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MVC- Iron Bridge Road near Station 220
12/28/10: At 0738 hours, Companies 220, 70, 169 Rescue, and 70 EMS were alerted for the MVC in the area of Iron Bridge Road and Freeport Road, near Station 220. Engine 220-1 and Medic 70-3 arrived and found as reported with no injuries. With 4 volunteers in station with Rescue 70, 220 had all units not enroute yet disregard. 70-3 obtained one patient refusal and returned to service.

MVC w/Injuries- Ekastown Road @ Flemming Road
12/21/10: Shortly after 2100 hours Butler 911 dispatched Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS for a two vehicle MVC with unknown injuries on Ekastown Road near Flemming Road. Medic 70-1 and Ambulance 70-2 responded with 4 personnel with an additional crew standing by. With the call coming in during their meeting night, as well as the crash being less than a minute from their station, multiple units from 36 arrived on scene within minutes of dispatch and advised 70-2 to slow their response with only one injury. Engine 27 also responded and was cancelled enroute. As 70-2 was approaching the scene 36 Command advised them to cancel due to 70-1 already being on scene. However, 70-2 was ordered by EMS command to evaluate the second driver and did so upon arrival. Medic 70-1 packaged one patient along with EMS personnel from 36 while 70-2 obtained a refusal from the second driver. 70-1 transported one patient E2 to a local hospital and 70-2 cleared the scene within the hour.

Units on Scene: Rescue 36, Brush 36, Engine 36, Ladder 36, Medic 70-1, Ambulance 70-2, Buffalo PD

EMS Assists Saxonburg with Water Leak at Concordia Lund
12/18/10: At 0139, 70 EMS was requested to respond one unit to 134 Marwood Road in Jefferson Township, Concordia Lund, to assist Saxonburg Fire/EMS with transporting patients from multiple 2nd floor rooms due to a water leak. Ambulance 70-3 responded and assisted crews on scene with transporting patients as well as establishing rehab for Saxonburg and Concordia personnel. Crews operated for a couple hours before returning back to station.

Engine Co., EMS On a CO Alarm- 301 2nd Street
12/16/10: Minutes after midnight, Companies 70, 220, and 70 EMS were dispatched for a CO alarm activation at 301 2nd Street in the borough. Chief 70-1 arrived on scene and established command. Medic 70-3 and Engine 70-2 responded and E70-2 began evacuating the building while Engine 220-1 checked the area with their gas meter. With no abnormal readings found, it was eventually discovered that it was a faulty alarm, and all units were cleared from the scene. Company 70 personnel responding: 9.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Medic 70-3, Chief 70-1, Engine 220-1, Freeport PD

Company 70 Responds to Smells and Bells at Freeport Towers
12/13/10: Just before 1500 hours Companies 70, 220, Ladder 15, and 70 EMS were alerted for an automatic fire alarm at 411 Riverside Drive, Freeport Towers. Additional reports indicated a light smoke condition on the 4th floor. Chief 70-1 arrived on scene and found burnt food in a 4th floor apartment and cancelled all units with the exception of Company 70 for ventilation. Crews set up the electric fan in the stairwell and all units cleared within the hour. Company 70 personnel responding: 8.

70 Dumps the House for the Second Working Fire in the Borough This Week
12/8/10: At 2301 Companies 70, 220, Ladder 36, and 70 EMS were again dispatched for a working structure fire, this time at 538 Franklin Street in Freeport, caller reporting vacant house on fire. The second alarm was immediately placed on stand by. Within minutes Engine 70-2 and Rescue 70 were on the road with full crews along with Medic 70-3 and the second alarm was requested to the scene. Companies 169, 15, 99, and 51 RIT were dispatched. Squad 70, Ambulance 70-1, and Ambulance 70-2 also responded with additional personnel. As E70-2 was heading up High Street heavy fire could be seen from the rear of the structure. E70-2 arrived and found heavy fire coming from the rear and basement windows on both sides with exposures just feet away. The crew pulled a cross lay and the trash line to protect the exposures and began hand jacking the 5" supply line almost 250' down the hill to the hydrant. A third line was pulled from E70-2 as crews began making good progress on knocking down the fire. Engine 220-1 hit the hydrant up hill from the scene on Franklin and laid in while Ladder 36 positioned themselves on Cherry Way above 6th Street in the rear of the building with Engine 99-2 laying in, once again, from the hydrant at High and 6th for the supply line. Medic 70-3 established rehab on scene as more crews began arriving. Ladder 36 used their master stream to knock down the bulk of the fire in the rear of the structure, and crews attempted an interior attack from the front door and onto the second floor from the porch. Just steps into the front door, crews noticed the floor was very weak and were forced back out. Companies 27 and 281 were requested for additional manpower around an hour into the incident. Crews from 70, 220, 169, 36, and 15 attacked the fire from multiple points on the exterior, and crews used the K12 saw to cut a hole in the front wall from the porch to access more fire in the walls. 51 set up RIT crews around the structure throughout the entire incident. Crews operated on scene for approx. 3 hours before clearing with the exception of 70 Chief awaiting the Fire Marshall to arrive. Company 70 personnel responding: 21. Pictures courtesy of Western PA Fire Photography/Art Osniak.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70, Medic 70-3, Ambulance 70-1, Ambulance 70-2, Engine 220-1, Engine 169, Rescue 169, Utility 169, Ladder 36, Engine 36, Brush 36, Engine 99-2, Engine 15, Utility 51, Rescue 51, Engine 27, Engine 281

       
                 Crews operating on Side A                                                 Damage from heavy fire on Sides B and C

Multiple Working Structure Fires in the Borough
12/6/10: At 0141 Companies 70, 220, Ladder 36, and 70 EMS were alerted for a fully involved structure fire with multiple exposures in the area of Mulberry Way and 7th Street in Freeport. Companies 169, 15, 60, 99, 281, 51 RIT, and 116 EMS for rehab were immediately requested for assistance, as firefighters responding to the station reported a large fire in the area that could be seen from the front of the station. 53 RIT was requested by 51 RIT to assist with manpower due to multiple structures being involved. Ambulance 70-2 and Able 700 arrived to find fire completely engulfing 611 Market Street with heavy fire showing in the rear of 609 Market and some fire on the side of 613. Power lines were also arching in front of 611 Market Street. Engine 70-2 was on the road within four minutes with a full crew along with Rescue 70 moments behind with a full crew, and E70-2 hit the plug at 6th and Market, laying in 300' of LDH. With 611 beyond saving due to the heavy fire, focus was turned to protecting the buildings next to it. E70-2 pulled an attack line into 609 to attempt to knock down the fire in the structure there while the Rescue crew pulled both 3" attack lines off of the back of the engine and stretched one to the A/B corner and one to the A/D corner where they worked to protect the adjacent structures. 70 Chief (Jones) established command. Engine 220-1, Tanker 220-1, and Engine 99-2 relayed in from the hydrant at 6th and High down Mulberry and into the St. Mary's parking lot between Market and Mulberry, and E220-1 stretched a line into 613 to knock down fire on the second floor and in the attic as well as multiple lines to protect exposures. E70-2 set up the portable deluge gun in the front of 611 to knock down the bulk of the fire and use the master stream to help protect the other structures. Another crew from 70 made their way to the 2nd floor of 609 with another line off of E70-2 and attempted to make access to the attic. In the process of this, heavy fire began coming from the rear of the structure and throughout the roof and Command sounded the evacuation tones. All crews were pulled from the structure and accountability was taken with everybody accounted for. Ladder 36 was set up in the rear on Mulberry and began hitting the fire with its master stream while Engine 281 set up its squirt in the front of the structure and put its master stream into service with a supply line from E70-2. Crews worked well into Monday morning extinguishing hot spots and cleaning up at the scene. Medics 116-2 and 116-4 along with Squad 116 set up rehab in St. Mary's at the old school building. 51 and 53 established multiple RIT crews throughout the fire ground. Numerous surrounding companies were called in for stand by assignments. Thanks to all companies that assisted and kudos to E220-1 for making an aggressive stop on the interior of 613 to keep it from spreading throughout the house. Due to 611 Market being a vacant structure, a State Police Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the cause of the fire. This was the second time Company 70 responded to this building for a working fire; in mid 2008 crews responded with heavy fire in the second floor. Some pictures courtesy of Western PA Fire Photography. Click here for a video of the structure just before Engine 70-2 arrives on scene (approx. 3-4 minutes from initial dispatch). Company 70 personnel responding: 16.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70, Ambulance 70-2, Engine 220-1, Tanker 220-1, Chief 220, Ladder 36, Engine 36, Brush 36, Engine 15, Tanker 15, Squad 15-2, Command 15, Engine 169, Rescue 169, Brush 169, Engine 281, Utility 281, Engine 99-2, Engine 60, Rescue 51, Utility 51, Support 53, Utility 53, Medic 116-2, Medic 116-4, Squad 116

       
       Picture taken on A/D Corner minutes after arrival                70 Crews using portable deluge gun on Side A

Company 70 Elects 2011 Fire and Relief Officers
Congratulations to the 2011 Freeport Fire and EMS Officers!

2011 Officers

President: Josh Mitchell

Fire/Relief Vice-President: Jim Negley

EMS Vice-President: Jason Swartz

Treasurer: Jeff Lowers

Secretary: Scott Jones

Sgt. At Arms: Zack Ayers

Chief: Scott Jones

Chief 1: Brandon Ashbaugh

Chief 2: Tom Sweeny Jr.

Captain: Zack Ayers

Lieutenant: Jeff Lowers

Lieutenant 1: Josh Mitchell

Safety Officer: Clair Jones

Engineer: Mike Napierkowski

Fire Police Captain: Kevin Jones

Fire Police Lieutenant: Jim Negley

Fire Trustee: Jason Swartz, Clair Jones, Mike Napierkowski

EMS E.O.C.: Tom Sweeny Jr., Zack Ayers, Kathy Klemens

EMS Responds to Multi-Patient MVC, Rescue and Squad Divert to Second Call
12/1/10: At 1714 Companies 220, 70, Rescue 169, and 70 EMS were dispatched to a two vehicle MVC on Freeport Road at the Route 28 overpass with multiple injuries. Medic 70-2 responded and requested a second truck. Ambulance 70-3, Rescue 70, and Squad 70 responded with 8 volunteers. M70-2 and A70-3 arrived to find Chief 220 and Engine 220-1 with four patients (two pediatrics) in a vehicle with front end damage, and a second vehicle with no injuries and split its crew to assist with patient care, and a unit out of Ford City EMS was requested. Just as the Rescue and Squad arrived on scene, Armstrong 911 advised 70 Chief of a second call working in the Borough. 220 Chief immediately released 70 to respond to the area of the Laneville Bridge for a possible gas leak. Rescue 169 arrived along with 90 Ambulance 7 and assisted crews with securing the vehicle and with patient care. 90-7 transported one patient, and 70-2 and 70-3 transported a total of three patients, all to local hospitals for minor to moderate injuries or for evaluation. Rescue 70 and Squad 70 arrived and were met by Brayman Construction who reported the smell of gas. Crews released the scene to Brayman employees to secure the area until arrival of the gas company. Company 70 personnel: 12.

Rescue, Squad, Engine Co., EMS Respond to MVC
11/30/10: Less than a half hour after clearing the first call, Companies 70, 220, Rescue 169, and 70 EMS were alerted for the MVC in the area of 5th Street and High Street in the Borough, three vehicles involved with possibly no injuries. Rescue 70, Squad 70, Engine 70-2, and Ambulance 70-2 responded and found a three vehicle rear end style collision with damage to only the front of one vehicle. 220 and 169 were cancelled and Company 70 handled traffic control and clean up while EMS obtained three patient refusals. All units were clear after about an hour.

Engine Co., Rescue, EMS on a Possible Structure Fire in the Borough
11/30/10: At 1614 Companies 70, 220, Ladder 36, and 70 EMS were dispatched to a report of smoke in a structure at 126 Stewart Street in the Borough. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Ambulance 70-2 arrived to find an electrical box smoking. Ladder 36 was returned to service and Engine 220-1 was instructed to stage at Stewart and Mill Streets. The box was secured and the area was checked with the thermal camera for hot spots. With nothing found all units returned to service.

Engine Co., EMS Alerted for a Brush Fire
11/22/10: At 1322 hours Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were alerted for a brush fire in the area of 116 Hudson Road in South Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2, Ambulance 70-2, and Ambulance 70-3 responded with 7 personnel. Once on scene E70-2 assisted 220 and 169 and all 70 units were cleared shortly after.

EMS Clears Out for a Fatal MVC in Buffalo Twp.
11/19/10: Just before 2330 hours Stations 27, 36, and 70 EMS were alerted for a possible MVC in the area of 2078 Silverville Road in Buffalo Township. Caller stated that a collision was heard along with somebody yelling for help. As Medic 70-1 marked enroute, Armstrong 911 advised they received a call on this incident advising four patients ejected with three possibly not breathing, and 70-1 had Armstrong re-alert for additional units. Within minutes Medic 70-2 and Ambulance 70-3 responded, along with multiple personnel in their personal vehicles, with a total of 8 volunteers answering the re-alert. 45 EMS was also requested to assist. EMS crews from 70, 45, 36, and 27 all worked together quickly to triage, assess, treat, and package all four patients, and three medical helicopters were requested. Medic 70-1, Medic 70-2, and 45-1 transported their patients to Freeport High School with multiple personnel from 70, 45, and 36 aboard the trucks, where Brush 27 set up a landing zone for Stat MedEvac 16, Stat MedEvac 3, and LifeFlight 4. All three patients were transported to various trauma centers in Pittsburgh, and 45-2 transported a fourth patient by ground to a city trauma center E1. Crews quickly placed 70-3 back in service to cover calls while 70-1 and 70-2 were decon'd and restocked and eventually placed back in service. Sadly, as of Sunday, two of the victims died at the hospital due to injuries received in the crash. Pictures from the scene will not be posted, as it is a policy of Freeport VFD/EMS to not post scene pictures from incidents involving a fatality.

EMS On a South Pike Road MVC
11/15/10: Shortly before 1500 hours, Butler County 911 dispatched Stations 27, 36, and 70 EMS for a two vehicle MVC with unknown injuries at the intersection of South Pike Road and Edgewood Drive in Buffalo Township. Medic 70-2 and Ambulance 70-1 responded and obtained one patient refusal with the assistance of a unit from Station 45 that was passing the scene. Chief 36-2, Engine 27, and Brush 27 provided cleanup and traffic control and all units returned within the hour.

  

Station 70 Patrols Freeport During Trick-Or-Treat Night
10/30/10: At 2000 hours Freeport's Trick-or-Treat night began, and Station 70 was prepared to patrol the streets again. Rescue 70, Squad 70, Ambulance 70-2, and Medic 70-3 made rounds both in town and in the Laneville section throughout the evening. During the evening Ambulance 70-2 handled an emergency call in Butler County. Just as the night was about to end, Medic 70-3 was dispatched to an unknown problem on Washington Street assisting Freeport Police. 70-3 along with Chief 70-2 and 70C1 responded and transported one patient for a minor injury. 

Freeport VFD's Annual Halloween Parade
10/27/10: Freeport VFD hosted our annual Halloween Parade held in town every year on Wednesday evening. At 1900 Engine 70-2, Medic 70-2, Ambulance 70-3, Engine 220-1, and Tanker 220-1 led the parade of participants along with the Freeport marching band from the front of Station 70 down 4th Street, up Riverside Drive, and up 5th Street. From there, the participants circled around 5th Street between Franklin Street and Market Street to 'show off' for the judges located at the traffic light. Members passed out the traditional Hershey's chocolate bars and provided additional lighting with Rescue 70. Squad 70's generator powered the PA system for the judges that were sitting on a flatbed donated by Gillette's Towing to use for the evening. Freeport VFD gave away $400 in prizes as well as over $200 in chocolate bars for this yearly community event that is free to participate in. Ambulance 70-3 provided a standby crew at the corner of Market and 5th throughout the event along with various members around the parade route. The parade went on without any incidents and the judges picked their winners out of the estimated 600 participants at the end of the parade. Congratulations to all of the winners!

       

EMS Responds to MVC with Injuries
10/22/10: Shortly after 1400, Butler County Stations 15 (Saxonburg) and 99 (Butler Ambulance back-up for Saxonburg Ambulance) were dispatched to the intersection of Ekastown Road and Saxonburg Blvd. for an MVC with injuries. Station 99 requested 70 EMS to assist. Medic 70-1 responded and transported one patient for minor injuries and returned to service.

Company 70 On an AFA for a Kitchen Fire at the High-Rise
10/21/10: At 1109 Companies 70, 220, 15, and 70 EMS were alerted for an automatic fire alarm at 411 Riverside Drive at the High-Rise. Before going enroute units were advised that there was a fire on a stove on the second floor, and that maintenance had knocked it down. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Medic 70-1 responded and found a light smoke condition on the second floor. E70-2 and E220-1 sent fans up to assist with ventilation and all units cleared within the hour.

EMS Assists with Multiple Standbys Around the Community
10/16/10: On Saturday morning, the over 500 runners in the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon began the race at Winfield VFD along the Rails to Trails. The runners ran the approx. 13 miles from Winfield into Freeport and ended at the Riverfront Park. Ambulance 70-2 and Medic 70-3 were on standby at the finish line and treated several runners with oxygen and ice packs. Medic 70-3 responded to the Monroe Road crossing of the trails for an injured runner, but the runner refused treatment and continued. Ambulance 70-1 also was committed at the Freeport Youth Football games at the field next to Lernerville Speedway for the day.

Company 70 Sets Up Landing Zone for 70 EMS
10/15/10: Shortly before midnight Friday night, 70 EMS was alerted to Freeport Terminals for an unresponsive male that had fallen over 12 feet from a tanker of a tractor trailer. Ambulance 70-2 and Medic 273 responded and requested a helicopter. Engine 70-2 and Rescue 70 responded to the Freeport Football Field in the borough and landed Stat MedEvac 16. 70-2 and 273 arrived at the LZ and transferred care to Stat 16 who transported the patient to a Pittsburgh trauma center.

  
           E70-2 with Stat MedEvac 16 on the ground

EMS Runs an MVC in Allegheny Township
10/13/10: At 1337 hours, Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were alerted for an AFA at the Bank of New York Mellon in Northpointe, South Buffalo Township. As Engine 70-2 was about to leave the station all units were cancelled. Just a couple minutes later 70, 220, and 70 EMS were dispatched for an MVC with injuries on 7th Street in Freeport. After dispatch, Armstrong 911 advised the MVC was actually on Route 356 in Allegheny Twp. and all units cleared. Just minutes after that, 70 EMS was requested by 116 Chief (Lower Kiski EMS) to respond one unit to that MVC. Medic 70-2 responded and transported one patient from the scene.

Vehicle Into a Building: 5th Street and High Street in the Borough
10/12/10: Shortly after 1630, Companies 70, 220, and 70 EMS were dispatched to an MVC at the intersection of 5th Street and High Street with one vehicle into a building. Armstrong 911 quickly advised that there was no damage to the building. Rescue 70 arrived and began clean up and traffic control while Medic 70-1 took three patient refusals. Crews were on scene with Freeport and South Buffalo PD until the vehicle was towed.

Fire Prevention Week 2010- "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With"
The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) motto for this years Fire Prevention Week is "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With". This motto proved true close to home already this month at the 419 Cherry Way fire in Freeport. The tenant of a third floor apartment apparently was smoking in bed when he left the apartment. A little after midnight the bed ignited, setting off the smoke alarm in the apartment. Luckily, it was loud enough to alert tenants in neighboring apartments, who called 911 and began evacuating the building. Crews from Station 70 were able to quickly knock down the fire and contain it to just the bed. Without this smoke alarm, the fire probably would not have been discovered until it had fully engulfed the room and quickly began spreading to the rest of the building, putting many lives at risk. NFPA recommends that you have at least one smoke alarm on every level, including the basement, one outside sleeping areas and one inside each bedroom. Interconnected alarms are highly recommended so that when one alarm goes off, every alarm in the building also go off.  The NFPA recommends that you test smoke alarms at least once a month, and make sure everybody in the home knows their sounds. If an alarm "chirps" warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Replace all smoke alarms when they're 10 years old, or sooner if they do not properly respond when tested. And never remove or disable a smoke alarm. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. NFPA statistics show that properly working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. Also,
remember to practice fire safety every day. Plan escape routes, and practice them, and remember: GET OUT AND STAY OUT! For fire prevention or fire safety information, contact your local fire department.

EMS Assists 116 on an Allegheny Twp. MVC
10/5/10: Just before 0730 hours 70 EMS was requested by 116 EMS to assist at the scene of an MVC on State Route 356 in Allegheny Twp. Medic 70-3 responded and transported one patient to a local hospital with minor injuries.

EMS on a Vehicle Fire in Buffalo Twp.
10/2/10: At 1640 Butler County dispatched 27, 36, and 70 EMS for a vehicle smoking on State Route 28 in the Northbound lanes between Exit 16 and Exit 17. Ambulance 70-3 was cancelled enroute by Butler County with nothing found.

Company 70 Makes Quick Stop on a Borough Apartment Building Fire
10/2/10: At 0022 hours, Companies 70, 220, 15, and 70 EMS were alerted for a possible structure fire at 419 Cherry Way in Freeport Borough. Freeport and Buffalo PD arrived within moments and began evacuating residents. Engine 70-2 arrived with smoke showing from multiple third story windows in a three story apartment building, with residents and PD reporting a bed on fire in Apt. 7 on the third floor, also reporting the tenant of that apartment was missing. Rescue 70, Squad 70, and Medic 70-3 also responded for a total of 15 personnel. Chief 70-2 entered the structure and began knocking the fire down with an extinguisher while Chief 70, Captain 70, and Lieutenant 70-1 pulled the 250' cross-lay and the high-rise pack and began clearing apartments. Crews searched the affected apartment with nobody found. Engine 220-1 hit the hydrant at 4th and Cherry, and laid its 5" supply line to E70-2's front suction, and Tankers 220-1 and 220-2 staged on 4th Street. Ladder 15, Engine 15, and Tanker 15 staged on High Street to prepare to place Ladder 15 across the sidewalk between the church and post office and into the parking lot if need be, and M70-3 set up rehab operations on High Street. 220 sent its crews to the third floor to assist 70 crews with searching apartments. Manpower from 15 was staged at the front of the structure and released minutes later with the fire under control and no major overhaul needed. The initial crew from E70-2 was able to contain the fire to the bed with no extension into the rest of the apartment or building. Rescue 169 was requested to the scene to fill bottles, and staged next to Medic 70-3 and filled multiple bottles from 70 and 220. Command scaled the assignment back to Engine 70-2 and Rescue 70, and after almost three hours all units were cleared and returned to service. Fire police from 70 and 99 controlled the surrounding intersections and shut down High Street between 4th and 5th. Station 99 provided a stand by crew in their station throughout the incident.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70, Medic 70-3, Engine 220-1, Tanker 220-1, Tanker 220-2, Chief 220, Ladder 15, Engine 15, Tanker 15, Fire Police 99, Rescue 169, Freeport PD, Buffalo PD

       
                  E220-1, E70-2, R70 on Side A                                           Station 15 crew staging in front of E70-2

Engine Company Requested for Possible Structure Fire
9/30/10: At 2046 hours Company 70 was requested to assist Butler County Stations 27, 36, and 15 with a possible structure fire at 129 Shaw Lane in Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2 responded with 5 volunteers, with an additional 4 volunteers in station. Engine 27 arrived on scene within minutes of dispatch and had all units slow their response, and shortly after Chief 27 held the assignment to Engine 27, Tanker 27, and Ladder 36. Engine 70-2 returned to service.

Rescue, EMS Run Service Call in the Borough
9/30/10: Shortly before 1730, a neighbor of 733 High Street came into Station 70 reporting a vehicle leaking fluids in front of that address. Shortly after, Company 70 was alerted as Medic 70-3 investigated.  Rescue 70 (with 4 volunteers) and Medic 70-3 arrived to find a very small amount of an unknown fluid that had leaked from a moving van, and crews cleared shortly after.

EMS on a South Pike Road MVC
9/27/10: Just before 1245 hours, 70 EMS was alerted for a two vehicle accident on South Pike Road, Buffalo Township, in the area of Cole Road. Medic 70-3 and Ambulance 70-2 responded. Crews arrived to find one minor injury and two uninjured occupants. Crews obtained two refusals and 70-2 transported one patient BLS to a local hospital.

Engine Co., Squad, EMS on an AFA at South Buffalo Elementary
9/26/10: At 1736 Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were alerted for an automatic fire alarm at South Buffalo Elementary. Engine 70-2, Squad 70, and Ambulance 70-1 responded. Engine 70-2 arrived on scene first along with Chief 220 and staged at the hydrant. Crews from 70 and 220 investigated the building while Engine and Utility 169 staged on Freeport Road. Crews found no smoke or fire and 70 was released by 220 Chief. Pictures to follow soon.

Units on Scene: Engine 220-1, Chief 220, Engine 70-2, Squad 70, Ambulance 70-1, Engine 169, Utility 169

       
         E220-1 and Chief 220 at the front of the structure                   E70-2 staging at the hydrant along with A70-1

Company 70 Assists Company 220 with a Brush Fire
9/24/10: At 1529 Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were alerted for a brush fire spreading rapidly in the area of Duffy Road and Ford City Road, endangering multiple structures. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Medic 70-3, and Ambulance 70-1 responded with 10. Brush 220-1 and Tanker 220-2 arrived with a large fire down a hillside and spreading due to dry and windy conditions. Engine 70-2 and Rescue 70 arrived and sent its manpower to assist 220 with operations. Medic 70-3 set up rehab near operations while Ambulance 70-1 remained near command for stand by. With the fire spreading across the hillside, 220 Chief requested 90 for manpower, 80 and 160 for brush trucks, 250 for their tanker and brush truck, and 130 EMS for the rehab trailer. Mini Pumper 169 was sent into the woods to cut the fire off while Utility 169 with some of 70's crew was sent back an access road down the hill to find another access point and were later assisted by Attack 80-1. Brush 160 was sent down the hill to the original area to extinguish hot spots while 90's crew was sent down the power lines to assist. Engine 90-1 and Engine 169 remained at the hydrant for tanker shuttle operations with 250 Tanker, which relayed to Tanker 220-2, which was supplying Brush 220-1, Mini Pumper 169, Brush 160, and Brush 250. Crews operated for over three hours making sure all hot spots were taken care of due to the windy conditions. Pictures to follow soon.

Units on Scene: Brush 220-1, Tanker 220-2, Engine 220-1, Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Medic 70-3, Ambulance 70-1, Engine 169, Mini Pumper 169, Utility 169, Engine 90-1, Rescue 90, Attack 80-1, Engine 80-2, Brush 160, Engine 160-4, Squad 160, Brush 250, Tanker 250, Squad 130-4 (w/Rehab Trailer 130)

  
            A70-1 and E70-2 staging on the road

EMS Runs a Motorcycle Crash with One Flyout
9/24/10: Shortly before 1230 Friday afternoon, Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS were alerted for a motorcycle crash with two patients in the area of 110 South Pike Road, Buffalo Twp. Lower Burrell EMS was in the area and came upon the scene and requested a helicopter in the air for one patient, who was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital. Medic 70-1 and Ambulance 70-2 responded and began packaging the second patient upon arrival. Medic 70-1 transported the patient E1 to a trauma center in Pittsburgh, and 70-2 returned to service.

EMS on an Early Morning MVC in Buffalo Twp.
9/15/10: At 0553 hours Wednesday morning Butler Control dispatched Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS for an MVC with one injury on Route 356/South Pike Road in the area of the Sheetz. Medic 70-1 responded. 70-1 arrived on scene and transported one patient to a local hospital for treatment.

Station 70 Hold Annual Awards Banquet, Alerted for Post-Banquet Structure Fire
9/11/10: On Saturday evening, members of Station 70 as well as various guests from neighboring departments and government officials gathered at the White Star Club in Buffalo Twp. for the annual Awards Banquet. MC Geno Pernazza hosted the event. Past member Jim Fair presented the Clarence "Circus" Fair Memorial Award for most active EMS volunteer, Jim Swartz, Jr. presented the Ray Hibbs Memorial Service Award for outstanding service of a member, and Chief Scott Jones presented the Paul Rassau Memorial Award for the most active junior member, as well as the Aldo D. Conti Memorial Award for most active fireman. As he does every year, State Representative Jeff Pyle gave a speech and showed his support once again for our organization. Thanks to all who contributed to the banquet with set up, organization, donations, appearances, and many other tasks that were done to ensure the banquet be, once again, a nice event, and also congratulations to all of the award winners for their contributions to our department. Award winners were as follows (click for picture):

Clarence "Circus" Fair Memorial Award: Jim Negley
Ray Hibbs Memorial Service Award: Geno Pernazza
Aldo D. Conti Memorial Award: Josh Mitchell
Paul Rassau Memorial Award: Ryan Sweeny

     
   Award Winners L-R: Jim Negley, Geno Pernazza, Josh Mitchell, Ryan Sweeny

At 2133 hours, as most members were either leaving or already back from the banquet, Company 70 and 70 EMS were alerted for a possible structure fire at 2516 White Cloud Road in Allegheny Township. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70, and Medic 70-3 responded. While enroute, Company 99 cancelled all 70 units.

9 Years Later: Remembering September 11th, 2001
9/11/10: On this day we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11/01 during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and those to stopped the next attack aboard Flight 93. We especially remember the brave men and women of FDNY, NYPD, and NY-NJ PAPD who lost their lives while selflessly saving others. Lest We Forget.

  

Rescue, EMS on an MVC on the Freeport Bridge
9/8/10: Just before 1730 hours Companies 70, 220, and 70 EMS were dispatched for the MVC at the stop sign on Route 356 on the Freeport Bridge, two vehicles involved with one minor injury. Ambulance 70-1, Ambulance 70-3, and Rescue 70 responded. Units arrived on scene to find a two vehicle rear end style collision, one vehicle with moderate damage and no injuries, and Lieutenant 70 cancelled Engine 220-1. Rescue 70 handled traffic control while 70-1 and 70-3 obtained three patient refusals. Both vehicles were drivable and all units cleared when both vehicles left the scene.

Units on Scene: Rescue 70, Ambulance 70-1, Ambulance 70-3, PSP

  

EMS Responds to MVC w/Vehicle Into a Building
9/4/10: Shortly before noon, 70 EMS was requested to assist Citizens Hose Fire-Rescue Station 167 and Citizens Hose EMS Station 110 with a 3 vehicle MVC with one vehicle into a building on Freeport Road in the area of the Dew Drop Inn, Harrison Township. Medic 70-1 responded and obtained one patient refusal.

Station 70 Assists with Annual F.H.S. "Pie Night"
9/2/10: At 1900 hours, members assisted Freeport High School with the marching band's annual "Pie Night", where the band boosters sell pies to raise money and all of the fall sports are introduced. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Medic 70-3 assisted with lighting the traditional bon-fire on the baseball field. Crews stood by with a hand line during the ceremonies, including throwing a golden ram into the fire in preparation of the football game Friday night vs. Highlands. Crews then extinguished the fire after the festivities were completed and returned to station. Good luck to all of the Freeport fall sports and the band this year!

  

MVC- Furnace Run Road, South Buffalo Twp.
8/18/10: Shortly after 0545 hours, Companies 70, 220, 169 Rescue, and 70 EMS were dispatched for a one vehicle MVC on Furnace Run Road in the area of Sarver Road in South Buffalo Township. Rescue 70 and Ambulance 70-2 were the first units enroute with 6. Engine 220-1 arrived on scene along with Ambulance 70-2 and cancelled all units. Per Able 600 the vehicle was wrecked earlier in the morning and the driver had fled the scene.

Rescue, EMS on a Route 28 MVC
8/14/10: At 2102 hours Companies 220, 70, and 70 EMS were alerted for an MVC on Route 28 in the area of the Buffalo Creek Bridge. Medic 70-2 and Rescue 70 responded with 7 with an additional 5 volunteers in station. All 70 units were cancelled by PSP while enroute.

Pole on Fire- Washington Street
8/12/10: Early Thursday morning Company 70 and 70 EMS were dispatched to a pole on fire on Washington Street. Medic 70-3, Engine 70-2, and 70 Chief responded with 7. Crews arrived to find the pole smoking, with the fire out due to the heavy rain. Engine 70-2 and 70 Chief waited on scene for almost two hours before clearing the scene and Allegheny Power arrived.

EMS on an MVC with Injuries on Parker Road
8/11/10: At 1353, Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS were dispatched for a two vehicle MVC with injuries in the area of 447 Parker Road, Buffalo Township. Medic 70-2 responded and arrived with Rescue 36 to find one vehicle on the road and one in a nearby field with one injury. Medic 70-2 obtained one refusal and transported one patient to a local hospital for evaluation. Pictures courtesy of www.sarverfire.com.

Units on Scene: Medic 70-2, Rescue 36, Engine 36, Chief 36-2, Engine 27, Brush 27, Buffalo PD

       

Early Morning Service Call in the Borough
8/6/10: At 0434 Friday morning Station 70 was alerted for wires down and a pole on fire on Mill Street in Freeport Borough. Engine 70-2 and Squad 70 responded with 6 personnel. A tree had fallen on the lines and had taken out two high tension lines, cutting off power to Laneville and part of Mill Street. Crews cleaned up debris on the roadway and coned off the area for Allegheny Power.

EMS On the Fill for a Possible Structure Fire in Harrison Twp.
7/29/10: At 1306 hours Allegheny County 911 dispatched the assignment for a possible Commercial Structure Fire at the Wal-Mart on Freeport Road in Harrison Township, bringing 169, 168, 167, 280 Truck (on the fill for 168 Truck, out of service), and 70 EMS (on the fill for 110 EMS, all units committed). Medic 70-3 and Medic 70-1 responded and stood by in the parking lot until being released by command. Picture by 70C3.

  
                70-3 and 70-1 standing by

Rescue, Squad, EMS on Another MVC
7/25/10: Just before 1450 hours Companies 220, 70, and 70 EMS were alerted for an MVC on Freeport Road near Cadogen Slate Lick Road, South Buffalo Township. Rescue 70, Squad 70, Medic 70-1, and Medic 70-3 responded.  Rescue 70 and Engine 220-1 arrived and cribbed the car that was against the guard rail, and removed one injured person from the vehicle. 70-1 transported one patient for moderate injuries and 70-3 obtained one refusal. Squad 70 handled traffic control.

70 EMS on Third MVC in Three Days
7/24/10: At 2110 hours 70 EMS was dispatched to assist Saxonburg EMS and A-K Pulsar with an MVC with possibly four injuries on Bear Creek Road in Buffalo Twp. near Zion Church. Medic 70-3 and Ambulance 70-1 responded. While enroute 70-1 was cancelled and 70-3 obtained two patient refusals and returned to service. Picture courtesy of www.sarverfire.com

  
               Damage on one of the two vehicles

Company 70 on a Ford City Road MVC w/Injuries
7/23/10: Just as crews were clearing from the fireworks standby, Armstrong 911 dispatched Companies 220, 70, and 70 EMS for an MVC with injuries on Ford City Road in South Buffalo Twp. Rescue 70, Squad 70, and Ambulance 70-1 responded and requested A-K Pulsar for a medic assist (Medic 70-3 was on a Level 1 Trauma call). While enroute, 220 Chief requested a second ambulance and 70-1 advised Armstrong to dispatch 90 EMS (Ford City). 70-1 with Pulsar on board and a unit from 90 transported patients to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

70 EMS Keeps Busy with Internationals
Throughout the week of 7/19/10, 70 EMS was kept busy with multiple events in and around the borough. Tuesday through Saturday, an additional crew was kept at the borough baseball field for standby during the International Baseball Invitational. On Tuesday night and Friday night, an additional ALS crew was kept on for Lernerville standby, and on Saturday crews were on standby for the 5k race in Freeport in the morning, the tractor pull at South Buffalo VFD, and the fireworks. Crews at the Invitational handled multiple minor injuries, and were often pulled from the standby to run emergency calls. Throughout the week 70 EMS had all three ambulances staffed and out on calls multiple times, especially throughout Friday and Saturday. 

 
           
70 EMS bay cleared out on a busy day

EMS, Squad Run MVC on Cole Road
7/22/10: At 2223 hours, Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS were alerted for an MVC with four patients in the area of 247 Cole Road, Buffalo Township. With Medic 70-2 on the Lernerville standby, 45 EMS was requested to assist. Medic 70-3, Ambulance 70-1, and Squad 70 (BLS with 3 volunteers) responded. Crews from 36 and 70 arrived to find four teenagers and only one minor injury, and 45 was cancelled. Medic 70-2 also quickly cleared the standby and were available to cover the area. Rescue 36 and Engine 27 provided lighting while 70 assessed the patients and awaited parents to arrive to sign refusals. All 70 units returned to service.

Units on Scene: Rescue 36, Engine 36, Brush 36, Engine 27, Medic 70-3, Ambulance 70-1, Squad 70, Buffalo PD, Saxonburg PD

 
                  70-3, 70-1, E27, S70 on Scene

EMS on a Buffalo Township MVC w/Injuries
7/19/10: Shortly before 1800 hours Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS were alerted for an MVC with injuries at the Route 356/Route 28 interchange. Ambulance 70-3 responded and found one patient with minor injuries. Crews were assisted by Rescue 36 and Engine 27 and 70-3 transported the patient to a local hospital. 70-3 would later run a cardiac arrest in the borough along with 70-1 and A-K Pulsar.

Company 70 Transfers to Station 110 for Standby
7/14/10: At 2155 hours the first alarm assignment was dispatched to 227 Market Street in Kittanning Borough for an AFA. Units from 110, 120, and 130 arrived within minutes to find fire showing from the upper floors of the three story First Commonwealth Bank. Shortly before 2230 hours the second alarm was requested, and Company 70 was requested to standby for Company 110. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Squad 70 made the almost half hour drive to Kittanning with 12 volunteers to cover the area. 70 was joined by Engine 40 (Apollo #3) and Ladder 15 (Saxonburg) at Station 110 as the covering units for multiple areas. Crews were on standby for over two hours before being released by 110 Chief.

  
                  Company 70- North Station

Possible Structure Fire in the Borough- 300 Riverside Drive
7/13/10: At 1946 hours Companies 70, 220, 36, and 70 EMS were alerted for a possible structure fire at 227 Walnut Way in Freeport Borough, smoke coming from the roof. Engine 70-2 and Ambulance 70-2 were on scene within 5 minutes of initial dispatch at the corrected address of 300 Riverside Drive with nothing showing. Rescue 70, Squad 70, Medic 70-3, and 70 Chief also were on scene with a total of 20 members responding. Initial crews forced entry into the structure and found nothing inside with the Thermal Imaging Camera. Engine 220-1 staged at the hydrant at 4th and Riverside, Tankers 220-1 and 220-2 staged on Riverside along with Ladder 36 and Engine 36. Upon investigation it was found that neighbors were setting off fireworks and one landed on the roof, and smoke began coming from the building. 70 crews threw a 24' extension ladder on Side D and investigated the roof with nothing found. After approx. 15 minutes on scene all units with the exception of 70 were released. After the owner arrived the scene was released to Able 700 and Company 70 was available within an hour.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70, Chief 70, Ambulance 70-2, Medic 70-3, Engine 220-1, Tanker 220-1, Tanker 220-2, Ladder 36, Engine 36, Able 700

Rescue, EMS Respond to MVC in the Borough
7/12/10: Just before 1100 hours, Companies 70, 220, and 70 EMS were dispatched to an MVC at the Route 356 interchange, at the yield sign in front of the old Wolfie's Pizza. Rescue 70 and Medic 70-3 responded and found one minor injuries and no hazards or entrapment. Rescue 70 cleared and Medic 70-3 transported one patient to St. Margaret's.

July Starts Off with a Bang for Station 70
7/8/10: In the first 8 days of July, Station 70 ran 7 fire calls (one a day from the 2nd to the 8th) and 47 EMS calls, an average of 5.8 a day, up from the usual average of 4 a day. Today at 1141 Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were alerted for a brush fire endangering a structure at 106 Brown Road in South Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Medic 70-2 responded. While enroute, Armstrong 911 advised that PD was on scene reporting the fire to be out, requesting one engine to continue in to check for hot spots. Engine 220-1 arrived on scene and had 70 and 169 cancel, and Company 70 returned to service.

Sixth Call in 6 Days- Vehicle Fire in South Buffalo
7/7/10: At 1751 hours, Company 70 and 70 EMS were requested to assist 220 with a vehicle fire at 615 Freeport Road in South Buffalo. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70, and Medic 70-2 all responded on the run. Engines 70-2 and 220-1 arrived within minutes and found the fire to be out, and all units returned to service.

Company 70 on a Brush Fire in the Borough
7/6/10: Minutes after 1600 hours, Companies 70, 220, Ladder 36, and 70 EMS were alerted for a brush fire endangering a structure at 195 Washington Street in Freeport. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Ambulance 70-2 responded and found the homeowner with a controlled burn that was out of control but was now extinguished, and all units returned to service.

Company 70 Responds to Leaking Transformer on Stewart Street
7/5/10: At 1954 hours Company 70 was alerted for a transformer leaking in the area of 115 Stewart Street. Engine 70-2, Squad 70, Rescue 70, 70 Chief, 70 Engineer, and 70 Fire Police responded with 11 volunteers, with an additional 3 volunteers holding in station. Crews found a transformer leaking what appeared to be oil onto the roadway. After waiting on scene for the power company for almost 2 hours, crews marked off the area and Able 700 remained on scene with the power company.

Squad Assists Harrison Twp. w/Traffic at Multi-Building Structure Fire
7/4/10: At approx. 2230 hours Sunday night, Allegheny County dispatched Stations 168, 167, 169, and 110 EMS for a porch fire on Cambridge Road in Harrison Twp. While units were enroute PD arrived on scene advising working fire in multiple buildings. Units from all departments arrived within seconds of each other and found the rear of the original structure fully involved with an awning and side of the Side A exposure well involved.  Stations 112 for manpower and 70 for traffic control were then requested. Squad 70 responded and shut down traffic on Carlisle to prevent vehicles from running over Engine 169's LDH. Fire crews were able to completely knock down the fire in the second structure and prevent extension into the building, and crews advanced into the second floor and attic, where the fire had completely vented through the roof and spread through both floors. Squad 70 remained on scene for 3 hours before being released by command, and the last units cleared the scene around 0500 hours the next day. The fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall, and it is believed the fire was caused by fireworks. 

Units on Scene: Truck 168, Special Service 168, Engine 167, Rescue 167-1, Rescue 167-2, Engine 169, Rescue 169, Utility 169, Engine 112, Rescue 112, Squad 112, Medic 111, Medic 112, Squad 70, AC Fire Marshall 

      
       Roof and Back Porch of the Original Structure                       Crews Operating on the 2nd Floor and Attic

Happy Independence Day!
The officers and members of Station 70 would like to wish everybody a happy and safe Independence Day. 

Rescue, 70-3 Attend Ford City Heritage Days Parade; 70-3 Wins Best Ambulance
7/3/10: On Saturday evening, Rescue 70 and Ambulance 70-3 attended the annual Ford City Heritage Days Parade. Units from across the county, as well as some from Westmoreland County, attended as well.  At the parade, Ambulance 70-3 was given the Best Appearing ALS Ambulance award. Congratulations to the other winning apparatus and groups, and thanks to the organizers of this fun event.

 

Company 70 Dumps the House for a Vehicle Rollover
7/3/10: At 0032 hours, Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were alerted for the vehicle rollover on Route 28 South, just North of the Slatelick exit. Original calls reported a motorcycle involved and the location being near ACMH, which dispatched Company 60 and 130 EMS, but 60 was cancelled when PSP arrived with the corrected location, one truck rolled over only, and no injuries or entrapment. Rescue 70, Engine 70-2, Squad 70, and Medic 70-3 all responded within minutes of dispatch, and 169 was cancelled by Chief 220-1 due to no entrapment. 130 EMS arrived first on scene with no injuries and cancelled 70-3. R70, S70, and E70-2 arrived on scene next and set up lighting and traffic control and awaited the flat bed. Engine 220-1 arrived and assisted 70 with cleaning debris off the roadway. Once the vehicle was put on the flat bed all units returned to service.

Units on Scene: Rescue 70, Engine 70-2, Squad 70, Engine 220-1, PSP, 130 EMS

      
                       70 and 220 On Scene                                                           70 Rescue Assessing the Vehicle

Engine Responds to Route 28 Vehicle Fire
7/2/10: At 1416, Companies 220 and 70 were dispatched for a box truck on fire on Route 28. Engine 70-2 arrived first on scene with 4 volunteers with the fire already out. E70-2 assisted 220 with containing fluids leaking from the truck and held all other units in station, leaving 4 additional volunteers standing by. Engine 70-2 returned shortly after.

EMS Assists at a Harrison Township MVC
6/26/10: Shortly after 0800 hours Saturday morning Allegheny County Stations 169, 167, and 110 EMS were alerted for an MVC on Freeport Road in the area of Station 169 with two patients, one lying unresponsive on the road and one with a head injury. 70 EMS was requested shortly after and Medic 70-1 responded with 3. Upon arrival, Medic 114 found one female now responsive and one male refusing transport. Medic 70-1 arrived moments later and split it's crew, with two assisting 114 in immobilizing the female patient, and one obtaining a refusal from the male patient. Medic 112 and Ambulance 111 arrived and assisted with patient care before quickly being returned to service. Command held 169 on scene and cancelled 167 Rescue with no entrapment. Medic 114 transported the patient E1 to a Pittsburgh trauma center and Medic 70-1 returned to service.

Units on Scene:  Engine 169, Rescue 169, Utility 169, Medic 114, Medic 112, Ambulance 111, Medic 70-1

Engine Co. Responds to a Buffalo Twp. AFA
6/25/10: At 1759 Company 70 was dispatched along with 36 and 27 for an Automatic Fire Alarm on Shuster Drive in Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2 responded on the run and were released by 36 shortly after arriving on scene.

Company 70 on a House Struck by Lightning in Buffalo Twp.
6/23/10: Just after 1830 hours Stations 36, 27, 15, 70, and 70 EMS were alerted for a house struck by lightning at 306 South Pike Road in Buffalo Twp. with smoke and flames visible. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70, and Medic 70-1 responded on the run with 12 total personnel. Engine 70-2 and Rescue 70 arrived on scene and were quickly released by Command with no fire found, and all 70 units returned to service.

Squad Assists with Traffic at Harrison Twp. Hazmat Incident
6/21/10: On Monday evening, Allegheny County Stations 168 (Hilltop), 167 (Citizens), 169 (Harrison Hills), 112 (Pioneer), and 110 EMS (Citizens) were dispatched for a report of natural gas smell in a structure. While units were enroute, Allegheny County 911 advised the homeowner was mixing pool chemicals and house chemicals in his kitchen and it overflowed out of the container and was causing a very strong odor of chlorine. Initial units arrived on scene and contained the spill wearing full gear and SCBA's, and were completely decontaminated upon exiting the structure. The homeowner was transported to AKMC with difficulty breathing by Medic 114. Due to the nature of the chemicals involved, the Allegheny County Hazmat-Blue Team (Station 420) stationed in Tarentum was requested, as well as 70 Squad for assistance with traffic control. 70 Squad responded with 3 and shut down a nearby street as per command. Chief 420 arrived and assumed command and began planning the incident with Chief's 168, 167, 169, and 112. ALS crews from Medic 112 and Medic 289 (Eureka) provided EMS standby and Hazmat support.  112 Squad provided initial decon and rehab operations. Upon arrival of Hazmat 420, crews geared in their hazmat suits and contained the spill. All units were back in service by 2300 hours.

Units on Scene: Squad 70, Truck 168, Special Service 168, Rescue 167-1, Rescue 167-2, Squad 167, Engine 169, Rescue 169, Utility 169, Engine 112, Rescue 112, Squad 112, Chief 420, Hazmat 420, Medic 112, Medic 114, Medic 289, Harrison PD

 
                   Hazmat crews suiting up

MVC w/injuries and Flyout: Freeport Road at Cadogen-Slatelick Road
6/19/10: Late Saturday morning, Companies 70, 220, 169 Rescue, and 70 EMS were alerted for an MVC, head on with multiple injuries and possible entrapment on Freeport Road in the area of Cadogen-Slatelick Road. Rescue 70, Squad 70, and Medic 70-3 responded, and multiple EMS units from Ford City (90), Kittanning #6 (130), Citizens Hose (110), and A-K Pulsar (273) were requested. First arriving units reported negative entrapment and 6 patients, 2 of which were pediatrics. Once on scene, 90 EMS requested a helicopter for one of the pediatric patients and Company 220 handled the LZ. Medic 70-3 transported one patient to a local hospital. Rescue 70 assisted EMS with patient care of the other three patients transported by ground to various area hospitals, and Squad 70 handled traffic control. All 70 units cleared after about an hour.

Rescue, 70-3 Attends Annual Saxonburg Parade
6/17/10: Once again, the members of Station 70 geared up and attended the annual Saxonburg Parade Thursday night of the carnival week. Rescue 70 and Ambulance 70-3 were cleaned and ready to go Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The two trucks made the drive with 6 volunteers staffing them. The members of Saxonburg VFC always organize a wonderful parade, and this year was no exception. The volunteers had a good time and were back in station later that evening. Throughout the parade Engine 70-2 remained available for any fire calls, as well as an ALS crew for EMS calls.

Second Call in Two Days: False Call on Community Park Road
6/16/10: Shortly before 1730, Companies 70 and 220 were dispatched for a reported vehicle fire on Community Park Road. Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Medic 70-3 responded with 8. Nothing was found by 70 or 220, and all units were released by 70 Chief.

Engine Co., Rescue, EMS Responds to Gas in a Structure in the Borough
6/15/10: At 1034 hours Companies 70, 220, Ladder 36, and 70 EMS were alerted for a smell of gas in a structure at 324 2nd Street in Freeport Borough. Within just a few minutes, Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, and Medic 70-3 responded with 11 personnel. Upon arrival 70 Chief 2 held 220 and 36 in station and investigated. The Engine crew found a smell of gas with the residents venting the structure. They advised they just returned from vacation and a stove was turned on in an apparent break in. Crews set up the Ram Fan off of E72 and finished venting the residence while E72 and R70 searched the rest of the building for possible leaks in the basement. All searches turned up negative and Company 70 returned to service with Able 700 remaining on scene. 70 Chief had command.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Medic 70-3, Able 700
Units in Station: Company 220, Ladder 36

      
                    70 Crews staging outside                                          Engine 70-2, Medic 70-3, and Rescue 70 on scene

Company 70 on a Possible Structure Fire in South Buffalo
6/12/10: Late Saturday evening, Armstrong 911 received a call from a resident in the Boggsville section of South Buffalo reporting that she heard an explosion followed by visible flames in the area of the Boggsville Bridge. Moments later, the 1st alarm was dispatched, bringing Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS. Engine 70-2, Squad 70, and Ambulance 70-1 responded with 9 volunteers (70-3 was handling the 7th EMS call of the day). While units were enroute, PD and 220 Chief arrived and advised it was a controlled burn and all units can cancel. All 70 equipment returned to station shortly after.

EMS Double Pulls for a Vehicle into a Structure, Diverts to Second Call
6/12/10: At 0945 the assignment was dispatched for a vehicle into a structure at the Kings in Buffalo Township, bringing Companies 36, 27, and 70 EMS. Medic 70-3 and Ambulance 70-1 responded on the call. While enroute, 70 EMS was advised of an E2 in our area, and 70-1 diverted to handle that call. Shortly after arriving on scene Medic 70-3 was released by command with no injuries and responded for an ALS assist to 70-1. 70-3 transported the patient and 70-1 returned to station.

EMS on a Vehicle Rollover on Butler Road
6/7/10: At 2244 hours Butler County 911 dispatched the assignment for a vehicle rollover with entrapment on Butler Road (Route 356) on the Freeport Hill in Buffalo Township, down the hill from Freeport Transport, bringing Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS. Medic 70-1 and Ambulance 70-2 responded with 5. Upon arrival crews found the vehicle on its side with one patient trapped in the vehicle but not appearing to be injured. Crews from 36 and 27 used a tow truck to stabilize the vehicle, along with air shores, and used the rescue tools from Rescue 36 to flap the roof down to gain access to the patient. The patient was taken into 70-3, where it was decided that he wanted to be transported to the hospital for evaluation. 70-1 returned to service while 70-3 transported the patient to a local hospital.

Units on Scene: Rescue 36, Engine 36, Chief 36, Engine 27, Brush 27, Medic 70-3, Ambulance 70-1, Buffalo PD

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              Crews work to stabilize the vehicle                                          36, 27, and 70 EMS extricating the patient

70 EMS Attends Buffalo Community Days
6/6/10: On Sunday, Ambulances 70-3 and 70-1 attended the Buffalo Township Community Days at Lernerville Speedway. Medic 70-2 was kept staffed in station first out handling calls, with 70-3 and 70-1 handling additional calls if necessary. While at the Community Days, the crews gave people tours of the ambulances and showed them the new state-of-the art equipment on them, such as the Stryker power stretchers and the Phillips heart monitors. The units were stationed there for approx. 7 hours showing the public how Freeport EMS, along with Saxonburg EMS, remain dedicated as the primary (and only) Advanced Life Support EMS services for Buffalo Township.

 
            70-1 and 70-3 at the Community Days

Company 70 Hosts Annual Memorial Day Parade
5/31/10: Early Monday morning, the members of Company 70 began preparing for the annual Memorial Day Parade and service held in the Borough. Members helped set up the P.A. system at the high rise and block off roads for the parade. In the parade, Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Medic 70-3, and Medic 70-1 (who had to divert to an E2 call) participated in the event with 9 volunteers and 3 paid staff. Squad 70 with 4 volunteer fire-police provided traffic control throughout the parade. 2 other volunteers also remained at the high rise to assist with the ceremonies. The event went well, with various songs, speeches, dedications, and tributes at the high rise dedicated to those currently in the armed forces, those who had served our country before, and those that will serve our country in the future. Thanks to everybody who helped make the ceremonies and parade a great success. The officers and members of Station 70 would like to thank all past and current members of our armed forces for their courage, dedication, and patriotism in defending our country and our freedoms, especially those who were wounded or sacrificed their life for their country.

Units in the Parade: Engine 70-2, Rescue 70, Squad 70 (Fire Police), Medic 70-1, Medic 70-3, Engine 220-1, Tanker 220-1, Tanker 220-2, Engine 36, Rescue 36, Ladder 36, Brush 36, Tanker 27, Engine 99-2, Able 700, Able 701

EMS Responds to Buffalo Twp. Motorcycle Crash
5/28/10: Just before 1600 hours, Stations 36, 27, and 70 EMS were dispatched for a vehicle vs. motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 28 and Route 356 with two patients from the motorcycle, both critical and one unresponsive. Medic 70-1 went enroute immediately and requested Stations 45 (Saxonburg EMS) and 271 (A-K Pulsar) to assist. Ambulance 70-2 responded shortly after. 70 EMS L-4 met the crews on scene, and 70-1 transported to a trauma center E1. 70-2 transported the second patient minutes later to Pittsburgh with a medic from Saxonburg on board. Both patients were in the trauma bay within 57 minutes of the original dispatch, and both units had an on scene time of less than 10 minutes. Both units cleared the call after approx. two hours. During the incident, an ALS crew was assembled at the station and remained available for other calls with Medic 70-3. Pictures courtesy of www.sarverfire.com

Units on Scene: Rescue 36, Brush 36, Engine 36, Engine 27, Medic 70-1, Ambulance 70-2, 70 L-4, 45-1, 45-3, Medic 273, Buffalo PD, Freeport PD

       
   
Motorcycle laying in the grass with van in background                                 Damage to front of van

Company 70 Alerted to Mason Manor for an AFA
5/20/10: At 1538 Thursday evening, Stations 27, 36, 15, and 70 were alerted for an Automatic Fire Alarm at the Mason Manor, 244 North Pike Road, in Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2 responded with 4. While enroute, and before Rescue 70 went enroute with 3 more volunteers, all units were returned to service by Station 27 with a false alarm.

Rescue, Squad, EMS Respond to Freeport Road MVC
5/13/10: Just before 0930 hours Companies 220, 70, and 70 EMS were alerted for the MVC with injuries and possible entrapment on Freeport Road near Striker Road. Units arrived to find a vehicle that hit a parked vehicle and trailer with one patient injured but not entrapped. 70 EMS transported the patient ALS by ground to Pittsburgh, while 70 Rescue and 70 Squad provided traffic control and assisted with scene clean up.

Engine Co. on a Structure Fire on Sarver Road
5/9/10: At 1415 hours Companies 36 (Sarver), 27 (Buffalo), 15 (Saxonburg), 70, and 45 (Saxonburg EMS) were alerted for a porch on fire at 559 Sarver Road in Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2 went enroute with a crew of 4. Just as Rescue 70 and Squad 70 were gearing up to pull out with 6 more volunteers, Company 70 was cancelled and all 70 units returned to service.

EMS Responds to Buffalo Township Bus into Tree
5/6/10: Shortly before 1600 hours Stations 36 (Sarver), 27 (Buffalo), and 70 EMS were dispatched for a report of a school bus into a tree with one injury in the area of 190 Harvey Road. Medic 70-1 and Ambulance 70-2 responded with 5 personnel. Units began arriving on scene to find such, with the driver sitting outside with minor injuries. 70-1 transported the driver to the hospital and 70-2 remained on scene until being released. Chief 36 had Harvey Road Command.

Units on Scene: Rescue 36, Brush 36, Engine 27, Brush 27, Medic 70-1, Ambulance 70-2, Buffalo PD

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Rescue, Engine Co., EMS Respond to Vehicle vs. House
5/3/10: At 0051 hours Monday morning, Companies 220, 70, and 70 EMS were alerted for a vehicle into a house at 400 Freeport Road in South Buffalo Township with unknown injuries or entrapment. 70-3 responded ALS and arrived on scene with no injuries or entrapment. Rescue 70 and Engine 70-2 responded with 7 volunteers. 220 Chief requested additional assistance from Harrison Hills Rescue 169. Crews from 70 and 220 discovered the vehicle had penetrated into the building up to the rear door, stopping less than a yard away from the residents' bed. Crews also discovered two puppies trapped under the vehicle. Both were extricated from under the vehicle and had no serious injuries. Rescue 70 provided lighting and Engine 70-2 handled traffic control until PSP and the tow truck cleared the scene. 220 Chief had command.

Units on Scene: Engine 220-1, 220 Chief, Rescue 70, Engine 70-2, Medic 70-3, Rescue 169, PSP

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          70 and 169 Rescue Crews inspect the damage                                 Crews work to free the trapped dogs


EMS on Another MVC w/Entrapment- Harrison Township
5/1/10: Shortly before 2300 hours, Allegheny County Stations 167 (Citizens Hose), 168 (Hilltop Hose), and 110 EMS (Citizens) were alerted for an MVC with entrapment at the intersection of Freeport Road and Saxonburg Road in Harrison Township, with one male patient in and out of consciousness.  Rescue 167-1 and Medic 113 arrived to find as reported and began stabilization of the entrapped victim's vehicle while a second driver was attended to and Engine 168 pulled a protection line and cut the vehicle's power. At this time, Stat MedEvac was requested and Station 112 (Pioneer Hose) was requested for LZ set up along with Station 70 EMS for a second unit. 70-1 responded ALS with a crew of 3 and obtained a refusal from the second driver who was not seriously injured. Crews from 167 and 168 extricated the patient from the vehicle and transported to the LZ where Stat 3 flew the patient to Pittsburgh.

Units on Scene: Medic 70-1, Rescue 167-1, Rescue 167-2, Medic 113, Engine 168, Rescue 112 (LZ), Squad 112 (LZ), Harrison PD.

EMS Runs MVC With Entrapment in City of Lower Burrell
4/26/10: At around 1630 hours, Lower Burrell #3 Fire-Rescue Station 69 and Lower Burrell #3 EMS Station 135 were alerted for a multi-vehicle crash with confirmed entrapment at the intersection of Mellwood Road and Greenwood Road. Due to New Kensington EMS (121) and Arnold EMS (101) being unavailable, Lower Kiski EMS and Freeport EMS were requested to respond to assist. Medic 70-3 responded. Rescues 69 and 56-4 (New Kensington #4) extricated the patients and three were transported to area hospitals by Lower Burrell and Lower Kiski, two of them to Pittsburgh trauma centers. 70-3 remained on scene as the only available unit for the areas of 70, 116, 106 (Vandergrift-Oklahoma-Avonmore), 135, 121, and 101 until units began clearing from their calls and 70-3 returned to service. Picture courtesy of www.lbvfc3.com

Units on Scene: Engine 69-1, Engine 69-3, Rescue 69, Service 69, Squad 69, Rescue 56-4, Squad 56-4, Medics 138 and 137, Lower Kiski EMS, Medic 70-3, and A-K Pulsar 

 
              Aftermath of one vehicle involved

Possible Structure Fire In the Borough- 627 Market Street
4/15/10: Just before 0945 hours the first alarm assignment was dispatched for smoke in the structure at 627 Market Street in Freeport Borough. Companies 70, 220, 36, and 70 EMS were alerted.  Engine 70-2 and Medic 70-2 responded and arrived on scene with a smell of electrical smoke in the structure. E70-2 crew searched first and second floors while Ladder 36 searched the basement. Neighbors advised the power was surging and Allegheny Power was notified and the call was turned over to them upon their arrival.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Ladder 36, Medic 70-2

Company 70 Sets Up an LZ for a Physical Rescue
4/7/10: At around 1745 hours the Harrison Township companies were alerted for a man down the cliff at the Harrison Hills Park. Companies 167, 169, and 110 EMS responded. Company 70 was then requested to set up a landing zone for Stat MedEvac 8 at the football field in Freeport. Engine 70-2 responded with 4 volunteers and Stat 8 landed without incident. Rescue Companies 167 and 169 extricated the patient and Medic 114 transported him to the LZ where he was loaded onto Stat 8 and flown to a Pittsburgh trauma center. Engine 70-2 cleared the LZ and returned to service.

Engine Company Assists Buffalo VFC with a Structure Fire
3/26/10: At around 1615 hours Friday afternoon, the first alarm assignment was dispatched for smoke in the structure at 575 Sarver Road in Buffalo Township. Buffalo Station 27, Sarver Station 36, Saxonburg Station 15, Freeport Station 70, and Saxonburg Ambulance Station 45 were alerted. Engine 70-2 responded with a crew of 4. Engine 27 arrived within minutes to find smoke coming from the house. The crew pulled two handlines and investigated, finding a circuit box smoking in the basement, and began checking for extension. Engine 15 arrived and dropped a supply line at the driveway that was picked up by Tanker 27, who laid 400' of supply line to the hydrant at Bear Creek Road. Engine 70-2 arrived and was sent to staging and assisted with interior operations. While checking for extension, the insulation in the living room caught on fire along with a couch, which was quickly extinguished by interior crews. After performing overhaul and ventilation crews began returning to service. Thanks to Allegheny Township Station 99 for providing a full engine crew on standby in Station 70 throughout the incident.

Units on Scene: Engine 27, Tanker 27, Ladder 36, Brush 36, Engine 36, Engine 15, Tanker 15, Squad 15, Engine 70-2, Ambulance 45-1, Buffalo PD, Buffalo Fire Police, Saxonburg Fire Police

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                 Crews stage outside the structure                                                          Engine 70-2 on scene

Company 70 Responds to a Search on the River
3/20/10: Just after 2030 Saturday Night, Companies 220, 70, 130 Dive Team, and 70 EMS were alerted for a possible distressed boat on the Allegheny River below Lock 5 (Freeport). Rescue 70, Engine 70-2, Squad 70, Ambulance 70-1, and Medic 70-3 responded. Crews went to Lock 5 and down Riverside Drive and did not find any boats on the river. Armstrong 911 then advised the caller was located at Lock 6 (Clinton) and 70-1 and 70-3 diverted, along with Squad 133 and Engine 220-1 while Company 70 remained in Freeport searching if the boat drifted down river. Due to the large area the boat possibly could be at, Stat MedEvac was requested, and Stat 3 and Stat 16 responded and searched the river from the air from Ford City to Tarentum with nothing found. Squad 133 launched a boat at Clinton and two in Freeport and no distressed boat was found. After over 2 hours of searching, all units were released by 220 Chief and returned to service.

Engine Co., Squad, EMS on a South Buffalo Brush Fire
3/17/10: At 1030 Wednesday morning, Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were dispatched for the brush fire at 111 Clinton Road in South Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2, Squad 70, and Medic 70-3 responded on the call. Engine 70-2 arrived with most of the fire extinguished, and due to no response from 220, 70 Chief 2 assumed command. The Engine crew pulled the 1 1/2" trash line and a PW can to extinguish the rest of the hot spots. 169 Mini Pumper arrived on scene and assisted with extinguishment, and all units returned to service.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Squad 70, Medic 70-3, Mini Pumper 169

Engine Company Runs Two Automatic Fire Alarms in Buffalo Twp.
3/16/10: At 1219 hours Company 70 was alerted to assist Sarver 36 and Buffalo 27 with an automatic fire alarm at Oberg's, 2301 Silverville Road in Buffalo Township. Engine 70-2 responded and was cancelled by Butler County while enroute with a false alarm. At 1520 hours the same assignment was dispatched for an AFA at 120 Beale Road in Buffalo Township, Evangel Heights Christian Academy. Engine 70-2 responded and was released shortly after arriving on scene with another false alarm.

Ambulance 70-3 now in service
3/9/10: After months of specing, building, lettering, and equipping, EMSI (our regional Department of Health council) has officially licensed Ambulance 70-3 as an Advanced Life Support ambulance. A70-3 is a 2009 Ford F-450/Lifeline, and is in service and ready for calls.

Rescue Runs a Service Call in the Borough
3/6/10: Shortly after noon on Saturday, 70 Chief came into Station 70 and advised Armstrong that a tree was down on Freeport Road just above the Buffalo Creek Bridge coming into Freeport, blocking half of the left lane, and that there were multiple near-accidents as a result of that. Minutes later Rescue 70 went enroute with 3 volunteers and shut down the left lane of traffic and used the chain saw to remove the tree from the roadway. The Rescue cleared the scene within 15 minutes and returned to service.

EMS Responds to Multi-Vehicle MVC in Buffalo Twp.
3/5/10: At 2136 70 EMS was alerted to assist Sarver VFC Station 36 with a vehicle accident on South Pike Road in Buffalo Twp. at the Route 28 South intersection with one female complaining of chest pain. Medic 70-1 responded and upon arriving on scene three additional patients were found and 70 EMS was re-alerted for a second unit. Ambulance 70-2 immediately responded to assist. Rescue 36 arrived on scene and assisted Buffalo and Freeport Police with traffic control and scene clean up while 70-1 and 70-2 assessed the four patients. After the assessments were made all four patients refused treatment and both units returned to service. 

Units on Scene: Rescue 36, Lt. 36-2, 70-1, 70-2, Buffalo Police, Freeport Police

 
                    Rescue 36 cleans up the scene

Rescue Company and EMS Alerted for an MVC on Freeport Road
2/26/10: Shortly before 1700 hours, Companies 220, 70, 169, and 70 EMS were dispatched for a vehicle overturned on Freeport Road in the area of Dlubak's Corp.  Medic 70-1 and Ambulance 70-2 went enroute immediately with 4 personnel. Engine 220-1 and 220 Chief arrived on scene within minutes and advised both 70 and 169 Rescues to hold in station, leaving 3 volunteers in Station 70 standing by. 220 EMS Chief eventually cancelled 70 EMS with no injuries and all 70 units returned to service.

Possible Structure Fire- 554 Franklin Street
2/26/10: At 1813 Friday morning Companies 70, 220, 36, and 70 EMS were alerted for a smell of something burning at 554 Franklin Street in Freeport. Medic 70-1 arrived on scene advising nothing showing from the exterior. Engine 70-2 and 70 Chief responded with 5 personnel and began searching the structure. Engine 220-1 assisted E70-2, and Engine 36 was advised to stand-by in Station 70. The smell was determined to come from smoking wires. Units returned to service after about 20 minutes.

EMS Responds to Two Vehicle Accidents in Harrison Twp.
2/19/10: Late Friday night, Allegheny County Rescue 167 and EMS 110 (Citizens Hose) were dispatched for the MVC with injuries on Route 28 near Exit 16. 70 EMS was requested shortly after to assist, and Medic 70-1 responded. After 70-1 was on scene for a few minutes, Rescue 281 (Eureka, back-up for 167) and EMS 110 were alerted for an MVC with injuries on Springhill Road in Harrison Township. Chief 167 advised Allegheny County that 167 Rescue and Medic 70-1 were clearing the call on 28 and would handle the Springhill Road call. 70-1 arrived on scene and transported one patient to a local hospital.

Engine Co., EMS Run a Vehicle Fire on Route 28
2/17/10: Just after 1530 hours Companies 220, 70, 169 Rescue, and 70 EMS were alerted for the vehicle fire on Route 28 South in South Buffalo Twp. Engine 70-2 and Medic 70-1 responded with 5 personnel. Engine 70-2 arrived on scene to find Engine 220-1 with the fire knocked down. The crew assisted E220-1 and were released back to service.

MVC- McVille Road in South Buffalo Twp.
2/15/10: At 0739 hours Companies 220, 70, 169 Rescue, and 70 EMS  were dispatched for a vehicle over the embankment in the area of 280 McVille Road in South Buffalo Twp. Shortly after Ambulance 70-1 went enroute, Armstrong 911 advised this was a previous accident and the owner of the car was just waiting for a tow truck and all units returned to service.

EMS Runs Structure Fire in Buffalo Twp.
2/15/10: At 0435 hours, the structure fire assignment was dispatched for 2301 Silverville Road in Buffalo Twp. at Oberg's for a possible structure fire, bringing Companies 36, 27, 169, and 70 EMS. Chief 36 arrived and had Ambulance 70-1 stage in the parking lot. Engine 36 arrived and began searching the structure for the fire while Engine 169 stood by at the hydrant. As more units arrived on scene Chief 36 advised that units can start returning to service with nothing found, and 70-1 returned to service.

Units on Scene: Engine 36, Ladder 36, Chief 36, Engine 27, Engine 169, Rescue 169, Chief 169, Ambulance 70-1

      
          E36, L36, and E27 in front of the structure                            A70-1 stages in the parking lot with R169

Second Fire in 2 Days: Working Structure Fire- 1217 Sarver Road
2/13/10: Shortly before 1400 hours, Armstrong 911 received a call from a neighbor of 1217 Sarver Road in South Buffalo Twp. advising them of smoke in a building with alarms going off at that address. Moments later the first alarm assignment was dispatched, sending Companies 220, 70, 169 and 70 EMS. Engine 220-1 and Medic 70-2 arrived on scene minutes later with a fully involved structure fire. Engine 70-2 and Rescue 70 responded with 7 volunteers and E70-2 was instructed to draft from a porta-tank and supply E220-1, while the interior crew from E70-2 backed up E220-1 with the initial attack on the fire. Command then requested Companies 27, 281, 250 Tanker, and 130 RIT on the second alarm. Moments after the interior attack began, Chief 220 noticed the roof starting to collapse and had all units evacuate the structure and exterior only operations were started until conditions improved. After the bulk of the fire was knocked down the assignment was held to the first alarm for overhaul. Engine 99-2 provided a stand-by crew in Station 70 until the crews returned to service.

 
           A/D corner after fire was extinguished

Possible Structure Fire- 570 Franklin Street
2/12/10: At 1616 hours Company 70, Company 220, Ladder 36, and 70 EMS were dispatched to the possible structure fire at 570 Franklin Street in the Borough. Able 700 and Medic 70-2 arrived on scene advising the fire, which was on a stove, was out and ventilation was needed. Engine 70-2 with a full crew arrived on scene with Engine 220-1 and all units not on scene were cancelled. Crews ventilated and checked for hot spots and cleared the scene within 20 minutes. A full crew was kept in Station 70 throughout the duration of the call.

Units on Scene: Engine 70-2, Engine 220-1, Medic 70-2, Able 700

Snow Storm Pounds Northeast Coast
2/7/10: Throughout Friday evening into Saturday morning, one of the largest snow storms in recent history hit the Northeast. Freeport was no exception, getting over 22 inches of snow in 16 hours. The volunteers and EMS staff of Station 70 were kept busy keeping the sidewalks as well as the aprons in front of the garage doors cleared of snow so our trucks could safely be pulled out in case of an emergency. Throughout the entire storm, up to 6 volunteers and 3 EMS staff crewed the station ready for any calls. Thankfully, no calls came in during the main part of the blizzard, with only one EMS call early Saturday afternoon and a service call later in the afternoon that was handled by Squad 70. 

 
         EMT Dan Kline clears snow from the apron

Company 70 Requested to Set up LZ
2/5/10: On Thursday morning, Company 70 was requested to set up a landing zone for Lower Kiski EMS who had a trauma patient from a vehicle accident on Route 356 in Allegheny Twp. Shortly after being dispatched, Armstrong advised that no helicopters were flying due to weather and that the 116 unit was transporting the patient by ground, and Company 70 was put back in service.


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