Recent Activities: Archive for 2013

November 27, 2013


Station 77 was dispatched along with the Phoenixville Fire Department (their local), Medic 85, Montgomery County Station 99 for their boat and Comm 1 to the Black Rock Boat Docks in Phoenixville Borough at the request of the Phoenixville Police Department to assist with a body recovery. Both boats from Station 77 and the Boat from MC Station 99 were in service for several hours ferrying police personnel, the County Coroner, and investigative and personal items back and forth from the staging area at the Fish Commission-owned Boat Dock recreation area to the scene along the banks of the Schuylkill River some distance up-river.

July 27, 2013


The Team traveled to the Home Depot Store in Downingtown, Pa. where we were invited to participate and a Hurricane Awareness Week promotional event. Along with the Downingtown Fire, EMS and boat divisions; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and other groups we displayed our apparatus and equipment as well as handed out literature regarding water safety and water-emergency preparedness information.

July 12, 2013


Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Coatesville Fire Department with a reported body recovey at Merchant St and 11'th Avenue in the City. Initial report from the PD was of a vehilce in the water with a body in it with the PD requesting a recovery assignment and not a water rescue assignment. Two minuets later the PD reported the subject was alive and was making his own way out of the vehicle. Station 77 was then held on Station by Chief 41 just prior to response.

June 30, 2013


The Team traveled to Lock 60, along the Schuylkill Canal in Upper Providence Montgomery County for Canal Day. We staffed an informational table to show our flag from 0900 to 1600 as well as undertook a day of local recruiting. Our thanks to Chief Kasper and the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company for the invitation to take part in the event.

June 27, 2013


Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Twin Valley Fire Department (Station 69) with a car in deep water on Route 401 near Yoder Road in West Nantmeal Township. Upon arriving on location Chief 69 found a vehicle in just several inches of water as a result of recent heavy rains. Dive Rescue 77-1 was recalled just after response along with the balance of the assignment.

June 18, 2013


Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Malvern Fire Company (Station 4) with a water rescue assignment in Willistown Township. The flooded intersection incident was caused by extremely heavy rain in the area and was handled by Station 4 personnel prior to our Team's response. Station 77 was recalled prior to second tap and response.

May 25, 2013


The Team traveled to two locations in Chester and Montgomery Counties in support of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. At both locations – boat access ramps maintained by the Commission – the Team placed marker buoys designed to maintain safe control over recreational boating in the area. The Team also set buoy markers downriver of one of the locations to mark the safe channel passage through a very dangerous rocky river bottom. This event has now become one of our yearly events geared towards promoting safe boating in recreation areas within our designated primary response area.

May 18, 2013


Once again this year the Team participated in the annual Dogwood Parade. The event is sponsored by the Phoenixville Jaycee's. Our participation allows us to showcase our apparatus and personnel to our home community. All four vehicles, the dive trailer and three boats traveled the parade route again this year. And once again children of active members went through the parade riding in the boats (with parental supervision).

UPDATE..... Notification was just received that the Team placed SECOND in the Best Appearing Fire Department category. Congratulations to Station 77!

May 5, 2013


Once again this year Station 77 traveled cross-County to provide water safety services for the annual Northbrook Canoe Race. This yearly event is sponsored by the Chester County Cerebral Palsy Association as their primary fundraiser. The multi-mile canoe race on the Brandywine Creek, undertaken by both semi-professional canoeists as well as amateur canoeists who are sponsored by donors, is held in early-Spring when the water is historically still cold. Our attendance at this event provides our Team with a good opportunity to practice our skill set while at the same time helping to support a very worthwhile charity as a part of our on-going commitment to provide community service. This is the 18’Th year that Station 77 has participated. Station 77 was once again assisted this year by the very capable water rescue crews from West Bradford Fire Company (CC Station 39) and Telford Diving Unit (MC Station 64).

April 21, 2013


The Team traveled to Lock 60 of the Schuylkill River Canal in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County. We had been contacted by the non-profit canal association and advised that restoration efforts conducted several years ago to the two working locks on the canal were now made moot by the fact that the four massive wooden doors were not able to be opened. They asked if we could check to see if any blockages underwater were causing the problem. As a community service over multi-hour repeated dives were made utilizing our surface supply system diving systems. Station 77 personnel discovered several problems which we were able to rectify. As a result three of the four doors are now fully operational. We plan to return at a future date to attempt some more detailed underwater repairs to attempt to make the fourth door operational.

April 15, 2013


The Team returned to the pond in Uwchlan Township based upon new information received from the local police department. A multi-hour search of the entire pond's bottom was undertaken with our magnetometer supplanted by in-water personnel. No significant new items were located and no actual firearms were found.

April 10, 2013


Based upon new information received from the local police department the Team returned to the pond in Uwchlan Township that had been searched several days prior. About 90 minuets into the operation a severe thunderstorm blew through the area. Due to visible lightning in the immediate area all personnel were immediately removed from the water and the operation was suspended when the weather forecast showed more storms due to arrive throughout the evening. Another check of the pond will be undertaken in the near future.

April 6, 2013


The Team traveled to Uwchlan Township in Chester County to check a pond for a gun at the request of the local police department. Third-party information had indicated to the PD that a gun may have had been tossed into the pond recently. Being that the pond was in the center of a housing development our concern was that with nice weather approaching a child might find the weapon with catastrophic results if it was in fact there. A thorough multi-hour underwater search was made of the pond using divers, our magnetometer, our underwater metal detector and other aids. Quite a number of items were found and removed from the pond. A total of three non-functional guns were located during the underwater search and turned over to the PD. Their investigation is continuing....

January 1, 2013


Station 77 once again traveled to Pottstown Borough early New Year's Day morning to provide water safety services to the Pottstown Recreation Department for their annual "Polar Bear Plunge". Facing a water temperature of 39 degrees over one hundred scantly-clad men, women and children spent anywhere from a few seconds to four minutes showing a bit of temporary insanity by plunging into the Schuylkill River. Along with members of our sister team, Telford Diving Unit, our personnel both in boats and in-water formed a safety perimeter standing ready to assist any New Year's Day revilers finding themselves in distress.