August 2009

The MFC was dispatched to the PENNMONT Apartments, Ardmore for a mild smoke condition. Crews entered an apartment and realized that a resident had forgotten about a pot on the stove. A postive pressure fan was set up to rid the apartment from the smoke condition. This was the 83rd call for the month of August for MFC.

Minor MVA 
Early Monday evening a motor vehicle accident occured outside Station 25. The occupant from the one vehicle felt some mild discomfort from a air bag curtain that deployed. Engine 25's crew stabalized the vehicle and applied speedy dry due to oil on the roadway. The occupant was taken by Narberth Ambulance to check for any serious injuries.

Smok'n Pot of Meat
Narberth Fire Company along with Merion Fire Company responded to a building fire in Narberth Borough on Monday. Crews arrived to the garden style apartments with moderate smoke from a second story apartment. Hand lines were quickly pulled from Narberths engines when it was discovered to only be a "pot of meat" left on the stove. Positive pressure fans were set up at the bottom of the stairs to help clear the residence from the smoke condition. Crews were in service for a half hour.


Hometown Heroes Show to Debut in September on LMTV   

The Lower Merion Fire Department has produced a series of television programs to raise awareness of the volunteer fire companies that serve the Township, educate citizens about important fire prevention topics and to offer safety tips.         

The Hometown Heroes program will debut on September 1st and will be cablecast each month on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on LMTV (Comcast Channel 7/Verizon Channel 37).  
The debut program will highlight the Gladwyne Fire Company, include a segment on renter’s insurance and offer tips on dormitory safety.  Upcoming programs will also feature interviews with the Presidents and Chiefs of the fire companies that serve Lower Merion, and segments on emergency preparedness, high-rise safety, the Lock for Life Program, vehicle fires, causes of home fires and much more.

A common theme throughout the program will be to remind citizens that our volunteer firefighters really are our hometown heroes, and that community support is critical to our fire companies, remarked Chas McGarvey, Chief Fire Officer and host of the program.  We hope that our Hometown Heroes TV program will encourage residents and businesses to partner with us as we respond to the call to protect and serve our community.  
Brenda J. Viola
Public Information Officer
Township of Lower Merion
(610) 645-6199

Car Fire in Parking Garage

Today, Ardmore firefighters assisted Bryn Mawr Fire Company with a car fire on the second level of the Bryn Mawr Hospital Parking Garage.
Basement Fire

The Merion Fire Company of Ardmore was called to 111 Llanfair Road, Ardmore last night. First arriving units were met with smoke showing from a single family home; handlines were extended to the basement and the fire was quickly extinguished. Units on scene were full company from Narberth Fire Company (Sta. 26), an engine from Bryn Mawr Fire Company (Sta. 23), Air Truck from Gladwyne Fire Company (Sta. 24), FAST Team from Penn Wynne Fire Company and Narberth Ambulance (313) for rehab unit.
Oven Fire

MFC responded to a oven fire on Loves Lane. The fire was quickly knocked down and positive pressure fans were used to remove smoke from the residence.
Reported Building Fire

MFC was dispatched to 312 W. Montgomery Ave, Haverford (Haverford Gables) for reported building fire ; a caller stated that they could see flames from the third story porch. Engine 25's crew quickly made access to the building and met with the renter who was playing with a box of matches. The matches were put out and crews were back in service within 20 minutes.
MFC Goes to Phillies

MFC went to the Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies crushed the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-3 and everyone enjoyed the annual trip down to south Philladelphia.
Burn Tower

Ardmore members finally had an opportunity after a year and a half to use the township burn tower. Engine and Ladder crews simulated a working building fire with entrapment. The first unit on scene extended two 1 3/4" lines up to the third floor to look for fire while search crews looked for the trapped occupants. Ladder 25's crew raised ground ladders for egress, while the aerial was raised to the roof for mock venting if needed. The general consensus was that the building was more airtight causing the fire to burn hotter and makes it a more realistic scenario.
Brush Fire

On Sunday, 25 was dispatched to Woodside Avenue, Ardmore for a brush fire. The fire was quickly knocked down and contained to a small area.
With the hot August days and little rain, a careless cigarette butt can ignite brush on the side of the road; please dispose of such dangers in appropriate places.

Jump Start Gone Bad

MFC fourth dispatch for the day was to 116 Glenn Road for a vehicle fire. Crews discovered that the resident was trying to jump start her vehicle and had the connections reversed, causing a spark big enough to ignite a fire. The fire was quickly knocked down and the battery was removed from the vehicle.

Burn Tower Reopens

After a year and a half, Lower Merion Township officials cut the ribbon to our newly renovated burn tower. Gladwyne Fire Company performed a demonstration in the live burn room. The tower is now up and running and had been a big void in training the departments that serve Lower Merion Township. Merion Fire Company will be holding their drill on Monday, August 17th.

National Night Out

The "26th Annual National Night Out" (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (Texas will celebrate on October 6th, 2009). We cordially invite you and your community to be a part of our NIGHT OUT 2009 team.

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2008.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

FAST Team For Working Fire

MFC was dispatched at 22:00 for a well involved dwelling fire, 619 Fairview Road, Penn Valley. First in units quickly called into confirm that the fire was well involved and through the roof. Crews from Narberth Fire Company (Sta. 26) and Belmont Hills Fire Company (Sta. 22) tried to make an interior attack, however because of such fire load all units were requested to evacuate the building. Gladwyne Fire Company (Sta. 24) was called in for the Air Truck and additional manpower, while MFC served as the FAST Team. Narberth Ambulance (Medic 313) was also on the scene. To date the fire is still under investigation.
Flash Floods

Heavy rain, thunder and lightening came across the region this morning which was then followed by a busy morning for MFC. The first dipatch was at 10:30 to assist Bryn Mawr with an activated fire alarm; in route crews came upon a strainded vehicle stuck in water on Lancaster Ave. Crews ended up responding to 14 calls with 5 of them being water rescues.

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