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Williamsport fire, EMS company reports Oct. calls

November 11, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS Co. responded to more than 100 fire and EMS calls in the Williamsport area in October, according to the monthly report.

The calls consisted mostly of emergency calls for medical assistance, and for the fire department, house fires, auto accidents and brush fires.

On Sept. 6, Washington County Department of Emergency Services placed in service a paramedic chase vehicle based out of Clear Spring Volunteer Ambulance Service. The chase vehicle responded to 12 calls in September in Williamsport's first-due response area and 13 in October.

Rapid Intervention Team training continued with drills at the Greencastle Pike training house. The team is a group of firefighters who respond when firefighters fall through floors, become trapped or lost, or are injured while inside a burning building.

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The company is always looking for new members interested in serving as firefighters or EMTs, or helping with fundraising and administrative duties. If you want to join or want more information, call 301-223-9500 or contact Recruitment Director Scott Bragunier at 301-573-7364.

On Oct. 18, the company conducted its first "Holy Smoke" day. Holy Smoke is an outreach program for the churches in Williamsport's first-due response area. The company conducted a fire drill for Rehoboth United Methodist Church's Sunday school, taught its adult classes updated fire safety and injury- prevention tips, and spoke to the congregation about fire safety and volunteering. The company hopes to conduct "Holy Smoke" programs with all Williamsport churches by spring.

For more information, find the fire company on Facebook or go to www.williamsportfire.org.

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