Cameron Clapp stood before a full-house audience at the conference center in the Kasych Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest campus, March 14, gushing with enthusiasm, encouragement and a "you can do anything you put your mind to" spirit.
Whether by instinct, good hearing or just plain luck, Salisbury fire inspector Dev Kannan thought he heard a faint cry for help as he was getting out of his township vehicle recently at the Salisbury Township School District administration building.
"Initially I thought it was children playing at a bus stop," Kannan said.
But as the sounds became more desperate, Kannan's training as a Western Salisbury Fire Department volunteer kicked in and he got back into the vehicle to cruise around the area to investigate if the "Please help me" pleas were real.
A fire late in the evening Feb. 17 caused extensive damage to a Mountain Park Road home in the eastern portion of Salisbury Township requiring a family to seek shelter elsewhere. The home, located at 207 Mountain Park Road, is about a half-mile east of Route 145, South Pike Ave.
Eastern Salisbury Fire Chief David Tomcics was first on the scene. Upon arriving he saw heavy smoke coming from the eaves and roof of the home, and radioed the Lehigh County 911 Center to sound a second alarm to assist ESFD and Western Salisbury Fire Department, which was dispatched with ESFD.
A blaze first reported as a dwelling fire in the eastern portion of the Salisbury Township, shortly after 11 p.m. Feb.12, turned out to be a structure fire at the intersection of Public Road and Jeter Avenue that went to three alarms as it destroyed a family-owned business, National Automated Solutions.
Eastern Salisbury Fire Department and Fountain Hill Fire Department's aerial ladder truck were first to locate the fire, which already had a head start.
Western Salisbury and Emmaus firefighters quickly knocked down a potentially dangerous fire in a basement garage storage area before the fire could spread to the upstairs of a two-story dwelling at 95 Chestnut Hill Road early Jan. 29.
The home is owned by Tina Feldi.
Western Salisbury Fire Department Chief Joshua Wells arrived first on the scene to investigate a report to the Lehigh County 911 Center of "smoke in the dwelling."
Western Salisbury Fire Department volunteers gathered recently at a dinner at the St. Thomas More Family Center to mark the department's 55th year service anniversary.
Fire Chief Joshua Wells reviewed what he said was "one of our busiest years ever," saying the department's volunteers acted with "compassion, professionalism and a sense of duty" that should make every resident of our fire district proud of the services provided.
Volunteer firefighters in the Eastern Salisbury Fire Department were recognized for their service to the community at the fire department's annual recognition banquet held Nov. 1 at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem.
The event also recognized the fire department's 25th anniversary as an organization.
A new prescription medicine drop box is now in place at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Campus to provide area residents with a safe way to dispose of leftover, outdated or no-longer-needed prescription medicines.
The drop box, located in the hallway leading to the hospital's Health Spectrum Pharmacy in the Jaindl Pavilion, near the hospital's main entrance, provides "a safe and secure location that we feel our patients and area residents will feel comfortable using," Craig Finnerty, director of hospital security services said at the unveiling of the drop box Oct. 9.
As they have done every October for the past five decades, volunteers with the Western Salisbury Fire Department went into schools and day care facilities to present Fire Prevention Week programs in the township to emphasize principles of fire safety for youngsters in their impressionable years.
Statistics show such school programs reap dividends for township residents as the township is among the most fire-safe municipalities in the state. The youngsters take the message home to share with their families and awareness is leveraged more widely.
Responding to resident complaints of speeding motorists along Fish Hatchery Road, west of Cedar Crest Boulevard, and after Salisbury Police Department electronic traffic surveys along that stretch of roadway, an aggressive driving enforcement detail July 29 was in place in efforts to impress on aggressive motorists the need to drive with more care and respect for speed limits.