An SUV traveling Eastbound on Interstate 80 ran off the road and rolled over, landing on its side. Four adults and one child were entrapped in the vehicle which caught on fire. A PennDOT crew along with a truck driver came across the crash and extinguished the fire with multiple fire extinguishers and then were able to use a sledge hammer to break out the windshield, freeing the trapped motorists. Ambulance, Rescue and Engine 17 arrived as the last patient was being removed from the vehicle. Lake Harmony Ambulance and Lehighton Ambulance transported all 5 to an area hospital. The vehicle was secured and units were on scene for around an hour.
Fire districts 16 and 17, along with Lake Harmony Rescue Squad and Lehighton ALS were dispatched to an injured hiker on the boulder field trail. Rescue 17 and 1771 with the UTV responded from station 17. The UTV crew located the patient and packaged them for transport out to the awaiting ambulance. Crews were on scene for around an hour.
Tunkhannock Twp. Fire Company, Station 42, was dispatched to a dwelling fire in the Briar Woods development around 2:45 am this morning. Engine 42 arrived to a well off dwelling fire and stretched two lines. Lake Harmony was then added for our Tanker and Engine. Both trucks responded simultaneously with full crews. Once on scene the tanker was put in the tanker shuttle, where it dumped several loads of water into the porta tank set up in front of Engine 42. Engine 17’s crew went to work manning several handlines and helping with ventilation efforts. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews assisted with overhaul. District 17 units were on scene for over 3 hours.
Stations 17, 16, and Lake Harmony Ambulance were dispatched to a tractor trailer crash on Interstate 80 at the 280.0 East mile marker at 03:40 AM this morning. The tractor trailer was reported to have rolled on its side and possibly on fire. Engine 17 and Rescue 17 arrived together to find two tractor trailers with one on fire. Two lines were stretched from the engine and the 1″ foam line was deployed from the rescue truck. Traffic was controlled using the LED sign board and LED flares. 1651,1632, and Tanker 17 supplied Engine 17. Monroe County station 42 was called to relieve our members with overhaul. The metal cutting circular saw and sawzall were used to open the roof of the trailer to fight the fire. Fire police from districts 17, 12, 19 and 22 were on scene and eventually closed the roadway until the recovery company could clear the highway. The truck was hauling oranges from California. The driver self extricated and was transported to a local hospital by Lake Harmony Ambulance. Fire units were on scene for over 3 hours.
Fire districts 17, 16, 22 and Lake Harmony Ambulance were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire at 8 Pinchot Trail off of State Route 940 Friday morning. A PPL electric crew stopped to investigate smoke coming from the dwelling and called in the fire to Carbon County Communications. The electric crew checked the dwelling for occupants, and after finding no one home disconnected the power to the structure. Ladder 17 was first on scene and stretched two hand lines. White Haven and Freeland Fire Companies were added to the response for manpower. White Haven’s engine and 16’s tanker set up a porta pond and supplied Ladder 17. Penn Forest’s crew took side “C” of the dwelling. A third line was then stretched from Ladder 17. Crews from Freeland opened the roof and helped with overhaul. No injuries were reported, and crews were on scene for around 3 hours.
At the annual fire company banquet held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, Firefighter Dominick Pinamonti was awarded the firefighter of the year trophy. Dominick has been with the company for only a short time, but has made a major impact on the operation of the company. He is a retired automotive mechanic, which has been very helpful in maintaining and repairing the fire apparatus in the station. He has also taken on the demanding position of fire company treasurer, where he has made major improvements to the day to day operation of the financial side of the fire company. Congratulations Dominick!
Lake Harmony, Albrightsville, and Lake Harmony Ambulance were dispatched to a report of a tractor trailer rollover with entrapment on Interstate 80 near the 275 West bound mile marker early on Christmas Eve. Lake Harmony Ambulance arrived on scene first to find a male pinned in the cab of a tractor trailer that was on its side off of the roadway. Engine 1653 and Engine 17’s crews cut the windshield of the tractor. Deputy 17 was then able to make entry into the cab and cut the steering wheel to start to free the victim. Once the steering wheel was removed, the seat base needed to be carefully displaced due to the victims location using the spreaders. Once the seat base was moved, the victim was extricated from the truck. Extrication was complete within 15 minutes.
Companies were dispatched a report of a man trapped under a vehicle on Red Oak Road in the Split Rock section of Lake Harmony. Ladder and Engine 17 arrived to find a man with his hand trapped between the front tire and the wheel well. He was in the process of changing the tire when the jack slipped and caused the tire to pivot sideways, pinning his hand between the tire and wheel well. Crews used a floor jack to lift the truck up, freeing the tire and the victims hand. The extrication was complete within 5 minutes. The victim was then turned over to EMS.
Districts 17, 16 and Lake Harmony Ambulance were dispatched to a reported two vehicle crash with entrapment on the off ramp of Interstate 80 at the Lake Harmony exit. Chief 1602 arrived on scene and confirmed entrapment. Engine 17 arrived and placed the battery powered cutter and combi tool in service and made quick work of the driver side door. They then needed to use the tool to push the base of the seat back to free the victims foot. The tractor trailer’s saddle tank was ruptured and a dyke was set up to contain the leaking diesel fuel. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Crews were on scene for just over an hour.
Our 1994 Mack/Swab walk in rescue truck was sold to Ramey Fire Company in Clearfield County, PA. The truck was purchased from the Fort Washington Fire Company in Montgomery County, PA in 2011 and was painted white over red by Micro Fire Apparatus in Allentown. The truck left Lake Harmony today for the 3 hour drive to its new home in central Pennsylvania. Lake Harmony wishes the best to the Ramey Fire Company, and we will surely miss this beautiful piece of fire apparatus that served us well for the past 8 years.
Our new 2019 Rescue 1 Combination Heavy Rescue is scheduled to arrive in mid December, and should be in service in early January 2020.
A chimney fire was reported in Holiday Pocono in fire district 16 on Thanksgiving evening. Fire districts 16,17, 22, LH Ambulance and a RIT team from Monroe County were dispatched. Chief Berger held district 22 and the RIT team in station. Engine 1651 arrived and set up in the driveway. Ladder 17 arrived right behind them and their crew was ordered to advance a handline inside the structure. The fire was inside the walls and in the roof area of the chimney. District 22 was then ordered to respond to the call. Once on scene, their crew started to open up the roof near the chimney. Tanker 1632 supplied the engine, and was then replaced with Tanker 1631. Crews were on scene for 2 hours. No injuries were reported.
An accident with fire was reported on the PA Turnpike at mile marker 90.3 North bound. Engine 1651 arrived on scene first and pulled a handline. Engine 17 pulled in behind them and pulled a second line and started to extinguish the fully involved vehicle fire. Engine 16’s line was then charged and assisted with extinguishment on the far side of the vehicle. No injuries were reported, and crews were on scene for around an hour.
Companies were dispatched to a reported high angle rescue at the Francis Walter Dam on Sunday afternoon. Reports were of a man stuck on a cliff near the water. Updates then reported him in the water. Chief 1701 added Lehighton Dive team to the call. Rescue 17 responded with the ATV, and the boat was also towed with a POV. Once on location, rescue 17 split its crew with one group taking rope and rigging equipment on foot, while the other group launched the boat. The boat crew located the victim on the side of a steep rocky cliff about 70 feet up from the water line. They were able to talk the victim down and get him into the boat to complete the rescue. No injuries were reported, and crews were in service for around one hour.
Carbon County Communications along with EMA1 assembled a task force from Carbon County to respond to the structure fire at the Pocono Manor Hotel in Monroe County. Ladder 17 was set to deploy to the fire scene at midnight on Friday night. At 9:36 PM, units were dispatched to respond early, due to deteriorating conditions. Upon arrival Ladder 17 was assigned to the D “Delta” side of the structure. Deputy 1702 was then assigned command of the “Delta” side of the building. The ladder was set up to flow water over the main building to contain an active fire on the “C” side of the structure. The water supply was then interrupted due to apparatus being switched out. The incident commander was then changed, and all units were replaced with fresh companies. The fire burnt for 24 hours before it was fully contained.