Training isn’t just about advanced techniques and new equipment; sometimes the fundamentals need attention, especially for younger or newer volunteers. This week’s training at Woodlawn featured a review of various handheld fire extinguishers and the unique characteristics of each suppression agent, followed by basic deployment and repacking drills for cross-lay and bumper hose lines.
Are you curious about what’s involved in being a firefighter? It’s not just putting water on fires anymore, the fire service is a diverse problem-solving and emergency response field with many specialties and cross-training opportunities. Stop in at Woodlawn any Monday night at 7pm to watch our training and talk to our members. You can also contact us via DM on Facebook for more information! ... See moreSee less
Woodlawn volunteers responded to 63 calls for service in July 2020, bringing the year to date (as of 31 July) total to 331. Members responded to and additional 30 calls for service during Hurricane Isaias including water rescues, road closures and basement pump outs. Thank you for your continued support! ... See moreSee less
Woodlawn was recently contacted by Weis Markets at Crest Plaza Shopping Center about a contribution of bottled water and Gatorade from their “Hydration Station” program. Members received an extremely generous two pallets of beverages for our volunteers to drink while we’re on emergency scenes and at training. Dehydration is especially dangerous for our volunteers during these summer months, and we’ve placed several cases on trucks and in storage; we also were able to share much of the donation with Greenawalds Fire/Rescue 11. Thank you to Weis Markets and all the shoppers who helped make this remarkable donation! ... See moreSee less
For all anyone in our communities affected by Tropical Storm Isaias and in need of clean up supplies, see the press release below:
Red Cross Mobilized Across Multiple Counties
(ALLENTOWN) – The American Red Cross is mobilized across multiple counties to assist those impacted by the severe weather and flooding brought to the area by Tropical Storm Isaias.
Red Cross teams are currently providing disaster support throughout Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Carbon, Monroe, and Pike Counties and actively collaborating with local emergency management officials of each municipality to provide immediate support for displaced families, provide disaster assessments, identify local community need, coordinate distribution of clean up kits for residents affected by flooding, and support communities through recovery. Flooding continues to be a problem for many in the path of Tropical Storm Isaias and we will be distributing clean up kits to residents at the following locations:
o Thursday, August 6, 2020 3pm - 5pm Allentown (Lehigh County) in partnership with Lehigh EMA, at Cetronia Ambulance Corps, 4300 Broadway, Allentown, PA 18104 *map attached*
o Thursday, August 6, 2020 3pm - 5pm Bethlehem, Northampton County, Bethlehem Community Center 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020
Anyone impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias and in need of Red Cross assistance should call 1-800-422-7677. About the American Red Cross: All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided free of charge and is made possible by the voluntary donations of time and money from caring individuals and, in part, by contributions given through the United Way. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more. ... See moreSee less
This week’s regular Monday night training was an in-service on the portable pumps and electric generators available at Woodlawn. The three emergency pumps are used to draft water from a flooded area, such as a basement, when there is a danger of chemical contamination (such as home heating oil) or to electrical utilities. Officers discussed township operational procedures with the members for large weather events, such as what is being prepared for the remnants of Hurricane Isaias.
Some principles of drafting also were discussed, including the whirlpool effect formed when a hard suction hose is in a deep pool of water that can draw air into the line and disrupt the water-only intake; a partially deflated athletic ball typically is dropped into the water source, which is drawn into the whirlpool and blocks the air.
This drill was scheduled several weeks ago and coincidentally falls the night before this week’s forecasted major rain event. The electric generators were run and checked out ahead of the storm as well.
Meanwhile, several members staffed Cascade 3292 (as Allentown Air 1) supporting the Allentown Fire Academy for the first of two days comprising their program-ending “Real World Operations” class. The Cascade is the scene-response unit Woodlawn operates at large fires to the City of Allentown (as Air 1) and throughout the region (as 3292) to refill the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) cylinders firefighters use in smoky or toxic environments. ... See moreSee less