Saturday, May 31, 2008
The photograph in today's post is of the Cumberland Valley Hose Company showing off their new uniforms in front of their station on May 31, 1915. I would like to be able to keep the photograph and caption together when they differ from the days post but if I put the picture any place but the top it will not do anything when you click on it.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The photograph is from Barren Hill and would have been taken in the 1950's. The unit on the far left is a 1947 Ford rescue truck. West End Fire and Rescue purchased the rig sometime in 1959 or 1960 the exact date unknown. It was in the company's possession in June of 1960.
The rig right beside the rescue (second from left) is a Ford pumper. Some think WEFR purchased their 1950 Ford Maxim engine from Barren Hill. I even found photographs of the Barren Hill engine at WEFR but like all history their is a twist making me doubt it. WEFR purchased the rig in August 1965 and took possession of it in September of that year. Barren Hill celebrated their 50Th anniversary that year and the rig is in the photo with their fleet. It could still be the same engine. But upon further investigation of the photographs the Barren Hill rig had a steamer intake on the curb side, WEFR's also had a 2 1/2 inch discharge above it. On the pump panel side their is many things different between the WEFR rig and the builders photo for Barren Hill. Now is gets more confusing the pump panel on this photograph does not match the builders photo but more closely resembles the WEFR pump panel. Both rigs appear to be the same year, I am no expert on ages of rigs but the fenders, lights and everything else is the same.
Did Barren Hill have two of these rigs? Could the pump panel have been altered? Is this the same rig WEFR owned? All of these are good questions and ones I have no answer for. WEFR's minutes do not state where they purchased the rig from, it would make sense that they would purchased another rig from Barren Hill since they already had an association with the company. I plan to get a hold of someone from Barren Hill to see what their minutes say, maybe that will give us a definite answer, but in the past I have not had much luck with departments returning my messages or calls.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
This photograph appeared in The News Chronicle on May 26, 1967. Pictured are the officers of the Vigilant Ladies Auxiliary. Seated from left to right are Dolores Myers, president; Blanche Mastalski, vice president; Nancy Holtry, treasurer. Standing left to right is Evelyn Helm and Catherine Sanders, trustees and Nancy Thompson, secretary.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
At 10:36 p.m. units returned for a rekindle and were available in 15 minutes. On May 26 units again responded for a rekindle at 5:45 a.m., units remained on the scene for over three hours.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
By the time firemen from five companies could get control of the blaze at 7:30 p.m. seven stables were burnt to the ground, some located on Liberty Alley (this was in the area of the fountain and Big Spring Avenue). Damages were estimated at $3,800. This was Newville’s worst fire since August 1913 when eleven stables were destroyed along Church Alley. The Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies assisted at the scene. While en route the Cumberland Valley engine suffered mechanical difficulties but quick repairs got the rig back on the road in time to help at the fire.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The Shippensburg station was to be manned 24 hours a day by members of the Shippensburg police force. The FCC certified patrolmen as operators of the local station.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
There has been major incidents to occur on this day but this is an entry that needed to made someplace and the best place seemed like the beginning.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This photograph ended up having a greater significance later in the year, does any one remember what that was?
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
When firemen arrived the fire was in the middle and south side of the building. The fire did not spread beyond the building of origin initially because the roof was made mostly of gravel. Many of the cellars on the east side of Railroad Street were filled with water so the Vigilant Fire Company's engine was soon placed in service drafting from them, and placing three lines on the fire. The Cumberland Valley Fire Company's engine was taken to Orange Street and a line was placed in service there. The firemen soon realized that they could not extinguish the large fire and attempts were made to protect the nearby buildings. The intense heat was to much for the surrounding buildings and soon a number of buildings opposite the mill were ablaze. On Orange Street a one-story structure used for storing finished work was burning, on Railroad Street four dwellings were soon ablaze, including those owned by Judge Ruby and Dr. Stewart. The Vigilant engine after exhausting the water in the cellars and wells on Railroad Street was moved to the Branch and pumped a strong uninterrupted stream until the arrival of the Chambersburg steamer. A telegraph was sent to Chambersburg and the fire department was soon loading a train, the train was delayed but still made it to Shippensburg in time to help the effort. The Chambersburg steamer was placed on Orange Street at the Branch stream and soon a heavy stream of water from it was being played on the fire. The Cumberland boys after emptying the wells on Orange Street moved their engine to the C.V. Railroad water tank and flowed water there until the tank was drained. The Shippensburg News reported that the brakes were fully manned, and at no time was there a lack of willing hands and strong arms to keep the engines working.
During the blaze borough authorities requested the hotel and saloon keepers to close their bars for the evening to keep the rowdyism down. One Cumberland Valley fireman was injured when he got caught between the brakes and platform of the engine. In Carlisle the Court House bell was rung alerting firemen to the incident. The apparatus was readied and the Empire Hook and Ladder Company was placed on a car and an engine from the South Mountain R.R. was hooked up to transport them to the fire, but their services were not needed.
Damages were estimated in excess $40,000, a very large sum of money for 1875, could you imagine what that would amount to today. Just think of the amount of alarms we would have gone to and the quantity of fire apparatus, remember this was worked with two hand engines, a steamer, two hose reels and possibly a hose carriage.
I don't like to go to many days without a photograph on my post and they are just hard to come by so for today I will post one of the Vigilant ribbons I have in my collection.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
The building was being build with concrete blocks and steel. It was located almost at the outskirts of town along the Fayetteville Pike. When finished the building would cost approximately $4,000.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I guess I failed to point out that no major incident occurred on this date, unless it was last year and I have not entered that information yet.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
When the Vigilant hosemen arrived they obtained water from a pond on the farm and fought the blaze for several hours. Besides the barn a milk house, wagon shed, chicken house and pigpen along with four heifers were lost in the fire. Also lost was five tons of straw, a half-ton of fertilizer and a quantity of hay. Damages were estimated at $20,000. A cause was not available. The Vigilant Hose Company answered the alarm. They were called back later in the evening to extinguish burning embers.
The photograph today was sent to me by Kevin Nehf. It is the Baltimore Road fire that occurred on April 23, 1982 and appeared in the Shippensburg News Chronicle. Here is a link to the posting http://shippensburgfiredepartment.blogspot.com/2008/04/house-burns-down-on-baltimore-road.html
Thursday, May 1, 2008
When the pump was placed at the top of the well it was not able to draft water from the well so two firefighters took the pump down into the well and started it. After about 15 minutes one of the firefighters complained that he was starting to feel sick. A firefighter entered the well in an attempt to rescue the men but was unable to do so. Another firefighter descended the ladder and tied a rope around one of the unconscious firefighters. Other firefighters entered the well in an attempt to rescue their brothers but only one made it out alive. Thomas Lane, 39, James Chestnut Jr. 20, and Richard Hershey, 40 perished in the well. It was later determined that all three died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Additional resources were requested at 7:30 p.m. including the Vigilant Hose Company for the Shippensburg Area Vertical Extrication and Search Team (S.A.V.E.S. Team) with 14 men. The team under the direction of Larry Kerns set up a haul system and monitored the atmosphere in the 38-foot deep well. Danny Byers and Jim Pickings were lowered through the four-foot opening. Within five minutes Byers located the victim about four to five feet below the water with a pike pole. A harness was attached to the victim and he was brought to the surface.
In all firefighters from more than a dozen companies were on the scene along with Life Flight helicopter from Geisinger Medical Center, two medic units and a scuba team from Huntington County. About two-dozen people were treated at a local hospital.
The three firefighters were buried a few days later with full fire department honors.