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.
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 up the contaminated area. Personnel from Penn State Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Management coordinated the clean up. Penn State EMS provided standby in case rehab was needed.
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 of origin. Approximately 10 acres of dry vegetation burned and no structures were endangered.
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 from Engine 514 stabilized the vehicle and began removal of the passenger side door to extricate the patient. Capt. J. Troup established the command while crews worked the scene. Rescue 518 responded on the box in place of the second engine. Once the patient was extricated they were transported to the Mount Nittany Medical Center via Centre LifeLink EMS. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Patton Township Police.
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
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 significant damage. Crews remained on scene for an extended time for overhaul and clean-up. This was the Company’s 3rd working fire in 24 hours. Again, a big thank you to the mutual aid companies for the assistance, and thank you to Engine 814 and Truck 5716 for covering our area while we were out.
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 (with the exception of 516) responded to the fire, as well as multiple mutual aid companies, before it was finally brought under control a couple of hours later. Pictures below are from the barn fire.
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, and that the road will be closed for an extended period. This could have, and should have, been conveyed without inclusion of the photo.
We truly regret any harm to any person who was upset or offended by the posting of this photograph. It was unnecessary, it is inconsistent with our policies, and we regret the action.
Questions regarding this information may be directed to: Steven W. Bair, Centre Region Fire Director: 814-237-4127.
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 the rear of the building. Inside they found heavy smoke and a fire in a kitchen area with the sprinkler system active. The crew quickly doused the flames while Truck 517 went to work in front of the building in case roof access was needed. Engine 514 staged at the nearest hydrant and Truck 516 ran a ladder to the roof at the rear. 518 staged at the rear as well in case additional crews were needed. Centre Life Link EMS provided rehab in a warm ambulance for crews who were soaked by the sprinkler system or were standing outside in the bitterly cold air. The water from the operations caused air packs to freeze up and the parking lot to ice over; Ferguson Township Public Works was called in to spread salt so that crews could safely walk around the scene.
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 waiting ambulance.