Station 31 Covers Station 20 for Banquet
On October 27, Station 31 stationed crews standing-by at Station 20 (Eastern Salisbury) while they were out of service enjoying their annual banquet. Each year, the West covers the East during their banquet and vice-versa.
Trick or Treat 2018 at Station 31
Western Salisbury volunteers were out for Trick or Treating at our station on October 26. Crews handed out both candy and glowing bracelets to keep children safe while going from house to house. Happy Halloween!
Truck Fire on Interstate 78
At 04:41 on October 23, Stations 31 and 20 were dispatched to I-78 EB near the Summit Lawn exit for a truck fire. Crews arrived to find a working trailer fire. Each company pulled a 1.75 inch line and made a dual attack. Due to the contents of the trailer, Station 42 was called to assist with spill mitigation. Also assisting on scene was Station 32, Tanker 27-21, and EMS 72. Strong work to all those operating.
Pumps Work at Mack South Training Grounds
For training on October 22, current and future operators continued with pumps training at the Mack South training grounds. Probationary members remained at station to work on familiarization of Truck 31-31. This encompasses learning both equipment location and operation.
Lower Macungie 2nd Alarm Silo Fire
Station 31 volunteers remained committed today, October 19, running our third working fire in two weeks and continuing with public relations events in the community. Engine 31-11 operated at a silo fire in Lower Macungie and Engine 31-12 attended a fall festival at the Western Salisbury Elementary School.
Station 31 Covers Station 7
On October 10, Engine 31-12, with a crew of six, covered for the Emmaus Fire Department at their station while they paid their respects to their fallen brother. Rest In Peace.
Emmaus 2nd Alarm Garage Fire
Just after 05:00 on October 10, Engine 31-11 and Truck 31-31 were dispatched to assist Station 7 (Emmaus) with a garage fire. Units arrived to a full involved shed and quickly went to work. Strong work to all those who operated.
City of Alllentown 3rd Alarm Structure Fire
On October 7, Truck 31-31 operated at a 3rd alarm commercial structure fire in the City of Allentown. Engine 31-11 staffed AFD Mack South station. Photos courtesy of Newsworking.
Simultaneous Engine and Truck Training
On October 3, Station 31 held two simultaneous trainings on Monday, October 1 at Mack South. Inside, all drivers/operators attended a pumps class, led by AFD Asst. Chief and Fire Academy Coordinator, Chris Kiskeravage. Outside, truck procedures were discussed including setup, climbing techniques, tip controls, and harness anchoring.
Station 31 Staffs the City of Allentown
Engine 31-11 staffed Allentown Fire Department’s Fearless Fire Co. while they operated on a 2nd Alarm Dwelling Fire this afternoon, September 30. When the City of Allentown has a significant fire, several surrounding volunteer companies are placed on standby. Depending on the incident, we either standby at our station or are moved up to staff a city station.
Ambulance Fire on Interstate 78
September 27. Chief 31-01 had command of this ambulance fire on I-78 EB at Summit Lawn. Engine 31-11 and Engine 31-12 were also on scene with Station 20 (Eastern Salisbury). Crews handled an unconscious person medical call with EMS upon returning to the station.
Ropes Training and Live Burn Training
Station 31 crews were busy training today, September 22. One crew worked on Ropes 3 at Mack South with Engine 31-12 and another crew held a live burn at the Whitehall training grounds with Engine 31-11. Days like this show the dedication and commitment of our volunteers.
Search and Rescue Training for Probationaries
For training on Monday, September 17, crews worked on personal protective equipment donning and movement. This included speed dressing and SCBA application in a proper and timely manner. Firefighters practiced packing up both in and out of the apparatus. Crews then trained in practical scenarios, where new members could get more comfortable in their gear while searching and rescuing our 180 lb. manikin.
Another Successful Community Day
Thank you to all those that came out to our annual Community Day this past Saturday, September 15!
Station 31 Attends 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
This morning, September 16, several members from Station 31 participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, held at Saucon Valley High School. Great work to all those who climbed to honor The Fallen.
Annual VIA Marathon
Early this morning, Station 31 attended the annual Via Marathon kickoff at LVHN Cedar Crest. Truck 31-31 flew the colors over the starting line as participants began.
Labor Day Vehicle Fire
On September 3, Labor Day, Station 31 was dispatched to I-78 for a vehicle fire. Chief 31-01 arrived to confirm an active engine compartment fire. Crews made a quick knock upon arrival and all occupants were uninjured.
Live Scenario Drills
For training on August 28, Station 31 prepared for our upcoming burn by practicing critical skills in live time. These included:
• Deploying ground and aerial ladders
• Establishing water supply
• Pulling attack lines
• Hoseline advancement and suppression
• Primary search
• Hydraulic and mechanical ventilation
The training tower was smoked up to simulate a live fire and members were equipped with SCBA. A post review session was held to discuss the positives and negatives of the exercise.
Ropes II Training
On August 18, five Western Salisbury firefighters completed a Ropes II class. Rope rescue drills included rappelling, ascending, rescuing a patient stuck on a rope, and low angle rescue using pulley systems.
WSFD Annual Community Day
Save the date! Come meet the volunteers that serve your community and see how you can get involved in the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company. There will be free food, games, a MedEvac demonstration, apparatus display, a clown show, smokehouse trailer, and fire extinguisher training.
Our Vehicle Rescue Capabilities
Did you know about our vehicle rescue capabilities? Although we are not a designated county rescue company, we have the equipment and training to perform vehicle extrications. A motor vehicle rescue encompasses stabilization, emergency medical care, suppression, and patient extrication. We are proud to have 15 VRTs or Vehicle Rescue Technicians. These technicians completed both didactic and practical skills training where they learned tactics and practiced many varying rescue scenarios.
Four Vehicle Fires in One Week
During the week of July 29, Station 31 handled four separate active vehicle fires. These were among multiple other emergency incidents. Locations for these were 24th St, Cedar Crest Blvd, I-78, and LVHN Cedar Crest. Strong work by all of our dedicated and professional volunteer firefighters.
Major Storms Roll Through Western Salisbury
Overnight between August 1 and August 2, we responded to several emergency incidents, mainly due to the storm. These included trees into a residence, trees onto cars, trees across roadways, downed power lines, and smoke in a dwelling.
Reported Dwelling Fire in Eastern Salisbury
Station 31 crews remained busy on Monday July 30 with calls and training. Crews handled an electrical issue in a dwelling in Eastern Salisbury. Power was terminated and the residence metered and ventilated. Engine 31-12 was the first arriving unit followed closely by Truck 31-31.
Truck Fire on I-78
On July 29 at 0742, Station 31 and Tanker 2021 were dispatched to I-78 for a tractor trailer fire with the cab fully involved. Units arrived to heavy fire and made a dual attack with a 2.5” and a 1.75”. Tanker 3221 was initially requested to ensure adequate water supply.
Second Alarm Dwelling Fire
Fire that originated in an upstairs bathroom area heavily damaged a residence at 3136 Essex Road, in the western portion of Salisbury Township, Friday afternoon July 13, with Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company Chief Joshua Wells crediting firefighters with a quick stop to prevent the fire from further damaging the home. The neighborhood is adjacent to recreation fields behind the Western Salisbury Elementary School.
Fire was already coming through the roof of the residence when Wells arrived at the scene, after the blaze was reported by a neighbor about 5:20 P.M.,Friday, July 13. Hoselines were quickly activated by the first arriving Western Salisbury engine and firefighters attacked the fire from inside the structure and from the roof level of the split level home. No one was at home at the time the fire started.
Wells immediately asked the Lehigh County 911 Center to dispatch a second alarm, which brought mutual aid assistance from volunteer fire companies throughout eastern Lehigh County. Salisbury Police Department Patrol Officer Brian Zulic arrived at the scene before the first responding engine and helped prepare the hydrant, located in front of the residence, for hookup to the arriving Western Salisbury pumper.
Salisbury Police Sergeant Donald Sabo, who is also the township fire marshal said “the fire is still under investigation, but the area of origin is in the ceiling of the (upstairs) bathroom. Moderate to severe damage was done to the attic and roof area along with water and debris damage to second and first floor. I will be consulting with the State Farm Fire investigator to determine the product or failure that caused the fire. It is not intentional in nature.”
In addition to Western Salisbury fire units, crews responded from Eastern Salisbury, Emmaus, Lower Macungie, Alburtis, and the Greenawalds, Cetronia and Woodlawn stations in South Whitehall.
Ambulance crews from Emmaus and Cetronia were on scene, and Macungie Ambulance Corps’ Incident Support unit was on scene to provide rehab service, such as hydration, snacks and monitoring of firefighters’ vital signs. Two firefighters were treated at the scene for superficial injuries by medics from the Emmaus Ambulance Corps. Two pet cats residing at the home were located unharmed, and two were unaccounted for and may have escaped when Wells forced entry into the home to check for occupants.
Eastern Salisbury fire police officers controlled access to the neighborhood. - Jim Marsh
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