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2015 1563
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2013 1863
2012 1823
2011 1694






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West Ridge & Kearsarge Perform Engine and Truck Company Operations Training

Monday, November 9th - This evening, members from West Ridge and Kearsarge met at the training grounds behind Station 47 to perform engine and truck company operations.  The training included force entry, advancing hose lines, laddering, vent/enter/search along with search & rescue.  Multiple evolutions were performed allowing those in attendance the opportunity to work as an engine company and a truck company.  Tonight's training also allowed for several Firefighters who normally don't have Command of a fire scene the opportunity to be in command. 

West Ridge Fire Department Celebrates Another Year of Service

Saturday, November 7th - This evening, the West Ridge Fire Department celebrated another year of service by holding the annual banquet.  This year's banquet took place at the Perry Hi-Way Fire Department Social Hall.  After enjoying fellowship and a cocktail hour, everyone in attendance enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by the Millers, a local Amish family.  After the dinner, several years of service awards were presented.  Those earning years of service awards this year are Rich Pietron (5 years), Matt Exley (5 years), Gerald Hickin (10 years) and Jerry DeRosa (30 years).  Dan Ouellet was awarded the President's Award for his countless hours spent behind the scenes working on the part time paid staffing program.  Russ Moran was awarded Firefighter of the Year while Alex Seib earned Rookie of the Year honors.  Those in attendance then hit the dance floor to dance to music provided by DJ B-Lex.  Special thank you to the committee who spent time putting this year's banquet together.  Also special thank you to Edinboro Fire Department who provided staffing at Station 47 for the evening.

Engine 474 Responds to Afternoon Vehicle Fire

Wednesday, November 4th - This afternoon, Engine 474 responded to West 32nd St and Zuck Road for a reported vehicle fire. Deputy Chief 470 arrived on location and reported a working vehicle fire with everyone out of the vehicle. Engine 474 arrived on location, put the bumper line in service and went to work extinguishing the fire. The fire was knocked down within minutes. As E474 was working on putting the fire out, Fire Police handled traffic duties. Crews remained on scene for around 30 minutes. 

Engine 474 Assists Belle Valley On Afternoon Structure Fire

Wednesday, October 28th - This afternoon, Engine 474 was requested to assist Belle Valley along with units from 42, 44, 24, 48, 68, 26, 14, City Engine 13 and Millcreek Paramedics for a structure fire in the 6000 block of Footmill Road.  When the call was originally dispatched, ECDOPS was reporting entrapment.  First arriving crews reported a working fire.  Engine 474, staffed with 4 Firefighters, along with Chief 460 and Assistant Chief 461 arrived on location.  The crew from Engine 474 was tasked with performing vertical ventilation above the living room on the roof.  Once the vent hole was opened up, fire was observed coming from the vent hole shortly afterwards.  With fire through the roof, Command had everyone evacuate the structure and master stream operations were put into effect.  Once a bulk of the fire was knocked down, Engine 474 along with other crews reentered the structure to perform extensive overhaul along with checking for any hot spots.  Engine 474 cleared the scene about an hour later.  Some photos (used with permission) courtesy of Ray Stender.

Engine 472 Assists Station 44 with Vehicle Accident

Saturday, October 10th - This evening, Engine 472 was dispatched to assist Station 44 (Kearsarge) on a vehicle accident on Peach Street between Interchange Ave and Kuntz Road.  Station 44 and Millcreek Paramedics were originally dispatched to scene for a pedestrian vs automobile accident.  The vehicle involved in the accident ended up down into the creek bed of Walnut Creek.  Engine 474, staffed with 4 Volunteers, arrived on location and assisted crews already on scene with a person search for passengers from the vehicle that plummeted down the hill, which was about 15 feet straight down.  After a short search, the driver of the vehicle had already extricated themselves from the vehicle.  Meanwhile, Fire Police assisted with diverting traffic from Peach Street north bound through the Millcreek Mall parking lot. 

Engine 474 Wishing a Happy Birthday!!!

Sunday, October 4th - Today, a local resident contacted WRFD via the Facebook page asking if a fire truck could stop by and make an appearance at their daughter's birthday party.  Well not to disappoint, Engine 474 was able to stop by for a little bit.  While at the birthday party, the children had the chance to sit inside the engine, see what equipment is carried and had the opportunity to squirt the fire house.  The parents were able happy to see the engine stop by.  Afterwards, the parents invited the crew inside to sign happy birthday and to enjoy a piece of cake.  The birthday cake was very impressive and tasted very good!!!

Volunteers Train on Truck Company Operations

Saturday, October 4th - This morning was a perfect day to do some truck company training.  That is what several Volunteers did.  Crews headed over to a structure that was going to be demolished at a later date for some training.  Once over at the drill house, crews worked on setting up Tower 479 for aerial operations, placing ground ladders, placing roof ladders, saw familiarization, vertical ventilation and other truck company functions.  Crews spent around 3 hours training.

Engine Responds to West 6th & Peninsula Vehicle Accident

Saturday, October 3rd - Tonight, several members staffed Station 46 while West Lake FD enjoyed a night off.  While staffing the station, Engine 472 responded to West 6th Street and Peninsula Drive for a vehicle accident with confinement.  Engine 472, fully staffed with 6 Volunteers, arrived on location, found 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage with 1 of the vehicles having the driver confined.  The rescue tools were put into service and the driver was extricated from the vehicle within 10 minutes.  Once outside the vehicle, the driver was tended to by Millcreek Paramedics Service.  As this was taking place, Fire Police handled traffic duties.  The engine crew then went to work on handling debris in the roadway.

75th Anniversary Open House

Sunday, September 27th - This afternoon, the West Ridge Fire Department opened their doors to the public for the 75th Anniversary Open House.  The weather was perfect for today's open house.  Those who stopped by had a chance to see various firefighting equipment and tools, try on some of the firefighting gear, talk to the firefighters, speak to representatives from the American Red Cross and Millcreek Township Emergency Management.  Fire Prevention material was also distributed throughout the day.  People also had the opportunity to tour various types of firefighting apparatus, watch as Firefighters rappelled down from the top of the firehouse, observe how fire crews work on a vehicle accident with entrapment.  Kids were given the chance to squirt water from a actual fire hose.  Stat Medevac (Lifestar) EMS helicopter even paid a visit and landed in the yard behind the firehouse.  Special thanks to Belle Valley FD, Lake Shore FD, Kearsarge FD, Millcreek Police, Millcreek EMA, Erie County HazMat, American Red Cross, Erie County Firefighters Association, and Stat Medevac who helped make our open house a success.  Special thanks to the Auxiliary who provided refreshments during the open house.

Saturday Morning Vehicle Accident

Saturday, September 26th - This morning shortly after 07:30am, units from WRFD and MPS were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident 4300 block of West Ridge Road.  Lake Shore Lieutenant 2 arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with minor to moderate damage.  Engine 472, staffed with 5 Volunteers, arrived on location and went to work securing the vehicles and handling fluids and debris while Millcreek Paramedics concentrated on patient care.  Truck 477 and Fire Police handled traffic duties.  Crews cleared the scene around 30 minutes later.

Corn Roast Held at the Picnic Grounds

Saturday, September 19th - Every couple years, Firefighters along with their families and friends get together for a corn roast.  This year's corn roast was held behind Station 47 at the picnic pavilion.  Although the weather did not cooperate in the beginning, eventually the heavy rain did move on.  Everyone who gathered got to pulled pork, sloppy joes, hot dogs, various side dishes and numerous desserts along with having the chance to mingle with everyone and enjoy some fire roasted corn.  Later on the evening, several people gather around the fire pit to warm up and enjoy each other's fellowship.

West 38th Street and Woodhaven Drive Vehicle Accident

Wednesday, September 16th - This evening, units were sent to West 38th Street and Woodhaven Drive for a reported vehicle accident.  Deputy Chief 471 arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate damage in the roadway.  Crews from Engine 472 and Engine 474 arrived on location and assisted Millcreek Paramedics with patient care along with handling fluids and debris.  Fire Police handled traffic duties.  Once the vehicles were removed from the roadway, units cleared the scene.

Millcreek Township September 11th Memorial

Friday, September 11th - For several years now, the fire departments that protect the Millcreek Township community have some together to remember September 11th.  This year was no different.  A giant American flag was hoisted into the sky by the aerial ladders from Tower 479 and Ladder 489.  The 2 raised aerial ladders are meant to represent the 2 World Trade Center towers.  Besides 479 and 489, various other fire apparatus was on display from Belle Valley, Lake Shore, Kearsarge and Erie Airport.  Several people stopped by while others honked their horn as they drove past.  Taps was presented by a lone bugler.  A local Honor Guard and a bagpiper were also present.

WRFD Tower 479 and EFD Tower 1 Hoist American Flag

Friday, September 11th - This morning, Tower 479 traveled down to the Blasco Memorial Library on Erie's bayfront to assist Erie Fire Department's Tower 1 with hoisting a giant American flag.  The flag was part of the memorial that was taken place at Erie's September 11th Memorial.  Part of the memorial includes a piece of World Trade Center steel.  There are also several informational placards on display.  There were several local speakers along with taps being played and colors presented by a local Honor Guard.

National Flag Foundation Presents WRFD & WLFD with Plaque

Wednesday, September 9th - At this morning Millcreek Township Supervisor's meeting, members of the National Flag Foundation presented West Ridge FD and West Lake FD with the Patriotic Spirit Award for displaying their 60'x80' American flag  in memory of those who passes away on 9/11/01 and for those who are currently serving.  Both fire departments were also presented with an American flag.

Porch Fire on Amherst Road

Tuesday, September 8th - This evening during the 9pm hours, units from 46, 44 (Kearsarge), 48 (West Lake) and Millcreek Paramedics were sent to the 4600 block of Amherst Road for a reported structure fire with multiple calls received.  Fire Police 4601 arrived on location and reported smoke conditions on the front porch.  Chief 441 arrived on location and reported that the fire appeared out.  Deputy Chief 471 arrived on location and assumed Amherst Road command.  Tower 479 arrived on location and went to work on opening up the outside patio checking for extension.  Additional manpower and companies stood by near the front of the structure or at the water supply.  Crews also performed ventilation and secured power to the front patio area.

WRFD Earn Participating Department Recognition

Saturday, September 5th - Recently, the West Ridge Fire Department was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner's Officer as a Participating Department.  As a result of WRFD earning this recognition, these decals are able to be displayed on the apparatus for the next 3 years. 

Local Company Donates New Message Sign to WRFD

Saturday, September 5th - Special thank you to Signal-Tech on their donation of a new LED sign board to the West Ridge Fire Department.  The new electronic sign board replaced a sign where members had to change the messages on the sign manually.  Signal-Tech is a local company that specializes in LED manufacturing.

Tower 479 Attends Elks Lodge Family Picnic

Sunday, August 30th - Tower 479 traveled over to the local Elks Lodge this afternoon.  The truck was on display during the annual Elks Lodge family picnic.  Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to tour the truck, see what equipment is carried, the use of the tools and the chance to ask the crew questions.

Engine 474 Attends White Pines Block Party

Saturday, August 22nd - This afternoon, Engine 474 traveled over to the White Pines subdivision Block Party.  WRFD has participated in this annual event for the past several years.  While at the block party, the crew opened up a hose line so the children could run through the water.  Children and parents also had the opportunity to tour the engine and ask the firefighters questions.

Members Get Up Close With Various Building Construction Materials and Methods

Monday, August 3rd - For tonight's drill, WRFD traveled to downtown Erie to tour the Erie Insurance Technical Learning Center.  The learning center allows employees of Erie Insurance an opportunity to learn more about automobile accidents, automobile damage, building structure, building materials, how buildings are constructions and setup of rooms in both a business and residence.  Tonight's goal was to allow members the opportunity to see all of the various materials and methods on how a building is constructed.  Members were able to tour a multi story model residence.  Members also had a chance to see samples of the various materials and the way materials are constructed.  Special thank you to Erie Insurance to allowing WRFD to your their Technical Learning Center.

Vehicle Accident:  Route 20 and Asbury Road

Monday, August 3rd - This morning, crews were alerted for a vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 20 and Asbury Road.  Millcreek Paramedics arrived on location and reported 2 vehicles with moderate to heavy damage.  Engine 474 arrived on location and went to work on clearing the roadway of fluids and debris while Fire Police and Truck 477 handled traffic duties.  Once both vehicles and the debris were removed, all companies cleared the scene.

Tower 479 Responds to Commercial Fire in West Lake

Thursday, July 30th - This evening, Tower 479 responded as part of a first alarm assignment to West 15th Street to assist West Lake Fire Department for a reported commercial fire.  As companies were responding, ECDOPS informed that the sprinkler system had the fire extinguished.  Tower 479 arrived on location and the crew went to work on ventilation and removing burnt filters from an automated welding machine.  Tower 479 remained on location for around 60 minutes.

State Fire Commissioner Visits WRFD

Tuesday, July 28th - This afternoon, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay paid a visit to Station 47.  Commissioner Solobay was in the Erie area today at the invitation of State Senator Sean Wiley.  Commissioner Solobay is in Erie today to hold a town meeting related to the fire service in Pennsylvania.  While at Station 47, Commissioner Solobay, Senator Wiley, Representative Ryan Bizzarro along with members of their staff had an opportunity to speak to the Volunteers and Part Time Paid Firefighters staffing the firehouse.  Commissioner Solobay was given a tour of the station along with Engine 474.  Commissioner Solobay was also given a brief explanation on how WRFD operates along with future plans and how the part time paid staffing became a reality.  Commissioner Solobay and Senator Wiley explained several legislative matters related to the fire service along with future ideas that both individuals have.  Special thank you to Senator Wiley's and Representative Bizzarro's office to bringing Commissioner Solobay to Station 47 today.  While in Erie today, Commissioner Solobay also had the opportunity to visit several Erie City fire stations, visit West Lake FD and tour the Firefighter's Historical Museum.

Morning Training Session at the Drill House

Monday, July 27th - This morning, part time and volunteer Firefighters proceeded over to the 5300 block of Old Sterrettania Road to train at the drill house.  Today's training consisted of a refresher on how to breach a wall and opening up walls and ceilings.  One of the Junior Firefighters who was staffing Station 47 today was also taught the fundamentals of breaching walls and ceilings, the tools needed and why it is done.

New Engine 472 Approved for Purchase

Monday, July 20th - At this evening's meeting, the membership approved the purchase of a new piece of apparatus.  The new Engine 472 will be a Sutphen Custom Pumper 6 person high rise cab.  The new engine will feature a Cummins motor ISL9 450 HP Allison Auto EVS 3000, all outside scene lighting to be halogen switched from cab 240 VAC 750 watt, 10k generator smart power mounted on top passenger side, 2 slide pole lights to be mounted at the rear of the cab with LED lighting, deck gun mounted on top (Akron Apollo high riser), 750 gallon water tank with 2000 GPM Hale pump, 2 side hose trays for 5" hydrant hookups, all emergency lighting to be LED, 2 hydraulic hose reels for rescue tools with slide out tray for port-a-pump, all compartment doors to be roll up, rescue tools on passenger side, fire tools on the driver side, back up camera, hard suction, electric ladder rack, hose bed to feature 250' of 3" hose, 1200' of 5" hose, and 250' of 3" hose for the blitzfire, 2 pre-connected 1 3/4" attack lines, 200' of hose in the front bumper, 25 gallon on board foam tank and many other features.  The projected delivery date of the new engine is May 2016.

Ladder 489 & Tower 479 Fly the American Flag

Friday, July 17th - Today, Tower 479 traveled down to the Bel Air Hotel to assist Ladder 489 with flying the American flag.  Both ladder trucks were requested to setup a huge American flag as part of the Thunder on the Isle motorcycle ride.  The Thunder on the Isle motorcycle ride was 1 of the many activities that took place during the annual Roar on the Shore & Bike Fest.  Both Roar on the Shore and Bike Fest are motorcycle rallies that took place this past week.  L-489 and T-479 took up position on the west end of the hotel and flew the American flag between both aerial ladders.  As over 500 motorcycles exited the parking lot, they rode under the flag with many of them waving, honking their horns and taking photos.

Vehicle Accident:  3400 block West 32nd Street

Wednesday, July 15th - After crews were clearing the gas leak, Engine 474 along with MPS were dispatched to the 3400 block of West 32nd Street for a vehicle accident.  Crews arrived on location and found that a passenger vehicle has struck the rear corner of a commercial box truck.  MPS handled patient care while the 474 crew handled debris and Fire Police handled traffic duties.

Local Contractor Hits Underground Gas Line Causing Leak

Wednesday, July 15th - This afternoon, WRFD was sent to the Westbury Ridge subdivision on a report of an active leak from an underground gas line.  Safety 2 arrived on location and reported that a local contractor had struck a 2" gas line underground.  Engine 474 along with EMA 1 arrived on location and stood by until the leak could be contained.  Fire Police shut down vehicle traffic from entering the subdivision due to the gas leak near the only entry/exit.


WRFD Holds Annual Water Rescue Refresher

Monday, July 13th - Tonight, members met at the Villa Maria pool for the annual water rescue refresher.  The evening started off by showing the dangers of wearing turnout gear near the water and what can happen if a person falls into a body of water with the gear on.  Crews then worked on the proper use of throw bags, how to setup a life ring line from shore to shore, how to package a person on a backboard, place that person in a floating stokes basket along with other various water rescue techniques.  Special thanks to Villa for allowing us to use their pool this evening.

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.


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