|May 23, 2013 at 8:22PM|
Allentown, Pa. - On Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th of 2013, over 100 firefighters from all over the United States and Canada along with several local departments attended the inaugural Tactical Training Weekend presented by Leadership Under Fire, Incorporated based out of Brooklyn, NY.
Two training sites were set-up. A vacant house on North 6th Street in Allentown and the other located in Whitehall at the Fire Training Facility.
Students at the Allentown site learned disciplined Engine Company operations and Truck Company operations such as going above without water. Over in Whitehall, students were learning the proper use of the Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) and avoiding the dangers of over-reliance with the Thermal Imaging Camera.
Sunday morning, students also went through Functional Fitness for the Fireground instructed by Stew Smith, former LT, US Navy SEAL.
Jason Brezler, Commanding Officer of Leadership Under Fire, Inc founded the company in 2007. You can read his bio here. Check out his entire website here at www.leadershipunderfire.com
Jason said he is planning another tactical training weekend next year. If you are in the fire service, I would recommend attending this seminar.
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|May 18, 2013 at 9:37AM|
Allentown, Pa. - Allentown Box 2744 was transmitted for 2339 Fairview Street on a structural fire. Engines 10, 9, 11, Truck 2, Engine 6 (F.A.S.T.) and Bn 43 (J. Hess) responded on the box.
Battalion 43 arrived and reported smoke showing from a 1-story S/F/D. Companies found a porch fire that extended to the attic of the dwelling. Hand lines were stretched while Truck 2 members went to the roof to open it up.
Two additional engine companies were called to the scene for manpower, making this fire a 2nd alarm equivalent. Engines 4 and 13 were assigned as the additional companies.
This was the 2nd fire for the 1st platoon Friday night. The platoon is working with less firefighters because they are under-staffed during this shift.
|May 18, 2013 at 9:26AM|
Whitehall, Pa. - Around 21:00 hours Friday night, a car traveling west on Main Street near the Whitehall-North Whitehall border left the roadway and struck a house.
The front of the car entered the garage of the singe-family-dwellling. The home in the 4800 block of Main Street sustained minor damage. The driver of the car appeared to have serious injuries to his head and was transported to the hospital by Cetronia EMS.
Whitehall rescue companies were dispatched for a rescue but were quickly cancelled when fire and police officers assessed the incident and determined the man was not trapped. Egypt Engines 4 and 14 were on the scene to assist EMS.
|May 17, 2013 at 11:32PM|
Allentown, Pa. Allentown Fire Dispatch sent box 2444 to Engines 4, 9, 10, Truck 2, Bn 43 (J. Hess) and Engine 11 (F.A.S.T.) for an apartment fire located at 304 S. Franklin Street at Fairview at 17:40.
Companies arrive to find a fire on the 2nd floor in the ceiling. Engine 4 stretched one hand line to the 2nd floor and started pulling ceilings. Truck 2 went to the roof and cut vent holes. Fire ripped out of the hole. 43 told the inside crews that it was urgent to get the ceilings opened up and water into the attic.
Engine 6 was special-called for manpower. The fire was out in 30 minutes.
Our footage and story on WFMZ here.
|May 16, 2013 at 8:19PM|
Catasauqua, Pa. - Engine 211, 212 and Rescue 241 under command of Chief 2 (Hertzog) took in a car fire in the 100 block of Walnut Street just off Front Street at 18:55 hours Thursday.
Companies found a car with an engine compartment fire and stretched one hand line. The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes.
|May 13, 2013 at 11:07PM|
Freemansburg, Pa. - Around 10:00 AM Monday, flames ripped out of a second floor window of a rowhome at 204 Juniata Street.
Firefighters had the fire out about 30 minutes later. The home at 202 Juniata sustained smoke and water damage.
Two families were displaced and received assistance from the Red Cross.