BROOKVILLE — A recent fire alarm at Jefferson Manor provided two local fire companies with an opportunity to practice mutual aid.

Pine Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Don Pangallo praised the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company for their quick response to an alarm at the Jefferson Manor on Friday, July 29.

“About 1:50 p.m. we received a call for smoke at the Jefferson Manor,” said Pangallo at the meeting of the Brookville Borough Council Tuesday night. “I was out of town but my assistant chief answered the call. He responded to the Manor and then went to our hall to get a truck.”

The Jefferson Manor is located on Route 28 in Pine Creek Township. The PCVFD hall is located between Route 28 and Route 322 a short distance from the Manor.

“When he returned he found Station 2, (Brookville) had answered the call for mutual aid with two trucks and eight firefighters,” said Pangallo. “This is what is supposed to happen when you request mutual aid from another station.”

One the Brookville units responding was the tower truck which is the only local unit capable of reaching the upper floors of the Manor.

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“We used Brookville’s fans to clear the smoke from the elevator shaft,” he said. “By the time we cleared the scene we had seven Pine Creek firefighters.

“Even though we have 50 to 60 members during the day, when people are at work, it is difficult to get firefighters to a call,” he said. “Some employers work with us and release their employees for an alarm. It is difficult for others. You never know what you are going to have.

“That is why it is important for the companies to work together,” said Pangallo. “It is better for everyone when we can work things out. I look forward to the two companies working together.”

Councilwoman Clarinda Darr from the Community Resource Committee reported on “Preservation Pennsylvania.” Darr recently met with Erin Hammerstedt, a field representative for that organization. Darr said Hammerstedt has written on planning for preservation and is familiar with several local leaders in the preservation field including David Taylor, Historic Brookville, Inc. and local landmarks such as the Marlin Opera House.

Darr said Hammerstedt was “open” to a visit to Brookville and Cook Forest along with representatives from the state’s Historic Preservation Office.

Darr suggested taking a walking tour with the state group at a future date.

No action was taken.

The council discussed placing a barrier on the private road leading to the old Holiday Inn/ Travel Lodge property on Allegheny Boulevard. Council president John Blazosky said he believed the barrier would prevent unauthorized people from entering the closed property.

Council had expressed concern over the condition of the property earlier but Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Emerson Turnbull said the building was structurally sound and could not be condemned.

Police Chief Jason Brown said that the barrier on the road would “help”but it would not be possible to prevent people from entering the property from the woods in the rear. He said these were mostly local people who knew their way through the woods.

Council instructed Borough Manger Dana Shick to contact the owner of the property to discuss the council’s plans for the road. The property is owned by a New Jersey company.

The council authorized Shick to attend a meeting called by PA. Rep. Cris Dush on Tuesday, August 16 in McCalmont Township. At the meeting will be representatives from the state Department of Commerce and Economic Development. The conflict in meeting dates will mean Shick will miss the next meeting of the council.

That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 in the Borough Complex on Western Avenue.

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