Flourtown Fire Company recently held some training on roof cuts that are used to ventilate fires. The use of chainsaws, axes and a halligan bars on a roof requires special techniques to remain safe. Ladder placement is key as well as “reading and sounding the roof” to make sure it’s safe to put weight on what could be a potentially fire or water damaged structure. Captain Thornton (white helmet) is send instructing firefighters on proper procedures to remove portions of the roof to allow smoke and heat to exit the structure. Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
July 3, 2013 brought an unusual vehicle fire. A street sweeper’s engine compartment was on fire. On arrival Flourtown found a fire in the auxiliary engine that runs the sweeper part. Due to issues accessing the engine the Holmatro Hydraulic Spreader and hand tools were used to access. Wyndmoor Hose Co. with its Squirt 82 was dispatched to supply the Squad with water due to the hydrants were on the other side of major roads (Bethlehem Pike and Stenton Ave.) and there was concern not to shut the road down to run a line to a hydrant being a busy pre-holiday afternoon.
Photos by Jake Frye.
The elves of Flourtown Fire Company gathered once again to escort Santa on his annual run through the neighborhoods of Erdenheim, PA. To the thrills of children of all ages, Santa did not disappoint, shaking hands with children and waving and greeting the crowds at:
- Whitemarsh and Gordon 5:15pm
- Terminal and Erdenheim 5:25pm (Seltzer Home)
- Gendalough and Chesney 5:35pm (Henry Home)
- Longfield and Terminal 5:45 pm (McLafferty Home)
- Preston and Shippen 5:55pm
- Fraser and Bent 6:05pm
The locations were marked with luminaries. Photo of the Santa Run 2011 are by Jim Belcher.
The official logo for the Flourtown Fire Company’s 100th Anniversary now adorns the rear of Ladder 6, Engine 6 and Squad 6 to celebrate the Century of Service Flourtown has provided to the community.
Thanks go to Chief George Wilmot, III, Chief Engineer Dave Scott and President Tim Ernst for designing and working with Pierce and Charlie Mullin to have the logos applied to the rear slide-up door on each of the trucks.