Pennsylvania News

Friday, September 30, 2022

Pittsburgh: Peebles Volunteer Fire Company gets rescue operations accreditation

The Peebles Volunteer Fire Company is now among the top rescue operations in the state. The Peebles VFC received state accreditation through the state’s Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition Program in September. This puts Peebles in the top tier of emergency rescue service that goes beyond just fire fighting, according to Dr. Tyler McCardell, a volunteer firefighter and medical officer at Peebles. “We wanted to push ourselves to be the best. It’s something we strive to provide,” McCardell said. Peebles meets all state Department of Health standards as part of the voluntary rescue service recognition program, according to the accreditation. Though it wasn’t required to be accredited, Peebles felt the call to make the extra effort.

Shots fired at ambulance, York County police searching for suspects

PHOTO: The Northern York County Regional Police Department is investigating an incident involving shots fired at an ambulance. On Sept. 24 at 1:57 p.m. a Life Team ambulance was shot along Loucks Road in Manchester Township. According to reports, the ambulance was eastbound on Loucks Road and eastbound east of Roosevelt Avenue when they noticed a vehicle. The suspect allegedly started to swerve towards and in front of the ambulance. On Loucks Road, between Pennsylvania Ave. and the Susquehanna Trail, the ambulance driver observed a muzzle flash as one shot was fired from the passenger side window of the suspected vehicle into the driver's side of the ambulance. According to the Northern York County Regional Police Department, the single shot struck the ambulance in the upper rear portion of the cab.

Bucks County Firefighters Commended For Making ’An Incredible Rescue’

A crew from the Northampton Township Fire Company was publicly commended this week for making "an incredible rescue" during a fire that broke out in neighboring Newtown Township on the Fourth of July. Newtown Fire and Emergency Services Chief Glenn Forsyth and a crew from Newtown attended a meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors on Sept. 28 to officially present Rescue 3 with a unit citation and to commend the firefighters for making the save. On that hot summer day, firefighters were dispatched around 1:20 p.m. for a structure fire with entrapment on Nathan Court in the Newtown Gate development. Rescue 3 had been on a call at Buck and Middle Holland roads when it heard the initial dispatch.
Newtown Patch

Update: Pittsburgh police, ATF offering $10,000 reward for information in vehicle arson

A $10,000 reward is now on the line for anyone with information regarding the arson of three Pittsburgh police cruisers. Early on Wednesday morning, security footage at the police training building captured two suspects setting fire to the vehicles. The three cruisers then burned up and were considered a total loss. "It's clear from this investigation that these perpetrators of this crime knew exactly what they were doing. It was a planned event. It was premeditated and well planned," Richard Ford said, a Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Major Crimes Commander. The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as well as the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the two individuals.
KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh

Berwyn Fire Company Plans To Open A Substation Soon

Tredyffrin Township supervisors are holding a public hearing 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 to purchase a 6.3-acre property for the Berwyn Fire Company. The property at 1485 Valley Forge Road was owned by the Cradle of Liberty Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America. The plan is to use the building as a substation for Chesterbrook, Glenhardie and the Swedesford Road corridor within the next few months. A portion of the building would then be leased to the Cradle of Liberty Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America. The substation is part of an $8 million project, which also includes constructing a new station to replace its 93-year-old station on Bridge Avenue. The fire company provides services to both Tredyffrin and Easttown township. Tredyffrin Township has a population of 29,461 and Easttown has a population of 10,646.
Tredyffrin-Easttown Patch

Thursday, September 29, 2022

New Video Encourages Volunteers To Answer The Call In Doylestown

Just in time for Fire Prevention Month, Doylestown Borough and Doylestown Township have released a new video aimed at recruiting new members for the Doylestown Fire Company. Both the borough and the township ran the video spot at their September public meetings. The video will also be shown on their websites, at the County Theatre and through a variety of other avenues. The two minute seven second video introduces four volunteer firefighters to the community, including a cell biologist, the head of operations for a specialty pharmaceutical company, a student studying to become a veterinarian and a teacher and a professor, and encourages others to consider joining the Doylestown Fire Company team.
Doylestown Patch

Four buildings damaged by two-alarm fire in Nanticoke

VIDEO: Four buildings, including two businesses, have been damaged in a fire that broke out early Wednesday morning in Luzerne County. “When the first units arrived, we had a large amount of fire in the rear of the building. As a result of that, it extended into three more adjacent structures,” said Fire Chief Mark Boncal. A scary scene for Kevin Ricci, a member of a family that woke up to the blaze. “We heard somebody banging on our front door and I went down the hallway, opened the bathroom window, and saw a wall of flames coming at the house. I quickly yelled for my family to get up so we could get out of the house.” They managed to get out of the house safely.
WBRE-TV NBC 28 Wilkes-Barre

Family of six forced out by fire in Clairton

A family of six was forced out of their home when a fire broke out in Clairton. The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at a house on Chambers Street. The fire chief said the fire started in the attic and was likely electrical in nature. No one was hurt. The family that lived inside is being assisted by the Red Cross.
WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh

Schuylkill County fire company starts new tradition with carnival

Rides cover the grounds of the Good Intent Hose Fire Company as they are set to start its first annual Fireman's Carnival. Firefighter Jim Pothering, who has been a part of the fire company for 64 years, says fundraisers like this are crucial to keeping the station alive. "Many fire companies do this to keep their equipment up to date, their protection. Just the firefighting gear is several thousand dollars," he said. A percentage of the profits from the four-day carnival will be used to grow the fire company's budget for operation. "What bills we have, what equipment we have to repair, and sometimes it gets to be a burden," Pothering added. Vendors throughout Schuylkill county are using the carnival to support the fire company and reach new clientele for their businesses.
WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton

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