May 2, 2016 – Large Area Search Drill At Goodwill Cressona

May 2, 2016 – At 18:30hrs members from Station 4 met with the Goodwill Hose Company (Cressona) for this week’s company training. Crews conducted a large area search in the banquet hall area of the station. Firefighters practiced using rope-led search techniques to search large, open spaces. These types of searches are often conducted in manufacturing facilities, warehouses, or garages that often have expansive, wide-open interior rooms that need to be searched in the event of a fire. The drill lasted about 2 hours. A special thanks to Goodwill for hosting the training. Photos Sam Detweiler and Rick Kremer

April 27, 2016 – District 63 RIT to Pottsville For WSF

April 27, 2016 -At 01:57 the Schuylkill Haven Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 622 N. Second Street, Pottsville for a working structure fire. Squad 63-69 and Engine 63-12 (Sta. 2) arrived on scene and staged manpower on side A of the fire building. The RIT team was then utilized for manpower as conditions started to deteriorate — prompting Pottsville command to request a second alarm and RIT team to the scene. Crews assisted the Pottsville FD with roof ops, ventilation and overhaul of the building. The Squad and the Engine were on scene for approximately 2.5 hours. Chief 63-02 (Reed) had command of the Haven units.

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April 25, 2016 – Monday Night Training

April 25, 2016 – At 18:30 firefighters met for our weekly Monday night training. Topics covered included; an advanced drafting scenario, pre-planning a large commercial building (in our first due), and water supply operations to an attack engine flowing a high volume of water. Squad 63-69 drafted from the Schuylkill River using 4 lengths of hard suction tube and a floating dock. The Squad then supplied two master streams pulled from Engine 63-17. Photos courtesy of Evan Johns


April 24, 2016 – Medical Assist and Landing Zone (North Manheim Twp)

April 24, 2016 – At 14:23 Fire District 63 was dispatched to a location within North Manheim Township, to assist Schuylkill EMS with a medical emergency. Squad 63-69 arrived on scene as well as other units from the SHFD. Chief 63-03 (Sweigert) advised of a possible landing zone and diverted units to the parking lot at the First UCC Church, 110 Route 61 South. Squad 63-69 and Rescue 63-57 established a secure area for the helicopter to land. 63-95 (Schimpf) had command of the landing zone and placed all units available once the helicopter returned to the air.


April 23, 2016 – Brush Fire (Jane Avenue)

April 23, 2016 – At 16:04 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of Jane Avenue (behind renningers market) for a brush fire. Crews arrived on scene and found a 100ft by 100ft area of thick brush on fire. Station 2 stretched two forestry lines from 63-12 and Squad 63-69 deployed a 1 3/4 inch attack line from the adjacent side. The fire was extinguished after 10 minutes. Squad 63-69 and Tanker 63-38 responded from Station 4. Chief 63-03 (Sweigert) had command.

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April 23, 2016 – Liberty Juniors Attend Prom 2016

April 23, 2016 – This past Saturday, 4 Junior firefighters from Station 4 attended the Schuylkill Haven Area High School 2016 Prom. The juniors were escorted to the grand march in fire apparatus driven by: Kevin Reiley, Sam Detweiler, Leroy Boyer and Greg Semanco. Those attending prom were: Josh Semanco, Zach Semanco, Tyler Boyer and Carter Koch. From the members of Station 4: We all hope you had a great night. Photos by Jen Adams-Schaeffer

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April 22, 2016 – Working Trailer Fire (Wayne Township)

April 22, 2016 – At 01:39 Station 4 was requested by Fire District 34 as part of a first alarm structure assignment to the area of 329 South Front Street, Wayne Township for a trailer fire. Crews arrived on scene and assisted with overhaul of a fully involved truck trailer that was ignited by a brush fire. Tanker 63-38 supplied the scene and 34-55 with approximately 2000 gallons of water. Engine 63-17 sent manpower to the scene while Squad 63-69 established a tanker fill site at a nearby pond. Chief 63-02 (Reed) was in command of the Haven units.

April 20, 2016 – Prom Promise Drill (Schuylkill Haven High School)

April 20, 2016 – On Wednesday afternoon crews from Stations 1, 2 & 4 participated in a “Prom Promise” mock car accident at the Schuylkill Haven High School. The drill was focused on the awareness of DUI and its consequences. Other participants included;  the Schuylkill Haven Police Department, Schuylkill EMS, and Geisinger LifeFlight 5. Nice job by all involved. Photos coming soon! Video courtesy of Schuylkill Haven High School.

April 18, 2016 – Drafting and Pump Training

April 18, 2016 -At 19:00hrs members from the Liberty took advantage of the warm weather and participated in a drafting and pump training behind the Goodwill Hose Company in Cressona. Crews used 3 lengths of hard suction tubes from Squad 63-69 to draft out of the river and supplied water to Engine 63-17 located approximately 200ft away. 63-17 then relayed its water source to the attack engine 63-16. The drill lasted about 2 hours. Photos Rick Kremer and MLK






April 17, 2016 – Brush Fire — Morningside Drive

April 17, 2016 – At 15:51,  Station 4 was dispatched to assist Fire District 41 (Cressona) on a brush fire located in the area of Morningside Drive, North Manheim Twp. District 34 (Summit Station & Friedensburg) were also requested for their tankers. A quick knock was made and crews were on scene for about an hour. Photos Jut Peel

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April 13, 2016 – Brush Fire Schuylkill Mountain Road

April 13, 2016 – At 16:24 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to 801 Schuylkill Mountain Road for a brush fire. As units became en-route SCCC advised of a controlled burn that became out of control and was spreading rapidly. Engine 63-17 arrived on scene and pulled a 1 3/4 inch handline to extinguish the fire. Tanker 63-38 supplied water to the engine. Manpower from 63-13 (Sta. 2) and 63-69 also assisted at the scene. Chief 63 had command. Photos from the “17” crew.




April 13, 2016 – RIT to Pottsville for Working House Fire

April 13, 2016 – At 04:07 the SHFD Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 319 North 9th Street, Pottsville for a working structure fire. Squad 63-69 arrived on scene and staged on the A side as RIT with members from Sta. 2. SHFD units were on scene for approximately 30 minutes as Pottsville units made quick work of the fire. Chief 63 was in command of the Haven units.