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Call Totals
2015 920
2014 1863
2013 1863
2012 1823
2011 1694

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle into the Building:  West 26th Street and Peninsula Drive

Saturday, July 4th - As the membership was preparing to take a group photo, WRFD and MPS were alerted to a vehicle into a building at the Burger King West 26th & Peninsula.  Engine 474 arrived on location and found 1 vehicle that had made intrusion into the building.  Crews inspected the building to make sure that the building was sound so that no persons would be in danger later on.  Crews remained on scene for around 40 minutes.


Millcreek Township Fourth of July Parade

Saturday, July 4th - Today, the Millcreek Township Fourth of July Parade celebrated 50 years.  West Ridge Fire Department was honored to be part of the celebration.  For many years now, WRFD has participated in this annual tradition.  The morning started off with a buffet breakfast prepared by the Auxiliary.  Afterwards, all of the apparatus proceeded down the West 12th Street to wait their turn to make it down the parade route.  As the apparatus was proceeding down the route, several people waved, said thank you and were treated to candy courtesy of WRFD.  Thank you to the Auxiliary for preparing the breakfast and to those members who took time of their holiday to participate.


Fourth of July Parade Cleanup

Monday, June 29th - Tonight, in preparation for the upcoming Millcreek Township, Lawrence Park Township and North East Cherry Fest parades, crews went to work on making the apparatus look incredibly.  Not only tonight, but for several days, members spent several hours cleaning out the cabinets, washing, waxing and detailing all the apparatus.  The membership showed awesome firehouse pride by taking so much time cleaning the apparatus.


Western Pennsylvania Fire Departments Pay Their Respects to Brother Firefighter

Thursday, June 25th - A fellow firefighter with the Belle Valley Fire Department, who was serving with the US Army, passed away a few days ago while training in Kentucky.  The firefighter's name was Kyle Swain.  On Thursday, Kyle's body was flown to the Pittsburgh International Airport.  At the airport, Allegheny County Police and Airport Firefighters assisted with pallbearer duties from the plane to the hearse.  As the procession was making their way towards Erie, fire departments from Allegheny County to Erie County were visible either on the side of the interstate or on the overpasses to pay their respect to Kyle and his family.  Multiple American flags and arches were also setup.  When the procession neared the Edinboro rest stop on Interstate 79, multiple Millcreek and Erie County Fire Departments joined in to escort Kyle and his family back home.  As the procession neared the funeral home, additional Erie County Fire Departments along with Erie City Fire Department and multiple EMS agencies were present to also pay their respect.  The procession then passed under an arch setup by the Belle Valley Fire Department.  On Friday, June 26th, Kyle's family, friends and fellow firefighters came together to celebrate Kyle's life.  The West Ridge Fire Department send their thoughts and prayers to Kyle's family, friends and to the Belle Valley Fire Department.   


Sunday Afternoon Vehicle Accident:  5000 block Sterrettania Road

Sunday, June 21st - This afternoon, WRFD and MPS were alerted for a vehicle accident in the 5000 block of Sterrettania Road.  Crews arrived on location and found 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage.  As crews were tending to patient care, the remaining crews went to work on traffic control and handling debris.  Once both vehicles were clear and the debris was removed, the roadway was opened back up fully after about 30 minutes.


Member Achieves Fire Instructor II and National EMT Registry Certification

Sunday, June 21st - Recently, Active Honorary Firefighter Jim Jones, Jr. earned his Fire Instructor II certification.  Jones, Jr. training for his Fire Instructor II certification was held at the National Air Force Fire Training Academy.  Jones, Jr. also recently passed the test to earn his National EMT Registry Certification.  Good job!!


Engine 474 Participates in Lake City FD Carnival Parade

Saturday, June 20th - This afternoon, Engine 474 traveled out to Lake City to participate in annual Lake City Fire Company Carnival parade.  Before the parade, came the judging portion.  A short time later, the engine made the way along the parade route through the town.  Several other fire departments from Erie and Crawford counties also participated in the parade.  After the parade, the crew made their way to the carnival grounds to enjoy some dinner and fellowship with other firefighters.  While over at the carnival, WRFD was awarded a trophy for best custom pumper and best commercial pumper.


 


Elks Lodge Donates Funds to WRFD

Monday, June 15th - At tonight's meeting, it was announced by President Lu Lawson that the Erie Elks Lodge #67 recently made a $1,500 donation to the West Ridge Fire Department.  The donation came from funds raised by the Elks from their small games of chance.  $1,000 of the donation will be put towards the new engine, which is currently under design.  The remaining $500 will be put towards WRFD operations.  Special thank you to the Elks Lodge for their generous donation. 


West 32nd Street and Zuck Road Vehicle Accident

Thursday, May 28th - During the early evening hours, WRFD and MPS were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of West 32nd Street and Zuck Road.  Deputy Chief 471 arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate damage.  Engine 472 arrived on location and assisted Millcreek Paramedics with removing 1 of the drivers from a vehicle.  Afterwards, the crew went to work on handling fluids and debris while Fire Police handled traffic duties.


Rescue Assists Station 40 on Sterrettania Road

Saturday, May 23rd - This afternoon, Engine 474 was dispatched as a rescue to assist 40 (McKean) on a vehicle accident on Sterrettania Road just south of Interstate 90.  Engine 474, with 6 Volunteers, arrived on location and assisted with securing the vehicle while Fire Police handled scene safety and traffic control.  Engine 474 operated on scene for around 20 minutes.


Tower Goes to West Lake on Reported Structure Fire

Wednesday, May 20th - Tower 479 along with Engine 474 were dispatched to assist 48 (West Lake) on a reported structure fire at the Clarion Bel-Air Hotel this afternoon.  Tower 479 arrived on location, took position on the east side of the building.  First arriving crews on location reported no fire, but an odor of smoke in the building.  The Tower crew then went to the roof to assist crews already on the roof with checking the HVAC units.  With nothing found there, the crew then went inside to assist interior crews.  After searching for a bit, the odor of smoke was traced to an overhead light fixture that malfunctioned.


Afternoon Structure Fire on South Shore Drive

Wednesday, May 20th - Engine 474 along with companies from 48 (West Lake), 50 (Lake Shore), 82 (Erie Airport) responded to South Shore Drive in West Lake's first due for a residential structure fire.  Companies arrived on location and reported a working fire.  As the first crews were inside the structure, the evacuation tone was activated due to conditions becoming unsafe for interior crews.  The crew from 474 assisted with fire suppression along with overhaul and opening up.


Vehicle Accident:  4100 Block West Ridge Road

Monday, May 18th - This afternoon, WRFD and MPS were alerted for a vehicle accident in the 4100 block of West Ridge Road.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS advised that 1 of the vehicles had rolled over with possible ejection.  Millcreek Township 936 arrived on location, reported 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage with no ejection.  Engine 474 arrived no location and assisted with patient care along with handling fluids and debris.  Fire Police handled traffic duties.  Companies cleared the scene at the start of the afternoon rush hour.


WRFD Travels to Harrisburg Fire Expo to Gather Ideas

Sunday, May 17th - This past weekend, several members had the opportunity to attend the Harrisburg Fire Expo at the Farm Show Complex.  The expo is one of the largest expos in the country.  While at the expo, the members had a chance to tour various apparatus that was on display along with visiting the hundreds of vendors who were also there.  One of the goals of this weekend's trip was to gather ideas and to talk to people regarding the new engine that WRFD is currently in the beginning stages of designing.  Now with several ideas in mind, it is now time for the committee to take those ideas and put them into the new engine.  The new engine is tentatively scheduled to arrive at WRFD sometime by the end of 2015 or early 2016.


Engine 472 Responds to Trailer Fire in West Lake

Monday, May 11th - While crews were cleaning up from a night of engine company operations training, storms began to roll into the area.  At the same time, West Ridge was dispatched to assist West Lake on a trailer fire on Auditori Drive.  When the first crews arrived on location, they found a working fire inside a trailer at the entrance to the trailer park.  Engine 472, staffed with 6 Volunteers, arrived on location, pulled a attack line around to the rear of the trailer and began suppression and water supply operations.  As crews were working on extinguishing the fire, they also had to work around a large tree that had fallen on the same trailer.  As crews were working, Tower 479 and Engine 502 (Lake Shore) were dispatched to assist West Lake on a gas leak in the same trailer park.  Once this call was handled, the tower crew then assisted with operations.  Crews were able to have the fire knocked down within 45 minutes.  Photos courtesy of Bryan Franz.


WRFD Makes Donation to Local Fire Museum

Thursday, April 30th - This evening, representatives from the Firefighter's Historical Museum arrived at Station 46 to accept at $2,200 donation from the West Ridge Fire Department.  The donation was made possible by the fundraising efforts that took place during the 75th Anniversary Gala, which was held back in February.  WRFD President Lu Lawson, Fire Chief Dan Ouellet and members of the Gala planning committee presented the check to Secretary Mike Fahey from the museum.  Fahey stated that the funds would be used towards utilities and up keep of the museum.  If you are interested in visiting the museum, please visit their website by clicking on the following link...http://www.firefightershistoricalmuseum.com/


First Due Garage Fire on West 25th Street

Thursday, April 30th - This afternoon, units from 46, 48 Engine, 50 Engine and MPS were dispatched to the 3000 block of West 25th Street for a reported structure fire.  Engine 474 arrived on location and found a detached garage with smoke showing.  The crew then pulled an attack line, entered the garage, encountered moderate to heavy smoke conditions and had the fire extinguished quickly.  Tower 479 arrived on location and went to work on assisting the 479 crew and ventilation.  Additional manpower stood by on the scene or at the hydrant.  Companies remained on location for about 45 minutes.


Model Wooden Fire Truck Donated to WRFD

Monday, April 27th - This evening, while crews were working on supply line operations, Matt Wesmiller stopped by.  Matt is a past member of WRFD and is currently serving in the US Army.  Matt stopped by to present a model wooden fire truck that was built by his Grandfather Harold Wesmiller.  Thank you to Matt and Harold for the donation.  The truck will be displayed in the Board Room at Station 46.


Engine Company Operations:  Large Diameter Hose Operations

Monday, April 27th - This evening, the members continued on with the Engine Company Operations class.  For tonight's session, crews worked on large diameter hose operations drills.  The drills included working on a forward lay, dressing the hydrant and the fundamentals on large diameter hose.  After multiple evolutions, crews then worked on using the supply line when traversing down a large drive way or an alley way.  Crews also worked on using the deck gun and the Blitz Fire gun.  The training will continue next week with crews working on hand line operations.


WRFD Wins Fire Prevention Award

Monday, April 20th - At the recent Public Safety Awards, West Ridge FD was awarded 2nd place in the fire prevention category.  The fire prevention program at WRFD has always been very strong.  Fire Prevention Week at WRFD begins in September and doesn't end until around the middle of November.  Every year, the members at WRFD speak to around 2,000 school children throughout the first due.  Special thank you to Charlie and Pat Heffner who spend countless hours ordering materials, scheduling visits and everything else that is involved with the fire prevention program.


Saturday Morning Training

Saturday, April 18th - With the sun shining and warm temperatures in the area, some members took advantage of the warm weather to take Tower 479 out for some aerial training.  The crew worked on hitting the hydrant, setting up Tower 479 for aerial operations, flying the tower and flowing water.


Afternoon Oven Fire on Holiday Drive

Friday, April 3rd - Also, this afternoon, WRFD along with an engine from 50 (Lake Shore), an engine from 48 (West Lake) and MPS responded to Holiday Drive for a reported structure fire.  As companies were responding, Erie County 911 stated that an oven was on fire inside the residence.  Millcreek Township 936 arrived on location and reported light smoke in the structure.  Tower 479 arrived on location, pulled an attack line to the door and upon investigation, found that the fire had already been knocked down.  Crews from 479 along with Engine 474 then went to work on ventilating the building and removing the oven from the kitchen.  After the smoke was vented, companies began to clear the scene.


Engine 474 Assists West Lake on Basement Fire

Friday, April 3rd - This afternoon, Engine 474 was dispatched to assist West Lake on a basement fire in the 900 block of Marshall Drive.  First arriving companies reported a 1 story ranch style residential building with a working fire in the basement.  Engine 474 arrived on location, dropped a supply line and went to work on suppression and water supply.  After the fire was declared under control, Engine 474 cleared the scene to respond to an oven fire in the first due on Holiday Drive.


Truck Company Class

Monday, March 30th - For the past several weeks, the membership at WRFD have been participating in a Truck Company 1 Class.  The class began with 2 classroom sessions where the fundamentals of truck work was discussed.  The last 2 classes consisted of hands on truck work including ventilation, forcible entry, laddering, search and rescue and using the various saws that are carried on a truck.  Special thanks to Joe Petrone from Kuhl Hose Fire Department, who was the lead instructor.  WRFD will also be participating in a RIT class along with an Engine Company class over the next several months.  


Fire Alarm Upgraded to Smoke in the Building

Tuesday, March 24th - During the early morning hours, Tower 479 was dispatched to assist Fairview FD for a fire alarm on Klier Drive.  As the Tower was pulling out, the assignment was upgraded to Smoke in the Building, which also brought Engine 472.  As the Tower and Engine were responding, both units were advised on a possible fire on the roof.  Upon arrival, Command had 479 stage on the alpha side.  A fire was found in one of the rooftop HVAC units.  The tower truck threw a 35 foot ladder to the roof since the building was too far off the road for the aerial to reach.  Crews ascended the ladder and went to work securing the utilities to the HVAC units and extinguishing the fire.  The Tower roof crew was assisted with manpower from Engine 502 (Lake Shore).  No extension was found into the building.  The crew from Engine 472 assisted on ventilation with crews from Fairview and Girard.  Companies cleared the scene an hour later.


West Ridge Participates in Escort for State Hockey Champs

Saturday, March 22nd - This evening, Tower 479 and Truck 477 was part of an escort to welcome home the Cathedral Prep Hockey Team, who won the state title earlier in the day.  The escort first began at the Edinboro interchange on Interstate 79 where PA State Police began the escort.  After exiting I-79, the escort continued a few blocks west, there the escort was met by 479, 477, Rescue 444 (Kearsarge) along with Millcreek Police and Erie City Police.  The escort then continued back onto Interchange Road and north on Interstate 79.  Upon exiting I-79 at West 12th Street, Erie FD Engine 11, Erie FD on duty Deputy Chief and Emergycare met up with the escort as it continued east on West 12th Street.  As the escort made the turn onto West 10th Street and pulled up to the school, many people gathered to welcome home the state champs.


Truck 477 and Tower 479 Escort Home OLP Ladies Basketball Team

Sunday, March 15th - Tonight, Truck 477 and Tower 479 escorted home the Our Lady of Peace Ladies Basketball Team home.  The team had competed earlier in the day in the state title basketball game.  Unfortunately, the team came in 2nd place.  However, when the team pulled into the parking lot and saw the fire department and Millcreek Police waiting for them, they were excited.  The escort went from Interchange Road to north on Zuck Road, across West 38th Street and into the parking lot of OLP.  Several parents and fans were waiting for the team when the escort pulled in.  Afterwards, a short reception was held inside the gym.


Immediate Response Team Press Conference

Monday, March 9th - This morning began a new chapter in the West Ridge Fire Department.  It was the first day that the newly hired part time paid Firefighters would be on duty.  The duty crew, or officially titled the Immediate Response Team or IRT, began the day by attending a press conference held at Station 47.  Just as the press conference was about to begin, the IRT was dispatched to their first call, which was an EMS run.  After returning, the press conference began with opening remarks by President Lu Lawson and Chief Dan Ouellet.  Several local dignitaries were in attendance along with the local media.  The IRT will be on duty staffing Engine 474 Monday - Friday from 8am - 6pm, except on holidays.


Immediate Response Team Orientation and Training

Friday, March 6th - Over the past 3 days, the newly hired members of the Immediate Response Team (IRT) spent time at Station 46 attending orientation and becoming familiar with the apparatus and operations of WRFD.  The IRT, in other words, is a crew of 3 part time paid firefighters who will be on duty Monday - Friday from 8am - 6pm.  The members of the IRT come to WRFD with various years of experience and from fire departments throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania.  The orientation consisted of filling out the required paperwork, going over time keeping procedures, the schedules, the employee hand book, radio system, hydrant system and how WRFD operates.  The part time firefighters also spent time becoming familiar with the layout of both engines and the truck.  Time was also spent on driving throughout the first due district, becoming familiar with the fire department connections at various multi-residential and commercial facilities and some pump training.  Today, crews also had the chance to become familiar with how Tower 479 works.  The IRT is scheduled to start staffing Engine 474 at Station 47 on Monday, March 9th.


Millcreek & County Departments Battle House Fire With Explosion

Thursday, February 25th - At 6am this morning, WRFD was dispatched for an engine to assist Station 40 (McKean) on a house fire with explosion in the 3800 block of Hershey Road in McKean Township.  Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported a working fire. The location of the house was down a long driveway, making getting to the house difficult. However due to some excellent maneuvering by the engine chauffeur, Engine 472 arrived on location, assumed 1st due responsibilities and went to work on suppression operations with the blitz fire and multiple 2 1/2" lines. Due to the location of the house, winter conditions and lack of hydrants in the area, additional engines, tankers and utility trucks were requested from 42, 68, 38, 14, 48 and 52. Fire Police handled traffic duties Truck 478 assisted with rehab operations. Crews remained on location for several hours.


Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game 2015

Saturday, February 21st - Today, local Law Enforcement, Firefighters and EMS personnel met up for the annual Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game.  This game has been taking place for the past 5 years.  The proceeds raised during the game are then donated to a different charity every year.  This year's charity was the local brand of NAMI.  Participating in the game from WRFD were Deputy Chief John Sorge, Deputy Chief Andy Kilmer, Firefighter Rob Laufenberg and Firefighter Matt Cramer.  Although in the end the Guns won 8-2, the real winner was NAMI, who was presented with a check for $7,500 at the Erie Otters game later that night.  After the charity hockey game, members and their families from West Ridge & West Lake gathered at a local downtown establishment to relax, kick back and enjoy some refreshments.  Later that night, several members of their families proceeded over to the Erie Insurance Arena for the Otters game.  Thank you to everyone to game out for this fun afternoon and for supporting both the teams.  Special thanks to Jackie Cramer for taking photos. 


Tuesday Evening Structure Fire on Walnut Ridge Drive

Tuesday, February 17th - Just before 5pm, units from 46, 48 (West Lake), 50 (Lake Shore) and MPS were dispatched to the 5000 block of Walnut Ridge Drive for a residential structure fire.  As Chief 460 was responding, ECDOPS advised of multiple calls being received.  Chief 460 then requested 44 (Kearsarge) for an engine.  Safety 1 arrived on location and reported a working fire.  A large header was visible as crews were responding to the scene.  Engine 472 and Engine 474 arrived on location, each laid a supply line from different hydrants, pulled multiple blitz fire lines and 2.5" lines and went to work on extinguishing the fire.  Ladder 489 arrived on location, took position on the front side of the structure and set up for master stream operations.  Crews worked for around 60 minutes to bring the fire under control.  Additional manpower from Engines 482, 502 and 442 assisted with suppression, opening up and overhaul.  Fire Police handled traffic while Truck 478 and the Auxiliary setup rehab operations.  Crews did have to battle temperatures in the teens, a frozen hydrant at the beginning along with a hydrant that was buried under several inches of snow.  Crews remained on location for around 4 hours.  While companies were on location, a call came in for a water line break at a local telemarketing firm.  Special thanks to Ladder 449 for handling this call with Assistant Chief 461.


Celebrating 75 Years of Service

Saturday, February 7th - This evening, the West Ridge Fire Department celebrated it's Diamond Anniversary at the Ambassador Center.  The evening started off with a cocktail hour.  During the cocktail hour, those in attendance had an opportunity to view several exhibits that were set up by the Firefighter's Historical Museum.  The evening then continued with a sit down dinner, which was wonderfully prepared by the kitchen staff.  Following dinner, several members were presented with their service awards.  Those receiving awards were Matt Bell (5 years), Jason Myers (5 years), Kyle Kunz (5 years), Andy Kilmer (10 years) and Gary Carver (25 years).  Brian Keinath, Scott Heidt and Pat Heffner were also honored for their years of service.  These 3 individuals were rewarded Honorary Member status within the past year.  Pennsylvania State Representative Ryan Bizzarro's office presented WRFD a proclamation from the PA House of Representatives congratulating WRFD on 75 years of service.  Matt Cramer was awarded the Rookie of the Year while Jerry DeRosa was Firefighter of the Year.  A look back through the history of WRFD video was also presented.  After the banquet, the Firefighters' Ball began.  The entertainment for the Ball was provided by The Groove.  Many people hit the dance floor, got their groove on with the band and had a wonderful time.  Proceeds from the ticket sales and raffle sales were donated to the Firefighter's Historical Museum.  Special thanks to the committee who spent months planning this event.  Also special thanks to West Lake FD and Kearsarge FD for providing coverage throughout the evening.  Additional photos


Monday Evening Stove Fire

Monday, February 2nd - This evening, units from 46, 48 and 50 were dispatched to the 2800 block of Homer Ave for a reported stove fire.  With the Volunteers already on station getting ready for training, Engine 472 and Engine 474 went responding very quickly.  Captain 2 arrived on location, reported nothing visible and investigated.  Upon speaking with the home owner, the stove fire was already out on arrival and the box was held to 46.  Companies cleared the scene shortly afterwards.


Enjoying Some Cake and a Group Photo

Monday, January 26th - While during a break at tonight's training session, members had an opportunity to hold a birthday party celebrating the West Ridge Fire Department's 75th Anniversary.  Members also took a few minutes to pose for a group photo.  The gentleman sitting in the chair is Harry Love.  Harry is a founding member of WRFD and every now and again, stops by the firehouse to catch up with everyone.


Companies Respond to Lancaster Road for a Multi Residential Structure Fire

Saturday, January 24th - At 11:46am, companies from 46, 48 Engine & Truck (West Lake), 50 Engine (Lake Shore) and MPS responded to the 3800 block of Lancaster Road for a reported structure fire.  As companies were responding, Erie County 911 was reporting multiple calls being received.  Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported smoke showing and then a working fire.  Chief 460 then requested an additional engine from 44 (Kearsarge)  Engine 472, fully staffed with 7 Volunteers, arrived on location and laid in from the plug.  Crews then stretched an attack line through the back yard to put an initial knock down on the fire.  After the fire was knocked down, additional crews went to work opening up and checking for extension in the apartment and each apartment on either side.  Companies then spent the next few hours performing extensive overhaul, looking for hot spots and foaming the area down.  Companies cleared the scene shortly before 3pm.


Wednesday Evening Motor Vehicle Accident

Wednesday, January 21st - This evening at 06:12pm, WRFD was alerted for a vehicle accident on Route 20 in front of Wegman's.  Assistant Chief 461 arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage with air bag deployment.  Millcreek Paramedics arrived on location and went to work on patient care.  Engine 472, staffed with 4 Volunteers, arrived on location and went to work on clearing the scene of debris.  Squad 507 was special called to the scene to assist with patient care & transport.  Fire Police handled traffic.  At the time of the vehicle accident, roads were starting to become snow covered, slushy and slick.  Companies cleared the scene around 30 minutes later.


2015 Officers

Fire Chief Dan Ouellet
Assistant Fire Chief Jim Rosenbaum
Deputy Chief John Sorge
Deputy Chief Andy Kilmer
Captain Jerry Hickin
Captain Scott Laskowski
Lieutenant Rob Gilbert
Lieutenant Mike Howard
Lieutenant Rich Pietron
Lieutenant Beau Beach
Safety Officer Gary Carver
Safety Officer Charlie Heffner
Fire Police Captain Jim Jones, Sr.
Fire Police Lieutenant Lou Becker
   
President Lu Lawson
Vice President Gary Carver
Secretary Russ Moran
Treasurer Bill Bridger

First Call of 2015...Outside Fire

Thursday, January 1st - Early this morning at 04:30am, units were alerted for an outside fire near the Norfolk & Southern railroad tracks on West 20th Street near Lowell Ave.  Engine 472, Engine 474 and Truck 477 responded on the call.  Engine 474 arrived on location and found a working fire in an 8x50x5 foot stack of railroad ties.  Crews pulled an attack line with foam and went to work on extinguishing the fire for some time.  A backhoe from Millcreek Township was special called to the scene to assist in breaking apart the stack.  As companies were operating on scene, train traffic was stopped as a precaution.  The fire is under investigation by Millcreek Township Police along with Norfolk & Southern.


Volunteers Welcome Home Matt Wesmiller

Friday, December 19th - This afternoon, Engine 474 traveled over to the Erie Airport to welcome home Matt Wesmiller.  Matt served with WRFD first as a Junior Firefighter then as a Senior Firefighter.  Matt left WRFD back in September so he could join the US Army.  After several weeks at Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Matt returned home today for some rest and relaxation.  Matt was also met at the airport by several family members.  The Volunteers then treated Matt to a ride in the fire engine back to the firehouse.  Welcome home Matt!!!


Peninsula Drive Closes Due To Separate Incidents

Wednesday, December 10th - Shortly after 7am, WRFD was dispatched to West 23rd Street and Peninsula Drive on a report a wires down.  Captain 1 arrived on location and upon investigating, found that a large dump truck had snagged wires with the bucket that held up traffic lights at the intersection.  As a result, several traffic lights were either broken or pulled down to the ground.  The pole as well was also severely damaged.  With low hanging wires and debris in the middle of the roadway, it was decided that Peninsula Drive southbound would have to be closed.  As crews were attempting to clear the roadway, a tractor trailer ended up getting caught on a low hanging guide wire.  The guide wire was then cut and temporary tied off.  Once the tractor trailer was free, the same tractor trailer ended up getting caught on another low hanging wire 1 block south.  This caused an utility pole to become bent at the base.  As a result, Peninsula Drive both north and south was closed from West 12th Street to West 26th Street.  Multiple side streets were also closed as to prevent any vehicle(s) from entering the intersection.  Crews then worked with PennDOT, Millcreek Police, Millcreek Streets, and Time Warner Cable to make the roadway vehicle safe.  Truck 477, Truck 478 along with Fire Police remained on location for several hours.  Peninsula Drive was back open to traffic around 12pm.


Vehicle Accident:  West 38th Street and Winchester Road

Saturday, December 6th - This afternoon, units were alerted for a vehicle accident on West 38th Street at Winchester Road.  Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported 1 vehicle head on into the guardrail.  Engine 472 arrived on location, handled fluids and debris while Fire Police handled traffic duties.  After the vehicle was removed from on top of the guardrail, companies cleared the scene.


UTV 476 Receives Graphics

Wednesday, December 3rd - Recently, UTV 476 received a brand new set of graphics.  The UTV is used for environmental rescues, public stand-bys and by the Dive/Water Rescue Team.  The new graphics included the West Ridge Fire Department name and a 46 Maltese cross in the front followed by a U-476 graphic on the back side.  The graphics were created and placed by Octane Custom Designs. 


Afternoon Structure Fire on West 42nd Street

Tuesday, December 2nd - This afternoon at 01:09pm, units from 46, 48 (West Lake), 50 (Lake Shore), 92 (Millcreek Township) and MPS were alerted for a chimney fire in the 3200 block of West 42nd Street.  Fire Police 4601 and Assistant Chief 461 arrived on location and reported light smoke showing.  Upon investigating further, fire was reported on the back side of the structure.  Tower 479 arrived on location, pulled an attack line, stretched it through the residence and had the fire knocked down very quickly.  Additional crews went to work on opening up and venting the roof.  Additional fire was found in a small crawl space above the living room.  As companies were operating on scene, Command requested additional manpower from 44 (Kearsarge).  Crews then spent a good portion of time performing additional overhaul, opening up and performing salvage details.  Companies cleared the scene over 3 hours later.  Some photos courtesy of Brad Hesch (Kearsarge FD)


Working Vehicle Fire at Grubb Road & Zimmerly Road

Thursday, November 13th - As the snow continued to fall, Engine 472 responded to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Grubb Road and Zimmerly Road.  Engine 472 arrived on location and was unable to locate the vehicle fire.  Upon requesting a better location from ECDOPS, the vehicle fire was located a further south on Grubb Road.  Engine 472 arrived on location and found a working engine compartment fire approximately 500 feet down a driveway that hadn't been plowed.  Crews were barely able to see the vehicle from the road due to the weather condition.  The crew from 472 pulled an attack line, popped the hood and had the fire extinguished quickly.  There was extension to the dash board in the passenger compartment.

 


Vehicle Into A Ditch On Grubb Road

Thursday, November 13th - This morning as heavy wet snow began to fall in the area, units were dispatched to assist McKean (Station 40) on a vehicle accident at the intersection of Grubb Road and Hershey Road.  Chief 460 arrived on location and found the vehicle accident in the 5900 block of Grubb Road in Millcreek.  The Chief and Engine 474 found 1 vehicle in a ditch on it's side. The driver of the vehicle had self extricated themselves prior to the FD arrival.  With no EMS services needed, crews shut down the northbound lane of Grubb Road and handled traffic duties.  With the MVA taking place on a hill, vehicles proceeding southbound had difficulties making it up the hill due to the weather conditions.  Crews then went to work on pushing multiple vehicles up the hill.  Once the vehicle was removed, companies were clear of the scene.


Agreement Between Millcreek Township and WRFD Allows for Paid Firefighters

Wednesday, October 29th - At last night's Millcreek Township Supervisors meeting, it was announced that an agreement was signed between Millcreek Township and the West Ridge Fire Department.  This agreement calls for WRFD to hire 15 part time Firefighters beginning in the 1st quarter of 2015.  This agreement comes after 3 years of work between both the Township and WRFD.  The plan calls for 3 part time Firefighters to work from 8am - 6pm Monday through Friday.  The current Volunteer Firefighters at WRFD will then supplement the duty crews during the day.  The funds to pay the part time Firefighters will come from fundraising efforts.  As for the hiring and application process, that information will be posted in the future on the website and Facebook page.


Afternoon Kitchen Fire in Willowwood

Wednesday, October 29th - This afternoon, companies from 46, 48 (West Lake), 44 (Kearsarge), 92 (Millcreek Township) and MPS were dispatched to the Willowwood Apartment complex for a reported structure fire.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS stated that this was now a kitchen fire with multiple calls being received.  Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported smoke coming from a middle apartment.  Moments later, 4601 advised that all occupants were out of the apartment.  Assistant Chief 461 arrived on location and reported that the fire had been extinguished, but ventilation and some overhaul would be needed.  Tower 479 arrived on location and went to work ventilating the structure and performing some overhaul.  Additional companies arrived on location and either staged or assisted with operations.  Companies cleared the scene within 60 minutes.


Early Morning Kitchen Fire on West 32nd Street

Sunday, October 26th - Shortly after 1am, companies were dispatched to 3300 block of West 32nd Street for a reported structure fire.  Millcreek Township Police arrived on location and reported an already extinguished kitchen fire.  Tower 479 and Engine 474 arrived on location and found that a microwave had caught fire and extended to the cabinets.  Crews removed the microwave from the area, naturally ventilated the residence and checked for extension.  The majority of the damage was contained to the kitchen area.  The microwave was removed from the residence.  Companies cleared the scene within 60 minutes.


 


Renovated Crew Lounge

Sunday, October 19th - Recently, it was determined that the crew lounge at Station 46 needed to be expanded.  During the expansion, the size of the room was doubled in size, new cabinets and a new countertop were installed, the restroom was redone, new lighting and carpeting was installed, a new and bigger refrigerator, a new and bigger dining room table was put in along with a new television stand put into place.  Now that the construction is over with, the next step is to purchase some items to be placed on the wall.


Vehicle vs Utility Pole:  Grubb Road & Stellar Ave

Friday, October 17th - During the afternoon hours units were alerted for a vehicle accident involving an utility pole at the intersection of Grubb Road & Stellar Ave.  Crews arrived on location and found that a SUV had went straight on into an utility pole, resulting in the pole snapping at the base.  Companies assisted MPS with removing the patient from the vehicle.  Afterwards, crews kept a close eye on the utility pole to make sure it wasn't going to come down.  Fire Police shut down Grubb Road until Penelec arrived on location and could replace the pole.


Afternoon Vehicle Accident:  3100 block Zuck Road

Thursday, October 16th - This afternoon, companies responded to the 3100 block of Zuck Road for a multi car vehicle accident.  Crews arrived on location and assisted Millcreek Paramedics with patient care and packaging.  Other crews handled fluids and debris while Fire Police handled diverting traffic away from the scene.  Companies cleared the scene in around 30 minutes.


West Ridge & Kearsarge Perform Line Advancement, Ladder Placement and Interior Operations Drill

Monday, October 13th - This evening, Volunteers from West Ridge & Kearsarge met at Station 47 for another multi company drill.  Tonight's drill was responding to a building fire and going to work on interior operations, laddering, search & rescue, ventilation and hose line advancement.  Multiple scenarios were performed under smoke, fire and heat conditions.  After each scenario, crews gathered around to discuss what went well, what did not go so well and what can be approved on.


Sunday Morning & Evening Vehicle Accidents

Sunday, October 12th - This morning at 10:22am, units were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of West 38th Street & Sterrettania Road Avenue (top 2 photos).  Companies arrived on location and found 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage.  Crews then went to work assisting Millcreek Paramedics with patient care while the remaining crews handled fluids and debris.  Companies cleared the scene within 30 minutes.  Then at 05:30pm, companies were sent to West 32nd Street and Zuck Road for another vehicle accident.  This vehicle accident was called in by Millcreek Police and involved 3 vehicles, 1 of which was towing a boat.  Engine 472 and Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work on handling fluids and debris.  Truck 477 arrived and shut down traffic on West 32nd Street at West 33rd Street.  Additional Fire Police maintained the traffic flow on the other side of the vehicle accident.  Once the vehicles were removed, all companies went back into service.


West Ridge FD Participates in Edinboro University Homecoming Parade

Saturday, October 4th - This morning, Truck 477, UTV 476, Tower 479 and Truck 478 made their way down to the Borough of Edinboro.  Edinboro University was holding their annual homecoming festivities this weekend.  UTV 476 was special requested by Station 38 (Edinboro) to patrol and stand by on the EUP campus in case of a medical emergency.  Meanwhile, Tower 479 and Truck 478 participated in the parade since the Edinboro University Porecco Center is located within WRFD's first due area.


Both Engines Respond on McKean Township Trailer Fire

Thursday, October 2nd - Around 02:45pm, WRFD was alerted to assist Station 40 (McKean) on a trailer fire on Sharon Drive in McKean Township.  As Assistant Chief 461 was responding, he reported a large size header from Sterrettania Road and Grubb Road (around 3.5 miles away).  Chief 400 arrived on location and reported a working trailer fire with extension to a vehicle it the drive way and to a neighboring trailer.  On arrival of Engine 472, lines were stretched to protect an exposure (another mobile home). On arrival of Engine 474, the exposure crew went offensive and was backed up by an 1 3/4 and a 3" blitz fire line.


West Ridge & Kearsarge Hold Joint Rope Rescue Training Session

Monday, September 29th - This evening for drill, crews from West Ridge and Kearsarge traveled to the Peach Street Wegman's location to perform some rope rescue training.  Three stations were setup at tonight's training.  The first station was to educate the Junior Firefighters and some of the newest members on the fundamentals of a rope rescue and how to setup a haul system.  The other 2 stations allowed those members with rope training to setup a 3:1 haul system to rescue a victim that was down over the sloped embankment.  Crews were able to utilize Ladder 429 from Perry Hi-Way for one of the rescue stations.  Specials thanks to all of the instructors
who assisted the crews this evening.


Environmental Rescue in Asbury Woods

Sunday, September 28th - This evening, units were dispatched to the area of Asbury Woods / Asbury Park for a report a person who had become injured on the trails back in the woods.  After determining the exact location of the patient, which was about 1/4 mile back into the woods on the Asbury Park side, crews from Engine 472, Truck 477, UTV 476 and MPS went to work on patient care and then transporting the patient via 476 to the waiting ambulance.  Crews had the patient extricated from the woods after about 40 minutes.  Companies cleared the scene shortly after 6pm.


Sunday Morning Dive Training

Sunday, September 28th - This morning, Divers from West Ridge and Belle Valley met down at Dobbins Landing to perform some dive training.  After inspecting several locations around Dobbins Landing for a good spot to enter the water, it was determined to change plans and proceed out to the Lawrence Park boat launch to check the conditions there.  Once at the boat launch, conditions were much better for entering the water and to perform a practice dive.  Three Divers entered the Lake Erie waters and were in the water for just over 60 minutes.  Although the depth of the water was only about 10-12 feet at most, the Divers ventured out about 100 yards from shore.


Car Versus Motorcycle on West 26th Street

Thursday, September 25th - This evening, companies responded to West 26th Street just east of Colonial Ave for a vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS informed units that there were multiple calls being received and the possibly of entrapment under the motorcycle.  Engine 472, Engine 474 and MPS arrived on location and went to work immediately on patient care.  Fire Police arrived on location and handled traffic duties.  After the ambulances departed from the scene, crews handled fluids and debris.


Vehicle Accident and a Broken Hydrant:  West 42nd Street & Lancaster Avenue

Sunday, September 21st - This afternoon, crews responded to the intersection of West 42nd Street & Lancaster Avenue for a vehicle accident.  First arriving crews found 1 vehicle in the middle of a yard with moderate to heavy damage.  Engine 474 and Truck 477 arrived on location and handled debris while Fire Police handled traffic and MPS tended to patient care.  A fire hydrant that was on the corner of the intersection was sheared off at the base when it was ran over by the vehicle.


Members Attend PEMA Conference

Monday, September 22nd - Matt Exley, Emergency Management Coordinator, and Rich Pietron, Deputy EMC, recently attended the annual Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.  While at the conference, both Matt and Rich attended the G250.7, Rapid Needs Assessments course and a seminar about lessons learned from the Sandy Hook School shooting incident.  Matt and Rich are currently both members of WRFD.


Stat MedEvac Tour

Monday, September 22nd - This evening, crews headed out to McKean Elementary School for the opportunity to tour the Stat MedEvac helicopter.  This tour was a continuation of a landing zone safety class that both West Ridge and McKean attended several weeks back.  The helicopter that came in for the tour was Stat 7, which is based out of the Port Meadville Airport in Vernon Township, just outside of Meadville.  Members had the opportunity to see what capabilities the helicopter has and to interact with the flight crew.  Special thanks to Stat 7 for flying in for this class.


Crews Tour New Apartment Community

Saturday, September 20th - This morning, several members had the opportunity to tour the new Hammocks luxury apartment community on Zuck Road.  Although the community still has several buildings under construction, crews were able to your the Clubhouse along with a building that is already occupied.  The other buildings are in various stages of being under construction.  Crews were able to see how the buildings were being constructed, what materials were being used, find out where the utility connections would be amongst other things.  This tour was very beneficial to WRFD due to the size of the buildings.  Special thanks to the staff for showing us around this morning.


Engine 472 Assists Station 44 on Structure Fire

Tuesday, September 16th - Shortly after midnight, Engine 472 responded to assist 44 (Kearsarge) on a structure fire in the 5200 block of Richmond Road.  First arriving crews found a working fire on the 1st floor.  Engine 472 arrived on location and was tasked with assisting interior crews on the 2nd floor.  Engine 472 remained on scene for over an hour.  Also operating on the box was 48 (West Lake), 42 (Perry Hi-Way), 36 (Belle Valley) and MPS.


West Ridge FD Receives Grant from Wal-Mart

Monday, September 15th - It was announced recently that the Wal-Mart Foundation and the local Wal-Mart store were awarding West Ridge FD a $1,000 grant through the Local Facility Giving Program.  Wal-Mart went onto say that we believe that your organization is doing important work to the communities you serve, and we are proud that we are able to support you in your efforts.  Thank you Wal-Mart for the grant!!
 


Member Ready To Serve His Country / Former Member Returns

Monday, September 15th - At tonight's meeting, Firefighter Matt Wesmiller (pictured below) announced that this was his last drill night at WRFD.  Matt went onto announce that he is joining the United States Army and will be leaving Erie next Monday.  Matt addressed the membership and wanted to say thank you to everyone for all of the opportunities he experienced during this time.  Matt joined WRFD as a Junior Firefighter and not too long ago, moved up to become an Active Firefighter.  Everyone at WRFD wishes Matt safe passage has he prepares for the next step in his life.  Also at tonight's meeting, Alex Seib was welcomed back into the firehouse.  For the past 4 years, Alex served his country with pride in the United States Air Force.  Alex's travels took him to various states as well as traveling overseas.  Before Alex served with the US Air Force, he began as a Junior Firefighter and worked his way up to an Active Firefighter.  Welcome back Alex.   


Monday Morning Vehicle Accident

Monday, September 15th - Early this morning, crews were alerted for a vehicle accident at in the intersection of West 26th Street & Carter Avenue.  Chief 460 arrived on location and reported 1 vehicle with moderate to heavy damage.  Engine 474, staffed with 4 Volunteers, arrived on location and assisted MPS with patient care and handled debris clean up afterwards.  As crews were operating on scene, Fire Police handled traffic duties.  Crews cleared the scene around 30 minutes later.


West Ridge Participates in Kearsarge Open House

Saturday, September 13th - This afternoon, Truck 477, UTV 476 and the Rescue Trailer traveled over to Station 44 to participate in the Kearsarge Fire Department Open House.  Several people had the opportunity to tour the various apparatus that was on display from all of the Millcreek Township Fire Departments along with other apparatus from the Erie County HazMat Team and the Millcreek Township Police Department.  The WRFD Junior Firefighters had the opportunity to assist those people who went through the Erie County Fire Safety House.  Specials thanks to KFD for allowing WRFD to participate in their open house.


Truck 477 and UTV 476 Travel to Crawford County

Friday, September 12th - This evening, members from West Ridge, Belle Valley and the Crawford County Scuba Team got together for a show and tell session.  The meeting was held at the CC Scuba Team building in Meadville.  Members had the chance to see what apparatus and equipment each agency carries and how they work.  Also discussed at the meeting was how each team operates and the possibly of scheduling training among all of the agencies in the near future.


September 11th Memorial

Thursday, September 11th - This evening, West Lake, West Ridge, Kearsarge and Belle Valley all came together to remember those who perished on September 11, 2001.  The aerial ladders from Tower 479 and Ladder 489 were raised to symbolize the 2 World Trade Center towers.  Flying between the 2 aerials was a giant American flag, which people could see from a distance away.  Several people stopped by to visit the memorial and to thank the firefighters.  Several people who were driving by honked their horn in appreciation of the memorial.  During the memorial, everyone gathered together near the flag as WRFD Chaplain Russ Moran led everyone in a prayer of remembrance.  Never Forget.


Firebirds Restaurant Says Thank You to the Fire Department

Thursday, September 11th - This evening, the local Firebirds restaurant wanted to say thank to the members of the West Ridge Fire Department by providing dinner to the Volunteers.  The dinner, which included ox roast, pasta, potatoes, salad and dessert was very good and enjoyed greatly by the membership.  After dinner, the employees of Firebirds were given an opportunity to tour the apparatus and talk with the Volunteers.  Thank you to the staff of Firebirds for providing just a wonderful meal.


WRFD Hosts Families At This Evening's Drill

Monday, August 25th - This evening the Department wanted to give back to the unsung people in our lives that we leave daily to help others in need. The evening started off with a picnic provided by our Auxiliary for the membership and their families followed by a pair of scenarios illustrating what we do both at our weekly drills and during a live event.  Crews showed their families evolutions both in a simulated commercial property and residential structure.  The West Ridge Fire Department would like to thank all of our families again for putting up with all the missed meals, events and family functions that we put you through to answer the calls for service that the community asks of us.


Whispering Woods Block Party

Saturday, August 23rd - This afternoon, Engine 474 traveled over to the Whispering Woods block party.  This has become an annual event for the firehouse.  While at the block party, families had the chance to tour engine and ask questions.  The big hit of the afternoon was when the children had the chance to hold the nozzle and soak the other children in the neighborhood.


Millcreek Township Water Rescue Team Assists Crawford County

Monday, August 19th - This morning, the Millcreek Township Water Rescue Team was dispatched to assist Crawford County on a water rescue call on Clear Lake in Spartansburg.  Companies from Crawford County had spent the past several hours searching for a person in the lake who was unaccounted for.  Truck 477 and UTV 476 made the 38 mile response with 4 water rescue personnel including 4 divers and 2 shore support personnel.  Once on location, crews from Millcreek Township and the Lake City Water Rescue Team stood by as crews made the recovery.  WRFD cleared the scene afterwards and returned to quarters mid afternoon.


Motor Vehicle Accident:  Sterrettania Road and Millfair Road

Friday, August 15th - This morning, companies were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of Sterrettania Road and Millfair Road.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS reported at least 1 vehicle had rolled over.  First arriving crews found 2 vehicles, 1 with moderate front end damage and the other on its side in the weeds.  Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work on fluids and debris while MPS tending to patient care and Fire Police handled traffic duties.  Companies cleared the scene within 30 minutes.


UTV 476 Responds to Boat Accident at Sunset Point

Saturday, August 9th - While standing by at the US Coast Guard Station Erie awaiting the start of the Steely Dan concert, UTV 476 was requested by Chief 480 (West Lake) to respond to Sunset Beach near Beach 10 on reports on a boat accident with victims in the water.  UTV 476, with 2 Divers on board, responded and once on location, found a boat that had hit some rocks between the shore line and the break walls.  The crew also found that all victims were out of the water.  The crew then began to assist Park Police and Lifeguards with patient care.  UTV 476 remained on location for about 15 minutes.
 


 

West Ridge Fire Department     3142 West 26th Street     Erie, PA 16506     (814) 833-4440     info@westridgefire.org