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
Over the course of the last year, the company began the replacement process to replace Engine 47-1. The Officer’s and membership of the company are excited to announce that we will be accepting delivery of a 2016 E-One Typhone 1500gpm Engine. Recently, we received the first photos from the build. We are looking forward to taking delivery of our new Engine in early 2017. Stay tuned for more production photos!
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.
At 0408 hours on Saturday, May 7th, members were alerted for a stand-by assignment at Station 27D (Fairmount Engine Company) while Norristown (Station 27) and neighboring companies were operating at a working building fire with entrapment in the unit block of Dekalb Street. While enroute, the 2nd alarm was sounds and the Squad was diverted to the scene. Members were assigned and assisted with fire extinguishment, ventilation and overhaul. The crew operated for about 3 hours before returning home. Despite heroic attempts by first in units, the fire claimed the lives of four occupants and injured several more.
About two hours from being released from the 2nd alarm fire in Norristown, Station 47 and surrounding companies were alerted for another building fire, this time in the unit block of Patriot Road in the Valley Forge Homes section of our first due. In addition to Station 47, Engine 31 (Bridgeport Fire Company), Engine 32 (Goodwill Fire Company), Ladder 48 (Swedeland Fire Company), Squirt 49 (Swedesburg Fire Company), Delco Quint 15 (Radnor Fire Company), Ladder 6 (Flourtown Fire Company) and Ladder 27 (Norristown Fire Department) would respond on the run. Engine 47-1 arrived on location with heavy smoke showing, secured an initial water supply and stretched an 1 3/4″ attack line to the front door. Chief 47 arrived on location shortly thereafter and assumed Patriot Road command, ordering Squad 47 to go in service as the truck company, ventilating and opening interior ceilings and walls. Other units responding reported to the manpower pool and assisted with primary and secondary searches, extinguishing hotspots, salvage and overhaul. Units remained on location until just before noon.
The afternoon proved to be just as busy with the company responding to three additional calls for service including a cooking fire, an electrical fire and an overheated motor.
The officers and members of the company would like to extend our deepest condolences to family and friends of the victims who tragically lost their lives in incident in Norristown.
Lt. Alex Clark, Joe Flint and Gabrielle Rosanova attended the MCCC Public Safety Career Day promoting the KPVFC Live-In Program. Student firefighters can live at the fire station while attending classes, not only at Montgomery Count Community College, but while attending any of the 134 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.
The most recent Montgomery County Police Academy Act 120 class graduated on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016. Class 1504 featured two members from King of Prussia Fire. First, is Engine Company Lieutenant Alex Clark who is starting his career with the local Upper Merion Police department. Next, is firefighter Bianca DeLuca who will be starting her career with the Whitpain Township Police Department. The officers and firefighters of King of Prussia fire wish both Officer Clark and Officer DeLuca long, successful, and safe watch.
With winter storm Jonas quickly approaching and threatening significant snowfall, please take the time to adopt a fire hydrant on or near your property. Be sure to shovel at least 3ft around the hydrant so that we will be able to access it easily if needed. We will have crews ready to respond quickly to any emergency, so please help us, help you!
On Thursday, January 21st Channel 6 WPVI hosted its 24th annual Operation Save a Life campaign at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. This is a campaign sponsored by the Home Depot and Kidde Fire Protection to promote fire prevention by handing out free smoke detectors to area fire departments for people who are in need.
KPVFC along with over 200 other fire departments in the Delaware Valley were invited to participate in this year’s event. KPVFC was represented by Lieutenant Matthew Introcaso who traveled to the Philadelphia Fire Academy to pick up the free smoke detectors and participate in the press event where he was able to meet the Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.
Please feel free to stop down at our main station on 170 Allendale Rd if you’re interested in receiving a free smoke detector. We will also be doing free home installation as well! Please call and we will provide more information.
Right as the NFL Divisional Playoffs were kicking off, Station 47 was alerted to respond to a vehicle fire at the entrance to the King of Prussia Mall near Nordstrom and Seasons 52. Engine 47-2 (Asst. Chief M. Gallagher) arrived on location to find a two vehicle accident with one vehicle on fire. Crews began extinguishing the engine compartment blaze while Squad 47 (Asst. Chief A. Molchany) and Engine 47-1 (FF A. Gray) arrived and began overhaul operations and securing hazards on both vehicles. The fire was knocked down quickly and all units returned to service within 30 minutes.