Manoa Fire Company

The Manoa Fire Company is one of five volunteer fire stations serving the 9.5 square miles of Haverford Township. The Company provides fire suppression, rescue operations, and emergency medical services to the Township's approximate 50,000 residents. The Company's firefighting staff is 100% volunteer, staffing an Engine, a Rescue, and a Rescue-Pumper 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The volunteers also staff two Basic Life Support Ambulances, with assistance from the career staff of the Haverford Township Paramedics Department. Station 56 also houses Medic 108, the Advanced Life Support branch of the Haverford Township Paramedics Department. In order to continue to provide this vital service to the community, the Manoa Fire Company is always looking for new members. If you are interested in becoming part of something special and joining the brotherhood of firefighting, see our Become a Member section.

MEMBERS COMPLETE RIT OPERATIONS CLASS

Friday, May 25, 2012  For the past few weeks several members of Station 56, 58, 35 have been attending the RIT operations class held at Station 56. One night the class was able to use a home slatted for demo in Station 58's local which provided life like training for down firefighter removal, wall breaching, and down firefighter packaging. The final class was held at the Haverford Township Fire Training Tower. All students attending the class would like to thank the instructors for their time and knowledge. 

     



 

NEW MEMBERS AND SLIGHT UPDATES TO THE WEB PAGE

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  We here at Manoa Fire Company try to keep our web page up to speed, but some weeks are slower than others, and other weeks we are so busy we get a little back logged.  So on behalf of the members and officers we would like to welcome aboard a few new members.  In no particular order our newest members over the last few months are:


Firefighter Steve Benecke, Firefighter John Conners, Probie Kevin Costigan, Paramedic Katelyn Gallagher, Probie Jordan Koch, EMT (soon to be Paramedic) Diane Sisco, Probie Tom Stellwagen, and Probie Eddie Thorne.  We also want to welcome back EMT Brian Fili.


One of our newest updates to the page is a new picture of the Chief's Vehicle, as it was recently refurbished with fresh striping and lettering.  Also, we have changed the EMS Top 10 to be the highest number of hours verses the original highest volume of calls in a months time.  We noticed that many members would dedicate hours upon hours of their month to standing by in station on the ambulance but wouldn't run a single call.  We decided it isn't their fault no one was sick or hurt, so we want to make sure credit goes to who it is due to.


Finally, we will be adding pictures of our newest addition to our fleet, Utility 56.  Utility 56 is a 2012 GMC 2500 crew cab with a Stahl utility bed.  Currently the vehicle is awaiting a simple light package, and will be placed in official service in the upcoming weeks.


   


 

TRAINING IN STATION 44 LOCAL

Thursday, May 3, 2012  Tonight a crew of 12 members took a short trip over to the old Chuckie Cheese building on Baltimore Pike in Springfield for a night of training.  Upon arrivial all members met at the command post for the check in and safety message and then a pre drill walk through of the building was completed.  Station 56 members for the first hour worked on forcible entry and wall breaching then the remainder 2 hours was spent on Rapid Intervention Team Operations. The officers and members wish to thank the Officers of the Springfield Fire Company for the invite and hospitality during the drill. Also attending the training were Station 06, Station 58, Station 13, Station 19, Station 23, Station 44 and Station 20.  Thanks to Mark Sherwood www.mfsphotos.com for the pictures.

     



 

DELAWARE COUNTY TASK FORCE ACTIVATED TO ASSIST UNITS IN CHESTER AND BERKS COUNTY ON LARGE BRUSH FIRE

Tuesday, April 10, 2012  At around 0445hours, the Delaware County Regional Task Force was alerted to respond and assist units in Berks and Chester County. Units there were out in French Creek State Park with a large brush fire that had been burning out of control for several hours. The fire was beginning to impinge on nearby houses and industrial buildings. Prior to requesting the DelCo Task Force, the Task Force from Chester and Montgomery Counties, as well as numerous units from Lancaster County, were activated.

Chief 56 and Squad 56 (with 5 members) responded to the staging site at the Marple Crossroads Shopping Center. From there, the Task Force (consisting of Task Force Leaders - Chief 53 and Chief 56, Squad 56, Engine 53-2 [Broomall], Engine 44-1 [Springfield], Engine 20-3 [Garrettford-Drexel Hill], Ladder 35 [Brookline], and members from the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency) traveled up to Chester County Station 69 (Twin Valley Fire Dept), where they stood by for several hours before being relieved by a Task Force from Lancaster County.

During our stay at Station 69 one engine was requested to replace another engine at a preset drafting site.  Engine 44-1 took the job and hooked up to dry pipe at a reservoir.  They provided a much needed resupply to responding brush trucks during the incident.  All other units of the task force remained at the ready for our 8-10 hour stay in Chester County.
 

REMEMBER!! The probability for brush fires is very high right now! Any outdoor burning or smoking needs to be COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHED before being left unattended. The smallest bit of fire left burning can quickly get out of control!

     



 

ENGINE COMPANY DISPATCHED TO TWO CLOSE CALLS ON STRUCTURE RESPONSES

Monday, April 9, 2012  At 0933hours, the building assignment was struck for Marple Township, in the area of the South New Ardmore Park, for a dwelling fire. The dispatch alerted Company, Ambulance, and Medic 53, Engine Company 56, Truck Company 41, and RIT Company 20. Upon police arrival, they discovered smoke showing from a house in the unit block of Cornell Avenue. Medic 53-7A arrived soon after to report debris on the rear deck on fire, with the rear of the residence becoming involved. The ambulance crew grabbed a nearby garden hose and knocked the fire down prior to the arrival of the fire department. Deputy 53 arrived on location and held the response to Engine 53-2 and Ladder 41.

That same day, at 1316hours, the building assignment was struck for Haverford Township, to the 200 block of Warrior Road, for a dwelling. The dispatch alerted Company 58, Engine Company 56, Truck Company 34, and Medic 108. First arriving units found the fire located to the rear of the residence, involving brush and a wooden fence. Pipeline 58 and Engine 56 pulled 1 3/4" handlines to extinguish the blaze. It is believed that the fire was caused by careless smoking.

The Manoa Fire Company would like to remind residents that if you smoke in or near your residence, be sure to fully extinguish and properly dispose of any burning materials. A small, unextinguished cigarette can have disastrous effects!

Photos courtesy of Career EMT Brendan Monahan

     



 

ENGINE 56 ASSISTS DELCO 15 AND MONTCO 23, MUTUAL AID ON MANSION FIRE

Wednesday, April 4, 2012  Just after 1500hours, 15-9 requested an engine from 56 respond to the 200 block of South Ithan Ave in Radnor Township for the multi-alarm building fire.  Crews had been operating on scene for about 45min.  Command advised that units on scene were having water supply issues. Engine 56 went responding expecting to utilize the amount of 5" supply line onboard.  Upon arrival the Engine was placed at a hydrant to push water to the fire while the crew assisted all hands with fire fighting activities, both inside and out.

Engine 56 remained on scene until nearly 2100hours, and was released as other crews remained on scene late into the night.

     



 

BACK TO BACK RUNS KEEP THE COMPANY BUSY ALL AFTERNOON

Thursday, March 22, 2012  At 1414 hours, Engine Company 56 was requested on the residential box for the 200-block of North Central Blvd, in Marple Township. The assignment brought Company 53, Engine 56, Ladder 41, RIT 20, and Ambulance and Medic 53. 53-9A arrived on scene and held the assignment to Engine 56 and Engine 53-2. Engine 56 arrived first and used the TIC to locate a vent fan in the kitchen that had overheated. As Engine 53-2 arrived and crews prepared to remove the fan cover to check conditions, Engine 56's Officer (EMS Capt J Smith) was advised by Fireboard that the balance of the company was being dispatched with EMS to the 1400-block of Robinson Avenue for a residential rescue. 53-9A released the Engine, which took in the run on Robinson.

While the Engine was en route, Squad 56 (Chief Norman) arrived on location with EMS personnel to find a small child had fallen and become impaled on a decorative hinge on a piece of furniture. After much debate on how to safely remove the child, crews used various tools to cut a piece of the door from the furniture to free the child. EMS crews then transported him to the Lynnewood School, where he was flown by Pennstar 2 to an area trauma center. Crews were in service on Robinson Ave for over 2 hours.

Last we heard, the child was in good condition and is expected to recover quickly. Our thoughts go out to him and his family, and we hope for a speedy recovery!!

Units on scene on Robinson Avenue: Squad 56, Engine 56, Rescue 56, Ambulance 56, Ambulance 34, Medic 108, Medic 108A, Medic 108-9, Medic 108-9A, multiple HTPD units.






   


 

LOW ANGLE TECHNICAL RESCUE DRILL

Monday, March 12, 2012  This week's drill took the back-to-basic rescue skills that members had been refreshing on over the past few months and threw a complex, hands-on scenario into the mix. Crews mounted the apparatus and travelled to one of the sites in the Township where we might encounter a difficult technical rescue. A rescue dummy was placed half way down a fairly steep incline and crews, led by newer officers, had to utilize a variety of low angle, ropes, rigging, and EMS skills to safely treat, package, and remove the patient from danger. The drill was run twice, and it was very interesting to see how the two crews used different means and methods to accomplish the same task. Both evolutions went very well, as the patient was safely extricated both times in a timely manner using a Stokes basket, and hauled up using a mechanical advantage system.

Drills like this are all over the horizon, so members are encouraged to continue to attend to keep old skills sharp, and learn new ones. A special thanks goes out to Rescue Captain Lou Lattanzio (56-12) for organizing this drill.

     



 

BRUSH FIRE WITH BUILDING EXPOSURE

Tuesday, March 6, 2012  At 1513 hours Engine 56 was dispatched to the corner of Melrose Ave and Fairmont Rd for a brush fire, reported to be a residential lawn. Shortly after dispatch PD arrived and found a brush fire up against 1901 Melrose Ave. As Squad 56 went responding under the command of 56-13 (Kevin Smith Jr) Fireboard advised the company of such and the assignment was upgraded to a building fire. Squad 56 arrived and found fire in the brush running the height of a 2 story brick S/F/D.  A booster line was placed in service quickly and knocked the fire down as other members forced entry to the home to check for extension. Engine 56 under the command of 56-9B (Mike Norman Jr) arrived and placed 5in in the street, and 34-1 arrived to connect the supply line to the hydrant and provide man power. 56-9B established Melrose Ave Command and placed the fire under control at 1527 hours.  No damage was done to the home, which was vacant at the time of the fire.


Units on scene were Squad and Engine 56, Engine 34-1, Medic 108, and HTPD.


An investigation is currently on going by HTPD.


   


 

2012 TRAINING IN HIGH GEAR

Thursday, March 1, 2012  With the spring of 2012 approaching the officers and members of Manoa Fire Company have kicked training into high gear. We currently have 4 members attending the Fire Fighter I series at Montgomery County Fire Academy. 12 members have just completed Water Rescue Awareness, Trench Rescue Awareness, and Confined Space Awareness. 6 members completed the Confined Space Rescue Operations class, also held at the Montgomery County Fire Academy.


Several officers have just completed classes at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. Assistant Chiefs Norman and Greenfield completed the National Fire Academy's Incident Command for Structural Collapse Incidents. Captain K. Smith Sr. and EMS Captain J. Smith completed Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Officers.


These trainings are in addition to our weekly drills and are done on the members own time. Several more classes are on the books for late spring and early fall. Thanks to those attending classes for your dedication.



     



 
 
 

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