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April 2018
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Roger Adams
Vice President:
Robert Laughlin
Recording Secretary:
Deborah Reppert
Financial Secretary:
Allan Shepler
Pat Fatula
Michael Bologna
Steve Letcavage
Tammy Kramer
Ernest Scott
Mike Kramer
John Denchek
Deborah Shepler

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Sunday May 20th @ 2:30PM
Cressona Fire Co. No. 1
59 S 2nd St.
Cressona, PA

Fire Police Training Guidance 

Responder Safety has created a one hour training program entitled "Roadway Incident Safety Training Guidance for Fire Officers" This is a great guide for you to help train the Fire Police in your Organization.

SHRP2 National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Course

July 8th
Sunday 8am - 12:30pm
Union Fire Company 1 of Hamburg
123 S 4th St, Hamburg, Pennsylvania 19526

March 12, 2018 Police seek hit-run vehicle that struck fire policeman in Upper Providence - by Tony Phyrillas, The Mercury

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A Phoenixville fire police officer was hit by a car while directing traffic at an accident scene on Bridge Street (Route 29) near Jacobs Street in Upper Providence Monday afternoon.

Fire police still at the crash scene said the volunteer was struck by a hit-run vehicle and was taken to Phoenixville Hospital with knee and Leg injuries. Upper Providence police say the initial accident happened around 11 a.m. when the driver of a flatbed tractor-trailer carrying a load of siding had to hit the brakes to avoid a collision with another truck going under the railroad bridge at the narrow curve in front of Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company.

The siding shifted off the skids, with some falling off the truck onto the roadway. Bridge Street is Route 29 in that area and the road was closed for more than six hours while police investigated and workers cleaned debris from the road.

Police at the scene said they were still looking for the the hit-run vehicle that struck the fire policeman.


Pennsylvania is beginning to play catch up to our neighbor states as it relates to Traffic Incident Management. If you access Facebook please look at PennTIME and join the group. Good things are beginning in PA.

Membership Renewal

Back on November 27th membership renewals were sent out to the contact person for each of our member Fire Police units. There is a difference this year. Included with your normal renewal in the Schuylkill County Fire Police Association, you will also find Pennsylvania Fire Police Association applications for each of your members who were also members of the state association last year. Please return both the County and the State memberships no later than May 20th. You do not need to send them in together, but you must first be a member of the County Association to be eligible to join the State Association.

Radios Still Available

Pat Fatula reported that he still has both portable and mobile radios available for members of this Association. Any Fire Police Captain in need of radios please contact Pat @ 570-527-2934.

State Reporting Requirements

Questions were posed to the State Fire Commissioner's office regarding Fire Police and the reports submitted to the state by Fire Companies. Kraig Herman of the State Fire Commissioner's Office responded:

1. Fire Police are considered Firefighter's and are to be included in all reports submitted by the Fire Company.
2. When Fire Police are special called and respond without the Fire Department a report is to also be submitted.
3. For community events such as parades no report is necessary.

Bill to Reward Emergency Responders

November 21, 2016 Bill to reward fire, EMS volunteers with tax credits signed into law - By Myles Snyder abc 21 News WHTM

HARRISBURG, Pa. Legislation that allows local governments to offer tax credits to fire company and EMS volunteers has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Act 172 of 2016, formerly House Bill 1683, authorizes local municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits of up to 20 percent. Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) has said his legislation gives something back to the people who volunteer their time and willingly risk their lives to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania communities. The state fire commissioner will establish annual requirements of the credit program, such as the number of calls a volunteer must respond to or their training or participation in the functions of the organization.

Pennsylvania Fire Police Association Increase Benefits

The Pennsylvania Fire Police Association has agreed to provide a free $3,000.00 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy at no cost to you or the association. You will get a letter on Association letterhead from American Income Life Insurance Company. Enclosed with the letter is a card which you are to fill out listing your beneficiaries. It is not necessary to fill out the card to get the free insurance. If you do fill out the card and turn it in, you will receive a call from the insurance company asking if you want additional insurance. If you answer "no" there should be no further contact. If you do not fill out the card and turn it in, the beneficiaries on your Association documents will be the listed beneficiaries. Those who have had the visit by the insurance representative have had a good experience. No pressure. This insurance is in addition to the other insurance allredy offered by the Association - the $35.00 or $300.00 life insurance that comes with the $6.00 membership or the additional $10,000 AD&D insurance provided by the separate additional payment of $4.00 per year

Accidental Death and Dismemberment - Benefit $3,000.00

Health Services Discount Card - provides household discounts up to 60% on Prescriptions, Vision Care/Products, Hearing Care, Chiropractic Care, Optional discount dental is available.

Child Safe Kits - Kits help you gather vital data, photos and fingerprints from your children and grandchildren so they are ready for authorities in the event of an emergency.

If you have not joined yet please contact our county Financial Secretary at or 570-366-2473 for membership forms. If you are already a member you will be receiving a letter in the mail from the State Association.


RESPONDER SAFETY has 27 different FREE on-line training programs for first responders who provide traffic control. Each one requires the successfull completion of a short test. A certificate is issued for each module. If you are new to their web site you will need to register to take the training. To access this site see the "Links" section on the left of this web page. Here is a listing of the courses available:

(1) Advance Warning
(2) Blocking Procedures at Roadway Incidents
(3) High Visibility Innovations
(4) Intro to Fire Service Traffic Control Professional
(5) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
(6) Move It or Work It
(7) National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management
(8) Safe Fire Service Traffic Control Practices, Special Circumstances
(9) Safe Operations for Vehicle Fires
(10) Traffic Incident Management: Incident Command & Management
(11) Traffic Incident Management: Model Practices & Procedures
(12) Traffic Incident Management: Strategies for Public Outreach
(13) Traffic Incident Management: TIM Training & Resources for Emergency Responders
(14) See and Be Seen Emergency Lighting Awareness
(15) Scene Control
(16) Termination
(17) Sobriety Checkpoint Safety
(18) Special Hazards
(19) Law Enforcement and High Visibility PPE
(20) Traffic Incident Management on Rural Roads
(21) Understanding the new NFPA 1091
(22) Safety Service Patrols: An Underutilized Partner
(23) Planning for the Long-Term Event
(24) Who's In Charge at Roadway Incident Scenes?
(25) Setting up a Traffic Incident Management Unit
(26) The First 15 minutes @ Roadway Incidents
(27) Roadway Incident Safety Training Guidance for Fire Officers NEW

NATIONAL TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT RESPONDER TRAINING This web-based course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable, and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders from all TIM responder disciplines will learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively. This training covers many TIM recommended procedures and techniques, including: TIM Fundamentals and Terminology Notification and Scene Size-Up Safe Vehicle Positioning Scene Safety Command Responsibilities Traffic Management Special Circumstances Clearance and Termination. This training is brought to you by the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). To access the training Google NHI and follow the prompts to enroll. Its' free!


If you know of a member of your fire department, or Fire Police Organization, you would like prayers said for, or to have a get-well or sympathy card sent, let me know of your request. All requests are kept confidential, or can be lifted up during our monthly meetings. Details are not necessary - just a name and the nature of the prayer such as for healing; strength; guidance. Send your request to the "Chaplain" through the Contact box at the bottom of this page.

Thought for the Day: It's the 3rd week in January 2018 already. Are you still keeping your New Year Resolutions? or have you already forgotten what they were? How about all the plans you have made for 2018? Planning your vacation, planting your garden, repairs to your house, improving yourself by diet & exercise, cleaning out the garage, reading that book, relaxing more? All good plans, yes..but..

Our plans don't always happen or turn out as we have hoped for. The results may be totally different, and some plans never even come to pass, or ever are discussed, past our initial thoughts. And we ask Why?

Our plans change for a number of reasons. Often we have no control over the changing of those plans. God's plans are not like ours. Some people believe that God has planned our entire lives, from conception, to the day and time of our death. Some believe that not to be true, that we determine our own destiny. However you believe or think, this one fact is true, as the psalmist observed that when men die, "on that very day their plans come to nothing." (Psalm 146:4).

Is that reason to not make plans, to not have hope for the future? No. It's just a reminder that things don't always work out. That sometimes, yes, God has other plans for us. We may not like it, and not want to change, but there are reasons, unknown to us just now.

Next time your plans fail, don't ever happen, change in some way, keep this promise in mind from Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." So go ahead, make those plans, hope for the future. Give a copy of those plans, hopes and dreams to God too. You can work on them together. After all, He is the Master Architect of all our lives.

The Public Safety Officers' Benefits for a firefighter line of duty death as of 2012 was $328,612.73.

The PSOB program also provides a benefit to firefighters who have been permanentl and totally disabled by a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

The PSOB also provides for eduactional assistance for spouses and children of firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Pennsylvania Act 101 provides for a one time payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents of firefighters. In 2014 this is set for $123,227.64.

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Benefits provides for assistance with burial expenses and continuance of a portion of the deceased's wages to a surviving spouse and/or children.

Pennsylvania Higher Educational Assistance Agency may fully pay tuition benefits to the children of a firefighters killed in line of duty.



Official Hat - This can be any hat your fire department deems to be the official hat, but it is strongly recommended to use either a firefighter helmet or an eight point or round police type hat. Remember you are a fire police officer and either of these hats are instantly recognizable as either fire or police.
Badge - must be made of metal, have the words Special Fire Police, Name of Municipality, State Name or abbreviation or state seal.
Vest - Should be an ANSI Class 3 High Visibility vest.
Flashlight with red cone - for night time traffic control
Traffic control flag - for daytime traffic control
Flares - either chemical or electronic; each has their advantages. (Chemical flares are available from State Police for the asking, electronic flares may run for up to 20 hours on a single set of batteries)
Traffic Cones - minimum of five traffic cones 28" high with two reflective collars for road blocks and tapers.
Two-way radio - used to communicate with incident command and other fire police.
Pager - To be alerted to a call to duty.

All of the above items can be purchased thru your Firemen's Relief Association.


When you start work at an emergency scene, evaluate the scene for hazards. Look for blind corners, how heavy the traffic is, and how fast it flows. Note the weather, temperature, and visibility and how they will affect the work that you are doing and how motorists will respond. Plan out your work site layout including the staging area, buffer area, transition area, and work area. Determine, based on the road type and the typical vehicle speeds, how many advanced warning signs you will need and how long the buffer area and tapers need to be.

Use at least one warning sign before the emergency scene begins to inform motorists that they are approaching an area where emergency responders may be in the road. You may need more signs depending on sight distance along the road. Use a tapered line of cones to establish and separate the work area and redirect traffic away from workers. Use clean, unbroken, and highly visible safety cones to outline traffic lanes. Inspect all signs, signals, and lights to make sure they are working properly.

Make youself visible to the motorists passing by wearing warning garments such as vests, jackets, shirts or pants in orange, strong yellow-green, or fluorescent colors. In rainy weather, wear orange, strong yellow-green, or yellow rainwear. During hours of darkness, your warning garments should be retroreflective, meaning that light shined on the clothing from a headlight or a work light will reflect back toward the driver or user to increase visibility. The retroreflective material should be visible from at least 1,000 feet.


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