On the evening of December 17, 2016, Company 5 was called to a fully involved barn fire at a vacant barn along South Nixon Road. Engine 5-2 and Truck 5-1 deployed a hoseline along the side of the structure and Engine 3-1 from Boalsburg established a blitzfire line at the front of the structure. Engine 5-1 established a water supply and tankers from company 5 and company 3 kept a steady supply of water for engine crews.
Members of Company 5 hosted several Four Diamonds Families who were in town for the 2016 Penn State Dance Marathon taking place at the Bryce Jordan Center on campus this weekend. Families were shuttled to the downtown station on Engine 513, Truck 517, and Rescue 518 where they were treated to bucket truck rides, tours of the station and the apparatus, water games, and cookies. Each child got to try on bunker gear and take home a bag of Alpha Fire Company goodies as well as memories that will last a lifetime!
Company 5 was dispatched to a reported deck on fire behind a dwelling at approximately 7:45PM. Chief 500 (Jeff Martin) arrived on scene and confirmed the report with heavy black smoke and fire endangering the structure. Engine 514 arrived and quickly contained the fire to the deck; however, some siding on the garage sustained heat damage. 5502 (Dennis Harris) made entry in to the dwelling to check for extension, none was found and the box was placed available.
Early this afternoon, Company 5 was called out for a bush fire at University Gateway Apartments in downtown State College. 540 arrived and advised of freshly laid mulch smouldering under a small bush with embers slowly spreading to other sections. Special Unit 522 responded and the smouldering areas of mulch were doused with water. The box was placed available.
At approximately 1100 hours today, Company 5 was called to the Millennium Science Building on the Penn State University Park Campus for a Hazmat incident involving a chemical spill in a laboratory. PSU Police reported that the spill was contained to the lab and the room was secure. Crews from Engines 513 and 514 as well as Rescue 318 from Boalsburg staged in the parking lot behind the building while PSU Hazmat 2029 sent an entry team into the building to check the hazard and clean up the contaminated area. Personnel from Penn State Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Management coordinated the clean up. Penn State EMS provided standby in case rehab was needed.
Company 5 was dispatched for a wild fire in a field behind the 3500 Block of West College Avenue near Pine Grove Mills this afternoon. Chief 502 arrived on scene to find a small portion of dry ground on fire spreading rapidly due to high winds. Engine 510, Tankers 519 and 520 responded as did Special Unit 522 and Brush 325 from Boalsburg. Ground crews quickly made a fire break and kept the fire from reaching a tree line which contained it in the field of origin. Approximately 10 acres of dry vegetation burned and no structures were endangered.
With temperatures hovering around 10 degrees early this morning, Company 5 was dispatched for an automatic fire alarm with water flow at 289 Northland Center. Duty Chief 541 responded and Engine 510 responded shortly after that. While in route, Ferguson Township Police arrived on scene and advised that smoke was showing from the roof of the structure above a restaurant at the address. 541 upgraded the box to a second alarm bringing out a full company response. 510 arrived and the crew forced entry at the rear of the building. Inside they found heavy smoke and a fire in a kitchen area with the sprinkler system active. The crew quickly doused the flames while Truck 517 went to work in front of the building in case roof access was needed. Engine 514 staged at the nearest hydrant and Truck 516 ran a ladder to the roof at the rear. 518 staged at the rear as well in case additional crews were needed. Centre Life Link EMS provided rehab in a warm ambulance for crews who were soaked by the sprinkler system or were standing outside in the bitterly cold air. The water from the operations caused air packs to freeze up and the parking lot to ice over; Ferguson Township Public Works was called in to spread salt so that crews could safely walk around the scene.
Company 5 responded to a report of a vehicle accident in 4700 block of Buffalo Run Road. Chief 501 arrived on scene and found one vehicle over the embankment into a tree with one patient entrapped. While Company 5 Fire Police shut down the roadway between between Atherton Street and Stevenson Road, 514 and 518 arrived and began extrication of the patient. Once extrication was complete, crews used various ropes and tackle to haul the patient up the rather steep, snow covered bank to the waiting ambulance.
At 1355 hours on September 28th, Company 5 responded to a vehicle accident with entrapment on Park Avenue at Innovation Park, Exit B by the Penn Stater Conference Center. Dispatch reported one vehicle into a barrier with fire and one unresponsive patient. When the company arrived on scene, crews set to work extinguishing the fire and extracting the patient. News reports confirmed that the patient expired at the hospital. Company 5 would like to express our condolences to the family.