Seatbelts Prevent Injury in Violent Interstate Crash

A Dodge Challenger heading westbound on Interstate 84 tonight, went off the roadway into the median, striking the guardrail and rolling three times before coming to rest in the eastbound lanes. Crews where called out just before 3am tonight, originally for EMS only to assist PSP for a patient evaluation on a motor vehicle accident. EMS arrived on scene and reported a vehicle in the middle of the interstate with fluids down. Rescue was dispatched to the scene and arrived to find fluids down and debris all over the Interstate. Crews made quick work to contain the fluids and clear the debris from the Interstate while EMS obtained two patient refusals. 


Units on scene: Rescue 29, 29-9 (EMS), Pennsylvania State Police

Driver Escapes Injury

A pickup truck pulling a large trailer full of sheet metal on its way to Connecticut went off Interstate 84, into a wooded area, this morning. The driver, who barely missed hitting a large tree head-on, escaped without injury. Crews where dispatched just before 8am this morning for a reported tractor trailer off the Interstate, into a wooded area. EMS would mark on scene reporting a pickup truck off the interstate, driver confined to the vehicle. Rescue crews soon arrived on scene and make access to the driver.

Afternoon Structure Fire

Crews where dispatched just a few hours before our annual Carnival on the Mountain was supposed to open for the evening, for a reported possible brush fire, caller can smell smoke in the area of Half Mile Road, Jefferson Township. Chief 29 marked enroute to the scene and arrived, transmitting a priority message, to report a working structure fire, detached garage on fire and several piles of tires and rubbish on fire with multiple exposure issues to vehicles. Lackawanna County 911 upgraded the box alarm to a structure box bringing in additional resources from outside of Jefferson Township. Engine 29 arrived on scene and quickly put two handlines into operation to knock down the fire. Tanker 68 was next to arrive on scene and setup water supply. A third handline was put into operation to bring the fire under control. Multiple other resources where utilized for overhaul.


Units on scene: Engine 29, Rescue 29, Tanker 29, Tanker 68, Ladder 68, Tanker 21, Tanker 15, Engine 15, Engine 1-1, Engine 67-5, Supply 56, Rescue 25, Ambulance 29-8, Ambulance 21-9, Commonwealth EMS Rehab.

Afternoon Accident Snarls Traffic & Injuries Three

A afternoon accident on Mt Cobb Road sent three people to the hospital. A mini-van traveling east on Mt Cobb Road, left the roadway, striking two utility poles. Rescue 29 arrived on scene to find the driver confined to the vehicle. Rescue personnel quickly stabilized the vehicle and performed a partial removal of the driverside of the mini-van. All three occupants where transported to the hospital.

Firefighters Attend NPSD Career Day

Firefighters from Jefferson Twp and other communities from throughout the North Pocono Area recently attended the North Pocono School District Career Day. Firefighters spoke to several hundred students about volunteering in their community with local emergency service organizations and explained how volunteering, as young as 14 years old, can help the student make future career decisions as we interact with multiple different career paths.

Structural Firefighting Training

Firefighters from Jefferson, Lake Ariel, Moscow and Gouldsboro spent their Saturday morning and afternoon reviewing structural firefighting drills at the Pike County Fire Training Center. Crews had hands on experience with both first floor and second floor fires. Crews also reviewed victim search and rescue skills. Thank you to our instructors and everyone who attended and made this another successful training experience.

Weekend High Angle Rope Rescue Training

Firefighters from Jefferson, Elmhurst, Moscow, and Gouldsboro spent their Saturday & Sunday practicing some high angle rope rescue victim removal training skills as part of the Rope 3 program. Firefighters trained in multiple different patient removal and packaging situations including two rope offset rescues. Great work by all who participated.



Wayne County Brush Fire Spreads to Structure

Engine & Tanker 29 responded into Wayne County to assist Lake Ariel Fire Company on a brush fire that spread to a nearby vacant structure on Easton Turnpike.Engine 29, just clearing from a vehicle fire, was only minutes from the scene. arrival, crews assisted with overhaul and cleanup. Quick work by crews on scene contained the fire.  Tanker 29 was cancelled enroute and returned to service.

Afternoon Crash Injures Two

Two people where transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a two car crash this afternoon at the intersection of Cortez Road & Archbald Mountain Road. Crews where dispatched just after noon today for the report of a crash with injuries. Rescue 29 arrived on scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles but a signifiant amount of debris and fluids down in the roadway. Rescue personnel split with one crew tending to the hazards while the second crew tended to the injured parties until EMS assumed patient care.


Units on scene: Rescue 29, Car 29, Ambulance 29-8, Ambulance 67-4, Pennsylvania Ambulance, 29-PD

Excavator Damaged in Afternoon Fire

Crews where called to a open lot behind Grassie & Sons Construction this afternoon for a reported excavator on fire. Knowing the size of the construction machinery kept at Grassie & Sons, command requested an additional Tanker out of Maplewood (Tanker 68). Crews arrived on scene and found a mini-excavator fully involved at 1066 Sheerer Road. Engine 29 handled the suppression duties while Tanker 29 stood by on scene with additional water, Tanker 68 was quickly returned to service.


Late Night Roaring Brook Structure Fire

The volunteers from Jefferson Township along with others from across the North Pocono area were called to Windsor Way, Roaring Brook Township, just before 2am today, for a working residential structure fire. First arriving units encountered a fully involved detached garage fire with exposure risk. Tanker 29 handled the water shuttle while Engine 29 personnel handled the Rapid Intervention Team duties. Great work by everyone on scene. Crews operated on scene for just over 2 hours.

Jefferson Township 2nd Alarm Structure Fire

Station 29 along with our First Alarm assignment (Jefferson, Elmhurst, Madisonville, Maplewood) was dispatched for a reported working structure fire, at approx 10:20am today. Additional reports reported a working fire in a multi-family residential structure. Command upgraded the assignment to bring in the SRN companies (Jessup, Lake Ariel, Moscow). First arriving Engine Company encountered a working fire in the second division of the structure with extension into the roof area. Command transmitted a second alarm bringing in additional companies from (Archbald, Dickson City, Hamlin, Throop). In all, quick work by the first arriving crews contained the fire to the apartment of origin with moderate damage to the roof of the complex. Great work by all personnel operating on scene.


Scott Sight Thermal Imaging Cameras Added

Providing our volunteers with the best tools possible to do their job safely has always been a priority in the fire service. Today we are happy to add two Scott Sight Thermal Imaging Cameras to our toolbag. The Scott Sight integrates a lightweight thermal camera and display in the firefighter’s mask, keeping the thermal image in view at all times. Firefighters now have both hands free for effective communication, victim extraction, fire suppression and carrying tools.

Vehicle Rollover with Confinement

Rescue 29 responded for a reported two car MVA, with rollover in the 500 block of Cortez Road just after 8am. Upon arrival, crews encountered one vehicle on its side, with the injured driver, confined to the inside of the vehicle. Rescue crews went to work stabilizing the vehicle and putting two hydraulic rescue cutters into operation to perform a total roof removal. The sole occupant was quickly extricated and transported to a local hospital by Pennsylvania Ambulance.

Afternoon Jefferson Township Structure Fire

An early afternoon structure box drew the response of Station 29 and the 1st alarm companies to Lake Spangenburg Road. The first arriving engine company encountered heavy smoke on a single story residential structure. Command upgrade the assignment to a working fire, drawing the response of the SRN companies.