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Rescue

Busy end of March, beginning of April

Fire showing from a garage at 578 E. Butler Av. in New Britian Boro, on March 25.

After the latest round of Nor’easters in March, the fire company was kept busy by incidents not caused by nature. On March 25, the company was dispatched to a garage fire at 578 E. Butler Ave., in New Britain Borough. On arrival, Chief 19 Mike Wood reported a fully involved garage, and placed companies in service. A quick knock on the remains of the structure and the company was headed home an hour later. On the evening of March 29, the dispatch was for an overturned vehicle with entrapment in the 100 block of West Court Street in Doylestown Borough. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 responded, stabilized the vehicle and removed the occupant with minor injuries.The next day, March 30, the dispatch was for a crash with entrapment on Rt. 611 at Duane Road. Rescue 19 and Engine 79’s crews went in service and removed the roof of the vehicle to safely remove the trapped occupant.On April 3, the dispatch was for wires in the dwelling at 15 Shady Grove Circle in Doylestown Township. On arrival, Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux reported a smoke condition in the dwelling, and on further investiagtion found an electrical fire in the basement and upgraded the call to a working dwelling fire. Once PECO secured the power, the fire, which was contained by dry chemical extinguishers, was able to be extinguished fully, with relatively minor damage to the home and no injuries. Doylestown Township fire marshal Rick Schea and PECO are continuing to investigate.

Deputy Chief Ed Truman talks to Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux after the basement fire was controlled.

 

Keeping skills sharp

Members of the fire company gathered for drill at Station 79 on Weds., March 12 for training on vehicle extrication skills. Through the generosity of Security and Data Technologies donating old vehicles, firefighters are able to use real techniques used in rescues.

 

Working on cutting vehicle parts with a range of tools both manual and power keeps skills sharp and helps with decision making on the scene.

Captain 79 Craig Lager works with firefighter Evan Birmingham on the procedure for cutting a windshield.

 

Both hydraulic power tools and hand tools were used in the drill.

 

Lt. 19 Don Talenti discusses strategies of extrication.

Debriefing at the end of the drill.

Extrication training night at Station 79

 

The hydraulic rescue tools are ready to go in staging.

The hydraulic rescue tools are ready to go in staging.

Members of the fire company spent drill night working with the hydraulic rescue tools on two donated vehicles. Former chief Doug Tilley instructed the members on the use of hydraulic tools for extricating trapped victims of vehicle crashes. This training is invaluable as it keeps the firefighters ready to perform in an actual emergency.

The drill is discussed by instructor and past chief Doug Tilley.

The drill is discussed by instructor and past chief Doug Tilley.

Lt. 19 Grant Castor works with a team on a roof cut.

Lt. 19 Grant Castor works with a team on a roof cut.

Doug Tilley does a manual fold of the roof.

Doug Tilley does a manual fold of the roof.

Discussing the next procedure.

Discussing the next procedure.

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Zach Williams works to open a rear door.

Zach Williams works to open a rear door.

Doug tilley uses a Halligan bar to create a spot for the hydraulic tool.

Doug Tilley uses a Halligan bar to create a spot for the hydraulic tool.

Jeff Anlauf cuts a door hinge.

Jeff Anlauf cuts a door hinge.

Craig Lager works with the cutters.

Craig Lager works with the cutters.

Doug Tilley shows a more manual way to cut a hole.

Doug Tilley shows a more manual way to cut a hole.

Craig Lager tells Doug Tilley not to worry.

Craig Lager tells Doug Tilley not to worry.

Grant Castor pries a small opening in a door.

Grant Castor pries a small opening in a door.

Joey Grace uses the glass saw on the winshield.

Joey Grace uses the glass saw on the winshield.

Battalion 19 Jim Shepard with the large spreaders.

Battalion 19 Jim Shepard with the large spreaders.

Crash requires extrication and medevac

The fire company was dispatched for Rescue Box 79-29 for a single vehicle crash with entrapment at Edison Furlong and Pebble Hill Roads at 9:45 PM on July 20, 2015. En route to the scene, Bucks County Fire Radio updated the location of the crash to be on Sugarbottom Road near Foy Drive. On arrival Deputy 19 Mike Wood reported a car in the woods with the driver, the sole occupant, trapped. Engine 79 and Rescue 19 arrived and went into service with hydraulic rescue tools and stabilization, as the vehicle was off the road and on the side of a hill. Central Bucks Ambulance was on scene with patient care as the extrication operation began. Warwick Fire Company assisted with the landing zone for the medevac helicopter at Bridge Valley Elementary.

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Firefighters prepare for the extrication.

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Bill Price and Lt. 19 Grant Castor set up a chain to secure the car as the extrication begins.

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Captian 19 Will Fluck and the Rescue 19 crew start the extrication.

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Firefighter Craig Lager outs the hydraulic cutters in service.

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Deputy 125 Scott Henley grabs supplies for the patient.

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Firefighters and medics work together to remove the driver from the car to a backboard.

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Teamwork is key in an extrication, as cooperation between EMS and fire gets the job done and the patient cared for.

 

Rescue Crews Respond to Edison Quarry

Crews from Doylestown & Warrington Fire Companies responded to assist Warrington Ambulance to remove a worker who sustained a back injury while working near a rock crusher at Edison Quarry in Doylestown Township. The patient was packaged & transported to an area hospital.

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Crash on Rt. 202 requires extrication

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Firefighter Dan Hinkle, Battalion 19 Jim Shepard, Firefighters Ed Loux, Jay Fetterolf and Craig Lager prepare to extricate the victim from the vehicle.

The fire company and Central Bucks Ambulance were dispatched for a report of a car versus tanker truck crash on Rt. 202 near Mechanicsville Road on Friday, May 30 at 10:10 AM. Battalion 79, Jim Shepard, arrived on scene and found a tractor-trailer tanker in the middle of Rt. 202 and a passenger vehicle off the road with 1 occupant trapped. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 arrived, with the rescue crew taking the extrication duties and the engine securing hazards on the roadway. After a door removal, the patient, receiving care from Central Bucks Ambulance personnel, was removed, packaged and transported.

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Members of Central Bucks Ambulance provided care to the driver before, during and after the extrication.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle removes the door with a hydraulic spreader.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle removes the door with a hydraulic spreader.

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The door is removed with the hydraulic cutters by firefighter Jay Fetterolf and Battalion Chief Jim Shepard.

Firefighters Craig Lager and Jay Fetterolf secure the hazards.

Firefighters Craig Lager and Jay Fetterolf secure the hazards.

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Members of Central Bucks Ambulance provided care to the driver before, during and after the extrication.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Kevin Stefanski use oil absorbent to keep the leaking fluids from the truck secure.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Kevin Stefanski use oil absorbent to keep the leaking fluids from the truck secure.

 

Firefighters Ed Loux and Bill Price get the Rescue prepared for service.

Firefighters Ed Loux and Bill Price get the Rescue prepared for service.