Two Alarm Mechanicsburg House Fire

February 12– Early in the morning, Headquarters received a report of a house fire at 319 Robert St in the borough of Mechanicsburg.  EMS and Mechanicsburg PD arrived on scene first and confirmed a working fire.  A short time later, following an attack by first-alarm units, Command 8 requested a second alarm assignment, which included Engine 25.  The Engine arrived a the scene and sent its manpower forward to assist with overhaul.  Snow showers and bitter cold hampered firefighting efforts; however, no injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Wind Damage Leads to Field Fire

Feb 11 – Monroe Fire officials believe a downed electrical wire sparked a field fire at 207 Clouser RD.  The night before, winds in excess of 40 mph struck the region and, as a result, a branch snapped off a tree and became entangled in electrical wires at that address.  Several hours later, the wire snapped, causing the fire.  Tanker 25, Brush 25, and Mini-Pumper 25 responded, along with Brush 33 to the fire. Crews contained the fire within a matter of minutes.  There was no damage to the residence or any property.

Three Incidents Boost 2008 Responses

February 10 – What began as a slow year – in terms of responses – increased by three today beginning with an early morning mutual aid assist to Dillsburg (York County Station #64). E25 was alerted to a reported chimney fire at 57 Spring Ln in Carroll Twp in the 64-02 box. The Engine returned after a short time on scene. Later in the day, Company 25 responded to a reported tree down in the area of S Locust Point RD and Park Place in the 25-09 box. Utility 25 and Chief 225 responded and removed the tree from the roadway. A short time later, E25 once struck out for a 1st Alarm Mutual Aid assignment, this time to South Middleton Twp. for smoke from a building at 215 Plaza Dr, Bldg 1 in the 35-10 box. Command 2 placed the Engine available shortly after it went en route.

Monroe Awarded $103,075 DHS Grant

January 18 – The US Department of Homeland Security awarded Monroe Fire Company an Assistance to Firefighters Grant totalling $103,075. The grant money will be used to help purchase 15 new SCBA that comply with the latest NFPA guidelines. The money will also be used to help purchase a contained SCBA fill station.

Dayroom Remodeled

The final result of the remodel. 

January 3 – Members recently remodeled the dayroom to include a hardwood floor and new audio-visual system for training.  The system includes surround-sound speakers and a flat-panel television.  Special thanks to David “Pappy” Heckert, who did the majority of the work on the room.

York RD Accident Leaves One “Dirty Side Up”

January 2 – Engine 25 was alerted to a single vehicle rollover accident in the area of York RD and Park Place at 17:55 hours.  Headquarters advised C225 (Farrell) they received reports of an occupant out of the vehicle, which C225 confirmed upon arrival.  Crews were surprised to find the engine still running, despite the fact the keys were removed from the ignition.  The driver was not seriously injured.

2-Alarm Commercial Building Fire

New Kingstown – Tanker 25 was alerted on the first alarm of a reported garage fire at 238 N. Locust Point RD in the 33-01 box at 20:28 hours.

First-in units found a heavily involved 150′ x 150′ steel commercial structure with multiple exposures.

At 20:20 hours, after requesting a partial 2nd alarm, Command 33 requested the remainder of a 2nd alarm, which brought E25 to the scene.

E25 dropped its entire 5″ supply line – the second supply line on scene – and supplied Truck 30. 

The incident was declared under-control at 22:04, at which overhaul operations commenced. 

E25 went available around 01:00 with Tanker 25 following shortly thereafter.

A special “thank you” to Tanker 19 and Perry County Engine 11 (Perdix) for covering the 25 house during the incident.

Pictures from the incident are available here and here.

2 Airlifted Following Head-On Crash

Two people were airlifted following a head-on crash in the 1100 block of York RD. 

Engine Co. 25, Rescue 27, and EMS crews from West Shore, Dillsburg, and Yellow Breeches were alerted to the collision, which was reported head-on with entrapment.

C225 (Farrell) arrived on scene, confirmed dispatch, and requested air medical to the scene.

A total of three vehicles were involved in the collision when an older model Jeep Cherokee side-swiped a Ford Focus before crossing the center line and striking a Toyota sedan head-on.

The driver of the Jeep self-extricated and was taken by bystanders into a nearby home.  The driver of the Toyota was pinned under the dashboard and was extricated by crews from Rescue 27. Both the drivers of the Jeep and Toyota were flown to Hershey Medical Center by Lifelion.

The driver of the Ford was transported by ground to a nearby hospital for treatment.

New Tanker 25 Placed in Service

Feb 22 – Just after 16:00, our new tanker was placed in service, replacing the former E-One tanker, which has been sold to McConnellsburg Fire Department.

The new tanker is an eliptical stainless steel tanker built by 4 Guys Stainless Steel Fire Trucks (Meyersdale, PA)

The 2006 International Tanker is equipped with a 1250 GPM pump, cross lays, and a deck gun to serve as attack support when needed. In addition, the tanker has a fold-a-tank and side discharges.

Fatal MVA w/ Double Entrapment

Feb 18 – Engine Co 25 and Rescue 27 were alerted to a reported motor vehicle accident with rollover and entrapment at the intersection of Boiling Springs RD and W Lisburn RD.

Chief 225 (Farrell) was the first to arrive on scene and confirmed two occupants were trapped in one of the vehicles. In addition, because crews from 25 and 27 were committed to the extrication, C225 requested Company 33 to establish a landing zone at the scene for Lifelion.

Following extrication of the patients, Lifelion transported one to Hershey Medical Center for treatment. Unfortunately, the second patient passed away at the scene.  Two other individuals from the other vehicle were transported from the scene to a local hospital. The Cumberland County Coroner’s office and Pennsylvania State Police conducted an investigation into the cause of the crash.