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Tanker requested for 3 alarm fire in PA

     

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 16:50


   Hockessin Fire Company  was alerted for Tanker 19 to cover Chester Co. Station 22
(West Grove, PA) on the afternoon of 9/6/11.  West Grove units were
committed assisting Chester Co. Station 21 (Oxford, PA) on a building
fire at 155 Barnsley Road, East Nottingham Township; Chief 21 (Vining)
had called for a second alarm just six minutes after the initial
dispatch.  Tanker 19 made the response to West Grove at 1650 hours
with 5 personnel.  At 1657 the third alarm was transmitted for the
building fire and Tanker 19 was reassigned to the third alarm (a
response distance of nearly twenty miles).  Upon arrival Tanker 19
(Perrone-operator) was placed in a tanker shuttle.  Deputy 19
(Broadwater) was assigned as the Water Supply Officer for the fire and
the remainder of the crew (Notarnicola, Scholl, Peirson; later
relieved by Phillips, Ewing) was assigned to fire suppression
operations.  Three Tanker Task Forces were summoned in addition to the
third alarm.  In addition to the hydrant supply that was initially
established, a total of seventeen tankers and three engines were
utilized to shuttle water from two fill sites in Nottingham to the
fire.  Fire and EMS units from five counties in PA, MD and DE operated
at this fire well into the night.  Several units had to be refueled on
scene due to the duration of the incident.  Tanker 19 was released to
return to Hockessin in the wee morning hours of 9/7/11.

Numerous additional photos may be found on the Union Fire Co. website
(www.oxfordfire.com).





Story By: Deputy Chief Randy Broadwater