Hey everyone, Santa has left the station! Remember to watch www.aprs.fi to track him through the Centre Region.
We just learned that the Saybrook neighborhood name is incorrect on our published route. The street names and directions ARE correct and control the route. Remember that you can watch Santa in real time on the website www.aprs.fi.
Chief K. Yocum has announced the appointed officer’s for the 2013 calendar year. Congratulations to the following individuals:
Captain: Benny DeArmitt
Lieutenants: Svend Pedersen, Chris Martin, Aaron Bowersox
Captain: Randy Clouser
Lieutenant: Buck Harpster
Captain: Brian Schulz
Lieutenant: Matt Johnson
Assistant Safety Officer*: Jason Troup
* Assistant Safety Officer is normally an elected position, due to the vacancy following elections it became an appointed position under company by-laws and policies.
On Saturday, December 15 shortly after 8:00 AM the Alpha’s were alerted for a dwelling fire at 725 Westerly Parkway in the Borough of State College. As units were responding they were advised by the 911 center that they were receiving multiple calls of smoke and flames visible from the home. Engine 510 and Truck 516 arrived on scene first to find a working fire with fire showing from the 2nd floor windows.
Engine 510 stretched an attack line while the truck crew began search and ventilation activities. Crews were able to quickly stop the fire before it spread to other areas of the home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Centre Region Fire Marshals Office.
On Monday, December 10 the Alpha’s were dispatched to assist Boalsburg Fire Company with a tractor trailer accident on Rt. 322. Crews arrived to find a tractor trailer jack knifed under the Branch Rd. overpass with the driver entrapped. Personnel began extrication of the patient who was then transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
We start getting questions this time of year about Santa Clause. Yes, the Alpha Fire Company will conduct its annual Christmas Eve Santa Run through the Centre Region! We’re working on an updated route for the Jolly Old Elf and will post more details here when they are ready. For now you can expect that Santa and his elves will leave Station 5 at Beaver Avenue and Atherton Street about 4:30 PM on December 24, 2012 on our big red sleighs/fire trucks.
Just before 12:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7th, the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched to a dwelling fire at 305 Fernwood Court in Patton Township. Initial reports indicated a working fire with possible entrapment. Engine 510 dropped a supply line from Vairo Blvd. and made a quick knock on the second floor of the two story duplex. Truck 516 preformed the primary search and vertical ventilation of the fire which extended to the attic. Primary search of the fire apartment was negative. Alpha was assisted by Patton Township Police, Centre LifeLink EMS, and Boalsburg and Pleasant Gap Fire Companies. Assistant Chief Tony Berrena was the Incident Commander. The fire cause and origin is under investigation by the Centre Region Fire Marshal.
On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the monthly company meeting the Alpha Fire Company members elected their leaders for 2013. The President and Chief serve 2 year terms and were not up for election.
2013 Chief Officers:
Chief (500): Keith Yocum (Enters 2nd year of a 2 year term)
1st Assistant Chief (501): Jeff Martin
2nd Assistant Chief (502): Shawn Kauffman
3rd Assistant Chief (503): Tony Berrena
4th Assistant Chief (504): Matt Dale
Safety Officer (540): Stan Clouser
2013 Executive Officers:
President: Marv Robinson (Enters 2nd year of a 2 year term)
Vice-President: Brian Schulz
Treasurer: Ron Witmer
Financial Secretary: Cliff Lutz
Secretary: Jason Troup
Trustee (3-year term): Ken Johnston
Shortly after 7:00 AM this morning the Alpha’s were dispatched automatic mutual aid to assist Boalsburg Fire Company with a cabin fire off of Laurel Run Rd. in Harris Township. First arriving units encountered a well involved hunting cabin and a defensive operation was put in place. Engine 514, Truck 516, and Tankers 519 and 520 responded on the call. Crews operated at the scene of the fire for approximately 3 hours before being placed available.