Friday, May 29, 2009


Please come to the Monday June 1 drill with your wildland PPE and a pack. We are going to practice shelter deployment and then run the pack test. You won't have to give up a Saturday morning and you'll still qualify as a wildland firefighter! There are limited weights avaialable so, if possible, please load you pack ahead of time. Remember 3 miles, 45 lbs, 45 minutes.

More dagger like struts

On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the Butler Township FD (Montgomery County, OH) responded to a pick up truck fire on I-70. The first engine company arrived to find a fully involved 2007 Chevy Pick Up. Crews extinguished the fire and afterwards, while taking pictures, it was noticed that one of bed tool boxes gas struts had released, separated and it went completely through the rear tailgate. The other strut was never located. It is easy for Firefighters to forget about the dangers of these struts in toolboxes during fires.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

From the web


Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friendship Fire Company of Bressler/Swatara Township, PA. E41 arrived at a routine engine compartment fire which quickly changed. A line was stretched and crews worked to open the hood. A hood shock exploded and impaled FF M. Ofak in the right knee. EMS treated and transported him to Hershey Med. Trauma room where he was treated and spent the night. He luckily escaped without major injuries from the May 8, 2009 incident and is expected to make a full recovery. We all wish you a quick recovery.

EVAP Rrefersher

Remember to schedule your EVAP refresher driving skills evaluation. If you have been assigned, and successfully completed the online refresher you should call to set up a road test. Check the training section at FireCo for your refresher status. We would like to have every one checked off by July 1st.

Wildlalnd Walk

Pack test time again! Please be sure to complete the pack test before Monday June 22. We will run a test at 08:30 on Sunday June 21, as part of the Wildland Firefighter class.
You must complete the pack test before responding to any wildland calls.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Firefighter burned in three car pile up

Firefighter Smith suffered third degree burns when she was involved in a three car accident on Mullis St. early Monday evening. The car in which Ms. Smith was riding was struck broadside by a vehicle operated by an allegedly intoxicated driver. Her vehicle was shoved across the road into proximity of another vehicle fully involved in fire. The driver of the burning car was not identified.
San Juan Island Fire pried the door from the vehicle in which Firefighter Smith was trapped and then assisted San Juan EMS in removing her from the vehicle She was treated at the scene and provided further care was in the ambulance while they awaited the arrival of the Airlift Northwest helicopter. Everyone involved agreed that this was a great drill.

Friday, May 15, 2009

National Fire Academy

The registration period for National Fire Academy classes scheduled between 10/01/09 and 03/31/10 is now open. You have until June 15 to apply. For course listings go to:

Driver Re-certification

If you have successfully completed the online driving refresher you next should schedule an on-road evaluation to complete you re certification. Evaluators are available Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri, and Sat AM. Call the training office to schedule your test.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thank you Bar-be-que

Everyone that participated in the Every 15 Minutes program has been invited to a bar-b-que at San Juan EMS on Tuesday May 26th from 5 till 7. Please RSVP to Lainey or Cady: 8-5152

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Decon Training

The Medical Center is coordinating a Hospital Decontamination class on Friday June 5th. The 8 hour class is scheduled to take place at Sta. 31. It will include sections on WMD, drug labs, scene management, PPE and decon. The decon systems will be set up in the parking lot. Call the training office if you are interested in attending.