Belle Valley Fire Department

BVFD - Station 36

BVFD News, Calls and Information

Buffalo Road RIT Assist

Buffalo Rd near Hannon Rd - Harborcreek Twp
Sunday November 23nd
Command: Chief 240

Brookside FD was dispatched to a structure fire early Sunday afternoon on busy Buffalo Road. Belle Valley was dispatched a short time later to respond as a RIT Team after the original RIT Team was put to work as an engine company. Rescue 368 set up RIT staging on Side-B. Interior crews worked to make a good stop on an old structure. One firefighter was injured but did not need RIT intervention. He was taken to a hospital for an electrical shock. After RIT operations were no longer needed, Rescue 368's crew assisted in overhaul operations. Crews were on scene for 2-3 hours. The cause is under investigation.

Fire: Brookside, Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose, Lawrence Park, Fairfield, Wesleyville, Harborcreek
EMS: Emergycare

Heavy smoke showing

Suppression crews at work

Pictures: Don Erbin, Jr

Rescue Assists With Hurst Tool

Route 8 & Barton Rd - Greene Twp
Saturday November 22nd
Command: 68-L-2

BVFD was requested to assist Kuhl Hose at a reported MVA with entrapment on Saturday. Dispatchers advised this as an SUV versus a PennDOT plow truck. Rescue 368 responded with 5 crew members. Upon arriving we found that an SUV hit a PennDOT utility truck head-on with moderate damage, a plow truck was not involved. One person in the SUV was trapped. The crew from Rescue 368 assisted Kuhl Hose crews in removing the drivers side front door and packaging the patient. One person was taken to the hospital while two others victims involved were not injured. PSP is investigating.

Fire: Kuhl Hose, Belle Valley
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Pa State Police

BVFD & Kuhl crews working on the extrication

Both vehicles had moderate damage

Rescue 368 on scene

Door removed from SUV

Pictures: Don Erbin, Jr

Tower Goes To Kuhl Hose Attic Fire

Wattsburg Rd - Greene Twp
Wednesday November 10th
Command: Chief 680

Shortly before 10AM today, Station 36 was dispatched to assist Station 68 at structure fire. Dispatch reported a fire in the attic. Chief 680 arrived to find a single story residence with smoke coming from the eaves. Tower 369 responded with 5 firefighters. Chief 680 was able to knock down the flames with a water can. Crews from Engine 682 and Tower 369 performed overhaul and ventilation and were on scene a little over an hour. Cause of the fire was a tipped over oil lamp being used for lighting in the attic.

Fire: Kuhl Hose, Belle Valley - also dispatched but put in service were Perry HiWay, Brookside, Wattsburg and Greenfield

Venting the house

Burnt insulation

Tower 369 & Crew

Election Results for 2015

Sunday November 9

Elections for next years Line and Business Officers were held today, here are the results.

Chief 360 Chris Altadonna
Assistant Chief 361 Tom Krahnke, Sr
Deputy Chief 370 Tom Krahnke, Jr
President Jeff Skonieczki
Vice President Josh Ely
Board of Directors (2) Josh Ely & Chris Altadonna
Secretary Laura O'Connell
Assistant Secretary Zack Kuhn

Line officers take effect the first Wednesday in December
Business officers take effect January 1

Rescue Assists Brookside On Interstate 90

I-90 East of Route 430 - Harborcreek Twp
Wednesday November 5th
Command: Deputy Chief 250

Rescue 368 was requested Wednesday night to assist Brookside FD at the scene of a multi vehicle accident with entrapment. Crews arrived to find six vehicles involved (1 car, 1 pick up truck, 4 tractor trailers) with only one person injured who was heavily entrapped in the car. The members from Rescue 368 split into two crews. One crew assisted Rescue 248 with extrication while the other crew secured a large diesel fuel leak in one of the tractor trailers. Rescue crews used the Hurst Tool to pry open the driver side door and to displace the dash board to free the victim who was then taken to the trauma center by Brookside ambulance and ECI medics in critical condition. After the victim was extricated all crews worked to secure all the vehicles involved and cleared the wide area of debris and fluids.

Reports state the driver of the car was driving east in the westbound lane of I-90 hitting a couple vehicles before hitting a semi head on. That truck crossed over the median into the east bound lane and coming to a stop after hitting an embankment. Both lanes of I-90 were stopped and back up for several miles until nearly midnight.

Fire: Brookside, Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose (Fire Police)
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Pa State Police

One person was trapped inside this car

photos - Erie PA Fire Facebook page

Public Safety Director & Erie County Executive Discuss Radio System With BVFD

Wednesday November 5th

Erie County Public Safety Director John Grappy and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper attended our November Business Meeting to discuss the proposed new county wide radio system. Grappy and Dahlkemper explained the way the proposed 400 trunked system would work and how it would be financed. Several questions and concerns were raised about the proposal by BVFD members and a good dialogue between everyone was had.

There will be township wide meeting at the Millcreek Township building next week for all the departments.

Tower 369 Returns To Service

Saturday November 1

After being out of service since a June accident damaged it, Tower 369 returned home to Station 36 Halloween night. Several members spent much of the evening re-equipping the truck. After a couple hours back home Tower 369 was placed back in service.

The truck was sent back to Sutphen Corporation in Columbus, Ohio for its repairs. Engineers closely inspected the truck for damage while devising new operational and safety items. Replaced items included a brand new aerial ladder, larger bucket and all operations systems. There were other safety items and upgrades added to the truck including new aerial cabling system, colored climbing lights, additional safety rails and a second remote water turret was added.

The Sutphen corporation went above and beyond in making sure they did everything they could for BVFD. We are very impressed with the new design of the cabling system. Sutphen is without a doubt a true class act company.

Single Vehicle MVA

Wattsburg Rd
Wednesday October 22
Command: Lieutenant 36L3

BVFD and Emergycare went sent to the 5500 block of Wattsburg Road just after noon on Wednesday for a reported accident with a SUV down an embankment with entrapment. Kuhl Hose was requested to assist. Rescue 368 arrived to find the SUV with moderate damage with a large tree on top of it. The lone occupant was injured and self extricated. While treating and packaging the patient several smaller trees had to be cut down to be able to carry the victim to the stretcher. ECI transported the victim to a local hospital in fair condition. Millcreek Police were on scene and assisted with moving the patient.

Fire: Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Millcreek Police

Incident Commander 36L3 assessing the situation

Chimney Fire on Bear Creek Lane

Bear Creek Lane (Brookwood Village Complex)
Sunday October 19
Command: Deputy Chief 370

Sunday afternoon BVFD was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Bear Creek Ln. Callers reported a fire in a fireplace extending to a wall. Upon arrival 370 found nothing showing. After investigating crews from Engine 362 determined there was a small chimney fire that was out prior to our arrival with no extension. The chimney and adjoining walls were all checked and all were clear. Truck 379 & Engine 444 crews went to the roof. Engine 682 staged at a nearby hydrant. All units were back in service in a half hour.

Fire: Belle Valley, Kearsarge, Kuhl Hose, Brookside, Fairfield (RIT)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics

Crews from BVFD & Kearsarge using Truck 379 to access the roof

BVFD Assists Perry HiWay At Commercial Fire

American Gutters on Perry Highway - Summit Twp.
Saturday October 18
Command: Chief 420

Just before 12:30PM Saturday, BVFD was requested to assist Perry HiWay at the scene of a commercial building fire. Callers reported fire coming from the roof. The first arriving crews reported nothing showing from the outside but did find a working fire in the back wall and roof. Engine 362 assisted PHHC and Kuhl Hose engine crews in pulling the ceiling. Engine 442 was sent to the roof to open it up. The fire was brought under control quickly.

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

Engine 362 on scene

BVFD & PHHC crews working interior operations

Kearsarge crews on the roof

Photos: KHC Website

Dryer Fire Causes Tuesday Morning House Fire

Old French Road
Tuesday October 14
Command: Chief 360

Stations 36 and 44 were alerted for a structure fire right around 08:30 this morning. Initially reported as a contained dryer fire, Chief 360 arrived to find a working house fire and called for an engine from Erie FD. Engine 362 arrived and pulled an 1-3/4" line. Engine 12 arrived shortly thereafter and stretched a second hand line off Engine 362. Engine 442 secured the water supply then assisted in suppression while Tower 449 performed truck operations. Brookside Rescue 248 and the Millcreek Fire Response Team assisted with manpower. Crews made a good interior attack stopping the flames from consuming the entire house. The fire started in a dryer and extended to the rear portion of the house.

Fire: Belle Valley, Kearsarge, Erie, Brookside, Millcreek 929
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics

Flames from window on side-D

Engine 362 with lines stretched

BVFD and EFD crews stretching lines

Tower 449 & Engine 362

Erie FD Engine 12

Photos: Thanks to Ray Stender

BVFD Responds to Fatal Kuhl Hose Fire

Bennett Rd - Greene Twp
Saturday October 11th
Command: 68L1

Just before 05:00 Saturday BVFD was dispatched to assist Kuhl Hose for a structure fire on Bennett Rd. Kuhl Hose 68L1 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved garage with one person possibly trapped inside. Engine 362 responded and assisted in suppression efforts along with Engines 682, 683, 432 and 172. Operations were exterior until the bulk of the flames could be contained. After crews were able to make access interior operations began. One person was found deceased inside the building. Tankers were hauling water from a nearby pond for water supplies.

Fire: Kuhl Hose, Belle Valley, Perry HiWay, Wattsburg, Brookside, Greenfield
EMS: Emergycare
Law: PA State Police, Erie Co Coroner

Photos: Kuhl Hose Website

Stations 36 & 68 Train In Hunting Accidents

October 8th

Firefighters from both Belle Valley and Kuhl Hose trained in hunting accidents recently. Two scenarios were presented including a trapped hunter in a tree and hunter trapped under a tree. This is necessary training as the fall hunting season is upon us now.

ATV-377 and crews searching for the victim

Crews carrying out the victim in a stokes basket

Working on extricating the victim from under the tree

Another view of the extrication from under the tree

Pictures: Don Erbin, Jr

Rescue 368 Responds To Greene Township Fatal Rollover

Wattsburg Rd at Hillborn Rd
Sunday October 5th
Command: Chief 680

A little after 1AM, BVFD was requested to assist Kuhl Hose at the scene of a one vehicle roll over accident, into a structure and on fire, with multiple patients ejected and entrapped. Rescue 368 with a crew of 5 responded along with Chief 360 at the scene.

A passing Corry Ambulance on a routine transport stopped just after the accident occurred and extinguished the fire. Just prior to Kuhl Hose units arriving on scene, three of the victims, all of whom were ejected, were taken to St. Vincent Hospital by bystanders. Two of them suffered fatal injuries with the third having critical injuries. A fourth victim was still inside the vehicle heavily entrapped.

Crews from Rescue 368 and Engines 682 & 683 worked to free the trapped victim using hydraulic tools, airbags, saws and other hand tools. After freeing the victim he was taken by Kuhl Hose ambulance to the Hamot Trauma Center in critical condition. The vacant house sustained significant damage to the A/D-side of the structure.

Fire: Kuhl Hose, Belle Valley
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics, Emergycare
Law: PA State Police

R-368 crews working on the rear of the SUV

R-368 crews working on the extrication

Kuhl Hose firefighters working on the front of the SUV

Damage to the vacant structure

Photos - Don Erbin, Jr

Sunday Morning Dive Training

Sunday September 28th

Members from both Belle Valley and West Ridge met Sunday morning for some SCUBA diving training. The session was held at the Lawrence Park Boat Ramp. Belle Valley used our new dive trailer, Water Rescue 378, for the first time. Divers practiced their underwater skills for nearly an hour in a very clear and calm Lake Erie.

John Semple (BV), Jim Rosenbaum (WR) & Tom Krahnke, Sr (BV)

Photo by: Rob Hornaman (WRFD)

Early Morning Accident with Ejection

Glenwood Park Avenue
Saturday September 27th
Command: Chief 360

Two people were injured this morning after the car they were in crashed causing them to be ejected. The single vehicle accident occurred just south of Glenwood Towers. The 911 Center was initially told it was by the Erie Zoo so Erie Fire Department and Emergycare were sent. After determining the location BVFD and MPS were also dispatched. The vehicle hit a telephone pole, breaking it, and several trees before coming to a stop. Both occupants were found outside the heavily damaged vehicle by witnesses around 2:30AM. Erie FD Engine 12 and Emergycare began treating both victims upon arrival. Rescue 368's crew secured the vehicle. ECI transported both victims to UPMC-Hamot in serious condition.

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

Engine Responds to Kearsarge House Fire

Richmond Street
Tuesday September 15th
Command: Chief 440

Engine 362 responded to assist Kearsarge at a house fire just after midnight. First arriving units reported a working fire on the first floor of a vacant house. Two hand lines were put into service and a quick knockdown was made. Engine 362's crew assisted in searching for extension and overhaul. Units were on scene for a couple hours. Millcreek Police and KFD officials are investigating. There were no injuries.

Fire: Kearsarge, Belle Valley (E362), West Ridge, Perry HiWay, West Lake, Kuhl Hose
Law: Millcreek Police

Truck 379 Responds to Golden Corral Fire

Golden Corral - Peach Street - Summit Twp
Monday September 15th
Command: Chief 420

Erie County Dispatch alerted Perry HiWay of a kitchen fire Monday evening. BVFD responded with Truck 379. Crews found and contained a small fire but the sprinkler system activated causing quite a bit of water damage. T379's crew assisted in salvage operations

Fire: Perry HiWay, Belle Valley (T379), McKean, Kearsarge, West Lake

BVFD Participated in Kearsarge Open House

Saturday September 13

BVFD was one of several agencies that participated in Kearsarge's annual open house. Utility 367 and Water Rescue 378 were on display throughout the day.

Stations 36 & 46 Meet With Crawford Co. SCUBA Team

Friday September 12

Members of BVFD & West Ridge FD recently met with some members of the Crawford County SCUBA Team. The meeting was held at Crawford Co Dive Teams Station just outside of Meadville. Apparatus and equipment from each agency were viewed. Discussions were held on policies & procedures and training opportunities. We would like to thank CCST and their Chief, Dale Johnston for the opportunity to sit down with them.

Utility 367 & Water Rescue 378 / Utility 477 & Special Ops Trailer/UTV 476

Crawford Co SCUBA Team Rescue 44-8

New Dive Trailer Goes Into Service

Saturday September 6

BVFD added to the fleet Saturday when our new Dive & Water Rescue trailer was placed in service. The unit is designated as Water Rescue 378.

The trailer is a 16 foot 2014 dual axle built by Octane Trailers and purchased locally through Michalak Marine. Most of the interior work was built and installed by BVFD members. There is still some work to be done to the trailer as well as lettering.

For more information on the WR378 click here

Open House 2014

BVFD Station 36
Saturday September 6

On Saturday BVFD held our annual Open House at the station. Rain and cooler temperatures somewhat hampered attendance although a couple hundred people throughout the day stopped by to partake in the events. Several agencies and fire departments participated in this years open house including: Millcreek Police, UPMC Hamot, Iadeluca Chiropractic Center, Lake Shore FD, Brookside FD, St. Vincent Hospital, Millcreek Paramedics, Wattsburg Hose Co., Fairfield Hose Co. and Northwest PA K9 Search & Rescue. Kids were entertained by a bounce house.

There were demonstrations throughout the day including vehicles extrication, SCUBA and vehicle fires. As well as a search demonstration by the NWPA K9 dogs. Millcreek Police Bomb Unit displayed their tools & toys. Erie Insurance had on display a rebuilt 1950's era GMC pumper. The Erie Co Firefighters Assn Fire Safety House was also on site.

The BVFD Auxiliary cooked up tasty hot dogs and served other munchies and drinks throughout the day.

Lowes Safety Day

Lowes Home Improvement Store - Peach Street
Saturday August 30

On Saturday Lowes held their annual Safety Day at their Peach Street location. Several local agencies, including BVFD participated in this years event. BVFD was asked by Perry HiWay FD to bring U-367 and display our diving equipment. Other displays included CPR, blood donations, fire safety, veterans care, search & rescue and law enforcement. Several of Lowes customers stopped by to look at all the displays and ask questions. Lowes provided free grilled lunch and drinks to everyone.

Some of the groups on hand throughout the day included: BVFD, Perry HiWay FD, Erie Police, Kids Safety House, VA Medical Center, American Red Cross, Erie Co Sherriff's Mounted Posse and others.

BVFD Participated In Safety Fair

Chick-Fil-A Peach Street
Tuesday August 26

Belle Valley FD, Perry HiWay Hose Co. and Emergycare all participated in a Safety Fair held at the Summit Township Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday. Crews were on hand to discuss fire safety and display fire equipment including our own Engine 362. Several families came out for the event and everyone had a great time. Thanks to the folks at Perry HiWay for inviting us.

Truck 379 Assists Kuhl Hose at Structure Fire

Old Wattsburg Road
Sunday August 24
Command: Chief 680

Late Sunday morning, Erie County Dispatch alerted departments for a barn fire on Old Wattsburg Rd just down the street from Kuhl Hose Station 68. Engine 683 arrived to find a working fire in an approximate 25×25 block storage type building. Truck 379 was the second in rig and pulled a second hand line to assist in extinguishment. It took less than a half hour from the time of dispatch to contain the blaze. Crews remained on scene for another hour to perform salvage and overhaul. Truck 379 was back at Station 36 by 12:30. The cause of the fire is under investigation by KHC officials.

Fire: Kuhl Hose, Belle Valley (T379), Brookside, Perry HiWay, Wattsburg, Waterford

Rollover MVA on Lake Pleasant Road

5200 Lake Pleasant Rd
Sunday August 24
Command: Chief 360

Around 3:30AM Sunday morning BVFD and MPS were dispatched to an MVA on Lake Pleasant Road with unknown information. The accident was called in by Millcreek Police. Upon Chief 360's arrival he found one vehicle with heavy damage that rolled over several times. The single occupant was self extricated. The patient was transported to the trauma center by MP28. Crews secured the vehicle and cleared the large amount of debris.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, Engine 362)
EMS: MPS (Ambulance 28)
Law: Millcreek Police

Accident With Ejection

Lake Pleasant Rd at Arbuckle Rd
Saturday August 23
Command: Chief 360

One person was injured and another person fled the scene following an accident early Friday morning. Chief 360 arrived to find a single vehicle that ran off the road into an embankment and ditch. At least one of the two occupants were ejected from the car. The other occupant fled the scene. MPS transported the victim to Hamot in serious condition. Millcreek Police were on scene and investigating.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, Engine 362)
EMS: MPS (Ambulance 28)
Law: Millcreek Police

Sunday Afternoon Accident Pins One

Interstate 90 Eastbound East of Route 8
Sunday August 17
Command: Deputy Chief 370

Just around noon Sunday Station 36 and MPS were dispatched to an MVA on I-90 between a tractor trailer and a car. Rescue 368 arrived to find the car with heavy damage and with two people still inside including one that was trapped. The tractor trailer had moderate damage. Crews used the Hurst Tool to pry open the passenger side door to free the entrapped woman who sustained moderate injuries. The driver side door was also removed to have easier access to the driver who complained of minor/moderate injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was injured but refused transport. The truck was carrying food products. Two extra ambulances were requested by Command including one from MPS and another from Kuhl Hose. PSP were on scene and investigating. Both injured victims were taken to Hamot Trauma Center. Interstate 90 was backed up in both directions for nearly two hours.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, Engine 362, Utility 367), Kuhl Hose (Ambulance 697)
EMS: MPS (Ambulance 8 & 28)
Law: PA State Police

BVFD Participates in Greene Township's National Night Out

Tuesday August 5th

Greene Township's annual National Night Out event took place Tuesday at the Municipal Building on Tate Road. The event is sponsored by Kuhl Hose and the Townships Parks & Recreation Dept. Belle Valley took Rescue 368 to display for the public. Several other agencies were in attendance including Kuhl Hose Co., Greenfield Twp. FD, Emergycare among others. The rain held out throughout the evening aa several hundred people attended the event.

Dirt Bike Track Accident

Lake Pleasant Rd
Thursday July 31
Command: Captain C1

Crews responded to a reported dirt bike (motorized) accident on a private motocross track on Lake Pleasant Rd near Henderson Rd at 7pm Thursday. Dispatch reported the patient being unresponsive several hundred feet off the road. MP18 responded along with Rescue 368 and ATV377. Crews were able carry the patient from the scene to the ambulance and was then taken to the trauma center.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, ATV377)
EMS: MPS Ambulance 18

Rescue 368 Responds As RIT To Fairfield House Fire

Ebersole Drive - Harborcreek Twp
Sunday July 27
Command: Chief 260

Station 36 was summoned just before 5AM Sunday morning to assist Fairfield at the scene of a house fire on Ebersole Drive. First arriving crews found heavy fire coming from a one story single residential and began an aggressive interior attack. Rescue 368 responded with 5 members as the RIT team. Upon arrival R368's crew performed a walk around of the structure, set up ground ladders and then stood by at the A/B corner. Suppression crews contained the fire to the outside deck and inside the B-side of the house. After the fire was declared under control and the RIT operation was no longer needed, R368 was assigned to assist with overhaul operations. During overhaul Captain 36-C2 rescued a dog and a cat from the basement of the house. Command cleared the Rescue around 6:40.

Fire: Fairfield, Belle Valley, Lawrence Park, Harborcreek, Fuller
EMS: Emergycare

2014 BVFD Summer Picnic

Sunday July 13

The annual BVFD summer picnic was held Sunday at Belle Valley Park & Pool. The day started off a little dark and threatening clouds but they soon cleared out for a very summer and warm day.

Good food, giveaways, kids games, swimming and softball were part of the day. The normal officers versus firemen volleyball game was put on hold this year - but rest assured the officers would have won as usual if played!

Two Saturday Accidents Injure Several

Old French Rd & Gore Rd
Saturday July 12
Command: Chief 360

One person was injured Saturday evening after taking a spill on a motorcycle. Chief 360 arrived to find a single vehicle (motorcycle) accident with one person down in the road. The lone occupant was not seriously injured. Rescue 368 and Utility 367 assisted Emergycare with packaging the patient and then secured the scene.

Fire: Belle Valley
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Millcreek Police

Wattsburg Rd at I-90
Saturday July 12
Command: Deputy Chief 370

BVFD and Emergycare were dispatched to an MVA early Saturday afternoon at the I-90 interchange. Deputy Chief 370 arrived to find two vehicles, a pick up truck and an SUV, with moderate damage and 3-4 injured occupants. One of those occupants was trapped in the SUV. 370 requested two additional ambulances from Kuhl Hose to assist. Rescue 368 arrived and used the Hurst Tool to remove the driver side door of the SUV to extricate the trapped patient. Three patients were transported to St. Vincent Hospital while the driver of the truck was not injured.

Fire: Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose
EMS: Emergycare
Law: Millcreek Police, PA State Police

Rescue Responds To Perry Hi-Way MVA into House

Old French Rd - Summit Twp
Friday July 11
Command: Chief 420

Friday night Perry Hi-Way FD was dispatched initially to a building collapse on Old French Road. As more information was received the dispatchers advised a car ran into a house and several people were trapped. Chief 420 requested Rescue 368 to assist. Upon their arrival Perry Hi-Way Rescue 428 found a single vehicle into the side of a house.

Perry Hi-Way crews began to work on extricating the occupants of the vehicle. They used a Hurst Tool to open the rear of the vehicle. Both occupants were able to get out on their own. At least one of them was transported to a local hospital. Rescue 368 went inside and inspected the house. One person was in the house at the time of the accident but was not injured. The accident caused quite a bit of damage to the house including its foundation.

Fire: Perry Hi-Way, Belle Valley
EMS: Emergycare, Millcreek Paramedics
Law: PA State Police

Three Firefighters Injured When Tower 369 Has Catastrophic Failure

Wednesday June 25

Last night (Wednesday) Tower 369 was at Wattsburg FD Station 17 to help them reposition a radio antenna. Three firefighters (2 BV and 1 WB) were in the bucket raised approximately 80 feet when a cable snapped causing the ladder to suffer a catastrophic failure. All extended sections of the ladder retracted rapidly coming to a jolting stop in the bottom section. All three firefighters were injured and one had to be extricated from the bucket. All three were transported to UPMC Hamot Trauma Center. Two of the them have been admitted but none of the injuries are considered life threatening.

The aerial and bucket were heavily damaged. An investigation of the accident is now underway.

BVFD would like to thank the responding crews from Wattsburg, Greenfield, Elgin, Union City, Emergycare and Corry Ambulance as well as the staff at UPMC Hamot.

We would also like to thank everyone who has sent there well wishes.

Our Office Manager Gets Married

Friday June 20

Last night our Office Manager (and den mother) ended her longtime overseas courtship and married her beau Harri Siren. Laura and Harri were married at a small ceremony and reception at Bromley's Hillhurst Bed & Breakfast in Titusville. Congratulations and good luck to the newlyweds. By the way, what an appropriate new last name considering where she works!

The new Laura and Harri Siren

One Injured After Motorcycle Hits SUV

5400 Perry Highway
Friday June 13
Command: 36 L 9

The driver of a motorcycle was injured tonight after running into the rear of an SUV. Station 36 & MPS responded around 7pm to the accident. The accident caused moderate damage to both vehicles. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The occupants of the SUV were not injured. Rescue 368 and Engine 362 responded. Millcreek Police are investigating

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

Hikers Rescued From Wintergreen Gorge

Wintergreen Gorge / Penn State Behrend - Harborcreek Twp
Thursday June 12
Command: Chief 240

Four people were trapped in Wintergreen Gorge requiring rescue crews to come to their aid. Brookside was initially dispatched late Thursday afternoon. Chief 240 requested BVFD and other departments to assist in the rescue. The four hikers were trapped on a cliff after trying to ascend the wet hill after a rain storm. Responding crews rappelled down the gorge to the victims and assisted them to the top. None of the hikers were injured.

Fire: Brookside, Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose, Perry HiWay, Erie Co ROPES Team (BV, Wattsburg, Kearsarge, West Ridge, Edinboro, Fairview)
EMS: Emergycare

BVFD RIT Responds To Fairfield Fire

Lee Avenue - Harborcreek Twp
Thursday June 5
Command: Chief 260

A garage fire in the Fairfield area of Harborcreek required BVFD to respond as a RIT Team. Dispatchers reported a structure fire with possible entrapment. First due units reported a working fire in an attached garage. All occupants were able to escape uninjured. Crews made a good stop on the blaze containing it mostly to the garage. BVFD responded with Rescue 368, luckily the RIT was not utilized. The fire is under investigation

Fire: Fairfield, Belle Valley, Harborcreek, Brookside, Lawrence Park, Wesleyville
EMS: Emergycare

Jim Petrone Retires As Active Firefighter After 50 Years

Wednesday June 4

After 50 years of service to the Belle Valley Fire Department, Jim Petrone hung up his helmet and suspenders during June's monthly business meeting. A pre-meeting "retirement" party in honor of Jim was held that included several members of his family. Jim officially joined BVFD in June of 1964 and has held pretty much every position ever since including Chief, President, Treasurer & Board of Director. Over the years he has been instrumental in vehicle & equipment purchases, firehouse construction, training and fundraising. Most importantly he was been instrument in saving many lives and numerous properties.

Although Jim has retired from being an active firefighter, he will be remaining as an active member concentrating on business operations. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and is our Treasurer.

BVFD Divers & ATV 377 Assists Edinboro at Triathlon

Saturday May 31

On Saturday members of the Millcreek Dive & Water Rescue Team along with BVFD's ATV377 were out assisting Edinboro FD at the annual Edinboro Triathlon. Divers and water rescue techs stood by during the swimming portion of the event. ATV377 along with other all terrain vehicles patrolled the race course to assist with any injuries. Other departments at the event included Edinboro, West Ridge, West Lake, Lake Shore, Lake City and West Mead #2. There were no serious incidents.

BVFD & West Ridge Water Rescue Training

Sunday May 11

Members from Stations 36 & 46 participated in an early morning joint dive / water rescue training at the Villa Maria pool Sunday. The divers and water rescue techs that participated in the training went over several scenarios using West Ridge's boat, practiced line throws and the divers did there yearly review. Six BVFD members also participated in and passed diver tryouts. Next step for them is the Open Water Diver course. Thanks to West Ridge Fire Department for inviting us to the pool.

Going over dive equipment

Diver wannabe's during tryout

Reviewing West Ridge's boat

Interstate Semi Truck Fire

I-90 at the westbound off ramp
Sunday May 4
Command: Chief 360

A tractor trailer caught fire traveling on I-90 late Sunday night. Station 36 was toned out around 10:30pm for the fire. Dispatch reported several calls had come into the 911 center reporting the fire, an explosion and an injury to the driver. Engine 362, Engine 363 and Truck 367 all responded. Millcreek Paramedics were also started. Chief 360 arrived first finding the rear of the trailer heavily involved. The truck was carrying milk products. Both engines arrived and stretched attack lines. A tanker from Kuhl Hose was requested for additional water. It took less than 15 minutes to knock down the flames but crews remained on location for about an hour. Millcreek Paramedics took the driver of the truck to Millcreek Community Hospital due to injuries from a tire exploding. The fire is under investigation.

Fire: Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics
Law: PA State Police

Saturday Morning Wreck with Pin

Wattsburg Rd at the I-90 Westbound On Ramp
Saturday April 26
Command: Deputy Chief 370

Just before 8AM Saturday, BVFD and MPS were alerted to an accident with entrapment on the westbound on ramp to Interstate 90. An additional ambulance was sent and a medical helicopter was placed on stand by. MP28 arrived first and reported two vehicles with moderate damage and confirmed one person was entrapped. Rescue 368 arrived within a couple minutes and began to work on the extrication. Engine 362 stretched a hand line upon their arrival and secured the other vehicle. It only took a few minutes to make access to the victim using Hurst Tools. A third ambulance was requested to the scene for the driver of the second vehicle. Both victims were transported to the trauma center with moderate injuries.

Fire: Belle Valley (R368, E362, U367)
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics (MP8, MP27, MP28)
Law: Millcreek Police, PA State Police

Pictures: Capt. Krahnke, BVFD

Minor Fire At Apartment Building

Treetop Drive
Thursday April 24
Command: Perry Hwy L1

An alarm at a garden apartment was found to be a working fire upon the arrival of first in crews at Granada Apartments Thursday morning. Engine 432 found the fire in a wall in an unoccupied apartment under renovations. As Tower 369 was responding they came across an MVA with injuries at Route 505 & Young Road. Due to the tower stopping to render aid an additional ladder truck was sent to the fire. After clearing the accident Tower 369 continued to the fire and upon arriving assisted with overhaul. Other units on scene included Tower 479 and Kearsarge manpower. The fire is being investigated.

Fire: Kearsarge, Belle Valley (T369), Perry HiWay, West Ridge, Kuhl Hose-RIT

Summit Mobile Home Fire

Applewood Lane - Summit Twp.
Tuesday April 22
Command: Chief 420

Station 36 was dispatched to respond with Perry HiWay on a Tuesday afternoon structure fire. Kuhl Hose Chief 680 arrived to find a working shed fire extending to a mobile home. Engine 362 responded and assisted in suppression efforts. The shed was lost while the home had a considerable amount of damage. A State Police Fire Marshall is investigating

Fire: Perry HiWay, Belle Valley (E362), Kuhl Hose, McKean, Brookside

Picture: Don Erbin, Jr/Jeff Barrett

Off Road Vehicle Fire

Lake Pleasant Road
Sunday April 20
Command: Chief 360

While on an investigation Millcreek Police found a vehicle on fire several hundred feet off the road early Sunday morning. The property owner uses the land next to the residence for off road vehicles. Upon arrival crews found a pick up truck heavily involved. A single hand line was pulled from Engine 362 to contain the blaze. ATV377 assisted on scene due to the vehicles location. Crews were back in quarters in less than an hour.

Fire: Belle Valley (E362, E363, T367, ATV377)
Law: Millcreek Police

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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