Western Salisbury 2017 Fire Officers
After a vote by crew members and appointment by fire department trustees, the following volunteers will serve as fire line command officers for the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company for 2017: From left; Joshua Wells, Chief; William Sames, Assistant Chief; Adam Al-Khal and David Xander, Deputy Chiefs; Darrell Singles, Captain and Assistant Chief Engineer; Nicholas Fisher, Lieutenant and EMS Officer; Ramon Deeb, Lieutenant; and, Jerry Royer, Safety Officer. Not present for the photo was Dev Kannan, Chief Engineer.
New Year, New Leadership As 2016 comes to a close, Western Salisbury Fire Department is happy to report yet another successful year for the fire department. This year, the fire department responded to a record 456 calls, beating last years record of 412 calls by 44 calls. Those call outs included car and house fires, medical calls, motor vehicle accidents, and many other types of calls. Also this year, we were able to replace our brush unit, 31-61, with a new 2016 Ford F-350, make an addition to our building with a new parking lot and new bay on the South East side of the building, and were able to order our new response engine to replace engine 31-12. With these new changes also came changes in leadership. Returning for his sixth year as Chief is Joshua Wells in the position of 31-01. Following Chief Wells is Assistant Chief William Sames returning for his second year at 31-02. Replacing Gerald Royer is Adam Al-Khal moving from Captain to Deputy Chief at 31-03. Moving up to a newly opened position from Lieutenant is Deputy Chief Dave Xander at 31-04. Coming into the ranks as Captain is Darrell Singles with the number 31-05. Finally, the newest additions to the ranks are lieutenants Nicholas Fisher and Ramon Deeb at positions 31-06 and 31-07. Also, this year brought a newly opened position of Safety Officer or 31-08 and will be filled by Gerald Royer. As we conclude 2016 and begin 2017, we would like to convey our deepest sentiments of thanks to those in our community who continually donate and support the fire department. It is your donations and support that make the community safe and allow us to continually do our job. Thank You and Happy New Year.
Fire Prevention Week: Reaching Out to the Children
As they have done for nearly six decades, firefighters from Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department took their message of fire prevention and fire safety into schools in the township’s western district to help township youngsters understand how they can help themselves stay out of harm’s way from the ravages of fire. Chief Joshua Wells and other volunteers visited Lehigh Christian Academy, Western Salisbury Elementary School, St. Thomas More School, the Swain School, Hope Church pre-school, and Lehigh Valley Hospital Day Care classes during their annual Fire Prevention Week activities to help children be fire-safe. Using a live smoke detector as a prop, Wells said every bedroom in a student's home needs to have the protection of a smoke detector. He gave each student a “homework” assignment to check to see if their bedroom had a smoke detector. Those who report back to school that they do not have a smoke detector will be provided one by the fire department. Wells cautioned against “playing with matches,” and reviewed how to use the 911 call system to seek help for a fire.
Firefighters showed the students how to “stop-drop-and-roll” if their clothes should catch fire. In each classroom firefighters transitioned from street clothes into full protective gear to demonstrate how they were still friends trying to come to the rescue, even though they might look intimidating in their “scary costumes.” In their gear, the firefighters circulated on hands and knees among the classrooms, giving “high fives” to reinforce their friendly nature. With the weather cooperating all week, firefighters were able to demonstrate the use of their engines and other firefighting gear, much to the delight of the youngsters. Firefighters utilized hose lines and deck nozzles to show the tremendous amounts of water that can be directed onto a fire.
Wells climbed up 85 feet on the department’s aerial ladder to demonstrate rope skills as he rappelled upside down from atop the extended aerial ladder. That demonstration always brings exclamations of delight from the youngsters. Speaking for all the participating volunteers, Wells said, “We look forward to these programs all year. We have as much fun teaching kids to be fire safe as they do in having us visit each October.”
See more photos of Fire Prevention Week by clicking HERE.
By Jim Marsh
Quick Fire Stop in Salisbury Township!
Firefighters from Western Salisbury, Eastern Salisbury and Emmaus were dispatched by the Lehigh County 911 Center about 3 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, to a reported dwelling fire at 1436 Middlesex Rd. First on the scene, WSFD Chief Joshua Wells, found a fire burning in construction debris against the front portion of the home. Firefighters from Emmaus FD, on the first arriving engine, were able to pull a hose line to quickly knock down the fire, moments before the arrival of a WSFD engine. The home is under renovation by the occupants, and consisted of aerosol cans of insulating material, with empty propane gas canisters nearby. Wells said the cause of the fire was undetermined, but was centered in the construction debris, and exploding aerosol cans alerted the occupants to the fire, which scorched the front brick wall and melted a vinyl window shutter. Wells said damage to the home was limited to the exterior by the quick stop by responding firefighters.
By Jim Marsh
Training for Quick Fire Response
Firefighters from Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department held training exercises at Mack South Fire Academy facilities, along Lehigh Street, Allentown, on Sept 26, and at the Emmaus Fire Department training facility along Kline's Lane, Emmaus, on Oct. 3, to keep firefighter skills sharp to quickly deploy hose lines at a fire scene. Both Salisbury fire departments hold weekly training to protect lives and property in the township.
By Jim Marsh
Community Day, Another Success!
Despite temperatures hovering near 90 degrees, some 300 friends and neighbors turned out Sept. 10 at Green Acres Park to enjoy activities at Western Salisbury Fire Department’s annual community appreciation day. Dev Kannan, a long-time WSFD volunteer, now a career firefighter with the Reading Fire Department, and the Western Salisbury department’s chief engineer, has been the organizing committee chair for the event since its inception. He said he thought the heat and humidity in early September might keep folks at home, but “we found our number of visitor’s to be pretty consistent with previous years, at around 300 people.” The day included bounce games for youngsters, cotton candy, participatory games, a “Dunk the Chief” dunk tank, air brush arm art, tours of the department’s Swain Station and fire equipment, no-cost picnic food, an appearance by Lehigh Valley Health Network’s medivac helicopter, and fire safety activities in the a fire-safety trailer that has made a number of community appearances.
An appearance by Balloons the Clown, an annual draw at the community day, brought youngsters and parents flocking to the park pavilion. New this year was a “Dunk the Chief” dunk tank that drew a continuous line of youngsters wanting to send Fire Chief Joshua Wells into the tank. The Lehigh Valley Health Network’s medivac helicopter pulled young and old alike away from the games and food to watch the chopper land and open its doors for inspecting. Seeing the myriad of firefighters in uniform at the various activities, one first-time visitor was heard to ask a fire station neighbor, “How many firemen work here?” The answer, “They are all volunteers,” brought a look of astonishment from the visitor. For the volunteers it was a day to show community appreciation, and for friends and neighbors, a chance for good family fun despite the weather.
By Jim Marsh
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