Stew's Tire Center, Inc. is one of many community businesses Woodlawn partners with to keep us in service and help us at an emergency scene. We're grateful to hear they could give our friends at Lower Macungie Fire Department a hand!Our 1989 utility pickup truck broke down tonight while out on a preplanned event. We called Stew’s Tire Center in North Whitehall to come tow it, which they did.
I went to pay them for the tow and he refused payment saying it was on them.
Thanks Stew's Tire Center, for the donation of your time and equipment. - ... See moreSee less
Drivers throughout South Whitehall Township and beyond should take notice to this important traffic announcement. Woodlawn Fire Police, along with many other agencies, will be out supporting traffic patterns for the duration of the closure, but make yourself familiar with detours and plan accordingly! ... See moreSee less
Another important public safety service Woodlawn supports is Fire Police. These members are sworn Pennsylvania Special Fire Police Officers under South Whitehall Township Police Department to provide scene safety and protection, along with traffic control at major incidents and detours. Woodlawn has nearly a dozen members on its Fire Police unit and, earlier this year, repurposed the retired cascade truck into FP 3252 (pictured) with extra equipment and lighting. These members often are in some of the most dangerous environments we encounter: standing in traffic on a busy road, regardless of weather or time day, sometimes for many hours. Please help us keep them safe by paying attention to changing traffic patterns and temporary detours. ... See moreSee less
Tonight for drill, members from Greenawalds Fire/Rescue and Woodlawn Fire Department worked on our water rescue skills including throw bags, back-boarding in the water, and advanced swimming techniques. Members also reviewed the water rescue equipment cache each department maintains. ... See moreSee less
With more storms in the forecast for today into early tomorrow, please use extra caution on the roads and around hazards on your property. Fire Police, along with law enforcement, utilities and PennDOT, may redirect traffic to protect you from flooding or other dangers...the risks to you, and potentially to the first responders who would have to rescue you, cannot be overstated. Don't become a statistic: obey the signs and barricades, and call 911 to report flooding, downed wires or blocked streets.Despite our crews being out until 03:00 hrs last night, the storm related calls continued this morning around 05:30 hrs. Station 28 handled 3 more calls this morning ranging from Wires, trees down, and an MVA. Once again, use caution in the area as many roads are still closed, and remember the barricades and fire police are out for a reason and are meant to keep you safe as well as our members. This is our second MVA this month resulting from drivers neglecting to abide by road closures. ... See moreSee less
Cascade 3292 was dispatched Thursday afternoon for a house fire in Eastern Salisbury's district. Five volunteers responded and as assisted at the scene, filling 18 air cylinders.At 11:32 today, Stations 20, 31, and 73 were dispatched to a dwelling fire in the 1800 block of Paxford Rd. in Eastern Salisbury. Police arrived and reported a well-involved working fire. Chief 3101 requested a second alarm and arrived shortly after. Heavy smoke and fire was present throughout the second floor and attic area, self-venting through the roof. First arriving units made a dual attack both interiorly and exteriorly. Crews remained on scene approximately four hours. There were no serious injuries reported.
Thank you to the following stations for the assistance: 1, 7, 11, 25 27, 32, 34, 62, 66, 73, Salisbury Twp. Fire Brigade, and Allentown Engines 9, 11, 14. ... See moreSee less
While uncommon, confined space operations are dangerous emergencies and require personnel with extensive expertise in many areas of the rescue. As these types of incidents go, responders will occasional be called upon to search for lost or downed persons in sewer pipes. This week's drill had volunteers exploring parts of the storm water drainage network in Woodlawn's first-due area. The members wore the Scott self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and carried air monitoring equipment; if a change in air composition was to be detected, such as a rise in methane or a decrease in oxygen, the SCBA air would help members escape to safety. The exercise was also an opportunity to visualize the changing diameter of the pipes through the network, as well as considerations for treating and extricating a patient with medical or traumatic complaints. ... See moreSee less
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!