On July 28th at approximately 2300 hrs Company 5 responded to a working building fire in the Hammond Building on Penn State campus. Engine 510, staffed with the live-ins and SO 540, caught a hydrant on the way in and was first arriving with a room and contents fire on the first floor. The crew forced entry into the room and knocked the fire down with an 1 3/4″ hand line. Ladder 516 arrived and assisted interior crews with opening up while Engine 514 arrived and stretched a second line to the floor above. The fire was contained to the room of origin and control was marked. Extensive ventilation began and crews began to pick up. The box was placed available a short time later.
On February 3rd, 2015, the Alpha Fire Company responded to a building fire at 705 S Atherton St. Truck Lieutenant 597 arrived to confirm a working fire in a service garage and brought the 2nd alarm. Engine 512 and Truck 516 arrived and first due crews deployed multiple hand lines to attack the fire and protect a commercial building exposure to the rear. The garage fire was knocked down and a successful interior attack was made on the rear exposure, saving the building from more significant damage. Crews remained on scene for an extended time for overhaul and clean-up. This was the Company’s 3rd working fire in 24 hours. Again, a big thank you to the mutual aid companies for the assistance, and thank you to Engine 814 and Truck 5716 for covering our area while we were out.
On February 2nd, 2015, Truck 516 and Tankers 519 and 520 responded to a dwelling fire in Potter Township (Company 4). Tankers provided water while 516 conducted searches, vertical ventilation, and overhaul. While they were operating, Company 5 was dispatched to a barn fire on Rhodes Farm Ln. Confirming a working fire, Tankers 519 and 520 broke off the Potter Twp fire and responded in addition to Engine 510, 512, 513, and 514. As the call progressed, every unit in the Alpha Fire Company fleet (with the exception of 516) responded to the fire, as well as multiple mutual aid companies, before it was finally brought under control a couple of hours later. Pictures below are from the barn fire.
At 0451 hours on November 16th, Box 512 was struck alerting the Company for a building fire at 1000 W Aaron Dr Building F. As Chief 500 responded, Centre County advised police were on scene reporting substantial smoke coming from the building. The night shift responded in Engine 510 and arrived on scene with their own hydrant to find a 2 story garden apartment with smoke showing from the first floor entrance. A leader line with an 1 3/4″ was quickly deployed and the crew extinguished the fire, containing it to a storage closet in the common area of the first floor. Truck 517 and Engine 514 arrived and began ventilation as well as primary searches of the apartments. All searches were negative. Crews began to pick up and the box was placed available a short time later.
On Sunday night, the Alpha Fire Company was alerted for a vehicle crash with unknown injuries on Whitehall Road in the area of Tadpole Road. As Engine 512 and Chief 500 responded, Centre County advised of rollover and reports of entrapment. 512 arrived on scene and confirmed one vehicle on it’s wheels, off the roadway, with one patient trapped. The crew stabilized the vehicle, made patient access, and removed the roof as Rescue 518 arrived on scene. Both crews then cut the steering wheel, displaced the driver’s door, performed a modified dash lift, and finally removed the patient. Engine 510 established a landing zone and the patient was flown.
This past Sunday, the Alpha Fire Company held it’s annual Back to Basics Academy. Members drilled on basic skills such as donning gear and SCBA, water supply, stretching attack and back-up lines, searching, forcible entry, throwing ladders, and vertical ventilation. Members ended the day with two run-ins, simulating a real fire and performing all fire ground operations. A couple of members from Company 15 also participated in the training. It was a good, long training that reinforced the basic skills for everyone.