Pre-Fire Plan Averts Conflagration In Grain-Processing Complex

Issue 8 and Volume 129.

Pre-Fire Plan Averts Conflagration In Grain-Processing Complex Pre-fire planning, an often talked about subject, but one that is frequently ignored by a lot of volunteer fire departments, brought the Shippensburg Fire Department high praise from the community after averting a major conflagration on the morning of last October 17. Shippensburg, a small south central Pennsylvania town of 7000 persons, is protected by three progressive volunteer fire companies. Several months ago, officers of the fire department pre-fire planned the Cumberland Valley Cooperative, a large grain-processing and storage facility in the heart of town. The cooperative had announced that they were moving their operation to a new complex located several miles south of Shippensburg, and were effecting a gradual shutdown of operations at the in-town plant. At 1:47 a.m., the Shippensburg Emergency Communication Center dispatched a box alarm for the cooperative located on West Orange Street. On arrival at the scene, as…

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