Photos from the rescue training class on Sunday 3/2/2014. Members took part in a Montgomery County Fire Academy Class that took place at Station 6. In the photos the crew learns the ins and outs of vehicle stabilization and cribbing, an important first step in any vehicle-rescue scenario. Once the vehicle is stabilized the extrication of the patient can be successfully carried out. Crews learn how to position cribbing on vehicles that aren’t always on solidly on their wheels. Firefighters who successfully complete the course are certified in vehicle rescue on a national standard. Photos by Robert Wilmot, Jr.
The Winter of 2013-2014 is going down in history as one of the most severe and highest in snowfall. For the fire service it means responding to many more emergency calls for downed wires, fallen tree lines, and vehicle accidents on slick roads. Increased snow fall also means shoveling out hydrants and putting in place winter tactics such as shortening the time out in the elements and keeping hose lines running to keep them from freezing. On several occasions as the area was hit with large snowstorms, crews voluntarily stander at the firehouse around the clock to respond rapidly at the height of the storms. These crews also criss-crossed the township to shovel out hydrants that residents did not. It’s a good practice, that if you live near a hydrant to shovel it out as much as 3 feet around the hydrant so firefighters can properly hook up hose lines to battle a fire. Photos by Robert Wilmot, Jr.
At 22:22 hours on 1/4/14 Montgomery County Department of Public Safety dispatched crew from Stations 6, 700, 82 to Flourtown Plaza Shopping Center, at the corner of Bethlehem Pike and East Mill Road for a report of smoke for the building, Springfield Township Police (28PD) arrived on scene with smoke showing from a single story stripmall of six stores, Chief 6 arrived and reported heavy smoke and fire smoke showing from the roof line, Eng 6 arrived side A and deployed hand lines, Chief 6 established command and reported fire through the roof and ordered the 2nd alarm to be struck, fire companies on scene were Stations 6, 700, 82, 29, 45, 7, 88, 400, and EMS 31
Below is a compilation of some of the photos and videos collected from various observers and companies involved. The videos and photos are shared here remain the property of those submitting them and no rights are implied. We thank you for sharing them with our volunteers.
Video by Brian Sullivan:
Raw Video from Flourtown FF Greg Fasold:
Rick Rotando Photo and Video:
On Tuesday, December 10th, Flourtown Fire Company was presented a donation from Giant Supermarkets as part of their “Grand Opening” celebrations for their newly constructed store in the Flourtown Shopping Center.
Flourtown’s Chief, George Wilmot III, pictured above accepts the check from the Flourtown Giant Store Manager, Fred Morgan.
Photos courtesy of, Robert Wilmot
At approximately 23:08 on 11/23, Flourtown, Station 6 responded along with Station 82 and 88 to the reports of a multiple car accident on Northbound Route 309 in the area of the Church Road (Route 73) overpass. In frigid temperatures Squad 6 pulled a 200 foot 1.75 line to extinguish a fully involved car fire on one of the vehicles involved in the accident. The crew also did a rapid, primary search of all the other vehicles involved and attempted to de-energize those still running. A snow squall had passed through the area just prior to the emergency call, but the cause of the accident is still under investigation, and is undetermined as of this posting.
Video by Firefighter Greg Fasold, helmet cam, who respond on Squad 6.