Former Lieutenant Graduates from the Fire Academy
Friday, December 7th - Congratulations to Bobby McCarthy (third in from the left) on his recent graduation from the Charleston, SC Fire Academy. Bobby started his firefighting career as a Junior Firefighter at WRFD. Bobby then moved up the ranks to become a Firefighter and then onto Lieutenant on Engine 474. Bobby is pictured below with the rest of the "Erie Boys" who currently serve with fire departments in the Charleston area. All of the guys pictured got their start as firefighters at either West Ridge or West Lake. Congratulations Bobby!!!!
Tower 479 Goes to Building Fire in Lake Shore
Wednesday, December 4th - This afternoon, Tower 479 along with companies from 50, 52, 56, 54, 48, 44 and 82 responded to a building fire on Woodside Drive. Crews arrived on location and found a working fire inside an automotive business. While on location, the Tower crew assisted with fire ground operations. Fire Police on scene assisted with traffic duties. Photo courtesy of Lake City Fire Company.
Rescue Tool Put Into Service On Vehicle Accident: 5400 block West 38th Street
Sunday, November 24th - As crews were washing down the apparatus from the previous call, the tones were dropped for a vehicle accident in the 5400 block of West 38th Street. Fire Police arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage. Engine 472 arrived on location and right away put the rescue tools into service. Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work assisting the 472 with removing the driver side door. Crews had the door removed within a matter of minutes. Afterwards, crews assisted MPS with patient packaging. The engine companies cleared the scene about 30 minutes later while Fire Police remained on location until both vehicles were removed.
High Tensions Lines Cause Electrical Hazard, Warming Shelter Opened As A Result
Sunday, November 24th - This morning, units from 46 were dispatched to West 38th & Sterrettania for a report of a transformer fire. As companies were responding, ECDOPS reported receiving multiple calls. Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported high tensions lines with an active electrical hazard 1 block north of the intersection. Due to the lines still highly energized, Sterrettania Road was shut down from West 32nd to West 38th. Engine 472 and Engine 474 along with Fire Police arrived on location and stood by until the power to the lines was cut and the scene was deemed safe. Companies remained on scene for around 75 minutes. Due to the weather conditions and the length of time for repairs to be made, Station 47 was opened as a warming shelter for those residences who needed a warm place to stay.
Volunteers from 3 Fire Companies Respond to Kitchen Fire
Friday, November 22nd - This afternoon at 3pm, companies from 46, 44, 48 were dispatched to West 42nd Street for a report of a kitchen fire. Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported a working kitchen fire. Assistant Chief 441 arrived on location and reported that the fire was knocked down and only ventilation and opening up would be needed. Crews from Engine 442, Engine 472 and Tower 479 arrived on location and went to work removing the stove and microwave and checking for any extension. As companies were operating on scene, a fire alarm was dispatched at a nearby elementary school. Engine 472 along with Engine 482 and responded, investigated and found it to be a false alarm.
Celebrating 73 Years of Service
Friday, November 8th - This evening, members, honorary members and invited guests gathered at Union Station to celebrate 73 years of service by the West Ridge Fire Department. The evening began with a cocktail hour were entertainment was provided by The Riffriders. After a wonderful buffet dinner, several awards were presented. The awards were presented to: Shawn Simko - 10 years of service, John Sorge - 25 years of service, Scott Laskowski - 30 years of service, Charlie Heffner - 40 years of service, Jim Jones, Sr. - 45 years of service, Gil Keinath - Honored for 55 years of service, Beau Beach - Rookie of the Year, Randy Myers - Junior Firefighter of the Year, Lu Lawson - Firefighter of the Year and Charlie & Pat Heffner - President's Award. The past Fire Chiefs along with the Honorary Members were also recognized by those in attendance. A special recognition went to those in attendance who have or were currently serving in the Armed Forces. After the awards ceremony, many people hit the dance floor and / or enjoyed the fellowship of all those in attendance. A good time was enjoyed indeed. Specials thanks to Stations 48, 44 and 50 for providing coverage of the first due so the membership could enjoy an evening off.
Monday Evening Structure Fire on Grubb Road
Monday, October 28th - This evening, 46 along with 48 Engine, 50 Engine and Millcreek Paramedics responded to the 5100 block of Grubb Road for a reported structure fire. Crews had just completed their weekly training drills and were on the road in short order. Engine 472, along with Deputy Chief 471 arrived on location and reported a working fire in a detached garage behind the residence. Attack lines were put into service and crews were able to knock down the fire quickly. Afterwards, crews went to work on overhaul and opening up. Grubb Road was shut down during the duration of the call. Crews cleared the scene around 11:30pm. DC 471 had the Grubb Road command.
Volunteers Learn Dynamics of Motor Carrier Enforcement from PSP
Monday, October 28th - At tonight's drill, Volunteers had a chance to become familiar with the duties of the Pennsylvania Motor Carrier Enforcement Division along with the dynamics of commercial and over the road transportation vehicles. The Troopers discussed what they daily duties require along with what they look for during an inspection and what a driver of a commercial vehicle can be ticketed for. They also discussed the types of materials that are transported over the local interstates and the hazards that could come with them. Afterwards, crews gathered out in the truck bay to put Engine 472 on the portable scales that are carried around by the Motor Carrier Enforcement Division.
Engine 474 Assists West Lake on a Building Fire
Tuesday, October 22nd - This evening, Engine 474 was dispatched to assist West Lake (48) on a building fire in the 900 block of Wyoming Avenue. As crews were responding, ECDOPS reported possible entrapment. Assistant Chief 481 arrived on location and reported smoke showing from the structure. Engine 474, with a crew of 5 Volunteers, arrived on location and went to work assisting the first in crews and establishing a water supply. Once the fire was knocked down, 474 assisted with overhaul and opening up. Engine 474 cleared the scene just before 9pm.
Rescue Tool Put To Work During Morning Vehicle Accident
Wednesday, October 16th - As members from West Ridge and Kearsarge were in the middle of a fire prevention talk at a local elementary school, the tones were dropped for a vehicle accident with possible entrapment in the 4500 block of West Ridge Road. Engine 474 along with Rescue 444 then hit the streets almost immediately. As crews were responding, MPS reported that the driver side door on one of the vehicles would need to be removed. The Engine and Rescue arrived on location, stabilized the vehicle and went to work on removing the door. Once the door the removed, crews assisted MPS with patient care. Meanwhile, Fire Police handled traffic duties. Crews cleared the scene around 30 minutes later.
Medical Local Turns Into Confine Space Rescue
Tuesday, October 15th - This evening, Truck 477 and MPS responded to the Amherst Road for an EMS call. Once crews arrived on location and saw what had taken place, Deputy Chief 471 upgraded the box to a confined space rescue and special called Rescue 444 from Kearsarge to respond with their air bags. When a person was on the front porch, the cement slab gave way, resulting in him and the slab falling around 8 feel down into a trench. When Rescue 444 arrived on location, crews on scene went to work in stabilizing the concrete slab and removing the person from the trench. It was estimated that the concrete slab weighed around 500 pounds. The patient was transported by MPS to a local hospital.
Tower 479 Responds To Fairview Building Fire
Saturday, October 12th - This afternoon, Tower 479 was dispatched on a 1st alarm assignment to assist Fairview (52) on a commercial building fire on West Ridge Road. First crews on location reported smoke and fire showing from the structure. Tower 479 arrived on location, setup on the east side of the building, put the aerial up in the air and crews went to the roof. While on location, the crew from 479 assisted with fire ground operations. Other companies on locations included Girard (54), Lake Shore (50), West Lake (48), Cranesville (60) and West County Paramedics.
West 26th Street & Yoder Drive Vehicle Accident
Thursday, October 11th - As crews were at the fire station cleaning up from the previous fire, the tones were dropped for a vehicle accident at West 26th & Yoder Drive, down the street from the firehouse. Crews arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate damage. Crews handled traffic along with fluids & debris.
Engine Responds to West Lake Building Fire
Thursday, October 11th - During the afternoon, WRFD was dispatched to assist 48 (West Lake) on a residential structure fire in the 2700 block of West 14th Street. Assistant Chief 461 arrived on location and reported smoke showing from the 1st floor. Engine 472 arrived on location and assumed first due responsibilities. The crew extended an attack line through the front door and found fire to the left extending to the wall. Crews from 48 arrived on location, pulled a back up line, assisted with suppression and performed a search of the residence. Crews had the fire knocked down very quickly. The cause is under investigation.
Vehicle Accident: Route 20 & Millfair Road
Monday, October 7th - This afternoon, units were alerted for a vehicle accident at West Ridge Road & Millfair Road. This is a familiar intersection to WRFD due to the numerous accidents that have taken place over the years. Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage. Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work assisting with patient care and handling fluids & debris while Fire Police handled traffic duties. MPS transported the driver from one of the vehicles to a local hospital.
UTV 476 Assists Edinboro FD With EUP Homecoming Activities
Saturday, October 5th - This morning, Truck 477, UTV 476 and the Special Operations Trailer traveled down to Edinboro FD (Station 38) to assist them with Edinboro University Homecoming activities. After arriving at Station 38 and getting our assignment. UTV 476, staffed with 2 Volunteers, made their way over to the EUP campus. Once on campus, 476 along with 56 Mule from the Lake City FD, patrolled the 500+ acre campus area in the event that a medical emergency took place. While patrolling the campus, the crews had an opportunity to view the various units participating in the homecoming parade, which also included Engine 19, as well to become familiar with the layout of the campus. After the parade ended and crews made their way back to the firehouse, everyone made their way over to the front lawn along Meadville Street to enjoy lunch. Thank you to Edinboro FD for the invite and being able to assist them with the homecoming festivities.
Engine 474 Participates in Kmart Safety Day
Saturday, October 5th - As crews were down in Edinboro assisting the fire department, Engine 474 participated in a Safety Day at a local Kmart. While on display, the public had the chance to tour the engine, view the various equipment carried, pick up some fire prevention material and speak to the crew.
Evening Hour Vehicle Accident
Wednesday, October 2nd - As Engine 474 was returning from a mutual aid assist to McKean, the tones were dropped for vehicle accident at West 38th & Hampshire Road. Engine 474 arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate damage. The crew then assisted with patient care and handling debris.
Morning Vehicle Accident on Thomas Road
Monday, September 30th - This morning, units were alerted for a vehicle accident on Thomas Road south of Asbury Elementary School. Units arrived on location and found 2 vehicles with minor to moderate damage. As MPS was tending to patient care, the crew from Engine 474 handled fluid and debris.
Sunday Afternoon Vehicle Accident
Sunday, September 29th - This afternoon shortly before 1pm, units were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of West 32nd and Amherst Road. Captain 2 arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate damage One of the vehicles was also found that it rolled over after impact. MPS arrived on location and handled patient care while crews from E474 and T477 handled debris. Fire Police handled traffic duties. Companies cleared the scene within 30 minutes.
West Ridge FD Attends Neighboring Fire Department's Open Houses
Saturday, September 28th - Today as well on September 21st, West Ridge FD supported 2 of our mutual aid fire departments by participating in their open houses. On the 21st, UTV 476, Truck 477 and the Special Operations Trailer traveled to Lake Shore FD. While on display, many people were very interested in the functions and capabilities of 476. Then today, Truck 478 traveled over to participate in Kearsarge's open house. Many people had the chance to walk through 478 and ask questions on what WRFD uses the truck for. The mascot of the Erie Seawolves C-Wolf even had an opportunity to get in the driver's seat!!!!
Early Morning Structure Fire
Thursday, September 12th - Shortly after 2am, crews were dispatched for a reported structure fire at 5426 Old Sterrettania Road. Chief 460 arrived on location and reported a 2 story residential structure with heavy fire showing from the back of the house. The first companies on scene arrived on location and began to pull attack lines while additional companies established a water supply. Crews remained on scene for several hours.
Local Fire Department Remember September 11th
Wednesday, September 11th - This evening and for the past several years, the Millcreek Township Fire Departments have gathered at West 12th & Peninsula to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The aerial ladders from Tower 479 and Ladder 489 were raised to represent the World Trade Center Towers. Flying between the 2 ladders with a gigantic American flag that was visible from blocks away. During the evening, WRFD Chaplain Russ Moran lead everyone in a prayer of remembrance. Throughout the evening, hundreds of people stopped by to say thank to the Fire Departments, to see the flag, to take pictures and to tour the apparatus on display. A special thank you to the local restaurants who offered food to the fire departments.
West Ridge FD Assists With the Beast on the Bay Fundraiser
Saturday, September 7th - Today, over 700 people from 13 states participated in the 1st Beast on the Bay event. The event was a 16 mile obstacle course laid out on several beaches, brush and swampy areas on Presque Isle State Park. With the number of participants, the various obstacles and the layout of the course, WRFD along with the other Millcreek Township Fire Department, Millcreek Paramedics and the Erie County Amateur Radio Association staffed the course to provide first aid and support services as needed. UTV 476 patrolled the swampy areas near beach 11 while Truck 477 staffed a first aid station with a MPS crew on beach 9 (6 mile finish). Besides tending to some basic course related injuries, no real issues were reported.
Crews Kept Busy At McDowell HS Cross Country Invitational
Saturday, August 31st - As in years past, the annual McDowell High School Cross Country Invitational has kept Volunteers busy. This year was no different. Today, Volunteers staffed UTV 476, Truck 477 and Truck 478. With hundreds of runners and hot & humid temperatures, crews were kept busy treating several runners during and after the races. Around 25 runners were cared for during today's races. Also on scene was the new Mobile Medical Unit from St. Vincent's Hospital.
WRFD Assists in Search of Missing Person
Wednesday, August 28th - At 11:01pm, West Ridge FD along with Edinboro FD was dispatched to assist the McKean Fire Department in a search for a male that had walked away from his residence hours earlier. Crews from West Ridge manning UTV 476, as well as on foot conducted a search for this individual. Assistant Chief 461 assisted in the Unified Command. The search was discontinued after close to 4 hours with negative results.
Mutual Aid Departments Train on Rural Water Movement
Monday, August 26th - When there is a fire in the first due district, odds are most likely that an engine will be hitting the water supply via a hydrant. Then there are those times that a hydrant is not always available. This is the case when WRFD is dispatched to assist County Fire Departments. As a result of this, several fire departments came together this evening in McKean to work on the fundamentals of rural water movement. Involved in tonight's training along with West Ridge was 48 (West Lake), 40 (McKean), 44 (Kearsarge), 38 (Edinboro) and 42 (Perry Hi-Way). After a discussion on how to setup rural water movement operations involving tankers and porta-tanks, crews worked on establishing a draft and tanker shuttle operations. Also during the night, WRFD received many positive comments on the Junior Firefighter program on how many participants are involved and how much enthusiasm they have.
McKean Fire Department Open House
Saturday, August 24th - This afternoon, Truck 477, UTV 476 and the Special Operations Trailer were invited to participate in McKean FD's Open House. While out at the open house, the public had the opportunity to tour the apparatus and ask various questions. Today's open house also gave McKean FD a chance to dedicate and show off their brand new E-One engine, Engine 403. Congratulations to Station 40 on the purchase of your new engine.
Sparrow Pond Safety Day
Saturday, August 17th - This morning, Truck 477, UTV 476 and the Special Operations Trailer traveled out to Sparrow Pond Campground in Waterford Twp to participate in their annual Safety Day. While at the Safety Day, the public had the chance to tour the apparatus and pick up some fire prevention material. The Junior Firefighters showcased the Junior Firefighter program. Children even had the chance to try on the turn out gear.
Truck Responds on Roof Fire in West Lake
Wednesday, August 7th - At 3:56pm, the first alarm assignment was dispatched for a structure fire at the WaterWorks pump house at the foot of Sommerheim Drive. As Assistant Chief 481 was responded, he reported smoke from a distance. AC 481 arrived on location and reported a working fire on the east side of the roof. Tower 479, fully staffed with 6 Volunteers, arrived on location, setup on the southeast corner of the building and went to work assisting with fire suppression. After the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews then spent several hours performing extensive overhaul due to the materials that were burning on the roof. Companies cleared the scene around 4 hours later.
Hose Line and Appliance Training
Monday, August 5th - An important tool that any fire department uses these days is the various hose lines that are available to them. That being, for tonight's drill, Captain Jerry DeRosa lead the group in a training class discussing the important of hose lines, the usage of the various sizes of hose lines as well as talking about calls in the past. Afterwards, the Junior Firefighters worked on the proper way(s) to pull an attack line and how to flake it out.
Deputy Chief 470 Radios In Vehicle Accident
Monday, August 5th - At 03:05pm, Deputy Chief 470 radioed into Erie County 911 to report a vehicle accident with confinement at West 26th & Evanston Ave. After the tones were dropped and the station acknowledged the call, Engine 474 went responding with 5 Volunteers. While the engine was responding, AC 470 informed 474 that upon arrival, the driver side door would need to be popped open. Engine 474 arrived on location and the crew went to work on stabilizing the vehicle and putting the spreaders into service. The crew had the door popped within 5 minutes. Fire Police handled traffic and scene safety while MPS tended to patient care.
Sunday Afternoon Vehicle Accident on Powell Ave Bridge
Sunday, July 28th - Engine 472 and Engine 474 responded to 1 car vehicle accident on the south end of the Powell Ave bridge this afternoon. Crews arrived on location and found 1 vehicle with moderate damage into the guard rail. As the MPS crew was tending to patient care, the engine crews handled fluids and debris.
Farewell Picnic for Bobby
Saturday, July 27th - This afternoon, everyone got together at the picnic shelter behind Station 47 to say good bye to Bobby McCarthy. Bobby is leaving WRFD to start a new chapter in his life as a career Firefighter with the Charleston, SC Fire Department. During the picnic, Jerry DeRosa lead everyone in a toast to Bobby. Bobby's family even had the chance to attend. All those there had an opportunity to shake Bobby's hand or offer an hug and to wish him good luck.
UTV 476 Stands By at 3 Mile Isle Event
Saturday, July 27th - As part of the Discover Presque Isle weekend, hundreds of people competed in the first 3 Mile Isle event. The 3 mile isle is a warrior challenge event where participants had to scale various obstacles, run over the sand and trek through the mud and swampy areas of PISP. UTV 476 took position on the mud trails and near the swamp in case a participant required medical attention. UTV 476's unique ability to travel through the mud and swampy area was while 476 was asked to stand by. 476 and the crew stood by for several hours.
Vehicle Accident Brings Rescue Assignment
Thursday, July 25th - At 11:46am, units were alerted for a vehicle into the building with multiple entrapment at 3750 West 26th Street. Millcreek Twp Incident Response Team (92) arrived on location and gave an updated location of the doctor's office directly across the street. Millcreek IRT also reported 1 vehicle completely into the building with multiple people who needed extrication from both the vehicle and office space. Due to the severity of the call, additional rescue companies were special called from 48 (West Lake), 44 (Kearsarge), 50 (Lake Shore) as well as additional ambulances from MPS. Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work on patient care and patient rescue. The additional resources from the mutual aid rescues assisted with utility control, rescue operations and patient care. Multiple patients were transported to Erie hospitals for treatment. The vehicle accident is under investigation by the Millcreek Township Police Department.
Engine 474 Handles Vehicle Fire
Tuesday, July 23rd - At 6:07pm, WRFD was alerted for a vehicle fire in the area of 3910 Caughey Road. As Assistant Chief 461 was responding, ECDOPS advised that multiple calls were being received. Fire Police Captain 4601 arrived on location and reported a working vehicle fire. Engine 474, with 5 Volunteers, arrived on location, pulled the bumper line and had the fire knocked down within minutes. After the fire was knocked down, crews checked the rest of the vehicle for extension. Companies cleared the scene within 30 minutes.
Wednesday Morning Assist to McKean FD
Wednesday, July 17th - This morning, Station 46 for 2 engines along with other mutual aid from Station 48, 38, 72, 42, 68, 14, 52, 58, 36 and 60 assisted McKean (40) on a working building fire in the 10200 block of Old Route 99. First crews on scene found heavy involvement on the front of the building. While on scene, crews from 472 and 474 assisted with fire suppression and other fire ground operations.
WRFD Participates in Annual Cherry Festival Parade
Saturday, July 13th - Today, Tower 479, Truck 477 and UTV 476 traveled out to North East to participate in the annual Cherry Festival Parade. The annual Cherry Festival is the biggest fundraiser for the North East Fire Department. The parade is one of the highlights of the Cherry Festival.
Saturday Evening Assist to McKean FD
Saturday, July 13th - At 7:10pm, Engine 474 was dispatched to assist McKean on a building fire on Shadduck Road in McKean Township. When initial crews arrived on location, they found a detached garage with fire showing. As Engine 474 was responding, a header was visible from a distance away. While on scene, the 474 crew assisted with checking for extension on a nearby house with overhaul of the fire building.
Water Rescue Training Held Between 46, 48, 36, 50, 56 & PISP Lifeguards
Monday, July 8th - This evening, members staffed the apparatus and proceeded down to Beach 7 on Presque Isle State Park to perform some water rescue training. Tonight's training also included water rescue personnel from West Lake, Lake Shore, Lake City, Belle Valley and the PISP Lifeguards. Several different methods of training took place. Some members worked on utilizing throw bags. Those who are members of the Dive Team performed a practice dive. Others performed the annual 100 yard open water swim as required to be a member of the WRFD Water Rescue team. While other members were able to take a ride on the back of West Lake's jet skis, Lake City's amphibious boat and UTV 476. In the event of a real water rescue emergency, all of the agencies present tonight would be responding, so it was very beneficial to all those who attended to see what needs to be done and how to do it.
Vehicle Accident in Front of Country Fair
Friday, July 5th - Late this afternoon, units were dispatched to West 26th & Zuck Road for a vehicle accident. Kearsarge 44-L2 was first on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate damage. Engine 474 arrived on location and along with Fire Police, handled traffic and debris clean-up. Millcreek Paramedics tended to patient care. All companies cleared the scene shortly afterwards.
Fourth of July Parades
Thursday, July 4th - An annual tradition like no other participating in the annual Fourth of July parades. Members began the morning at Station 46 with a breakfast prepared by the Auxiliary. Afterwards, the entire fleet proceeded down to West 12th Street for the 48th annual Millcreek Township parade. Over 100 units participate in this parade annually. Later on in the afternoon, Tower 479 along with Engine 19 headed east to Lawrence Park to participate on their annual parade. Before the parade began, the younger members staffing 479 were questioned by the judges in the functionally of the truck. During the parade, Tower 479 was presented with the aware for Best Truck.
Another Past Junior FF & Current Member Gets Dream Job
Tuesday, June 25th - At last night's training, Lieutenant Bobby McCarthy announced to the membership that he has accepted a job offer with the Charleston, SC Fire Department. Bobby started his firefighting career as a Junior Firefighter at age 16. Since then, he has moved up to the rank of Lieutenant. Bobby joins past Junior Firefighters Herb Stafford III, Jake Stafford and Pat Carne who have went onto become career Firefighters with the Charleston Fire Department. Congratulations Bobby on your achievement!!!
Dive Team Responds to Crawford County to Assist in Search
Monday, June 17th - At 04:44pm, the Millcreek Township Dive Team was alerted to assist the Crawford County Scuba Team with an ongoing search of a patron who went missing in Pymatuning Lake this past weekend. Fire Departments and Dive Teams have been searching for the individual since Saturday evening. As crews were preparing to head to Linesville, Erie County 911 alerted local crews to divert to Conneaut Lake borough for a report of 4 people in the water in Conneaut Lake. As crews were responding to this call, the response was cancelled. Truck 477, Truck 478 and UTV 476 then continued back to Linesville. Divers and Water Rescue Teams from West Ridge, 48 (West Lake), 50 (Lake Shore), 36 (Belle Valley), 56 (Lake City) and other fire departments from numerous counties in PA & OH assisted the CC Scuba Team with the search. WRFD units returned to quarters several hours later.
Water Rescue & Dive Team Training
Wednesday, June 12th - Every now and again, the Divers and Shore Support staff from West Ridge & West Lake get together to hold joint training sessions. Tonight was no different. After meeting at Station 48, crews headed down to Beach 10. Once on scene, the divers trained on under water operations. Meanwhile, WRFD crews staffed UTV 476 to work on on-shore operations along with water surface operations.
Past Member Currently Serving Visits Erie
Sunday, June 9th - A few weeks ago, Tower 479 participated in the Perry 200 Parade. Before the parade began, former member Alex Seib had a chance to meet up with the tower crew. Alex served with WRFD numerous years ago as a Junior Firefighter and then an Active Firefighter. After serving with WRFD, Alex joined the United States Air Force and is still currently serving proudly. Pictured along with Alex is Junior FF Randy Myers, Junior FF Victoria Gehrlein, Deputy Chief John Sorge, Assistant Chief Jim Rosenbaum and his son along with Lieutenant Bobby McCarthy. The membership wishes Alex best of luck in his future endeavors while serving with the United States Air Force.
Albion Fire Department 100th Anniversary Parade
Saturday, June 8th - This morning, Tower 479 headed out to the Albion area to participate in Albion Fire Department's 100th Anniversary Parade. Several fire departments from Erie and Crawford Counties participated in today's parade. After staging at the elementary school, the crew waited for their turn in the judging line. After the judging took place, the Tower headed down the parade route. As the Tower was passing the reviewing stand, Tower 479 was presented with the Best Appearing Aerial. Afterwards, the crew along with the other fire department crews gathered for a lunch put on by the Franklin Township Fire Department. Congratulations to Albion FD on 100 years of service to the Albion and West County area!!
Environmental Technical Rescue in Wintergreen Gorge
Thursday, June 6th - This morning, West Ridge was notified for a special operations response to assist Brookside (24) on a search and rescue of 3 teenagers who were trapped between 4 mile creek and a rock click in Wintergreen Gorge. The teens had been camping and were caught off guard by fast moving waters. The call resulted in a response by Truck 477, UTV 476 and Truck 478. Additional Rope and Water Rescue Team members responded from 44 (Kearsarge), 36 (Belle Valley), 50 (Lake Shore), 48 (West Lake) and 56 (Lake City). Members of the Water Rescue Team provided support in the event that a victim or rescuer fell into the fast moving water. Members of the Ropes Team descending a 150' cliff to rescue to teens and then brought each teen up the cliff. Crews operated on scene for several hours before clearing the scene.
Fire Police Respond to Union City After Tornado Touchdown
Tuesday, May 28th - This evening, Truck 478 responded down to Union City to assist Station 113 (Union City) with traffic control after severe weather went through the area. During the evening, severe thunderstorms with multiple tornado touchdowns hit the South County area. One of the tornadoes touched down in Union City. Truck 478 arrived on location and went to work assisting with traffic control. Truck 478 operated in Union City for around 4 hours before returning to Millcreek Township.
Fire Departments Escort WTC Beam in Perry 200 Parade
Saturday, May 25th - This morning, Tower 479 headed to downtown Erie to participate in the Perry 200 Parade. The parade was part of the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of 1812. During the parade, Tower 479 along with the other Millcreek Township Fire Departments and several Erie County Fire Departments had the honor and privilege to escort a September 11th World Trade Center beam. The beam will become the center point of the Erie, PA 9/11 Memorial, which will be located in front of the Erie Blasco Library on Erie's Bayfront.
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