Recent Activities - 2015

October 22, 2015

 

Station 77 fielded two vehicles to participate in the annual Phoenixville Borough Halloween Parade. Once again team members threw candy to the children lining the parade route. Our annual participation allows us to continue to connect with the citizens of our first-response areas.

 


October 15, 2015

 

Station 77 was requested by the Upper Providence Police Department to search an area of the Schuylkill Canal where the occupied vehicle entered the water and flipped over several days ago. Dive-Rescue 77-1, 77-2, 77-3 and Boats 77-1 and 77-3 responded. The Team was able to recover the items that the PD was looking for as well as several additional items that may have been in the vehicle and fell back into the water as the vehicle was being removed by a tow truck.

 

October 5, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched for a late-night assist to the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company (MC 99) with a water rescue at the Black Rock Tow Path near Black Rock Dam. Initial reports indicated a vehicle had left the roadway and come to rest up-side-down in the Mont Clare canal. Upon response of Squad 77, Dive-Rescue 77-1 with Boats 77-1 and 77-3 and Dive -Rescue 77-2 Montgomery County relayed updated information that the PD was reporting that two subjects had self-extricated and were out of the water but that an unknown number of victims may still be in the submerged vehicle. Upon arrival it was found that one additional subject was found face down in the canal, had been removed from the water by the PD and was being 'worked' by Trappe EMS (CC Micu 85). Boat 77-3 was launched to assist water rescue personnel from Black Rock (MC99), our own Team (CC77) and Collegeville Fire/Rescue Company (MC34) in probing the submerged vehicle as well as searching the water around the submerged vehicle. That search found one additional victim trapped (pinned) in the submerged vehicle. That total number of victims then matched the number of subjects reported to be in the vehicle by the vehicle driver who was receiving medical attention at Phoenixville Hospital. Station 77 personnel remained on the scene to assist the Black Rock Fire Company (MC99) with the extrication of the vehicle from the canal and the victim from the vehicle once the PD Accident Reconstruction Team and The Montgomery County Coroner's office completed their initial investigation. Also assisting on the scene was West End EMS (CC 67).

 

October 8, 2015

 

Station 77 personnel traveled to the annual Fire Prevention Week Fire Truck Muster at a shopping center in North Coventry Township sponsored by the Norco Fire Company (CC-64). Dive-Rescue 77-2, Utility 77 and Boat 77-2 participated in a static display among quite a number of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. As with most public relations events we do a highlight of the event was dozens of young folks jumping into Boat 2 and participating in fantasy water rescues as well as talking with 'topside' as a make-believe diver with the communications system for our surface-supplied diving masks.

 

October 4, 2015

 

Team personnel took Dive-Rescue 77-2, Dive-Rescue 77-1 and Boat 77-2 to a Fire Prevention week muster sponsored by the Sanatoga Fire Company (MC58) at the Home Depot store in Pottstown. Team members allowed young children to jump into the boat and perform mock water rescue as well as educated parents as to water safety facts and the mission that we perform.

 

September 12, 2015

 

Team members took Dive-Rescue 77-1, Boat 77-1 and Dive-Rescue 77-2 to the Kimberton Fire Company (CC 61) for their annual 'Touch A truck Day' event. Each year the Kimberton Fire Company gathers together their own fire apparatus along with other specialized invited trucks such as tow trucks, tanker trucks, large work trucks, military trucks and the like for several hours where kids of all ages climb in, over, under and around the vehicles to explore what the trucks do and how they do it. As with many of the public relations events Station 77 attends a highlight was kids jumping into our boats to do pretend water rescues.  


August 20, 2015

 

During a period of very heavy rain Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Phoenixville Fire Department (CC65) with a water rescue call at Bridge and Church Streets in Phoenixville Borough. Just after our response the Station was recalled as our services were not required.

 

August 4, 2015

 

Team members took Dive-Rescue 77-1 and 77-2 along with Boat 77-1 to the ‘National Night Out’ program held at the Grace Crossing Community Church in Phoenixville Borough. Along with apparatus and personnel from the Phoenixville Fire Department, the Phoenixville Police Department and the Chester County Sheriff's Office the event offered Station 77 an opportunity to show our apparatus and equipment to the citizen’s of the community as well as to continue to educate the public as to our existence and mission.

 

July 15, 2015

 

Station 77 was requested to perform a night-time search of the rain-swollen French Creek in East Pikeland Township. The local police had just developed information that the firearm used in a recent shooting had been tossed into the creek near a bridge. The Kimberton Fire Company (CC61) provide scene lighting and shore assistance in their local. The weapon was located, rendered safe and turned over to the local PD per chain-of-custody evidence procedures.

 

July 1, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Twin Valley Fire Department (CC69) with a water rescue at St .Peter's Village (Rt. 23) behind the bakery. Initial reports were that someone had fallen into the creek and could not be located. Subsequent reports indicated that the subject was below the surface of the water and CCDES changed the dispatch from a water rescue to a water recovery. Dive-Rescue 77-1 respond shortly before the dispatch change. Prior to the response of Dive-Rescue 77-2 Elverson EMS (CC89) reported that the subject had been located and they were working an active code. At that point Chief 69 had requested the CC Technical Rescue Task Force (CC72) for rope rescue assistance with extrication. Shortly thereafter Station 77 was recalled.

 

June 13, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Telford Diving Unit (MC 64) with a weapon search in the Schuylkill River in Upper providence Township, Montgomery County. The area where the weapon was supposedly disposed of was thoroughly searched with no weapon recovered. The investigation by the UPTPD continues.

 

May 17, 2015

 

The Team traveled to Downingtown Borough to assist the Downingtown Police Department with a weapons search. The DPD had developed information that about two months ago a handgun had been thrown into the Brandywine Creek. The police were able to narrow the area of probability down to about a three-hundred yard stretch where depths varied from a few inches to about ten feet. Both a comprehensive walking search as well as detailed dives were conducted by sixteen Team members. No weapon was located or recovered. The PD will continue their investigation and contact us if additional information is forthcoming.

 

May 16, 2015

 

The Team emptied the Station to once again participate in the annual Phoenixville Dogwood Parade. Having Dive-Rescue 77-1, 77-2, 77-3, Utility 77, Squad 77 and Boats 77-1 ,2 & 3 travel through the parade gives us the opportunity to 'fly our flag' to the people of the areas that we serve. As usual, children of active Team members (with their parents) rode through the parade in the boats. A special treat for us this year was our honor to have Susan Gingrasso, daughter of the late Betty Jo Hughes, ride through the parade in Utility 77 (its first appearance in a Dogwood Parade), the vehicle that was recently purchased for Station 77 in memory of Betty Jo with a kind donation from the family foundation.

 

May 12, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Keystone Fire Department (CC 8) at Bert Reel Park in Sadsbury Township for an underwater recovery. It was reported that a subject was swimming with others, jumped in off a small dam, surfaced briefly and then submerged. Initial surface efforts to locate the victim by a boat crew and water rescue team from Wagontown Fire Company (CC 35) were not being successful. Dive-Rescue 77-1, 77-2 and 77-3 responded with 16 Team members. With assistance from ATV 35 our equipment was taken to the remote creek-fed pond and the recovery of the victim was effected. Once recovered the victim was turned over to the Chester County Coroner's Office.

 

May 3, 2015

 

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 20’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 19, 2015

 

The Team once again traveled to three different locations in Chester and Montgomery Counties in support of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. At all three locations – boat access ramps maintained by the Commission and a hazardous stretch of the Schuylkill River – 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.

 

January 1, 2015

 

In what has now become a New Year's Day tradition the Team once again traveled to Pottstown Borough to provide water safety services to the Pottstown Recreation Department for their annual "Polar Bear Plunge". With a water temperature of 36 degrees and an air temperature of 29 degrees a hoard of brave souls shed most of their clothing as well as their sanity and plunged into the Schuylkill River. With assistance from our sister team, Telford Diving Unit, water rescue personnel in boats, on shore and in-water established a safety area around the plunge site ready to aid any participants in distress or who required assistance in exiting the river.

October 22, 2015

 

Station 77 fielded two vehicles to participate in the annual Phoenixville Borough Halloween Parade. Once again team members threw candy to the children lining the parade route. Our annual participation allows us to continue to connect with the citizens of our first-response areas.

 


October 15, 2015

 

Station 77 was requested by the Upper Providence Police Department to search an area of the Schuylkill Canal where the occupied vehicle entered the water and flipped over several days ago. Dive-Rescue 77-1, 77-2, 77-3 and Boats 77-1 and 77-3 responded. The Team was able to recover the items that the PD was looking for as well as several additional items that may have been in the vehicle and fell back into the water as the vehicle was being removed by a tow truck.

 

October 5, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched for a late-night assist to the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company (MC 99) with a water rescue at the Black Rock Tow Path near Black Rock Dam. Initial reports indicated a vehicle had left the roadway and come to rest up-side-down in the Mont Clare canal. Upon response of Squad 77, Dive-Rescue 77-1 with Boats 77-1 and 77-3 and Dive -Rescue 77-2 Montgomery County relayed updated information that the PD was reporting that two subjects had self-extricated and were out of the water but that an unknown number of victims may still be in the submerged vehicle. Upon arrival it was found that one additional subject was found face down in the canal, had been removed from the water by the PD and was being 'worked' by Trappe EMS (CC Micu 85). Boat 77-3 was launched to assist water rescue personnel from Black Rock (MC99), our own Team (CC77) and Collegeville Fire/Rescue Company (MC34) in probing the submerged vehicle as well as searching the water around the submerged vehicle. That search found one additional victim trapped (pinned) in the submerged vehicle. That total number of victims then matched the number of subjects reported to be in the vehicle by the vehicle driver who was receiving medical attention at Phoenixville Hospital. Station 77 personnel remained on the scene to assist the Black Rock Fire Company (MC99) with the extrication of the vehicle from the canal and the victim from the vehicle once the PD Accident Reconstruction Team and The Montgomery County Coroner's office completed their initial investigation. Also assisting on the scene was West End EMS (CC 67).

 

October 8, 2015

 

Station 77 personnel traveled to the annual Fire Prevention Week Fire Truck Muster at a shopping center in North Coventry Township sponsored by the Norco Fire Company (CC-64). Dive-Rescue 77-2, Utility 77 and Boat 77-2 participated in a static display among quite a number of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. As with most public relations events we do a highlight of the event was dozens of young folks jumping into Boat 2 and participating in fantasy water rescues as well as talking with 'topside' as a make-believe diver with the communications system for our surface-supplied diving masks.

 

October 4, 2015

 

Team personnel took Dive-Rescue 77-2, Dive-Rescue 77-1 and Boat 77-2 to a Fire Prevention week muster sponsored by the Sanatoga Fire Company (MC58) at the Home Depot store in Pottstown. Team members allowed young children to jump into the boat and perform mock water rescue as well as educated parents as to water safety facts and the mission that we perform.

 

September 12, 2015

 

Team members took Dive-Rescue 77-1, Boat 77-1 and Dive-Rescue 77-2 to the Kimberton Fire Company (CC 61) for their annual 'Touch A truck Day' event. Each year the Kimberton Fire Company gathers together their own fire apparatus along with other specialized invited trucks such as tow trucks, tanker trucks, large work trucks, military trucks and the like for several hours where kids of all ages climb in, over, under and around the vehicles to explore what the trucks do and how they do it. As with many of the public relations events Station 77 attends a highlight was kids jumping into our boats to do pretend water rescues.  


August 20, 2015

 

During a period of very heavy rain Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Phoenixville Fire Department (CC65) with a water rescue call at Bridge and Church Streets in Phoenixville Borough. Just after our response the Station was recalled as our services were not required.

 

August 4, 2015

 

Team members took Dive-Rescue 77-1 and 77-2 along with Boat 77-1 to the ‘National Night Out’ program held at the Grace Crossing Community Church in Phoenixville Borough. Along with apparatus and personnel from the Phoenixville Fire Department, the Phoenixville Police Department and the Chester County Sheriff's Office the event offered Station 77 an opportunity to show our apparatus and equipment to the citizen’s of the community as well as to continue to educate the public as to our existence and mission.

 

July 15, 2015

 

Station 77 was requested to perform a night-time search of the rain-swollen French Creek in East Pikeland Township. The local police had just developed information that the firearm used in a recent shooting had been tossed into the creek near a bridge. The Kimberton Fire Company (CC61) provide scene lighting and shore assistance in their local. The weapon was located, rendered safe and turned over to the local PD per chain-of-custody evidence procedures.

 

July 1, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Twin Valley Fire Department (CC69) with a water rescue at St .Peter's Village (Rt. 23) behind the bakery. Initial reports were that someone had fallen into the creek and could not be located. Subsequent reports indicated that the subject was below the surface of the water and CCDES changed the dispatch from a water rescue to a water recovery. Dive-Rescue 77-1 respond shortly before the dispatch change. Prior to the response of Dive-Rescue 77-2 Elverson EMS (CC89) reported that the subject had been located and they were working an active code. At that point Chief 69 had requested the CC Technical Rescue Task Force (CC72) for rope rescue assistance with extrication. Shortly thereafter Station 77 was recalled.

 

June 13, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Telford Diving Unit (MC 64) with a weapon search in the Schuylkill River in Upper providence Township, Montgomery County. The area where the weapon was supposedly disposed of was thoroughly searched with no weapon recovered. The investigation by the UPTPD continues.

 

May 17, 2015

 

The Team traveled to Downingtown Borough to assist the Downingtown Police Department with a weapons search. The DPD had developed information that about two months ago a handgun had been thrown into the Brandywine Creek. The police were able to narrow the area of probability down to about a three-hundred yard stretch where depths varied from a few inches to about ten feet. Both a comprehensive walking search as well as detailed dives were conducted by sixteen Team members. No weapon was located or recovered. The PD will continue their investigation and contact us if additional information is forthcoming.

 

May 16, 2015

 

The Team emptied the Station to once again participate in the annual Phoenixville Dogwood Parade. Having Dive-Rescue 77-1, 77-2, 77-3, Utility 77, Squad 77 and Boats 77-1 ,2 & 3 travel through the parade gives us the opportunity to 'fly our flag' to the people of the areas that we serve. As usual, children of active Team members (with their parents) rode through the parade in the boats. A special treat for us this year was our honor to have Susan Gingrasso, daughter of the late Betty Jo Hughes, ride through the parade in Utility 77 (its first appearance in a Dogwood Parade), the vehicle that was recently purchased for Station 77 in memory of Betty Jo with a kind donation from the family foundation.

 

May 12, 2015

 

Station 77 was dispatched to assist the Keystone Fire Department (CC 8) at Bert Reel Park in Sadsbury Township for an underwater recovery. It was reported that a subject was swimming with others, jumped in off a small dam, surfaced briefly and then submerged. Initial surface efforts to locate the victim by a boat crew and water rescue team from Wagontown Fire Company (CC 35) were not being successful. Dive-Rescue 77-1, 77-2 and 77-3 responded with 16 Team members. With assistance from ATV 35 our equipment was taken to the remote creek-fed pond and the recovery of the victim was effected. Once recovered the victim was turned over to the Chester County Coroner's Office.

 

May 3, 2015

 

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 20’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 19, 2015

 

The Team once again traveled to three different locations in Chester and Montgomery Counties in support of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. At all three locations – boat access ramps maintained by the Commission and a hazardous stretch of the Schuylkill River – 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.

 

January 1, 2015

 

In what has now become a New Year's Day tradition the Team once again traveled to Pottstown Borough to provide water safety services to the Pottstown Recreation Department for their annual "Polar Bear Plunge". With a water temperature of 36 degrees and an air temperature of 29 degrees a hoard of brave souls shed most of their clothing as well as their sanity and plunged into the Schuylkill River. With assistance from our sister team, Telford Diving Unit, water rescue personnel in boats, on shore and in-water established a safety area around the plunge site ready to aid any participants in distress or who required assistance in exiting the river.