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Serious Accident on 476NB
Saturday, September 6, 2014 14:00
This afternoon, a three vehicle accident snarled the flow of traffic northbound on the Blue Route. Four patients were taken to nearby hospitals as a result of the crash. Crews from South Media and Garden City were on scene to assist with securing the vehicles after the accident and extrication.

Please drive safely out there. Construction in the northbound lanes of 476 has slowed the flow of traffic from St. David's down to Baltimore Pike, and any inattentiveness can lead to accidents like one that these photos came from.

Fire chases 13 from home in Nether Providence
Sunday, April 27, 2014 22:43
A house fire gutted an Allen Street home late Sunday, leaving 13 people homeless.

The fire was first reported at 10:43 p.m. at a twin home in the first block of Allen Street. The first police officers on the scene found all 13 occupants out of the house on the front lawn and heavy black smoke coming from the dwelling. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find heavy fire blowing out of the side and back of the first floor of the home. The blaze quickly spread up the stairs to the second floor, according to Fire Marshal Jim Ortoleva.

A second alarm was struck by South Media Fire Chief Ed Kline, who was in command of the fire scene.

“We very, very narrowly averted a disaster last night,” Ortoleva said. “We could have very well had multiple deaths. They managed to all get out very quickly, thank God for that.”

One of the occupants was transported to Riddle Memorial Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries, including cuts, twisted ankles and jammed thumbs.

The adjoining twin home sustained water and smoke damage from firefighting efforts, Ortoleva said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, although a preliminary investigation points to an unattended pot of cooking oil left on the stove.

The displaced residents were given shelter by the Chester Chapter of the Red Cross.

Firefighters from South Media and Garden City were assisted by Media, Brookhaven, Parkside, Middletown, Springfield, Rose Tree and Garrettford-Drexel Hill fire companies.

Story courtesy of Cindy Scharr, Delaware County Daily Times. All Rights Reserved.

Photo courtesy of the Times/Frank Wesnoski
   Photo courtesy of the Times/Frank
Early Morning Blaze - No Injuries
Thursday, April 10, 2014 03:00
Firefighters from all over the area responded to the 600 block of Summer Street this morning at about 3am to a house fire that destroyed a single family residence and partially damaged another.

The single family residence was destroyed by the inferno before emergency responders could bring it under control. However, the property next door was largely saved by the quick reactions of departments from around the area, who were able to prevent the fire from spreading and keep the heat from causing extensive damage.

Firefighters hustled out of their beds before 3AM to respond to the blaze. No one was injured.

News story from NBC10

YouTube video of the fire as crews arrived

Ice, Snow, and Fire
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 06:30
On the morning of February 5th, a fire broke out in a single family dwelling on the 800 block of Ridge Lane. Crews from all around the area responded, but encountered various degrees of difficulty navigating the streets due to the ice, snow, and rain conditions.
The fire was brought under control quickly, and no injuries were reported. Crews worked with each other to manage resources, and secured the scene for the Fire Marshal to investigate the cause.

Firefighters ventilated the fire room, clearing it of smoke and allowing fresh air in after having extinguished the flames.
   Firefighters ventilated the fire room,
      clearing it of smoke and allowing fresh
      air in after having extinguished the
Drive Carefully in Inclement Weather!
Sunday, January 5, 2014 10:00
Please be careful when driving in inclement weather! This morning at 10:00, Companies 51 and 65 were called to the scene of a vehicle accident on the 100 block of West Rose Valley Road. One vehicle was disabled and on the side of the road, when another came down and was unable to stop in time due to the ice on the road. It had been sleeting all morning and the roads/driveways were covered in sheets of ice, making for hazardous driving conditions. Please remember that even though it might look like only rain, it can very quickly turn to ice when it contacts the frozen road surface in the winter months. Drive safely!

Two vehicles involved in an accident on Rose Valley Road.
   Two vehicles involved in an accident on
      Rose Valley Road.
Heating Up in the Flashover Simulator
Monday, December 2, 2013 18:00
Flashover: a nearly simultaneous ignition of all combustible materials in an enclosed area.

On Monday night, members from the South Media Fire Company participated in a training exercise at the DelCo Emergency Training Center involving the Flashover Simulator, also known as "The Hot Box." This training showed our firefighters what conditions to look for to anticipate a flashover event, so that they can more safely navigate a fire scene. The box was indeed hot - over 1,400*F!

Flashover is when a fire in a room has gotten the area so hot, nearly everything can burst into flames at one time. This is EXTREMELY dangerous for first responders, and it's important for them to know what to look for when the possibility of a flashover event exists - such as smoke behavior, off-gassing, and thermal layering.

Special thanks to instructors of the Delaware County Emergency Training Center for taking the heat and helping us train!

What is a Flashover?
Smoke billows from the Flashover Simulator while a demonstration takes place inside.
   Smoke billows from the Flashover
      Simulator while a demonstration takes
      place inside.
Firefighters from South Media roast inside the Hot Box while observing a flashover event.
   Firefighters from South Media roast
      inside the Hot Box while observing a
      flashover event.
Change your Clock - Change your Batteries
Thursday, March 7, 2013 
Spring Ahead! At 2:00 AM this Sunday, March 10, 2013 Daylight Savings Time begins. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour. This is also a great reminder to go through your home and change the batteries in all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Please remember, once you change the batteries, TEST the detectors to be sure they are working. Note: If your detector is 10 years olr or older, it should be replaced.

Smoke alarms save lives! To learn about how smoke alarms work and why they are so important, follow this link to the United States Fire Administration:

South Media Responds to Accident with Entrament
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 
At 13:41 South Media (51) and Garden City (65) responded to a two car accident at Baltimore Pike and 476 overpass.  Firefighters from 51 and 65 removed te drivers side door and extracated one patient.  There were no life-threatening injuries.

Passing of Former Assistant Chief Mike Ferguson
Friday, February 15, 2013 
Michael Ferguson passed away on February 15, 2013 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.  He was a lifelong resident of Media, PA.  Mike was the only son of Doris and Edward Ferguson.  He was the Director of Operations for Media Read Estate.  Mike will be remembered for his generous spirit, warm smile, patient and calm demeanor, gift for photography and playing the bagpipes.

Michael held the positions of Engineer, Captain, Assistant Chief, Secretary and Board of Director of the South Media Fire Company for years, he was also the photographer for the Penncrest Relay for Life and the Media 5-Miler.

He is survived by his mother Doris, his wife Ann (Dressler) his two daughters Katie and Becky, and a large extended family and many friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Mike's life will be held at the Hagan Funeral Home in Media on Saturday, February 23, 2013.  Calling hours from 12pm - 2pm, followed by a memorial service at 2pm.

Accident with Entrapment on Baltimore Pike
Firefighters battle ice and snow at accident with entrapment
   Firefighters battle ice and snow at
      accident with entrapment
Monday, January 21, 2013
South Media and Garden City Fire Companies and Media Ambulance responded to a mult-vehicle accident with entrapment on Baltimore Pike.  Two victims were transported to a local hospital.  Crews had to overcome the ice and snow while removing victims from a taxi cab.   

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