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Lehigh County

FATAL ACCIDENT: MEDEVAC REQUESTED AT SCENE OF AUTO EXTRICATION ON RT. 145

April 12, 2014 at 4:15PM

North Whitehall, PA. - Just before 09:00 hours Saturday, North Whitehall Stations 12, 16, 22 and Lehigh Twp. Rescue 47-41 were sent to Rt. 145 and Clearview Road for a Head-on accident.

Once on scene, companies found two cars with heavy intrusion on the driver side of both vehicles and numerous people pinned. The scene is about a 1/4 mile north of Clearview Road on Rt. 145.

Medevac helicopter was requested to the scene. Medevac landed just south of the intersection of Rt. 145 and Clearview.

One patient was flown via the helicopter. Two people had critical injuries. A 65 year-old female was pronounced dead at the hospital.

State Police said a 19 year-old female crossed over to the opposing lane and struck a car head-on.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

JAWS OF LIFE CUT DRIVER OUT OF CAR THAT STRUCK A TRACTOR TRAILER ON CEDAR CREST BOULEVARD

April 03, 2014 at 3:06PM

At 08:44 Thursday, April 03, 2014 South Whitehall Rescue 11-41 and Station 32 with EMS 62 responded to Cedar Crest Blvd. and Iron Bridge Road for an Auto Extrication.

On scene, they found a car that rolled over after hitting a tractor trailer and pinned the driver.

Rescue 11-41 put the cutters in service and cut the roof off the car to free the driver.

The driver was transported to the hospital. The condition of the patient is unknown.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

RESCUERS USE SPREADERS AT AUTO EXTRICATION ON MAUCH CHUNK ROAD IN SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, PA

March 21, 2014 at 8:19PM

At 15:40 hours Friday, March 21, 2014, Lehigh County Fire Radio sent Woodlawn and Greenawalds Fire and EMS 62 to the intersection of Mauch Chunk Road and Presidential Drive for a rescue.

Chief 32 arrives and reports one person trapped in back seat of car and a female on the ground injured.

Tanker 32 arrives and stretches a precautionary hand line and cribs the vehicle. Greenawalds Rescue 11 arrives shortly after and both companies put the spreaders into service to take the rear passenger door off and safely extricate the patient.

The red car was pulling out of Presidential to make a left on Mauch Chunk Road when it was T-boned by a car traveling northbound on Mauch Chunk. Two people were transported to the hospital. The roadway was closed in both directions while police and fire officials operated at the scene.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE FULLY INVOLVED MOBILE HOME IN UPPER SAUCON, PA.

March 15, 2014 at 11:30AM

Just before midnight, companies were sent to the mobile home park at 5002 Rt. 309 in the township for a house fire. Companies arrived to find a mobile home fully involved and stretched lines to protect exposures that were compromised.

Photos and video by Jay Wagner.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

COMMAND STRIKES 2ND ALARM FOR BASEMENT FIRE IN CATASAUQUA

March 15, 2014 at 12:09AM

At 07:57 Stations 2, 18 and EMS 75 were sent to 329 Church Street for a dryer fire in the basement.

Police arrived on location and reported a working fire in the basement. While enroute, command struck the 2nd alarm for manpower.

Engine 211 arrives and stretched one hand line and established a water supply. Ladder 231 positioned in front of the house. Engine 18 went to the alley to the rear of the fire building.

Interior crews made a quick knock down of the fire in the basement. Searches came up negative.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Whitehall Township

ALL HANDS OPERATE AT AUTO REPAIR SHOP FIRE ON MACARTHUR ROAD

March 03, 2014 at 1:51AM

At 22:38 hours Sunday, Whitehall sent Engines 1, 2, 12, 3, Truck 6, Rescue 8 and Woodlawn Tanker 32 for a structural fire at 1095 MacArthur Road. Deputy Chief Shambo arrives on location and reports a working fire in the offices of a 1-story auto repair shop.

Engine 1 arrives and stretches 2 lines and quickly darkens down the bulk of the fire. Two roof crews go to the roof and cut vent holes to ventilate the building. Tanker 32 is special-called on building fire in Whitehall due to the hydrants covered with snow. They arrived and supplied 1 with water.

The fire was knocked down quickly and held to the office area of the building. MacArthur Road was closed in both directions for the duration of the fire.

The Arson Investigation Squad is investigating the cause of the fire.



Lehigh County

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE HEAVY FIRE CONDITIONS IN RANCH STYLE HOME IN CATASAUQUA, PA.

February 26, 2014 at 1:23AM

At 19:44 Tuesday evening, Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Station 2 and North Catasauqua Engine 18 to the area of 12th and Bath Avenue on a house fire. Chief 2 signed on responding and was updated that an attached garage was on fire.

Police car 29 arrived in the area and reported smoke showing at 12th and Bethlehem Road. Chief 2 arrived and reported a working fire at 549 Bethlehem Road and requested Greenawalds Rescue 11 as the designated F.A.S.T. company.

Ladder 231 arrived at 19:53 and positioned on 12th Street (The "bravo" side) and Engine 211 arrived behind the ladder and positioned on Bethlehem Road in front of the fire building and Rescue 241 at the corner of 12th and Bethlehem Road. Firefighters were confronted with heavy fire conditions to the rear of the house as the porch was fully involved and rapidly extending into the 1-story dwelling. Engine 18 arrived at 19:55.

Engine members advanced through the front door and commenced an aggressive attack. As the fire extended into the attic area, command pulled the firefighters out of the house and went to an exterior attack using the deck gun on Engine 211 and the elevated master stream on Ladder 231. The two master streams were used to darken down the bulk of the fire. The fire was contained to the "delta" side of the home which consisted of the garage and kitchen area. Command held the fire to all hands working on the 1st alarm.

Everyone was out of the dwelling. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were on the scene for 4 hours overhauling.

Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

2ND ALARM: 2ND FLOOR OF DWELLING HEAVILY DAMAGED BY FIRE IN SALISBURY TOWNSHIP

February 16, 2014 at 8:56PM

Salisbury, Pa. - At 12:52 PM Sunday, Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted the box for 2020 Greenwood Road in Salisbury Township on a house fire. Sending Station 31 and Engine 2012 along with EMS 62.

The initial report was for a kitchen fire. When command signed on the radio and immediately went on scene, he reported heavy fire showing from the second floor of a 2-story Single-Family-Dwelling (S/F/D) and struck out the 2nd alarm. The second alarm companies were Station 30, Ladder 331, 7 and Rescue 141 for the F.A.S.T. company.

Engine 31-12 arrived and stretched a hand line to the front door and up the stairs to the seat of the fire.

Ladder 331 arrived and assisted the engine company stretching the line.

The residents and police officer shoveled out the hydrant that Engine 31-12 used for the water supply.

A total of 2 hand lines were stretched. Companies did a good job knocking down the fire and containing the fire to the second floor.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Lehigh County

EXTENSIVE RESCUE OPERATIONS IN SOUTHERN LEHIGH COUNTY AS TWO TRACTOR TRAILERS COLLIDE ON RT. 309

February 14, 2014 at 9:46PM

Upper Saucon, PA. - Just before 11:00 AM Friday morning, Lehigh County Fire Dispatch transmitted a rescue box to the intersection of Rt. 309 and Center Valley Parkway.

Fire command arrived on scene and found a tractor trailer into the side of another trailer with the driver heavily entrapped.

EMS command requested a trauma team from LVHC to respond to the scene.

4 Rescue companies were called along with Lehigh County Special-ops / Haz-mat. Rescue's from Upper Saucon, Coopersburg, Eastern Salisbury and Se-Wy-Co assisted at the scene.

It took rescue technicians 3 hours to free the driver from the wreckage. His condition was unknown.

Video by Jay Wagner and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

SALISBURY FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE 3 ALARM FIRE ON LANZE LANE AS SNOW ARRIVES

February 13, 2014 at 11:44AM

Salisbury, PA. - Lehigh County Fire Dispatch transmitted the box for 3064 Lanze Lane off of West Rock Road for a house fire Wednesday night at 23:30 hours.

On arrival, command found a 2-story Single Family Dwelling (S/F/D) with heavy smoke pushing and fire in the attached garage and struck the 2nd alarm.

As the first in engine stretched the initial hand line, heavy smoke continued to pour from the dwelling as the company was putting water on the main seat of the fire. Command requested the 3rd alarm struck.

A portable pond was set up at the intersection as Tankers supplied the first due engine. 3 lines were stretched and operating during the duration of the incident.

Crews cut a hole in the roof to help vent the heat and smoke while other members opened up windows and check for extension. Crews remained on the scene a couple of hours mopping up.

Tags:   3rd Alarm    House Fire   Lehigh County