1910 hours - Fire Stations 27 and 34 and EMS unit 925 were dispatched to Big Pocono State Park by the Fire Tower for a tour bus on fire. Additional calls report trees catching fire.
1913 hours - With EMS 925 responding, heavy smoke condition was visible from RT 611.
1922 hours - With 27-7 on scene reporting tour bus fully involved with fire extending to the woods around. Request engine from Station 34 be dispatched.
With Tanker 27-6 on scene, the chief pulled a hand line off to attempt to knock down the fire. Engine 27-3 was responding up the road of Camelback when it blow an air line and was unable to continue its response. Firefighters now bailed out of the engine and into the back of the pickup truck of the Fire Police Captain that was responding. Once on scene of the fire, firefighters in full PPE now took over the hand line from the chief and pulled another line off the tanker. This allowed firefighters to attack the bus fire with more water. In the mist of all this 27-7 had already requested a full response from Station 34, who with their engine on scene pulled a third line to attack the bus and woods fire. It should also be noted that temperatures were in the 90's hot and humid. Not a good combination with PPE and heavy fire.
1948 hours - The fire was put under control by 27-7
One firefighter was transported to St Luke's Hospital by EMS for dehydration.
42 years of Scouting
Regional Burn Center
October 15, 2021
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