New Year, same old story
1/5/14 - Waterford started out the New Year with back to back EMS calls and hasn't slowed down much since then. As of today, we're on run number 6 which includes a tire fire and motor vehicle accident. We hope everyone is extra cautious during the artic blast that is heading our way.
New Years Eve dwelling fire
12/31/13 - Waterford was dispatched this afternoon to what would become a very long New Years Eve fire. The 911 caller reported flames coming from the residence, and upon Assistant Chief Latta's arrival, he confirmed a working fire in the single story log cabin. Despite another daytime fire, Waterford turned out Engine 143 and Tanker 145 with full crews, and Rescue 148 hot on their tails. 151 ordered 143 to lay in from the hydrant at the corner of East and Circuit streets, with 148 to pick up the line and finish the stretch. The total length of the lay was 1,520 feet. While the hydrant was filling that massive stretch, Tanker 145 fed water to the engine as crews tried to knock the blaze into submission. The fire had a long head start and the house was fully involved by the time water flowed. Union City, Mill Village, Perry Hiway, Edinboro, and McKean assisted at the scene while Kearsarge stood by at Station 14. Extensive overhaul was needed to dampen the fire. Firefighters encountered frigid temperatures as well as heavy smoke and steam while making the attack. When work was completed, all companies returned to station where the Ladies Auxiliary had prepared chili, hot dogs, and hot drinks. Many thanks to the Ladies and the assisting companies.
Mobile Home Fire in Mill Village
12/22/13 - A morning mobile home fire brought several fire departments together today in LeBoeuf Township. Waterford Tanker 145, Engine 143, and Rescue 148 responded to the Route 19 dwelling after reports of smoke coming from the residence were called in. The condition of the dwelling made firefighting efforts more difficult than usual, but the fire was quickly extinguished and limited to one room. The resident was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. All companies were in service shortly before 10 am.
Apartment Fire in the borough
12/19/13 - At 3:45 in the afternoon Waterford was dispatched for a fire in an apartment above a detatched garage. Union City's Assistant Chief 1141 was the first on scene and reported a two story building with smoke showing. Engine 143 responded and stretched a handline to the second floor dwelling. Inside they were met with heavy smoke, but no visible fire. As they began to pull the ceiling of the apartment Rescue 148 arrived and the crew went to work on the roof to ventilate the structure. Once ventilation was started, the fire showed itself, but the interior crew gave it a licking. The fire was quickly under control. Crews from Mill Village and Union City helped with overhaul while Edinboro stood by as the RIT. Thanks to everyone that responded for this mid-day fire.
12/15/13 - It's been quite awhile since we've posted any new news. We were dispatched to quite a few medical calls this year, and only one working structure fire of our own. We provided many mutual aid runs to surrounding departments and several into Crawford County. We've kept ourselves busy with calls and around the station to keep everything in working order. As we near the end of the year, it looks like we will end up with close to the same number of runs as last year. Highlights from the year and more to follow at the start of the new year. Stay safe.
3/13/13 - Waterford volunteers were called to service early Wednesday morning to assist Edinboro at a vehicle accident with entrapment in the 3500 block of Kinter Hill Road. Squad 147 responded and transported one patient. Later in the day, just before 3:30pm, Waterford was dispatched to a vehicle accident of its own in front of the Lakeside Tavern on Route 19S. Two vehicles had collided head on. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts and as a result, only one person was transported with minor injuries. A third call for service came in at 6:05 for Tanker 145 to assist Perry Hiway at a mobile home fire on Rosebay Street. Tanker 145 responded and dropped almost two tanks of water at the scene. While Tanker 145 was at that fire, Waterford was dispatched to assist Edinboro with the RIT for a possible fire at Edinboro University. Rescue 148 responded, but was put in service prior to arrival with a report of a false alarm. Waterford volunteers returned from the incidents, cleaned the rigs, and still held the usual Wednesday drill. Another busy day in the books.
Quick save dwelling fire
3/11/13 - At 8:02 this morning, Waterford was dispatched to a dwelling fire with entrapment in the 11000 block of Route 97 North. Several passerby callers reported smoke coming from the eves of the house, and a call from a neighbor reported one person still inside the house. The medical crew for the day was at the station at the time of the call and responded with Squad 147. When they arrived on scene minutes later, they reported several people running in and out of the house, and finally two people entering and not exiting. Engine 143 responded with a light crew and arrived to find heavy smoke and fire visible from the exterior in the Charlie/delta corner of the house. Chief 151 was also on scene and made a hasty primary search while the two citizens that ran into the house managed to make it out the back. The two man engine crew stretched a handline to the front door and made entry as flames licked the ceiling at the top of the split level stairway. A fast knock down of the fire was made and the crew immediately completed the primary search for the missing resident with negative results. The crew then began to open walls and pull ceilings to check for extension while other fire companies were arriving on scene. Kuhl Hose Company and Perry Hiway Hose Company aided in overhaul, secondary, and tertiary searches. All searches came up negative for any trapped or missing persons. The second floor of the house sustained extensive smoke and heat damage, but the fire was contained to the C/D corner room, which was gutted. Crews completed salvage and overhaul and were cleared from the scene. The cause of the fire is believed to be known, but is still under investigation. Units responding from Waterford were: Chief 151, Engine 143, Tanker 145, Pumper 141, and Squad 147. Dispatched companies were Waterford, Kuhl Hose, Edinboro, Perry Hiway, and Mill Village. A reminder: Get out and stay out of burning or smoke filled buildings. We can’t save a person or the building if we’re now focused on saving you as well. Photos
Life Skills class visits the fire hall
2/21/13 - The Life SKills class from the Fort LeBoeuf Middle School visited the fire hall for a tour this morning. Nine students learned about firefighting equipment and gear and even got to climb in, on, and around the engines! The students came full of questions and left full of answers and smiles. We were very happy to have them as guests.
Early morning fire in Greene Township
2/17/13 - Waterford was called to assist Kuhl Hose Company at a dwelling fire on Sampson Road shortly before 6am. The homeowner reported his cockloft on fire when calling 911. Chief 680 arrived on scene and reported a working fire in the attic and second floor. Tanker 145 and Rescue 148 responded from Waterford. When 148's crew arrived on scene they made entry into the second floor bedroom window via ground ladder and made an attack on the fire that was consuming the back bedroom. The fire was knocked down and overhaul began. Crews were able to limit the fire's spread to the second floor, although the first floor sustained heavy water damage. A good, fast effort by Kuhl Hose firefighters that arrived first kept the house from becoming totally engulfed. Waterford units cleared and were cleaned up at the station at 10:30.
Banquet and awards dinner
2/16/13 - Waterford firefighters and special guests enjoyed an evening of food, goofy awards, and recognition for their efforts tonight. The annual banquet is held at the American Legion banquet hall. It gives a nice recap of the previous year and gives everyone a night to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family.
Dwelling fire in Union City
1/26/13 - Waterford was called for an engine and tanker to assist Union City on a structure fire, reported fully involved by the 911 caller. Waterford Cheifs 140 and 151 were first on scene and confirmed that the structure was well off. Union City command placed Waterford's Engine 143 on standby at Station 113 and continued Tanker 145 to the scene. A short time later 143 was called to the scene to help with overhaul. The small, one story house was a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
1/17/13 - Shorty before 11pm Waterford was dispatched for a maternity call in Rainbow Valley Mobile Home Park. Squad 147 responded and was given additional information that the patient believed her water had broken and contractions were 2 minutes apart. The crew quickly loaded her into the ambulance and started for the hospital, but the new baby girl just couldn't wait. The 6lb 5oz girl was delivered in the back of Squad 147! Congrats to the new mother and also to the crew, Mike Fries, Damion Babcock, and Chris Young!
1/16/13 - A Waterford man is dead after his pickup left the roadway, rolled, and sheared off a utility pole early Thursday morning at the intersection of Woods and Bagdad Roads. Chiefs 150 and 151 arrived on scene to find the vehicle upside down in a ditch with the driver partially ejected. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue 148 and Squad 147 responded and assisted the State Police and Coroner. Penelec was on scene for several hours restoring infrastructure and power to the area.
Another high volume call year
1/1/13 - Waterford firefighters and EMTs made it through another year and once again set the record for calls for service with 685. This is the total number of medical, fire, accident, rescue, and other calls the fire department may be called out for. Many might be surprised at what all the fire department is called for. Obviously, we handle fires of all types, but we also respond to emergency medical calls, vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, basement pump outs, storm damage cleanup, traffic control, and a few other odd ball requests. Most of our call volume is comprised of medical calls, which average out to take two hours from the time we leave the station to the time the ambulance is clean and paperwork is complete. Using that two hour average for a call, that's over 1,300 hours of time that was donated (that's a very low estimate). If we were to pay a four person crew $10/hr (which is well below the national average for paid fire service) and only for the hours spent on calls, it would cost the community of Waterford over $520,000. Volunteers make the difference! We hope everyone has a safer and healthier 2013.
Ambulance Roll Over
9/27/12 - Waterford was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident at 7:45 this morning. As chief officers went en route, further information came in that the accident was a roll over involving an ambulance that was transporting a patient. On Chief 151’s arrival, he reported one ambulance on its roof, off the road, and called for additional ambulances, air medical on standby, and a second rescue to the scene. Squad 147 and Rescue 148 responded from Waterford. Crews were faced with multiple patients, including one hanging upside down from the crashed ambulance’s stretcher. Extrications were made of five total patients. Transports were made by Waterford, Perry Hiway, and Emergycare ambulances. Perry Hiway also responded with the second rescue on the assignment. Incidents like this can be very stressful for responders. Not only do we have to deal with multiple patients and deciding which patients get treated and transported in what order, but in this case responders also have to mentally deal with the patients being fellow responders from a neighboring department. An incident involving other responders as patients can be the hardest incident to handle, but everyone involved today did an excellent job at remaining composed and accomplishing the tasks that needed to be accomplished. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the members of the Elgin-Beaverdam Hose Company involved.
School Bus drills
9/26/12 - Waterford acquired two school buses from the Fort LeBoeuf School District for use in bus rescue training. The buses were destined for the scrap yard, but are being temporarily saved from the fate. Waterford drilled dismantling the first bus to learn about the construction, possible rescue points, and cut the entire top off using the Holmatro Rescue tools. Dave Alexander from Dave’s Autow showed the volunteers what his rigs are able to be used for; from stabilization to removal of the bus roof. The second bus was being used in a combined drill with Edinboro, Union City, and Kuhl Hose Company. With help from a few Boy Scouts, a school bus rollover incident was simulated. Volunteers were "dispatched" to the scene and had to perform tasks like triaging patients, patient care, and vehicle rescue tasks. Bus accidents don’t happen often, and the requisition of these two buses is valuable to the continued training of our volunteers.
Beer tent and street dances
7/20-21-12 - We will again be hosting the beer tent and street dances during Heritage Days. Friday night's band is Refuge, while Saturday night tent-goers will hear a variety of tunes spun by a DJ. You'll be able to get your ice cold beer and mingle with friends Friday and Saturday and support the fire department too.
Regional RIT drill
5/9/12 - Waterford, Edinboro, Corry, and Kuhl Hose fire departments met at an acquired structure this evening to start multi company drilling exercises for RIT training. RIT, short for rapid intervention team, is a group of firefighters specifically designated as a safety team on scene at fire and rescue incidents. These firefighters are trained to respond to the "worst case scenario" events, such as a lost or downed firefighter. Constant training and brainstorming are essential to the success of this group. The group plans on meeting on a regular basis as part of the continued training efforts of the fire departments involved. The Wattsburg Hose Company was also in attendance tonight, as the training house is also being used to help newer members of all the departments involved hone their skills as well.
5/4/12 - In the early morning hours of Friday, a frantic 911 call came in for a trailer on fire with the resident still inside. Department 14 was dispatched to South Drive in Beeman's Mobile Home Park off Old State Road for a trailer fire with entrapment. The home, a pull behind camper was fully involved upon Chief Young's (150) arrival. Shortly after his arrival, Chief Young confirmed the entrapment. When Engine 143 arrived on scene there was not much left to save. The State Police, Coroner, and Fire Marshall were all called to the scene. Departments 38, 113, and 12 assisted.
4/28/12 - It is with great sadness that the members of the Stancliff Hose Company announce the passing of our friend and brother Dan Kuhn. Kuhny was a dedicated member of our department for 37 years, and his smile and cheerful demeanor will be missed by all who knew him. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 1-4pm and 6-9pm at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford. A memorial service will be held there on Wednesday at 11:30am. Any department wishing to bring apparatus are asked to contact Chief Chris Barber at 602-5806.
Fire rips through barn
4/6/12 - Waterford was dispatched shortly after 1:30 Friday morning 4/6/12 after several calls to 911 were received for a barn fire. While units were responding the barn owner called and reported their camper and house also catching fire. Union City, Mill Village, and Edinboro were dispatched to assist with engines and tankers. Upon Chief 151’s arrival, the barn was collapsed on the ground, showering exposures with large embers. Rescue 148 and Engine 142 from Waterford responded. Additional engines and tankers were called for shortly after 151’s arrival. Just before 148 arrived on scene 151 reported the camper on fire as well as a second structure. Companies worked to extinguish the new fires and protect exposures of outbuildings while the barn was left to burn. Companies worked on scene for several hours before the fire was called under control at 3:55. Water supply was released at 4:30 and companies began picking up and going in service shortly after. In total the following units responded: Waterford - 148R, 142E. Mill Village - 123E. Union City - 1139L, 1136T. Edinboro - 382E, 385T. Perry Hiway - 435T, 472B. McKean - 405E. Kuhl Hose - 686T, 685T, 683E, Rehab68. Crawford County Bloomfield - 1-2E. Cranesville and Belle Valley stations were put on standby to help cover the depleted coverage area.
Crash in the borough
4/5/12 - Waterford was requested by the Pennsylvania State Police at 00:50 on 4/5/12 for a car into a tree. After initial dispatch the Troopers on scene reported a male patient unresponsive with a head injury. Chief 151 responded and upon arrival found one car with heavy damage, the patient entrapped in the vehicle. Squad 147, Rescue 148, and Engine 142 responded and began patient care and extrication. STAT Medevac 17 was called to the scene and landed behind the Fort LeBoeuf High School. Perry Hiway was called for, and responded with an additional rescue. Extrication was completed by cutting and spreading away the remaining part of the front quarter panel, passenger door, and passenger rocker panel using the Holmatro Combi tool. Once the exterior of the car was removed, the patient’s arm was disentangled from the dashboard by cutting away the various parts and wires. The patient was removed from the vehicle and packaged thirty minutes after dispatch. The patient was stabilized and transferred to STAT 17 who flew the patient to the local trauma center.
2/18/12 - The members of the Stancliff Hose Company gathered with friends, family, and special guests for the annual awards banquet, held at the American Legion Post 285. The evening included a buffet style dinner, guest speaker, service awards, and goofy awards. Thanks to Department 113 (Union City) for providing a standby crew so our members could relax and enjoy the evening. Also thanks to all those who support the Company throughout the year, and especially to those who volunteer to make a difference in our community.
Three car pileup
2/5/12 - At 5:55 in the evening Waterford was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 97 N near Moore Road. Callers reported three vehicles involved, with patients entrapped and a vehicle possibly on fire. Squad 147 responded while mutual aid from Department 42 (Perry Hiway) was dispatched. 147 arrived on scene to find three vehicles with heavy damage. Captain 152 confirmed entrapment in one vehicle, which was three feet off the ground and sitting on top of another vehicle. An out of town ambulance from Emergycare arrived on scene and began caring for the worst patient. STAT Medevac was initially put on standby as protocol, but put in service by command. One patient was extricated from the vehicle using the Holmatro rescue tool from Waterford and hand tools from Perry Hiway. Two total patients were transported to the local trauma center. Amazingly, the driver of the third vehicle, which had a midsized sedan sitting on top of it, was unharmed. Squads 147 and 427, Rescues 148 and 428, and Engine 142 responded. Thanks to Perry Hiway for their help with the call. Photos
Reported Still Alarm in the borough
2/3/12 - A caller reported smoke coming from her bathroom shortly after 5:00 in the afternoon. Departments 14, 12, 113, and 38 were dispatched to the possible structure fire on W 3rd Street in the borough. Assistant Chief 150 (Young) arrived on scene first and reported a two and a half story brick construction residence with nothing visible. Units arrived on scene and found the problem to be an improperly vented dryer and furance. Engine 143, 123, Ladder 1139, Rescue 124, 384, and Squad 1138 responded to the alarm.
RIT run to Crawford County
1/23/12 - The Rapid Intervention Team was called to stand by at Cambridge Springs Fire Department (Crawford County Department 3) during a structure just before 7:00 Monday morning. Rescue 148 responded and was called to the scene while en route. The fire was under control upon 148's arrival, but the job wasn't done there. 148's crew handled a carbon monoxide alarm call for Dept. 3 before returning home.
145 Heavy on the move
1/21/12 - Tanker 145 spent the day touring Erie County. For the first run 145 was called to an early morning fire in Wattsburg at the old Phillipsville Tavern. Heavy fire was reported by the first officer on scene and despite the best efforts of the crews, the building was too involved to make a productive stop on the fire. Later in the afternoon 145 responded with Engine 143, Rescue 148, and Squad 147 to a garage fire on Route 97 in LeBoeuf Township. A car repair garage associated with Oak Hill Motors was reported on fire by a passerby shortly before 12:30. Department 12 Assistant Chief 130 arrived on location and confirmed a working fire. Multiple explosions occurred and piles of tires and several cars were found well off inside the structure. One firefighter was injured as a result of an explosion and was transported to the hospital by 147. Units were called back to the fire grounds for a rekindle of several cars in the early evening.
End of the year report
12/31/11 - It was another record breaking year for the volunteers of Waterford. The total number of calls for service surpassed 2010's 590 calls by 89 for a total of 679 calls. The first call of 2011 was an EMS call for a traumatic head injury and the last call of 2011 was an EMS call for an ill patient, which came in shortly before midnight on the 31st. Surprisingly, Waterford hosted no working structure fires during the year (several close calls were extinguished by Chief 151 [Latta] by bucket brigade). During the spring and summer months however, volunteers dealt with several fatal crashes which greatly affected the community. The volunteers of the Stancliff Hose Company would like to thank our friends and neighbors for your support and help throughout the year. We wish you all a safe and happy 2012.
Brush Fire in Millcreek
11/13/11 - A brush fire in Millcreek required the help of the South County departments in the early morning today. Waterford was dispatched for a tanker and manpower to assist Department 44 as strong winds carried the small brush fire across a hillside. Waterford crews arrived on scene and grouped with Department 68 (Kuhl Hose) and Department 38 (Edinboro). This crew dug fire line and mopped up along the Southern and leading edge of the fire and contained it to the hilltop. Tender 145 and Rescue 148 responded from Waterford. Crews were on scene for about four hours. Photos
Slushy roads take a toll
11/11/11 - A wet snow blanketed most of the region on this Veteran's Day morning, leaving roads slushy and slippery. The slush is blamed for one accident on Rt 19 near Talcott Road. The driver of the full sized pickup lost control and side swiped a utility pole just before 7:00. Chief 151 (Latta) arrived on scene and reported one patient with head injury, pinned. Squad 147 responded and took patient care while Rescue 148's crew popped the door of the vehicle. The patient was extricated minutes later and was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. Photos
Fish Fry and Sportsman Raffle
11/6/11 - The annual Fish Fry and Sportsman Raffle took place this past Saturday in Waterford. The quaint crowd was treated to a fresh cooked fish dinner with all the fixings. Special thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary members who helped out with the event. Thanks also to the North American Gallery, Gander Mountain, and the numerous local businesses that provided raffle items and door prizes.
Second fatal accident in two days
10/8/11 - Another man is dead after a traffic collision at Rt 19 and Bagdad Rd early this morning. A 911 call came in just before 3:30 Saturday morning for a car that collided with a gasoline tanker. The caller indicated that the victim was trapped in the car, and the car was on fire. Chief 150 (Chris Young) arrived on location and reported heavy damage, with a small fire in what was originally the engine compartment. STAT Medevac was placed on standby, Department 12 started for their rescue, and an additional ALS and transportable unit started from Emergycare. Shortly after arriving on scene, Chief 150 reported a Class 5 patient (deceased) and the fire being mostly self extinguished. Rescue 148, Engine 143, and Chiefs 140 and 151 responded from Waterford. Rescue 124 responded from Mill Village. Units worked to contain the large amount of fluid leaking from the semi tractor and cool the engine compartment of the car. Upon arrival of the coroner, extrication of the victim began and took just over 50 minutes to complete. The driver of the semi was not injured. Waterford units remained on scene while the Pennsylvania State Police investigated the accident, and spent several hours cleaning up the scene. Photos
One dead in strange incident
10/6/11 - "One man is dead and another is behind bars after an accident in Waterford early this morning. This fatal accident happened on State Route 97 near Union Road in Waterford Township around 2:50 am. State Police say 22-year-old Cody Warr died after climbing out an open window of a motorhome while it was moving, falling onto the roadway. Warr was one of several passengers in the motorhome driven by 24-year-old Zachary Roy Smith. Warr was pronounced dead at the scene. Charges against Smith are pending toxicology results for DUI. Police say Smith was in violation of his probation as well as desertion from the US Army." - yourerie.com, reporting.
Fire Safety Month
10/5/11 - October is fire prevention month all across the nation. To celebrate, we will be hosting tours of the station to area daycare centers and making fire safety presentations at Waterford Elementary. We will also be holding our annual Open House on October 15th, from 10 to 4. There will be plenty of activities and giveaways for kids and adults.
Busy, busy, busy
10/5/11 - Chief Barber is reporting 519 calls for service to date, which have kept his volunteers very busy. “The crews have done a good job at keeping up with the increased call volume this year, only giving up two or three calls per month,” said Barber. “A majority of our runs have been medical related, which results in a lot of man-hours for our members.” An average EMS run takes two hours, from dispatch to in-quarters. “When they go on multiple calls a day, that can really eat up their free time,” Barber added. The department is on pace to break last year’s record of 590 calls.
A little too dry...
8/27/11 - An early morning call was made to 911 for a mobile home filling with smoke. Station 14 was dispatched with Station 113, 12, and 38 to assist. Chief 151 went on location and reported a dryer fire, which he was containing with a bucket brigade. Engine 143 arrived on scene and quickly finished extinguishing the fire. Rescue 148 performed ventilation and units cleared shortly after. Experienced firefighters and quick thinking led to a fast stop on a fire that could have ended much worse.
Stormy Structure Fire in Union City
8/25/11 - Shortly before 1:30 Thursday morning Station 14 was dispatched to assist Station 113 on a garage fire on Kimball Hill Rd. Engine 143 responded and was second on scene, hit a hydrant and supplied Ladder 1139. The garage was fully involved upon the first due's arrival, but due to the thunder storm, aerial master streams were not able to be used. Multiple handlines were pulled and firefighters worked through the rain and lightning to douse the flames. Despite efforts of Station 113, 14, and 38 firefighters, the fire was too well off before being reported, and the building was not able to be saved. Engine 143 and Tanker 145 responded from Waterford.
New EMS Certification
8/24/11 - Wednesday drill night was spent certifying our EMT's to use Epi Pens according to the new EMS Protocols in Pennsylvania. Being able to administer this potential life saving medicine to patients is another service we are now able to provide to the community.
Smoke in a basement
8/8/11 - Waterford was dispatched for a structure fire on East 5th street, shortly before 13:00 Monday afternoon. Chief 151 responded to the scene and upon arrival reported a single story wood frame residence with nothing visible. Upon further investigation, 151 reported the person at the home smelled smoke in the basement. A smoldering pile of papers was discovered in the basement fireplace. Engine 143 responded non emergency and handled the call. Departments 12, 113, and 38 were dispatched as mutual aid on initial dispatch, but put in service before arriving.
7/24/11 - After several busy months, Waterford and Union City Fire Dept. members got together for a friendly softball game in the summer heat. Waterford held the home field advantage and took an early lead in the first inning. Clutch hits and great defensive plays held Union City at bay, as the men and women of Stancliff held Union City to single digits in a 24-3 win. The two companies enjoyed hot dogs and drinks after the game, as well as dunking each other in the port-a-pond to cool off. The day was a success, and we are all looking forward to the rematch.
Crash sends two in critical condition
7/11/11 - Shortly after 16:00 Waterford was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident in the 1400 block of Old State Rd. The 911 caller reported a car hit a tree, with a possible ejection. Upon Chief 151's arrival, two patients were found ejected from the vehicle, another two patients had died from their injuries. Additional Medics were started, two Medevacs put in the air, and Edinboro (Dept. 38) was started for a squad and rescue. Upon arrival of Squad 147, the most serious patient was loaded and immediately transported with a medic on board. The second patient was flown by STAT Medevac. Crews remained on scene while the State Police completed an investigation. One cut was made with the Holmatro Rescue Tool from Rescue 148 to split the vehicle in half, and was then loaded by fork lift onto a flatbed for removal.
Busy, busy, busy...
2/12/11 – A busy start to the New Year brings 50 calls for service in January. February is keeping pace as well; the total so far is up to twenty two, six of them coming back to back in one day. Waterford volunteers assisted Perry Hiway with Rescue 148 for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Peach St. near Lee Rd. on Friday the 11th. The patient was extricated in seven minutes. In addition to emergency calls, Waterford teamed up with Mill Village Fire Department and welcomed the Fort LeBoeuf Wrestling Team home from their 2nd place win at States Saturday (2/12) evening. As always, we’re looking for able bodied men and women to help us help others. Interested residents are encouraged to stop by the station on Wednesday evenings to pick up an application.
End of 2010 brings record number of calls
12/31/2010 – Another year has come and gone and quite the year it was for the Stancliff Hose Company. Our volunteers ran 590 emergency calls, ranging from ill patient EMS runs, vehicle accidents with entrapment, to residential fires. Not only did we protect the members of our own community, but we also aided our neighboring volunteer departments as well. On top of the record number of calls (it averages out to be two calls a day… EMS calls average 2 hours from when the call goes out until the paperwork is done. Fires and accidents can last 4-6 hours or longer!), we also held several fundraisers like the Chicken BBQ and Gun Raffle/Fish Fry, and kept up maintenance on our trucks and equipment. It was an expensive year for equipment maintenance, with an engine replacement and tank cradle rebuild for Tanker 145. That unexpected bill made keeping up with operational costs and purchase of new and replacement equipment difficult, but with the help of those friends and neighbors that donated and attended the fund raisers, we were able to stay afloat.
We would like to thank our community for supporting us this year and encourage those who didn’t donate this past year to do so in 2011. We volunteer our time and lives to help those in need, and we always remember that it could be for any of us, at any time. “Semper Paratus”
Fire rips through former Cherry Hill
12/2/10 - Shortly before Noon Thursday a call to 911 reported a fire in the Ethan Allen (former Cherry Hill) building in the Union City borough. The caller stated there were men working and a fire had started in the wall. Union City‘s first officer enroute immediately struck the second alarm. With the first and second alarms, Waterford (Sta. 14), Mill Village (Sta. 12), Wattsburg (Sta. 17), Corry (Sta. 10), Edinboro (Sta. 38), and Elgin/Beaverdam (Sta.74) were dispatched. The first on scene officer reported smoke showing, and while interior crews were on scene very quickly, the fire rapidly grew out of control. The all wood construction combined with the effects of years of woodworking products and the recent renovations made to the structure all contributed to the fast moving fire. Heavy fire was reported on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and crews were evacuated from the building shortly there after. Third, 4th, and 5th alarms were struck as the fire continued to grow. Houses and businesses adjacent to the scene were evacuated and protected with handlines from the massive amount of heat being given off by the fire. Several houses now have melted siding despite the efforts. The borough’s water system was not able to handle the amount of water being used, so a tanker shuttle was established to feed several aerials. Several thousand feet of large diameter supply hose was laid stretching from French Creek to the scene, with as many as three relay engines on a single line. Near the end of the incident, excavators were brought in to push in what remained of walls near Route 8. The building was on the ground and Command was terminated at 11:12 pm. In total, over 33 piece of fire apparatus from Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties in PA, and one department from NY were on the scene or used for transfer assignments, three firefighters were transported for minor injuries, and four dispatchers were initially used to handle the incident. A big thanks to everyone who provided hot food and drinks to the crews and the families effected by the fire. The following list is a summary of apparatus called to the scene: (L = Ladder, E = Engine, R = Rescue, T = Tanker, B = Ambulance)
Warren County Columbus 66-Engine,
Warren County Wrightsville Engine,
Crawford County Centerville Engine,
Crawford County Bloomfield 1-Engine,
Crawford County Sagertown Engine,
Crawford County Spartansburg 22-Engine,
Crawford County Hydetown Engine,
Erie International Airport Command Bus
If the house is rockin
9/10/10 - Waterford was dispatched at 1:10 am with Mill Village, Edinboro, and Perry Hiway for a residential structure fire on Flatts Rd. The fire was reported by a citizen passing by the address who stated the back half of the house was on fire. Engine 143, Tanker 145, and Rescue 148 responded from Waterford. Engine 123 from Mill Village was first on scene and reported a two story residence with a working fire. Upon arrival, Engine 143 pulled in a secondary driveway and stretched a hand line to the rear of the structure and started attack on the fully involved kitchen. While both engine companies were working, the still connected electric meter began to arc. Companies were prevented from working on that side of the structure until the meter could be pulled. Once the power was secured companies again began to aggressively attack the fire. Crews fought the fire in the walls and attic of the house until finally bringing it under control shortly after 3:00 am. Extensive overhaul was done on the house and all units were in service from the scene at 5:17 am. The Fire Marshal was called and is continuing his investigation.
Units responding: Waterford E143, T145, R148. Mill Village E123 ,R124, T126. Edinboro L389, S388, T385. Perry Hiway E423. Union City L1136, E1132. Cranesville E602.
Roll over accident
8/16/10 - Waterford’s fourth call for the day was reported as a rollover with entrapment on Swailes Road. 1401 was first on scene and gained access to the patient with a pry tool. Squad 147 arrived on scene and quickly packaged and transported the patient. A brief search of the roadside was made for Chief 140’s shoes, which had come up missing. A quick call to dispatch was made and a BOLO for a black pair of Nike sneakers was put out for all Waterford units. Responding Units: Squad 147, Rescue 148, Chief 140. Photos
BEE-r tent excitement
7/17/10 - What appeared to be a dust cloud slowly drifted across the Station 14 parking lot Saturday afternoon interrupting the Heritage Days festivities only briefly.. When firefighter Jeff Pett was asked why he was standing still in the middle of it, he quickly and quietly replied, “they’re bees(!)” The swarm of honey bees had made their way through the busy town and settled on a tree at the edge of our parking lot. With a large crowed expected to see the band later that evening, it was decided the bees should be removed. Charlie Heffner, a Millcreek firefighter and bee keeper was called to take the bees back to his hives. Another call was made to Edinboro to borrow Tower 389 to reach the bees. Several bad jokes and a short time later, a majority of the bees were collected. Charlie was only stung once during the incident, and no other bee injuries were reported. A BIG thanks to Charlie and Edinboro’s Chris Karotko and Jason Dahle for their assistance. Units responding: T-389. Photos
7/4/10 - Just before 11pm Sunday night Waterford, Union City, Elgin/Beaverdam, Corry, and Kuhl Hose were dispatched to assist Wattsburg for a building explosion in the 13000 block of Juva Rd. The caller reported an explosion of a propane tank which caused extensive damage to the house. Chief 140 and Engine 143 were the first on scene and reported no fire visible, but confirmed an explosion. A crew from 143 checked the interior of the house for fire, but none was found. The crew reported walls and ceilings being separated and the structure generally not safe for occupancy. In addition to the interior being destroyed, the foundation of the house was blown outward. Two injuries were reported, the worst of which was transported POV before responders arrived. It is believed that a propane leak in the basement triggered the blast. Units responding: Engine 143, Engine 1132, Engine 172, Engine 173, Tanker 1136, Tanker 756, Tanker 685, Squad 187, Squad 1148.
4th of July weekend search
7/3-4/10 - Waterford was dispatched for a search detail in the area of Rt 97 and Himrod Rd late in the day Saturday. Edinboro was called to assist in searching for the missing male in the thick brush. State Police suspended the search at sundown, and plans were made to continue the search in the morning. The Northwest Pennsylvania K9 Search and Rescue team as well as the Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse met volunteers Sunday morning to continue the search. As the group was preparing to leave for the scene, a family friend was notified that the man had been recovered. State Police are still investigating the incident.
6/6/10 - The Waterford area has been hit with several strong storms over the past week. Several tornado warnings and watches have been issued for our area, and an F0 tornado was confirmed in neighboring Crawford County. Just a reminder to Waterford residents that a single, 3 minute blast from the station siren is a signal to take shelter immediately. Strong storms can produce damaging winds without cyclonic activity, and anyone driving during or after these storms should use extra caution to avoid downed trees and power lines. Heavy rains from these storms can also cause flash flooding of roads. A flooded road should never be crossed, in vehicle or on foot. For more severe weather safety tips, click here
Quick Save on Mobile Home
5/4/10 - The first alarm was struck just before 6:00 Tuesday evening for a mobile home fire in the 13000 block of Route 19. Engine 143 quickly responded and was able to knock down the fire within minutes of arriving on scene. Fire and water damage was limited to the kitchen/living room area, but smoke and heat damage was evident in most of the trailer. One child was initally unaccounted for, but was located at a friend's house. Two dogs were not able to be saved and perished in the fire. Units responding: Engine 143, Rescue 148 from Waterford, Engine 123, Tanker 126 from Mill Village, Engine 1132, Tanker 1136, Squad 1138 from Union City, and Engine 382 (RIT) from Edinboro.
Three cut from wreckage
4/26/10 - Monday night at 11:30 Waterford (Sta. 14) was dispatched for a two vehicle accident with entrapment at the South “Y” of Rte 19 and Rte 97. Mill Village (Sta. 12) was dispatched to assist with a rescue and squad. Upon arrival it was reported two vehicles, heavy damage, head on, three patients entrapped. Erie County Dispatch was notified and STAT MedEvac 17 was put on standby and quickly upgraded to a scene response. Squad 147 arrived on scene and started patient care the best that they could as Rescue 148 and Utility Rescue 124 set up for extrication. Union City (Sta. 113) was called for a third tool and squad, and a second helicopter was requested to the landing zone. A crew from 148 used the Holmatro rescue tool, (a combination spreader/cutter is carried on Rescue 148) to remove the driver’s door from the tan sedan on the North side of the incident. The patient was freed from the wreckage and transported to the hospital by Mill Village 127. At the same time, Mill Village used their tool, a Hurst, to gain access to the passenger of the second car. Once freed that patient was transferred to the landing zone to STAT 17 and was transported by air to the Hamot Shock Trauma Center. The roof and remaining doors were removed by Waterford, Mill Village, and Union City rescuers using three rescue tools and several hand tools, in addition to rolling the dashboard of the car in efforts to free the third patient. The floor of the car had to be spread apart before the patient could be totally freed. The flight crew of STAT 7, (which had landed and been transported to the scene) took over care and were transported back to the helicopter. The third patient was extricated and transported by air after being trapped for 95 minutes. Crews remained on scene for a short time cleaning up and waiting for the traffic investigator. All companies were in service in quarters at 2:34am. Units responding: Squad 147, Rescue 148, Engine 142 from Waterford, Squad 127, Utility 124 from Mill Village, Squad 1148, Rescue 1147 from Union City, and Fire Police 399 from Edinboro, STAT 17, STAT 7 from STAT MedEvac.
4/25/10 - At 10:58 Erie County 911 received a report of a car hitting a house in the 1400 Block of Old State Road. Edinboro (Sta. 38) was dispatched for Rescue 384 with Waterford as more information was gathered that the occupants might have been entrapped in the vehicle. Captain 153 (Fox) and an EMT were first on scene and confirmed the entrapment with two patients, and Edinboro was dispatched for a squad to assist as well. 153 requested immediate scene response from STAT MedEvac, but the request was denied do to weather conditions. The most critical patient was extricated first and transported by Squad 147 with Central County Medic 2 aboard. Patient one would not survive the injuries sustained in the crash. The second patient was extricated and transported by Edinboro Squad 387 with Emergycare Medic 190. The impact from the crash broke a large hole in the field stone foundation of the old farmhouse. The crash also knocked bricks off the chimney, displaced furniture inside the house, and knocked pictures off the walls on the complete opposite side of the structure. The only occupant of the house at the time was not injured in the accident. Squad 147,Rescue 148, Engine 143, and manpower responded from Waterford with Rescue 384, Squad 387 and manpower from Edinboro. Gathering Photos
Tanker gets new engine
4/21/10 - Tanker 145 is in the process of having a new Catapiliar diesel engine installed. The upgrade is needed after discovering a crack in the engine block of the original engine. The estimated cost of the replacement is $20,000. The unwelcome surprise and expense is a reminder to our commuinty of the cost of keeping a fire department running.
Elusive Union City Fire
4/21/10 - Just before 8pm Wednesday, Union City (Sta. 113), Waterford (Sta. 14), Corry (Sta. 10), and Mill Village (Sta. 12) were dispatched for a structure fire in the Union City Borough. The 911 call came in third party and an incorrect address was given by the caller. After arriving on scene of the initial address with nothing visible, Union City Engine 1132 was notified of the correct address and mutual aid companies were redispatched. Upon arrival at the second address, 1132 reported a single story wood frame residential structure with smoke showing. Crews made quick entry to the attic while Waterford's Engine 143 crew hit a hydrant and stood by while the interior crew extinguished the small fire. The second in crew reported one firefighter putting his leg through a hole in the first floor, which was not on fire. No injuries resulted. 143 crew pulled part of the ceiling down where the fire had been contained and checked for hot spots. All units were in service a short time later. Despite chasing the fire around town, Union City firefighters saved the house. Union City E-1132, T-1136, L-1139, S-1138, Mill Village E-123, Corry R-108(RIT), Waterford E-143, R-148, and Corry Ambulance 201 responded.
Burning the midnight oil
3/8/10 - At 11:00 pm Sunday night, Waterford was dispatched to a tanker rollover at the South “Y” (Rt 97/19), with wires down. Squad 147 was first on scene and reported one tanker on its side with wires down across the road. Rescue 148 was on scene seconds later and set up traffic control and scene safety. A handline was pulled from 148 as a precaution and Tanker 145 responded as a precaution as well. Upon investigation it was determined that the tanker was carrying liquid asphalt and did not appear to be leaking. The driver of the truck was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. With High Street (Rt 97/19) being the only way through Waterford, traffic control was a logistical puzzle. Officers from Waterford worked in conjunction with the State Police and Penn DOT to come up with the best traffic detours possible, and as the incident went on through the night, the Erie County fire police all-page was activated. This would muster fire police from Perry Hiway, Kuhl Hose, Wattsburg, Corry, Union City, Mill Village, Elgin/Beaverdam, Kearsarge, Edinboro, and West Ridge to aid in traffic control. With 8 main intersections to be covered to complete the detours, “the more the merrier” was the motto. Penelec and Verizon worked through the night and into the early afternoon to restring power and phone lines as well as install a new pole. After the utilities were secured a second tanker from Toledo, OH arrived on scene and was able to pump off the wrecked tanker before being up righted. The road was reopened shortly before 1:00pm on Monday.
During the incident, one driver was cited for DUI, and another cited for several driving infractions after both drove around road blocks and into the accident scene before stopping. Squad 147 ran an EMS call to the Troyer Farms plant. Rescue 148 had to leave the scene during the early morning to refuel. A big thanks goes out to the several members of the Lady’s Auxiliary for bringing down hot food during the night and lunch during the day.
Another Busy Day
Volunteers with Waterford spend a lot of time helping others, but we have to help ourselves once and awhile. Early this morning Waterford was dispatched to #24’s vehicle on fire on Wilson Ave. The vehicle suffered heavy fire and water damage. Photo
Later in the day, Waterford was dispatched for the FAST Team to assist Edinboro (Sta 38) on a possible residential structure fire on Walnut Street. Upon 390’s arrival the electrical fire was mostly extinguished and the Fighting 38 held with their own engine and ladder. Rescue 148 had responded, but returned in service before arrival.
A third call came in just before 7:00pm for an engine to assist Kuhl Hose (Sta 68) on a residential structure fire. The caller reported the house filling with smoke. Upon arrival, a Kuhl Hose officer reported careless flue position to be the cause of the smoke conditions. Kuhl Hose held with Engine 143 from Waterford and equipment already enroute from their station. Ventilation was completed and units were in service a short time later.
On The Road Again
2/27/10 - Waterford was dispatched for the FAST Team to assist Edinboro (Sta. 38) on a reported residential structure fire on Monroe Street at 8:36 this morning. Rescue 148 responded with a crew of 7. Upon his arrival, Deputy Chief 390 reported a one story wood frame residential building with smoke showing. 390 updated with a working fire on the first floor as Edinboro's Engine 382 responded. Crews were sent to the basement and first floor to battle the flames, but were pulled from the structure when crews on the first floor started falling through to the basement. The evacuation order was given as Rescue 148 was arriving on scene, but RIT was not needed as all companies were able to clear the structure. An additional alarm was struck for Franklin Township (Sta. 72) and McKean (Sta. 40) for an engine each to the fire grounds, and Mill Village (Sta. 12) for an engine to standby at Station 38. The fire was called under control at 9:43 and extensive overhaul continued until shortly after 11:00. Units responding: Waterford - R 148: Edinboro - E 382, E 384, L 389, U 397, S 388, S 387: McKean - E 405, E 403, S 407: Cranesville - E 603: Franklin Township - E 722: Mill Village - E 123.
After returning from Edinboro, Waterford (Sta 14) and Corry (Sta 10) were dispatched to assist Union City for a reported commercial structure fire in the carwash off Main St. Engine 143 responded with a full crew, but was put in service before the wheels hit High St. A passerby had reported black smoke coming from the carwash, which upon investigation was found to be coming from a car doing a burnout.
Shortly after 5:30pm, Waterford received another dispatch, this time for an EMS call in the Rainbow Valley trailer court. Squad 147 responded with a call for manpower to assist at the scene. As the patient was being packaged for transport, Waterford and a Union City (Sta 113) squad to assist were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Rt. 97 and Hare Road.
Rescue 148, Chief 140, 1402, and Union City 1138 responded to the MVA. Upon arrival 140 reported one vehicle off the road with minor damage, one Class 3 injury. With traffic on Oak Hill stopped by 1402 and Union City fire police, crews worked to package and transport the patient off the icy road. Photos
As the night continued on, it seemed like every department was making runs, and Waterford’s number would come up again. Waterford was dispatched with Perry Hiway (Sta 42), Kearsarge (Sta 44), West Lake (Sta 48), West Ridge (Sta 46), and McKean (Sta 40) for a residential structure fire in the 7600 block of Edinboro Rd. Engine 143 responded with a full crew and was returned to standby Station 43 as they hit the intersection of Pagen and Edinboro roads.
Although a high call volume day for Waterford, volunteers spent most of the day standing by leaving them ready to fight another day.
Annual Awards Banquet
2/20/10 - Waterford celebrated another year of community service during the annual awards banquet. Members and special guests were treated to a dinner, award presentations, history lesson by Harry, and a video recap of the year’s calls and events. Awards were given to the top responders, company and line officers, and goofy awards given to members for “outstanding” moments in service.
RIT assist to Edinboro
2/8/10 - Waterford was dispatched for the FAST Team to assist Edinboro for a possible structure fire in the 100 block of Hillcrest Drive. Engine 143 responded and staged as part of the RIT assignment. The smoke in the residence was investigated and traced to the wood burning stove and chimney. No fire was present and the residence was ventilated. All companies were put in service a short time later. Edinboro (382, 389, 384 399), McKean (405), Cranesville (602), Waterford (143), and CECPA Medic 2 responded.
Union City garage fire
2/5/10 - 911 received several reports of a garage on fire on Route 8 (cross street Hanlin Rd) outside of Union City. Waterford was dispatched for an engine and tanker to assist and Chief 140, Engine 143, and Tanker 145 responded. Callers and the first units on scene reported several explosions coming from the garage. The fire was called under control shortly after the first due's arrival, but the garage was a total loss. Union City (Sta. 113), Corry [RIT] (Sta. 10), Waterford (Sta. 14), Elgin/Beaverdam (Sta. 74), and Wattsburg (Sta. 17) responded.
Rescue 148 Gets Workout
1/31/10 - Waterford was dispatched for the FAST Team to assist Edinboro for a structure fire in the 11000 block of Silverthorn Rd at 6:51 PM. WCPA Medic 2 was first on scene and reported a fully involved structure. Before Engine 384 could arrive, Medic 2 reported a roof collapse. Companies from Edinboro (Chief 381, Engine 384, Tower 389, Utility 397, Tanker 399, Squad 388, Fire Police 399), Cranesville (Engine 603, Engine 602), McKean (Engine 403, Engine/Tanker 405, Squad 407), Franklin Township (Engine 722, Tanker 725), and Waterford (Rescue 148, Tanker 145) worked aggressively to contain the fire to the collapsed structure. Mill Village was called for Engine 123 and Tanker 126 to transfer to Edinboro, as well as West Ridge for Engine 482 to McKean, and Springfield Engine 643 to Cranesville. The fire was called under control at 7:48.
Just before 11:30 Waterford was dispatched and Stat Medevac 17 put on standby for a vehicle roll over with entrapment in the 3600 block of Welsh Rd. Chief 140 (Barber) was first on scene and reported one pickup truck on its side in the middle of the road, driver self extricated. Squad 147 and Rescue 148 responded. While en route to the scene, Asst. Chief 151 (Welsh) discovered a structure fire in the 11000 block of Donation Rd. Rescue 148 was diverted to the fire and the preplan was dispatched. Waterford (Chief 140, Chief 151, Rescue 148, Tanker 145, Engine 143, Squad 147), Kuhl Hose (Engine 683, Tanker 685 & 686, and Squad 687), Perry Hiway (Engine 423), Mill Village (Engine 123, Tanker 126), and McKean (Rescue 408[RIT]) responded. Exterior operations were performed, as the garage was fully involved upon discovery by 151. Water supply was established by Kuhl Hose and the fire was called under control at 12:25 AM. All units were released and the last unit in quarters at 2:07.
The new rescue was used for three incidents of three different types, and met the needs of the Company as intended. A large price tag is really a small price to pay for quality, dependable equipment to protect the residents of Waterford and the surrounding areas. What can't have a price tag attached is the dedication of the members of each volunteer fire department that spend their time helping friends, neighbors, and strangers in need; regardless of the time of day, the temperature outside, or the number of runs already made.
FAST Team Responds to Venango
1/29/10 - At 3:33 in the afternoon, Waterford was dispatched for the FAST Team to standby at Edinboro (Sta. 38) as an assist to Crawford County's Venango Station 25. Rescue 148 responded and was called to the firegrounds on Plank Rd in Crawford County a short time after arriving at Station 38. 148 remained on scene until just after 7:30. The structure fire called for Erie County units from Mill Village (Sta. 12), Edinboro (Sta. 38), and Waterford (Sta. 14). Cranesville (Sta. 60) and McKean (Sta. 40) were also called for transfer assignments to Edinboro (Sta. 38). The two story baloon frame construction house was reported as a total loss. 148 was in service in the district at 8:20.
Busy Squad Morning:
1/22/10 - Mild daytime temperatures combined with below freezing night temperatures made roads and sidewalks slippery Friday morning. Waterford was dispatched to the Fort LeBoeuf Middle School for a fall victim with an altered level of consciousness shortly before 8:00. Just after returning from the first run, Waterford was dispatched for a squad to assist Perry Hiway (Sta. 42) at a motor vehicle collision. 147 responded, but was put in service before arrival on scene. A third call for service came in just after 11:00 for a possible stroke on the Western edge of the response district.
Alarm of Fire:
1/4/10 - Shortly before 9pm Waterford (Sta. 14) and Union City (Sta. 113) were dispatched for an automatic fire alarm at the Troyer's potato chip plant. A water flow alarm was activated as a result of a sprinkler head being broken in the warehouse. Engine 143, Tanker 145, and Ladder 1139 responded. 143 confirmed the broken head and all units were put in service.
1/4/10 - A snow storm bringing several feet of fresh snow to the area helped Erie County residents celebrate the new year. Waterford (Sta. 14) pagers stayed relatively quiet through the bulk of the storm, only being tapped for two EMS calls, a motor vehicle collision, and a station standby. Sunday firefighters put chains on Tanker 145 and waited with the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club first responders, but luckily weren't called for service. Early Monday morning Squad 147 encountered a common situation in the winter months: a driveway plugged with snow. A plow was called and cleared the driveway while EMTs tended to the patient. Waterford Borough and Township residents are reminded to keep their driveways, walkways, and doorways clear of snow. It makes getting help to you faster and easier. Also remember to keep extra blankets or clothes in your cars durning the winter months in the event you find yourself stranded for an extended length of time.
Monday morning smoke:
12/21/09 - Shortly before 8:00am Waterford (Sta. 14), Perry Hiway (Sta. 42), Kuhl Hose (Sta. 68), Mckean (Sta. 40), and Edinboro (Sta. 38) were dispatched for a reported structure fire in the 11000 block of Sharp Road. The caller reported to the 911 operator that the kitchen was filling with smoke. Chief 150 was first on scene and reported a two story wood frame residential structure with nothing visible. Engine 143, Tanker 145, Edinboro, and McKean responded with their assignments. Upon investigation 150 continued what Waterford and McKean had on the road while putting the remainder of the alarm in service. Waterford held the remainder of the equipment at the station, and McKean was put in service shortly after arrival on scene. The source of the smoke was determined to be coming from an appliance. Waterford was in service and clear of the scene without further incident.
December Meeting and Elections, MVA:
12/2/09 - The members of the Stancliff Hose Company held line and executive officer elections during their monthly meeting Wednesday evening. Hot topics included equipment purchasing and placement for the new Rescue 148, as well as some membership issues tabled from the last meeting. The elections were postponed part way through the process when Waterford was dispatched for a vehicle accident on Bagdad Rd. Results so far from the elections are: Chief 140 - Chris Barber, Asst. 150 - Ed Flook, Asst. 151 - Chuck Welsh, Capt. 152 - Bryan Turnbull, Capt. 153 - Shawn Fox, 14L1 - Kyle Reinwald, 14L2 - Ryne Rutkowski, 14L3 - Jake williams. (13 active voters) Fire police officers and the Executive board will be elected during next month's meeting. The SHC Relief meeting and elections were also postponed until next month.
Waterford (Sta 14) was dispatched for a single vehicle into a tree with entrapment durning the monthly meeting on Wednesday. Squad 147, Engine 143 carrying the Holmatro rescue tool, and Chiefs 140 and 151 responded on the initial dispatch. McKean (Sta 40) was also dispatched for a rescue to assist due to Waterford’s Rescue 148 being out of service. Upon arrival units found one pickup into a tree on the side of an embankment. Negative entrapment was reported upon 143’s arrival. Due to patient status, Lifestar was requested to be put on standby, but was unavailable due to weather. Patient extrication was made difficult by the position of the vehicle on the bank. 143 used rope rigging to temporarily secure the vehicle while the new 148 was called on to respond with chains and winch. Upon 148's arrival chains replaced the rope and the patient was extricated. 147 transported to the hospital while fire police and 148 remained on scene with State Police. All units were in service in quarters by 23:00. This was the first run for the new Rescue 148, and is expected to be officially put in service this weekend. Photos
New Rescue 148 Training:
11/14/09 - SHC has taken delivery of the new Rescue 148 and trained on pumping, drafting, and driving of the new truck today. Members spent the morning learning about the new all electronic controlled pump as well as the important safety aspects of driving the new rig. The afternoon was spent testing the skills and knowledge of the rig at the high school and around town. The final test of the day was sending off the Fort LeBoeuf Middle School football team on their way to the first playoff game. If you missed it, all the lights and sirens are operational on the truck. To keep the class time down and objectives rolling, only half the members were trained today. These members will then train the others at a later date. Photos
Erie County Dispatch takes over:
Erie County has taken over emergency dispatch for Waterford, Mill Village, Union City, Wattsburg, Kuhl Hose, Perry Hiway, Greenfield Twp., and Lake City fire departments as of October 27, 2009. Dispatch will now be announcing the station number with the station name, but will otherwise sound the same, just a few new voices. The switchover from Emergycare to Erie County took place at 10:15, and is part of the county consolidation plan. Right now Erie County 911 receives, records, and dispatches 911 emergencies for City of Erie Police and Fire, Millcreek Fire and EMS, Corry City Police, Fire, and EMS, Edinboro Police, Union City Police, Lake City Police, Elgin/Beaver Dam Fire Department, and the eight former Emergycare departments first listed here. Erie County is the last county in Pennsylvania to move to a county wide dispatch system.
10/10/09 - Guests at Saturday's open house got a sneak peak at the new Rescue 148, as well as a taste of what goes on inside the station on a normal basis. The Rescue was blessed and dedicated and will be put in service in about a month. Emergycare and the State Police were also on hand with information for the public.
Fire Prevention Week:
10/7/09 - On Wednesday several members from the Stancliff Hose Company visited Waterford Elementary School as part of Fire Prevention Week. Kids from the K – 5 classes were taught about stop-drop-roll, crawling low under smoke, and how to use 911. Students were also shown everything a firefighter wears and uses while on scene
The Hose Company will be opening its doors to several daycare providers and the Waterford YMCA throughout the month in addition to the scheduled open house. Open House is this Saturday (10/10) from 10am – 2pm. The new Rescue 148 will be dedicated and blessed at 11.
Assist to Perry Hiway:
10/4/09 - At just after midnight Perry Hiway was dispatched for a smoke investigation in the 8800 block of Rt 97, called in by a passerby. Waterford's 151, living just a short distance away went in route and quickly reported a single story garage with heavy smoke showing. Upon Perry Hiway 420's arrival, he started mutual aid from Kuhl Hose, Belle Valley, West Lake, and Waterford. Waterford responded with Rescue 148 with a crew of four, plus one probationary member. The fire was quickly knocked down and extensive overhaul completed. Photos
Waterford Hosts Structure Burn Session:
10/3/09 - Waterford played host to a Structure Burn session this weekend in an effort to fully utilize its acquired structure. The rain held off just long enough for the small group of students to get some valuable experience humping hose and throwing ladders. Firefighters from the local area as well as Monroeville, and even Canada participated. The group split the weekend between the classroom, the acquired structure, and the Franklin Center burn tower. Photos
Hit and run accident:
1/18/2009 - Waterford was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Sharp Road and Route 19, Sunday evening. As units were responding they were notified that it was a hit and run incident involving three vehicles, including the vehicle that left the scene. Squad 147, Rescue 148, Chief 150, and manpower responded. If anyone has information regarding the incident, they are encouraged to contact the Lawrence Park State Police.
Waterford busy in frigid temperatures:
Single digit temperatures with subzero wind chills were only the tip of the iceberg for Waterford and other area firefighters over the weekend. At 13:05 Friday, (1/16/09) Waterford was dispatched for a structure fire near the intersection of Dublin and Cronin Roads. The 911 center received two calls on the fire, the first stating there was fire in a window and the second caller reporting heavy smoke and fire coming from the residence. When Waterford’s Chief 140 arrived on scene he reported a fully involved single story, residential structure. Waterford Engine 143 responded as the first due engine and Emergycare Operations second tapped Waterford for additional manpower while also dispatching McKean Hose for a FAST team; Kuhl Hose, Union City (Station 113), and Mill Village Fire Dept. to assist. Due to daytime manpower shortages, Wattsburg Hose, and Perry Hi-way Hose were also dispatched. The thick, white smoke header could be seen easily against the ice blue sky from downtown Waterford, despite the rural location of the fire. Tanker 145 from Waterford set up at the end of the driveway as the end point of water supply while tankers from Kuhl Hose and Union City shuttled water from a nearby pond being pumped by Mill Village. Battling not only the flames, but also frozen gloves and equipment, the wind fed fire quickly consumed the house. A portable monitor from 143 and multiple hand lines could not extinguish the fire. Foam was applied with little headway being made. After four hours on scene and the house a total loss, firefighters returned to the station to thaw out equipment and personnel. Responding units from Waterford included Chiefs 140, 150, Engines 143, 142, Tanker 145, and Squad (Ambulance) 147.
Later that evening, (21:14) Waterford was dispatched with an EMS call for hemorrhaging. Captain 153 and Lieutenant 14L3 responded to the scene while Squad 147 went in route from the station. Upon his arrival, 153 downgraded 147 to a priority two response (no lights or sirens). Squad 147 was put in service with a patient refusal as it arrived on scene.
Saturday (1/17/09) morning firefighters from Waterford met to perform equipment maintenance and make repairs needed to put Engine 142 back in service from malfunctions the previous day. Later in the day (14:33), Waterford was dispatched for a structure fire on McKinley Avenue. Upon Chief 150’s arrival he reported smoke showing from a mobile home. Engine 143 responded with a full crew and immediately took an 1 ¾” hand line to the C side of the structure where heavy smoke and flames were coming from under the home. Firefighters worked to remove thick rubber skirting to gain access from the D side to extinguish and push the flames to the C side where the homeowner had made an entrance hole. As access was gained and the fire under the home was beginning to be doused, fire began to blow out of a D/C window. The hand line was advanced to the D side doorway and attempts were made to put out the flames. Firefighters tried to advance into the structure, but were impeded by the restricted entryway, and were forced to pull back to the doorway as fire jumped to the center of the home and rounds of ammunition fired in the intense heat. Additional hand lines were pulled from Engine 143 as manpower from Mill Village, Union City, and Edinboro (FAST team) arrived on scene. Tanker 145, and a tanker from Mill Village supplied water to attack Engine 143. Equipment and hose were pulled from Engine 142. Again, firefighters endured frozen gear, opting to leave bunker coats hanging on a Union City Ambulance used for rehab, rather than letting the ice melt and soak the inner layer of the coat. A torpedo heater being used to thaw frozen pipes was found near the C side of the house, but the fire is still under investigation.
As crews were performing overhaul, Union City’s engine was recalled from standby at the Waterford station and dispatched to a fire alarm in their own town. A short time later as Waterford and Edinboro were clearing the McKinley Ave. scene, Union City was dispatched for a second fire alarm. Waterford returned to the station out of service, only to be dispatched for a fire alarm of their own. Chief 140 put everyone at the station on standby as he responded to the scene. Crews scrambled to get Engine 142 back in service (it required the least amount of work), and were told to respond to the fire alarm priority two, upon completion. 142 was no more than out the door when Union City called for manpower from Waterford to assist. Air cylinders were changed on packs and as a crew began to pile into Rescue 148, they were put on standby. Chief 140 then put Waterford in service with a false alarm. After a busy two days, hose was cleaned and drying, hose beds were repacked, airpacks were refilled, trucks were cleaned, and gear was hung to thaw and dry.
Then, at 18:47, as firefighters were beginning to relax, Waterford was dispatched for a rekindle at the scene of Friday’s fire. With nothing left to salvage, Chief 140 ordered only Engine 143 to respond, priority two. Crews were only on scene for a short time, and returned in service.
With such cold temperatures hitting the Erie area, the Stancliff Hose Company would like to remind everyone to use caution when heating with auxiliary equipment. Any type of space heater should never be left unattended. Users of this type of heating not only expose themselves to the risk of fire, but also the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if used in unventilated spaces. If you feel lightheaded, dizzy, or sleepy, turn off the heater, get to a well ventilated area, and call 911.
-Firefighter Rutkowski (photos being collected)
Waterford changes numbering system:
On Wednesday, January 7th, Stancliff firefighters/EMT's began using the standardized county numbering system to identify their units when responding. With the dispatching of emergency departments slowly being switched to the new County 911 center, some order was needed. Part of the order includes the renumbering of trucks. Here is a list of changes for Waterford (old number - new number) Engine 141 - 142, Engine 145 - 143, Tanker 144 - 145, Rescue 143 - 148, Squad 146 - 147. You'll notice the station number, 14, remains the same, but the identifier number changes. The change is mainly to make tactical command easier. For instance, if command on the scene of an incident hears "Waterford 143 aproaching," they know to expect an engine, because the last number 3 indicates an engine. It also makes dispatching easier. If command calls for a rescue from Waterford to assist, the dispatch can quickly send the correct truck (148) without having to look up which number our rescue is. So, if you hear something on the scanner that doesn't sound quite right, now you know why.
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