This past Sunday, the Alpha Fire Company held it’s annual Back to Basics Academy. Members drilled on basic skills such as donning gear and SCBA, water supply, stretching attack and back-up lines, searching, forcible entry, throwing ladders, and vertical ventilation. Members ended the day with two run-ins, simulating a real fire and performing all fire ground operations. A couple of members from Company 15 also participated in the training. It was a good, long training that reinforced the basic skills for everyone.
During the height of the rain storm on Sunday evening, Box 521 was struck for a dwelling fire with the report of a lightning strike and flames through the roof. Engine Capt 591 arrived on scene to confirm a working attic fire in a 1 1/2 story lightweight wood-frame quadriplex. Engine 512 layed in, forced entry, and stretched an 1 3/4 line to the second floor. Crews experienced heavy smoke and it was evident that the fire had spread throughout the majority of the attic. After confirming there were no occupants inside the structure, Command initiated a tactical withdrawal and defensive operations. Two elevated master streams went into service as multiple hand lines were stretched into the 3 exposures. The fire was knocked down and the interior exposure crews, with help from the built in fire separations, kept it from spreading to the exposures. The box was placed available a while later. During the fire, Company 5 was dispatched to an additional 7 calls as a result of the storm. We would like to thank all of our mutual aid companies for the assistance!
As crews were drying off and cleaning equipment, box 521 was struck again about an hour after the initial box was placed in service when the fire rekindled. Engines 512 and 514 responded back to the scene to extinguish it. Photos of the second response are now posted on page 3.
The Alpha Fire Company announces the return of its popular Firefighter-for-a-Day event. This event provides a unique opportunity to those who have considered becoming a volunteer firefighter at Alpha or who simply want to learn more about the role of a firefighter. The event will be held from 6:00 pm Friday, August 15 through 6:00 pm Saturday, August 16. The Alpha Fire Company last hosted this event in 2011.
The Alphas were called to Longfellow Lane in Ferguson Township for a report of smoke coming from the roof of a house. Chief 501 arrived on scene and confirmed smoke showing with flames visible on the second floor to the rear of the structure. Engine 510 arrived, forced entry and began knockdown. Truck 517 then sent a crew to the roof to open a vent. Crews from 514 and 527 assisted with overhaul and the box was placed available.
What happens when a rope breaks on a tall flagpole in the birthplace of Memorial Day two days before the festivities on the Diamond? Call Truck 516 of course! 2nd Assistant Chief Tony Berrena and Truck Captain Randy Clouser came out, and with the help of the bucket, had the rope fixed in time for the celebration!
The Alpha Fire Company held its annual Memorial Meeting this evening. The meeting included he Roll Call of the Honored Members of the Company who have passed away. Many are remembered as having served with us as well as before us.
Remarks and Scripture Readings by Reverend Philip Saylor, Chaplin, and the Reverend L. Steffensen;
‘Know that what you do is valiant, know that you are honored . . . when you face the fire you are not alone, the Lord is with you . . . there are those who pray for you when the alarm sounds.” Rev. Steffensen.
Our thanks and honor to whose who went before and paved the way for what we do, they are part of us.