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“Its About Safety and Skill Building” Third District Fire Chief Says of Live Burn Training

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Over last weekend the Third District Volunteer Fire Company along with several area fire companies participated in live burn drills at the Lower Bucks Safety Training Center.

Fire crews practiced a number of skill building exercises as part of the live burn.

Third District Fire Chief Howard McGoldrick said Tuesday night the training exercises are necessary for fire fighters to continue building on fire skills the crews already have.

“We do the live burns annually and its necessary for some of fire fighters to get in the extra practice because they may have missed responding to actual fires due to work schedule changes for example” he said.

A second benefit, Chief 14 said, is working with other area fire companies at the training facility.

The practice enhances coordination to the point where at a fire, a look or gesture  is sometimes all you need to communicate without all the radio chatter.

“The better the coordination. The faster a fire can be placed” he said, and that’s always the end goal.

A good burn session like the one we did over the weekend  runs for about seven hours and this one was set up like a house fire where crews also perform grid searches for victims with the goal of getting water on fire within two minutes of arriving on scene, McGoldrick said.

The Fire Chief said another aspect of the training is the ability to review helmet cam footage so our guys can improve or resharpen a skill which is done after a live burn.

Helmet cams are a useful tool and is part of the modernization of fire fighting, he said.

The practice burns, he said, save lives and that’s what we’re here for too. 

“We Just to want to add how important it was The Official Croydon Fire Company, Station 11 Newportville Fire Company # 1, Station 12/82 – Bucks County, PA and Falls Township Fire Company #1  joined us for the practice. We really do appreciate working with the other companies.”

 

 

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Turnpike Commission: Traffic Disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is warning motorists of expected traffic disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township due to an ongoing bridge rehabilitation project.

Starting this week, drivers merging onto I-95 northbound from the Delaware Valley Interchange acceleration ramp will encounter a temporary stop sign. The stop sign is in place through August 11 and is being placed to facilitate safe merging near the Levittown/Bristol Interchange (Exit 42). Additionally, on Friday, July 19, from midnight to 5 a.m. traffic pacing operations will slow vehicles to 20 to 25 mph. The intermittent 15-minute slowdowns at milepost 42.35 are planned for the safety of motorists and construction crews working on the bridge over the East Penn Railroad.

Motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on the Turnpike and northbound and southbound on I-95 in Bucks County are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly. Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be on-site to guide drivers through the work zones. Travelers can also expect updates from changeable message signs along the routes, according to officials. Officials noted that the work schedule may change depending on weather conditions.

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Bristol Twp Undercover Operation Nets Alleged Crack Dealer

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A Bristol Borough man is facing serious drug related charges after he was arrested by Bristol Township Detectives following two undercover buys of “crack” cocaine.

According to police, James Edwards III, 30, became the focus of a drug investigation in Bristol Township for distribution of “crack” cocaine.  On May 29, Edwards allegedly delivered .79 grams of the drug to a confidential informant between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  On the same day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Edwards is alleged to have delivered .82 grams of the potent drug to a confidential informant.

Edwards was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski on Tuesday on felony two counts of manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance.  He was released on unsecured bail and  is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31 at Bristol Borough District Court.

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Citizens Tip Leads to Beach’s Hardware Burglar Caught Red-Handed

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A Milwaukee, Wisconsin man is in Bucks County Jail charged for breaking and entering into a very popular hardware store in Bristol Township last week thanks to the help of a vigilant citizen

According to court records at just after 2:30 a.m. on July 12 an officer was approached by a witness who told him the front window to Beach’s Hardware Store 3101 Veterans Highway was smashed noting it was the window on the Ford Road side of the business. Upon arrival officers checked the doors to the business, finding them secure and located the broken window on Ford Rd. While looking through a glass door with his flashlight an officer observed man, later identified as Myron Vacca, 41, inside the business standing behind the front counter to be manipulating the cash register. The suspect ignored police commands to come out of the hardware store leading officers to establish a perimeter around the business as Vacca sought a pathway to escape. The suspect finally came out and surrendered to police.

The business was checked and cleared by other responding officers and a K-9 unit. Officers located a large piece of lumber that appeared to be used to smash the Ford Rd side window. Mr. Robert Beach told police the cost to fix the broken glass would be $750.00, court records show.

Vacca was charged with felony burglary, felony trespass  and one count of possessing an instrument of crime. He was jailed in lieu of 10 percent of $100,000.00 and scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31. Vacca has no attorney of record at this time, according to court records.

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