Fire prevention week is observed during the Sunday through Saturday period where October 9th falls. This date is chosen in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8th, 1871 and lasted through October 9th. Fire prevention week is used to educate the public about fire safety. This year’s theme is ‘Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!’.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
In light of this year’s theme, first and foremost – HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN! Your escape plan should include two escape routes from each room and a clear path to the outside. In addition, have a meeting point once you get outside.
Your escape plan should be practiced a minimum of two times a year and should be practiced during the day and at night. If there are children in the household, practice more! Make sure they understand what they need to do in the event of a fire!
Make sure your home number is clearly visible from the street so firefighters can find your home.
Educate your children on fire safety and the dangers of handling flammable items.
In the event of a fire, close doors behind you as you escape. This can help prevent the spread of fire, smoke, and heat. If your home is filled with smoke, stay low to the floor and crawl towards the nearest exit. If your exits are blocked by fire, get into a room and close the door. Block the bottom of the door with blankets to help reduce the amount of smoke entering the room. Get to the nearest window and make yourself visible and call out.
Once you get out, STAY OUT! Do not go back into a burning building for pets or valuables!
WHAT WE CAN DO
If you have any questions regarding fire safety and prevention, contact us. We’re here to help!
If you are in need of smoke alarms, we usually have a limited number on hand. Please call us at 570-874-3859 and we will do our best to get them to you.
We take fire safety and prevention seriously. You may have as little as one to two minutes to get to safety after the smoke alarm sounds. Practice your escape plan and know it inside and out!
Right click here and choose Save As to download a printable escape plan.
On Sunday, July 2nd, firefighters from Good Will Hose Company took advantage of a rare opportunity to train on vertical ventilation and roof operations through use of acquired structures.
Firefighters were given permission to utilize two previously fire-damaged buildings in the borough’s downtown that are slated to be razed in the near future.
Topics covered included correct placement of ventilation holes, timing of ventilation, cutting techniques, the multiple saws used in ventilation, trench cutting, building construction, and most importantly, safety.
With safety at the forefront, firefighters ran multiple evolutions in teams of two cutting and clearing ventilation holes and making trench cuts as if it were a real-world application. These evolutions were completed in full turnout gear with SCBA to closely simulate the rigor of the job.
This training session was an excellent lesson in teamwork and practical application while building confidence in ourselves, each other, and our equipment.
Thank you to everyone involved in acquiring these structures for use and great job by everyone who attended!
The Good Will Hose Company and Friendship Fire Company No. 1, Englewood, are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a regional grant in the amount of $177,143 that will allow for the purchase of 30 new air packs.
This grant was awarded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program which provides funding for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel.
The air packs will be divided between the two companies and will be replacing aging equipment.
As always, we thank you for your continued support!
On Saturday, April 22nd, and Saturday, May 6th, members of the Good Will Hose Company participated in the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy’s mobile Flashover Recognition and Survival course.
Flashover is a phenomenon that occurs when exposed combustible contents of an enclosed area, such as a living room, reach their ignition point and near simultaneously ignite. Even though not all combustibles have the same ignition temperature, the heat rises so rapidly that they are all reached during this period of rapid heat buildup. Flashover is responsible for thousands of firefighter deaths and is difficult to predict.
Firefighters caught in a flashover have as little as two seconds to escape after a room has flashed over, rendering survival next to impossible. The course, consisting of two hours of lecture and six hours of lab work, was designed to teach firefighters how to recognize the signs of imminent flashover and, through a live burn inside the simulator, demonstrate both the conditions that lead to this deadly phenomenon and techniques that can be used to control those conditions.
This 8-hour course is the first of its kind offered locally to firefighters. In the past, firefighters would have had to travel to the state fire academy in Lewistown in order to participate in the simulation. The flashover simulator unit is stationed at the Schuylkill County Training Academy in Frackville for seven weeks with classes being held on weekends. Classes hold fourteen students who are then broken up into two groups of seven before entering the simulator for two 30-minute evolutions per group.
The simulator was loaned to the Schuylkill County Training Academy free of charge. The only cost associated with operating the unit is from the wood needed for the live burn, with a portion of that being donated. With classes filling up within hours, including a lengthy wait list, officials are hopeful they’ll be able to bring the simulator back next year.
The video below demonstrates an outside view of part of an evolution inside the simulator.
On Monday, April 17, at approximately 3:30PM, Good Will Hose Company and Minersville Fire-Rescue were dispatched to Interstate 81 northbound at mile-marker 113 for a vehicle accident with injuries. As crews went responding, they were advised that it was a box truck vs. car, over the embankment, with the car into a tree and one victim heavily entrapped.
Minersville Rescue 518 was first on scene and confirmed the heavy entrapment with one male pinned under the dash. Frackville Rescue-Engine 43-10 arrived on scene and established command, promptly requesting Yorkville Rescue 63 out of Pottsville. Crews immediately went to work stabilizing the car and removing the roof to gain access to the victim.
Hammer’s Towing out of Minersville arrived on scene with a heavy wrecker and pulled the box truck away from the car so that crews could continue working toward freeing the victim from the wreckage. After removing both driver’s side doors and B-pillar, crews utilized a combination of hydraulic spreaders and rams to push the driver’s seat back and lift the dash from the victim’s legs. After nearly an hour, crews completed the extrication and the victim was transported by MedEvac 7 to Geisinger Danville with serious injuries. The driver of the box truck was taken to a Pottsville hospital with minor injuries.
Crews wrapped up and cleared the scene at approximately 5:15PM.