November 8, 2014 – At 19:41 as all SHFD units were in the midst of a parade for the Midget Football Team, the SHFD was dispatched to 215 East Main Street, for a smoke condition inside of a church. Fire crews quickly arrived on scene and found an electrical issue with a light ballast. Crews disassembled the ballast, secured the source of the electricity, and used a TIC to check for possible extension. A PPV (Positive Pressure Ventilation) fan was also used to eject the smoke inside of the building. All SHFD units were on scene for approximately 1 hour. Chief 723 had command.
November 8, 2014 – At 08:16 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to 9A Earl Stoyer Drive, in the borough (Grace Evangelical Church) to setup a landing zone for incoming Medevac 7. Fire personnel arrived on scene and established a secure area for the helicopter to land. After a safe landing, SCCC advised that the flight was cancelled, and Medevac 7 returned to the air. All units cleared the scene. Chief 724 was in command.
November 6, 2014 – At 19:52 the Schuylkill Haven Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 143 Schubert Road, Upper Tulpehocken Township, Berks County for a reported house fire. Berks Deputy Chief 50 arrived on scene and found a controlled burn. All SHFD units were then placed available.
November 4, 2014 – At: 20:02 Stations 2 & 4 were requested by Chief 720 to assist on a smoke investigation in the area of West Adamsdale Road and Briar Road, North Manheim Township. Chief 722 (Motko) also assisted on the call and advised of a heavy smoke condition near the Nutty Pear Restaurant. Engine 737 arrived on scene and discovered a controlled burn. Engine 732 also searched adjacent areas near the Schuylkill Memorial Cemetery and Route 61 and found a small trash fire. Both fires were extinguished and all units cleared the scenes.
November 4, 2014 -At 18:48 Stations 1 and 4 were dispatched along with Fire Districts 39, 42, and 47 to 1104 Berne Drive, South Manheim Township for smoke in a house. As all units became en-route Chief 39 advised of a light smoke condition inside and residence and held the call to District 39 units. All other units were then placed available.
November 4, 2014 – At 13:24 Station 4 was requested to 2248 Panther Valley Road, Wayne Township for a working house fire. Engine 737 and Tanker 738 responded to the call. Initial reports from the scene suggest the bulk of the fire has been knocked down and contained to a few rooms. More details will be provided shortly.
November 2, 2014 -At 14:41 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 90 Seven Stars Road, North Manheim Township for a house fire. Chief 730 (Zulick) arrived on scene to find a working house fire, with the surrounding brush on fire.
Ladder 725 and Engine 737 were the next arriving units and their crews initiated fire attack. Due to the driveway being extremely narrow, other units staged near the hydrant (at the bottom of the driveway) and sent their manpower up to the scene.
Tanker 738 eventually made the 2600ft trek through the trees to provide additional water. Both Engine 737 and Ladder 725 sustained minor damage to their apparatus due to the tight tree line.
Chief 730 had command, and Pottsville RIT was also dispatched to the scene.
November 1, 2014 – At 11:20 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 300 East Liberty Street, the Schuylkill Haven Casket Factory for a building fire. Chief 730 (Zulick) arrived on scene and found smoke coming from the eaves of the boiler room and confirmed a working fire with the sprinkler system activated.
First in Engine 737 deployed a 2 1/2 attack line and made entry into the boiler room. The next arriving unit Engine 732, tagged the hydrant located above the first entrance to the parking lot and established a water supply to Engine 737. Ladder 725 positioned on Side A of the boiler room and the Ladder crew began to ventilate the roof.
The fire was knocked down within the first 10 minutes. Fire personnel remained on scene for approximately 1 hour, checking for extension and dousing hotspots.
Chief 730 (Zulick) command. Pottsville RIT also responded to the scene. Photos via MLK Photography.
October 31, 2014 – At 15:25 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched along with Fire Districts 56, 42, and 47 to 1044 Centre Turnpike West Brunswick Township, the Fort Motel for a structure fire. Chief 56-01 arrived on scene and and was met with heavy fire showing from the rear of the motel and immediately requested a tanker task force.
Crews from Engine 737 and the Orwigsburg FD arrived on scene and initiated an aggressive interior attack. Ladder 725 setup on the address side of the building and began roof operations.
A tanker shuttle was setup and a water supply was established from the pond located in front of the Lighthouse Church.
Due to conditions deteriorating rapidly and the fire intensifying Chief 56-01 requested the Schuylkill Hose and Ladder 51 from the city for additional manpower. All operations then switched to defensive.Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down from the exterior, crews were able to continue the interior attack, ultimately extinguishing the fire.
The fire was brought under control within 2 hours. Photos from MLK Photography.
October 31, 2014 – At 12:03 the Schuylkill Haven Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 6369 Old Route 22, Berks County for a structure fire. As Engine 732 and Squad 739 became en-route Berks deputy Chief 50 arrived on location and found a minor issue with a pellet stove. All Schuylkill Haven units were then placed available. Duty Chief 723 (Reed) also responded as part of the assignment.
The Liberty Fire Co. #4 has been awarded the DCNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant for the year 2014.
Grants can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, mobile or portable radios, installation of dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation, or wildfire training.
The funds received will be used to equip Tanker 738 with an additional 400′ of 1-inch forestry fire attack hose, 3 additional Indian Vest Tanks, and two forestry nozzles. The equipment will greatly improve our ability to fight forestry and brush fires. The Liberty Fire Co. would like to thank DCNR for awarding us this grant.
October 22, 2014 -At 07:26 Stations 1 & 2 and Chief 735 were dispatched to Broadway Street, (the Island) to setup a landing zone for incoming Medevac 7. PD was the first to arrive on scene and advised Chief 735 (Snyder) that the LZ area was saturated. SCCC then redirected the landing zone to 9A Earl Stoyer Drive, the Grace Evangelical Church parking lot. Crews arrived on scene and established a secure area for “the bird” to land. Due to weather conditions Medevac 7 had to abort the flight. All units were placed available by Chief 735.
October 16, 2014 – At 06:38 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 401 University Drive for an activated fire alarm. Fire personnel arrived on scene and found no problems with the alarm. All units were placed available.
October 15, 2014 – At 23:45 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Berne Drive and Schuylkill Mountain roads for a tree down. Chief 720 arrived in the area and confirmed a tree down on wires blocking a single lane of traffic. Crews Engine 737 and E732 removed the tree from the roadway. All units were then placed clear and available.
October 8th-10th, 2014 – To kick off fire prevention month Schuylkill Haven Fire Department members conducted a fire safety programs for the students at the Schuylkill Haven Middle School and Elementary school this past week.
Students were informed about the dangers of fire and what do to do in case of fire related emergencies. Members also demonstrated and showed numerous pieces of equipment.
The students then got a chance to view apparatus and equipment on display by the departments three companies: Rainbow, Schuylkill and Liberty.
October is fire prevention month. The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department reminds everyone to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and practice safe escape routes with your family.
September 16, 2014 – At 19:42 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched along with fire districts 42, 47, and 56 to 1044 Center Turnpike West Brunswick township for a building fire. As units began to respond SCCC advised of a commercial fire at the Forte Motel. Chief 42 arrived on scene and confirmed the fire to be a controlled burn to the rear of the building and placed all units available.
August 23, 2014 – The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department traveled to Pottsville for the annual Schuylkill County Firefighters Convention hosted by the Pottsville Fire Department.
- The Rainbow Hose Fire Company #1 received a Second Place for Ladder 725 and their Light Rescue 726.
- The Schuylkill Hose received a First Place for their Rescue/Engine 733 and the Dive Unit.
- The Liberty Fire Company brought home a First Place trophy for Tanker 738 and a Second Place for Squad 739.
The Department Marching unit received a 3rd Place, and Schuylkill Haven Fire Department received the Best Overall Department.
We would Like to congratulate the Pottsville Fire Department one a successful convention! Also congratulations to the Paxtang Fire Company #1, Good Will Fire Company(Cressona) and the Cressona #1 Fire Company on their awards.
August 9, 2014 – At 21:33 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched along with Fire Districts 47, 56, and 42 to the area of 40 Park Street, Landingville Borough for a reported barn fire. Landingville’s 47-10 was the first unit to arrive on scene and found a controlled burn. All units recalled as per Chief 47.
August 5, 2014 – As Stations 1 & 2 were on the scene of the previous landing zone, Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 474 Route 61 South, North Manheim Township for a transformer fire. Crews from Engine 737 and Engine 732 searched the area and found nothing. Chief 720 and 722 had command.