While Penn State students enjoy spring break, members of the Alpha Fire Company extinguished a Park Forest chimney fire. At 0900 AM on Sunday morning, crews responded to a reported chimney fire with smoke from the exterior wall along the chimney. Truck 517 arrivied to find a working chimney fire with possible extension. Engine 514 and Truck 517 worked the interior while Engine 510 and Quint 527 extinquished the wood burner and chimney fire. While the flue was cracked midway up, no extension to the interior was found. On scene: Chief 500 (Yocum); Engines 510 and 514; Truck 517; Quint 527 and Rescue 518.
During a snow storm on Tuesday evening Engine 510 was first in on an aircraft emergency at University Park Airport. Units were dispatched for a passenger aircraft with 16 people on board reporting smoke in the cabin. The aircraft landed and evacuated without incident. Airport firefighters investigated and disconnected the planes power supplies. Dispatched on the level 4 aircraft emergency to assist UPA Fire Units were the Alpha, Bellefonte, Milesburg and Pleasant Gap Fire Units; Penn State Haz Mat; Centre Lifelink, University and Mount Nittany EMS Units; Penn State Police and Centre County EMA.
The normally busy State Patty’s Day weekend has a slightly different twist this year. The social media driven party weekend was established six years ago when spring break fell on St. Patrick’s Day. Ever since, Penn State students have annually established a State Patty’s Day weekend at Penn State. This year over thirty bars have agreed to close on Saturday to help curb alcohol fueled incidents in the community. However, students have moved parties from the bars to the apartments. The increased risk of fires during and after houses parties has prompted Alpha to increase staffing during the weekend. More information about State Patty’s Day can be found at: http://www.centredaily.com/2013/02/23/3512518/police-to-target-rowdy-state-pattys.html
Just before Noon on Thursday, February 21st, a traffic accident at the intersection of East College Avenue and Houserville Road took out the traffic signal causing major traffic problems at the busy College Township intersection. Alpha Fire Police assisted with traffic control while township staff attempted to repair the signal. While Fire Police worked the intersection, an unrelated power outage caused traffic signals on the South Atherton Street corridoor to be out. Approximately eight signals between State College Borough and Harris Township were inoperable for two hours. Alpha Fire Police managed several of the busy intersections while public works crews placed portable stop signs and connected generators.
More information about these incidents can be found at http://www.centredaily.com/2013/02/21/3510634/power-knocked-out-for-3800-customers.html.