Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Last Call 19-283: 12/3/2019. Mt Zion Special Operations responded for an EMS assist on Circle Drive.
New video from 2018, highlighting so many of the trainings that our fire company hosted and our members participated.
Perhaps you would consider being one of us. We are always open to new members. Just stop by the firehouse and fill out an application. Even if you don't want to fight fire but would like to help out with our fundraising, we do accept social members for such occasions. Every little bit helps.
This video was put together by one of our members a few years ago...
This video was put together by one of our members a few years ago...
2019, October 28: "Water Rescue"
Mt Zion Fire along with Harding Fire, Harding Mt Zion EMS, Exeter Township Police, Pittston Medic 29, Duryea Scuba, West Pittston Fire, and Lake Winola Fire responded for a reported boat sinking in the water, unknown if anyone around the boat in distress. Mt Zion Fire found an old partially submerged boat, floating down the Susquehanna River with no one around. The boat was removed from the water by Bovani's Towing.
2019, October 23: Mt Zion Fire at the Wyoming Area bonfire
Mt Zion Rescue Pumper and Tanker 1 participated in the parade and bonfire for our Wyoming Area Warriors! The pallets were difficult to get started, but after some firefighting ingenuity, the fire was blazing with the help of a positive pressure fan. Other emergency services there were Exeter Fire, Wyoming Fire, Harding Mt Zion EMS, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance, and police departments from Exeter, West Pittston, West Wyoming, and Wyoming.
2019, October 19-20: Mt Zion Fire helps one of its own
Personnel from Mt Zion Fire, Harding Fire, and the Harding Mt Zion Ambulance came together to help our Mt Zion Fire Captain and his wife (also a member at Mt Zion) with a new roof for their home. Our fire captain is a Vietnam veteran who proudly served his country. We want to give a big thank you to 84 Lumber and Luzerne Lumber for donating shingles, plywood, and other roofing materials. Also, a big thank you to Kava Korner on Carverton Road in Trucksville for donating lunch for the volunteer roofers.
2019, June 23: mt Zion Fire hosts Pumps 2 Training
Mt Zion Fire hosted a Pumps 2 training. Firefighters from Mt Zion Fire, Exeter Borough Fire, Franklin Township Fire, and West Wyoming Fire learned advanced pumping operation involving friction loss, gallon per minute flow, and flow loss related to elevations.
2019, April 13: Mt Zion Fire hosts Rope Rescue 3
Today, Mt Zion Fire hosted Rope Rescue 3 with Instructor Matt MacDonald. The training was held at the Mt Zion Firehouse and an area of Exeter Township known as "Heaven's Ledge" or "Morning Star." The first day of this two-day training (16 hours) involved a short review of Rope Rescue 2 as well as tying a rescuer and a Stoke's basket to be lowered down a cliff and then raised up the cliff. More practice of descending and ascending will be held Sunday.
Mt Zion, the beginning of of our fire service
Pictured below is an uncompleted Mt Zion Firehouse and our first two pieces of used apparatus, a 1956 Ford engine and a 1963 GMC 1500 gallon tanker. The engine was replaced in the 1980s with a 1967 Hahn. The tanker remained in service at Mt Zion, after a 2000 gallon tank upgrade, until around 2000, when it was replaced with a 1988 Volvo White GMC 3000 gallon tanker.
January 13, 2019: Field Fire off Perry Road
Fire units from Mt Zion Fire and Harding Fire responded along with the Harding Mt Zion Ambulance to an 1/2 acre field fire off Perry Road.
Rope Rescue Training
Firefighters and EMS personnel from Mt Zion, Edwardsville, Franklin Township, Trucksville, and West Wyoming trained for 32 hours to prepare for Rope Rescue Certification. Instructors Matt MacDonald, Carl Mehne, and Mike VanLuvender helping us to learn and practice. A big Thank You goes out to the Kingston Fire Department and Chief Frank Guido for allowing us to learn at their facility.
Vehicle Rescue Operations
During the month of November, Mt Zion Bicentennial Fire hosted Basic Vehicle Rescue Operations with Bucks County Community College Instructors Matt MacDonald and Carl Mehne. Firefighters from Mt Zion, Dennison Township, Exeter Borough, Hanover Township, Franklin Township, Kingston Borough, Trucksville, West Pittston, and West Wyoming, learned and used everything from basic hand tools up to hydraulic tools (aka "Jaws of Life"). Special thanks to Ed Spencer Auto for allowing us to practice skills.
Firefighter 1 Skill Stations Completed
On Sunday, November 4, 2018, Mt Zion Chief, Robert Kile Jr, First Assistant Chief, Gary Eble, Second Assistant Chief, Robert Kile Sr, Captain, John Tillman, Firefighter Josh Hilstolsky, along with Exeter Firefighter, Justin Parr, successfully completed 14 skill stations at the Pike County Burn Complex. Good work, guys!
Halloween Candy Night
Firefighter I Preparation Training, October 2018
Over 32 hours, several Mt Zion firefighters along with firefighters from Franklin Township, Exeter Borough, and West Wyoming are training at the Mt Zion Firehouse in preparation to take their Firefighter I skills and written tests. This involves hose line advancement, knot tying, fire extinguisher use, ladder placement and utilization, standpipe operations, air pack training and safety, fire streams, search and rescue in a fire and so many other areas.
Vehicle Rescue Awareness Training, July 2018
Twenty-four hours of training, eight indoors and 16 outside, culminated on Sunday, July 15 with scenarios. Instructors Matt MacDonald and Carl Mehne were at it again.
Rope Rescue 2 Training, Day 2, June 3, 2018
Sunday, June 3, 2018, Day 2 of Rope Rescue 2. Once again, emergency personnel from Franklin Fire, Mt Zion Fire, Pittston Regional EMS, and West Wyoming Fire trained with Matt MacDonald and Carl Mehne. More photos are on the "Picture/Training" page.
Rope Rescue 2 Training, June 2, 2018
Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, Mt Zion Fire along with Franklin Fire hosted Rope 2, a rope rescue training. Emergency personnel from Franklin Fire, Mt Zion Fire, Pittston Regional EMS, and West Wyoming Fire trained with Matt MacDonald and Carl Mehne on climbing and repelling, picking off stranded climbers, and rescuing injured. More photos are located on the "Picture/Training" page.
Whatever your emergency, we will be there...
MT. ZION FIRE - RESCUE
The Mt. Zion Bicentennial Volunteer Fire Company of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, is a department full of devoted men and women willing to sacrifice their all to protect the citizens of Exeter Township and surrounding communities. We provide protection related to fire emergencies, vehicle and other rescues, and assist in emergency medical calls. Our members like to have fun, but we are very serious about our job. We train to keep up our skills to provide UNCONDITIONAL SERVICE to the best of our abilities.