The Liberty Fire Company #4 is excited to announce that as of July 20th, 2015, the members of the company have achieved the Pennsylvania Participating Department Recognition Program. 28% of the company’s active firefighting members are certified to at least the level of Firefighter I. The purpose of the program is to recognize those organizations that support, promote, and encourage their emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify within the Commonwealth’s Certification Program, administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
The course provides the firefighter the basic knowledge to reinforce the evidence based research conducted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and other fire service organizations. This course introduces new terminology related to fire dynamics, legacy verse modern fuel loads, new construction techniques, flow paths, door control, and ventilation that all impact fire ground operations.
The class will be held August 24, 2015 at Liberty Hose Company, Schuylkill Haven.
Class start time is 1830 to 2130.
To sign-up for the class being conducted by the Schuylkill County Training Academy, click here.
Light refreshments will be provided.
June 27, 2015 – After a day of heavy rain and wind, at 18:41 Station 4 was dispatched for Engine 63-17 to 675 Red Dale Road for an automatic fire alarm. Crews gained entry to the building and found that the “blue roof” had leaked causing a faulty detector. All units were then placed available. Chief 56-01 (Zimmerman) had command of the incident.
Other Units on Scene Included: Fire Districts: SHFD Sta. 1, 42, 47, & 56.
June 22, 2015 – At 9:49 the Station 4 was dispatched to 2 E. Adamsdale Road, North Manheim Township for a commercial fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a controlled burn too close to a commercial building. All units were placed available.
Units on scene included, SHFD Sta. 1, Fire Districts: 42, 47, & 56.
June 8th, 2015 – the same morning the new unit numbering system took effect, Engine 63-17, and Tanker 63-38 were dispatched to 1524 Pinto Cove, Lake Wynonah for an electric fire inside a residence. Crews arrived on scene and used a thermal imagery camera to locate a malfunctioning outlet inside an interior wall. The power was disconnected to the outlet and all units were placed available.
Other units on scene included SHFD Sta. 1, Fire Districts: 39, 34, & 47.
Chief 63-02 (Reed) had command of the Haven units.
The Liberty Fire Company would like to thank everyone for making our barbeque bash, poker run, hose and barrel, and various challenges a huge success! We look forward to seeing you next year! Special thanks goes to the Friendensburg Fire Company for helping us set up the hose and barrel.
May 11, 2015 – The Liberty Fire Company #4, took delivery of a used Pierce Arrow Pumper on May 11th. The Pumper was purchased from Goodwill Hose Co. Cressona and will be used to replace the current Squad (1994 MedTec Ambulance). The new Squad will respond to emergencies such as vehicle accidents, structure fires, medical assists, public service calls, and Rapid Intervention Team incidents.
We will keep you updated on the progress of the new Squad 63-69.
April 24, 2015 – The Liberty Fire Company #4, has been awarded the 2014 AFG (Assistance to Firefighters) Federal grant from FEMA. The award amount is $38,572.00 which will be used for new turn-out gear, helmets and boots. The Liberty Fire Company would like to thank FEMA and the grants program for this generous award that will help keep our firefighters safe.
March 6, 2015 – At 21:50 Station 4 was requested to assist Fire District 34 with setting up a landing zone for an incoming helicopter for a patient involved in a motor vehicle accident. As Engine 737 became en-route, SCCC (Schuylkill County Communications Center) advised of two helicopters being requested. Engine 737 arrived on scene and positioned on the West side of the Blue Mountain Elementary West school and Wagon 736 positioned on the South side front parking lot. Engine 737 handled the landing zone for Life Flight 5 while Wagon 736 assisted PennStar 4 safely to the ground. Crews assisted the flight crews with patient packaging and transport to the “birds”. All Station 4 units were on scene for approximately 50 minutes. Photos via MLK.
February 24, 2015 – At 18:31 the SHFD was dispatched along with Cressona FD to 2535 Panther Valley Road for a barn fire. Fire personnel arrived on scene to find a barn approximately 50x100ft — fully involved. Crews pulled multiple hand-lines and initiated an exterior fire attack. Sadly a few animals were lost in the fire. All units were on scene for approximately 1.5 hours. Chief 722 (Motko) had command. Photos via MLK.
February 7, 2015 – At 03:06 Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to the area of 471 Route 61 South, for a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. SCCC quickly advised of entrapment and a third vehicle striking the scene of the crash. The call was immediately upgraded adding Engine 737 from Station 4 to the call.
Chief 735 and Chief 722 arrived on scene and found 2 vehicles; a jeep that rolled multiple times and a sedan that sustained heavy front end damage. It was quickly determent the entrapped occupant self extricated and no serious injuries were reported despite the serious nature of the crash.
Crews secured both vehicles, contained the fluids, and swept debris from the roadway. Chief 735 (Snyder) had command. All SHFD units were on scene for approximately 1 hour.
January 31, 2015 – the SHFD is proud to announce the delivery of the department’s new chief’s vehicle. The members of the SHFD would like to thank the Schuylkill Haven Borough for providing us with this Ford F-150 that will be utilized for fire command. More details and specs will be posted soon!
January 31, 2015 -At 13:43 the Schuylkill Haven FD Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 620 Greenwood Avenue to assist the Pottsville Fire Department on a working house fire. City units made quick work of the fire and placed RIT available just as SHFD units were arriving on scene. Chief 724 had command of the RIT team.
January 27, 2015 – At 17:43 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 790 Schuylkill Mountain Road for an unknown type fire. Chief 720 arrived on scene and advised all responding units of a controlled burn in the area. Stations 2 & 4 staged on Schuylkill Mountain Road for approximately 10 minutes until being released by Chief 720.
January 24, 2015 – At 12:02 Station 4 was dispatched for Tanker 738 as part of a 2nd alarm tanker task force requested by Fire District 55 (New Ringgold) to 442 Indian Run Road, West Brunswick Township for a working house fire.
Crews arrived on scene and assisted with establishing a dump site and water supply. Tanker 738 hauled 2,000 gallons of water and crews from Station 4 assisted with overhaul operations. Squad 739 also responded with additional manpower and all Station 4 units were on scene for approximately 2 hours.
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.
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 – 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.
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