On August 12, 2012 the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched to the on ramp of Rt. 322 West and E College Ave. for a vehicle accident with entrapment. Calls indicated 5 patients involved in the accident. State College Police units arrived on scene first and advised that there was no entrapment, however, they still needed a response from the fire department as the vehicle still posed a hazard. Captain Troup arrived to find an SUV on its side still running and a minor fluid leak. The response was held to Rescue 518 for hazard control. Fire police remained on scene to assist police with traffic control.
At approximately 4:45 PM the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched as automatic mutual aid to Box 1595 (Port Matilda) in Houston Township for a vehicle fire on I-99 Northbound near mile marker 66. Reports indicated smoke from a military stryker vehicle. Personnel travelling with the vehicle also advised that the vehicle was not carrying any live munitions. Engine 510 reported a large amount of smoke as they approached the area. Crews were able to quickly control the fire.
On Tuesday, July 31, 2012 the Alpha Fire Company participated in a natural gas leak drill with Columbia Gas. The drill assessed both the response of the fire company and the local gas company employees on their response to a gas line leak. In this scenario a contractor had struck a natural gas main and the gas had entered the sewer line causing a gas presence in the nearby structure. Fire company and gas company personnel worked together to successfully mitigate the situation without causing harm to people or property. Thank you to Columbia Gas for putting on this exercise as well as your generous donation of $1,000.00. Also, a special thank you to ChemCut for allowing the use of their facility and grounds.