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Rescue

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.