Woodlawn joins with Greenawalds Fire/Rescue 11 mourning the recent loss of their former chief and longtime member Richard Frantz.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2019
PASSING OF LIFE MEMBER AND PAST CHIEF RICHARD FRANTZ
SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, PA – It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts, that the Greenawalds Fire Department announces the passing of Life Member and Past Chief Richard “Richie” Frantz. Joining the department on November 11, 1952, Richie remained a member (most of these years active) for the next 66 years. Richie passed away on April 19, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Serving as Chief of Department from 1990 through 1993, and holding many other positions in the department, Richie lived a life of service to his community. Among his innumerable contributions to the Fire Department, he was instrumental in the formation of the South Whitehall Township Rescue program, the Lehigh County Hazardous Material team, and was always on the cutting edge of fire service education and tactics.
Richie was predeceased by his wife, Nancy. He is survived by his son, South Whitehall Township Fire Marshal John Frantz and his wife Kristie; grandchildren Daniel, Sarah, and Asa; and many friends. Funeral arrangements are pending, and services for Chief Frantz will be announced as they become available.
In lieu of flowers, Richie has asked for contributions to be made to his beloved Greenawalds Fire Department.
Woodlawn volunteers were called during the Tuesday evening rush for the rescue assignment on Route 22 eastbound between the 15th Street ramps. First arriving chiefs reported a deer through the windshield of a vehicle, negative rescue but one patient for evaluation. The assignment was held to Woodlawn for Tanker 3221 to assist with EMS and traffic control. PA State Police and Cetronia Ambulance Corps also responded. ... See moreSee less
With several Woodlawn volunteers, along with members from Greenawalds and Cetronia, attending the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind., this week's regular Monday night drill was an opportunity for junior and probationary members to familiarize with ground ladders. Captain Mariner, Chief Engineer Schlier and Specialist Gleason led drills on raising and lowering ladders, along with safe climbing and operating procedures. Thanks to Emmaus Fire Department for allowing us to train at the tower! ... See moreSee less
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Remember to steer clear of emergency vehicles! Our volunteers sometimes have to operate on dangerous roads and highways, and your cooperation is critical to keeping them safe. When you see any emergency vehicle, tow truck or road/utility crews, state law requires you slow down and pull into the far lane (when applicable); you must also follow any directions from Fire Police personnel. We apologise for the inconvenience and traffic, but we can't do our job without your help!Have you ever wondered why fire trucks park almost sideways at traffic accidents, and possibly frustrated when a roadway or highway is shut down during the incident? The reasons behind that technique are to not only move traffic into an open lane, but most importantly block traffic from potentially crashing into an accident scene. We block the lane or lanes to create a safe working area for first responders when tending to a patient or cleaning up the roadway so it is safe for others after the accident. The first picture from Plano Texas is the technique we use to block traffic. The second and third picture are from Irving Texas just a few days ago where the fire truck shielded multiple first responders from a potentially bad situation. ... See moreSee less
Woodlawn volunteers assisted with the Parkland High School "Science of Firefighting" class Monday afternoon. Students learned about the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that firefighters wear into fires, as well other oxygen-deficient or toxic environments. Contrary to popular belief, the cylinders contain normal atmospheric air rather than simply oxygen; not only do fires feed on oxygen, but excessive oxygen can actually be harmful to a person. The lesson included discussion of a modern SCBA's components, the process of safely putting on ("donning") and taking off ("doffing") the pack, routine inspection and describing the various safety and rescue features.
Woodlawn members facilitate several sessions of the semester-long class each spring with equipment and personnel. The curriculum was first designed by Assistant Chief Barry Search while he was a teacher at Parkland; he has since retired but assists current instructor Eric Gopen, a volunteer firefighter with Lower Macungie Fire Department and science teacher at Parkland. ... See moreSee less
Monday night's weekly training at Woodlawn featured Medical Specialist Savkova leading an orientation on assessment and packaging of trauma patients, specifically at motor vehicle collisions. Our volunteers routinely respond on these types of incidents, especially along busy stretches including U.S. Route 22, North Cedar Crest Boulevard, Mauch Chunk Road and Pa. Route 309, among others. Many of our members have emergency medical training, but non-medical firefighters are still involved in assisting with securing and moving sick and injured patients to the ambulances. After a PowerPoint introduction to assessment and spinal immobilization, members practiced typical removal of a victim from a vehicle. Thank you for your continued support! ... See moreSee less
Search and rescue was tonight's training at Woodlawn. Specialist Sommers and Lieutenant Sommers set up several rolled hoselines, representing various search locations, and metal wrenches on only a few, to represent victims and to evaluate fine dexterity with the bulky structural gloves. The drill was made more difficult for our volunteers by wearing their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with the fire-resistant hood covering the facepiece to simulate the blinding and disorienting conditions inside a smoke-dried structure. Additionally, it was an opportunity to practice air management on the limited-supply cylinders we use while performing tasks. ... See moreSee less
UPDATE THURSDAY 1230pm: Phones at Woodlawn are working again.
Attention residents near Woodlawn: Our station telephone is out of service at this time. For an emergency, dial 911 as always...for a non-emergency request, call the Lehigh County Communications Center at 610-437-5252 and the appropriate resources will be dispatched. We're sorry for the inconvenience! ... See moreSee less
...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6PM EST MONDAY
* WINDS...West 25 to 35 mph with 55 to 60 mph gusts.
* TIMING...A surge of winds just behind the passage of a strong cold front late this afternoon will result in 45 to 55 mph gusts. Otherwise, winds during the overnight will generally gust 35 to 45 mph. Starting Monday morning, strong winds gusting 55 to 60 mph will affect the area.
* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The ground is quite saturated, and additional heavy rainfall this morning will add to this. It will not take much wind to result in downed trees and power lines.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. ... See moreSee less