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2 ALARM FIRE IN THE FIRST DUE
Monday, July 14, 2014 
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Shortly before 8pm, the first alarm was struck for the building fire at the High Steel Structures complex on Greenfield Rd. Due to it being drill night the 63 units as well as several surrounding units were on the street right away. Initial reports indicated an explosion in the main power panel and active fire in the building. Chief 63 (Hershey) arrived and reported a working fire in Plant #2 with severe electrical arcing occurring. Due to the severity of the arcing and the unknown factors involved with the high voltage electrical equipment the chief ordered that nobody was to enter the building and PPL was requested to make an urgent response. Arriving units established 2 supply lines into the scene and everyone staged until the power was shut off. As the fire grew and crews stood helpless the Chief requested a second alarm anticipating a much larger fire by the time power was cut. Once power was secured crews advanced on the fire with water and dry chemical and had the bulk of the fire knocked down in 15 minutes. Crews remained on scene for about 2 hours ventilating the large structure and overhauling the fire area.

First Alarm: Engines 631, 632, 633, 622, 411, 542 Truck 63 and 204, Rescue 48

Working Fire Assignment: Engine 643, Rescue 50

Second Alarm: Engines 621, 541, 482, Hose 43, Rescue 47, Trucks 50, 66, 5, 67, Air 48

Specialed: Truck 39, Hose 39,

Special thanks to Engine 61-1 (Upper Leacock) and Tower 15 (Ephrata) for covering the 63 house.


 
   
Makinthehit.com photo
   Makinthehit.com photo
East Lampeter Twp. - Quarterly Drill
Monday, June 30, 2014 
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This evening crews from 3 of the township fire companies (Lafayette, Witmer and Bird in Hand) as well as tankers from 43 (Gordonville) and 44 (Intercourse) met at Station 41 for a rural water supply drill. Using a farm property on Miller Ln. in Leacock Twp. crews simulated a barn fire and units set up for fire attack with master streams, handlines and Tower 63. Engine 41-1 was first arriving and laid double 5" supply lines back the driveway. Engine 63-2 (Acting in place of Engine 48-2) was second arriving and began to establish a supply for Tower 63 once they arrived. Engine 633 was directed to establish a fill site on N. Harvest Rd. from the Mill Creek. The initial water supply system used Tanker 41 as a nurse tanker and Engine 62-1 drafting from the Mill Creek in a relay. During the drill the nurse tanker system was changed over to a porta tank system so participants could see both systems in operation. While a majority of fire companies conduct basic rural water operations which result in a fireground flow of 250 to 1000 gallons per minute, the water supply systems used here can easily exceed 2000 gallons per minute which is a more realistic flow rate for a structure fire such as this. The components of the East Lampeter Rural Water systems will be further explained further in the photos on this post. Thank you to Co. 41 for setting up and hosting this drill.


 
Engine 632 supplies the Tower. E632 only has 2.5
   Engine 632 supplies the Tower. E632 only
      has 2.5" discharges so a dual 5" must be
      used for maximum flow. Tower 63 can flow
      2000 gallons per minute
Engine 633 at fill site. Dual suction hoses are used to pump capacity. A fill site must be able to flow the same GPM as the fire scene to be effective. Engine 633 can flow over 2500 gallons per minute if set up correctly
   Engine 633 at fill site. Dual suction
      hoses are used to pump capacity. A fill
      site must be able to flow the same GPM
      as the fire scene to be effective.
      Engine 633 can flow over 2500 gallons
      per minute if set up correctly
The Brasserie - Annual Fund Raiser
Sunday, June 29, 2014 
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It's that time of year folks. The Brasserie Restaurant in Bridgeport is once again graciously holding a benefit event for the Lafayette Fire Company. Come out and enjoy some of their signature dishes and some cold tasty beverages on the famous Brasserie Deck and a portion of the proceeds will go towards our fire company. Each evening a different piece of Lafayette fire apparatus will also be on display so bring the kids too! The event will be held as follows: Monday July 7th - Evening Tuesday July 8th - Evening - Engine 631 on site Wednesday July 9th - Evening - Engine 633 on site Thursday July 10th - Evening - Engine 632 on site Friday July 11th - Evening - Tower 63 on site COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY!!! The Brasserie is located in Bridgeport at 1679 Lincoln Highway East. Close to Michigan Ave.

 
   
   
MEOUCH!
Sunday, June 8, 2014 
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Around 4pm today, Co. 63 was sent for a service call at the PA-DOT Maintenance shed on Rt. 30. A neighbor to the site had reported hearing a cat meowing like it was in distress for several hours inside the fence. Chief 63 arrived to find a small kitten down inside a steel tube aprox. 10 feet. Once the rescue/engine arrived crews dug out the bottom of the tube and freed the little critter but we weren't done yet. As the kitten scurried away he ran to another area of the yard where he jumped into another similar type hole. Crews checked it out to discover 7 kittens in this hole trapped. With some help from neighbors with a cage the kittens were rounded up and turned over to the S.P.C.A.......just another day on the east side!


 
   
   
WAGONS GO FOR HOUSE FIRE
Thursday, June 5, 2014 
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Around 6pm this evening Co. 63 was requested for 2 engines to assist Co. 54 (Lampeter) in the 1700 block of Newport Dr. in West Lampeter Twp. for a working house fire. Initial crews from 54 arrived to find a working fire in the basement and kitchen area of the home. On arrival the crew from E633 was sent interior to go to work while E631's crew took the RIT assignment. Chief 63 was assigned Operations. Crews made a quick hit on the fire saving the home. Crews from 63 remained on scene for 2 hours assisting in ventilation and overhaul.


 
   
   
TRUCK FIRE ON THE STRIP
Friday, May 30, 2014 
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Around 5pm this evening during the evening rush Co. 63 was sent to the intersection of Rt. 30 and Oakview Rd. for a vehicle fire. Assistant 63 (Sabella) arrived and reported a well involved truck with a running fuel fire and requested an engine from 62 (Witmer) to assist. Engine 631 arrived and ran a line while crews from E633 and E622 set up foam operations to attack the fuel fire. Units knocked the fire within 10 minutes and remained on scene for about 1 hour. This was the second significant event in this busy intersection today. Earlier in the day a truck tore down the traffic lights causing major traffic delays. 63 and 62 fire police were on this event for several hours.


 
Frank Robinson Photo
   Frank Robinson Photo
Frank Robinson Photo
   Frank Robinson Photo
TOWER GOES CROSS-COUNTRY FOR A FIRE
Monday, May 26, 2014 
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As Memorial Day activities were in full swing the Tower was sent as part of the first alarm to the 800 block of Strasburg Rd. in Paradise Twp. to assist Co. 45 (Kinzer) with a building fire. The tower normally does not run this far but the first due truck, Truck 42 (Gap) was out of service. Following the 20 minute trip the tower arrived to find a diesel shed which was already on the ground. Crews assisted pulling the roof tin off of the pile to access the remainder of the fire before returning.


 
   
   
AFTERNOON CRASH
Friday, May 23, 2014 
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Around 1pm today crews were sent to the intersection of Greenfield Rd. and Commerce Park E. for a crash. The rescue/engine arrived to find a 3 vehicle crash with injuries. Crews were on scene for about 20 minutes


 
   
   
Drill Night - High Rise Operations
Monday, May 19, 2014 
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This evening crews from the 63 house headed out to the county training site to participate in some run-in type evolutions. Tonight's drill covered high rise operations and the use of standpipes for fire suppression. Crews ran several evolutions in the tactical building before calling it a night.


 
   
   
CAR INTO HOUSE
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 
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Around 8pm this evening a crew of personnel and a local church group were working around the station doing some cleaning when a citizen ran into the station to report a crash just up the street. While E631 was rolling out the box was transmitted for 63, 62 (Witmer) and 48 (Ronks) to the 1800 block of Lincoln Highway E. for a car into a house with entrapment. E631 quickly arrived and reported a car into a house and the driver had fled the scene on foot towards our station. After checking in and under the car it was determined that no other patients existed and the mutual aid units were cancelled. Co. 63 shored up the front of the home and remained on the scene until the car was removed from the structure. The driver was apprehended by the police a short time later about 1 mile away.


 
   
   
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