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  West Pittston Home Gutted by Fire

(12/26/2008) A West Pittston family would lose all their belongings when fire tore through their North St. home Friday night. West Pittston FD along with the 112 Rescue were dispatched for the working fire, with multiple calls received. A second alarm would quickly be struck as West Pittston Ladder arrived to find heavy fire showing from the front of the home.

Balloon frame construction and an open stairway to the second and third floors allowed the fire to race throughout the residence. Crews aggressively worked the fire, but the damage had already been done.

Rescue 112 would setup the RIT operations upon arrival, before sending extra manpower to the 2nd division to complete some truck work.

Units on scene included: West Pittston FD, Pittston City FD, Exeter FD, Avoca Rescue & Engine, along with multiple EMS units.

Christmas Keeps Crews Busy

(12/25/2008) What should have been a day where members could spend some quality time with their families turned out to be anything but that. Early in the AM, the Rescue would be dispatched for a fire alarm in Old Forge. The afternoon got really busy with runs into Duryea and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport for a distressed plane coming in. Shortly after clearing those runs, the Chief and Rescue would run into Dupont for the reported Attic fire. Chief 143 would arrive confirming a smoke condition from the exterior of the building.
The Rescue Co would begin truck ops on the interior, finding fire in various locations in the chimney on all divisions. The Ladder Co would head top side while the Duryea Engine would handle operations from the basement. The fire would be contained to the chimney with extensive overhaul conducted to ensure no fire spread into the wall spaces.
Pictured are the Christmas Elves who responded to the Dupont Structure fire.

Fatal Wreck on Turnpike

(12/23/2008) Several area units converged at the 107 mile stick on I 476 for the two car accident with entrapment. A vehicle heading the wrong way on the interstate caused the wreck, which injured one while killing the driver of the other vehicle.

Rescue 112 along with the 125 Engine company would setup traffic control, secure the scene and handle the hazards while PSP began their investigation. Once the coroner's office arrived, the 112 crew would go to work extricating the driver of the small passenger car. Both driver's doors would be removed. The B Post and dashboard were manipulated, freeing the pt from the wreckage. Crews would spend more than two hours at the incident.

Responding units included: Dupont FD, Avoca Rescue & EMS, Medic 303, Medic 2 and Bear Creek EMS.

Busy, Cold Night for the Rescue

(12/21/2008)What started as a routine fire alarm, kicked off a busy night for the Rescue Co.
Rescue 112 would arrive at the bank in the Pittston Commons to find the building charged with smoke. Crews would force entry into the building and begin searching for the seat of the fire. Using Thermal Imaging Cameras, crews located fire in space above the celing, involving duct work and roof trusses.
Rescue 112 would split crews, sending members to the roof as well as having a team work the interior conducting overhaul operations to prevent any additional fire damage.
As crews were mopping up the bank operation, they were notified of a working fire with entrapment on Front St in Pittston City. Rescue 112 advised Luzerne County 911 to proceed with second due as 112 was still committed at the first job. Once released by Pittston Twp. command, the rescue would head to Front St to join up with West Pittston as the RIT team. City crews made quick work of the first floor bedroom fire. One occupant would be transported to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Photo courtesy Pittston Twp. EMS

Blaze Rips West Pittston Home

(12/13/2008) An early morning fire heavily damaged a Linden St. home. West Pittston crews arrived to find fire showing from the left side of a double block home. While crews made an aggressive attack on the first floor fire, the building's balloon frame construction allowed fire to travel up into the attic space.

A 2nd alarm along with a few special companies were called in to assist in extinguishing the blaze. The 112 group would handle RIT duties, handling laddering of the building and forcible entry into the basement area of the building. The Rescue would remain on scene for more than two hours before being returned to service by West Pittston Command.

Units on scene included West Pittston, Pittston City, Exeter, Jenkins Twp., Duryea and Avoca Fire Depts.

Parsonage St in the City

(12/8/2008) The Chief & Rescue were sent as part of the 1st Alarm to 89 Parsonage St. in Pittson City for the residential fire with reported entrapment. As crews were responding, 911 advised that two occupants were trapped on the roof with possibly more still inside the building. Pittston City FD arrived to find a two and half story wood frame with heavy fire showing in the rear with smoke throughout. As the FD arrived, PD reported all occupants off the roof.

During the initial operations, the electrical service to the home severed and came in contact with the City's Engine, injuring one firefighter. Operations would turn defensive, leaving firefighters to battle both the fire and very cold weather conditions.

Rescue 112 would handle the RIT assignment for five hours before being returned to service.

Townhouse Blaze in Pittston Twp.

(11/22/2008) Fire damaged several townhouses under construction in Pittston Twp this morning. Crews arrived to find a middle unit well involved with extension into the exposure units. Due to the ongoing construction of the development, water supply was limited.

Crews would take defensive measures and contain the fire to the units involved upon arrival.

Many area units would be called to the scene to assist and it would take more than five hours to fully extinguish the blaze.

Old Forge - South Main St. Job

(11/14/2008)An unattended candle caused a fire that damaged an Old Forge home this morning. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the top level of the wood frame home. At the time of Rescue 112's arrival, fire was already vented out the A/D windows and extending up to the roof line.

Rescue 112 split crews, assisting attack one as well as throwing ladders, controlling utilities and completing the primary search on the first floor. The first in crew made quick work of the main body of fire, allowing crews to then focus on the fire in the roof and eaves of the home.

Additional companies would be brought in to augment the light manpower on scene, and to assist in overhaul operations.

Sunday Afternoon Job in W.P.

(11/9/2008) The Chief & Rescue would respond on a first alarm for a working residential fire on North St. in West Pittston. EMS crews were first arriving and reported smoke visible from the second floor. West Pittston Quint would be next arriving, setting up on the Bravo side of a two and a half story, two family dwelling. West Pittston Engine would bring in the supply line.

R112 would establish RIT and begin laddering, utility control and secondary ventilation. Exeter and Pittston City FDs would also respond to the scene and assist with operations. First-in crews made an aggressive attack which would hold the fire to the room of origin.

Crews would operate for an hour completing overhaul and picking up before being released by command.

R-112 Assists w Swift Water Rescue

(11/4/2008) Rescue 112 would be called upon to assist Old Forge FD with two children stuck on rocks in the middle of the Lackawanna River. The late morning run would pull resources from across the local area, combining swift water and rope rescue expertise to bring both children to land safely.
Old Forge & Duryea water teams would enter the water to make contact and secure the victims. The children would be safely brought back to the shoreline by FD personnel.
The 98 & 112 Rescues would then come into play, utilizing hauling systems and stokes baskets to bring the children safely up the steep, rocky embankment.
FD units responding: Old Forge FD, Greenwood Rescue, Germania Dive and Avoca Rescue Co.
Photo courtesy Greenwood Fire Dept website

Rescue on 4th Alarm Fire

(10/30/2008) Rescue 112 would respond on a 4th Alarm assignment to the 400 block of Main Street in Edwardsville for the commercial structure fire with extension into the exposure building. Rescue 112 would be assigned to replace Nanticoke FD as the RIT team in the rear of the building.

The 112 Rescue would remain on scene for approximately 90 minutes until crews were able to complete their work in the upper floors of the exposure building. Once that work was completed, 112 would cross the river and return to service. Crews would remain on the scene throughout the day handling the hot spots.

Photo courtesy Luzerne County Forum

Blaze Guts Jenkins Home

(10/28/2008) Shortly before dinner time, the Rescue & Chief would respond on a first alarm assignment to 61 Main St. in Jenkins for the structure fire. Jenkins Chief (Kosisky) arrived a few moments after dispatch and reported a working fire, with heavy smoke visible from the exterior. As companies arrived, crews would go to work to control the fire. But heavy fire conditions along with high winds hampered firefighing efforts. In addition to those conditions, the main electrical service severed from the building. One firefighter received a slight electrical injury when he came in contact with a charged metal fence. That firefighter would be treated at an area hospital.
Crews would fight the fire for several hours before finally extinguishing the blaze. The home would suffer extensive damage.
On scene units included Jenkins Twp FD, Pittston City FD, Laflin FD, Pittston City EMS, Exeter EMS along with the Avoca crews.

Wyoming County Structure Fire

(10/16/2008) The Chief and Rescue were sent Thursday night into Wyoming County, for a structure fire on S.R. 292 in Northmoreland Twp. As the 112 units were enroute, they were advised by Luzerne County 911 that on scene units confirmed a working fire.

Chief 140 (Story) arrived with the engine to find a working basement fire that had extension via the walls to the upper floors. Several additions to the structure and a metal roof made operations difficult for crews. Rescue 112 would be assigned the RIT job on arrival while Chief 112 would handle on scene accountability.

Numerous depts from Wyoming and Luzerne Counties would team up to extinguish the blaze. Rescue 112 would be released after more than two hours of service. Remaining companies would be on scene for a while longer dousing the final hot spots. It is believed to be an accidental fire.

'Cuts' for Everyone

(10/16/2008) Thursday evening, members from Avoca & the two Duryea Depts got back together to complete some basic vehicle rescue practices. With vehicles provided by Duryea Auto Parts, crews addressed three different scenarios. One vehicle was setup on its roof, another lying on its driver's side, and the third vehicle remained upright.
Basic stabilization practices were addressed for each of the three scenarios. Crews then worked on creating extrication pathways removing roofs, doors and windows.
Besides basic stabilization, those in attendance, and there were many, got a chance to use the different hydraulic rescue tools that are shared amongst the companies.
If the weather continues to cooperate, you might expect to find the same groups getting back together again to address other areas of vehicle rescue, including hand tools, chains, air bags and the like.
We thank both the Duryea Fire Depts and Duryea Auto Parts for allowing us to participate in these types of training exercises.

Duryea Vehicle Fires

(9/17/2008) A beautiful Autumn afternoon was interrupted by a fire that broke out at the rear of a Duryea junkyard. Duryea units arrived to find several vehicles and a number of tires burning. Chief 126 (Bender) requested Engine 112 be added to the response to assist with extinguishing the blaze. Due to a large turnout, Rescue 112 would also respond in a support capacity.

Engines 126 & 112 would work to extinguish the fire, supported by tankers from several area depts. Crews from Duryea Ladder & Rescue 112 would work on overhauling the mess. The Rescue would also support the removal of one injured firefighter from the scene. Crews would operate for close to 90 mins before being returned to service.

Photo courtesy Germania Fire Dept (126)

A Good Time was had by All

(9/26/2008) Members from Avoca & Duryea spent 16 hours over the past two weeks participating in a Structure Burn Class at the LCCC facility in Nanticoke. While much was learned and areas of improvement identified, we can also lend that everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves. We thank Jim 'Willis' Wills and Kevin Hazleton for sharing their expertise with us and providing us some challenging scenarios that had everyone breaking a sweat, the Chiefs at the buggy included.
As the class progressed and students completed the necessary evolutions, we also received our first experiences with the new Public Safety facility. Everyone walked away feeling good that we now have a top notch facility in our backyard that will assist us as we continue to improve our services. Plans are already being discussed to head back to Nanticoke for a company drill night where additional training on standpipes and ladders can be done.
A final shout of "Thanks" goes out to everyone who took the time to participate and build up our skills and teamwork.

West Pittston Landmark Damaged

(9/17/2008) Just before midnight, the Rescue & Chief were sent to Wyoming Ave in West Pittston for the confirmed commercial structure fire. PD on scene reporting smoke and fire from the second floor of Stackhouse Auto Electric. West Pittston Ladder would be first arriving, reporting fire in an upstairs apartment with smoke throughout. West Pittston would establish water supply and interior ops would be initiated.

Chief 112 would handle accountability throughout the incident, while the Rescue crew would be the RIT team. Rescue 112 crews arrived and began laddering the structure and providing some quick ventilation for interior crews.

A 2nd alarm was quickly transmitted, bringing additional help from Exeter and Pittston City. Crews would operate for more than four hours before completely extinguishing the stubborn blaze. A PSP fire marshal will be brought in to determine the cause.

Crews Participate in Mock Disaster

(9/13/2008) Emergency crews from across the region got together to participate in a "mock" disaster at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport. This years event would include an aircraft crash that had 23 souls on board, as reported by Airport Echo 1. As part of the first alarm assignment, Engine 112 (in place of Rescue 112) would respond to the designated staging area, before being asked to support the fire suppression efforts.

Shortly after getting released by Airport Operations, the 112 Rescue would respond to a Main St accident, reported to have a vehicle into a house with injuries. Updated info corrected the location to be in the 1400 block of Main St, which would be in the Moosic coverage area. The proper units were requested. However, upon arrival, 112 crews found Rescue 98 already on scene handling pt care and controlling any hazards. The rescue would return after a few moments on scene.

Early AM Fire in the City

(9/11/2008) The 112 Rescue headed into Pittston City for the early morning house fire on Elizabeth St. While clearing from an earlier dumpster fire, City crews could see the somke condition and confirmed the fire. Rescue 112 and Jenkins Engine would be added to the incident.

Rescue crews arrived and setup the staging area for RIT operations. With special assistance from the M303 crew, ladders would get thrown on all sides of the building and utilities would be controlled. City firefighters made quick work of the first floor fire, and ensured no extenstion into the upper divisions. Crews would be released by City command within the hour.

Crews make Quick Stop in the City

(9/7/2008) Just before 6am, the Rescue was dispatched to assist Pittston City FD with a working fire on Kennedy Blvd, just below the Fort Jenkins Bridge. Early reports from PD stated fire showing in the rear of the building.

Pittston City Engine & Tower arrived quickly to find fire extending up an exterior wall. With the building housing a sawmill, there was no shortage of fuel for this fire to quickly grow. Quick, aggressive work by initial companies prevented the fire from growing. The Rescue would arrive and establish the RIT group, completing their size-up and throwing ladders. After verifying no fire extended into the structure, crews began work to complete ventilation of all divisions.

Units on scene included, Pittston City Engine & Tower, Avoca Rescue & Engine, Pittston City EMS, Medic 303 and Pittston PD.

Early AM Wreck Injures One

(9/6/2008) Avoca and Duryea Crews were woken early by a vehicle rollover on Foote Ave, near the Germania FD Headquarters. Early reports had Police on scene asking all units to expedite, having one occupant trapped in the vehicle. Chief Bender (Duryea) arrived and assumed command while reporting an SUV on its side with the driver confined inside.

Duryea Ladder arrived and began stablization while Duryea Engine handled patient access. The 112 Rescue would arrive and be asked to flap the vehicles roof. Rescue crews would enlarge the sunroof opening using hydraulic cutters and recripicating saws, which proved to be the extrication pathway. Once Rescue crews finished, EMS personnel moved in to package the patient and remove her for further medical attention.

Units on scene included Germania Engine, Excelsior Ladder, Avoca Rescue, Duryea EMS and Medic 303.

Rescue Runs Industrial Accident

(9/2/2008) A lunchtime run sent several area units scrambling to get to the Coxton Rail Yards in Duryea. Initial reports indicated some type of locomotive accident, with one male trapped in a machine. Due to a bridge closing, units had to transverse some under-maintained dirt roadways, extending arrival times.

Chief Hughes (Duryea) signed on air and would be command of the incident. EMS along w Duryea Fire arrived on location to find a male patient who suffered significant trauma not trapped in any machine. At that time, the 112 Rescue would be re-assigned to assist Pittston City Engine with establishing a Landing Zone at the Lower Lackawanna Sewer Authority.

112 members would use traffic cones to establish the landing zone for Geisinger LifeFlight 1, while Pittston City Engine established communications w the medical chopper and handled the actual landing zone operations. Crews wrapped up the incident within 45 mins. WNEP Story

Fire Wrecks O.F. Home

(8/30/2008) After being dispatched as a single company for a smoke investigation, Old Forge crews arrived at the corner of Maple & Albion Sts to find a working two story residential fire. Crews immiediately went to work and Chief 93 asked that the structure box be filled out bringing the 112 Rescue & Chief along with several others units to the scene..
Rescue 112 would arrive and be tasked with opening up left side of the split occupancy, before working on the interior of Divisions one & two opening walls and hookin' ceilings. Chief 112 would assume Command, allowing Old Forge Chief Aulisio to establish Operations.
The building would prove challenging, as additional living space had been added over the years, creating false roof lines, void and crawl spaces. Due the extensive amount of overhaul required, a second alarm was trasmitted bringing fresh bodies which were used to relieve initial companies.
The Rescue & Chief would operate for more than 3.5 hours before being released by Command.

Rescue Due on Glenmaura Job

(8/25/2008) The Chief & Rescue headed up to Montage Mtn for the late afternoon Structure Fire. Chief 98 was advised early into the incident that an occupant was unaccounted for, but that report proved false. Chief 98 arrived to find fire throughout the garage area with extension into the main living quarters and attic space.

The engine companies would make an aggressive attack while the 112 Rescue would team up with Duryea Ladder to complete the truck operations. Duryea Ladder handled roof operations while the Rescue Co headed to the second floor to provide ventilation and search for the fire extension.

A second alarm was struck a short while into the incident to bring additional crews to relieve initial companies with the extensive overhaul operations.

Rescue Assists w Duryea Wreck

(8/13/2008) Rescue 112, along with both Duryea FDs, responded for the one car crash on Main St at the intersection with Pettibone St. Crews arrived to find a single vehicle into a utility pole w injuries. The victims, an adult and pediatric patient, were removed from the vehicle after the Rescue and Duryea Ladder went to work to provide extrication pathways.

The pediatric patient was removed first, with adult removed shortly thereafter. Both would be transported to the Trauma Center for further evaluation.

Units responding included Rescue 112, Duryea Engine & Ladder, Avoca EMS, Hughestown EMS, along with two ALS units.

Pittston Twp. Pin Job

(8/8/2008) Shortly after 1pm, the 112 Rescue was sent to assist Pittston Twp FD with a vehicle crash in highway 315, located in front of the PennDot shed. First arriving crews found a car vs tractor-trailer, with one occupant trapped in the vehicle. Initial EMS reports indicated severe injuries on scene.

Rescue 112 arrived to find the Pittston Twp crews working to open the driver's door. The 112 crews were asked to assist in making the extriction pathway and to provide additional stabilization. Extrication would be completed in less than ten minutes, with patient care being transferred to the awaiting EMS units.

Crews then turned their attention to shutting down all traffic on 315 and setting up a landing zone of the incoming LifeFlight helicopter. A short time later, the victim was airlifted to a local trauma center.

Residential Job in Dupont

(7/22/2008) A mid-morning fire caused extensive damage to a Dupont home. Crews arrived to find smoke from both floors of the home, with PD reporting all occupants out of the building except for a few pets. The Duryea & Pittston Twp. Engine companies made quick work of the fire in the laundry room and kitchen, while the Duryea Truck and 112 Rescue worked on ventilation and primary searches.

In all, the fire would be controlled within 15 minutes with work continuing for another 45 to ensure all the fire in the pipe chases from the kitchen to the second floor could be extinguished. One family pet was rescued by fire personnel, while a second pet perished in the blaze.

On the Response - Rescue 112, Duryea Truck & Engine, Pittston Twp Engine, Hughestown Engine, Avoca EMS, Pittston City Rehab along with Medic 303.

Photo courtesy T.Angelella III

Dupont Multi-Alarm Job

(6/21/2008) Less than an hour after clearing a fire in the first due district, the Chief & Rescue headed to Dupont on a first alarm structure box. Crews arrived to find fire throughout a three story mixed occupancy building. From the basement up thru the roof area, fire already had control of the building.

R112 split crews early on attempting to complete a primary search of the upper floors while forcing entry for engine crews on the first floor and basement areas. As conditions rapidly deteriorated, crews were pulled from the building and the Rescue would assume the RIT duties for the incident along with the Moosic Rescue 98.

As defensive operations were initiated, crews worked to control fire that spread to the Bravo side exposure building. Crews would operate for several hours before being released by command. The building would be deemed a total loss. The investigation into the cause will continue Monday morning.

The department would like to extend a word of "Thanks" to Exeter FD for moving up and provding coverage to the Avoca area while members were fighting the fire in Dupont.

First Due Structure Fire

Photo courtesy Scranton Times

(6/21/2008) A fire that began in a bedroom caused two women to be sent to the hospital and destroyed part of a Main Street home early Saturday morning. Engine 112 arrrived to find one occupant still in the home's front foyer and fire self vented in the rear of the home. An aggressive interior attack quickly extinguished the main body of fire, allowing crews to complete a primary search which proved negative.

Wtih the fire controlled within fifteen minutes, crews would spend another hour or so working to ventilate the building and control some extension in the large attic space.

On Wednesday, Chief Vanluvender was advised of the passing of Ann Joyce, who succumbed to the injuries received in this fire. The department sends its thoughts and prayers to the entire Joyce family.

Station 112 would like the thank the following fire & EMS units for providing assistance: Duryea FD, Pittston Twp FD, West Pittston FD, Old Forge FD, Pittston City Fire & EMS, Duryea EMS and Medic 303.

Old Forge 2-Alarm Commercial

(6/1/2008) An early morning fire sent crews from Lackawanna and Luzerne counties into Old Forge to battle a fire at the former Hillcrest Shade Co. Old Forge Ladder 93 was first arriving, reporting heavy fire in the center portion of the 400,000 sq foot building. An early defensive battle was initiated with Old Forge and Taylor Ladders providing the master streams. First alarm engine companies worked at water supply.

Rescue 112 was asked to work their way into the building to determine the extent of the fire on the interior. After forcing several doors and stretching a large area search line, 112 crews were able to report the fire's location and then worked with the Old Forge Engine to get a handle on the three rooms of fire on Division one.

Rescue Runs into West Pittston

Photo courtesy B.Hizny

(5/11/2008) An early morning fire would send the Chief & Rescue to Spring St in West Pittston for the working dwelling fire. West Pittston Ladder was first arriving and reported heavy smoke condition from the rear of a two story residential building. A second alarm was quickly requested, bringing additional units from Exeter and Pittston City.

While the Chief & Rescue operated in West Pittston, mutual aid companies would handle a vehicle rollover in the 700 block of Main St with injuries. Units handling the accident included Duryea EMS, Medic 303, Dupont Engine and Moosic Rescue.

This is the third working fire for the 112 Rescue this week. Let's hope May doesn't continue at this feverish pace.

MVA Injures Two

Photo courtesy J.Bender

(5/8/2008) An early evening crash on Main St would cause quite a commotion early on as initial reports indicated severe injures, confinement and possibly a vehicle on fire. Several walk in reports to the 112 house indicated a severe accident.

Quickly clearing the house, the 112 Chief and Engine arrived to find two occupants still in the passenger vehicle with no fire or confinement. The engine creq quickly went to work on triaging the patients and handling care until the arrival of EMS units. Rescue 112 would arrive, handling vehicle stabilization along with patient access before moving on to support the triaging efforts.

Engine 125 would arrive and handle mitigating some of hazards as well as controlling the vehicle's power supply.

Rescue handles RIT Assignment

(5/7/2008) For the second straight afternoon, the Rescue Co was called upon to handle a RIT assignment. Today, the Rescue would cross the river and head to Jean St, Exeter for the working single family dwelling. Upon arrival of 112, crews already had a good hit on the main body of fire. The Rescue would force a few doors, control electrical services and setup the staging area.

Crews were able to limit fire extension, but extensive damage was already done to the rear of the building. The basement area would receive much smoke and water damage.

No injuries were reported and the Rescue was able to return to service in about an hour.

Hughestown 2nd Alarm Fire

(5/6/2008) The Chief & Rescue responded on a second alarm to 6 Rock St in Hughestown for the working dwelling fire. Initial crews found heavy fire showing from the second floor and attic space, with exposures on both sides beginning to show signs of heat damage. The second alarm was requested quickly, bringing additional units from Luzerne & Lackawanna counties.

Chief 112 would assume the role of Safety officer while the Rescue Co handled the initial RIT responsibilities. The Rescue Co would setup staging, control utilities where possible and setup the initial collapse zone for the primary fire building. Due to the ongoing operations in three different buildings, an additional RIT team from Lackawanna County was called to provide assistance.

The Chief & Rescue would operate for close to two hours before returning to service.

Moosic Pin Job
Photo courtesy T.Walsh

(4/30/2008) Rescue 112 assisted Greenwood FD (98-Moosic) in handling a wreck with entrapment on Main St, Moosic. Units from Station 98 arrived first and found a passenger vehicle under a tractor trailer, pinning the driver inside. With Rescue 98 handling stabilization and patient access, Rescue 112 went to work on the extrication pathway. Crews from both departments would use hydraulic tools to remove driver's side doors and sever several roof pillars, before rolling the roof upwards and removing the patient to awaiting ambulance crews.

Crews encountered some difficulty in cutting the "B" posts on this particular car. Once operations were completed, crews better assessed the vehicle only to find heavily re-inforced construction, which understandably made the extrication process more difficult than expected. You can see the reinforced "B" post here.

Practice Makes Perfect

(4/24/2008) A few weeks ago, the new owners of the Cielass building on Main Street provided the department the opportunity to use the structure for a variety of training purposes. 112 has teamed up with several mutual aid depts to work through various excercises. Last night was no exception.

In partnership with both Duryea Depts and the Old Forge Ladder, firefighters worked through engine and truck company operations in addition to two simulated MayDay events and subsequent Rapid Intervention exercises. Previously, forcible entry, self survival and hose stretches were topics of training. As we focus on challenging the experienced firefighters, we continue to build on the skill sets of our younger members. We thank the owners for this invaluable training opportunity.

As the weeks go by, additional training will be conducted at this site. Hopefully we will be able to display some pictures next week of everyone playing together so nicely in the newly acquired sandbox. Stay tuned!

Assist to Dupont FD

(4/24/2008) The Rescue & Chief responded to Commerce Road in Dupont late Thursday afternoon. Initially dispatched as a dumpster fire, the assignment was quickly upgraded to a full structure assignment as additional reports were received that the fire extended to the commercial building.

Dupont & Hughestown Engines had the initial attack, knocking down the main body of fire. Rescue 112 would team up with Duryea Ladder to check the interior for extension and begin the arduous task of ventilating the large structure.

Members of the Rescue & Ladder are pictured setting up the first of several fans used in ventilating the building.

Dumpster Diving in Duryea
Photo courtesy Germania FD

(4/11/2008) Just before lunch, the Rescue & Chief would respond to assist Duryea FD with a working dumpster fire. The dumpster was really a trash compactor, the same type you'd find picking up your trash. However, this compactor was removed from its chassis and placed on its side.

Crews arrived to find fire burning within the tightly compacted trash. Duryea Ladder along with the 112 Rescue used saws to cut away the roof so that the engine boyz could take care of the fire. In all, crews spent an hour on the scene.

Units diving into the trash included Duryea Engine & Ladder, Hughestown Engine, as well as Avoca Fire and EMS.

Structure Fire gets Chief & Rescue

(3/30/2008) Chief & Rescue responded to Old Mill Road in Jenkins Twp for the working structure fire. Lt 148 was first arriving and reported a well involved garage fire with extension into the living space. Jenkins Engine & Pittston Truck would arrive quickly, working on the knock down.

Rescue 112 caught the RIT assignment, with the rescue splitting crews to get ladders placed and forcible entry & utility control completed. Chief 112 would handle accountability throughout the incident.

Station 112 would respond w 13 fire fighters, providing a few to work the interior during overhaul operations. One family pet was rescued from the residence. Two vehicles would be destroyed, while the house suffered signficant fire and water damage.      Video

Pittston Twp fire draws Response
Photo courtesy Pittston Twp. EMS

(3/28/2008) Shortly after midnight, Pittston Twp Fire, Laflin Fire along with Avoca Rescue and Chief would respond to Chapman St in Pittston Twp for the reported structure fire. Crews would arrive to find a smoke condition on the interior of the small residential building. Upon further investigation, fire was found burning near the electrical utilities along the exterior wall, with slight extension noted to the roof area. Crews made quick work of controlling the utilities and extinguishing the fire. Time was then spent on checking for extension into the living quarters and the attic space.

The Chief and Rescue would operate for 45 minutes before picking up and returning to service.

Spring Must be in the Air

(3/20/2008) Spring Fever had taken hold, and members headed out to do some rope rescue training Thursday night at the Clark St wall. While it was still windy & cold, more than a dozen members attended the training session. Crews were able to deploy several life lines, practice basic rigging & rappelling, and finally practice several pick-off evolutions. Pictured is Capt Jim Butler "saving" FF Chuck Story.

As the weather continues to improve, you may see the department doing some additional training in town. With permission of the new owner, the department plans to use the former Cielass store on Main Street for a variety of training sessions. Schedules are being worked out at this time, but you should be seeing area departments in and around the building quite frequently over the next few months.

Back to Back Rescues

(3/15/2008) A Pittston Twp crash draws the response of the Chief and Rescue. Crews arrived at the Suscon Rd incident to find a vehicle rolled over off the roadway. One occupant was still in the vehicle. Crews quickly stabilized the vehicle with the use of airshores, before removing the windshield and flapping the roof to remove the victim. The extrication took approximately fifteen minutes.

A few short minutes after clearing the Pittston Twp incident, the Chief & Rescue went into Moosic Borough along with Taylor Rescue 95 for the motorcycle accident with reported severe injuries. 911 reported the victim to be located in a wooded area in the vicinity of the former Rocky Glen Amusement Park. Both rescue companies staged just past the park entrance and setup the operation. Approximately 15 minutes into the incident, the victim was located and with the assistance of both rescue companies, removed from the wooded area.

Members attend Bridge Dedication

(3/15/2008) Fifteen years ago this date, two local firefighters lost their lives battling a fire in Pittston City. Today, the community took time to remember our fallen comrades by attending a special Mass before proceeding to the former Water Street Bridge in Pittston City. The bridge would be the focus of events, as it was officially renamed the "Firefighters Memorial Bridge" in honor of John Lombardo and Leonard Insalaco who lost their lives on that fateful day.

Many area departments, including Station 112 participated in the events today. It was our special way of honoring all those who came before us and made the supreme sacrifice.

"May they never be forgotten"

Doubleheader in the City

(3/10/2008) Crews were dispatched for an activated fire alarm at 49 S. Main Street, Pittston City during the overnight hours. The building was once the Dime Bank building. Luzerne 911 reported to responding units that the point of activation was on the fourth floor.

Crews arrived to find smoke throughout the fourth floor area, and fire burning in an office area. Command upgraded the response to a working-level, and quickly requested a second alarm. While crews stretched the attack line and quickly controlled the fire, additional companies continued to the scene in the event additional operations would be required.

Later in the morning, the Rescue & Chief would again respond into the City for an electrical fire in the basement of a commercial building. City crews quickly handled the fire and controlled the utilities. The Rescue was released and headed off to a motor vehicle accident on Stephenson St in Duryea, which would require no special services.

Assist to Old Forge

(2/25/2008) Station 112 cleared the house for a reported structure fire on North Main Street in Old Forge. While responding, Lackawanna 911 updated units that PD were on scene reporting heavy smoke on the top floor. Ladder 93 would arrive and take the address, while Engine 93 established water supply and began stretching the initial attack line. Chief 98 assumed operations with Chief 112 assisting at Command.

Crews found a kitchen fire on the top floor of the four story multiple unit building. Crews quickly controlled the fire and began checking for extension. Rescue 112 would split crews, with the interior team conducting the primary search on Division 3, while outside crews laddered the structure and controlled utilities. 112 Crews would also assist in ventilating the structure.

Units on scene included Old Forge Ladder & Engines, Moosic FD, Taylor Ladder, Dickson City Rescue, along with the Avoca Rescue, Engine and Chief.

Quick Work in West Pittston

(2/15/2008) The Rescue and Chief responded on a late afternoon run to a commercial occupancy on Luzerne Ave in West Pittson for the reported kitchen fire. West Pittston Ladder arrived to find a small fire located in the ceiling, which was quickly controlled with extinguishers.

Rescue 112 would handle ventilation of the building while Chief 112 assisted with command duties. Pictured is Sgt Collins and Firefighter Hudzinski handling ventilation in the front portion of the structure. Crews would remain on scene for approximately 30 mintues before returning to service.

Duryea MVA w/Confinement

(2/12/2008) The Rescue assisted Duryea Fire and Avoca EMS with a motor vehicle accident in the 500 block of Main Street. While responding, the Rescue was advised by Duryea Command that the roof on one vehicle would need to be removed to assist in packing the patient. The Rescue arrived to find Duryea Ladder already at work, with stabilization completed and roof cuts already underway.

The Rescue would go to work supporting the operation, with the patient being packaged and removed to EMS care in approximately ten minutes.

Units assisting included Duryea Ladder and Engine, Avoca Rescue, Avoca EMS and Medic 303.

S. Main St. - Old Forge

(2/10/2008) The Chief and Rescue responded to an early morning fire on South Main Street in Old Forge. Early reports provided by Lackawanna County 911, indicated a working fire with a female still possibly inside. As Old Forge crews arrived, PD had the occupant removed from the building. Crews then went to work getting a handle on the fire located in a rear first floor room with extension into the attic space. Two handlines and good truck work made for a quick knockdown of the fire.

While Chief 112 would handle duties at the Command Post, Rescue 112 worked as second due truck handling the ground ladders, utility control and overhaul of the first floor fire area.

Units on scene would include Old Forge Ladder and Engines, Avoca Rescue, Taylor Ladder, Moosic Engine and Dickson City Rescue acting as the FAST truck. Old Forge EMS was also on scene.

Pittston City Dwelling Fire

(1/31/2008) A busy January comes to a close with the Rescue and Chief heading into Pittston City for the working dwelling fire. Crews were originally dispatched for a reported washing machine on fire, only to arrive and find a working basement fire.

Rescue 112 would arrive to find crews attempting to gain access to the basement via interior stairs, with heavy smoke conditions prevelant throughout the building. The Rescue would setup the RIT staging area and begin laddering of the structure. West Pittston Ladder and Jenkins Twp Engine would be requested on the second alarm, as flames spread through the upper floors of the building.

Crews would operate several hours before bringing the stubborn fire under control. During this incident, the 112 Engine would respond to a second incident in Old Forge Borough.

Icy Roads Cause Problems for Many

(1/29/2008) A morning of freezing rain caused many accidents throughout the region, keeping local crews busy. Rescue 112 and Avoca EMS responded to a two vehicle accident in the 900 block of McAlpine St with injuries. The rescue would handle vehicle stabilization and assist EMS with patient packaging. Once picked up, the Rescue was sent to Sathers Drive in Pittston Twp for the rollover with entrapment.

The rescue arrived to find a pickup rolled onto its drivers side up against a severed utility pole. Pittston Twp rescue already working on stabilization and patient access. Rescue 112 assisted with stabilization,then began the process of flapping the roof to create an extrication pathway. Crews would also need to cut some interior components to free the victims lower extremities. Once freed, patient care would then be transferred to awaiting EMS crews.

Assist to Pittston Twp. FD

(1/25/2008) The Chief and Rescue responded on a mid morning run, along with Laflin FD to assist Pittston Twp. on Flag St with a working vehicle fire located in an attached carport. Laflin Engine handled the water supply, while the 112 Rescue split crews forcing entry into the residence to check for extension, while also assisting with forcing entry into the vehicle's engine compartment and assisting with suppression efforts.

The fire would quickly be extinguished, and interior crews reported no extension into the structure. Crews operated for approximately 45 minutes before returning to service.

Responding units included Chief and Rescue 112, Laflin Engine, Pittston Twp Engine and Pittston Twp EMS.

Duryea Structure Fire

(1/24/2008) An early morning fire claimed the life of one man, as fire tore through the basement of the two story wood frame building. Engine 112 and Duryea Chief arrived simultaneously to find a heavy smoke condition from the exterior. Engine 112 would establish water supply and begin the interior attack. Crews would find that the fire already burned through the front portion of the first floor, slowing down the advancement of the first attack team.

Crews found the heaviest fire located in the basement with extension into division one. Wtih reports of entrapment from PD, Rescue 112 and Duryea ladder would begin ventilation and primary searches. Crew located an individual on division one, removing him from the building, and transferring care to awaiting EMS. 112 and Duryea engine crews would complete extinguishment a short time later.
Crews operated for several hours before being released. Chief Vanluvender (112) would have command responsibilities, while Chief Hughes (Duryea) would handle the fireground operations. Engine 112, Rescue 112, Chief 112 would respond to the scene as well as several 112 fire police members. Listen to the dispatch audio of this fire here.

Dupont Structure Box
Avoca & Dupont members pictured completing overhaul

(1/21/2008) A mid day run sent the Engine, Rescue and Chief to Wyoming Ave in Dupont for the reported working structure fire with flames showing. Crews arrived to find the fire already extinguished, with evidence of fire damage along the exterior wall of the residence. 112 along with Dupont FD would check for extension and complete overhaul operations. Duryea Ladder would handle the ventilation of the residence.

Crews were able to wrap up the cold weather operation quickly. Units responding included Avoca FD, Dupont FD, Duryea FD (ladder & engine), Hughestown FD, Pittston Twp FD and Avoca EMS.

Plane St Chimney Fire

(1/20/2008) As temperatures struggled to reach the mid teens, crews were sent to the 1100 block of Plane St for the reported chimney fire. Engine 112 arrived to find black smoke pushing from the chimney. Upon further investigation, fire was found in the furnace outside of the fire chamber extending up into the chimney itself. Crews would quickly control the fire with the use of dry chemical extinguishers.

Chief 112 had command of the incident. Upon confirmation by the engine officer that the fire was contained, the balance of responding companies would be returned to service, with the exception of the Duryea Ladder.

Pittston City Structure Fire <

(1/8/2008) Chief and Rescue responded to assist Pittston City FD with a working residental fire on Parsonage St. Pittston City crews worked quickly to get a handle on the second floor fire, which extended into the attic space. Chief 112 would assist at the Command Post with accountability functions, wihle the Rescue Co setup the RIT team. Several ladders were put in place while outside utilities would be controlled.

Due to an abundance of 112 manpower on the scene, several members were sent to relieve City FFs with overhaul operations of the second floor and attic space.

Units on the box included Pittston City Fire Dept, Pittston City EMS, Medic 303, Avoca Rescue and Chief.

Back to Back Runs for the Rescue Co
(1/5/2008) Saturday night proved to be a busy one for the Rescue Company. The first alarm came in for a residential structure fire on Foote Ave. in Duryea. EMS arrived first reporting a chimney fire extinguished by homeowner with no extension. Further assessment by first due companies found fire burning in the middle portion of the chimney. Rescue 112 would be sent to the roof to assist in the extinguishment of the fire.

Shortly after clearing the Duryea Box, the Rescue was sent by special request to the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Mile Marker 110 for a working tractor trailer fire. The Rescue was requested for manpower to assist with overhaul of the truck carrying food products.

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