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Gas Safety Class

October 01, 2015, 12:49:24 AM CCF Administrator

The Centre County Public Safety Centre will be hosting
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania’s Gas Safety Class

Location: The class will be held at CPI located at 540 N Harrison Rd Pleasant Gap on OCT 20th beginning at 6:30PM

Course Description: The class is designed to discuss recent natural gas emergency events and what caused them. Discussion will also focus on the response to natural gas emergency’s and the safe practices that responders should use when operating on scene. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the program.

Who should attend?

The class is designed for all emergency responders. This includes chief officers, fire, Ems and police responders and fire police.

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Fire Apparatus Crash T-Bone Video

September 03, 2015, 08:35:51 PM CCF Administrator

This video was shared with us and we want to pass it on. The following are the comments that accompanied the video:

This vehicle accident should serve as a reminder that anything can happen, regardless of how good the chauffeur (fire apparatus operator/driver) is behind the wheel.

You can either skip ahead to about the 5:00 mark to view the point of impact or watch it in its entirety, taking every opportunity to learn and discuss all that is available. The latter of the two is obviously recommended. Rest assured that while there are many videos of accidents involving fire apparatus out there, you haven't seen anything from this perspective.

It should be noted that, thankfully, the three parties involved (the two in the rig as well as the driver in the passenger vehicle) did not suffer from any life threatening injuries.


Units from York County, Pennsylvania were dispatched to a reported basement fire in a single family home. Truck 1 went en route with an acting officer whose helmet cam is on the dash board and recording when the accident took place. A full-time, 25+ year firefighter / driver was behind the wheel. The driver of a silver Pontiac Grand Am came to a stop at the intersection around a curve. She heard the sirens and looked around but did not see the approaching truck as she was looking into the sun. She proceeded through the cross road and was T boned by the apparatus.

Interestingly, this accident occurred on the heels of yet another fire apparatus accident only two days prior to this event. On May 29th, an engine company was involved in a single vehicle rollover while en route to an incident and several department members were injured. Thankfully, all of them have since made a full recovery.

After the T-bone, a mandatory inspection of Truck 1 was performed by the state police. Although the driver of the vehicle was clearly at fault and there was nothing the apparatus chauffeur could have done to avoid hitting her, there were concerns about litigation as it was determined that the brakes on the fire truck were slightly out of adjustment.

The chauffeur was very distraught immediately after it occurred. When asked, he will tell you that he thought he killed her. Ironically, it was his actions that, more than likely, saved her life. If you take notice to the split second just before the point of impact, the rig veers to the left. The damage sustained to the apparatus was to the right front (officer's) side. Had this Firefighter not done what he did, she would have felt the full force of the vehicle which may have ended her life.

The following discussion points can and should be used in relation to your respective state laws and department SOPs:

 1) Stopping at stop signs and traffic lights
 2) Speed on both dry and wet road conditions
 3) Radio traffic (is it escalating or de-escalating?)
 4) Seatbelts
 5) Passing through school zones while responding
 6) Passing school buses while responding
 7) The use of audio / visual warning devices (Ashley's Law*)
 8 ) Taxation of additional resources
 9) Apparatus Inspection (RIP, LT. Kelly, BFD Ladder 26*)
 10) Record keeping and documentation
 11) Physical, mental, and financial repercussions


Thanks for the posting of this-an excellent CLOSE CALLS incident worthy of us all watching, learning and being reminded.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 9-3-2015-1600 Hours

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Chain Saw Safety

August 19, 2015, 07:36:15 PM cvgtrapper

The Westover Area Vol. Fire Co. will be hosting
Chain Saw Safety
Sunday, November 01
Lunch Provided
No Cost for the Class
Must be 18 to take class

For more information or to register for this class please call 814-743-5319 or email station_45@yahoo.com

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August 14, 2015, 10:31:04 AM Paramedic 25-15

VFIS EVDT(EVOC) for Fire/EMS at Centre Lifelink EMS

Taught through the VFIS program, the EVDT program is designed for EMS/Fire/Rescue personnel who plan to drive any sort of emergency vehicle or apparatus. This course consists of classroom and driving time including a competency course.  Participants from outside of LifeLink are asked to bring a vehicle to drive for testing. We routinely accommodate larger engine/truck company apparatus. The VFIS EVDT course is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to meet the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) requirement necessary to obtain EMSVO certification.

Course Date:
Weds & Thurs Sept. 23rd & 24th 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday Sept 27th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  125 Puddintown Rd, State College, PA 16801
(Must attend ALL dates)

Cost:  $100.00 (NO CHARGE for CREST or LifeLink Members)
Con ED: This course consists of didactic and practical skills and will be taught as classroom and on a skills course totaling 12.5 hours "other" CEU.

Course flyer attached. Visit our website or email training@centrelifelink.com for info or to register.

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NIOSH Fire Boot Study‏

August 12, 2015, 05:45:43 PM CCF Administrator

Volunteers Wanted - Determining Tolerance Ranges for Firefighter Boots Accommodation

VOLUNTEERS are wanted to participate in a research study to determine tolerance ranges for firefighter boots accommodation conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in partnership with DIApedia, LLC. The study visits will be conducted at a date and time we schedule with you at a convenient location. Male participants must be active firefighters. Female participants do not need to be firefighters.

During the 1.5 hour visit, we will measure your foot length and width, take a 3D scan of your feet and lower leg using a commercially available white light foot scanner, and measure the range of movement of both ankles.  We will measure your height, weight, and waist circumference.  We will ask you to select a fire boot size and put on and take off the fire boots while we time you.  We will ask you to fill out a comfort questionnaire while wearing the boots sitting and after a series of short physical tasks while wearing the boots.  These tests will be repeated for 2 additional sizes of fire boots. You may decide to stop at any time. Your decision to terminate the testing will not affect your future relationship with NIOSH.

For every person that is tested, $15 will be donated to the department.

You must (1) be greater than 18 years of age (2) have a foot size between 8.5 and 12.5 for men or 7 and larger for women (3) have the ability to walk in a circle, up a flight of stairs, and over small objects and (4) have the ability to follow the study protocol and give informed consent.

You must not have (1) an allergy to any of the boot materials (2) walk with a visible limp or need to use aids like a cane or walker when you walk or (3) any condition in the opinion of the study's investigators that would affect your ability to complete study procedures.

To participate in this survey, please contact:

Zach Schreckengost
(814) 234-0700
270 Walker Drive
Suite 207E
State College, PA 16801

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Clinton County Station 21 Ambulance for sale

July 27, 2015, 09:26:27 AM piercedash17

I went past Clinton County Station 21 and saw on of their ambulances are for sale. I don't know if it's 21-82, 21-83, or 21-84. I don't know if they the price or anything but if any companies are willing to buy it they will have to stop by the station. They took of all the sticker so I couldn't see which one it was. So if any fire companies want an ambulance, you better hurry to station7/21.  :D

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