This afternoon units were dispatched into the 5th district on Golden Mile Highway for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. R4 arrived with a head-on type crash between a pick-up truck and a U-Haul box truck. The driver of the U-Haul was still heavily entrapped. The vehicle was stabilized and the driver side door immediately forced open using hydraulic spreaders. Then a hydraulic ram was used to roll the dash board up off the victim and he was removed from the vehicle and into Medic 59. Within 17 minutes of units arriving on scene, the patient was freed and in the back of a medic unit.
Units: Engine 51, Medic 59, Rescue 4
Command: C-41 (Bacco)
Last night the Members of Station 4 gathered for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. This tradition is one of the many highlights to the year. When Members, young and old, come together to share a hearty meal, stories, and good camaraderie. This year we had 28 Members partake of a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal…and like always, several calls occurred during the meal. Three EMS runs and two fire incidents, including a reported commercial structure fire in District 1, were handled before the evening ended.
At approximately 3:15 this morning Rescue 4 was requested into the Level Green section of Penn Township for a residential structure fire. R4 and C41 responded with a total of 7 personnel for the assignment. Crews arrived and placed ground ladders as egress points for interior crews then provided exterior scene lighting to the rear of the residence at the basement entrance. Penn Township Companies found a basement fire that had extended through the walls to the first and second floors.
This morning just after 0930 hours, Engine 41 was requested by Holiday Park Fire Department to respond to a residential structure fire on O’block Road in the Borough of Plum. With a crew of six, E41 was the third arriving engine and was tasked with assisting interior crews with extinguishment and overhaul. No occupants were home at the time and several pets were removed to the care of neighbors. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is currently investigating a cause and origin. Quick work by first arriving units held the fire to one room.
Units: E236-1 (Holiday Park), E78 (Sardis), E41, E234-1 (Renton), T233 (Unity), Plum EMS, Murrysville Medic One (Rehab)
Command: Chief 236 (Reynolds)
The crews of Station 4 were busy this morning with several calls. Just before 0300 hours all stations were alerted for a possible residential structure fire in District 6. E41 responded as the 3rd due (second arriving) Engine Company and R4 responded as the Rapid Intervention Team. Crews investigated and found an electrical issue within the residence. While at this incident, units were dispatched to the PA Turnpike for a vehicle fire. R4 was cleared by Command to return back to Station 4 to allow E42 to respond with Tanker 5, Medic 48 and Harrison City Engine 87. Units arrived to find a fully involved vehicle in the wide area located at the 59 MM Eastbound. Two handlines from Tanker 5, utilized by crews from E42 and E87, quickly extinguished the blaze. Just as the guys were winding down and thought they could catch a few winks of sleep – the MVC on the PA Turnpike (58.4 MM Eastbound) was dispatched at 0630. R4 and M48 responded and located a vehicle off the roadway and into the wooded area, however, no EMS or Rescue services were needed and units returned to finally get some shut-eye.
Roughly 18 months ago our fire and EMS crews responded to a call in which a runaway asphalt paver rolled onto a worker, crushing him and pinning him beneath the roller from the waist down. This call had a very successful outcome thanks to many agencies working together. Recently Dr. Dan Schwartz, our Medical Director from Forbes Hospital had the case study published in the Prehospital Emergency Care Journal.
This article highlights crush injuries and the steps that were taken from the initial rescue, through the extrication and finally the operative course that was taken.
Read it here: Tourniquet Use to Prevent Reperfusion Injury
During the month of October Station 4 responded to a combined 384 fire and EMS incidents. To put that into perspective; that averages just over 12 calls a day or a call just about every 2 hours for 31 days straight. This incredible feat was also accomplished in the month of May. However, during October we were able to handle all these calls for assistance while also being able to perform several fire prevention and safety details. All without missing a step. Oftentimes, our crews are called upon to present fire prevention details by visiting schools, youth organizations and even nursing homes. We also visited extended care and acute care facilities to perform safety seminars with the staff regarding fire extinguisher usage and evacuation plans. So much of these daily, weekly, monthly activities and incidents are handled by willing volunteers. Some of which are not even originally from the area but choose to be part of this Community. The Line Officers and Executive Staff greatly appreciate every volunteer and the time they dedicate to seamlessly take care of business everyday.
Approximately 10 months after being sold to Trevilians Volunteer Fire Co. in Virginia, a new Engine 41 is finally in service! As of this morning at 0700 hours Engine 41, – a 2015 Seagrave, Marauder 2 pumper – was placed in service and is awaiting its first official emergency response. The Members have been working hard to place equipment, rack hose, and train, train, train on the new rig in anticipation of placing it in service. We are looking forward to Saturday, October 24th when we perform a traditional “Wet Down” ceremony and welcome the new piece into the Department. In the above pictures you can see old Engine 41 before and after it was sold to Trevilians FD, and a few pictures of the new Engine 41.
The crews at Station 4 were busy today! The day started promptly at 0700 with the first EMS run of the day and quickly ramped up from there. In all, duty crews handled 15 calls in a 12 hour period. The calls included multiple EMS runs, a motor vehicle collision with multiple injuries, a house fire in the first due district, a chemical release at a research facility in District 5, and a vehicle fire. Incidentally, Co. 4 EMS also handled an overturned refuse truck on the PA Turnpike during the house fire. The Line Officers and Executive Staff want to send their gratitude to all Members who made sure all the calls were covered.
This morning, just after 0900 hours, Company 4 was alerted to the commercial dwelling fire in East McKeesport. R4 responded as the Rapid Intervention Team to an apartment fire on Fifth Avenue. Rescue 4 crews maintained RIT responsibilities as crews from Stations 135 and 306 extinguished the the fire and held it to the kitchen area of a third floor apartment.
Units: RE-135, E-306, RE-213, T-214, R-4
Command: C135 (Spielvogle)