WSFD and ESFD Battle a Forest Fire on South Mountain
On Wednesday, April 29, Western Salisbury was dispatched with Eastern Salisbury Fire Department for a reported brush fire. The fire grew quickly due to the dry and windy conditions. Agencies from both Lehigh and Northampton counties were called to provide support. Crews were in operation for upwards of five hours to bring the fire under control. A helicopter and fixed wing airplane were also on scene to provide water drops from the air. More photos of the incident can be found on Nester Video Production's Facebook Page.
WSFD Provides Mutual Aid for Eastern Salisbury and Lower Macungie
On the night of February 17, Western Salisbury was dispatched with Eastern Salisbury Fire Department for a reported dwelling fire. WSFD arrived and provided support in the initial fire attack. A few days later, WSFD was dispatched to support Lower Macungie Fire Department with another dwelling fire. Both incidents reached second alarms. Photos of these incidents can be found on the T&C Photography website, as well as Nester Video Production's Facebook Page, and Newsworking's facebook page.
WSFD Hard at Work in the New Year
Not quite two months into the new year and the volunteers at Western Salisbury have already been called into action several times. In January, WSFD assisted Emmaus Fire Department (Station 7) with a dwelling fire. Shortly after, the roles were reversed as Station 7 assisted Western Salisbury with another dwelling fire. WSFD also assisted Eastern Salisbury (Station 20) with a structure fire earlier this month. Along with these three major incidents, WSFD ran 30 calls in January and already has over 20 calls for February. Photos of these incidents can be found on the T&C Photography website, as well as Nester Video Production's Facebook Page, and Newsworking's facebook page.
WSFD Responds to a Third Alarm Fire in Eastern Salisbury
Photo credit: T&C Photography, more photos can be found at tandcphotos.com.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, December, 27, WSFD was dispatched to assist Eastern Salisbury at a second alarm dwelling fire. Upon arriving on scene, crews found heavy fire coming from the building. Crews from Engine 31-11 and Ladder 31-31 put multiple hand lines and master streams into service to assist with the extinguishment of the fire. Operations proceeded for several hours to get the fire under control and check for hot spots. Members from over ten stations responded to this call and, due to excellent teamwork, all returned home safely. More photos can also be found on the Nester Video Production facebook page.
Santa Caroling Parade Coming December 20th!
Santa Clause is coming to town! Everyone get ready, its that time of year again! Its time for annual Western Salisbury Christmas parade and Santa Clause himself has made contact. Santa has taken time out of his hectic Christmas schedule to accompanying the Western Salisbury Fire Department in wishing the wonderful residents of Salisbury Township a Merry Christmas. Santa is bringing along candy canes for the children and special dog treats for the pooches. Santa will be making rounds on Saturday December 20!
Western Salisbury Participates in Fire Prevention Week!
As they have done every October for the past five decades, volunteers with the Western Salisbury Fire Department went into schools and day care facilities Fire Prevention Week programs in the township to emphasize principles of fire safety for youngsters in their impressionable years.
Statistics bear out that the school programs reap dividends for township residents as the township is among the most fire-safe municipalities in the state. The youngsters take the message home to share with their families and awareness is leveraged more widely.
WSFD Fire Chief Joshua Wells emphasized the importance of having a working smoke detector in every room of a home, especially in every bedroom.
Wells gave the children "homework" during every school program. "I want you to go home tonight and check to make sure you have a smoke alarm in your bedroom. If you don't," Wells said, "you come back to school and tell your teacher and they will let us know so we can provide one for you."
Wells also said it is important to test the smoke detectors every month, and to change the batteries twice a year when we change the clocks in the spring and fall.
Wells also talked about the importance of family home fire drills, and for families to designate a spot as a gathering place to make sure everyone is accounted for in a fire situation.
"If you have a fire, or smoke, in your home," Wells said, "I want you to get out and stay out. Don't go back for something you may have left. Tell a fireman when they arrive, and, if we can do it safely, we will retrieve it for you."
Wells also talked about the 911 telephone connection to the county communications center. "That's not a toy to play with. Only use it if there is a real emergency, and help will be sent to your home. If you call just to see if someone is there, maybe someone who really needs help won't be able to get through, and we don't want that to happen," Wells said.
When Wells asked what a youngster should do if their clothes caught fire, a loud chorus of "stop, drop and roll" was their response in every school.
"We know some of these principles are passed from older brothers and sisters to their younger siblings," Wells said. "They know the responses even in their first-year exposure to the fire prevention programs."
They know that lighters and matches are dangerous and need to be taken to an adult, Wells said. "And, we emphasize that it is not bad to 'tell' on someone that is playing with them. " It could be a life-saving gesture,"
The school programs have another benefit that reflects positively on the community, Wells said. "We have more than a dozen firefighters in Western Salisbury FD, and in our sister station in Eastern Salisbury, that sat in these fire prevention programs as elementary students years ago. That introduction to firefighters has stayed with the students throughout their educational careers, and we see many of our volunteers showing up as junior firefighter volunteers when they turn 16 years of age."
By: Jim Marsh
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