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Monday, June 30, 2014
On Monday, June 30, 2014 Blue Valley Rescue Squad attended a Joint Drill with Plainfield Township Volunteer Fire Company. The evolution that was provided was an ambulance rollover with a patient trapped inside on the stretcher. Access was limited to the roof only. Rescuers utilized the air chisel, saw-zall, hydraulic spreaders, and K12 saw. This was a great learning experience and was good to work with our mutual aid company. A good time was had by all.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Plainfield Twp. Vol. Fire Co. and EMS are proud to be involved again this year with the Plainfield Township Jr. Police Academy. On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 our own Firefighter Justin Smith was a trooper and volunteered to be the "BAD" guy and was shot with the taser during the taser demonstration that Ptlm. Torre did. Then on Thursday, June 26, 2014 our firefighters did a automobile extrication to show the cadets whats involved during an accident with entrapment.***CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE AND SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM AND CLICK ON LINKS***
Monday, March 3, 2014 AT 2021
A fire damaged a home Monday night at 3383 Rising Sun Court in Upper Nazareth Township. The first call was at 8:21 and no one was hurt in the one-alarm fire, a Northampton County emergency dispatch shift supervisor says.Fire crews were not on the scene for an extended amount of time, she said.Article Courtesy: Lehigh Valley Live
Monday, March 3, 2014
Here are some action shots of the Plainfield Twp. Vol. Fire Co. firefighters ready for action or in action.If you have any pictures of our department or members in action, feel free to send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Station 36 Firefighters hanging out on
the front of E-1412 // Photo Courtesy:
FF Kyle Miller
Station 36 firefighter's ready for
action upon arriving standing in front
of E-3611 // Photo Courtesy: FF Kyle
Monday, March 3, 2014
E-3611, E-3212, E-4712, T-4731, R-4441 were dispatched at 1416 hrs. for a possible structure fire on Cherryhill Rd. in Moore Twp. Moore Twp. Vol. Fire Co. was already committed at a dwelling fire Bath Borough. E-3611 was first to arrive with Asst. Chief Johnson 36-53 establishing Cherryhill Rd. Command. It was determined that the homemade wood stove had a fault with it. Engine crews from E-3611 and E-4712 assisted with emptying the fire box. All units cleared with NO reported injuries or damage at 1433 hrs.
Monday, March 3, 2014
~ BATH BOROUGH ~ A house fire was reported just after 9 this morning at 128 S. Chestnut St. in Bath.Heavy smoke was coming from the narrow, white-sided, single-family home.Firefighters were on scene as of 9:15, emergency dispatches indicate.Whoever was in the house when the fire began got out without injury, Colonial Regional police said. Two dogs were rescued. The home's owner, who didn't give her name, said her son lives there with his family. Only her son was there when the fire began; the children were at school, she said. The home is owned by Sharon Piecienski, Northampton County property records say.It was reported about 9:20 as a "working fire" in the basement or on the first floor of the three-story home, dispatches say. A single family lived in the home, according to neighbors. A charred holiday sign that read "Merry Christmas" hung from the front porch of the home.All firefighters were temporarily pulled out of the home just before 9:40, radio reports say. There is a slew of wires in front of and next to the home and Met-Ed was called. The fire department's tower truck couldn't be raised with the wires in place, radio reports say.An unstable kitchen floor was reported by firefighters who were back in the home just before 10 o'clock. It was cleared again just after 10:30 when plumes of thick smoke began pouring out of the home.Firefighters have been battling the blaze from the front and rear of the structure, with crews going inside periodically, but scanner reports indicated authorities were beginning to worry about the structural integrity of the floors in the residence. Crews were calling for additional backup at 11:38 this morning.Lisa Garcia, who lives right across the street, said the smell was unmistakable."I was sleeping then I smelled the smoke," she said. "My dad called right away to tell me the house across the street was on fire."Garcia said she didn't know the family personally, but would see them on occasion. She said she was happy to see the family's dogs had been rescued from inside.The old Bath Hotel -- now the Red Wolf Bar & Grille -- is next door. The fire reached into the eaves of the house and firefighters were concerned about exposure to other structures, radio reports say.The owner of the inn said even though flames were nearing the historic structure, he was confident the two-hour-rated fire walls -- added after it was destroyed by fire in September 2005 but before it reopened in summer 2013 -- would keep it safe.Angelo Caiazzo, who owns the hotel, said he was made aware of the fire by an upstairs apartment tenant. The restaurant, which Caiazzo said he runs with his brother, won't open on time at 11 this morning. "Hopefully when we're done here, the firefighters will be a little hungry and come in for lunch," Caiazzo said.The neighborhood was temporarily evacuated due to worries about a gas line feeding the structures.Archives editor KJ Frantz contributed to this report.Article Courtesy ~ Lehigh Valley LivePictures Courtesy ~ Chris Post**** TO SEE ADDITIONAL PHOTO'S, VIDEO AND READ RELATED ARTICLES CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE AND SCROLL THRU THE PICTURES TO THE BOTTOM ****
Friday, February 7, 2014 ~ AT 2130
~ WIND GAP ~ Wind Gap firefighters battled a blaze Thursday night at a vacant home on Constitution Avenue in freezing temperatures.Wing Gap Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Faust said today there were no injuries, although a couple of firefighters took spills on the eventual icy mess created by spray from the hose.Crews were called at 9:30 p.m. to a one-story home at 220 Constitution Ave., he said. Faust said he arrived to flames already shooting through the roof, part of which had collapsed.Thankfully, Faust said, the home was empty."There was a guy who was planning on moving in this weekend," Faust said.Stubborn flames burning between the roof and ceiling gave fire crews extra trouble, he said. It took two to three hours to get the fire under control and a little while longer to knock it down fully, according to the chief.He said the home was destroyed but a cause for the fire has not been determined. Faust said that so far, the fire does not appear suspicious.Property records indicate the home is owned by Kerry Gassler and Jean Sylvester.Article Courtesy ~ Lehigh Valley LivePictures Courtesy ~ Bill Adams
2014 EMS Subscription Drive
Plainfield Twp. Vol. Fire Co. Ambulance Corp.'s 2014 Subscription Drive is underway. If you have not received a subscription drive letter and donation request please print out a printable version by clicking on the title above and scrolling to the bottom.If you have any questions, please contact the business office Monday thru Friday 9:00am thru 2:00pm and leave a message.THANK YOU for your continued support!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
~ The Plainfield Twp. Vol. Fire Co. was dispatched for a tanker task force response with Bushkill Township Fire Dept. to 749 Lahr Rd., Nazareth, PA for a working dwelling fire. Plainfield Twp. Vol. Fire Co.'s tender assisted with shuttling water from a pre-determined fill site to the scene. Fire crews were hampered by freezing temperatures of 1 degree and wind chills of -15 degrees. Challenges that were faced were freezing of valves and hose couplings along with walking hazards due to icy surface conditions. Firefighters in Bushkill Township became encased in a thin layer of ice as they battled a blaze Wednesday morning in temperatures just above zero and with wind chills far below. The home at 749 Lahr Rd., was destroyed in the 9 a.m. fire. No one appeared to have been injured. Two dogs -- Bo and Tucker -- and two cats -- Princess and Smooch -- survived the fast-moving blaze, according to a neighbor.A cause for the fire had not been determined as of Wednesday afternoon. Bushkill fire Chief Brian Stahl said in an interview at the scene that the freezing temperatures made efforts a lot more difficult. "It's very hard," a red-faced Stahl said. "Everything's freezing up on us. It's hard to get volunteers out." Stahl said crews from at least five departments helped fight the fire and haul water to the scene. The fire was under control within about an hour and a half. Freezing temperatures are unpleasant for anyone having to endure the chill, but they pose an especially slippery problem for firefighters. Easton fire Capt. Kevin Arnold said there's really nothing a department can do to completely escape the peril."There's no way really to avoid it," Arnold said, "nothing you can do about it unless you're tucked away in a warm truck, which is the opposite of what we're there for."Water: Friend and foeAmong the most immediate problems at a scene is the freezing water, Arnold said. With temperatures near or below zero, the water meant to douse a fire can quickly turn to ice and take down first responders. Ladders hit with the freezing water are rendered useless, Arnold said. Hydrants and specialized breathing equipment can become equally ineffectual, according to Warren County Fire Marshal Joseph Lake. But that's only part of the challenge — the sneaky and dangerous ways temperatures can affect firefighters themselves is a constant worry as well. Lake said he remembers a Morris County fire several years ago where he and two other firefighters were frozen to a hose as well as to one another as they worked a fire. The cold gets to you before you know it, Lake said. "We have a big problem with frostbite," Lake said, noting that stubborn firefighters are often more concerned with the job than their well-being. "No firefighter wants to quit. They want to keep going, but it can be dangerous in this kind of weather." Arnold said the younger firefighters can be the most susceptible to staying out a little too long.Firefighting a team effortLake said lots of Warren County departments bring extra crews to the scene so they can cycle between firefighters, allowing others to warm up in the meantime. Of course, he said, rural fires don't offer much in the way of warm shelters. "You just got to get them inside, but a lot of times, you don't have that," Lake said. Bethlehem interim fire Chief Robert Novatnack said the city relies on help from EMS and the public works department to help at the particularly cold or snowy scenes. Novatnack said road crews provide some salt to help prevent water from freezing over and EMS workers can treat responders who are dealing with possible exposure and hypothermia-related issues. "It's really a joint effort between all the city departments to get it done effectively and efficiently," he said. Novatnack said the city was fortunate there were no fires Tuesday night as the Lehigh Valley was hammered with several inches of snow. But as a precaution, the department had extra workers at the stations so that every engine could be staffed if needed, he said. "We needed to make sure we could get to places without delay," Novatnack said. "The most important firefighter is the one on duty."Article Courtesy: Lehigh Valley LivePhoto's Courtesy: Thomas Kohler
Monday, January 13, 2014
Plainfield Township Vol. Fire Co Announces 2014 OfficersFire Co. Fire Chief - Ryan Pool Deputy Chief - George Biggs Asst. Chief - Richard Johnson Captain - Mike Farace Captain - Joel McAllister (Appointed) Lieutenant - Bill ZeRuth Fire Police Capt. - Matt Waldmiller Fire Police Lieut. - Dan Anderson (Appointed) Safety Officer - Tom Hower (Appointed) Chief Engineer - Dan Sinclair (Appointed)EMS Corp. EMS Captain - Kyle Miller EMS Lieutenant - Jade JohnsonFire Co. Admin. President - Richard Johnson Vice President - George Biggs Secretery - Dan Anderson Financial Secretary - Bill ZeRuth Treasurer - A.J. Olszewski Trustee (2013-2015) - Kyle Miller Trustee (2013-2015) - Matt Waldmiller Trustee (2014-2016) - Mike Farace Trustee (2014-2016) - Kyle HettelRelief Association President - A.J. Olszewski Vice President - Bob Rutt Secretary - Drayce Kern Treasurer - Dan Sinclair Fire Delegate - George Biggs Fire Police Delegate - Dan Anderson EMS Delegate - Jade JohnsonCongratulations to the 2014 Officers and THANK YOU to the 2013 Officers!!!
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