50 Years Since the Brandtsville Train Wreck

April 28th was the 50th anniversary of the Brandtsville Train Wreck. The Carlisle Sentinel has published an article featuring Russ Baker, an honor member of the Washies and the events that ensued on that particular day. The article can be read below.


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New Technology for the Apparatus

Today, First Mobile Technologies was here to install our recently purchased tablet computers featuring Iron Compasses OnScene Xplorer mapping software. These computers will permit us to use up to date mapping programs instead of out of date run books that are obsolete. We were able to buy 3 tablet computers for the Engine, Rescue and Truck.  The tablets were purchased from monies from the State fire grant. A special thanks to Troy O’Neil for coordinating the purchasing since multiple departments purchased tablets.

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Time for Spring Cleaning

Over the weekend, the Washies took advantage the this past weekends nice weather to spring clean the apparatus. The members took time to clean out the compartments and wash off the winter road salt/dirt. We appreciate the time they spent doing this!

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Monroe Out Building Fire

At 1322, Rescue 28 (w/7) was dispatched on the 1st alarm assignment to the 800-blk of  Fisher Road, Monroe Twp. in the 25-08 box for a building fire. Chief 23 (Salter-Upper Allen) arrived on scene confirming a working fire in an out building. Rescue 28 arrived behind Company 25 (Monroe) and Engine 127 (Citizens) and immediately went to work assisting their crews. Crews assisted with overhaul and fire attack. Company 28 had 11 personnel on scene and cleared within the hour. No injuries reported.


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4/2/13 Training in Hampden

On Tuesday, crews loaded up and went to Hampden Township to drill on a strip mall that is being torn down. Crews took turns running lines, trenching the roof, breaking through walls and working with other departments. Company 28 got to work with East Penn, Hampden, Silver Spring, and Lower Allen. Everyone walked away learning something and enjoyed the evening. Thank you to Company 30 for the invite. A special thank you to Staub’s Photography for the photos!

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The Washies will be hosting our yearly Easter flower sale on Friday March 29th from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday March 30th from 9 am till Sold Out. Their will be a variety of flowers offered for sale. We hope you can stop out and support us.

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Maze Training/Confidence Building

Tonight, the crews loaded up and met up with Company 37 to use their maze trailer. This maze is used as a confidence builder for newer members as well as training for all SCBA qualified personnel. The junior members paired up with experienced interior members and learned a lot from the different levels of the maze. This was also a night of review with the members of Company 37 with Truck 28. Since Company 37 runs all first alarm assignments in the borough, it provided them with a review and operation of the tower.  Everyone in attendance had a great time and was an experience for everyone who went through the maze.


Reviewing the operation of Truck 28


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Remembering Barb Beistline – Firehouse Mom

It is with deep sorrow and sadness to announce the passing of Barb Beistline, member and firehouse mom to many. Barb and her late husband Jim, became members in 2008 and lived next door to the firehouse. On many occasions, cupcakes and cookies would appear for the “boys” as she would say when we returned from calls or made from the heart. Barb’s dedication and commitment will last a lifetime and will truly be missed by the “Washies.”

Obituary courtesy of Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory.

Barbara “Barb” Suzanne (Yost) Beistline

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Barbara “Barb” Suzanne (Yost) Beistline, 69, of Mechanicsburg, died at Holy Spirit Hospital on Friday, March 22, 2013. She was born in Harrisburg, on Monday, January 17, 1944, daughter of the late Edward Cecil Yost and Anna Martha (Lytle) Yost. Barb was the widow of James “Jim” Roy Beistline to whom she married on August 16, 1962 and who died on November 21, 2012.

Barb’s survivors include her two loving daughters, Michele L. Motter and her husband Andrew of Mechanicsburg, Jamie R. Mitchell and her husband Todd of Mechanicsburg; her three grandchildren, Ryan M. Taylor and his fiancé Tiffany Hoffman and their children Dylan and Payton all of Mechanicsburg, Paige and Natalie Mitchell both of Mechanicsburg; and several nieces and nephews. Among those preceding Barb in death is her sister, Priscilla L. Kauffman.

Barb graduated from Mechanicsburg High School as part of the class of 1962. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Mechanicsburg. Barb was formerly the Banquet Manager at the American Legion Post #109 in Mechanicsburg. She was a great cook and baker and even won a blue ribbon for her famous apple pie. A homemaker extraordinaire, you could eat from Barb’s floors. The care she took in creating and maintaining a spotless home was second only to her devotion to her beloved late husband and their children and grandchildren. Barb enjoyed gardening, working in her yard and traveling with her family. She was a loving and caring lady who gave of herself freely. Barb will be missed and loved forever.

All are welcome to join Barb’s family at her Gathering of Family and Friends on Thursday, March 28, 2013, from 1:00 until time of Graveside Service at 1:30 at Mechanicsburg Cemetery, 137 West Marble Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, with Reverend John J. Ward-Diorio officiating. Interment will immediately follow the Graveside Service.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Washington Fire Company No. 1, 53 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania who so lovingly cared for Barb during her illness.

Barb’s family has entrusted her care to Myers–Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Barb’s full obituary, share your memories and photos, offer your condolences and view her memorial video and portrait at www.Myers-Buhrig.com.

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First Due Electrical Fire

Tonight as crews were about to start training, the pagers were activated for an unknown type fire inside a residence on the 100-blk of East Locust Street. Chief 28 arrived with normal conditions. Engine 128(with 6) arrived and sent a crew inside to find flames from a group of electrical cords in a second floor bedroom. Crews quickly used a dry chemical extinguisher to contain the fire. Truck 28 arrived and setup PPV as well as securing power to the bedroom. Company 27 assisted with manpower. Engines 223 and 137, Ambulance 482 staged and then were released. Crews were on scene about an hour. No injuries were reported.

The pictures taken below show that electrical plug safety is important. Please check out the following link for information on Electrical Fires: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/electrical.shtm

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Kitchen Fire in the Boro

On Monday, March 4th, the Borough Fire Companies, along with Company 23 (Upper Allen) and Company 37 (Navy Depot) were dispatched to a reported kitchen fire.  Chief 28 arrived on-scene and confirmed a working fire.  Engine 127 secured a water source and advanced 1 line.  Crews from both Company 27 and Company 28 made a quick knock on the fire and held it to the room of origin.  Additional crews performed searches to verify all occupants were out of the residence.  Ventilation and overhaul took approximately 1 hour.Picture 012 Picture 011 Picture 013

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