Training to real life
Monday, December 11, 2017
As department personnel were getting underway with another joint training session with the Norristown Fire Dept. career staff at the State Hospital, Norristown was dispatched to a working dwelling fire on the 500 block of Arch St. Engine 32, who responded with the career staff, and Quint 31 were among the first arriving units, assisting in all aspects on the fire ground for approximately two hours before returning.
Hose load prop, part 2
Members spent December's engineers night on the hose bed prop reviewing different hose loads and deployments.
Hose load prop, part 1
Monday, November 27, 2017
Tonight's training consisted of PPE and apparatus reviews for our probationary members while other members finished up the new hose bed prop before reviewing several different hose loads.
Hydrants and hose deployment
Monday, October 30, 2017
Fifteen members were on hand last evening for another night of hydrant hookups and several evolutions dealing with the deploying of alley lines and high rise packs.
Hydrants and a run
Last evening's training for our Senior Firefighters consisted of deploying alley lines and high rise packs. Our newest member, Probationary Firefighter Goldberg, was introduced to hydrant hookups and drilled on several scenarios. Engine 32's crew of six also responded to a fire alarm.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Just before 8pm this evening, Bridgeport units were dispatched to a reported appliance fire on the 400 block of Ford St. First arriving units encountered a heavy smoke condition and active fire in a dryer in the residence prompting a full building fire response. The fire was quickly extinguish with no signs of extension and minimal damage to the property.
Gas leak and training
Monday, July 31, 2017
After clearing from a gas leak inside response this evening, members hit the station props to review entanglement hazards, wall breaches and assisting down firefighters. The senior guys also got a chance to see what newly certified firefighter Rich Szlavik could do.
Training cut short
Members attended the Montgomery County Fire Academy this evening to review hose deployments and standpipe operations. Crews operated on both sides of the drill tower running through several scenarios.
Unfortunately, storms moving through the region cut training short. As crews were wrapping up, they were alerted of a working fire on the 200 block of E Main St. in Norristown; Engine and Utility 32 supplemented Quint 31 on the response with nine personnel. Crews assisted on scene for an hour before being released and returning to station.
To say that Probationary Firefighter Rich Szlavik is dedicated is an understatement. After several years as a social member with Good Will, Rich made the decision during the 2016 holiday season to give firefighting a try; from there he hasn't looked back. Rich has attended the Montgomery County Fire Academy over the last six months working towards his firefighting certification, all while juggling work and family life. Tonight, Probationary Firefighter Rich Szlavik becomes Firefighter RIch Szlavik as Class 1701, PA Entry Level Firefighter, graduates in front of family and friends at the Montgomery County Fire Academy. The officers and members of the Good Will Fire Co. would like to congratulate Rich on this great achievement and we wish him a long and safe career!
Memorial Day Services
Members of the Bridgeport Fire Department attending Memorial Day Services today at the 4th & DeKalb Memorial site.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Bridgeport units were dispatched at 11:16 this morning to assist Norristown (Station 27) at a second alarm fire on Main and Swede Streets. Members from Good Will assisted with interior and aerial operations. Crews were on scene for almost two hours before being released.
First due dwelling
At 10:46 last evening, Department and automatic aid companies were dispatched to a dwelling fire at 326 Prospect Ave; initial calls reported heavy smoke and the odor of something burning in the area. Chief 32 arrived and confirmed fire on the first floor in the rear of a two and a half story twin. Upon arrival, crews from Engine 32-1 and Quint 31 pulled an attack line and attempted entry into the front of the building; due to extreme hoarding conditions throughout the dwelling, crews were unable to make entry to the first floor. Handlines were redeployed to the rear as crews began taking windows to attack the fire from the exterior. Due to these extreme hoarding conditions, the fire was able to spread vertically into the second floor and roof area. Crews operating in the “B” exposure, and on the roof, were able to stop the spread of fire to the neighboring unit as crews attacking the fire from the exterior deployed additional handlines and a master stream to bring the fire under control. Department units and multiple mutual aid companies operated for over four hours before clearing the scene.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Just before 12:30am, the Department was alerted to an unknown type fire in the area of Ford and E 4th Sts. While enroute, Deputy 32 was advised by Dispatch that Police were on scene reporting a trash fire with extension to part of a gutter on a nearby garage. Upon arrival, the Deputy found a trashcan on fire with extension to the garage itself. The working fire dispatch was struck, redispatching the department and alerting mutual aid to the scene. Engine 32-1 secured a water supply upon arrival and placed two hand lines in service. Crews from Quint 31 and Ladder 27 opened up the roof and garage door and forced entry into the conjoining restaurant to find minor extension. Crews operated on scene for approximately an hour and a half before clearing the scene.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
At 3:40pm, Engine 32 was dispatched to assist Station 47 (King of Prussia) at a working fire in a residential unit under construction on the 100 block of Village Dr. Upon arrival, the Engine's crew was given orders to assist the first in crew with fire attack and overhaul of the roof area. Units operated on scene for an hour and a half before going available.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
At 2:16pm, Bridgeport units were alerted to a trash fire at JP Mascaro & Sons on the 300 block of W 6th St. Bridgeport "5" arrived on scene to find a 50'x50' wide, 20' high, pile of recyclable waste fully involved. First in units secured a water supply and began the daunting task of fighting the fire; additional mutual aide units were called in to assist at the scene. Units operated for over six hours before going available.
Sunday, April 20, 2017
At 4:39pm, Engine 32 was dispatched to assist Station 47 (King of Prussia) at the working fire on the 500 block of General Armstrong Rd. Upon arrival, the engine's crew was assigned RIT duties until the arrival of Rescue 27; the crew threw ground ladders and stretched a third line to Side "B" as a precautionary measure. After Rescue 27's arrival, the crew was reassigned to the second attack line and was tasked to check for extension and perform overhaul on Divisions one and two. Crews were on scene for nearly two hours before going available.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Just before 11:00am, Engine 32 was dispatched to assist Station 49 (Swedesburg) at a building fire in the King Manor section of Upper Merion Township. The Engine and it's crew of five arrived first and was instructed by Chief 49 to establish a water supply and lay in. The crew initiated fire attack with a 2 1/2" and pulled an additional 1 3/4" while other crews on scene assisted with interior operations, preformed ventilation and searches. Crews operated on scene for just over an hour.
Cold night in KoP
Monday, January 9, 2017
Just after 8pm, Good Will was dispatched, along with Bridgeport No. 1 and other local companies, to assist Station 47 at a dwelling fire on the 500 block of W Beidler Rd. Eleven members made the response and assisted with roof and interior operations. Good Will units were on scene for just over two hours before returning to station.