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.
Just before 11:00pm Tuesday night Companies were dispatched to the 1900 block of Eagle Ridge Drive in the 6th district, for a report of fire coming from the roof. Truck 4 responded with 6 as the second due Truck Company and was assigned to place exterior ladders and secure utilities. T4 then placed the power ladder to the roof for the secondary egress for the roof team. Rescue 4 also responded with 6 as the Rapid Intervention Team and staged personnel on Side A of the building. Once T4 crew placed all ground ladders, they deployed a handline from Engine 51 for extinguishment of the fire which was located above the 3rd division ceiling. Fire was under control in less then an hour.
Units: E61, E51, E12, Q1, T5, T4, M69
Command: C50 (Harvey)
Monday, November 17, 2014
Shortly after 1 AM, Monroeville Police units were on scene of a vehicle crash with no injuries, with a pole and wires down on Route 22 in the first district. Officers noticed smoke coming from the business adjacent to the crash and requested the fire department. Stations 1, 6, 5, Truck 4, RIT 4, and Command 32 were dispatched for the possible structure fire. C-14 (Captain Sonafelt) arrived on scene and established command confirming a smoke condition in the store. Quint 1 arrived and stretched a 2″ attack line into the store. It was discovered that the wires down sent a surge through the business and burned electrical equipment inside. The power was isolated and units confirmed there was no extension. The business was ventilated and fire units cleared the scene within the hour.
A couple of hours after the chimney fire Companies were alerted to the 200 block of Shackelford Drive for a possible residential structure fire with smoke in the kitchen of a single family dwelling in the 5th district. E42 arrived as the second due Engine Company and staged at a hydrant as E51 investigated. The source of the smoke was determined to be a large electrical appliance in the kitchen of the home. Units were quickly placed back in service.
At approximately 8:30pm this evening Companies were alerted for a reported chimney fire in the 1200 block of Northwestern Drive in the 4th district. Chief 135 was on scene reporting a working fire in the flue of the chimney with a moderate smoke condition in the residence. E42 arrived and deployed a 1 3/4 inch hand line to the interior while E51 laddered the roof and deployed “chimney chains” which were effective in removing the burning residue from the flue. Interior crews extinguished and removed the burning material and checked for extension. House was ventilated naturally and crews returned to service within a short while.
Units: E42, E51, Q1
Command: C40 (Feyes)