Belle Valley Fire Department

BVFD - Station 36

BVFD News, Calls and Information

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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

Calls By Month


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
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.

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

I-90 MVA Involving PA State Police Cruiser

Interstate 90 Milemarker 30- Harborcreek Twp
Friday December 19th
Command: Chief 250

BVFD, MPS and Brookside were dispatched to an MVA on I-90 that involved a PSP cruiser Friday just after noon. MP37 arrived to find two vehicles with moderate damage with one car up a step embankment. The ambulance crew reported a class 1 patient. Both Belle Valley & Brookside units arrived minutes later. Crews extricated the victim who was taken to the trauma center by MP37 and BVFD personnel. Brookside transported the PSP Trooper to the hospital as well. I-90 was backed up in both direction for quite awhile.

Fire: Belle Valley, Brookside
EMS: Millcreek Paramedics, Emergycare
Law: Pa State Police

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

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