At 21:11, Allentown transmitted rescue box 2253 for 512 North 5th Street on a report of an auto extrication with car into the building sending Battalion 43, Engines 9, 4 and Truck 2.
Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) arrives and finds a car into the porch at 449 North 5th Street near Liberty Street. He doesn't find anyone pinned in the car and has the balance of the box recalled except for Engine 9. Battalion 43 puts Lt. Kutz (9A) in charge and returns to quarters.
Engine 9A request Building Standards to the scene and the board up company. Lt. Kutz and his crew remain on the scene while the tow truck removes the vehicle from the sidewalk. No injuries were reported.
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At 10:20, BOX 4325 was transmitted for a house fire at 541 E. Tioga Street sending Engines 14, 6, 11, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Henrick). Engine 14 arrived with 2 firefighters (Short 1 FF) and reported a working fire and people trapped. The Battalion Chief ordered the firefighter to wait for additional firefighters to team up with before going inside the 1-story dwelling to search for the trapped person.
With a confirmed person trapped inside, the firefighter couldn't wait any longer and went inside alone to search for the person. Moments later, he radioed that he is bringing one female out to EMS.
EMS transported the female to the hospital in serious condition. Two hand lines were stretched for a car fire in the basement garage.
The 1st platoon was short on manpower with only 23 Firefighters on the shift today. The manpower on a platoon in previous contracts had 30 firefighters working a shift. Today, 2 Engine companies were short 1 firefighter a piece. The current contract only calls for 25 firefighters per shift.
One firefighter was injured battling this blaze.
This fire is a good example of the importance of having proper staffing levels on each apparatus. When a fire apparatus is under-staffed, it puts a strain on the firefighters, who now have to do numerous jobs and risk injury to themselves or their members.
Most cities the size of Allentown have 4 firefighters on each apparatus. Allentown operates 6 Engines, 1 Quint and 1 Ladder Truck. Previously the department had 10 Engines and 3 Ladder Trucks.
At 19:34 Lehigh County Radio transmitted the box for a structural fire at the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road sending Wescosville Station 30, Macungie Engines 1511, 1512 and EMS 63.
Chief 15-01 signaled a working fire from Tank Farm Road at 19:37. Chief 30 went on location at 19:42 and took command of the fire scene.
As the fire rapidly expanded throughout the second floor and attic, the 2nd alarm was requested by command.
At 19:47, the second alarm was transmitted sending Engine 7, 28, 1, Ladder 7, Cascade 32 and Engine 10 from the City of Allentown for the F.A.S.T.
Multiple large hand lines and monitors were put in-service. Tower Ladder 30 was set up in the parking lot on the south side of the building using their elevated stream and Ladder 7's water-pipe was in service on the north side of the building.
Firefighters concentrated their efforts on a defensive attack and at 21:32 the fire was declared under control by command.
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During the Whitehall Fire Department's open house at the Whitehall Fire Training grounds Saturday afternoon, Whitehall Firefighter's honored Fire Chief Robert L. Benner in re-naming the facility to Robert L. Benner Fire Training Facility.
Chief Benner joined the Whitehall Fire Department in 1967. He was promoted to Fire Marshal in 1976. After Chief William Balliet retired, Benner was promoted to Chief of Department in 1986. Today, he is still the Fire Chief, committing 48 years of his life to the residence of Whitehall Township.
The firefighters presented Benner with a new sign that will be installed at the entrance to the facility. Chief Benner said he had no idea the Township planned in re-naming the facility. It was a total surprise.
Mayor Ed Hozza gave a speech and commended Benner for his many years of service and dedication he has for fire prevention education making Whitehall a safer place to live. Hozza said Benner is his favorite department head. His daughter Barbara was on hand to give a teary eyed speech about her father.
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Early Saturday afternoon around 12:30 Northampton County Fire Dispatched Stations 46 and 45 to 5535 Colony Drive for a fire alarm.
Chief 46 went on location reporting smoke showing from a 1-story dwelling and had the tactical box filled out to a full 1st alarm assignment.
Tower Ladder 46 arrived and their members went to investigate. They found a kitchen fire and stretched a hand line to the fire. Engine 45 arrived and positioned behind the ladder and supplied them with water if it was needed. Command requested the hand line not to be charged.
Lehigh County Ladder 2 arrived and positioned in front of the tower ladder. Command ordered 42 Engine to stand by at a hydrant located a block from the fire building.
Lehigh County Engine 3311 arrived from the eastern side of the scene.
In all, 3 Engines and 2 Ladder companies were on location. Firefighters did a primary search that came up negative and checked for fire extension. 30 minutes later the companies started taking up and returning to quarters.
This home is a residence for the mentally handicapped. On arrival, evacuations were under way as personnel were using wheel chairs to get everyone out of the house before the arrival of the fire department.
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