Jan
1
2007

Interested in Volunteering or Have a Question???

Interested in volunteering with the Engine Room or Auxiliary???Have a question for the Fire Company, but not sure who to ask??? Drop us a quick e-mail at Station71@redhillfireco.com with your name and a number where you can be reached and someone will be in touch with you shortly!!!

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Oct
15
2014

Another Successful Open house demonstration!

Once again the Volunteers at The Red Hill Fire Company wish to thank the community in which we protect, as well as the surrounding fire companies that came out and participated in this years open house / fire prevention. Without your continued support we would not be the company that we have become!

The events of the night kicked off around 7:00pm with a demonstration of a tanker relay. The relay ran from a hydrant to around the block and back to a dump site located off the back entrance of our station on East 5th Street. That is where we had a porta-pond set up which fed Squirt 71 that was flowing the boom across our back field. A BIG Thanks to Berks Co. Tanker 58 (Hereford) Montco Tanker 42 (Green Lane) & Montco Tanker 72 (Tylersport) in your assistance with this evolution.

At the conclusion of the Relay it was time for the Vehicle Rescue demonstration which was completed by the Crews from Squad 65 & Tower 65 (Pennsburg) which demonstrated different techniques in extricating a victim.

Next up, Crews from Station 71 setup a LZ in the back field to land Mid-Atlantic 3.

After about a half hour Q&A session with the pilot and crew from the helicopter. It was time for our final event of the night which was a staged vehicle fire in our upper lot. The fire was lit off by Chief 71 (S. Alderfer) and Bucks Tanker 58 (Trumbauersville) was dispatched to the Scene and placed the fire under control.

Once again the Members of Station 71 want to thank everyone for their continued support and we look forward to seeing all of you next year!!!

Units on Scene:

Station 71, TW65, SD65, TR65, TR65-1, E38, CANTEEN 41, E42, T42, T72, R74, U78, (BERKS) STATION 97, (BERKS) E39 (BERKS) T58 (BUCKS) T58, 369, 344, LARRY ROEDER 9/11 ENGINE, PSP SKIPBACK, MARLBOUROGH TWSP POLICE

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Oct
11
2014

71 Assists Local Boy Scouts at The Green Lane Park

Saturday morning at 07:30 71 Crews set out with Marine 71 and Marine 71-1 to assist The Boy Scouts with their Boy Scout Jamboree at The Green Lane Park. Crews stood by both on land and in the water while the Scouts operated canoes in the water during their competition. Marine 71-1 took place about center lake while the Scouts paddled cross stream for several hours.

We thank The Boy Scouts for the opportunity to assist them in their exercises today and look forward to helping them again in the future.

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Units on Scene:

Utility 71, Marine 71-1, Field 71, Marine 71, QRS71, Traffic 71, Chief 71

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Oct
9
2014

Fire Prevention Night is Back!!!

Join us on Tuesday October 14th for our annual Fire Prevention Night at the Grounds of The Red Hill Fire Company at 71 East 4th Street in Red Hill where we will have Demonstrations from several area fire companies including:

Vehicle Rescues
Helicopter Landing
Fire Extinguisher Demonstrations
Many Trucks on Display
Live Fire Demonstrations
and Much, Much More!!!!
The Fun kicks off at 6pm
We Hope to see you there!!!

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May
13
2014

2 Alarm Response to UPHS

ARTICLE COURTESY OF THE TOWN & COUNTRY NEWSPAPER: EDITOR; LARRY ROEDER

    Volunteers from the Red Hill Fire Company responded to a report of smoke-alarm activation around 1:45 Monday afternoon at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road in Pennsburg.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the alarm activation was in the 100 wing of the building with no indication of smoke or fire there.  The alarm was reset and it went off again a few minutes later in the 400 wing.  There, firefighters found a smoke condition and Red Hill Chief Scott Alderfer called in a second alarm assignment to bring additional volunteers and equipment to the scene.  Firefighters searched the building for about 30 minutes to find the cause of the smoky condition.

The incident was investigated by Alderfer who reported that “a leak in a roof-top air conditioning unit caused Freon to escape into the motor area and burn causing the smoky condition.”

Alderfer said the unit was “red-tagged” and put out of service until it could be repaired or replaced.  Damage was believed to be minimal but no estimate was available.

Students and staff were safely evacuated to the seating area of the nearby stadium, and they were also dismissed from the stadium.  Students boarded busses in the north parking lot, away from fire apparatus and equipment.

Officials posted a notice on the school’s website Tuesday afternoon during the incident stating, “At about 1:45 this afternoon an electric motor overheated in the high school shop area setting off smoke detectors and fire alarms.  Students were safely evacuated to the stadium from where they were dismissed.  Because of this, buses will be running approximately 45 minutes late this afternoon. The high school has been declared safe and is open again for normal activities. However, all high school after school activities have been canceled for today. High school students should report to school at regular time tomorrow morning. They should report to their MOD 4 class by 7:40AM. WMCTC buses will be held until students are able to gather their belongings. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.”

All units cleared the scene around 2:50 p.m.

Fire and fire police units responded from East Greenville, Green Lane, Hereford, Pennsburg, Skippack and Upper Frederick Fire Companies in Montgomery County; Hereford Fire Company from Berks County; and Milford Township, Trumbauersville and Quakertown Fire Companies in Bucks County.

An emergency medical services unit from Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association also responded to check students in the stadium area for affects or other medical needs.

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Mar
19
2014

Quick stop in the Borough

ARTICLE COURTESY OF THE TOWN & COUNTRY NEWSPAPER & EDITOR LARRY ROEDER

Red Hill firefighters were called to the scene of a vehicle fire in the 600 block of Butternut Court around 1:40 p.m. yesterday.  The fire was discovered by the operator of the service van who was working in the home at the time.

The first volunteers on the scene found a service van parked in the driveway of the home, fully involved in flames that were beginning to melt the siding of the dwelling.

Firefighters used a 2-inch hand-line and foam to extinguish the fire.  Fire damage was confined to the van and front of the home.  The van was totally destroyed and a vehicle parked next to the van also suffered some heat damage.  There was minor smoke damage to a bedroom in the front of the house.

According to Montgomery County property records, the house is owned by Paul and Shirley Kulanko who were not home at the time.  No injuries were reported.

Red Hill Chief Scott Alderfer estimated the damages to the home to be “at least $5,000.”  No damage estimate was available for the vehicles.

Alderfer said firefighters “did a heck of a job to keep the fire from spreading further.”

Also dispatched to the scene were firefighters and fire police from East Greenville, Pennsburg and Green Lane fire companies.  A State Police unit also responded.

Fire police had Butternut Court, from Sixth to Seventh streets, closed for about an hour.

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Feb
28
2014

Careless Smoking Leads to a Close Call…

Around 1100 hours 71 crews were alerted to a possible dwelling fire on Winchester Place in Upper Hanover. Due on the Box was Station 71, E38, SD65 & TW65.

Deputy 71 (H. Gillmer) arrived to find the dwelling charged with smoke.  After investigating, crews found a smoldering trash can in the bathroom that extended into the walls of the dwelling. Lucky for a burst pipe in the wall it kept the fire from spreading. Squirt 71 arrived and pulled a line to extinguish the remaining  fire.

After completing  overhaul and checking for additional extension crews were made available. Crews operated for about 90 minutes.

Units on Scene:

SQ71,SD71, DC71, TW65, SD65, E38

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Oct
15
2013

Third Annual Fire Prevention Night Returns!!!

The 3rd Annual fire prevention Night Returns!!! Bring the kids and the family to join the Crews from the 71 house in the return of our Annual Fire Prevention Night Tuesday October 15th 2013!!! The events are scheduled to begin at 6pm with several demonstrations from various fire companies and Emergency Service Providers around the Valley! Some of the events are listed below. ● Smoke Simulation Trailer – Learn what to do in the event of a house fire and how to create a escape plan!!! ● Vehicle Rescue Demonstration – See how Firefighters use different types of rescue tools on a car!!! ●Medi-Vac Helicopter Landing A real medical helicopter will be landing at the firehouse that evening!!! ●Fire Hose for the kids to play with – Kids get to hold and use a real fire hose with one of our firefighters!!! ●Vehicle Fire Demonstration – Watch as One of the Fire Trucks Crews demonstrate how to put out a burning car!!! ●Plus much, much more!!! We will also have light refreshments provided by the Ladies Auxiliary and lots of goodies to hand out to the kids!!! We all at The Red Hill Fire Company hope to see you there!!!

 

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Aug
27
2013

Rest Easy Captain Rick Carson

It is with deep regret that the members of The Red Hill Fire Company announce the passing of member and Captain Richard Carson.

Over the years Rick served us as a Firefighter, Driver, Engineer, Chief Engineer and Captain.

Rick has been a member of this company for several years and is a past chief of the  Independent Fire Company #2 of Jenkintown PA. Rick was also employed as a Police Sergeant with the Jenkintown Police Department where he was raised.

In the years that Rick was a member of The Red Hill Fire Company he left behind a mark on our station that may never be found again. He had a infectious laugh and “Hey Man” attitude, that could always turn a bad day around. He was a member of our Family.

Rest Easy Captain, We got it from here!

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May
27
2013

Vehicle Strikes Building in Red Hill

Monday, May 27, 2013 23:35
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ARTICLE COURTISY OF THE TOWN & COUNTRY NEWSPAPER.

Written by Kelly Chandler, Staff Writer

Amid the wreckage of bricks and broken glass, a juvenile walked away uninjured after his red Nissan Sentra crashed through the front of the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 515 Main St. in Red Hill Monday night.The accident occurred around 11:35 p.m. at the convenience store, which suffered structural damage and was closed Tuesday and into Wednesday.

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According to Red Hill Fire Marshal John Lehr, the driver was west on Sixth Street when he failed to stop at the “T” intersection at Main Street and jumped the curb at Turkey Hill and crashed into a traffic signal box.

The vehicle kept going at a high rate of speed, narrowly missing a row of gas pumps and an employee, who was reportedly outside sweeping, before crashing into the building. The store is open until midnight daily.
“How he missed the gas pumps, I don’t know,” Lehr said, retracing the car’s path into the building. “I’m amazed.”
The driver reportedly refused medical treatment at the scene.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation but a local official said the teen reported his vehicle’s accelerator stuck and he was unable to stop.

 

Lehr reported damages will likely exceed $100,000 to both the traffic device and the store. An employee at the location declined comment Tuesday morning. The store and gas pumps were still closed as of Wednesday afternoon.
The store was deemed structurally sound by Red Hill’s engineer, Barry Islett, following the crash, allowing employees inside.

A phone call to Turkey Hill’s corporate office was unanswered as of press time Wednesday.
State police, Skippack barracks, were unable to issue any further information on the accident by Wednesday.
State police, Red Hill Fire Company, Red Hill borough personnel and Upper Perk Am-bulance assisted at the scene.
An investigation continues.

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May
24
2013

2 days, 2 pin jobs !

Friday, May 24, 2013
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On the afternoon of May 22nd the Fire Company along with Squad 65 (Pennsburg) were dispatched to the 200 block of Main Street in Red Hill for an overturned vehicle with entrapment. Crews worked for a short time to remove the door and occupants.

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The following afternoon, Squad 71 was dispatched to assist station 42 (Green Lane) with a vehicle rescue in the area of Rt-29 and Park Road in Green Lane Borough. Also due on the assignment was Squad 78 (Upper Salford). Prior to arriving the Squad was instructed that they will be taking a door and roof once they arrive. Once the crew from the Squad had the door removed enough access was gained requiring no further action. Crews cleared a short time later.

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Apr
9
2013

Squirt and QRS respond to Marlborough Job

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 22:47
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Just before 11pm, Montgomery County dispatch put out the call for a dwelling in the 1700 block of Ziegler Road in Marlborough Township. Units on the initial dispatch were 42 (Green Lane), Squirt 71,Tower and Squad 65 (Pennsburg), Engine 72 (Tylersport) and Bucks Tanker 58 (Trumbauersville).

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Upon responding the County advised that they were getting multiple calls for a attatched garage on fire. Squirt 71 took to the road with a crew of 5. Shortly thereafter Chief 65 reported a well involved house and requested the first in engine drop a supply line from Upper Ridge and Zeigler Roads.

The County advised Squirt 71 of those orders. The Squirt arrived first in, laid 600′ of 5″ supply line and went into service with both 2″ foam lines. An additional 1 3/4″ line was also pulled from the Squirt. Engine 72 nosed into the Squirt and also deployed 2 attack lines while Tower 65 staged behind the Squirt and sent their manpower to the front of the home. QRS 71 also responded with a crew of 4.

Command requested the North zone of the tanker task force to respond. Shortly thereafter most of the tankers were recalled due to a quick knock by the first arriving units.

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Crews operated for just over 3 hours before clearing. Thumbs up to the first arriving crews for a nice stop !

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Mar
23
2013

Haz Mat Response to Marlborough

Saturday, March 23, 2013 15:00
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Around 1500 hours Squad 71 was dispatched to assist Station 42 (Green Lane) on a haz mat incident. The dispatch called for 42, Squad 71 and Squad 65 (Pennsburg).

Squad 71 responded with a crew of 6 and arrived just behind Chief 71 to find an underground tank leaking what appeared to be gasoline at an abandoned property. Chief 42 arrived and had the County haz mat unit respond (Station 81)

Crews stood by while the haz mat unit decided on what action to take. All units cleared at 16:45 hours.

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