Working Residential Dwelling Fire

Monday, December 1, 2014   At 1018 Stations 207, 113 (Braddock), 153 (Forest Hills) & 135 (East McKeesport) were dispatched for a reported residential structure fire at 1611 Brinton Avenue in North Braddock. North Braddock PD on scene minutes later with a working structure fire. 207 Engine secured a water supply at Brinton Avenue and Ravine Street. Multiple handlines were stretched for fire extinguishment. Crews performed overhaul and extinguished the remaining hot spots. Utilities were notified along with the Allegheny County Fire Marshal for the investigation. Crews from 207 remained on scene to assist the Fire Marshal.

Units Working: 207 Engine, Rescue & Squad, 113 Engine & Rescue, 153 Truck, 171 Squad

Command: 207 Chief (Rydzak)



Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

Sunday, November 30, 2014  Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires each year cause by Christmas Trees. Carefully decorating your Christmas Tree and following the recommendations for Christmas Lights can make your holiday safer. Below you will find safety tips for Christmas Trees and Christmas Lights.


Many artificial trees are fire resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement specifying this protection. A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. To check for freshness, remember: 

  •           A fresh tree is green.
  •           Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches.
  •           When bent between your fingers, fresh needles do not break.
  •           The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin.
  •           The tree is too dry when the trunk is bounced and needles fall off.
Place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.

Cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base of a sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread feet. Keep the stand filled with water while the tree is indoors.

Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Use thin guy-wires to secure a large tree to walls or ceiling. These wires are almost invisible.


Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.

Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.

Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.

Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.

Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.

Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.

The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!

Keep “bubbling” lights away from children. These lights with their bright colors and bubbling movement can tempt curious children to break candle-shaped glass, which can cut, and attempt to drink liquid, which contains a hazardous chemical.

Exclusive Christmas Tree Safety Tips from NIST


Winter months hold the highest for Carbon Monoxide Incidents

Friday, November 7, 2014   As temperatures drop and consumers begin cranking up their heat the number of Carbon Monoxide incidents rise significantly. November thru February represent the leading months of CO poisoning, with the peak being in December. In 2010, fire departments in the United States ran 80,000 non-fire incidents where CO was found. From 1999-2010 an average of 430 people were killed due to CO poisoning. Remember to check your CO detector and make sure the batteries are replaced and working properly. 

Click on the the headline above and click on the PDF file containing more information on Carbon Monoxide Safety.



MVA with Injuries

Thursday, November 6, 2014   At 1235, stations 120 (Chalfant), 122 (Churchill) and 153 (Forest Hills) were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident with injuries at Ardmore Boulevard and Electric Avenue in Chalfant. As crews were acknowledging, units were alerted that the accident will be in North Braddock and station 207 was dispatched and the call was held to 207 and 153. As units were calling enroute EMS on scene with no entrapment and minor fluid containment.



Mutual Aid Vehicle Fire

Monday, September 22, 2014   At 0242 Stations 207, 114 (Braddock Hills), and 153 (Forest Hills) were dispatched for a reported vehicle fire at the intersection of Garfield and Wilkins Avenue in Braddock Hills. Moments later Braddock Hills PD on scene with a fully involved vehicle fire. 114 Engine on scene with a fully involved vehicle fire. Crew from 207 Engine assisted with extinguishment.

Command: 114 Chief (Brucker)

Units Working: 114 Engine, 207 Engine, 153 Engine



Mutual Aid Commercial Structure Fire

Saturday, September 13, 2014  Crews were dispatched to 2037 Monongahela Avenue at 1:28 pm for a report of an odor of something burning inside the building.  278 Engine 1 arrived on scene one minute later and initially reported “nothing showing” from a three-story multi-family and would be investigating.  278 Truck arrived at 1:30 pm.  After a preliminary size up, crews observed smoke coming from the side of the building at the roof area and were informed that there were people unaccounted for.  A second alarm was requested at 1:31 pm.  Crews searched the building for occupants and cleared the six apartment units, while other crews searched for the fire.  Based on initial observations, the fire was thought to be on third floor, however crews were unable to locate it.  After opening up ceilings and finding no fire, additional crews started checking below, from the basement up to the 2nd floor.

The fire was running the walls from the 2nd to the 3rd floor and through a hidden cockloft in the roof.  A third alarm was requested at 1:43 pm.  Once 278 Truck crews ventilated the roof, the fire quickly grew.

The fire began to forcefully vent out of the front of the building on the third floor and started to impinge high voltage power lines. Command evacuated the building and deployed elevated master streams from three aerials.  This was done to knock down the fire from the roof and third floor as well as protect the high power lines. 

A short while later, after the bulk of the fire on the front of the structure knocked down, crews regrouped and again began an interior attack.  Fire was found throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Additional companies were requested for fresh manpower.  Crews chased and extinguished the fire for several hours until finally being brought under control after about 3 hours.  Crews were on scene for nearly five and a half hours.

One civilian was treated at the scene as were three firefighters for minor injuries.  One firefighter sustained second and third degree burns and was treated and released from UPMC Mercy Hospital. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office.



North Braddock Community Days

Thursday, July 31, 2014  Its that time of year again for the North Braddock Community Days. Community Days will be July 31, August 1 & 2. Come on out and join us for food, fun, games, hayride, live music, parade and prizes. On Friday August 1st the band will be Tres Lads. On August 2nd there will be the annual firemans parade with the route going up Wolfe Avenue up to the field where community days will be held. At the conclusion of the parade The Igniters will perform.



Residential Structure Fire

Sunday, July 6, 2014  At 2136 Stations 207, 113 (Braddock), 153 (Forest Hills), and 135 (East McKeesport) were dispatched for a residential structure fire at 1911 Pallas Street in North Braddock. 207 Engine was on scene within minutes to find a working fire in the upstairs bedroom. An 1 3/4"  preconnect was stretched for fire extinguishment. Overhaul and salvage operations were performed. Utilites and Allegheny County Fire Marshal was notified for the investigation.

Command: 207 Chief (Rydzak)

Operations: 207 Assistant (Rydzak)

Units Working: 207 Engine, 113 Engine, 153 Truck, 135 Rescue



Mutual Aid Dwelling Fire

Saturday, July 5, 2014  At 1613 Stations 207, 238 (Rankin), 113 (Braddock), 198 (Whitaker) were dispatched for a residential structure fire on North Holland Avenue in Rankin. As units were marking up PD on scene stating two houses were on fire. 113 EN on scene with two residential structures well involved. 113 EN secured a water supply at Mills Ave and North Holland. 207 EN secured a water supply at Second Street and Holland Avenue. Multiple handlines were put into operation. A second alarm was transmitted bringing stations 153 (Forest Hills), 204 (Munhall), 200 (Munhall), 135 (East McKaaesport). Extensive overhaul was perfomed.

Command: 238 Chief (Megley)

Units Working: 238 Engine, 113 Engine, 207 Engine, 298 Engine, 204 Truck, 200 Telesquirt, 135 Rescue, 293 Engine, 294 Engine



Vehicle Accident w/ Entrapment

Saturday, July 5, 2014  At 1905 Station 207 was dispatched to Electric Avenue offramp from Route 30 for a one vehicle accident with injuries. As units were calling enroute PD advised incoming units of entrapment and telephone pole and wires down. As units were arriving on scene to extricate the patient the vehicle was also on fire. Crews made a quick knock on the fire as well as a quick extrication. Utilities notifed to take care of the pole and wires down.

Command: 207 Chief (Rydzak)

Units Working: 207 Rescue, Engine, Service, & Squad



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