Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Arrival...Sort of...

Hey Everyone,
On April 18th, I travaled over to York County to see an old friend of mine I have not seen in awhile. He is a member of the York Township Fire Department. Station 19. I also wanted to see their new ladder truck. They recently purchased a 2003 95 FT Seagrave Aerial Scope from the Elizabethtown Fire Department here in Lancaster County. The first two photos are of the tower in action when it was Truck 7-4 here in Lancaster. The bottom photo is of the truck after getting relettered and is now known as Truck 19.
I would also like to extend a special thank you to Brian Bastinelli, of Brian Basitnelli Photography and a member of the famous uptown firehouse, Harrisburg Tower 2 B platoon with Brad Myers, is also a member here at York Township and was kind enough to pull the truck out for me so I could get a few shots. Thanks Brian!
Have a great day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Fire Department Mount Joy Apparatus parked at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. FDMJ Members were practicing Firefighter Survival Skills by doing bailouts
East Petersburg Fire Company members doing some pump training on their new Engine 2-3-1

Members from the Brickerville Fire Company doing car fire scenarios

FDMJ member practicing a bailout

Deputy Chief from East Petersburg reviewing pump operations with newer members
I would have had some photos of my department but as I was walking up, we were dispatched for an automatic fire alarm and they left to run that. So I decided to get some photos of the other departments that were there training. Now that the weather is getting better, many departments are starting to take advantage of it.
You may have noticed that I put my words in between the photos again. I like how that seems to flow so I plan on doing that more often.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mascot's and Baseball...

Hey everyone,
I hope your week has been good. These were taken at the Lancaster Barnstormers FanFest 2010 at Clipper Stadium. It's a free event with free food and other acitivites and this year, they were going to be playing the Camden Riversharks in a exhibiton game for free.
Hey, free is good so I took Wyatt down to the ballpark which is only about 10 minutes from my house. The first mascot Wyatt see's is Cylo from the Barnstormers. He then posed with the Camden RiverShark Mascot. I think that one was his favorite.
He then posed with a bear. After Wyatt was done, we started to walk to the playground when they announced that due to field conditions. The game was cancelled but they were going to hold batting practice. They were allowing fans down onto the field so I took Wyatt down and let him run for a little bit.
I tried to get him to look at me in the photo with the scoreboard but something else had his attention. I am not really sure what the fasination was with the Storming Red display in the outfield but for some reason he liked it.
The weather then got really crappy so we left. We'll be back soon enough when the weather gets warm and we can see some games.
Time for bed, have a great day!

Friday, April 16, 2010

More Structure Collapse Photos From Lancaster City..

More From Lancaster City. The above photo is a meeting at the CP. The Task Force Team Leader is meeting with the two search dog handlers. One being from the Lancaster County Rescue TaskForce and the other from Harrisburg Bureau Of Fire Department(I would assume PATF1?? Brad or Brian, feel free to correct me If that is not correct) There was a concern there were people possibly trapped who were on the sidewalk when the collapse occured. Fortunatly, there was nobody found.
This photo is one of the task force team members reviewing a diagram of the overall incident scene on which buildings were evacuated.

One of the task force team members monitoring the building with a transit. Basically, my understanding of the device. It is like a scope, you set the device to mark a certain section of the building with crosshairs and you monitor to see if there is any movement. These type of calls are very long and can be manpower intensvive, especially if there is a life hazard issue. The biggest concern is the safety to the first responders and the public. The second concern is to be aware of the possiblity of a secondary collapse. The decision was made at the scene that the building needed to be brought down in a controlled manner for everyone's safety.

Thanks to a friend of mine who works in the County Engineers Office, he was able to get me roof top access so I could shoot some aerial shots of the scene. This is 7 stories up, looking towards the north of the city.

Here is another aerial shot. If you look to the right, next to the Village NightClub on Water Street, is the back of the former Public Safety building which was shared by the city police and fire departments. This used to be Fire Station 5 which was Fire Headquarters at the time.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Structure Collapse in Lancaster City...

The top photo is looking south on Queen Street Towards the collapse site. The bus you see is an RRTA Bus that was heading north on Queen Street as the collapse happened. The driver saw the building collapsing and tried to veer away from the debris. Ten Passengers were on the bus, fortunatley all had minor injuries.
The next photo is taken on Chestnut Street just before the intersection of Queen Street looking east. The building was vacant and I believe was in the process of being renovated.

This photo is of Rescue 6-5 from the Millersville Fire Company. They are part of the Lancaster County Rescue TaskForce and are specialists in Building Collapse.

This is a photo of the Lancaster City Fire Department Command Post. Battalion Chief 2 Brian Klugh is the incident commander being assisted by Chief 1 Tim Gregg, who is the chief of the department.

This is the crew from City Engine 1 who is in the staging area at this time awaiting for an assignment.
I will continue more with this incident tomorrow. As of this time, the remainder of the building is being demolished..
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Reported Building Fire...

Hey everyone,
Great weather we're having huh?? I hate rain and fog!
Anyway, this was taken yesterday at a reported building fire assisting another department with our tower. The call turned out to be minor in nature as it was an electrical issue. The first photo is our Captain and two of our crew members from the tower and the bottom photo is of East Petersburg Fire Company new Engine 2-3-1 sitting on a hydrant in case a water supply was needed.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lebanon Structure Fire...

Hey Everyone,
Here are some more photos from the fire in Lebanon County. The first two are apparatus shots that I took as I was leaving. The 3rd photo was an overall scene shot and the last two are firefighters opening up the wall to find hidden fire and to extinguish it.
I've never intended for this to become a Emergency Services Photo Blog so to speak. My goal as Brad Myers has stated on his posts, is not to glorify the diaster or emergency but to show the general public the dangers and hazards the FD faces on a daily basis.
One of these days I will get out and shoot some new stuff, but I do appreciate those that visit and follow my blog or leave comments.
Have a great day!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

More fire from Lebanon...

More images from the structure fire I photographed last Wed.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fire in the square..

Hey Everyone,

Real quick today. Photos taken from a multiple alarm fire in the town of Annville in Lebanon County.
Here is a writeup on the fire done by a good friend of mine who is also a great fire photographer named Jason Coleman-Cobb, who has his own website. capitalcityfirephotos.com
Feel free to check out his photos as well.
Here is the story on the fire;
Lebanon County Box 5-01 sent companies to 125 W. Main Street in Annville Township for a reported structure fire around 1415 hours. Annville Chief 5 arrived with heavy fire showing from a 3 story, occupied, apartments over a flower shop. There were also reports of explosions from the building. First-in companies mads an aggressive stance on the fire which heavily involved the second floor and roof of side B. Additional alarms were requested bringing in companies from throughout Lebanon and parts of Dauphin County to the scene. Unusual April temperatures hovered around 90 degress taking a toll on manpower. The fire was placed under control in about an 1.5 hours and units remained on the scene for extensive overhaul and investigation. 2 firefighters suffered injuries were transported to local hospitals to be treated.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Harrisburg Bravest...

Today's photos are from the Harrisburg ST. Patricks Day Parade back in March. The photos are members of the Harrisburg Bureau Of Fire marching being followed by Harrisburg Tower 3.

Monday, April 5, 2010

More from Lancaster City...

Hello everyone,
Yes I am back. Before I post about the fire, I would like to address one thing. I've gotten emails and messages from people who follow my blog that keep asking me why the lack of activity lately and am I going to continue. While I appreciate the kind words, there is only one person who is a fellow blogger but also a good friend to me who knows what it is going on with me and no disrespect to anyone, but I am going to keep it that way. And to answer part of the question, Yes I will be continuing the blog for as long as possible..
Now, about the fire. The top photo is crew members from Lancaster City Engine 2 and Engine 3 spraying down the reminants of what was burning to make sure there won't be a rekindle of any fire. The bottom photo is of Lancaster City Engine 2 and Truck 1 on the front side of the building.
That is all for now, have a great day!