As of 0800 hrs on 5/18/15 the new Countywide P25 Radio System is fully operational and being used by all first responders in Lancaster County, the new Radio System brings many new features that where not feasible with the conventional system being used before today. Some of the main features include; better coverage area, interoperability between All types of first responders and local government, emergency alert buttons, being able to tell exactly which radio is transmitting, and fireground operations will no longer be on the dispatch channel which will cut down on the amount of radio transmissions during a large incident. It will be a big change but we are looking forward to reaping the benefits.
At 20:34 on April 9th E62-2 was dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment to a fire at 9 Hellers Church Rd in Upper Leacock, additional was a dryer fire with smoke throughout the building. E62-2 responded with five firefighters and was the second arriving engine and assisted E61-1 (Upper Leacock) with fire suppression and overhaul, units where clear of the scene within 30 minutes. Shortly after E62-2 returned, Station 62 was dispatched to Witmer Rd for an unknown-injury vehicle accident with reports of one vehicle off the road and into a guard rail, units responded and confirmed the reports and reported no injuries and where clear of the scene shortly thereafter.
This morning at 0716 hrs E62-1 and SQ62-1 where dispatched to the 700 block of Hartman Station Rd for a vehicle accident/unknown injuries. Deputy 62 went enroute first and was advised of vehicle into a fence and that the caller is unsure on injuries, seconds later Station 62 was dispatched for a vehicle accident/standby at Horseshoe Rd/Jefferson Rd for a vehicle thats rolled over but reported to be no injuries, Assistant 62 along with E62-2, E63-1, and SQ63-1 starting heading that way, Assistant 62 arrived and found a patient on the roadway so advised county to send EMS to the scene Class 1. By this time Deputy 62 had arrived on the other scene and also found a Class 1 patient on this scene and requested EMS to this scene as well. E62-1 cleared their crash within 30 minutes and shortly after returning to quarters was requested by Station 63 to assist with a vehicle accident in their first due but was recalled before arriving, in the meantime SQ62-1 was sent to 340 and the ramp to 30 West for fire police after a vehicle accident
Early Thursday morning at 0545 hrs. Station 63 was dispatched to a class 1 vehicle accident in the area of Lincoln Highway East/Oakview Rd, PD arrived and advised that there is a vehicle that left the roadway and struck several parked vehicles to the rear of Witmer Garage with a female occupant that is impaled through the abdomen by a piece of metal. The incident was then upgraded to a Vehicle accident with entrapment adding Engine 62-1, and Rescue 48. Duty Chief 63 arrived next and stated there is a single occupant impaled by a trailer hitch of a boat trailer that the vehicle struck! The hitch was pushed through the engine of the vehicle and impaled the driver and then through the back of the seat, rescue operations where initiated and crews worked to remove the doors and roof of the vehicle first so they could access the patient better, crews then went to work stabilizing and then cutting the hitch, extreme caution was needed to minimize vibrations of the hitch and also to keep the metal cooled down as the where cutting. The extrication was complete at 0648 hrs. and EMS transported the patient who was miraculously awake and talking to a local hospital, during investigations it was determined that the accident actually occurred around 1100-1130 hrs but was not discovered until 0545 hrs
The Witmer Fire Company would like to congratulate Lieutenant 62-3 Justin Gossert and his wife Rachelle as they welcome their newborn daughter Kelsey Whinn Gossert into the world who was born on Wednesday February 21st.
The Witmer Fire Company is proud to announce that the 2015 Line Officers include two new Lieutenants, taking on an officer spot is a very demanding position that demands many hours spent in training, meetings, emergency calls, and much more as we try to build a team that serves our community as well as our neighboring communities to the highest level possible. Please help us welcome Dereck Duffy into the spot of Lieutenant 62-2, and Justin Gossert into Lieutenant 62-3, if you happen to have the pleasure of meeting these new Lieutenants be sure to congratulate and encourage them on their new journey! We would also like to take the time to congratulate John Kreider Jr. and say thanks for his many years as a line officer as he steps down from a line Officer spot, John was a line officer for 23 years, ten of those years as a Captain, and 13 years as a Lieutenant which are very impressive numbers!
The 2015 Line Officers of the Witmer Fire protective Association are as follow;
Chief 62 : Matthew Bono
Deputy Chief 62 : Christian Kauffman
Assistant Chief 62 : Greg Sherman
Captain 62-1 : Reuben Lapp
Lieutenant 62-1 : Jacob Lapp
Lieutenant 62-2 : Dereck Duffy
Lieutenant 62-3 : Justin Gossert
Safety Officer 62 : John Latscher
At 1434 Hrs Tanker 62 was dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment for a mobile home on fire in Station 48′s(Ronks) first due, a neighboring Chief arrived on the scene first and reported heavy fire showing from a mobile home and then requested the 2nd alarm assignment which put E62-2 on the assignment as well. Shortly thereafter engine 48-2 arrived on the scene as the first arriving piece of apparatus and made an aggressive attack on the fire and with the help of the support pieces that arrived shortly thereafter the fire was brought under control within an hour and Station 62 was clear of the scene shortly after and crews where able to return to the station and warm up after being outside in the extreme temperatures! Stay safe everyone!
We would like to thank everyone who came out to our Ox Roast today for their generous support, 1,925 takeout meals where sold, and 739 meals where sold in the family style dining area for a total of 2664 meals sold! We would like to remind everyone that this would not be possible if the community would not come out and help us the way they do, there are dozens of volunteers who selfishly spend the day helping us to prepare and serve this meal and we greatly appreciate it! Thank you for helping us help others!
At 1707 E62-2 was dispatched to Greenland Drive in Station 63′s (Lafayette) first due for a gas leak, minutes after being dispatched county advised the Station 62 that they are receiving reports of a vehicle accident at Horseshoe Rd/Jefferson Rd so Deputy 62 advised that E62-2 will continue to the gas leak and E62-1 and SQ62-1 will handle the accident. E62-2 arrived at the gas leak and assisted 63′s crews with what turned out to be unfounded while E62-1 and SQ62-1 arrived at the vehicle accident to find a minor wreck and were happy to report that no EMS units where needed to transport and all 62 apparatus returned to the station shortly thereafter.
After crews got back to quarters and returned all the equipment back into its place the members prepared to go to work preparing coleslaw and peaches for takeout dinners at the Saturday Ox Roast only to be interrupted by the Pre Alert for an outbuilding fire along Willow Rd in East Lampeter Township in Station 204′s (Eden) first due. Which once again brought E62-2 along with T62 to the street. Deputy 20 and E204 arrived first and reported a 50×60 barn fully involved. E62-2 arrived next, supplied water to E204, and the crew assisted with attacking the fire. T62 arrived as the first Tanker and was asked to drop it Port-A-Tank and set up to supply the scene with the water that was being brought to the scene by tankers. The scene was clear by 1930,
On Wednesday afternoon E62-2, E62-2, and Tr63(Lafayette) where dispatched to the 900 block of Hartman Station Rd for a gas leak, E62-2 went enroute first and was advised by county that they received a call from a third hand caller who stated his wife called him at work and said that their 500 gallon propane tank was leaking gas from the top of the tank. The Engine arrived minutes later to find a 500 gallon tank that was venting propane into the air from the top of the tank about 100 feet from a house and a barn, crews quickly pulled a 1.50″ handline and starting vapor dispersion by using a fog stream through the vapors. In the meantime E62-1 and Tr63 had made the response and the truck assisted E62-2′s crew while E62-1 went into the house with a gas meter and checked for gas levels and also pulled a backup handline in case anything should go wrong. It soon became evident that this could be a drawn out event until either the tank empties or the propane company arrives on the scene and is able to stop the leak so Chief 62 who by this time arrived and had command established requested that two tankers be dispatched to the scene bringing T62, and T29(West Earl) for water supply. Command then requested that Chief 44(Intercourse) contacts him due to his work involving servicing propane tanks and once he made contact Chief 44 responded to the scene and after doing a size up determined that it is actually a simple fix with the right accessories and had the leak fixed within 15 minutes. Thanks to Chief 44, Tr63, and T29 for the assistance!!
Monday morning as the snow was starting to fall E62-1 and SQ62-1 where dispatched to the 100 block of Witmer Road for a vehicle accident/unknown injuries. As the engine made the response county advised that they are now getting reports of someone being trapped inside the vehicle and that they are upgrading the assignment, this added E62-1, E41-1(Bird-In-Hand),RES48(Ronks) along with a medic unit. E62-1 arrived first and found one vehicle into a tree with all the doors jammed and the driver still inside, the Engine crew went to work and stabilized the vehicle and then removed the drivers side door and extricated the driver, the extrication was complete 8 minutes after E62-1 arrived.