Be sure to buy a Broad Top Bulletin this week! Company 35′s Public Information Officer, Branden S. Diehl was asked to do a Guest Editorial on Fire Prevention Week. We think you’ll appreciate the history lesson, creativity, and tips provided. Thank you BTB for affording us this opportunity! And thank you to all those that help make our Fire Prevention Program such a great success. Wayne Hammond is our Fire Prevention Officer. If you’d like to discuss a fire prevention activity with him, please contact the station!
As part of the Allegheny Mountains Firefighter Initiative (AMFI), Saxton Volunteer Fire Company has stepped-up its recruitment activities. You’ll note cardboard cut-outs of firefighters appearing in some of your favorite places. The cut-out will be circulated throughout our service area, and are intended to bring attention to the need for new members. Incentives exist to help new members with training, childcare, healthcare, and much more. Help us meet our goal of enrolling ten new members before year’s end!
For those that missed Sunday Dinner yesterday, you missed our retooling of your favorite lunch spot for the first Sunday of the month. Additions included: a salad bar, firefighting video, informational display, and much more. The food still tasted like what mom made, but we thought we’d enhance your experience. Stay tuned, as we have more ideas up our sleeves. If you have ideas on new fundraisers or how we can improve our existing programming, please let us know. We had a near record crowd this month, let’s break the record next month. Thanks as always for your continuing support–we can’t do it without you!
Shortly before SR 164 reopened to traffic, a single vehicle MVA occurred approximately 0.5 miles from the SR 26N intersection with SR 164. The call was reported by Company 35 Fire Police, and 35-3 was first on scene. He reported one vehicle entrapped with significant front-end damage to the vehicle and highway blockage. Rescue 35, Engine 35, and Unit 15 responded. Crews worked quickly to extricate and package the driver who was pinned by the dash and a crushed driver’s side door. Chief 3 was traveling home when he came across the accident. He assisted on scene as well. Rescue 3 was placed available en route. Company 35 provided traffic control, Saxton/Liberty PD investigated that crash, and Unit 15 transported the patient to UPMC Altoona. PennDOT assisted on scene by placing sand on the roadway to absorb an extensive stretch of oil and fluids on the highway. Company 35 spent an extended period of time containing the fluids spilled and cleaning debris from the highway.
Company 35 Fire Police were alerted to shut down SR 164 at the intersection of SR 26. Members then set-up a detour onto Henrietta Mountain Road. SR 164 was closed for more than 5 hours while Blair County crews worked to extricate victims involved in a head-on MVA. An accident reconstruction was completed, and one patient was flown from the scene. Media outlets would report later in the day that one of the patients involved died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
You know you want to join us, but you’re not sure how or what to do! It’s simple. Stop by when the doors are open, or better yet, join us for some free food on Sunday the 11th from 11 until 1. That Sunday we’ll have a community open house with activities for the kids. Talk to one of our recruitment members while your kids have some fun.
Saxton Volunteer Fire Company’s Fire Prevention tradition continues in 2015 with activities scheduled for pre-school (Head Start and the TMHS Program), grades K thru 6, Broad Top Area Senior Center, and the Kelly and Gordon Apartments.
Grades 1 thru 6 will, for the fourth year, make a visit to the fire station where they will have an opportunity to use fire hoses, see Engine 35′s deck gun in operation, view fire prevention videos including a Cell Phone Sally video, learn two ways out of every room in a house, explore fire and ambulance apparatus, try on firefighting gear, learn why it is so important for all students to know their 911 Address and Phone Number while using a training phone to make a 911 phone call, and interact with fire personnel.
Elementary and Pre-School Programming:
Monday, October 5, 2015 – Grades 1 – 3, Walk to the Fire Station to Arrive by 9:30 A.M.
Students will leave the Fire Station by 11:35 A.M. to return to Saxton-Liberty.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Grades 4 – 6, Walk to the Fire Station to Arrive by 9:30 A.M.
Students will leave the Fire Station by 11:35 A.M. to return to Saxton-Liberty.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Kindergarten – 9:30 A.M. to 10:15 A.M.
Mrs. Husick’s Kindergarten
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Kindergarten and Head Start – 1:30 P.M. to 2:15 P.M.
Ms. High’s Head Start and Mrs. Villa’s Kindergarten
Thursday, October 8, 2015 – TMHS Pre- School – 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
Mrs. Morse’s AM Pre-School
Thursday, October 8, 2015 – TMHS Pre-School – 1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Mrs. Morse’s PM Pre-School
Kelly Apartments: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
Gordon Apartments: Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 P.M. (in apartment #3)
Broad Top Area Senior Center: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 11:00 A.M to 1:30 P.M.
Wayne Hammond is the company’s Fire Prevention Officer, and has directed programming for more than eight years. Over that period of time he has seen a reduction in calls that are addressed in fire prevention programming—namely stove fires, oven fires, and instances of children playing with lighters and matches. In addition to call reduction, the students participating in the activities from year to year are retaining what they are taught.
Hammond said, “It is encouraging to see the students and residents at the apartments retaining the information we provide. Familiarity with firefighters, their gear, and the fact that they are not scary ‘monsters’ is growing too. In fact, we’ve helped several students overcome their fears of firefighters. This is a tremendous benefit.”
Like last year, Saxton Volunteer Fire Company will be providing an open house. This year’s event will be on October 8th from 7:00 P.M until 8:30 P.M. Residents are encouraged to stop by for station tours, and an opportunity to ride a rig. This event will also provide interested members and opportunity to learn about the department’s recruitment initiative in partnership with the Allegheny Mountains Firefighter Initiative. This initiative provides compensation for new recruits. The public is encouraged to learn more about the benefits and our company by attending this event. An additional event will be held on October 11th from 11 until 1. Sausage sandwiches and hot dogs will be served.
Saxton Fire’s Public Information Officer Branden S. Diehl said, “We are pleased to provide the Allegheny Mountains initiative to our residents. We certainly understand that being a volunteer at Station 35 requires a commitment. This program helps provide an incentive for those that are interested in becoming a firefighter.”
This year’s National Fire Prevention Week, October 4th through 10th, theme is “Hear the Beep When You Sleep”. Working smoke alarms are crucial to reducing property damage, and getting out of a fire alive. National statistics show that most fire fatalities occur when residents are sleeping. The same statistics show that these deaths are associated with structures that do not have working smoke detectors. It is important to remember that batteries should be changed at least once a year, and that smoke alarms do go bad. As such, all alarms are recommended to be changed every 10 years.
Chief Mark Taylor said, “It is important to have a minimum of one smoke detector on each level of your house. Ideally you would have one in the hallway that contains doors to bedrooms, one in each bedroom, one in the living room, kitchen, and laundry room. Annual maintenance, in addition to changing the batteries, should include testing your detector, and cleaning it.”
Company 35 would be more than happy to assist residents with instruction on where to install detectors, how to test them, and providing general inspections for potential fire risks within homes.
Wet roads led to a motor vehicle crash south bound on SR 26 Monday evening. Rescue 35 was alerted for the call in the area of Red Cut Lane. Company 36 and Huntingdon County 17 were also alerted. Company 17 was placed available, and Company 36 helped with traffic control for a short period of time. Rescue 35′s crew worked to contain fluid leakage, and to remove debris from the highway. Unit 15 personnel assessed the car’s driver who refused treatment. Saxton PD assisted on scene, and Company 35 Fire Police maintained traffic control.
Company 35′s newest recruits were out at the Bedford County Fire School for forcible entry, hose line management, interior search and rescue, and polished their skills as part of their Firefighter I training. We’re proud of the progress everyone is making, and look forward to working with you guys to ensure you pass your certification tests!!!
Rescue 35 was dispatched for an early morning crash on SR 26. Chief 35 was the first on scene. He reported vehicle rollover with a utility pole sheer, and extensive debris on the roadway. Additionally, he reported no occupant in the vehicle. Crews contained fluids, did an area search for the occupant, and removed debris from the highway. Company 35 Fire Police assisted on scene until the vehicle was removed from the highway.