April 23, 2017
BTVFD would like to thank the West Branch church for the appreciation dinner held last Thursday night. Members enjoyed a delicious dinner, we also took this opportunity to do a walk through and pre plan of the church. … [Read More...]
April 11, 2017
On April 8th 2017, members accompanied by their families, along with representatives from Bradford Townships’ mutual aid companies, Township Supervisors, and local law enforcement gathered at the Interstate Fire Hall for the 35th annual awards banquet and appreciation dinner. The dinner was catered by Chris’s Catering of Johnsonburg PA. Alex Kulish was the Master of Ceremonies for the night. Chief Dan Burkhouse introduced his line officers for the year and President Andy Eliason introduced the administrative officers for 2017. A special presentation was made by Ed Hayden who is a firefighter with Bradford Township and also Employee Relations Manager for Zippo. Ed presented Chief Burkhouse and Fire Investigator Jay Bradish with letters of commendation and a specially made zippo lighter for their assistance with an arson fire that occurred at Zippo back in June of 2016. Assistant Chief’s Bob Eliason and Tim Burkhouse presented Training Awards to the members who fulfilled the requirements. President Andy Eliason and Chief Dan Burkhouse presented the awards for firefighter and social member who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the past year. These awards were presented to Steve Disney and Karen Disney respectively. Following the year in review video, Corporal Greg Agosti of the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit, spoke to those in attendance as the quest speaker of the evening and closed the banquet on a great note. It was a great night full of laughs and … [Read More...]
The following are safety tips on open burning:
♦ Avoid burning trash, leaves and brush on dry, windy days.
♦ Check to see if weather changes are expected. Postpone outdoor burning if shifts in wind
direction, high winds or wind gusts are forecast.
♦ Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris to be burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
♦ Stay with all outdoor fires, until they are completely out.
♦ Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
♦ Burn household trash only in a burn barrel or other trash container equipped with a screen or metal grid to keep burning material contained.
♦ Never attempt to burn aerosol cans; heated cans will explode. Flying metal may cause injuries and the explosion may scatter burning material into nearby vegetation and cause a wildfire.
♦ Stay abreast of wildfire danger levels and heed warnings and bans on outdoor burning.
Careless debris burning is a major cause of wildland fires in Pennsylvania. Everyone needs to cooperate and exercise extreme caution with all potential sources of wildfire ignition, if senseless and potentially deadly wildfires are to be avoided.
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