19 Years Ago today – Truck 8 assists with Fathers Day PennDOT Building Fire

Information Courtesy of Central PA Bravest:

19 YEARS AGO TODAY 5 ALARMS WERE STRUCK AT THE PENNDOT HIGH RISE BUILDING IN HARRISBURG CITY, PA

On June 16, 1994 at 0607 the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire B-Platoon was awakened to Box 1-1, 800 Commonwealth Ave at the PennDOT building for an automatic fire alarm. First in units discovered a large area of the 6th floor to be heavily involved with fire. The incident quickly escalated to 5 alarms plus numerous special calls and was brought under control in 2 hours and 14 minutes.

The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire turned out 51 firefighters to the scene and the surrounding mutual aid companies turned out over 200 volunteer firefighters. Environmental Protection Services was special called to set up a mass decon after asbestos was discovered on the fire floor. This massive decon took several hours to decontaminate over 250 firefighters, their gear, equipment and SCBA.

Multiple Firefighters were also treated for heat stroke, exhaustion and other medical conditions due to the high humidity and tempratures being in the mid 90’s.

Local area EMS was also taxed due to this large scale incident.

The PennDOT building was later imploded on August 1st 1998 due to extensive damage on three floors of the building. Click the link for additional information and a short clip of the collapse http://reamstown.org/gn/pendot.htm

Chronology of the incident:

0607- Tower 1, Engine 6, Wagon 4, Squad 8 and Chief 8 dispatched for an AFA, LT 8 (Bair) on the interior eventually found heavy smoke and fire on the 6th floor and requested a 2nd alarm.

*** 0622- 2nd alarm Tower 2, Wagon 3 and Chiefs 1, 2 and 3 ***

Transfer, Engine 30-1 to City Station 2 (The Hill), Cumberland Truck 12 to City Station 1 (Uptown) and Truck 32 standing by at Station 32.

*** 0630- 3rd alarm Engines 30-1 and 37-2, Cumberland Trucks 12 and 32 and Cumberland Air 11 ***

Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Recalling five Firefighters and one Officer for manning of Engine 2 at City Station 2.

0631- Transfer, Cumberland Engine 115 and Truck 50 to City Station 1 and Engine 40, Truck 34 and Rescue 44 to City Station 2.

*** 0640- 4th alarm Engines 40 and Cumberland 115, Rescue 44, Trucks 34 and 50 ***

0643- Transfer, Engines 32 and 41, Trucks 46 and 57 (Middletown) to City Station 1, Engines 43 and 34 and Truck 456 to City Station 2.

Standby, Engine 31-1 at Station 31.

Standby, Truck 35 at Station 35.

0659- Special call, Engine 2 with Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Recall personnel to the scene and Rescue 40 to scene to supplement Engine 40.

0702- Transfer, Engine 69 (Duncannon) and Truck 48 to Station 32 and Lebanon Truck 1 to Station 34.

0707- Transfer, Engine 47-1 to Station 30.

0715- Chief 1 ordered incoming A Platoon to fireground.

0723- Special call, Engines 41 and 34, Truck 57 (Middletown) to the scene.

*** 0724- 5th alarm, Engines 32, 43, and 31-1, Trucks 46 and 456 ***

0729- Transfer, Rescue 56 to Station 44.

0732- Special call, Truck 35 to the scene.

0736- Transfer, Engine 50-1 and Cumberland Truck 8 to City Station 1 and Engine 33-2 to City Station 2.

0746- Special call, Air 35 to the scene.

0756- Transfer, Engine 55 to Station 34.

*** 0821- Fire under control by order of Chief 1***

0827- Special call, Special Unit 34 to scene for the 40″ PPV fan.

0836- Special call, EMS M 1-2 to scene.

0844- Standby, Cumberland Engine 16 @ Station 16.

0857- Engine 33-2 and HFD Chief 3 handle an AFA at 1301 N. 6th St, The Lick Bldg on the 6th floor and found unattended cooking.

0859- Special call, (by EMS) Tanker 37 to scene for folding tank so overheated personnel could cool off. Tanker 37 dropped their tank, filled it and returned to quarters.

0950- Transfer, Cumberland Engine 3-30 to Station 43.

0957- Engine 33-2, 50-1, Cumberland Truck 8 and Chief 7 handle another AFA at 1301 N. 6th St. The Lick Bldg.

1000 to 1030- B Platoon relieved at scene.

1201- Special call, Cumberland Engine 210 and Squad 14 to the scene.

1208- Special call, Cumberland Rescue 18 to the scene and transfer Cumberland Engine 36 to Cumberland Company 15 and Cumberland Engine 23 to Cumberland Company 14.

1223- Special call, Cumberland Squad 16 to scene.

1240- Transfer, Engine 37-2 to City Station 1.

1245- Special call, Cumberland Truck 8 to the scene and transfer Truck 57 (Middletown) from scene to City Station 1.

1305- Special call, Engine 50-1 and E33-2 to the scene.

Transfer Cumberland Engine 1-15 and Truck 34 from the scene to City Station 2.

1438- Special call, Rescue 59 and York Rescue 68 to the scene.

1607- All first alarm units released from the scene.

1634- Special call, Wagon 3 to the scene.

2041- Special call, Engines 6 and 2 with Captain 3 to scene for further ventilation.

INCIDENT COMMAND:

COMMAND POST – Chief 1(Konkle) and Dauphin County Chief 32-2 (Gevers) located on Commonwealth Ave (in the street) at the Main Entrance to the PennDot Building.(Side 1)

STAGING-Chief 8(Reed) located on Forster St.(Side 4)

SAFETY-Chief 2(Berry) on Fifth Floor

INTERIOR-Captain 3(Hartman) on Fifth Floor

LOGISTICS-Chief 3(Kuntz) at Command Post

PIO-handled jointly by PennDot and Mayor Reed

VENTILATION-Lieutenant 10(Pelton)

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