Daily Dispatch: Pennsylvania News
First responders rescue at least six from burning apartment building in downtown DuBois
Sun, 20 May 2018 13:01:12 -0700
Approximately 20 people are homeless but safe after a fire broke out Saturday morning in an apartment building in downtown DuBois. At least six had to be rescued from the burning structure, according to DuBois Volunteer Fire Chief Ben Blakley. Multiple fire departments from Clearfield and Jefferson counties responded to the call at 9:53 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 1:01:12 PM - SOURCE: Tri-County Sunday
Manure pit traps 3-year-old under barn in Honey Brook — 'kind of like a quicksand'
Sun, 20 May 2018 14:23:21 -0700
A 3-year-old boy survived a harrowing accident Saturday when he plunged into a manure pit beneath a Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, barn, firefighters say. The boy fell into the 10-foot-deep pit, below a dairy barn, while it was open for cleaning about 6:40 p.m. Saturday, according to WGAL. Fire crews tried to reach the toddler but risked becoming stuck in the thick manure themselves, reported PennLive.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 2:23:21 PM - SOURCE: Centre Daily Times
Intense 5-alarm fire in North Philly destroys four-story warehouse
Fri, 18 May 2018 17:13:09 -0700
Firefighters battled a massive five-alarm fire Friday evening in what appeared to be an unoccupied warehouse-industrial building in the Swampoodle section of North Philadelphia. It took more than 2½ hours to be brought under control. No injuries were reported. Officials said the blaze was in a four-story building in the area of 21st and Lippincott Streets, less than a block away from a commuter rail line.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 5:13:09 PM - SOURCE: Philly.com - Metered Site
Follow Up: Winfield to dump fire department, get service from outside township
Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Starting in September, fire protection for Winfield Township's 3,500 residents will come from other communities. Township supervisors say they will direct Butler County 911 to stop dispatching the Winfield Fire Department to calls within the township because of what supervisors say are long-standing failures by the department to comply with changes sought by supervisors.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Ensuring safer rentals is aim of proposed Irwin legislation
Sat, 19 May 2018 17:30:03 -0700
Two months after an Irwin man died in a fire inside an apartment without a smoke detector, borough officials are moving toward requiring such devices and other safety features in residences. “It's incredible how fast they responded,” said fire Chief Justin Mochar, who asked council in March to take steps to require smoke detectors be installed in all residences.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2018 5:30:03 PM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Video: Harrisburg firefighters scared by opossum
Sat, 19 May 2018 02:49:14 -0700
A video shows a group of firefighters running and hiding from an opossum. The Squad 8 - Harrisburg Bureau of Fire posted the video on their Facebook page on Thursday. In the video, you can see the men looking in the closet, then running away and laughing when the opossum runs out. The opossum was eventually lured outside.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2018 2:49:14 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
Philly signs 3-year contract with firefighters
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:02:04 -0700
Philadelphia officials on Thursday announced a new three-year contract with the firefighters’ union that offers wage increases to members and requires them to increase their pension contributions. The new agreement will cost the city an estimated $150 million over six years, including the current fiscal year that ends in June, said Mike Dunn, a spokesman for Mayor Kenney.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:02:04 PM - SOURCE: Philly.com - Metered Site
Flames ravage Fayette County bar, but spare American flag
Fri, 18 May 2018 05:26:32 -0700
Firefighters were called Friday morning to battle an intense fire at a restaurant and bar in Fayette County that destroyed everything but an American flag, officials said. The fire was reported shortly before 2 a.m. at Chubboy's, formerly Phil's Nite Club, on River Road in Dawson. There was an apartment on the second floor, but no one was living there.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 5:26:32 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
Veteran Castle Shannon Volunteer Firefighter Accused Of Embezzling Thousands From VFD
Thu, 17 May 2018 15:54:06 -0700
A veteran volunteer firefighter in Castle Shannon was charged Thursday with embezzling nearly $140,000 from the department’s death benefit fund, but the state auditor general says even more money is unaccounted for. The Allegheny County District Attorney took over the investigation after the state auditor general uncovered tens of thousands of dollars in unaccounted for money.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 3:54:06 PM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
Tree falls, kills woman on private property in Lawrence County
Thu, 17 May 2018 17:02:55 -0700
A woman died Thursday after a tree fell and struck her on private property in Lawrence County, officials said. The New Castle News identified the woman as 87-year-old Audrey Gardiner of North Beaver Township. The accident happened at a private residence on Cleland Mill Road. The North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department, Noga Ambulance and a police chaplain responded.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 5:02:55 PM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Kitten's cries lead to an adorable rescue in New Kensington
Thu, 17 May 2018 11:29:48 -0700
A little kitten's big voice lead to its rescue in New Kensington late Wednesday. Sometime around midnight, a couple of guys walking down Route 366 heard a kitten meowing in front of the Seventh Street Sportsmen's Club, said Steven Matto, a photographer with the Arnold Volunteer Fire Department No. 2.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 11:29:48 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Firefighters forced to cancel Mountville Carnival opening night, all thanks to Mother Nature
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:45:47 -0700
A Lancaster County volunteer fire company is taking a hit because of this rainy weather. Mountville Fire Company cancelled the first night of its annual carnival, the largest fundraising event for the company, because of yesterday’s stormy weather. The rain won’t stop the rides, but firefighters fear it could keep people away from the carnival for a second or third night which isn't good for the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:45:47 PM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43
Firefighters, ambulance personnel in Conemaugh Township to receive tax break
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:30:42 -0700
The Conemaugh Township supervisors approved a firefighter tax credit Wednesday, which they hope will help retain current firefighters and lure in new ones. The ordinance will give any fire department or EMS volunteer a tax reimbursement of 20 percent of their township property taxes and $200 of their earned income taxes.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:30:42 AM - SOURCE: Courier-Express
Opinion: Pennsylvania townships demand immediate leadership from state to address volunteer firefighter crisis
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:02:30 -0700
The volunteer fire company is a long and cherished tradition in our commonwealth, dating back to 1736 when Ben Franklin founded the nation’s first all-volunteer force to fight blazes in Philadelphia. For nearly three centuries, communities have relied on volunteer fire companies to protect property and save lives.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:02:30 PM - SOURCE: Bucks Local News
Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department to receive new radio tower
Thu, 17 May 2018 03:05:31 -0700
The Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a new radio tower, courtesy of a joint venture between Crawford and Venango Counties, which will solve a problem the department has had with “dead zones,” according to Fire Chief Sam Firster. “Our area that we service, Plum Township and Troy Township, we have a lot of dead spots where radio communications don’t exist,” Firster told The Herald.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 3:05:31 AM - SOURCE: Titusville Herald
Hampden Township Fire Department: Mom's passion for volunteer firefighting keeps her busy
Wed, 16 May 2018 11:58:18 -0700
She's a mom, financial leader and small business owner, but it's her volunteer work that makes this woman's story so special. We caught up with Kim Kenawell-Hoffecker, the volunteer firefighter at the Hampden Township Fire Department, where she started volunteering in high school. "My backyard was the fire department's, so yeah I would listen to them come out of their station all the time," Kenawell-Hoffecker said.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 11:58:18 AM - SOURCE: WHP-TV CBS 21 Harrisburg
House fire under investigation in York County
Thu, 17 May 2018 03:25:50 -0700
A house is a complete loss after an overnight fire in Hellam Township. It started around 1:30 Thursday morning on Kreutz Creek Road. Fire crews say the homeowners were dealing with an electric problem and were not home at the time the fire started. When they came back to check on the house, they saw flames coming out of the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 3:25:50 AM - SOURCE: WHP-TV CBS 21 Harrisburg
3 firefighters honored for saving man hit by car in Greensburg
Tue, 15 May 2018 13:48:51 -0700
Greensburg honored three firefighters for saving a pedestrian who was hit by a car. The car struck William J. Murphy, 87, on April 17 in the parking lot of Ollie's Bargain Outlet on East Pittsburgh Street. Greensburg Fire Chief Tom Bell happened to be driving nearby when he heard the call on his emergency radio.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 1:48:51 PM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Laflin firefighters fight off fire and man with knife
Tue, 15 May 2018 12:45:06 -0700
Firefighters responded to more than just a fire in Laflin early Tuesday morning. Laflin Fire Department says just after 4 a.m. they headed to Main Street for a reported dwelling fire. Luzerne County 911 gave additional information to officials about gunshots fired and other conflicting information at the residence.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 12:45:06 PM - SOURCE: WHP-TV CBS 21 Harrisburg
Allegations against Bucks County Rescue Squad staff spurring proposal to cut coverage area
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Bristol Township officials are looking to replace the Bucks County Rescue Squad’s coverage area with service from the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad in large part because its former chief reportedly logged nearly $30,000 in unauthorized hourly payments while employed part time as a township officer.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bucks County Courier Times

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