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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Saturday Night Truck Call

On Saturday, March 2nd, Truck 28 was dispatched to Conestoga Drive in Silver Springs Township for a reported chimney fire.  The Truck responded and assisted the Township Companies with roof operations.

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Photos courtesy of Lt. Koni Hench

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What’s next? 9 calls for Tuesday

Early this morning, the Engine was dispatched to Franklintown for a transfer while units operated on a barn fire.  Unfortunately,  the engine was unable to respond.

During the morning commute, Co’s. 28, 27 and 30 were dispatched to East Simpson Street in the borough for an auto accident with an unconscious patient.  R28 (with 4) arrived and assisted EMS with patient removal.  No other services were needed.

At approximately 6:15 pm, Chief 28 came across a transformer & pole on fire along S. Arch St.  Engine 128 (with 5) arrived and awaited PP&L.  During this time, county received multiple calls on the Simpson Street/Main Street corridor for multiple transformer explosions and wires down.   Lt. 128 (Hench) handled the calls on W. Simpson St / W. Main St. and also awaited the arrival of PP&L.  Engine 127 was dispatched to assist but before responding, the tones were dropped for an odor of something burning at a restaurant in the borough.  Truck 28 & Rescue 28 were dispatched to assist.  The truck crew assisted with checking the roof top units for a malfunction.  With coordination between Chief 8, Chief 28 and Fire Police Captain 8-1, Cumberland County Team 800 (SPERT) was dispatched to assist.  Most traffic lights along Simpson St were out due to the power outage.  Once the different fire police units arrived,  both locations were cleared by Co. 28.

About an hour after clearing the other calls, Co. 28 was re-dispatched to S. Arch St. for a pole fire.  Chief 28 arrived and confirmed the pole was again on fire.  While crews awaited the arrival of PP&L again,  Truck 28 was dispatched on a fire alarm on Heinz Rd.  The Truck staged per Command 8A and was released.  Chief 28 then returned the units on Arch St and turned the incident over to PP&L.

Once back at the station and members were about to go home, a call was received from a homeowner advising they had a odor of gas inside.  The caller was prompted to call 911. The homeowner and the station both called.  Engine 128 (with 6) arrived and investigated.  Crews metered the house and had a slight odor.  Crews were unable to find a source. Command 8 then placed the box in-service.

Thank you to all the members and Fire Police from other departments who came out to assist. It is greatly appreciated.

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Rescue and Truck on Hampden Twp. Garage Fire

Around 4pm, Rescue 28 (with 7) was dispatched to Hampden Township for a reported garage fire.  Units arrived on scene with a working fire.  The crew from the rescue was split, 4 members performing a primary search and the remainder throwing ground ladders.  Truck 28 (with 2) was also dispatched.  Crews also assisted with salvage and overhaul.  Company 28 had 12 members on scene.  Thanks to York Co. Engine 65-1 (Franklintown) for the transfer.  No injuries reported.  Picture below shows conditions prior to Fire Departments arrival…..



Photo courtesy of Chief 28, Andy Bixler

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Annual Award Banquet

On Saturday, at the 155th Annual Awards Banquet, the following received awards:

Top Ten:
1. Alex Goldman
2. Chris Trace
3. Sean Forsythe
4. Joey Metallo
5. Ken Kise
6. Lynn Fernbaugh
7. Ron Trace
8. Chris Turnbull
9. Pete Faranov
10. Bob Spangler

Top Driver – Joey Metallo

The Top Ten is awarded to members with points totaled from all fire calls, trainings, meetings, fundraisers, etc.  We do not include the fire officers in our Top Ten as they are expected to perform their duties diligently throughout the year.

The following awards are decided upon by the winner’s peers.  At the end of the year, members are asked to submit names and reasons why the individual deserves the award. The first award is the Robert E. Dietrich Memorial Award. Bobby unfortunately passed away in 2007 and left a big hole within the Washies family.  The Washies was his family and called it his home. He always went above and beyond for the department.  Any member within the department is eligible.  The second award is the Joseph Beigh Junior Fighter Award. Joey loved working with the younger members in the department and unfortunately lost his life in 2003.  This award is presented to a member between the ages of 14-18, who shows him/her self as the future of the department.

2012 Robert E. Dietrich Award – Sean Forsythe
2012 Joseph Beigh Junior Award – Chris Bixler

Congratulations to all the award winners.  We can never thank you enough for your time and effort!  It definitely does not go unrecognized.

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