Company 35 ran three calls Saturday. The first was for trees down on wires along Hickory Hill.
The second was for an MVA in the vicinity of Riddlesburg on SR 26.
The third was assisting Saxton PD with a tree across the road on Pinchot Road.
Company 35 is urging local residents to remain vigilant over the next 24-36 hours, as the area is anticipating rainfall of varying amounts and intensity. Currently, the area is under a flash flood watch until 2AM Sunday, June 28. The National Weather Service estimates rainfall to be between 2 and 3 inches.
Branden S. Diehl, Public Information Officer said, “We’re prepared, and we’re ready for whatever the storm brings us. If necessary, we will implement a 24-7 staffing plan, and set-up an in-house incident command center.”
The company has checked their ‘trash’ pumps used for pumping basements, tested generators, inspected their boat, and prepared equipment that may need deployed.
Diehl said, “We’re generally lucky. With the exception of past flooding in the Shoups Run area and some localized, urban flooding on 913 close to the entrance to the high school, we usually don’t have many flood calls. Unlike other companies, we typically don’t pump many basements. We’re more likely to see rock slides on SR 164, some downed trees, and MVAs caused by ponding water. According to NOAA River Forecasting the Raystown Branch of the Juniata will peak at about 9’ early Sunday afternoon. This is 8’ below flood stage.”
Saxton Fire Department reminds residents to:
- Remove valuables and movable electronics out of one’s basement or elevate them in case of flooding,
- Check gutters, downspouts, and storm drains in advance of the storm,
- If you live in a flood prone area be prepared to evacuate (have a kit with two days’ worth of medicine and supplies),
- Be vigilant about rising water,
- Remove hazardous materials near drains or waterways that may contaminate waterways and water sources,
- Remove debris from along creek and stream banks,
- Reduce travels speeds,
- Check wipers before traveling and ensure all lights are operable, and
- Remember moving water is powerful and can render your car inoperable.
Depending on the storm’s impact and severity, the Urban Search and Rescue Company may be deployed to assist with rescue and search operations. Company 5 is housed at Station 35 and is primarily responsible for covering Bedford, Fulton, Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Centre, and Snyder Counties, but can be deployed elsewhere. The Company deployed in 2011 in response to devastating flooding within the Susquehanna Valley resulting from Tropical Storm Lee.
The Saxton Fire House is a certified emergency shelter, and will be opened if the need arises. If you find yourself without power or needing emergency shelter call 814-623-1105.
Company 35 was hit out for two calls today. The first was for a purported structure fire on Branch St. 35-3 arrived on scene to normal conditions. Upon entry to the house, he found the homeowner with an unknown medical problem, and something burning on the stove. Crews ventilated the house, and assisted with packaging the patient for medical transport. Unit 15 provided transport services. Saxton PD and 35 Fire Police assisted on scene.
The second, was for a late night car fire in the area of SR 26 and Pinchot Road. The call originated from Saxton PD. Deputy 35 was the first officer on scene, and reported heavy smoke and flames in the engine compartment. The fire was contained to the engine compartment, and no injuries were reported. SR 26 was closed for a short period of time. Company 35 Fire Police assisted with the road closure, and traffic control.
Company 35 will host a Convention 2015 meeting June 18 at 630. The public is encouraged to attend. This informational session is intended to answer questions the public may have about the upcoming Huntingdon County and Central Districts Firemen’s Conventions.
Branden S. Diehl, Public Information Officer said, “We hope the community will come out. We want the area residents to have an understanding of what will be occurring, and how they can get involved. We’d really like to integrate the community into the process, and are even considering a house decorating contest for Central Districts.”
Find out more on our Convention Webpage. Bookmark it, and visit frequently for undated information.
Multiple companies were dispatched to a structure fire on Newtown Road in Riddlesburg. Chief 36 was first on scene and cancelled incoming units except for Engine and Tanker 35. Ladder 35 went available. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the shed, and prevent the fire’s spread into the nearby woods. Pennsylvania State Police and Saxton PD–at the request of PSP–assisted on scene. Company 35 Fire Police also assisted on scene. Despite reports, there were no firefighters injured while fighting the blaze.
Rescue 35 assisted Company 36 on an MVA. The crash involving a car and a semi caused extensive damage to the car. The patient was heavily entrapped, and the extrication required skill and coordination. Company 41 assisted on scene, as did Company 35 Fire Police. The car’s patient was transported by air medical.
After a long weekend of training, fundraising, and meetings, Company 35 personnel were ready to start the work week when they were hit out for a motor vehicle accident. The call was for Rescue 35 to assist Company 36 with a crash on Woodcock Valley Road. Personnel assisted with traffic control and scene safety.
As crews were breaking down, rolling, and cleaning hose used in the structural burn training, crews were hit out for a MVA in the area of Marcocci’s Beer Distributor. Rescue 35 and Unit 15 arrived on scene to find two vehicles involved. One was overturned and one into a structure. Patients were evaluated, and refused transport. Rescue 17 assisted on scene as did Company 35 Fire Police.