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By Captain Tim Shannon
January 11, 2017

The morning of January 11th turned into a busy morning for the West Grove Fire Company. Roads were ice covered through the early morning hours, which resulted in several automobile accidents during the morning rush. The first one came in at 7:11 at the intersection of Good Hope and Parsons Road. Ambulance 22-1 was the first onscene and found a large box truck struck a small car. Although neither drivers were injured, the impact was severe enough on the car that the operator could not open the door. The rescue arrived onscene and went to work on removing the front driver’s door. They started off cribbing the vehicle, than used the tools mounted on the front bumper of the Rescue 22, the hydraulic spreaders and “O” cutter. Once the door was removed, the operator got out on his own; refusing any medical treatment. The rescue crew cleaned up all equipment, than assisted with traffic control, until turning the incident over to the PA state trooper that was on location, as they responded to the next emergency.

The second emergency came in at 7:20am to assist Station 21 (Union Fire Co) with traffic control at the intersection of Chesterville and Louisville Roads. Fire Police Lt. Phil Howard handled that assignment, by closing the intersection, as the Oxford crews were working further down the road with an auto accident.

While on scene on Good Hope Road, the department was alerted at 7:52am for another accident, this time in the 100 block of Hess Mill Road. The crew cleared up from Good Hope and responded that incident. Once on scene, the crew found a school bus that lost traction and became stranded on the curve of the road. There was also a car that slid in the same location and hit a telephone pole. That driver was transported to Jennersville Hospital by Ambulance 22-2 with minor injuries. The rescue checked for hazards and conducted traffic control. Fortunately, a road crew from Franklin Township was on scene quickly to assist. They closed the road at Wingate Drive and at Beechwood Drive, until a salt truck was available to salt around the stranded vehicles. The incident was turned over to the PA State Police and the Township.

Units: Rescue 22, Ambulance 22-1, Ambulance 22-2, Fire Police
Mutual Aid: PSP Avondale
Crews arrived onscene and started cribbing the vehicle
Crews arrived onscene and started cribbing the vehicle
Cribbing continues
Cribbing continues
Extrication complete
Extrication complete
Returning all supplies back to the apparatus
Returning all supplies back to the apparatus
Door removed
Door removed

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2017 Incidents
Fire EMS
Jan 42 216
Feb 60 191
Mar 70 209
Apr 63 169
May 54 175
Jun 46 161
Jul 70 239
Aug 46 169
Sep 55 203
Oct 50 211
Nov 49 218
Dec 60 233
Total 665 2394

Fire Run Statistics By Township
Franklin 71
London Britain 34
London Grove 97
New London 85
Penn 201
West Grove 49
Mutual Aid 128
Total 665

EMS Run Statistics By Township
Franklin 193
London Britain 133
London Grove 244
Londonderry 115
New London 258
Penn 1076
West Grove 153
Mutual Aid 222
Total 2394

Past Incidents
Fire EMS
2017 665 2394
2016 708 2313
2015 560 2208
2014 619 2244
2013 577 2095
2012 577 1957
2011 534 2035
2010 588 1782
2009 507 1669
2008 529 1624
2007 584 1624
2006 554 1412

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