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SEARCH DETAIL
Friday, June 26, 2015 
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Around 7:30pm, company 63 was dispatched for a search detail. Firefighters from Lafayette, Bird-In-Hand (Sta. 41), Witmer (Sta. 62), and Ronks (Sta. 48) met at our station as well as East Lampeter Township Police Department, Pennsylvania Canine Search And Rescue (PACSAR), and Middle Creek Search and Rescue (Station 94). A command post was established in our Communications Room as well as a "On The Street" post in the Greenfield Industrial Park. Each unit was then given a grid to search in the local area and search dogs were sent out to trace scents of the missing person. Around 11pm, the search was transferred to search and rescue personnel and lasted throughout the night and early morning. The missing person has returned home safely. Photos from Photo-5 Imagery.

 
The command post on the street.
   The command post on the street.
   
Tanker filling/shuttling
Monday, June 22, 2015 
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Tonight, company 63 got together with 2 of our neighboring departments (Witmer Fire Association and Bird-in-Hand Fire Company) and refreshed on tanker shuttle/filling operations. Engine 63-3 flowed from the hydrant to a manifold splitter which then flowed (2) 3 inch lines to the 2 tankers. Once each tanker was filled, the unit dumped their water into a porta-pond. Engine 63-2 then drafted from the pond and flowed a deck gun and ground monitor. Here in East Lampeter Township we like to refresh our skills as a whole township working together frequently to prepare for real incidents, although these types of incidents do not occur frequently for Lafayette.

 
Tanker 41 at the fillsite.
   Tanker 41 at the fillsite.
FF Phillips works the manifold.
   FF Phillips works the manifold.
OVERNIGHT GAS LEAK SHUTS RT. 30
   
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 
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Around 3am units from 63, 62 and 48 were alerted to the 2200 block of Lincoln Highway E. for a natural gas leak. Chief 63 (Hershey) arrived to find a construction crew had struck the 8" gas main. Crews stood by while UGI assembled a work crew and went into the hole to stop the leak. Units were on scene for about 2 hours


 
What's new at Lafayette?
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 
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Over the past few weeks some new equipment has arrived at the 63 house. The first thing to arrive were 8 new sets of turnout gear. You may notice a slight difference with this gear. The membership decided to begin the changeover to black turnouts but rather than the normally used bright yellow striping we had to go with orange making Lafayette the only company in Lancaster County with this color combination. Lafayette typically purchases new gear annually in order to provide our firefighters with the safest most modern protective equipment we can provide.

Next the new Lancaster County Digital Radio system has entered service. All of our vehicles in the fleet are now equipped with Tait digital mobile radios. 32 Relm portable radios were also placed into service on all of the apparatus and with each line officer. The crews are slowly getting used to the new system and it's new features. For those who like to listen to Lafayette's activity on a scanner, we now operate on Dispatch B on the digital system which is also rebroadcast on 33:56 on the former low band system.

Foam 63 was recently re-lettered. This was done in part to the unit receiving a radio designation as Foam 63 and in order to being the rear chevron striping up to current NFPA standards.

And finally, all 3 engines have received some new hose. The supply hose capacities on all 3 engines have been standardized at 1200' with the incorporation of new red sections of hose to indicate the halfway point at 600' and the last section off the bed. Because of new methods of operations the large bulky hydrant valves have also been retired making it easier for our personnel to "catch a plug".

These are just some slight improvements we have made in order to continue to strive to provide the best level of protection possible for our community.


 
New Gear
   New Gear
Portable Radio
   Portable Radio
Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet......
Monday, June 8, 2015 
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Fires occur at anytime, even in bad weather so why not train in bad weather? This evening during a downpour crews headed out to do some pumping and hoseline drills in the first due...


 
   
   
Antique 63 heads north for a show
Antique 63 next to Antique 1-10 from Stevens PA
   Antique 63 next to Antique 1-10 from
      Stevens PA
Sunday, June 7, 2015 
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This afternoon our '49 Chevy pumper headed to Denver PA to participate in an emergency vehicle / antique fire truck display at the CK Grill. The event, organized by Chris Haldeman of Makinthehit.com was the first of it's kind and was done due to the county not having a convention parade this year. Several other northeastern Lancaster Units were also on display.


 
Lafayette crew receives award
Saturday, June 6, 2015 
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This morning during the annual meeting of the Lancaster County Fireman's Assoc. (LCFA) as part of the annual convention, crews from Lafayette, Witmer, Ronks and LEMSA received Distinguished Unit Awards for their work in extricating a young female who was entrapped in her vehicle and impaled by a boat trailer on the morning of March 13th 2015. Each company received an engraved plaque and each crew-member received a certificate. In our line of work in the fire and emergency services we are often humble about the job we do and the work we perform. This group of emergency service personnel were faced with a very unique situation which required skill, thought, and working together for a positive outcome. We are proud to have such great personnel in our respective agencies.


 
   
Engine 63-1 Crew
   Engine 63-1 Crew
4 ALARM FIRE IN THE CITY
   
Friday, May 29, 2015 
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Around 9am this morning, Truck 63 was dispatched as part of the 3rd alarm metro R.I.T. assignment to Lemon St. In the City Of Lancaster. Initial crews responded to find heavy smoke from the top of the residence. It was quickly upgraded to the third alarm, adding Truck 63; It hit the 4th alarm soon after.

 
Class of 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 
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The members of Lafayette want to congratulate Junior Firefighter Zach Phillips as he prepares to graduate from the Conestoga Valley High School and the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. Zach was part of the LCCTC Fire Cadet program held at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. Congrats Zach, we wish you the best of luck in your future!!!

 
   
   
Lancaster County loses a legend
Saturday, May 23, 2015 
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Woody Woodward, Lancaster County-wide Communications dispatcher #68, former Lafayette firefighter and current company photographer for the Rohrerstown Fire Co. and Manheim Twp. Fire/Rescue lost a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday. He was 41 years old. Woody began his fire service career in September of 1990 as a firefighter with the Lafayette Fire Company. Woody was very active and had an energetic and positive spirit, often sprinting half a mile to the fire station for calls. He quickly rose up through the basic training requirements to become a great firefighter and an asset to our firefighting force. Woody worked numerous fire scenes on his beloved Truck 6-3 (The 1986 Mack/LTI) including the multi-million dollar blaze that razed the Sight and Sound theatre in 1995. Woody would often tell the story of having to evacuate the roof quickly at this fire and using ground ladders to jump to the different roof levels before finally finding the former Truck 5-7's Mack Aerialscope as a way down. Woody would go on to hold memberships in the Lampeter FC, Lititz FC, East Petersburg FC and Rohrerstown FC. Woody eventually became a professional fire scene photographer and avid fire buff. Woody was a common sight at incidents all over southeastern PA. Woody was also a 911 dispatcher for Lancaster and York Counties. Woody was very good at his job and fire officers always felt a level of comfort and reassurance when Woody was working the radio during a critical job. Woody will be missed by many. Woody leaves behind his wife Gretchen and his son and sidekick Wyatt. Full honors funeral services will be held on Wednesday May 27th 2015 with a visitation from 1pm to 4pm and services beginning at 4pm at the Mellingers Mennonite Church - 1916 Lincoln Highway E. in Lancaster. Interment will follow at the Mellingers Mennonite Cemetery followed by a social gathering at the Lafayette Fire Company - 63 Lafayette Way.

 
   
   
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