Personnel took advantage of the nice weather to work on new chauffeur training for Engine 33. The training consists of a task book, pump theory portion, practical pumping, 100 miles of daylight driving and 25 miles of night time driving before doing a final road course and pump practical test. Several new chauffeurs are currently working through the process with Engine 33. ... See moreSee less
Last night while enjoying dinner together, units were sent to the Brook apartments for an odor of gas. Crews investigated the problem and found a faulty stove as the source. Second due companies were staged at hydrants and returned when the problem was identified.
Once an incident is controlled, units from the southside typically take every chance they can to train, especially with newly released apparatus chauffeurs. If you see us with hose lines off, towers or ladders up, and ground ladders thrown, it doesn’t mean the building is on fire, but it means we had a chance to practice as if it was!
Did you know: methyl mercaptan is a chemical added to natural gas and propane as an odorant to make sure you can smell a gas leak LONG before it’s explosive. Your nose is more than 100x more sensitive than our meters! ... See moreSee less
This afternoon just after 1630 hours box 33-5 was struck in Lower Paxton Township for the 4700 block of Berkley Street for a report of smoke from a house. Engine, Ladder, and Chief 33 responded on the alarm along with mutual aid from Progress Fire 32, Paxtonia 34 Fire Company, Citizens Fire Company #1 of Penbrook, and Linglestown Fire Company No. 1 - Station 35 filling out the remainder of the box. Engine 33 and Ladder 33 took the block from different directions with the engine split laying from Rutherford and Berkley for Engine 32 to pick up and the ladder taking the Alpha-Bravo corner of the building coming nose-to-nose with the engine. Crews advised of smoke from the first floor front door where the engine company stretched a precautionary line. Engine 32 pulled the secondary line to a walkout basement on the Charlie side as called out by the ladder’s OV 360 while laddering. Chief 33 had the command and quickly scaled back the response to Engine, Ladder, Tower, and Chief 33 for a furnace malfunction requiring ventilation.
Tower 33 made a non-emergency appearance as other members were out doing driver training when the box alarm came in. Crews positioned out of the way and worked off Ladder 33. While not in service nor used, this marks the first official call it took in.
Why are y’all taking equipment on calls that’s not even in service yet. It’s not lettered or anything and all of a sudden thinks it’s a good idea for it to run calls. Yeah cause that’s very smart. Seems like a free for all.
Last night members attending hazmat operations refresher training received a practical scenario just after the conclusion of class. Dauphin County Department of Public Safety paged Company 33 for an officer to check out a tractor trailer on the interstate which lost a saddle tank from their vehicle and spilled its contents. Crews used supplies from Rescue 33 to absorb the fuel and protect storm drains. An environmental cleanup company was contacted to complete final remediation of the spilled fuel. ... See moreSee less
While Rescue 33 was out of the station, box 32-6 was dispatched for a report of a house fire on Cranberry Circle. The rescue responded in place of engine 33. Engine 32 advised they would likely have their own water. Rescue 33 picked up a secondary hydrant, taking water to the bravo Charlie corner of the address where a walkout basement was advised by engine 32’s officer and Engine 37 picked up the hydrant for us. While engine 32 stretched a line to the first floor, rescue 33 crews stretched a second line to the walkout basement and forced the door. Crews encountered smoke which auto ignited at the doorway and advised first floor crews of a basement fire with unknown conditions of the floor above. The rescue crew performed a primary search of the basement and extinguished all visible fire while Engine 32 fought their way through the first floor extinguishing multiple rooms of fire. Tower 32 and truck 34 laddered the building, checked for extension, and opened up for the lines. Quick responses and aggressive line work kept the fire to the unit of origin!
Thank you CD Middle School National Junior Honor Society for dropping off cookies at the firehouse this week! Certainly they won’t go to waste in a firehouse of firefighters who love sweets. Thank you! ... See moreSee less