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.
December 21, 2015 - The Chief & Engine responded as part of the SRN Assignment to Maple Street in Old Forge Borough for a reported fire with exposures. Chief 93 was first arriving, confirming a working fire of a camper parked in a driveway close to multiple structures with extension to a large two car garage. The first due companies made quick work of the fire, keeping it contained to the camper and garage and not spreading to any of the surrounding homes. The crew from Engine 143 assumed the role as the first due FAST Truck while Chief 143 was assigned as the RIT Officer. All units would be released by Chief 93 and picked up about two hours after dispatch.
December 20, 2015 - Our guys and gals spent the morning working the Annual Santa Breakfast and as tradition then went out and collected canned goods from our residents as we went around town with Santa Claus on the fire engine. With the over whelming amount of donations, we are expected to feed over 100 families in the Greater Pittston area over the holiday season. Pictured are the members from Station 143 unloading a truck load of canned goods at the Greater Pittston Food Pantry.
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.