Training this evening was 2 drills. First was an Engine drill where crews pulled and repacked the 200 foot 1 3/4 cross over. We did 6 evolutions. The second was to refresh on the air bag training we did a couple weeks ago. Great job by the crews. A big THANK YOU to the resident that brought the Engine crew water.
Pennsylvania Flood Safety Week
The week of March 27, 2017 is Pennsylvania Flood Safety Awareness Week. For more info go to
FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK, March 27th-31st, 2017A.H.P.S. (The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service)
WHAT IS AHPS?
AHPS IS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S ONGOING EFFORT TO MODERNIZE OUR HYDROLOGIC SERVICES. AHPS PROVIDES IMPROVED RIVER AND FLOOD FORECASTS...AND WATER INFORMATION ACROSS AMERICA TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY...AND TO ENSURE THE NATION'S ECONOMIC WELL-BEING.
AHPS GRAPHICAL PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE AT OUR WEB SITE...CLICK ON THE Rivers and Lakes LINK.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM AHPS?
EVERYONE WHO MAKES DECISIONS BASED ON WATER...INCLUDING FARMERS...RIVER BOAT PILOTS...EMERGENCY MANAGERS...MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY OFFICIALS...RECREATIONAL BOATERS AND WATER SKIERS...FISHERMEN...AND DAM OPERATORS. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM AHPS.
WHAT WILL AHPS DO FOR ME?
BECAUSE EVERY MINUTE COUNTS...AHPS WILL HELP EMERGENCY MANAGERS BE MORE PROACTIVE TO "FIGHT" A FLOOD. AHPS PROVIDES INFORMATION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TO MAKE BETTER LIFE-SAVING DECISIONS ABOUT EVACUATING PEOPLE OR MOVING PROPERTY BEFORE A FLOOD. THE NAVIGATION COMMUNITY WILL BE ABLE TO PLAN WITH BETTER CONFIDENCE AND OPTIMIZE BARGE AND SHIPPING OPERATIONS...SAVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR. RECREATIONAL USERS WILL BE ABLE TO STAY OUT OF HARM'S WAY. AHPS...WITH ITS SUITE OF ENHANCED INFORMATION...PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH MORE DETAILED AND ACCURATE ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
Training this evening was SCBA Air Management. Four (4) man crews played floor hockey in full turnout gear and SCBA. Vitals were taken before and after each game to monitor the crew. We played Three (3) games with the scores being 1-0, 3-0, and 4-1. Great exercise and great way to teach firefighters to control their breathing while consuming air.
Monday March 20th the Campbelltown Volunteer Fire Company will hold a Recruitment Nite. Stop in, meet the crew, inspect the equipment, watch our training. If you are interested we will give you an application for membership. We are always looking for Firefighters, EMT's, Fire Police, Ladies Auxiliary members, and social members to help with our fund raisers. If you are interested, phone 717-838-3707 and hit the prompt for the Fire Chief and let us know you are going to attend. We will have something for everyone that attends. Besides, if your neighbors house was on fire wouldn't you want to do more than watch?
At 13:16 Company 2 was alerted to a chimney fire on Center Drive. Engine 2 with 5 (Lt. Cambria) responded and took a 300 foot line to the rear basement. Tanker 2 with 2 (FF Valentin) supplied a 5 inch line to E2. Wagon 3 Dept. Custer laddered the building and began cleaning the chimney. Rescue 2 with 2 (FF Osborne) sent manpower forward. Tower 1 and DAir/LIght 48 were also on scene. Chimney was cleaned, structure ventilated and crews returned.
Crews were cleaning up back at Station 2 when Tanker 2 with 2 (Lt Cambria) were dispatched to assist Hershey D-48, for a structure fire at 15:11. Engine 2 with 5 (FF Valentin) were dispatched to assist at 15:17. Crews assisted with overhaul and returned at 17:01.
At 12:22 Station 2 was dispatched to smoke detectors sounding on Chesterfield Drive. Engine 2 with 2 (Chief Sell) arrived to normal conditions. Wagon 1 (Palmyra) was requested by Chief 2. Crews found a faulty smoke detector and returned in 30 minutes.
At 9:15 Station 2 was alerted to a possible structure fire on Kingston Drive. Engine 2 with 3 (FF Valentin) responded. Chief 2 (B Sell) was on scene reporting smoke in the structure. Engine 2 laid in with 350 feet of 5 inch. Truck 1 took the front of the structure. crews found a furnace malfunction with CO being 180 PPM. The owner stated the roof was being replaced and there was plastic over the chimney. The snow had built up on the plastic. Crew removed the plastic and vented the structure. Tanker 2 with 2 (FF K Douillette) and Rescue 2 with 2 (FF B Douillette) also responded. D Air/Light 48, (Hershey), Engine 58(Annville), and Wagon 1 (Palmyra) also responded. Crews returned at 12:00 hours.
Weather men are calling for a large accumulation of snow and then wind. Remember to keep your furnace vents shoveled open to allow ventilation. The Campbelltown Volunteer Fire Company does not shovel these vents. If the power goes out and you are using a generator please keep the portable generator outside and away from any door. You do not want a carbon monoxide problem during the storm. If your home is by a fire hydrant, please shovel a 3 foot area around the hydrant. This will help us in an emergency. Thank You.
Training this evening was mutual training with Station 1 (Palmyra) and Chief 3 (Lawn). Crews did 3 scenarios with air bags and lifting. First task was to lift a 12 foot ladder with cups of water and try not to spill the water. All 3 crews completed this successfully. Second task was to use the air bags to removed a trapped person from under a vehicle. Third task was alternate lifting with a floor jack and spreaders. A good night of training on equipment you do not use everyday.