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
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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
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.