Upper Allen Twp. Fire Company To Host Specialized Training Program

October 17th, 2014

          The Upper Allen Township Volunteer Fire Company will host a two day training program on November 8 and 9, 2014.

“Leading in Today’s Emergency Services”

Leading in Today’s Emergency Services is a ‘hands-on’ workshop features a collaborative leadership model that explores group communication, trust and respect, group dynamics, problem-solving skills and leadership styles.  Embracing best practices, our instructors will facilitate in defining leadership and promoting how successful officers lead. Team building exercises will be interspersed throughout the session, along with opportunities to weave the participants’ own experiences into the learning process.

The lead instructor is Michael Prete, Assistant Fire Chief, Montgomery Co. (MD) Fire-Rescue (ret.) Chief Prete recently retired as the Assistant Fire Chief at Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Services. With nearly 35 years of experience, he served as the Executive Chief.  He managed daily operational and administrative issues for about 1100 full time personnel.  With national and state instructor certifications, he has served as an adjunct instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, NIMS Instructor for MEMA, Anne Arundel Community College adjunct instructor, Practical Incident Control Training lead instructor and holds various certifications in public safety.

The location of the class is at the Upper Allen Twp. Fire Company 104 Gettysburg Pike in   Mechanicsburg, PA. The program will start at 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM each day.

Class size is limited. The cost of the program is $190 per student.  Pre-registration is required for the program by October 25, 2014.  For additional information contact Chief James Salter at jsalter@upperallenfire.com.

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AFA at Hilltop Academy turns into Smoke Investigation!

October 17th, 2014

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UAFD was called to Hilltop Academy in the early afternoon on Friday, October 17, 2014.  Units arrived to find staff waiting outside for FD and saying they had no reason why alarm is going off.  It was found to have bad smoke detector in duck work.  UAFD was called back for another alarm and crews went to roof to investigate and make sure nothing was wrong.   UAFD cleared the scene after about 1/2 on scene.

New Utility 23

October 17th, 2014

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UAFD recently just took delivery of the NEW UTILITY 23.   It is a 2015 Ford F-350 short bed.  UAFD is working to get into service shortly.  The old Utility will now be our Fire Police Unit.

Fire Involving Landscaping Trailer

October 10th, 2014

 

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Wednesday October, 8 2014 UAFD was called to 1225 S. Market St. the parking lot of Yes Solutions  for a reported trailer fire.  When Chief 23 arrived on scene he informed headquarters that the trailer was well involved. Squad 23 arrived and crew deployed 1 3/4 to extinguish the fire.   Tanker 23 supplied water to the Squad.  Crew remained on scene for about 20 for hot spots and also small grass fire.  The cause of the fire was undetermined.

National Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11, 2014)

October 7th, 2014

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During National Fire Prevention Week, October 5 – 11, 2014 attention is focused on promoting fire safety and prevention, however we should practice fire safety all year long. Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps to fireproof their home.

Many bedroom fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, careless use of candles, smoking in bed, and children playing with matches and lighters. Most potential hazards can be addressed with a little common sense. For example, be sure to keep flammable items like bedding, clothes and curtains at least three feet away from portable heaters or lit candles, and never smoke in bed. Also, items like appliances or electric blankets should not be operated if they have frayed power cords, and electrical outlets should never be overloaded.

  • Install and maintain a working smoke alarm outside of every sleep area and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
  • Teach everyone the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.