Congratulations to Thomas Swank who is working his final shift at the Dauphin County Department of Public Safety dispatch center today before retiring! Tom has been a life long public servant working as a dispatcher for Dauphin, a police officer for Penbrook Police Department, and a life member and former Chief for Colonial Park Fire. Almost everyone in emergency services knows Tom, but the ones that don’t personally know him have most certainly spoke with him on Police, Fire, or EMS talkgroups for Dauphin county over his decades on the air bringing calm via phone and radio to chaotic scenes.
Thanks for the invite Elizabethtown Fire Dept Station 74!Today finished out another busy day for EFD.
Several members traveled to the Fire Department of Mount Joy to complete some aerial familiarization and had the opportunity to gain experience in setting up and operating Truck 75.
Today also wrapped up day number 3 of the "Heavy Vehicle Stabilization" class taught by Mid-Atlantic Technical Rescue.
Today groups continued the rotation through the remaining challenging scenarios and continued to hone their skills at load estimation, stabilization, and lifting.
This class requires a lot of logistical support and would not be possible without the assistance of the staff/owners of Cocker's Towing Inc. They provided the facility and needed logistical support to create the scenarios and conduct the training. Without them, this training opportunity would not be available to us.
An additional thank you to Good Burrito Co. and Subway for the catering to feed the students.
Below are more pictures from the day from various students/instructors.
Fire Department Mount Joy Lower Swatara Fire Department Bainbridge Fire Company 71 Hampden Township Volunteer FD Lancaster City Bureau of Fire Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company Manheim Fire Department Blue Rock Regional Fire District Colonial Park Fire Co. #1 Rohrerstown Fire Company ... See moreSee less
Today several of our members attended a heavy rescue program hosted by our mutual transfer company Elizabethtown Fire Dept Station 74. Crews dealt with complex and heavy entrapment situations and critiqued each scenario. ... See moreSee less
Crews handled seven calls for service in the last 24 hours including this accident with injuries at Jonestown and Colonial Road. Crews assisted EMS with patient care and checking the vehicles before returning ready. ... See moreSee less
Tomorrow (Friday) night from 9PM until Monday morning at 6AM the SOUTHBOUND ONRAMP for I83 South from Union Deposit Road will be closed as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) I-83 Expansion project. Please plan appropriate details by getting on I83 at Derry Street, Jonestown Road, or get on Union Deposit Road to I83 North and turn around at Jonestown Road to head south. ... See moreSee less
Last night just before midnight, Southside and mutual aid units from Paxtonia 34 Fire Company, Linglestown Fire Company No. 1 - Station 35, Penbrook Fire 30, and Progress Fire were dispatched to a report of smoke in the stairwell of the Hampton Inn - Harrisburg East on Union Deposit Road. Engine 33 arrived with their own hydrant and the system. Crews took high rise packs inside and confirmed smoke on all five floors in the stairwell only. Due to the location of the smoke, protocols were deviated from and the 1st due truck 33 took the Charlie / Delta corner instead of side alpha. While establishing a secondary water supply, crews from Progress Fire 32 located a mulch fire on the delta side of the building with minor extension into the exterior stucco and insulation. The box was scaled back to Engine 32, 33 and Truck 33 to ensure complete extinguishment.
While very little water was needed for the fire, protocols on incidents are followed to ensure everything is in place should the incident grow in magnitude. ... See moreSee less
Starting now until Monday Morning at 6AM, the I83 onramps from Route 22 (Jonestown Road) East and West bounds will be CLOSED for realignment and connection. When finished, the ramps will merge together before entering I-83. Motorists wishing to go south from Jonestown road will need to go north on I83 to turn around and re-enter southbound or use side streets to go to Union Deposit or Mountain Road onramps. ... See moreSee less
When seconds count, we count seconds. On Tuesday, crews conducted impromptu training during the day as well as scheduled training during the evening. For daylight, in continuation of driver training on Ladder 33, crews had a small competition setting up the aerial to go in service. Initial setups included all steps including wheel chocks, ground pads, and outrigger pins. Certified drivers need to be able to put the aerial in service in under two minutes completing the “full” setup. Competition always breeds better results. After everyone performed routine setups, “shortcuts” were allowed and Aerial setup times could be accomplished in under 45 seconds if the situation warranted.
In the evening, crews performed ground ladder proficiency training utilizing fake windows on the side of the firehouse. After a quick review of ladders, crews again competed in throwing multiple ground ladders by themselves in a drill called the “Paxton Drill”. Each evolution was timed requiring 6 ladders to be placed to 2nd and 3rd story windows. Proficiency is shown by ladders being set efficiently, hitting the target on the first attempt, and quick times. Individual times to complete six ladders including climbing two of them were two-three minutes from apparatus to window each time for the entire evolution! This comes out to an average of 20-30 seconds per ladder being set and climbed! ... See moreSee less
Rescue 33 is currently transferred to Lancaster County Elizabethtown Fire Dept Station 74 while their station works multiple garages on fire in Mount Joy Township on Old Hershey Road. ... See moreSee less