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January 23, 2016
As record snow falls hit the area this weekend the 61 house remind fairly quiet. Residents heeded the warnings and remained home during the height of the snow fall. Members staffed the station overnight in order to keep the sidewalks and driveways clear to aid in quick responses if needed.
Please remember as the days get warm and melting occurs the night temperatures drop creating black ice. Use caution during late night and early morning hours on your commutes. Be vigilant in keeping vents clear around your home to prevent Carbon Monoxide from building up in your home. HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE SNOW!
January 25, 2016
At 1400 61 crews were dispatched to Cabela’s for an odor of natural gas in the building. Crews monitored the building and traced the source to vents on the roof being covered from the recent snow fall. Vents were cleared along with the building being remonitored to ensure it was safe to reoccupy.
This is a reminder on the importance of keeping all vents at your home and business free from snow. Be vigilant to keep your vents open to prevent the build up of Carbon Monoxide. Remember CO IS COLORLESS, ODORLESS, AND TASTLESS. Will be DEADLY if you don’t have a CO alarm to monitor its presence.
January 26, 2016
The morning started out with heading to I78 W in the area of M/M 25 for an MVA involving a tractor trailer. As freezing rain was now over taking our area things quickly grew worse. Between Shartlesville and Lenhartsville there were now reported multiple vehicle accidents all involving at least 1 if not more tractor trailers. With the aid of Fire Police and PENN Dot I78 was completely shut down in order for us to gain control of the scenes. The incident around MM 26 resulted in the tractor trailer loosing its load. Crews remained on the highway for several hours until debris and clean up could be completed. The highway was finally able to be reopened around 15oo hours.