BVFD - Station 36
BVFD News, Calls and Information
Crab Apple Drive
Command: Asst Chief 361
Wednesday November 27th
BVFD was dispatched to a fire alarm Wednesday afternoon at a newly built apartment building next to Apple Blossom Place Apartments. Upon arrival crews found an active alarm with large amounts of water coming out of the south end apartments. After determining the problem was a broken sprinkler pipe the system was shut off along with the power to the building. The broken pipe was found in the attic above apartment 201. Crews from Engine 362, Tower 369, Kuhl Hose Engine 683 and Perry Hi-Way Truck 429 worked to relieve the water pressure building up in the ceiling and walls. The water caused several thousands of dollars worth of damage to the building. Building occupants had to be re-located due to the situation.
Fire: Belle Valley (36), Kuhl Hose (68), Perry HiWay (42)
November 24, 2013
Here are some picture updates for Rescue 368's refurb
Driver side - notice new roll up door and all orange paint on body
Rear of truck. Updated lighting. Will have chevrons when completed
New oil dry hopper, chute will come out on officer high side compartment
Election for 2014 were held today at the firehouse. The winners are...
Assistant Chief...Tom Krahnke, Sr
Deputy Chief...John Semple
Vice President...Doug Richards
Asst Secretary...Jeremy Moreland
Asst Treasurer...Laura O'Connell
On Saturday November 9th the Belle Valley FD celebrated its 75th anniversary with a grand banquet at the Concourse of Union Station. Attendees included our current members, many of our past members, the BVFD Ladies Auxiliary, representatives from our mutual aid departments, Millcreek Paramedic Service & Millcreek Police along with their guests. Millcreek Township Supervisor Joe Kujawa, State Representatives Flo Fabrizio and Ryan Bizzarro along with State Senator Sean Wiley were also in attendance. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr. Richard Gibbons, Director of the PA Dept. of Health - Bureau of EMS.
The events started off with an opening ceremony performed by the Edinboro Fire Department Honor Guard presenting a helmet and bunker coat from yesteryear and today. Dinner followed right afterwards.
After dinner a 75 year video retrospect of BVFD was played for the audience. The video was produced using pictures, videos, TV news recordings and newspaper clippings that people have taken over the years.
Following the video presentation President Skonieczki and Chief Semple spoke for a few moments to the crowd. Then our special guest and keynote speaker took the podium. Actor, writer, director and fire service ambassador Randolph Mantooth, who played Johnny Gage in the 1970’s TV show “Emergency!”, entertained everyone with a very interesting and eye opening speech on why we do what we do every day in the fire & EMS world , and how not to become insensitive & indifferent while doing it.
Recognitions and awards were presented after Mr. Mantooth’s talk. Service recognition awards were handed out to all current members. Special recognition awards were given out to three members with 50 or more years of service to BVFD. Jim Petrone and Jim Stiner each received recognition for 50 years while Sam Brady was recognized for his 53 years with BVFD. All former members in attendance received a “thank you for your dedication” card. Other recognition awards were handed out to our primary mutual aid fire departments, Millcreek Police, Millcreek Paramedics, Millcreek Township and our Ladies Auxiliary. Special recognition gifts were given to our officer manager, longtime Ladies Auxiliary member Mary Anne Brown, and to Chief Semple’s daughter.
Our yearly member awards were handed out and the winners are...
President’s Award...Dave Nientimp
Chiefs Award...Andy Stiner
Rookie of the Year...Ryan Geist
Support Person of the Year...Pat Smith
Dave Teubert Safety Award...Tom Krahnke, Sr
EMS Provider of the Year...Josh Ely
Rescue Technician of the Year...Tom Krahnke, Jr
Firefighter of the Year...Jeremy Moreland
After the real awards were presented the fun “gag gifts” were given out. Those “winners” include:
Josh Ely (winning the beloved BVFD Golden Mic Award)
A fun night was had by all. It was great getting to see old and now new friends.
Pictures will be posted soon.
BVFD would like to congratulate Captain Thomas Krahnke, Jr. on his marriage to Erica Jaworek on Saturday November 2nd. The new Mr. & Mrs. Krahnke were married at the Belle Valley Presbyterian Church with the reception held at BVFD. Good luck to both of you.
Mr. & Mrs. Captain Krahnke
Rescue 368's refurbishment is still ongoing. Here are a couple pictures taken at the paint shop.
BVFD held the 75th anniversary edition Open House on Saturday October 19th. Although the weather didn't quite cooperate as it rained most of the day, a steady crowd was on hand throughout the event.
Displays included information about the flood of 2009, recruitment, general FD information, Millcreek Police Bomb Team, Millcreek Paramedic Service, UPMC Hamot and 911. BVFD crews performed demonstrations throughout the day that included a vehicle fire, vehicle extrication and SCUBA diving. Our apparatus was spit shined and showing off to the residents as well.
A few other fire departments we on hand showing off some of their equipment as well including Kuhl Hose, Erie, Wattsburg, Fairfield and West Ridge.
Residents looking at the BVFD apparatus on display
SCUBA diving demonstration
Fire Safety House
Vehicle fire demonstration
For more photos go to our Facebook page
Former BVFD Firefighter Dave Squires is now featured in our Member Spotlight page. Dave recently retired as the Chief of the Seward, Alaska Fire Department. Click on the Member Spotlight link to the right for Dave's bio.
Chief Dave Squires
Command: Asst Chief 361
Friday September 27th
Station 36 and MPS were dispatched for a reported rollover in a residential area Friday evening. Millcreek Police arrived minutes later reporting one semi-conscious person trapped in the rolled over SUV. With Rescue 368 being out for refurbishment, Brookside Rescue 248 was special called. Assistant Chief 361 got on scene and confirmed the entrapment and requested Erie FD for an additional rescue. Crews from Engine 362, Engine 363 and Truck 379 stabilized the SUV and began to work on access to the victim. Erie Rescue/Engine 8 assisted with stabilizing and extrication. The patient was transported to Hamot by Millcreek Paramedics.
Fire: Belle Valley (36), Brookside (24), Erie
Wednesday September 11th
This past Wednesday BVFD participated in local memorials remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
For the first time Belle Valley members gathered at Burton Funeral Home on Norcross Road for a private remembrance. The funeral home has had a beautiful memorial on their property for several years dedicated to the men & women who died in the attacks. Our members reflected back on the tragic day and other events that occurred because of it.
Burton Funeral Home Memorial
Every year several area departments gather at 12th & Peninsula Drive in Station 48's district to show our support to all the people that were killed that day. A large flag is displayed as it is being held up by Tower 479 and Truck 489. Belle Valley was represented by Engine 363 and four crewmembers. Several area restaurants donated food for the event. Participating departments included Belle Valley, West Lake, West Ridge, Kearsarge, Lake Shore, Edinboro and Millcreek Paramedics.
12th & Peninsula Dr
Lake Pleasant Rd near Arbuckle Rd
Command: Deputy Chief 370
Friday September 6th
Engine 362 responded to a car fire late Friday afternoon. Deputy Chief 370 was first on scene finding a car heavily engulfed in the engine compartment. Crews used a single 1-3/4" line for extinguishment. It only took about five minutes to bring under control. The car was heavily damaged.
Monday August 26
Belle Valley Fire Department has been notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that we have been selected to receive a grant for a vehicle exhaust system. The grant, known as the Assistance to Firefighters Grant, will be just under $63,000.
The exhaust system will remove dangerous exhaust fumes from the truck bay when a vehicle is running. These systems hook directly onto the exhaust pipes of the rigs while in the station.
Sunday August 25
Rescue 368, our 1996 KME heavy rescue, has been sent to Fire & Marine Inc. (FMI) in Springfield, Ohio for refurbishment. Work being done by FMI will include extensive customized compartments with specially fabricated shelving, mounts and tool boards, new oil dry hopper & chute, new EMS cabinet, upgrade to the cascade system, replacement of the current swing out compartment doors to new roll up style doors, replace current scene lights with new LED lights, new emergency lights, add new rear chevrons, new paint and graphics. The work should take 2-3 months to complete.
We are very familiar with the work of FMI. They custom fabricated shelving and tool boards for Tower 369 after it was built in 2010. The company does a lot of work for Sutphen Fire Apparatus as well as their own special order work.
We will update you as the refurb proceeds.