A major crash overnight in Gettysburg Pa. has one pick up truck slamming hard into a building housing Li’s Buffet, which also was the Gettysburg Fire Station for many years. A one hour, twenty five minute extrication was needed to free the driver before he was air lifted from the scene onboard Life Lion.
Jul 31 2016
Gettysburg Firefighters along with mutual aid departments find a well involved RV fire in the driveway next to a house. A quick knock down by Engine 1-2 kept the fire from spreading past the siding of the house. Firefighters worked for 30 minutes before returning to service. Chief Shank had command.
Units on scene: E1-2,E1-1,R1,E6-2,T6,E25-2,E22-2,MICU54-1
Jul 25 2016
The Gettysburg Fire Department hosted a bus extrication class Saturday in nearly 100 degree heat and humidity for volunteer firefighters to practice their extrication skills on an old school bus. Photo gallery below provided by Firefighters Matt Barnes and Phillip Hunt.
Mar 23 2016
Gettysburg Fire Department along with surrounding mutual aid companies were dispatched for a House fire on Martin Road just east of Gettysburg. Chief 54 (AREMS) arrived reporting fire showing from the cockloft of a rancher style house. While the crews from Engine 33-1 & Tanker 6 placed an attack line in service, Gettysburg firefighters vented the house. A working fire dispatch was sounded. Firefighters had the fire knocked down and under control in 30 minutes.
Feb 27 2016
Gettysburg Fire Department was dispatched this afternoon to the Gettysburg Airport on Chambersburg Road for an Airplane down. Firefighters arrived to find an occupied airplane 50 feet in the air wedged in trees. The pilot was uninjured, however confined in the airplane high in the trees. Because of the location, no fire apparatus was able to access the location. Several plans to rescue the pilot were put into place, all of which were extremely time consuming. Firefighters were able to free stand a 35′ ladder (church raise) and secure it mid-air using ropes to assess the stability of the plane. Maryland State Police Trooper 3 was called to assess whether they could drop a rescue basket down from above, however high winds prevented that attempt. Gettysburg Firefighters continued working by clearing access lanes into the wooded area to bring more equipment in. From free standing ladders firefighters began clearing limbs around the plane while additional resources responded. Eventually they were able to secure the plane to the trees with ropes, and used two 45′ ground ladders to secure a rope rescue system in place. Rescuers from the Advanced Tactical Rescue Teams roped a body harness into the cab for the pilot, who was able to place it on himself. Once the harness was verified, the pilot was lowered 50 feet to awaiting EMS, over 3.5 hours after the initial call.
*We witnessed an outstanding team effort from Gettysburg Fire Department, Cumberland Township PD, AREMS as well as the many neighboring agencies that responded. This was a call where you ask yourself, how many tools do you have in your toolbox*