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Engine 22-3 is positioned to supply up the large diameter hose running up Belmont to Engine 22-2.  The five inch supply line was never charged and ultimately not needed.
Engine 22-3 is positioned to supply up the large diameter hose running up Belmont to Engine 22-2. The five inch supply line was never charged and ultimately not needed.
 
Tanker 22 provides a supply to Engine 3 at the development entrance.
Tanker 22 provides a supply to Engine 3 at the development entrance.
 
A large manpower pool was available if called upon by Operations.
A large manpower pool was available if called upon by Operations.
 
WGFC Captain Vattilana observes the Ladder 22 crew at work.
WGFC Captain Vattilana observes the Ladder 22 crew at work.
 
Crews from four neighboring companies were available if needed.
Crews from four neighboring companies were available if needed.
 
Crews were ready -- most were released quickly upon arrival -- but a true demonstration of the cooperative nature of the fire service in and around Southern Chester County.
Crews were ready -- most were released quickly upon arrival -- but a true demonstration of the cooperative nature of the fire service in and around Southern Chester County.
 
After more than 25 years in service, Ladder 22 is nearing the end of its work in West Grove, here at one of it's last few alarms.  A new 100' ladder will arrive next month.
After more than 25 years in service, Ladder 22 is nearing the end of its work in West Grove, here at one of it's last few alarms. A new 100' ladder will arrive next month.
 
Crews work at the roof peak, the seat of the fire.
Crews work at the roof peak, the seat of the fire.
 
This Franklin Township home suffered minimal damage as the WGFC attacked a fire in the roof peak adjacent to an active chimney.  Five neighboring fire companies were also dispatched to this scene.
This Franklin Township home suffered minimal damage as the WGFC attacked a fire in the roof peak adjacent to an active chimney. Five neighboring fire companies were also dispatched to this scene.
 
Engine 22-2 in the driveway.  The engine crew deployed a pre-connected 300' line off the back -- exactly the kind of deployment that the line is designed for.
Engine 22-2 in the driveway. The engine crew deployed a pre-connected 300' line off the back -- exactly the kind of deployment that the line is designed for.
 
Looking up at the fire area from the base of Ladder 22
Looking up at the fire area from the base of Ladder 22
 
By Secretary Bill Wohl
March 12, 2017

Smoke coming from a roof was the first sign of trouble -- and a 911 call alerted the West Grove Fire Company and neighboring companies of a possible house fire at the intersection of Belmont Court, along Route 841 at the entrance of Southview Estates in Franklin Township.

The initial dispatch for the house fire alerted West Grove, Oxford, Avondale, Elkton and Cochranville Fire Companies.

Ladder 22 responded quickly, followed by West Grove Engine 22-2, Tanker 22 and Engine 22-3. The Ladder, Tanker and an Engine came from Oxford. Cochranville responded with their Rescue as the RIT (rapid intervention team) assignment. An engine from Elkton, and an Engine and Tanker from Avondale also made the response.

Deputy 22 arrived first, reporting smoke from the roof, and assumed Operations. Chief 22 arrived an assumed Command. Engine 22-2 arrived first, and laid a five inch supply line from the neighborhood entrance up Belmont and into the driveway. The Engine deployed it's 300' pre-connected 1-3/4" attack line from the rear of the truck and directed it to the open fire coming from the roof peak, adjacent to an active chimney. Crews advanced into the attic to check for extension, and to the fire place on the first floor. Meanwhile, Engine 22-3 arrived, backing into Belmont and connecting to the dropped large diameter hose supply line. Tanker 22 then position to supply Engine 3, securing a complete water supply. Ladder 22 had already arrived, positioning along Route 841 and raising its 75 ladder to the fire area. WGFC Engine 22-1 and Rescue 22 arrived and supplied manpower, as did Utility 22.

Crews stopped the fire advance in the area of the roof eaves at the peak of the roof. No extension was reported to the attic area, and the fire source below was secured. Wood and aluminum trim along the eaves was removed to expose the fire area, and the incident was quickly declared under control. There was no interior damage, and the crews on Ladder 22 inspected the chimney to assure no continued fire conditions.

Assisting on scene were the WGFC ambulance, as well as numerous fire police, PSPA and the Chester County Fire Marshals. Units were released about 90 minutes into the incident with no injuries.

Units: Engines 22-1, 22-2 and 22-3, Tanker 22, Ladder 22, Rescue 22, Utility 22, 22 Fire Police, Ambulance 22
 
Mutual Aid: Engine 21-4, Engine 23-2, Tanker 23, Tanker 21, Ladder 21, Rescue 27, Engine 13-2, CC Fire Marshals, PSPA
 
 

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charles bowen March 13, 2017 at 8:55 PM
Thank all of you for your gallant efforts for saving my brother & sister-in-laws house from burning down! "Great Job!!"




2017 Incidents
Fire EMS
Jan 42 216
Feb 60 191
Mar 70 209
Apr 70 169
May 54 175
Jun 46 161
Jul 70 239
Aug 46 169
Sep 55
Oct
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Dec
Total 513 1529

Fire Run Statistics By Township
Franklin 55
London Britain 26
London Grove 60
New London 68
Penn 161
West Grove 36
Mutual Aid 107
Total 513

EMS Run Statistics By Township
Franklin 124
London Britain 82
London Grove 152
Londonderry 79
New London 175
Penn 694
West Grove 96
Mutual Aid 127
Total 1529

Past Incidents
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2015 560 2208
2014 619 2244
2013 577 2095
2012 577 1957
2011 534 2035
2010 588 1782
2009 507 1669
2008 529 1624
2007 584 1624
2006 554 1412

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