Belle Valley Fire Department

BVFD - Station 36

BVFD News, Calls and Information

Interstate Vehicle Fire

Interstate 90 East of Route 8
Sunday April 13
Command: Chief 360

Crews responded to a vehicle fire on I-90 Sunday evening. The call came in at 7pm for a single vehicle on fire with discrepancies on the exact location. Chief 360 found the Jeep SUV fully involved east of Route 8. Engines 362 & 363 both responded. Although it didn't take long to bring the blaze under control the SUV was heavily damaged. Crews returned to Station 36 after about a half hour.

Fire: Belle Valley (E362, E363)
Law: PA State Police

Picture: BVFD

BVFD Receives 2014 Mule

BVFD recently took delivery of a brand new 2014 Kawasaki Mule. The ATV is donated to us through a special loaner program with Kawasaki and its local dealer Off Road Express. This is the second year BVFD has received an ATV through the program. The Mule is used for several types of operations including wild land firefighting, off road search & rescues and dive responses among others.

BVFD would like to thanks Off Road Express, their staff and Kawasaki for making this special piece of equipment available to us.

Wildland Fire Training

Wednesday April 9th

BVFD went out to Kuhl Hose Station 68 last night to do some joint training on wildland fire fighting. The training was taught by Shaun Jones. Subjects covered included proper use and care of tools, building fire lines, proper turnout gear, suppression operations and teamwork. For more pictures go to our Facebook page.

Pictures: Don Erbin, Jr

Head On Accident Sends Several To Hospitals

1700 block of Norcross Road
Saturday March 29th
Command: Chief 360

A early evening snow storm apparently caused a two vehicle head on accident Saturday sending four people to local hospitals. The accident occurred on Norcross Road in front of the Larson Text building. Both vehicles sustained moderate to heavy front end damage. Three of four people in a sedan were injured while one person in an SUV also sustained injuries. Crews from Rescue 368 and Engine 362 along with two ambulances from both Millcreek Paramedics and Emergycare treated the victims. All four ambulances transported the victims to area hospitals. None of the injuries were life threatening. Millcreek Police are investigating.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, E362)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics Ambulance 37 & 18, Emergycare Ambulances 110 & 112
Law: Millcreek Police

Pictures: Don Erbin, Jr

Accident Injures One

Henderson Rd & Brookwood Village Dr
Tuesday March 18
Command: Asst. Chief 361

One person was injured Tuesday night after losing control and running into a tree. Rescue 368 arrived to find a car with moderate damage and the occupant self extricated. Crews secured the vehicle and assisted the MPS ambulance with patient care. The victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Millcreek PD is investigating.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, E362)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics Ambulance 18
Law: Millcreek Police

St. Patty's Night Rollover

5500 Wattsburg Road
Monday March 17
Command: Asst. Chief 361

Crews responded to a rollover accident Monday night in the 5500 block of Wattsburg Rd. The accident occurred around 8pm on St. Patricks night. MPS Ambulance 28 requested Kuhl Hose to respond with an ambulance. Asst. Chief 361 was first to arrive finding a car on its side in a group of trees. The lone occupant was still inside but not injured. Rescue 368 and Engine 362 firefighters extricated the victim. Millcreek and PA State Police were both on scene and investigating.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, E362), Kuhl Hose
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics Ambulance 28
Law: Millcreek Police, PA State Police

Pictures: BVFD

Crews Assist Erie FD at Possible Ice/Water Rescue

Presque Isle Bay - Chestnut Street Boat Launch
Monday March 17
Command: Lake Shore Chief 500

The Millcreek Dive & Water Rescue Team and Emergycare responded Monday afternoon to assist the Erie FD at a possible ice/water rescue. The Millcreek Team consists of Belle Valley, West Lake, West Ridge and Lake Shore FD's, Lake City FD was also requested to respond. All Erie FD crews were tied up at two separate fires at the same time. Belle Valley responded with Utility 367 and Rescue 368. A caller to 911 reported seeing three ice sailboats on the bay when one of them wrecked and fell into open water and didn't come up. Crews responded to both the Chestnut Street and East Avenue boat launches to investigate. West Ridge UTV476 and West Lake Airboat 486 both launched and found the ice sailboats. It was determined it was a mechanical problem and not an emergency. All units were cleared and returned. Erie Fire Department Chief 320, Asst. Chief 325 and Engine 6 cleared the fire and did respond to Chestnut Street launch.

Fire: Belle Valley (U367, R368), West Ridge (U477, UTV476), West Lake (R485, B486, U487), Lake Shore (R508, T504), Lake City (R579), Erie (E6)
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Erie PD

Recent Training at BVFD

Last Wednesday at BVFD's weekly training night, Kuhl Hose Chief Don Erbin instructed a class on Highway Incident Command and Operations. Several scenarios and incidents were discussed and evaluated.

Over this past weekend BVFD hosted the PA State Fire Academy's 16 hour course Forcible Entry. Firefighters from several area agencies also participated. The class was instructed by Joe Petrone, Sr.

Next month BVFD will be hosting the PA State Fire Academy's 16 hour Rapid Intervention Team course. Seats are still open, call BVFD to register.

Tree Falls Into House

Wattsburg Road - Greene Twp.
Wednesday March 12
Command: Kuhl Hose Chief 680

Tower 369 was requested by Kuhl Hose to assist at the scene of a tree that fell into a house around 1pm Wednesday. The crew assisted Kuhl Hose Engine 683 securing the building and the tree. The tree caused considerable damage to the house. The house was occupied at the time of the incident but nobody was injured. The tree toppled due to heavy winds during yet another winter storm. Units were on scene for about an hour. Brookside ambulance stood by.

Fire: Kuhl Hose (E683), Belle Valley (T369), Brookside (S247)

Pictures: Thanks to KHC/Chief Erbin

Fatal Accident on Norcross Road

Norcross Road and Koehler Road
Sunday March 9
Command: Captain 36C1

Just before 12:30 Sunday morning Erie County Dispatch alerted BVFD and MPS Ambulance 27 of an accident on Norcross Road at Koehler Road in front of Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Dispatchers reported a single vehicle accident with ejection. Millcreek Police came upon the accident just after it occurred. Captain 36C1 arrived on scene and reported one vehicle with very heavy damage and confirmed ejection of one person who was deceased. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. Apparatus responding to the accident were Engine 363, Tower 369 and Utility 367. The crews checked the area for additional victims and secured the vehicle. The engine and utility cleared the scene in under an hour. Tower 369 remained on scene for several hours assisting the police. Traffic control staff including BVFD and Brookside FD closed Norcross/Shannon until nearly 5AM. Millcreek PD is investigating.

Fire: Belle Valley (E363, T369, U367, TC), Brookside (TC)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics Ambulances 27
Law: Millcreek Police, Erie Co. Coroner

Photos: Capt. Jeremy Moreland

Interstate 90 MVA with Entrapment

Interstate 90 at Mile Marker 30
Thursday March 6
Command: Captain 36C1

Two people were injured today after a vehicle crossed I-90 from the west to east bound lane hitting a pick up truck. Dispatch reported a head on accident with entrapment and serious injuries. Due to the information dispatch upgraded the response with an additional ALS ambulance. MP35 (supervisor) also responded. Captain 36C1 arrived to find two vehicles with moderate to heavy damage, confirmed one victim trapped and another unconscious. Rescue 368 was advised to use the Hurst Tool to remove a door upon their arrival by Command. MP8 and 18 treated the injured on scene and transported both to local hospitals. PA State Police assisted on the scene and are investigating.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368), Kuhl (TC)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics Ambulances 8, 18 & 35
Law: PA State Police

Photos: Capt. Tom Krahnke, Jr.

Engine Assists Perry Hi-Way at Trailer Fire

Cedarwood Lane - Summit Twp.
Monday March 3
Command: Chief 420

Just prior to 11AM Monday, BVFD was dispatched to respond mutual aid with Perry HiWay at a trailer fire. Cranesville Deputy Chief 601 was in the area and reported a working fire. Engine 432 arrived finding heavy fire coming from the mid and front sections of the trailer. Engine 363 arrived a couple minutes later and pulled a second attack line from Engine 432. Additional crews arrived and assisted with suppression and overhaul. Nobody was injured in the fire although a family pet did perish. Units remained on scene for about three hours. The fire is under investigation.

Fire: Perry HiWay (E432, U438, A427), Belle Valley (E363), Kuhl Hose (E683, T685), McKean (E405), Brookside (R248-RIT, A257)
EMS: Emergycare Ambulance 144

Pictures: Courtesy of Don Erbin, Jr & Ray Stender

Three Car Accident Injures One

Perry Highway south of Hunter Willis Rd
Monday March 3
Command: Deputy Chief 370

A three vehicle accident on busy Perry Highway (Rte. 97) Monday morning required the assistance of BVFD and MPS. MP37 was first on scene and reported three vehicles with minor to moderate damage. One person was injured in the wreck. Rescue 368 responded and assisted with patient care and secured the vehicles. The road had to be shut down for about a half hour. The injured victim was taken to Hamot Trauma Center. Three other people involved were not injured. Millcreek Police are investigating.

Fire: Belle Valley
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics Ambulance 37
Law: Millcreek Police

Accident In Front Of Station 36

Norcross Road
Sunday March 2
Command: Lieutenant 36L2

A little before 1AM Sunday, a single vehicle crashed into the guardrail across from the firehouse. The accident injured its lone occupant and caused moderate front end damage to the vehicle. The driver was brought into the station to be treated and await the ambulance while other crews secured the vehicle and performed traffic control. MPS transported the victim to Hamot with minor injuries.

Fire: Belle Valley
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics Ambulance 27
Law: Millcreek Police

Glenridge Road Accident

300 Glenridge Road
Friday February 28
Command: Deputy Chief 370

Station 36 and MPS were dispatched late Friday afternoon to a reported accident with entrapment on Glenridge Rd. MP27 arrived to find two vehicles with moderate damage confirming entrapment. Rescue 368 and Engine 363 both responded. MP27's crew was able to gain access prior to the fire departments arrival. Rescue 368's crew assisted in patient care while Engine 363's secured the vehicles. An additional ambulance, from Emergycare, was requested to transport a second patient.

Fire: Belle Valley
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics, Emergycare Ambulance
Law: Millcreek Police

BVFD Assists At Wattsburg Fire

Page Road
Thursday February 27
Command: Asst Chief 171

Just before 8AM Thursday Engine 363 and Tower 369 responded to the scene of a fire in Wattsburg. Crews were met with two structures fully involved as well as heavy snow and blustery winds. Several tankers brought in water as crews used multiple 2-1/2" and 1-3/4" hose lines. It took about two hours to bring under control. Unfortunately both structures were a total loss. Nobody was injured and the fire is under investigation.

Thanks to Kearsarge for standing by for us during the fire.

Fire: Wattsburg, Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose, Greenfield, Fuller, Union City,
EMS: Emergycare, Wattsburg

Pictures courtesy of Don Erbin, Jr

Electrical Fire at Glenwood Towers

4601 Glenwood Park Ave
Tuesday February 18
Command: Chief 360

Crews responded to an early morning fire at Glenwood Towers Tuesday. County Dispatch advised of an electrical fire in one of the apartments on the fourth floor. Chief 360 was first on scene and reported nothing showing. Engines 442 and 362 arrived minutes later. Crews found a fire in a wall of one of the apartments. The fire caused minimal damage and was contained to the wall. Apparatus was on scene for about a half hour. There were no injuries.

Fire: Belle Valley (E362, T369), Kearsarge (E442), Perry Hwy (T429), Brookside (E242-RIT)

EMS: Millcreek Paramedics 27

Engine Assists at Kearsarge House Fire

4600 Peach Street
Friday February 14
Command: Deputy Chief 441

Engine 362 responded to assist Kearsarge late Valentines Day morning at a structure fire on Peach Street. First arriving crews reported a working fire in a 2 story wood frame residence. Engine 362 was assigned to assist in suppression efforts. Crews encountered fire on the first and second floor. As crews were working on the first floor fire was discovered in the basement. Additional apparatus were called in to assist. All units were on scene for several hours bringing the blaze under control. One occupant was treated at the scene. Millcreek Police and Kearsarge FD are investigating the cause of the fire. Engine 362 was back in quarters around 2pm. Thanks to Wesleyville FD for standing by our station with Engine 302.

Fire: Kearsarge (E444, U447), Belle Valley (E362), Perry Hwy (R428), Kuhl Hose (E683-RIT), Erie (E12, E11), West Ridge (T479, U477), West Lake (E482), Millcreek Unit 929

EMS: Millcreek Paramedics 35

Pictures courtesy of: Ray Stender

Old French Road Garage Fire

5100 Old French Road
Thursday February 13
Command: Deputy Chief 370

Just after 9:30 this morning a first alarm assignment was sounded for a structure fire in the western portion of our district. Deputy Chief 370 went en route and was advised of a working fire in a garage with exposures. With the given information and the large volume of smoke seen 370 requested an engine from both Kuhl Hose and Erie to respond. MPS arrived on scene and reported a fully involved garage. Engine 362 laid in and began to protect the exposures with the deck gun and a 2-1/2" line. As additional crews arrived more lines were put into service. Fire did extend into a "D" side exposure but was quickly knocked down. The "B" side exposure had exterior damage but fire did not extend inside. Crews remained on scene for two and a half hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation. there were no injuries.

Fire: Belle Valley (E362, U367), Kearsarge (E444), Perry Hwy (L429), Brookside (R248-RIT), Kuhl Hose (E683), Erie (E12), Millcreek Unit 929

EMS: Millcreek Paramedics 37

Pictures courtesy of: Don Erbin, Jr & Ray Stender

Accident at Busy Intersection

Perry Hwy & Young Rd
Command: Chief 360
Monday February 10

An three vehicle accident late Monday morning injured one person. BVFD and MPS were sent to the busy intersection of Perry Highway & Young Road. Two vehicles sustained moderate damage with the third only having very minor damage. Crew members from Engine 362 and Utility 367 assisted the MPS ambulance crew with packaging the patient. MP18 transported the patient to a local hospital.

While on scene Engine 362 was struck by a Hardinger Transport Company tractor trailer. Minor damage was done to the rig and remained in service.

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

BVFD RIT Called To Fairfield Multi-Fatal Fire

Walbridge Road - Harborcreek Twp.
Command: Chief 260
Sunday February 9

Belle Valley was dispatched to assist Fairfield Sunday morning around 1:30AM for a report of a structure fire with entrapment. Tower 369 responded as the RIT team. Heavy fire was found upon arrival and valiant attempts were made by the first in crew from Fairfield unfortunately one adult and two children inside the house were found deceased. It took several area departments to bring the fire under control. No firefighters were injured in the firefight. Tower 369 returned to Station 36 around 4AM. PSP and the Erie County Coroner were on scene.

Fire: Fairfield, Belle Valley (Tower 369-RIT), Harborcreek, Brookside, Lawrence Park, Wesleyville, Fuller, Kuhl Hose (Rehab)
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Pa State Police

Arlington Road Garage Fire

East Arlington Rd
Command: Chief 360
Saturday January 25

A little before 1AM a first alarm assignment was sounded for a house fire with entrapment. Dispatch announced receiving several calls reporting the fire. Chief 360 was first to arrive reporting a working fire and requested 2 engines from Erie FD. It was determined that this was an unattached garage not a house and all occupants from each house along side the garage was safe. The two vehicle garage was fully involved as Engine 362 arrived minutes later followed by Engine 13. Engine 362 used a blitz gun and deck gun to make a quick hit on the blaze. After the water supply was established additional large attack lines and hand lines were put to use. Heat from the blaze caused damage to both exposures. The garage contained two automobiles and a motorcycle. An RV parked next to the garage was destroyed. It took nearly two hours to bring under control. The west exposure did catch fire but was contained quickly. Temperatures at the time of the fire were near zero and snow was beginning to fall. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.


Fire: Belle Valley (Engines 362 & 363, Tower 369, Utility 367), Kuhl Hose (Engine 683, Rehab 68), Brookside (Truck 249), Fairfield (Engine 262 RIT), Erie (Engines 12 & 13), Kearsarge (Engine 442), Perry HiWay (Engine 432) and Waterford (Engine 143) stood by at Sta. 36

EMS: Millcreek Paramedics

Photos : Thanks to Don Erbin, Jr

Car Travels Into Woods

Old French Rd & Arlington Rd
Command: Captain 36C2
Thursday January 23

Station 36 along with Emergycare were dispatched to an MVA Thursday evening. Upon arrival Engine 362 found a single vehicle accident with the car into the woods. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. The occupant was self extricated and not injured. Utility 367 also responded to the scene to assist Engine 362. Crews secured the vehicle and were back in quarters in less than a hour.

Agencies on scene

Fire: Belle Valley (36)
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Millcreek PD and Erie PD

Route 505 Accident with Injuries

5500 Perry Hwy (Route 505)
Command: Deputy Chief 370
Thursday January 23

One person was injured this morning after a two vehicle accident. Millcreek unit 920 was first on scene reporting one vehicle, a pick up truck, with minor damage and the other, a car, with moderate damage. MP37 and Engine 362 both responded. Crews assisted in packing the patient who was transported to Hamot. Engine 362 was clear of the scene in less than a half hour.

Agencies on Scene

Fire: Belle Valley (36)
Law: Millcreek PD

Oven Fire in 44's First Due

Crest Drive - mutual aid to Kearsarge
Command: Chief 360
Wednesday January 22

Kearsarge, Belle Valley & Kuhl Hose were dispatched to an oven fire late Wednesday morning. Engine 363 was first to arrive finding a 2 story wood frame residence with nothing showing. The crew investigated and found that a toaster oven had caught fire but was now out. There was no extension to the cabinet or counter. A small amount of natural ventilation was needed. Engine 363 and Engine 442 were on scene less than a half hour.

Agencies on scene
Fire: Belle Valley (36), Kearsarge (44)

2013 Call Volume Stats

Wednesday January 8

The 2013 call statistics for BVFD have been calculated. For the second year in a row BVFD ran a record number of calls as we were requested for help 766 times.

EMS Calls 417
Accidents 75
Fire Incidents 251
Rescue Incidents 14
Traffic Control 9

For more in depth stats go to our Call Volume page click here

Saturday Morning Chimney Fire

Peppertree Drive
Command: Deputy Chief 370
Saturday January 4th

Just after 9AM Saturday BVFD was dispatched for a structure fire on Peppertree Drive. Upon going enroute we were advised that this was a chimney fire. Deputy Chief 370 was first on scene reporting a 2 story residence with smoke coming from the chimney. Tower 369 arrived and began to ladder the house and make their way to the roof. Crews from Engines 362, 683 and Truck 249 cleared the debris from the fireplace, extinguished burning material in the chimney, checked for extension and did some minor venting. Fairfield Engine 263 stood by as RIT. Crews were on scene a little over ah hour.

Fire: Belle Valley (36), Kuhl Hose (68), Brookside (24), Fairfield (26)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics

Picture: courtesy of Brad Hesch

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