Fire Districts 16 & 17 along with Lake Harmony Ambulance were dispatched to assist park rangers with a high angle rope rescue in a remote part of Hawk Falls along Mud Run. Fire District 12 was then added to the response. Rescue 17 along with the ATV arrived behind Engine 1651 and loaded rope and rigging equipment into the ATV and started down the trail as far as possible. Everything was then transferred to the stokes basket and the crew continued on foot for another mile along a treacherous trail on the side of the creek. The first crews from District 16 set up rope to gain access to the patients. The second crew from District 17 established a secondary line from a higher anchor point, and eventually started to rig a 3-1 mechanical advantage when it became apparent the victims would not be capable of scaling the incline themselfs. It was then determined that it would be safer to have the victims (who were unhurt) walk out through the creek with the assistance of rescue personnel. Units were on scene for on scene for 2 and a half hours.
Companies were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire on Meckes Lane off of Route 940 early this morning. Engine 17 arrived to find smoke showing and heavy fire in the basement of the dwelling. Two hand lines were placed in service and the fire was contained to the area of origin in the basement. Assisting Lake Harmony were Albrightsville, White Haven, Tunkannock, and Penn Forrest #2. Units were called back to the dwelling around 9 AM to assist the State Police Fire Marshall.
Penn Forrest Township Fire Company was dispatched to a dwelling fire on Old Stage Road. Within several minutes, there were reports of heavy fire showing and stations 16 and 17 were added to the response. Ladder 17 and Tanker 17 responded to the call from Lake Harmony. Engine 1210 was first on scene and set up in the driveway. Ladder 17 was able to put the truck on the front lawn and place the ladder pipe in service. The ladder was initially supplied by Penn Forrest #2’s Tanker, Tanker 17, and Tunkannock Station 42’s Tanker. Once we emptied all three tankers, and secondary supply line was obtained from Engine 1210, which was being feed from a porta tank through a 5″ supply line. Units were on scene for around 4 hours. Thanks to Penn 2’s Tanker for help getting the ladder truck back on solid ground!
A single vehicle left the roadway on Moseywood Road and hit a tree head on, then wedged itself between a second tree. Upon arrival of a Lake Harmony Fire Company EMT and the Ambulance, they discovered that the patient was unresponsive, and began CPR. Unfortunately, the patient did not survive.
Tunkannock Twp. Fire Company, Monroe Co. Station 42, requested Ladder 17 and Tanker 17 to respond on a restaurant fire on Route 115 just north of Route 903. The ladder was instructed to set up the main to the rear of the structure and prepare for ladder pipe operations. Tanker 17 would be the initial water supply. The interior crews did a great job, and the ladder pipe was not needed. Lake Harmony units were on scene for 2 hours assisting the interior crews.
Stations 16 & 17 were dispatched to the PA Turnpike for a reported rollover crash in the northbound lanes. While enroute to the call, the county said they were now receiving reports that the vehicle was on fire. Engine 16 arrived to find the vehicle well involved in fire, with the single victim ejected out of the vehicle. Rescue 17 arrived to assist with extinguishment. The spreaders were used to take the door for access to the interior of the vehicle.
A single vehicle traveling on Moseywood Road lost control and struck a utility pole, shearing it in two. The driver was self extricated and refused medical treatment. Rescue 17’s crew assisted the tow truck operator by removing the remnants of the pole to allow him to remove the vehicle.
Lake Harmony Fire Company practiced using the aerial device to lift a patient off of a roof of a commercial building using the stokes basket. The basket was rigged several different ways, one utilizing our MPD and a 3-1 “Z” rig. Patient tie-in and use of the spider rig were also emphasized during the in house training.
Lake Harmony’s Tanker was requested by Penn Forest #2 to assist at a working dwelling fire around 2 AM. The tanker ended up standing by at the scene, while the crew assisted with fire suppression. The Tanker was on scene for just over an hour.
Lake Harmony hosted an Ice Rescue Class provided by Safety & Survival Training on Friday night January 12, Saturday, and Sunday. Students had the opportunity to become certified in Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician by the end of the weekend. The weather did cooperate for the class in terms of ice being on the lake, however, the temperatures were hovering around zero degrees with wind chills below zero!
District 17 along with Lake Harmony Ambulance were dispatched to a crash on Route 940 in front of the Holiday Inn Hotel. All victims were self extricated, but additional ambulances were called to the scene to help transport patients to local hospitals.
Districts 17 & 16 were dispatched to a reported tractor trailer crash on the turnpike. The truck had overturned and was laying on its side. Units were advised that the drivers leg was pinned under the cab and that he was bleeding heavily. Rescue 17 set up lifting bags, while district 16’s crew removed the windshield. The driver was quickly extricated from the rig.
Fire districts 17, 16 & 12 were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Comfort Inn on Route 940 Saturday night. Ladder 17 arrived on scene with a smoke condition on the 6th floor. A window HVAC unit had caught on fire and filled the 6th floor with smoke. Crews took out the window in the fire room as well as the window at the end of the hallway in order to ventilate the hotel. Guests at the hotel knocked down the fire using a fire extinguisher before fire units arrived.
Rescue 17 was called to assist White Haven Fire Company at a tractor trailer crash with a fuel leak just after midnight at the Bandit Truck Stop off of Interstate 80 in East Side Borough. Rescue 17 provided lighting and additional booms and pads. The Rescue Truck was on scene for 4 hours.
Lake Harmony was called to assist Penn Forest Township on a working dwelling fire on Towamensing Drive in the Towamenshing Trails development. The request was for tankers first. Tanker 1731 arrived on scene quickly and pulled a 3″ supply line to Engine 1210, who was set up right in front of the dwelling with several hand lines being placed in service. Additional tankers then fed Tanker 17 as we continued to feed the first attack engine. Rescue 17 made its way through the backlog of tankers to set up a fill site near the tanker to fill SCBA bottles. Lake Harmony units were on scene for 4 1/2 hours.