April 21, 2016 - Station 143 is excited to announce that we recently re-certified as a Pennsylvania Participating Department for three (3) more years. The purpose of this program is to recognize those organizations that support, promote, and encourage their emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify within the Commonwealth’s Certification Program administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Congratulations to all those who helped achieve this milestone!
April 19, 2016 - Chief 143 & Engine 143 would both respond to 119 Henderson Street in Old Forge on a working structure fire as the RIT Team. While enroute to scene, Chief 93-A requested his SRN and utilities to be notified due to the smoke condition in the area. Upon arrival, the chief found a fully involved one car garage with a vehicle inside and two exposure starting to catch fire. Since conditions were very windy, the chief would request a 2nd alarm to be transmitted. Due to the quick work by the first arriving companies, all units would operate on scene for an hour before returning to service.
March 26, 2016 - Late Saturday evening, Chief 143 and Engine 143, would both respond on the SRN to Bridge Street in Old Forge Borough for a structure fire. Chief 93 would quickly arrive on scene and report a working basement fire. Once on scene, Engine 143 would complete the FAST Truck duties, controlling the utilities and throwing ladders to the roof and second floor. The first arriving crews contained the small fire in the basement and returned to service within an hour.
March 27, 2016 - Just after midnight, Chief 143, Engine 143, & Utility 143 along with the balance of the first alarm were dispatched to Donnelly Street in Duryea Borough for another working structure fire. Engine 126 and Ladder 226 would arrive simultaneously and both would go right to work establishing a water supply and laddering the building respectively. Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned as the Incident Commander by Chief 226.
Engine 126 stretched the first attack line and knocked down the fire in the kitchen and bathroom area that was held in check by the 226 Can Man while the crew from Engine 143 would assume the duties of the second due engine company and place a second attack line into service as the back-up line. After the fire was knocked down, Engine 143 assisted with overhaul before they would start picking up. The fire was contained to the first floor kitchen and bathroom.
All occupants were able to get out of the building or were not home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross was helping with getting shelter for the displaced tenants. Good job by all the first alarm companies.
Once on scene, Strike Team 143 went right to work extinguishing one fire at a time and later would be tasked with assisting other crews with mop up in their assign areas. All crews operated on scene for over five hours before all the fires would be fully extinguished.
February 27, 2016 - The Chief & Engine responded to the Schooley Ave. Apartment Complex in Exeter Borough for the reported working fire in an attached shed behind Unit 88. While companies were responding, the Communications Center advised that they were receiving multiple calls and Command 128 was on scene requesting a second alarm.
Engine 128 was the first arriving engine and put a quick knock on the fire. Chief 143 would arrive on scene a short time later and was assigned as the Operations Chief by Incident Command. Once on scene, the crew from Engine 143 would work alongside the crew from Truck 184 and was ordered to check for extension into the attic of the unit that was on fire and begin overhaul.
Once all of the companies that were assigned to each of the extension units confirmed that there was no fire, companies would start to pick up and return to service. All units would operate on scene for approx. two hours before being released by Command 128.
February 13, 2016 - The Chief, Engine, and Ambulance all responded as part of the first alarm assignment to New Street in Duryea Borough for a reported structure fire. Chief 126 was first arriving, confirming a working fire in the basement with possible extension to the upper floors.
Once on scene, Engine 143 assumed the role as the third due Engine Company while Chief 143 was assigned to Incident Command. The engine crew would later be ordered to check for extension and overhaul the first floor. All units picked up and would be released by Chief 126 about two hours after dispatch.
January 28, 2016 - Chief 143 & Engine 143 were dispatched as part of a second alarm assignment for a working structure fire on Franklin Street in West Pittston. Ladder 184 arrived on scene to find heavy fire coming from the first floor of a double block wood frame residence.
Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to accountability while the crew from Engine 143 would take over the duty as the RIT Team. All crews would operate on scene for over two hours before being released by Command 184.
2016 Operational (Line) Officers:
Department Chief – Jamie Merlino
Deputy Chief – William Aruscavage
Assistant Chief – John Merlino
Fire Captain – Ryan Meranti
EMS Captain – Brandon Collins
Fire Lieutenant – Patrick Kaczmarczyk
EMS Lieutenant – Bradley Keen
2016 Administrative Officers:
President – Robert Blake
Vice President – William Aruscavage
Recording Secretary – Michael Roper
Financial Secretary – Jamie Merlino
Treasurer – Brandon Collins
Director – Chris Hannon
Director – Patrick Kaczmarczyk
Director – Tom McGovern
Director – Ryan Meranti
Director – John Merlino
Director – Robert Zielinski
The Hughestown Hose Company is proud to present our 2015 Year in Review Video. Station 143 would like to thank Fire Captain Ryan Meranti for his time and effort put into the creation of this video. The Department would also like to thank all of our members for their hard work and dedication throughout 2015.