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Sunday Morning Apartment Building 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…

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Park Avenue – Innovation Park Crash

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.

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Hoss’s Fire

At 2308 on September 18, Company 5 was alerted to an automatic fire alarm at 1450 N. Atherton Street, Hoss’s restaurant. While in route, the box was upgraded to a building fire with multiple calls indicating fire on the roof. Engine 514 arrived and confirmed smoke showing from the roof and a smoke condition in the building. The Engine Crew pulled a handline to the kitchen and discovered a fire under the hood unit with the fire suppression system active. Quint 527, working as a…

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Whitehall Road Entrapment

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…

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Back to Basics 2014

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.

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Shellers Bend Fire

During the height of the rain storm on Sunday evening, Box 521 was struck for a dwelling fire with the report of a lightning strike and flames through the roof. Engine Capt 591 arrived on scene to confirm a working attic fire in a 1 1/2 story lightweight wood-frame quadriplex. Engine 512 layed in, forced entry, and stretched an 1 3/4 line to the second floor. Crews experienced heavy smoke and it was evident that the fire had spread throughout the majority of the attic….

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Alpha Announces Fall 2014 Firefighter for a Day Event

The Alpha Fire Company announces the return of its popular Firefighter-for-a-Day event. This event provides a unique opportunity to those who have considered becoming a volunteer firefighter at Alpha or who simply want to learn more about the role of a firefighter. The event will be held from 6:00 pm Friday, August 15 through 6:00 pm Saturday, August 16. The Alpha Fire Company last hosted this event in 2011.

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Longfellow Lane Fire

The Alphas were called to Longfellow Lane in Ferguson Township for a report of smoke coming from the roof of a house. Chief 501 arrived on scene and confirmed smoke showing with flames visible on the second floor to the rear of the structure. Engine 510 arrived, forced entry and began knockdown. Truck 517 then sent a crew to the roof to open a vent. Crews from 514 and 527 assisted with overhaul and the box was placed available.

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I-99 Tractor Trailer Rollover

Company 5 and Company 5 Fire Police responded to I-99 Southbound between State College and Port Matilda for a reported tractor trailer rollover. Fire Police assisted in closing the right lane until PennDOT arrived.

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Fire Police Road Closure

Fire police were dispatched to the 300 block of South Allen Street to assist State College Police in shutting down the road between Foster Avenue and Nittany Avenue due to an incident that occurred near an apartment building. Special Unit 522 assisted with securing the scene.

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