On Thursday 6/8/18 Penn Fire C-Shift Squad 13 and Battalion 5, along with Clay Engine 24 and Battalion 4 responded to a high pressure gas valve leak at Douglas and Bittersweet. St. Joseph County Highway mowing crews struck a valve in the grass to a metering station. Units secured the area, stretched a charged hoseline and NIPSCO shut down the leak approx. 30 minutes later.
During the month of May, all 3 Penn Fire shifts and both stations trained with the South Bend Fire Haz-Mat Team who serves as our regional Haz-Mat Team through IDHS District 2. Crews trained on the new SBFD Haz-Mat 1 as well as Decon and operational level skills. Here are some photos from the drills.
At 1040hrs on Friday May 11th, 2018 Penn Fire assisted by Clay and Mishawaka Fire responded to a working residence fire at 10374 Douglas Road in Northeastern Penn Twp. Units arrived on scene to find a bedroom on fire and were able to quickly extinguish the fire. All residents escaped prior to the fire and were not injured.
After investigating the fire it was determined that the fire was started by a 3 year old child playing with a lighter. Penn Fire would like to remind everyone to keep all lighters out of the reach of children.
On Tuesday 4-10-18 Penn Fire brought in 5-Alarm Fire and Safety to demo E-Draulic Extrication Tools. These tools are the next generation in rescue tools that use a 25 volt battery instead of a pump and hose to power the tools. They are stronger and lighter than our current extrication equipment. Here are some photos: