Station 74 just cleared a first due structure fire in Mount Joy Township. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from a mobile home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire which was contained to the kitchen and dining room area. Crews operated on the scene for about 3 hours. Station 74 was assisted Fire Department Mount Joy Rheems Fire Department Mastersonville Fire Co, Lawn Fire Company and PSP. ... See moreSee less
🚨 ALERT: TORNADO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NWS/SPC THROUGH 3:00AM MONDAY 🚨
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued Tornado Watch #0069, in effect through 3:00am Monday for the areas shaded in yellow in the accompanying map. EPAWA expects this will be expanded eastward with time. Primary impacts include, but are not limited to:
1) A few tornadoes are possible 2) Hail up to 1" in diameter (quarter-sized) 3) Widespread wind gusts to 70mph is LIKELY
A Fire Weather Watch goes into effect Wednesday at 10 AM for the Susquehanna Valley. Winds could gust to 35 miles per hour. Air tomorrow is expected to be very dry. Outdoor burning is discouraged. Burns could quickly get out of control.
Here is a great explanation of why structural fires require so many resources.Why do we have so many Fire Departments (7-8) responding on our First Alarm Structural Assignment?
Structure fires require that several critical tasks be performed either simultaneously or be highly coordinated. An example is advancing the attack line. It must be coordinated with ventilation.
Advancing it too soon will cause the fire to blow back at the attack crew. Advancing it too late allows the fire to gain oxygen and grow out of control. Another example is water supply. It must be established quickly enough after operating the attack line to keep the booster tank from going empty.
The number of firefighters, apparatus and response times needed for a first-alarm assignment to perform the required critical tasks is called an effective response force.
NFPA 1720 Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments recommends a minimum of (14) Firefighters to effectively perform these critical tasks, (15) if an aerial device is utilized. In addition to that personnel are needed to perform firefighter accountability and rehab maintaining a safe working environment.
Firefighting is extremely strenuous and quickly fatigues personnel. Ideally sufficient personnel should be available to rotate firefighters and this often requires additional companies beyond the initial alarm assignment.
In our response area every Fire Department is 100% Volunteer and staffing can vary significantly by the day of the week and hour of the day. After careful evaluation we have come to the conclusion that a minimum of 7-8 companies should be dispatched on the initial first alarm assignment to assure that the recommend minimum staffing requirements are met 24/7/365. ... See moreSee less
Happy Birthday to our Chief Engineer Al Wilson pictured here with two of his sons Dylan and Tyler.
Al as been a dedicated fire officer in our organization for many years. He assures all fire apparatus is well maintained and ready for service at all time. He is an invaluable asset to our community. Al can frequently be found at the station washing and polishing our apparatus and has always taken great pride in their appearance. Thank You!!