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Special Report: A Day with Erie Firefighters

erie-fd-patchBy Jamison Hixenbaugh – erietvnews.com

At any moment, the men and women of the Erie Fire Department can be called into action.

“It just becomes a brotherhood,” said Erie Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Carroll.  “We work so closely together, and depend on each other, that really close bonds form.”

As I interviewed Deputy Chief Carroll, the alarm bell went off.

“There goes the alarm bell now,” said Carroll.  “We have to go.”

I joined Mr. Carroll to check out the scene.  We were called to the foot of East Avenue, on a report of someone falling through the ice.  Fortunately, it proved to be false.

But when the call comes in, the firefighters at Erie Central Fire Station are ready.

“Very seldom can you say you’re excited to go into work,” said Erie Fire Lt. Darren Hart.  “But I look forward to going into work.”

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Lt. Hart and the firefighters at Erie Central Fire Station work 24 hour shifts, knowing at any moment they can be called to a fire scene.

“This is a suppression division of the Erie Fire department, where we consist of four platoons,” said Deputy Chief Carroll.  “Each platoon consists of 32 men, the department chief and his chiefs aide, followed by five engine companies and a truck company.”

On the heals of a fatal house fire that claimed the life of a 4-year-old girl, 2014 is shaping to be a busy year for each station.

“In my 17 years, I don’t remember this kind of string of this many big fires,” said Lt. Hart.  “It just seems like every couple of days, we’ve got a really big fire that we are working on, and with this weather, it’s been very stressful on our equipment.”

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Fire Headlines: Tractor Trailer Problems, River Rescue, Erie Dispatch Situation, More Vacant House Fires

Here are your western PA firefighting headlines for June 23rd, 2009

  • A tractor trailer caught on fire on the parkway east near the Squirrel Hill tunnels.  Like traffic isn’t screwed up enough around there, huh?  Story and video on WPXI.
  • Yet another vacant house caught on fire this morning.  This one occurred in Uniontown around 5:30am today and is under investigation. [WPXI]
  • A tractor trailer rolled over and took out a utility pole yesterday and luckily stopped short of a house in Ellwood City. [WPXI]

Ellwood City Tractor Trailer Accident - WPXI

Ellwood City Tractor Trailer Accident - WPXI

  • McKeesport had a structure fire this morning on a yep, you guessed it, a vacant house.  It occurred in the 1600 block of Cornell Street.
  • There was a SUV rollover accident on Allegheny River Blvd near Nadine Rd in Penn Hills this morning. [KDKA]
  • Crews fought a residential structure fire in South Huntingdon yesterday. [Tribune-Review]

South Huntingdon Fire - photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen/Tribune-Review

South Huntingdon Fire - photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen/Tribune-Review

  • Four people were rescued from the Allegheny river near Tarentum by another boater.  [Valley News Dispatch]
  • Aliquippa fire department was able to extinguish an electrical fire before it turned bad. [Beaver County Times]
  • Fallen firefighter, Michael Crotty, who was Deputy Chief of Lawrence Park, was honored and his family received the Purple Heart in a ceremony on Monday. [WICU Erie]
  • Interesting article regarding 911 Dispatching in Erie County.  Per the article, the general public is losing faith in the 911 center and actually calling the police, ambulance, or fire stations directly. [WICU Erie]