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March 31, 2010- Wishing Chief Peel A Speedy Recovery!!

March 31, 2010-  The Liberty Fire Company and the entire Schuylkill Haven Fire Department would like to wish Schuylkill Haven Borough Fire Chief Robert “Boat” Peel the best of luck on a speedy recovery!!!  Chief Peel was admitted into the hospital on Monday March 29th and had surgery Tuesday March 30th.  He will be out of commission for “a little while” until his wounds are healed and he’s  cleared to go back in service by surgeons.  Please join us in keeping Chief Peel in your thoughts!!

March 30, 2010- Tree Down

March 30, 2010 – At 19:54 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to 28 Berne Drive Drive for a reported tree down. Crews searched and found the location of where the tree had fallen. Time out was about 10 minutes.

March 24, 2010 – Brush Fire In The Borough

March 24, 2010 – At 17:05 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 63 W. Liberty and Railroad Streets for a reported brush fire. Chief 723 (Donatti) arrived on location and confirmed a moderate amount of brush on fire in a wooded area just off of Fairview Avenue. Crews used a hand line, brush packs, and rakes to extinguish the fire and remaining hot-spots. Tanker 738 supplied additional water to Engine 732 while Ladder 725 from Station 1 was also requested for man power and assisted with overhaul at the scene. Time out was about 1 hour 20 minutes.

March 21, 2010 – AFA Cotton Club

March 21, 2010 – At 19:58 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 62 Seven Stars Road (Cotton Club) for an Automatic Fire Alarm. However, before any units could go responding they were canceled by Chief 722 (Sattizahn).

March 21, 2010- Stand-By In Station

March 21, 2010 – At 15:43 Station 4 was requested to stand by in Station for a possible response to assist District 47 (Landingville) with a search in South Manheim Township. Station 4 was canceled a short time later, due to the child being found.

March 20, 2010 – Brush Fire In West Brunswick Township

March 20, 2010 – At 15:36 Station 4 was dispatched for Tanker 738 along with Districts 42 (Deer Lake), 55 (New Ringgold), 56 (Orwigsburg), and 47 (Landingville) to 1530 Merle Terrace, Orwigsburg for a brush fire. Crews were met with a large brush fire involving approximately 2 acres of land. Tanker 738 hauled 4,000 gallons of water to the scene while firefighters battled the fire using rakes and brush packs.

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March 13, 2010 – Transformer Fire

March 13, 2010- At 18:23 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to the area of 1510 Route 61 (Formerly Pottsville Open MRI) for a transformer on fire. Duty Chief 720 (Peel) arrived on scene to find the fire to the rear of the building. All units remained on scene until the electric company arrived to fix the problem.

March 8, 2010- Possible House Fire in the Borough

March 8, 2010-  At 19:04 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Parkway and West Main Street, Schuylkill Haven Borough, for  a possible house fire.  Duty Chief 723 (Donatti) arrived on scene and held all units in station with the exception of Engine 737.  After investigating the problem, found to be an outside wood burner, everyone was canceled off and placed available.

March 6,2010 – MVA At Union And Parkway

March 6, 2010-  At 19:25 stations 1 & 4 were dispatched to the intersection on Parkway and West Union Streets, Schuylkill Haven Borough, for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries.  Engine 737 arrived on scene and advised county of a 2 car crash with no injuries or entrapment.  Duty Chief 723 (Donatti) arrived and soon canceled off incoming Rescue 727.  The crew from the engine remained on scene for about 20 minutes until the towing company arrived and cleared soon after. [Read more…]

March 3, 2010- Medical Assist

March 3, 2010- At 14:17 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched for any available personnel to 118 Morenoll Street, Schuylkill Haven Borough, to assist the Medic Truck already on scene. Once members from the department arrived on scene, they assisted the medics with lifting and transporting the patient to the medic truck. Everybody remained on scene for about 15 minutes.

Working Fire 511 Coyote Drive, Lake Wynonah

February 26, 2010- At 17:16 the Schuylkill Hose, Station 2, was dispatched to assist District 34 (Friedensburg and Summit Station) on a house fire at 511 Coyote Drive (Lake Wynonah) , Wayne Township. Incident command Chief 34-05 (Heffner) arrived on scene and immediately asked to have his first full alarm dispatched as he found a working house fire with confirmed entrapment.

The first full alarm brought in: Liberty Fire Company for Engine 737 and Tanker 738, Rainbow Hose for Ladder 725 and Squad 726 (cascade), Cressona Fire for Engine 41-17, District 47 for Tanker 47-32 and Engine/Tanker 47-10, District 39 for Tanker 39-30, North End of Pine Grove for Ladder 58-25 and Berks County Station 50. The American Red Cross was also dispatched for their Canteen Wagon to aide firefighters working at the scene.

Once the initial units arrived on scene, they were met with heavy fire blowing out from the front of the residence and began on an interior/exterior attack. Crews were split up from OIC and did a primary search of the entire home.

The first alarm apparatus arrived on scene and sent their manpower to the “manpower pool” in the front of the building and Engine 737 was asked to tag a hydrant and lay about 500 feet of LDH to the awaiting Engine 733/34-30 who were feeding the fire scene. After the primary and secondary searches were conducted, and a heroic effort by all involved, it is very unfortunate to report that there was still 1 fatality.

Station 4 Training

February 22, 2010 – Members from Station 4 conducted an in-house training session to develop and practice various skills on properly exiting a building through an elevated window when poor conditions or an immediate rescue situation arises. After a bit of research and planning “A Firefighter Rescue and Survival Training Prop” was constructed by members and was prepared for the training session.

We found this “Prop” to be very useful, inexpensive, and easy to build.  Skills practiced included;  Victim Rescue, Self Extrication, Basic use of tools, and the use of ropes and knots. As you can see we also had a lot of fun learning this stuff!  Thanks to MLK Photos.

Liberty Fire Company #4 Executive Officers for 2010

Executive Officers for 2010:

President-  Mike “Goose” Gossard

Vice President-  Aaron “Squid” Schimpf

Secretary-  Aimee Peel

Financial Secretary-  Sally Arndt

Treasurer-  Leroy Boyer

Trustee-  Rick Kremer

Trustee-  Chuck Reed

Trustee-  Preston “Double” Peel

February 24, 2010 – Tree Down

February 24, 2010- At 06:31 Stations 1,2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 1 South Berne Street for a reported tree down. Chief 722 (Sattizahn) arrived on scene to find a large tree blocking both lanes of the roadway. Crews cut and removed the tree from the roadway and were cleared from the scene after 25 minutes.

February 22, 2010- AFA at Seton Manor

February 22, 2010- The beeps tolled at 14:12 sending stations 1 & 4 to 1000 Seton Drive at Seton Manor Nursing Home for an Automatic Fire Alarm assisting Districts 56, 42 and 47. However, before any units could even go responding, they were all cancelled off due to a faulty activation.

February 21, 2010- LZ at SHHS

February 21, 2010- At 08:24 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was sent to 625 East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven Borough, at the Schuylkill Haven Area High School, to set up a Landing Zone for incoming Medevac 7. The LZ was established and the apparatus remained on scene for about a half hour until “the bird” took flight.

February 20, 2010- MVA on Deiberts Valley Road

February 20, 2010- At 10:51 stations 1 & 4 were dispatched to the area of Deiberts Valley Road and Schuylkill Mountain Road, South Manheim Twp, for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. As units arrived on scene they found 1 vehicle into a tree with an injury. Crews assisted with patient removal and transport to the awaiting ALS truck and cleaned the scene from fluids and debris. Once the vehicle was removed by the “tow truck”, all units were released. Pictures to be loaded shortly….

February 18, 2010- Electrical Fire in a Commercial Building

February 18, 2010- At 18:22 hrs Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to assist Fire Districts 39, 42 & 47 (Auburn, Deer Lake, and Landingville) at 95 Hickory Drive, West Brunswick Twp, for an Electrical Fire in Omnova Solutions (formerly Reneer Films). As units arrived on scene they advised of a fire in the ceiling. Command then had Fire District 56 placed on stand-by for a possible response. The electrical fire was quickly extinguished and crews checked for any extension on the interior & exterior of the roof. Chief 723 responded with the Haven units and they were on scene for about 2 hours.

February 18, 2010- MVA in the borough

February 18, 2010- At 15:14 stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to the intersection of St. Peter and Market Streets (Schuylkill Haven Borough) for a motor vehicle accident with no injuries, but with fluids down. Duty Chief 723 (Donatti) arrived on scene first and advised county that there was no need for any fire apparatus and cancelled all units before arriving on scene.