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Foam Refresher
Saturday, December 13, 2014 
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This morning the crew once again set out to conduct some basic foam level training. Unlike our attempt 2 weeks ago, this morning we actually made it to the training site and were able to have several members complete their Level Book foam sign offs. Since Lafayette is part of the Foam Task Force each member who achieves their interior firefighter level is required to demonstrate proficiency in basic foam handline operations. This morning each team of 2 firefighters were required to set up a basic 1 3/4" foam line with an in-line educator and get foam flowing. Once this was completed the group was shown the differences between an attack appliance, a medium expansion appliance and the high expansion system. Crews also used various eductors and appliances from E632 and Foam 63. The following firefighters completed their Foam Level 1 requirements this morning:

FF Wickenheiser, FF Kuhn, FF Leed, FF Soccoa, FF Gee


 
A medium expansion device - used for vapor suppression
   A medium expansion device - used for
      vapor suppression
The Foam Wagon
   The Foam Wagon
Weekly Drill Night - RIT
Monday, December 8, 2014 
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This evening the crew gathered to refresh on some basic RIT skills. Crews were given a classroom presentation by the Chief on calling and managing a mayday then everyone suited up to practice the basic removal of a downed firefighter in limited visibility conditions. Over the next few weeks the RIT training will be expanded upon as we continue to strive to keep our personnel well versed on the RIT concept.

For those who are not familiar with RIT, RIT stands for Rapid Intervention Team. On a working fire incident the incident commander is responsible for assigning a crew as the RIT. This crew is typically from a special service company (Rescue or Truck) and their sole purpose on the fireground is to prepare and to rescue any firefighter in distress. Lafayette is part of a group of several fire departments around the City of Lancaster including the City Fire Bureau called Metro RIT. This group works together to provide RIT services to each other and to attempt to standardize the RIT process in the City and suburbs.


 
   
   
MAJOR CRASH ON THE STRIP
Thursday, December 4, 2014 
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Just before 5am this morning Co. 63 was alerted to US 30 at Oakview Rd. for a crash involving a tractor-trailer. Multiple 911 calls were being received. Chief 63 (Hershey) arrived to find a fully loaded tractor-trailer into several utility poles with severe damage as well as a second truck and 2 passenger vehicles involved. Although it initially appeared as if the truck was on fire the Chief was quickly able to determine that it was just smoke and steam from the hot engine. An East Lampeter Police Officer who was close to the scene had pulled the truck driver from the wreckage for fear of fire being involved. Additional assistance was requested and responding units and personnel worked for several hours containing a fuel spill, offloading the truck's cargo of several thousand pounds of corn seeds, as well as establishing and operating several major roadway detours around this busy area. Around 2pm the truck was finally able to be removed from the scene and additional hazardous materials mitigation could take place. As of this post (9:00pm) the roadway was still partially closed due to the utility companies working to reconstruct traffic lights and electrical service. Below is a list of agencies involved in this morning's incident:

  • Lafayette Fire Co.
  • Witmer Fire Co.
  • Bird in Hand Fire Co.
  • Ronks Fire Co.
  • Lancaster County Hazardous Materials Unit
  • Lancaster County Fire Police Task Force
  • White Horse Fire Police
  • Caernarvon Fire Police
  • Garden Spot Fire Police
  • East Lampeter Twp. Public Works Dept.
  • PPL Utilities
  • Telco
  • Dalton's Towing and Recovery
  • East Lampeter Twp. Police
  • PA State Police
  • Lancaster EMS
  • Flagger Force
  • 3rd Alarm Photography
Also a HUGE thanks to the following companies for providing refreshments for the personnel working the scene:

  • McDonalds
  • Red Lobster
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Chick-Fil-A

 
Frank Robinson Photo
   Frank Robinson Photo
Frank Robinson Photo
   Frank Robinson Photo
Come eat Chicken and support our volunteers!
Sunday, November 30, 2014 
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Doing anything December 8th?  If not, head out to the Chick-fil-a on Lincoln Highway E. for their 3 year birthday celebration. The evening will be dedicated to several local volunteer fire companies including Lafayette!  Proceeds from the event will benefit the fire companies as well. Please click on the attached flyer for more info.


 
   
   
WORKING FIRE IN A WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 29, 2014 
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Shortly after 9am Crews from 54 (Lampeter), 50 (Willow Street), 63, 59 (Refton) and 5 (Strasburg) were alerted to the 2000 block of Spring Hollow Rd. in West Lampeter Twp. for a building fire. Engine 63-2 with a crew of 5 had just departed the station enroute to a training event. The engine went enroute right away and had a visible smoke column to the south. Tower 63 also responded on the box. Engine 63-2 was first arriving to find a wood working shop well involved. Crews led off with several handlines while Tanker 5 hooked up to supply E2 due to the area not having hydrants. Tower 63 arrived as the 2nd arriving truck and the crew was assigned to assist Truck 5 opening the walls and roof of the building. D/C Keens was assigned as the ISO (Incident Safety Officer) while A/C Sabella assisted at the command post which was set up using the 63 Buggy. Crews remained on the scene for several hours.


 
Conditions on arrival - WGAL Photo
   Conditions on arrival - WGAL Photo
   
Message from the Chief:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 
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Good evening everyone. I want to extend well wishes to everyone as the holiday season approaches. It has been a busy year here at Lafayette. The next fire call we receive will be number 500 for the year. That is 500 times our dedicated volunteers have dropped whatever they were doing to respond to help someone in need, and they all, including myself, do it for free. This is in addition to the constant training our firefighters participate in and the numerous hours of administrative work, station upkeep, vehicle maintenance, equipment maintenance, and public education events we attend. We do this because we all have a vested interest in providing the best possible protection to our community. At Lafayette we pride ourselves on having well equipped, well maintained fire apparatus staffed by well trained firefighters. Our firefighters complete over 200 hours of basic training before being qualified to enter burning buildings. They also complete national certification which is the same level of certification as a career firefighter would be required to achieve. In addition to this, most of our firefighters are vehicle rescue technicians, foam technicians, and certified in hazardous materials, ropes, and Emergency Medical Technicians. Because we spend a large portion of our time training, which we believe is the most important part of our job, it makes it difficult for us to conduct traditional fire company fund raisers. So please, understand that we do all of this for YOU and all we ask is that you help us with a tax deductible donation to help with our operating expenses and when you are in need of our assistance we will respond promptly and professionally. Our holiday fund drive mailers should be arriving in your mailbox soon!!

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you in 2015

Chief Scott Hershey


 
Santa Claus is coming to town!
   
Thursday, November 27, 2014 
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Snow is falling and it is almost that time of year. Ole Saint Nick is on his way from the North Pole and he will once again be making his rounds aboard a Lafayette fire engine. Santa's schedule is below. Please keep in mind that Santa's schedule is subject to change due to weather or emergency calls.

  • Wednesday Dec. 3rd - Lancaster Twp. / Prospect Gardens, Countryside Apartments / Ambleside / Oaks
  • Thursday Dec. 4th -Oak Grove, Greenfield Estates / Country Club Apartments, Eastwood Village
  • Thursday Dec. 11th -Crestmont - Highview / Rosewood Terrace / Regent's Park
  • Friday Dec. 12th -Oakview Estates / Bentley Ridge
  • Sunday Dec. 14th -Eastland Hills, Southridge, Bridgeport, Lampeter Rd.
  • Thursday Dec. 18th -N. Eastland, Highland Acres, Conestoga Pines
Make Up Date - Tuesday Dec. 23rd

All Santa runs begin around 5:30pm.

BRING THE KIDS OUT WHEN YOU SEE OUR LIGHTS TO MEET SANTA!!!


 
6 COMPLETE BASIC TRAINING
Monday, November 17, 2014 
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Congratulations to 6 of our firefighters for completing their basic entry level firefighter training. This program consists of 4 modules consisting of a total of 180 hours of classroom and practical training. With the completion of this program and several items in their training books these firefighters will soon be declared qualified to fight interior fire. Those completing the program were:

  • Firefighter Anthony Soccoa
  • Firefighter Dalton Kuhn
  • Firefighter Ethan Moore
  • Firefighter Ethan Wickenheiser
  • Firefighter Jose Colon
  • Firefighter Jessica Gee
Good job crew!!!!!


 
Big THANK YOU to Noodles & Company
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 
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This evening Lafayette volunteers were treated to a free meal at Noodles and Company at the Millcreek Square on Rt. 30. We wish to thank the management and staff for their hospitality and giving this gift to our volunteers!!


 
Lafayette Receives new equipment
Sunday, November 9, 2014 
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Over the past 3 weeks some very important new equipment has found its home at the 63 house. Through a federal grant Lafayette has taken delivery of a new Hurst hydraulic rescue tool system. Replacing the 20 year old Amkus system the new tools are the Hurst 10000psi series. A spreader, cutter, 2 telescopic rams and new portable power unit were purchased along with accessories to be added to Engine 631. The new tools are stronger and more reliable than our former system and much easier to set up and use. The spreader and cutter will be carried preconnected on the engine for rapid deployment.

Lafayette has also received new radios. 32 portable Relm radios were purchased with much needed and appreciated financial assistance from East Lampeter Township for use on the new Lancaster County radio system. The new digital radios have many more channels that our old ones and clearer communications. Each new radio has an identifier which will enable the 911 center to know who they are communicating to right away and an emergency button in the event that a firefighter requires immediate assistance on a fire scene. The radios will be distributed among the apparatus and all line officers. It is believed that the new radio system will be online by the end of the year.


 
   
   
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