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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.

Bloodmobile a Success
Thanks to all who attended the bloodmobile on Friday! program.

January 2015 Lottery Fund Raiser
Here is your chance to get family members a Christmas gift and support us at the same time! For only $10 a ticket you can give a gift that keeps friends and family captivated for a month!  The drawing is based of the PA Lottery Noon Daily Number first draw only.  Prizes include weekdays $50, weekends $75, New Year's Day (1-1) $125 and Martin Luther King Day (1-19) $125. Checks will be mailed to the winners. Donation is $10 and there are two numbers each ticket! Tickets are available at the station at 620 Marions Street or contact any member, email jdoyle@nep.net  or call 570-499-4908. 

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

Another Successful BBQ!
Thanks to all our customers for your support throughout the years. We hope you have enjoyed your dinners. Special thanks to our members who gave their time and effort to make this BBQ a success and also to all our friends, relatives and non members that came and help with the entire project, from the laying of the ground work for the new pit to baking copious amounts of baked goods, to the Zefrans for your generous cole slaw making abilities and all of our friends and neighbors that helped in any way. There are many people, organizations and charities that we could mention, but we do not want to leave anyone out, so to all that have ever helped, both in the past and the present, Thank You... Dates for the 2015 BBQ's will be announced shortly...

New flagpole
dedication area

Through donations in memory of the Debevec and Richards families phase one of the new flagpole dedications area was completedt 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.

Fund Drive 2014
It is time again for the community to support us by contributing to our 2014 fund drive.  We sincerely appreciate your continued financial support but request your generosity in supporting us. Volunteer fire protection is a partnership. We provide the manpower, commitment and energy, but without your financial support, we cannot continue to protection you and you loved ones! Please contribute to our annual campaign!

43 members pay repects in NJ
Several 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.

Ladder on 18 box                                                      April 2-  Ladder 43 got some work early in the morning on April 2 in Susquehanna County. Just before 3:00 AM the ladder responded at the RIT for a reported structure fire in Clifford Township. The fire reportedly was contained to the chimney of the two and a half story structure. Companies operated for about an hour before returning to service.

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.

DVD of 100 Year Anniversary Available
In honor of 100 years of service to the community, A DVD is available for just $10. Now is the time to get your copy of the slide show and pictures from the convention and 100th anniversary banquet. Hurry while supplies last. Get one by emailing diamondplatephotography@gmail.com.

Remembering 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.

Come in! 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? Email us for more information!

43 spotlighted during local festival 
Pictured are Juliann Doyle, President of the Browndale Fire Company and Peggy Brager, Vice-President of the Forest City Area Historical Society. Juliann is presenting Peggy with a Browndale Fire Company commemorative t-shirt in appreciation for the wonderful exhibit at the Togetherness Festival held on August 3, 2013.  The Browndale Fire Company was most appreciative of all of Peggy’s hard work in putting the exhibit together.  Thank you Peggy !!

Houses damaged in wrecks
Photos by Diamondplate Photography
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

Utility 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!

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Browndale Fire Company
620 Marion Street,  Browndale
Forest City, PA 18421
Phone 570-785-5300