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.
Just before 14:00 on Sunday, Allentown Fire sends Engine 10 and 4 to 23rd and Union Streets for a reported car fire. Moments later, box 2733 is transmitted for a auto extrication at the that intersection. The rescue box is filled out sending Engines 9, 11, Truck 2, Battalion 43, Medic 1 and Medic 100.
Engine 10 arrives and reports one person heavily entrapped and a car that is in two pieces. The Battalion chief orders Engine 9 and 11 to put their rescue tools in-service to remove the roof and dash board. Members from Truck 2 are instructed to park their apparatus and report to the car for manpower.
The victim is removed a while later and transported to the trauma center in critical condition. The accident is under investigation.
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At 13:22, Allentown transmitted box 2125 for 8th and Walnut Streets for a structural fire sending Engines 13, 4, 9, 6 (RIT), Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45.
Engine 13 arrived first and reported smoke showing from a 3-story vacant building. Engine 9 stretched a hand line to the north side of the building and Engine 4 stretched a line from the south side of the building. Firefighters found a room involved in fire and used ground ladders to access the building. Due to the condition of the building, firefighters were ordered not to enter the building. There was evidence of squatters living in the building.
The Battalion Chief signaled a working fire and requested one additional Engine Company above the 1st alarm. Engine 14 was sent as the 5th due special-called Engine.
At 08:00, Box 4131 was transmitted for a structural fire at the Burger King at 1958 South 4th Street sending Engines 14, 11, 9, 6, Ladder 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. Engine 14 arrives and reports light smoke from the roof of the 1-story restaurant and investigates. They find a fire in the hood vent and use extinguishers to put the fire out. The Battalion Chief instructs the Tower Ladder to set-up on the south side of the building and go to the roof to check for fire extension. Crews find a small fire on the roof and extinguish it.
Approximately 09:25, Box 2566 is transmitted for a structural fire at the Liberty Nursing Home located at 17th and Allen Streets sending Engines 10, 4, 6, 13, Ladder 2 and Battalion 43. Engine 10 arrives and investigates a report of a fire on the 3rd floor. The initial call came in by 9-1-1 from an employee of the facility and by now, bells are sounding and the sprinkler is activated while Engine 10 members make it to the third floor where they find a smoke condition. Battalion 43 reports water flowing from an air conditioner on the 3rd floor. Engine 10 gains entry to a room and discover a kitchen fire that is extinguished by the sprinkler. The patients are moved to a secure wing on the third floor protected by a fire door. Firefighters vent the structure. No injuries are reported.
While the Comm Center is transmitting box 2566, calls are coming in for an automobile accident with people trapped. Box 4255 is transmitted for Filbert and Susquehanna for an auto extrication sending Engines 14, 11 and 9. At this point, all companies in the city are being put to work. No further details on the wreck are available.
Early Sunday evening, Fire Dispatch transmitted a rescue box to the area of 3rd & Tilghman Streets for an auto extrication sending Engines 6, 9, Truck 2 and Battalion 43.
Engine 6 reports one patient heavily pinned in the SUV and orders the rescue companies to go in-service with their tools. The Battalion Chief special-called Engine 11 for additional rescue resources and manpower.
The patient was removed from the vehicle and transported to an area trauma center by the paramedics in critical condition. The accident is under investigation.
Allentown box 3122 was transmitted at 16:54 for a report of a house fire located at 219 Chestnut Street sending Engines 6, 4, 9, 13 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh), FM 45.
Engine 6 arrives first and positions on 2nd Street due to the Chestnut Street being to narrow and reports nothing showing. Engine 9 approaches from 3rd Street and takes Chestnut Street. On arrival, crews had nothing showing from the exterior of the 3-story duplex. Members go inside to investigate and find a small fire on the 3rd floor inside the interior wall and call for a hand line. One hand line is stretched from Engine 9. Engine 4 is ordered to stand-by at a hydrant.
Crews open up the wall and extinguish the small fire. Other members are in the exposure checking for extension and found no fire on the other side of the duplex. Within 15 minutes, companies start picking up and return to quarters.
The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.
At 23:11 Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 2542 (13th & Gordon) for a house fire at 1314 Gordon Street sending Engines 9, 4, 10 , 6, Truck 2, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) and FM 45.
The 43 battalion arrives and reports smoke from the 3rd floor of a 3-story Middle-of-Row (M/O/R). Engine 9 pulls past the house and stretches a hand line into 1316. Truck 2 comes in behind 9 and sets up.
Crews in 1316 (The end of row) find no fire. 9A (Lt. Kutz) looks out a rear window and finds heavy fire venting from 1314 and extending to both exposures.
Engine 4 arrives and positions nose first into Engine 9. Members stretch a second hand line from 9 into 1314 under the command of Captain Williams and initiates a fire attack.
As members open up the walls and ceilings, they find heavy fire. Battalion 43 transmits the second alarm, bringing in Engines 11 and 14.
Engine 11 (Quint) arrives and positions behind Tower Ladder 2 and puts the ladder in-service to the roof. Members put a trench cut in the roof to stop the horizontal spread of the fire in the cockloft.
Firefighters work for over an hour to control the fire. Three homes were damaged by the blaze.
Five hand lines were stretched with 4 in operation. 2 in the end-of-row, 2 in the original fire building (1314) and one a few doors down to stop the spread of fire from further extending down the row.
Firefighters battled not only the fire but the 15 degree freezing temperatures. Public works provided salt at the scene due to the water freezing around the apparatus. EMS was on stand-by. 1 firefighter sustained a minor injury.
While battling this fire, Engine 13 (last engine in city) responds to the Government Center at 7th and Hamilton for smoke odor in the structure. Engine 13 request the box be filled out, bringing in 2 engines, a ladder and rescue from surrounding communities. After they cleared this call, the volunteer companies manned city stations until 01:30 hours. Engine 13 was sent to box 2542 for fire watch. By 02:00, companies operating at the fire were in the process of returning to quarters.
At 06:48, Allentown transmitted box 5147 for 817 South 5th Street on a house fire sending the 4th platoon Engines 14, 11, 4, 9, Truck 2 under the command of the 43 Battalion (Wehr).
Engine 14 arrives to find heavy smoke showing from a two-story duplex and stretches one hand line to the front door. Battalion 43 orders a second hand line to be stretched into the 'D' exposure as fire is extending in the rear of the building to this exposure.
Engine 14 members get a good knock on the bulk of the fire on the first floor, however, fire continues to to burn on the second floor but interior crews can't gain access due to the stairs being burned away.
Chief Wehr special-calls an additional engine company for manpower. Allentown dispatch sends Engine 6.
The fire is under control about 30 minutes after arrival of the first due.
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