This morning at 0848 hrs. E62-1 and SQ62-1 along with Medic 04-30, Medic 6-1, and Medic 82-1 where alerted for a Class 1 vehicle accident at Hartman Station Rd and Creek Hill Rd, crews arrived to find a three vehicle accident with minor injuries and provided scene safety and helped clear the vehicles and debris from the roadway.
This evening E62-1 was dispatched to Rt. 23/Sherreem Rd for a vehicle accident with entrapment, the engine was recalled upon arrival and at that time command asked for SQ62-1 for traffic control, the squad responded and assisted with traffic control for several hours. See attached article for more info.
The Witmer Fire Protective Association would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us at our Ox Roast yesterday, and a special thanks to those who took the time off on a beautiful Saturday to come out and donate their time and help us make this a successful event. 2308 takeout meals where served and 993 meals where served in the dining room.
Engine 62-2 was out at the Conestoga Valley High School last evening for their annual bonfire, which over the years has turned into a considerably large event with various activities throughout the evening and a large pile of wooden pallets that the schools staff light at the end to make the bonfire. Engine 62-2 stood by to ensure the everyone stays safe and also extinguished the fire afterwards to prevent any brush fires. We at Witmer enjoy supporting our local school district by providing our services whenever needed and look forward in continuing to do so in the future, also a special thanks to Truck 63(Lafayette) for coming out and offering ladder truck rides to the children.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – These Ducks needed a little professional guidance to get to the pond from their nest in the bushes. The dispatch center contacted fire chief Matt Bono at 1100Hrs today for a ducks in the storm drain call in the area of Target, when he arrived he found the mother Duck parading around the top of a storm drain and 9 ducklings at the bottom. E62-1 responded and rescued the ducklings from the drain and returned them to their mother and they happily walked across the parking lot to the pond with the assistance of the Chief to control traffic in their path. Crews also responded to two emergency calls on this day, the first one a traffic control assist to the police department as their was a milk truck stuck in the storm basin at the intersection of Horseshoe rd and Willow rd blocking all lanes of traffic. SQ62-1 responded and put up roadblocks and called for SQ41-2(Bird-In-Hand) to close Horseshoe rd by Jefferson rd until the truck could be unloaded and towed out, while on the incident E63-1(Lafayette) along with EMS where dispatched to the 2500 block of Lincoln Highway East for a vehicle accident, shortly after dispatch Chief 63 requested SQ62-1 to assist with manpower due to short staffing in the mid afternoon hours, the squad with three members of its crew split off and went enroute to assist but it turned out to be a very minor accident so they where recalled before arriving.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – In the past week Station 62 has assisted our neighboring companies on 3 building fires.On 7/8 at 03:43 hours Engine 62-2 and Tanker 62 were dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment to assist Station 44(Intercourse) at a Barn Fire in the 3400 block of West Newport Road.On 7/12 at 17:00 hours Engine 62-2 and the Tanker assisted Station 41(Bird-In-Hand) with a Building Fire at the Bird-In-Hand Motor Inn and last evening 7/14 at 19:55 hours both Engines and the Squad assisted Station 63(Lafayette) at a Building Fire at High Steel Structures on Greenfield Road.
Saturday, July 5, 2014 – …and that can only mean a handful of things for the Firefighters here at Witmer… Water Supply Training! This past week, during 2 opportunities, members were able to practice and/or learn various means of Rural Water Supply. Monday night, members participated in a township-wide Rural Water Supply drill hosted by our neighbors in Bird-in-Hand. All 4 pieces in the Station participated, with Engine 2 and the Tanker participating in the shuttle and dump site operations respectively, and Engine 1 participating in a draft site relay utilizing our 5 inch supply line that was close to the scene. The Squad supplimented with manpower and rehab supplies, which were welcomed on a hot summer night. The night was a great experience for new members and seasoned veterans alike, with many people learning various methods of Rural Water Supply and Engineering Skills that are not easy to practice on a daily basis. On Saturday, several members traveled to Mascot Park with the Tanker and Engine 2 to practice some more Engineering, drafting, and large scale suppression skills. Both pieces were given the opportunity to draft and supply one another, with each piece’s pump receiving a good workout. All in all, both days were great learning experiences for many members of various abilities, as we strive to maintain our ability to provide water at fire scenes for ourselves and our surrounding communities.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 – This morning at 10:49 hours Station 62 was alerted along with EMS units from 38(Leola) and LEMSA to a Motor Vehicle Crash at the intersection of Horseshoe and Mount Sidney.Deputy 62(Kauffman) arrived to find a two vehicle crash with at least one person injuried.Engine 62-1 arrived and their crew depowered and stabilized the vehicles and assisted with patient care.EMS transported one patient from the scene.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 – The weekend started early Friday morning during the morning commute for members of Station 62. Engine 62-1 was dispatched shortly after 7am to assist Station 204 (MTFR Eden) with an Accident on Route 23 at Pine Drive in East Lampeter Township that involved a Tractor Trailer. Engine 62-1 made the response to the scene and assisted in hazard control and cleared the scene a short time later. In the evening around 5:30pm, Engine 62-1 along with units from Station 61 (Upper Leacock) were dispatched for a Vehicle Accident with Rollover in the area of Horseshoe Road and West Eby Road in Upper Leacock Township. This intersection is the dividing line between Station 62 and Station 61′s first-due areas. Deputy Chief 62 arrived scene almost immediately and found a vehicle on it’s side in a field after it struck a pole south of West Eby Road, putting the call in Station 62′s response area. The sole occupant had exited the vehicle himself and was uninjured. Units from 61 were recalled and Engine 62-1 and Squad 62-1 arrived and handled hazard control and traffic control and returned to the station a short time later. On Saturday, members met at the Station bright and early at 6am and made their way to West Chester Fire Department’s training grounds for a full day of Live Class A Burn training along with Stations 63 (Lafayette) and 41 (Bird-in-Hand). See adjoining article for more details and pictures. On Sunday, volunteers took time to take Engine 62-2 to the 25th Annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Convoy, which is an event that has become a tradition for the station. All money raised from the Convoy benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which provides wishes to terminally ill children. In the past, the Convoy has held the world record for the most number of trucks participating. It wasn’t quite a record-breaking year this year, but a good time was had by all while benefiting a great cause. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to answer the calls for service, log training hours and took time to benefit a great cause this weekend.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 – On 5/10/14, members staffed Engine 62-2 and traveled to the West Chester Training facility for a live fire exercise with Stations 63 (Lafayette) and 41 (Bird-In-Hand). In the morning, crews did multiple live fire run-ins; and then in the afternoon crews setup mock incidents that included a residential building fire and a aircraft crash into a building. Thanks to company 63 for the invite!