March 2009
Heavy Residential Fire

Just after 5:30 P.M. last night Bryn Mawr Fire Company along with MFCA were dispatched to a dwelling fire at 627 Griscom Drive, Villanova. First report in confirmed heavy fire requesting an extra engine and air truck from Gladwyne Fire Company, FAST Team from Penn Wynne, Special Assist from Radnor Fire Company, Swedeland Fire Company (Upper Merion Township) and Narberth Ambulance with Rehab Unit.

Initial crew in from Bryn Mawr made quick access to the basement through an exterior door allowing them to get control of the fire with a 1 3/4 " line. Meanwhile Ardmore stretched another 1 3/4" line through the front door and vented and searched above the fire room . During the search on the first floor, Ardmore's crew discovered that part of the living room floor was sagging due to heavy fire in the basement. Overhaul was done on all three floors to look for extension and any additional hot spots were hit with water. Crews left the scene around two hours from the original dispatch.

Commercial Building Fire

The Merion Fire Company along with Bryn Mawr Fire Company was called to 120 East Lancaster Ave last night for a report of smoke coming from the roof. First in firefighters found a fire in the second floor ceiling and roof area. Command was set up and firefighters went to work getting to the fire that was between the layers of roof under a large chilling unit. It took several hours to get the area completely opened up. Units responding were MFCA (Full Company), Bryn Mawr (Full Company), Narberth Fire Company (Engine), Gladwyne Fire Company (FAST Team and Air Truck), Narberth Ambulance (EMS and Rehab Unit).

Accident Clean Up

MFCA was dispatched to standby after an accident on Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood. Crews from Engine 25 and 25-1 put down speedy dry to absorb some of the fluids leaking from the vehicle. Units were back in service within 20 minutes.
MSA Training

Members this evening attended a training class with John Majors from MSA / The training class refreshed members on the proper use of gas detectors, thermal imaging cameras and S.C.B.A's.
Basic Vehicle Operations: Operations Level

Recently members from Gladwyne, Ardmore and Narberth attended Basic Vehicle Rescue: Operations Level. The class consisted of two classroom nights followed by two nights of hands on training and a written test. This was one of the last prerequisites for Firefighter II which most of this class will be attending
Classroom Fire

MFCA was called to assist the Bryn Mawr Fire Company (Sta. 23) with a reported fire at Harcum College, Bryn Mawr. In route LM-5 reported that there was a working fire in one of the classrooms. Crews from Bryn Mawr and Ardmore stretched a 1 3/4 " line into the building allowing a quick knock down. Some minor overhaul and ventilation was then done by both crews; at this time the Lower Merion Township Fire Marshall's are investigating the cause of the fire. Other units dispatched were Gladwyne Fire Company (Sta. 24) with Airtruck and Penn Wynne (Sta. 21) as the FAST team. MFCA was back in service within 45 minutes. Photo courtesy of: Pete Bannon / Main Line Times
Accidental Alarm

MFCA was dispatched to Hunter House Apartments, Haverford for an activated fire alarm. The activation was a result of contractors doing working in the building causing dust to set off the alarm. A positive pressure fan was set up at the front door and cleared the air of any dust. Trucks were back in service within a half hour.
Suspicious Fire

At 8:25 A.M., Bryn Mawr Fire Company was dispatched to 1943 County Line Road, Villanova for a possible house fire. County then dispatched that it was being called in by a Lower Merion Township worker and it appears that no one was home. At that time MFC was dispatched along with Gladwyne for their Air Truck to assist Bryn Mawr (Sta. 23). First on scene reported white smoke coming from the eaves of the house. Accesses was made to the vacant twin home with a kitchen fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and checked for extension on the second floor. At this time the fire is being investigated by the Lower Merion Township Fire Marshall's office because of some evidence that was uncovered during overhaul. MFCA was back in service within an hour.
MFCA Photos from the past.

Some great pictures of the original MFCA firehouse before being demolished. First picture shows the original bell which is now located on the side of our current building. We are currently in our third building.

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