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Call Totals
2014 1368
2013 1863
2012 1823
2011 1694

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 


Truck 477 and UTV 476 Stand By at Steely Dan Concert

Saturday, August 9th - This afternoon, Truck 477 and UTV 476 traveled down to Beach 11 on Presque Isle State Park for an EMS stand by at the Steely Dan concert.  You couldn't have asked for nice weather for an outdoor concert.  UTV 476, with 2 Divers and 1 Shore Support along with crews from 48 (West Lake), 36 (Belle Valley) and MPS stood by on both land and water as a precaution.  An estimated 4,300 people were in attendance for the concert.  Other than the boat accident that took place around 5pm, no other incidents took place.  Crews cleared PISP and returned to quarters around 12am.


West 26th Street and Zuck Road Vehicle Accident

Saturday, August 9th - During the 9am hour, WRFD and MPS were alerted for a vehicle accident in the intersection of West 26th Street & Zuck Road.  Crews arrived on location and found 2 vehicles in the middle of the intersection with moderate damage sustained to both vehicles.  Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work on patient care followed up by handling fluids and debris.  Fire Police handled traffic duties.  Companies cleared the scene within 30 minutes.


West 38th Street & Lancaster Avenue Vehicle Accident

Sunday, August 4th - At 12:26am, units were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of West 38th Street & Lancaster Avenue.  First arriving crews found 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage.  Engine 474 and Engine 472 arrived on location and went to work on assisting the EMS crew, checking both vehicles for any hazards, handling fluids and debris and checking the residence for any structural compromise.  The building only sustained some minor exterior damage to the siding.  Once the vehicles were towed away,  companies cleared the scene.
 


Whispering Woods Neighborhood Block Park

Sunday, August 4th - This afternoon, Engine 474 traveled out into the first due to the Whispering Woods subdivision to participate in their annual neighborhood block party.  While out at the block party, several children and their parents had the opportunity to tour the engine and to spray some water from the hose.  Plastic firefighting helmets were also passed out to the children.


Sunday Morning Vehicle Fire in Wegmans Parking Lot

Sunday, August 4th - This morning, Engine 474 responded to the west side Wegmans grocery store for a reported vehicle fire.  Chief 460 arrived on location and reported smoke showing.  When the engine, staffed with 5 Volunteers, arrived on location, crews pulled an attack line and went to work on locating the source of the fire and extinguishing the fire.  Companies remained on location for about 30 minutes.


Vehicle Accident Possible Entrapment:  Love Road & Dominic Drive

Friday, August 1st - At 03:15pm, WRFD and MPS were alerted for a vehicle accident with possible entrapment at the intersection of Love Road and Dominic Drive.  Tower 449 (Kearsarge) was in the area performing some driver training and responded additional due to reports of entrapment.  Upon investigation, no entrapment was reported.  Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work on handling fluids and debris.  Fire Police shut down Love Road from Zimmerly Road to Sterrettania Road.


Possible Structure Fire Turns Into Large Outside Fire

Friday, July 25th - This evening, the tones were dropped for a possible structure fire near the intersection of West 32nd Street & Sterrettania Road.  Assistant Chief 461 arrived on location and found no structure fire, but a large outside fire behind a residence just south of the intersection.  Engine 474 arrived on location, pulled an attack line and pike poles and went to work on extinguishing and overhauling the fire.


Engine 474 Responds to Assist 44 on Vehicle Fire Next to a Structure

Thursday, July 17th - This afternoon, Engine 474 responded to assist 44 (Kearsarge) on a vehicle fire next to a structure in the 5500 block of Zuck Road.  First arriving companies arrived on location and reported a working vehicle fire in the ATM lane of the bank.  As a result, the assignment was upgraded to a full commercial structure assignment.  Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work assisting with a search of the interior checking for extension.  Photos courtesy of Chief 441 and Erie, PA Fire.


UTV 476 Called to Albion to Assist in Search of Missing Person

Wednesday, July 16th - This evening, UTV 476 was requested by Chief 620 (Albion) to assist in the search of a missing person from that area.  Truck 477 and UTV 476 responded on the call.  After reporting to the staging area and receiving their assignment, the crew and ARGO was deployed along a small stream bed. The terrain was very difficult for both mechanized equipment and searchers on foot. After approximately 1 hour the search was called off by Chief 620.  The next day, the individual was found in a neighboring community.


Engine 474 Responds to Mutual Aid Vehicle Fire on Interstate 90

Tuesday, July 15th - This afternoon at 1pm, WRFD was alerted to assist Station 40 (McKean) on a vehicle fire on Interstate 90 eastbound at mile marker 17.  Crews arrived on location and found a vehicle on the side of the road with heavy fire showing.  Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work assisting Engine 405 with fire suppression.  As companies were operating on scene, Truck 477 handled traffic duties.  While crews were operating on scene, the interstate was shut down so crews could go to work.  Photo courtesy of Erie, PA Fire.


West Ridge & Edinboro Participate in Joint Vehicle Rescue Training

Wednesday, July 9th - It is not every day that the West Ridge FD and Edinboro FD have an opportunity to train together.  Tonight, both departments had that opportunity.  Even though both departments are separated by 20 miles, it never hurts to train with other fire departments in Erie County just in case there is that call where both FDs were have to work together.  Tonight's training was a vehicle rescue drill held out at Jay's Auto Wrecking.  Crews from each station had an opportunity to tour the other department's apparatus to see what type of vehicle rescue equipment is carried.  Everyone then had an opportunity to become familiar with all of the equipment that is available.  Both departments are hoping to hold future training opportunities with each other in the future.


Saturday Early Evening Garage Fire - 3000 Aberdeen Avenue

Saturday, July 5th - About 30 minutes after returning to the firehouse from the earlier outside fire, crews from 46, 48 Engine, 44 Engine & Truck and Millcreek Paramedics were dispatched to the 3000 block of Aberdeen Ave for a reported garage fire.  Safety 1 arrived on location and reported light smoke coming from the garage area.  Crews arrived on location and went to work on suppression along with ventilation and checking for extension.  Engine 472 arrived on location and went to work on putting the fire out along with performing ventilation and checking for extension.  Command eventually held the box to 46 units and released mutual aid with thanks.  Units cleared the scene shortly before 6pm.


Volunteers Respond to Outside Fire - 2800 block Carter Avenue

Saturday, July 5th - At 4:08pm, WRFD was dispatched to their 3rd fire in 2 days.  This time, it was an outside fire in the 2800 block of Carter Avenue.  Deputy Chief 471 arrived on location and reported a large outside fence on fire.  Engine 472 arrived on location, took position down the driveway and the crew went to work on extinguishing the fire.  Companies cleared the scene just before 5pm.


Both Engines Respond to a McKean Township Basement Fire

Friday, July 4th - This evening at 7:35pm, WRFD was dispatched for an engine to assist Station 40 (McKean) on a working basement fire in the 9700 block of Old Route 99.  The initial call was called in by an ambulance crew who were in the area on a separate call.  Chief 400 arrived on location and reported heavy smoke coming from a basement fire with extension to the first floor.  While on location, the Engine crews assisted with fire attack, search and overhaul & opening up.


Vehicle Fire With Possible Exposure - 2900 Zuck Road

Friday, July 4th - At 5:03pm, WRFD was alerted for a vehicle fire with possible exposure to a neighboring structure in the 2900 block of Zuck Road.  Lieutenant 9 arrived on location and reported a working vehicle fire while responding to the firehouse.  Deputy Chief 471 arrived on location and established command.  With the vehicle parked in the street, there was no threat to a structure.  Engine 472 and Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work on fire suppression on the fully engulfed vehicle.  The crews pulled 2 hand lines along with deploying foam.  A gas leak from the vehicle was also taken care off.  The cause is under investigation.


Millcreek Township 4th of July Parade

Friday, July 4th - This morning, Volunteers from WRFD kept an annual tradition alive by participating in the annual Millcreek Township 4th of July Parade.  The morning began with a breakfast served by the Auxiliary.  Afterwards, crews assembled on West 12th Street for the parade.  As WRFD proceeded down the parade route, several members passed out candy to the many children lining the parade route.


Driver Training, Argo Operations and Water Rescue Training

Monday, June 23rd - Tonight was a busy night of training.  On the list was to work with Station 62 (Albion) on Argo operations, members of the Water Rescue Team performing some refresher training and other doing some driver training.  Albion just recently bought their very own Argo so members worked with them on how the Argo drives, where the Argo is capable of going and what the Argo can do.  Some of the members who are on the Water Rescue Team worked on some refresher training down in Walnut Creek while working with some of the younger members on how to utilize the throw bags.  While this was taking place, other members were down the road at Walnut Creek Middle School performing some driver training with Truck 477 hauling the Special Operations trailer.


Monday Morning Shed Fire:  Woodcrest Drive

Monday, June 23rd - Very early this morning, companies were alerted for a shed fire in the 3700 block of Gable Court.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS gave an updated location in the 3700 block of Woodcrest Drive and that multiple calls were being received.  Chief 460 arrived on location and reported a stand alone small shed with fire showing.  Engine 472 arrived on location, pulled an attack line and went to work on putting out the fire.  Engine 474 arrived on location and assisted with overhaul and checking for hot spots.


Volunteers Put Rescue Tool Into Service on Overturned Truck with Confinement:  5100 block Grubb Road

Sunday, June 15th - This morning shortly after 1am, companies responded to the 5100 block of Grubb Road for a vehicle accident with rollover.  Millcreek Paramedics arrived on location and reported 1 vehicle on the roof with heavy damage.  Deputy Chief 471 arrived on location, confirmed the ambulance crew's report and also reported confinement.  Engine 474, staffed with 5 Volunteers, arrived on location and went to work on stabilizing the vehicle with the rescue struts.  Crews then deployed the spreader and cutter rescue tools to free the person from the vehicle.  The engine crew was also to get the doors opened within 15 minutes.  Once the person was removed, MPS took over patient care.  Fire Police and Truck 477 shut down Grubb Road from Sterrettania Road to Zimmerly Road.  Once the vehicle was cleared from the roadway, companies cleared the scene shortly after 3am.


Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Richard Pietron

Saturday, June 14th - Congratulations to Firefighter Rich Pietron and his new wife Cassie on their recent marriage.  Family, friends and several members of WRFD were able to join in on this special day for both Rich and Cassie.


Engine 474 Assists 44 on Multi Car Vehicle Accident

Friday, June 13th - This morning, WRFD was dispatched to assist Station 44 (Kearsarge) on a multi car vehicle accident at the intersection of Zuck Road & Zimmerly Road.  Engine 474, staffed with 5 Volunteers, arrived on location and was tasked to assist with extrication of 1 of the drivers from the vehicles.  Afterwards, crews went to work on handling fluids and debris.  Fire Police from 46 and 44 shut down Zuck Road from Village Common Drive to Zimmerly Road while crews operated on scene.  Companies cleared the scene shortly before 8am.


High School Graduation Day!!!

Wednesday, June 11th - This evening, McDowell High School held their graduation ceremony at the Erie Insurance Arena.  In the Class of 2014 were members Matt Wesmiller and Ryan Roesch.  Matt (pictured left) has chosen to enlist into the United States Army and Ryan will be attending Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  The guys were able to arrive at their graduation this evening in style, in Engine 472.  Congratulations to both Matt, Ryan and the entire Class of 2014!!!


Morning Rush Hour Vehicle Accident:  Route 20 & Powell Avenue

Tuesday, June 2nd - As rush hour was in full swing, WRFD and MPS were alerted for a vehicle accident at Route 20 and Powell Avenue.  First arriving MPS ambulance on location reported multiple vehicles with moderate to heavy damage.  Engine 474, staffed with 5 Volunteers, arrived on location and handled fluids, debris and assisted with patient care.  As the 474 crew was operating on scene, Fire Police and Truck 477 handled traffic duties and scene safety.  Due to the vehicles being in the middle of the roadway, companies remained on location until the 3 vehicles were removed.  Crews then cleaned up the fluids and debris that remained behind.  Companies cleared the scene around 8:30am.


Truck 477 and UTV 476 Assist with Edinboro Triathlon

Saturday, May 31st - Today, Truck 477 and UTV 476 traveled out to the Edinboro area to assist with the annual Edinboro Triathlon.  Requested by Edinboro FD, both units left Station 47 this morning around 07:15 and after arriving at Station 38, the crew received their assignment.  UTV 476 started out by staging at the swimming portion of the Triathlon.  Once a large sum of participants finished the swimming portion and were out on the bike course, UTV 476 proceeded out to Lay Road and Crane Road to stage during the cycling portion.  After a little bit, UTV 476 proceeded a mile down the road and staged at Crane Road and Fry Road.  About 30 minutes later, 476 proceeded back into the lakeside section of Edinboro to stage on the running trail.  Eventually, 476 made their way back to the start / finish line and then over the FD / EMS staging area.  With hundreds of participants in today's Triathlon, fortunately 476 did not have to render assistance to anyone.  Other companies assisting Edinboro FD today were 48 (West Lake), 56 (Lake City), 36 (Belle Valley), 29 (West Mead #2 - Crawford County) along with Fire Police from several mutual aid fire departments.


Memorial Day Mobile Home Fire - Assist to West Lake

Monday, May 26th - This afternoon, companies from 48 and 46 were dispatched to Wana Drive in West Lake for a reported mobile home fire.  Chief 460 arrived on location and reported a working fire.  Moments later, 460 also reported possible entrapment.  As companies were arriving on location, the homeowner was accounted for.  Engine 474, fully staffed with 6 Volunteers, arrived on location and along with crews from Engines 482 & 483 (West Lake) went to work on extinguishing the fire and performing overhaul and salvage.  Crews were able to knock down the fire quickly.  Engine 474 cleared the scene around 5pm.


Engine 474 Responds Mutual Aid to Kearsarge - Working Vehicle Fire - Interstate 79 Northbound

Sunday, May 25th - During the late afternoon hours, WRFD was dispatched to assist 44 (Kearsarge) on a working vehicle fire on Interstate 79 northbound.  As Engine 474 was responding, companies from 44 were already on location.  After maneuvering through holiday traffic backup, Engine 474 arrived on location, pulled a 2nd attack line from Rescue 444 and went to work with fire extinguishment with the other half of the 474 crew assisted with supplying 444 with water.  Crews from 444 and 474 were able to get the fire knocked down quickly.  Engine 434 arrived on location and assisted with water supply and manpower.  As crews were battling the vehicle fire, Truck 447, Truck 477 and Fire Police were handling traffic and scene safety duties.  Crews cleared the scene shortly after 4pm.


Newest Tower 479 Operators

Monday, May 19th - For the past several weeks, several members have been attending the Tower 479 Operator class.  This class is required for all members who wish to become certified tower operators.  This class covers the basics of the tower, how to properly set it up along with proper maintenance of the tower.  The class is 24 hours in length and is taught by Captain Jerry DeRosa and Lieutenant Scott Laskowski.  After completing the class, each member who was in attendance received certificates of completion along with their own set of tower wings.  Pictured below are Beau Beach, Michael Fisher, Ryan Roesch, Scott Buysee, Rob Laufenberg (back row), Scott Laskowski and Jerry DeRosa (front row).  Also receiving their tower certification was Jamie Romba (not pictured).  Congratulations to everyone!!!


Tower 479 Responds on Working Building Fire in West Lake

Thursday, May 15th - Shortly before 10pm, Tower 479 was alerted to assist 48 (West Lake) on a building fire at the junction of West 6th & West 8th streets.  Companies who arrived on location first reported a working fire coming from a 2 story building.  ECDOPS also reported possible entrapment on the 2nd floor.  Tower 479 arrived on location and went to work setting up for master stream operations.  After the fire was knocked down, the crew from 479 assisted crews from 48 and 50 (Lake Shore) with checking for extension, opening up and searching.


West Ridge & Belle Valley Participate in Joint Water Rescue / Dive Training

Sunday, May 11th - This morning, members from West Ridge and Belle Valley met up at the Villa Maria pool to participate in a joint water rescue & dive training session.  At this morning's training, each department went over the specialized equipment that each department carries and how to properly use it.  Afterwards, WRFD worked with some of the BVFD members on some basic water rescue training while the divers were training with each other in the deep end of the pool.  Some of the water rescue training that WRFD went over with BVFD included the throw bags, the usage of the boat, how to flip it and how to enter the boat while in the water.  Both departments are hoping to meet up again in the near future to continue this type of training.


Hot Drill & Full Scale Aircraft Emergency Training

Wednesday, May 7th - Wednesday evening, an aircraft emergency took place at Erie International Airport.  The emergency was for an airplane crash on the field with multiple injuries.  Tonight's emergency was also a training session.  Every 3 years, the airport is required by the FAA to hold a full scale emergency drill.  West Ridge along with multiple other public safety agencies and local hospitals participated in tonight's drill.  The drill consisted of patient treatment and transport, fire suppression and everything else that takes place during an actual aircraft emergency.  On Thursday, May 8th, several members traveled back down to the airport to participate in the annual hot burn drill.  This training session allowed members to become familiar with aircraft fundamentals, aircraft firefighting and how to handle large fuel fires.  Pictures courtesy of Lake City Fire Company.


Tower 479 and Engine 474 Respond to 2 Alarm Fire in Fairview

Tuesday, April 29th - This morning, Tower 479 and Engine 474 along with companies from 52, 54, 56, 48, 50, 58, 60 and 72 responded to Lindbergh Ave for a building fire.  As Tower 479 was responding, a 2nd alarm was dispatched bringing Engine 474 as the 2nd RIT team.  Tower 479 arrived on location and assisted crews with checking for hot spots, pulling soffit and opening up.  As Engine 474 was responding, the 474 assignment changed to water supply to eventually instructed to stage about 2 blocks away with engines from 54 and 64.  Engine 474 remained in staging for about an hour before transferring to Station 52 to stand by for about another hour.  Tower 479 remained on scene for some time.  Fire Police were also dispatched to assist with traffic and at the fill site on Route 5.


Utility and UTV On Display at Public Safety Expo

Saturday, April 12th - This weekend, Truck 477, UTV 476 and the Rescue Trailer were on display at the first Lights, Siren, Safety Public Safety Expo put on by Erie Insurance.  The expo took place at the Bayfront Convention Center.  Many people had the opportunity to tour the apparatus, sit in the UTV and in the boat and have the opportunity to pick up some fire prevention material.  Over the 2 day expo, WRFD passed out several hundred of the very popular plastic firefighting helmets to the children along with several hundred fire prevention bags.


Structural Collapse Call on Route 20

Wednesday, April 9th - Late this evening, crews were dispatched to the 4000 block of West Ridge Road for a reported structural collapse.  Upon investigation, a single wide mobile home came off of its foundation and partially dislodged it's gas meter. As units were arriving they could observe and hear this mobile home coming off its block foundation.  Crews from Engine 474 and Engine 472 stabilized the corner of the mobile home using cribbing. Shortly after cribbing was completed the mobile home came fully to rest on top of this cribbing. National Fuel Gas stopped service at the street valve, while cut electrical power at the service pedestal. Once these hazards were mitigated crews accompanied the occupants into the trailer to assist them in retrieving personal belongings and to get their pet cat. The occupants were provided temporary housing at a local hotel courtesy of the Greater Erie County Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Gil Keinath Honored at Public Safety Dinner

Friday, April 4th - Tonight, members from the various emergency services in the area along with local officials were in attendance at the annual Public Safety Dinner. Included in those who attended were 22 members from WRFD. Those members were there to show their appreciation to honorary member Gil Keinath. Gil was honored at tonight's dinner for his 55 years of service to WRFD and the Millcreek Twp community. During his time, Gil held many different positions ranging from Chief to President to Chairperson of the House Committee. Congratulations to Gil on receiving this honor.  Also at tonight's dinner, WRFD was awarded 2nd place for the annual Fire Prevention program. 


Acquired Structure Training Between WRFD & WLFD

Saturday, March 29th - Before the rain, sleet and snow began to fall, several members from West Ridge and West Lake met up for some afternoon training.  Recently, WRFD was given permission to use an abandoned structure down the street from Station 47 for training.  WRFD was also given permission by the owner to utilize the structure as they seem fit since the structure is going to be torn down shortly by the owner.  While at the structure, crews utilized a smoke machine to smoke up the house to work on hose line advancement.  Crews also worked on search techniques, wall breaching and aerial operations.  Special thanks to the owner of the structure for allowing WRFD & WLFD the opportunity to use the house for training purposes.  Photos courtesy of West Lake FD.


West Ridge FD & Greenfield FD Perform Ice Rescue Training with US Coast Guard

Sunday, March 23rd - This morning, members of the WRFD Water Rescue Team along with 3 members from the Greenfield FD traveled to the US Coast Guard Station Erie for ice rescue training.  The training began with a classroom session going over the various types of ice the rescuers will encounter along with the fundamentals of performing an ice rescue.  Afterwards, everyone headed over to Horseshoe Pond where everyone was taught how to self rescue themselves along with how to rescue an individual who has fallen through the ice.  In addition, the members from WRFD and GVFD got to see what equipment the USCG carries and the USCG had a chance to take a look at UTV 476 and what equipment is carried on T-477 and T-478.  Special thank to the US Coast Guard for assisting everyone in today's training.  Also, thanks to those from Greenfield FD who were able to attend.


Members Awarded Honorary Status

Friday, March 21st - Within the past few weeks, Brian Keinath and Scott Heidt were awarded Honorary Membership status by the West Ridge Fire Department.  Both Brian & Scott served WRFD and the Millcreek Township community for many years.  Both individuals both wore many different color helmets throughout their years of service.  A member who has 15 years of active status in good standing at WRFD can be awarded Honorary Membership status.  Congratulations to both Brian and Scott on their achievement.


Crews Respond to Assist Erie City Fire on Possible Water Rescue

Monday, March 17th - Today, Truck 477, Truck 478 along with UTV 476 responded with the Millcreek Dive & Water Rescue Team on a mutual aid assist to Erie City Fire.  Someone called 911 to report that an ice boat had flipped over and that the person on the boat did not resurface afterwards.  Crews responded to the Chestnut Street Pier, East Ave Pier and foot of Port Access Road as there was some confusion on exactly where the incident was taken place.  As the West Ridge companies were responding on the Bayfront Parkway, crews noticed that the incident was taking place in the bay near the Chestnut Street Pier.  Once on location, crews got the inflatable boat ready and prepared the UTV to enter the ice covered bay.  After crews were able to make contact with everyone on the ice, it was determined to be a false alarm.  The Millcreek Dive & Water Rescue Team consists of the West Ridge FD, West Lake FD, Lake Shore FD and Belle Valley FD.  The Water Rescue Team from Lake City FD also responded as well.


Sunday Night Chimney Fire

Sunday, March 2nd - This evening, crews from 46, 48, 44 and MPS were alerted for a reported chimney fire on East Boardwalk Place.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS reported that smoke and fire were visible from the chimney.  Engine 472 arrived on location and began to investigate.  The crew from 472 used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.  Tower 479 arrived on location and assisted 472 with checking for extension and ventilation.  Meanwhile, Engine 474 staged at the hydrant while Engine 482 and Engine 442 stayed in the front of the complex.  Crews operated on scene for less than an hour.


Sending Out Thoughts & Prayers to Fire Dept of Jersey City & Wallington, NJ FD

Saturday, March 1st - This weekend, the West Ridge Fire Department is sending their thoughts and prayers to the family of Captain Greg Barnas.  Captain Barnas was one of the instructors of the Truck Academy class that WRFD sponsored back in May 2012.  During the weekend class, all those in attendance had a great opportunity to speak to Captain Barnas.  Everyone also had the privilege to learn many new tactics and skills from him.  During Captain Barnas' visit, his training expertise was captured in many photos.  Click here to view the pictures of Barnas' teaching those in attendance at the Truck Academy. 


Vehicle Accident:  Passenger Car vs School Bus

Friday, February 28th - This morning, crews were dispatched for vehicle accident at the intersection of Hershey Road & Cottonwood Ave.  As Engine 474 and MPS were responding, Erie County 911 advised that 1 of the vehicles involved with a school bus.  Engine 474 arrived on location and assisted MPS with patient care.  The engine crew also worked on handling debris.  The scene was clear in about 20 minutes.


Rescue Engine Assists McKean FD with Extrication

Thursday, February 27th - At 8am this morning, West Ridge was dispatched for a rescue engine to assist McKean on a vehicle accident with entrapment at the intersection of Sterrettania Road & West Road in McKean Township.  As Engine 474 was responding to assist, heavy snow fall resulting in near white out conditions were taking place.  Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work putting the rescue tools into service on the passenger side.  While this was taking place, other crew members worked on getting the driver side door open.  After about 20 minutes, crews were able to get the driver side door open and then extricate the patients.  Crews operated on scene for around 40 minutes.


Saturday Afternoon Vehicle Crash:  Route 20 & Asbury Road

Saturday, February 22nd - This afternoon, crews were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 20 and Asbury Road.  First crews on location reported 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage.  Engine 474 arrived on location and the crew was split into 2, half of the crew assisting with patient care and the other half handled debris and fluids.  Fire Police handled traffic.  Crews cleared the scene within 30 minutes.


Tower 479 Special Called to Peach Street Fire in Kearsarge

Friday, February 14th - This morning, Tower 479 was special called by Assistant Chief 441 (Kearsarge) to assist crews on a working residential fire in the 4600 block of Peach Street.  Crews already on location had fire on the interior with heavy smoke showing from the exterior.  Tower 479, staffed with 5 Volunteers, arrived on location and split into 2 teams.  The first team assisted interior crews while the second team laddered the building and prepared for vertical ventilation.  Companies from 46 along with 44 (Kearsarge), 42 Rescue (Perry Hi-Way), 36 Engine (Belle Valley), 68 RIT (Kuhl Hose), 48 Engine (West Lake) and 11 Engine & 12 Engine (Erie City) operated on location for several hours.  As companies were on location, a mobile home fire was dispatched in the 5000 block of Zuck Road.  Crews on location there found a minor issue with the stove and reported no extension.  Special thanks to the Auxiliary from West Ridge and West Lake along with the American Red Cross for providing refreshments to the crews while on location.


West Ridge Participates In Annual Charity Hockey Game

Saturday, February 8th - Several members from WRFD today participated in the annual Guns & Hoses charity hockey game.  The hockey games puts local firefighters versus local law enforcement.  Participating from WRFD in today's game was John Sorge, Andy Kilmer and Rob Laufenberg.  During the game, John was even able to score a short handed goal!!  This game, now in its 4 year, raises money for a different charity every year.  Special thank you to all of the sponsors along with the Erie Otters hockey team for this support along with all those who attended today's game.  The final score Hoses 4, Guns 3.


Turnout Gear Relay at Erie Otters Game

Saturday, February 8th - This evening, several members had the opportunity to take in the Erie Otters hockey game.  During the first intermission, 4 members (Nate Fuller, Gerwhan Wells, Mike Fisher & Randy Myers), participated in a turnout gear relay.  At each station, every member had to put on a different piece of turnout gear.  After the turnout gear is on, the members then had to score a goal.  The sell out crowd really enjoyed the event!!!


Tower 479 Assists Fairview Fire On Residential Structure Fire on Franklin Ave

Saturday, February 1st - This afternoon, Tower 479 was dispatched as part of a first alarm assignment for a residential structure fire on Franklin Ave in Fairview Township.  The tower, which was fully staffed, responded and upon arriving on location, the crews broke into 2 teams.  The first team went to the roof above the garage area to perform vertical ventilation while the second team assisted interior crews.  Tower 479 operated on location for around 60 minutes.


Hazardous Materials Fire Sends Tower 479 to West Lake:  1606 Pittsburgh Avenue

Thursday, January 30th -  This morning, Tower 479 along with crews from West Lake, Erie City, Erie Airport and Millcreek Township responded to Safety-Kleen at 1606 Pittsburgh for a reported fire with explosion.  Heavy black smoke was visible for miles.  Chief 480 (West Lake) arrived on location and reported a large fire in a processing area next to 3 large storage tanks containing diesel fuel.  Engine 482 (West Lake) arrived on location and took position on the south side of the tanks. Crews did run into an issue with water supply initially due to dead hydrant in front of the building.  Once additional crews from Engine 483 (West Lake), Engine 11 (Erie City) and Unit 929 (Millcreek Township) arrived on location, additional water supplies were established at West 16th & Pittsburgh Ave and at other locations.  Tower 479 arrived on location and began to stretch lines for exposure protection. Crews attacked the fire with water and foam.  Crews were able to secure the product supply and this allowed the fire crews to gain control of the fire.  Train traffic was shut down during the duration of the incident due to the tracks running along the side of the incident.  Other agencies assisting on scene were Millcreek EMA, Erie City EMA, Erie County EMA, DEP, OSHA, Erie County Health Dept and Erie County HazMat.


Crews Respond to Vehicle Accident and Trailer Fire

Tuesday, January 28th - This afternoon, crews were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of Grubb Road & Hershey Road.  Once on locations, crews found 3 vehicles involved with multiple patients.  Engine 472 arrived on location and assisted Millcreek Paramedics with patient care.  An ambulance from McKean (40) was special called to the scene to assist with patient transport.  Fire Police handled traffic duties and scene safety.  Companies also responded to West 11th Street & Clifton Ave to assist West Lake (48) on a trailer fire.  The first arriving Chief reported smoke showing from the trailer.  Engine 472 arrived on location, assumed 2nd due engine responsibilities and assisted 1st in crews with overhaul and wash down operations.  Fire Police assisted again with traffic duties at West 12th & Clifton Ave.


Hometown Hero:  Harold Horton

Monday, January 27th - Recently, Harold Horton, who has served in many capacities with the West Ridge Fire Department for over 50 years was featured on the Hometown Hero segment on WJET-TV 24 recently. Click here to view the segment.


Dive & Water Rescue Training Held At Villa Pool

Sunday, January 19th - This morning, members of the Dive & Water Rescue Team gathered at the Villa Maria pool to work on water rescue techniques.  During the 3 hour training sessions, members became familiar on how to place a victim on a floating stokes basket, how to pull a person into the new zodiac rescue boat, how to properly flip the new boat along with other various techniques.  The team has set a goal to hold a monthly training session so members have the opportunity to become very familiar with all of the skills needed.


2014 Officers

Fire Chief - Dan Ouellet
Assistant Chief - Jim Rosenbaum
Deputy Chief - John Sorge
Deputy Chief - Andy Kilmer
Captain - Shawn Simko
Captain - Jerry DeRosa
Captain - Jerry Hickin
Engine 472 Lieutenant - Michael Howard
Engine 474 Lieutenant - Jason Myers
Truck 477 Lieutenant - Matt Exley
Truck 478 Lieutenant - Matt Bell
Tower 479 Lieutenant - Scott Laskowski
Safety Officer - Charlie Heffner
Safety Officer - Gary Carver
Fire Police Captain - Jim Jones, Sr.
Fire Police Lieutenant - Lou Becker

President - Lucien Lawson
Vice President - Gary Carver
Secretary - Russ Moran
Treasurer - Bill Bridger


Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home Donate Water Pump to WRFD

Tuesday, January 14th - This afternoon, Jack Martin, Supervisor of the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home along with Rick Dapplick presented Chief Dan Ouellet and President Lu Lawson with a brand new water pump.  The pump was donated to WRFD by Dusckas-Martin as a way of them saying thank you for the members of the West Ridge Fire Department for their countless hours of service to the Millcreek Township community.  The new brand will be used to pump out basements that fill with water or used as needed.  Thank you to the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home for their generous donation.


Top Responders for 2013

Jim Jones, Sr - 451
Jerry DeRosa - 438
Jerry Hickin - 377
Rich Pietron - 297
Michael Howard - 296
Jim Rosenbaum - 281
Rob Hornaman - 280
Charlie Heffner - 260
Beau Beach - 254
Lu Lawson - 245


Another Busy Day for the Volunteers

Wednesday, January 8th - With over a dozen calls throughout the day, the Volunteers at WRFD have been kept busy.  Throughout the day, Volunteers were dispatched to the following calls:

04:11 - EMS
07:56 - Fire Alarm
08:27 - Fire Alarm
11:00 - Fire Alarm
11:18 - Fire Alarm
11:52 - EMS
12:39 - Reported structure fire
12:51 - EMS
14:34 - Fire Alarm
14:48 - EMS
15:39 - Fire Alarm
15:42 - Electrical Hazard
16:59 - Fire Alarm
19:14 - EMS


First 3 Days of 2014 Keeping the Volunteers Busy

Friday, January 3rd - The first 3 days of 2014 have been a busy time for the Volunteers at the West Ridge Fire Department.  Volunteers have also had to deal with extremely cold temperatures and snow that never seems to end.  On January 1st, only 3 calls were dispatched.  However, January 2nd was the busiest of the 3 days with a total of 16 calls ranging from several EMS calls to a reported structure fire, CO alarm, fire alarm, and mutual aid assist on 2 reported structure fires.  During the morning on January 3rd, WRFD was dispatched to assist Station 40 (McKean) on 2 separate vehicle accidents on Interstate 90 along with a mutual aid assist on a structure fire and smoke in the structure to Station 48 (West Lake) later in the day.


Engine 474 Responds to Interstate 90 Exit 18 to Assist McKean FD

Friday, January 3rd - This morning at 08:52, Engine 474 responded to Interstate 90 Exit 18 to assist Station 40 (McKean) on a vehicle accident.  Engine 474 arrived on location and found a vehicle on its side facing eastbound in the westbound lane.  Crews went to work first stabilizing the vehicle, removed the back window and assisted crews already on scene with assisting the driver out of the vehicle.  Meanwhile, Fire Police handled traffic duties and lane closures while companies operated on scene.  At the time of the wreck, the area had just experienced heavy snow over the past few days, resulting in several inches of new and drifting snow around the vehicle.


Tower 479, Fully Staffed, Assists Fairview on House Fire

Monday, December 30th - This afternoon at 12:40pm, Tower 479 was dispatched as part of the 1st alarm assignment to assist 52 (Fairview), 54 (Girard), 50 (Lake Shore) and 60 RIT (Cranesville) on a residential house fire.  First arriving crews arrived on location and found heavy fire and smoke showing.  Crews then stretched multiple hand lines into the structure.  Tower 479, fully staffed with 6 Volunteers, arrived on location and was tasked with venting the roof and interior overhaul.  Tower 479 operated on location for over 60 minutes.


Crews Put Rescue Tool Into Service on Vehicle Accident

Sunday, December 15th - This afternoon as the snow continued to fall, units were alerted to a vehicle accident in the 4800 block of West Ridge Road.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS stated that there were multiple patients.  Assistant Chief 501 (Lake Shore) arrived on location, reported 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage, confirming multiple patients and entrapment on one of the vehicles.  Engine 474 arrived on location, deployed the rescue tools and went to work extricating the passenger from the tan vehicle.  Crews had the patient extricated within 10 minutes.  Millcreek Paramedics transported multiple patients to local hospitals.  Fire Police shut down West Ridge Road east bound from West 23rd Street to Asbury Road.


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.

 

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