Recent Calls

Date posted: July 27, 2014

Total Time On Call:
Units Responding: Engines 510, 512, 514, Truck 517, Rescue 518, Quint 527, Boalsburg Engine 311, Bellefonte Truck 216, Pleasant Gap Engine 810, Alpha Fire Police 536, 537
Officer In Charge: Chief 501 - Shawn Kauffman

During the height of the rain storm on Sunday evening, box 521 was struck for a dwelling fire, possibly struck by lighting, at 3221 Shellers Bend, unit 827 in Ferguson Township. Captain 591 arrived on scene with flames showing from the roof and upgraded the call to a 2nd Alarm. Crews arrived in the driving rain and found the roof fully involved. They made entry to the affected units to determine if they were occupied and started knockdown. Chief 501 arrived shortly after that, assumed command, and recalled the attack team due to the intensity of the fire. With lighting flashing around them, Truck 517 and Quint 527 went to work sending their aerials into the sky to hit the fire with streams from above. After the initial knockdown, crews from Alpha, Boalsburg, Bellefonte, and Pleasant Gap resumed interior and exterior work dousing remaining hotspots with hand lines and doing overhaul.

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. Trucks 512 and 514 responded back to the scene to extinguish it. Photos of the second response will be posted here later.

Date posted: July 25, 2014

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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.

According to Chief Jeff Martin, a twenty seven-year Alpha volunteer, the event is hands-on with participants experiencing fire station life, handling gear and equipment, and responding to emergency calls. “It is 24 hours at Alpha” says Martin, who adds “The enrollment is limited to ten to maximize the involvement of participants”. Centre Region residents are given first priority for enrollment. In prior years the company gained two or three new members after they participated in the event.

In addition to bunking-in at the fire station, this year’s participants will handle hoses, work in a smoke-filled environment, and operate vehicle rescue equipment. All meals and equipment are provided by Alpha and there is no cost to participate in the program. Interested persons are asked to register for this event by Tuesday, August 12. To register, fill out the registration and application forms found here:

2014 Alpha Firefighter For A Day Forms

or stop by Alpha’s Borough Fire Station at 400 W. Beaver Avenue in State College Borough.

For more information:

Contact: Assistant Chief Tony Berrena or Fire Director Steve Bair
Phone: 814-237-4127 or 814-237-5359


Date posted: July 9, 2014

Total Time On Call: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Units Responding: Engines 510, 514, Truck 517, Rescue 518, Quint 527, Fire Police, Ferguson Township Police
Officer In Charge: Chief 501 - Shawn Kauffman

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.

Date posted: July 3, 2014

Total Time On Call:
Units Responding: 510, 514, 536, 537. Port Matilda EMS, Company 15, Pennsylvania State Police.
Officer In Charge: Chief 1500

Company 5 and Company 5 Fire Police responded to I-99 Southbound between State College and Port Matilda for a reported tractor trailer rollover. Fire Police assisted in closing the right lane until PennDOT arrived.