On Monday, Jan. 21 the members of the Parkesburg Fire Company participated in a Blood borne Pathogens class at the station. This class teaches preventive measures and procedures of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids that may be potentially infectious to the emergency personnel. This class is given each year to all members, along with CPR/AED training, which will be here in February. The members of the Company will also be participating in a Tower operations class at the end of February.What is a Tower? It is an aerial truck. Tower 28 is a 1974 American that was refurbished in 1989 by Pierce and was purchased from the Kimberton Fire Company in 2003. The truck has an 85-foot LTI ladder/tower mounted on it and is set up with search and rescue, ventilation, and firefighting equipment. The ladder has a bucket mounted on the end, where two firefighters stand and control the movement of the ladder to position the bucket at a window, for rescue of trapped victims or on the roof to ventilate the building of heated gases and smoke. This truck also has a piped waterway that can be used for an elevated hydrant or a master stream on a large fire.
Tower 28 is the only truck of its kind in the Octorara area and is used on buildings like the Octorara School, Parkesburg Arms, Parkesburg School apartments, industries, and other commercial buildings in the area. Surrounding Fire Companies also use the truck. If you see Tower 28 any time during the last weekend in February, feel free to ask questions or just watch and remember to check out our web site, www.parkesburgfire.com.
"When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished...What he does after that is all in the line of work..."
- Past Chief Edward Croker, FDNY