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Six County Firemen's Convention Parade Rules
  • Posted on 18 May 2012 by Chief Williams
  • PARADE RULES
    1. Registration will be at the Fifth Street entrance to the Mount Carmel Area High School beginning at 9:00 AM and ending promptly at 12:00 PM. ( NO EXCEPTIONS )
    2. Judging will take place at the Mount Carmel Area High School 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Judging will also take place in the line of march.
    3. The parade divisions will line up on West Fifth Street, East and North of the Mount Carmel Area High School.
    4. The parade will begin at 2:00 PM promptly.
    5. Participants Six County dues must be up to date to compete in the
    “In Six County” category.
    6. Mount Carmel Fire Department and Wallington, NJ apparatus will not be eligible for any awards.
    7. In the event of an emergency call in the Borough of Mount Carmel, only Mount Carmel emergency units shall respond.
    8. All participants must display the identification given to them at registration, in the drivers’ side front windshield.
    9. All units must complete the entire parade route and pass the judges stand to be eligible for awards.
    10. There will be no sounding of bells, sirens, air horns, loudspeakers, or any other sound device while in line or during the parade. ( NO EXCEPTIONS )
    11. No objects of any kind are to be thrown from any vehicle or float in the line of march, but may be distributed at the curbsides.
    12. The number of passengers riding on any vehicle will be limited to the number of SAFE riding positions on each individual vehicle.
    13. Consuming alcohol during the parade and/or having intoxicated person(s) on the apparatus or marching shall be prohibited.
    14. Drivers and participants under the age of 21 shall sign a pledge stating that they will not consume alcohol and shall wear identification provided at registration, for those serving, to see. We request that you police your own ranks. With the current liquor laws governing serving and consumption of alcohol, this will be a zero tolerance rule. We thank you for your consideration of our liquor license and each others proud reputations.
    15. Competent area judges will inspect all entries. There will be no “white glove” inspections. The judge’s decisions are final.
    16. An antique is considered 1987 or older.
    17. Each apparatus must designate only one category for each unit entered.
    18. The awards presentation will be held at the Mount Carmel Soccer Complex, just East of Mount Carmel on Rt. 61 no later than 7:00 PM.
    19. Failing to follow any of the “Rules and Regulations” will result in that unit and/or company being disqualified from awards.
    20. The officers and members of the Anthracite Steam Fire Company #1 & Park Row Hose Company #3, Wallington, NJ would like to Thank You for participating 109th Annual Six County Firemen’s Convention.



    Six County Firemen's Parade Trophy List
  • Posted on 18 May 2012 by Chief Williams

  • 109th Annual 6 County Firemen’s Convention Parade
    June 28th, 29th, 30th, 2012
    Parade Begins June 30th, 2012 @ Promptly 2p.m.
    Registration 9a.m. - 12p.m. / Judging 9a.m. – 1p.m.
    Registration Ends Promptly @ 12p.m. (NO EXCEPTIONS!)

    **RAIN OR SHINE**
    (Souvenir Mugs & T-shirts are On Sale Now!)
    - In Six County
    Most Functional Engine 1750 gpm & Over – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Engine 1500 gpm – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Engine 1250 gpm – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Engine 1000 gpm & Under – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Engine/Rescue – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Engine/Tanker (min. 1500 Gal. Tank & 750 gpm Pump)-1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Tanker w/ minimum 1500 Gallon Tank– 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Aerial w/Pump– 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Aerial w/o Pump– 1st, & 2nd Place
    Most Functional Brush Unit – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Special Unit – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional BLS Unit – 1st & 2nd Place
    Most Functional Light Rescue w/ max. GVWR 26,000 lbs. – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Most Functional Heavy Rescue – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
    Best Appearing Ladies Auxiliary – 1st & 2nd Place
    Best Appearing Motorized Antique* Fire Apparatus (Dept. Owned) – 1st & 2nd Place
    Best Appearing Non-Motorized Antique* Fire Apparatus (Dept Owned) – 1st & 2nd Place
    Special Judges Award - 10




    - Non-6 County
    Most Functional Engine 1750 gpm & Over – 1st Place
    Most Functional Engine 1500 gpm – 1st Place
    Most Functional Engine 1250 gpm – 1st Place
    Most Functional Engine 1000 gpm & Under – 1st Place
    Most Functional Engine/Rescue – 1st Place
    Most Functional Engine/Tanker – 1st Place
    Most Functional Tanker – 1st Place
    Most Functional Aerial – 1st Place
    Most Functional Brush Unit – 1st Place
    Most Functional Special Unit – 1st Place
    Most Functional BLS Unit – 1st Place
    Most Functional Light Rescue – 1st Place
    Most Functional Heavy Rescue – 1st Place
    Company Traveling the Longest Distance – 1st Place
    Special Judge Awards – 6


    - In or Out of 6 County
    Most Functional ALS Unit – 1st Place
    Best Appearing Privately Owned Fire Apparatus – 1st – 4th Place
    Best Appearing Motorized Antique* Fire Apparatus (Privately Owned) – 1st & 2nd
    Best Appearing Float with Best “Fire Prevention” or “9-11” Theme – 1st Place
    Best Appearing Command Vehicle – 1st & 2nd Place
    Best Appearing Marching Unit w/ Music (minimum 8 members marching) – 1st Place
    Best Appearing Marching Unit without Music (minimum 8 members marching) – 1st Place
    Best Appearing Comic Unit – 1st Place
    Best Appearing Dalmatian – 1st & 2nd Place
    Best Appearing & Most Functional KME (Sponsored By Anthracite)– 1st Place
    Best Appearing & Most Functional Pierce (Sponsored By Park Row Hose Co. #3)- 1st Place
    Best Appearing & Most Functional Overall Company (2 or more Units) – 1st
    Best Appearing & Most Functional Overall Department (3 or more Units) – 1st

    * - Antique is considered 1985 or older



    Six County Firemen's Convention June 28-30, 2012
  • Posted on 18 May 2012 by Chief Williams



  • Dear Brother and Sister Firefighters,

    This year the Anthracite Steam Fire Company #1 of Mount Carmel, PA and Park Row Hose Company #3 of Wallington, NJ will be hosting the 109th Annual Six County Firemen’s Association Convention in Mount Carmel, PA. The dates of the convention will be June 28, 29, & 30, 2012.

    The convention meetings will be held at the American Legion Post 91 on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29. Registration will begin at 9:00 A.M. with the meetings to start at 10:00 A.M.. Parking is limited and we have asked our borough council to restrict parking around the American Legion to those attending the convention. The American Legion is located on the corner of Avenue & Maple Streets and the address is 48-50 West Avenue, Mount Carmel, PA.. This one block from Mount Carmel’s business district on Oak Street.

    On Thursday, June 28, the convention banquet will be held at the same American Legion Post 91, beginning at 7:00 P.M..

    The memorial service will be held at the Zion Primitive Methodist Church on Friday, June 29, at 11:15 A.M.. The church is located at 33 North Market Street, Mount Carmel, PA.. This is located on Market Street (Rt. 61) between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Just North of the Anthracite Steam Fire Company.

    The parade will be held on Saturday, June 30 and begin promptly at 2:00 P.M.. Registration and inspection of apparatus will be held at the Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School, 600 West Fifth Street, Mount Carmel, PA.. Registration will be from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.. Inspection of apparatus will be from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please note that companies that are not current with their dues or are not members of the Six-County Firemen’s Association will be judged in the non-Six County categories and will line up in non-Six County division. The parade will form and start from West Fifth Street, near the Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School. The parade will pass the judges stand at the Anthracite Steam Fire Company before it ends at the Mount Carmel Soccer Complex on East Fifth Street (Rt. 61), just East of Mount Carmel. Food, refreshments, and entertainment will be available after the parade.

    We ask that if you are planning to attend, please pre-register to assure that your company will be placed in the correct division.

    The Anthracite Steam Fire Company #1 and Park Row Hose Company #3 will be selling convention glasses, shirts, and hats. The souvenirs can be purchased at the fire company, at the convention meetings, at the convention banquet, at parade registration, and at the Mount Carmel Soccer Complex after the parade.

    The officers and members of the Anthracite Steam Fire Company and Park Row Hose Company #3, along with all of Mount Carmel are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the convention. If there are any questions, please contact us by email at: mcfdstation2@verizon.net or anthracite@verizon.net .

    Check out our website at www.station2.org or our Facebook page at Anthracite FireCo for updates, parade rules, awards categories, map of Mount Carmel and the parade route, and nearby hotels.



    News Item Editorial
  • Posted on 03 Aug 2011 by Chief Williams

  • Anthracite Steam Fire Company has a dilemma.

    Its 2011 KME Aerialcat fire truck, at 37 feet, 4 inches long, and 11 feet, 8 inches high, doesn't fit inside the fire company's historic building adjacent to Town Park in Mount Carmel.

    It's easy to say someone should have thought of that before it was purchased, but, there would have been little choice. It was built to 2010 National Fire Protection Agency standards. And, the company was awarded a $494,820 grant toward the $700,000 pricetag; to buy a used or substandard vehicle would have nullified that half-million bucks.

    Furthermore, at this point, the vehicle is here. It's purchased, and it is in service for the borough of Mount Carmel and neighboring communities. And, perhaps most importantly, it is Mount Carmel's ONLY ladder truck, able to extend to 100 feet to reach people on the uppermost floors or rooftops of any borough building.

    The issue of proper housing for the truck became a spectacle this weekend when Anthracite members hung a sign reading "Homeless" on the vehicle while it was parked streetside for the borough's annual volunteer emergency services picnic. It was a tacky commentary in the eyes of those at the Mount Carmel Rescue Squad, who have graciously sacrificed the efficiency of their own emergency procedures, not to mention the condition of their concrete driveway, by temporarily hosting the behemoth vehicle at their quarters.

    While indeed it was an impolite gesture to the truck's host, the message should be read loud and clear by borough council members, some of whom seem to suggest that Anthracite members got themselves into this pickle and should get themselves out. Certainly, people who volunteer their time for the good of the community would likely solve the problem on their own if they could. That's not the case, and they deserve more cooperation.

    It seems council is now ready to do that with a meeting scheduled between President Tony Matulewicz and Anthracite Chief Jack Williams Jr. this week.

    That's a positive step, and that approach should continue until the Aerialcat has a proper home and citizens can be confident that fire protection is at a premium in Mount Carmel.

    Read more: http://newsitem.com/opinion/anthracite-firefighters-need-help-finding-home-for-aerialcat-1.1183438#ixzz1TxcPiV00



    HEAT WAVE WARNING
  • Posted on 19 Jul 2011 by Chief Williams
  • Effective Wednesday July 20th, 0700 any and all incident that involved
    structural fires or incidents that are expected to last for an unknown
    period of time that can cause or may be questioned to cause exhaustion
    or medical emergencies during an event are to have a rehab attached to
    the dispatch.
    A significant heat wave will impact the Commonwealth starting Thursday,
    July 21st. The 'hottest' day looks like it will be Friday, July 22nd.
    There is some uncertainty regarding high temperatures on Saturday July
    23rd & Sunday Juy24th, as a cold front may approach the region.
    Heat index values will approach a maximum of 105 on Thursday, and 110 on Friday. The highest values will be experienced in highly urbanized
    areas.



    Overnight low temperatures may not drop below 80 in highly urbanized
    areas.

    Maximum heat index values may again exceed 105 on Saturday & Sunday.



    Maintain Situational Awareness by monitoring the current weather
    throughout the remainder of the week and weekend.



    TRUCK 2
  • Posted on 18 Mar 2011 by Chief Williams
  • The new 2011 KME TRUCK 2 is now in full service!

    The 1980 Seagrave is now officially retired.



    New Truck 2 Driver Training
  • Posted on 09 Mar 2011 by Chief Williams
  • All Drivers on the New Truck 2 must attend the training with the KME rep on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 17:00.



    MERRY CHRISTMAS
  • Posted on 23 Dec 2010 by Chief Williams
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    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from everyone at the Anthracite!!



    2010 SANTA CLAUS HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
  • Posted on 05 Dec 2010 by Chief Williams
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    The New Truck 2 Is Here!
  • Posted on 25 Nov 2010 by FF Mekailek
  • More Pictures Soon!

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    2010 SANTA CLAUS HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
  • Posted on 25 Nov 2010 by Chief Williams



  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Posted on 25 Nov 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Station 2!!



    DAM HYDRANT OUT OF SERVICE
  • Posted on 22 Oct 2010 by Chief Williams
  • The "Dam Hydrant", which is located on 8th & Hickory Sts. and is fed from the two dams located just above the hydrant on the Merriam Mt, is OUT OF SERVICE FOREVER.
    Aqua PA is draining the dams before Winter because of liability concerns.



    Working Apartment Building Fire
  • Posted on 12 Oct 2010 by Chief Williams
  • 10-11-10 around 17:30 MCFD was called for a Working Apartment Building fire at 250 South Poplar Street. Chiefs 1& 2 arrived first with Chief 2 taking command and Chief 1 with interior ops. Chief 3 arrived and took charge of extension to other apartments.
    The 2Truck was the first apparatus to arrive and a crew was sent to the apartment above the fire while another crew prepared for possible vertical ventilation. A crew from Engine 3, along with Station 5 personnel, began venting the fire apartment and attacking the fire. Engine 2 secured a water supply and sent a crew to division 2 with an attack line. Engine 1 & 4 staged their engines for a possible "dam" hydrant relay. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes of dispatch. 2nd and 3rd alarm units were dispatched but were not put into service.
    A few occupants were evaluated on scene for breathing in smoke and one firefighter injured his ankle.
    A great job by everyone preventing a major disaster. Thanks to everyone involved.



    WSFX2
  • Posted on 13 Sep 2010 by Chief Williams
  • On Thursday, September 9, the 2Truck and 2 Engine were called to the Borough of Ashland for a reported WSF with entrapment. The 2Truck crew laddered the building, vented the roof, did interior attack, and overhaul. Our prayers go out to family of the person who didn't make it out of the building before smoke and flames reached him.

    On Sunday, September 12, around 09:45, tones rang for a WSF at 301 E Avenue for a WSF. Engines 1,2,3, Truck 2, Rescue 5, Station 6 responded with Chiefs 1 & 3 directing the operations. A second alarm was sounded which brought in Atlas Engine 21, Shamokin Engine 21, Rescue 62 (RIT), Truck 34, and Engine 111. All crews did a great job bringing the fire under control in about 25 minutes.
    Thanks to all of the mutual aid departments for their assistance and to all those who brought refreshments for the firefighters.
    A few pictures can be found on our Facebook page.



    2Truck Back In Service
  • Posted on 28 Aug 2010 by Chief Williams
  • At 10:30 this morning Captain 2 called a work detail to put all of the equipment back on the ladder truck. The crew did a good job and placed the 2Truck back in service around 12:00.



    Truck 2 OOS
  • Posted on 18 Aug 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Truck 2 will be out of service, beginning 21:00 hrs on 8/18/10, for 1-2 weeks for repairs to the aerial ladder. When it returns to service, the cascade system will remain out of service until the new truck arrives late this year.

    Truck 34 will be the first due truck in Mount Carmel while Truck 2 is being repaired, while Truck 38-25 will be second due.



    2 calls for the 2house on Friday morning
  • Posted on 31 Jul 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Early Friday morning the 2house ran 2 calls at the same location, a burn barrel with a tire and garabage burning in it, with the engine and a seperate call with the truck to assist PD locating the suspects on rooftops.



    5 Calls Today for the 2house
  • Posted on 24 Jul 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Station 2 ran it's 5th call today with the last one being a stove fire. A great job was done by the crews from the 2house, 3engine, and 5rescue working in 90+ degree weather. All three stations had small crews but got the job done quickly and effficiently.
    The others were 2 smoke investigations (fireworks), a medical assist, and a residential fire alarm that proved to be a faulty smoke detector.
    Thanks to everyone for coming out in the extreme heat conditions today.



    WSF in Kulpmont
  • Posted on 16 Jul 2010 by Chief Williams
  • On Thursday, July 15th, at 12:20 AM, the 2Truck was called to the Borough of Kulpmont for a confirmed WSF. Upon arrival, the truck found a clear path to side A of the commercial property. The truck crew didn't waste any time deploying ground ladders and sending a 2 man crew to the roof for vertical ventilation in an effort to save the adjoining properties. Only minutes into their work, the situation deteriorated drastically and the roof team was called to evacuate the roof before their cuts could be finished. In an effort to move the ladder and the roof crew from harms way, the roof saw became lodged in the rungs of the ladder and damaged a few rungs, therefore placing the truck OOS. The truck continued to support Kulpmont Fire Department with it's manpower and equipment.
    Overall both of the adjoining properties were spared any significant fire damage and no injuries were reported.
    The truck was on the scene for about 5 hours.
    As of this time the 2Truck will be in "LIMITED SERVICE", meaning that the aerial portion of the ladder truck is out of service. Everything else on the truck will remain in service.



    Happy 4th of July
  • Posted on 02 Jul 2010 by Chief Williams
  • The officers and members of the 2House would like to wish everyone a "Safe and Happy Independence Day"



    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
  • Posted on 20 Jun 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Happy Father's Day from the 2House



    House Off In Ashland
  • Posted on 19 May 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Yesterday around 18:00 hours the 2Truck was called to the Borough of Ashland for a double home, "well off". The truck arrived with a six man crew that was aided by 4 members arriving POV. One crew was assigned to the interior of "Exposure Delta" to check for extension and a second crew laddered the buildings. Ashland FD had a very good knock, containing the fire damage to the fire building. The truck was in service about 2 hours.



    Dryer Fire In The Ridge
  • Posted on 04 May 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Around 14:15 today the 2Truck was called to the Village of Strong for a reported house fire. The first crews had a good knock on a dryer fire and the 2Truck crew was placed in service after staging at level 1.



    WSF 4th & Beech
  • Posted on 03 May 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Early Sunday morning MCFD bells rang for a working structure fire, 2 homes involved and endangering a third home. All borough units responded along with Chiefs 1, 2, & 3. A 2nd and 3rd alarm was struck, which brought in mutual aid companies from Mt. Carmel Township, Shamokin, Kulpmont, Coal Township, Sunbury, Conyngham Township, and Ashland.
    Chief 1 assumed command and ordered an immediate defensive operation. As crews were setting up a possible backdraft occurred which resulted in an explosion type effect that blew flames, heat, and debris several feet from the buildings. MCFD has a turnout gear ROG that may have prevented firefighter injuries.
    No injuries were reported to any firefighters or building occupants. Two dogs were saved and one cat is missing.
    Crews were in service for about 4 hours.
    A cause has yet to be determined.
    Thank You to all those who provided food and drinks along with our mutual aid companies.
    A short video is posted on you tube that shows the early stages of the fire.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd7MZs3zsm4&feature=channel



    2Truck to Kulpmont
  • Posted on 01 May 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Around 13:00 today the 2house tones rang for an AFA in the Borough of Kulpmont. The 2Truck responded with a full boat and aided Kulpmont in ventilation, search and evacuation of an apartment building. The truck was in service for about 30 minutes.



    MCFD out on two
  • Posted on 08 Apr 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Around 21:00 hours MCFD was dispatched for an odor call. Crews from 2truck, 2engine, & 5rescue used multi gas and combustible gas meters to investigate. The 1engine and 3 engines staged at level I. Crews were in service about 30 minutes.
    As the department was returning to their houses, the tones rang again for a smoke detector activation. Crews from 5rescue and 2truck investigated as the remainiong units staged. Box back in service after about 20 minutes.



    Furnace Malfunction
  • Posted on 07 Mar 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Around 21:00 MCFD was toned for an automatic alarm sounding in a vacant home. Truck 2 and Rescue 5 forced entry and investigated, finding a faulty furnace/chimney.
    The 2Truck and 5Rescue positioned on side A while Engines 1, 2, and 3 staged at Level I. Chiefs 1, 2, & 4 were on the scene.
    Crews were in service about 45 minutes.



    Truck Company Operations I
  • Posted on 04 Mar 2010 by Chief Williams
  • There is a "Truck Company Operations I" class at the 2House on June 5th & 6th. Classes run from 08:00 to 17:00 both days. To register contact Steve Jeffery at the NCDPS, 988-4440 or stephen.jeffery@norrycopa.net.



    St. Patrick's Day Dance
  • Posted on 02 Mar 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Come join your friends and support the hosey while celebrating St. Patrick's Day on March 13th. Music is by the live legendary band "MAK"!!!



    Rescue Assignment
  • Posted on 18 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • About 19:30 tonight, Station 2 was dispatched for a rescue assignment on a 4-1 box. Rescue personnel mitigated the incident and the box was back in service in about 15 minutes. The 2Engine and 2Truck staged at level 1.



    Natural Gas Leak
  • Posted on 18 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • MCFD was dispatched to 3rd & Poplar Streets on the afternoon of February 17th for a reported natural gas leak. Crews from the 2Engine, 3Engine, and 5Rescue, used combustible gas and multi gas meters to check the 3 story apartment building and laundramat. 2Truck and 1 Engine staged at level 1. Crews found the leak and shut off the gas to the unit. Borough units were in service for about 30 minutes.



    Prince's Birthday
  • Posted on 15 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • The annual Prince's Birthday Banquet will be held at the hosey on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Doors open at 6:00. Bill Werner, retired fire chief from Wallington, will be the guest speaker and DJ Jerry will provide the entertainment. Come see who will receive the "George Hancock Award".

    CONGRATULATIONS to Carmine Scicchitano - this years recipient of the George Hancock Memorial Award.



    Funeral Services
  • Posted on 13 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • The funeral service for Fire Policeman Gary F. Neidig, Jr. was postponed until a later date due to the recent snowstorm.



    2Truck to the City
  • Posted on 13 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Friday evening 2Truck was called for mutual aid to the City of Shamokin for a working house fire. Shamokin crews did a great job bringing the fire under control quickly and the 2Truck crew staged at Shamokin Station 30 for about 30 minutes before returning.



    Gary F. Neidig, Jr. Funeral
  • Posted on 09 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • The funeral services for Fire Policeman Gary F. Neidig, Jr., will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11:00 am. The C.J. Lucas Funeral Home will conduct the services at 2nd & Vine Streets in Mount Carmel.

    Gary became ill shortly after directing traffic at a vehicle accident on December 4, 2009 and succumbed to the illness.

    He was a member of the Clover Hose Fire Company of the Mount Carmel Volunteer Fire Department.

    Anyone wishing to attend should be there by 10:30



    MVA
  • Posted on 09 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • About 16:00 the 2 Engine was called for a MVA at 2nd & Market Streets. Turned out to be minor with no injuries. Box placed back in service at 16:33.



    Working Garage Fire
  • Posted on 08 Feb 2010 by Chief Williams
  • Shortly after the Saints upset the Colts in the Superbowl, MCFD was toned for a working garage fire. Engines 2 & 3 provided attack crews while Engines 1 and 4 staged. Truck 2 overhauled the garage fire that was under control in about 15 minutes. Crews were on the scene for a little over an hour.



    MERRY CHRISTMAS
  • Posted on 25 Dec 2009 by Chief Williams
  • HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EVERYONE AT THE 2 HOUSE



    L.O.D.D. FIRE POLICEMAN GARY F. NEIDIG, Jr.
  • Posted on 14 Dec 2009 by Chief Williams
  • On Friday December 4, 2009 The Volunteer Fire Department of Mount Carmel and the Neidig family suffered a tragedy when 36 year old Fire Policeman Gary F. Neidig, Jr. became ill, less than two hours, after returning from a vehicle accident. He succumbed to the illness shortly thereafter.
    We extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Gary's family and friend's.

    A Fireman's Prayer

    Give Me Concern for Others
    A willingness to seek out those in need......
    Give Me Courage
    The boldness of spirit to face and conquer fear,
    To share and endure the ordeal of one who needs me....
    Give Me Strength
    Strength of heart, to hear whatever burden might
    be placed upon me.... and strength of body to
    deliver safety all those placed within my care....
    Give Me the Wisdom to Lead
    The compassion to comfort, and the love to serve unselfishly wherever You take me...
    And, Please, Lord,
    Through It All, BE AT MY SIDE...




    Fire Prevention Week
  • Posted on 06 Oct 2009 by Chief Williams
  • As in the past, the Anthracite is committed to teaching fire prevention to the children of Mount Carmel. On Saturday, September 26th, the fire department kicked off Fire Prevention Week with a demonstration in the Town Park of fire apparatus. This year included a smoke house to teach how to crawl low in smoke, a coloring contest, water battle, stop, drop, & roll demo, fire safety videos, food & refreshments, along with a vehicle extrication demonstration. Smoke detectors were given out to those that neded them and children were handed fire safety packets and plastic fire hats. Pictures coming soon.
    The annual elementary school demonstration was held today. Thanks to the Clovers, fire police, Atlas, Beaverdale, and Natalie fire companies for helping us with the demo.
    The Cub Scouts will visit the Clover Hose tomorrow evening.
    The Anthracite along with the rest of the fire department will visit Winnie The Pooh Daycare Center on Thursday morning and the girl scouts will visit the Anthracite on Tuesday evening, October 13th.
    The Mount Carmel Jets youth football team will have a bon fire and pep rally on Sunday evening, the Anthracite will also be there.



    Water Heater Short
  • Posted on 29 Sep 2009 by Chief Williams
  • Around 15:30 MCFD was dispatched for an odor investigation. A shorted out water heater was to blame. Units were in service for about 30 minutes.
    Thanks to all who were there, including E21.



    Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Posted on 23 Sep 2009 by Chief Williams
  • A "Hazardous Materials Operations" class will be held at the Anthracite on October 27,29, 31, & November 1, 2009. Alll firefighters in the borough should have this class. Don't miss the chance to take it close to home.
    Contact Chief Williams or Steve Jefferies to sign up ASAP.



    NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 2001
  • Posted on 11 Sep 2009 by FF Mekailek
  • 8 years ago today the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed the world. Today we honor and remember the 3,017 killed in these attacks.

    Never Forget the 343 brothers that made the supreme sacrifice 8 years ago today. We ask that you keep the families and friends of those lost in these attacks in your prayers. Make today a day of rememberance and respect, as they will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!




    Tree Down
  • Posted on 23 Jul 2009 by Chief Williams
  • During the first night of the Picnic fundraiser, Engine 2 was called for a tree down, blocking the road on East Second Street. A crew of 8 responded and, with assistance from Station 5 members, cut up the tree and opened the roadway. They were in service about 30 minutes. The remainder of the 2House crew stayed back and manned the stands at the picnic.



    Station 2 Assists The City
  • Posted on 23 Jul 2009 by Chief Williams
  • On Wednesday evening, as crews were wrapping up after setting up for the "Picnic In The Park" fundraiser, bells sounded for a working structure fire with entrapment in the City of Shamokin. Having a larger than normal crew on hand, Truck 2 responded with a full crew of 7 truckies, including Chief 2, and Engine 2 provided transportation for 8 more members. City crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly and Station 2 was placed on stand-by at the scene for about 45 minutes, then transferred to Station 30 and provided an engine crew and a truck crew for the city until their units were released from the scene of the fire.

    Members will be busy this weekend as the MCVESA picnic begins Thursday at 6:00 and runs to 11:00. Friday from 6-11PM with a emergency vehicle parade at 7:00PM. The picnic runs on Saturday from 1:30 to 11:00 with fireworks at 10:00.



    Garage or House? Off In The Township
  • Posted on 03 Jul 2009 by FF Strohecker
  • Around 0430 hrs this morning Station 2 was alerted to the 100 block of Saylor street in the village of Atlas for a working house fire. Units arrived on location to find a 2 story detached garage well off. The truck crew (Lt. S. Williams) split duties with protecting exposures ( and a boat) while the other crew was checking the exposures for extension and laddering exposure 1 on sides A and C. The wagon (FF Shannon) laid in as a secondary water source and staged. Chief 2 (J. Williams) had exposure command. Station 2 was placed available around 0630 hrs.

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    More Pictures of Incidents Will Now Be Placed on detail pages


    Thanks to Stephen Barrett from Coal Region Fire for the pics!


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    Garage Well Off
  • Posted on 26 Mar 2009 by Chief Williams
  • On Wednesday as the 2House members were preparing for training their tones rang for a fully involved garage fire. Engines 2 & 3 secured water supplies as Chief 1 took command and Borough Chief 4 had operations. Engines 1 & 4, Truck 2, and Rescue 5 personnel assisted with manpower. Crews had to deal with Acetylene and propane cylinders venting from their relief blowoffs, as well as, the large volume of fire in the garage and vehicle inside the garage. 2House was in service about two hours while 3 and 5 were in service about three hours.



    MVA
  • Posted on 09 Mar 2009 by FF Strohecker
  • This morning around 0800 hours the wagon ran an MVA at the intersections of Avenue and Vine streets. The wagon arrived on scene to find two vehicles in the middle of the intersection leaking fluids. The engine crew cut power to the vehicles and applied floor dry to the roadway. The box was placed in service about an hour later



    2HOUSE WITH 2Calls By 2PM Sunday
  • Posted on 01 Mar 2009 by Chief Williams
  • Around 03:25 Sunday morning 2House tones were hit for the truck to respond to a "working structure fire" in the City of Shamokin. The truck responded with 6 and many more met them on the scene along with Chiefs 1 & 2. The truck staged on side C where they set up ground ladders and scene lighting. A crew went to the roof to assist city crews with vertical ventilation and some overhaul. Crews were in service about 2 1/2 hours.

    MCFD bells rang about 12:10 for a furnace/ chimney problem. Chief 1 established command, with no smoke or fire visible, while Chief's 2 & 3 investigated. Truck 2 and Engine 3 crews worked on the coal stove flue and chimney. Engine 3 established a water supply while Engines 1 & 2 staged at Level 1. Crews were in service about 1 hour.

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    Finally, Congratulations to Firefighter Justin Mekailek for successfully completing and passing the Fire Officer I course. Justin now joins Chief and Captain Williams with this command certification.



    Prince's Birthday - PHOTOS ADDED
  • Posted on 22 Feb 2009 by Chief Williams
  • Last evening the fire company held it's annual Prince's Birthday celebration at the Mount Carmel American Legion, with over 70 guests attending. A good time was had by all.
    Congratulations goes out to the "George Hancock Award" winner, Marilyn Williams.
    Thank You to everyone who helped preparing for the banquet, who helped during the banquet, including quest speakers Mike & Ron and Rev. Joan Brown, and those who helped clean up. We're sure there are allot of people looking forward to next years event.
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    Coal Breaker Burns
  • Posted on 09 Feb 2009 by Chief Williams
  • Today around 13:00 the 2House was alerted to a fully involved coal breaker fire in neighboring Atlas. 2Truck arrived first and set up immediately for aerial water tower operations. 2Engine had a hydrant feeding Atlas 21Engine which began initial attack. Due due the unsafe stability of the structure, crews were ordered to defensive attack only. Multiple alarms sounded with water being supplied from separate hydrant grids, as well as, tanker shuttles. 2Truck, 34Truck, and 22Engine provided aerial operations. Numerous engines supplied duce and a halfs and portable monitors. 5Rescue provided manpower for exterior attack. Crews did a good job dealing with the heavy timber construction and coal fuel that contributed to a heavy fire load. Many engines and tankers on scene and many engines, trucks, RIT, transferred and on stand-by. Units: MCT: Eng:21, 22, 24, 25. TA: 22. SQ: 25. MC: Eng: 2, Tk: 2, Res: 5. Columbia County: Eng: 331, 332 (Wilburton), 353 (Aristes). Kulpmont: Eng: 221. Shamokin: Eng: 11, Tw: 34.

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    Station 2 on 2 calls Saturday
  • Posted on 25 Jan 2009 by Chief Williams
  • At approx 18:00 Truck 2 was dispatched to the Borough of Kulpmont for a reported structure fire. The truck positioned on side A/B corner and accessed the roof and chimney for inspection with the thermal imager. No heat or extension was found from a minor chimney problem. The truck returned shortly after.
    Around 22:30 MCFD was called out for a furnace explosion. Chiefs 1 & 2 arrived with Chief 2 assuming command. Rescue 5 and Truck 2 arrived with the truck being placed on side A. Crews from both stations entered and investigated. Engine 1, 2, 3, & 4 all arrived and staged at level 1. Crews were in servive for about 30 minutes.




    All Around Good News
  • Posted on 23 Jan 2009 by FF Mekailek
  • Today the Anthracite received the good news that we will be awarded $550,000.00 towards a new ladder truck, from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Truck 2 serves not only the Mount Carmel Borough, but many other communities, and is starting to show its age. This is a big advancement for the safety and protection of area residents! More information is to follow.



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    Busy Saturday Morning
  • Posted on 17 Jan 2009 by Chief Williams
  • Saturday morning started early for Mount Carmel firefighters as they were dispatched to a possible basement fire around 07:30 on Beech Street. Turned out to be a "good intent" call with nothing found at the building. Units were in service about 20 minutes. About an hour later Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched for a rekindle at 5th & Spruce Streets. Units were in service for about an hour. Then after cleaning up and leaving the scene, a mva occurred in the intersection of 5th & Spruce with no injuries. Shortly after that Stations 1, 3, & 5 were called out for a carbon monoxide investigation. Units were in service about 30 minutes.

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    Basement Fire "2"
  • Posted on 16 Jan 2009 by Chief Williams
  • MCFD was called around 19:30 hours for their second basement fire this week. Chiefs 1 & 2 arrived with Chief 1 taking operations and Chief 2 command. This fire in the basement found the balloon frame construction and made it to the cockloft in minutes, spreading throughout the upper floors of four row homes quickly. Engines 3 & 2 secured water supplies and initiated interior attack with crews from stations 1, 4, and 5. Atlas Engine 21 was called to secure a water supply from another hydrant grid as the fire began to progress. In all 3 alarms were sounded as fire crews battled temps near 0 degrees causing extreme ice conditions and many frozen hoses and ladders. Crews from Truck 2 made vertical ventilation holes to help inside crews battle the fire and keep the fire from destroying the 3rd and 4th row homes. A number of firefighters suffered injuries due to falls on ice.
    THANK YOU to all of the mutual aid fire companies that responded to Mount Carmel.
    This was the 4th structure fire in our area this past week, not to mention all of the others just outside of our area. Fire officials would like to remind residents to have their furnaces checked and cleaned as necessary and to use supplemental heat sources wisely. Don't use space heaters near combustible materials, such as drapes and furniture. Don't leave space heaters or candles burn unattended. Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are tested weekly.
    In the event there is a fire in your home, have everyone exit the home immediately, call 911, notify neighbors, and NEVER go back into a burning home for anything or even an adjacent home.
    Residents with questions about fire safety can call any fire station or the borough office to be put in contact with a fire chief. Inspections can be done to help determine any unsafe conditions.

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    Ashland Restaurant Blaze
  • Posted on 12 Jan 2009 by Chief Williams
  • Around midnight the Truck was called to the Borough of Ashland for a devastating working restaurant fire. The Captain repaired the air pressure regulator just in time for the truck to have brakes! The Truck set up on side B with the crew doing multiple tasks right from the get go. Roof crew did a vertical vent; other crews laddered the building, did interior and exterior attacks, as well as horizontal ventilation, forcible entry; utilities in the rear and protecting exposures. The cascade was tapped many times. All members put in a grueling 6 hour shift.
    Many Thanks goes out to everyone who assisted the truck from other companies.

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    Afternoon Basement Fire
  • Posted on 11 Jan 2009 by Chief Williams
  • The Mount Carmel Fire Department bells rang for a working basement fire about 12:45 on January 10. Chiefs 1 & 2 arrived first with chief 2 assuming command and chief 1 taking operations. The rescue arrived shortly after and was assigned search & rescue and accountability. Truck 2 arrived next and laddered the building and prepared for ventilation. Engines 3 & 4 established water supplies and attacked the basement fire, getting it under control in about 20 minutes. Engines 1, 2, & Atlas 21 sent manpower to the scene. Rescue 62 had the R.I.T. duties. A second alarm was placed on stand-by, but wasn't needed. Fire & water damage was contained to the basement. Ther was smoke and ventilation damage throughout the rest of the 3 story single structure. Firefighters endured very icy conditions from the onset of the fire.

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    Structure Fire
  • Posted on 09 Jan 2009 by FF Strohecker
  • Today around 1245 hours NCCC hit Station 2 tones for a structure fire in Columbia county Wilburton 2. Engine 2 responded with 4 and made their way up the mountain. The wagon arrived on scene and preformed overhaul operations. Engine 2 remained on scene for about an hour. Pictures to be added soon!!



    Bedroom Fire
  • Posted on 26 Dec 2008 by Chief Williams
  • MCFD tones rang out about 11:30 today for a reported bedroom fire. Chiefs 1 & 2 arrived on scene first, along with Truck 2, to find smoke coming from a second floor porch door in a 2 story apartment building. Chief 2 assisted occupants from the structure as Chief 1 set up command. A crew from Truck 2 used a watercan to extinguish a garbage can fire that extended to a radiator cover and an adjacent wall. Other truck members set up ground ladders and horizontal ventilation. Engines 2 & 3 established water supplies, prepared attack lines, horizontal ventilation, and salvage. Other stations were at staging. Crews were in service for about an hour.
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    Truck to the City
  • Posted on 24 Dec 2008 by Chief Williams
  • Late Monday morning Truck 2 was sent on a second alarm to the City of Shamokin for a building fire with reported entrapment. City crews did a good job bringing the fire under control quickly with single digit temperatures and high winds. Truck 2 personnel assisted with salvage & overhaul operations. They were in service about 2 hours.
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    New Gear Racks
  • Posted on 21 Dec 2008 by Chief Williams
  • This past training night members spent the time to install new gear racks that was purchased with grant money. A big improvement to the station compared to the old racks.

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    Smells & Bells
  • Posted on 19 Dec 2008 by Chief Williams
  • MCFD was dispatched around 22:00 last night for an inside odor investigation. The engine staged at a plug while the truck set up shop on side "D". Crews from multiple stations entered the complicated set of row homes with apartments in the front and rear. TIC's were used to locate the source which turned out to be a burned out compact flourescent light.



    Vehicle Fire
  • Posted on 09 Dec 2008 by FF Strohecker
  • The wagon was dispatched to the 00 block of Grape alley this morning for a vehicle fire. They arrived on scene to find the rear of a vehicle well off. Crews went to work and pulled the trash line and attacked the fire, a second line was needed due to the position of the car. Fire was knocked down in about 5 minutes and overhaul was completed. Units remained on scene for about and hour.



    Furnace Explosion
  • Posted on 13 Nov 2008 by FF Strohecker
  • Today around 1500 hrs. Engine 2 was dispatched to 136 South Walnut street for a furnace malfunction. The wagon responded with 4 and arrived on scene to find a furnace exploded leaving debris around the basement. Crews checked the integrity of the structure and placed a red tag on the furnace. Units placed in service a short time later.



    Working Fire
  • Posted on 22 Sep 2008 by FF Strohecker
  • 2 Truck was alerted at 0445 hours this morning to the city of Shamokin for a working building fire. The truck responded with a full crew and went to work right away with breaching walls and stopping the spread of the fire. The truck crew worked for about 3 hours before being placed in service. Pictures to be added soon

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