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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.

Sellout expected: BBQ April 12
The Browndale Fire Company will conduct it’s annual Chicken BBQ on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Browndale Fire Station located on Route 247, 620 Marion Street, Browndale. The menu includes half a Chicken, Baked Potato, Browndale Green Beans, Home Made Cole Slaw, Roll & Butter and Dessert.  The "drive through only" hours for serving are from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  Tickets are $9.00 and are available from any member or at Tobacco Road, 607 Main St., Forest City (570-785-2123); Franceski Lumber Yard 900 Main St., Forest City (570-785-3516); Red Cross Pharmacy, 420 Main St., Forest City (570-785-5400); NAPA Auto Parts, 429 Main St., Forest City (570-785-9000) or by calling the fire station at 570-785-5300 and leave a message or our Facebook page. Tickets are advance sales only or until sold out.   Proceeds from the BBQ to benefit Browndale Fire Company.

Car Show - Swap Meet on May 30
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. More  details are forthcoming!

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!

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Contact:  Browndale Fire Co at
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4 structure fires in 24 hours

Feb. 24 -  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 blaze.

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" Ferraro.

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

Dec. 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

New flagpole
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
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.

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.

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!

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