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2015 Training Calendar

The 2015 training calendar has been updated.  Sign-up sheets are in the main station for hosted courses.  Any questions see Asst. Chief Harris.  2015 Calendar

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Bush on fire at University Gateway Apartments

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.

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Hazmat at PSU Millennium Science Bldg

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…

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Field Fire in Pine Grove Mills

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…

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Patton Township Motor Vehicle Crash with Entrapment

On the afternoon of 3/21/15 the Alpha Fire Co. was dispatched to the intersection of N. Atherton St. and Stevenson Rd. in Patton Township for motor vehicle crash with injuries.  Reports from the scene were indicating a vehicle with the occupant still in the vehicle.  Assistant Chief S. Kauffman requested an additional engine to the scene, upgrading the incident to an accident with entrapment.  Engine 514 arrived to find a pick up truck on the guardrail with the occupant still in the vehicle.  The crew…

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2015 Training Calender

The 2015 training calendar has been updated.  Sign-up sheets are in the main station for hosted courses.  Any questions see Asst. Chief Harris.  2015 Calendar

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Atherton St 2nd Alarm Fire

On February 3rd, 2015, the Alpha Fire Company responded to a building fire at 705 S Atherton St. Truck Lieutenant 597 arrived to confirm a working fire in a service garage and brought the 2nd alarm. Engine 512 and Truck 516 arrived and first due crews deployed multiple hand lines to attack the fire and protect a commercial building exposure to the rear. The garage fire was knocked down and a successful interior attack was made on the rear exposure, saving the building from more…

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Ferguson Township Barn Fire

On February 2nd, 2015, Truck 516 and Tankers 519 and 520 responded to a dwelling fire in Potter Township (Company 4). Tankers provided water while 516 conducted searches, vertical ventilation, and overhaul. While they were operating, Company 5 was dispatched to a barn fire on Rhodes Farm Ln. Confirming a working fire, Tankers 519 and 520 broke off the Potter Twp fire and responded in addition to Engine 510, 512, 513, and 514. As the call progressed, every unit in the Alpha Fire Company fleet…

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RE: Accident Photo Posted to the Alpha Fire Company Twitter Account

On the morning of February 2, 2015 a member of the Alpha Fire Company posted a tweet to advise followers that East College Avenue was closed due to a serious motor vehicle accident. Sadly, this accident resulted in a fatality. The tweet included a photograph depicting the severity of the crash. This tweet should not have included a photo. The intent of the person posting was to explain the reason for the road closure, remind people that the roads are more treacherous than many believe,…

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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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