Belle Valley Fire Department

BVFD - Station 36

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Fatal Brookside Accident

7400 Station Road
Monday September 21st
Command: Chief 240

Rescue 368 was requested to assist Brookside FD at the scene of a two vehicle MVA with entrapment early Monday morning. Responding companies were advised that a van had run into the rear of a Harborcreek school bus with children on board. Chief 240 arrived to find the van with very heavy front end damage and one person trapped in it. Several kids on the bus complained of injuries so additional ambulances were requested. Crews from Rescues 368 and 248 worked for some time to free the trapped victim of the van who was unfortunately deceased. Approximately a hand full of children from the bus were transported to the hospital, all with non life threatening injuries.

Fire: Brookside, Belle Valley,
EMS: Emergycare, Kuhl Hose, Wesleyville, Greenfield
Law: PA State Police

September 11th Memorials

September 11, 2015
Blasco Library & Millcreek

Erie 9/11 Memorial at Blasco Library

Members of BVFD participated in two 9/11 memorials today to mark to 14th anniversary of the attack on the United States.

The first one was Friday morning at Erie's 9/11 Memorial Site at the Blasco Library in downtown Erie. Several people attended the event including many local emergency responders. The site has a steel beam piece of the World Trade Center as part of the memorial. A twenty-one gun salute and singing of the National Anthem took place.

Friday evening firefighters from all over Millcreek gathered at 12th & Peninsula for the annual Millcreek 9/11 Memorial. BVFD firefighters with Tower 369 attended the event along with several other pieces of Millcreek apparatus. A twenty-one gun salute, prayer and Taps were played during the event.

The largest flag in the Erie region was displayed at both events. Erie Fire Tower 2X and West Ridge Tower 479 held the flag in earlier event. Tower 479 along with West Lake Truck 489 held it in the evening memorial.

Millcreek 9/11 Memorial

Millcreek fire apparatus along Peninsula Drive

Photo - Top photo at the Blasco Library thanks the Go Erie.Com

Accident Injures Three

Lake Pleasant Road
Tuesday July 28th
Command: Chief 361

BVFD and MPS were dispatched for am MVA Tuesday on Lake Pleasant Rd. Chief 361 arrived to find a dump truck and mini van had hit head on. The truck also ran into an electric pole. Two occupants from the van were transported to the hospital. The driver of the truck was injured but denied transport. Rescue 368 and three MPS ambulances responded. Millcreek Police are investigating.

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

Harborcreek Garage Fire

Hannon Road
Monday June 20th
Command: Chief 240

BVFD assisted Brookside at a garage fire on Hannon Road in Harborcreek Monday morning. First in crews found heavy fire in the large garage. Several handlines were used for contain the blaze. Tower 369 and Engine 362 both responded with Brookside along with several other departments. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. BVFD crews remained on scene for a few hours. The fire is under investigation.

Fire: Brookside, Belle Valley, Wesleyville, Kuhl Hose, Fairfield, Fuller

National Night Out at BVFD

BVFD Mourning the Loss of Firefighter Kyle Swain

It is with a deep regret and sad hearts that the Belle Valley Fire Department announce the passing of Firefighter Kyle Swain. Kyle was on a Military Leave and died during a training session in Tennessee on Thursday June 18th.

Kyle started BVFD in March 2007 as a Junior Firefighter and progressed over to regular active firefighter after he turned 18. He recently took a Military Leave of Absence to follow his lifelong dream of joining the U.S. Army. Kyle had worked for Emergycare as both an EMT and Telecommunicator prior to leaving for the Army. He had also worked for Millcreek Paramedic service prior to Emergycare.

To reach his goal of joining the military Kyle spent the last few years on a workout and diet regiment. During this time he lost an extreme amount of weight and got himself into great physical shape.

In addition to the fire department Kyle was involved in many activities, groups and sports throughout the years. He made many friends because of his participation. He was very well liked and respected.

We would like to give our sincerest condolences to Kyle's family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Rest in peace Kyle, and keep an eye over the rest of us.

Electrical Fire

Pinehurst Drive
Saturday June 13th
Command: Deputy Chief 370

Saturday afternoon Erie County Dispatch alerted us for an electrical fire in a basement. Deputy Chief 370 arrived to find light smoke coming from the attached garage. Truck 429 arrived and began to investigate followed shortly by Engine 362. Crews determined the source was coming from the garage and not the basement. After further investigation it was found to be a defective light ballast. The light was removed from the ceiling. No ventilation was needed. Crews were clear in a half hour.

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

Gorge Rescue

Wintergreen Gorge - Harborcreek Twp.
Friday June 12th
Command: Chief 240

Crews from Station 36 assisted Brookside at Wintergreen Gorge for a person stranded along the creek. Three people were hiking in the gorge when the creek began to rise from thunderstorms. A female became stranded on a small landing that was in danger of becoming submerged. Rescue 368, Utility 367 and ATV 377 all responded from BVFD. Chief 240 had command. A full water and rope rescue response was started due to the situation. Crews from Brookside were already in the woods searching for the woman as we arrived. ATV377 ventured back along the gorge to search for the victim while Rescue 368 along with Harborcreek Rescue 228 crews set up for a potential rope water rescue at the Cooper Road bridge. The victim was successfully rescued by members of the Lake City Water Rescue team without incident.

Fire: Brookside, Belle Valley, Harborcreek, Lake City, Kearsarge, Lake Shore, Fairview, West Ridge
Law: Penn State-Behrend Police

BVFD Members To Play In Guns & Hoses Softball Challenge

First it was on the ice. Now its on the diamond.

The Erie SeaWolves are sponsoring 1st Annual Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Challenge to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Erie County. The game will be held on Sunday, July 26th at Jerry Uht Park. Tickets are $10 and include admission to the SeaWolves game at 1:35 p.m. followed by the Guns & Hoses game.

The matchup will feature area firefighters & EMS providers, including some from Belle Valley, competing against officers from the Millcreek Police Department.

The Guns & Hoses game will raise awareness about NAMI's programs and proceeds from game will provide books, materials and classroom education at no cost to NAMI's participants.

NAMI of Erie County is proud to be partnering with the Erie SeaWolves, local firefighters, and local police officers, to make this event possible.

Vehicle Fire

Interstate 90 at Route 97
Wednesday June 6th
Command: Chief 420

Just after 5pm Saturday BVFD was dispatched to a vehicle fire at I-90 near Route 8. As crews were responding the vehicle was actually found at I-90 and Route 97 in Summit Township. Perry HiWay was then requested. Engines 423 & 362 both worked to extinguish the blaze. Units were on scene for about a half hour. There were no injuries.

Fire: Belle Valley, Perry HiWay
Law: PA State Police

Wager Road Grass Fire

Wager Road west Bundy Drive
Saturday June 6th
Command: Safety 36S1

One engine was needed to contain a small grass fire Saturday afternoon. BVFD was dispatched just after 2:30pm for the report of a wildfire behind the Country Fair on Wattsburg Road. 36S1 arrived to find the fire in an area of high grass on Wager Road. Engine 362 responded and contained the blaze to an area of approximately 50' × 50'.

RIT Response to North East

South Lake Street
Wednesday May 20th
Command: Chief 200

Rear of the apartment building

A little before 3:30 am North East FD was dispatched for a reported structure fire on South Lake Street near Ridge-U-Rak. First due Fuller Engine 202 arrived to find three buildings ablaze including a garage with extension to a two story structure apartment building and a one story store front. The location of the fire was actually almost behind Fuller's fire station. North East Chief 200 arrived and immediately struck a 2nd alarm. Approximately 20 minutes into the incident Belle Valley was dispatched for additional RIT crew. Rescue 368 responded with 5 crew members and upon arrival we assumed the RIT for the rear portion of the structures while Kuhl Hose Engine 683 worked the front RIT. Several crews worked to control the blaze. There was an extensive amount of salvage and overhaul that was needed. The fire is under investigation by the NEFD and the PA State Police Fire Marshall. There were no injuries reported. Rescue 368 remained on scene for a little more than an hour and a half.

Fire: North East (Fuller & Crescent), Belle Valley, Harborcreek, Greenfield, Fairfield, Brookside, Kuhl Hose, Lawrence Park (transfer assignment)
EMS: Crescent FD & Emergycare
Law: North East Police, PA State Police

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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