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January 18, 2015 – Ladder 725 and RIT to Working Structure Fire (Hamburg)

January 18, 2015 – At 19:40 Station 1 was dispatched for Ladder 725 to 100 Chestnut Street, Hamburg Borough, Berks County for a working fire. Approximately 10 minutes later, the SHFD Rapid Intervention Team was also dispatched. Fire personnel from the Ladder arrived on scene and assisted with search and ventilation operations while RIT arrived, staged manpower, and conducted air monitoring. The SHFD was on scene for approximately 40 minutes until being released by Hamburg command.

 

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January 10, 2015 – Building Fire (Cressona #1 Firehouse)

January 10, 2015 – At 13:43 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched along with Fire Districts 41 and 34 to 59 South 2nd Street, the Cressona #1 Firehouse for an electrical fire inside. Chief 724 arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke inside of the building with no fire visible. Crews from Cressona arrived on scene and began searching for the source of the smoke. Engine 737 arrived at the A/B corner of the building while Wagon 736 established a water source from a hydrant located at Schuylkill and Front streets. Ladder 725 placed the aerial in-service on the A side. After a thorough search the source was determined to be a malfunctioning refrigeration unit. Chief 724 had command and all units were placed available after ejecting the smoke from the building.

January 6, 2015 – Vehicle Accident w/UNK Injury

January 6, 2015 – At 07:38 Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to the area of 300 East Liberty Street, (the Casket Factory) parking lot for a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. As Chief 723 became en-route, SCCC advised of a Jeep over an embankment. 735D was in the area and confirmed there was a Jeep over the embankment, laying on its side, but no injuries or fluids down. Chief 723 held the call to  the fire police to assist with traffic control. Chief 723 cleared the scene after the vehicle was towed.

2014 Call Totals and Top Responders

The Liberty Fire Company responded to a total of 163 calls in 2014.

Top Responders For 2014

1. Chief Dennis Snyder with 129
2. 1st. Asst. Eng. Sam Detweiler with 116
3. Chuck Reed with 114
4. Darren Boyer with 93
5. 2nd Asst. Eng. Aaron Schimpf with 88
6. Asst. Chief Keith Sweigert with 73
7. Ryan Bishop with 72
8. Rick Kremer with 66

December 27, 2014 – AFA 255 Parkway (High-Rise)

December 27, 2014 – At 15:12 the SHFD was dispatched to 255 Parkway Avenue (High-Rise) for an automatic fire alarm with a smoke condition on the 12th floor.

Crews arrived on scene and found burnt food on the 3rd floor. Other crews checked the 12th floor and other floors below with thermal imagery cameras and found no issues.

All units were then placed available.

December 24, 2014 – SHFD Responds to Chimney Fire on Christmas Eve

December 24, 2014 – On Christmas Eve just before midnight Stations 1 & 4 along with fire district 41 (Cressona) were dispatched to 112 Pottsville Street, Cressona Borough for a house fire. As Chief 722 and Chief 41 became en-route, SCCC advised of black smoke coming from the chimney.

Chief 41 arrived on scene and found a blocked chimney and a malfunctioning oil burner. Ladder 725 was placed in service and crews used a chimney thumper to clear debris from inside the chimney. Fire personnel from Cressona handled the malfunctioning oil burner in the basement and used a water can to cool the embers and debris.

It was later determined that Santa had caused the blockage.

Chief 722 was in command of the Haven units.

 

December 16, 2014 – RIT to Berks County for WSF

image_5465December 16, 2014 – At 07:28 the SHFD Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 104 Main Street, Strausstown, Berks County for a working structure fire. Fire crews arrived on scene and paired with another RIT Team from the Wommelsdorf Fire Company. Both RIT teams were placed clear and available once the fire was brought under control. Chief 723 had command.

December 15, 2014 – Apartment Building Fire (High-Rise)

December 15, 2014 – at 12:55 the SHFD was dispatched to 255 Parkway (the High-Rise) for a possible apartment building fire and smoke on the 9th floor. Chief 723 was the first to arrive on scene and found a waste had burned on the 9th floor. Fire personnel arrived on scene, used a thermal imagery camera to check for extension, and ventilated the light smoke from the building. All units were then placed available.

December 13, 2014 – Garage Fire (Main Street)

December 13, 2014 – At 19:05 the SHFD was dispatched to 600 E. Main Street in the borough for a reported garage fire. As all units began to respond, SCCC advised of a vehicle on fire and one occupant still inside of the garage. Crews arrived on scene and found that the owner had used a personal fire extinguisher to knock down the fire. Fire personnel performed ventilation of the structure using a PPV fan and checked for extension. All units were then placed available by Chief 730.

December 10, 2014 – Possible House Fire (Deer View Drive)

December 10, 2014 – At 18:50 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched along with fire districts 39, 42, and 47 to 446 E. Deer View Drive, Auburn for a possible house fire. Chief 39 arrived on scene and found a smoking wood burner. All SHFD units were then placed available.

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November 23, 2014 – Vehicle Accident w/Possible Entrapment

November 23, 2014 -At 13:36 the SHFD was dispatched to the intersection of West Columbia Street and Guldin Lane for a vehicle accident with entrapment. Chief 730 (Zulick) arrived on location and found a two vehicle accident with no entrapment. Fire personnel arrived on scene, secured the vehicles, assessed the patients until EMS arrived, and swept debris from the roadway. Chief 730 had command.

November 8, 2014 – Smoke In A Church (215 East Main St)

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 – Landing Zone (Earl Stoyer Drive)

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 – SHFD RIT To Berks County

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 – Smoke Investigation For Stations 2 & 4

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 – Smoke In A Structure (Berne Drive)

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 – Working House Fire Panther Valley Road

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 – Working House Fire (Seven Stars Road)

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 – Working Structure Fire (Casket Factory)

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.