Click on the titel of this post to see the link to the 2015 training calendar for the Alpha Fire Company.
Shortly after 4:00 AM on the morning of December 24, 2014 the Alpha Fire Company was dispatched to 668 E. Prospect Ave. in the Borough of State College for an inside investigation. As units were responding State College Police arrived on scene and began advising of a heavy smoke condition with smoke coming from a utility room in the basement. Fire crews arrived on scene to find an active fire in the utility room. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and minimized damage to the building. Minor extension was found in the apartment above, however there was no significant damage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Centre Region Fire Marshal and State College Police Department.
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All the Sleighs have returned to the North Pole. Click on the title of this post to see our thank yous for this run: [Read more…]
Special shout out to the Joni Teaman Spearly Group at KBB Real Estate for providing food for the firefighters preparing for the Santa Express. Also, Life Member Dennis Hampton and his family for preparing the food today.
If you want to track the Alpha convoys carrying Santa Claus tonight point any browser on an Internet connected computer to www.aprs.fi. If the map turns up in Helsinki, Finland or some other remote location enter State College, PA in the City box. You can also enter Santa1 or Santa2 in the ‘Call Sign’ box.
Remember the itinerary is available by clicking on the title above and then the link that appears.
Click on the title of this post to open it and find a link to the 2014 route.
At 0451 hours on November 16th, Box 512 was struck alerting the Company for a building fire at 1000 W Aaron Dr Building F. As Chief 500 responded, Centre County advised police were on scene reporting substantial smoke coming from the building. The night shift responded in Engine 510 and arrived on scene with their own hydrant to find a 2 story garden apartment with smoke showing from the first floor entrance. A leader line with an 1 3/4″ was quickly deployed and the crew extinguished the fire, containing it to a storage closet in the common area of the first floor. Truck 517 and Engine 514 arrived and began ventilation as well as primary searches of the apartments. All searches were negative. Crews began to pick up and the box was placed available a short time later.
At 1355 hours on September 28th, Company 5 responded to a vehicle accident with entrapment on Park Avenue at Innovation Park, Exit B by the Penn Stater Conference Center. Dispatch reported one vehicle into a barrier with fire and one unresponsive patient. When the company arrived on scene, crews set to work extinguishing the fire and extracting the patient. News reports confirmed that the patient expired at the hospital. Company 5 would like to express our condolences to the family.
At 2308 on September 18, Company 5 was alerted to an automatic fire alarm at 1450 N. Atherton Street, Hoss’s restaurant. While in route, the box was upgraded to a building fire with multiple calls indicating fire on the roof. Engine 514 arrived and confirmed smoke showing from the roof and a smoke condition in the building. The Engine Crew pulled a handline to the kitchen and discovered a fire under the hood unit with the fire suppression system active. Quint 527, working as a Truck, arrived and sent a crew to the roof to start ventilating the smoke. Since the automatic fire suppression system did its job, crews were able to concentrate on ventilation.
On Sunday night, the Alpha Fire Company was alerted for a vehicle crash with unknown injuries on Whitehall Road in the area of Tadpole Road. As Engine 512 and Chief 500 responded, Centre County advised of rollover and reports of entrapment. 512 arrived on scene and confirmed one vehicle on it’s wheels, off the roadway, with one patient trapped. The crew stabilized the vehicle, made patient access, and removed the roof as Rescue 518 arrived on scene. Both crews then cut the steering wheel, displaced the driver’s door, performed a modified dash lift, and finally removed the patient. Engine 510 established a landing zone and the patient was flown.