Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The day started for the volunteer firefighters from King of Prussia around 8am by responding to Vandenburg Road for a commercial fire alarm activation. The pagers were quiet until mid afternoon, about 2pm, when the Tower Ladder was dispatched on the “working fire” assignment to assist Swedesburg Fire Company (Station 49). Units were operating in the King Manor section of Upper Merion Township at an apartment fire with entrapment. Former KPVFC member Joe Burkurt and current member Bill Metzler, who work in the township public works department, were just blocks away and responded directly to the scene. Unable to make access to the fire apartment due to smoke conditions, they both quickly sized up the porch roof that allowed access to the rear bedroom that the occupant was trapped in. Joe and Bill were able to ascend to the roof, without a ladder or protective gear, and kicked out the window they believed led to the occupant. To their delight the occupant was still conscious and they gained her attention by yelling through the smoke. After Joe and Bill kicked over a dresser blocking the window, the occupant managed to make it to the window. They quickly lifted her out of the window to the exterior of the building and free from further danger. The victim was treated by Lafayette EMS for smoke inhalation and was visibly shaken up, but otherwise okay. The four person crew from station 47 assisted with overhaul before being released a short time later. The day ended with two additional fire alarm activations, at 3pm and 7pm, at commercial occupancies in our response district. Congratulations goes to Joe and Bill on a successful rescue!