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Early Morning Fire at Northland Center

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…

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Buffalo Run Road Crash

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…

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2015 Training Calendar Posted

Click on the titel of this post to see the link to the 2015 training calendar for the Alpha Fire Company.

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Early Morning Fire on Christmas Eve

Shortly after 4:00 AM on the morning of December 24, 2014 the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched to 668 E. Prospect Ave. in the Borough of State College for an inside investigation.  As units were responding State College Police arrived on scene and began advising of a heavy smoke condition with smoke coming from a utility room in the basement.  Fire crews arrived on scene to find an active fire in the utility room.  Crews quickly extinguished the fire and minimized damage to the building….

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The 2014 Santa Express is History! Thanks Everyone For Your Support

All the Sleighs have returned to the North Pole. Click on the title of this post to see our thank yous for this run:

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Thanks for the help, Dennis Hampton and Joni Teaman Spearly Group

Special shout out to the Joni Teaman Spearly Group at KBB Real Estate for providing food for the firefighters preparing for the Santa Express.  Also, Life Member Dennis Hampton and his family for preparing the food today.  

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Watch Santa in Real Time

If you want to track the Alpha convoys carrying Santa Claus tonight point any browser on an Internet connected computer to www.aprs.fi.  If the map turns up in Helsinki, Finland or some other remote location enter State College, PA in the City box.  You can also enter Santa1 or Santa2 in the ‘Call Sign’ box. Remember the itinerary is available by clicking on the title above and then the link that appears.

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2014 Santa Express Route

Click on the title of this post to open it and  find a link to the 2014 route.

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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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