Monday, March 25, 2013 1500
Stations 295, 296, 510 and WMPD were Dispatched to the 1000 Block of New England Road in West Mifflin (District 295) for a reported 18 Wheeler Overturned with Unknown Injuries or Entrapment. 295 Rescue (Lt. Schwab) arrived on scene to find a Tractor Trailer on its Passenger side across both lanes of a 2 lane opposite lanes of travel double yellow line divided roadway, with a Large Debris Field and Copious amounts of Fluids on the Roadway. 296 Engine arrived directly after shortly followed by 295 Squad (Meg.Wichelmann),295 Command (Chief Schwab), and 296 Squad. Chief Schwab met with Lt. Schwab for a report before Acquiring Command of the Incident. Crews Confirmed that there was No Entrapment. Single Occupant was out walking around the Scene before being assisted to EMS (Sta.510) for Evaluation. Luckily for the Occupant he was uninjured and was not in need of transport by EMS. Driver and Witness Statements concurred that speed was not a factor in the incident, it appeared as if his "Load" a large Steel Roll had shifted, Causing the vehicle to roll. Crews Utilized Absorbent Materials to Damn off Storm drains and Waterways before any of the Fluids could make their way into them. Crews also spread Absorbent around the "Hot Zone" of the Incident to minimize further Contamination of People and Equipment. McGann and Chester was notified for the Tow and Clean up of the incident and arrived in force with a very professional and hard working crew. The Vehicle was up righted and clean up commenced. PENN-DOT was notified to respond to evaluate the roadway and damage caused by the incident. Once the roadway was clear of the vehicle and all fluids/ debris Command reopened the road and cleared all units back in service before Terminating Command. All in all the incident could have had a very devastating outcome, but luckily was only a minor incident. With the exception of the disruption of traffic for 4 plus hours, and damage to the roadway/ guide rail and vehicle No One was injured or killed which is always a positive at the end of the day. Click on a Picture Below to see more Media from the Incident.
Monday, March 25, 2013 1217
Crews Started the day off with a Mutual Aid run for a Snowy Motor Vehicle Collision as they were Summonsed to Delwar Rd (District 296) for a vehicle over the hillside with reports that everyone was out of the vehicle. 295 Command (Chief Schwab) and 295 Rescue (Lt. Schwab) responded within Minutes. 296 Engine arrived and took command of the incident, finding a Single Vehicle MVC, vehicle was on all fours approximately 40 feet over the hillside resting against a tree. Thankfully the only occupant was out of the vehicle and up on the roadway being tended too by EMS (Sta.510) with minor injuries. 295 Chief and the Rescue arrived to support Engine 296 moments after their arrival. Crews stood by on scene while the towing company retrieved the vehicle to the roadway and cleared it from the scene. EMS Transported to a local hospital, and the Units were cleared by command.
The West Mifflin # 3 VFC will be hosting an Essentials of Firefighting Course. The course will be Starting its MOD 1 on February 28, 2013. Lead Instructor John Gardell Sr. has requested that anyone that will be attending the course and also an Officer of that persons Company attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday February 7, 2013 beginning promptly at 1800hrs. The meeting is to insure that everyone is on the same page for class locations, times, conduct, etc. The purpose is also to insure that there will be enough students for the classes. This course is open to any Volunteer, Paid, or Industrial Firefighter that is of at least 14 years old at the start of Mod 1. The course dates will be predominantly Thursday Evening and Occasional Saturday Classes. If you are interested please make sure you attend the meeting. Thank You Chief Schwab
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1143
Stations 295 and 296 were Dispatched to the Allegheny County Airport in District 295 to assist Corporate Air Employees with a Plane that had a wheel collapse while on the ground. 295 Rescue (Lt. C. Schwab) and 296 Engine Responded, Crews arrived at the hanger to find the Aircraft leaning on its side with a Wing Wheel collapsed. Lt. C. Schwab took incident command. It was found that there was no souls on board and no fluid leaks or other life hazards on scene. Command ordered the Crews to Utilize Airbags and 4x4 Box Cribbing to lift the plane enough for the Employees to lock the wheel into the down position and tow it into the hanger for repairs. Crews Worked the scene for approximately an hour without further incident before command was terminated.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 0324
On Thursday, January 24th, at 0324hrs, Stations 296 & 295 were dispatched to Spring Hill Suites at 1000 Regis Avenue for Multiple Fire Alarms going off, and that evacuation of hotel guests was in progress.Dispatch updated moments later, that water was coming from upper floors through the lobby area.Upon arrival of 295 Engine (D.C. Koenig), guests were in their cars in the parking lot, and water was coming out of the main entrance doors creating an icy mess.Crews found a ruptured water pipe in the vaulted ceiling above the stairwell on side delta. A sloppy and muddy debris, plaster, and drywall sludge had formed in the hallways, and made quite a mess. From the staff on scene, it only took approximately 7-10 minutes for the damage to be done.Hotel management began calling other local hotels in our area to send hotel guests to, and crews began escorting guests to their rooms to gather their belongings. The incident was put under control, and 296 Chief released 295 Engine.We should note that with the cold weather we are having in the low teens, and sub-zero temperatures, we stress that keeping outside water pipes, and pipes that are at risk of freezing, insulated and/or traced with UL Listed heat tape to prevent the pipes from bursting. Water damage from a burst pipe can be quite costly.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2233
On January 22, 2013 at 2233hrs. Stations 295, 296, & 510 were dispatched along with the WMPD for a Rescue assignment to the area of 1738 Clairton Road District 295 for a reported MVC rollover with unknown entrapment. 295 Chief (Chief Schwab) was the first emergency unit to arrive on scene and found a 1 Vehicle MVC, Vehicle on its side in the Driveway of 1738 Clairton Road. 295 Chief took the Incident Command reporting 1 victim in the vehicle unresponsive, an Approx. 50 yard debris field and fluids on the ground. 510 Medic units arrived shortly after along with 296 Engine and 295 Rescue (D.C Koenig). Crews stabilized the vehicle utilizing 4x4 cribbing and rescue struts. 510 Medics gained access to the Pt. compartment through the back hatch and started to initiate care. Rescue crews utilized a glass master tool to cut out the Windshield of the vehicle creating an egress route for extrication. Rescue and EMS crews were able to stabilize the Pt. C-Spine and extricate from the vehicle. Crews on scene completed a secondary search of the vehicle and surrounding area for any other victims, none were found. A 510 Medic Unit transported the Pt. to a local trauma facility while crews stood by until the vehicle was up righted at which time they cleared the debris field and contained the fluids. The vehicle was removed from the scene, All units were cleared and Chief Schwab terminated the command at 2337hrs. Crews worked the scene for a little over an hour before the roadway was reopened for normal traffic flow. Station 295 would like to thank all units on scene for a quick and smooth operation and we wish the occupant a speedy recovery from their injuries.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:10am
On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 1010hrs, Station 295 was dispatched to assist Dravosburg Station 131 with an MVC on Dravosburg Hill with entrapment.Crews from Rescue 131 and Rescue 295 (Chief Schwab) braved the icy winter storm that was in full effect at the time, and were able stabilize the vehicle and extricate the patient within 45 minutes.295 Squad (Assistant Chief Koenig) and 131 Squad were used for traffic control, and remained on scene until road crews could clear enough of the snow that had been building up on the roadway during the duration of the incident which kept traffic on the Mansfield Bridge, Pittsburgh-McKeepsort Boulevard, and Lebanon Church Road to a stand still until it was deemed navigable.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
On Saturday morning, December 15th, 2012 our Firefighters and Members took part in our annual Santa's Treat throughout our fire district.This is a long standing tradition in our department. Beginning at 9am, we left the station and split up into three groups into the neighborhoods bringing Santa Claus with treats to give to all of the good boys and girls!It's a great and rewarding treasure for all of us to see the smiles on the faces of children in our First Due when Santa Claus jumps off the fire trucks to see them.It's also a way for us to give back and say 'thanks' to our community who has supported us greatly over the past 74 years.And THANK YOU to all of our crews, elves, and 'Santa' for all of your help! We can't do it without you!
Friday, November 23, 2012
On Black Friday, November 23rd, 2012, shortly before 9am, Station 295 & 296 were dispatched to Sears at Century III Mall for a large amount of smoke in the store.Upon arrival, crews began investigating the store for the source of the smoke. It was determined that the smoke was coming from an elevator motor room.Crews made entry to the room, and found that the room was engulfed in flames from the elevator motor. Crews began to knock the fire, and were able to contain the fire to the motor room. However due to the fire, the hydraulic oil lines had let go, and allowed oil to travel into the store itself creating quite a mess.For more on the story, visit:http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/11/23/parts-of-century-iii-mall-evacuated-due-to-smoke/
Thursday, November 15, 2012
West Mifflin #3 VFC would like to Congratulate Junior Firefighter Dustin Wichelmann on passing his Eagle Scout Boards!!!Way to go, Dustin!
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