Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It was allot of work but I was able to complete the labels last night on almost a years worth of post. If you are looking for something in particular it should now be easy to find, just click on the label of your choice and it will show you everything in that category. If anyone is out there and you are not scared to comment I would like to know if you like it.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Later that morning the Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose, and West End Fire and Rescue responded to 4 North Penn Street to extinguish a burning roast.
I have made a change to the site starting today by adding labels to the post. At the bottom of each post you will see a date, company name, county or LODD, these automatically go to a list on the right side of the page. If you want to see all WEFR items for example you click on the WEFR in the label list and it will bring them all up. I presently have the last ten post done and hope to have all the post finished in the next day or two. This will make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. I will also be doing this to my photography site.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
In today's photo WEFR members assist the Viggies on a field fire at Shippensburg Mobile Estates on this date in 1991.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Today's Photograph is the Cumberland Valley Hose Company No. 2, Shippensburg, Pa. circa mid to late 1920's.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
David Gabler, 19 was killed instantly and Harold E. Snider, 29 died about 5:00 p.m. at Chambersburg Hospital. Eight other firemen were injured, two seriously. The two firemen that were killed got caught between the rig and the tree crushing them. The fire destroyed the stable causing $600 in damages.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Important announcement; on Saturday a close fiend and someone I consider a family member, Ivan Bretzman was severely injured in an accident at his home. Most people in the fire service know Ivan, he and many generations of his family has been active in the fire service for probably the last century. Ivan is in Hershey Medical Center and his son tells me he is doing better but there is a long road to recovery. Unfortunately I am on vacation and can’t be there for the family. Please keep Ivan, Judy, Greg, Danny and the rest of the Bretzman family in your thoughts and prayers. The Mt. Holly Springs fire department web site is to be updated regularly on Ivan’s condition http://www.citizensfire36.org/.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The photograph is the Vigilant Hose Company No. 1, Shippensburg, Pa. circa 1959.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Today's photograph is of the West End Fire and Rescue Company No. 3 in Shippensburg, Pa. , I know it is out of place being at the top but it won't get bigger when you click on it if I put it at the end of the post.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
When firemen arrived thick black smoke was billowing into the sky and the intense heat kept them from getting close. In the early part of the fire they were hampered by a large crowd of spectators and mechanical troubles causing a shortage in water. The C.V. (Chambersburg) pumper suffered an air lock and the nearest fire hydrant broke. Flames quickly spread eastward igniting the Chambersburg Implement building. Feeding on the paints and varnish in the building the two story structure was soon ablaze and spreading into other parts of the business.
Firemen worked vigorously to control the blaze, additional lines were laid to other hydrants and four engines began drafting from a nearby stream. Apparatus and manpower was soon requested from other communities. At one point while Letterkenny firemen were soaking roofs to stop the fire the stream came into contact with electrical lines causing some of the men to receive a shock.
Firemen from eight companies worked for an hour and a half before bring the fire under control. In all five civilians were injured, one critically and two firemen were injured one being William Jones from Shippensburg. That night flames broke out six more times requiring firemen to return to the scene.
Pryor Tire Service was a complete loss suffering $100,000 in damage and Chambersburg Implement was heavily damaged suffering $200,000 in losses.
All five Chambersburg Fire companies answered the alarm along with three pieces and 26 men from Letterkenny, two engines from Greencastle and Shippensburg (the Chambersburg paper did not state which company from town responded and 1948 is the only year I have not finished researching from Shippensburg).
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Searching the cave were Tom Jackson, John Nickles, Mike Goodhart and Fred Paulsgrove. The team searched the cave for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes before locating the missing two on a shelf in an upper layer of the cave about 1,800 feet from the cave entrance. At some places the cave floor was knee deep in water. The two were removed from the cave at 6:12 p.m.
All three were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, one in critical condition. That youth, 16 later died from his injured at Temple University Hospital on July 12TH. One fireman Edward Goodhart was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for smoke inhalation.
The Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley ambulance and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene. The rescue squad from the Friendship fire company in Chambersburg was also called to assist.
I don't know who all the people in the photograph are but the ones I remember are, far right with no helmet about the center of the photo is John Snyder, right next to him with no shirt or helmet, Gerald Holtry, to the left of Ged in the white tin helmet, Charlie Myers, I am guessing that the other white helmet is Crawford Wiestling, three men in the CD type helmets are probably from WEFR and way in the back at in the row of people, standing on the right with the white shirt and his hand up to his chin (dark hair) looks like George Bigler. That's the best I can do, this is where I say that some people looking at the site could add much more to it but don't, and I won't, OH I just did.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
WEFR members Jamie White, Larry Hinkle and Tom Flohr on the deluge gun, unknown firefighters behind them and Letterkenny firefighters in the black gear.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Okay, I was away at scout camp with my son and his troop keeping me from posting yesterday so after considering if I should post the answer to the question about long gone fire companies from years ago in Cumberland County, for those that care I will. I was a little disappointed since four of the answers appeared on this site last September.
Lambs Gap Fire Company
United Fire, Carlisle
Centerville Fire Company
Shippensburg Fire Company
Niagra Hook and Ladder
Keystone Hook and Ladder
The others can be found in the comment section on the date the question was asked.
Some of the Newville companies could have been the same with a name change. I know the Hope was a name change but without digging out my old records and finishing the research in the Valley Times Star I am not sure which one. I do know that at one time Newville had three active companies all at the same time in the 1800's. Also the Niagra in Shippensburg never had a rig and didn't last long. There could be more these are just the ones I uncovered and remember off the top of my head.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
CHIEF JAMES CUTCHALL: AN UNTIMELY DEATH
Chief James Cutchall responded to the July 2, 1977 fire alarm as he had a hundred times before, arriving on the scene first to direct incoming fire apparatus from the Fayetteville, Pennsylvania Volunteer Fire Department.
Within minutes, the 33-year-old Chief lay mortally wounded from a sniper’s bullet, shot even as he radioed the Franklin County Communications Center with an initial report of a working fire and injured civilian.
Wagon 7-1, Fayetteville’s first due engine, followed Chief Cutchall up the dirt road leading to the burning cabin and was greeted by a barrage of bullets which pierced the windshield and cab, wounding the driver, Deputy Chief Robert Monn, and 18-year-old firefighter Scott Riechenbach as they raced for cover.
One of the men on board wagon 7-1 shouted “the Chief’s down” and several firefighters ran through the continuing gunfire to drag Chief Cutchall to safety and began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department ambulance rushed him to the hospital as the EMT-A’s continued resuscitation techniques. However, Chief Cutchall died at the hospital.
So unfolded the tragic, untimely death of a man described by one of his peers as “one of the most outstanding fire chiefs in the nation”. Close personal and professional friend Donald D. Flinn, General Manager of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, described Cutchall’s department programs as “model for the volunteer service”.
Crawford Wiestling, former chief of the neighboring Shippensburg West End Fire and Rescue Company, and the man who assumed command of the scene after Cutchall’s injury, explained, “he lived, breathed, slept and ate firefighting”.
Chief Wiestling perhaps described Cutchall best with these words: “He would refuse to sit still. He always wanted new ideas. Stagnation meant defeat to him. He would refuse to pause or say, ‘I’ve done my job’. He always used one saying in his speeches: ‘To be a volunteer firefighter and make an error is human, to be a volunteer firefighter and worry about those errors is compassion, to be a volunteer firefighter and do something about those errors is professionalism.’”
Under Cutchall’s four year reign as Chief, the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department became the first volunteer company within the region to adopt documented training standards, initiate a “bunk-in” program to assure immediate nighttime response, develop extensive pre-planning procedures for its 25-square mile first due area, and use modern, diesel-powered apparatus painted high visibility lime yellow. A capital improvements program, including the addition of five pieces of apparatus and a $150,000 building renovation, also was completed.
Women have assumed an important role within the Department riding fire, rescue and ambulance vehicles as active members. Junior membership and scholarship programs begun by Cutchall have provided a training ground for future firefighters. Many of these programs were outlined by the Chief in an article appearing in the July 1976 issue of Fire Command entitled “Volunteers Surviving in the 70’s”.
In 1975, alarmed by the lack of adequate ambulance service in Fayetteville, the Chief purchased two ambulances and manned them with EMT-As trained in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department ambulance service was the first in the State to be certified under recent State regulations governing training, manpower and equipment. Plans also were initiated by Cutchall to provide advanced life support to his community within the next year.
On July 6, 1977 the final tribute was paid to James C. Cutchall in a style never before experienced in central Pennsylvania. Firefighters and 80 pieces of apparatus from 60 fire companies in six states lined both sides of Lincoln Way in Chambersburg for the mile-long procession to Lincoln Cemetery where the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Halfway, Maryland aerial towers formed an arch draped in black. The casket, carried in the red velvet hose bed of Engine 7-1, was followed by more than 2,500 uniformed firefighters who, along with friends, slowly moved toward the cemetery in sweltering 100-degree heat.
Some of the mourners present included Don Flinn, IAFC, Chief Burton Johnson, District of Columbia Fire Department, Chief Robert Little, Director, Eastern Division, along with representatives of the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature and Pennsylvania State Police.
Normally I would not use something that someone else wrote for my site but this is a rare case. The two men that wrote the article on Chief Cutchall were best of friends with him; they to were dedicated to the fire service and its betterment. In later years they both gave their lives in the line of duty also. This entry is a tribute to all three men.