Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tower 79 assisted Company 64 on the report of a possible structure fire at 101 S. 5th Avenue. A small fire was located in the oven and quickly extinguished.
Each year in America, more than 150 people die from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces, and operating gas powered equipment indoors (vehicles, emergency generators, space heaters, etc.). Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels (gasoline, kerosene, coal, natural gas, propane or wood).
Signs and symptoms associated with exposure to carbon monoxide include headache, nausea, and drowsiness. Exposure to undetected high levels of carbon monoxide can result in loss of consciousness and ultimately be fatal. Carbon monoxide entering the body will attach itself to the hemoglobin in the blood and not allow for oxygen to be transported throughout the blood stream to vital organs. Installation of a CO alarm in your home provides an early warning of a carbon monoxide emergency. Alarms should be placed in a centralized location outside of sleeping areas, on each level of the home, and where required by local laws or codes require. Alarm manufacturers supply directions with the alarm which specify height requirements for optimal operation of the alarm. CO alarms are not a permitted substitute for smoke detectors. If you are installing combination CO/Smoke alarms, follow your local requirements or codes for smoke detector installation. If you have any questions about installation please contact the Fire Department.
Testing and replacing CO alarms should be done in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. You should test your CO alarm on a monthly basis to ensure it is working properly. You should know the difference of alarm sounds between your CO alarm and your smoke detector, and the difference between an active alarm and a low-battery signal.
If the alarm sounds immediately leave the building to a fresh air location outside and ensure everyone is accounted for. After you have safely exited call 9-1-1 and remain outside in the fresh air environment.
Precautions for preventing a CO emergency are fairly simple. Have all of your fuel burning heating equipment inspected by a certified professional on an annual basis. When using your fireplace open the damper fully before starting the fire. Never use your oven or stove to heat your home. If you need to warm up your vehicle be sure to remove it from the garage and never run a vehicle or fuel powered engine inside, this includes portable generators.
If you have any further comments, questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Wyomissing Fire Department at (610)375-4436 ext. 0 or Fire Commissioner Longenecker at 610-376-7481.
With the current "laptop" style computers that are on all the WFD apparatus aging and not being able to run updated versions of On Scene Explorer quickly and causing "crashes" due to older and slower processors, the Department has made the investment to upgrade all the computers from the current Panasonic Toughbook to the new Motion J3500 Tablet PC. These Tablet PC's feature the faster Intel Core i7 vPro processor , rugged design, wide screen display for better outdoor visability, better mobility and a cheaper price per PC vs. the Toughbook. These new Tablets will allow the WFD to continue moving forward with cutting edge technologies for the fire service aimed at navigation, mapping, CAD dispatching, pre-planning and more.
Members of the WFD attended the second annual Berks County Fire H.O.T. Weekend which was held on September 29th and 30th. Members attended Truck Co. and Engine Co.lectures presented by FDNY 's Ray McCormack, Mike Ciampo and Nate Evans on Saturday. On Sunday, WFD members participated in "Hands-On" evolutions at the Berks County Fire Training Center. Once again, the focus was split on Engine Co. and Truck Co. operations which included specific instruction on each "job assignment" while operating in live fire conditions.The WFD would like to thank On Scene Training Associates and Reading Fire Equipment for organizing this great fire training event!
Monday, October 1, 2012
At 1600 hrs. Engine 79 and Rescue Engine 85 were dispatched to Route 422 west bound at the Papermill Rd. exit for a motor vehicle accident with multiple injuries, multiple vehicles and possible entrapment. Wyomissing and Spring Township firefighters stabilized, treated and packaged three patients who were already outside the vehicles when FD and EMS arrived.Members also controlled fluids and debris and cleared the incident approx. 30 minutes later.
Monday, September 10, 2012
At 2320 hrs. Engine 79 was requested to assist Spring Township Engine 85-1 with a working vehicle fire on Route 222 Southbound between Penn Avenue and Route 724. Wyomissing firefighters opened up the vehicle's engine and passenger compartments and assisted with minor overhaul.Engine 79 cleared the scene approx. 30 minutes later.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tower 79 was dispatched at 0123hrs. when the second alarm was transmitted at a working structural fire at 54 South Wyomissing Avenue in Shillington Borough. WFD members assisted with ventilation and opening up walls and ceilings locating additional pockets of fire.Tower 79 cleared the scene at approx. 0330hrs.
Friday, August 17, 2012
At 1607hrs. Tower 79 assisted Company 85 with a residential kitchen fire at 616 Jefferson Blvd. Chief 85 arrived first on location reporting a chemical fire on the stovetop which had been extinguished. Wyomissing firefighters assisted with ventilating chlorine fumes from the residence while Spring Township firefighters treated two patients with resperatory distress until EMS arrived at the scene.
No extension was found and companies cleared the scene approx. 45 minutes later.
The Borough of Wyomissing and the Wyomissing Fire Department are proud to announce that they have signed a contract with Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC to construct a new Tower Ladder for the WFD. The new rig will be a 95 Ft. Aerialscope II and feature a Marauder II 6 man stainless steel cab and stainless steel body. Other features include a lower deck height, one set of "out riggers", in-ward / out-ward swinging tower bucket doors, shorter overall vehicle length, increased tower bucket capacity, unrestricted water flow from tower bucket, faster set up, increased compartment space and a "Extreme Duty" concept in apparatus design.
Delivery is expected in the Third Quarter of 2013.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
On this night, WFD members drilled on cutting inspection and ventilation holes on a pitched roof while working from the tower bucket using WFD's own roof simulator / training building. Later members also cut the same holes on a flat roof, but had to go up and over a parapet wall using the tower and ground ladders to gain access.
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