2014 Runs Per Month

January 82
February 53
March 48
April 34
May 43
June 51
July 52
August

 

September

 

October
November
December
Total 363
2013 Runs
Total 586
  2012 Runs
Total 608
 2011 Runs
Total 760
 2010 Runs
Total 719

News & Incidents

Nature   Municipality

Commercial Fire - Mount Joy Borough
Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 06:15
Address: Harvey's BBQ
Details:

At 06:15 AM, FDMJ and mutual aid departments were alerted to a reported fire at 304 East Main Street (Harvey's BBQ) in Mount Joy Borough. Responding units were advised of multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting the building to be on fire. Chief 75 arrived to find a large volume of fire on the exterior of the building. Crews quickly applied water to the exterior fire and made entry to the building to extinguish small pockets of fire that extended to the kitchen. All occupants of the upstairs apartment were safely evacuated before emergency units arrived.

The incident is currently under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshall. More information will be released when available.


Members Attend PA Weekend at the National Fire Academy - Maryland  
Date: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 08:00
Address: Emmitsburg
Details:

This weekend 4 members attended the Pennsylvania Weekend at the National Fire Academy. They were joined by approximately 300 other firefighters from the state for this education weekend. Members took training in the following classes: Training Operations in Small Departments, Incident Safety Officer, and Methods of Enhancing Safety Education. These members are excited to bring back to knowledge that they learn and implement it into the department.

Saturday evening, the members had the honor to attend a memorial services for the 4 PA firefighters who have lost their lives in the Line of Duty over the past year. The photo was taken at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial with the PA Fire Commissioner, Ed Mann.


Building Renovation Approved! - Mount Joy
Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 19:00
Address: FDMJ
Details:

For over two years, the five-member building committee has worked to put together plan to renovate the fire station. This plan was proposed and approved tonight by the fire department membership. Phase 1 of the process will focus on the Engine Bay as well as some station-wide systems. This will be the first major renovation to the building since it was completed in 1980, over 30 years ago. A brief outline of the construction goals is listed below.

  • Upgrade the current station-wide phone system.
  • Upgrade the station-wide security system.
  • Upgrade the fire alarm system.
  • Removal of old heating system in Engine Bay.
  • Upgrade lighting station-wide to install motion sensors and energy efficient light fixtures.
  • Renovate Engine Bay level bathroom to meet ADA requirements.
  • Install new gear lockers in Engine Bay to better hold turnout gear. Current lockers were built by members when fire fighters wore less equipment and the equipment was lighter.
  • Install an emergency generator capable of powering the entire station.
  • New paint throughout Engine Bay (current paint in Engine Bay is original to 1980!)
  • Cleaning and resealing of Engine Bay floor with new painted lines.
  • Renovating the IT room to house all necessary equipment.

This project is scheduled to begin on September 1 and be completed within 75 days.

Please check back for updates!


FDMJ Facebook Page - Mount Joy
Date: Wed, Jun 25, 2014 12:00
Address: Mount Joy
Details:

Fire Department Mount Joy now has an official Facebook page! Please check our website and Facebook page for updates on Fire Prevention, Incidents, News and other important information about department activities.

You can find the page at: www.facebook.com/firedepartmentmountjoy

Thank you for your support!


Dwelling Fire - Rapho Twp  
Date: Fri, Jun 06, 2014 10:40
Address: 1100 Block Newcomer Rd
Details:

Caller reported to 911 that a golf cart next to a garage caught fire and extented to the garage.  Upon arrival, the two car garage was mostly involved in fire and starting to extent to the house.  The fire in the garage was knocked down and crews entered the house to check for extention and overhaul.

Fire placed under control at 11:20.


Vehicle Accident Involving Tractor Trailer - Rapho Twp  
Date: Thu, May 29, 2014 12:17
Address: Rt 283 West Bound near Rt 772
Details:

A automobile and tractor trailer were involved in a crash on Rt 283 just east of Rt 772.  The tractor trailer, which was carrying gasoline, came to rest on its side.  None of the contents of the trailer leaked but some fuel from the tractor's saddle tanks spilled.

The west bound lane was shut down until the gasoline could be off loaded into another tanker.  The off loading started at 17:30 and was complete at 19:07.

Units from Hempfield, Rheems, East Petersburg, Manheim, Pennryn, Mastersonville, Hazmat 2 and Columbia assisted.


Dumpster Fire - Rapho Township  
Date: Sat, May 24, 2014 11:28
Address: 136 Tumblestone Drive
Details:

At 11:28 Engine 75-1 and Engine 75-2 were dispatched to 136 Tumblestone Drive for a dumpster fire. Chief 75 went on the scene with smoke showing from the dumpster. Engine 75-1 arrived and deployed the bumper line and extinguished the fire.

Incident complete 11:47


Building - Dwelling - West Hempfield Township  
Date: Sat, May 24, 2014 04:43
Address: 154 Franklin Road
Details:

At 4:43 am units were dispatched to 154 Franklin Road for a reported dwelling fire. Police Department arrived shortly after dispatch and confirmed fire on 3 sides of an abandoned house. Truck 75 arrived on scene and was assigned the RIT. Crew members assembled  the RIT equipment as well as throwing ground ladders, and removing windows. The truck crew stood by in RIT until command 76 changed the tactics to defensive and RIT was stood down. After master streams knocked down a bulk of the fire, the truck crew was sent to the 2nd floor and the attic for overhaul and final extinguishment.

Truck 75 available 8:20

 


Extricaiton Training with a Twist - Mount Joy
Date: Mon, May 19, 2014 19:00
Address: FDMJ
Details:

Tonight, members participated in a review of the Holmatro hydraulic rescue tools carried on Engine 75-2. These tools are designed to provide huge amounts of force to displace or sever parts of vehicles or equipment to free trapped patients. Situations arise in which the great power of these tools must be used with finesse and precision.

The second part of training was a skills challenge to test speed, precision and skill while using these tools. The group was broken down into two person teams. Each team had to navigate through three separate scenarios to get the fastest time.

  • Part 1 - Egg on a cone. For the first test, a member chose the Holmatro spreader of his/her choice and used it to pick an egg up off of one cone and move it five feet to place it in the bucket. Up to three eggs could be used and a 1 minute penalty was assessed for being unable to place an un-cracked egg in the bucket.
  • Part 2 - Water Bottle. In the second test, a member had to pick up a full, uncapped water bottle from one trash can and move it to a second trash can by using a hydraulic cutter. A 1 minute penalty was given for spilling any water.
  • Part 3 - The Box. The third and final test was called "the box". Members had to navigate a cardboard box with wires and other obstructions hanging in it to cut a popsicle stick on a certain mark with the pedal cutter. The member holding the tool was unable to see into the box and had to rely solely on the directions given by his partner. This was to simulate working in a confined area in a vehicle with limited access or vision.

The team with the best time was the team of Asst. Chief Brandt and Captain Wilber at 1 minute 45 seconds and no penalties. The second place team was Captain Wittle and FF Broome with a time of 2 minutes 50 seconds including one penalty.


Ladder Arch for Neidinger Memorial Ride - Mount Joy Township  
Date: Sun, May 18, 2014 14:00
Address: West Main Street
Details:

Truck 75 and Truck 74 participated in forming a ladder arch for a motorcycle ride dedicated to the memory of Officer Ken Neidinger of the East Hempfield Township Police Department.


Two Alarm Fire in Mount Joy Township - Mount Joy Township
Date: Sun, May 18, 2014 03:45
Address: 1441 Cloverleaf Road
Details:

At 03:40, Truck 75 responded as part of the first alarm assignment to 1441 Cloverleaf Road, Mount Joy Township, to assist Rheems Fire Company with a reported residential structure fire with entrapment. Chief 70 and Chief 701 arrived to find fire throughout a two and a half story farm house. Truck 75 was the third arriving unit, second arriving special service, and was positioned in the rear lawn to access the rear of the structure with the aerial ladder. Truck 75 remained on the scene assisting with various duties until 08:15.

Photos to follow as available.


Five Members Attend Flashover Simulation Training - Dauphin County
Date: Sat, May 03, 2014 08:00
Address: Harrisburg Area Community College
Details:

On Saturday May 3, 2014, five firefighters traveled to Harrisburg Area Community College to participate in Flashover Recognition Training. This is a new program that HACC has introduced in 2014. The course reinforces the stages of fire growth and behavior as well as teaching firefighters the signs of impending flashover from an interior perspective.


Vehicle Accident with Entrapment - Rapho Township  
Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 15:07
Address: Rt 283 at Esbenshade Rd
Details:

FDMJ, East Petersburg's Rescue and an Engine from Hempfield FD along with EMS units from SVEMS, Northwest, and Life Lion Medical Helicopter responded to a single vehicle accident on Rt 283 at the Esbenshade Rd Bridge. The vehicle's only occupant was the driver who was trapped for 27 minutes after the arrival of Engine 75-2.


Did You Remember to Change Your Smoke Detector Battery? - Mount Joy Borough  
Date: Sun, Mar 09, 2014 03:00
Address: FDMJ
Details:

Sunday marked the start of daylight savings time.  Did you remember to change your smoke detector batteries when turning your clock ahead?  If not, do so now!  It is also recommended to check your CO detector and replace those batteries as well.

Click HERE for some smoke detector facts and FAQ's.


Vehicle Accident - Rapho Township  
Date: Mon, Mar 03, 2014 21:31
Address: Rt 283 West Bound West of Rt 230
Details:

Two vehicles were involved in an accident resulting in minor injuries.  Engine 75-2 and Rescue 23 provided minor hazard control.  Incident was under control at 21:55


Dwelling Fire - Rapho Township  
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2014 20:02
Address: 1379 Iron Bridge Rd
Details:

A fire in the roof of a single family dwelling started in the area of a stove pipe.  A passer by noticed the fire and call 911 as well as alterting the dwelling's occupants.  Fire was contained to the attic and roof area.  Cause is undetermine and being investigated.  Fire placed under control at 20:34.


Morning Crash with Entrapment - Rapho Township  
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2014 07:50
Address: Route 283 West near North Strickler Road
Details:

At approx. 07:50 AM, FDMJ was dispatched for a vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 283 West near North Strickler Road. Ten minutes before, Rheems and Elizabethtown Fire Departments were dispatched for a similar incident on Route 283 near Schwanger Road. Engine 702 (Rheems) and Engine 74-1 (Elizabethtown) were redirected from that incident to respond to the scene. Medic 77-3 arrived shortly after dispatch and confirmed that the driver was trapped in the vehicle which had rolled down the the graded bank on the right side of the highway. Engine 702 arrived and established Command while starting the extrication. Chief 75-1 arrived and assumed Command 75 while Engine 75-2 and Engine 74-1 assisted with stabilizing the vehicle and extricating the driver. The driver was freed from the vehicle and in care of EMS within 20 minutes of the Fire Department arriving.


Rescue Kit Training Continues - Mount Joy Borough  
Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2014 18:00
Address: FDMJ
Details:

Tonight, FDMJ members continued training on the Rescue Kits that have been issued. The kits contain rope and equipment that fits in a pants' pocket which can be used in a multitude of ways, not limited to: Firefighter Personal Escape Rope, lowering and raising equipment, tie offs for safety while working near edges, Rescue of Downed Firefighters, Rescue of Civilians, etc. Members who were not issued the kits were provided basic training on how the escape system works and practiced a "bailout" in turnout gear. Members who were issued the kits prior to this evening were given further instruction and practice in additional uses of the kits and practiced "bailouts" while in full structural PPE.

The blue rope you see in the photos is a precautionary safety line.


Reported Building Fire - Mount Joy Borough  
Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2014 18:48
Address: Snap Fitness
Details:

On 02/19/14 at 18:48, FDMJ and surrounding units were dispatched to 763 East Main Street (Snap Fitness) for a reported Structure Fire. Chief 75-1 responded and was advised that there was smoke coming from the HVAC ducts. Chief 75-1 arrived to find the building evacuated and a burning smell inside. Engine 75-1 secured a water source and went inside to investigate with Chief 79-3. Truck 75 positioned to the rear and went to the roof to check the roof-top HVAC units. Crews found a problem with a roof-top HVAC unit and secured power to the unit. After approx. 45 minutes all units cleared the scene.


Twelve Calls in Twenty Four Hours During Winter Storm - Multiple
Date: Wed, Feb 05, 2014 18:58
Address: Various
Details:

Starting late Tuesday evening, a severe winter storm passed through the Central PA Region. Lasting into the Wednesday Morning Rush Hour, this storm brought over 1/4 inches of ice that crippled trees and power lines in the Mount Joy area. During this time, FDMJ responded to a total of 12 incidents including: wires/utilities responses, electrical system malfunctions, carbon monoxide incidents due to portable generators, public service calls and reported fires. Over 25 different members responded to calls during this time.


January By the Numbers - Various
Date: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 00:00
Address: Various
Details:

The first month of 2014 has concluded with a dramatic increase in responses. Calls totaled 82 for January, the busiest month ever for FDMJ, with the exception of the flooding of 2011. FDMJ was alerted for an incident on an average of every 9 hours and 43 minutes. That led to 218.11 man hours on incidents, not including over 160 hours of training.

Incident Breakdown:

  • Automatic Fire Alarms - 15.
  • Investigations - 5
  • CO Alarms - 2
  • Utilities/Wires - 4
  • Gas Leak - 1
  • Reported Structure Fires - 11
  • Public Service - 6
  • Search Detail - 1
  • Vehicle Collisions - 15
  • EMS Assists - 6
  • Company Transfers - 2
  • Fire Police - 14

Fire Extinguisher Demonstration for Local Cub Scouts - East Hempfield  
Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2014 18:00
Address: Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center
Details:

Wednesday night, a local Cub Scout Troop met with Fire Prevention Coordinator Matt Kratz and Firefighter Scott Adams, at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, to talk about proper and safe use of fire extinguishers. While there, Scouts were given a brief talk about using a fire extinguisher, followed by a hands-on demonstration with fire extinguishers.


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