Daily Dispatch: Pennsylvania News
Kunkle Volunteer Firefighter Hit by Dump Truck at Crash Scene
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Kunkle volunteer firefighters held each other close after state troopers in Tunkhannock say a firefighter was hit by a dump truck. Troopers say the firefighter was struck while he was rerouting traffic at an accident scene here at the intersection of Routes 309 and 29. The whole reason why emergency responders were redirecting traffic here in the first place was because a van hit this telephone pole.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV Newswatch 16
Wilkes-Barre fire watches up, union support for them down
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:51:06 -0700
After its patrol as part of the stepped-up Community Fire Watch during the predawn hours of Sept. 6, the crew from Engine 2 returned to Hollenback Station without having seen a flame or plume of smoke. From 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., the engine and its firefighters rolled through half of the city, covering the North End and East End neighborhoods, Parsons and Miners Mills.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 4:51:06 AM - SOURCE: Times Leader
'Mysterious foam' that caused fish kill in Lancaster County linked to firefighting exercise, official says
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Residue from a firefighting exercise seems to be to blame for a "mysterious foam" and a fish kill on a stream near Columbia High School, the borough emergency management coordinator said Friday. Jeffrey Helm said the foam and fish kill in an unnamed tributary at Purples Lane were reported to his office in the morning.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive.com
Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department Relief Association works to address audit findings
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 03:47:42 -0700
A state audit of Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department Relief Association for a four-year period found almost $90,000 in undocumented expenses for which the association is working to recover all required documentation, according to the association’s president. The association and its affiliated fire department, Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department, are separate legal entities.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 3:47:42 AM - SOURCE: Meadville Tribune
‘Behind Every Disaster, There Is A Blessing’: Beaver County Church Destroyed In Fire
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A fire destroyed a Beaver County church early Saturday morning. Several fire departments responded to the fire at the First Baptist Church at the corner of Fifth Street and Penn Avenue in Midland. The fire started at about 12:30 a.m. “You could look through the windows and see each pew go [up in flames] and be engulfed in flames and then the window blew out,” church member Sidney James said.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
Auditor General Eugene Depasquale talks tight funding for Pennsylvania’s volunteer firefighters
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:37:13 -0700
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene Depasquale speaking at a `Pennsylvania Firemen`s Association Conference` in Gettysburg Thursday to discuss the issue with tight funding for Pennsylvania`s volunteer firefighters. According to Depasquale, the Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association gets state reimbursement each year — which he says needs to be reworked.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 2:37:13 PM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43
2 firefighters, resident injured in Bensalem apartment fire
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:25:24 -0700
Two firefighters and a resident were injured in a fire at an apartment complex in the Andalusia section of the township Thursday night. Their conditions were not immediately known, but the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The fire severely damaged six apartments in the Salem Harbor Apartments off High Road, Bensalem Battalion Chief Rob Sponheimer said Thursday night.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 10:25:24 PM - SOURCE: Levittown Bucks County Courier Times
Lawmakers discuss ways to attract, retain EMS volunteers
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:43:07 -0700
State representatives and emergency service experts agree local first responders “aren’t crying wolf” when they sound the alarm on the difficulties of staying afloat. State Rep. Perry Warren, D-31, of Newtown Borough, headed a House Democratic Policy Committee on Thursday morning at the Yardley-Makefield fire station off Stony Hill Road in Lower Makefield to hear those concerns and discuss solutions.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 7:43:07 AM - SOURCE: Levittown Bucks County Courier Times
Bomb squad called to Whitehall home; homeowner says device crashed through front window
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:05:38 -0700
A bomb squad was called to a home in Whitehall this morning for a reported explosion, which the homeowner later said was caused by a device that was fired or thrown through his front window. Whitehall Township police and fire departments were dispatched to 1714 Juniper Drive just before 3:30 a.m. for a report of an explosion and fire that released some kind of irritating gas.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 3:05:38 AM - SOURCE: Allentown Morning Call
Capital Health Ambulance Service Will Serve Morrisville, Portion Of Falls Township
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:41:47 -0700
A new ambulance service will be taking over an area of coverage in Falls Township. While the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad will continue to be the first medical responders for the majority of the 34,000-resident township, the roughly 12 percent of the municipality covered by the Morrisville Ambulance Squad, including a number of industrial sites, will be turned over to New Jersey-based Capital Health System.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 5:41:47 AM - SOURCE: LevittownNow.com
Upper Allen Township Fire Department breaks ground on renovation project
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:40:40 -0700
The Upper Allen Township Fire Department held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday as it begins a $3.2 million building renovation project at its fire station at 104 Gettysburg Pike. “In order to attract people, you need to have a nice facility because people don’t want to volunteer their time to come out to something that they always have to repair,” Upper Allen Township Fire Department Chief James Salter told abc27 News.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 10:40:40 AM - SOURCE: Carlisle Sentinel
Millbourne fire company out of service over council dispute
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:50:23 -0700
Fire protection services have been suspended for the small borough of Millbourne as leaders of its fire department and the borough try to settle a years-long dispute over personnel and department resources. Millbourne Fire Chief Joseph Artmont Jr. officially declared the station out of service Tuesday night after a reportedly contentious borough council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:50:23 PM - SOURCE: Delaware County Daily Times
New chief, fire committee member as changes continue in Upper Pottsgrove
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:47:50 -0700
Changes in the Upper Pottsgrove Fire Company and its relationship with the township just keep coming. Monday night, George Harmansky, president of the township's fire services committee, announced that the new fire chief is T.J. Wojton. Wojton was previously deputy chief, according to Harmansky. The post was made permanent after a fire committee meeting last week at which former chief Tom Mattingly was unsuccessful in appealing his removal as chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:47:50 AM - SOURCE: Pottstown Mercury
Police: New Brighton man charged after assaulting medic
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A borough man is facing aggravated assault and strangulation charges after he attacked a paramedic, police said. New Brighton Area police were called around 6:45 p.m. Saturday to 1100 block of Sixth Avenue for a male and female arguing. Officers found Johnathan E. Harris, 45, lying in the street and unable to stand due to being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the police report.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Beaver County Times
Seven Hurt in Building Collapse in Berwick
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:30:52 -0700
Seven people were sent to the hospital after the roof of a vacant building came tumbling down in Berwick. Firefighters said no one was inside the building on Second Street when it started falling apart around 3 p.m. Wednesday, but people on the sidewalk and sitting in their cars were hurt in the wreck.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:30:52 PM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV Newswatch 16
Harrisburg paramedics hike 6 flights and carry patient down stairs after elevator breaks
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A 66-year-old man suffered a medical emergency Monday at his apartment on the seventh floor of Bellevue Towers. But when the ambulance arrived at the high-rise near Reservoir Park, paramedics couldn't use the elevator to reach him. It was broken. So the paramedics hiked up six floors with a special patient transfer chair, put the man into the chair and carried him down six floors to the waiting ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive.com
1 dog, 1 cat found dead after Pittsburgh fire; 2 people escape unharmed
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:52:25 -0700
Two people escaped unharmed Wednesday when a fire tore though their home in Pittsburgh’s South Side Flats neighborhood then spread to a second house, officials said. One dog and one cat were found dead inside the residence on Larkins Way where the fire began about 4:45 p.m., Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Alicia George said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 5:52:25 PM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Erie Fire Department Cuts Rescue Time in Test of Innovative Sensor Technology
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:45:25 -0700
The Erie Fire Department and Mercyhurst University teamed up to test innovative sensor technology designed to reduce the time it takes to find and rescue people from a burning building or other emergencies. Erie News Now first introduced you to SimpleSense last week. The company here for the Secure Erie Accelerator is developing the technology.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 7:45:25 PM - SOURCE: WICU-TV Channel 12 Erie
Police officer, firefighter receive Philadelphia National Liberty Museum Award of Valor
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:28:50 -0700
Paoli Firefighter Thomas Robinson and Coatesville Police Officer Jose Colon received the Award of Valor Sept. 12 from the National Liberty Museum. Robinson has been with Paoli Volunteer Fire Co. for 60 years. Colon has been helping to fundraise on behalf of victims of Hurricane Maria. The National Liberty Museum presented 12 Awards of Valor to police officers and firefighters in the tri-state area.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 12:28:50 PM - SOURCE: Coatesville Daily Local News
When disaster strikes: Coroners train on mobile emergency response stations in Bedford
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:18:04 -0700
On a Bedford Township hilltop, a group of coroners from across the state were staging a scenario Tuesday that they hope they never have to repeat. Stainless steel tools were being unloaded from a trailer equipped to set up a temporary morgue. A 240-square-foot enclosed tent was being set up as a makeshift work station, and a mobile refrigeration unit was running behind them, designed to lower air temperatures inside to properly hold and preserve dozens of bodies.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 3:18:04 PM - SOURCE: Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

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