200+ Acre Wildfire
Monday, 12 April 2010

A wildfire in the Nelson Run Rd. area of Wharton Twp has burned approximately 200 acres of forestland. The blaze was spotted late Sunday afternoon from area fire towers around 1700hrs. Once the location of the blaze was pinpointed fire companies from three counties were dispatched to attempt to control the blaze. Departments responding included from Potter County; Austin Dept 44, Roulette Dept 46, Coudersport Dept 48 with Shinglehouse Dept 39 transferring an engine to cover station 46, from Cameron County; Emporium Dept 14 and Sinnamahonning Dept 16, and Dept 3 Port Allegany from McKean County. The DCNR Forestry Dept. also dispatched crews to the scene including a bulldozer and air tanker.


Little Baby Bacon
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Everybody here at the Austin Fire Department would like to welcome Little Baby Bacon (Peyton Danielle Bacon). Mike Bacon is Second Asst. Chief for the Fire Department and Sabrina is the Secretary for the Department. Congrats Guys. 

MVA With Roll Over
Friday, 09 April 2010

This afternoon at 13:51 Station 44 was dispatched to 192 Costello Avenue for a MVA with roll over, unknown injuries. Chief 44-20 (M.Bacon), Chief 44-70 (J.Moate), Chief 44-71 (S.Orlowski) and Captain 44 (R.Freer) all responded at time of dispatch.


Easter Wildfire
Sunday, 04 April 2010
Today shortly after 16:00 Station 44 was dispatched for a transformer explosion that had caused a wildfire on the Gardeau Road in Keating Township. Chief 44 (D.VanWhy), Chief 44-30 (J.Burgett) ,Chief 44-70 (J.Moate) and Lt.44 (S.Frank) all responded at time of dispatch.
Station 44 Runs A Wildfire
Saturday, 03 April 2010
Shortly after 13:00 today Station 44 was dispatched to a wildfire on State Route 607 in Portage Township. Chief 44 (D.VanWhy), Chief 44-30 (J.Burgett), and Chief 44-70 (J.Moate) all responded at time of dispatch. Chief 44-30 on scene and reported a 1 acre fast moving fire, and established 607 Command.
Mutual Aid Call With Station 14
Thursday, 01 April 2010
Today at 11:09 Station 44 was dispatched mutual aid with Station 14 (Emporium) for a Tanker to the scene of a structure fire in Portage Township on the Old Portage Road.
Warning to First Responders
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Self-Inflicted Hydrogen Sulfide Suicides on the Rise


Several apparent suicide deaths related to mixing common household chemicals have been reported by local media in the past year. This alarming news follows on the heels of 517 suicide deaths reported in Japan throughout 2008 attributed to inhaling hydrogen sulfide gas created by mixing household detergents. In 2009, one incident in San Jose, CA resulted in a hazardous materials lockdown of the hospital, diversion of incoming ambulances, and decontamination of nearly 100 persons that included rescuers. Ad hoc internet sites are felt to be responsible for disseminating harmful information related to mixing chemical products for this purpose. While there is no cause for widespread panic, symptoms can mimic carbon monoxide poisoning and EMS responders are encouraged to approach any closed, suspicious vehicle with extreme caution.



2009 Corporation Dinner
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Tonight Station 44 once again celebrated making it through yet another year with our annual Corporation Dinner. The program was lead by Chairman of the Board Peg Rotello. The night began with opening remarks and a prayer from Pastor John Baney. Dinner was then served.  After dinner County Commissioner Susan Kefover spoke about volunteerism. Next, EMT&Firefighter Nathan Burgett presented a video which he created to highlight the calls and special moments of 2009. After the video was shown, President Kerry Ehrensberger and Board Secretary and Treasurer Kathy Brooks presented Chairman of the Board, EMT and member of over 35 years Peg Rotello with an inscribed clock in appreciation for her dedication to and time spent at our department.


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