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Single Vehicle Accident with Ejection

4700 Glenwood Park Avenue
Saturday April 25th
Command: Chief 360

Station 36 along with MP27 were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident with ejection just after 1AM Saturday just south of Glenwood Towers, a stretch of road that has been historically notorious for serious accidents. Millcreek Police arrived shortly after our dispatch confirming one patient ejected. While en route Chief 360 requested Kearsarge to assist with Utility 447. MP8 also responded to assist with patient care. Chief 360 reported a single vehicle with heavy damage off the road and a class 1 patient laying in the road. Rescue 368 arrived and assisted the MPS units and Utility 447 with packaging the patient and then secured the vehicle. Utility 367 was also on scene. The lone patient was taken the UPMC Hamot Trauma Center by MP27. Crews remained on scene for nearly an hour and a half. Police are investigating the accident which actually occurred in the City of Erie.

Agencies
Fire: Belle Valley, Kearsarge
EMS: Millcreek Paramedic Service
Law: Millcreek Police, Erie Police



BVFD Participates In Lights, Sirens & Safety Expo

April 9th-12th
Bayfront Convention Center

This past weekend BVFD participated in the Lights, Sirens & Safety Expo held at the Bayfront Convention Center. Several emergency service agencies from local, state and federal levels participated in this yearly event. Tower 369 was on display for the public to look at up close. Firefighters from BVFD were also on hand to answer any questions about the truck. This event helps to promote a friendly atmosphere for the public to have with fire, medical and law enforcement agencies and members. It gives people an opportunity to look at the trucks and equipment that is used by these professions everyday.

Tower 369 on display at the expo



RIT Assist at Fairfield Fire

Irvine Drive - Harborcreek Twp.
Thursday April 2nd
Command: 270

Just after 1pm BVFD was requested to assist Fairfield at the scene of a house fire on Irvine Drive in Harborcreek Township. Chief 270 was first on scene reporting a working two story residential fire. First arriving crews from Engines 263 and 263 made an aggressive interior attack. Rescue 368 responded as the RIT team and staged on the #1 side of the structure. Engines 242 and 204 assisted in suppression while Truck 289 worked on venting and overhaul. Crews made a quick attack knocking down the bulk of the flames. Fire was contained to the rear portion of the house. All units were on scene for nearly two hours. There were no injuries and the fire is under investigation.

Agencies
Fire: Fairfield, Belle Valley, Brookside, Lawrence Park, Fuller
EMS: Emergycare

Rescue 368 RIT crew staging on side 1



Station 36 Responds to Possible Restaurant Fire

Southgate Pizza Shop & Restaurant - East Grandview Blvd
Monday March 23rd
Command: 361

BVFD was dispatched for a possible structure fire at Southgate Pizza Monday night. 36L4 arrived to find smoke visible throughout the restaurant. As crews arrived they began to search for the source of the smoke. Engine 362 searched the interior with Tower 369. Engine 444 was sent to the roof. Engine 683 staged at the water supply while Truck 249 staged at the scene. After an extensive search of the building the source was found to be an electrical issue with the HVAC system. The system was secured and all units began to clear the scene. Engine 363 and MP18 were also on location.

Agencies
Fire: Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose, Kearsarge, Brookside
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics



Rescue and Tower Respond to Barn Fire

Townhall Rd & Shunpike Rd - Summit Twp.
Friday March 20th
Command: 360 / 420

Just before 3AM Friday, Perry HiWay was dispatched for a barn fire at the intersection of Townhall Rd. & Shunpike Rd. Belle Valley was dispatched to assist with Rescue 368 for RIT and Tower 369. Station 36 happened to be staffed and Rescue 368 was on the road in minutes. Chief 360 responded and was first to arrive finding a working fire inside the large sized barn. Rescue 368 was the first apparatus to arrive and utilized their on-board dry chemical system to knock down the bulk of the flames. Engine 434 arrived a few minutes later and stretched lines to extinguish the remaining fire. Crews from Engines 423 & 143, Tankers 145 & 685 and Tower 369 assisted at the scene. The fire was under control in under a half hour. There were no injuries. The PA State Police Fire Marshall was requested.

Agencies
Fire: Perry HiWay, Belle Valley, Waterford, Kuhl Hose
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Pa State Police

Rescue 368 arriving on scene

Photo - thanks to WJET



BVFD Tours Erie Insurance TLC Facility

Wednesday March 8th

The members of BVFD had the opportunity to tour Erie Insurance's new state of the art Technical Learning Center for drill recently.

The TLC facility is a hands-on claims training facility that features 14 vehicle bays, a three-story model home made from 400 different building materials, and other training aides. The 52,000-square-foot space will serve as a giant interactive classroom for employees and agents to get an up-close look at property damage sustained to vehicles, homes and businesses.

The primary reason for the tour was the three-story house. This building is constructed to show the student how a house is built. There are several examples of construction/material types, building cutaways and roof pitches/construction. This type of "prop" is invaluable in showing how a house is built.

There were also three separate modular "rooms" that can be used to burn to show fire damage.

We would like to thank Erie Insurance and their representatives for allowing BVFD to tour the facility.



BVFD Assists Fairfield at Motel Fire

East Lake Rd - Harborcreek Twp.
Sunday March 18th
Command: 260

A fire broke out at the Palmers Motel on East Lake Road late Sunday night. Dispatchers reported a structure fire with people trapped inside the motel. Several East County Departments responded along with BVFD. We were initially dispatched for Rescue 368 as a RIT Team. First arriving crews reported a working fire. Those crews along with PSP rescued people from the building. One person was taken to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation. Initial crews made an aggressive attack stopping the flames from consuming the entire structure. Not long into the operation Station 36 was requested by Command to send an engine to the fire grounds. Engine 363 responded and was put to work assisting in overhaul operations. Fire was contained to about 4 of the units that made up the buildings approximately 8 units. BVFD crews were on scene for a little over an hour. The fire is under investigation by Fairfield FD and PSP.

Agencies
Fire: Fairfield, Belle Valley, Lawrence Park, Brookside, Harborcreek, Fuller
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Pa State Police

RIT Team From Rescue 368

Crews working on suppression & overhaul



Engines 362 & 363 Respond to Kuhl Hose Fire

Lake Pleasant Rd - Greene Twp.
Monday March 1st
Command: 240

Quick work by first in crews spared a house from being destroyed Monday. BVFD sent both engines to assist Kuhl Hose during the late morning fire. Brookside Chief 240 arrived to find a working fire in the 2 story residence. Engine 683 was the first rig on scene and began suppression operations. Engine 362 arrived just afterwards and supplied Engine 683 and assisted interior crews. Several tankers were sent due to the houses location. Engines 172 and 242 assisted on scene. Engine 363 was sent to they hydrant at Lake Pleasant and Silver Roads to supply tankers. The fire was brought under control shortly after the fire departments arrival and was contained mostly to a single room. Chief 680 and 240 investigated the cause of the blaze. One person was treated at the scene. All units were clear in under two hours.

Agencies
Fire: Kuhl Hose, Belle Valley, Perry HiWay, Kearsarge, Brookside, Wattsburg, Waterford, Fairfield, Harborcreek
EMS: Emergycare

Engine 362 and 683


Engine 362 and Tanker 685



Furnace Fire in 44's First Due

Heidt Ave - Kearsarge
Tuesday February 24th
Command: 451

Tower 369 was dispatched on the first alarm assignment for a structure fire Tuesday afternoon. Captain 451 arrived and reported a basement fire in a 2 story single residential. Engine 442 arrived and stretched a handline to the interior while Engine 423 laid a supply line. Towers 369 and 449 arrived just afterwards. Crews found that the furnace had caught fire in the basement. The fire was out but the house was charged with smoke. Crews checked for extension and vented the house. There were no injuries. All units were clear in under an hour.

Agencies
Fire: Kearsarge, Belle Valley, West Ridge, Perry HiWay, Kuhl Hose (RIT)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics

Tower 369 took the address



One Injured In Accident

Perry Highway & Evans Rd.
Wednesday February 4th
Command: 36-S3

BVFD and MPS were alerted to a 2 vehicle accident late Wednesday morning. Crews arrived to find 2 vehicles involved with a pick-up sustaining minor/moderate damage and a car suffering moderate to heavy damage. MPS, assisted by the crew from Engine 362, treated one injured victim. That patient was transported to the hospital. BVFD crews staffing Engine 362 and Utility 367 were on scene for about 20 minutes.

Agencies
Fire: Belle Valley
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics
Law: Millcreek Police



Engine & Tower Assists Wattsburg

Page Rd - Venango Twp.
Saturday January 24th
Command: Chief 680

Saturday evening, during an ice storm, Station 36 was dispatched to assist Wattsburg with an engine and a tower at a structure fire at Page Road & Orton Road. Engine 363 and Tower 369 both responded. Kuhl Hose Captain 68C1 arrived to find a 2 story wood frame house fully involved and threatening nearby structures. Initially both crews from BVFD as well as from Engines 172, 174, 704 and 683 worked on attacking the fire. Brookside Rescue 248 was assigned the RIT while Engine 682 set up a water supply from a pond on Plum Road and supplied the tankers. An engine and tanker from Fuller were later called to the fire to assist. . There were no injuries. Wattsburg FD and PSP are investigating.

Agencies
Fire: Wattsburg, Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose, Brookside, Greenfield, Fuller
EMS: Emergycare

House as the crews were arriving

Crews working on suppression

After the bulk of the fire was knocked down

Pictures - Zach Kuhn & Don Erbin, Jr



Ice Storm Causes Several Accidents

Interstate 90
Saturday January 24th

An un-forecasted ice storm Saturday afternoon caused dozens of accidents on area roadways. BVFD was dispatched to I-90 east of Route 8 for a reported 1 car accident with injuries. Engine 362 & Truck 367 responded to find several cars off the road but none with injuries.

As both units were clearing the scene, BVFD was dispatched to assist Perry HiWay at a reported multi vehicle accident also on I-90 near mile marker 24. Erie County 911 reported approximately 8 vehicles involved with a rollover and entrapment. Truck 367 arrived and reported no entrapment. Perry HiWay Ambulance 437, Rescue 428 and Ambulance 427 all responded. Luckily only one person was injured in the accident. Truck 367 and Engine 362 were cleared by Command shortly after arriving. Perry HiWay Ambulance transported the injured to a local hospital while the other PHHC units secured the scene.

Agencies

BVFD Call
Fire: Belle Valley,
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics
Law: PSP

Perry HiWay Call
Fire: Perry HiWay, Belle Valley
EMS: Emergycare
Law: PSP



Chimney Fire Turns Into House Fire

East Gore Rd
Monday January 16th
Command: Chief 360

Just before 3AM Friday, BVFD was dispatched for a chimney fire in our northeastern most response area. Chief 360 arrived to find nothing showing initially on a 2 story single residence. Tower 369 responded with a full crew. After further investigating by Chiefs 360 & 370 fire was found to be burning in the wall between the first and second floors. An additional engine from Erie FD was requested. Crews from the Tower and Engine 13 made a quick knockdown and kept the fire from spreading any further. Engine 362 set up a water supply to Engine 13. Crews from both Engine 362 & 363 assisted with salvage and overhaul. Kearsarge Engine 442 was the RIT team. There were no injuries. All departments were cleared by 4:15.

Agencies
Fire: Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose, Erie, Kearsarge, Brookside
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics



BVFD Hosts Dive Training Workshop

Saturday January 3rd

BVFD hosted a one day dive training workshop put on by international dive trainers Team Lifeguard Systems (TLS). TLS, from New York, has trained public safety dive teams for over 40 years. They have trained agencies all over the world including the New York City FD, Los Angeles FD, FBI, US Air Force, Calgary FD, Toronto FD, Iceland, Malaysia, Wales and many others.

The instructor went over several subjects including proper dive equipment, one diver/tender operation, safety, entanglement situations, dry suit operations, proper gear checks, scene management & interview procedures and several other subjects. The instructor was Andrea Zaferes.

Several divers and support crews from area departments attended the one day workshop. Departments in attendance included Belle Valley, Erie, West Ridge, Lake Shore, Edinboro, Lake City and the Crawford County Dive Team.

Training in rope signals

Students going over back up diver scenarios

Divers and tenders being trained on dry suit operations



2014 Call Report

Saturday January 3rd

The year 2014 proved to be a very busy year for the "Protectors of the Valley". Belle Valley recorded our busiest year ever as we were dispatched to 811 calls. The first two months of 2014 started the year off with over 160 calls including several fire related calls during the ever popular "Polar Vortex". The remainder of the year kept us busy with a variety of emergencies both big and small. As always we responded to several calls to assist our mutual aid departments.

Here is a report showing detailed calls volumes for 2014.

Calls By Incident Type

EMS439
MVA74
Fire Alarm164
Structure Fire62
Vehicle Fires9
Carbon Monoxide Alarm/Poisoning7
Citizens Assist/Salvage9
Electrical Emergencies6
Fuel SpillO
Natural Gas Leak3
Haz MatO
Stand By/Transfer10
Odor Investigation1
Outside Fires7
Outside Smoke Investigation4
Confined Space/Building Collapse2
Elevator RescuesO
High Angle / Rope Rescues1
Water Rescue/SCUBA6
Misc. (Search, Weather, etc.)2
Traffic Control5
Total811

Calls By Month

January85
February83
March70
April56
May66
June70
July66
August67
September62
October62
November67
December57

Calls By Response Districts

Belle Valley (36)601
Kearsarge (44)101
Kuhl Hose (68)23
Perry HiWay (42)45
Brookside (24)10
Wesleyville (30)4
Fairfield (26)5
West Ridge (46)6
West Lake (48)2
Erie3
Wattsburg (17)4
Edinboro (38)3
Waterford (14)1
Lake City (56)1
Crawford Co. SCUBA1


Sunday Morning Apartment Building Fire

Granada Apartments - Jodi Lane
Sunday December 21st
Command: Chief 450

BVFD was dispatched this morning to assist Kearsarge at a possible structure fire at Granada Apartments. Millcreek Police arrived and reported heavy smoke coming from the building. Engine 442 and Tower 449 were first to arrive. The engine crew found a working fire in a third floor apartment and began an aggressive interior attack while the truck crew went to the roof. Tower 369 arrived a few minutes later and were sent interior to assist. T369 crew went to the third floor to assist in suppression and check for extension & perform overhaul. Fire was contained to the apartment with heat and smoke damage through out the third floor and some to the second floor. West Lake Engine 482 and Perry HiWay Engine 432 also assisted with interior operations. RIT was assigned to Kuhl Engine 683 and Edinboro Engine 382. Millcreek Police was called in to investigate. The Red Cross was also called.

Agencies
Fire: Kearsarge, Belle Valley, Perry HiWay, West Lake, Kuhl Hose (RIT), Edinboro (RIT)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics
Law: Millcreek Police

Belle Valley & West Lake on Side -A

Smoke showing from Side-C



BVFD Christmas Party

Saturday December 20th

Tonight BVFD held the annual Christmas Party at the station. The yearly awards were also handed out. More than a hundred members and their families shared a great dinner. Santa stopped by to hand out gifts to the younger kids in attendance. Go to our Facebook site for pictures from the dinner. We also presented firefighter Kyle Swain with a cake and wished him good luck as he will be heading off to the US Army in a couple of weeks. Here are the winners of this years awards.

Firefighter of the Year - John Semple, Matt Rogers & Josh Ely

Rescue Tech of the Year - Luther Jones

EMS Provider of the Year - Zach Kuhn

Support Member of the Year - Gary Baughman

Rookie of the Year & Presidents Award - Matt Rogers

Chief's Award - Tom Krahnke, Sr. & Jeff Skonieczki

2014 Award Winners - Also includes Teubert Safety Award recipient Pat Smith




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