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Edward Blake “Keppy” Kephart

May 18, 2015, 03:55:23 PM oldtimer#3

It is with a sad heart that I pass this information along.

Edward Blake “Keppy” Kephart 75 of Brookville Pa. passed away May 15, 2015 after a well fought battle with cancer.

Keppy retired from the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources as a foreman and forest fire inspector. During his employment, he enjoyed his interactions dressed as Smokey Bear, teaching children and families about forest conservation efforts.

He was a Lifetime member of the Moshannon Forest Fire Fighter’s Association, the Goshen Township Sportsmen’s Association as well as the Sigel Sportsmen’s Association.

Anyone who was involved in Forest “Brush” firefighting service in the Clearfield, Jefferson, Centre, Elk , Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Clinton and Cameron County areas...pretty much all of central Pa in the 1960's through the 1980's, would remember his cheerful demeanor and smiling face.

Born on September 3, 1939 in Clearfield Pa. he is survived by his wife, Patricia ( Keith ) Kephart, whom he married on March 6, 1993, two daughters and one son: Lisa A. (David) Shifter, Clearfield; Edward G. Kephart, Clearfield; and Tammy (Roger) McGee, Mahaffey. He is also survived by two stepsons: Timothy (Jennifer) Keith, Brookville, and Brian (Laura) Keith, Lykens; a brother, Arthur (Charlotte) Kephart, Woodland; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Beth (Kephart) Lytle, and a brother who passed away at birth.

Internment will take place Monday May 18, 2015 in the Eden Cemetery, Goshen Township, Clearfield Co. Pa.

Rest in peace brother.

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University Park Airport Triennial Exercise ARFF Training Opportunity‏

May 15, 2015, 12:07:09 PM CCF Administrator

As part of the Triennial Full-Scale Exercise at the University Park Airport, West Virginia University Extension is bringing in their mobile ARFF training unit. The unit consists of a 1350 sq ft pit fire, cabin fire, brake fire, and engine fire. The Airport has been very nice and is allowing the volunteer fire service to participate in the ARFF training. The class is approximately 3 to 4 hours long and all those participating must be interior firefighter qualified and conform to the facial hair policy of the PA State Fire Academy. The firefighter is responsible to bring full turnout gear and scba for the class. The class dates and times are as follows:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

If you would like to participate please send an email ( wgs101@psu.edu ) to reserve your seat prior to the class. Please keep in mind that all seats are on a first-come first-served basis and if you sign up for a seat we are requesting that you promptly show up for the training. The class will be held at the University Park General Aviation Terminal.

This is a link to the trainer: http://fireservice.ext.wvu.edu/programs/Aircraft_Rescue_Firefighting

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Hose, Ladder and Aerial Testing‏

May 13, 2015, 06:11:26 PM CCF Administrator

The Centre Region Fire Protection Program, on behalf of the Alpha Fire Company, will again be arranging for Hose, Aerial and Ladder Testing for those fire companies interested. Hose testing for 2015 is scheduled for the week of July 20, 2014.

Hose testing for 2015 will be conducted by the same company “Maintenance Unlimited” as last year.  Maintenance Unlimited will unload all hose from apparatus, test hose, and replace hose with your hose load style with what they describe as being “Parade Ready Finish.”  You will receive both a paper and electronic description of all hose testing results such as:  Hose Brand, Date of Manufacturer, Unique I.D. Number, Hose Condition and test status (Pass or Fail). The cost of hose testing is the same as last year and is twenty-eight cents (0.28) a foot.

Both Ground and Aerial Ladder testing will also be conducted in 2015, as has been the case for the past eight years Aerial Testing Company (Herman Fayola) will be doing all testing.  The cost again is the same as last year and is as follows:

Aerial Device -- $1225.00
Ground Ladder -- $45.00

Plus the cost of any required labels or heat decals.  Ladder and Aerial testing will occur during the week of August 3, 2015

If you are interested in participating in any of the above bulk purchases please contact Francis (Rusty) Schreiner by email at fschreiner@CentreRegionFire.com or by telephone at 814-237-4127 Office; 814-574-6993 Cell.  Please note new email address.  Please provide estimated feet of hose to be tested or number of apparatus to be tested.

Final date to be included in group purchase is June 30, 2015

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First Responder Wellness Day‏

May 11, 2015, 10:40:22 AM CCF Administrator

Attention: Emergency Responders

On Monday, May 18th 2015 the Department of Emergency Medical Services at Mount Nittany Medical Center will be holding the 5th Annual Emergency Responder Wellness Day. This event is open to all Emergency Responders and will be held in the Auditorium. Enter through the MAIN ENTRANCE and you will be registered there. You will then be directed down to the Auditorium after you have been registered. Times are from 1700 till 2000.

Details are as follows:
* Blood pressure, Diabetes and Cholesterol screenings will be offered.
* An EKG will be obtained. The results will be stored at Mount Nittany Medical Center which will greatly facilitate your treatment if you ever have a cardiac event.
* Participants will be registered at Mount Nittany Medical Center, and all personal health information will be provided to you and stored at Mount Nittany Medical Center

There is no cost for this event and there is no need to pre-register/RSVP.

When it comes to your health you are always on duty. We look forward to seeing all Emergency Responders for this free and continually growing event. If you have any questions feel free to email me dking@mountnittany.org

Feel free to share this with anyone who volunteers or is employed in emergency services.

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Essentials of Firefighting

April 27, 2015, 12:37:44 PM CCF Administrator

The Boalsburg Fire Company will be hosting an Essentials of Firefighting Class to start June 1st. With the current tentative schedule, the burn session for Mod 4 will be held approximately third weekend of September. If anyone is interested in taking this class or with any questions, please send email to bfc3training@yahoo.com

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Alabama LODD During Search/Rescue

April 26, 2015, 03:30:31 PM CCF Administrator

An Etowah County (NE of Birmingham) Rescue Squad member has died in the Line of Duty as a result of injuries during a search for a missing kayaker in an Etowah County creek. Squad Member Vicky Ryan, 46, died last night at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Ryan, along with three rescue squad coworkers, was injured when two boats capsized during a search on Big Wills Creek.


A 25-year-old man was out kayaking with family members about 1107 hours yesterday (Saturday) in Big Wills Creek when he was swept into the water. The man went missing near an old low head dam that was once used to pump water into the Gulf States steel mill nearby.

The Etowah County Rescue Squad began a search, and employed two rescue boats. One of the boats got too close to the dam and was swept over the side. The second boat soon followed and nine Rescue Squad workers were cast into the creek. Members of the Gadsden Fire Department and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office assisted in rescue efforts.

One other worker was taken to Riverview, and two more to Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Fire medics have still not located the missing kayaker. Members will maintain a presence in the area overnight and resume searching tomorrow, but will not attempt any more recovery efforts tonight. Water levels were already high at the creek because of spring rains, which also made the current especially dangerous. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest in Peace.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
The Secret List 4/26/2015-1200 Hours

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