Rose Tree Fire Co.
1275 N. Providence Rd
Media, PA 19063
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The State Fire Commissioner has recognized Rose Tree Fire Company No. 1 as a Participating Fire Department of the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program. This program was established in 1983 when a committee known as the Fire Service Certification Advisory Committee (FSCAC) was formed to explore the implementation of a voluntary certification program for firefighters. The purpose of this program is to identify and recognize emergency service personnel whose accomplishments in training and education meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards. The NFPA standards for Fire Service Professional Qualifications identify the minimum requirements for a person at a particular level of progression. A person certified to one of the Fire Service Professional levels will have demonstrated competency in the knowledge and skills required to perform at a particular level. The safety and service to the citizens and visitors of Upper Providence Township, surrounding communities and the entire Commonwealth will be enhanced by the professional competency attained through this certification process.
Decals are proudly displayed on the apparatus signifying this accomplishment.
At 14:20 hours Company 73 (Rose Tree) was dispatched to the area of W. Rose Tree Rd. and N. Orange St. for a vehicle fire. Due to limited available manpower typically during the weekday hours (due to members working), all Chief Officers generally respond to the station to ensure adequate staffing of the apparatus.
Using our private radio frequency, we knew we had two Chief officers, a Lt. and two FF/Drivers responding to the station. 73-9 (Chief Brown) reponded directly to the scene and reported a pickup truck towing a commercial class lawn mower, with the pickup truck involved.
Size up of the scene was made. An exposure hazard consisted of a line of pine trees along with overhead phone, cable and electric transmission lines. The trees were beginning to burn, extending flames into the overhead wires. Fuel was free burning from the vehicle and the grade of the road was considered for apparatus placement. Engine 73 was ordered to approach the scene staying uphill from the fire. They positioned 2 1/2 telephone pole spans away from the fire (about 175').
Engine 73's crew (Trevelino and Jordan) attacked the fire from a safe distance using a 1 3/4" attack line. Engine 73's operator (Medrow) used foam after it was determined that the fire continued to free burn with use of water.
Rescue 73 arrived (Famiglio, Radosh, Marshall) and secured a water supply handjacking a 5" supply line from the Engine along with help from an off duty firefighter from Media Fire Company and an Upper Providence Police Officer.
The Rescue 73 crew pulled a second 1 3/4" line from Engine 73 to backup the initial line.
73-9 requested an engine from Company 23 (Media) to assist with manpower. Enroute to the scene, Squrt 23 was directed to stop and pick up extra 5 gallon buckets of foam at station 73 in case additional foam would be needed at the scene.
Engine 41 (Newtown Square) was requested to monitor runoff of the foam solution and gasolene.
The fire was extinguished and county officials along with the DEP were notified regarding runoff. Local utilities were notified regarding possible damage to overhead transmission lines.