Thursday, March 28, 2013
Members of East Whiteland and Malvern fire companies helped extinguish an early morning blaze Thursday.
Local fire crews were dispatched to an early morning residential fire in Uwchlan Township that destroyed a house. Soon after the first alert came in at 5:32 a.m., police confirmed a house on the 600 block of Brecknock Drive was fully engulfed. The Lionville Fire Chief put out a call for additional resources, according to East Whiteland Fire Co.: Check the East Whiteland Fire Co. website for more photos and information.
Friday, January 4, 2013
A new video produced by a local firefighter recaps last year's emergency responses.
As he has done in previous years, firefighter Kevin Skymba released a video this week recapping East Whiteland Volunteer Fire Association's activity in 2012. The eight-minute video is a compilation of various emergency responses and other scenes, set to music and radio transmissions. Malvern Patch gets a shout in the closing credits for contributing a few photos to the project. Viewers of the video will likely come away with one question: According to Skymba, the fireball was the result of an electrical transformer blowing after a car struck a utility pole near Great Valley High School. The fire company was waiting on PECO when the explosion occurred. See also: East Whiteland Fire Company's 2011 Video Shows Firefighters' Work
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The chief stays the chief, but several other offices have changed hands.
The East Whiteland Fire Company announced election of its 2013 Company Line Officers on its website Tuesday. Ken Hurley remains in the role of chief, but many other positions changed. Here are the full results: Fire/Rescue -Chief: Ken Hurley -Deputy Chief: Jeff Brown -Assistant Chief: Eric Nowaczyk -Battalion Chief: Chris Strauss -Captain: Bill Humphreys III -Lieutenant: Joe Badman -Lieutenant: Tom Obert-Thorn -Sergeant: Matt Fink -Public Information Officer: Michael Schon -Safety Officer: Gary Sheridan EMS -Captain (5-20): Stacy Catren Fire-Police -Captain (5-30): Bill Humphreys Jr. -Lieutenant (5-31): Bob Bressi -Sergeant (5-32): Lew Hitchcock
Monday, November 26, 2012
Local volunteers helped firefighters based hurt by Hurricane Sandy.
Volunteers from East Whiteland Fire Company joined with several nearby fire companies in a trip to hurricane-ravaged New York last on Saturday, Nov. 18. The trip was through an organization called Firefighters Helping Firefighters: Our mission is to aid and assist New Jersey’s career and volunteer firefighters and their families, when they become sick, injured, or experience personal loss. In addition to donating their time and labor to help rebuild after the hurricane, East Whiteland Fire Company donated thousands of dollars in gift cards to Home Depot, according to Fire Chief Ken Hurley. And Home Depot donated supplies like contractor bags, dust masks, handwarmers and mops. Other participating volunteers came from nearby fire companies …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The fourth annual East Whiteland Fire Company car show will be happening on Oct. 7.
From souped up trucks to antique cars to a giant military Hummer to the Chester County Swat Vehicle -- the fourth annual East Whiteland Fire Company car show will display just about every kind of automobile there is. Fire-police officer Jim Skymba said he expects the car show, which will be on the 100 block of Lancaster Avenue on Oct. 7, to draw quite the crowd. "There were 273 cars last year," he said. "At one point in time we actually shut down one lane of Route 30 so people could walk [and] at one point in time all you could see is people." Skymba said there's space for 300 cars at the show and folks can register for $7 at Penn Liberty Bank before Friday or $10 day-of. In addition to the car show, there'll be food for sale by Dixie …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Station 5 members joined hundreds of others to honor the Plymouth Township Police Officer and Marine rest Saturday
Members of East Whiteland Fire Company attended the funeral for Bradley Fox, the Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, police officer killed in the line of duty Sept. 13. See more photos and information about the funeral at the East Whiteland Fire Company website. Hundreds of other first responders drove their vehicles in the procession. Fox was a K-9 officer and a Marine who served two tours in Iraq. Read more about him in the extensive reporting at Plymouth Whitemarsh Patch, which profiled the man ... : ... and the funeral service: A trust fund has been set up for Officer Fox's family and donations can be made to: Fox Children's Fund C/O Continental Bank 661 W. Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Saturday, August 11, 2012
E5-5 is undergoing repairs in a Lancaster County garage.
Fire Line Equipment, a company in East Earl, Pa., that sells and services firefighting equipment, is working on one of East Whiteland Fire Company's apparatus. The company posted a photo gallery on its Facebook page: According to East Whiteland Deputy Fire Chief Eric Nowaczyk, the engine has been out of service since about July 24. While in the shop, it will undergo repairs to the fire pump, replacement of the gear box and an assessment of damage that may have occurred to the drive shaft. "[T]he truck being out of service is an inconvenience, however we have 2 additional engines available in the station and additional units, should they be needed on an incident, are automatically dispatched out of our neighboring stations by Chester County…
Friday, July 27, 2012
Registration is now open.
Mark your calendar: The East Whiteland Fire Company Car Show returns Oct. 7 this year. Early registration costs $8, or $10 on the day of the event. According to the event listing: This event is for the benefit of EWVFC and the Chester County Hero Fund, which supports injured Firefighters, EMS, Military and, Police. [...] 16 vehicle classes will be judged and awards given, including best of show and Ladies choice.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
An East Whiteland firefighter created a video using footage from emergency calls.
A new video posted to Facebook shows a bit of what it's like to be a member of the East Whiteland Volunteer Fire Association. Watch the video on Facebook. Set in the style of an energy drink advertisement, the 59-second video shows a cross section of emergency response scenes—rolling out of the station house, climbing a ladder, cracking a windshield and, of course, opening the front door to a burning house. It was produced by firefighter Kevin Skymba, who created a 2011 video recap of the fire station's activity.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Main Line Chamber Foundation awarded scholarships to 24 volunteer firefighters and EMTs on June 12.
Twenty-four volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians were honored Tuesday night at the Main Line Chamber Foundation's "Hometown Heroes" Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony, now in its third year, honors students who are selflessly volunteering their time and energy to give back to the community. Among this year's award recipients are Daniel J. Sheridan and Evan J. Reed, both of East Whiteland Volunteer Fire Company, and Reed Apostol and Thomas Fitzgerald of Malvern Fire Company. View the photo gallery above for a few images from the evening. Below is the complete list of scholarship recipients: $1,500 Scholarships: $1,000 Scholarships: $2,500 Thomas J. Hays Memorial Scholarships: