Four King of Prussia volunteer firefighters were at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover, DE this weekend attending a two-day High Rise Firefighting Seminar. The seminar is being taught by Deputy Chief James Smith (retired) of the Philadelphia Fire Department. Deputy Chief Smith responded to countless high rise fires during his career in Philadelphia, and the King of Prussia volunteers are soaking in that knowledge and experience. The volunteers will use their new knowledge to enhance existing high rise firefighting procedures and better protect the visitors and residents of King of Prussia.
A group of KPVFC Volunteers traveled to Ocala, Florida to E-One Fire Trucks for final inspection of the new Engine 47-1, a 2016 E-One Typhoon 1500 gpm truck. The members were able to get the truck out in the pump pit and flow water from the apparatus also.
King of Prussia and Swedeland Fire Companies along with UMPD, PSP and Lafayette Ambulance responded to the Schuylkill Expressway at 1:02am on 2-10-17 for a vehicle rescue – One vehicle overturned and came to rest on its driver’s side. The lone occupant of the vehicle was entrapped by the steering column and the damage to the vehicle along with coming to rest on its side.
The Volunteer firefighters from King of Prussia ventured out to the Gulph School on Wednesday night for their weekly drill. They practiced numerous forcible entry techniques, and participated in a SCBA confidence/obstacle course in blacked out conditions while wearing full turnout gear.
Swedeland and Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Companies as well as the Upper Merion Police Dept also used the school for training this week.
The school will soon be replaced with a new elementary school by the Upper Merion Area School District. The use of actual structures enhances emergency responder training by making the training evolutions more realistic.
Thank you to the school district for making the building available for training.
On Monday, January 9, at approximately 8:10pm, the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to the 500 block of W. Beidler Road for a residential building fire. Montgomery County Dispatchers advised responding units that the attached garage was on fire and that there was still someone inside the house. Upper Merion police officers quickly arrived and removed the remaining occupant from the residence before fire units were on-scene. Chief 47 arrived on-scene first and established Beidler Road Command. Squad 47, Quint 31, Engine 47-2, and Tower 47 then arrived and began attacking the fire. Interior crews stretched an 1.75” hoseline to the interior while a 2.5” hoseline knocked down the bulk of the fire in the garage. Additional crews from Engine 32, Quint 27, and Ladder 48 performed vertical ventilation, and Rescue 27 stood by as the rapid intervention team. Lafayette Ambulance (Medic 317) provided on-scene EMS support. Fire spread was mainly limited to the attic area, which required extensive overhaul. Squirt 49 and Quint 39 stood by at Station 47A during the fire.
Significant progress has been made on the build of Engine 47-1 by E-One Fire Trucks. The body was painted and the chevron was added. Next t he pump module was loaded as the chassis was prepped and by midweek this week, two parts of the truck became one! We are excited to take delivery of this truck soon!
Body Painting completed
Chevron added Chassis prepped
Pump module added Body mounted
Engine 47-1 taking shape
Congratulations to the eleven King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company volunteers who completed Incident Safety Officer training and/or certification testing during the months of October – November. The members completed 16 hours of training from the National Fire Academy curriculum that focuses on the fireground duties and responsibilities of a fire department safety officer. Five of the members who met the pre-requisites for national certification also successfully passed their ProBoard certification exams. Congratulations to FF Bacchi, FF Butler, FF Gray, FF Lunger, FF Montero, Lt. Clark, Lt. Durland, Lt. Griffith, Lt. Introcaso, Assist. Chief O’Donnell, and Past Chief Touchton.