Woodlawn was requested Wednesday for Fire Police and Unit 3252 for traffic control at Interstate 78 eastbound and Cedar Crest Boulevard, on the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest property. A tractor-trailer and at least one automobile were involved in the early-morning wreck. Personnel assisted Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company along with others at the scene. ... See moreSee less
Thankfully, nobody was injured at this incident with York Area United Fire and Rescue, but it's an opportunity to discuss a very important issue with our community.
Parking a blocking vehicle is something most fire departments do to protect emergency scenes on streets and highways. Woodlawn frequently operates on dangerous roads, forcing responders to work in a uniquely hazardous environment. Drivers easily can be distracted by the unexpected action or dazzled by all the flashing lights, so we park a vehicle ahead of a scene for protection. At Woodlawn, we typically use large, heavy units such as Tanker 3221 or Spill 3291: they are easy to see and difficult to displace if struck. A damaged vehicle is always more affordable than an injured or killed firefighter or first responder.
As a driver, it's always your responsibility to maintain control of your vehicle; Pennsylvania's "Move Over Law" also requires you to take extra precautions when approaching emergency or construction vehicles by slowing down and moving to the far lane of a roadway, if possible. Woodlawn's Fire Police respond to most incidents as well to provide live traffic control, in both private vehicles (identified with flashing lights) and Unit 3252.We would like to thank everyone for the kind comments and well-wishes regarding yesterday’s near miss on interstate I83. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of people offering kind words and encouragement, and we request that those sharing and commenting continue to do so in a constructive manner. Yesterday’s post has reached over 820,000 people in just 24 hours! We would also like to use this as an opportunity to share Pennsylvania’s “Move Over” law, as some people are not aware of what it entails. We have included a link below for reference, but in summary it is the LAW that you move over at least one lane when you encounter emergency vehicles. This includes police, fire, EMS, tow trucks or other vehicles involved in an incident. If you are unable to move over safely, you are required to slow down (which is ALWAYS a good idea in the area of an emergency incident). We ask that you take a moment to review this law, and share this post with the hopes that we can help avoid another accident and potentially save a life on the roadway!
Thanks to a break in the heat, Monday night's drill was a refresher on hose deployment and management, along with water supply, at one of the retention swails in the Country Crossings neighborhood. One of the 200-foot preconnected 1.75" attack lines was deployed from Tanker 3221, followed by 200 feet of 3" leader line (a medium-diameter supply line used to boost attack lines farther from the pumper) to advance 150 feet of the attack line down into the surprisingly dry retention pit. The drill demonstrated hose pressure changes and advancement for newer firefighters. Several children on the nearby playground enjoyed watching the exercise....and we might have recruited some future firefighters. ... See moreSee less
Remember playing Jenga? Tonight's training super-sized the game and added a wrinkle: members pulled their pieces with the Holmatro combination cutter-spreader rescue tools carried on the engine and tanker. Several rows of 18" 4x4 blocks were stacked, gently removed and added to the top of the tower, which ended up over six feet high. The widely used rescue drill tested tool agility and skill, along with a little luck. The tower eventually came down in a controlled collapse after a piece being removed began to twist the entire upper half of the tower...safety has to come before dramatics. The blocks, meanwhile, will be used for safety cribbing, which is built beneath damaged vehicles to stabilize them during an auto extrication. ... See moreSee less
This afternoon, Woodlawn was dispatched to 33rd and Winchester streets for a reported vehicle fire. Tanker 3221 arrived and deployed the front bumper line to extinguish the fire. Crews remained on at the scene with FM50 while he conducted his investigation, clearing after about half an hour. ... See moreSee less
It's difficult to find words that accurately and completely do justice to the humble commitment of Acting Chief Barry Search. In addition to his dedication to Woodlawn, Search has been a widely recognized icon in the Parkland School District for many years as both a teacher and a coach. Now, he has been recognized by The Morning Call as their 2019 Coach of the Year, his second such honor. We're thrilled to have him on the fire team, and congratulate him for a fantastic season and a job well done! ... See moreSee less
We're headed into the summer heat, so be sure to take precautions to stay cool and healthy!Just some friendly reminders from your favorite paramedics about the upcoming warm weather. Stay hydrated! ... See moreSee less
This afternoon, Woodlawn was dispatched to the 1400 block of Shelburne Court for a outside fire. FM 50 arrived on the scene confirming a recycling can fire. Tanker 3221 deployed the bumper line to extinguish the fire. Crews cleared shortly after. ... See moreSee less
Woodlawn recently purchased several pieces of vehicle and specialized rescue equipment, so Monday night's training was an opportunity for the team to get some hands-on time. Two automobile stabilization struts by a brand called Junkyard Dogs have been mounted on Tanker 3221 for us to support the township rescue company. Several different portable saws will be stored on Spill 3291; use of these devices was introduced by a program called Man Vs. Machine, which considers unusual patient rescue scenarios such as impalements, entanglement in small machinery and other complicated extrications. Funding for the equipment was in a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Assistant Chief Kish, Lieutenant Sommers, Lieutenant Decker and Engineer Schlier led two drills at the South Whitehall Auto Salvage, focused mostly on automobile stabilization and patient extrication. Thanks to Specialist Savkova and Firefighter Smith for the photos. ... See moreSee less