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Members of Hope Fire Company Complete Rescue Training
Friday, September 18, 2005 21:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Members of Hope Fire Company Complete Rescue Training For the last month, members of Hope Fire Company have been actively training in the advent of motor vehicle rescues. The training emphasizes hazard recognition and control, vehicle and patient stabilization, and extrication of entrapped patients as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The classroom work was held at the Hope Fire Company Main Station while the field work was held at the Mountaintop Fire Company in Sandy Ridge. The 48-hour class culminated with a daylong practical test of
of vehicle rescue evolutions in a multitude of different scenarios and with a final two-hour written exam. All participants who successfully pass both the rigorous practical and written exams will receive a certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician.

Rohrerstown Meets The Dawg Squad
Sunday, September 18, 2005 21:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Rohrerstown Meets The Dawg Squad This weekend firefighter Mario DeFelice, of the Rohrerstown Fire Company, traveled to central Pennsylvania to partake in training at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy in Lewistown. During his free time in Lewistown, firefighter DeFelice decided he wanted to participate in some additional training and discovered that the Hope Fire Company was hosting a Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician Class. DeFelice contacted the the two State Fire Academy Instructors that were heading the
the rescue class, David Lynch and Michael Beckwith, and inquired about sitting in on the class to expand his vehicle rescue knowledge. The two instructors welcomed him into the class, and DeFelice made the 45 minute trip to Philipsburg. Firefighter DeFelice is currently a live-in at the Rohrerstown Volunteer Fire Company, located in Lancaster, Pa. The Hope Fire Company has extended an open door opportunity for firefighter DeFelice to bunk-in at Station 11, which he greatly accepted. Visit Rohrerstown Fire Company at http://www.67fire.com.

Fire Fighter Injured At Rush Township Blaze
Sunday, September 4, 2005 20:44 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Fighter Injured At Rush Township Blaze Reliance Truck Captain Tom Petro was at his home Sunday morning when his neighbors alerted him that a nearby home was on fire. Captain Petro notified Centre County of the fire with his portable radio of a singlewide trailer heavily involved with fire. The fire was located at 274 Moshannon Street in Rush Township. While Centre County dispatched the Philipsburg Fire Department for the 57-33 fire box, Captain Petro sized up the scene and noticed a second structure was in immediate danger. The first in
unit, Engine 11-10, was given the assignment to proceed in and pull hand lines to protect a second singlewide trailer and a fuel tank that was taking heavy amounts of fire. The second unit in, Quint 12-27, was to tag the hydrant near the cross of Ninth Street. Upon arrival of E1110, the crew of 8 went to work on protecting the exposures and knocking down the bulk of the fire. With E1110’s onboard water supply depleting, Philipsburg Department Chiefs 57-00 and 57-02 hand laid 200 feet of 5" supply line to a nearby hydrant prior to the arrival of Q1227. With the arrival of Q1227, the crew began to assist E1110 and a supply line was laid to them from E1110. Clearfield Engine 14 picked up a second hydrant and laid in to E1110, but the supply line was not put into service. Rescue 11-18 and Engine 12-10 were staged and manpower was sent to relieve the first in crews. Clearfield County Engine 17, Engine 22, and Squad 23 were also on the box and their crews assisted with overhaul. The dwelling was a total loss, with a second structure on side D receiving moderate damage and a third structure on side B receiving minor damage. There was nobody home at the time of the fire and the home was not insured. A firefighter from Hope Fire Company received minor burns to the ear caused from the intense radiant heat. The firefighter was treated at the Philipsburg Area Hospital and released.

Sixth Alarm Fire Devastates Front Street
Saturday, August 13, 2005 20:30 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Sixth Alarm Fire Devastates Front Street The quiet summer night was shattered on Saturday when the Philipsburg Fire Department was alerted for a building fire with possible entrapment on the 100 block of North Front Street in downtown Philipsburg. Assistant Department Chief Tim Townsend arrived on scene and advised heavy fire showing from Side C of the building and requested the box upgraded to a second alarm. Chief Townsend assumed command and while assessing the scene, by-standers advised tenants were unaccounted for
and screaming could be heard emanating from the second floor apartments. Chief Townsend requested the first-in truck crews from Reliance Fire Company to gain access from the Front Street side (Side A) to begin search and rescue operations. As the first alarm units arrived on scene and went to work, Chief Townsend requested a third alarm with additional truck companies. As the fire raged into the night sky, the heat and high humidity began to take its toll on the interior crews. Incident Command was notified of a fire fighter down on Front Street. EMS was contacted to report to Side A when moments later a call went out for a second fire fighter down. With building conditions rapidly deteriorating, Incident Command requested all interior crews to vacate for PAR. A priority radio message went out from the Side C Officer that PAR was not met and there was possibly a fire fighter down inside the fire building. A RIT crew was activated to begin a search and rescue. After Incident Command confirmed the name of the missing fire fighter, it was determined the missing man was one of the fire fighters who succumbed to the heat and humidity. With all fire fighters accounted for, the attack switched to exterior operations. The blaze eventually went to six alarms before the fire was declared under control. Five fire fighters were transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. All fire fighters were treated and released. One apartment resident suffered smoke inhalation and a second resident suffered burns to the face. The residents were also treated and released at the Philipsburg Area Hospital. The blaze damaged seven businesses and about 30 apartments on Front and Presqueisle Streets. Twelve families were left homeless. A total of 24 fire companies and 4 ambulance companies responded to the 57-11 fire box.

Dwelling Fire in Black Moshannon
Sunday, May 8, 2005 3:18 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Dash Cam Video - Click to Watch Hope Fire Company was alerted to a dwelling fire at 246 McCord Road in Rush Township near the Black Moshannon State Park. Engine 11-10 arrived on scene to discover a single story dwelling with smoke showing. Assistant Department Chief Tim Townsend assumed command and the crew from E1110 went to work by laying a 5 inch driveway water supply line and making entry into the home. Upon entry, the interior crew discovered discovered a working kitchen fire with extension into the
ceiling area. The fire was marked under control at 10:05 hours. The home was occupied by Larry and Phyllis Orndorff. The Philipsburg Fire Department was assisted by Winburne Fire Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Houtzdale Fire Company, Milesburg Fire Company, Port Matilda Fire Company, Alpha Fire Company of State College, and the Moshannon Valley EMS. The Hyde Fire Company and the Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, transferred to Philipsburg to cover for standby. and the Moshannon Valley EMS. No injuries were reported. Click here to view Engine 11-10 dash cam video.

Dwelling Fire At 200 South Front Street
Sunday, May 8, 2005 3:18 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Dwelling Fire At 200 South Front Street Hope Fire Company was alerted to a dwelling fire at 200 South Front Street in Philipsburg Borough. The home was occupied by Terry Cox and his daughter Alesha, both were asleep when the fire broke out. Mr. Cox was awakened by the sounds of the fire and was able to escape with his daughter unharmed. The fire is believed to have begun near a newly installed Jacuzzi, and quickly spread up the rear of the house and into the attic. Department Chief Jeff Harris arrived on scene and advised a working fire with all
all occupants evacuated. Engine 11-10 and Rescue 11-18 were on the street and on scene within 5 minutes of the alarm. All eleven hands went to work as the engine crew began an interior attack, discovering heavy fire conditions in the attic. The rescue crew laddered the roof and began venting operations. Crews were able to quickly get the fire under control. The Philipsburg Fire Department was assisted by the Chester Hill Hose Company, Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, and the Moshannon Valley EMS. Engine 1510 from Port Matilda transferred to the Hope Fire Station for stand by.

Arson Fire Leaves Eleven Homeless
Tuesday, March 15, 2005 00:03 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Arson Fire Leaves Eleven Homeless Hope Fire Company was summoned for a full house response to assist the Chester Hill Hose Company with a second alarm dwelling fire at the Sunny Slopes Apartment Complex. Chief Rick Loughhead was first to arrive with fire through the roof in the center of the structure. All occupant of the apartments were able to escape the flames. One resident was transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital for smoke inhalation. EMS treated several fire fighters for minor injuries at the scene. Fire crews were on scene for
for over five hours. The fire was investigated by Trooper Mike McCracken, state police fire marshal. With the assistance of an accelerant-sniffing dog, the fire was ruled an arson. The Chester Hill Hose Company was also assisted by the Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, BJW Fire Company of Woodland, Madera Fire Company, Mountaintop Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, Reliance Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS. Clearfield Truck 6 and Engine 4 transferred to Philipsburg to provide coverage for the area. For more news on this incident, visit Firehouse.com.

Fire Destroys Morris Township Business
Saturday, February 5, 2005 16:33 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Destroys Morris Township Business Hope Fire Company was alerted to assist the Morris Township Fire Company for a building fire at 444 Deer Creek Road. The building housed the Fred Ferguson Auto Repair, and was fully involved when fire fighters arrived on scene. The auto repair business and the contents are a total loss and damage is estimated at $200,000. The blaze is under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshal Cpl. Thomas Josephson. Morris Township Fire Company was also assisted by the Wallaceton Fire Company, Winburne
Fire Company, Grassflat Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS. No injuries were reported.

Multi-Family Dwelling Fire Leaves Seven Homeless
Saturday, January 15, 2005 1:10 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Multi-Family Dwelling Fire Leaves Seven Homeless In the early morning on Saturday, Assistant Department Chief Tim Townsend was walking his Weimaraner through Philipsburg when he noticed smoke coming from the area of Fifth Street. Chief Townsend investigated and found an apartment complex with heavy smoke emanating from the structure. Chief Townsend alerted Centre County 911 with his portable radio and began to wake up residents in the dwelling. There appeared to be no working smoke alarms and the sleeping residents were unaware the complex was
on fire. The Philipsburg Fire Department was paged for a dwelling fire with entrapment at 421 East Pine Street at 1:10 am. Within 5 minutes of the alarm, Engine 11-10 and Rescue 11-18 were on the scene and going to work. Clearfield Engine 14, Truck 12-16 and Quint 12-27 arrived shortly after. Evacuated occupants advised that a boy was still trapped in a first floor apartment. Both primary and secondary searches revealed everyone was out of the apartments. The boy was later found to be staying down the street. Engine crews entered the structure with a hand line to the first and second floor, while the Truck crew went to the roof for ventilation. Fire was discovered on both the first and second floors and also in the attic. Due to the building construction (lack of fire stops, double ceilings and double walls) the fire moved quickly throughout the structure. Interior conditions rapidly deteriorated and the order was given for all interior crews to immediately evacuate the structure. Fire operations switched to defensive mode in efforts to protect an adjacent dwelling located on side B. The bitter cold weather hampered efforts; air packs and equipment began to freeze. Two fire fighters suffered injuries and were taken to Philipsburg Area Hospital. The American Red Cross responded to assist the three families displaced by the blaze. The building is considered a total loss. The fire is under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshall, but the cause is not considered suspicious. The Philipsburg Fire Department was assisted by the Morris Township Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, Madera Fire Company, Curwensville Rescue Hose and Ladder, Mountaintop Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, Alpha Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS. Clearfield Truck 1 transferred to Station 12 while Milesburg Engine 914 transferred to Station 11 to cover the Philipsburg area. For more news on this incident, visit Firehouse.com.

Fire Destroys Wallaceton Business
Monday, January 10, 2005 11:30 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Destroys Wallaceton Business Hope Fire Company was summoned to assist the Wallaceton Fire Company for a building fire at 6157 Philipsburg-Bigler Highway in Wallaceton Borough. The building housed Racer’s Edge, a local racecar manufacturing facility and is owned by Kenny McLaughlin. A truck driver passing along Route 322 reported the fire and ran into the building to see if anyone was inside. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. Race fuel and tires, which were stored inside the structure,
accelerated the fire. There were no hydrants in the immediate area, which hampered fire suppression activities. Tanker 11-19 established dump tank operations on Route 322, closing both lanes of the highway. Crews were on scene for two and half hours. The fire is under investigation by State Police Fire Marshal Thomas Josephson of the Clearfield Barracks. Wallaceton Fire was also assisted by the Reliance Fire Company, BJW Fire Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, Lawrence Township Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS. No injuries were reported.

Philipsburg House Fire Injures Four
Saturday, January 8, 2005 4:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Philipsburg House Fire Injures Four In the early morning, Hope Fire Company was alerted for a dwelling fire at 211 North Third Street in the Borough of Philipsburg. Engine 11-10, staffed with a crew of seven, was the first unit to arrive on-scene. The officer of Engine 11-10, Assistant Department Chief Tim Townsend, reported a working fire with flames showing on side A division 2 and quickly established command. As the crew from Engine 11-10 went to work, a male patient was found lying on side B of the structure. It was determined the
patient had escaped the fire by jumping from an attic window prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. The patient, along with three other residents who escaped the blaze, were transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital by the Moshannon Valley EMS. The Morris Township Fire Company, the Chester Hill Hose Company, and the Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills assisted the Philipsburg Fire Department. The Port Matilda Fire Company Engine 15-10 and Clearfield Borough Fire Company for Ladder 1 were alerted for a transfer assignment to cover the Philipsburg fire district.

Winter Ice Storm Strikes Philipsburg
Thursday, January 6, 2005, 4:18 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Fire Company was alerted for a fire investigation outside in the area of 400 block of E Street, initial caller reports seeing flames possibly coming from a dwelling. Engine 11-10 arrived in the area and discovered the flames were the result of a transformer fire. After returning to the firehall, the guys were alerted again for numerous trees, power lines and transformers down, throughout the fire coverage district. As the winter ice storm struck the area, it wasn’t long until the incidents started to back up. All available manpower was paged to report to the station. As the ice snapped trees, both transmission lines feeding electricity to the Philipsburg area were brought down. A total of 34,000 Penelec customers in the Philipsburg, Clearfield, and DuBois areas lost electricity. The American Red Cross established an emergency shelter at the Hope Recreation Center on Sixth Street. Emergency generators supplied power to the Recreation Center and at the Fire Station for the duration of the power loss. Hope Fire Company crews answered over 70 calls for assistance from Thursday into Friday morning.

Vehicle Accident at Peebles Plaza
Monday, January 3, 2005 8:50 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Morning traffic in Philipsburg came to a stand still when an accident at Peebles Plaza frustrated commuters for 40 minutes. A vehicle carrier collided with a passenger car at Irwin Drive and Route 322, blocking the intersection. Initial reports indicated entrapment, EMS crews arrived on scene and determined the patient could be extricated without removing the door of the car. Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company assisted with extrication, scene stabilization, and traffic control. The driver of the passenger car was taken to Philipsburg Area Hospital by the Moshannon Valley EMS.

Well-Involved Job Trailer
Sunday, January 2, 2005 23:29 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Fire Company was alerted at 23:29 hours to assist the Chester Hill Hose Company with a building fire in the area of 400 Copelin Road. A driver passing through the area reported an unknown fire in the area of Copelin Road. The Chester Hill Hose Company was alerted for a fire investigation outside. Chief 14 arrived on scene to report a well-involved job trailer. Tanker 11-19 was requested and responded to supply Engine 14 with water. Crews were on scene for about one hour. No injuries were reported.

The New Year Begins With Pin Job
Saturday, January 1, 2005 1:40 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company rang in the New Year by responding to an early morning vehicle accident with entrapment. The accident occurred at 4017 Old Erie Pike in Boggs Township. A Chevy Blazer left the roadway and struck a tree head-on. Rescue 11-18 extricated the patient by using the Hurst Maverick Hydraulic Rescue Tool, also known as the “Jaws of Life”. The patient was transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital by the Moshannon Valley EMS. Hope Fire Company was on scene for 45 minutes.

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