Unit 15 and Company 35 provided an escort for the local ministerium’s Prayer Walk. The walk started at Saxton Station, progressed down Main St to 8th street, then to Mifflin St before ending at the VFW ball field. The walk, organized annually, provides prayers for community strength, development, economic improvement, and gives thanks to the leaders and volunteers of the community. A covered dish dinner was help after the walk.
Company 35 provided a full-house assist for a structure fire on the 36-01 Box. The fire was on Main St in Coaldale Borough. Chief 36 was the first on scene and reported a fully involved structure. A defensive attack with exposure protection for property conservation was ordered. Crews shuttled water to the scene via tankers, until a 5 inch line was laid from 36′s station to the scene. Martinsburg’s Ladder 80-51 provided master stream operations. Crews from 36, 35, 80, 17, 41, and 32 assisted on scene. The cause is undetermined at this time. No one was home at the time of the fire. Adjoining properties were saved, but received heat and water damage. A special thanks to Station 65 for providing transfer services.
Today Company 35′s ‘rookies’ spent the last hours of their 164 hour classroom training to learn the skills associated with Firefighter I training. Today’s lecture and competencies related to types of ventilation, tools for ventilating, salvage and overhaul procedures, and property conservation practices. The three firefighters from Saxton will complete 16 additional hours of training before preparing to take their written and practical Firefighter I certification exams. A special thanks to Chief 7, Jeff Harman for building the roof simulator!
The 3-5 family extends are deepest sympathy to the friends, family, and colleagues of PSP Cpl Dickson. He was laid to rest today. Trooper Douglas was also injured in the ‘ambush-style’ shooting. Information on his condition was not available. For more information on the funeral and the investigation, click here. If you have information on the shooting, please call 1-866-326-7256. A reward is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest of the shooter.
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Engine 35 and personnel attended Huntingdon County’s Touch a Truck Day. This year the crowd was very inquisitive. Visitors to Engine 35 got a tour, and were able to have their pictures taken in the passenger compartment and in the driver’s seat. Participants were also able to try on gear, and SCBA. A special thanks to Adam Miller for coordinating this great, community event.
Branden S. Diehl, Saxton’s Public Information Officer said, “There are a limited amount o f opportunities for companies to interact with the public. It is essential that we participate in these events to help the community understand what we do. Furthermore, it give children an opportunity to understand that firefighters aren’t scary–we are there to help. We certainly enjoyed answering questions, and interacting with event participants!”
Saxton Fire Company today put into service a completely new set of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The new packs are 2013 NFPA 1981 compliant 45 minute cylinders.
Chief Mark Taylor said, “SCBAs are by far only second to a firefighter’s brain in keeping them safe. Proper fit, familiarity with the units, and ensuring that packs operate as design are critical to fire operations.”
The new SCBAs were provided through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), and ensure that all packs on rigs are compliant with the new 2013 NFPA 1981 SCBA standards. Three primary changes are noted in the new guidelines: 1) mandatory high-heat facemasks, 2) 33% low air alarm, and 3) improved voice intelligibility. Spare cylinders were also placed on all rigs.All members performing interior firefighting operations were issued personal masks, to improve internal hygiene during cold and flu seasons, and to ensure proper hit. Additionally, members participated in four hours of SCBA recertification.
The grant requires that the packs taken out of service be destroyed, as they have reached their out-of-service dates and or were severely worn/damaged.
Thirteen years ago today, the United States was forever changed by three acts of terrorism. Today we remember our brothers lost, we celebrate their bravery and sacrifice, and we carry on a rich, firefighting tradition. As we reflect on the selfless actions of not only the firefighters on that day we gain strength knowing the human spirit can overcome any adversity. To the families of those lost or injured, we remember you and pray for your comfort. To those who have succumb to terminal or chronic illness from working at the crash sites, we pray for comfort and discernment from your medical providers. To the military that provide us all with the freedom we enjoy, may you forever have an angel at your side and the wind at your back, and may your families always be proud! September 11, 2001 will always be a sad day for Americans, but let it be said that on that day we reaffirmed our resolve and dedication, and we will continue to be forever vigilant and mindful of those that made the ultimate sacrifice! May God bless us and keep us safe for all our years to come. May He comfort those in pain and suffering, and may He grant us each strength, courage, wisdom, and the burning in our hearts to always do what is right!
Rescue 35 was dispatched assisting Rescue 36 and Unit 16 on a motor vehicle rollover. The accident was located on Sherman Valley Road. Crews arrived on scene to find one vehicle on its roof. The patient was self-extricated, and transported for observation. Rescue 35 assisted with hazards mitigation.