February 8, 2013
Friday evening, at approximately 17:45 hours, United Hook and Ladder responded to Box 11-3 was struck for a chimney fire with extension on Rife Road.
Assistant chief 11 arrived on scene with smoke showing from a two story unoccupied farm house.
Truck 33 arrived, set up the stick to the roof while ground ladders were being thrown to the porch roof, windows were vented. Click photo gallery for additional photos of this incident.
February 2, 2013
Box 33-5 was sounded Saturday afternoon around 15:30 hours for a chimney fire on Bair Road in Berwick Township.
Chief 33 (Rabine) went responding and was immediately informed from Adams Communications that the caller reports heavy black smoke coming from the chimney.
Chief 33 arrived to find a light smoke condition from the chimney of a unoccupied home. Completing a near 360 walk around, nothing was visible from the exterior nor visible when looking in the windows.
Engine 33-2 arrived, and was ordered to force a rear door to the garage area. A firefighter forced a sliding glass door prior, and walked through the home, reporting a light smoke condition throughout the house. The firefighter opened the garage door, a heavier smoke condition presented itself from the garage. A hose line was brought to the rear door as well as a thermal imaging camera. No heat source was noted.
Crews then opened the roll up garage doors, finding a medium smoke condition. It was discovered to be a furnace malfunction.
Crews cleared the scene about 50 minutes later.
Click Photo Gallery for additional photos of this incident.
October 27, 2012
On October 27, 2012 we held the second training exercise for our new Paratech Vehicle Rescue Struts.
September 15, 2012
Paratech Strut Training
In anticipation of putting our new Paratech Struts in service in the near future, on 09/15/2012 we gathered at Station 1 for training on the use of the struts.
The goal of the drill involving the truck on top of the car was to lift the truck off the car and then lift the car enough to slid a 4 X 4 under the front tire of the car.
Thanks to John Major from TheFireStore for taking the time on a Saturday morning to train us on this new equipment.
On 10/27/2013 we returned for another training session and were able to again lift the truck enough to lift the car enough to slide a 4 X 4 under the front tire.
August 25, 2012
United Hook & Ladder Company # 33 participated in the 2012 National Fallen Firefighters Softball Tournament held in Littlestown. Those who participated had a good time and it was for a good cause.
Thanks to 911 Photography for supplying the photos.
August 11, 2012
Pictured below from the left: President Byrne; Treasurer/Lieutenant Moul, holding the Moul Award; Engineer Kessel, holding the Company Coming the Longest Distance Award for our Brothers from the Hillcrest New York Fire Dept.; Firefighter Lehman, holding the 2nd Best Appearing/Most Functional in County Engine; Lieutenant Staub, holding the 2nd Best Appearing/Most Functional Truck & Firefighter Kreft. Thanks to our fellow firefighters form Hillcrest for joining us in the ACVESA parade and congratulations on your trophy for the company traveling the longest distance.
Pictured below from the left: President Byrne; Treasurer/Lieutenant Moul, holding the Moul Award; Engineer Kessel, holding the Company Coming the Longest Distance Award for our Brothers from the Hillcrest New York Fire Dept.; Firefighter Lehman, holding the 2nd Best Appearing/Most Functional in County Engine; Lieutenant Staub, holding the 2nd Best Appearing/Most Functional Truck & Firefighter Kreft.
Thanks to our fellow firefighters form Hillcrest for joining us in the ACVESA parade and congratulations on your trophy for the company traveling the longest distance.
February 29, 2012
Box alarm 33-6 sounded for the vehicle on fire next to the house. EMS arrived on the scene to find a civilian throwing buckets of water on the fire, EMS discharged their extinguisher through the small opening under the hood.
Chief 33 arrived on the scene and held the assignment to E 33-1 and TK 33, as other units were arriving. Fire was well under control, and no extension to the house. Crews opened the hood, and applied water under the hood to ensure extinguishment.
Units were clearing in approx. 30 minutes
February 18, 2012
Guest Speaker for the evening was Matt Tobia, Battalion Chief of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Matt gave a very motivational speech on why it is hard enough for today’s volunteers to provide emergency response and train properly and why they should not have the extra burden of doing fund raising in order to provide those services.
Business awards were presented to the following business who generously contributed to United Hook & Ladder Company #33 in 2011:
Vulcan Minerals Plant Manger Ronald Hippinsteel and Harry Deatrick accept their award from Chief Steve Rabine.
Timbar Packaging Eugene Snyder and Phillip Poist accept their award from Chief Steve Rabine.
Center Square Antiques Pearalee Winstel and Kelley Kinvle accept their award from Chief Steve Rabine.
Cross Keys Village the Brethren Home Vice President of Health Care Amanda Chase and Assistant Administrator Jennifer Holcomb accept their award from Chief Steve Rabine.
The following awards were presented to the deserving members of United Hook & Ladder Company #33
The Harry L. Moul Firefighter of the Year Award is presented to Shawn Kessel (center) by President Joey Byrne and Chief Steve Rabine
Keith Little, father of Brandon Little accepts the Brandon L. Little Rookie of the Year award posthumously in honor of his son from Treasurer Kevin Moul, Chief Steve Rabine and President Joey Byrne during a standing ovation in the room. This award previously known as the Rookie of the Year Award has been renamed to honor Fallen Firefighter Brandon L. Little who was killed in the line of duty one month before the banquet but had already been selected to receive the award for 2011.
Deputy Chief Bart Martin (third from the left) receives the William H. Staub Member of the Year Award from Chief Steve Rabine (left), President Joey Byrne (right) and past recipients Greg Kessel, Russell Watsic and Carole Waddell. Greg, Russell and Carole as past recipients were tasked with choosing the latest recipient.
From Our Brothers in Hillcrest, NY
Hillcrest New York Fire Department Ex-Chief and current Asst. Chaplin Frank Bifulco read a letter from his department who when they heard about the loss at United Hook & Ladder Company #33 of Firefighter Brandon Little donated $500.00 to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Federation in Brandon’s name.
Hillcrest New York Fire Department Ex-Chief and current Asst. Chaplin Frank Bifulco spoke about the 60 plus year tradition of the Hillcrest Fire Department and the former New Oxford Fire Company, now United Hook & Ladder Company #33 and the desire to rekindle the once strong relationship between the organizations which has been somewhat strained in recent years.
Many volunteer firehouses are kept strong by family tradition and several generations of one family. Pictured is Firefighter Greg Kessel is pictured with his son, Lieutenant Shawn Kessel, winner of the Harry L. Moul Firefighter of the Year Award.
Following the awards ceremony an fun night of dancing was enjoyed by those in attendance.
February 16, 2012
At approximately 1800 hours, box 33-8 was alerted for an auto accident, multiple cars with one victim unconscious at the intersection of York Road and Swift Run Road..
Chief 33 (Rabine) went responding shortly after dispatch. Adams 911 advised him there were reports of two cars, one unconscious, but negative entrapment.
Adams 911 advised Chief 33 a minute or so later a UH&L firefighter was on scene advising confirmed entrapment, and to dispatch the helicopter for air transport.
Units arrived to find two cars off the roadway, confinement to the one car, injuries to all occupants in both vehicles that required transport.
Rescue 33's crew removed the driver’s door for extrication of the driver.
Concerns there was possibly a child missing due to several child safety seats in both vehicles, crews set out with Thermal Imaging Cameras checking the woods and along the roadway for victims, the search proved negative.
United Hook & Ladder was assisted on scene by Medic 51, Supervisor 46, Pennsylvania State Police and fire police while Engine/Tanker 19 handled the landing zone for the helicopter at Morton Buildings.
While in the cleanup stages of the crash, the pre-alert was sounded for Box 33-12 for electrical fire within a house, units took up from the crash and responded to the fire, which was placed in service a few minutes after arrival of FD.
January 29, 2012
Thomasville ~ Jackson Township
Dispatched at approximately 12:55pm for an aircraft accident in a field across from the Thomasville Airport.
Stat 13 flight staff witnessed the crash and called 911. They immediately ran across to the field to begin life support.
On their arrival, they found a small fixed wing aircraft down, fuel leaking and one victim deceased.
Assistant Chief 3 had operations. Northern Regional Police were on scene investigating and awaiting the arrival of the NTSB.
The plane was approaching from the north side to land at the airport when it nosedived into the cornfield.
This was the second aircraft fatal crash in just over a month time near this airport.
Tanker 33 was dispatched and responded to this call.
January 18, 2012
Shortly after 17:30 hours, the pre alert was sounded for a garage fire.
A line officer from Hampton FD went on scene within a minute or so of dispatch and advised Adams 911 of a working, four bay two story garage fire with smoke and fire from the roof.
911 Photography arrived shortly after Hampton’s line officer, to hear screaming from family members that their father / husband was up in the attic attempting to extinguish the fire.
Engine company 33-1 advanced hand lines into the garage, fire was presenting itself up the walls and across the ceiling rapidly, heavy smoke billowing from the eves and gable ends of the garage.
Truck Company 33 opened the walls, and the fire was knocked within twenty minutes.
This was the second time a fire happened at this location in the last three years, this time the results were less devastating for the family.
Sadly, this incident is marked with tragedy.
While responding to the alarm, a United Hook & Ladder firefighter, 19 year old Brandon Little, a one year member crashed his personal vehicle on the way to the Fire Station and sadly succumbed to his injuries.
United Hook & Ladder was alerted to the crash within two minutes of being alerted to the working fire.
Please keep the fallen firefighter, his family as well as all his fellow brothers and sisters of 33 in your thoughts and prayers.
November 26, 2011
On Saturday 11/26/2011 Santa and Ms. Santa made the trip to New Oxford to scout out the area for next month’s landing zones. They were transported by Rescue 33 throughout the neighborhoods of New Oxford and Abbottstown.
November 25, 2011
279 West King Street
Dispatched as a vehicle accident with entrapment and ejection.
Units arrived to find an Explorer on its roof with one occupant lying on the roadway, and several other occupants sitting on the front porch of a nearby house.
East Berlin ambulance EMT's as well as firemen packaged the subject lying on the roadway and transported to York hospital.
Several BLS units were called to the scene for the other occupants of the vehicle. 2 people total were transported and 3 refused treatment at the scene.
Assisting on the crash were United Hook & Ladder FD, ambulances from East Berlin, Penn Twp, S.A.V.E.S. as well as medic units from Hanover Hospital.
Eastern Adams Police investigated the crash.
November 23, 2011
York Road and Fleshman Mill Road
Dispatched around 1600 hours for a vehicle accident with ejection. Assistant Chief 33 (T. Tyler) was on scene within a minute of dispatch assuming command and confirming dispatch, requested a helicopter to the scene.
Immediately on arrival of the ambulance, the ejected patient was loaded and transported by ground to York Hospitals trauma center by ground, with paramedics on board from Hanover Hospital's Medic 51 and Supervisor.
Rescue 33's crew arrived and went to work along with ambulance 19's crew on packaging the driver of the white Buick as well as stabilizing both cars involved.
The chopper was cancelled per command.
November 15, 2011
The box alarm was sounded at approximately 14:00 hours for a grain dryer on fire. United Hook & Ladder Company # 33 provided mutual aid.
May 10, 2011
Box 33-13, Commerce Street, Diesel Fuel Spill
United Hook and Ladder was assisted by the Adams County Haz Mat Spill Unit, as well as Eastern Adams Regional Police. Employees had begun distributing absorbent prior to fire department arrival, as well as after they were on scene.
May 6, 2011
Box 33-13, New Oxford Borough, 200 Block Lincoln Way East and Pfeiffer Lane
Passenger car vs. SUV.
May 4, 2011
Box 11-3, 203 Rife Road Lot 7
Dispatched at 17:21 for a well involved mobile home fire. Co. 33 Assisted Co. 11 with Engine 33-2, Truck 33 and Tanker 33
April 26, 2011
April 20, 2011
Box 33-13, New Oxford Borough, Commerce Street
Car into truck
April 9, 2011
Box 33-101, South Ridge Rd., Paradise Township - York County
Dispatched for a car fire. Chief 33 requested brush truck added to the box due to reports of vehicle in a field. Chief AOS with well involved truck fire in a field approximately 175 feet off the hard road.
April 5, 2011
Box 33-12 Water Street - Abbottstown Borough, Reported shed fire approximately 00:15 hours
Eastern Adams Police Officer Dave Ogle on scene advising a well involved 10x20 utility shed. Engine 33-2 arrived on scene, pulled the trash line and made attack.
April 5, 2011
Box 33-5 700 Block of Race track Road, Dispatched as vehicle accident, car on its roof.
PD on scene prior to FD arrival, sole occupant out of vehicle walking around. FD arrived, checked for hazards and the box was placed in service shortly thereafter.
March 24, 2011
740 Rife Road Washington Twp, 05:20 hours for house fire with possible entrapment.
Chief 11 (Byers) reported a large glow from several miles away. UH&L provided Truck 33 and assisted with RIT.
March 14, 2011
Box 33-1, Carlisle Pike at the intersection of 700 Road
Single car crash into a utility pole and guard rail. One patient who was self extricated was transported to local hospital. Deputy 33 (Martin) had command. Units on scene were Rescue, Engine 33-2 and EMS 33, Medic 51 and State police.