The tones activated during the morning of April 24 on the pagers of four area fire companies were both ominous and reassuring at the same time.
While preceded by the announcement, “This is a drill,” the next message stated the training exercise involved a simulated “aircraft crash,” an alert for an emergency first responders dread.
Simulations provide a practiced response, so if a real emergency should occur, there would be a professional and effective rescue effort.
Large tents have been set up outside the emergency rooms at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Salisbury Township, and at the network’s Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem, to handle the large surge of patients visiting the hospitals with flu-related symptoms.
LVHN Spokesman Brian Downs comented on the tents.
“We set up a surge hospital outside the ER at our LVH-Cedar Crest site on Jan. 15 due to high patient volume,” Downs said.
“The last time we did that was January, five years ago.
Hundreds of calls every day are made to 911 in the Lehigh Valley from people needing help from police, fire or EMS agencies.
Sometimes animals, too, need help from a first responder. That’s when authorities ask the 911 center to dispatch first responders from CART — the County Animal Response Team — which has special equipment and training to assist animals in emergencies.
Site preparation work is underway for a new warehouse complex to be constructed on 25.5 acres of land at 7175 Tilghman St., west of the street’s intersection with Mill Road, Upper Macungie Township.
To ease congestion along already busy Tilghman Street, plans call for expanding the Mill and Windsor roads intersection at Tilghman Street, and widening Tilghman Street east of the site, which developers say will include 336,000 square feet for warehouse space.
Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion on June 8 at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week from January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.
Several Lehigh Valley law enforcement officers were honored June 29 for their efforts to make area roads and highways safer for drivers and passengers in the region.
Recognition awards were given by the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force to the officers from cities, boroughs and townships in the Lehigh Valley, as well as troopers from the Bethlehem and Belfast barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police.
A traveling exhibit featuring the names of more than 1,000 victims killed in DUI crashes in Pennsylvania was parked at the entrance to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Dec. 1 to remind drivers of the dangers of drinking and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
PennDOT joined with the Pennsylvania DUI Association, Lehigh Valley Health Network, local police and highway safety partners to honor victims of impaired driving crashes by bringing the DUI moving memorial to the Lehigh Valley.
Eleven area volunteer fire departments added 26 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received certificates of completion.
The June 22 ceremony took place at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was graduation for attendees of the sixth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course that was held twice a week, January through May, at the Allentown Fire Academy, at Mack Station, near Queen City Airport.
Firefighters from four area fire departments honed their firefighting skills without the stress of an actual emergency recently at a Lehigh Parkway home awaiting demolition to make way for a new structure.
“This was a very valuable training opportunity for our firefighters,” said Western Salisbury Fire Chief Joshua Wells. “We were able to practice firefighting techniques and skills under very controlled conditions, without the stress of life and property being at risk in an actual fire situation.”
Western Salisbury Fire Department Chief Joshua Wells praised the efforts of first-on-the scene firefighters from Cetronia, Emmaus, and Western Salisbury fire departments for making a “quick stop” Jan. 20 to a fire within the walls at the entrance to the Taco Bell fast food restaurant, in front of South Mall, Salisbury Township.
Wells said the effort led to a “good save” that kept a smoky fire from spreading to the interior of the facility.
“We were fortunate to be able stop the fire, and that no one was injured in the incident,” Wells said.