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Whitehall Township

Whitehall Fire Department Training Facility re-named in honor of Fire Chief Robert L. Benner

May 10, 2015 at 2:55PM

Whitehall Fire Department Training Facility re-named in honor of Fire Chief Robert L. Benner

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.

View the complete photo gallery with more photos of this event HERE.

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Tags:   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

Two Engine companies for a report of a house fire in the Fullerton Section was out on arrival

May 06, 2015 at 8:35PM

Two Engine companies for a report of a house fire in the Fullerton Section was out on arrival

At 19:10 hours Wednesday evening, Lehigh County transmitted a reported house fire at 242 Sixth Street in the Fullerton Section sending companies from the Fullerton and West Catasauqua stations.

Initial reports from the landlord was smoke coming from the rear of the house. Police arrived on scene and reported the fire out.

Two engines responded and assisted with venting the house of the light smoke condition. A bag that was smoldering was brought outside and further extinguished with a garden hose.

The Whitehall Fire Investigation division was called to the scene to investigate the cause. No injuries were reported.

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Tags:   House Fire   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

Firefighters extinguish small fire at antique business on Franklin Street

November 29, 2014 at 10:59PM

Firefighters extinguish small fire at antique business on Franklin Street

At 15:45 Saturday afternoon, 3 stations from Whitehall were sent to 105 Franklin Street in the Fullerton Section for a dwelling fire.

Chief of Department Robert Benner arrived and reported nothing showing. He was looking at the houses on the opposite side of the street and noticed everyone pointing to the antique business on the other side. He noticed smoke from the side of the 2-story commercial building that has apartments on the top floor. He signaled to the responding units that smoke was showing.

Engine 2 (LC 3712) arrived and stretched a dry hand line for a small fire behind the front wall where the electrical panel box was burning. A water can was used to extinguish the fire. A booster line was then deployed to the exterior to water down the wall. Engine 3 (LC 3831) backed into the parking lot to the front of the building and positioned their ladder.

Engine 12 (LC 3711) positioned at a hydrant but was ordered by the chief not to lay in. Chief 16 (LC 3501) special-called Egypt station for one engine for the lack of an engine response from the Fullerton's station.

A total of 5 engines and the rescue were on location for this fire. There was minor damage to the exterior of the building.

Tags:   Structure Fire   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

Firefighters respond to this fully-involved Nissan in Fullerton

November 20, 2014 at 8:54PM

At 16:43 Whitehall sent Squad 1 (LC3611), Engines 2, 12 and Rescue 8 (LC 3641) to a report of a car fire at 5th and Pennsylvania Streets.

Deputy Chief Shambo arrives on locations and signals a working fire in the rear compartment.

When first-due Squad 1 arrived the car was fully-involved. One line was stretched and the fire was out 10 minutes later.

The fire totally destroyed the Nissan Maxima.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

Deadly crash at this deadly intersection closes Macarthur Road for several hours

November 19, 2014 at 10:03AM

Deadly crash at this deadly intersection closes Macarthur Road for several hours

At 04:06 Wednesday morning, Whitehall Rescue companies and an Engine from Egypt along with EMS 62 were dispatched to Route 145 and Chestnut Street for an auto extrication.

Police went on scene and requested fire and EMS to expedite due to the nature of the accident. A large dump truck hit a pick-up truck and there's major damage to both vehicles.

Assistant Chief B. Monahan was the first fire officer on scene and recalled Fullerton's Rescue. The driver of the pick-up truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Route 145 was ordered shut down in both directions from Rt. 329 to Columbia Street and Chestnut Street was shut down from Ruch to Church Street. The road's remained closed for much of the morning as the investigation continued.

Photos by Nester Video Production. To see more photos of this horrific crash CLICK HERE.

Tags:   Fatality   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

One person aided at injury accident on Macarthur Road

November 16, 2014 at 10:47PM

Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched EMS 62 and Rescue Engine 5 to Route 145 and Chestnut Streets for an injury accident with ejection at 18:15 hours Sunday.

On arrival, EMS and Fire crews found one person down in the street on the south bound side of the highway just south of Chestnut Street. One patient was aided by EMS and transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

It looks like a one car accident where the car hit the guard rail. Whitehall Police had 4 or 5 patrol cars at the scene to assist fire and EMS. Sources tell Newsworking that the patient was not ejected from the automobile.

Tags:   Accident   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

One hurt in rush hour crash on Route 22

November 01, 2014 at 3:24PM

A one car crash slowed both eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 22 at Fullerton Avenue around 16:35 hours Friday afternoon.

The driver was in cardiac arrest when emergency personnel arrived. Firefighters and Paramedics aided the victim and transported to Muhlenberg Hospital. No word on his or her condition.

The car struck the cement barrier and damaged it.

Whitehall Fire Department, Cetronia EMS and State Police assisted at the scene.

Tags:   Accident   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

Helmet Cam:  Firefighters Respond To Car Fire On Route 22

August 19, 2014 at 9:41PM

Monday night around 23:30 hours Whitehall Fire Department responded for a working car fire on Route 22 eastbound at Route 145. This video shows footage from a camera attached to a firefighters helmet. The fire was out within a few minutes. The Whitehall fire investigation team was dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. EMS was dispatched for a person with burns to their arm.

Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Helmet Cam   Whitehall, PA.  


Whitehall Township

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizen Extinguishes Fire To Save House Before The Arrival Of Firefighters

June 27, 2014 at 7:06PM

At 18:00 Friday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 3006 North 5th Avenue for a reported dwelling fire sending Engines 3, 13, 4, 14, 6 Truck and Rescue 8 under the command of Car 16 (Benner).

A gas can was on fire in the driveway near the garage. As the fire started to extend into the structure, a civilian armed with an extinguisher attacked the fire then went inside the garage to hit a small pocket fire inside garage.

The fire for the most part was extinguished before the arrival of the fire department.

First due Squrt 3 arrived and stretched a hand line as a precaution and to hit some hot spots that remained. Engine 4 dropped a supply line from a hydrant a block away at 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue. The engine crew from 4 stretched a dry line to the garage. A supply line was brought off the back of the squrt and connected to a hydrant behind them at 5th and Chestnut.

2 vehicles in the garage sustained damage in the fire. The garage structure also sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials told Newsworking the homeowner was trying to fill a lighter in the garage, possibly igniting the fire.



Whitehall Township

Three Car Accident Closes Northbound MacArthur Road, Multiple People Injured

June 22, 2014 at 12:09AM

At 22:48 Saturday evening, Lehigh County 9-1-1 sends Engine 13, Rescue 5, Rescue 8 and EMS 62 to Rt. 145 and Center Street for the vehicle extrication. Chief officers arrive and confirm they have two trapped and 3 cars involved blocking the northbound lanes.

Police request the roadway shut down northbound at Municipal Drive. Engine 13 arrives first and stretches a precautionary hand line. EMS and fire personnel extricate the patients before the arrival of the heavy rescue companies. Deputy Chief Shambo orders the rescue companies to proceed in under reduced speed. .

At least three 4 people were transported to area hospitals with what appeared to be minor injuries.

Tags:   Accident   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.