On December 14th around 1730 hours, crews were dispatched to CJ Robinson Company 1705 Pillsbury Road in Upper Hanover Township. Chief 38 went responding and was advised for a working fire. As he was arriving, he advised of a working fire with fire through the roof and immediately requested a 2nd alarm. Engine 38 was advised to lay a line in from the main driveway and L38 was advised to set up on the A/B corner. Tower 65 arrived and positioned in a lower lot and set up the bucket to the roof. Squad 38 layed a line to Tower 65 and then set up for an additional hydrant and to charge the FDC. Crews attempted an interior attack on Side B but were forced to exit due to distance to the fire. Crews set up on Side D and advanced a blitz fire to an overhead door to knock down the fire. Crews also advanced a 1-3/4" line to side A and extinguished fires along the roof line and mezzanine area. Crews worked for multiple hours getting the fire under control. Fire was still burning in the roof area which had multiple repairs and layers added over the years. Multiple companies from Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties assisted at the scene. Crews from Lehigh 13, Bucks Ladder 18 and Rescue 37 stood by at Station 38. Canteen 41 was set up for refreshments for the firefighters and Medic 369 was staged near the command post. Crews worked overnight and into the next day to completely extinguish the stubborn fire. Pennsburg crews were available around 0300 hours.
Station 38 was dispatched around 1200 hours for a fire alarm. Engine and Assistant 38 (Wetzel) arrived and investigated the alarm. Plant workers advised that one of the pieces of machinery was on fire. A38 advised MCEDS that they had an active fire in one fo the machines and he was in command. The upgrade brought TW65, SD65, SQ71, E42 and M369. TW65 was advised to set up in the employee lot and secure a water supply, pressurize the stand pipe system and set the bucket to the roof. TW65 crews split in two groups with one to the roof and one to go interior. C65 (Seip) took his crew and vertically ventilated the building through the vent caps and A65 (Sink) took a crew inside to start attacking the fire. Crews opened up the unit and placed two 1-3/4" lines in service. The fire extended into the duct work and machines further inline of the process. Crews rotated for many hours trying to extinguish the fires in each unit. D38 (Shafer) assumed Interior and C42 had manpower. Canteen 41 was called in later in the incident. Crews had extinguished all fire around 1900 hours and overhaul was completed around 2000 hours. Additional units on the assignment were L38, Air 38, Berks T58, SD67, E74-1, Bucks E57, Bucks R58, Berks E21 and Medic 344.
Thanks to the crews from Quint 69 and Squad 78 for standing by at our station and for helping get our trucks back in service.
Santa Claus will be coming to the Upper Perk Valley on Saturday 12/19. Look in the Town and Country for the route and times that Santa and his elves will be visiting your area. Listen for Santa being driven around on Tower 65 starting at 10am. If you have any questions, contact the firehouse. Schedule: 1000 View Road and Lakeshore Drive 1020 Pennsburg Square Shopping Center 1040 Montgomery Meadows Development (6th Street Intersections only) 1100 Lake Lane and Seminary Street 1120 Valley Court 1140 Runaway Drive 1200 Penn Street 1220 Shirley Lane 1240 Brooke Run Development (Brooke Road Intersections only) 1300 Northgate Development (Otts Road Intersections only) Hope to see evreyone there.
Around 0500 hours station 65 was dispatched for a vehicle rescue at Route 663 and Geryville Pike. Chief 65 (Seip) arrived to find a 2 vehicle accident with 2 entrapped. Squad 65 (Sink) was given orders to take 2 doors and the roof. Squad 38 (Wilson) was also on the assignment and was advised to assist 65 crews with the extrication. EMS placed a helicopter on stand by for one unconscious patient and Rescue 65 (Gibbs) was advised to handle the LZ at the LightHouse Church. Crews worked for about 30 minutes to remove the 2 patients from the vehicle and assisted EMS with patient care and packaging. Fire Police directed traffic around the busy road at the early part of rush hour. Crews were back in service in about 60 minutes. PSP is investigating the crash.
Come out to the Pennsburg Fire Company station at 501 Penn Street Pennsburg for our annual Fire Prevention Open House. This years open house is scheduled for October 7th between 7pm and 9pm. There will be a fire prevention table set up inside with fire safety literature and fire prevention items for the kids. This years Fire Prevention theme is Hear it Beep where you sleep..... Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every bedroom. Our members will be on hand to show you some ways to make and keep your home fire safe and how to check your smoke detectors and how to change your batteries.. A few things to remember: Change your smoke detector batteries at least once a year but check them monthly. Keep all combustible materials away from every heat source. Try not to use extension cords. Plug electrical items directly into the outlet. If using extension cords, please make sure that they are rated for what you are using them for. If you have questions, please ask one of our members. Have a fire exit plan and meeting place in the event of a fire. We hope to see you at our station.