Station 227 Receives Two (2) Rope Rescue Dog Harnesses

On Friday July 13th, Station 227 was one (1) of seven (7) fire departments called to the scene of a vehicle over a 150’ hillside at the intersection of Grove Rd at Lincoln Rd. A PHPD Officer slid down the hill prior to rescuers arriving on scene in an attempt to check on the status of the driver. Once responders arrived on scene, two (2) rescuers from St.227 proceeded over the hillside to make contact with the victim and the PHPD Officer. When rescuers made it down the hillside they found that everyone was in good condition. They also discovered the operator of the vehicle had his 100+ lb. pit bull “BOSS” with him.

With about fifty (50) firefighters on scene, they set up multiple complex rope rescue systems. All equipment was utilized from 227RQ. While this was taking place, rescuers were faced with an added degree of difficulty. How to safely bring up “BOSS”. With all of the training the PHVFD goes through, rescuing a canine was over looked. Crews were able to adapt equipment on scene in order to safely secure the canine and the rest is history.

After the incident was over, administration officers from 227 saw the need for a K-9 rescue harness. St.227 turned to social media for assistance, and almost immediately Cindy Lippert and the Lifesavers Animal Rescue Inc answered the call. They started a “Go Fund Me” event for two (2) canine rescue harnesses (Small & Large). 11 Hours later, we reached our goal of $400.

The amazing thing is that people kept donating after we reached our goal. That extra money allowed us to expand on our own version of a “K-9 Rope Rescue Kit”.

•Rock N’ Rescue K-9 Rescue Harness (Small)
•Rock N’ Rescue K-9 Rescue Harness (Large)
•Rock N’ Rescue Large Storage Bag
•K9 Muzzle (Small)
•K9 Muzzle (Medium)
•K9 Muzzle (Large)
•Nylon Chewy Bone
•Adjustable Collar
•8ft Leash
•Collapsible Water Bowl
•Blanket

These specialized harnesses will be available to ANY agency that would need them. In the coming weeks, members of St.227 will undergo training with all this new equipment.

Thank you to everyone that donated, and a special thank you to CINDY LIPPERT and the Lifesavers Animal Rescue Inc. for spearheading everything.

Please go over to Lifesavers Animal Rescue Inc. page and give it a “LIKE” & “FOLLOW”. If you are looking for a dog or cat, think about adopting. Their page has all kind of information on dogs that are looking for a forever home. Here are a few links to all the stories.

https://www.lifesaversanimalrescue.net/

https://www.facebook.com/LifeSaversAnimalRescueInc/

‘Everyone Has A Soft Spot For Animals’: 2 Dog Rescue Harnesses Donated To Penn Hills Fire Dept.

https://triblive.com/local/pennhills/13930982-74/group-raises-nearly-500-to-buy-dog-rescue-harnesses

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140-blk Rosewood Rd – Vehicle Into Structure

On Thursday afternoon, Stations 227, 223, 222 were alerted for a vehicle into a structure in the 140-blk of Rosewood Dr. PHFM arrived on scene with a full size pickup truck and landscaping trailer into the structure. The vehicle was occupied with four occupants. The occupants were assisted out of the vehicle by PHPD & PHFM. PHEMS arrived on scene and started patient care. All of the occupants later refused medical treatment. 227RQ arrived on scene. 196RQ & 221EN were added to the call. The homeowners were not on scene at the time of the accident. 227RQ crew conducted a quick primary search of the house. Nothing was found. Crews were able to safely remove two cats from the structure. Units assisted the towing service getting the truck and trailer out of the building. Units assisted the homeowner getting as many items out of the house as possible. The house was condemned by the PHFM & PHCODE. PHPD is investigating the cause of the accident.

Command: 227 CHIEF

Units: 227RQ, 223MP, 222SQ, 221UT, 196RQ, PHEMS, PHPD, PHFM, PHCODE

81.8 MM I-376 EB – Vehicle Rollover

On Wednesday morning, Stations 227, 196, 122 were alerted for a vehicle accident with rollover in that area of 81.8 I-376 Eastbound. 227RQ & PHEMS arrived on scene of a single vehicle on its roof. The driver of the vehicle was assisted out of the vehicle and patient care was transferred to EMS. 227RQ, 196RQ, 122RQ all took a defensive position limiting traffic to one lane for responders safety. Lane restrictions were in place for about 45mins till the accident was cleared. The driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Command: 227 Chief

Units: 227RQ, 196RQ, 122RQ, PHEMS, PSP

81.8 MM I-376 WB – Accident w/Injuries

On Tuesday, Stations 227, 196, 122 were alerted for a single vehicle accident with injuries in the area of the 81.8 I-376 Westbound. 196RQ arrived on scene with a single vehicle into the center divider and started patient care. 227RQ arrived on scene and crews assisted with patient care. 227RQ and 227EN took a defensive position blocking two (2) lanes of traffic for responder safety. The patients were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Command: 227 Chief

Units: 227RQ, 227EN, 196RQ, 122RQ, PHEMS, PSP

2400-blk School St – Residential Structure Fire

On Tuesday, Stations 223, 227, 222, 225 were alerted for smoke coming from a structure in the 2400-blk of School St. 223 ASST & PHPD arrived on scene with smoke showing, they found a fire on the first floor. 227TK arrived on scene and they stretched an attack line into the house and secured a water supply. 223EN arrived and crews assisted with overhaul. 222EN started ventilation. The PHFM is investigating the fire.

Command: 223 Chief

Units: 223EN1, 223EN2, 227TK, 222EN, 225TK, PHFM, PHPD, PHEMS

150-blk Orchard Dr – Residential Structure Fire

Shortly before 7:00pm Stations 227, 223, 222, 225, 196 were alerted for a bedroom on fire in the 150-blk of Orchard Dr. PHEMS arrived on scene with smoke showing. The homeowner & EMS were able to knock the flames down with some water. 227TK arrived on scene and crews were able to extinguish the rest of the fire. Crews checked for extension, none was found. The house was ventilated. All other companies were cancelled. PHFM is investigating the cause of the fire.

Command: 227 Chief

Operations: 227 Assistant

Units: 227TK, 223EN, 222EN, 225TK, 196RQ, PHFM, PHPD, PHEMS

300-blk Pheasant Dr – Residential Structure Fire

On Thursday morning Stations 227, 223, 222, 225, 196 were alerted for a residential structure fire in the 300-blk of Pheasant Dr. 227TK arrived on scene with smoke and fire showing. Crews deployed an attack line while additional members secured a water supply. 223EN arrived on scene and their crew deployed a backup line and conducted a secondary search. 196RQ crew staged in the front yard for RIT. Crews from 222EN and 225TK started checking for extension. Fire was discovered in the walls, but it was extinguished before it could make it to the roof. The PHFM is investigating the cause of the fire.

Command: 227 Chief

Operations: 227 Assistant

Units: 227TK, 227EN, 223EN, 223MP, 222EN, 222SS, 225TK, 196RQ, PHFM, PHPD, PHEMS

Standby Companies: St.221, St.224, St.285

1900-blk Universal Rd – Trailer Fire

On Sunday evening, Stations 227, 223, 222, 225, 196 were alerted for trailers on fire in the 1900-blk of Universal Rd. PHPD arrived on scene and confirmed three (3) trailers were on fire. 227EN arrived on scene and crews started to contain the fire from spreading. 223EN & 222EN assisted with a water supply to 227EN. Crews then assisted extinguishing the fire. 225TK & 196RQ started forcible entry. After about 20mins, crews had the fire extinguished. No injuries were reported. PHFM is investigating the cause of the fire.

Command: 227 Chief

Units: 227EN, 227TK, 227RQ, 227SS, 223EN1, 223EN2, 223MP, 222EN, 222SQ, 225TK, 225SQ, 196RQ, PHFM, PHPD, PHEMS.

Lime Hollow @ Springdale – Rollover w/Entrapment

On Monday rescue companies from 227, 222, 223 were alerted for a vehicle rollover in the area of Lime Hollow @ Springdale Dr. 227Chief arrived on scene to find a single vehicle on its roof with the driver entrapped in the vehicle. 227RQ was able to force the drivers door open allowing PHEMS access to the patient. 223EN1 and 222RQ arrived on scene and assisted with loading the patient in the ambulance.

Command: 227 Chief

Units: 227RQ, 227CV, 223EN1, 223MP, 222RQ, PHEMS, PHPD

Grove Rd @ Lincoln Rd – Technical Rescue

On Friday shortly before 3:30pm, Stations 221,222,223,227 were alerted for a vehicle over a hillside at the intersection of Grove Rd at Lincoln Rd. 221UT & 227RQ arrived on scene and confirmed a single vehicle hit a structural wall to a garage and a boat that was parked next to the building and went about 150’ over a hillside. The driver and his dog were able to get out of the vehicle under their own power. Crews started setting up advanced rope rescue systems to get rescuers safely over the hillside and make patient contact. A short time later, two (2) rescuers from 227RQ proceeded over the hillside and started patient care.

Crews from 221,222,223,227 worked in the sweltering heat for hours attempting to bring everyone back up the hill. Due to the terrain, large debris field, and unstable soil, crews brought 225TK, 194RQ, PGH EMS R1 & R3 to the scene to assist. Using 225TK as a lifting device, crews were able to overcome most of the obstacles that were in our way.

Due to the heat and a prolonged rescue, numerous EMS agencies assisted on scene. The dog was transported to a local animal hospital for treatment, five (5) rescuers were transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries, all firefighters were treated and released later that evening. The operator of the vehicle was transported also with non life threatening injuries. The images below show what rescuers saw.

Command: 221 Chief

Units: 221UT, 222RQ, 223EN, 223MP, 227RQ, 227EN, 227SS, 225TK, 194RQ, PGH EMS R1 & R3, PHPD, PHEMS, PHFM