On July 1, 2013, at about 9:30 PM Flourtown, along with Barren Hill, Fort Washington and Whitemarsh Ambulance responded to an emergency call that someone had been run over by a train at the Fort Washington Train Station. On arrival, Chief 6 found a female entrapped under the train. He requested additional rescue resources and that SEPTA personnel de-energize the train so the patient could be removed. Fire personnel light the scene and transported rescue equipment onto the tracks. The rescue was completed in about 25 minutes and the patient was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital. Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
The Colonial Regional Technical Rescue Task Force, of which Flourtown Fire Company is a participating member, held a Department of Homeland Security authorized drill on Sunday, November 20, 2011. Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather, the companies gathered at Spring Mill Fire Company and were soon dispatched in an order as they would be in a real emergency to a local train crossing and station. The scenario involved a commuter train striking a vehicle, and a mass causality and injured situation. There was also a separate law enforcement element that involved a terrorist bomb scenario, but that was held on a separate car a bit further down the tracks from the fire companies’ drill.
Flourtown personnel, Assistant Chief Chris Buckley, Captain Chris Manning, Leitenant John Redington,and firefighters: Dean Seltzer, Kevin Davis, Tim Ernst, Tyler Buckley, and Sal Santangelo all took part in stabilizing victims and extricating them from the train and the severely-damaged vehicle. Chief George Wilmot and his daughter, Lexi Wilmot were part of the scenario’s observation team and “victim” volunteers. Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.