Firefighters work acknowledged
It's not too often at all that we receive a "thank you" for our service - two small words that can mean so much. We recently received a "thank you" that we'd like to share from the family that owned and operated CJ's Big Gun Garage, where we recently responded to a structure fire.
The note reads:

"To Dickson City Eagle Hose Co. #1,

Just a note to thank you for all your hard work and dedication in serving your community. My family and I truly appreciate the way you helped us with our garage fire on Saturday, December 19. We know without your quick and skilled knowledge, our property could have been burned to the ground. Thank you again, all your brothers and sisters in service, for being there with help and support.

Sincerely, Janice Jackson, Colin Jackson and family."
A generous monetary donation was also received.
Working fire at CJ's Big Gun Garage
December 19 - (20:42) Firefighters were summoned to CJ's Big Gun Garage on Enterprise St. for a structure fire. Personnel arrived on scene to find a working fire with fire showing from the A-B corner. Ladder 23 established a water supply, had a quick knock on the fire and started ventilating the structure as Engine 23 established a secondary water supply and pulled a backup line. No one was injured during the incident. Additional first alarm and SRN companies assisted with overhaul.

On scene: DCFD, DCEMS, Blakely E22, Throop R27, Peckville L20, Olyphant E261.
Fire at Valvano's
December 17 - (13:22) DCFD Firefighters were called to the Valvano property in the 300 block of Main St. for a working garage fire with reports of a burn victim. Chief Chowanec arrived at the scene and confirmed the dispatch information and also reported an additional burn injury. With all occupants out of the structure, Ladder 23 performed a quick knock down of the fire with the blitz fire gun. Additional companies on the box assisted with overhaul. The two occupants who suffered the burn injuries were transported to G-CMC. Chinchilla's Tanker 2 was special-called due to the remote location of the garage. Dickson City was also assisted by Throop R27, Blakely E22, Olyphant E261, Peckville L20 and DCEMS.
Wal-Mart crash
November 21 - The Rescue was sent to Commerce Blvd. at the entrance to Wal-Mart for a vehicle rollover. Crews arrived on scene to find a two-vehicle crash with one vehicle on its roof. All occupants were out of both vehicles upon arrival. Personnel from the Rescue controlled hazards and returned to service.
     Thank You to everyone who supported us at Saturday's annual Gun Raffle. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. Click here for the list of winners.
Car and Utility 23
November 7 - After months of anticipation, the new command car and utility pick up are now in service. The 2016 Chevy Tahoe replaced a 2000 Ford Excursion and the 2015 Ford F-250 replaced a 1979 Ford F-150 Custom. The department is confident that these vehicles will serve us well for many years to come.
Rescue heads to Moosic Borough 
October 29 - Shortly after 05:00 hours, Rescue 23 was dispatched on the S.R.N. Assignment to assist the Greenwood Fire Department with a working structure fire. Crews arrived on scene, set up as the FAST Team, and shorty later rerutned to service with out any further incidents.
Know your first due.....
~ photo by Chief Chowanec ~
October 8 - Came across something interesting at the construction site of the new Texas Roadhouse on Commerce Blvd. What is it?  It's an underground storm water catch basin. The tank is 4ft deep and covers the area of a portion of their parking lot. The tank is designed to collect storm water and then it's gravity-fed into the DC storm water system once it exceeds 3ft in depth. Definitely a new concept to our commercial area.
Fire Prevention at Mid Valley Elementary
October 7 - Junior Firefighter Brandon Wallo gives tours of Rescue 23 at the Mid Valley Elementary Center. DC Firefighters along with the Throop and Olyphant Fire Departments conducted a fire prevention program for the students.
Fire on the Boulevard
October 4 - DC firefighters were summoned to the 500 block of Boulevard Avenue for a structure fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a working kitchen fire in the single-story left side apartment. The fire was quickly extinguished and the entire building was checked for any extension. Firefighters did save the family's dog while battling flames. The fire damage was limited to the kitchen area. Companies on scene: Engine, Ladder & Rescue 23, Engine 22, Rescue 27, Rescue 26-1 and Ladder 20. Chinchilla Rescue 2 handled two additional calls in the Borough while crews battled the fire. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental by the PSP Fire Marshal.
Blue Mass
September 27 - The parishioners of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Dickson City honored area first responders at their annual Blue Mass. Rev. Walter Skiba was the celebrant at Mass. Members of the Eagle Hose Co. No. 1 and its Ladies Auxiliary, Dickson City EMS, Dickson City Police, Blakely EMS, Throop Volunteer Hose Co. No. 3, Mayfield Hose Co. and Scranton Police were in attendance. We thank St Mary's and the community for taking the time to recognize us at this annual celebration. A reception was held following Mass.
2016 Chevy Tahoe
September 10 - Our 2016 Chevy Tahoe SSV was delivered by Whitmoyer Auto Group. The Tahoe will become our command vehicle which was previously a 2000 Ford Excursion. After a brief stay, the Tahoe will head to First Priority Emergency Vehicles for the conversion. Member Will Bilinski will be completing the striping and lettering.
New vehicle in service
September 2015 - DCFD placed its 2015 Ford F-250 in service. The vehicle replaces a 1979 pickup that was sold earlier this year. The new vehicle was up-fitted by First Priority Emergency Vehicles, Flanders NJ (Glick Fire is the local dealer). The lettering and striping was completed by member Will Bilinski
NEPVFF Convention in Olyphant
September 12 - Members of the DCFD participated in the Northeast PA Volunteer Firefighters Federation convention parade in Olyphant. Eagle Hose Co. No. 1 received awards for the best appearing Ladder, Heavy Rescue and best appearing company in the line of march (21 or more members).
DCFD heads to Scranton City and Dunmore Borough
August 26 - (01:23) Engine Company 23 was alerted to make its way into the City of Scranton to assist at a well involved Commercial Warehouse Fire. The Engine Crew provided recon and suppression on rooftops in the immediate area that were inundated with burning embers after the fire building collapsed. At 02:03 hours, Rescue Company 23 was alerted to move up to Dunmore Fire Headquarters with Engine 15 and Ladder 4. While it is not commonplace for DCFD to move two pieces out of town at once, this fire proved unprecedented for all involved. DCFD maintained protection capabilities in our hometown with Ladder 23 remaining available.
Crews make quick knock of model home fire
August 22 - (12:10) Dickson City Firefighters, along with the out of town first alarm companies were alerted to 1110 Scranton Carbondale Hwy for a report of a model home on fire. Dickson City Police arrived moments after dispatch and confirmed a working fire. Chief 23, taking Utility 23 on its inaugural fire, arrived on scene with a smoke condition, updating incoming units that it appears to be a mulch fire with extension to the home. Ladder 23 arrived on scene, "opened up", and stretched a 1-3/4" attack line to extinguish the fire, containing the fire to the exterior of the building. Crews operated on scene for approximately 1 hour.
Warehouse fire in Moosic

August 3 - (12:30) Rescue 23 headed to Moosic to handle the RIT assignment at a warehouse fire on Gleason Drive. Rescue personnel initially set up for RIT duties and were then reassigned to take over for the attack 1 team. Multiple departments from Lackawanna County assisted at the 3 alarm fire. DCFD's Rescue was on scene till 16:30.
Bank Street car fire
July 31 - (20:30) - Crews battle a car fire in the 1100 block of Bank Street.
Rte 6 crash
July 20 - The crew from Rescue 23 made quick work of this "door pop" on Route 6 near Pep Boys.
Assist to Jessup
July 17 - (09:08) DCFD's Ladder 23 assisted the Jessup Fire Department at a structure fire on Gallagher St. in Jessup Borough. The ladder crew provided roof ventilation and assisted with overhaul in the 2nd floor and attic area of the two-story home. Chief 25A Fetcho was in command.
photo compliments of Ryan Olenick (Blakely Fire)  
Community Helpers Day & Camp Cadet
July 16 - Members of the DCFD were invited to the Dickson City Civic Center's Community Helpers Day. Firefighters provided a hands-on tour of Engine 23 and also taught the children about fire safety and prevention.
photo from DCCC's facebook page
Once again, the DCFD assisted at PSP Troop R's annual Camp Cadet program. The camp is held on the campus of Marywood University. Firefighters conducted a vehicle rescue demonstration and also provided tours of Rescue and Ladder 23.  
photo from Firefighter Frank Hughes    
New pickup arrives

June 17 - The DCFD's new 2015 Ford F-250 arrived at the station. This vehicle replaces our 1979 Ford that was recently sold. The new Ford will be striped, lettered and then proceed to the upfitter to have the warning lights and radios installed. Stay tuned for updates as the work gets completed.
The truck was purchased through the Costars program from Whitmoyer Auto Group in Mt. Joy, PA. The upfit will be completed by First Priority Emergency Vehicles (NJ). The local dealer for First Priority is Glick Fire Equipment.

Confined Space Drill
May 5 - Members of the DCFD who have confined space rescue training participated in our yearly entry drill exercise at the fire station's confined space training mock-up. 

Assist to Throop


April 15 - Ladder and Car 23 were dispatched on the first alarm assignment along with the Throop Fire Dept to the 100 Block of Dunmore Street for a reported structure fire. As Ladder 23 marked enroute, Ambulance 23-9 and Throop Police were arriving on scene and reporting a working basement fire. Rescue 27 stopped at the hydrant at the corner of Simpson and Dunmore Streets, allowing Ladder 23 to go right into the scene. Crews pulled a 1 3/4" attack line to the rear of the structure, made entry to the basement, and had a quick knock on the fire. Rescue 27 Crews entered the 1st and 2nd floors of the structure to check for extension. Crews did extensive overhaul. The fire is under investigation by the PSP Fire Marshal.

~ article and pics from DCFD Facebook page ~

Busy week for DCFD

March 29 - (23:45) Haven Lane, Clarks Summit - structure fire (RIT) March 31 - (02:20) Ken's Bar, Delaware Ave, Olyphant - structure fire (overhaul)

March 31 - (09:30) Winfield Ave, Moosic - structure fire (RIT) April 2 - (02:18) E. Corey St, Moosic - structure fire (RIT)

50 years of service

Eagle Hose Co. No. 1 life member Vince Lorent has been honored by the State of Pennsylvania for his 50 years of faithful service as a Forest Fire Warden. Vince received his award at a recent dinner in Hughestown, PA. The Pennsylvania Forest Fire Wardens are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. Congratulations Vince!

Crash with entrapment

March 21 - (16:10) The Rescue and Engine were dispatched to the parking lot of Genetti Manor on Main St. for a vehicle crash. A vehicle struck a light standard and flipped on its side. The driver was assisted out of the vehicle by bystanders prior to our arrival. The passenger of the SUV had to be extricated by DCFD personnel. There were no other occupants or vehicles involved and the cause of the crash is under investigation by the DC Police Dept.

Ladder responds to Luzerne County

photo from Pittston Twp FD

March 3 - (17:05) Ladder 23 was requested on a 2nd alarm to assist the Duryea Fire Department with a structure fire at Schott Glass. The Ladder assisted with aerial operations and was on scene till after midnight. The commercial building suffered extensive damage as a result of the multiple alarm fire.

February 26 - The membership of Eagle Hose Co. No. 1 sadly announces the passing of Life Member Richard "Dick" Mellow. Dick was our oldest living member -  joining the department on April 3,1944. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Click here for obituary link.

Engine relocates to Moscow

Bell Mountain Fire


February 13 (15:50) - DCFD first alarm companies were sent to Lewis St. in the Bell Mountain section of Dickson City for the report of a trailer on fire. Command Car and Ladder 23 were on the road within minutes and received reports of a possible furnace malfunction. Crews arrived on scene to find a heavy smoke condition with a working fire in the kitchen area. The sole occupant was out of the home and staying warm at a neighbors house. Ladder 23 stretched a hand line, knocked the fire down, ventilated and performed overhaul with the help of Rescue 27. Engine 23 laid a supply line to the Ladder and assisted with overhaul while Engine 22 staged at the hydrant. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the PSP Fire Marshal.

Poplar St. kitchen fire

February 12 (17:56) - The DCFD along with Throop Rescue 27, Blakely Engine 22 and DC EMS were sent to 224 Poplar St for a reported fire in the kitchen. Car 23 arrived on scene to find a moderate smoke condition with fire showing in the kitchen and the homeowner standing in the front yard. Ladder 23 established a water supply, advanced a handline into the first floor and quickly extinguished the fire while Rescue 27 crews ventilated and controlled the utilities. Engine 23's crew checked the 2nd floor and attic for extension and Engine 22's personnel staged - ready for service. Fire damage was contained to the kitchen. All units returned home by 19:30.


2015 Installation of Officers Dinner


January 31 - The annual installation of officers dinner for the Dickson City Fire Dept and DC Community Ambulance was held at our banquet hall. Fiorelli's of Peckville catered an excellent meal while Sarah Marie and Joseph provided the entertainment. FD Chaplain Msgr. Pratico offered the prayers for the evening and State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich was the guest speaker. Firefighter Jason Perry was honored as Firefighter of the Year for 2014 and the following members were the top responders for last year: Rich Chowanec, Frank J. Mazur, Eddie Kalinowski Jr, John Wallo and Matt Horvath


Firefighter of the Year award hand painted by Firefighter Will Bilinski

Car lands on porch

January 31 - (08:20) The Rescue was sent to the 400 block of Main St. for a one-vehicle crash where the vehicle ended up on a front porch. There were no injuries on scene. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Dickson City Police.

Fire on the Boulevard

~ photo provided by Corporal Chesnaky ~

January 25 - (02:25) The DCFD assisted the Throop Fire Dept. with a structure fire on Boulevard Ave. Crews arrived on scene to find a moderate smoke condition with fire showing on the interior of the first and second floors. As conditions deteriorated, a second alarm was requested by 27 Fire Chief Hegedus. Dickson City personnel were on scene till 5 am. A PSP Fire Marshal ruled the fire accidental, caused by a blocked wood stove's chimney.

New meters purchased


January 4 - The DCFD received two new QRAE II four-gas meters with confined space kits. The meters will monitor Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oxygen Levels, Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and Combustible Gas (LEL) . The QRAE II meters replace a Scott Scout four-gas meter that we utilized for many years. Also purchased was a ToxiRAE single-gas meter that will measure Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) levels. HCN is an extremely dangerous and common by-product of combustion that is found in smoke. The HCN meter will be utilized during overhaul operations at structure fires to ensure the safety of personnel working in these conditions.





3 alarm fire in Covington Twp.

December 18 - (12:00) Ladder 23 was requested as part of a second alarm to assist the Covington Twp. Fire Department with a working fire at Legg's Garage on Route 435 in Covington. The Ladder crew assisted with an aerial master stream and overhaul operations. A third alarm was dispatched not long after the Ladder arrived on scene. The DCFD remained on scene till after 2pm.

photos provided by Rich Barbolish

Firefighters battle stubborn blaze



December 17 - (12:35) Dickson City Firefighters and EMS were dispatched to a working structure fire in the 1000 block of Carmalt St. Chief Chowanec was enroute within a minute and requested the SRN when he saw the heavy smoke condition as he left the station. Multiple interior attempts were made to extinguish the fire but were eventually switched to a defensive mode due to the stubborn fire conditions. Eventually head-way was made and firefighters were able to re-enter the structure and extinguish the remaining fire. Unfortunately, the home is a total loss and both adjoining homes suffered heat damage. Personnel operated on scene until after 5pm. Dickson City crews were assisted by firefighters from Blakely, Throop, Peckville, Olyphant, Eynon and Chinchilla.

The DCFD family supports Madi's Wish

Madi is the daughter of DCFD Firefighter/EMT Jason Perry and his fiancé Jackie Vaicekauskas. Madi has been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive neurological disease called GM1 Gangliosidosis. Many local fundraising events have been set up to assist with medical expenses and are listed on the Madi's Wish page on facebook. Click the Madi's Wish logo to view the facebook page.

If you wish to send a monetary donation to help defray the costs of medical expenses, they can be sent to:

Eagle Hose Co. No. 1

c/o Madi's Wish

1 Eagle Lane

Dickson City, PA 18519

checks can be made payable to Madi's Wish

Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) assignments

Thanksgiving - Maple Ave, Clarks Summit, structure fire. December 4 - Smith St, Dunmore, deadly home explosion. Photo by The Scranton Times

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our annual gun raffle

click here for a list of winners



Home Depot Safety Fair  

October 25 - The Dickson City Fire Dept, Dickson City EMS, Commonwealth Health EMS, and The Wilson Fire Co. of Peckville participated in Home Depot's annual safety fair. Fire and EMS vehicles were on display, children were given safety packets and Halloween treats while visiting different stations in the store. Wilson Fire Co.'s fire safety house was up and running teaching kids and adults what to do in case of a fire in their home. The afternoon was topped off when Commonwealth One landed in the parking lot and provided everyone with an up-close look at the medical helicopter and learned about its usefulness to our area.

Special thanks to The Home Depot, Commonwealth Health and Wilson Fire Co. for your participation


Dickson City Veterans Parade

October 11 - Members of the DCFD participated in a parade that honored Dickson City natives Lt. General Francis J. Wiercinski (USA Ret.) Major General Michael J. Terry (USA Ret.) and all Dickson City veterans. The parade started on Boulevard Ave. and proceeded down Main St. to Eagle Lane for a ceremony in front of the new Borough Administration Building. The DCFD proudly salutes all of our vets.


Fire Prevention at LaSalle Academy

October 9 - The DCFD conducted a fire prevention program at LaSalle Academy's Dickson City Campus. Firefighters talked to children about fire safety and provided tours of apparatus.

Annual Blue Mass

September 7 - Msgr. Patrick Pratico and the Parishioners of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church honored all Mid Valley area first responders at their annual Blue Mass. Pictured above are representatives from the following departments who attended the Mass: Eagle Hose Co. No. 1 and its Ladies Auxiliary, Blakely Hose Co. No. 2, Wilson Fire Co. of Peckville, Throop Volunteer Hose Co. No.3 and State Dept of Corrections personnel.

DCFD brings home awards


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September 6 - Members from the DCFD along with the Black Diamond Bag Pipe Band headed to Honesdale for the 84th annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Fireman's Federation Convention. Members spent many hours preparing the trucks for the parade. DCFD received four awards at the parade: Best Appearing Heavy Rescue Company, Largest Uniformed Company in Line of March,  Best Appearing Uniformed Company with Music and a newly added award in honor of Mark Coons for Best Appearing Company Overall. Our sincerest "Thank You" to Jessup Hose Co. No. 2 and the Eynon Fire Dept for providing emergency coverage for Dickson City  while we attended the convention in Honesdale.

Multi-Vehicle Crash - Scr/Carb Hwy


photos by Skippermedia Productions

August 29 - (19:09) Rescue and Engine 23 crews were sent to the Scranton-Carbondale Hwy in front of McCann School of Business for a multi-vehicle crash. Three vehicles were involved with all occupants out of the vehicles upon arrival. EMS crews from Blakely and Chinchilla assisted DC EMS and ALS units with patient transport to local hospitals. The Rescue and Engine remained on scene until 20:45 assisting the DCPD and PA State Police with traffic control and lighting while they investigated the cause of the crash.

Gertrude Hawk walk-thru

August 26 - Members of the DCFD along with Throop Rescue and Ladder personnel conducted a walk thru tour/pre-plan of the Gertrude Hawk facility in Throop.

Lil' Turtles Structure Fire, Blakely PA

July 26 - (23:00) Rescue 23 assisted other first alarm and SRN companies with a working structure fire at Lil' Turtles on Main St. in Blakely. The rescue arrived on scene and split crews with interior and roof truck operations. The rescue operated on scene for about 2 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the PSP Fire Marshal.

Rescue & Engine run crash

July 19 - Rescue & Engine 23 were sent to Main St. near the intersection with Viewmont Drive for a vehicle that struck a porch and ended up on its side. The lone occupant of the vehicle had to be extricated from the wreckage by DCFD personnel. The crash is under investigation by the Dickson City Police.

Crash with entrapment

July 4 - (00:52) Rescue 23 was dispatched for a vehicle crash on Dundaff St. near the intersection with Pancoast St. DC Police arrived on scene and requested ALS to expedite. Captain 23 arrived and reported that the driver was out of the vehicle but the passenger was still trapped inside. Rescue crews removed the front passenger door, flapped the "B" post and rear passenger door to access the passenger. Both occupants were transported to Geisinger CMC.

Ladder assists the Queen City

photo is from scrantontimes.com

July 3 - (19:30) Ladder 23 assisted the Olyphant Fire Dept. with a working structure fire on E. Elm St. in Olyphant. Initial reports indicated that a young child was still in the structure. Ladder 23 was tasked with primary searches on the second floor, provided roof ventilation and assisted with overhaul throughout the home. The young child that was feared to be in the structure was accounted for and was not home at the time of the fire. The Ladder crew operated for approximately two hours.

DCFD receives pet oxygen mask kit

The DCFD received a pet oxygen mask kit thanks to a 13 year old boy in Hanover Township, Luzerne County. Jakub Mims raised hundreds of dollars to pay for oxygen masks for cats and dogs that are rescued from fires. Each kit contains oxygen masks in three sizes, as well as a leash. The kits were distributed to emergency services in six counties. We thank Jakub for his initiative and dedication to complete a project like this. The kit has been placed on Ladder 23.

Rope Rescue Drill - 6/5/2014

Confined Space Rescue Training - 5/15/14

Dwelling Fire - 654 Morgan Street

 May 14 - (10:28) Station 23, Rescue 27, Engine 22, and DCEMS were dispatched to the 600 block of Morgan street for a reported dwelling fire. Chief Chowanec arrived on scene and confirmed a working structure fire, and requested the S.R.N. be dispatched, bringing Rescue 26 and Ladder 20 to the scene. Chief Chowanec advised Comm Center of a possible exposure problem and requested an extra engine company and ladder company to the scene. Ladder 23 laid their own supply line, and stretched multiple attack lines for a defensive operation. Engine 23 crews arrived on the scene and assisted in fire suppression. Crews operated for about 30 minutes to control the fire. Extensive overhaul was completed to find any hidden hotspots. In all, crews operated for approximately 3 hours on the scene. The fire is under investigation by the PSP Fire Marshal.


April 22 (17:46) - Railroad bridge fire


April 1 (20:26) - SUV on fire at the intersection of Ravine St. & Scranton/Carbondale Hwy.


On Thursday afternoon, January 16 2014, Rescue 23 was dispatched as the FAST truck to assist the Dunmore Fire Dept. with a working structure fire on Mortimer St. The rescue operated on scene for a few hours.  Early Friday morning, January 17, the Rescue was sent to Dundaff St. for a vehicle rollover with reported entrapment. The sole occupant of the vehicle was self extricated prior to the Rescue's arrival.


Even though it's that time of the year that we should be posting articles about keeping fire hydrants clear of snow, we first have to thank a Dickson City boy scout for his efforts this past fall.  Boy Scout Steven Klassner from St. Mary's Throop 21 spearheaded an effort to paint all of the hydrants in town as part of his Eagle Scout project. With the help of his fellow scouts, more than 100 hydrants received a much needed paint job.  Great job by all involved.


November, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                               Coin drop a huge success

Thank You to everyone who helped fill our buckets at our 11th annual Black Friday coin drop. Your generosity is always appreciated.  Also, a special Thank You to Texas Roadhouse of Dickson City for providing dinner for our members. The food was great!


November, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L.O.D.D.

11/21/13 The Officers and Members of the DCFD express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Factoryville Fire Dept. Asst. Chief Russell Gow. Russ died in the line of duty today at a structure fire in Factoryville, PA.  A 43 year member of the Factoryville FD, Russ served in many capacities including Fire Chief.

Gone but not forgotten......

Click here to view WNEP-TV 16's video:

"The Death of a Firefighter"



November 23, 2013                                                                                                                                                                           Rescue assists Jefferson Twp on I-84

Rescue 23 was dispatched to assist Station 29 (Jefferson Twp) at mile marker 10 on Interstate 84 for a tractor trailer fire. The crew from rescue 23 assisted with fire suppression and overhaul, and operated on scene for approximately 2 hours.


                                                                                                 ~Frank Hughes~                 ~Jason Crambo~

October, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gun Raffle 2013

Thank You to everyone who made our annual Gun Raffle another huge success. Once again, the event was a sellout.  Click here for the list of winners.

October 5, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                        


CJ and Tiffany Jaskulski

October 05, 2013

October 5, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                         Home Depot Safety Fair

DCFD participated in the annual Home Depot Safety Fair to promote fire prevention and preparedness. Crews spoke with children and their parents about some ways to prevent fires in their homes, and what to do in case a fire does happen. Children were also able to learn about the equipment that we use and sit inside of the DCFD Rescue 23.


September, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                               Members earn certifications

Over the past few months, members from DCFD spent many hours participating in Basic Vehicle Rescue, Sponsored by Bucks County Community College. We would like to congratulate the following members on passing their State Certification on Basic Vehicle Rescue: Tim Benford, Katie Chowanec, Corey Fabricatore, Marty Hrinko Jr., and Matt Horvath. The State test is comprised by the Penn. Dept. of Health in conjunction with the State Fire Commissioner. We would also like to congratulate Matt Horvath on completion of Fire Service Instructor, a curriculum set forth by the State Fire Commissioner's office. Matt has demonstrated competency in the knowledge of and the ability to conduct instruction from prepared lesson plans. Congratulations Members!


September 19, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                         Engine runs car fire 

DC Firefighters along with Engine 22 and Rescue 27 were sent to the 1100 block of Olga Street for a working car fire next to a home.  23-9 arrived on scene and extinguished a good portion of the fire with a water can of Cold Fire.  Engine 23 arrived on scene, finished extinguishment and checked the home for any extension.  All other units were placed back in service.  The fire is under investigation by the PA State Police.

September 11, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                         Never Forget 9.11.01

Today was not only a day of remembrance, but a busy day for DCFD. At 7:41am crews were dispatched to 108 Eliza St for an automatic fire alarm. Shortly after, at 9:00am, members honored the 343 fallen FDNY Firefighters that were tragically killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center twelve years ago by reading their names and displaying an American Flag with all the names on it. When Lackawanna County was put under a severe thunder storm warning, crews manned the station for eminent calls for assistance. Storm related incidents are as follows:
16:26 - 100 Viewmont Mall - Activated Fire Alarm
17:20 - 1127 Bank St - Flooded basement (Chief 23B on scene, no threats)
18:08 - 700 Keystone Industrial Park Rd (Throop) - Activated Fire Alarm
18:18 - 638 Grier St - Possible Structure Fire (wires sparking in the residence)
18:40 - 100 Viewmont Mall - Activated Fire Alarm

September 9, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rescue runs MVA

Rescue 23 was dispatched along with Dickson City EMS to 360 Main St for a car into a building. Rescue 23 arrived on scene to find the pt in the hands of EMS. There was no fluids, debris, entrapment, or structural damage to the the building. Rescue 23 returned to service. The drivers blood glucose level dropped which caused the driver to loose control of the vehicle. Two other cars were also hit, and the passengers were not injured. ~Photos by Lenny Chesnaky


August 30, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                         New member to the DCFD Family

The DCFD family would like to welcome

Madilyn Rose Perry ~ 6lbs 5oz

Congratulations Jason & Jackie


August, 2013                                                                                                                                                                          

A big "Thank You" to the officers and members of the American Legion Riders Post 665 of Dickson City. The riders made a donation of $1,000.00 to the Hose Co. The fire station was the site of the Legion Riders recent Poker Run.

We are honored that you chose us to receive this donation.

August, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                      Busy weekend for the DCFD

Although it was a rather quiet weekend, with only one emergency call to respond to, the DCFD was involved with many community activities.

The Hose Co. managed the Beverage stand at Dickson Days on Friday and Saturday night and also provided fire coverage for the fireworks display. On Saturday afternoon, the dept. participated in the Police Dept's "National Day Out" parade and festivities at the Bernard Seminski Park on Elm St. Our very own Dan Sosik, volunteered to get tased by a DC Police officer during a taser demonstration. Dan said he may think twice about volunteering again :)

On Sunday, the aerial ladder was on display during the "Big Truck Day", which benefits the National Inclusion Project, a non-profit organization that promotes getting children with disabilities involved in activities with non-disabled kids. The Ladder also made an appearance in the Throop Police Dept's "National Night Out Parade" to wrap up the weekend.

Click here to view WNEP-TV coverage of the Big Truck Event.  Photo's by Duane Young.


August, 2013                                                                                                                                                                            DCFD History appears on American Pickers

As the cast of American Pickers were visiting with "Jackie Hollywood" from Staten Island, they came across a rear tail light from a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance and a brief shot of our 1959 Cadillac (below) was shown during the episode. The episode aired on August 5th.

July 21, 2013                                                                                                                                                                   Comercial Structure Fire - S. Apple St - Dunmore

Rescue 23 was dispatched on the S.R.N. assignment as the R.I.T. (rapid intervention team) truck; to assist the Dunmore Fire Department with a working structure fire. While responding, the call was upgraded to a 2nd alarm assignment. Rescue 23 arrived on scene and set up as R.I.T. on side D of the structure. The DCFD crew stood-by while the rest of the crews operated, trying to extinguish the blaze. The incident was upgraded to a 3rd alarm to bring more manpower to the scene and to back-fill stations that were operating on the scene. The building was the original Dunmore High School, and was currently home to a doctors office, day care, and a medical records facility. DCFD operated on scene for approximately 4 hours. There were no injuries, and the fire is currently under investigation by PSP.



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June, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                 Retired Ladder 23 heads to Pump Primers

Member Jim Slocum III, who currently owns the retired 1981 American LaFrance Water Chief that served the borough for 27 years as Ladder 23 recently participated in the annual Pennsylvania Pump Primers in Harrisburg, PA. The event takes place along the banks of the Susquehanna River and brings antique fire apparatus enthusiasts from Eastern and Central PA together to preserve the heritage.


June, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                             Firehouse gets new doors

Thanks to a partial grant from the Office of the PA State Fire Commissioner and the many donations we receive during our annual fund drive, we were able to replace all of the overhead doors at the fire station back in May. This upgrade will surely help with our heating bills this coming fall and winter. The doors that were replaced were original to the building in 1979. Six - fourteen foot doors and two utility doors were replaced during this project.


June 27, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vehicle fire at Ruby Tuesdays

1600 hours - Engine 23 was dispatched along with DCEMS to Ruby Tuesday's on Ravine St for a reported vehicle fire. While enroute, the Engine Co was advised that DCPD was on scene and reporting a working fire in the engine compartment. Crews arrived on scene and stretched the trash line to extinguish the fire. Crews operated for approximately 30 minutes.



June 19, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                          DCFD regains "Ruler of Ribs" title

 Members from DCFD competed in the annual "Ruler of the Ribs" at Texas Roadhouse in Dickson City against employees from Texas Roadhouse. FF CJ Jaskulski and FF Willie Bilinski from DCFD regained the title for the company after last year's event, when the Olyphant Fire Department took the title.


June 1, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                        1st annual DCFD Clambake

Members of the DCFD and their families took part in the 1st annual DCFD Clambake. The clambake replaced the annual installation dinner held every January. Members and their families were able to take part in a horseshoe tournament while the younger ones had a bounce house, wiffle ball game, and even a "water-curtain" used as a sprinkler. Later in the evening, members sat down to a dinner provided by Texas Roadhouse of Dickson City as well as clams from Southside Seafood of Scranton. After dinner, the following awards were presented:  Firefighter of the Year for 2012: Carl Schick - Top Responders: 1.) Jim Slocum III, 2.) Matt Horvath, 3.) Marty Hrinko Jr. 4.) Chris Kosydar 5.) Rich Chowanec - 25 Years of service: Carl Schick & John Rama.


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May 28, 2013                                                                                                                                                                  Rescue assists Blakely on crash with entrapment

1345 hours - Rescue 23 was called to assist Blakely EMS & Rescue with a vehicle into a pole with entrapment on Route 6. There were four occupants in the car. All passengers had to be extricated by rescue personnel. The patients were transported to local hospitals.

May 27, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Memorial Day 2013

Members of Eagle Hose Co. and its Ladies Auxiliary participated in Dickson City's annual observance of Memorial Day. A parade was held from Fire Headquarters to the Borough Administration Building where the local DAV, VFW and American Legion conducted a service at the Veterans Monuments.


May 27, 2013                                                                                                                                                                        Rescue runs first alarm assignment in Blakely

At 0435 hours, Dickson City, Blakely, Peckville and Throop firefighters were summoned to the area of West Lackawanna Avenue for a person reporting that a house across the street was on fire.  Blakely Police arrived in the area shortly after the initial dispatch and advised that there was a house on fire at 312 4th St. in Blakely, prompting the dispatch of a Blakely structure box. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a fully involved structure with moderate extension into a neighboring home. Rescue 23 arrived on scene and assisted with master stream duties on side A/D of the home of origin and assisted Ladder 20 with operations in the exposure home. The Rescue was on scene for approximately two hours. There were no injuries on scene and the fire is under investigation.


May 19, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                   Blue Mass honors Emergency Services

Members from Eagle Hose Company, Dickson City Community Ambulance, Volunteer Hose Company # 3 of Throop, Wilson Fire Company of Peckville as well as the Eagle Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary and State Corrections Officers once again participated in the annual Blue Mass held at the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Dickson City.

May 6, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fire displaces Throop residents

0310 hours - Dickson City Firefighters assisted the Throop Fire Dept and other mutual aid dept's at a working fire on Sanderson St. All residents had escaped the flames prior to the FD's arrival. Ladder 23 assisted with truck work throughout the structure. The Ladder was on scene till 04:45. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the PA State Police Fire Marshal.

May 3, 2013                                                                                                                                                                 Vehicle fire with exposure & a vehicle over a ledge

Engine 23 was requested at 1300 hours to assist Throop Fire Department with a multiple vehicle/brush fire. Chief 27 arrived on scene and reported two vehicles on fire, with exposure problems to a trailer and also barrels with unknown contents. Ladder & Rescue 27 arrived on scene and handled fire suppression. Engine 23 arrived on scene and supplied tank water to Rescue 27 and also completed overhaul operations. Crews were on scene for approximately 1 hour.


At 1700 hours, Rescue 23 and DCEMS were sent to Grier St at the Lackawanna county housing complex for a vehicle that drove over a barrier, and a male patient was laying on the ground outside the vehicle. Crews arrived to find the driver self-extricated and non-injured. The car was unoccupied during the time of the accident. The Rescue company was on scene for approximately 30 minutes.

May 1, 2013                                                                                                                                                                   Ladder works dwelling fire in South Abington Twp

Ladder 23 was dispatched on the S.R.N assignment to assist Chinchilla Hose Company (Station 2) at 620 Layton Road with a working structure fire. While responding, ladder 23 was assigned to conduct a primary search and ventilation on division 2. The ladder arrived on scene, and was reassigned. The crew was split and overhaul was completed in the attic as well as the garage area by the two teams. There were no injuries on scene. Chief 2 (J. Waters) had command. The ladder operated on scene for approximately 2 hours.



April 26, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vehicle fire at Perkins

Dickson City Firefighters were called to the Perkins Family Restaurant on Ravine St for a reported vehicle fire. Prior to calling enroute, Engine 23 crews were advised that DCPD was on scene reporting a working fire in the engine compartment. Crews arrived on scene and extinguished the fire using tank water. Crews were on scene for approximately 30 minutes.


April 23, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Dickson City Fire Department would like to congratulate member Charles (CJ) Jaskulski on his appointment at Kingston Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic. CJ has been a member of DCFD for 9 years, starting as a junior member, and working his way up to earning his FFI, EMT, and NREMT-P. CJ has worked at Community Life Support as well as Geisinger CMC as a paramedic. We wish CJ all the best in his new career.

April 10, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                  2013 fund drive now underway

Our 2013 Fund Drive is now underway. Fund drive packets were mailed to Dickson City residents and business' this week. If you did not receive one in the mail, contact the fire station at 383-0923.  Please support your Volunteers!

April 4, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ladder heads to Throop

0235 hours -  Ladder 23 was dispatched along with the Throop fire department and Dunmore Rescue 6 to 7E Memorial Dr in Throop for a reported house fire with entrapment. While the ladder was responding, first arriving companies conducted a primary search and were able to locate and rescue the victim. The victim was transferred to EMS and transported to a local hospital. Ladder 23 arrived on scene and performed the truck company duties of ventilation and overhaul. DCFD was on the scene for approximately one hour. PSP Fire Marshall ruled the fire arson and the  victim is in critical condition at Leigh Valley Hospital.


March 25, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                   Working structure fire - Laybourne St

      At 1447 hours, Dickson City Firefighters, Throop Rescue 27, and Blakely Engine 22 were sent to 626 Laybourne St. for a possible structure fire. Lt Homenchak marked enroute with Car 23 and was advised that the 911 Center was receiving multiple calls about smoke coming from the home. The SRN was activated, bringing Olyphant Rescue 26 as RIT and Peckville Ladder 20 to the scene. Lt Homenchak arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a 2-1/2 story residence with all occupants out of the structure. Justus, Scott Twp, and Archbald Tankers were put on stand-by due to the location of the home. Ladder 23 arrived on scene and established its own water supply and went to work performing truck and engine company duties. Crews were faced with a fire in the walls surrounding the fireplace and chimney on divisions 1, 2 and in the attic area. Engine 23 supplied manpower to the ladder crew which was short-staffed. Rescue 26 stretched a back-up 1-3/4" handline to assist with fire suppression and Engine 22 was assigned to RIT. Rescue 23 personnel were put in staging and later completed overhaul operations with the assistance of Ladder 20. Crews were on scene for approximately 3-1/2 hours. Chief Chowanec and Lt Homenchak had command.



March 23, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vehicle rollover

At 1000 hours, Rescue and EMS were dispatched to Community Bank & Trust for a vehicle on its roof leaking fuel. The original dispatch sent crews to the 1600 block of Main Street but it was quickly determined that the incident was located behind the First National Community Bank in the 900 block of Main. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find a pick up truck overturned near a creek bed with the sole occupant still inside. The Rescue 23 crew stabilized the vehicle and removed the driver through the passenger side door. The driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 23-9, LA-ALS and Ladder 23 were also on scene.



March 21, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                  Car hits Allied Skilled Rehab Building         

At 1556 hours, Rescue 23 and 23 EMS were dispatched to 235 Main Street at the Allied Skilled Rehab Center for a van that had stuck the building with reported injuries. Rescue 23 arrived on scene to find one vehicle into the structure with structural damage. EMS crews were beginning to extricate the patient through the rear handicap exit. Crews stabilized the vehicle and built a ramp out of cribbing for the patient to drive his motorized wheelchair down. The driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.



March 5, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Car fire on 2nd Ave

Dickson City Firefighters were sent to 102 Second Ave. for a reported car fire that was next to the residence. Due to the exposure problems, the full structure box was dispatched. Chief 23 arrived on scene assuming command, reporting a fully involved car fire with no exposure problems and returned the out-of-town companies. Engine 23 arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. Crews were on scene for approx. 30 minutes. ~Photos by Erin Lukasik~


February 11, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ladder heads to Throop

Ladder 23 was dispatched on a first alarm assignment with the Throop Fire Department to the 700 blk of Dunmore Street for a reported structure fire. Chief 27 arrived on scene and confirmed a working structure fire in the attached garage and requested the S.R.N. be dispatched. Ladder 23 arrived on scene and went to work performing truck company duties. Crews from DCFD vented the roof of the garage and assisted in overhaul operations. Ladder 23 remained on scene for approx. 2 hrs.    Photos by FF Lenny Chesnaky


February 4, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                               Engine runs another car fire

Dickson City Fire Department was sent to the 800 block of Main Street for a reported vehicle on fire that was on a rollback. Engine 23 arrived on scene to find a sole vehicle with a fully involved engine compartment fire. Crews extinguished the fire with the "trash line" and returned to service.

February 2, 2013                                                                                                                                                                      3 car crash, 2 cars on fire...same incident...

Dickson City Firefighters were sent to the Scr/Carb Hwy in front of Denny's for a reported vehicle fire. After dispatch, communications advised that it was now a reported three car crash with one vehicle on fire. While Engine 23 was enroute, they were given additional information that they was now two vehicle on fire with one rolling down the highway. The vehicle that decided to add additional excitement to the call was successfully secured by the Dickson City Police Department. The Engine arrived on scene and extinguished both vehicles with tank water and a dry chem extinguisher. Ladder 23 was placed on stand-by, but was later returned to service.


January 1, 2013                                                                                                                                              

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