At 1537 hours, Company 7 along with mutual aid from Company 804 (Susquehanna) and Company 76 (West Hempfield) were alerted to the 4000 block of Columbia Ave in the area of Larel Run for a reported crash involving a bus. Crews arrived in the area to find an unoccupied school bus off the side of the road with a sheared pole and wires into the roadway. R804 arrived and took a blocking position in the eastbound lane of Columbia Ave and checked the bus for hazards. PP&L was notified of the pole and wires and advised it would need immediate attention. After determining there were no injuries to the bus driver and no hazards from the bus, fire units were released from the scene. Police Department (West Hempfield Twp) and Fire Police remained to redirect traffic around the scene until PP&L arrived. Columbia Ave between Prospect Rd and Locust Grove Rd remained closed until the early morning hours while PP&L worked to replace the pole and restore power to the 3900 affected customers.
At approximately 1230 hours, the box was alerted for a reported apartment building fire on Talon Dr. in "The Landings" area of Manor Township. The box brought units from Company 90 (Blue Rock), Company 7 and special services from Truck Company 67 (Rohrerstown) and 801 (Columbia No. 1). Engine 7-1 was the first arriving suppression engine, reporting a 3-story end-of-row townhouse with smoke showing from the "Bravo" side. E7-1 secured their own water supply and deployed a 1-3/4" attack line. Upon further investigation, crews found a brush fire on th eexterior of the building that had begun to run the siding and had made its way to the 2nd floor height. Crews knocked the fire and checked the interior of the structure for any extension to the interior. With no further extension, Company 7 reracked their lines and returned to service. Company 7 worked the incident for just over 45 minutes.
At 1449 hours, Company 7 was dispatched to 3840 Hempland Rd at the Susquehanna Bank Learning and Resource Center for a reported bus into the building. Deputy 7 (Dicely) arrived and confirmed one unoccupied bus into the building. The engine crew made entry into the building to investigate. Chief 905 was requested to evaluate the building from a structural integrity stand point. Upon determining there was minimal damage, if any, to the buildings structural integrity, Patriot-St. Denis Towing removed the bus from the building and transported it to their facility for inspection. The building was then left in the hands of the property owners. Company 76 cleared the incident at 1539 hours.
As of January 1, 2014, the Mountville Fire Company No. 1 has elected or appointed the following members as officers:
|Fire Line Officers||Executive Officers||Board of Trustees|
|Fire Chief||Dean R. Gantz, Jr.||President||Paul M. Rossi||Head Trustee||Robert A. Evans, III|
|Deputy Fire Chief||Michael P. Dicely||Vice President||Bryan P. Duquin, Jr.||2-Year Trustee||Bryan P. Duquin, Jr.|
|Assistant Fire Chief||Andrew M. Kalbcah||Secretary||Rebecca L. Saylor||3-Year Trustee||Matthew P. Foltz|
|Captain||Robert A. Evans, III||Treasurer||Patricia M. Cook||4-Year Trustee||Paul A. Cook|
|Assistant Secretary||Aubrey L. Day||5-Year Trustee||Brian D. Saylor|
|Assistant Treasurer||Matthew P. Foltz|
If you have a cell phone, it may soon make some curious sounds and vibrations the next time you find yourself in the possible path of a tornado or several other types of weather emergencies.
Starting any day now, the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system will go live. That means the National Weather Service (NWS) warnings for dangerous weather, including tornadoes, flash flooding and huricanes, will be delivered free of charge to many mobile users on major wireless carriers. Tha alerts will look like text alerts, but use different technology that is not affected by network congestion.
The WEA system is "location-based", which means that you only receive alerts relavent to your physical location. In other words, if you travelto another city, you'll receive alerts for where you are, not back home.
AMBER Alerts and Presidential Alerts during a notional emergency will also be delivered through the WEA system. If you have a WEA-capable phone, you'll receive alerts unless you opt out (you can't opt out of Presidential Alerts, however). Interestingly, the alerts will *not* interupt phone conversations, but rather will be dalayed until a call is finished.