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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.
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.
At 22:46 hours Tuesday evening, Lehigh County transmitted the box for a dwelling fire located at 1514 North 18th Street between Stanley and Helen sending Engine 32-12, Tanker 32-21, Station 11, Engine 311, Tower Ladder 331 and EMS 62.
Chief 3204 (Kutz) arrives on location and reports a 1-story Single-Family-Dwelling (S/F/D) with fire showing from the front of the building. Moments later he ordered the first arriving engine company to split crews and do a search and rescue due to reports of someone inside.
Engine 32-12 stretched one hand line and quickly darkened down the bulk of the fire. Searches came up negative. All hands went to work and within 10 minutes, the fire was extinguished and overhaul commenced.
Crews on the scene held the fire to the first alarm assignment.
At 20:15 hours Saturday night, North Whitehall firefighters responded to the area of Rt. 309 and Woodlea Road for a report of a house fire. Once on location, crews found a dwelling at 4519 Peters Avenue well-involved in the rear of the 2-story dwelling and struck the 2nd alarm.
Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the property and getting a water supply established. The front of the home actually faces Route 309. As heavy fire continues to burn the rear of the structure, command strikes the 3rd and 4th alarms to get more manpower and tankers to the scene.
Tower Ladder 16 (Neffs) comes down Peters Avenue to an adjoining driveway and positions the rig on the North side of the fire building. Once they get a water supply, the master stream is used from the bucket between the trees to darken down the bulk of the fire.
Interior crews stretch a hand line in the front door to the second floor and extinguish the remaining fire in the attic by pulling ceilings to access it.
Route 309 was closed for the duration of the fire. The fire is under investigation.
A fast moving fire killed a man in his home at 286 Hudson Street in New Jersey. The fire was called in via 911 around 22:30 Saturday night. Firefighters were met with a large volume of fire on arrival. EMS was told to proceed to the scene as firefighters found 1 victim in the house.
Phillipsburg F.D. tower ladder was set-up in front of the building. Multiple hydrants in the neighborhood were used for a water supply. The fire is under investigation.
At 17:39 Northampton County fire dispatched Northampton Boro Station 42, 43, 46 and Rescue 1541 (F.A.S.T.) and EMS 49 to 851 Main Street on a report of a house fire across from that address. Dispatch immediately alerted all companies of a working fire.
On arrival, Chief 42-52 found fire venting from the roof of the 3-story duplex and signaled a working fire with an address of 840 Main Street. The 1st alarm was then filled out sending additional companies. Engine 42-12 arrived and brought water to the fire from a hydrant on Main Street just north of East 9th Street. Tower Ladder 46 positioned in front of the building and put their bucket in-service with the master stream to make a quick hit on the fire. Ladder 43 (North Catasauqua) also positioned in front of the fire building and put the stick up to the roof of the exposure (side 2) when they arrived at 17:47.
The tower ladder darkened down the bulk of the fire for the interior crew to gain access to the 3rd floor where they used a hand line to hit the rest of the fire.
Crews worked for an hour to bring the fire under control. Most of the damage was contained to the attic and roof of the original fire building.
Red Cross was notified to assist 6 people that were displaced by the fire.
Coplay Police closed their side of the Coplay / Northampton bridge for the duration of the fire.
Early Wednesday morning Lower Macungie F.D. was dispatched to the 1100 Block of Zola Ct for a reported house fire. First arriving crews had a 2 story home fully involved, crews led off with master streams and heavy line.
The fire burned for about and hour and a half as crews worked to bring it under control in below freezing temperatures. Once under control crews would remain on location for several hours for overhaul and firewatch.
Video, Photos and Story by correspondent Mike Nester.
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.
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