Daily Dispatch: Pennsylvania News
Philadelphia fire sends woman, firefighter to hospital
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:25:46 -0700
A Philadelphia firefighter and a woman were taken to the hospital after a fire broke out in Strawberry Mansion. It happened around 2:40 a.m. Friday on the 3100 block of Fontain Street. Arriving fire crews were met with heavy flames coming from the first and second stories of a row home. The injured woman suffered smoke inhalation; it is unclear at this time why the firefighter was hospitalized.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 5:25:46 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
Meadville fire department moves closer to full complement after two sworn in
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:17:22 -0700
Meadville Central Fire Department, stretched thin for months due to unfilled positions, is closer to a full complement after City Council's meeting this week. But it will likely be several months more before all of the open spots are filled, according to Chief Evan Hasko. Mayor LeRoy Stearns swore in one new full-time and one part-time firefighter Wednesday, bringing the current staff to 10 full-time members plus the one part-timer.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 7:17:22 AM - SOURCE: Meadville Tribune
Officials urge Indiana County residents to post 911 addresses
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:59:16 -0700
But that wasn’t the only high number that attracted local officials’ attention in the past month. Ordinance enforcement officer George Maudie told the supervisors that he has been concerned with the volume of homes and buildings that don’t properly display house numbers as required by the Indiana County 911 addressing system.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 7:59:16 AM - SOURCE: Courier-Express
Accident in Wilkes-Barre leads to jaws-of-life extrication
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:32:16 -0700
A mid-afternoon car accident left a car flipped onto its roof, sending two people to area hospitals. According to Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney, the jaws-of-life had to be used to extricate one of the individuals. The accident occurred sometime after 1 p.m. on Thursday at the corner of North Washington and North streets in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 3:32:16 PM - SOURCE: Times Leader
Limerick Fire Company gets an assist with new tower ladder
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:51:51 -0700
In the event of a fire in an assisted living facility, with elderly residents trapped on an upper floor, it’s crucial that fire companies have a rapid and safe way to rescue them. Just such an assisted living facility, along with commercial buildings and townhomes, are what’s on tap for Limerick Township when the proposed Limerick Town Center project at Ridge and Swamp Pike, becomes a reality.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 8:51:51 AM - SOURCE: Phoenixville News
Serial Somerset arsonist could face decades behind bars
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:02:10 -0700
Two months. A dozen arsons. No arrests. Somerset Police Chief Randy Cox said the department's top priority is finding whomever is responsible for setting those mobile homes on fire at Cherry Lane Estates. He said investigators are concerned about safety and now, they're getting backup. "It's really been a partnership, effort from our department, county agencies, state agencies, and now support from the federal side too.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 5:02:10 PM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV We Are CentralPA.com
3-alarm fire destroys Delaware County Catholic school
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:47:32 -0700
A Catholic school that has served a Delaware County community for more than 50 years was destroyed by a massive fire that also caused nearby residents to evacuate their homes. By Thursday morning, firefighters had left the scene and restoration crews were busy trying to salvage what was left of a major portion of Our Lady of Angels Regional Catholic School in Morton, where 400 students attend pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 9:47:32 PM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
Walker Township firefighters arrive on the scene -- and rescue one of their own
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A Walker Township firefighter was injured Monday, but crews didn’t realize it was one of their own until they arrived on the scene. According to a Facebook post by the Walker Township Volunteer Fire Company, crews were dispatched to a tractor rollover on Blue Ball Road in Walker Township. On arrival, they discovered their own Captain Jim Heckman had been involved in the incident.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Centre Daily Times
At least four injured after explosion at Franklin County Army depot
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:38:41 -0700
Crews are on the scene of an explosion at Letterkenny Army Depot. According to Col. Steven Ledbetter, the commander at Letterkenny, a small explosion and fire in the paint area of Building 350 left four people requiring medical assistance. Three victims were taken to a Maryland hospital via a medivac in serious condition, and another was taken to Chambersburg Hospital in unknown condition.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 6:38:41 AM - SOURCE: WPMT FOX43
Conemaugh Township still in need of fire department volunteers
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:07:55 -0700
The Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Department is looking for more people to fill its ranks. Department President Matt Mlaker said the department is looking for volunteers to help with all sorts of jobs, from administrative to actual firefighters. Mlaker said the number of people volunteering is down drastically.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 3:07:55 AM - SOURCE: Courier-Express
Perkiomen, Trappe Fire Companies Practice Rescues In Exceedingly Tight Spots
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:48:43 -0700
Emergency first responders must train for rescues that could be needed anywhere: from pulling a scared kitten out of street-side storm sewer, to a soccer team trapped in flooding underground caves. Members of the Perkiomen Township and Trappe fire companies practiced Monday (July 16, 2018) in the Perkiomen Greene housing community for that kind of specialized operation (at top and below), known as a confined space rescue.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 3:48:43 AM - SOURCE: The Post - Limerick, Royersford and Spring-Ford PA Schools
Beaver County agenices, fire departments undertake homeless outreach
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:41:38 -0700
Social service agencies recently partnered with three local fire departments to expand the range of their homeless outreach efforts. Several agencies and individuals collaborated on a recent Saturday morning in hopes of bringing assistance to homeless individuals in Beaver County. Those who participated included Lisa Signore, director of the Community Development Program of Beaver County, Lieutenant Fabi Soto and Jaime Kinkead, both with the Salvation Army, Dina Ciabattoni, Continuum of Care Coordinator of Beaver County, Sandi Hutchison, coordinator of the Crossroads Shelter of Beaver County, Beaver Falls Police Chief John Deluca, as well as landlords Penny and Tom Jones who lease their properties to several homeless programs and are active in the Housing & Homeless Coalition.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:41:38 PM - SOURCE: Beaver County Times
Woman dies in Elk County house fire
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:09:29 -0700
One woman is dead after a house fire in Elk County Tuesday night, according to a release. State police identified Terri Gustafson, 50, as the victim who died in the fire. They said Gustafson's body was found on the second floor of the home. BROCKPORT – One woman is dead after a house fire in Elk County Tuesday night, according to a release.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 5:09:29 AM - SOURCE: WJACTV.com
Pennsylvania bill ensures worker's comp coverage for fire, ambulance volunteers
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A new bill would ensure members of volunteer fire and ambulance companies qualify for coverage under Pennsylvania's workers’ compensation program if they're injured in the line of duty. State Sens. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) and Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) said their bill would settle an ongoing debate and clarify that volunteers qualify for coverage.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 27 News
Somerset's Cherry Lane Estates beset by 11th fire
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:36:43 -0700
Residents at Cherry Lane Estates are mad and scared after another structure fire in the Somerset Borough mobile home park Wednesday morning. The Somerset, Listie, Friedens and Rockwood fire departments were dispatched at 2:23 a.m. to 157 Cherry Lane. This is the 11th fire at the trailer court since early May.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 6:36:43 AM - SOURCE: Somerset Co. Daily American
Lack of volunteers hurt Central City firefighters battling flames
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:55:01 -0700
Central City Fire Chief Dale Russian said the rain on Tuesday came one day too late. A fire destroyed a car repair shop Monday afternoon. Now, all that's left is rubble. "It was very disheartening, to say the least," said Chief Russian. He said the gasoline and chemicals inside the shop made the fire tough to put out.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:55:01 PM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV We Are CentralPA.com
Bedford community theater destroyed
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:04:02 -0700
A Monday afternoon fire destroyed an Old Bedford Village community theater, leaving charred timber, a collapsed roof and walls and wisps of smoke in its place. Emergency personnel received a call about the fire at Gardner Memorial Theater about midday, according to Bedford County Director of Emergency Services David Cubbison.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 1:04:02 PM - SOURCE: Altoona Mirror
York firefighters respond to more heroin overdoses
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:50:13 -0700
Firefighters in York are responding to more calls for overdoses than building fires. "It's a hit or miss. We could get three to four fire calls at a time or three to four EMS calls at a time" Deputy Fire Chief Chad Deardorff, said. Deardorff said the department takes about 3,600 calls a year. About 1,200 are EMS calls.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:50:13 PM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43
Allentown fire Chief Lee Laubach announces retirement
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:11:52 -0700
Allentown Fire Chief Lee T. Laubach Jr. announced his retirement on Monday, ending a 25-year-career with the department. “I believe during my time as chief we have reinforced and stabilized the foundation of the Allentown Fire Department,” Laubach wrote in his retirement letter to Mayor Ray O’Connell.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 1:11:52 PM - SOURCE: Allentown Morning Call
Drexel University conference focuses on how to keep EMTs safe from violence
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:52:51 -0700
Ben Vernon never saw the man pull the knife. But within moments he was being rushed to a San Diego hospital with a broken rib and punctured lung. A firefighter paramedic with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Vernon was responding to an intoxicated man at a trolley stop when a bystander picked a fight with the security guards assisting his unit.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 2:52:51 PM - SOURCE: Philly Voice

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