries. Personnel assisted with patient packaging and debris cleanup and the company cleared and was at station at 1519 hours.


March 2 , 2008 - At 1326 Stations 15, 16, and 17 were dispatched for a possible brush fire on Chapel Lane in Douglass Twp. Engine 15 and Brush 16 arrived with a small area burnt started by the homeowner dumping his fireplace ashes. The area was overhauled by the crews from the brush and engine and the rest of the assignment was returned by Chief 15. After raking and wetting down the area the company was cleared at 1407 hours.


February 22, 2008 - At 2045 hours Stations 15 and 16 ( Keystone) were sent to Route 562 and Maple Ave in Douglass Twp for a vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Upon arrival a one vehicle accident that slid across a field and went airborne into a tree. The crew from the rescue stabilized the vehicle and opened and extended the drivers door. Assisting EMS with patient packaging the female driver was extricated at 2105 hours. The crew from Engine 16-2 maintained fire protection during the rescue. The crews assisted the police department with scene lighting and assisted the towing company with debris cleanup and were available at station at 2234 hours.


February 21, 2008 - At 2300 hours Station 15 was requested on the 1st alarm to assist Station 19 (Earl Twp) at a dwelling fire on Woodchoppertown Road. Ladder 15 responded with a full crew and was the third piece of apparatus to arrive. The driveway to the residence was long and steep and Engine 19 laid a 5" supply line to the residence. The crew from the ladder walked the drive and met with 15-10 (Neubauer). The crew from Engine 19 was attacking the fire with CAFS and 15-10 was given orders to send crews for a primary search. The crew from the ladder was split in two and entered the building through bedroom windows on two sides of the residence. The first crew of two firefighters located a female victim in the hallway outside the bedrooms and began a rescue effort. The second crew cleared a path through the bedroom to 15-10 waiting at the window. The victim was removed and handed to EMS where efforts to revive her were started. Unfortunately the victum succumbed to her injuries. The crews reentered the structure and completed a primary search of the residence. Other crews assisted with ventilation on the roof and overhaul. The company was available and at station at 0247 hours.


February 20, 2008 - At 2122 hours Stations 15 and 16 (Keystone) were sent to South Reading Ave and Farmington Ave for an accident unkown. 15-10 (Neubauer) arrived and reported a two vehicle head-on collision with both drivers self extricated and one vehicle smoking with fluids and debris on the roadway. EMS was requested to continue in for patient evaluations. Rescue 15 responded with a crew of nine and upon arrival stabilized and powered down both vehicles. Engine 15 and Engine 16-2 arrived and crews assisted with spreading absorbant and cleaning up debris. Both companies were available and at station at 2216 hours.


February 13 , 2008 - At 1556 hours Station 15 was dispatched with Station 19 (Earl Twp.) for a possible structure fire on Spring Drive. 15-12 (Bingaman) arrived and reported from the homeowner that the water heater exploded with a possible gas leak in the basement of an old farmhouse. Engine 15 responded with a full crew and arrived assuming first in duties. The crew went to the basement and discovered a water heater that the control box and exhaust fan had exploded due to a short from flooding. The gas service and electric was shut down to the heater and the area was checked with a thermal camera and mutli gas meter with no extension and no gas leak. The company was released by command and was available at station at 1647 hours.

 


February 13 , 2008 - With a winter storm that blanketed the area with two inches of snow, 1/4" of ice, and 1-2" of rain at 0357 hours Ladder 15 was requested to assist Station 14 (Bally) on a structure fire. 14-13 (Mutter) arrived and reported a working basement fire n a residential dwelling. The ladder arrived and manpower was requested to the first floor with thermal cameras to check for extension. Engine 14's crew did a quick knock on the fire and the crews assisted with ventilation and overhaul. The Ladder was available and at station at 0529 hours. While at the structure an assignment was dispatched at 0408 hours for a fire alarm at the Franklin Court Apartments in the Borough. Engine 15 with 15-11 (Trate) responded immediately along with Station 16 (Keystone) and Station 17 (Liberty). The engine arrived and investigated a water condition from a roof leak through a smoke detector on the third floor. The alarm system was secured and units were made available and at station at 0443. At 0529 the accident assignment was dispatched for the 2100 block of Farmington Ave for an accident with injuries. 15-10 (Neubauer) arrived and had one work truck over an embankment into a tree. The rescue arrived and the crews stabilized and powered down the vehicle and started patient care until the arrival of EMS. The scene was secured and turned over to the police and the company was available at station at 0615 hours. Lastly at 0830 hours an accident assignment was again sent to Greshville Road off Route 562 for a vehicle accident. 15-12 (Bingaman) arrived and had one vehicle over an embankment with the tow service already on location with no injuries. It was determined no fire services required and the assignment was recalled and the company was available at station at 0850 hours.

 


 

February 1 , 2008 - As an ice storm was rolling through the area, the calls started at 0602 with the Fire Police sent to assist Station 17 (Liberty) at an accident. Two minutes later Station 15 and Station 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 2200 block of Farmington Ave. 15-10 was given the additional of multiple calls reporting multiple accidents. Upon arrival there was a head-on collision with one female requiring treatment. A secondary accident occured when two stopped vehicles were struck by another vehicle that could not stop. While powering down the vehicles the one started on fire which was quickly extinguished. Fire Police were notified of more accidents on Englesville Hill Road reporting a vehicle into a utility pole. 15-10 responded and found three seperate minor accidents with no injuires and no fire services needed. Again Berks Communications contacted 15-10 for another accident on Grist Mill Road with injuries. Upon arrival a two vehicle minor accident with one male with a laceration above his eye. EMS treated and 15-10 determined no fire services required. Throughout the day the station ran an assist to Station 14 (Bally) for a possible structure which was an oil burner malfunction and was recalled during response. There was also an odor of gas in the 500 block of E. Philadelphia Ave. which upon investigation was a person that overfilled a lawn mower causing a gas odor in the area. In all the company ran nine calls in just over ten hours.

 


January 29 , 2008 - At 1346 hours Stations 15, 16 (Keystone) and 17 (Liberty) with one engine were sent to the 2100 block Farmington Ave. in Douglass Twp. for a vehicle accident rollover with entrapment. The rescue responded and arrived to a vehicle with the male driver still in. The drivers door had been opened by concerned citizens but EMS requested the roof and passenger side be removed to extricate the patient. The crew was split and a simultaneous roof removal was performed. The passenger side had extensive damage and a full side removal was performed. Engine 16-2 pulled an 1-3/4" protection line and Engine 17-2 setup a landing zone for the helicopter. The rescue was complete at 1412 hours and the company assisted the police department and towing company with debris cleanup, cleared and was at station at 1522 hours.


 

January 29, 2008 - At 1000 hours Rescue 15 was requested to assist Company 19 (Earl Twp) covering for Company 5 (Oley) who was on another rescue for an accident with injuries on Oysterdale Road in Pike Twp. Engine 19 arrived at two seperate accidents, one vehicle into a tree and the second being a vehicle on it's side. Rescue 15 was directed to the second accident. A pickup was on it's side with the uninjured driver self extricated. The company stabilized the vehicle from rolling over and stood by and assisted the towing company uprighting the vehicle. The company cleared and were at station at 1145 hours.


January 26, 2008 - At 1318 Ladder 15 was requested to assist Pottstown Station 69 on a building fire in the 200 block of E. High St. Ladder responded immediately with a crew of 8 and were directed by command to setup on the east side of the fire. Upon arrival the ladder pipe was put into service on the delta exposure building to stop the fire progression into the next building which contained a furniture store. Engine 15 was directed to reverse lay from the fire scene to a hydrant on Industrial Blvd. The engine laid 800' of 5" and supplied Engine 67, Gilbertsville which supplied Ladder 15. The crews from the ladder and engine were put to work doing numerous tasks assisting in extinguishment and overhaul operations. The company was released and at station at 2134 hours.


 

January 5, 2008 - At 1516 hours, Companies 15, 16 & 17 were dispatched to West Motor Freight for a vehicle fire. Engine 15 arrived on location to a working engine compartment fire. Crews from Engine 15 stretched a 1-3/4" line and knocked the fire. Crews from Ladder 15 and Engine 16-2 assisted in overhaul operations. All companies were made available and company 15 was at station at 1603 hours.



January 5, 2008 - A new year brings a fresh, new start to the Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company. Due to several EXTREMELY busy last couple months, the website was, unfortunately, not updated. We apologize for this lack of new information, however, with the new year we are committed to bringing you the latest information as soon as we can on this website. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to keeping you up to date with what is going on at the Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company. Please stay tuned...

 

October 1, 2007 - At 1406 hours, Company 15 was dispatched for RIT to assist Montgomery County Station 65 (Pennsburg) on a working structure fire. All four trucks responded, led off by the Ladder, arriving on location at 1426 hours. RIT was initially established to the rear of the building. Shortly after arrival, the fire became out of control, forcing initial crews out of the building, and the evacuation was toned. Crews were shortly thereafter relieved by Montgomery County Station 37 (New Hanover), and were then instructed to assist in master stream operations. Ladder 15 set up the main and began flowing water into the well-involved structure, along with 4 other aerial master streams and several other lines. Crews then split up and another RIT was established at the front of the building. Company 15 remained on-scene for several hours until being released by command. Company 15 went available and was at station at 0044 hours. Special thanks to Companies 2 (Reiffton) and 49 (Amity) for standing-by at our station while we were at the fire!


 

August 10, 2007 - At 1851 hours, Rescue and Engine 15 were dispatched to assist Company 17 on a motor vehicle accident with injuries and entrapment at Route 73 and North Ironstone Drive. Both pieces of apparatus responded with full crews, arriving on location at 1856 hours to a head-on style collision of a pick-up truck and a passenger car. Crews immediately stabilized the vehicle while EMS began patient assessment. It was confirmed that the unrestrained driver of the vehicle was heavily entrapped, and that the crew from the Rescue was to go in service with hydraulics tools. Crews pulled the Maverick and X-Tractor and began dual side removals and a roof flap. There was a possibility of additionally performing a dash roll, but once the patient was accessed, it was confirmed that he was not pinned under the dash. Fire personnel and EMS rapidly extricated the severely injured male and transported him to the nearby landing zone, handled by Company 17. After the patient was extricated, crews secured the scene while PD investigated the accident. After that, crews cleaned up debris and fluids, and Company 15 was placed available. The Company was at station at 2025 hours.

Congratulations and great job to firefighter Ethan Miller for using the hydraulic rescue tools for his first time!


 

July 6, 2007 - At 1528 hours, Ladder and Rescue 15 were requested by 3-12 (Rhoads) to assist Companies 3 (Stonersville) and 2 (Reiffton) on a working structure fire at 5451 Oley Turnpike Road in Exeter Township. Ladder and Rescue 15 both went responding with a sizeable crew, arriving on location at 1545 hours. Crews were instructed by 3-12 to don SCBA and take tools and a thermal imager camera into the upper floors and basement to check for extension, since the fire was in a first-floor bathroom. Crews spent some time opening up walls and the floor above the fire and found minor extension, which was then extinguished. When the fire was deemed out and overhaul was complete, Company 15 was released by Command. Company 15 was at station at 1719 hours.


 

July 4, 2007 - At 1928 hours, Ladder 15 was requested to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) on a building fire at the Almont Manor Apartments at 700 Sweinhart Road. Ladder 15 responded with a full crew, followed by Engine and Rescue 15, and arrived on location at 1932 assuming first in apparatus. The crew entered the building to meet Deputy 67, with an odor of something burning and a light smoke condition in the third floor. The crew forced entry and encountered heavy smoke in the apartment unit. Crews immediately donned SCBA and located the source of the fire. A melted pot was found on a live burner on the range in the kitchen. Crews cut off power to the unit, removed the burned pot, and performed negative pressure ventilation to remove the smoke from the apartment. After the apartment was ventilated, crews secured equipment and all units were placed available. Company 15 was at station at 2031 hours.


 

July 4, 2007 - Today, Ladder 15 traveled to Pottstown to be a part of the annual Fourth-of-July Parade. Each year, Ladder 15 parks along High Street and sets up a ladder arch with Humane Fire Company of Royersford (Montgomery County Station 84). This year was no different. Company 15 came out with a large crew and their families, which made the day lots of fun, while we all showed our support for everyone involved in the parade. We look forward to coming out to Pottstown next year for the next Fourth-of-July Parade!


 

June 29, 2007 - At 1637 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to the intersection of Madison and Second Streets, Colebrookdale Township, for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location at 1640 hours to a vehicle versus a tractor-trailer with one male seriously injuried and entrapped. Engine and Utility 15 also responded with manpower, and Engine 16-2 set up a landing zone in the nearby Junior High parking lot. Crews went into service with cutters and did a roof flap to allow more space to extricate the patient. Crews also assisted EMS in the extrication process. The patient was transferred to EMS once removed from the vehicle, and trasported to the landing zone. Crews remained on-scene for approximately 4 hours while the police department conducted an accident reconstruction. The tow company arrived on-scene and removed the vehicle, while remaining crews cleaned debris from the roadway. All units went available and Company 15 was at station at 2105 hours.


 

June 10, 2007 - At 1528 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to the main intersection in town for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Rescue 15 responded, arriving on location at 1531 hours, to a two-vehicle head-on type collision, with one injury being tended to by EMS. Crews stabilized and powered down the vehicles, and controlled fluids. Once the tow company arrived on location and secured the vehicles, all units were placed available, and Company 15 was at station at 1631 hours.


 

June 8, 2007 - At 1111 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to the intersection of North Sunrise Lane and Fern Drive in Douglass Township for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Additional was given for one vehicle into the woods with one male injured. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location at 1119 to a motorcycle accident off the roadway, with EMS requesting the patient be flown by aero-medical. Engine 16-2 and Utility 15 established a landing zone on Route 562 approximately a mile away, while the crew from Rescue 15 assited EMS with patient care. The patient was loaded into Med-Evac, and then Utility 15 reported to the scene of the accident. Crews stood by until the motorcycle was secured by the tow company, and then went available. Company 15 was at station at 1238 hours.


 

June 3, 2007 - At 1229 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 562 in the area of the Wilcox Farm. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location at 1234 hours to find a two-vehicle rear-end collision. EMS tended to on minor injury, while crews powered down the one vehicle, controlled fluids, and cleaned up debris. Once the tow company arrived and secured the vehicles, Companies were available and Company 15 was at station at 1335 hours.


 

May 28, 2007 - At 1724 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to an unknown-injury motor vehicle accident at East Philadelphia Avenue and Madison Street in the Borough. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location at 1729 hours to a two-vehicle accident in the intersection. EMS arrived on location simultaneiously and treated a minor injury. Crews stabilized and powered down the vehicles, conrolled a minor fluid leak, and cleaned up debris, while they awaited the arrival of the tow company. Once the vehicles were secured, Company 15 was available and at station at 1834 hours.


 

May 28, 2007 - Today was the annual Memorial Day Parade held in town. Ladder 15 and Montgomery County Ladder 37 (New Hanover) set up a ladder arch at the main intersection. Several different organizations were recognized in the parade, including military veterans, high school and alumni bands and marching units, NJROTC, Salvation Army, Boyertown EMS, scout troops, and many others. Though it was a cloudy morning, it was still wonderful to see so many residents come out to support and remember all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to all who came out!


 

May 25, 2007 - At 1256 hours, Company 15 was requested by Engine 16-2 (Keystone) to assist with debris clean-up at a non-injury motor vehicle accident on Farmington Avenue near South Reading Avenue. Utility 15 reported, arriving on location at 1300 hours, and began to assist with removing glass from the roadway. A truck with a fladbed trailer was holding two vehicles, and was too tall to fit under the railroad bridge, which ended up totalling both vehicles that were on the trailer. After the debris was removed, Company 15 received another call at 1320 hours for a residential lock-out on Franklin Street in the Borough. Utility 15 reported back to station and took Engine 15 to Franklin Court Apartments. Engine 15 was recalled enroute by PD, and was at station at 1330 hours.


 

May 23, 2007 - At 1355 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to Farmington Avenue, between South Reading Avnenue and Englesville Road, for an unknown-injury motor vehicle accident. Rescue and Utility 15 responded and arrived on location at 1404 hours to a single vehicle versus a utility pole on an embankment. Crews confirmed negative injuries, but had to secure the area due to the sheared pole. Both companies remained on-scene for some time until the utility company arrived on location, then went available. Company 15 was at station at 1533 hours.


 

May 19, 2007 - At 1319 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to 49 South Reading Avenue for a possible hazardous materials spill in the roadway. 15-12 (Bingaman) arrived on location at 1322 hours to find a yellow powder in front of Schaeffer's Restaurant that was burning through the asphalt. Crews roped off the area, pulled bystanders away, and requested residents in the block to close up all windows and doors. Command called for Berks County EMA to assist in identifying the material. After EMA arrived on location, a witness stated they saw an unidentified person toss a burning bucket behind a closed gas station directly across the street from Station 15. A crew walked over to investigate, and found a white bucket that was upside-down and burning, and it contained what appeared to be the same yellow powder that was on the street. The crew sent to the bucket roped off that area and stood by with ABC extinguishers. Firefighters donned SCBA and approached the bucket to obtain information from the label and proceeded to contact a representative from the company that owned the bucket. The representative reported to the scene, and stated that the burning yellow material was not what was supposed to be in that bucket. So the EMA and DEP continued to test the material. The results came out that the material was some type of fertilizer that chemically reacted with another substance and caught fire. Crews the carefully extinguished the burning bucket and assisted EMA with clean-up. All units were placed available and at station at 1725 hours.


 

May 17, 2007 - At 2220 hours, Rescue 15 was dispatched to assist Companies 19 (Earl) and 5 (Oley) on a motor vehicle accident with multple patients entrapped. Rescue and Utility 15 responded, arriving on location to 2231 hours. Crews used 2 hydraulic tools to perform a roof removal, and also assisted the multiple incoming EMS units with patient care. After all patients were extricated, and equipment was secured, Company 15 went available and was at station at 0033 hours.


 

May 5, 2007 - At 1032 hours, Company 15 was requested to relocate to Station 3 (Stonersville) because they were at a structure fire in Birdsboro. As crews were getting ready to leave, the Company was dispatched at 1038 hours to cover for Company 3 for an automatic fire alarm on Shelbourne Road. Engine, Ladder, and Rescue 15 all responded, but were recalled enroute. The trucks all returned to Station 3 to stand-by. At 1157 hours, Rescue 15 was requested to report to the scene of the fire to replace the current RIT assigned to the job. Rescue 15 arrived and relieved the RIT of their duties and took over. After standing by at the scene for some time, Rescue 15 was placed available, and returned to Boyertown, as well as the Engine and Ladder. All Company 15 units were available at 1347 hours.


 

April 22, 2007 - At 1416 hours, Company 15 was dispatched to stand-by at Station 19 (Earl), while they were out on a mountain fire in Pike Township. After arrival at Station 19, Utility 15 responded with manpower to Pike Township, while Engine and Rescue 15 remained at the station. While on stand-by, Company 15 covered 3 emergency calls for Station 19, 2 brush fires and a propane leak. After clearing the calls and stand-by, Company 15 was at station at 2004 hours.

To see a video of the airdrop from the brush fire, click here.


 

April 21, 2007 - Today, the Friendship Hook & Ladder Apparatus Crew sponsored a fundraiser carwash at the station. Three lanes were opened up inside the engine room, and vehicles were allowed to drive right through as crew members washed and dried them. The day was a great success, and everybody had lots of fun! Look forward to more car washes in the future, and thank you for your continued support!


 

April 16, 2007 - At 1737 hours Company 15 was dispatched to assist Montgomery County Station 79 (Upper Pottsgrove) on a dwelling fire. Engine 15 went en route and arrived on location at 1741 hours. Crews entered the structure and reported a possible heater malfunction. The dwelling was naturally ventilated, as another crew also went to the roof and checked the heater vent. The heater was shut off, and the problem was isolated to that. Company 15 went available and was at station at 1826 hours.


 

April 14, 2007 - At 1232 hours Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to 407 East Philadelphia Avenue in the Borough for a possible structure fire, reported smoke in the building. 16-10 (Hojecki) arrived on location reporting smoke showing and ordered the first alarm. Engine 15 arrived at 1240 hours and the crew deployed an 1 3/4" handline into the second floor apartment. The fire was located in the front bedroom, and as the crew found the fire, a flashover occurred and the crew backed out. Once the line was charged, the crew performed an aggressive interior attack that was coordinated with vertical ventilation. A second alarm was requested for manpower. The fire took about an hour to bring under control, with hours of extensive overhaul. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but was believed to be started around a computer and appeared to be electrical in nature. Company 15 was placed available and at station at 1702 hours. Great job to all crews on-scene!


April 12, 2007 - Today, Ladder 15 and a crew traveled to the Pottstown Highland Memorial Park to participate in the funeral service of FBI agent Barry Bush, who was killed in the line of duty. Bush formerly served as a police officer for the Boyertown Police Department, and also the Pottstown Police Department. Ladder 15 and Montgomery County Ladder 69 (Pottstown) set up a ladder arch near the entrance to the Park to honor Special Agent Bush. The Company expresses its condolences to the family of Barry Bush, to the Boyertown and Pottstown Police Departments, and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


 

April 8, 2007 - At 2334 hours, Ladder 15 was requested by Montgomery County to assist Station 79 (Upper Pottsgrove) with a structure fire at 1547 Farmington Avenue. Ladder and Engine 15 responded, arrived on location at 2345 hours, shortly after Upper Pottsgrove units, to a fully involved detached garage. Crews pulled an 1 3/4" handline to attack the fire, while other crews donned SCBA and entered the rubble to help overhaul. Crews remained on-scene for just over an hour to extinguish all hot spots. Company 15 was available and at station at 0118 hours.


 

April 3, 2007 - Today, the Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company received the last of our items purchased through the FEMA grant. Our last items received were complete sets of Globe G-Xtreme turnout gear. The Globe G-Xtreme gear is the best gear out on the market and combines both comfort and function into a strong, durable set of turnout gear. Through the FEMA grant, every single firefighter received a complete set of Globe G-Xtreme turnout gear, a Scott AV-3000 facepiece with voice amplifier and a LED Survivor light. We would like to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to using our new gear.


March 26, 2007 - At 0243 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to 89 Sunset Dr. for a reported structure fire. Additional reports were given for multiple calls reporting a working fire. 15-10 (Neubauer) arrived on location and reported a single-family dwelling well-involved. Engine 15 arrived on location, followed shortly by the Ladder, and assumed first-in duties. The dwelling soon became fully involved and collapsed, due to problems with water supply and a steep driveway that exceeded 1200 feet. Additional alarms were struck for tankers due to that reason. Crews performed a defensive operation and went into service with numerous 1 3/4" handlines until the bulk of the fire was under control. Then, some crews entered the remains and began to overhaul and extinguish hot-spots. Units were on-scene for approximately 7 hours until the fire was deemed out and all hot-spots were extinguished. Companies went available and Company 15 was at station at 0958 hours.


 

March 15, 2007 - At 1429 hours, Company 15 was dispatched to assist Company 19 (Earl) on a vehicle fire on Powder Mill Hollow Road. Engine 15 responded, arriving on location at 1440 hours to a fully-involved vehicle, and assumed first in duties. Crews deployed an 1 3/4" handline and attacked the fire, then also pulled the piercing nozzle to extinguish hotspots. The fire was placed under control quickly, and then crews cleaned up equipment. After wrapping up, Company 15 was placed available and at station at 1539 hours.


 

March 15, 2007 - At 1308 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to the area of South Reading Avenue and North Sunrise Lane for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. 15-13 (Miller) arrived on location, reporting a single-vehicle accident, with one male in the vehicle to be evaluated by EMS. Rescue 15 responded, arriving on location at 1316 hours. Crews stabilized the vehicle with rescue struts, and assisted EMS with patient extrication. Crews then waited for the tow company to arrive, and then all units were placed available and Company 15 was at station at 1407 hours.


March 14, 2007 - At 2120 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to the area of Greshville and Winding Roads for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. 15-13 (Miller) arrived on location at 2125 hours and reported one vehicle into a bridge with 2 male patients. Rescue 15 responded and arrived shortly after, and crews split up, helping EMS with patient care and also stabilizing the vehicle. After both patients were handed to EMS, crews cleaned up minor debris and awaited the arrival of PSP and the tow company. After the tow company secured the vehicle, units were placed available, and Company 15 was at station at 2246 hours.


 

March 10, 2007 - Tonight, the Apparatus Crew hosted a St. Patty's Day Dance at the station. The dance was planned as a fundraiser for the Ladder Truck Fund. The turnout was great, with approximately 160 people who came out to support us. Everyone had a great time hanging out and dancing to music played by DJ Randy Michaels and Emerald Sound. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped support the Apparatus Crew and to make a fun and enjoyable night!


 

March 9, 2007 - At 0422 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to 506 East Philadelphia Avenue in the Borough for an unknown-injury accident. Rescue 15 responded and arrived on location to one vehicle into a parked van. PD reported negative injuries, and so crews took care of debris. Fire police remained on-scene until the tow company arrived, while the companies returned to station. All units were placed at station at 0537 hours.


 

March 8, 2007 - At 1545 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to the intersection of North Reading Avenue and Spring Street in the Borough for an unknown-injury accident. Rescue 15 responded, arriving on location at 1550 hours to a two-vehicle accident in the intersection with two patient evaluations. Crews powered down the vehicle and cleaned up minor debris. After the vehicles were removed by the tow company, all units were placed available and Company 15 was at station at 1629 hours.


 

March 8, 2007 - At 1041 hours, Company 15 was dispatched with the first alarm assignment to assist Company 19 (Earl) on a structure fire at 857 Mountain Road. Ladder and Engine 15 responded, arriving on location at 1054 hours. The fire originated in a small gas fireplace on the second floor, and crews performed overhaul of the surrounding floor and walls due to extension in a void space. After the affected area was opened up and all the hotspots were wet down, companies went available and Company 15 was at station at 1222 hours.


 

February 25, 2007 - At 0011 hours, Ladder 15 was dispatched to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) on a building fire at 823 East Philadelphia Avenue at Movie Gallery. Ladder, Engine, and Rescue 15 responded, given the additional of an odor in the building, with the Ladder arriving on location at 0018 hours. Ladder 15 assumed first-in, and crews went to the roof to begin checking HVAC units. Additional crews from both companies also entered the building and removed ceiling tiles to check for a possible electrical problem. After searching the building and checking further, the odor was no longer imminent, and no cause was found. Company 15 was placed available and was at station at 0106 hours.


February 13, 2007 - At 1808 hours, Ladder 15 and Company 17 (Liberty) were dispatched to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) on a building fire at 116 Wilson Avenue. Additional was given to responding units that it was the Berks Products complex, and there was a fully involved building. Ladder 15 arrived on location at 1821 hours just behind Engine 67, to a large garage, fully involved, with multiple explosions. The explosions were caused by numerous oxyacetylene cylinders rupturing, which caused them to act as projectiles from the building. Ladder 15 set up the main, and began to flow water onto the building, and also protected a residential exposure. Numerous master streams were put into place at a distance from the building due to the explosion dangers. Crews battled extreme cold temperatures and freezing precipitation, and so additional alarms were struck for manpower, and also water supply. The fire took about 2 hours to bring under control, with extensive overhaul to follow. When the fire was out, it was found that 6 cement trucks and a loader were destroyed. When all hot spots were extinguished, and the State Fire Marshall conduted his investigation, Company 15 went available and was at station at 0044 hours. Thanks to Company 19 (Earl) for standing-by at our station while we were at the fire!


 

February 9, 2007 - At 1623 hours, Ladder 15 was dispatched to assist Company 49 (Amity) on an oven fire at 236 Buckhead Lane. Ladder 15 responded with a full crew, arriving on location at 1633 hours, with reports that the fire was out, and there was a smoke condition in the structure. Ladder 15's crew assisted Engine 49's crew in naturally ventilating the structure and assuring that there was no extension around the appliance. After the fire was deemed out and the structure was ventilated, Companies went available, and Company 15 was at station at 1654 hours.


 

February 7, 2007 - At 0806 hours, Ladder 15 was dispatched to assist Montgomery County Station 37 (New Hanover) on a chimney fire at 2314 Bromley Drive. Ladder 15 responded, due to Ladder 37 being out of service, and arrived on location at 0820 hours. Initial reports were that there were visible flames and smoke from the chimney, so Ladder 15 was instructed to set up the main to the top of the chimney. Crews removed the top of the chimney and checked down the inside. There were no signs of fire. Crews broke down the Ladder, and went available shortly after, and Company 15 was at station at 0910 hours.


February 6, 2007 - At 0843 hours, Company 15 was dispatched to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) on a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Rescue and Engine 15 responded, arriving on location at 0846 hours to a two-vehicle accident, with one patient entrapped, and one vehicle well-involved with fire. Crews assisted in extinguishing the vehicle fire, and also transferring the patient of that vehicle to the awaiting Med-Evac helicopter. The heavily entrapped driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead on-scene by the Montgomery County Coroner, and crews assisted with extrication and recovery. After all was complete, Company 15 went available and at station at 1240 hours.


February 5, 2007 - At 1020 hours, Ladder 15 was dispatched to assist Company 5 (Oley) on a structure fire at 27 Rose Virginia Road. The Ladder responded, arriving on location at 1037 hours, with instructions to set up by Engine 5. Crews split up, with some entering the structure to perform an interior attack, and others setting up ground ladders and conducting ventilation. The condition of the structure began to deteriorate, and so all personnel were ordered to evacuate the building. All units switched from interior to exterior operations, and Ladder 15 was set up to flow CAFS through the main. Personnel remained on-scene for hours, with extensive overhaul. Company 15 was placed available, and was placed at station at 1526 hours. Thanks to Montgomery County Station 37 (New Hanover) for relocating and standing-by at our station with Rescue and Ladder 37 while we were at the structure fire.

While standing-by, 16-10 (Hojecki) called in a motor vehicle accident at North Reading Avenue and Spring Street in the Borough. Units were dispatched at 1445 hours, and Rescue and Ladder 37, and Utility 15 responded, arriving on location at 1526 hours. Crews set up stabilization of the vehicle and initiated patient care until EMS arrived. After the patient was transferred to EMS, and fluids and debris were controlled, companies were placed availiable and at station at 1526 hours.


 

February 3, 2007 - At 1048 hours, Ladder 15 was requested by Montgomery County to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) and Station 14 (Bally) on a structure fire on Hoffmansville Road next door to the Shepherd of the Hills Church. Ladder 15 responded immediately with a full crew, and arrived on location at 1056, assuming first-in. 14-13 (Mutter) arrived on location shortly before Ladder 15, and reported a working fire inside a one-story carpentry workshop, with flames showing through the roof. The crew from the Ladder entered the structure, and encountered a medium smoke condition, and a small fire working up the wall. The crew quickly contained the fire with pressurized water extinguishers, and began overhaul around the affected wall. The fire was deemed accidental and caused by shorted electrical wires beneath the wall. When the fire was deemed completely out, Companies went available and Company 15 was at station at 1241 hours.


 

February 3, 2007 - Throughout the past few months, The Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company has been hosting auctions by George Jacob Auctioneering. Firefighters and their family members help out with the auction by running the kitchen and raising money to proceed the Apparatus Crew. For more information about George Jacob Auctioneering, or to find out dates for future auctions, please feel free to call the Station at (610)367-2300, or e-mail the website administrator!


 

January 29, 2007 - At 2338 hours, Rescue 15 was dispatched to assist Company 17 (Liberty) on a motor vehicle accident with entrapment at the intersection of North Reading Avenue and Rowell Road, right next to Station 17. Rescue 15 responded with a full crew, given additional of a pick-up truck on its side with one unconscious male entrapped. Rescue 15 arrived on location at 2348 hours and immediately began stabilization of the vehicle with rescue struts. Company 17 handled a landing zone in a field by their station, and also pulled a 1 3/4" protection line. Crews from Rescue 15 went into service with 2 cutters, and the patient was extricated at 2357 hours. After the patient was transferred to EMS, and fluids and debris were controlled, Company 15 went available and was at station at 0104 hours.


 

January 27, 2007 - At 1035 hours, Ladder 15 was requested by Montgomery County to assist Station 67 (Gilbertsville) on a structure fire. Units responding were given a report of heavy smoke from the eaves of the building. Ladder 15 arrived on location just after Engine 67, at 1042 hours, with a working fire. Crews split up, with some personnel setting up ground ladders, while another crew forced entry into the second floor apartment and initiated an interior attack. Also, a crew went to the roof and performed vertical ventilation. The fire was brought under control in approximately an hour with extensive overhaul throughout all three floors of the building. After hours of salvage and overhaul, and cooling hot spots, Company 15 was placed availiable and at station at 1535 hours. Thanks to Stations 49 (Amity) and 1 (Mt. Penn) for standing-by at our station while we were at the call!

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January 22, 2007 - At 0055 hours, Rescue 15 was dispatched with Station 19 for a motor vehicle accident reported with injuries and entrapment on Route 562 near Fancy Hill Road in Earl Township. Rescue 15 responded, arriving on location at 0103 hours, with one female confirmed to be entrapped, and crews were instructed to stabilize the vehicle and go into service with cutters. Engine 19 set up a landing zone in a cornfield next to the scene of the accident, while Company 15 performed a passenger's side door removal, and a full roof removal. The patient was extricated at 0122 hours and transferred to EMS. A crew then assisted in loading the patient into the awaiting Med-Evac helicopter. After the helicopter was airborne, Company 15 was placed available, and was at station at 0223 hours.


January 20, 2007 - At 1314 hours, Company 15 was requested to assist Montgomery County Station 67 (Gilbertsville) on a working structure fire at 1311 East Philadelphia Avenue. All four trucks responded, led off by Ladder 15, which arrived on location at 1321 hours. En route, crews were instructed to ladder the building and go into service with vertical ventilation. When Ladder 15 arrived on location, one crew began to set up ladders, while another crew was instructed by Assistant 67 to take a second attack line into the first floor and perform an interior attack. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes, with extensive overhaul. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental, and caused by an ignited animal nest inside of the dryer vents. After investigation and overhaul was complete, Company 15 was placed available and at station at 1623 hours.


January 19, 2007 - At 1121 hours, Ladder 15 was requested to assist Montgomery County Station 65 (Pennsburg) on a working structure fire. Ladder 15 responded and arrived on location at 1137 hours, with instructions for its crew to standby and help with overhaul. The crew stood-by in the manpower pool, and was released shortly after, and told to stand-by at Station 65 with Bucks County Engine 57 (Milford) and cover any other emergency calls. Ladder 15 then redirected to Station 65 at 1150 hours, and stood-by for a little over an hour. The Company was at station at 1320 hours.


January 19, 2007 - At 0640 hours, Company 15 was dispatched to assist Mongomery County Station 79 (Upper Pottsgrove) with a vehicle rescue on Route 100 near Moyer Road. Engine and Rescue 15 responded, arriving on location at 0655 hours. Rescue 69 (Pottstown) already had extricated the patient from the overturned vehicle, and so crews from Company 15 assisted with controlling a rupture in the gas line on the vehicle. When the tow company secured the vehicle, Company 15 went available, but was redirected to another motor vehicle accident with injuries at Farmington Avenue and Colebrookdale Road at 0738 hours. Crews split up at the scene, with one initiating patient care until the EMS unit arrived, and others controlling fluids and debris. At 0745 hours, another accident was reported just down the street at Colebrookdale Road and Woodside Lane. This motor vehicle accident was minor, and had negative injuries, so fire police closed the roads down until the tow company arrived and secured all vehicles involved in the two accidents. Companies were cleared, and at station at 0939 hours.


January 13, 2007 - At 0159 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to Ironstone Drive, between Water Street and Pheasant Run Road, for an unknown-injury motor vehicle accident. 15-10 (Neubauer) arrived on location at 0159 hours and reported on vehicle on its roof with a pole that was sheared completely in half and hanging from the power lines above. Also, the vehicle was unoccupied, and PD was given a report of the occupants fleeing the scene of the accident on foot. Rescue 15 arrived on location shortly after, and crews, under extreme caution, stabilized the vehicle using rescue struts, then stood-by until Met-Ed arrived on location. After the tow company secured the vehicle, and Met-Ed arrived, all units were placed available, with the exception of fire police. All units were at station at 0342 hours.


January 12, 2007 - At 2232 hours, Companies 15 and 16 (Keystone) were dispatched to a commercial building at 329 East Second Street for an odor of natural gas, after the odor was detected by a firefighter that lives in the area. Engine, Ladder, and Rescue 15 responded, with the first unit arriving on location at 2235 hours. Crews split up and searched the large building, and found the odor to be the worst in a warehouse at the "C" side of the building. Upon further investigation, a malfunctioning wall-mounted heater was found to be leaking natural gas. Companies opened up the structure to ventilate until UGI arrived on the scene. When the problem was secured, all units were made available, and Company 15 was at station at 2348 hours.


 

 

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