Horse Rescue in Gibraltar
1/9/14 - 08:20
Company 24 was dispatched for the Attack and Brush to assist Company 23 (Gibraltar) with a horse distress call on Shuylkill Road in Robeson Township. The homeowner called reporting one of his horses slipped on a patch of ice and was unable to get up, unknown how long the horse was down. Using a tractor and some rope, and a few sets of hands, the horse was lifted back to its feet and steadied until it was able to move on its own. Crews attempted to calm the horse and keep it warm until it could be lifted. The owner was able to walk to the horse back to the barn, both companies went available.
Passing of A Member
Working Chimney Fire
Company 24 along with Company 23 (Gibraltar), Chester Ladder 69 (Twin Valley FD) and Tanker 72 (Brecknock) were dispatched to the 3000 block of Plow Road for a possible structure fire, a reported fire in the chimney. Engine 24, Engine/Tanker 24 and Utility 24 made the response. Engine/Tanker 23, Tanker 23, Ladder 69 and Tanker 72 also were on scene. Crews arrived on scene and found a working fire in the chimney. Interior crews removed the contents of the fire place while exterior crews setup a series of ladders to reach the peak of the 3-story roof to access the chimney. The pitch of the roof and the cold temperatures making the shingles slippery made for a challenge. Roof crews dropped chains down the chimney and broke loose the burning materials. Crews checked the interior with a thermal imaging camera to make sure there was no fire extension into the structure. The homeownever was advised to have his chimney inspected and cleaned prior to lighting the fire again.
2013 Polaris Ranger 6x6 Ordered
With the help of a grant received in 2012 from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner - the Geigertown Fire Company has purchased a 2013 Polaris Ranger 6x6 to add to our fleet. This unit will be a huge addition to the company to assist on our numerous rescue calls and brush fire calls in areas a regular vehicle cannot reach. The 6x6 will be equipped with a skid unit that carries a pump, hose and water tank, along with various rescue equipment and a stokes basket to transport an injured person. We hope to have this unit in service by the end of February!
Fire Alarm - Possible Structure Fire
1/20/13 - 21:58
Company 24 was dispatched to assist Company 23 (Gibraltar) with an automatic fire alarm in the 3000 block of Morgantown Road in Robeson Township. Vector Security originally received a basement smoke detector alarm, upon calling the homeowner they reported a smell of something burning but did not see fire. The alarm was upgraded adding Tanker 72 (Brecknock), Tower 42 (Cumru Twp Fire Dept) and Rescue 1 (Mt. Penn) for RIT (Rapid Intervention Team). Chief 24 arrived on scene first and confirmed no fire. Crews checked for a cause of the alarm and odor but could not duplicate what the homeowner smelled. All appliances were checked with nothing found. Crews cleared the scene and went available.
Head On Collision on Route 724
1/10/13 - 06:24am
Company 24 was dispatched to assist Company 23 (Gibraltar) with a two car motor vehicle accident on Route 724 in the area of Schuylkill Road. Callers reported two vehicles head on with one patient out of a vehicle. Assistant 24 arrived on scene first and requested 724 to be shut down at Gibraltar Rd and Old River Road due to both lanes being totally blocked. EMS handled patient care while fire cleaned up fluids and debris and disabled the power to both vehicles. Vehicles were cleared and both companies cleared the scene around 7:25am.
Fire and Company Officers for 2013
Thank you to everyone who served in the past and congratulations to those who are new to the ranks or in a new position!
Chief 24 Paul Shirey
Deputy 24 Frank Arters
Assistant 24 Scott Gullo
Assistant 24-1 Rich McGowan
Assistant 24-2 Vince Smale
Lieutenant 24 Jon Carola
Lieutenant 24-1 Joe Gilliland
Lieutenant 24-2 Rick Rhode
President Joe Gilliland
Vice President Brody Wertman
Treasurer Dora Brady
Financial Secretary Amber Gensemer
Recording Secretary Jon Carola
Trustee Rick Rhode
Trustee Billy Hohl
Trustee Emory Ritchie
President Jon Carola
Vice President Rich Rhode
Treasurer Scott Gullo
Financial Secretary Amber Gensemer
Recording Secretary Bill Rapp
Garage Fire in Caernarvon Township
*Pictures Courtesy of and Property of Tralaina Blankenship*
11/12/12 - 22:34
Company 24 was dispatched to assist Chester Station 69 (Twin Valley Fire Department) with a reported garage fire in the 1100 block of Elverson Road in Caernarvon Township Berks County. Chief and Engine/Tanker 24 made the initial response, followed by Tanker 24 and Engine 24. Chief and ET 24 arrived on scene right behind 69 units and began to feed Engine 69-5 from the road, Chief 24 was water officer and had Tanker 24 connect in to assist in water supply. Since the units used CAFs (Compressed Air Foam), water use was limited to approximately 1,800 gallons. The structure and contents were a total loss. Crews cleared the scene in under two hours
Cardiac Arrest Assist and Quarry Rescue
11/11/12 - 13:09
Utility and Brush 24 were dispatched to the old Trap Rock Quarry on the closed part of Hay Creek Road for an ALS Trauma call. Utility 23 (Gibraltar) and Utility 7 (Birdsboro-Union) were also on the call. Chief 24 was given the additional there were two patients, one with a foot fracture and one with a head injury from a fall while rock climbing. Crews from 24 and 7 had to hike a narrow trail to the other side of the lake to make patient contact, they also determined there was only one patient to be transported. Crews began packaging the patient and loaded him onto a stokes basket to carry to the ambulance. Due to the narrow trail and loose terrain along the lake banks, it took several people to sucessfully extricate the patient. Once loaded, fire crews cleared the scene.
11/10/12 - 13:40
Utility 24 was dispatched to assist Company 23 (Gibraltar) in the 100 block of Proudfoot Drive for a possible cardiac arrest. Assistant 24-1 arrived on location and was directed to the patient by family. Unfortunately, no efforts could be taken to revive the patient due to a prolonged downtime. EMS arrived and took control of the scene, all fire units were released.
Possible Structure Fire at Turkey Hill
11/8/12 - 08:27
Company 24 was dispatched to assist Company 23 with a possible structure fire at the Turkey Hill on Route 10 in Robeson Township. Responding units were given the additional of an odor of something burning inside the store. Company 42 (Cumru Twp Fire Dept), Company 72 (Brecknock) and Company 1 (Mt Penn for Rapid Intervention Team RIT) were also dispatched along with EMS. Assistant 24-1 arrived on scene first and confirmed a strong odor inside the structure, crews scanned the entire store with a thermal imaging camera to ensure there was no fire in the ceiling. A search of the building determined a potential heater malfunction - the heat was turned on while the outside unit was monitored. Upon removing a panel on the outside unit, it was confirmed a heater motor was malfunctioning and causing the odor. Electric was shutoff to the unit and the store manager was advised to have it serviced before turning it back on. All crews cleared the scene.
Weekend Vehicle Fire and Structure Fire
In the first hours of Saturday morning, Brush 24 was dispatched to assist Company 23 with a vehicle fire on Route 724 in the area of Turkey Hill. Chief 23 and E/T 23 went on location within 5 minutes and reported nothing showing from the exterior of the vehicle. Company 24 was held at station - it was determined an oil line came off the motor and created heavy smoke from the vehicle. Assistant 24-1 recalled Company 24 and crews spread oil dry over the trail of oil in the parking lot.
Shortly before noon on Sunday, Engine 24, Tanker 24 and Engine/Tanker 24 were requested to assist Company 23, along with Company 25 (Exeter) at the Hillcrest Bingo Hall on Rock Hollow Road for a reported structure fire. Chief 23 arrived on scene and reported a grease fire in the oven that was out, the entire assignment was put on slow and hold. ET23 assisted in ventilating the building before going available.
SUV Rolled Over - No One Around
Dispatch: MVA UNKNOWN INJURIES - WHITE BEAR ROAD / GOLF COURSE ROAD. 1 VEHICLE FLIPPED OVER 23:24
Brush and Utility 24 were dispatched to assist Company 23 with a rollover accident at the above location. Chief 24 arrived on scene first and reported one vehicle off the road on the roof, no one around. Rescue/Engine 23 and Brush 24 remained on scene for lighting and fluid containment until the tow company removed the vehicle. Both companies cleared the call shortly after midnight.
Tanker Assists in Douglass Township
About 45 minutes after a reported house fire in Douglass Township Berks County, about a mile from the Montgomery County line, Chief 49 (Amity) requested the Zone 5 & 6 Tanker Taskforce for water supply. Tanker 24 made the 20 minute response from Safety Day followed by Tanker 23. Upon arriving on scene, crews were in the process of setting up two folda-tanks at the end of the lane to supply Rescue/Engine 6 (Monocacy) who was pumping water from the street through a 5" hose lay approximately 1/2 mile back to the fire scene. Tanker 24 was the third in truck and filled the newly setup porta-tank and topped off the second. Upon emptying, T24 made the loop from the fire scene back to 422 near Pottstown and came back in the same route as before, this time being filled by E25 (Exeter) at a nearby pond. Water operations had slowed by this point due to the progression of the fire. About two hours later, all the large Tankers were released due to the narrow lane, all small Tankers stayed on location to shuttle water back to the fire scene for overhaul. Tanker 24 went available and returned to station around 4pm.
Robeson Township Safety Day Interrupted
9-22 was Company 24 and Company 23’s mutual, Robeson Township Safety day. The day started out well until two of the participating companies Monarch (6) and Birdsboro (7) were called to a working structure fire in Amity Township. Shortly thereafter both 23 and 24 were tapped out for their tankers for the Berks tanker task force. Assistant 24-1 responded with Tanker 24. Shortly after that Engine 24, with Assistant 24 was asked to cover Engine 7, responding to an AFA in Amity. Engine 24 was recalled due to a faulty alarm. Since most of the participants had been called to active service, Safety Day slowly dwindled until it was shut down around 2 o’clock.
2013- 299 Calls