At 17:41 on Friday afternoon, April 1st, the GFC received a dispatch to join the Zone 2 Tanker Task Force to assist Hamburg Co. 61 with a structure fire in Windsor Township. E55 departed Station 55 shortly thereafter, and arrived on scene at approximately 18:05.
While in rout we could hear frantic calls on the radio for water. E55 was directed to set up a fill sight at a hydrant located on Windsor St. in front of Hamburg High School. Hamburg Co. 61 had already set up a fill site at their station located at 4th and Pine St.
Our first tanker, one from Centerport Co. 38, arrived at 18:07 while we were still hooking up to the hydrant, and setting up our lines and manifold. In order to get Tanker 38 on its way quickly, we filled it directly from the hydrant. As soon as Tanker 38 was on its way Shartlesvill Tanker 41, Port Clinton Tanker 77, Shoemakersvill Tanker 40, and Kutztown Tanker 46 arrived and were also filled directly from the hydrant.
The GFC crew finally finished connecting E55 to the hydrant, supply lines and manifold only to have their 4 port manifold malfunction. Luckily, Kutztown Co. 46 had a 4 port manifold on board and offered to lend it to us for the duration. THANKS GUYS!!
Fill operations continued with Mt. Pleasant Tanker 30, Bernville Tanker 29, Kempton Tanker 44, and Virginville Tanker 33 joining the foray.
Fill operations were suspended around 19:30 after the structure was declared a total loss. The GFC crew had completed nearly 15 fills totaling nearly 30,000 gallons of water which was used to fight the fire.
Special thanks are in order for Centerport Deputy 38, Donnie Rentschler, for the terrific pictures he took at the fire scene, which are shown below.
Follow the link below to the Reading Eagle for their account of the fire:
The GFC Crew:
Chief Brian Fisher
FF Ryan Noll
FF Cullen Wright
Fire Police Lt. Jeff Allen
Photographer Steve Spies