2015 Archives

Happy New Year!
Date: 01.01.2015

Members did not have to wait long for the first call of the year. At 4:13 in the morning, pagers alerted Penn Wynne and Gladwyne Fire Company members of a water rescue at Lancaster Ave. and Lankenau Drive on the hospital's campus. LMPD was reporting a van overturned in the creek with a subject inside and fire and ems should expedite. Allegedly, the van was exiting the hospital campus, left the roadway driving through a fence and into a culvert retaining wall landing on its passenger side in the creek. First arriving units determined the driver was the sole occupant and trapped in the vehicle. Accordingly, Rescue 22 from Belmont Hills was added to the incident. Crews worked through difficult conditions to stabilize the vehicle, extricate and package the victim and transport the individual through the woods where more advanced medical care could be given by Narberth Ambulance Paramedics. Due to the severity of the injuries, the victim was flown to HUP's trauma center. The incident marked another example of great teamwork in Lower Merion.

Units Operating on Scene were Rescue 21, Engine 21, Utility 24, Air 24, Boats 24-1 & 2, Rescue 22, Narberth Ambulance, Pennstar 1 and LMPD

Photo credits to CBS Philly, Gladwyne Fire Co and Penn Wynne Fire Company


Day of Service
Date: 01.09.2015

Penn Wynne Fire Company is partnering with Cradles to Crayons as a collection site for donations during their MLK Day children's essential collection. Cradles to Crayons, the local nonprofit that combats the effects of poverty faced by children in the Greater Philadelphia area, will conduct a region-wide drive on Monday, January 19, to collect essential everyday items for disadvantaged children, ages 0-12, in support of the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Individuals are encouraged to donate new and gently used infants' and children's clothing, warm coats, hats, gloves, shoes, boots, newborn baby items, baby safety equipment, toys, books and school supplies. Cradles to Crayons' volunteers, will be in our station for the event on Monday, January 19, from 10 am to 2 pm.



MLK Flyer


Assist to Norristown
Date: 02.04.2015

Early in the morning Norristown Fire Department was dispatched to a building fire at the Norris Apartments located in the 600 block of Swede Street. First arriving responders had smoke on the first floor with a fire in the basement. Upon further investigation, crews found the fire had run the voids in the building extending to all floors. Extra alarms and resources throughout Montgomery County were called to the scene. Firefighters fought cold temperatures to make many rescues. Around 7:30 in the morning, ladder 21 was requested to stand-by at station 27 D ("The Fairmount"). The truck staffed with five spent eight hours in Norristown running three calls.


Xpressway Run
Date: 02.06.2015

At 8:21 pm, pagers alerted personnel of an accident with entrapment at Belmont and the Schuylkill Expressway. Rescue 21 made the response assisting Belmont Hills (22). Rescue 21 was advised to take City Ave. north to the expressway west to Belmont Ave. Rescue 22 had one vehicle with the driver trapped inside. Best access for us was to pass over Belmont Avenue and proceed the wrong way down the west bound on-ramp. Crews worked to remove a portion of the roof and passenger side doors. Once access was gained, EMS boarded the patient and transported to HUP's brand new trauma center at Penn Presbyterian.


Feline Frenzy
Date: 02.14.2015

Around 8:00 this morning, we were dispatched for a special service to assist a homeowner whose cat was stuck behind the basement wall. The rescue and ladder made the response to the South Ardmore section to assist. Crews used a thermal imaging camera to locate the cat and a saw to cut away part of the panelling. Once opened up, Bubbles emerged slowly to calls from mom.


Firefighters Social
Date: 02.21.2015

Today we were taking inventory of our door prizes for the annual upcoming firefighters social. Lots of neat stuff available. Our social is open to firefighters from Lower Merion, our neighboring companies, the rescue task force and members of Narberth Ambulance and Lower Merion Police. Join us for a fun night this Thursday, 2/26.


Precarious Situation
Date: 02.24.2015

Around 9:15 this morning, tones dropped alerting volunteers of a vehicle rescue at the Ardmore Acura Dealership. An elderly woman exited the car wash and jumped a guard rail and snow pile landing on two cars. Crews from the Merion Fire Company, Penn Wynne Fire Company and Belmont Hills Fire Company worked together to stabilize the vehicle. The rescue companies removed the passenger side front door and assisted with removal of the driver. She was transported to Penn Presbyterian's new trauma center. Rescue 21 remained on scene with Engine 25 until the vehicle had all four wheels back on the ground. Once again, a fantastic show of teamwork from LMFD.


Norristown Assist
Date: 04.19.2015

Around 1pm this afternoon, the Norristown Fire Department was dispatched to a building fire on Kohn Street. As the fire reached the 3rd alarm, Rescue 21 and Ladder 24 were dispatched to cover the Fairmount of Norristown. While en route, they were redirected to the scene. Crews stood by and assisted with overhaul. We returned to Lower Merion around 4 pm.


Block Party
Date: 05.01.2015

Tonight the engine stood by at a block party on Witley Road. The kids enjoyed the fire truck while adults relaxed and enjoyed great food.


Date: 05.07.2015

Tonight the engine stood by at the JCC Kaiserman Center during their annual bonfire to celebrate the school year. Lot's of fun was had by all.


An Early Morning
Date: 05.16.2015

Just after 5:00 AM this morning, the vehicle rescue assignment went out for 1 Fairview Road in the Penn Valley section of Lower Merion alerting Engine 26, Rescue 22 and Rescue 21. County dispatch was receiving multiple reports of one vehicle off the roadway and overturned with one subject inside. As members responded to the stations, LMPD updated the location to be on Conshohocken State Road between Fairview and Mill Creek. Units arrived to find a van off the roadway on its side with one subject confined in the vehicle. The difficulty with the incident was that the van had come to a stop in a slightly wooded area off State Road which had a somewhat steep decline towards Mill Creek Road. Engine 26 deployed a hand line for fire protection and crews from Rescues 22 & 21 worked together to stabilize the vehicle and extract the patient. Once free, the individual was packaged and transported to Penn Presbyterian's trauma center for evaluation. Another great showing of teamwork from LMFD.


Date: 05.16.2015

Today, six members successfully completed the 1006 National Certification testing for the Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Technician I program. Congratulations to our six and all the members of the rescue task force who passed. Special thanks to Assistant Chief Bill Elder of King of Prussia who organized the program.


Overnight Vehicle Fire
Date: 05.21.2015

Early this morning, members were awoken around 2:30 with the report of a vehicle fire on Lancaster Avenue at Clover Hill Road. Soon after dispatch, the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore was notified of a reported car fire further west on Lancaster Ave in Ardmore. Lower Merion Police found a vehicle into a pole and fully involved with fire on Lancaster Avenue west of Remington Road. All occupants were reported out of the vehicle. Engine 21 arrived to find the vehicle, pole, wires and trees involved and lead off with an 1.34" hand line. As it became clear the Ardmore call was unfounded, Engine 25 responded in to assist with additional water. Crews operated for just under an hour at the scene. (Photo credit - Tom Hayden, Merion Fire Co.)


Storms Ravage the Township (cont.)
Date: 06.23.2015

While the Rescue was helping to free the trapped motorist, the balance of the company was dispatched to the 500 block of East Spring for a reported house fire. Crews found a large tree limb had taken down high voltage power line. Thousands of volts of electricity were surging into the ground, and unfortunately caught one shed on fire and damaged another. With electricity still flowing, crews had no choice but to wait for the arrival of PECO to de-energize the lines. Extra help from the Narberth & Ardmore fire companies were summoned to assist us in making sure the fire didn't spread to any occupied structures. Crews were on scene for approximately three hours.

While this incident was taking place we had two other calls for service, one on Fairiston Road and the other on Greythorne. Both of these were for outdoor electrical fires involving broken tree limbs.


Storms Ravage the Township
Date: 06.23.2015

Around 6PM a line of strong storms rolled over the township alerting township volunteers for numerous calls for service. The Rescue Assignment was dispatched to Spring and Lippencott Avenues for a reported tree on top of an occupied auto. Engine 25 (Ardmore) arrived to confirm one occupant trapped in the car. Rescue 21 arrived and removed the passenger side door so medics from Narberth Ambulance could asses, package, and transport the patient to the hospital. Rescue 22 (Belmont Hills) also made the response.


Working Fire
Date: 07.03.2015

Just after 8pm, Station 26 (Narberth) was dispatched to a fire alarm in the 400 block of fairview Road in the Penn Valley section of Lower Merion. Upon arrival, Engine 26 reported light smoke from the structure and requested the upgrade to the building adding the second due company, Station 24 (Gladwyne). As crews made entry to the structure, Chief 26 arrived on location and requested the working fire dispatch alerting additional volunteers bringing Squad 22 (Belmont Hills), Engine 25-1 (Merion of Ardmore) as RIC and a truck from Stations 28 (Union), 21 (Penn Wynne) and 23 (Bryn Mawr). Rescue 21 made the response. Upon arrival, our crew was divided into two groups. One was assigned to assist with opening up on the first floor and the second went to the basement to assist with fire suppression and overhaul. The rescue's crew operated for just over an hour. Another great showing of teamwork with LMFD.


4 Alarm Fire
Date: 07.06.2015

Just before 6 PM today, pagers were alerting members of a cover assignment for Ladder 21 to stand-by in Upper Darby Station 37. Upper Darby and the initial covers were working at a two alarm fire on 69th street. As Ladder 21 approached Station 37, the third alarm was struck and Ladder 21 responded directly in to the scene. Ladder 21 raised its aerial to the roof and assisted with roof operations for approximately three hours. The ladder was back in the station around 9 pm. During the incident, we also ran an accidental fire alarm due to cooking on Indian Creek Road


Rescue in Wynnewood
Date: 07.25.2015

Just after dinner the rescue assignment was dispatched to E. Wynnewood Road and Penn Road for an overturned automobile. Engine 25 (Ardmore) arrived and deployed a hand line and stabilization step chocks as Rescue 21 arrived and supplemented with stabilization struts. The Rescue then began to remove the windshield and cut the posts of the car. Squad 22 (Belmont Hills) arrived and assisted in gaining access to the patient. Once this was accomplished the patient was assisted out of the car and transferred to the care of medics from Narberth Ambulance.


Vehicle Rescue
Date: 09.08.2015

Around 4:30 this morning, the tones dropped alerting members of Gladwyne Fire Co. (Sta. 24), Belmont Hills Fire Co. (Sta. 22) and Penn Wynne Fire Co. (Sta. 21) of an accident with entrapment at River and Mill Creek Roads. The location of the incident was quickly changed to Mill Creek and Grays Lane in Haverford adding the Merion Fire Co of Ardmore (Sta. 25). Lower Merion police were out with a single vehicle accident in the creek with one occupant heavily entrapped. The initial size-up was a single occupant in the vehicle with heavy front end damage. The occupant was wedged between the front seat and the dash. Crews from Rescues 21 & 22 assisted by Engines 24 and 25 worked tirelessly to free the occupant in what became a complex rescue. Due to the length of the incident and warm temperatures, a special request for Squad 23 (Bryn Mawr Fire Company) was made for manpower. Once free, the victim was transported to Lankenau Hospital's campus and helicopter pad by Narberth Ambulance where they were flown to Penn Presbyterian's Trauma Center by Pennstar. This incident marks another fine showing of teamwork from LMFD.

Video courtesy of CBS3

Units on Scene: Engine 24, Air 24, Rescue 21, Rescue 22, Engine 25, Squad 23, LMFD Fire Marshals, Narberth Ambulance and Lower Merion Police


Papal Detail
Date: 10.26.2015

A special visitor came to town this weekend ... Pope Francis. Months of preparation had come to be realized on this historic weekend. Members staffed the station from 7am Saturday morning through 4pm Sunday afternoon. In addition, engine and decon 21 stood by at St. Charles Seminary with engine 26-1 from Narberth Fire Company and ladder 25 from Ardmore. Llanerch Fire Company relocated an engine to our station for Saturday and Sunday daytime as a precaution due to expected high traffic volumes. During the detail, engine 34-1 from Llanerch responded to an odor of gas on Wood Circle Saturday afternoon. And engine 21 responded to an elevator motor fire in the seminary with engine 26-1 and ladder 25. The weekend proved to be an excellent display of camaraderie not only within our company but across the township. #papalvisit2015 #lmfd #teamwork


Date: 11.28.2015

LMFD rescue crews were awoken at 2:25 this morning for an accident reported to be car vs. tree with one trapped. Rescue 21 made the response and assisted Rescue 22 with the removal of the roof. Engine 28 stood by with a charged hand line in case of fire. The victim was transported to Penn Presbyterian for treatment


Date: 12.14.2015

Today, our friends from the Philadelphia Highway Patrol stopped by the station to present Chief John Fallon with a plaque and thank us for the camaraderie and friendship during the Papal Visit this past September. During that weekend, there was a mix-up with the meals for the Highway Patrol during their stay at St. Charles Seminary. We were happy to share lunch with them on Saturday at St. Charles and breakfast Sunday morning at our station. Thank you to the Philadelphia Highway Patrol for remembering us. We look forward to our paths crossing again.


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