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In response to the fatal fire on East Green Street last month the American Red Cross with assistance from the West Hazleton Fire Department and West Hazleton Police Department are going door to door in the neighborhood offering to install free smoke alarms and promoting fire safety tips. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is a picture of the back cab of one of our Engines. Doesn’t seem like much is going on but let’s look at the bigger point. This is where kids, firefighters, and the public looks and rides in.

To the ordinary person it should smell like fire to show that it is doing its job and helping people. What most don’t know is that we face is our biggest enemy of cancer.

So what do we do to prevent it spreading to our members and the public? We take the extra time to simply disinfect the cabs of our vehicles after calls that involve any health hazards that we could track into the cab. Such a simple task but means so much in the end. This helps prevent us from bringing back any carcinogens or hazards to the station and most important taking it home to our families.

This is one step that the WHFD takes to ensure the life and health safety of the public and our firefighters. No one is ready to take on cancer and its affects, so we stand in protecting ourselves and the public we serve from obtaining it.
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3 weeks ago

West Hazleton Fire Department

Just a reminder to our residents and traveling public. The snow parking ban is in effect. Vehicles are prohibited from parking on the snow ban side of the street. The ban will remain in effect until the storm is finished and the street crews have cleared the streets. Vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed. We also ask that anyone traveling on the roadways during the storm use caution and take extra time getting to your destination. Your safety and the safety of the motoring public depends on it. ... See MoreSee Less

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Engine, Ladder, and Rescue respond to CO Alarm
Around 9:30pm last evening 183 Station and Medic 11 were dispatched to 210 Winter's Ave for a CO Alarm. Upon arrival crews found readings in the basement and shut the furnace down the house was then ventilated. The occupants of the residence were displaced for the evening until a plumber could fix the issue. Medic 11 stood-by on scene and West Hazleton Fire Police were also on scene.
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PREPARE YOUR HOUSE FOR BRUTAL COLD

West Hazleton Fire Department responded to several properties over the past week for flooded basements due to frozen pipes that burst.

Property owners should keep some heat in the property even if unoccupied. This will help prevent severe and expensive problems.

Protect your home by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation and eliminate sources of cold air near any waterlines.

We also recommend allowing a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the water is minimal compared to repairing the damage from bursting pipes.

Leave cabinet doors open under sinks to allow household heat to access the pipes.

Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.

Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off.

To thaw pipes, apply heat from a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water. DO NOT USE a torch or open flame.
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The West Hazleton Fire Company is determined to help our Borough residents. We offer our support and would like to see the Community come together to help these fire victims.

A group of West Hazleton neighbors banded together with Hazleton firefighters to support the victims of a ferocious fire that swept through an apartment building on Jan. 12. Nearly a dozen people were left homeless. One person was found dead in the ruins.
The suspicious fire at 101-103 E. Green St. destroyed the building and everything inside, leaving families without any possessions. Though the American Red Cross stepped up to help the tenants, they will still need other means to get their lives back together. None of the residents had renter’s insurance.
Donna Domagauer lives not far away from the apartment house and though she spent years in the EMS field, she stood helpless that night as scores of firefighters from a three-county area worked to control the intense flames swelling inside the building. She was physically unable to help anyone due to a surgery and back injury. “I stood there helpless,” she said. She didn’t know all the tenants well but was heartbroken over their loss, and vowed to do something.
Laureen Gendimenico, who lived in the neighborhood for over a decade before moving, said her sister, Jadeen Gendimenico, and her parents still live on the block and they, too, wanted to do something to help. Over the years the Gendimenico family became acquainted with some of the tenants. “They’re all nice people,” Laureen said, describing them as friendly and family-oriented.
One of the tenants was having a birthday party for one of their children the night of the fire, Laureen said Another tenant who lost her cat in the fire stayed with the Gendimenicos overnight.
Organizers said the fundraiser will not only offer the fire victims some relief but show them the community cares. “OK, our town is changing, but people have to realize there’s still goodness here,” Laureen said.
Not long after the fire, Domagauer and the Gendimenicos joined forces to plan a Feb. 16 fundraiser to help the fire victims. They solicited the help of Tony Colombo, of the Hazleton Heights Volunteer Fire Company, who has plenty of experience organizing fundraising events.
The fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rocco’s, 245 Muir Ave., Hazleton. It will feature a gift basket raffle, also known as tricky trays, a baked good sale and food provided for purchase by Rocco’s.
Anyone can donate gift baskets or baked goods for the cause and to show their support for the fire victims, and everyone is invited to attend the event, Domagauer said. Donations can be arranged by calling Colombo at 570-956-8303, Domagauer at 570-455-2907, Laureen Gendimenico at 570-453-0688 or Jadeen Gendimenico at 570-926-6808.
Money donations can be sent by check, payable to Hazleton Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. 4, and mailed to 525 E. Broad St., Suite 4, Hazleton, PA 18201. Include the words “West Hazleton fire victims” in the memo portion of the check.
Organizers also are trying to get in touch with the people living in the home next to the apartment house to see if they need help recovering from the water damage they sustained.
Domagauer said anyone looking to donate household items like personal hygiene and cleaning products can hold onto them until the tenants find a permanent place to live. Laureen Gendimenico said those items and clothing can be given to the tenants at the fundraiser, or arrangements can be made with her to store them until the tenants are ready to take them.
Investigators are working to identify the man who died in the fire and determine how it started.
Article by the Hazleton Standard-Speaker Newspaper. Contact the writer:achristman@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3584
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NWS SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT:

UNTREATED ROADS WILL BE SLICK THIS EVENING AS TEMPERATURES FALL BELOW FREEZING THIS EVENING...

Ponding of water on roads from the rain and snowmelt will freeze this evening causing slick roads. A few flurries will continue
with little to no snow accumulation. Temperatures will fall into the mid and upper 20s this evening. Use caution and slow down to reach your destination safely.
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3 weeks ago

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