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9/11 Service of Rememberance

Members of Alpha Fire Company gathered at Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church in State College for a Service of Rememberance in honor of the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

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Alpha Training Calendar Updated (7/19/16)

The annual training calendar has been updated.  Sign-up sheets are in the main station for hosted courses.  Any questions see Asst. Chief Harris. Training Calendar Click on the title of this article to open the full version, then the Training Calendar may be accessed.

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Reported Structure Fire – 501 Vairo Blvd, Patton Township

Company 5 responded to a report of a balcony on fire extending into the apartment with possible people trapped. Asst Chief Harris (5502) arrived with smoke showing from side D of a 3 story garden apartment.  The fire was located on the second floor balcony, and response was held to the units on the street. 510 stretched an attack line and extinguished the fire from the exterior while crews from 527 and 517 checked the interior for extension.  512 secured a water supply and 513’s manpower…

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Four Diamonds Families Visit Station 5

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…

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Alpha Banquet

The annual Alpha Awards Banquet will be held April 30th, 2016. Members, please make your plans accordingly!

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2015 Alpha Fire Company Santa Run is History

The 2015 Santa Run is in the history books now.  As always, it’s our way of saying thank you to the citizens of the Centre Region.  We owe a special thanks to: Joni Teaman Spearly Group (Joni Teaman Spearly, Aliana Hampton Steinbugl, and Lindsey Rimmey) at KBB Real Estate for again supplying all of the food to feed the firefighters and their families decorating the apparatus and making the Run.  This includes everything for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Hampton family, Dennis, Valerie, Alaina Hampton…

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Yes Centre Region, there will be an Alpha Santa Run in 2015! UPDATE

Update: Google Maps of the routes are available.  Click on one of the links available at the end of this post. The Alpha Fire Company is pleased to announce that as he has done for over 20 years, Santa Claus will visit the Centre Region on Christmas Eve. Nicknamed “The Santa Run”, the Alphas provide Santa with two of our big red sleighs to ride through our community’s neighborhoods.  Links to routes are at the end of this article.

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Production of New Aerial Begins

During the first week of November production started on the new Truck 516.  The new aerial will be a Pierce Velocity 95′ Mid Mount Tower Ladder. Truck 516 will feature a Cummins ISX engine, Allison 4500EVS transmission, Tak-4 independent front suspension and an Onan 15kW hydraulic generator. Other components include: 3-IN-1 Lyfecombo brackets at the aerial platform, breathing air to aerial platform, 8-Whelen LED Pioneer scene lights on the aerial platform, and a full compliment of ground ladders.              

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Patton Township Vehicle Crash

On Saturday, October 31, 2015 at approximately 6PM the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched for a vehicle accident with injuries in the 2900 Block of Buffalo Run Rd. in Patton Township.  Units arrived on scene to find a passenger vehicle that had struck a telephone pole and was over a small embankment.  The occupant of the vehicle was already out of the vehicle.  Centre LifeLink EMS transported the patient.  Units remained on scene to provide lighting for the towing company while the vehicle was removed. …

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Penn State Hammond Building Fire

On July 28th at approximately 2300 hrs Company 5 responded to a working building fire in the Hammond Building on Penn State campus. Engine 510, staffed with the live-ins and SO 540, caught a hydrant on the way in and was first arriving with a room and contents fire on the first floor. The crew forced entry into the room and knocked the fire down with an 1 3/4″ hand line. Ladder 516 arrived and assisted interior crews with opening up while Engine 514 arrived…

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