Daily Dispatch: Pennsylvania News
Wilkes-Barre mayor to hire about a dozen new firefighters by end of June
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 01:55:52 -0700
Mayor Tony George will hire about a dozen new firefighters by the end of the month, reversing his decision to wait for an arbitrator’s ruling on collective bargaining. City Administrator Rick Gazenski confirmed last week that interviews for the positions are being conducted. Eighteen firefighters retired in 2018, and despite pleas from International Fire Fighters Association Local 104 to boost the ranks, George said he wanted to wait on an arbitrator’s decision to determine how many new hires the city could afford.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 1:55:52 AM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
GoFundMe started for Cornwall firefighter who had heart attack while responding to call
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The Cornwall Borough Police Department has started a GoFundMe to help a Cornwall Borough firefighter who had a heart attack while responding to a call in Lebanon Township over the weekend. On the evening of Friday, June 14, Jeffery Iceman of the Community Fire Company of Cornwall Borough responded to a second alarm fire at 908 2nd Ave in South Lebanon Township.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 21
Lansdale talks about expanding firefighter stipend contribution
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 06:31:04 -0700
After a year and a half on the books, the Fairmount Fire Company is asking Lansdale Borough to consider increasing a contribution meant to help retain and recruit firefighters. "We recently received a request from the fire department to increase our contribution to their stipend program, from $50,000 a year to $75,000 a year," said Borough Manager John Ernst.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 6:31:04 AM - SOURCE: The Reporter Online
Westmoreland County pastors speak out against Calumet Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:40:01 -0700
Seven pastors in Westmoreland County have written a letter to local fire departments encouraging them not to use Drag Queen Bingo as a fundraiser. "In this era of the (#)MeToo movement, the last thing we wanted any of our fire departments experience would be a potential situation where an individual might have felt unwanted advances and then we certainly didn't want to see any of our local fire departments have to defend themselves against a potential lawsuit.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 3:40:01 PM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
McKeesport man arrested in New York house blaze was allegedly targeting rabbi
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:47:00 -0700
VIDEO: A local man is behind bars in Brooklyn, New York after he allegedly set a fire that tore through three homes and sent 12 people, including a baby, to the hospital. Police say Menachem Karelefsky, 41, from McKeesport, Pennsylvania, was arrested Saturday. He had not yet been arraigned. The fire started at one home on a street in the Midwood section of Brooklyn early Thursday and spread to nearby homes.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 9:47:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
New fire station sought for Berwyn Fire Company
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:41:52 -0700
If you’re trying to run a fire company efficiently, there’s always some crisis that has to be addressed: whether it’s a recent emergency you’ve responded to, the possibilities of finding some grant money or brainstorming ideas for fundraising events. These days, Berwyn Fire Company members are discussing the need for a new fire station and where to build it in their coverage territory.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2019 9:41:52 AM - SOURCE: Coatesville Daily Local News
Sharpsburg VFD upgrades station safety with federal grant
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department was able to make safety upgrades to the station along Main Street, thanks to a grant from the federal government. The department was selected to receive $48,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to eye air quality improvements at the fire hall. Members installed an exhaust removal system in all four bays of the station, lessening exposure to diesel fumes.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tribune-Review
York City Mayor: 'Just somebody's opinion' that poor risk analysis led to firefighter deaths
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:23:54 -0700
York City Mayor Michael Helfrich dismissed findings of a federal report that laid out the city fire department's failure to properly account for the risks of reentering a collapsing building that killed two firefighters in 2018. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on Monday released the 57-page report detailing the "inadequate risk vs.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:23:54 PM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
At least 1 pet rescued after fire heavily damages Lower Saucon Township home
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:51:16 -0700
Fire caused heavy damage to a home in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County. Emergency crews were called to the 1900 block of Springtown Hill Road around 7:30 p.m. Emergency dispatchers say they've received no reports of injuries. At least one pet was rescued from the home. A firefighter was seen giving oxygen to a cat.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 8:51:16 PM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV Channel 69
6 reported injured in crash between bus and tractor-trailer in Salem Township
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:47:26 -0700
VIDEO: Six people were taken to area hospitals Thursday afternoon from a wreck involving two tractor-trailers, a Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus and a car at the intersection of Routes 819 and 22 in Salem Township, according to emergency responders. The male bus driver and his three wheelchair-bound passengers were among those injured when a tractor-trailer that was headed east on Route 22 struck the side of the northbound bus, Forbes Road fire Chief Bob Rosatti said.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 3:47:26 PM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Narberth Ambulance needs new mass casualty unit
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:40:29 -0700
A decommissioned SEPTA bus which for 10 years found a second life as a rehab/mass casualty unit with Narberth Ambulance is now totally and irretrievably deceased. A electrical malfunction put a final end of service for the old warhorse and now, members of Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken, Haverford are actively searching for a replacement.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 2:40:29 PM - SOURCE: Main Line Times
Bill in Pennsylvania Statehouse would add protections for injured volunteer fire personnel
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:21:37 -0700
A bill in the Pennsylvania Statehouse would make sure all active-duty firefighters have access to the State Worker's Insurance Fund, being denied access to compensation from this fund is a problem some volunteer companies have faced when members got hurt on the job. Volunteer firefighters injured while fighting a fire have access to the State Worker's Insurance Fund, but that line gets blurred when they get hurt doing other jobs for the fire company.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 4:21:37 PM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43
Fire Destroys Backdraft Sports Bar, Apartments in Wayne County
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 04:05:10 -0700
VIDEO: A fire destroyed a business and two apartments in Wayne County. It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday at Backdraft Sports Bar & Grill on the Hamlin Highway. Smoking wreckage was all that remained of the business near Hamlin just a few hours later. "I was like 'Oh my God,' it's gone I mean there's nothing left to it.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 4:05:10 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV Newswatch 16
Springfield Fire Company announces celebration of 100th year in service
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:56:56 -0700
This time next year will be special for the township's first responders. Members of the Springfield Fire Company attended the township meeting on Tuesday night to announce a celebration of their 100th year in service. Robert Smythe Sr., chairman of the 100th Anniversary Committee for the fire company, announced that on June 9, 1920, the Springfield Township chartered its first and only fire company.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 11:56:56 AM - SOURCE: Delaware County Daily Times
Fire Forces Six People from Double-Block Home in Luzerne County
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:32:17 -0700
VIDEO: Six people were forced from their home early Wednesday morning after a double-block home caught fire near Hazleton. It happened on Hollywood Boulevard in Hazle Township just before 2 a.m. Fire crews said it all started with a vehicle fire and spread to the double-block home. A man inside woke his sleeping family and neighbors.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 6:32:17 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV Newswatch 16
Local fire companies help Gregg Township save hundreds of thousands of dollars
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 21:47:31 -0700
The Gregg Township Volunteer Fire Department was given a donated water pumper to help them have the equipment they need, to save lives. But it wasn't the first donation they were given. In January, Gregg Township firefighters were at a fire, trying get water from their pumper...it wasn't working. Scott Breon, Chief for the Gregg Township Volunteer Fire Company says they took it in to be repaired.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 9:47:31 PM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV We Are CentralPA.com
Alpha Fire Company resuscitate a cat in Ferguson Township house fire
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:27:55 -0700
Multiple crews responded to a kitchen fire in a house on Butternut Street in Ferguson Township. Alpha Fire Company, along with Ferguson Township police and other emergency personnel responded to a call of a kitchen fire at 9 am this morning. Officials say there were able to put the fire out within 19 minutes, and no damage was done to the outside of the house.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 3:27:55 PM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV We Are CentralPA.com
Report: Inactive sprinklers, previous collapse contributed to York City firefighters' deaths
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700
New information has been released on the investigation into the deaths of two York County firefighters. The report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration tries to answer one question: should Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony have been allowed in a partially-collapsed former mill? The Institute released a 57-page report detailing where they think the York City Fire Department went wrong on March 22, 2018, at the old Weaver Organ and Piano Company, and what the department can do to improve in the future.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg
Proposed Idea to bring Private Hybrid Fire Department to Millcreek Township
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:28:39 -0700
With a declining number of volunteer fire fighters, the Millcreek Fire and Emergency Service Commission has recommended the creation of a Private Non-Profit Department. The Millcreek Fire and Emergency Service Commission has been working on several options to fix the growing issue of not enough people volunteering to be fire fighters.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 9:28:39 AM - SOURCE: WJET/WFXP YourErie.com
Truck Hauling Paper Bursts Into Flames At Pennsylvania Turnpike New Stanton Service Plaza
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 05:15:47 -0700
VIDEO: A scary situation unfolded at the New Stanton rest stop along the turnpike early Tuesday morning. According to one firefighter on the scene, a tractor-trailer hauling paper caught fire while stopped at the diesel pumps. “It was a wild scene this morning!” said Marchand Hill, a truck driver and witness.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 5:15:47 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
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