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October 1, 2017

 

Station 77 was dispatched to assist Blackrock Fire Company (MC99) to a report of a young child and her mother stuck in the mud in the middle of the Schuylkill canal. After making the initial dispatch Dive-Rescue 77-1 arrived on scene to find members of Blackrock Fire Company already in the process of effecting the rescue using ladders from their engine to reach the stuck mother and child. Boat 77-1 did not need to be deployed as the two victims were able to pull themselves out the the mud with the help of the ladders and Blackrock First Responders.

 

June 27, 2017

 

While station 77 members were finishing up their monthly equipment maintenance night the station was dispatched to assist Cochranville Fire Co. (CC 27) with reports of a subject who had gone under the water in a local swimming hole and failed to resurface. 77-40 (Dive Lieutenant) and Dive-Rescue 77-1 quickly responded with Dive-Rescue 77-2 following close behind. Upon arriving at the scene Station 77 personnel found Cochranville Fire Co. firefighters along with members of Longwood Fire Co. (CC 25), and Kennet Square Fire Co. (CC 24) already conducting a search for the subject from the water's surface with pike poles. Prior to the arrival of Dive-Rescue 77-2 and our SCUBA gear, Pennsylvania State Police began an underwater search utilizing an underwater ROV. The subject was quickly found with the ROV and upon the arrival of our gear on Dive-Rescue 77-2, divers quickly made the recovery. The subject was then turned over to the Chester County Coroner.

 

May 7, 2017

 

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 eight 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 year saw several racers taken out of the race early due to on-set of hypothermia as well as quite a number of canoes overturning due to an increased number of natural obstacles in the creek this year. This is the 22'nd 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), the Telford Diving Unit (MC Station 64), Modena Fire Company (CC Station 37), as well as members of the Wagontown Fire Company (CC Station 35). 

 

January 1, 2017

 

In what has now become a multi-year 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". Team members took DR 77-1, DR 77-2, DR 77-3 and Boat 77-1 to the event. With a water temperature of 39 degrees some 100 brave souls shed most of their clothing, as well as their sanity, and plunged into the Schuylkill River. What made this year's event unique from past years is that as they entered just a few feet into the water the revelers sunk nearly up to their waist in silt and sediment. 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