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Area fire departments responded to crashes and fire calls the past week. Whether it is a vehicle crash, just burned food left cooking on a stove burner, a more serious fire or a “good intent” call, area firefighters are quick to respond.

Here are just a few recent calls:

Auto accident with entrapment
Chambersburg Fire Department and emergency personnel rescued someone trapped un a vehicle following a crash on South Main Street. (Photo courtesy CFD)

Saturday Night Motor Vehicle Accident

At 10:18 p.m. Saturday the Chambersburg Fire Department was alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of Orchard Drive and South Main Street. 

First arriving units found two vehicles in the road with one person confined to the vehicle.  The door had to be removed to gain access to the patient.  Agencies that assisted the Chambersburg Fire Department:   Franklin Fire Department, Marion Emergency Medical Service, and Geisinger Emergency Medical Service. 

Burned Eggs Source of Smoke

 Chambersburg Fire Department was alerted for an odor of smoke in an apartment building at 1559 Edgar Avenue Monday.  Crews arrived to find unattended cooking as the source in one of the apartments.     

Good Intent Fire Call Ended Well

Franklin Fire Company got a first-due box alarm on its drill Monday night, but as it turned out, it wasn’t an emergency.

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A “passer-by” reported smoke coming from the roof of a house on Salem Road just off of Letterkenny Road in Greene Township. The Franklins arrived in the area and staged until more information could be obtained.

The caller did not stay in the area but was sure of the location. Chief 46 made contact with the homeowners who advised they had just lit their fire box and had no emergency! Units returned to service on a “good intent”

We urge our followers to call 911 and report emergencies! If at all possible, and safe to do so, please stay at the location and provide as many details as possible to 911.

Mercersburg Garage Fire

Box 9-01 was struck for a garage on fire Sunday afternoon at Church Street and East Seminary Street.

Company 9 and mutual aid units were dispatched to 22 Church Street in Mercersburg. Chief 2 arrived on scene with fire showing, Engine 9-1 arrived on scene dropping a line and went to work on fire attack. Command held it to Company 9, 8, 18 and TRK42 placing the rest of the box in service.

St. Thomas (company 18) and The Franklins (station 4) assisted in loading the hose after the fire was out.

MMPW Fire Company personnel Mercersburg arrived with a working fire. Firefighters from Franklin Fire Company arrived, positioning in the driveway and the crew went to work.

The Truck crew was able to throw ladders, entering the garage and opening up for the engine company crews. Crews operated for about an hour ensuring the fire was out.

Emergency at Franklin County Jail

Franklin Fire Company responded to Franklin County Jail for a medical emergency Saturday afternoon. The company’s emergency personnel ended up handling a Helicopter Landing Zone for Life Lion Critical Care Transport.

EMS crews were initially called for a fall victim, but the patient’s injuries warranted the need for a trauma center.

Chimney Fire in Metal Township

Franklin Fire Company responded to a chimney fire in Path Valley last Thursday.

The crew arrived and decided to utilize ground ladders to the roof. Once no fire extension into the house was confirmed, the truck crew started on the chore of clearing the chimney of creosote build up.

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