Around 0500 both E62-1 and SQ62-1 where alerted to assist station 63 (Lafayette) on a vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer. When crews arrived they found a very complex situation involving two tractor trailers, two personal vehicles, and two poles sheared with wires and traffic lights down and a large diesel fuel leak, the engine crew was first assigned to one of the passenger vehicles to assist EMS with stabilizing the vehicle and removing the patient, once all patients where in the hands of EMS the crew then turned its attention to containing the fuel leak until HazMat crews arrived on the scene, while the Squad assisted with traffic control. As soon as all the hazards where taken care of all crews where pulled back from the scene until the Police Department could do an investigation, once that was complete crews remained back until PPL stabilized the power lines and once that was done crews from E63-1 and E62-1 moved in to start the extensive cleanup efforts, the engine companies where on the scene for a little over seven hours while the traffic control units where on scene for close to ten hours. Traffic control was handled by the Firepolice Task Force Region 2.
At 09:07 crews where dispatched to a building fire on Spring Hollow Rd in West Lampeter Township, initial crews arriving found an old farm house that was converted into a woodworking shop with heavy fire showing and requested four additional tankers which put Tanker 62 on the assignment. The Tanker responded shortly thereafter and just as they arrived Command 54 requested five more tankers which brought Engine 62-2 into the scene for it’s 2500 gallons of water, Tanker 62 hauled 6000 gallons of water to the scene and Engine 62-2 dumped 5000 gallons.
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.