On Saturday we celebrated with our annual Company Christmas party. In the afternoon all of the Members’ children got to meet Santa and watch Christmas movies over lunch. Later in the evening all Members where invited back for a great dinner and some fellowship. The Membership would like to express our gratitude to Pat Douglas and the ‘Special Events’ Committee for making the night special.
Just before noon today crews were alerted to a multiple vehicle collision with entrapment and one vehicle possibly on fire. This sent E12, E61 and R4 to the heavily used intersection on William Penn Highway near the Monroeville Mall. Units arrived to find that the vehicle was not on fire, however, one occupant was still entrapped in her vehicle with deep intrusion on the driver’s side door. R4 crews worked to remove the roof and driver’s side door so patient could be safely extricated. In total, three patients were evaluated and two were transported to the local trauma center.
Units: Medic 19, E-12, E-61, R-4, Medic 48, R-6
Command: C-14 (Sonafelt)
This evening all five Monroeville Fire Companies gathered to continue the yearly tradition of supporting the US Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots program by donating to the 96.1 KISS FM Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Dozens of Monroeville firefighters and their families shopped for enough toys to fill the Fire Department’s five utility trucks and then delivered them to the Monroeville mall in style with several other pieces of apparatus. Throughout the 96.1 KISS FM campaign enough toys were collected to stuff 45 school buses. This year, after the toys were delivered, Station #4 hosted a dinner where all the attending Members and their families were able to socialize and enjoy some great home cooked food prepared by Members of several of the stations.
Today, Companies 4 and 5 were sent to the PA Turnpike for a reported tractor trailer on fire. E41 arrived at the 56 mile marker Westbound with a dry bulk tanker with its left side, rear tandems on fire. Apparently, the brakes overheated and set all four left side rear tires on fire. E41 and E51 handled the fire in short time and returned to service.
Today, some of our Members got together to decorate the fire station for the Holidays. We kicked the day off with a delicious hearty breakfast cooked by Derek and TJ. This was able to help fend off the frigid temperatures that descended on the area while we hung lights and wreaths on the outside of the station. Hopefully, everyone that passes the station will enjoy the lights.
Today, Congressman Tim Murphy visited the fire station to see our newly remolded facility and to discuss some upcoming challenges Monroeville Fire Department will be facing in the very near future. First and foremost is how declining volunteerism across Pennsylvania is effecting the fire and EMS services. Other topics of discussion included the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and how it will effect EMS compensation from insurance companies. As well as our upcoming Federal (AFG) Assistance to Firefighters Grant application for Department-wide Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace units for all five Companies. The projected total cost on these replacement SCBAs is over $800,000. We appreciate the Congressman taking time out of his busy schedule to visit.
Just after 0200 hours this morning Truck 4 was alerted to Wilmerding for multiple dwellings on fire. Both residences were on a hillside and set back off the road approximately 50 feet. Chief 306 arrived on scene with one structure at 100% involvement, already collapsing in on itself and another structure at 50% involvement. T4 was assigned to position on the A side between the two structures and set up for aerial master stream operations. The interior crew went to structure #2 and began opening up for the engine company. Within minutes Command made the second dwelling an exterior operation as well and crews were in for a long, cold night.
Units: E306-1, E306-2, E283, E229, E230, T4, T283, R135, E161
Command: C306 (Hartzell)
Tonight Members of Fire Co. No. 4 gathered for the annual Thanksgiving feast held at the station. This year we had a lot to be thankful for; none of our Members were seriously injured at any incidents, our building project was finally finished, and our new pumper will soon be on the production line. Everyone at Fire Co. No. 4 wishes you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
This afternoon, just before 4:30pm, Companies were dispatched into the 6th district for a reported dwelling fire. Station 6 personnel arrived on scene reporting a working kitchen fire. Truck 4 arrived on scene as the Rapid Intervention Team just as E61 was extinguishing the fire. The assignment was held to E61 and T5 for ventilation.
Units: E61, T5, Q1, T4
Command: C61 (Ramsey)
Just as Rescue 4 cleared from the fire they were requested, along with Medic 47, onto the PA Turnpike for a motor vehicle collision but were soon cancelled by High Spire when another EMS agency arrived and reported minor injuries to one occupant. While enroute back to the fire house from this call Truck 4 was dispatched to Wilmerding to assist with an unknown odor inside a commercial building. With T4 on a delayed response as they cleared from the fire, Lieutenant 306 requested Rescue 4 to respond as well. Company 4 units assisted Company 306 with investigating a two story commercial building with metering equipment and lighting. Odor was attributed to a build-up of sewer gasses.