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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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