“We Called an Ambulance not a Fire Engine”

This is one comment we hear often from the public. “We don’t need the fire department, we need an ambulance.” Yes, we understand that, but here is why the fire department may be dispatched along with an ambulance for a medical emergency… Sometimes the ambulance services that provide coverage for the City may be occupied with other incidents and unable to respond, in which case neighboring ambulance services will be called. The arrival time for these neighboring ambulance services can be anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. In this case, the fire department is sent to act as a Quick Response Service (QRS) to provide immediate medical care to the ill or injured until an ambulance can arrive on scene. Most of our firefighters are cross trained and certified as Emergency Medical Technicians, along with our fire engines being equipped with medical equipment to handle most emergencies.

Other times a fire engine may be dispatched along with an ambulance includes medical incidents where there are complications or physical barriers to patient care. If there happens to be a seriously injured or ill person the fire department may also be dispatched to assist the ambulance crew in managing care of a patient. Such incidents include cardiac/ respiratory arrests, severely traumatic events, or drug overdoses, all of which require significant numbers of medical professionals. Other incidents may involve a seriously ill or injured person who can’t unlock a door or window to allow EMS providers to enter the residence to care for them. The fire department would then be called to force entry into the residence using the least invasive method possible.

The entire goal of this fire department Quick Response Service is to provide the quickest and safest emergency medical care to those in need until a EMS transport service can arrive on scene. Most of these firefighter/ EMT’s providing this service are completely volunteer and receive no benefit for doing so, but are still held to high professional standards. You will never receive a bill for this fire department service, which may prove to be vital in saving the life of someone you know.

Fire Department Visits Local Schools…

On October 7th, 2015, The Lock Haven Fire Department (Handies, Hopes, and Citizens) visited local preschools and elementary schools to conduct fire drills, brief educators on safety related topics, and give the children a chance to look at fire equipment and ask any questions they may have.

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Canteen Unit for Sale…

Today, June 29th 2015, Hope Hose Company #2 of Lock Haven will be opening bids for its retired Canteen Unit. This will be a “sealed-bid” process.

If you or your organization are interested in placing a bid to purchase the Canteen Unit you must adhere to the following:

  • A letter addressed to Hope Hose Co. 2 Lock Haven, Pa 17745.
  • The letter must contain the bidders name, address, telephone number, email, amount of the bid, and that the bid is for the “WHITE 1988 FORD P400 STEP VAN/ CANTEEN UNIT.”
  • Organizations that wish to place a bid must have the name and signature of the organization’s President/ CEO and one other name/ signature from the organization’s Treasurer OR Secretary. The organizations bid must be on an organizational approved letterhead.

All bids must also adhere to the following:

  • All bids must be received by Hope Hose Co. 2 of Lock Haven by July 13th 2015 at 1800 hours.
  • You may request an appointment to look at the unit for sale but no appointments can be guaranteed. We are, after all an emergency services provider, our primary concern is responding to emergencies and other related duties.
  • Bidding starts at $2,500.
  • After notification, the winning bidder will have two weeks to remove the vehicle from Hope Hose/ City of Lock Haven property and pay the bid amount in full or the bid will move to the second highest bid and so on until the vehicle is sold.
  • The winning bidder is responsible for all transfer fees and any other fees that the bidder feels is necessary to remove the vehicle from Hope Hose/ City of Lock Haven property.

Here is some information about the vehicle:

  • The vehicle was originally transferred to the Lock Haven Salvation Army from the Stroudsburg Salvation Army. After a few years of service the unit was then transferred to Hope Hose Company 2 where it was used mostly as a fundraising unit.
  • Included with the vehicle is a propane grill, sink, mini-fridge with surface top “chiller,” and top opening ice cream freezer.
  • Vehicle is a 1988 Ford P400 series Step Van. 4 speed manual transmission. Carburetor/ inline 6 motor.
  • The vehicle is being sold “as is” condition.

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Fire Safety Training for Employees

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This morning Captain Wooding (Hope Hose), on behalf of the City of Lock Haven conducted fire safety training for approximately 30 employees of a local social services organization. This training meets requirements of OSHA Standard 1910.157 and Pennsylvania Code 2380.91 for required yearly fire safety training for employees.

Some of the topics covered in this training include:

  • Smoking Safety and Policies
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • General Fire Safety
  • Fire Extinguisher Use and Hazards Associated With Use

If your organization is interested in Fire Safety Training for your employees, contact the Hope Hose Station at 570-748-5958.

Hope’s Receive New Training Prop.

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Today the Hope’s received a Forcible Entry Door Simulator purchased with PA State grant money. This new door simulator will allow Fire Department members within the City to practice forcible entry skills, allowing faster entry when they are actually needed on the street and preventing unneeded damage.

The Door Simulator can be configured to simulate most any door found on the street to include inward swinging doors, outward swinging doors, heavily “bolted” doors, and light duty doors. This simulator also allows firefighters to practice methods that are specific to each door type.

The Door Simulator unit is build to last many lifetimes of training and its built in the USA. The only part of the Door that is destroyed in training is a 2X2 (heavy resistance) or 1X1 (light resistance) inch wooded block that is used as the “lock.” One standard 8 foot, 2X4 when cut properly will give more than 30 “door forces.” These 2X4’s are typically donated by local persons/ companies or bought extremely discounted do to the fact they can be blemished, warped, or otherwise unsuitable for construction needs.