The past 24 hours have been busy for Shrewsbury Volunteers. Calls started at 00:36 am and continued until almost midnight. 13 calls for service were dispatched and handled. Calls included 3 Water Rescues, 1 Building Collapse, 3 Fire Alarms, 1 vehicle accident with injuries and haz mat, 3 Medical Assists and 2 Fire Police requests.
Two incidents that stood out:
At 4:18 pm Rescue Squad 61 was dispatched to assist Loganville FD with a reported vehicle accident with injuries, several vehicles and possible hazardous materials release on Interstate 83 SB at Exit 8. Loganville Chief 63 was unable to find any accident at Exit 8 and continued south. The incident was located at Milemarker 6 in Shrewsbury Township. Chief 63 established command and advised there is a lot of debris and a spill from a 55 gallon drum. Rescue Squad 61 arrived and after information was relayed face to face Chief 61 assumed “Shrewsbury Command”. Haz Mat personnel were dispatched due to chemicals from the damaged truck were spilled. One patient was transported to York Hospital via Glen Rock EMS. Fire personnel from Shrewsbury and Loganville contained the leak and after consulting with the Haz Mat Duty Officer applied water to the roadway to dilute the chemical that was leaked. It did not pose a health hazard to the area and was handled by personnel on the scene. Once all debris and the damaged vehicles were removed the interstate was cleared of emergency equipment. One lane in both the north and southbound lanes were closed for about an hour.
At 9:30pm Shrewsbury Volunteers, as part of the York County Advanced Technical Rescue Team, responded to reports of several buildings that have collapsed and heavy debris in the area. The incident was in Hopewell Township on Rt 24 at Plank Road. Rescue Squad 61 and Car 61 responded with building collapse certified members on board. Enroute Chief 54 ( Walker, Eureka Fire Co.) advised Rescue Squad 61 they had heavy damage to multiple buildings with people still inside. Electric transmission lines are down and there is a heavy smell of natural gas coming from one of the damaged buildings. Rescue Squad 61 was to check a damaged apartment building and do what we could to contain the leak if possible. Shrewsbury Volunteer personnel on arrival split up and did search and damage assessment of the buildings involved. We worked with Eureka and Winterstown fire company members to confirm no one was trapped or unable to exit the damaged buildings. Crews shut down the natural gas leak and secured electric to the damaged buildings. Personnel assisted with removal of occupants from the damaged apartment building. They were then taken to the Eureka Fire Department to meet with Red Cross personnel regarding displacement.
Once the scene was stabilized Shrewsbury personnel were cleared of the call to respond to water rescue incidents in York County due to the storms and downpour of rain that was occurring. Rescue Squad 61 was cancelled on the water responses and then returned to quarters.
We are proud of our volunteers for the time spent on emergency responses today and every day. Without the dedication they show, our department would not exist. Thank you one and all.
“Professionally Staffed by Volunteers”
Building Collapse in Hopewell Township
Accident on Interstate 83 Southbound