Sunday, November 27, 2005

Looking for Content

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

1st Responder Network

The 1st Responder Network is a Nationwide Paging system that sends out pages for fire, police, ems activites throughout the country. They are currently looking for additional dispatchers. I have been doing it for about 2 months now. You do not get paid but its a lot of fun. If you are interested in becoming a dispatcher send me an email and I will tell you more about it.

Another fatal on 115

Station 43 was dispatched to a reported head on MVA with entrapment on 115 near the PV Middle School. Units on scene found 1 person DOA. Another 2 were flown via Medevac.
Following is the info from

Update: 11/27/2005= Mary Hamiel was a volunteer at West End EMS in Effort. Our thought and prayers go out to her family.

Fatal Crash in Monroe County

Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m.

A deadly crash in Monroe County late Friday night claimed the life of a Saylorsburg woman. State police said Mary Hamiel, 59, died in the crash in Chestnuthill Township. Officials said a pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old boy and Hamiel's S-U-V collided head on around midnight on Route 115. Two people in the pickup were injured. Route 115 near the Pleasant Valley High School was closed for several hours

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey day to all. Hopefully everyone will be safe and I wont have any pictures to post.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

PIcks Pal Banner

Dont forget to click on the pickspal banner on top. for every person that signs up on the site we get $2.00 that will go to the West End Fire Company. Help show your support. Best of all its free for you.


11/21/05 turned into 10-22

Early afternoon of 11/21/05 Station 43 was first toned out for a car fire in Polk Township. 43-1-1 responded with a crew of 4 and 43-5-5 responded with a crew of 2. After almost arriving on scene we were 10-22'd (cancelled for those who dont use 10 codes) by Station 35. While returning from that call we were toned out to an MVa with fluids down on Route 209 near the Pocono View Motel. We were almost on scene when we were also 10-22'd to that call. No photos of either call because we never got there.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Interesting Article

This is a little article written by a guy I used to run with in SC. Thought it would be of some interest. Let me know what you think.

So how would you feel?

Dennis Lopez, Firefighter/EMT

I want you to think to your self how your community would be effected if it lost one of its firefighter. Volunteer or Career aside. How would it make you feel if one of your own was to loose there life. Remember these people risk there lives, sanity and family lives to provide a service to the community they live in.

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear"

Firefighters come in all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, and both genders. They dedicate a large portion of there lives to education and training them selves to be better firefighters. Career and volunteer must maintain there professional certifications in order to continue to serve there community. Time taken out of there lives in preparation for helping yours…

"Tradition lives because young people come along who catch its romance and add new glory to it."

Now what kind of person says, yes I wont to be woken up in the middle of the night, hours before I have to go to work, and fight a house fire, rescues people from a tangled car, or help granny back into bed after she has fallen. Someone who cares more about the felling of others then there own. A quality all firefighters should posses.

“I provide a nameless faceless service to a community that rarely knows how much they need me. If I am called from a sound sleep, and loose my life attempting to same someone life or property, I will do so with out regret.”

Think to your self the next time you see a firefighter, under all that equipment, reflective striping, and that funny hat. There is a man or woman who left a family behind to run into that burning building to save you and your personal possessions, is standing in the highway cutting someone’s loved one out of a car, is doing CPR on someone’s mother, father, brother, sister. These people really do risk there lives everyday. 10 to 12 firefighters die every month. Give every firefighter the respect of your appreciation. You have no idea how great it makes us feel.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Excavator Fire 11/18/2005

Station 43 assisted with an excavator fire in Robin Hood Lakes. The fire was contained to the cab area.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Problems with Photos

For some reason there is a problem with Photobucket which hosts most of my photos. As soon as it is sorted out the photos should be back up- Sorry for the inconvienence.


Appears the photo issue may be corrected- if you are haveing problems viewing please send me an email.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Training with Station 39

11/16/2005- station 43 went to the Monroe County training Center and conducted alive burn with members of Sun Valley Station 39. This was a good opportunity for members to work together as we are trying to get Sun Valley on more of our calls. (Pictures coming Soon)

Friday, November 11, 2005

Car Vs. Barn

Station 43 was dispatched to an MVA with areported car which struck a bar. The call was supposed tp be near Burger Hollow Rd and Merwinsbrug Rd but was actually about a mile up on Dorshimer Rd. in Polk Twshp. Station 35 was dispatched as well. 43-4-4 arrived on scene first and found a car had left the road an just missed a telephone pole but struck head on into a barn. The barn won and suffered little damage. The homeowner said this was the 4th time the barn had been hit over the years. Medevac 2 and PennStar were called for the two patients.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Update on Jonas Hotel Fire

Brodheadsville man charged in three fires, including Jonas Hotel
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Pocono Record Writer

JONAS -- An arson arrest was made after a series of fires the last two months, officials reported.

Tiberiu Mugar Mironescu of Brodheadsville was arrested Oct. 23 after admitting to setting fire to the Jonas Hotel on Sept. 3 and New World Voyagers Inc. on Oct. 17 and again on the day he was arrested.

The 29-year-old allegedly set the historic hotel on fire from outside the structure with a pile of cardboard boxes and trash, according to Hazleton Fire Marshal reports.

The fire caused severe damage to the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms.

Fire damage to the hotel was about $200,000, said Mike Pandolfo, one of the hotel's owners.

Hotel guests were evacuated after a couple of residents driving on Jonas Road noticed flames in the back of the structure.

They called 911, woke up guests and helped evacuate the structure.

Damages to New World Voyagers Inc., which is less than a mile away from the hotel, were unknown late Tuesday.

All three fires occurred between 4 and 6 a.m.

Since the hotel fire, Pandolfo has been focusing on getting his business running, but when state police showed up at his business to tell him the news of the arrest he said he was blown away.

"I think it's tremendous that he finally got caught," said Pandolfo, who plans to re-open the dining area with a full menu on Friday. "I'm glad they caught him and he's off the street."

Mironescu had his preliminary hearing on Monday at Magisterial District Judge JoLana Krawitz's office.

Mironescu is being held at Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $75,000 bail.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Station 43 does some Training

These are some older pics from the summer of Station 43 at the burn building at the Monroe County Control Center:
Thanks to Eric Gunsser for the photos

Bad Night in the West End

11/6/05- Around 9:30PM Station 43 was toned out for an MVA with reported ejection on Route 115 near Heckmans Orchard. First officers on scene found one patient ejected and DOA. The pole was sheered off and the car appeared to roll several times. As we were closing Route 115 we were dispacthed to another MVA on Route 209 near Mr.Z's. This MVA was Motorcycle Vs. Truck. First on scene officers found the motorcycle driver DOA as well. Medevac ended up flying two patients as well. A zone Fire Police tone was sent. Help came from Stations 35, 28, 39. Thanks to everyone for their extended help on these bad calls.

pics of the Route 209 call from

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Let me know where you are from

Here is a map site that will show where everyone is from - you just need to put a name and zip code. Also there is a spot where you can leave a message. Try it out and let me know what you think.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Another Fatal

Dispatched to an early morning MVA on 209 near the Agway. Units on scene found a severe head on loss with one DOA.

Thanks to William Edinger for the pics.

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Here is the article frm the Pocono Record

One dead, one severely injured in West End crash

BRODHEADSVILLE -- A Saylorsburg man died and two others were injured after a crash on Route 209 near Brodheadsville early Thursday morning, just a half mile from where Pleasant Valley High School sophomore Jessica Dettrey died in a crash in September.

Police said that Matthew John Solderitch, 27, was driving south on Route 209 when, in front of the Agway, he lost control of his car and crossed the double yellow line and hit a Ford pickup head-on.

The truck, driven by 58-year-old Jerry D. Eckhart of Palmerton, rolled over onto its roof and stopped in the northbound lane. Solderitch's car then hit a Dodge pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Paul Smith of Effort which was travelling north on Route 209 behind Eckhart.

Solderitch was pronounced dead at the scene by Monroe County Coroner Dave Thomas. Eckhart was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown with a severe hip injury. Smith had a minor arm injury and did not require treatment. Police said that Smith was wearing a seatbelt; Solderitch and Eckhart were not.

-- Catherine Rodriguez

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Evergreen Hollow Road- in a creek

11/1/05- November gets off to a quick start with an MVA on Evergreen Hollow Road. A driver went off the road and struck two trees and landed in the creek. The slope of the ground made driver extrication interesting. 43-7 had command, 43-8 landed Medevac.
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Note how high the markings are on the tree.
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