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 Harding Mt Zion EMS Commander 529 placed the responding units back in service. The boat was removed from the water by Bovani's Towing.
August 15, 2019: MVC in West Wyoming
On Thursday afternoon, Mt Zion Rescue/Pumper responded to assist West Wyoming Fire with a motor vehicle crash on west Eighth Street Road.
Mt Zion Fire, Exeter Borough Fire, Franklin Township Fire, and West Wyoming all took part in a Pumps 2 Class taught by Brian Bloom of Kingston Fire. Pumps 2 teaches advanced pumping operation involving friction loss, gallon per minute flow, and flow loss related to elevations.
April 13-14, 2019: Rope Rescue 3
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.
December 15,16, 2018: Rope Rescue Technician Training
Mt Zion Fire hosted a Rope Rescue Technician 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
November, 2018: 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.
October 2018: Firefighter I Preparation Training
Mt Zion firefighters along with firefighters from Franklin Township, Exeter Borough, and West Wyoming train 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.
More photos to come as we continue with this training.
More photos to come as we continue with this training.
July 2018: Vehicle Rescue Awareness
Mt Zion Fire hosted a Vehicle Rescue Awareness class. Fire personnel from Mt Zion, Exeter, Hughestown, Franklin, West Pittston, and West Wyoming, all partook in this training. The training started out with two evenings inside and finished with two days in the field for a total of 24 hours of training with Bucks County Community College instructors Matt MacDonald and Carl Mehne. Oh, and don't forget the temperatures in the 90s with very high humidity just for icing on the cake.
June 3, 2018: Rope Rescue 2 Day 2
Day two of Ropes 2 training: Emergency Responders from Franklin Fire, Pittston Regional Ambulance, Mt Zion Fire, and West Wyoming Fire and EMS took part in the training with instructors Matt MacDonald and Carl Mehne.
June 2, 2018: Rope Rescue 2 Day 1
Mt Zion Fire and Franklin Township Fire hosted a Ropes 2 training which was held at Mt Zion Firehouse and Camp Orchard Hill. Emergency Responders from Franklin Fire, Pittston Regional Ambulance, Mt Zion Fire, and West Wyoming Fire and EMS took part in the training with instructors Matt MacDonald and Carl Mehne. We would like to thank the Camp for allowing us to use their climbing/repelling tower for the training.
February, 2018: Hazardous Materials Operations Training
For four nights and one weekend, a total of 36 hours of training, firefighters from Mt Zion, Avoca, Exeter Borough, Franklin, Nanticoke, and West Wyoming learned about Hazardous Materials Operations. This includes recognizing hazardous materials, notifying proper agencies, and performing defensive operations to save lives and minimize the impact to property and the environment.
April 1, 2016: Wildland Fire on Exeter Mountain
March 30, 2016 structure fire on Terrace Avenue:
April 30, 2013: Pump Operations Training
Mt Zion Members trained with the completed project trucks, our 1983 Mack (aka Brush Tanker or Tanker 2) and our 1995 International Rescue/Pumper. We were very impressed with the capabilities that the apparatus showed.
DCNR Wildland Fire Training
Mt Zion Members trained with DCNR Forestry for Wildland Firefighting and obtained certification. Training occurs in dry weather or in snow. We have responded to and extinguished wildland fires when there was snow on the ground. The Mt Zion Wildland Fire Crew responds to wildland fires in Exeter Township, surrounding towns, and often to assist DCNR Forestry.
Various photos from through the years
Training at the Exeter Township Playground
4/10/14 - Station 229 assembled the wildland crew to respond into Franklin Township (Wyoming County) for the reported Brush fire. Once arriving we were advised to stretch a line and knock down the remaining fire and the hotspots. After mop up, all 229 units were released by 135 command.
Working box alarm in Luzerne Borough (Station 157) 11/26/13
2010 Vehicle Rescue Training
Mt Zion Fire training with Franklin - Northmoreland EMS, Kingston Township Rescue 551, and Trucksville Engine 151-2
December 5, 2010: Structure Fire Training
Mt Zion Fire trained on a donated house. We practiced forced entry, truck and engine company operations.