“The General Alarm”
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August 1, 2010 General Insurance Agency Issue 57
Inside this issue: News
Linda Fritz, Director of Marketing
Taking Care of 2
Congratulations to the Alburtis Fire Co. and find ideas to start planning and pro-
Up-Coming 3 (Berks) on recently achieving 75% Na-
Events moting your National Firefighter Health
tional Certification of firefighters to level
Hurricane Safety 4 FFI. Alburtis Fire Co. is 1 of 99 State- Week activities now.
Tips wide and the first in Lehigh County to
The 2010 theme - “Only you can Keep It
achieve that percentage.
Buy, Sell, Trade 5 Strong. Are you up for the Challenge?” -
Snow Blower Recall Notice:
asks first responders to take personal
From the Desk of 6
Model: Power Clear 180 Single Stage responsibility for their health and well-
with model numbers 38272 and 38282.
Customer 8 ness and take the steps necessary to keep
Serial #’s range from 310000001 thru
Service 310999999. Model & Serial # can be their heart, mind, and body strong. Each
Contacting Us 9
found on a decal on the lower right side
day of National Firefighter Health Week
of the snow blower.
Approx. 35,700 snow blowers were sold is dedicated to a different health issue of
Business 9 at Toro dealers and Home Depot stores
particular concern to emergency service
Directory nationwide from Nov. 2009 to May
Hazard: Exposure to ethanol in gasoline
can cause the carburetor needle to be-
Up-Coming Events Monday, August 16: Head Strong -
come corroded. A corroded needled can
PHECS EMS stick in the open position and allow fuel (Behavioral Health)
Conference, Lan- to leak, posing a fire hazard.
caster Conven- Contact Toro at 800-738-4400 between
tion Center. Tuesday, August 17: Respond
7:30 AM - 6 PM Central Time, Mon.
2010. thru Fri. for visit www.toro.com. Strong (Put It On) - (Personal Pro-
New Jersey Fire- National Firefighter Health Week
tion/Expo, Wild- Resource Center Now Available Wednesday, August 18: Strong at
wood, NJ. Sept.
17-18, 2010. National Firefighter Health Week 2010 is Heart - (Heart-Health)
August 16-20, and the National Volun-
Arrive Safely teer Fire Council (NVFC) has released an Thursday, August 19: Stand Strong
mont Fire Co. online resource center at www.healthy- Against Cancer - (Cancer)
Sept. 30, 2010 at
6:00pm firefighter.org/healthweek to help you
Friday, August 20: Strength for Life
and your department participate. Visit the
- (Nutrition & Physical Fitness)
resource center to learn about important
health topics that affect first responders Continued on Page 7
“The General Alarm” Page 2
“Taking Care of the Most Important Resource - Your Members ”
Tony Blackwell, Agent/Firefighter, General Insurance Agency
Providing the best “customer service” coverage for your volunteers and em-
you can to your community is of the ut- ployees. A strong supplemental policy,
most importance when you’re an emer- commonly referred to as an Accident &
gency service provider. And in order to Health policy, is as important piece of
provide the best service, you need mod- equipment as is the hose, SCBA and
ern equipment; and that equipment can bunker gear we’ve come accustomed to
be rather costly to not only purchase, but using on just about every response.
also to maintain. While, I’m not advocating spending
Fire companies and departments across most of your budget money or relief as-
the country have benefited from the sociation funds on your Accident &
FEMA grants to help them upgrade their Health coverage, there is a balancing act
apparatus fleet and firefighting equip- that many Department and Relief Asso-
ment while saving money in their oper- ciations can incorporate to provide funds
ating and capital expenditure budgets. In for both equipment as well as insurance
addition, departments in Pennsylvania benefits for its members. Given the op-
often rely on their Fire Relief Associa- portunity, we can provide you with an
“ sight must tion’s to supplement many of the equip- Accident & Health quote that can pro-
not be lost on ment purchases to provide the much vide your members with additional
needed upgrades in both equipment and benefits that Worker’s Compensation
apparatus. (New Jersey does not have a just cannot and does not provide as well
important Relief Association system in place as fit it into your operating budget.
resource – the through its State government). We can also review your existing cover-
human However, sight must not be lost on THE age to provide you with upgrade op-
resource – the
most important resource – the human tions.
resource – the personnel. All too often With costs constantly rising, firefighters
we encounter a fire department that is so and their families are constantly re-
focused on having the latest, best equip- minded of the importance of their
ment on their apparatus, they’ve ex- paycheck. An injury or illness to one of
hausted their budget funds or relief asso- your members as the result of an emer-
ciation funds without any consideration gency response, a training or even a
for the people using this equipment. fund-raising event could very well mean
With the continued purchases of equip- the loss of that member, not only while
ment, more and more fire departments he or she recuperates, but forever if the
find themselves with less available injury or illness results in a struggle to
funds to secure vital, supplemental in- make ends meet at home.
surance coverage for their members; A fire department can have the latest,
relying more and more on Worker’s greatest and newest equipment and ap-
Compensation... regardless if it’s paid paratus, but if there’s no one to
for through company funds or relief as- use it, how good can your customer ser-
sociation funds. vice be?
While Worker’s Compensation can pro-
vide some substantial benefits to injured Until next month, Be Safe.
firefighters, it certainly is not the “end
all, be all” in providing the necessary
Issue 57 Page 3
Ogontz Fire Co. holds its monthly Texas Hold nual Golf Tournament on Sat., Sept. 25th at the
‘Em Tournament on the 3rd Saturday. Doors Hidden Valley Golf Course. Registration starts at
open at 6:30 pm, Games start at 7:00 pm. $20 7:15 AM, Shotgun start at 8 AM. $60 per golfer
entry fee with door prizes awarded. Food and includes golf, carts, green fees, door prizes and
drinks are available. lunch after the tournament. Tournament will be
flighted. For more info. & registration form, go to
Summit Station Fire Co. will hold their monthly www.summitstationfire.com.
Breakfast on Sun., Aug. 8th from 7 AM to 12
Noon at their banquet hall on Rt. 183. For info.
call 570-754-3491 or visit Summit Station Fire Co. will hold a Kauffman’s
www.summitstationfire.com. Chicken BB-Q on Sun., Oct. 31st at the fire sta-
tion from 10 AM to sell-out. Price just $6.50, in-
Eastern Salisbury Fire, Ambulance & Rescue cludes 1/2 chicken, baked potato, roll & butter,
Co. will be holding their 2nd Annual Golf Tour- apple sauce or pepper cabbage. For info. call 570-
nament on Fri., Aug. 20th at the Wedgewood 754-3491 or visit www.summitstationfire.com.
Golf Course, Coopersburg. Cost is $75.00 per
person with a 4-Person Scramble format and in-
cludes carts, green fees, prizes, lunch at the turn
and dinner after the tournament. For more info. or
to register, contact Clint Ballek at 484-357-2314
or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dave Tomcics at 484-357-2125 or president@
Citizens Fire Co., Mahanoy City will hold a Chicken
BB-Q on Sun., Aug. 22nd from 11 am 3 pm at the fire
station. Cost is just $8 with free delivery in Mahanoy
City. For tickets, call 570-773-1750.
Summit Station Fire Co. will hold their 2nd An-
nual Sportsman Banquet & Gun Raffle on Sat.,
Aug. 28th. Doors open at 5 PM, Drawings start at
6 PM. $25 per ticket—only 300 avail. Meal &
drinks included. For more info. go to
www.summitstationfire.com or call Dave at (570)
South Newton Fire Co. will hold their Outdoor Ex-
travaganza on Sat., Sept. 11 at the Roxbury Lions
Club from 12 Noon—7 PM. Grounds open at 10 AM
and include a steak & shrimp dinner. Many prizes to
be awarded including the grand prize of $12,000. For
tickets, call (717) 532-4999 or visit
Summit Station Fire Co. will hold their 3rd An-
“The General Alarm” Page 4
Hurricane Safety Tips
David Denniston, Client Education & Training Manager, McNeil and Company
As we move into hurricane season over a alternate routes if main travel is
good portion of our country, emergency blocked
responders must keep in mind that you are 3. Allocate resources, realizing you may
also vulnerable to the destructive forces of not be able to help everyone at once
Mother Nature. As such, precautions need 4. Build a situation and resource tracking
to be taken to protect yourselves and your board for accountability when you are
equipment against these storms. If you able to respond
don’t, the devastation and tragic results 5. Get any rest possible, have responders
could become even worse. These tips are fed and well hydrated before they re-
valid for all types of storms, so even if spond
your response area is well away from the 6. Save portable radio and cell phone bat-
coast, you could face similar exposures, so tery life for when you will need it
please remember the following tips:
As you respond:
Before the storm: 1. Accountability and safety are the num-
“precautions 1. Set up and use an Incident Command ber one concern
System for the entire event 2. Remain hydrated
need to be
2. Remove or secure articles that are out 3. Slow down vehicle response due to wet
taken to doors roads and unusual situations
protect 3. Stock up on non perishable foods, plan 4. Watch for low hanging wires and
yourselves and a way to heat them without power branches or wires that are on the
your 4. Check all portable equipment including ground
equipment chain saws, generators and pumps; 5. Watch for weak branches or structures
against these make sure you have a supply of spare that may come down
storms.” chains, filters, proper fittings, extra 6. Watch for foreign objects that may
hose etc. cause damage if run over
5. Check for adequate fuel supply, oil etc. 7. Remember the road may be washed
6. Check and charge all portable radio away under standing water
and pager batteries 8. Realize that even calm looking water
7. Fill coolers with ice can have strong currents
8. Stock up on bottled water 9. Schedule and rotate crews. Keep a
9. Store several sets of clean dry clothing standby crew ready to respond to true
10. Complete apparatus and equipment emergencies
inventory and checks 10. Track portable equipment
11. Raise anything that should not get wet 11. Use ICS planning officer to plan for
up to the highest level possible relief crews, meals and to ensure all
12. Turn propane tanks off if possible responders remain hydrated
If station is in a known floodplain, move 12. Expect the unexpected, even everyday
everything possible to higher ground simple tasks become difficult without
Grease drivelines and wheel bearings on power
trucks 13. Have all crews report their status in on
a regular basis.
During the storm: 14. Plan for direct communication; remem-
1. Remain in quarters until the storm ber cell phone and repeater towers may
passes, you cannot help anyone if you go down in the storm.
get caught in the storm
2. Map the path of the storm through your
area and preplan possible response and Continued on Page 7
Issue 57 Page 5
Buy, Sell, Trade
Second Alarmers Assn. & Rescue Squad is sell- 5171 or email email@example.com.
ing a 17’ Dive Rescue Boat, 40 hp Motor & trailer.
Recovery Hatch, console steering, light bar and Summit Station Fire Co. is selling a 1989 Pem-Fab
many extras included. Asking $17,500. Also avail. American Eagle Pumper. 1,250 gpm pump, 500 gal
is a 1997 GMC 3500 4x4. 33,600 miles with com- tank. Visit www.summitstationfire.comfor more
partmentalized rescue body. Asking $35,000. Will info.
sell as a complete package or separately from boat,
motor & trailer. For more info., contact Paul Bodo Eastern Salisbury Fire, Amb. & Rescue is selling
at Paul@iloveseaisle.com or Fred Trasatti at 215- a 1988 Ford E-One 16’ Walk-in. 6-Man Rescue
778-5599 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Truck – 14,600 Miles – Excellent Condition -
$45,000.00. Contact Asst. Chief Shawn Meder or
Lewisberry Fire Co. is selling a 2004 Ford F150 Chief Clint Ballek at 610-797-5227 for more info.
XLT 4-door Super Crew cab. Approx, 50,000 miles.
Truck can be seen on at East Greenville Fire Co. is selling a 1993 Spartan/
http://www.lewisberryfireco29.com/Equipment.htm Quality 1500gpm Pumper. Photos and specs avail-
(Car29). Contact email@example.com able at www.egfd38.com or call Dave Conrad at 215
for selling price and additional info. -852-554 or Grant Boyer at 267-228-1732.
Conshohocken Fire Co # 2 is selling a HURST Sassamansville Fire Co. has a Code 3 MX 7000
power unit. 2-cycle, single tool unit. Unit no longer light bar with control box for sale. Asking $450.00.
in service - available immediately. Good for spare Call Chief 68 @ 610-960-8582 for more info.
back-up use - needs some minor engine work. Ask-
ing $35.00 or best offer. Unit is available for inspec- Washington Fire Co., Conshohocken is selling a
tion contact Chief Engineer John Costello at 610- 1990 E-One Pumper/Rescue. Asking price is
220-8560 or firstname.lastname@example.org $35,000. For more info. contact Chief Engineer An-
thony D’Angelo at 610-476-2677 or Fire Marshal
Bryn Mawr Fire Co. is selling a 2002 E-One 100' John McGrath at 484-534-7560.
Quint. The truck is in excellent condition with full
maintenance records avail. Truck will be available Weldon Fire Co. is selling a 1996 Spartan/
for delivery in Feb. 2010. For more info. visit Saulsbury 2000 gpm Pumper. 8-man cab, Rescue-
www.brynmawrfirecompany.org or e-mail Charley style compartments, Auto. Trans. Low miles, excel-
Dolan at email@example.com. lent condition. For more info. contact Wally Clark
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-353-2381.
Birdsboro Union Fire Dept. is selling a 1980/90 Unit avail. for immediate delivery.
Mack Kenco Rescue. Truck is in great condition.
9000 watt light tower, rescue reels, 250 hale pump,
300 gallon tank, Asking $49,000. Please contact Want to list something here FREE? Contact
Fire Chief Scott V. Kulp for additional information. Tony at email@example.com
Firemen's Union & Relief Assn. of Norristown
has approx. 25 bunker coats and pants available for
donation to another Relief Assn. The gear is in good
condition and most have been cleaned in the past
year. If your department is in need of gear, contact
Jim Mullane, Pres. at (484) 880-8256, (610) 277-
“The General Alarm” Page 6
From the Desk of Wes Fritz
When your station is damaged, it may property is being repaired or replaced
cause you to cancel some fund raising after a covered loss.
events. Or, it may force you to find an
alternate location in which to hold your For example, you may use this coverage
fund raiser so you don't lose money. Af- to pay for the cost to rent a mobile home
ter all, even though your station isn't to use as temporary quarters, install new
available to you to raise money, the bills phone lines at a temporary location, hire
still that have to be paid. movers, make special newspaper an-
nouncements, pay overtime, etc.
You'll be happy to know your ESIP pol-
icy provides coverage for Loss of Earn- Your ESIP policy will also pay for any
ing, Income and Extra Expense for times reasonable expenses you pay to expedite
“Loss of when you lose the use of your building repairs to your property. Like you, we
Earnings due to a covered loss and cannot hold want to see your operations get back to
fund raisers or have to rent an alternate normal as quickly as possible after a
location to continue to hold your events. loss.
you for loss of The Loss of Earnings coverage reim- This coverage is provided on an "actual
income due to burses you for loss of income due to loss sustained" basis with no deductible.
covered damage to your property. That means coverage is provided for the
amount of the losses that you actually
For example, if you hold bingo games or sustain for up to two years after the date
your other fund-raisers on your premises and of damage.
property.“ have to suspend them because a fire
damages your building, ESIP would pay Until next month, Take good care.
for the lost bingo profits during the re-
pair period. Income coverage reim-
burses you for any rental income that
you lose because of covered damage to
your building. Another example is if
you have a social hall that you rent out
for private parties or a meeting room
rented by local organizations, and a
storm causes flooding, ESIP would pay
for your lost rents while your building
was being repaired.
It is important to note your previous fi-
nancial records may be needed to help
determine the amount of income you’re
losing while repairs are made.
Extra expense coverage pays for the ex-
tra costs, over and above your normal
expenses, that you incur while your
Issue 57 Page 7
Hurricane Safety Continued
15. Maintain portable equipment including oil
changes, filters etc.
16. Check CO levels and keep station ventilated
17. Have responders watch each other’s back and stay
18. Have a “mayday” plan and response ready to as-
sist crews that get in trouble
19. Track and report all damage as soon as possible
20. Each and every responder and officer must keep a
complete situational awareness and look at the big
picture. Hurricane response is way out side of our
normal response and can tax even the best re-
sponders and departments.
Good luck and Stay Safe!
The National Firefighter Health Week Resource Cen- by the Fire Corps national office no later than Friday,
ter contains resources and tools to help you plan your August 6, 2010.
Health Week events. For additional information, visit To be considered, nominees must be registered with
their website. Only you can keep it strong – get started Fire Corps and be part of or affiliated with a fire/EMS
today at www.healthy-firefighter.org. department or sponsoring agency representing the fire
and emergency services. Eligible programs include
Fire Corps Award of Excellence Nomination Pe- auxiliaries, junior firefighter programs, and other non-
riod Now Open emergency support programs that meet the criteria for
Does your fire department have an outstanding Fire a Fire Corps program. The program must have been
Corps program to support your emergency personnel? active for at least one year and have made a positive
Then recognize their accomplishments by nominating impact in the community.
them for the 2010 Fire Corps Award of Excellence. For more information, including nomination forms and
requirements, at www.firecorps.org/award.
The award, sponsored by the International Fire Ser-
If your department’s volunteer support program is not
vice Training Association (IFSTA) and Fire Protection
currently registered with Fire Corps, register for free
Publications, annually honors a Fire Corps program
on the Fire Corps web site.
whose remarkable achievements in the fire and emer-
gency services and the community exemplify out-
standing performance. Nominations must be received
“The General Alarm” Page 8
Steve Fritz, Policy Coordinator, General Insurance Agency
Hi folks! I can tell many of you look for- Our website is always available and
ward to reading our newsletter each month. can be used to make changes to your
A few of you have even called or e-mailed policy or even request a quote.
to request articles we’ve featured in previ- And half of our Sales team receives his
ous editions. mails directly to his cell phone.
All our newsletters are available on our (We’re working on the other half, but
website, but it was difficult to find articles it’s not looking to promising).
vice is what from previous issues.
sets us apart We’ve upgraded our Newsletter Archives When your community needs you, you’re
from other page so it now lists what articles are fea- available anytime, day or night. When you
tured in that newsletter. You can read need us, we’re available anytime, day or
them by simply clicking on the appropriate night. That’s our normal business hours.
Thank you for helping make our monthly Stay Safe! ~ Steve
newsletter a success and please remember
to keep your e-mail subscription up to date
so you don’t miss a single issue!
upgraded our “Normal Business” Hours at GIA
When you make your living out of provid-
Newsletter ing insurance programs to the emergency
Archives page services, your definition of “normal busi-
ness hours” tends to start looking like those
so it now lists
of the local 7-11. I guess some could say,
what articles with a certain degree of accuracy, that
are featured in General Insurance Agency is the 7-11 of
the emergency services insurance needs.
newsletter.” I don’t want to step on our Marketing Di-
rector’s toes (Mom), but you can go to a 7-
11 to buy just about anything you need
and they’re open 24/7. If you look at Gen-
eral Insurance Agency, we’re also able to
provide you with just about all your insur-
ance needs and if you’ve ever had to call
us, you know how easy it is to reach us.
We provide a toll-free 800 number.
Our toll-free and all our direct numbers
can be forwarded to cell phones for
when you call after what some would
consider “normal” business hours (by
the way, the offices are open 8:30 am
to 4:40 pm).
Wes and Tony provide you with their
cell phone numbers and can be reached
anytime, day or night.
“The General Alarm” Page 9
Contacting General Insurance Agency
Toll Fee - 800-882-0801 Agents/Producers: Marketing:
www.insuranceforvolunteers.com Wes Fritz Linda Fritz
Office Direct: (609) 492-8911 Office Direct: (609) 492-8911
Regional Offices: 24-Hour Cellular: (215) 317-8414 E-Mail:
2007 Long Beach Blvd. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Long Beach Twp., NJ 08008 email@example.com
Direct Phone: (609) 492-8911
Direct Fax: (609) 492-9922 Tony Blackwell Operations Manager:
Office Direct: (570) 773-2193 Amye Compitello
212 W. Centre St.,, 2nd Floor 24-Hour Cellular: (570) 764-6033 Office Direct: (609) 492-8911
Mahanoy City, PA 17948 E-Mail: E-Mail:
Direct Phone: (570) 773-2193 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Direct Fax: (570) 773-3554
Policy Coordinator: We
515 Stump Rd., Suite 234 Steve Fritz
North Wales, PA 19454 800-882-0801
Direct Phone: (267) 640-0911 E-Mail:
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Fire hose testing Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration,
McNeil and Company / ESIP Ketterer’s Rescue Products
www.esip.com Steve Ketterer, 717-561-2621 SM Moyer Fire Equipment
800-822-3747 www.kettererrescueproducts.com (610) 367-6359
EMS, Rescue & Water Rescue Equip. www.smmoyerfire.com
Various Fire Equipment & Products
Firehouse Grants Servpro
David Schwartz, 215-896-8174 215-368-4110 Nancy’s Embroidery
www.firehousegrants.com www.servpro.com (570) 773-3831
Assistance with grant writing. Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration, email@example.com
Emergency Board-up. Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing
PA Fire Recovery Service Berks Fire Water Restorations, Inc.
Shawn Meder, 1-866-344-6332 866-478-8661
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Arrive Alive… Arrive Safely Seminar
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