This cake was presented to the Alpha Fire Company today in honor of 9.11. Thank you to the anonymous donor for your gracious gift. It was enjoyed by all.
On Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 12:34 AM the Bellefonte Fire Department was dispatched to a building fire at 110 E. High Street, the location of the Do De Hotel.
Bellefonte Fire Chief 101 arrived at the location and reported heavy smoke showing from the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. The Chief immediately upgraded the call to a 2nd alarm and requested that Alpha Fire Company Truck 516 be dispatched from State College.
When 516 arrived, the responding crew of firefighters were sent to Cherry Lane to evacuate any remaining residents on the block. Following the evacuation, the Alpha crew began to check adjacent buildings and found a smoke condition with possible extension of the fire into the Court House Annex. At this time Alpha Fire Company Aerial Ladder 527 was dispatched. The crew on 527 assisted the 516 crew with stretching fire hoses into the Annex to protecting it from any extension of the fire.
The two crews were split up after being relieved from the Annex. Half were sent to personnel staging for reserve. The other half prepared to staff Tower 516 for a master stream operation because of the size of the fire. Once the majority of the fire was extinguished the crew in staging was assigned to enter the Garmin Theater where they discovered fire throughout the 3rd floor. They assisted with opening up the floor for ventilation and extinguishing that fire.
Units 516 and 527 and the assigned crews operated for just over 5 hours before returning to service in the Centre Region.
This was the second two alarm fire in as many nights and the fifth for the company in eight days
On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:26 PM, as the overnight crews were washing Engine 510, box alarm 553 was dispatched for a reported house fire. The Alpha Fire Company #5 was dispatched to the reported house fire at 715 Diebler Rd. in Ferguson Township.
Engine 510 and Aerial Tower 516 responded immediately with eight firefighters. Truck Captain DeArmitt responded and on arrival reported a fully involved two story, single family dwelling in a rural area. He requested that a second alarm be dispatched. The second alarm added additional apparatus from companies #3 – Boalsburg, #15 – Port Matilda, #22 from Huntingdon County and #36 from Blair County to the response.
Engine 510 and Aerial Tower 516 arrived on scene first. The respective crews immediately began efforts to extinguish the fire. The Engine crew stretched 200 feet of 1 3/4″ hose line to the front corner of the home and made an exterior attack while other responding units were setting up a site for the portable dump tank to allow the attack units to draft from the tank. As the tankers secured the water supply relay to the tank the Tower and the Engine crews worked together to stretch two additional 1 3/4″ lines and a 200 feet of 2 1/2″ attack line to knock down the majority of the fire. As a result the crews were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes.
All responders worked together to extinguish the remaining hot spots in the building and complete overhaul of the structure. During the night Engine 212 from Bellefonte transferred to Station 5 in State College Borough to provide coverage to the Centre Region. Company 5 returned to service at approximately 0500 hours.
The Alpha Fire Company congratulates two of its members on their graduation from Penn State University this past August. Christopher Bakey and Duane Cornish, Truck and Rescue Captains respectively, completed their graduate studies and are moving onto new careers.
Duane Cornish has been in the fire service for 12 years, starting at the Worcester Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County, PA where he followed in his brother’s and his father’s footsteps. He eventually moved to State College in 2006 to seek a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He joined the Alpha Fire Company and was eventually appointed to the rank of Captain supervising the Rescue Company. In addition to his administrative duties Captain Cornish mentored many new members of the company. Captain Cornish found time to juggle his academic work, Fire Company responsibilities, and family responsibilities. Captain Cornish is married to Laura and they recently welcomed their first child, daughter Lilly Ann to the family. The family recently moved to Columbia, MD where Duane has started his new job as Computer Science Engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Captain Duane Cornish is a great firefighter, mentor, husband, father and a friend. The Alpha Fire Company extends its gratitude for his dedication and service to the Centre Region. Captain Cornish is pictured below on the bumper of Truck 516 and again with his wife Laura holding baby Lilly.
Captain Christopher Bakey has been in the fire service for 6 years, beginning at the Longwood Fire Company in Kennett Square, PA. He moved to State College in the Fall of 2008 during his Junior year of studies in Civil Engineering at Penn State University. Chris joined the Alpha Fire Company and has held the ranks of Engine Lieutenant and Truck Captain during his four years with the Company. Captain Bakey and the other live-in members held training sessions for the new members during overnight shifts at the College Township Station. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2010, Chris enrolled in the Masters Degree program in Civil Engineering with a focus in Water Resources. As a graduate student and a Teaching Assistant, Captain Bakey still found time to continue his work with the Fire Company as an officer and mentor. Upon graduating with a Masters Degree Captain Bakey found employment with Sunoco Logistics in Eastern Pennsylvania.
The Alpha Fire Company congratulates these members on the completion of their academic careers.
This past weekend proved to be quite busy for the Alpha’s.
On Friday night shortly before midnight the company was dispatched to 715 Diebler Rd. in Ferguson Township for a dwelling fire. Captain B. DeArmitt (592) arrived first to find a 2-story single family dwelling well involved. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within an hour and crews remained on scene for several hours extinguishing hot spots. One of the occupants of the structure sustained burns while exiting the structure. Additionally, 1 firefighter was injured while operating on the scene. Thank you to Port Matilda, Boalsburg, Warriors Mark, and Bald Eagle fire companies for your assistance on scene. Also, thanks to Engine 212 from Bellefonte for tranfering to our Main Station to provide coverage to the Centre Region.
Saturday night was just as busy as the company was dispatched to assist Bellefonte Fire Department with a building fire at the DoDe Hotel and Tavern. Truck 516 and Quint 527 responded on the call. Crews operated at the building fire for several hours. The fire spread to 3 separate buildings and master stream operations were in effect.
In addition to the 2 fires, the company handled several other minor incidents in the Centre Region.
On Sunday September 2, 2012, Alpha was dispatched to 321 Toftrees Ave for smoke in a hallway. Engine 510, 512, 514, Truck 516 and Rescue 518 responded on the run. 510 arrived on scene to a 3 story apartment building with nothing showing and pulled a 200’ 1 ¾” crosslay. Truck 516 arrived and the crew split up throwing multiple ladders, searching and assisting the engine company with their investigation. As crews made their way through some closed doors, they encountered heavy smoke banked down in one room where they located a small fire in an electrical box with some extension to walls an adjoining apartment area. Other units operating at the scene assisted in ventilation and secondary searches. Crews operated for approximately 2 hours.
Just as crews were getting back in their bunks from the first fire, the bells went off in the station for a reported fire at 900 W College Ave. Engine 510, 512, 514, Trucks 516, 517, Rescue 518, Fire Police and Command responded on the run. Engine 510 laid out making room for the truck to pass and 516 arrived on scene of the corrected address of 1006 W College Ave to a 3 story mixed occupancy with a fully involved one story attached storage area with extension into the basement and first divisions and requested the second alarm struck. 510 arrived on scene and split crews, initially pulling 200’ of 2 ½” off the rear to make their push and a 200’ “leaderline” attached to a high rise pack to go into the basement. Meanwhile 516’s crew threw multiple ground ladders, forced many doors and ventilated. The can man held the fire on division one in check while the rest of the crew performed primary searches. Engine 512 laid in from a secondary water supply and pulled a 200’ 1 ¾” cross lay to division one to extinguish the extension. Truck 517 arrived shortly thereafter and performed a secondary search of the building and assisted in opening up in the basement division. Engine 514’s crew relieved the first in crews. Crews operated on scene for approximately 3 hours.
On September 1, 2012 at approximately 0100 Saturday morning, Company 5 was dispatched for smoke in a structure at 812 Stratford Drive in State College. Engine 510 and Truck 516 went enroute within minutes. 510 laid out and arrived on scene to a middle of the row split level townhouse with nothing showing. Crews pulled 200’ 1 ¾” cross lay to the front door where they encountered medium smoke condition upon entry. 516’s crew split up conducting searches, opening up for the engine company, throwing multiple ground ladders and horizontally ventilating. Crews encountered a small bathroom fire and extinguished the same. Searches were negative. Command held the box to one and one and operated on scene for approximately 90 minutes.
On August 12, 2012 the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched to the on ramp of Rt. 322 West and E College Ave. for a vehicle accident with entrapment. Calls indicated 5 patients involved in the accident. State College Police units arrived on scene first and advised that there was no entrapment, however, they still needed a response from the fire department as the vehicle still posed a hazard. Captain Troup arrived to find an SUV on its side still running and a minor fluid leak. The response was held to Rescue 518 for hazard control. Fire police remained on scene to assist police with traffic control.
At approximately 4:45 PM the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched as automatic mutual aid to Box 1595 (Port Matilda) in Houston Township for a vehicle fire on I-99 Northbound near mile marker 66. Reports indicated smoke from a military stryker vehicle. Personnel travelling with the vehicle also advised that the vehicle was not carrying any live munitions. Engine 510 reported a large amount of smoke as they approached the area. Crews were able to quickly control the fire.