Here is a great explanation of why structural fires require so many resources.Why do we have so many Fire Departments (7-8) responding on our First Alarm Structural Assignment?
Structure fires require that several critical tasks be performed either simultaneously or be highly coordinated. An example is advancing the attack line. It must be coordinated with ventilation.
Advancing it too soon will cause the fire to blow back at the attack crew. Advancing it too late allows the fire to gain oxygen and grow out of control. Another example is water supply. It must be established quickly enough after operating the attack line to keep the booster tank from going empty.
The number of firefighters, apparatus and response times needed for a first-alarm assignment to perform the required critical tasks is called an effective response force.
NFPA 1720 Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments recommends a minimum of (14) Firefighters to effectively perform these critical tasks, (15) if an aerial device is utilized. In addition to that personnel are needed to perform firefighter accountability and rehab maintaining a safe working environment.
Firefighting is extremely strenuous and quickly fatigues personnel. Ideally sufficient personnel should be available to rotate firefighters and this often requires additional companies beyond the initial alarm assignment.
In our response area every Fire Department is 100% Volunteer and staffing can vary significantly by the day of the week and hour of the day. After careful evaluation we have come to the conclusion that a minimum of 7-8 companies should be dispatched on the initial first alarm assignment to assure that the recommend minimum staffing requirements are met 24/7/365. ... See moreSee less
Happy Birthday to our Chief Engineer Al Wilson pictured here with two of his sons Dylan and Tyler.
Al as been a dedicated fire officer in our organization for many years. He assures all fire apparatus is well maintained and ready for service at all time. He is an invaluable asset to our community. Al can frequently be found at the station washing and polishing our apparatus and has always taken great pride in their appearance. Thank You!!
(Sta 3@15:20) South Londonderry Twp 130 LAKEVIEW DR Mount Gretna LakeRE - Rescue Subject Stuck in Mud FG 4 W3 R2 R38 CHF3 DUTY3 Fire-Box 3-03 EMS-Box 180-3
Rescue Engine 1-1 added for additional resources.
Patient was extricated in about 30 minutes thanks to the efforts of multiple departments working together to complete the rescue.
Also thanks to Mount Gretna Boro for assisting on the rescue.After returning to quarters from a previous incident, the Rescue Engine then assisted Lawn Fire Company, along with Campbelltown Volunteer Fire Company and Mt. Gretna Fire Company with a Rescue assignment. The victim was stuck in the cold mud up to their waist in a drained lake. Ladders and plywood were laid out to gain access to the victim to then remove the mud from around the patient.
THANK YOU to all who serve our community! We would like to dedicate March to offering FREE classes to our local First Responders. Police, Fire Crew Members, EMTs, Military Personnel,.. Volunteer/Paid and Past/Present; all are welcome. We appreciate you!
Join us for a free session on any Thursday in March - and be entered to win prizes from CrossFit Hershey and community partners like 911 Rapid Response. Class times are: 5:15am, 9am, 4:45pm and 6pm.
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Exciting news for the biker breakfast enthusiast!!! We are have a T-shirt contest. Attached below is our flyer with the outline of what we are looking for. If you are interested and want to apply, the dead line for drawings is March 30 2019. ... See moreSee less