Chief 143 & Engine 143-2 would be dispatched as part of a second alarm assignment for a working structure fire on the west side late Wednesday night. Crews were called to 21 Luzerne Ave. in West Pittston for a fire on the second and third floors.
Truck 184 would arrive on scene first to find smoke showing from the third floor of a commercial building and would then request a 2nd alarm to be transmitted.
Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to accountability while the crew from Engine 143-2 would take over as the RIT Team, controlling the utilities and throwing ladders on the exposure side. All crews would operate on scene for three hours before being released by Command 184.
The first incident of the day came in at 0307 hours for an overdose on Leonard Street in our first due. Both Chief 143 and Ambulance 543 responded to the incident. Later on in the morning, Ambulance 543 would be out of service for some preventative maintenance when we would receive our second call of the day for shortness of breath on Griffith Street which was handled by Avoca Ambulance 512.
A little bit over an hour later at 0957 hours, Chief 143 and Engine 143-1 would be dispatched to 51 Gashi Road in Exeter Twp. for a working structure fire. Once on scene, Chief 143 would assume the role as the RIT Chief while Engine 143-1 was assigned as the RIT Team. As soon as Engine 143-1 returned to quarters, Ambulance 543 would be requested to respond to Panama Street in Pittston City for a medical call.
Things would quiet down until 1503 hours when Ambulance 543 would be alerted to respond to the Pittston Area Middle School for a student with shortness of breath. While Ambulance 543 was on scene at the school, Engine 143-1 would be dispatched to our second working fire of the day at Birchwood Estates in Exeter Borough. Engine 143-1 arrived on scene to assume the role as the third due engine company and assisted with stretching attack lines and overhaul. All companies would return to service over an hour later.
Station 143 emptied out the house tonight for a two alarm structure fire in Old Forge. Chief 143 and Engine 143-1 responded on the SRN while Engine 143-2 and Ambulance 543 would be requested on the second alarm. Once on scene Chief 143 would assist with Incident Command, the 143 Engine Crews would team up as the RIT Team, and Ambulance 543 would stand by in case any patients would need to be transported from the scene. Due to the condition of the building and the amount of fire found when the first alarm units arrived, Chief 93 would order everyone to operate in a defensive mode. Later on during the incident, Engine 143-1 would be ordered to reverse lay a third supply line from Engine 126 to a hydrant on the corner of Union and Connell Street. Chief 143, Engine 143-2, and Ambulance 543 would return to service after being on scene for five hours. The crew from Engine 143-1 remained on scene until an excavator could be called in to knock down the existing structure.
Early this morning, Chief 143, Engine 143-1, and Ambulance 543 would be dispatched to the area of Searle and Reynolds Street in our first due for a vehicle that rolled over with possible injuries. Once on scene, Chief 143 would be advised that the vehicle was being chased by the police through several local municipalities when the driver could not negotiate the turn, hitting a small embankment and flipping onto his roof. Both the driver and passenger were in police custody and stated that they did not need EMS. The crew from Engine 143-1 would use oil dry to help mitigate all the fluid that was leaking from the vehicle and then they would assist with cleaning up some debris. Once the vehicle was towed from the scene, Chief 143 would return all units to service.
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The Hughestown Hose Company has once again teamed up with WNEP and Kidde for Operation Save a Life. We will be handing out FREE smoke detectors to any resident in Hughestown Borough. If you are interested in receiving one please contact our station at 570-654-4188 and leave a message. Supplies are limited so the detectors will be handed out in a first come basis.
December 21, 2014 With the help of the residents of Hughestown Borough, we are proud to announce that we over filled four shopping carts and a table with food at the Greater Pittston Meals on Wheels. With your generous hearts you now helped feed 50 family’s a day in the Greater Pittston Area over this holiday season. Another successful food drive down in the history books!!!
December 13, 2014 The first alarm companies from Moosic encountered heavy fire from a two story wood frame residence on Catherine Street early Saturday morning. The initial crews went right to work quickly extinguishing the bulk of the fire and conducting searches. Due to the limited manpower in staging, Command 98 would request two additional engine companies to the scene. This request would add Engine 126 and Engine 143 to the run card.
Once on scene, the crew from Engine 143 was ordered to relieve Truck 226 on division two and finish overhauling while Chief 143 assisted at the Command Post. The extra companies worked on scene for just under an hour before being released by Command 98.