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News and Incidents

Whitehall Fire Training Facility Renamed in Honor of Fire Chief Robert L. Benner

May 9, 2015 at 2:15 PM

During Whitehall Fire Department's open house at the Whitehall Fire Training grounds Saturday afternoon, Whitehall Township Firefighters and Township officials honored their fire chief, Bob Benner, by re-naming the facility to the Robert L. Benner Fire Training Facility.

Chief Benner joined the Whitehall Fire Department in 1967. He was promoted to Fire Marshal in 1976. After Chief William Balliet retired, Benner was promoted to Chief of Department in 1986. Today, he is still the Fire Chief, committing 48 years of his life to the safety of the residences and businesses of Whitehall Township.

The firefighters presented Benner with a new sign that will be installed at the entrance to the facility. Chief Benner said he had no idea this was going to happen, it was a total surprise.

Mayor Ed Hozza gave a speech and commended Benner for his many years of service and dedication he has for fire prevention education making Whitehall a safer place to live. His daughter Barbara was on hand to give a teary eyed speech about her father.

Shortly thereafter it was back to business as usual with the department handling multiple calls throughout the rest the afternoon. The day started early, with a working basement fire at 4am. Units cleared that scene just in time to get things set up for the Open House and Dedication Ceremony.


Whitehall Stations Assist At Coplay 2 Alarm House Fire

Dec 11, 2014 at 11:58PM

At 23:58 Coplay Fire Department and Whitehall Township's Hokendauqua Fire Station were dispatched for a dwelling fire at 155 North 9th Street in the Borough of Coplay. Coplay Police arrived minutes later and reported a working fire with smoke and flames visible from the residence. Fire personnel from both stations responded and proceeded to attack the flames from inside the house. Realizing the fire was well out of control, incident command quickly requested a second alarm assignment bringing in the Egypt and Cementon Whitehall stations as well.

With the fire rapidly spreading throughout the void spaces between the first and second floors and through the roof, personnel were eventually withdrawn and the fire hit from outside using the aerial ladder waterway on Hokendauqua's truck 3831. Over the next couple hours firefighters fought the blaze from inside and outside eventually bringing it under control around 02:00.

No injuries were incurred however the house was extensively damaged. Video footage provided by Newsworking.net


Firefighters extinguish small fire at antique business on Franklin Street

November 29, 2014 at 10:59PM

At 15:45 Saturday afternoon, 3 stations from Whitehall were sent to 105 Franklin Street in the Fullerton Section for a dwelling fire.

Chief of Department Robert Benner arrived and reported nothing showing. He was looking at the houses on the opposite side of the street and noticed everyone pointing to the antique business on the other side. He noticed smoke from the side of the 2-story commercial building that has apartments on the top floor. He signaled to the responding units that smoke was showing.

Engine 2 (LC 3712) arrived and stretched a dry hand line for a small fire behind the front wall where the electrical panel box was burning. A water can was used to extinguish the fire. A booster line was then deployed to the exterior to water down the wall. Engine 3 (LC 3831) backed into the parking lot to the front of the building and positioned their ladder.

Engine 12 (LC 3711) positioned at a hydrant but was ordered by the chief not to lay in. Chief 16 (LC 3501) special-called Egypt station for one engine for the lack of an engine response from the Fullerton's station.

A total of 5 engines and the rescue were on location for this fire. There was minor damage to the exterior of the building.


Firefighters respond to this fully-involved Nissan in Fullerton

November 20, 2014 at 8:54PM

At 16:43 Whitehall sent Squad 1 (LC3611), Engines 2, 12 and Rescue 8 (LC 3641) to a report of a car fire at 5th and Pennsylvania Streets.
Deputy Chief Shambo arrives on locations and signals a working fire in the rear compartment.
When first-due Squad 1 arrived the car was fully-involved. One line was stretched and the fire was out 10 minutes later. The fire totally destroyed the Nissan Maxima. click here for more information


Helmet Cam: Firefighters Respond To Car Fire On Route 22

August 19, 2014 at 9:41pm

Monday night around 23:30 hours Whitehall Fire Department responded for a working car fire on Route 22 eastbound at Route 145. This video shows footage from a camera attached to a firefighters helmet. The fire was out within a few minutes. The Whitehall fire investigation team was dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. EMS was dispatched for a person with burns to their arm.


Whitehall Crews Assist at Catasauqua Fire

At 10:58 AM July 26th Whitehall Fire Department's West Catasauqua and Fullerton stations were called in to assist the Catasauqua Borough Fire Department at a house fire at 725 Crane Street. The fire started on the rear porch of the house and quickly spread throughout the residence before fire units arrived. Numerous fire companies in the area were called to assist including several from neighboring Northampton County. While personnel from West Catasauqua and Fullerton were on scene, personnel from the Hokendauqua and Egypt stations were placed on stand by at their stations to cover other calls throughout the Township. For video footage and pictures visit Newsworking.net or click here


2 Alarm Fire Damages MacArthur Road Perkins Restaurant

At 5:18 PM Sunday March 30th Whitehall Fire Department's Fullerton, West Catasauqua and Hokendauqua stations were dispatched for an odor of smoke in the Perkins Restaurant at 1450 MacArthur Road. Fire Chief Benner arrived minutes later and reported heavy smoke and flames coming from roof. All occupants by that point had evacuated the building. The Eqypt Fire Station was added to the assignment, along with a ladder truck from Catasauqua Fire Department. As flames consumed the front portion of the roof, a second alarm was transmitted bringing the Cementon Fire Station, Woodlawn Fire Company and Han-Le-Co Fire company in to assist as well. Firepolice from Whitehall and mutual aid companies worked to keep traffic at bay on busy MacArthur Road while firefighters battled the blaze. Cetronia Ambulance responded with two units to standby if needed. The fire was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes. The front portion of the roof was extensively damaged and the restaurant seating area below suffered significant water and smoke damage. Crews remained on scene for another two hours till the fire was completely extinguished. For video footage and pictures visit Newsworking.net or click here




Special thanks to Newsworking.net and Wetherhold Photography for their action photography. Station apparatus photos provided by na studios

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