Chicken BBQ and Calli Memorial Car Show will be taking place on Sunday, June 30th. The car show beings at 9:00 AM and goes until 4:00 PM. The chicken BBQ serving will begin at noon and goes until 1:30 or sold out. We are doing halves only this time, tickets are $6.00. Pre-orders are strongly encouraged. You can get pre-order tickets from any fire company member, by calling the station 570-945-3139, emailing us at email@example.com, or by contacting us via Facebook.
Around 1:00 PM, Station 63 was dispatched to Airport Road in Lenox Township for a brush fire, approx. 5 acres in size and spreading rapidly. Brush 63, Utility 63, and Tanker 63 all responded. Upon arrival, Tanker 63 was placed in the water supply operation while Brush 63 and Utility 63 were placed in the field at the fire line to stop further spread of the fire. The fire grew in size to an estimated 15 acres. Crews operated on scene for just over 4 hours. You can view helmet cam footage from this call on our Facebook page.
Companies on scene: Fleetville, Nicholson, Factoryville, Clifford, Hop Bottom, Scott Township, Harford, Dalton, and the Department of Forestry.
The Benton Township Supervisors with the help of the Wyoming County 911 Center are making progress on the readdressing of Benton Township.
This is a very important project as it will make it easier for us locating your home during an emergency situation. Please watch our website and your mailbox for upcoming information on the time line and where to get the signs to identify your home.
Just before 6 AM, Station 63 was dispatched to assist Station 36 (Scott Township) on a working structure fire with possible entrapment on Rushbrook Road. First arriving units reported a 1 story residential structure, fully involved. Tanker 63 was placed in the tanker shuttle, while Engine 63 established a water supply from a nearby pond. With such hazardous fire conditions, firefighters were unable to make an interior attack of the fire and were placed on defensive operations. The fire was under control in approximately 20 minutes. One victim perished in the fire. The cause is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.
Units involved: E36, E28, E24, E58-1, E2, E63, R28, R59, R18, L36, T28, T24, T60, T2, T18, T63, T21, T75, T52, T9, Squad 59, Ambulances 36-9, 28-9, CH2, Scott Township PD.
For those of you that don't know, we are a 100% volunteer fire department. We receive no compensation for what we do for the community. You also may not know, but we need you to help us. We are in need of volunteers. Now you don't have to be a firefighter. We have positions for emergency medical services, fundraisers, administrative duties, and auxiliary. We will provide you with all the needed equipment, in-house training, state level training, and even national level training that you will need depending on the position you choose. If you have any other questions please contact us through our webmaster e-mail, Facebook page, or you can call the station at (570) 945-3139. If you have no questions and would like an application they can be downloaded from the "About" section. Once you complete the application please bring it with you, along with $15 (First year dues and criminal background check) to our monthly meeting, which is the first Tuesday of every month. Below we have created a video to show you what the fire and EMS side is like. We will be creating more soon so please check back.
Around 7 AM, the tones dropped for the commercial working structure fire at Northern Pallet in Clinton Township. First arriving units reported heavy fire through the roof with partial collapse. Engine and Tanker 63 both responded shortly after dispatch. Tanker 63 joined the tanker shuttle to supply water, while Engine 63 was requested to set up a water supply at a nearby creek just off State Route 6. The engine ran into many problems with gaining access to the area and then ran into issues with water freezing and being unable to get water. After freezing the engine up and one portable pump, a 2nd portable pump was brought in and water began flowing. Once water supply was set up tankers began coming to the fill site and the shuttle began. Crews operated on scene for just over 4 hours.
Special thanks to Dalton Fire Company, Nicholson Fire Company, and Lake Carey Fire Company for your assistance at the water supply site. Also thanks to Scott Township Hose Company and Meredith Hose Company for standing by at our station on the cover up.
There was great team work by all of the companies involved in this fire. Without the great teamwork in the single digit temperatures, things would of been much harder on everyone.
Just before 9 PM, Lackawanna County 911 Center dispatched Station 36 (Scott Township), Tanker & Engine 28 (Justus), Tanker 24 (Greenfield Township), along with Engine and Tanker 63 were dispatched to Evelyn Drive, in Scott Township for the reported structure fire. Minutes after dispatch Chief 36B arrived on scene confirming a working structure fire with possible entrapment and requested the SRN be dispatched bringing in Engine 58 (Jermyn), Engine 24 (Greenfield Township), Rescue 18 (Clifford), Engine 26-1 (Olyphant), and Rescue 59 (Mayfield). Engine 63 responded with a crew of 4 and met Chief 63 on the scene. After arrival the engine was requested to set up a water supply on Chapman Lake. Crews operated on scene for approximately 4 1/2 hours. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.
At approximately 10 PM on Thursday, January 10, Nicholson Fire Company was dispatched for a confirmed working structure fire near the intersection of State Route 407 & 374 in Lenox Township. With this being a short distance from Chief 63's residents immediately after dispatch Chief 63 confirmed the fully involved structure fire. Shortly after this report a second alarm was dispatched bring other departments including Engine and Tanker 63. Engine 63 was assigned to set up a water supply. Tanker 63 was assigned to the tanker shuttle. The nearest accessible water source was on Amasa Road in Benton Township. Units operated on scene for approximately 4 hours.
Units operated from the following deparments: Nicholson, Fleetville, Factoryville, Clifford, Hop Bottom, and Harford. Dalton fire company and Tanker 36 (Scott Township) were placed on cover up assignments while units operated.
This year's annual Dinner with Santa went great. Members from Station 63 started putting the luminaries out around 4:00 PM to prepare for Santa's arrival. Shortly after that the community center was packed with people waiting for his arrival and the community tree lighting. The fire hall was packed with families and children waiting to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and join in all the other events on hand. We would like to thank the Benton Township Lions Club and Michelle & Will Ross for all their hard work in helping put this event on. Without you all this event would not be possible. Also a huge thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the night, we had our best turnout in years. The Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.
Members from Station 63, Station 5 (Dalton), the Benton Township Lion's Club, and other volunteers met at the community center to begin decorating for the annual Dinner With Santa. This year crews from Dalton helped by bringing Ladder 5 to assist with putting lights on the large tree. Once all the lights were up and all the lights were checked to make sure they were working, crews are pleased with the way things look this year. Special thanks to Dalton Fire Company for bringing Ladder 5 to assist, without your help things would of been difficult this year. We hope to see everyone out there on December 8th for the tree lighting and a chance to see Santa.
Our new sign began construction back in September, and if now finally completed. This sign was an Eagle Scout project done by, Vic Rosa Jr. Consists of 2 cinder block pillars, and a blue stone that is engraved with a maltese cross and Fleetville Fire Company. We are extremely pleased with the way the sign turned out and could no be happier with the new look to go with the new look on the building. Thank you to all who help Vic in his hard work, and congratulations to Vic Rosa Jr. on making Eagle Scout. Please feel free to stop by and take a look at it for yourself or come see it at the annual Dinner With Santa.
It's time to set your clocks back an hour. That also means it's time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Having working smoke alarms in your residence can help drastically during a fire since the smoke is more deadly than the fire itself. You should have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. Also now with the temperatures dropping into the 30s at night, people will be firing up their wood stoves to help stay warm. Please make sure you have your chimney cleaned & inspected before using it to avoid fires. A chimney fire can easily & rapidly turn into a structure fire in your chimney is damaged and not working properly. Any further questions please call the station at 570-945-3139.
Hurricane Sandy finally made it's impact on our area around 11:30 PM with trees falling in the roadway and on power lines. Brush and Utility 63 kept busy through out the night with eventually Station 63 being manned from 2:00 AM until almost 7:00 AM. Crews ran a total of 8 calls during that time frame and also checked the area for unreported road hazards. Shortly after midnight most of Benton Township lost power for days to come. Along with the Benton Township Supervisors and Benton Township Maintenance Garage, we were able to set up a charging and water station for residents. Thank you to all of our dedicated members who spent the night at the fire house to respond to calls during the storm.
Engine 63 along with Engine 9 (Factoryville), Engine 5 (Dalton), Ambulance 9, and Ambulance 5-9 traveled to Lackawanna Trail Elementary School for the annual fire prevention day. Crews from all the companies took students through the fire safety smoke house, gave tours of all the apparatus, went over the tools we use, explained the turnout gear we wear and went over how to and when to dial 911. Kids even had a chance to meet Sparky The Fire Dog. All the members from each company had a great day and were glad to help out. We look forward to next year. Thank you to the Scranton Fire Dept. for allowing us to use the smoke house and to our members who gave up their day to attend.
For over 55 years, Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company has stood ready to respond to emergencies at a moment's notice. We stand ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Over those years the services provided and the equipment needed for those services have increased. Last year our department responded to over 250 calls for service. The fire company responds to incidents such as structure fires, hazardous materials incidents, motor vehicle accidents, brush fires, carbon monoxide incidents, and much more.
In these trying economic times it may not seem appropriate to appeal for your donation. Despite the current economic situation, we still have obligations to meet, obligations that allow us to continue to provide the high level of service that we do.
Our operating expense continues to rise each year. Heating oil, apparatus maintenance, personal protective equipment, and communications equipment are at the top of our yearly expenses.
The Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company is not only in need of your financial support, but we need your help. If you have time to help your community and are interested in becoming a member of the fire company, as an emergency responder or someone to assist at functions, please step forward. We are very thankful to those that have joined in the past couple years.
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. You can contact any one of our members or call the fire station at 570-945-3139 for more information. Our membership applications can be found in the "About Us" section.
We extend our sincere thanks to the residences and businesses of our community who offer us financial support. We are humbled by your generous spirit. Thank you.
Around 5:00 AM, Tanker 63 was dispatched to assist Station 18 (Clifford) on a 2 story working structure fire at Crystal Lake. Tanker 63 was on the road within minutes, with a crew of 2. Command placed the tanker is staging along with other tankers from the area due to the narrow access road. While Tanker 63 was in staging, the remainder of Station 63 was dispatched to a fully involved car fire on Route 107 near Interstate 81. Shortly after that Station 63 was dispatched to the working car fire, Tanker 63 was released by Command 18. With the tanker being released from Command 18, they responded back to Fleetville for the car fire. Engine 63 and Rescue 26-1 (Olyphant) was able to handle the car fire with the assistance from Tanker 63 and Tanker 9. Once the car fire was placed under control and crews finished mop up, Engine 63 was notified of a 1 car MVA on Interstate 81 at Mile Marker 210 in Lenox Township. Due to Station 18 being on scene of the structure fire at Crystal Lake, Engine 63, Rescue 26-1, Rescue 28 (Justus), and Waymart EMS handled the crash. Crews arrived on scene to find 1 vehicle head on into a pavement roller with 1 patient injuried. Once patient care was handed over to Waymart EMS, all crews returned to service around 7:30 AM. All departments involved in all the calls did an outstanding job with helping out neighboring companies already on calls. Special thank you to Rescue 26-1 (Olyphant) for their assistance on the car fire on Route 107.
Around 9:00 PM, Station 63, Engine & Tanker 9 (Factoryville), Rescue & Tanker 36 (Scott Township), Ladder 5 (Dalton), Rescue 2 (Chinchilla), and Ambulances 9 & 36-9, were dispatched to Pine Wood Road at Baylor's Lake for a report of a working structure fire. Chief 63 (T. Saxton) arrived on scene shortly after dispatch confirming the fully involved working fire in a 2 story residential structure. Engine 63 arrived on scene and pulled a 3" ground monitor line to Side B and began knocking down the fire while Tanker 63 prepared the water supply. As other departments began arriving on scene we were able to get control of the fire and begin the extensive overhaul. No injuries were reported. Crews operated on scene for over 5 hours.
Units on scene: E63, E9, E17-2, E24, T63, T9, T5, T36, T18, T17, T24, L5, R36, R2, Ambulances 9 & 36-9