Daily Dispatch: Pennsylvania News
4 injured after blast at MarkWest Western OK Gas in Washington County
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:13:26 -0800
An explosion that caused two tanks to ignite in flames has injured 4 people at MarkWest Western Oklahoma Gas in Chartiers Township, Washington County. Medical helicopters were called to the scene Thursday. A spokesperson from West Penn Allegheny Health System confirmed that two patients were flown to West Penn Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 5:13:26 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
Woman killed in Bucks County house fire identified
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:03:47 -0800
A woman was killed in a house fire in Bucks County. Officials say they found the woman dead inside the home on the 900 block of State Road in Springfield Township. The Bucks County coroner identified the victim as 67-year old Laurette Sabolick. A dog and several other birds also died in the fire. Chopper 6 was there as crews responded to the Springtown home just before 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 10:03:47 PM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
Editorial: Sound the alarm - Volunteer firefighters are in diminishing supply
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Everyone is encouraged to equip homes and businesses with detectors that emit an early warning signal that smoke is rising and a fire may be kindling. But what if the detector sounds, 911 is called and no firefighters respond? It’s a more likely scenario with each passing decade. During the past 40 years, the number of volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania has plummeted from 300,000 to 38,000.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: post-gazette.com
Adah trailer destroyed in afternoon fire
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:33 -0800
No one was home when a trailer went up in flames Thursday afternoon in Adah, German Township. Multiple fire departments rushed to 108 Tank Hill Road just before 2 p.m. Adah fire chief L.C. Otto said multiple people in the area called 911 and the township building when they saw flames shooting from the trailer.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 12:00:33 PM - SOURCE: Uniontown Herald Standard
Follow Up: Firefighter patches are being collected for Philadelphia boy who lost his dad
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:19:19 -0800
Two weeks ago we met 10-year-old Evan Potter inside his Bridesburg home. "It's been weird and hard not having him there," said Potter. He lost his firefighter father, Michael Potter, suddenly in 2016. His Christmas wish this year was to start a collection of fire company patches like his dad had done.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 1:19:19 PM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV We Are CentralPA.com
Reading firefighters concerned over age of firetrucks
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:38:35 -0800
Age is just a number, but a hard number to look at for some Reading firefighters when it comes to the engines used to protect the city. The union tells 69 News firefighters are using reserve trucks from as far back as 1996 and some of the nine frontline trucks are mired by brake, suspension and other problems with an average age of more than 11 years old.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:38:35 PM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV Channel 69
After long funding dispute, East Manchester Twp. releases $70k to Eagle Fire Company
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:52:44 -0800
Eagle Fire Co. in Mount Wolf won't have to curtail its services in East Manchester Township due to funding shortages after all. The township supervisors voted 2-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to release $70,000 in funding to the fire company, and an additional $5,000 each to Eagle Fire Co. and Union Fire Co.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 12:52:44 PM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
Firefighters battle blaze at warehouse in Bucks County
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:30:04 -0800
VIDEO: First responders were on the scene of a fire at a warehouse in Plumstead Twp., Bucks County. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at 5190 Old Easton Road. It took crews an hour and a half to get the flames under control. The fire chief believes this was all sparked by a heating unit on top of the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:30:04 PM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
Swatara Township to improve volunteer firefighter incentive program
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:05:32 -0800
The Swatara Township budget for 2019 will increase money for fire safety that would be used to improve a volunteer firefighters incentive program. "It's a simple thank you for everything that they're doing," said Chief Mike Ibberson, Swatara Township Fire Rescue. It's a way to give back to volunteer firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:05:32 PM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43
Lawrence County: Bessemer council approves fire station renovations
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:14:23 -0800
The Bessemer Borough monthly meeting for December had a large focus on improving the fire station, including approval of installing two specialized locks for the station. The locks, which cost $200 each, will be opened via thumbprint. According to council president Nathan Leslie, the department will pay for the locks.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 3:14:23 AM - SOURCE: New Castle News
Firefighters battle major blaze in Johnstown's West End
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:11:14 -0800
A vacant building in the city's West End that was being remodeled for a future Laundromat was destroyed by flames on Wednesday. Fire broke out inside a building in the 100 block of Fairfield Avenue at 5 a.m. and quickly spread to the adjoining building. A witness, Gary Tokar, said he once lived in the large brick building and he believes the building has been empty for some time.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 4:11:14 AM - SOURCE: Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Delmont officials hope tax credit can entice additional firefighters
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:54:00 -0800
Delmont officials hope a new ordinance will help entice people to become members of the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department. Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance that allows active Delmont VFD members to claim a tax credit on 1 percent of their earned income up to $750, and grants a 20 percent credit on the borough portion of property taxes.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:54:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
'Bored' volunteer firefighter charged with starting fires at 2 homes in Munhall
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:16:31 -0800
A volunteer firefighter in Munhall has been arrested for setting fire to a pair of occupied homes after investigators reviewed video surveillance cameras in the borough. Munhall police charged Ryan Laubham, 19, of Lawrence Avenue with arson and related crimes after a fire broke out at a home in the 100 block of Crawford Avenue shortly before 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:16:31 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Philadelphia: Residents escape Rittenhouse Square high-rise apartment fire
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:37:44 -0800
Residents sent texts to one another as they made their escape from a Rittenhouse Square high-rise apartment building early Tuesday morning. There have been false alarms before at The Dorchester at Rittenhouse Condominiums, but when flames broke out on the 29th floor, residents realized this was the real thing and wanted to make sure everyone knew it was time to leave.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 9:37:44 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
Fleetwood fire department receives new equipment through state grant
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:13:07 -0800
Firefighters in central Berks County have new gear to help them fight fires. The Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Company purchased dozens of sets of turnout gear using grant money. The fire company partnered with the Virginville Fire Company to apply for a FEMA "Assistance to Firefighters Grant." The two departments received $184,000 to replace gear that is wearing out.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 8:13:07 PM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV Channel 69
Firefighter arrested after Pitcairn votes to disband #2 volunteer fire department
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:34:01 -0800
VIDEO - The Pitcairn Council voted Monday night to disband the #2 Volunteer Fire Department during a heated meeting. The borough currently has two separate volunteer fire departments, but the #2 Department will be disbanded at the end of the year. After the decision was announced, there was an altercation between several people that ended with one firefighter being shocked with a Taser and arrested by police.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 3:34:01 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
Carlisle: State Police charge truck driver who struck firefighter with DUI
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:50:55 -0800
Police say a water-tank truck driver had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit when he struck an off-duty firefighter who was changing a tire along a Pennsylvania highway. State Police charged the driver Monday with vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless endangerment among other offenses.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 5:50:55 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
Follow Up: Pennsylvania Fire, EMS in crisis mode as volunteers dwindle
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:51:17 -0800
It’s been less than two weeks since the result of a yearlong legislative study aimed at saving the volunteer models of providing fire and emergency medical service in Pennsylvania was unveiled in Harrisburg. Touted as “a reboot” of 2004 initiatives, which led to some reforms and additional funding funneled to local organizations but ultimately fell short of reversing the downward trend of losing volunteers, the new report is still being distributed and digested throughout the emergency services community.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 1:51:17 PM - SOURCE: Levittown Bucks County Courier Times
Dozens of firefighters battle early morning blaze in Upper Macungie Township
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:15:07 -0800
Dozens of firefighters were dispatched to a fire on Hassadahl Road in rural Upper Macungie Township early Tuesday. The fire was reported in the 5800 block of Haasadahl Road in Orefield before 5 a.m., with firefighters on scene reporting flames jumping from the structure. Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Chief Jacque Creamer said a three-bay detached garage was completely consumed, but no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 3:15:07 AM - SOURCE: Allentown Morning Call
Massive 5-alarm fire under control in Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia, 50 evacuated
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:47:30 -0800
After six hours of battling heavy flames and icy conditions, close to 200 firefighters were able to place a 5-alarm fire under control, but not before it destroyed a Philadelphia apartment building and sent dozens of people onto the streets. With fears that the building may collapse at any moment, firefighters were relegated to fighting the blaze from the outside.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 6:47:30 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
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