Training: Ventilation and Roof Operations

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!

 

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Cheesesteak Sale

The Good Will Hose Company will be hosting its monthly cheesesteak sale this Thursday, May 18th from 3PM to sellout.

Each dinner is $9 and comes with fries and a drink (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, or water). The following toppings are available:

American cheese
Provolone cheese
Raw onions
Fried onions
Sweet peppers
Mushrooms
Banana peppers
Hot peppers
Sauce
Cheese Whiz

To place an order, call 570-874-3859.

As a reminder, we will not be having a cheesesteak sale in June.

Thank you for your support!

Good Will, Friendship Fire Companies Awarded FEMA Grant

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!

Training: Firefighters Utilize Flashover Simulator

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.

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Cheesesteak Sale

The Good Will Hose Company will be hosting its monthly cheesesteak sale this Thursday, April 20th from 3PM to sellout.

Each dinner is $9 and comes with fries and a drink (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, or water). The following toppings are available:

American cheese
Provolone cheese
Raw onions
Fried onions
Sweet peppers
Mushrooms
Banana peppers
Hot peppers
Sauce
Cheese Whiz

To place an order, call 570-874-3859. Thank you for your support!

Crews Work Two-Vehicle MVA with Heavy Entrapment on I-81

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.

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Good Will, Red Cross Join Forces To Promote Safety

 

Today, the Good Will Hose Company teamed up with the American Red Cross Tri-County Chapter and Mountain View Restoration to install a total of 108 smoke alarms in 36 homes in Frackville at no cost to the residents.

The smoke alarms installed have a lithium battery with a ten-year lifespan from the date it is activated and they do not require bi-annual battery replacement like traditional smoke alarms. Once the alarm reaches end of life, it needs to be replaced with a new unit.

In addition to the smoke alarm installation, the firefighters and members of the American Red Cross educated homeowners on fire safety, escape plans, and multi-disaster preparedness.

With this program being a success, the American Red Cross is looking at doing it again in Frackville at a later date. Information will be provided here and on our Facebook page as it becomes available. In the meantime, we do have a limited number of smoke alarms available at no cost. If you are in need, please call 570-874-3859, message us on our Facebook page, or see any of our members and we will make sure that you get one.

Today’s fires burn hotter and faster. When seconds matter, a functioning smoke alarm can mean the difference between life and death. Please remember to test your smoke alarms often and if yours have 9-volt batteries, replace the batteries twice per year. If you have an older smoke alarm, please consider replacing it with a new, ten-year unit. We also highly recommend developing an escape plan and practice it often – especially if you have children.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the American Red Cross for providing the smoke alarms, tools, manpower, educational materials, and for introducing this program, Mountain View Restoration for providing manpower and lunch, and all of the residents who participated in the program! If you missed out on this one, we hope to see you at the next one!

Thank you for your continued support!

Good Will Hose Company Sells Hahn

After 15 years of service, our 1987 Hahn has found a new home.

The Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Company entered into an agreement with the Good Will Hose Company to purchase the 1987 Hahn to add to their fleet of fire apparatus.

A representative from their company arrived today to complete all necessary paperwork and take delivery of the truck.

We wish them all the best with their new addition and hope it serves them well in their future endeavors.

 

43-15 Leaves The Station For The Final Time:

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