From Saturday evening into Sunday, Upper Merion Township Volunteers and Volunteers from the Penn Wynne Fire Company staffed both Squad 47 and Rescue 21 so that members from The Fairmount Engine Company #2 in Norristown could attend their annual banquet.
Together, both crews enjoyed a quiet uneventful night until Sunday morning when both units were dispatched to a Fire Alarm activation at the Laura Lane Apartments. As crews were responding, the assignment was upgraded to a building fire with a report of smoke in the apartment. Upon arrival, crews from Quint and Engine 27 confirmed the source of the smoke to be burnt food and the assignment was held to the units on location.
We would like to extend our appreciation to the members of The Fairmount Engine Company #2 for the invitation and hospitality. Thanks guys and we’ll see you again soon!
Friday, February 7, 2014 – A few minutes before 3:00 AM the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to assist the Lower Providence Fire Department (Station 53) on a dwelling fire. Five volunteers responded to the scene on Squad 47. The crew was quickly assigned to assist in laddering the building. This was followed by relieving crews on the second floor and opening up the ceilings and walls in order to reach remaining pockets of fire. The crew was released around 6:00 in the morning.
The members at KPVFC have been working very hard to keep up with the demand which Mother Nature has been putting on us this season. So far since January 1st, 2014 the members of KPVFC have responded to 85 emergencies and have donated over 1000 man hours of their personal time to ensure that the residents and visitors of King of Prussia remain safe.
While we are talking about snow, this is a reminder for all of the residents and business owners who have fire hydrants on their property, please clear the snow around these hydrants so that in an emergency we can locate and connect to it quickly.
With having no end of winter in site, keep checking Upper Merion Township’s website www.umtownship.org for any additional snow emergency information.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 On Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 0111 hours a second alarm was transmitted for a house fire in Radnor Township, Delaware County. The second alarm requested 2 engines from the KPVFC. Engine 47-1 (A/C Camarda) responded out of the Allendale Rd. station with 5 volunteers as well as Squad 47 (A/C O’Donnell) from the Beidler Rd. station with 6 members. The crews from the KPVFC worked tirelessly for close to three hours assisting with suppression, vertical ventilation, and overhaul operations.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Throughout the year, the firefighters of The King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company are on call twenty four hours a day, every day, making themselves available to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice. And although our predominant obligation is to provide emergency firefighting and rescue services to the residents, visitors, commuters, and businesses of King of Prussia, there are numerous other responsibilities that fall on the members. Many of which occur when the alarm bell isn’t sounding. To name a few, duties such as station cleaning and maintenance; apparatus upkeep; and countless hours of training regularly take place. Another important function of the fire company that the members donate their time for is fire prevention. In the course of the year the firefighters visit homes and fit smoke alarms; visit schools, day care establishments, and businesses to give fire safety advice; host various community groups for station tours; and attend many community happenings. In 2013 the members of the KPVFC, while engaging with over 1000 adults and 2700 children, proudly contributed 115 hours of their time towards fire prevention activities. The volunteers at KPVFC play an important role in fire prevention and we rely on the public as well.
Please do not become complacent about fire safety! If you routinely complete the below seven fire safety steps, you can drastically reduce the risk of a fire in your home or could save another person’s life.
- Install a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. If you already have smoke alarms, test them to make sure they are working. If the alarm does not “beep”, change the battery and retest. If the alarm doesn’t “beep”, now replace the smoke alarm with a new alarm.
- Make a fire escape plan, if you already have one make sure all family members known the plan.
Remember to be careful in how you heat your home, have your heaters, chimneys inspected by a professional service company. And if you use portable space heaters, remember to follow all manufacturers’ safety requirements.
- Use extension cord sparingly and temporarily. If you need to use an extension cord, make sure it meets the appliance electrical requirements.
- Never leave the range or stove unattended if you are cooking. Keep a 3 foot safety zone from the stove for children.
- Keep candles a safe distance from combustible items and never leave them unattended.
Take a Basic First Aid and CPR class this year.
Remember to make fire and life safety the one New Year resolution you never break – it could save someone’s life.
- We would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2014!
Saturday, January 4, 2014 Station 27 was alerted to a dwelling fire in the 200 block of East Minor Street. County dispatch said they had multiple calls plus reports of people jumping. Units found heavy fire conditions that spread to six other houses via a common attic space with no fire walls. A teenage boy was transported via helicopter to a city hospital for injuries sustained from jumping from his burning house. Squad 47(Lt. DiSanto) responded with 6 personnel and assisted in fire suppression and overhaul. Lt. 47-1 acted as “man-power” supervisor. Chief 47 (J. Gallagher) also made the response to assist with incident command.
Friday, December 20, 2013 At 1824 hours Rescue 47 (Allendale Rd. station) and Squad 47 (Beidler Rd. station) were alerted to a vehicle accident with rescue at W. Beidler Road & Henderson Road. Squad 47 (A/C O’Donnell) arrived first and stabilized the vehicle. Rescue 47 (A/C Camarda) arrived shortly after while going in service with the Jaws of Life, “O” Cutters, and the hydraulic ram to perform a dash lift. The extrication took approximately 12 minutes under the supervision of Department Chief Jim Gallagher.
Friday, December 6, 2013 Despite the high call volume experienced by the KPVFC volunteers during the last few weeks in November, Assistant Chief Joe O’Donnell and Lieutenant Anthony Molchany spearheaded an effort to clean-up and re-organize the radio room at the Beidler Road station. With the support of Chief Jim Gallagher and House Committee Chair Mark Forster, members spent several days over the course of three weeks moving furniture, painting, cleaning carpets, waxing hallway floors, and hanging new whiteboards, photos and station memorabilia. Every member who was able to donate time, both large and small, to help complete this project should be proud of the end result. Congratulations on a job well done!
Saturday, November 30, 2013 At approximately 4pm Saturday the county 9-1-1 center alerted the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company (station 47) to respond for a vehicle accident with victims trapped on route 202 at Brandywine Circle. Rescue 47 arrived prior to EMS units to find a multi vehicle accident with numerous injured victims. Once the officer of Rescue 47 sized-up the scene and conferred with the EMS Chief it was determined that no extrication services would be needed. However, several KPVFC members were pressed into patient care mode due to the limited EMS staff that was initially on scene. Deputy Chief Keszczyk, Firefighter Ralph, and Firefighter Davis were directly involved with patient care while other crewmembers assisted with patient packaging and placing them into ambulance. Squad 47’s crew was placed into service performing various tasks including hazard control and vehicle stabilization. Engine 47-2 was directed to the township property at Ross Road & Henderson Road to secure the site for possible aviation medical services, which ended up not being utilized. The crewmembers also used the hydraulic “spreaders” to open the hood of one vehicle to gain access to the battery so it could be disconnected. KPVFC Assistant Chief Thomas was requested to drive a Lafayette EMS transport unit to Paoli Hospital so other staff members could be available for patient care and transport. In total, seven people sustained injuries and four of those victims were transported to area hospitals. All KPVFC units cleared the scene in time for dinner.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Just following a busy weekend (as noted on this website) the King of Prussia Fire Company responded to a dwelling fire in the 200 block of South Gulph Road. Station 47 (KPVFC) was dispatched as the “first due” company along with Engine Co. 48 (Swedeland F.C.) about an hour after midnight on Tuesday morning. Shortly after dispatch Upper Merion Police Department officers arrived to confirm a fire with victims trapped inside the dwelling. Quick thinking police officers were able to awaken the occupants which enabled them to safely evacuate the residence. Engine 47-1 (Camarda) arrived first due responding from the Allendale Road fire station and stretched an 1-3/4” hoseline while securing their own hydrant for water supply. Squad 47 (O’Donnell) arrived shortly after and were assigned “truck company” operations by Incident Commander, and Fire Chief, Jim Gallagher. Engine Company 48 was assigned to establish a secondary water supply and stretch the second attack hoseline. Rescue 49 (Swedesburg) was dispatched on the “confirmed fire” response and assigned to vertical ventilation. Tower 2 (Berwyn F.C.) was assigned the rapid intervention team duties while special calls for additional engines were requested from Radnor (Delco. sta. 15), Bridgeport #1 (sta. 31), and Goodwill fire companies (sta. 32). The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes.