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Show - Swap Meet This Weekend On
May 30th, 2015 the Browndale Fire Co. will be hosting the “Cruzin’
Browndale with ‘Da Bums” Car Show & Swap Meet. The show will
run from 9am to 4pm with live entertainment, food, games, basket
raffles, vendor spaces, and more. It certainly promises to be fun for
everyone. Being an “Open Show”, all vehicles will be welcome and
we anticipate approximately 200+ vehicles with 1000+ spectators
on the day of the event. See the flyer, sponsor information and the registration form.
Crew demos turbo draft May 27 - Company 43 and area companies joined in on a training -
demonstration of the Turbo Draft appliance. Elk Lake Assocation members were also
present for the very interesting demonstration. Thanks to our brothers in
Uniondale for bringing their engine to help with the demo.
Crash, then training While
waiting to start annual CPR & blood borne pathogen training, 43
along with 41 and 41-9 were hit for a crash on Northwest Roadoutside of
Vandling. The Cars with 5 and the Engine with 6 responded immediately.
No rescue services needed, patients were ok, recovery service removed
the vehicle and all back in service. From there we completed CPR
and BBP training with nearly 20 members present for the annual
training. Good Job Team....
5 complete Structural Burn Session Congratulations
to the 5 members of 43 that participated in the Structural Burn Session
as part of the Bucks Basic Academy class held in Whitehall today.. Greg
Bock, Matt the Man Hartman, Rick Mikloiche, Mark Dolph, & Lucas
Johns. Strong work guys!
New members join the ranks Station
43 recently welcomed five new probationary members into its ranks. They
are JR White, Pat Barney Jr., Bradley Rowe, Samuel Hickey and A.J.
Richards. We are please to have them serve at Station 43.
Over the next few months they will work on their probationary member
training requirements. A special welcome aboard to A.J. Richards, son
of past Chief Jim Richards. A.J. is a fourth generation to serve at 43,
following in the steps of his great grand father, grandfather and his
Thanks for your support Our
barbecue on Sunday April 12 was a great successs, Thanks to all who
supported the event in any way. A special thank you to all our
members who gave up their weekend to help raise funds!
Fire wrecks home, damages second
near Uniondale Mar. 24 - Company 43 worked a
two alarm fire on a 52 Box on Lewis Lake Road, Herrick Township, just
outside of Uniondale. With heavy fire showing, a second alarm was hit
for the blaze that came in around 2:30 PM. Companies operated for about
two hours. Engine and Car 43 we on the assignment. An exposure, a
mobile home, experienced damage from radiant heat.
Visitors stop by at 43
The 43 House had a
nice visit from our brothers at Yardley-Makefield Fire Co., and along
with the visit they dropped off numerous fire helmets, turn out gear,
PASS alarms and traffic safety vests. Got to take a nice look at their
service-utility mult-iuse vehicle that they received last year. A huge
THANK YOU to them from Da Bums on Da Hill.... Hope to see you guys
again real soon!
4 structure fires in 24 hours
- Members at Station 43 were busy with four structure fires in
less than 24 hours. The cold snap reared it's ugly head early just
before 4:00 A.M. for structure fire 383 South Street in Waymart (Co.
75). Then, with the sun shining but temps remaining in the single
digits, Wayne County had Engine 43 on the 28 box to 351 Egypt Road for
a stucture fire. Engine 43 was first arriving, getting a knock on the
Two more fires followed with dipping temperatures and slick roads. The
next blaze took Engine 43 to Main Street Uniondale (Co. 52) for the
working dwelling fire just before 8:00 p.m. As companies were
picking up, Wayne County dispatched the first alarm assignment to a
working commerical building fire in the 500 block of Main Street in
Honesdale at the Geo. W. Kinsman building. With heavy fire on arrival,
the 13 box eventually went to three alarms bringing companies from four
counties to the the blaze. Crews operated in bitter cold temperatures
until the early morning hours.
Engine, Car on 61 Box February 3 - Just before 02:00 hours, Engine 43 and Car 43 were dispatched to residential structure fire on
a 61 (Fell Township) assignment at 123 Cameron Street in Simpson.
Working in bitter cold temperature companies operated for over two
hours before returning to service. House Wrecked By Flames
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.
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 rips 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.