Friday, November 11th, 2022
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Team 800 responded at the request of Station 6, Westmoreland County, to the area off Tinker Run Park for a smell that had been reported in the area and a sheen on the stream from the day before. Multi...
Monday, September 12th, 2022
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Team 800 responded to a facility in Greensburg City that encountered an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) battery unit failure and worked along with FD ventilation crews to conduct air monitoring and m...
Monday, February 21st, 2022
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Team 800 responded to Mutual, Unity Township to assist Station 83 Mutual & 36 Pleasant Unity fire departments to mitigate a leaking home heating fuel tank. The resident quickly called 9-1-1 to rep...
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East Huntingdon Township Home Heating Fuel Leak, Team 800 personnel assisted local FD to mitigate fuel spill in the basement and then provided assistance to construct an underflow dam to collect the l...
Thursday, October 6th, 2022
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Team 800 personnel conducted air monitoring training with HAZSIM equipment and then conducted scenario incident command at 2 locations for an underground storm water storage system and a communication...
Friday, June 10th, 2022
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Team 800 performed standby duties for ARFF 121 for the 2022 AirShow in Westmoreland County. 7 members of the team provided response capabilities in R800, UT800, and C800 for practice on June 10, 2022
Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
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Dear Friend and Supporter:We wish to sincerely thank all the businesses and individuals who help make our 20th annual 2022 golf outing a huge success. Even though we were nearly rained out from nearly...
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Station 111 hosted a decontamination review in their new station and Team 800 conducted familiarization with the H800 apparatus. Thanks for hosting this informative session.
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Unknown Odor - Request for Assistance
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

BY JOE NAPSHA | Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, 9:39 a.m.

An Irwin woman is accused of endangering neighbors in her townhouse complex when she tried to get high by cooking a toxic chemical with nasal spray, which police say released noxious fumes.

Brenda Lee Everett, 51, of 10th Street was charged by Irwin police on Tuesday with risking a catastrophe, causing a catastrophe and recklessly endangering others.

She is in the Westmoreland County Prison on $75,000 bail.

Chief Roger Pivirotto said police believe Everett was cooking muriatic acid, a highly corrosive mineral acid used to clean masonry, with the active ingredient in nasal spray to extract that chemical, then mixed the purified crystalline substance in a drink.

Muriatic acid can be combined with pseudoephedrine found in cold medications to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the website for New Hope Recovery Center, an addiction treatment facility in Chicago.

“In its purest form, in its higher concentration, she would get high off it,” said Pivirotto, noting he had not previously come across the use of that combination of chemical and nasal spray.

Neither of the substances is illegal, Pivirotto said, and the operation is not considered a meth lab.

Cooking a solution with hydrochloric acid and an over-the-counter medication is not uncommon for people seeking a drug high, said Scott Blacker, vice president for development at Livengrin Foundation, a nonprofit addiction-recovery center based in Bensalem.

The drug rehab center typically treats people addicted to heroin and opioids, not nonprescription medicines, Blacker noted.

The Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Team found a gallon jug of muriatic acid, as well as numerous empty packages of Benzedrex, an over-the-counter nasal spray medication. A box of the nasal spray was found on the doorstep of Everett's home, Pivirotto said.

Everett was arrested after an investigation that began Monday into the cause of the natural gas leak at Penglyn Townhouses, the six-unit building where she lives. A resident in an adjacent unit smelled natural gas, and a Columbia Gas Co. employee determined it was coming from Everett's home. The worker found a crack in the flexible connector that supplies natural gas to the water heater and furnace, so he shut off the gas supply, said Sarah Perry, a company spokeswoman.

On Tuesday, two repairmen sent by the owner of Penglyn Townhouses, LRG Rentals of Jeannette, noticed a strong smell of an unknown chemical that made one worker dizzy as he repaired the gas line.

A LRG Rentals spokesman could not be reached for comment.

“When the rental company realized something was not kosher, they contacted us” at about 10:30 a.m., Pivirotto said.

Workers noticed that metal pipes in the basement were unusually rusted and corroded, police said in the criminal complaint filed against Everett. The cause has not been determined.

“There is no connection between the cooking of muriatic acid and corrosion of natural gas pipes,” Perry said.

Using electronic detecting devices, Irwin firefighters detected abnormal levels of hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide and oxygen in the air, said Pivirotto, who likened the odor to vinegar.

The county hazmat team also conducted tests in the townhouse.

Police don't know how long Everett allegedly was cooking the acid and nasal spray ingredients at her home, but a neighbor last month complained about a smell of natural gas, Pivirotto said.

The building was evacuated Tuesday afternoon, but residents were permitted to return that night. The landlord offered them lodging in a local motel, the police chief said.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer

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146 entries in the Call history
Friday, November 11th, 2022
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Team 800 responded at the request of Station 6, Westmoreland County, to the area off Tinker Run Park for a smell that had been reported in the area and a sheen on the stream from the day before. Multiple booms and an underflow dam were put in place to capture the sheen.
Monday, September 12th, 2022
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Team 800 responded to a facility in Greensburg City that encountered an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) battery unit failure and worked along with FD ventilation crews to conduct air monitoring and mitigate a small spill as a result of the incident.
Monday, February 21st, 2022
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Team 800 responded to Mutual, Unity Township to assist Station 83 Mutual & 36 Pleasant Unity fire departments to mitigate a leaking home heating fuel tank. The resident quickly called 9-1-1 to report the spill that allowed for a quick assessment by the fire officer and fire personnel to start di...
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East Huntingdon Township Home Heating Fuel Leak, Team 800 personnel assisted local FD to mitigate fuel spill in the basement and then provided assistance to construct an underflow dam to collect the leaking fuel in a nearby stream.
Friday, January 14th, 2022
Team 800 responded on 1/14 to a fuel spill involving a reefer trailer diesel tank that was damaged when the trailer had become disconnected from the tractor. Team 800 assisted Station 26 with mitigation as needed and remained on scene until the trailer was lifted for further assessment.
Saturday, December 18th, 2021
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Team 800 was requested at approximately 2000 hrs to assist and support New Kensington City FD with the containment and mitigation of a vehicle accident involving two 55 gallon drums of used oil damaged/breached.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Team 800 responded at 0108 hrs to a cold storage and food distribution warehouse to assist first due companies comprised of equipment from 5 departments for an ammonia alarm going off. First in personnel made a quick assessment with the facility operations and activated emergency shut down procedure...
Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Assisting "Crash 121" for airport response.
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Assisting Station 105 in Rostraver Township
Friday, October 7th, 2016
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Team 800 Assisting Penn Township fire companies.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
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Assisting Station 78
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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Decon set up.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
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BY JOE NAPSHA | Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, 9:39 a.m.An Irwin woman is accused of endangering neighbors in her townhouse complex when she tried to get high by cooking a toxic chemical with nasal spray, which police say released noxious fumes.
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Team 800 assisted Hempfield Fire departments with a tar buggy on vehicle MVA on Route 30. The tar emulsion is a water based product that is used for asphalt driveway sealant. PennDot and PA DEP were promptly notified by the Fire Dept Incident Command for cleanup guidance and the spill was mitigated ...
Monday, March 21st, 2016
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​Team 800 responded to a assist Turkeytown Fire Department in mitigating heating oil tanks that were in proximity to a structure fire and developed a leak into the soil at the fire ground. 11 Team personnel responded to the Monday morning incident and quickly offloaded the leaking fuel into dr...
Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Team 800 officer requested to Ligonier Township for an ongoing fuel spill situation involving a heating fuel tank. PA DEP, PA Fish and Boat Commission, and the Local EMA also responded to the scene. The incident involved a saturated soil area and required a minor stream side mitigation.
Monday, January 25th, 2016
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Team 800 responded to a request from Chestnut Ridge Fire to assist with a possible fuel spill in Donegal Township. Units were cancelled enroute as local fire was able to mitigate the problem with initial response.
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
Assist Vandergrift Borough with response standby. Cancelled enroute.1609 hours.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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Team 800 responded to a tractor trailer that had driven into an embankment and was leaking fuel due to the severe angle of the truck. The team mitigated the fuel that was pushing out of the fill cap of the saddle tank to reduce the flow and placed mitigation measures in the down stream catch basins...
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
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Team 800 responded to assist the local fire department in mitigating a motor and gear oil spill from a tractor trailer accident that involved a passenger car, pick up truck and several vehicles in an automobile car dealership.
146 entries in the Call history

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