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Liberty Fire Co. #4 Hosts First Annual Embers Training Camp

10388182_10203976082469789_415482684519414057_nDuring 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!

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June 2, 2014 – 3rd Alarm Working Commercial Fire (Pine Grove)

ResizedImage_1401753047328June 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 – Back-To-Back Structure Fires For The SHFD

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 – Vehicle Accident w/Entrapment

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 – RIT Assignment Berks County (Hamburg Borough)

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*

Recent Monday Night Training Photos (Month of April)

2nd Annual Barbeque Bash May 31st!

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 – Search and Rescue Operation In The Borough

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 – Spring Cleaning of Apparatus

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!

April 20, 2014 – Vehicle Accident w/Injuries (Easter Sunday)

April 20, 2014 -At 07:36 on Easter morning,  Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 300 W. Main Street, for a vehicle accident with injuries. Fire personnel arrived on scene to find a single car vs. a telephone pole and 1 patient complaining of minor injuries. Crews assisted with patient care, along with securing all utilities and fluids. All units remained on scene for approximately 30 minutes. Chief 723 Motko had command. Photos via Engine 737.

April 15, 2014 – Tree Down (Berne Drive)

April 15, 2014- Just as members began to participate in a CPR/AED recertification class, Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 200 Berne Drive just outside of the Borough for a tree down. Crews arrived on scene and removed the tree from the roadway. Photos via MLK*

April 12, 2014 – Working House Fire (Cressona)

April 12, 2014 -At 18:10 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched along with Fire District 41 Cressona Fire, to the intersection of Pottsville Street and Columbia Avenue, Cressona Borough for a reported house fire. Crews arrived on scene to find a two-story single family dwelling with smoke showing to the rear. Fire personnel assisted with fire suppression, overhaul and numerous animal rescues. All units were on scene for approximately 2 hours.

March 27, 2014 – Tanker Task Force To Orwigsburg (Brush Fire)

March 27, 2014 – At 15:17 Station 4 was dispatched for Tanker 738 as part of a Tanker Task Force requested by Fire District 56 (Orwigsburg) to the area of 126 Second Mountain Road, West Brunswick Township for a large brush fire. Crews arrived on scene, pulled lines from T-738, and battled a large brush fire in a wooded area. Station 4 would like to thank Friedensburg, New Ringgold, Diener’s Hill and East Norwegian Fire Companies for their assistance with pulling our lines out of the woods and providing help with packing/rolling the hose on T738. Wagon 736 also responded for additional manpower.

March 26, 2014 – RIT to Pottsville For WSF (Schuylkill Ave.)

IMG_0230March 26, 2014 -At 20:37 the SHFD RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) was dispatched to 734 Schuylkill Avenue in the City of Pottsville for a working structure fire. Fire personnel arrived on-scene and staged as RIT on side A of the fire building as Pottsville units operated inside of the structure. The SHFD RIT Team remained on scene for approximately 2 hours.

More Photos and a response video from Ladder 51

Condolences For the Boston Fire Department

bostonThe Liberty Fire Company #4 would like to send our condolences to our brothers of the Boston Fire Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this challenging time.

You can make a donation to the Walsh Kennedy Memorial Fund here.



March 22, 2014 – Large Brush Fire (Deiberts Valley Road)

March 22, 2014 – At 17:44 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 551 Deiberts Valley Road, South Manheim Township for a reported brush fire. Fire personnel arrived on scene and were met with a fast moving brush fire in a field. Numerous lines were pulled from Engine 732 while Tanker 738 supplied the initial water. Chief 723 requested  manpower from Station 1 and a Tanker Task Force that brought numerous Mutual Aid Tankers to the scene for additional water supply. The brush fire was quickly contained and extinguished due to the quick actions and response by fire department members and mutual aid companies. All units were placed clear and available by Chief 723 (Reed) after approximately 2 hours.

March 19, 2014 – Liberty Fire Company Recieves AED Grant

Foundation Logo-VectorCMYKMarch 19, 2014 – Today, the Liberty Fire Company received official notification from the Fire House Subs Public Safety Foundation that a grant was being issued to our company for the purchase of an AED First Responder Package. All Officers and Members would like to thank Fire House Subs for their generous award as an AED will be an invaluable piece of equipment used to save lives in our community or possibly the lives of our own firefighters.

March 18, 2014 – Chimney Fire (Chestnut Hill)

March 18, 2014 -At 20:21 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched along with Fire District 41,  to 417 Stoney Run Road, North Manheim Township (Chestnut Hill Development) for a reported chimney fire. Crews from Station 4 arrived on scene and were immediately sent to Division II of the structure to check for any possible extension as embers and heavy smoke were showing from the chimney. Ladder 725 arrived and setup on side A, sending manpower to the roof. A problem with an overloaded fireplace was determined to have caused the embers and smoke. All units were then placed clear and available by Cressona command.

February 18, 2014 – Working House Fire (404 East Main Street)

February 18, 2014 – At 15:31 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 404 East Main Street for a structure fire. As Chief 723 (Reed) became en-route he advised the communications center of a working fire. As personnel arrived on scene, they were met with heavy fire to the rear of 404 E. Main. Engine 737 arrived shortly after Engine 732 and established a water supply from the hydrant located at Main and Green Streets. Wagon 736 assisted with man-power to the rear of the buildings. Due to the quick work by all units from the SHFD, the neighboring structures sustained only minor smoke damage. Pottsville RIT also staged at the fire scene.  **Photos via MLK**

February 18, 2014 – Monday Night Training

IMG_4836The Liberty Fire Co. took advantage of the “warmer weather” and covered numerous topics this past Monday. Topics included; pump operations, hose line advancement, accountability, and water movement. Approximately 15 members participated and the training evolutions lasted about 3 hours. Great job to all!