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WEST LAKE IS NOW QRS RECOGNIZED!

Last month, West Lake Fire Department had EMMCO West, Inc, a division of the PA Department of Health at the station to inspect all equipment in hopes of obtaining our QRS license. West Lake passed the inspection and became the fire volunteer department in Millcreek Township to become QRS certified.

What is QRS? A QRS is an entity that is recognized by the Department of Health to respond to an emergency and provide EMS to patients pending the arrival of the pre-hospital personnel of an ambulance service.

Affiliate Number: 25037, County: 02, Region: 18, Level: QRS



CODE 1 WITH ENTRAPMENT

June 18, 2014 - West Lake, Lake Shore (Squad) and MPS were dispatched to West 12th Street and Asbury Road for a vehicle accident with entrapment. Erie Airport Police and Fairview Fire L-7 arrived on scene shortly after dispatch and reported 2 cars head on with heavy damage and reported 2 patients pinned. Rescue 488, Engine 483 and Rescue 485 responded. As the units arrived, Squad 507 arrived on location as well. Captain 492 arrived on scene and took command. Crews placed both Hurst tools (R-488 and E-483) in service and began extrication. Crews had both patients extricated within 17 minutes and transport to the trauma center. Millcreek Police Department is currently investigating the accident.




SEVERE STORM BRINGS 22 CALLS TO THE FIRST RUN

June 18, 2014 - As the severe thunderstorms rolled into the area, West Lake crews were already on station for drill night waiting for the calls for service to start. West Lake started with a fire alarm, and then dispatch requested Chief 481 to call the comm center. Chief 481 took note of 17 initial calls that were pending for dispatch. Members divided up onto Ladder 489, Engine 482, Engine 483, Truck 487 and Rescue 485, switched to West Tac Channel and Chief 481 gave the equipment calls to handle. Crews responded to multiple fire alarms, electrical issues, trees and wires down. Great job by all crews on handling the calls. Erie Fire Department and Erie Airport Fire Department assisted with calls in the first run as well.

TREE VS. CAR

June 18, 2014 - West Lake and MPS were dispatched to Presque Isle State Park for a tree limb that fell onto a vehicle. Rescue 488 and Rescue 485 responded from Station 48. Rescue 488 and Rescue 485 arrived on location and found a tree limb that was broken off of a tree during the storm that fell directly onto the roof of the vehicle, seriously injuring both occupants inside. Crews provided patient care and MPS transported both patients to the trauma center. West Lake L-3 had command.



CAR VS. BUILDING

June 18, 2014 - West Lake was dispatched to the County Fair at West 12th Street and Peninsula Drive for a car into the building, negative injuries. Rescue 488 responded and secured the building and vehicle. Millcreek Police operated on scene with Rescue 488. West Lake L-8 had command.



SEARCH AND WATER RESCUE FOR MISSING PERSON


May 26, 2014 - West Lake assisted Erie Fire Department, United States Coast Guard, Emergycare and K-9 Search and Rescue in the search and then recovery of a missing male. The K-9 team located the male just west of the Erie Yacht Club. West Lake utilized the jet skis and boat  to take the male from the location the the awaiting ambulance. Units on scene from West Lake: Rescue 485, Truck 487, Rescue 488, Rescue 496, Rescue 497 and Rescue 498.



WORKING STRUCTURE FIRE IN FIRST DUE


May 26, 2014 - West Lake (All equipment), West Ridge (Engine) and MPS were dispatched to Wana Drive for a mobile home fire. Chief 460 was the first arriving officer, reported a working fire with possible entrapment. Engine 482 and Engine 483 responded and began fire suppression and a primary search. Negative entrapment or injuries at the incident. Engine 472, Rescue 488 and Truck 487 all operated on scene. Chief 480 had command of this incident.

PUMP TRAINING ON DRILL NIGHT

May 21, 2014 - This evening, West Lake members went out into the first run area to do pump training. Members got the chance to practice on all of the equipment.

WORKING COMMERCIAL FIRE IN THE FIRST DUE


May 15, 2014 - West Lake (All equipment), West Ridge (Tower), Lake Shore (Engine) and MPS were dispatched for a commercial fire at the Hi & Dry Pub at 3077 West Lake Road. Chief 481 responded and arrived on location and reported a 2 story, tax payer with heavy fire and smoke from division 2. Engine 482 was first due and began fire suppression. Engine 483, Engine 502 assisted with fire suppression. Rescue 488, Rescue 485 and Truck 487 also operated on scene. Ladder 489 was first due truck company, and began truck company operations along with Tower 479. Both aerials were placed in service. Crews battled heavy fire conditions on the 2nd division. Truck Companies performed a primary search with reports of entrapment. Chief 480 had command and upon the fire being under control, requested a the fire investigator from Millcreek Police Department.


RIT ASSIST TO FAIRVIEW FIRE


April 29, 2014  - West Lake RIT was dispatched to assist Fairview Fire Department on a working structure fire. Engine 482 responded with 6 volunteers and was assigned as the RIT team during the operation.


RIT ASSIST TO SPRINGFIELD FIRE

April 1, 2014  - West Lake RIT was dispatched to assist Springfield Fire Department on a working structure fire.


EASTER BUNNY VISITS WEST LAKE

April 25, 2014 - Nearly 200 adults and children headed to Station 48 for the annual Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt. The ladies auxillary put the event together. Another success for the ladies!


HURST TOOLS PUT IN SERVICE FOR EXTRICATION

April 24, 2014 - Rescue 488, Rescue 485 and MPS responded to a residence to extricate a male who had fallen off the roof of his home and landed between the shed and the house. The patient had been trapped for several house before being found. Crews put the spreaders in service for this incident and had the patient extricated in minutes.


FIREFIGHTER NICK BLY GRADUATES U.S. ARMY BASIC TRAINING

March 13, 2014 - Congratulations to Firefigher Nick Bly on his recent graduation from the United States basic training. Nick left for the Army in December of 2013, and graduated today at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Nick is a cannon crew member in the infantry division. The members are proud of you and thank you for your service to our country! Also, Nick proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Sara Gresh upon her arrival for his graduation! We wish you both the best of luck in your future! Pictured below is a picture of Nick and Sara and Nick and other members of West Lake. Nick has spent the last 5 years with West Lake.


LINE OF DUTY DEATH - CAPTAIN GREG BARNAS

February 28, 2014 -Captain Greg Barnas, Captain of Ladder 6 in Jersey City, New Jersey gave the ultimate sacrifice as he died in the line of duty last night while operating at the scene of a restaurant fire. Captain Barnas taught a class with Task Force 1, Inc  hosted by West Ridge Fire Department in May 2012. Barnas was one of four instructors of the Truck Academy class. West Lake members Jeff Cole, Andrew Carne and Joe Maffeo had the honor of training with Captain Barnas and learning some great truck company tactics from him. Captain Barnas was regarded as one of the best and most respected instructors in the country, you will be missed. Rest in Peace, Capt. RFB.

WORKING STRUCTURE FIRE ASSIST KEARSARGE FIRE

February 14, 2014 -West Lake was dispatched to assist Kearsarge Fire Department on a structure fire in the 6700 Block of Peach Street. Engine 482 responded to the assist, and Kearsarge units arrived on location and reported a working fire. Engine 482's crew assisted with fire supression while operating on scene. Kearsarge Chief 441 had command.



WORKING DUMPSTER FIRE AT BIG LOTS

February 10, 2014 -West Lake was dispatched to Big Lots on West 12th Street for a reported dumpster fire. Engine 482 responded upon dispatch to arrived on scene with a working dumpster fire. Crews had the fire out within minutes after arriving. Firefighter Alex "Tuna" Scantlebury got to fight some fire while home on leave from the United States Navy where he is stationed outside of Seattle, Washington. Great to have him home running some fire calls!



GUNS AND HOSES HOCKEY GAME

February 8, 2014 - Junior Firefighter Eriq Schau, pictured below, represented West Lake as the only hockey player from West Lake to play on the Hoses' hockey team in the annual Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey game. Eriq, 15, played in his first Guns and Hoses game. The hoses beat the Guns 3-2. Well done, Bravest!

WORKING STRUCTURE FIRE ON WANA DRIVE

January 30, 2013 - West Lake and West Ridge were dispatched to a structure fire on Wana Drive. Within minutes, Engine 482, Engine 483, Rescue 488, Rescue 485, Engine 472 were all enroute. MP-8 arrived on location and reported a working trailer fire. Crews from Engine 482 and Engine 483 along with crews from West Ridge Engine 472 were assigned to fire suppression.



LADIES AUXILIARY SUB SALE

In January, the Ladies Auxiliary held their annual sub sale for the super bowl. The ladies were able to sell 693 subs! Thank you for your hard work and great job!


EXPLOSION WITH WORKING FIRE AT SAFETY-KLEEN

January 30, 2013 - West Lake, West Ridge, Erie Fire, Erie Airport Fire and MPS were dispatched to a reported explosion with fire at Safety-Kleen in the 1800 block of Pittsburgh Avenue. Chief 480 responded and arrived on location and reported a working fire with a burn patient. Chief 480 assumed command and notified that there were tanks of solvents and oils on fire. Engine 482 arrived on location and stretched an attack line for fire suppression. Engine 482 was assisted by Engine 483, Ladder 489, Rescue 488,West Ridge Engine 472, Erie Fire Engine 11 and Erie Airport Engine 822. Fire Police, Millcreek Police and Erie Police handled traffic and crowd control. Chief 480 had command. Pictures to follow.

MVA IN THE 3100 BLOCK OF WEST 12TH ST

January 28, 2014  - West Lake and MPS were dispatched to the 3100 block of West 12th Street for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Chief 480 arrived on location and reported two vehicle with heavy damage and entrapment. Rescue 488 and Rescue 485 operated on scene with extrication and patient care. Fire Police handled traffic control. Chief 480 had command.

WORKING STRUCTURE FIRE - WEST 11TH ST AND CLIFTON DR

January 28, 2014  - West Lake, West Ridge and MPS were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of West 11th Street and Clifton Drive. Chief 480 responded, while enroute, Erie County advised they were getting multiple calls for smoke showing. Chief 480 arrived on location and reported a working mobile home fire. Engine 482 arrived on location and stretched an attack line for fire suppression. Engine 482 was assisted by Engine 483, Ladder 489, Rescue 488 and West Ridge Engine 472. Fire Police handled traffic and crowd control. Chief 480 had command.

2014 CHIEF OFFICERS AND LINE OFFICERS

January 1, 2014  - The officers for the year of 2014 were announced tonight and are as follow. Congratulations fellas, and good luck in the upcoming months!

Richard C. Schau - Chief of Department

Kirk. W. McCaslin - 1st Assistant Chief

Joseph W. Phillips - 2nd Assistant Chief

Dominic Quadri - Captain, 492 - Station 49 Captain

Mark Sennett - Lieutenant, Engine 482

Dan Edwards - Lieutenant, Engine 483

Marcus Kalivoda - Lieutenant, Rescue 485

Gary Rictor - Lieutenant, Rescue 488

Joseph Bracalento- Lieutenant, Ladder 489

AIRCRAFT EMERGENCY AT TOM RIDGE FIELD

December 27, 2013 - West Lake, Erie Airport Fire and the alarm assignment were dispatched for an Alert II for an incoming small jet with hydraulic problems. As the aircraft was approaching, all units staged at their designated area. The aircraft landed safely with no damage to the aircraft and no injuries to the passengers on board. After the aircraft was stopped on the runway, West Lake assisted Airport Fire on scene for a short while. Chief 820 (Airport) and Chief 480 had command of this incident.


2014 CHIEF OFFICERS

The men and women of West Lake would like to congratulate the elected Chief Officers for the year of 2014. The Chief Officers will remain the same as 2013. Here is to another great year at West Lake!

Richard C. Schau - Chief of Department

Kirk W. McCaslin - 1st Assistant Chief

Joseph W. Phillips - 2nd Assistant Chief

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!

December 21, 2013 - The Ladies Auxiliary with the help of members of the fire division held the annual "Breakfast with Santa" at Station 48. Many families came to have breakfast and to see Santa. Another huge success made possible by the hard work of the Auxiliary!

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT - WEST 12TH AT FILMORE AVE

December 20, 2013 - West Lake and MPS were dispatched to the West 12th Street at Filmore Avenue for a two car motor vehicle accident with injuries. Rescue 488 and Rescue 485 responded and assisted MPS with patient care and debris cleanup. Fire Police were on scene handling traffic control. One patient was transported to a local hospital.


MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT - WEST 12TH AT OAKMONT AVE

December 14, 2013 - West Lake and MPS were dispatched to the West 12th Street at Oakmont Avenue for a two car motor vehicle accident with injuries. Rescue 488 and Rescue 485 responded and assisted MPS with patient care and debris cleanup. Fire Police were on scene handling traffic control. One patient was transported to a local hospital. Heavy snowfall which resulting in poor driving conditions were the cause of the accident.

 

VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES - WEST LAKE ROAD

December 9, 2013 - West Lake and MPS were dispatched to the 3300 block of West Lake Road for a two car motor vehicle accident with injuries. Rescue 488 responded and assisted MPS with patient care and debris cleanup. Fire Police were on scene handling traffic control. One patient was transported to a local hospital.


VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES ON PRESQUE ISLE

November 28, 2013 - West Lake and MPS were dispatched to Presque Isle State Park for a two car motor vehicle accident with injuries. Rescue 488 responded and assisted MPS with patient care and debris cleanup. Presque Isle Park Rangers assisted on scene as well. One patient was transported to a local hospital.   


THANKSGIVING SNOW STORMS

November 13, 2013 - The men and women of West Lake would like to remind everyone of the possibility of Lake Effect snow over the next week. There could be heavy snow fall, making driving conditions dangerous. Please be careful driving and use caution. Any emergencies remember to dial 911.

VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH FIRE - NO INJURIES

November 13, 2013 - West Lake was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident on Presque Isle State Park. Engine 482 responded due to reports that the vehicle was on fire. Upon Engine 482 arriving on scene, and found one vehicle into a tree with heavy fire conditions. Engine 482's crew made a quick knock on the fire. However, the vehicle and vegetation were a total loss.

 

FAST TEAM ASSIST MCKEAN ON TRAILER FIRE

November 5, 2013 - In the early morning hours, West Lake FAST team was dispatched to assist McKean Fire Department on a trailer fire on Timberlake Drive. Ladder 489 responded as the FAST Team, once on scene crews were assigned to assist with fire suppression and overhaul. Ladder 489 operated on scene until released by McKean command. 

 

TRAIN DERAILMENT IN FIRST DUE

November 1, 2013 - In the early morning, West Lake, Erie Fire were dispatched to the Railroad Tracks on Pittsburgh Avenue for a train derailment. West Lake Rescue 488, Engine 483 and Engine 482 operated on scene with Erie Fire Engine 11, Engine 6 and the Deputy Chief 322. Erie County Hazmat was called to the scene as a precaution for any chemicals that may have been involved. Millcreek Township Emergency Management were on scene as well. Crews from West Lake and Erie Fire contained a diesel spill from the engine car. No injuries were reported, and the cars that derailed were hauling construction debris. Chief 480 had command of this incident. Fire Police from West Lake and West Ridge operated on scene with Millcreek Police Department. 

While operating on scene, West Lake was dispatched for two other emergencies in the first due. Engine 483 was released from the scene and responded on those incidents and then returned to the train derailment. 

 

ENGINE ASSIST WEST RIDGE ON HOUSE FIRE

October 28, 2013 - West Lake was dispatched for an engine to assist West Ridge for a structure fire on Grubb Road. Engine 482 responded to the fire and assisted with fire suppression and overhaul.

 

HOUSE FIRE IN FIRST DUE, WYOMING AVENUE

October 12, 2013 - West Lake, West Ridge and MPS were dispatched to the 900 block of Wyoming Avenue for a structure fire with possible entrapment. Chief 481 arrived shortly after dispatch and reported a working fire. Engine 482's crew arrived and initiated fire suppression. Engine 482's crew was met with heavy fire in the rear of the structure. Ladder 489's crew performed a primary and secondary search with negative findings. Crews from Engine 483, Engine 472, Rescue 488 assisted on scene with suppression, search and overhaul. Crews had the fire knocked down within 30 minutes. Chief 481 had command. 

 

February 8, 2014 -Junior Firefighter Eriq Schau, pictured below, represented West Lake Fire Department in the annual Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey game. The hoses won the game, defeating the Guns 3-2. Nice job to Eriq and the Hoses!