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Friday, April 7, 2023 – Vehicle Accident – Barren Hill Road

On Friday, April 7, 2023, at 18:34 hours Spring Mill Fire Company No.1 was dispatched to Standby at Vehicle Accident on Barren Hill Road. The reports were 1 vehicle hit a parked car, and struck an electric pole. There were also reports that the car struck a house and damaged the structural supports for the porch.
Assistant 45 arrived on the scene with a pole severed and suspended in the air and the wires were still electrified. There was 1 vehicle into another parked vehicle in the driveway with damage to the structure.
PECO was notified along with Whitemarsh Township codes. The road was closed for an extended period of time while PECO did repairs.

Saturday, April 8, 2023 – Dwelling Fire – Conshohocken

At 02:29 hours this morning, Spring Mill Fire Company No.1 was dispatched with Engine 45 to the 100 block of W. 4th Avenue to assist the Conshohocken Fire Company No. 2 with a reported dwelling fire. Chief 55 arrived to find a 3-story twin single-family dwelling with smoke and fire showing from the third floor.
First in engine companies had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 15 minutes. Command would place the fire under control within the hour with no reported injuries.

Friday, March 31, 2023 – Vehicle Accident – Whitemarsh Shopping Center

On Friday, March 31st at 09:24 hours Spring Mill Fire Company No.1 was dispatched to standby at a vehicle accident at Whitemarsh Shopping Center.  It was reported that a vehicle hit the pillar in the front of the building and the pillar fell, and the striking vehicle fled the scene.  Squad 45 responded with a crew of 4 in less than 1 minute from dispatch.

Squad 45 arrived on scene and found a pillar that was damaged.  Whitemarsh Township codes department was requested to inspect the integrity of the pillar.  Squad 45’s crew put up caution tape to prevent any bystanders from walking through the damaged area.

No further services were needed from the fire company, Squad 45 cleared and turned the scene over to the police department and codes.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 – 99th Awards Night

On Saturday, March 25th the members of Spring Mill Fire Company No.1 celebrated their 99th year of providing service to Whitemarsh Township with their Awards Night.
2022 Award Recipients were as follows:
Rookie of the Year – Doug Ross
Fire Police of the Year – Mark Hogan
Chief’s Engineer’s Award – Marvin Haines
President’s Award – Kevin Ambs
Chief’s Award – Alex Jacobson & Joe Rogers
Firefighter of the Year – Craig Guelich
There were also a couple of gag gifts presented.
The Spring Mill Fire Company Auxiliary also presented the fire company with checks to assist with our operational costs.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 – Hazardous Materials Incident

On Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 13:34 hours Spring Mill Fire Company along with mutual aid from Conshohocken Fire Company No. 2 and Plymouth Fire Company No. 1 (Montco 43) were dispatched for a gas-odor/leak inside a commercial building at 801 East Elm Street, Quaker Chemical CTC Laboratory, in Whitemarsh Township, Incident # F2307383. The initial report was that the caller heard a loud explosion and stated a nitrogen tank was making a hissing sound. Whitemarsh Township Police Department unit 32R76 told all 32 cars “do not enter the building”. Whitemarsh Community Ambulance Association had units standing by 1 block away to provide EMS support.
Engine 45, Ladder 45, Deputy 45, and Chief 45 were currently operating at a fire alarm on Summit Avenue in Whitemarsh Township at the time of dispatch, Incident # F2307382. The company was in service with fans to help evacuate smoke from burnt food. The company started to restore the apparatus from the Summit Avenue call while Chief 45 and Assistant 45 responded to the Quaker Chemical call. First arriving were the 32 PD cars, shortly after Chief 45 arrived on the scene at 13:36 with a 4-story office building/laboratory with no apparent damage to the building to any structures with a further report to follow. Assistant 45 arrived right after Chief 45. Chief 45 informed the incoming units for Engine 45 to respond in from Righter Street and stage at Righter Street and East Elm Street, and all other units to stage in the parking lot of Quaker Park, 901 East Hector Street, Engine 45 was the first arriving fire apparatus at 13:38 hours.
Chief 45 established Quaker command at 13:39 hours and switched operations over to Fire Ops 6. Chief and Assistant 45 were able to open the knox box for access to the building as well as identify the labeled contents of the leaking vessel. It was compressed liquid nitrogen, UN 1066 in the ERG book, Guide 120. The potential hazards were vapors may cause asphyxiation without warning. It is not a flammable gas, but the containers may explode when heated. The gas is cryogenic. We identified that we had a small leak on a 230-liter tank, Whitemarsh Police assisted with evacuating the 700 and 800 blocks of East Elm Street and the Schuylkill River Trail directly behind 801 East Elm Street. The command post and manpower pool were setup upwind 100 meters. Command requested for the county Haz Mat officer to call Chief 45 on his cell phone.
Command instructed Deputy 45 along with Engine 45’s crew to donn full structural firefighting PPE along with SCBA breathing air to cut the chain to the leaking dewar and confirm the contents of the vessel. Deputy 45 along with 2 other firefighters successfully conducted the recon mission. The dewar would start to off gas without notice off and on. Haz Mat officer DC81 called Chief 45 at 13:45 hours and DC81 was informed of the situation.
Command requested for 2 teams with structural firefighting gear and SCBA on air to enter the 4-story building to check for any occupants and to do air monitoring inside the structure. Captain 43 with 2 other firefighters (Entry Team 1) and Lieutenant 55 with 2 other firefighters (Entry Team 2) entered the building at 13:57 hours. Entry Team 1 started with Division 1 and Entry Team 2 started with Division 3, these teams operated on the radio channel Fireground 6. Entry Team 2 came upon a dewar on Division 3 off gasing at 14:15 hours. They identified the contents to be Argon, UN 1006 in the ERG book, Guide 120. The potential hazards were vapors may cause asphyxiation without warning. It is not a flammable gas, but the containers may explode when heated. The gas is cryogenic. We identified that we had a small leak in a 230-liter tank. Both entry teams continued to search for any occupants and other potential hazards. Both entry teams exited the building at 14:22 hours.
Chief 45 contacted DC81 and updated him on the situation and it was determined to upgrade the response to a Level 2 full Haz Mat response at 14:20 hours. At this time units staged at the command post awaiting the arrival of the Haz Mat team. At 14:29 hours per the Weather Channel, the following conditions were reported; cloudy, temperature was 46 degrees, with a real feel of 42 degrees, the wind was out of the east at 7 mph, 96% humidity with a 30% chance of rain.
DC81 arrived on the scene at 14:29 hours, and SS81 arrived at 14:47 hours. DC81 established a Haz Mat staging area in the parking of 801 East Elm Street. A Haz Mat entry team of 4 entered the building at 15:10 hours.

Thursday, February 16, 2023 – Building Fire

Today at 12:55 hours Spring Mill Fire Company No.1 was dispatched to the Building Fire Non-Commercial to the 200 block of Roberts Avenue in the Cedar Heights section of Whitemarsh Township. Along with the mutual aid response from Conshohocken Fire Company No. 2, Plymouth Fire Company No. 1 (Montco 43), Harmonville Fire Company No.1, Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company
The initial report was from the resident who saw smoke in the basement, the caller was advised to evacuate and that they would be waiting outside for the arrival of Fire.
Assistant 24-3 was the first arriving officer, reporting to County that he had a haze and an odor of electrical on the first floor. Engine 45 along with Chief 45 arrived on scene with a crew of 3, establishing Roberts Command.
Engine 45 and 55 crews entered the building to assess the situation. They discovered that the hot water in the basement was on fire. They secured the power to the unit along with ensuring that the unit no longer had an active fire as well that there was no extension.
It was another job well done by our local first responders.