10/28/09 - Ventilation Training - The dedicated crew assembles for ventilation training at the Cumberland County Training Center. Ideas of using the roof simulator quickly faded when we discovered County's new smoke machines. Chief 131 had a surprise (really guys, is it still surprising???) waiting for the crew on arrival. A very realistic smoke filled tower provided zero visibility to challenge the firefighters, who all performed incredibly! Good job guys!
05/27/09 - Vehicle Fire Training - Finally we get to see a little fire in training! Chief 1 secured us a night at the Cumberland County Training Site, two vehicles and a pile of pallets. Tactics were discussed and implemented, a good time was had by all, and everyone returned home safely. No small feat, given the various explosions coming from the vehicles. Both struts in the rear hatch failed quite dramatically, and clearly there was something made of magnesium in the front. Several magnesium explosions were seen that night, one of which was captured in a photo below. You can clearly see the shower of white sparks following the explosion. One attaboy to Firefighter Kyle for being first off the rig packed up and attacking Chief 1's little surprise for crews arriving to the training grounds. Seems one of the vehicles caught fire a little early.
05/13/09 - Ladder Drills - Crews conduct ladder drills at the station and everyone gets a chance to climb the big boy! A good night of training, and the only casualty was the Lieutenant's pants.
03/11/09 - HACC maze - The crew shows up and takes command over the HACC fire maze. The amount of enthusiasm and the incredible skills displayed that night took me by surprise! Excellent work by all. The entire class navigated the downstairs maze with ease, and 9 gluttons for punishment made short work of the harder, much more challenging upstairs maze. Another very successful training!
03/10/09 - More HACC - With the spring training schedule in full swing, our firefighters are making quite a showing at Harrisburg Area Community College Public Safety Institute. Firefighters Kurt and Ben inspect an SCBA during Firefighter 1 review, FF Andy waves from Mod class, while the other Andy gets his strut on from ITLS class. Great job training guys, keep up the professionalism!
02/25/09 - Tabletop Scenarios - Many thanks to Hunter Gebhart, Toby Grove, Matchbox and Tonka for allowing us to use their toys. I'm sure in 15 years Hunter and Toby will be using our toys. Tabletop scenarios present firefighters with realistic scenarios, and they must communicate only by radio, position their apparatus and resolve a provided incident. The group showed great enthusiasm and we completed three large scale incidents. Good job guys!
02/24/09 - HACC - See if you can find the Silver Spring guys, in mods class at Harrisburg Area Community College. Everyone has been doing a great job at seeking out their required trainings, and it is showing in the street.
02/11/09 - Training - Downed Firefighter Procedures - Little bit of classroom training (in the middle of the bays), then on to packing up and rescuing our own! Uhhhhh....Ben, is that the ladies room, and what are you doing to that poor cadet????
02/04/09 - Another well-attended training by the professional firefighters of Silver Spring. This night begins a 3 part series on firefighter safety and survival. Members reviewed mayday radio procedures and then practiced a wall-breach simulation. The wall simulator is designed for a firefighter to gain the experience of exiting a room when they can't find the door, by making their own door wherever they are at. Thanks to everyone who eagerly embraced this life-saving initiative. We'll see if they are as eager in a few weeks at the HACC maze!
02/01/09 - EVOC Training - Several members try their hand at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. Everyone passed, and Dan even took it in the Engine he has never driven before! Excellent work guys! Oh, and just kidding about the cones, Dan didn't knock over a single one. We are sworn to secrecy on who did knock a few cones over...
12/21/08 - Santa Runs - Santa and the firemen spread good will and cheer to two families just before Christmas. Even though Santa didn't really speak, or Ho Ho, or do much of anything, he was there, and the kids appreciated that. They were very excited to see us arrive with a bunch of presents and tons of donated food! Many deep thanks to the families that allowed us to participate in this program. It is such a rewarding activity, I believe the firemen receive more benefit than the families!
12/13/07 - Lights On For Life - Crews participate in the annual Lights On For Life, a static parade to promote highway safety. Fire crews, police, tow crews, fire police, ambulances, and the Cumberland Valley SADD chapter try to capture the attention of passing motorists to promote safety.
11/26/08 - Training - The fire company travels to a private residence to conduct chimney fire training. Everyone learned, no one fell off the roof, and the patron has a really clean chimney.
11/15/08 - Freeport, Bahamas FD - Chief 131 visits the Freeport Fire Department in the Bahamas. They were incredibly friendly hosts. Their main station was destroyed in a hurricane about 4 years ago, and the rigs wait patiently outside for new quarters. They cover a 50 mile stretch with this apparatus, one SCBA (they call them PBA's) no LDH, a spreader and cutter. Firefighter Wilson advised that they run alot of entrapment calls, not much fire. He said Ole' Faithful gets the job done at entrapments. I have an incredible respect for guys doing the same job we are doing in twice the area with a fourth of the budget and equipment. Next time you want to cry about getting a new rig, or the shiny new cool tool, take a look around the station and be thankful for what you have. Hey 31 folks, that Mack look familiar?
11/13/08 - Training at HACC - Chief 1 completes the second half of in-house ventilation training at HACC with the help of some enthusiastic students. Thanks to HACC for the use of their facility, and thanks to the members who embraced this fantastic training opportunity.
10/24/08 - Live Fire Training - Apple Dumping Gang receives their annual live-fire extinguisher training. We had some big fires for the daycare personnel, but everyone did a great job at dousing the flames. Next year we're thinking about just letting Miss Tracey teach the class.
10/20/08 - Couple of random pictures from around the station. The Chief dutifully reporting to NFIRS. Seth and Levi with a face full of fries. Ken with spaghetti on his head and who on earth knows what those guys are doing with Damon!!
10/12/08 - Grandparents Day at Bridges at Bent Creek - Continuing on the success of yesterday's festival (shown below) we attended a function for all of the grandparents at Bridges. Again the smokehouse was a big hit with the kids, and even the ponies wanted to wear a Fireman's hat!
10/11/08 - The new and improved Fall Festival at Willow Mill held by the Township is an incredible success! The weather was more spring-like than fall, the crowd was large and the vendors were many. The fire company put almost 100 children through our "smokehouse", a training trailer for kids designed to simulate a fire in your home. Chief 1 had the bright idea to climb the rock wall in turnout gear, and did not do quite as well as his firemen and their kids. Cheerleaders, karate teams, face and pumpkin painting, crafts, bands, the list of fun on this day is too long to put here. If you missed this event, you should plan on catching this next year. The Parks and Recreation Department has done a tremendous job of making this event fun for everyone! I think I even spy one of them smiling on a golf cart, as if she is having a good time...
10/09/08 - Silver Spring Elementary - The afternoon teachings are interrupted by several calls, including the vehicle entrapment shown on our incidents page. The morning, however, went very well as Silver Spring and New Kingstown Fire work together to educate the kids, and we even smoked up a hallway for their fire drill. Students were very attentive and the teachers were very cooperative. A very fun day.
10/07/08 - Green Ridge Elementary - Kindergarten through 2nd grade receives a fire safety education with ourselves and the New Kingstown Fire Company touring the school. The day culminates with a school-wide fire drill. The guys from Silver Spring kill some time between classes, having a "recess" of their own with a little B-ball.
09/27/08 - Pa. State Fireman's Convention - Tough year, with the crews working hard but coming up empty handed. Everyone had a good time though. Say, is that Nick the new guy (AKA Kyle, AKA Levi) on the left of that group photo? And what on earth is Ben doing with the camera??
09/24/08 - Keystone Live Fire Training - Elderly care facilities are mandated by law to have live fire extinguisher training, and we are only too happy to oblige. The ladies at this Keystone facility were excellent students, even when they found out there was a "test". Everyone did very well with their extinguishment and their test, and some of the girls even got to try out the "big boy hose". Thank you for your enthusiasm ladies, and don't forget to "pass the pin".
09/13/08 - Cumberland County Fireman's Convention - 2nd place Tanker, 1st place Rescue and 1st place Traffic unit honors were brought home by this crew after Saturday's convention. It did not appear to be a well attended event, which was pretty unusual for Cumberland County. Our hosts put on a great show and we enjoyed being there! Looks like we caught Nate in mid-spit.
09/12/08 - BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Chief 131 spied this incredibly beautiful 9/11 Tribute motorcycle at Gettysburg Bike Week. Unfortunately, no info was obtained, the owner was not with the bike, so we can't give credit to him for this stunning bike. Very nice to see though, an incredible piece of art. Be sure to take note of the license plate number...
The Fire Company received a request to assist at a Special Forces reunion being held in the Township. We provided fire police for parking for the large crowd in attendance, as well as standby for their flight operations. The military old timers watched as the new breed brought in the latest in military technology, including the HALO (high-altitude-low-opening) parachute team. A Blackhawk helicopter and a fully armed CH47 Chinook were on hand. All the latest weapons and gadgetry were also on display, such as scuba gear, remote cameras, and modern battlefield medical kits (what is a "minor amputation" anyway?). The most pleasurable part of the day by far was the opportunity to speak to multiple generations who have fought for our freedom. They are an incredibly impressive group of individuals and we are thankful for the time we had with them. OK, who gave Carol an automatic weapon?