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May
26
2015

Congratulations TJ!

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It is with great pride that we announce that another one of our FF/Paramedics is moving onto a career position with a big city department. TJ Dailey has accepted a FF/Medic position with DC Fire and EMS in our nation’s capitol and he will be heading there in early June.

TJ came to #4 from the Johnstown area (Upper Yoder TWP.) back in December of 2009 and he became a live-in member. During that time he attended college obtaining his Fire Science Degree as well as becoming a National Registered Paramedic. He has been an instrumental part of our department over the years serving most recently as an engineer as well as our head trustee and executive board member. TJ also has coordinated and completed several projects throughout the station that all of our members have and will benefit from for years to come. TJ has answered thousands of fire, rescue and EMS calls over the years and many patients have benefited from his skills. He was honored last year by Allegheny Health Network and the Pittsburgh Pirates for his quick actions at the Franklin Regional School stabbing.

TJ now joins the rank of many other #4 live-ins that have come to our station, obtained training and education and have gone onto enjoy long fulfilling careers in large departments across the country. Just this year we have had past live-ins obtain positions in Fairfax County Fire and the CIty of Pittsburgh EMS.

TJ, your brothers and sisters at #4, as well as the community thank you for your service to Monroeville and we wish you a long and safe career!

May
11
2015

RIT Response

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This afternoon, Rescue 4 was alerted for the Rapid Intervention Response into Swissvale Borough for a working fire that eventually went to three alarms. R4 arrived on scene with five firefighters who quickly went to work sizing up the structure and making contact with the Incident Commander. The crew remained on scene and ready for deployment for approximately 1 hour before being released.

May
3
2015

Apartment Fire

 

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Just after 9 pm last evening, Truck 4 was dispatched for an automatic fire alarm at the Brentmoor Towers in Wilkins Township. While enroute, units were updated that there was fire emitting from a fourth floor apartment. C40 and Truck 4 were first arriving with heavy fire showing from the fourth division, Bravo side, and auto-exposing to the fifth division. T4 crew immediately went to work searching the fire floor for victims and locating the fire in zero visibility and high heat conditions. The Truck crew then began extinguishing the fire using the facility provided attack line from the hose cabinet while additional units began to arrive. The fire eventually reached three alarms and one resident and one firefighter were treated by EMS.

Units: T-4, 304, 303, 302, RE-122, T-227, E-137, T-153, E-229, E-230, T-283, SQ-192, R-196, T-113

Command: C-40 (Feyes)

KDKA news story and video: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/11457933-wilkins-twp-apartment-damaged-by-fire/

Apr
20
2015

Busy Day

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Today, crews were busy handling several EMS and Fire incidents including the one pictured above. Crews were dispatched to several reports of arcing electrical distribution transformers and power lines down throughout the first due. Crews arrived above to find a telephone pole on fire after taking a surge that blew a 4-6 inch hole right through the pole. Eventually, the top of the telephone pole dislodged and fell, pulling several power lines down with it. During the course of the day (07:30 – 16:00 hours) Company 4 handled 16 incidents – 7 fire and 9 EMS runs. The calls included a cardiac arrest, smoke in a structure, elevator rescue, respiratory failure, several fire alarms and a few paramedic assists.

Apr
16
2015

Motor Vehicle Crash

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Company 4 was alerted to Mosside Boulevard on this rainy afternoon for a motor vehicle collision with injuries. Upon arrival, crews found a chain-reaction type crash from a heavy dump truck striking a passenger vehicle from behind. This caused ththe pictured SUV to collide with another passenger vehicle, causing both occupants to be injured. Rescue 4 stabilized the vehicle and assisted with extricating the victim who was transported to a local trauma center by Medic 48.

Apr
7
2015

RIT Response

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This morning, just after 8:00am, Rescue 4 was dispatched with other units into the Renton section of Plum for a residential structure fire. R4 and C-41 responded with 7 volunteers and was tasked with setting up for RIT operations on the ALPHA side of a single family dwelling with a working basement fire. R4 crew secured egress avenues by placing several ground ladders and then stood by with no activation. Company 4 units were released after approximately 90 minutes.

Units: E234, E236, E235, E78, E51, T233 R4 (RIT)

Command: 236 A/C (Simms) 

Apr
6
2015

Apartment Fire

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At approximately 9:30pm this evening units were dispatched to Wilmerding for an apartment fire. Truck 4, Rescue 4 and the Chief responded with 15 volunteers. T4 was the first arriving Truck Company and was assigned interior search operations. T4 crews performed primary searches of the fire floor and the floor above with negative results. R4 crew performed exterior operations and assisted T4 operator with throwing ladders and controlling utilities, then assisted interior truck crews with overhaul. Wilmerding Engine crews made quick work of the rapidly advancing fire.

Units: E306-1. E306-2, RE135, E283, T4, T283, R4

Command: C-306 (Hartzell)

Feb
24
2015

District 1 Apartment Fire

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Today at approximately 8:30am Companies were dispatched to the Northern Pike Garden apartments were a 911 caller stated he smelled smoke and thought an apartment was on fire. E42 and T5 arrived with nothing evident from the outside, however, were met by a significant smoke condition upon entering the structure. Crews began primary searches and made their way to the basement, finding a large electrical fire emitting from the panel that was starting to extend into the structural components. Due to the size of the panel and the possibility of it still being energized, crews attempted to extinguish the fire using several dry chemical extinguishers. Duquesne Light Power Company was expedited to the scene and confirmed that the power had been terminated. Crews then proceeded to extinguish the fire using handlines supplemented with foam.

 

Units: E42, E62, E12, T5, E230 (RIT), E233

Command: C-41 (Bacco)

Feb
23
2015

Kitchen Fire in High Rise

 

Photo courtesy of mvfc1.com

Photo courtesy of mvfc1.com

Just after 3:30 in the morning, Companies were alerted to a possible kitchen fire in the 4th district. A caller from 250 Cedar Ridge Drive was reporting her kitchen on fire in her 7th floor apartment. Crews from E42 and E51 worked to extinguish the small fire as it began extending to the area behind and above the stove. No injuries occurred to any of the residents or firefighters and crews cleared up in less than an hour.

 

Units: E42, E51, Q1, T5, R6 (RIT), Command 32, M48

Command: C-41 (Bacco)

Feb
20
2015

Turnpike Wreck

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This morning just after 0630 Company 4 was alerted to a motor vehicle collision at mile marker 58 Eastbound on the PA Turnpike. Initial reports stated that a tractor trailer had rolled over and the driver was entrapped with the cab against the Jersey barrier. Medic 48 and Rescue 4 arrived on scene to find a loaded tractor trailer on its driver’s side and the uninjured driver unable to extricate himself. The Turnpike Commission instituted “Plan X” (which is shutting down either one direction or both directions on the mainline) while crew members worked to provide an egress path for the driver. M48 evaluated the driver and he refused treatment or transport. R4 crew mitigated fluids and checked the cargo area which was undamaged. None of the non-hazardous cargo was leaking or posing a threat. Crews turned the scene over to Turnpike Maintenance and cleared the scene as soon as the vehicle was moved to clear a lane of travel.

 

Units: Medic 48, Rescue 4, Unity Rescue 233

Command: C-41 (Bacco) 

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/02/20/tractor-trailer-crash-closes-part-of-eastbound-turnpike/