On Monday, December 24, Flourtown Fire Company and Wyndmoor Hose Co. responded to a call of a man injured on a fourth story rooftop along Stenton Avenue. Conscious and complaining of pain in his hip, the gentleman who had climbed out on the roof through an attic access could not return in the same way. Rescuers from Wyndmoor and Flourtown devised a rescue system using the 100 foot aerial of Flourtown as a crane, along with a stokes basket and rope rigging to lower the patient to street level and the ambulance.
Sunday May 6th brought Flourtown and Wyndmoor Fire Companies together to train on Heavy Truck and Bus Rescue. A donated school bus and tractor made the training realistic. The companies worked on stabilization, lifting, and accessing the vehicles from multiple points, using all tools available to them. The ending scenario set up by the presenters of the class, Safety and Survival Training, pulled together all that we learned through out the day and prepared us for the worst. A portion of the money for this class was donated by the Springfield Township High School Student Council.
Squad 6 and its Rapid Intervention Team (R.I.T.) responded to a confirmed dryer fire at the Ambler Fabric Care Center Coin Laundry. The fire was rapidly knocked down by crews from Wissahickon Fire Company (Station 7), Fort Washington Fire Company (Station 88), and Centre Square Fire Company (Station 33), and traffic and crowd control was handled by fire police from Station 7 and Station 33. (Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.)
A little after 10PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, a truck on fire next to a home was reported. Squad 6 and Engine 6 followed by Utility 6 responded to 305 Penn Oak Rd. Command 6 responded from around the corner and hit the fire with an extinguisher to help beat it back. The rear of painter’s truck was on fire with drop clothes, paint and tools fully involved and melting the siding on the home to which was parked adjacent. Squad 6 pulled a 1.75 hoseline and a booster hose to protect the exposure and worked to clear out the rear of the truck to extinguish the burning contents. Engine 6 followed with supplying tank water to Squad 6 and doing an interior search for extension, none was found.
Flourtown Fire Company and Wyndmoor Hose Company were dispatched at approximately 3:30PM to reports of a car crash into a building around 613 Bethlehem Pike in Erdenheim. Multiple callers reported two individuals trapped in the vehicle and extensive damage to the building. Squad 6 and Engine 6 responded along with Rescue 82. Stabilization of the vehicle and patients was followed by a decision to cut and flap the entire roof of the vehicle so extrication of the driver who was laying on the drivers door and a passenger could take place. Following extrication, and removal of the vehicle by Flourtown Texaco, lumber from Rittenhouse Lumber across the street was used to stabilize the building which had a large portion of its street facing wall destroyed in the crash.