Firefighters busy over weekend
Local firefighters and first responders stayed busy last week and over the weekend. Calls ranged from crashes to workshop fires to reports of people trapped in a couple of cases.
West End, Shippensburg
Firefighters from West End Fire & Rescue Company fought a fire on Burnt Mill Road in the Newburg area just before midnight Saturday and into early Sunday morning.
A garage attached to an outbuilding well was about 75% involved in flames when the first firefighters arrived at 11:21 p.m. Saturday. West End’s Engine 15-2 crew pulled a line to protect the house that was beginning to catch on fire, and stretched a second line to the garage to begin fire attack.
Engine 15-1 dropped their manpower off and assisted with the fire attack on the front side of the garage. Meanwhile, first responders set up a fill site at the intersection of Roxbury Road and Lurgan Road.
Company 15 personnel worked extensively on fire attack and overhaul.
New Franklin Volunteer Fire Department transferred an Engine to cover West End’s first due while their firefighters were out.
West End answered calls to West King Street and North Fayette Street, at 2:28 p.m. Sunday for an auto fire. Volunteers were back out at 10:16 p.m. Sunday , this time for a call on Interstate 81 Northbound at the mile marker 20.
Chambersburg Fire Department
Chambersburg Fire Department spent about 15 minutes Saturday helping remove a dryer that caught fire at a home in the first block of Federal Street.
The call came in as an appliance fire, but the fire had been extinguished by the time firefighters arrived. Instead, first responders secured the utilities fir the appliance and then removed the dryer.
Today, the department picked up a donation of hand sanitizer and hand soap from Giant on Wayne Avenue. This donation will assist members in taking additional precautions during the COVID pandemic.
“Thank you Giant for assisting us in being safe so we may protect the community,” CFD Assistant Chief Benjamin R. Myers said.
Rescue Hose Volunteer Fire Company, Freencastle
Greencastle’s Rescue Hose Company responded to the 800 block of Buchanan Trail East last Wednesday for a reported head-on auto accident.
Crews arrived to find three heavily damaged vehicles on the eastbound roadway and shoulder. All of the occupants self-extricated. EMS obtained transport refusals from the occupants. Personnel checked for hazards while establishing traffic control, mitigated a fluid spill and removing debris from the roadway. First responders were on the scene for about thirty five minutes. Fire Police remained until the vehicles were removed.
Franklin Volunteer Fire Company
Saturday was a busy day for Franklin Volunteer Fire Department emergency volunteers. The day brought six runs, including a reported crash with people trapped.
Just as UberEats arrived with lunch, the Franklins were called out to Peters Township for a report of a shed fire last Friday. Truck 42 with six firefighters aboard responded to the 9200 block of Dry Run Road in Peters Township and were tasked with overhaul. That included moving tin and wood for the hose lines. First responders were on the scene for about an hour.
Saturday turned into a full day of calls for the Franklins. It started at 3:30 a.m. with a medical assist call to Frecon Road for a cardiac arrest.
Other calls included:
- 12:59 p.m. South Federal Street in Chambersburg, an Appliance Fire. Squad 41 and Truck 42 arrived finding a malfunctioning oven. Crews secured the appliance and removed it from the residence. They were on the scene for 30 minutes.
- 3:56pm. 900block of Tallow Hill Road for an auto accident. Squad 41, Engine 45 and Fire Police arrived finding a vehicle off the roadway with one patient for check-up, which was handled by EMS. Crews secured the vehicle. Fire Police remained assisting Pennsylvania State Police.
- 9:23 p.m. I-81 northbound at mile marker 18 for a reported “vehicle on its side and one person trapped. First responders found the vehicle, but a passer-by had the single driver already extricated from the vehicle. The driver was turned over to EMS with no apparent injuries. The Squad crew secured the vehicle for towing and Fire Police slowed traffic for Pennsylvania State Police to investigate.
- 9:34 p.m. While units were on I-81 for the earlier crash, Franklin 911 dispatched the Franklins to Leafmore Road for a chimney fire. Both Engines and the Squad cleared 81 and responded right away. Additional members responded from home, going to the firehouse to get the Ladder Truck. Firefighters from the Franklins and St. Thomas Volunteer Fire Company arrived simultaneously, finding the two-story wood frame single family with normal conditions. The rest of the alarm arrived shortly after. Upon investigation, crews found the fire out but a completely clogged chimney. The Truck crew ran the chimney chains as best they could. The homeowners were advised to have a chimney cleaning/inspection company come to the house before they burn the fire box again.
- 11:45 p.m. As members were finally done cleaning up, cooked dinner, smoked their cigars, showered and were heading to bed, Franklin 911 alerted them to a “working fire assignment” for a building fire in Newburg. the Franklins sent a truck and five firefighters to help West End Shippensburg with overhaul. The Franklins helped move tin and building contents to assist the fire attack crews. The truck operated for an hour before returning around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.