Shortly before 7:00am Companies were dispatched to the 4th District for a large commercial grocery store having an automatic fire alarm activation. E-42 arrived on scene and quickly began investigating only to find the building filling with smoke. The ‘working’ assignment was then dispatched bring additional resources to the scene. It wasn’t long before E-42′s crew found a fire in one of the roof top HVAC units and extinguished it. Within minutes, efforts were made to ventilate the structure and begin releasing units.
Units: E-42, E-51, Q-1, T-5 , T-4, R-6 (RIT), Command 32
Command: C-48 (Stadler)
This morning, crews were alerted to the 2800 block of Broadway Boulevard in District 3 for a report from passing Police that smoke was emitting from an apartment building. While responding, units were updated that an unknown number of occupants were still inside. E-42 arrived on scene with smoke coming from the second division, D side and secured its own water supply. Crews forced entry and began searching for occupants. Several residents were safely assisted from the building by Firefighters J. Locke, D. Reed and Lieutenant Stadler while other crew members were stretching the ’350′ for extinguishment. Crews found a mattress fire in one of the apartments and made quick work or extinguishing it before it could extend.
Units: E-31, E-12, E-42, Q-1, T-4, R-6 (RIT), Command 32
Command: C-40 (Feyes)
This evening, Truck 4 responded to District 1 for a reported house fire. T4 arrived just after Quint 1 and went to work, splitting the crew. The interior crew opened up for the Engine Company and overhauled while the exterior crew was throwing ladders, running lights and setting up fans. Quint 1′s crew quickly extinguished the rapidly extending kitchen fire.
UNITS: Q1, T4, E31, E62, E51 (RIT), Command 32, A-19, M-69, M-48
COMMAND: C-12 (Lieb)
On Saturday we celebrated with our annual Company Christmas party. In the afternoon all of the Members’ children got to meet Santa and watch Christmas movies over lunch. Later in the evening all Members where invited back for a great dinner and some fellowship. The Membership would like to express our gratitude to Pat Douglas and the ‘Special Events’ Committee for making the night special.
Just before noon today crews were alerted to a multiple vehicle collision with entrapment and one vehicle possibly on fire. This sent E12, E61 and R4 to the heavily used intersection on William Penn Highway near the Monroeville Mall. Units arrived to find that the vehicle was not on fire, however, one occupant was still entrapped in her vehicle with deep intrusion on the driver’s side door. R4 crews worked to remove the roof and driver’s side door so patient could be safely extricated. In total, three patients were evaluated and two were transported to the local trauma center.
Units: Medic 19, E-12, E-61, R-4, Medic 48, R-6
Command: C-14 (Sonafelt)
This evening all five Monroeville Fire Companies gathered to continue the yearly tradition of supporting the US Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots program by donating to the 96.1 KISS FM Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Dozens of Monroeville firefighters and their families shopped for enough toys to fill the Fire Department’s five utility trucks and then delivered them to the Monroeville mall in style with several other pieces of apparatus. Throughout the 96.1 KISS FM campaign enough toys were collected to stuff 45 school buses. This year, after the toys were delivered, Station #4 hosted a dinner where all the attending Members and their families were able to socialize and enjoy some great home cooked food prepared by Members of several of the stations.
Today, Companies 4 and 5 were sent to the PA Turnpike for a reported tractor trailer on fire. E41 arrived at the 56 mile marker Westbound with a dry bulk tanker with its left side, rear tandems on fire. Apparently, the brakes overheated and set all four left side rear tires on fire. E41 and E51 handled the fire in short time and returned to service.
Today, some of our Members got together to decorate the fire station for the Holidays. We kicked the day off with a delicious hearty breakfast cooked by Derek and TJ. This was able to help fend off the frigid temperatures that descended on the area while we hung lights and wreaths on the outside of the station. Hopefully, everyone that passes the station will enjoy the lights.
Today, Congressman Tim Murphy visited the fire station to see our newly remolded facility and to discuss some upcoming challenges Monroeville Fire Department will be facing in the very near future. First and foremost is how declining volunteerism across Pennsylvania is effecting the fire and EMS services. Other topics of discussion included the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and how it will effect EMS compensation from insurance companies. As well as our upcoming Federal (AFG) Assistance to Firefighters Grant application for Department-wide Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace units for all five Companies. The projected total cost on these replacement SCBAs is over $800,000. We appreciate the Congressman taking time out of his busy schedule to visit.