At 1435 hours, Company 715 along with Company 76 (West Hempfield
) and Tanker 719 (Hempfield
) were dispatched for a reported Tractor Trailer on fire. E7151 checked up with 3 personnel and were advised by LCWC that they were receiving multiple calls of a working fire anywhere between Sylvan Retreat Rd and Stoney Battery Rd. WHTPD arrived and closed down Route 30, allowing responding units to go west in the eastbound lanes. E7151 confirmed the working fire 1/2 mile out and requested Company 67 (Rohrerstown
) for manpower. E7151 arrived, confirming the location to be Route 30 E, just west of Hill St, and assumed the Command. E7151 OIC (FF A Weitzel) assumed Operations, while FF Stauffer pulled a 1-3/4" line and advanced to the fire. E7152, E671 and E762 arrived within minutes, pulling a 2nd attack line from E7151 and a 3rd line for back-up from E671. T76 arrived and supplied E7151.
On Monday, October 19, 2009, two members of the New Engine Committee, Dean Gantz, Jr. and Brian Weitzel, accompanied by Dave Grace, Sales Manager for Kaza Fire Equipment, performed a Mid-construction Inspection on the new engine at Crimson Fire located in Brandon, SD. The trip went very well, and aside from a few items that needed attention, the engine is progressing nicely. The final inspection is scheduled for November 15 thru November 18, 2009. After what was seen on this trip, the excitement is building to see the completed unit. A big thank you for the hospitality extended to us from Dave Grace and everyone at Crimson Fire.
Check the updated pictures in our PhotoGallery
and check out the progress on the Crimson-Fire website
Saturday, September 26, 2009, Mountville Fire Company President and Lt. Andrew "Bun Bun" Kalbach and Megan Grier (Company Assistant Secretary) were united in Marriage.
The ceremony was held outside despite light rain, in Marietta. A reception followed the ceremony for family and friends including fellow fire company members at Overlook Golf Course.
The Wedding party was transported via Mountville Fire Company Squad 7-15 and Engine 7-15-2. Chief Dean (DJ) Gantz Jr. chauffeured Squad 7-15 while Deputy Chief Robert Evans III drove Engine 7-15-2.
A big thank you goes out to the crew from Company 6-2 (Highville Fire Company
) for providing coverage in our first due area with Engine 6-2-1 while we celebrated this event with the happy couple.
After a wedding trip to the Riviera Maya, Mexico the couple will reside in Mountville.
Congratulations Andy and Meg!
On September 14, 2009 we received notification and a few photos that the Gladiator chassis had completed it\'s journey from the Spartan Plant in Charlotte, MI to the Crimson Plant in Brandon, SD. From this point, they are projecting our mid-point Inspection to be approximately October 15, with the Final inspection to take place approximately 4 weeks later (Nov. 12).
We will be posting updates as we get them, and any photos will be added to the photo gallery
. As always you can check progress on the Crimson-Fire
At 0259 hours, Engine 7151 was alerted for the Engine Company Transfer to Station 84 (Susquehanna). Within minutes of dispatch, E7151 was redirected to the scene, in the 1100 block of Lancaster Ave, to assist at the working structure fire. E7151 responded with 58 personnel under the direction of D/C 715 (Evans). E7151 crew assisted crews on the scene, then reported to manpower staging. At approximately 0330 hours, Squad 715 was requested non-emergency to the scene for the Air. Upon arrival, Squad/Air 715 filled 6 SCBA cylinders and filled the cascade on R841. All 715 units cleared the scene in about 3 hours.
The Mountville Fire Company would like to extend is thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the resident, and to the Companies involved at the scene.
8 Years later, we, America, are still grieving the loss of THOUSANDS
of people who gave their life on 9/11/01. The phrase "WE WILL NEVER FORGET"
was used a lot today at the Fifth Annual Remembrance Ceremony located at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. Mountville was able to send a crew of 4 members to the event. There were a lot of people that came out to not only remember the people that lost their lives on September 11th, but to also remember the men and women who lost their lives throughout Lancaster County dating back to 1870 in the County Records. There were several politicians at this event to help remember these people including, but not limited to, Commissioner Martin as well as Commissioner Lehman. Director Craig Elmer Started the Event. Mr. Elmer is the Director of the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, and took several weeks to plan this marvelous event. The main Speaker for this event was Greg Noll. Greg is a member of the South Central PA Task Force. The Members of the Mountville Fire Company remember these brave men and women and THANK YOU for the ultimate sacrifice. The members of the Mountville Fire Company would like to encourage EVERYONE to stop out at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center and take a look at the new monument which is located in front of 101 Champ BLVD Manheim PA 17545.
The Mountville Volunteers received an invitation from a local establishment to team up for a fundraising opportunity. We were contacted by Ritas\' and asked if we would like to team up and raise some funds. On August 19, 2009
from 6 - 8 pm
the Mountville Volunteers will be at the Ritas\' at 3929 Columbia Ave
(next to Chapman Ford) with our apparatus. Ritas\' will donate 20%
of the sales for those 2 hours to the Fire Company. Please come out and enjoy some "Ice-Custard-Happiness" and benefit us at the same time. We hope to see you there.
The members of the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 would like to extend our thanks to Manor Township for their recent generous donation. The Township has donated a 2006 Chevy Impala to the fire company. This vehicle was a recently decomissioned cruiser from the Manor Township Police Department. The Impala will be placed in service as Squad 7-15-2, and will serve multiple functions, including:
- providing transportation for members to training sessions and meeting
- utilized to run company errands
- transporting additional personnel to the scene of incidents
Although it may not look like much, it will provide an invaluable service to the members of the company. Thank you again to Manor Township.
The Annual July 4th Fireworks display will be held this evening at Froelich Park (Mountville Pool), at dusk. ***Members: If you are available to help, please sign-up on the whiteboard if you have not already done so.***
After almost 4 weeks, Squad 7-15 is back in service. The breathing air compressor needed major mechanical attention, so the Squad traveled to Airpower International Inc., in Pennsauken N. J. Yesterday, Deputy Chief Evans traveled down there to retrieve it. If anyone is in need of an air dump, submit a form, we are now back in service.
The members of the Mountville Fire Company would like everyone to keep the Garmin family, of Lititz Pennsylvania, in your thoughts and prayers. Today at approximatley 1815 hours, Hannah G. Garmin passed away into a new life. Hannah was a 5 year old girl who was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain tumor, in her cerebellum in October of 2008. At Christmas time, members of the Mountville Fire Company, along with THOUSANDS of other people, gave Hannah Christmas Cards, because that is all she wanted for her last Christmas. Hannah has been on a rapid decline since January, and today her Savior called for her. Please Keep her family in your thoughts and prayers, as this is a VERY hard time for them. For more information on Hannah and her life, as well her after life services, please check out her website at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hannahgarman
The Mountville Memorial Day Parade will be held on Saturday May 30, 2009 beginning at 1830. ***Members: Please sign-up on the white board if you will be attending.***
As we go about our activities today, please pause and take a moment to remember those who fought and gave their lives for OUR freedom. Also keep in mind those who are currently serving. God Speed.
At approximately 1200, the "Day Shift" of Company 715 was dispatched to the intersection of Indian Head Rd & Prospect Rd to assist Company 76 on a vehicle fire. E7152, with a crew of 5, responded and arrived to find a Chevy Trailblazer in the intersection, fully involved. E7152 took the 76 command while the crew of FF Weitzel and FF Saylor took the 1st line off and began suppression. FF Duquin took the scene as Operations. FF Montonya assisted the chauffer with securing a water supply once E762 arrived. The crew of E762 pulled a 2nd line off E7152 once they arrived, and assisted the 715 suppression crew. E762 assisted with water supply if needed. Both crews made a quick and efficient knock on the fire, placing the incident under control within 7 minutes of the arrival of the first engine. Crews cleaned up, repacked lines and returned to service. Total incident time was less than 1 hour.
Photos courtesy of Officer Bryan Keyser
Members: Help is needed setting up the stands on 5/11 (Monday), meet at Froelich Park between 1630 and 1700. Help is also need during the Carnival, please see the sign-up sheets on the white board.
Mountville Days Carnival will be held on May 14th - 16th, 2009 at Froelich Park.
This weekend, Squad 7-15 reach a milestone that seems unbelievable. It has been in-service for almost five years. The reason we are sure of this, is the fact that the cascade system reached its first hydrostatic test date. This is a test that must be done every five years. To accomplish this we needed to remove the six cylinder cascade system from the squad and deliver it to a testing facility. We want to thank Crimson Fire Aerial for allowing us to use their facility to complete this task safely and efficiently. We started on Thursday evening and it was completed, back in service Saturday afternoon.
Click the photo to go to the gallery.
Saturday, April 4, 2009 Mountville Fire Company held its 25th annual awards banquet. This year’s banquet was held at "A Taste of Style" in Columbia. As usual, the company and guests were treated to a great meal, awards, a speaker, and time for dancing and fellowship during the night off. This year’s award winners were as follows:
Thank you to the banquet committee for another great banquet. A special thank you to Highville Fire Company for the standby for the evening and George’s Pizza Castle for feeding the standby crew.
- Rookie of the Year-Paul Cook
- Member of the Year-Joe Iacono
- Firefighters of the Year-DJ Gantz and Mike Dicely
- Member over the Years-Ron Wachob
Congratulations to the 7 members of the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 that either obtained or recertified their Hazardous Materials Technician certification. The new class was held at the Manchester Fire Co in York County, and the refresher class was held at the Mountville Fire Company. The classes were taught by Industrial Consultants Inc.
The member that obtained the HMT level for the first time was FF Bryan Duquin. The following members recertified again this year: Chief Dean Gantz, Jr, Captain Mike Dicely, FF Brian Saylor, FF Brian Weitzel, FF Joe Iacono and FF Randy Geissler. Congratulations to those members. A special thank you go out to Keith Bloss and VersaCold (formerly Atlas) for sponsoring the course again this year and providing lunch.
Just a reminder, the 25th Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet is on Saturday, April 4 at "A Taste of Style" in Columbia. We hope to see you all there.
The Truck Company Operations II class is confirmed with Chief Hess of Fire Department Mount Joy and LCPSTC for Saturday, July 11, 2009. The classes prior to July 11, have yet to be determined. It will be two evenings prior to the Saturday, and will be held at West Hempfield Fire Rescue and/or LCPSTC. Prerequisite is Truck Company Operations I. The cutoff date is TBD.
Please contact Lieutenant Kalbach or Captain Dicely ASAP if interested.
West Hempfield Fire & Rescue will be hosting "Traditions Training - RIT Training". The dates will be Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9, 2009 from 1900 - 2200 both evenings, held at WHFR\'s station. The Saturday class will be October 10, 2009 at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center and run from 0800 until the completion of all course goals are accomplished.
Please contact Lieutenant Kalbach or Captain Dicely, no later than Sunday March 29, 2009 if you are interested.
To those members with their HazMat Technician Certification:
The annual HazMat Technician Refresher with Industrial Consultants will be on March 31, 2008 from 0800 - 1600 at Station. If you wish to refresh, plan on attending.
Just a reminder to all members, the 25th Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet is rapidly approaching. The date is April 4, 2009 at "A Taste of Style" in Columbia.
Sunday morning started with an Air run to assist York County Station 41 (Wrightsville) on a working dwelling assignment. The squad was on scene for under an hour. The station kept an engine crew in quarters during the call.
Check out a few photos here
Saturday night engine 7-15-1 stood by for Highville Fire Company’s annual banquet. The members sat down to dinner, watched a movie, and later decided to put the time to good use – TRAINING. The members trained for 1.5 hours on ladder selection, ladder throws, leg locks, and parts of the ladder. Mountville stood by for over 5 hours with no calls for service. Mountville also had members in attendance to Susquehanna Fire Co and Highville Fire Co’s annual banquets. During the evening the remaining members stood by for our district.
The members of the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 would like to say "Get Well Soon" to Junior Firefighter Chris Cook. Recently Chris removed himself from active service due medical issues. We hope to see him back on active status soon. We all hope for a quick return to health and the ability to return to service.
3 members from Mountville Fire Co finished a 16 hour Managing Company Tactical Procedures – Preparation (MCTO-P) class at Neffsville Fire Company. The class was taught by instructor Rick Kane from Manheim Township Fire and Rescue. Students are prepared as company officers by developing the skills for successfully and safely managing company tactical operations. This course is intended to provide a new officer with skills necessary to participate in the management of company tactical operations, and the additional courses dealing with tactical operations.
Members attending class were:
-FF Brian Saylor, FF Bryan Duquin and Lt. Andy Kalbach
The Members of the Mountville Fire Company would like to congratulate Firefighter Bobby Hess on being the member in the “Spot Light” for the month of February.
Bobby joined the Fire Department in 2007 as a Junior Member. Bobby has since worked very hard at moving up through the ranks at the department. Bobby is also striving to gain more knowledge in the fire service and is always taking classes. He is currently enrolled in the “Delmar Essentials Program” at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.
Bobby’s current rank in the department is Senior Firefighter and he is Engine 7-15-2’s Portable Equipment Officer.
6 Members of the Mountville Fire Company just recently completed a 16 hour course called “Introduction to the Fire Service”. These members are all working on completing the 188 hour course called “Delmar Essentials to Firefighting”. These members will be working very hard over the next few months, learning various skills such as Knots, Repelling, Radio Communications, and various firefighting techniques including vehicle fires and flammable liquids. They will then be completing the course with a PA State Fire Academy approved live burn session at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. The members that are working through this process are:
- James Montonya
- Bobby Hess
- Jim Stauffer
- Paul Cook
- Chris Cook
- Thomas Moser
CONGRATULATIONS guys and keep up the good work! Once again, Mountville Volunteers continue to strive to provide the best coverage to its residences through education and training.
January 2009 ends with a total of 32 runs for the Mountville Volunteers. The Department handled calls such as Motor Vehicle Accidents, Reported House Fires, Investigations, Automatic Fire Alarms and other various alarms. Looking back over the past few years, 2009 is starting out as the busiest it has been. The January totals for the past few years are as follows:
- 2005 - 21 Runs
- 2006 - 24 Runs
- 2007 - 18 Runs
- 2008 - 30 Runs
- 2009 - 32 Runs
At 2213, station 7-15 was alerted to a crash with entrapment at Locust Grove Road and Prospect Road. The Engine was en route in 3 minutes, followed up by the Squad and Duty bringing additional crews. E 7-15-2 arrived behind R 8-4-1 and went to work, assisting with cribbing and cutting the windshield for patient removal. Crews had the patient in the care of EMS in 11 minutes. Both stations finished controlling hazards and returned.
Have you ever wondered what you can do fro your community? Have you ever seen a firetruck pass by and thought to your self "Someday I want to do that"? Well, then here is your chance...the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 is looking for you. The Mountville Fire Company is looking for Volunteers for the following fields:
Junior Firefighters - Ages 14 - 18
Senior Firefighters - Age 18 and older
Fire Police - Age 18 and older
Is firefighting not our thing? We are also looking for Social Members for the department. Social members, among other things, can help with the setup of fundraisers and other activities for the department. If any of these interest you then please fill out an Application Request
, then stop by the firehouse some Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm for a tour of the station and to meet the team that provides quality fire protection for the Borough of Mountville and surrounding areas.
The New Engine Committee is meeting with the Crimson-Fire Representative on Sunday morning for a "layout" meeting. Hopefully after the meeting, we will be able to release more detailed info about the piece. The process has been a little slow lately, due to logistics beyond our control. After this weekend, we are looking to get back on track.
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A few minutes after 11 Friday night, Manheim and other first alarm units were dispatched to S. Charlotte Street for a dwelling fire.
Shortly after 2300, Station 26 (Manheim
) and other first due units were dispatched to S. Charlotte St for a Dwelling fire. PD was already on the scene with heavy smoke in the area, and the assignment was quickly upgraded to a second alarm. Squad 715 was later called for the air assist. The Squad was on the scene for just over 2 1/2 hours and filled nearly 50 cylinders. Check the photos here
As 2008 rapidly draws to a close, we would like to look back upon the year and think about what has taken place. The Mountville Fire Company would like to remind everyone that even though we are beginning a new year, please remember to be safe through the up-coming holiday, and remember these few items as you celebrate the New Year:
- Choose a "Designated Driver", please do not drive drunk.
- Buckle up...It\'s the law.
- Stay Safe
As 2008 comes to an end, two members sucessfully obtained one more certification level each. FF Bryan Duquin attained "Fire Service Instructor II", and Chief Dean Gantz, Jr attained "Fire Company Officer II". Congratulations to all members who worked at broadening their knowledge and skills this year to better serve the residents of the Mountville Fire Company\'s first due coverage area. Keep up the good work.
This is a Cold Weather Public Safety Message from the Mountville Fire Comapny No. 1. With the recent snap of bitterly cold weather, the sales of the 12V heated blankets has risen dramatically. These blankets are plugged into the lighter recepticle in your vehicle and can be used while driving. As a reminder, when these items are not actively being used, please remember to unplug them. The photo with this message is just one example of what can happen when these are left plugged in and unattended.
The day began with the "Over Night" crews being put out for the EMS assist for forcible entry at 0155. Entry was made and the crew cleared in about 10 minutes. The next run came in at approximately 1100, which began the runs for the "Day Shift". The initial run was to assist 67 (Rohrerstown
) with a Dwelling assignment in the 3000 block of Marietta Ave. The Engine staged in the Giant parking lot and was released a few minutes later. About an hour later, the next run was put out on Dogwood Ln for an odor investigation in a residence. The Engine company arrived, investigated and traced it back to the furnace.
Today turned out to be a busy day for the Engine and Squad Company out of Mountville.
The Officers and Members of the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 would like to extend our thanks to Troy Neville for conducting anither sucessfull delivery of the Risk Management and Extreme Fire Behavior Class. We received the classes in 2 sessions, and walked away with some new information and our eyes open to some of the often found, but sometimes unthought of, risks associated with the job we do everyday. Thank you again for creating and delivering the course, and you are welcome back to Mountville anytime.
Basket Bingo - November 14, 2009 - At the Mountville Elementary School - Doors open at 5:30pm, bingo start at 7pm. Tickets available ($17 preordered, $20 at the door) contact Joe Iacono at 717-285-4823 for tickets and info. ***Members: Help is still needed, sign -up on the board.***
Basket Bingo - September 19, 2009 - At the Mountville Elementary School - Doors open at 5:30pm, bingo start at 7pm. Tickets available ($17 preordered, $20 at the door) contact Joe Iacono at 717-285-4823 for tickets and info. ***Members: Help is still needed, sign -up on the board.***
Basket Bingo - May 2, 2009 - At the Mountville Elementary School - Doors open at 5:30pm, bingo start at 7pm. Tickets available ($17 preordered, $20 at the door) contact Joe Iacono at 717-285-4823 for tickets and info. ***Members: Help is still needed, sign -up on the board.***
Basket Bingo - March 7, 2009 - At the Mountville Elementary School - Doors open at 5:30pm, bingo start at 7pm. Tickets available ($17 preordered, $20 at the door) contact Joe Iacono at 717-285-4823 for tickets and info. ***Members: Help is still needed, sign -up on the board.***
Basket Bingo - January 10, 2009 - At the Mountville Elementary School - Doors open at 5:30pm, bingo start at 7pm. Tickets available ($17 preordered, $20 at the door) contact Joe Iacono at 717-285-4823 for tickets and info. ***Members: Help is still needed, sign -up on the board.***
At 1413 hours, E7151 was dispatched to the 1200 Block of Kinderhook Road in Rapho Twp to assist FDMJ on a working residential structure fire. The Engine rolled out with a staffing of 6, under the direction of D/C Evans. Upon arrival, the crew "beached" the engine out of the way, and sent manpower to staging to the rear of L67. After a few minutes, the crew was tasked with opening the exterior wall on side Bravo. The crew rotated through cutting and pulling the wall surrounding the windows on floor 2. Crews were rotated frequently due to the amount of overhaul needed. E7151 crew was relieved by L74, and proceeded to rehab. After the stent in rehab, the crew was tasked with breaking down the supply line. Hose was broken down and rolled. Upon completion, the crew was released by command. E7151 picked up and returned. E7151 worked the scene for approximately 3 hours.
It is official, the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 has signed the contract with Crimson-Fire
for a 2008 Crimson Custom Pumper. Chief Gantz, acting as the representative of the New Engine Committee and the Mountville Fire Company No. 1, signed the contract with Jim Holland this evening. The estimated delivery is approximately 11 months, at a cost of just over $484,000. Please watch our site for updates in the upcoming weeks, for spec\'s and progress updates.
Basket Bingo - November 15, 2008 - At the Mountville Elementary School - Doors open at 5:30pm, bingo start at 7pm. Tickets available ($15 preordered, $18 at the door) contact Joe Iacono at 717-285-4823 for tickets and info. ***Members: Help is still needed, sign -up on the board.***
We recently received the photos taken from our St. Paul\'s Preschool events
, please visit our Photo Gallery to check them out. Thanks to Mrs. Rhine and Mrs. Greathouse for the photos. Please read the book they created for us this year...St. Paul\'s Fire Prevention 2008
. (Right-click, "Save As" to download the video or click to view in your default media player; The video was created using Photo Story 3 and the PDF they created)
Congratulations to the following members for obtaining their Fire Service Instructor Certifications:
- FF Bryan Duquin, Jr - Fire Service Instructor I
- FF Joseph Iacono - Fire Service Instructor I & II
- LT Andy Kalbach - Fire Service Instructor I & II
- Chief Dean Gantz, Jr. - Fire Service Instructor II
Wednesday October 15th turned into a busy morning for the "Day Shift" volunteers, starting bright and early at 0522 with an assist call for an Auto Alarm on Corporate Blvd, units investigated and quickly cleared the incident. At 0638, the Dwelling assignment was put out for a possible residential structure fire on Huntington Drive, units arrived with nothing showing from the "Alpha" side of a middle of the row townhouse. The first in crew lead by A/C Foltz, determined the smoke condition in the basement to be from a faulty light ballast, with the assistance of L67 (Rohrerstown), the smoke was evacuated from the basement and units cleared the scene in approximately 30 minutes.
While enroute back to quarters, E7151 and R76 (West Hempfield) were alerted by LCWC via radio of a Class 1 crash on Hempland Road.
On October 12, 2008 four members finished a journey begun on August 23, 2008. First was the completion of a 48 hour Ed Meth class followed by a 16 hour weekend of certification testing for Fire Service Instructor I & II. This was just the classroom time for these events. Over the seven week period many, many hours were spent on homework and completing skill stations including a complete 30 minute lesson plan that was presented during the test weekend. Members that completed this were FF Bryan Duquin, FF Joe Iacono, Lt. Andy Kalbach and Chief Dean Gantz, Jr. Hopefully in 2-3 weeks all will be notified of success in obtaining FSI 1 &2. See some photos from the class
in our Training Photo Gallery
As Fire Prevention Week 2008 draws to a close, we can look back upon the theme this year of "Prevent Home Fires", and say that we have had another sucessful Fire Prevention Week. The members of Company 715 held a few different Fire Prevention events for the community is our local. The St. Paul\'s Preschool held two events for their 3 and 4 year old classes this week, along with the Manor BIC holding their annual event. Overall it was a good experience for all involved, and we look forward to providing the demo\'s next year. Photos from the events are coming soon!
October 5 - 11, 2008 is National Fire Prevention Week. This years theme is "Home Safety"
September 15 started early with a medical assist to Hershey Mill Home. The engine was requested to assist the ambulance crew with lifting. The day crew ran two fire alarms in the mid afternoon assisting 6-7 and 6-8. At 17:18, 7-15 was alerted with R7-6 and 7-7 units for a class 1 crash. Deputy Chief (Evans) was in the area at dispatch, arrived and confirmed a pickup vs. a motorcycle, with the rider on the ground. 7-15 assisted with patient care and controlled hazards. On the way to training at LCPSTC, 7-15 was hit a final time for spill control. Squad 7-15 handled the fuel spill on Caraway Drive. Crew completed 2
On Saturday September 13, 2008 at 04:54 Hrs 7-15 was dispatched to assist 7-19 on a dwelling fire. Additional information was vehicle on fire in front of the garage. EHT PD arrived and confirmed a working vehicle fire with extension to the garage which was attached to the house. Engine 7-15-1 went enroute at 04:59 Hrs. with a crew of six. Upon arrival the crew was directed to assist with fire suppression and the engine was to complete the feeder line for Engine 6-7-1. The crew assisted Engine 7-6-2
"Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors... None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. "
-President George W. Bush: September 11, 2001
At the September Business meeting, the membership of the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 approved the purchase of a new engine to replace the now 20 year old Engine 7-15-1 (1988 Pierce Lance). The New Engine Committee has worked for the better part of 2008 researching the options available, visiting different firehouses looking at what is on the street, writing preliminary specs and determining what the needs of the department would be in the long term future.
The new engine committee solicited bids from select manufacturers, including Crimson-Fire, Seagraves and Pierce, during the month of June and had bids back the beginning of August. The remainder of August, the committee reviewed the bids and associated specs, making modifications and corrections as needed with the actively bidding manufacturers. The recommendation was made to the general membership during the September business meeting, and was approved to continue with the process to procure the replacement engine.
The Company approved to purchase the new engine from Crimson-Fire
. As the details become available, they will be updated on our website, please keep watching in the coming months for additional information.
On Wednesday September 3, 2008 Beverly J. Wachob passed away. The fire company expresses its deepest sympathy to her husband Ronald E. Wachob a long time active member of the fire company. She was a dedicated and very active member of the fire company and the ladies auxiliary helping with many fundraisers over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron in this time of sorrow.
On August 2, 2008, firefighters from Mountville (7-15), West Hempfield Fire and Rescue (7-6) and Rohrerstown (6-7) completed their practical for engine company operations. The 16 hour class was taught by PA State Fire Instructor Bruce Henry. The class was split into 8 hours of class room and 8 hours of practical. On Saturday, the class participated in multiple
On August 2, 2008, firefighters from Mountville, West Hempfield (76) and Rohrerstown (67) completed their practical for Engine Company Operations. The 16 hour class was taught by PA State Fire Instructor Bruce Henry. The class was split into 8 hours of class room and 8 hours of practical. On Saturday, the class participated in multiple "run-in" scenarios at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center (LCPSTC) to work on hose line deployment and management, exposure control, standpipe connections and other engine Company work. Thank you to Bruce Henry and Jerry Brey. Click the photo to view more images.
Basket Bingo - September 20, 2008 - Doors open at 5pm, Bingo starts at 7pm - Tickets or Info call Joe at (717)285-4823. *** Members: Help is still needed, sign-up on the board.***
Tuesday August 5, 2008 was Manor Township\'s National Night Out, The event was held at the Manor Middle School again this year. Public Safety agencies included fire companies from Highville, Washington Boro, Millersville, Lancaster Township and Mountville, Police Departments from Manor Township and the K-9 from Bern Township (outside of Reading), and EMS from LEMSA and Stat Medevac (AeroMedical based at the Lancaster Airport). This event gave the public a chance to come out and see what the different public safety agencies have to offer, and watch the helicopter land. This turned out to be another successful "Night Out".
Monday Night\'s In-house training was Foam. We introduced the newer members of the department to the concepts, operations and equipment for foam. Instead of utilizing the actual foam concentrate we carry on the Engine, we decided to create our own with carwash soap. Overall it went well, we learned that the equipment still functions as it should, even though it hasn\'t been used in a very long time, and we also learned that "more soap = more bubbles".
On Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 the Salvation Army put on a kids day event held at Leisure Lanes on Columbia Ave in Manor Township. The Lancaster County Fire Safety Trailer was invited along with the members of Mountville Fire Company. During the hours of 10:00 to 14:00 Fire Fighters Lara Fenstemaker, Brian Duquin, Deputy Chief Robert Evans III, Junior\'s Bobby Hess and Chris Cook spoke to children of all ages (mostly elementary school age) and several of their adult councilors of the importance of fire safety in the home and the best ways to escape if a fire does occur. We were very pleased to hear most of our young visitors answering our questions correctly and all were excited to show us that they knew about how to escape the smoke. I must say every one did well and we hope to see them again next year!!! Click the Image to go to the Photo Gallery.
This past weekend started out early for the Mountville volunteers. Crews were alerted for the first run at 0525, to the 200 block of Centerville Rd for a reported dumpster fire. E7151 responded with a staffing of 5 personnel. Crews arrived on the scene with a full involved dumpster next to an out building, and corrected the location to the 200 block of S. Centerville Rd, making it a 68 (West Lancaster) assignment. E7151 setup water supply and assisted with overhaul. At approximately 0545, E7151 and L24 (Eden) were released from the first incident and rerouted to the 3100 block of Industry Dr. to cover 67 (Rohrerstown) with another reported dumpster fire. Crews arrived and reported another dumpster well off, possible extension into a tractor trailer. Crews extinguished the fire, overhauled and returned. Crews operated on the scene for approximately 30 minutes. The rest of the runs consisted of an Investigation on Laurel Run, 2 AFA\'s to QVC and an AFA at 789 Chestnut Hill Dr. That made for 6 runs in less than a 24 hour period, busy day once again.
At the regular monthly business meeting, on June 9, 2008, the membership of the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 authorized the New Engine Committee to solicit bids for a new pumper to replace our 1988 Pierce Lance. On Wednesday July 2, 2008 a Prebid meeting was held at the station for the invited bidders. Represented at the meeting was Pierce Manufacturing by Glick Fire Equipment Co. Inc, Crimson Fire by Kaza Fire Equipment Co., and Seagrave Fire Apparatus by Emergency Products, Inc. Bids are due on Friday August 1, 2008 by 5 PM. After the bids are submitted, the New Engine Committee will evaluate them and make a recommendation to the company members possibly at the September monthly meeting.
As of now, West Hempfield Township has committed $200,000 over the next 3 years toward this capitol project. Additionally, Mountville Borough has committed $4,000 in 2008.
Check out our photo gallery
for some photos and short video clips from the display.
The Fourth of July is a celebration that Americans all over the United States enjoy. However, it can also be very dangerous. Thousands of fireworks victims keep hospitals busy every year on the Fourth of July. More than half of those injured are children. Fireworks not only injure users, but 40 percent of fireworks mishaps also injure bystanders.
The PA Fireworks Laws and Regulations can be reviewed here on our website, PA Fireworks Laws and Regulations.
To help you celebrate this Fourth of July safely, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety offer the following safety tips for fireworks that you shoot off, public shows and information on safe fireworks to purchase.
At approximately 1500 hours, the volunteers from company 715, along with mutual aid, were dispatched to the rear of 164 E. Main St. for a reported structure fire. D/C715 (Evans) arrived on the scene and confirmed a working structure fire, assumed the Command and updated the address to 130 S. Lemon St. E7151 was first in and took a place on the A/D corner and secured their own water. E7152 was second in and sent their crew to assist the first in crew with supression. L67 (Rohrerstown) threw ladders and completed a primary search of the structure. R841 assumed the RIT. PSP Fire Marshall was requested to investigate. The incident was placed under control within 40 minutes, and completed in just 3 hours. All apparatus picked un and returned, no injuries to personnel. Nice work to all involved.
Sometime in the past day or so, the Fuel Pumps at the Mountville Borough Maintenance Building were vandalised. If anyone has any information regarding the incident, you are urged to contact the Mountville Borough Office at 717-285-5547
or the Manor Township Police Department at 717-299-5231
The in-house training for the evening was the vehicle fire simulator at the Training Center. The evening was spent not only putting out fire, but training a few of our "rookie" firefighters in the "art" of fighting a vehicle fire. Captain Dicely took the lead with the newest "rookie" in the department, JrFF Cook, while A/C Foltz took the more seasoned "rookie", JrFF Hess. The teams worked multiple evolutions, experiencing everything from a small fire in the trunk or engine compartment, to a fully involved vehicle. Overall, the crews got to experience a lot, and hopefully they can do it again next time.
The Mountville Fire Company No. 1 will be hosting the "Risk Management" and "Extreme Fire Behavior" classes taught by Troy Neville on October 27, 2008 and November 17, 2008. Please take a look at the training flyer here
. Any questions please contact Lt. Kalbach
or Capt Dicely
. (Adobe Reader is needed to open the file)
Mountville\'s Fourth of July fireworks will be held on Saturday July 5, 2008 at the Mountville Pool, after dusk. ***Members: sign-up is on the board.***
On Saturday June 7, 2008, the Lancaster County Fireman\'s Association held its\' 88th Annual Convention and Parade. Mountville Fire Company No. 1 again entered the Squad into competition and again took home a 1st Place
trophy for "Most Functional Fire Department Special Services Unit
". Thanks to the crew, who spent many hours cleaning and preparing for judging.
The crew consisted of:
- Driver: FF D. Millhouse
- Officer: LT A. Kalbach
- E3: Capt M. Dicely
- E4: JrFF R. Hess
- Driver (Relief): A/C M. Foltz
On Firday June 6, 2008, at the 88th Annual Lancaster County Fireman\'s Association Memorial Service, Chief Drybred and 5 additional dedicated members of the LCFA, who passed away during this past year were remembered. A rose was given as a memorial to each family member, or department representative at the service, which was held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 46 W. Main St in Strasburg.
Captain Michael P. Dicely, Chief Drybreds\' grandson, and Mrs. Lloyd Drybred accepted the memorial in his memory. The other members honored were:
- Andrew Byerly, Jr - Lampeter Fire Company
- Norman N. Eberly - New Holland Fire Company
- Carl B. Adams - Lampeter Fire Company
- A. Nelson Brackbill - Intercourse Fire Company
- Roberta A. Kreider - West Willow Fire Company
The Mountville Fire Company No. 1 would like to thank the LCFA and the Strasburg Fire Company for a very nice memorial service honoring the memory of a very dedicated member of our company.
The Mountville Volunteers took Squad 7-15 to the Memorial Day Parade in Columbia Boro again this year, as we do every year. This year we had FF/Marine Zach Patches in the seat. The parades each year are to honor the men and women who serve our country and to celebrate the freedoms we have. We also attended a Parade in Mount Joy Borough. Thanks to those who sponsored the parades, and to the crew that staffed the Squad.
Left to Right: Chief Dean Gantz, Jr, FF/Marine Zach Patches, JrFF Bobby Hess, FF Brian Saylor
Mountville Borough will be holding their Memorial Day Parade on Friday, May 30, 2008 starting at 6:30pm.
The In-House training session for this evening consisted of Pump Training for our current driver trainees. The trainees were pared with a seasoned driver, and trained on proper operation of the pump and different techniques for attaining the desired results. This was a sucessful training session, and allowed the trainees to log a few more of the required hours of pump time to qualify as a driver for Engine 7-15-2.
At approximately 03:49AM the volunteers from 715 (Mountville), 67 (Rohrerstown
), 68 (West Lancaster
), 66 (Lancaster Twp
), 65 (Millersville
), 78 (Washington Boro
) and EMS from 77 (SVEMS
) and 612 (LEMSA
) were alerted to the 300 block of Oak Ridge Dr, for a building fire with reported entrapment. Additional information from LCWC was they had received multiple calls reporting fire on the second floor of a townhouse, with a report of a child trapped on the second floor. Deputy 715 (Evans) arrived and found a middle of the row townhouse with smoke showing from side "Charlie". D/C 715 assumed the Command and started the 20 minute marks with LCWC.
Basket Bingo will be on Saturday May 10, 2008, starting at 7pm. Questions or Tickets call Joe Iacono at (717)285-4823. *** Members: Help is still needed ***
The 2008 Mountville Days\' Carnival will be held on May 15, 16 & 17, 2008 at the Mountville Borough Park.
The day turned out busy for the "day shift" volunteers. The first run was put out at 0954 to assist 76 (W. Hempfield) in the 3200 block of Glengreen Dr for a reported Residential structure fire, fire in the living room. D/C 76 (Carter) arrived and advised he had a smoke condition on side charlie. E7151 with a crew of 4 arrived and dropped a supply line at the hydrant and stretched a hand-line to the living room. The fire was contained the the origin, with no extension, crews picked up and returned in just under 1 hour.
The next run came in just 2 hours later. At 1233, the "day shift" was alerted to the area of 3708 Hempland Rd for a crash. E7152 and the Duty responded with a crew of 4. E7152 arrived with a 2 vehicle crash, 1 into the ditch with confinement. Crews stabilized the vehicle and prepared for the arrival of Rescue 76 for the door pop. After a quick door pop, the patient was extricated and placed in the hand of M771 (SVEMS). Crews cleared the scene in just under 40 minutes.
Just 20 minutes after clearing the crash, the day shift was on the street once again. This time it was a reported Auto Alarm at St. Anne\'s Home (3952 Columbia Ave). The crew decided to "double pull" with a crew of 5. Upon arrival, LCWC Communications advised that the alarm was due to a fire drill that was not properly reported to the alarm monitoring company. St. Annes Command cleared the assignment after confirming the drill with building representatives. This ended the busy morning, and turned out to be the last run for the day.
At 0654, the 715 Duty Officer was alerted to the area of Route 462 and Villiage Drive in the Boro, for a "Public Service". D/C 715 (Evans) went enroute and received the additional of "children" confined in the area of the intersection. Upon arriving, D/C Evans observed a distraught mother at the intersection, confirmed confinement and determined there was a need for additional resources, so E7-15-2 was added to the assignment.
The crew arrived, forced the confining object and sucessfully extricated all "children". The crew from E7-15-2 was credited with a total of 9 sucessfull rescues. The mother and children were reunited and went upon their way. The rescue took approximately 40 minutes...no injuries to the crew or the 9 ducklings rescued from the storm drain.
At 0548 on Sunday morning, Engine 7-15-1 and Squad 7-15 were dispatched to Wrightsville, York County, to assist Station 41 (Wrightsville
) with a 2 alarm structure fire with possible entrapment. Upon the arrival of Engine 7-15-1, the crew was quickly put in-service to the rear of the fire building. The crews\' first task was to assist with supression on the 2nd floor of the 3 story building. During the interior operations, the evacuation tone was sounded, and all crews were advised to immediately exit the fire building due to rapidly deteriorating conditions. Once all crews were accounted for, the next task for the crew was to go to the balcony and roof of the exposure building. Crews from multiple companies worked hard together and ultimately kept the fire from spreading to the adjoining buildings.
The Squad crew was tasked with filling SCBA cylinders for the personnel on the scene. They filled a total of 86 cylinders, with the remaining few filled by Rescue 8-4-1.
For more information please visit the website of the Wrightsville Steam & Hose Company
The New Engine Committee took a "road-trip" to the Aberdeen Fire Protection District #1 in Aberdeen, NJ to look at their 2004 Crimson Engine. After a 2 1/2 hour drive, we arrived at their station to be met by a group of their members very willing to answer any questions we had. The trip proved to be a very worthwhile trip. Their Engine has a lot of the "features" and options we are looking for, which made it easy to imagine their piece in the traditional "slime-lime" of Mountville.
The committee would like to extend our thanks to the gentlemen that spent their time on Sunday morning to answer our questions. The hospitality was unbelieveable...we are sold.
Today, 6 Mountville volunteers completed their annual HazMat Technician level refresher training. The refresher was held inthe meeting room at the firehouse, instructed by Debra and Wes Bennett from Industrial Consultants, Inc.
During Monday night training Engine 2 was dispatched for a spill control at 20:36.
Fire company members participated in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training program offered through the American Heart Association. The training included new changes in CPR for the adult, child and infant patients. Participants practiced using an AED to increase the chances of survival for patients that collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest situation.
Mountville Fire Company No. 1 currently carries and AED on Squad 7-15 and Engine 7-15-2. Since the fire companies are often closer to the scene
Easter Sunday brought 2 calls for the Mountville crew. The first call was 08-073, a 2 vehicle collision on the Route 30 eastbound exit ramp to Stoney Battery Road. The crew from 7-15-2 pulled a can and stabilized the vehicle, while EMS personnel from SVEMS provided patient care. Fluid control was also accomplished. The rescue from WHFR was placed available soon after the engine arrived. Time on scene was approximately 30 minutes.
At 18:34 the building fire nursing home was dispatched for 3952 Columbia Ave at St. Anne
Please bear with us as we finish the "Reconstruction" of our site, things will be appearing and coming together shortly.
At 0323, the local box was put out for a vehicle accident with possible entrapment.
Congratulations to Adam W. and Lauren G. on the birth of their baby boy. Noah Adam was born on February 13, 2008 at 11:25pm, weighing in at 7lb 5oz. Everyone is doing fine. We welcome the new addition to the Mountville Fire Company family.
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At 2254 the house fire assignment was alerted for the 400 block of Highland Drive in W Hempfield Twp. Engine 7151 went enroute in minutes with a staffing of 6 personnel. Arriving on the scene at the same time as Engine 762, there was heavy fire showing from the second floor. The crew from 715 advanced a hand line to the front door, where we received reports of an occupant still inside the structure. Once making entry into the structure, the crew encountered the patient and removed him to the front yard. The crew then advanced the hand line to the second floor and began fire attack. Once on the second floor, the crew met up with the crew from 76 and began fire attack. The crew from Tower 67began truck ops to expose heavy fire above the ceiling. Within several minutes, the bulk of the fire was knocked. Units assisted in completion of overhaul and returned to service at 0052.
|Engine 7151 Crew |
||FF A.B. Weitzel