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.
August 5th, 2014 – At 13:16 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 16 Tumbling Run Road (The Schuylkill Haven Water Treatment Plant) for an automatic fire alarm. Just as units began to respond SCCC advised of a cancel request from the alarm company.
July 26, 2014 – At 22:30 Station 4 was requested for Engine 737 by Chief 41 (Cressona) to the area of the Gordon Nagle Trail and Mengle Street, North Manheim Township for a working vehicle fire impending on a structure. The bulk of the fire was knocked down by crews from 41-17, just before Engine 737 arrived on scene. Station 4 assisted with checking the building exposure for extension. Engine 737 and Tanker 738 were on scene for approximately 25 minutes until being released by Chief 41.
July 23, 2014 – At 16:39hrs the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 213 Saint Peter Street for a house fire. Just as units began to respond, a member from Station 2 advised the SCCC (Schuylkill County Communications Center) of smoke showing in the area. Chief 723 arrived on scene shortly thereafter, and confirmed a working attic fire.
Crews from all 3 companies initiated an aggressive interior attack on division III and pulled ceilings on division II. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within the first 20 minutes and crews remained on scene for approximately 2 hours while performing overhaul and salvage.
The cause of the fire has been determined as a lighting strike to the roof area of the home. Severe storms containing cloud to ground lighting passed through the area moments before the call was made to the 911 center.
As the SHFD was on scene at the house fire, 2 other calls to their district were also transmitted — a landing zone and a tree down.
During the past two weeks, the Liberty Fire Co. #4 held its first annual children’s Embers Training Camp. Participants ages 4-14 learned about the fire service, firefighting equipment, and participated in numerous firefighting training activities.
A few of the many activities included a tour of all 3 Schuylkill Haven Fire Department Stations, a smoke filled maze, a firefighter obstacle course, emergency services night, and a “mini” hose and barrel competition.
Emergency services night was held this past Wednesday. Cadet participants were able to learn about and explore numerous emergency vehicles including 2 ambulances, a police car, fire apparatus from Stations 1 & 2, and Lehigh Valley Medevac 7.
Thursday night wrapped up the program with a “mini” hose and barrel competition along with the graduation ceremony. At the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, a special presentation of turn-out gear was presented to Jake Sweigert, the son of Assistant Chief Keith Sweigert. Jake will be joining the company this September as a Junior member. Congratulations to Jake!
Approximately 25 kids participated in the camp. The entire company would like to congratulate all of the participants on a job well done!
The Liberty Fire Company would like to thank members from Stations 1 & 2, Pottsville Schuylkill EMS, the Schuylkill Haven Police Department, and Lehigh Valley Medevac for their participation in Emergency Services Night.
Finally, the Liberty Fire Company would like to thank Aimee Peel and all members of the company who helped organize and facilitate the event. Without the dedicated members of our company the success of this camp would not be possible. We hope to see everyone next year!
June 2, 2014 – At 13:00hrs Station 4 was dispatched for Tanker 738 as part of a Tanker Task Force for a working structure fire at the address of 18 Spruce Street, Pine Grove Borough. Personnel from Station 4 assisted with fire suppression, establishing a water supply, and overhaul operations. Tanker 738 also hauled 6,000 gallons of water to the scene. The incident went a total of 3 Alarms. 58-06 had command.
Pre-arrival photo via Andy Williams.
May 30, 2014 -At 08:30 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 1297 Schuylkill Mountain Road for an unknown type fire. As units became en-route, Chief 723 (Reed) arrived on scene and was met with a fully involved house fire at the address of 30 Shue String Lane. Chief 723 immediately upgraded the assignment to a working fire, and requested a Tanker Task Force. Crews from the SHFD arrived on scene and performed an exterior attack (surround and drown) using multiple master streams. The fire was shortly brought under control. Crews remained on scene for overhaul operations and by the request of PSP.
At 13:04, while units were still on the scene of the previous structure fire, SCCC transmitted an alert for a house fire w/entrapment at 421 E. Main Street, in the borough. Tower 519 (Minersville) and Engine 58-10 (Pine Grove) were on stand-by at the Schuylkill Hose and immediately responded to the scene to find heavy smoke showing from the residence on the address side of the building. The first in crews stretched lines and began a primary search. The fire was controlled and knocked down within minutes. Chief 720 (Donatti) arrived on scene and took command of the incident.
Sadly, there were 2 civilian fatalities due to the fires on this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and our fellow firefighters. The SHFD would like to thank all of those who assisted the department; this includes those who came out of retirement to help establish the initial water supply on Main Street. The SHFD would also like to thank all of the surrounding fire companies for their support and mutual aid. Out of respect for the families there will be no photos posted.
May 10, 2014 – At 17:53 the SHFD was dispatched to the area of 303 Manheim Road, North Manheim Township for a vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Crews arrived on scene to find a head-on collision with 1 injured patient still inside the vehicle. Fire personnel performed stabilization of the vehicles and assisted EMS with removing and packaging the injured patient. All vehicles were secured and floor absorbent was applied to the roadway to contain the fluids. Chief 720 had command. Photos via Engine 737.
May 2, 2014 – At 01:44 the SHFD Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to a working structure fire in the Borough of Hamburg (Berks County). Crews arrived on scene and assisted all operating units with fire suppression and the overhaul of a working row home fire. All SHFD units were on scene for approximately 3 hours. Photos via MLK*
Pig Roast | Beer & Soda | Poker Run | Firetruck Parade |
Chinese Auction | 50/50 Drawing | Music
Poker Run: Festivities kick off with a Poker Run. Registration is at 12 p.m. High and low hands win. $20 per person, includes t-shirt. Carloads welcome to join!
Firetruck Parade: A fire truck noise parade will be held at 5:30 p.m., with special awards being handed out at 8 p.m. Categories coming soon!
Food & Beverages: Pig roast, hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh cut French fries and beer & soda/tea will be served all day. Must be 21 to drink alcohol. Proof of age is a must! Music by DJ Inspekta.
Prizes: Chinese Auction and 50/50 tickets will be sold all day, with the winners being drawn at approx. 8 p.m. Stop by to win a 50” Flat Screen TV, baseball tickets, lottery tickets and lots of other great items! You do not need to be present to win.
Hope to see you all there!
April 22, 2014 – At 21:40 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 223 W. Columbia Street, (the Liberty Fire Company) for a search and rescue detail. Chief 730 (Zulick) established a command post at Station 4 as fire department personnel searched around the Schuylkill River and surrounding areas for a missing female. The Schuylkill Haven Dive Team was also dispatched and deployed numerous boats containing divers and searched the banks of the Schuylkill River. After approximately 3 hours of searching, the search was suspended. Chief 730 had command. Thankfully, the female was then found safe in the early morning hours the following morning.
April 21, 2014 – Tonight members who attended the regular Monday night training assisted with a “Spring Cleaning” of all apparatus. Maintenance and the cleaning of equipment and tools was also performed. Thanks to all who helped!