Last night firefighters across Lower Merion gathered at the township building to honor the service of two volunteers: Penn Wynne Fire Company Retired President John Derham and Belmont Hills Fire Company Retired Chief Patrick Fusaro Sr. Although they are retired from their leadership positions, they remain active with their respective companies. We thank you John and Pat for your time, talent and commitment to your respective companies and the township.
Engine and Rescue 21 have been successfully re-certified as QRS (Quick Response Service) units through the PA Department of Health. This certification ensures that our members are trained and our apparatus appropriately equipped with Basic Life Support equipment so we meet the required standards to help ensure the health and safety of the members of our community.
Child Passenger Safety Technicians
Today, PWFC Captain Chris Millay and Firefighter Chrissy Neely successfully completed their training to become nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. As part of the class requirements, they took part in a #Safekids Community Child Passenger Restraint Check that was held at the Plymouth Fire Company in Conshohocken. LMPD Officer Tamaro also took part in today's event.
Rope Rescuer I Certification Achieved
Five of our volunteers reached a milestone in training last night successfully completing and achieving 1006 Rope Rescuer I certification. These members completed approximately 48 hours of rope training this year in preparation for this month's testing. This initiative was supported through the Southeastern Montgomery County Technical Rescue Task Force. Congratulations to the other 13 members of the task force from Lower Merion, Upper Merion and Norristown who also achieved certification.
Fire II Certification Achieved
Congratulations to five of our volunteers who spent the past month attending classes and preparing for for the Firefighter II National Certification testing. Last night they successfully completed the program earning the certification. Thank you for your dedication to training!
Norristown firefighters were alerted of a structure fire on Dekalb Street around 4:00 AM. First arriving units had heavy fire showing from the 'B' side of the building, which was an end of the row, and people trapped within the structure. As the second alarm was struck, Rescue 21 responded to stand-by in Station 27D, the Fairmount. While in Norristown, we responded to an accident with injuries at Astor and Airy Streets. Our crew assisted with fluids. After returning to the Fairmount. we were called into the scene of the fire to assist with overhaul. The rescue returned to our station around 11:00 AM. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families who lost loved ones this morning.