November 10, 2015 - Just after midnight, a box alarm was transmitted for 1 Passan Drive in Laflin Borough for a Commercial Fire Alarm at Building 2, Green Fiber. Engine 152 was first arriving with smoke showing upgrading the response to a working fire in the building.
Crews went to work on three different machine fires in the building, stretching lines and gaining access to areas of the machines that were still burning. Captain 152 handled Division 1 while Asst. Chief 152 handled Operations.
Once on scene, Chief 143 was assigned to Incident Command and Accountability. The first alarm companies operated for approx. two hours, overhauling and ventilating the building before picking up.
October 19, 2015 - Students at the Pittston Area Primary Center met with firefighters from the Hughestown and Pittston City Fire Departments for a fire prevention seminar. The students from both kindergarten and first grade learned about fire safety, fire equipment, and smoke alarms.
The first grade students also got to use the Pittston City Fire Department Safety House on Wednesday, October 21st.
Station 143 would like to thank our staff, Chief Jim Rooney, and the Pittston City Fire Department for their assistance every year with our fire prevention activities, without them these sessions would not be possible.
October 14, 2015 - Station 143 would empty the house for a one car MVA with injuries late Wednesday night. While enroute to the scene, Chief 143 was advised that there were two people still inside of the vehicle possibly trapped.
Upon arrival, Chief 143 reported that the front passenger was confined in the vehicle due to heavy front end damage and to add an additional BLS and a Rescue Company. The crew from Engine 143 used their Combi-Tool to make access to the passenger side of the vehicle by removing the passenger front door while the crew from Ambulance 543 and Medic 29-A removed the driver from the vehicle. The crew from Rescue 166 would assist Ambulance 512 with removing the passenger from the vehicle and loading him into their ambulance.
Chief 143 would later request PP&L to the scene because of the damage that was caused to the pole. All units cleared the scene around an hour later.
October 08, 2015 - Children at the Humpty Dumpty Kollege met with firefighters from Station 143 on October 7th & 8th, for a fire prevention seminar. The children learned about what to do if a smoke alarm goes off in their homes. Other topics covered were general fire safety and Stop, Drop, Cover, & Roll.
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.
September 25, 2015 - EMS Captain Brandon Collins along with Firefighter/EMT Ryan Meranti were stationed at IAFF Local 22 in the city of Philadelphia preparing for their Special Event EMS Detail for the Papal Visit. Ryan and Brandon are part of the hybid crew between Hughestown Hose Company and Exeter Community Ambulance Association along with EMS Chief Ralph Dixon and EMT Frank Evarts.
Ryan and Brandon were both assigned to Philadelphia City Medic 137 from 1900 to 0700 hours each day during the Papal Visit. They were available for 911 emergency calls the first two nights and manned First Aid Station 6 on the third evening until they were demobilized. Station 143 is proud to have two of our own participate in such an historic event.
September 19, 2015 - During the early morning hours, Engine 143 was due into Laflin Borough on a first alarm assignment to 1 Passan Drive for a reported commercial structure fire. Engine 152 was first arriving and laid their bed of 1400′ of 4″ supply line and then placed a 3″ setback line into service. Engine 143 arrived on scene and went right to work stretching a line from the set back and putting a knock on the fire. Truck 167 and Rescue 567 assisted with ventilation and overhaul. The first alarm units would operate for approx. three hours before returning to service.
After about an hour and a half, the Chief and Engine would be sent to the WNEP Building on Montage Mountain Road for a commercial fire alarm but the entire box was recalled while enroute due to a false trip.