Today at approximately 8:30am Companies were dispatched to the Northern Pike Garden apartments were a 911 caller stated he smelled smoke and thought an apartment was on fire. E42 and T5 arrived with nothing evident from the outside, however, were met by a significant smoke condition upon entering the structure. Crews began primary searches and made their way to the basement, finding a large electrical fire emitting from the panel that was starting to extend into the structural components. Due to the size of the panel and the possibility of it still being energized, crews attempted to extinguish the fire using several dry chemical extinguishers. Duquesne Light Power Company was expedited to the scene and confirmed that the power had been terminated. Crews then proceeded to extinguish the fire using handlines supplemented with foam.
Units: E42, E62, E12, T5, E230 (RIT), E233
Command: C-41 (Bacco)
Just after 3:30 in the morning, Companies were alerted to a possible kitchen fire in the 4th district. A caller from 250 Cedar Ridge Drive was reporting her kitchen on fire in her 7th floor apartment. Crews from E42 and E51 worked to extinguish the small fire as it began extending to the area behind and above the stove. No injuries occurred to any of the residents or firefighters and crews cleared up in less than an hour.
Units: E42, E51, Q1, T5, R6 (RIT), Command 32, M48
Command: C-41 (Bacco)
This morning just after 0630 Company 4 was alerted to a motor vehicle collision at mile marker 58 Eastbound on the PA Turnpike. Initial reports stated that a tractor trailer had rolled over and the driver was entrapped with the cab against the Jersey barrier. Medic 48 and Rescue 4 arrived on scene to find a loaded tractor trailer on its driver’s side and the uninjured driver unable to extricate himself. The Turnpike Commission instituted “Plan X” (which is shutting down either one direction or both directions on the mainline) while crew members worked to provide an egress path for the driver. M48 evaluated the driver and he refused treatment or transport. R4 crew mitigated fluids and checked the cargo area which was undamaged. None of the non-hazardous cargo was leaking or posing a threat. Crews turned the scene over to Turnpike Maintenance and cleared the scene as soon as the vehicle was moved to clear a lane of travel.
Units: Medic 48, Rescue 4, Unity Rescue 233
Command: C-41 (Bacco)
This morning just after 12:30am, crews were alerted to a reported dwelling fire in the 1300 block of Hillsdale Drive in the 4th district. E-42 arrived on scene with a three person crew and went to work. Firefighter Balanti and Lieutenant Stadler forced entry to the front door and removed a victim several feet inside. Once removed from the residence, the crew of E-51 immediately began resuscitation efforts and moved the victim to the awaiting Medic unit. E-42 crew then returned to the interior to begin extinguishing the rapidly spreading fire. Crews remained on scene for several hours to assist the Allegheny County Fire Marshall with the investigation. While operating at the scene one firefighter from Company 1 and one firefighter from Company 5 sustained minor injuries and were transported to the local hospital for evaluation. Both are doing fine.
Command: C-40 (Feyes)
Units: E-42, E-51, E-12, E-31, T-4, Q-1, R-6, E-230-1 (RIT), M-48, M-49
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Rescue 4 (Westmoreland County Rescue 170) responded to Murrysville last night as the rapid intervention team for a commercial structure fire. Initially, this was dispatched as a fire alarm until units arrived on scene with a smoke condition in the structure. Crews on scene made a quick knock on the fire which was extending through the building. R4 established RIT on side A, and remained on scene for approx 1 hour.
This morning started off rather busy with several Fire and EMS calls before 10:00am. Around 0630 Medic 49 responded into Plum for a cardiac arrest. Shortly thereafter the Truck ran back to back calls into District 1; one for an electrical issue at a multi-residential high rise and the second for a broken sprinkler line inside a commercial structure. Then during a short breakfast break, Medic 49 responded to a resident having a stroke and Medic 48 responded to a motor vehicle collision (shown) while the Truck responded to a third call into the 1st District before being cancelled.
2015 brought some good news to one of our members. Firefighter/Paramedic Tony Karashowsky has accepted a career position with Fairfax County Fire Department in Fairfax, Va.
Tony came to #4 back in 2005. He was a live-in member for four years while he attended college and obtained his paramedic certification.
Tony has continued to be a very active member in our organization and Fairfax’s gain will surely be our loss. Tony joins countless others who have gone onto career positions with prominent Fire and EMS organization across the country. We wish you continued success and a long and safe career! The 4 house and the community thank you for your service.
2014 turned out to be one of our busiest years to date. Station 4 responded to 2,805 EMS runs and 721 Fire and Rescue incidents for a total of 3,526 Station runs. We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication and hard work!
Shortly before 7:00am Companies were dispatched to the 4th District for a large commercial grocery store having an automatic fire alarm activation. E-42 arrived on scene and quickly began investigating only to find the building filling with smoke. The ‘working’ assignment was then dispatched bringing additional resources to the scene. It wasn’t long before E-42′s crew found a fire in one of the roof top HVAC units and extinguished it. Within minutes, efforts were made to ventilate the structure and begin releasing units.
Units: E-42, E-51, Q-1, T-5 , T-4, R-6 (RIT), Command 32
Command: C-48 (Stadler)