Once again the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (US 20 Bypass) between SR 331 and the County Line proved to be trecherous due to black ice. Right at shift change on Sunday 2/10/13 PTFD Squad 14, Tanker 14, and Battalion 5 responded to 3 seperate injury accidents. In addition, during the same amount of time the St. Joseph County Police responded to approx. another 10 non-injury accidents on the same stretch of roadway. The Bypass keeps PTFD Station 14 very busy during the winter months.
On Saturday February 9th, 2013 the PTFD hosted a Fire Instructor Development Workshop that was instructed by BC Brian Kazmierzak, Chief of Training and AC Brian Mayo, Chief of Operations. There were over 50 participants in this workshop from as far away as Fort Wayne, IN and Hobart, IN. This course concentrated on BECOMING A BETTER FIRE INSTRUCTOR, and tackled topics such as IDHS Training Requirements, What’s Working Training Wise?, and Trainining and Generational Issues.
The PTFD plans on offering these type of Instructor Development/Officer Development sessions quarterly throughout 2013.
During the early morning hours of Monday 2/4/13 A-Shift responded to a chimney fire that extended into the house. Companies immediately stretched a charge hose line and began attacking the fire which was running the walls and attic. Due to the extremely hazardous roof conditions, Mishawaka Quint 3 was called to use their Main Aerial Ladder to reach the roof and to finish extinguishing the fire. Automatic Aid was also received from Clay Engine 24. Here is some video of the incident from ABC57.com.
Lt. Chris Haggerty returned to town today after a seven month deployment in Afghanistan with the United States Marine Reserves, Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion. Lt. Haggerty is a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marines and this was his second active duty deployment. Lt. Haggerty will return to work on Squad 14 B-Shift in a couple months, after some much deserved Mititary Leave. Lt. Haggerty was greeted at the Armory by his wife, two sons and Chief Officers of the Penn Twp. Fire Dept,.
Welcome Back Chris!
Penn Twp. Firefighters spent the day training on ice rescue on the St. Joseph River today with Mishawaka Engine Co. 4. Penn Twp. FFs used several different techniques to remove victims from the water including the stokes basket, nebulus device, and ropes. Penn Twp. and Mishawaka firefighters have been working together more than ever with the recent change of shift schedules and the opening of the new Station #4 on Harrison Rd.