On December 6, 2013 at 22:30 hours, Pleasant Gap Fire Company was alerted to a dwelling fire on the 200 block of Whitman Avenue in Pleasant Gap. Chief 801 (Breon) responded to the scene and confirmed initial reports of a fire in the basement.
Engine 810, Truck 217 and Engine-Rescue 814 responded. 810′s crew took the initial attack through the outside basement entrance, located the fire and achieved knock-down. Truck 217′s crew made access to the roof, with 810′s remaining personnel being joined by 814′s crew for advancement through the front door and down the stairs. After initial knock-down, the attack was halted due to live electrical lines until the power company could arrive and disconnect the power. Crew continued with extensive overhaul throughout one wall and the ceiling of the basement and applied foam to the affected areas to reduce the likelihood of a rekindle.
Both residents evacuated prior to the fire company’s arrival and their three cats were located. The residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross with emergency shelter and immediate needs.
Crews remained on scene until approximately 01:30 am, December 7. Units on the box included 810, 814, 217, Ambulance 851 and Spring Township Police.
At 0116 early this morning, Pleasant Gap Fire Company was alerted to a barn fire on Witherite Road in Spring Township. The Spring Township Police Department noticed a fire with a column of smoke and a glow behind the barn.
Chief 800 responded directly to the scene and assumed the command. The fire was located and was found to be a skid-steer/bobcat style loader that was on fire inside the barn. The owner was located, who pulled the burning loader out of the barn.
Engine 810 and Engine/Rescue 814 responded along with an Engine from Company 1, a Truck from Company 2, and a tanker from Company 4.
Special thanks to the vigilance of the Spring Township Police Department for noticing this fire at an early stage of development.
At 17:50 hours, Pleasant Gap Fire Company was alerted for Fire Box 830/EMS Box 826 for a vehicle accident with entrapment. The incident was originally reported at 475 E. College Avenue, Pleasant Gap, but was actually in the 900 block of E. College Avenue.
Ambulances 850 and 851 responded, arrived on scene and confirmed that the accident was between a passenger vehicle a tractor trailer with entrapment. Chief 801 arrived on scene and assumed the command. Heavy Rescue 818 and Engine-Rescue 814 arrived next. Crews from both units assisted EMS in the extrication of the patient from the vehicle.
Units on the box included 818, 814, 1610, 850, 851 and Medic 2448. Spring Township and Bellefonte Police Departments assisted, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police.
For more information about this incident, see the news article at the Centre Daily Times at http://www.centredaily.com
The logo for the centennial has been released. A sample is displayed below:
Next Year, 2014, is the Centennial year for the Pleasant Gap Fire Company. Check back here often for updates and information for special events to be hosted through the year.
Around 1:30 pm, Centre county communications struck box 826 and 830 for a large vehicle fire at the intersection of airport road and Weaver Hill road. Chief Royer (800) arrived on scene to find a bulldozer with a working fire. Units quickly suppressed the fire, returning after a 30 minute scene time.
Below are a few photos from the incident:
Engine crew working to extinguish the fire
Engine Rescue 814 on scene of the bulldozer fire
Pictures by Matt Konya EMT PGFD
We’re now accepting applications (once again) for full-time and Part EMTs.
The Pleasant Gap Fire Company is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time EMTs to start as soon as possible.
* PA EMT-B
* CPR/Pro/Healthcare Provider with AED
* Hazmat Operations level
* Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
* Valid driver’s license
* At least 12 months verifiable service as a crew chief (primary responsibility for patient care) on a BLS service.
All applicants will be subject to a state police background check and child abuse clearance.
This is a full-time position with competitive wages and variable shifts. Hours are generally between 6am and 10pm. As we are a 24-hour service there is also a possibility of some overnight (10pm-6am) shifts. While we strive to set a stable schedule for our full-time staff, some irregular scheduling may be required to meet the needs of the service.
Applicants may submit the Application for Employment http://fire8.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Paid-Staff-Employment-Application.pdf at the station in person, by regular mail or via email to the Ambulance Committee firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about this position, please contact email@example.com.
The Pleasant Gap Fire Company would like to thank all who attended and enjoyed the day at our carnival grounds. The winners from this year’s event are:
1. Browning X-Bolt — Robin Weikel Bellefonte
2. Remington 700 SPS Varmit — Shan Settle Bellefonte
3. Taurus 45/410 Judge — Dave Paul Elizabethville
4. S&W Sigma — Gregg Heny Pleasant Gap
5. CASH — Roger Casher Phillipsburg
6. Weatherby Vanguard — Mr Ebeling Bellefonte
7. Savage 111 Hunter — Ray Walker Centre Hall
8. Remington 870 Express — Mary Stoner Spring Mills
9. Ruger P95 — Chuck Roth State College
10. CASH — Scott Confer Pleasant Gap
11. Remington 700 SPS — Jeff Holder Bellefonte
12. Marlin 335 — Ralph Shope State College
13. Savage 93 — Richard Hebel PA Furnace
14. Ruger 10/22 — Shawnee Valentin Pleasant Gap
15. CASH — Mark Gabrousek Bellefonte
16. S&W M&P — April Wormer Bellefonte
17. Thompson Center Venture — Ron Aughenbaugh Shermansville
18. Savage 93 .17 — Berry Pearce Bellefonte
19. Ruger LCP .380 — Bob Roan State College
20. CASH — Bob Caverly Bellefonte
21. Remington SPS — Holly Miller
22. Henry Lever Action .22 — Duane Boggs Cresson
23. Thompson Center Omega .50 — Steve Stem Julian
24. S&W Sigma SD40VE — Regional Crust Bellefonte
25. Cash Jonathan Hurst — Boalsburg
Hope everyone had a great day and we look forward to seeing you again!
Photos from the event:
On Friday October 4, 2013 at 0534 hours, Pleasant Gap Fire Company was alerted to a vehicle accident with entrapment and a total of 3 patients near 540 N. Harrison Road at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.
Rescue 818 diverted from a previous fire call in Bellefonte with a crew of 8. Engine-Rescue 814 responded from the station with a crew of 4. Ambulances 850 and 852 responded with Medic 2448. Units arrived on scene to find the accident as dispatched, with small SUV and restored classic Dodge Dart collided and on the roadway. Crew from 818 assisted EMS in the removal of the unentangled patients and quickly began work on removal of the roof and doors of the Dart. The crew from 814 extended a charged hoseline for fire protection and additional hydraulic tools to the scene. Additionally, 814 handled the LZ for the helicopter.
After extended operations, including a full roof removal, door removal, and removal of the roll cage, the entrapped patient was freed from the vehicle, boarded and transferred into the care of EMS. The patient was flown from the scene by Stat Medivac to Altoona Hospital.
Units remained on scene until for a total of 1.5 hours and cleared the roadway of debris and assisted the tow company by placing absorbent to deal with the engine fluids.
The Pleasant Gap Fire Company would like to thank all the members of the community that came out to our parade and carnival. The winners of the parade are below:
Best appearing and equipped Engine 10 years old or newer: Undines (Bellefonte)
Best appearing and equipped Engine 10 years old or older: Hookies (Tyrone)
Best appearing and equipped Engine/Rescue: Milesburg
Best appearing and equipped Rescue: Howard
Best appearing and equipped Aerial: Alpha (State College)
Best appearing and equipped Tanker (1500 gal +): Centre Hall
Best appearing and equipped Ambulance: Port Matilda
Best appearing and equipped Brush / Wild-land Truck: Walker Township
Best appearing and equipped Special Unit: Bellefonte EMS
Fire Apparatus traveling the furthest: Tyrone Hookies
Oldest antique Fire apparatus: Walker Township – 1986 Brush Truck
Judges choice award: Boalsburg
Thanks again to all who participated in our parade.
The Pleasant Gap Fire Company would also like to thank our sponsors, M&T Bank and Gene Stocker Chevrolet