Jan. 24 - Just before 17:00 hours, Station 28 and 52 were dispatched for
a reported home on fire. A Station 43 monitor called on scene reporting the
fully involved structure with heavy fire. Chief 28 Then requested additional
companies to the scene along with several tankers for water to battle the
blaze. Tanker 28-5 was first to arrive setting up a porta-pond and Engine 43
was first arriving engine with a crew to begin attacking the fire. Car 43
arrived with additional personnel and Chief 43 established Sherwood Drive Command.
It was quickly determined that additional tankers would be needed and defensive
operations began. Within the first 30 minutes, the fire had been darkened down
enough to work on overhaul and extinguishing many hotspots. The fire was
declared out at 19:31 hrs and all units were released by 20:00 hrs. The house
which was home to 2 people was completely devastated and the Red Cross was
notified to assist the displaced victims. A PSP Fire Marshal was notified and
will investigate the cause and origin of the fire. Fortunately, no fire related
injuries were reported. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and
their family at this time.
ON THE BOX: E28, E52, E41, E43, C43, L43, T28-5, T28-6, T94,
T75, T3, T60(Lack. Co.), T18(Susq. Co.) with E24 moving to Sta 43 for coverage.
John Blodnikar: Oldest member of Station 43 passes
Jan. 4 - John Blodnikar, a life
member and past Fire Chief, served with Browndale Fire Company for 64
years, passed away on January 4. The funeral was Friday with Mass of
Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church, Delaware Street, Forest City.
Station 43 and 41 members formed an honor guard for the movement of the
American Flag and urn from the church to Engine 43 for John's final ride to St. Anthony's Cemetery for internment.
Final respects paid to past chief
Ladder 43 and Ladder 18 had the honor of providing the arch for the American flag for the
funeral procession of Vandling Hose Company, Past Chief Fred "Teddy"
The procession was led by FC Area Emergency Services Engine 41. Truly
an honor to provide that service to a brother.
Dwelling damaged by fire
22 - Fire cause significant damage in a dwelling at 177 Dundaff Street
in Forest City. The box assignment was sent just after 1:30 PM. Company
43 cleared the house with the ladder, engine, car and the "U"
truck. Companies operated for about a hour before command placed
the fire under control, digging out hot spots. The five residents were
displaced from the structure and are being cared for by the Red Cross.
All companies returned to service just after 3:00 PM.
Factory Mutual Insurance Company Awards Grant Browndale Fire Company is pleased to announce the award of a $1000 grant
from Factory Mutual Insurance Comppany. Gary Ryman, Factory Mutual
Insurance Company, awarded the grant check to Fire Chief Jason Obelenus recently. The grant will be utilized for
the purchase of two tablets and a CAD.
Structure Box Gets Quick Return Nov. 15 - A first due box
assignment for smoke in the basement of a residence got at quick
response just before 11 AM. First arrving engine, Engine 41, stretched
the initial line to the dwelling at 315 Clinton Street in Vandling.
With all the residents clear of the structure, the investigation
determined the culprit was a faultly oil burner. Chief 41 (Lukus)
backed down the assignment holding 43 and 41, returning the rest. The
residence was cleared of residual smoke. All companies returned to
service in 20 minutes. On the box: 43LDR, 43 ENG, 41ENG, 41 RES, 41_9 AMB, 75ENG, L61-4 ENG, L 59 RES, L51RES, L22SQD, S52ENG and S18LDR
dedication area Through
donations in memory of the Debevec and Richards families phase one of
the new flagpole dedications area was completed this weekend.
A special thanks to Josh Debevec for heading this project. More additions to the
area to follow in the sping of 2015.
The area is in memory of the Debevec and Richards families, Joe Sr, & Angeline Debevec,
Joe Debevec Jr., Dave "Hap" & Eleanor Richards.
61 Box Nov. 8 The 43 Wagon ran a 61 box at 126 Jefferson St. The crew of 4 was first due along with the 51
Truck. Our crew worked with Command (51-82 Allison) and entered the dwelling
finding no structural extension and the fire confined to the chimney itself.
The 51 Truck went to the roof and used the chimney kit to clean the flue while
the 43 and 62 crews removed the blockage and ashes. All were
returned to service safely within a short time.
43 members pay repects in NJ
members from Station 43 attended the funeral of John Barnas on Thursday
June 26 in Wallington, N.J.. John passed away on Saturday following a
four year a battle with cancer. Our prayers go out to his mom, Patty,
brother Kevin and the rest of the Barnas family. John will be sorely missed as we miss his dad, Greg.
Final respects paid to Captain Barnas March 7 - Members
of Station 43 with thousands of firefighters from around the country
gathered in Wallington, NJ, to pay final respects to longtime
friend of Station 43, Captain Greg Barnas.
Photo courtesy NorthJersey.com Greg served as a career Fire Captain with the
Jersey City Fire Department and a volunteer in Wallington, N.J.
He died in
the line of duty on Friday, February 28. Greg was doing what he
loved best, working as a "truckie" opening a roof on a restaurant fire
when he fell succumbing to his injuries in Wallington.
Two alarm fire destroys home
A two alarm fire tore through a
two story single family dwelling on 8 Elovar Drive in Browndale,
Clinton Township on Tuesday, February 25.
First arriving companies were
greeted with heavy fire showing from the structure just after 9:30
AM. 43 Command quickly requested a second alarm assignment bringing
resources from a three county area. Companies operated for over four
hours with extensive overhaul operations made difficult by the collapse
of the second floor and roof. No injuries were reported. A PSP Fire
Marshal is investigating the incident.
Chief Gow The Officers and Members of the Station 43 express
our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Factoryville
Fire Company Assistatn Chief Russell Gow. He was 43 year member of
the Factoryville FD. Russ died in the line of duty on at a structure
fire in Factoryville, PA. Over the years he have been a good friend to
us at Station 43. You have left us but will not be forgotten.
Join us! Volunteers need! Are you
looking for a rewarding way to spend your time? Browndale Fire Company
is seeking new members. No experience required. We will provide you the
training you need as a pace that fits your schedule. Interested?
us for more information!
damaged in wrecks
May 12- Around 1600 hours,
Station 43 was dispatched to a two car crash with entrapment as both
vehicles slammed into houses in the 500 Block Main Street in Vandling.
Later at 20:00 hours
was dispatched to structure fire on Brook Street in Browndale. Then around
around 0500 hours in Sunday, May 12 crews were dispatched to a 1one car
MVA into a house in the 600 block Main Street in Vandling. Irnonically,
the house is that of Assistant Fire Chief Pat Sherry. Thanks to all the
mutual aid companies that responded to the calls. More
truck updated with skid unit
Utility 43, a 2003 Ford F-250 four wheel
drive rig, was upgraded this week with the installation of "brush skid
unit". U-43 now carries a limited water supply, has a small pump to help
out with field or other off-ther-roadway incident. Partial funding for
the project came for a PA DCNR grant.
The skid unit can be removed easily when the
snow plow is installed!