Friday, September 28, 2012

Interstate 40 Vehicle Fire

On September 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM, E521, WT528 and C501 were dispatched to Interstate 40 near the 65 mile marker westbound for a recreational vehicle fire. E521 (Station 52) was first on scene and reported a RV fully involved with a secondary 1/2 acre vegetation fire. Crews knocked down the brush fire and began suppression on the RV. Within a few mimutes, WT528 and C501 were on scene, assisting E521 crew. The vehicle was a complete loss but the owner asked if the firefighters would mind looking for a few personal effects within the ashes. After approximately 20 mins, crews suprisingly found some of the items requested undamaged from the fire. Crews remained on scene to overhaul the RV and brush fire and cleared shortly after. Traffic was stopped for 30 mins westbound and was then reduced to the high speed lane while crews finished operations. The cause of the fire is unknown and no injuries were reported.

Engineer Ron Hood gives the owner some of
the items found undamaged.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Firefighters Collect for the Childrens Miracle Network

On September 9, September 16 and September 23, 2012, Pinion Pine firefighters spent the day at the Loves Truck Stop (Interstate 40, exit 59) collecting donations for the Children's Miracle Network charity. The Children's Miracle Network is one of North America's leading children's charities that raises money for local hospitals to help children and their families deal with common illnesses such as asthma or to fight bigger challenges such as cancer. Since 2011, the CMN has raised more than $4.3 billion.  We are happy to say we have assisted the Loves Corporation and the Children's Miracle Network with raising $1,600 plus the stores total in an effort to reach our goal of $11,053. We appreciate all the help from the everyday people that passed through and made a donation from the change in their pocket to the $20 bills and look forward to raising even more in September 2013.

Firefighter Dave Swisher,  Firefighter Steve Little, Firefighter
Travis Menter and Engineer Ron Hood collect donations on
September 16, 2012.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Early Morning Vehicle Fire

On September 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM, Engine 511 and Chief 501 received an alarm for a tractor trailer fire on Highway 93 northbound at the 96 mile marker (Hackberry Rd). Units arrived on scene to a semi tractor fully involved already detached from the trailer. Crews deployed a CAFS attack line and extinguished the blaze, although the truck was completely destroyed by the fire. There was no secondary damage to the trailer and the driver was uninjured. Units were on scene for approximately 1 hour while operations were conducted and traffic flow restricted to 1 lane. The cause of the fire was not determined but the driver believes it started near the fuel pump area of the motor compartment.

Lt. Danny Zandvliet and Firefighter Dave Swisher begin
fire attack upon arrival.