Six students from Western Salisbury Elementary School, one from each grade level, got to ride to school on a fire engine June 6, instead of the their customary school bus.
The six were grade- level winners of essay/drawing contest entries of creative ideas of how children and their families prevent home fire deaths with the use of smoke alarms.
The contest grew out of an effort by Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department members to extend the messages taken to schools during the annual October Fire Prevention Week activities beyond just that fall initiative.
A two-alarm fire in a duplex home at 818 Chestnut St., Emmaus, sent three residents and three firefighters to Lehigh Valley Hospital June 3 and caused severe damage to the home.
Every firefighter’s worst fear, a “flashover,” where fire envelops a structure without warning, occurred shortly after firefighters began interior firefighting efforts and necessitated an emergency evacuation of the structure to allow accountability of all firefighters at the scene.
Notorious as a speeding corridor in Salisbury Township, South Pike Avenue March 31, was not the place to be for drivers who do not respect traffic safety laws.
The roadway was blanketed by 11 police officers from Salisbury Township and the City of Allentown during an aggressive driving traffic safety detail to curb speeding and other traffic safety infractions between Emmaus Avenue and West Rock Road.
The detail resulted in 33 traffic stops by Salisbury officers and about two dozen by Allentown police during the four-hour traffic safety blitz.
Firefighters from four area fire departments were able to hone their firefighting skills without the stress of an actual emergency last week at a Lehigh Parkway home awaiting demolition to make way for a new structure to be built at the site.
“This was a very valuable training opportunity for our firefighters,” Western Salisbury Fire Chief Joshua Wells said. “We were able to practice firefighting techniques and skills under very controlled conditions, without the stress of life and property being at risk in an actual fire situation.”
Salisbury Police and Eastern Salisbury Fire Chief Dave Tomcics found an isolated one-story residence at 2890 Fern Lane, off East Rock Road, fully involved in fire shortly before 4 p.m. Jan. 28. The home, a football-field or two set back from the road along a dirt lane, would present problems Tomcics recalls thinking.
Western Salisbury Fire Department Chief Joshua Wells praised the efforts of first-on-the scene firefighters from Emmaus, Western Salisbury and Cetronia fire departments for making a “quick stop” to a fire within the walls at the entrance to the Taco Bell fast food restaurant, 3380 Lehigh St., at the South Mall, in Salisbury Township, Jan. 20
Wells said the effort led to a “good save” keeping a smoky fire at the entrance to the restaurant from spreading to the interior of the facility.
After a vote by the volunteer membership of the Western Salisbury Fire Department, and confirmation by the department’s board of trustees, the department’s administrative president Adam Al-Khal has announced the appointment of the organization’s fire operations officers for 2016.
Firefighters from Eastern and Western Salisbury fire departments combined their drill night July 13 to sharpen their firefighting skills at a high-occupancy apartment complex in Western Salisbury.
Both fire departments responded to the Devonshire Park Apartments along 33rd Street S.W. to coordinate the activities necessary in a real emergency situation.
After staging in the parking area of the Salisbury Middle School, equipment was dispatched to a section of the complex by WSFD Chief Joshua Wells.
Ten area volunteer fire departments added 22 new firefighters to their ranks June 10 when they completed a rigorous six-month training course and received their certificates of completion at a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the fifth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week for the past six months at the Allentown Fire Academy, behind the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station, at 1902 Lehigh St. near the Queen City Airport.