Assist to South Abington Twp
June 2 - (20:17) While members and their families were enjoying our annual Summer Family Picnic, Ladder 23 was dispatched to assist Chinchilla Hose Co (Station 2) at the Inn at Nichols Village for a reported structure fire. While responding, the ladder was updated that an air conditioner unit was on fire and now extinguished, however there was still a heavy smoke condition throughout the building. The ladder arrived and went to work setting up PPV fans. The ladder operated on scene for about an hour before returning to service.
Structure Fire - Scott Rd
June 2 - (08:58) DCFD and the first alarm assignment were sent to the 900 block of Scott Rd for a report of a house on fire. Car 23 and Chief 23-B (Wallo) arrived on scene confirming a working fire on side B with fire showing. Reports of possible entrapment began to funnel in and a primary search was started. The ladder arrived on scene, stretched an attack line and assisted in the completion of the search. DC Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and completed overhaul. No injuries were reported and the home owners were found to be out of town. The fire was investigated by PSP.

Companies on Scene: L-23, E-23, R-23, E-22, R-27, DCEMS, CHEMS
Assist to Susquehanna County 

February 14 - (03:30) DCFD was called to assist in Susquehanna County on Interstate 81 (m/m 207) for a multi-vehicle crash with tractor trailers involved. Due to icy road conditions, some units originally dispatched were not able to make it to the scene. DCFD Rescue 23 was tasked with extricating an entrapped victim in the cab of a straight truck. The vehicle was stabilized with air-shores and chain come-a-longs attached to an anchor point. Hurst cutters and hydraulic rams were used to perform a "dash push" to free the victim. DCFD worked in conjunction with Scott Twp. E-36, Chinchilla R-2, Mayfield R-59, Montrose United Fire Company and Commonwealth Paramedics. Rescue 23 also assisted Hallstead Fire extricate an occupant from a tractor trailer.

Busy January for DC Firefighters
January 5 - (15:12) Commerce Boulevard - Multi-vehicle crash with driver entrapped. Wind chills of -20 degrees. January 10 - (13:44) Ladder 23 assisted at a working kitchen fire at 116 Dunmore St., Throop. Ladder 23 performed a primary search and assisted with overhaul.
January 12 - (07:11) Ladder 23 assisted at a working structure fire at LB Nails, 1570 Main St. in Peckville. Ladder 23 assisted with rooftop HVAC ventilation.
January 17 - (21:45) Engine 23 assisted the Throop Fire Department at a smoke condition investigation in the area of Scranton Craftsmen on Dunmore St. in Throop. Crews found a tri-axle dump truck on fire in a large garage on the property. Engine 23 assisted with fire extinguishment and overhaul.
January 29 - (13:28) Rescue 23 was dispatched along with EMS to the McDonalds on Business Route 6 for a vehicle into the structure. Crews arrived to find one vehicle into a glass window, with the sole occupant self-extricated. The structural integrity of the wall was deemed safe by the Rescue Crew, and the vehicle was removed by Johnson's Towing. A contractor was called to the scene by management. No injuries were reported.
January 30 - (09:03) Ladder 23 responded into "The Queen City" (Olyphant) as part of the S.R.N. Assignment for a working fire in the basement of a residence on South Valley Ave. The ladder arrived on scene and assisted with ventilation and overhaul. While the Ladder Co was operating, Rescue 23 was dispatched to the area of the McDonalds on the Scranton Carbondale Highway for a car into a jersey barrier, and was canceled by EMS short time after dispatch.
Pictures are from Blakely Hose Co. #2 Facebook Page~
Another great year for our annual gun raffle fundraiser.
Thank You to everyone who helped make this event a success.
Click here to see the list of winners.


Crews battle large fire

October 6 - (22:11) Dickson City firefighters along with several other Lackawanna County fire departments battle a large fire at T.S.E. Utility Contractors near the 300 block of Main Street. A large stock pile of plastic utility pipe was on fire. A nearby garage and several construction vehicles did suffer some heat damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the PA State Police Fire Marshal's Office.

Engine heads to Covington Twp.
October 3 - Engine 23 traveled to the North Pocono area to assist the Covington Twp. Fire Dept. with a structure fire. The Engine assisted with fire suppression on the second floor and attic area.
Working fire on Grant Court

August 5 - (17:52) DC Firefighters along with first alarm companies were alerted to a garage fire in the 700 block of Grant Court. Within a few minutes of dispatch, the SRN was activated, bringing in additional help due to the heavy fire conditions in the garage. DCFD "emptied the house" and made an aggressive attack with the assistance of mutual aid companies. A second alarm was transmitted for additional resources due to the size of the garage and attached structure. Firefighters operated for approximately 3 1/2 hours. Fire damage was limited to the garage while the attached two-story structure suffered heat, smoke and water damage. The cause is under investigation by the PSP Fire Marshal.

Companies on scene: DCFD, Blakely E-22, Olyphant E-261, Throop R-27, Peckville L-20, Eynon E-33, Mayfield R-59, DC EMS, Penn EMS rehab.

Elmhurst R-15 provided stand-by coverage to the Mid-Valley area during the incident.

Grant Court side
Main Street side  
DCFD receives grant
July 27 - Wal-Mart Supercenter of Dickson City presented the fire department with a $2,000.00 grant check. We thank Wal-Mart for selecting us to receive this grant. The grant money will be used to purchase equipment.
  pictured L to R: Frank Mazur, Robert F. MacCallum, Sean MacCallum
Enjoy a safe grilling season
    June 5 - It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of life members Jim Slocum Jr. and Ray Hauser. Our sincere condolences to the entire Slocum and Hauser families.

Jim was a 55 year member and Ray was a 35 year member.
Happy Anniversary
June 10 - Eagle Hose Co. No. 1 is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Firefighters spent the morning hanging this banner in the 1000 block of Main Street
Although Joe "Chooch" Chowanec hasn't convinced the dept. to buy an Aerialscope yet, he did get his chance to be in a bucket on Main St.
Assist to Throop
June 2 - (18:45) Ladder 23 was dispatched on the first alarm assignment to Rebecca St. in Throop for the report of smoke coming from an attic. Ladder 23 responded with a full crew and arrived on scene to assume duties of the first due truck company. Crews found a fire in the attic and extinguished it with a can. The ladder crew overhauled the attic and second division. Engine 27 laid a supply line to the Ladder and Rescue 27 crew assisted the ladder crew with overhaul. Car 23 assisted Chief 27 with operations/command. Crews cleared the scene in just over an hour.

As crews were wrapping up, a fire alarm box was struck for the Viewmont Mall. Car 23 cleared the fire scene and handled the fire alarm.
Thank You to Servpro
May 5 - Special thanks to Servpro of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge who donated cases of water for firefighter rehab at incidents. Their generosity is greatly appreciated by the DCFD.
The sign says it all - Wow
April 19 - (21:55) Crews were sent to the First National Community Bank at 934 Main St. when a car crashed through the front doors and destroyed the teller area. The occupants were out of the vehicle upon our arrival. Ladder 23 personnel investigated a slight smoke condition in the bank and assessed the structural damage caused by the crash. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Dickson City Police.
DCFD heads to Hemlock Farms for training
March 4th & 5th: Members from the Dickson City Fire Department were invited to venture up to Hemlock Farms (Pike County) for a weekend of in-house training at an acquired structure. On Saturday, members conducted Rapid Intervention Team (R.I.T.)  training, and practiced many different techniques to extricate a downed firefighter; including "The Denver Drill", interior and exterior wall breeches, and various different types of "rescue drags". Bright and early Sunday morning, members arrived at the residence and wasted no time in starting to run "Truck Company" drills which included search & rescue, forcible entry, roof top ventilation, and salvage & overhaul. We would like to thank the Hemlock Farms Vol. Fire Department for the opportunity to train with them, and we look forward to what training might arise in the future.
Scouts in Gov't Day
March 4 - Boy Scouts from Dickson City Troops 21 (St. Mary's) and 322 (DC Ambulance) stopped by the fire station for a tour and demonstrations. The visit was part of Scouts in Gov't day which allows the scouts to learn about local government and see how services are delivered to borough residents and visitors. Thanks for stopping by!
FAST assignments
So far in 2017, DCFD firefighters have responded to Clarks Summit (twice) and Old Forge to function as a Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST). A firefighter assist and search team, also known as a rapid intervention team/crew (RIT/RIC), is a team of two or more firefighters dedicated solely to the search and rescue of other firefighters in distress. FAST shall have no other operational assignment during an incident. Multiple alarm fires may require multiple FAST/RIC teams.
Dickson City firefighters operate as FAST during a structure fire on Sussex St. in Old Forge on February 21, 2017
Green Cross Award
The following firefighters received the Hurst Jaws of Life Green Cross Award for their involvement in a successful vehicle rescue that occurred on January 10, 2017 in S. Abington Twp.

Matthew Crimi Michael Fedorisin
Martin Hrinko Jr. William P. MacCallum
Kenneth Oakley Jason Perry
Anthony Romeo John Wallo
Multi-vehicle crash in Chinchilla

January 10 - (23:30) The Rescue Co. took to the Interstate to assist Station 2 (Chinchilla) on a large scale multi-vehicle crash with vehicles on fire during an ice storm. The Rescue arrived and was tasked with extrication of a driver pinned in a passenger vehicle. Crews found the vehicle literally in the trailer portion of a tracor trailer that was involved. While additional crews handled the fires and controlled hazards, DCFD deployed 8 personnel, 2 cutters, a spreader, 2 rams, and multiple saws to access and free the driver. We must note the fantastic teamwork of all companies involved, for without it, the outcome would have been different. Once extricated, the driver of the passenger vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

photo courtesy of Chinchilla Fire    
Congratulations to Dickson City Firefighters William P. MacCallum and Anthony "Jack" Romeo for recently obtaining Firefighter I certification. These firefighters were tested according to national certification standards. Great Job, men.
SUV fire at Valvano's
  December 12 - (06:22) Firefighters were called to Valvano Construction in the 300 block of Main St. for a report of a truck on fire. It was confirmed that it was a fully involved SUV on fire near a building. Ladder 23's crew stretched the bumper line and extinguished the main body of fire. Crews had a difficult time extinguishing the remaining fire due to the magnesium construction of the steering column and engine block. A dry chem extinguisher was used to extinguish the remaining fire.

Carbon Monoxide safety tips
Safety Tip
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.
  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.

MVC for Rescue Co.
October 12 - (17:15) Rescue 23 along with EMS were sent to the area of the Spirit of Halloween store on Viewmont Drive for a mutli-vehicle accident with injuries. Crews arrived on scene, controlled hazards, and returned to service.
Ladder runs working fire
October 12 - (07:40) Ladder 23 was requested on the S.R.N. assignment to respond into Olyphant, "The Queen City", to assist on a working commercial structure fire. The Ladder marked enroute with a crew of 5 and arrived on scene as the 2nd due Truck Company. The 4 man interior crew was placed into staging, assisted with clean up, and returned to service.

~Photo from WNEP~
Busy day for the 23 House

Scott Rd. and Breaker St.
October 9 - Shortly before the annual Steamtown Marathon was set to begin, Rescue 23 and 23 EMS were sent to Scott Rd. & Breaker St. for a one car MVC, vehicle into a pole. Chief 23A (Horvath) arrived on scene and advised of one vehicle into a pole, with all occupants out of the vehicle and a pole that was sheared in half. The Rescue arrived on scene and stood by while Johnson's Towing removed the vehicle.

Crews were later sent to the area of the Goodwill on the Scranton-Carbondale Hwy. for a two car MVC with injuries. The Rescue arrived on scene to find EMS rendering care to the injured. No rescue services were needed.

Shortly after returning to service from the Goodwill, once again, the Rescue was sent to the Scranton-Carbondale Hwy. in the area of Idle Hour Lanes for a three car MVA with injuries. Crews arrived to find EMS rendering care to the injured. Hazards were controlled and the Rescue Company returned to service.

At 1420 hours, a 1st alarm box assignment was struck for the Dickson City Civic Center for an activated fire alarm. Chief 23A arrived on scene and confirmed burnt popcorn was the cause of the activation and that all units could return to service.
Rescue runs rollover
September 21 - Rescue 23, 23 EMS, and CHEMS were dispatched to the area of Sheetz on the Scranton Carbondale Highway for a one car motor vehicle rollover with entrapment. While responding, crews were updated with a new location, in front of Feel Good Motors. Crews arrived to find two vehicles involved, one being on its side, with all occupants out of the vehicle. Hazards were controlled and EMS rendered care to involved parties.  
Ladder heads to Peckville
September 16 - Ladder 23 was requested on the S.R.N. assignment to respond into Area 20 (Peckville) to assist on a working structure fire. The Ladder arrived as the 2nd due Truck Company and was placed in staging, only to be returned shortly after.
~Photo Credit: Annmarie Crimi
September 11 - We Remembered
members of the Dickson City and Blakely Fire Dept.'s gather following the beam dedication - photo by Deb Bell
September 11 - Members of the DCFD remembered the attacks of 9/11 by attending numerous ceremonies. The morning started with the annual 9/11 memorial service where members read each name of the FDNY firefighters who perished in the horrible attacks at the World Trade Center (WTC). Following the memorial, we attended the annual Blue Mass at St. Mary's Visitation Church celebrated by Msgr. Pratico, DCFD chaplain. The day concluded with a dedication ceremony for a piece of a steel beam that the borough received from the WTC. The beam will be permanently displayed in the foyer of the Borough Admin. Building.
September 10 - Several members attended the annual Northeast Pennsylvania Volunteer Firefighters convention that was held in Lake Ariel this year. The department received awards for second best appearing company in the line of march and first place for best appearing heavy rescue vehicle.
Busy Summer for the DCFD
This summer has been a busy one for vehicle rescue training and demonstrations. It started in the month of June when Lt. Ed Kalinowski Sr. donated his old Chevy Tahoe to the dept. to "cut up" for training. Training was held weekly, starting with stabilization of the Tahoe upright, on its side and overturned. The training exercises concluded with removing the doors, roof and performing a dash roll.
On July 21st, we assisted the PA State Police with their Camp Cadet program at Marywood University. A vehicle rescue demonstration was performed along with tours of our rescue and ladder trucks.
On July 26th, personnel were invited to participate in a bus rescue demonstration. During the demonstration, rescue techniques were photographed to be used in a new edition of a vehicle rescue text book.
On August 17th, the ladder truck and command car were on display at Dickson City Police Dept.'s night out event at the Circle Drive-In.
Beginning in July and still in progress, we have been training with mutual aid companies from Blakely, Peckville and Justus. We have been meeting twice a month and coming up with some interesting stabilization and extrication training scenarios. The training will conclude sometime this fall.

While we were busy with all of these extra-curricular activities including sponsoring the beverage stand at Dickson Days, we were also alerted to 91 emergency calls so far this summer.
Fire at the Fasion Mall
July 7 - (02:13) - Firefighters were dispatched to the Fashion Mall on the Scranton/Carbondale Highway for the report of a smoke condition in the area. DC Police were quickly in the area and reported that the smoke was coming from the TCBY store. A working fire was confirmed and the SRN was activated by Fire Chief Chowanec. Ladder 23 forced entry, located the fire and the can man extinguished it with his 500 gallon can (handline). Engine 23 established a water supply and pulled a backup line to the building. Crews from R27 and R23 vented the roof. Ladder 20 and Engine 22 forced entry into the adjoining business', performed recon and set up ventilation while R261 provided RIT duties. The fire was contained to the rear area of the TCBY store while the rest of the strip mall did receive smoke damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the PA State Police Fire Marshal. DCEMS provided BLS services and rehab. All companied cleared the scene by 5am.
  photo by: Throop Rescue 27
Thank You to Servpro
July 6 - Special thanks to Servpro of Carbondale/Clarks Summit/Old Forge who donated cases of water for firefighter rehab at incidents. Their generosity is greatly appreciated by the DCFD. Servpro is also a sponsor of the 2016 Keystone Firefighter Conference. Visit www.keystonefirefighterconference.com for more information.
Rescue Runs MVA
June 17 - (12:07) Rescue 23 along with DC EMS and Penn ALS were dispatched to Martin F. Gibbons Blvd. for a one vehicle MVA with injuries. The Rescue crew arrived on scene to find a vehicle into a ravine with the driver of the vehicle being cared for by EMS. The Rescue crew assisted EMS with removal of the patient who was then transported to Geisinger CMC.
2016 Fund Drive Underway
Dickson City business' and residents should have received fund drive requests in the mail during the first week of May. This fund drive is one of our annual fundraisers which allows us to provide the residents, business owners and visitors of the community with the best services possible. Please consider supporting your dedicated volunteers by sending in your donation today. If you did not receive a donation request in the mail, you can give us a call or send in your donation to our mailing address.
To everyone who has already sent in their fund drive donation, we sincerely Thank You.
fire station phone number: 570-383-0923
mailing address:   Eagle Hose Co. No. 1
                             1 Eagle Lane
                             Dickson City, PA 18519
Scouts in Gov't Day and assist to Dunmore
May 7 - Boy Scouts from Troops 21 and 322 of Dickson City visited the fire station during Scouts in Gov't Day. Members provided tours of the station and apparatus and also explained how the dept. operates. May 8 - (00:15) Rescue 23 assisted at a working structure fire on Mill St. in Dunmore. The Rescue crew was given the RIT assignment and was on scene till 7am.
Busy 24 hours for the DCFD
~ photo of Ladder 23 operating in Olyphant ~
March 29 & 30 - The last 24 hours have been busy for the DCFD. Shortly after 10pm on March 29, first alarm companies were sent to the 400 block of Storrs St. for a reported garage fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a working fire in a one car garage that was quickly extinguished by the crew from Ladder 23. Wednesday, March 30 started with a fire alarm at The Olive Garden, a mulch fire at the Viewmont Mall and an assist to the Olyphant Fire Department with a working structure fire at 200 Lincoln St. in the Queen City. The crew from Ladder 23 assisted with rooftop ventilation.
Assist to Covington Twp.
March 17 - (10:58) Ladder 23 was dispatched as part of a 2nd alarm box assignment to Skyline Drive in Covington Township. The Ladder crew assisted with rooftop ventilation and was returned to service shortly after. Several North Pocono area Fire Dept.'s were on scene.
Chimney Fire
  March 2 - (23:00) Firefighters were dispatched to Edwards Lane for a chimney fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a utilized wood stove connected to partially blocked chimney. The burning wood was removed from the firebox and the chains were dropped in the chimney to clear the partial obstruction. The walls around the stove pipe were opened up after it was discovered that the fire did extend into the home's wall. The fire in the wall was extinguished and the companies returned to service.

Reminder - have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually, especially when burning wood.
    FF Randy Kochanowski "droppin' the chains"


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


Click on the photo to see a larger image
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......

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"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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