The multiple call trend continue on Tax Day, as Company 35 and Unit 15 ran three calls. Two were MVAs with minor injuries and no medical transport necessary. The first was a SUV rollover on Raystow Road, and the second was on SR 164. Company 35 provided hazard mitigation, and Saxton Fire Police provided traffic control at both incidents! An evening call was to Main St for an automatic fire alarm with smoke in the structure. Marshal 35 arrived on scene to find a malfunctioning electric range. Chief 35 assumed command when he arrived on scene, and crews were instructed to set-up positive pressure ventilation (PPV). Crews remained on scene for about 30 minutes. Saxton/Liberty PD and Saxton Fire Police assisted with closing Main St and rerouting traffic.
With a growing meth problem in rural areas, specifically Six Mile Run Area and Saxton, nearly 100 responders packed Station 36 to learn how to keep themselves and the public safe. The four hour class focused on identifying risks, mitigating risks, and maintaining scene integrity. Company 35 is working to coordinate a public, town-hall meeting to present a simplified presentation to interested residents–PLEASE stay tuned for details!
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It was an early morning, and a long one for Company 35, 36 and Station 3, 21, and 17 members. At approximately 0415, Company 35 was hit out for a brush fire on Hummingbird Lane. Tanker 35, 36, and 17 responded along with brush units from 3, 36, and 21. It took crews nearly two hours to contain the wild fire.
Company 35 has been running multiple calls in a day. This weekend we had another 3 for 1. The first call was for a rock slide on SR 164. This assignment was handled by Saxton Fire Police and Saxton/Liberty PD. The second was a special rescue assignment when a juvenile was locked in a pair of handcuffs. The cuffs were not official law enforcement issue, and the juvenile was not under custody for wrong doing. The third was for a CO detector activation on Laurel Summit Drive.
Company 35 and its mutual aid companies were busy today. It all started around noon with a brush fire on Pine Ridge Road. A structure fire came in at 1:30 and that was followed by another brush fire in Carbon Township. The structure fire severely damaged a mobile home. Tankers were used to support the fire operations, as there was not quick access to water. Bedford County Companies 32, 41, 36 assisted as did Huntingdon County Stations 3, 17, and 57. Blair County Station 80 provided a standby crew for Company 35, and were the primary unit on the Carbon Township fire. Additionally, Unit 15 and Company 35 and 36 Fire Police provided support.
Public Information Officer Branden S. Diehl said, “It is abnormal for us to have this many brush fires. Typically, we have six in any given year. We’ve almost beat that in the past two weeks. We’d like to remind residents that you can be fined if your actions lead to a brush fire. In addition to the fine, you can be charged for equipment and man-hours. Please exercise care when burning–especially until the leaves come out!”
Chief 35 Mark Taylor said, “Today the true spirit of the local fire services was on display. We managed resources in a manner to minimize large-scale damage and protected near-by properties. We train together, we work together, and today everyone deserves credit for a job well done. A special thanks to all those who assisted today–there are far too many entities to name individually, but know you are ALL appreciated.”
Photos by firefighter Frank Pawuk.