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.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 The Hughestown Hose Company will be hosting their Annual Breakfast with Santa at the fire station banquet hall on Sunday, December 21st. The breakfast starts at 7:00 AM and the last seating will be at 11:30 AM. Santa Claus will be arriving by 8:30 AM and he will be handing out gifts to all of the children who attend.
After Santa arrives, he will also be available for pictures. There will be many activities for the children to participate in during the breakfast and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to read stories to the children as well. Tickets are $8.00 and children five and under are free.
Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased at the door during the event.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 ***ATTENTION RESIDENTS***
Right after the Breakfast with Santa, the Hughestown Hose Company will be collecting canned goods from the residents on Sunday, December 21st, starting at 12PM. We ask that all residents have their canned goods in a plastic or paper bag on their front porch no later than our noon start time.
Remember, when you hear our siren, get your kids ready because we will be coming down your street with Santa Claus on board Engine 143.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 A first alarm assignment would be transmitted shortly after 0400 hrs. this morning for a reported basement fire at 1017 Wyoming Ave. in Exeter. Rescue 128 would arrive on scene first and reported that there was heavy fire throughout a two story wood frame residence with exposure problems.
Once on scene, Engine 143 would assume the role as the third due engine company and hit the hydrant across the street from the Turkey Hill on Wyoming Ave. and lay the secondary supply line. The crew from Engine 143 would then stretch a 2.5” Pre-connect to protect the Exposure “B” Building and a 1.75” Pre-connect to Division “A” to help knock down the bulk of the fire. Chief 143 would then assist the Operations Chief with the Fire Suppression Division.
Due to the amount of heavy fire upon arrival and the condition of the roof and floors, Command 128 would keep the operation in a defensive mode for the duration of the Incident. All units operated on scene for just under four hours before picking up and being released.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 The Wildland Strike team operated Light Brush 143-1 and Medium Brush 143-2 on a large brush fire in Newton Ranson. After calling available, the Wildland Strike team was dispatched to Wayne County to assist Maplewood Fire Command with a large brush fire behind their station.
Sunday, October 12, 2014 For the third time in the last ten days, Chief 143 & Engine 143 would respond to a working structure fire on the west side of the river. This time crews were called to Sixth Street in West Pittston. Truck 184 would arrive on scene first to find a large volume of fire showing from a single family home and requested a 2nd alarm be transmitted.
Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to assist at the Command Post while the crew from Engine 143 would take over as the RIT Team, controlling the utilities and throwing ladders on the exposure house. All crews would operate on scene for three hours before being released by Command 184.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Students at the Pittston Area Primary Center met with firefighters from the Hughestown and Pittston City Fire Departments on Tuesday, October 7th, 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 Smoke Trailer on Wednesday, October 8th.
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. Student representatives are pictured with the firefighters and teachers.
Monday, October 6, 2014 Chief 143 & Engine 143 were dispatched as part of a second alarm assignment for a working structure fire on Spring Street next to the firehouse in West Pittston. Chief 184 arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the third floor of a double block wood frame residence. Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to accountability by Chief 184 while the crew from Engine 143 would take over the duty as the RIT Team. All crews would operate on scene for two hours before being released by Command 184.
Monday, October 6, 2014 The Hughestown Hose Company has recently obtained new dash cameras that will be used to record the operation of several of our apparatus. This action was voted on and approved at a prior monthly meeting as a protective measure for the department and has been acted upon immediately.
The cameras are set that they will turn on with the apparatus automatically and will run continuously for a one hour period before the recording will end. All of the Apparatus Officers and Operators will be shown how to use the cameras over the next few days.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 Chief 143 & Engine 143 responded to a working structure fire in Birchwood Estates on Sunday afternoon in Exeter. Chief 128 arrived on scene to find heavy fire in the rear of a residential trailer that was rapidly spreading.
Once on scene, Chief 143 would assume the role as the Safety Chief while the crew from Engine 143 would assist in overhaul. Due to the poor water system in the trailer park, Heavy Brush 143-3 was requested to the scene during this incident. All crews would operate on scene for over an hour before being released by Chief 128.