11146309_10205109640253929_5815574087286150550_nApril 18, 2015 - Light Brush 143-1 and Medium Brush 143-2 responded to Langan Road in Pittston Township to assist DCNR with a large wildland fire early this afternoon.

Once on scene, Strike Team 143 went right to work extinguishing all of the running fire and later would be tasked with assisting other crews with mop up in their assign sections. All crews operated on scene for several hours before the fire would be fully extinguished.


April 17, 2015 - Our new 2015 International / E-One Pumper should be finished by the end of next week and delivered the following week. We decided to purchase this pumper to help improve our ISO Rating and to set up our department with a better long term financial outlook to achieve our future goals. There are some of the options listed below with some of the updated pictures from this week.

  • International 4400 Chassis with seating for five firefighters
  • 1000 gallon water tank with an integrated 30 gallon foam tank
  • Hale 1250 GPM Q-Flow Pump
  • In-Line Foam Eductor plumbed into the front bumper trash line
  • Custom center council in the cab with 12V and USB outlets
  • Whelen LED Scene Lights
  • Extended front bumper with Q-Siren
  • Auto Chains
  • Deck Gun
  • Large Diameter Discharge on the Officer’s side
  • Whelen LED Emergency Lights featuring the new Roto-Beams on the front grill
  • Custom storage area in the cab
  • Multiple shelves, trays, and tool boards

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March 03, 2015 - The Hughestown Hose Company was part of a large response to a working commercial structure fire at Schott Optical on York Ave. in Duryea. Chief 143 was one of the first arriving units and was the Incident Commander during the majority of the 5 alarm incident.

The crew of Engine 143-2 responded on the first alarm and performed both interior and exterior fire attacks throughout the incident. The crew of Ambulance 543 initially was assigned to stage as part of the EMS Sector and was later placed in charge of the Side “D” EMS and Rehab Sector where they coordinated the distribution of food, water, and other provisions between the two fire department rehab areas.

An excellent job was performed by all Fire and EMS Companies throughout this incident. The last of the Hughestown Fire and EMS units returned to service having been released by 126 Command at approximately 1:00 AM. At that time, our department was one of 30+ Fire and EMS units on the scene from over two counties.




11009086_961313580559574_7251703137342173784_nFebruary 28, 2015 – The picture on the right is of Chief Jamie Merlino and Chief Jeff Hughes as they mark up a meat grinder prior to cutting it to simulate rescuing a victim who had their hand stuck inside. This was all part of a Man vs. Machine Class held at the Avoca Fire Department and was taught by PL Vulcan Training Concepts.

The other training stations for this class included cutting thick metal with torches, rescuing an impaled victim from a metal fence, ways to remove a wedding ring or other jewelry from an injured finger, and methods to rapidly extricate a victim who was trapped under a vehicle.

Station 143 would like to thank the members at Station 112 for inviting us to participate in this class. Lieutenant Pat Kaczmarczyk and Probationary FF Nick Rhoten from Station 143 also attended this class today. Great Job Guys!!!


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February 26, 2015 - 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.

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Station 143 would like to dedicate this video to all of our active members who make this organization what it is today. This video was made by Deputy Chief Bill Aruscavage.

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February 13, 2015 - 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.



February 01, 2015 - 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.

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1908496_10202999746746960_5898505223882281267_nJanuary 23, 2015 - 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.


Residents and Business Owners: The Hughestown Hose Company EMS Subscription Drive has begun and will continue through February 28, 2015. A subscription with the department helps to minimize the cost that is passed on to you, employees, customers, or members after their insurance company has been billed. We would appreciate your support with this drive, which helps to maintain the equipment on Ambulance 543.

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