November 26, 2011 – As all Schuylkill Haven units were working the previous structure fire in Cressona, at 22:59 SCCC advised of a 2ND CALL TO DISTRICT for a commercial fire located at 1478 Route 61 (The Buffet House Chinese Restaurant – Formerly the River Inn). P-6 (Sibbett) was in the area at the time of the call and setup command at the A/D corner. P-6 then advised of heavy smoke pushing from all of the eves of the building and requested a 2nd alarm. Several units being released from the previous call including Ladder 519 were immediately re-directed to the scene. Multiple units who were also on stand-by in the borough of Schuylkill Haven filled the assignment in place of the SHFD. E-733 was released from Cressona to also assist. Crews that arrived on scene first immediately made entry to the structure and found the bulk of the fire load to be located in the basement. Conditions started to deteriorate rapidly including a partial collapse of the 1st floor and all units were forced to evacuate. At this point, P-6 ordered all operations defensive. Master streams were then established on all 4 corners of the structure. Multiple Chiefs assisted P-6 with operations throughout the remainder of the morning (Chief 722, Chief 723, 56-02, Chief 53, Chef 511) as crews re-entered the structure for overhaul. Fire personnel remained on scene for approximately 8 hours until being released. *Photos via Mark Krammes*
Archives for November 2011
November 26, 2011 – At 18:24 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched along with Fire District 41 (Cressona) to the area of Front and Railroad Streets for a commercial structure fire. As units began to respond SCCC advised of a working fire with flames through the roof of the Cressona Textile building. Crews arrived on scene and immediately setup a defensive attack as the structure was fully involved with fire. E-732 hit a hydrant at Railroad Street and established a supply line to multiple master streams including Ladder 51 (Pottsville) and Ladder 519 (Minersville). E-737 was then supplied on side C of the structure via 3inch from Ladder 519. Chief 730 (Reed) also requested a tanker task force which brought tankers from surrounding areas including Landingville, Mount Carbon, Deer Lake, Summit Station, and Freidensburg. All units remained on scene for approximately 10 hours. Chief 730 (Reed) had command.
December 25, 2011 –At 20:22 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched to 340 Maple Blvd. Deer Lake for a house fire. Chief 42 arrived on scene to find a working fire around the chimney area of the residence. More info and photos to come.
November 22, 2011 – At 19:56 the SHFD Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 319 Clayton Avenue, Tilden Township, Berks County for working structure fire. Crews arrived on scene and staged on “Side C” of the structure as crews from Berks County and the Hamburg FD performed fire attack and overhaul operations. Fire personnel from the RIT Team also assisted with removing property and various items from the residence. The SHFD RIT Team remained on-scene for approximately 5 hours until being released by Hamburg command. *Photos via Mark Krammes coming soon*.
November 22, 2011 – At 11:19 the SHFD was dispatched to 359 Centre Avenue for a vehicle accident with possible injuries. Chief 731 (Zulick) was in the area of the accident and advised SCCC that no fire personnel was needed on scene. All units were then placed available.
November 21, 2011 -At 12:04 the SHFD was dispatched to 16 Tumbling Run Road, North Manheim Township for an automatic fire alarm. As all units became en-route SCCC advised that burnt toast activated the alarm and placed all Haven units available.
November 19, 2011 – At 14:18 the SHFD was dispatched to 255 Parkway Avenue (the Schuylkill Haven High Rise building) for a possible electrical fire. Crews arrived on scene and searched the structure using TICs for a source to the odor of burning wires. It was then determined that the odor was coming from the HVAC system of the building. All Fire Personnel did another thorough check of the structure and remained on-scene until maintenance arrived. Chief 730 was in command and all units were on-scene for approximately 1 hour.
November 18, 2011 – At 17:44 the SHFD was dispatched to the area of 1614 Route 61 South for a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Chief 730 arrived on scene and found 2 vehicles in the parking lot of the Manheim Diner with no injuries and a small amount of fluids down. Chief 730 held the call to Stations 1 & 2. All units remained on scene for approximately 15 minutes.
November 18, 2011 – At 10:13 the SHFD was dispatched to 12 News Street, in the borough for a CO investigation. Crews arrived on scene and found an issue with the batteries in a CO detector located in the basement. All units were then placed available.
November 13, 2011 – At 10:36 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 126 St. John Street, in the borough for a vehicle leaking fluids. Chief 722 advised of a small amount of fluids on the roadway and held the call to Station 2 (Utility 734). Crews applied absorbent around the area of the vehicle and were cleared.
November 12, 2011 – At 19:27 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to Earl Stoyer Drive to set up a landing zone for incoming Medevac 7. Crews assisted EMS and the flight crew with packaging and transporting the patient to the “bird”. All units were cleared by Chief 730 shortly after take-off.
November 12, 2011 – At 19:21 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to 44 Schumacher Avenue, in the borough for a medical assist. Crews assisted EMS with lifting a fall victim from the basement of the residence. EMS then requested aero medical for the patient.
November 11, 2011 – After being called to the area to investigate an odor of fuel oil, at 12:55 Chief 723 (Donatti) requested the SHFD for a possible chimney fire at 427 Hess Street. Crews arrived on scene and checked the residence for extension using thermal imagery cameras. It was then determined a faulty oil burner caused the odor and smoke in the chimney. All units were then placed available by Chief 723.
November 8, 2011 – At 15:23 the SHFD was dispatched to 401 University Drive, the Rest Haven Nursing Home for an automatic fire alarm. Just as Chief 723(Donatti) became en-route he was advised by SCCC that the alarm company was testing the alarm. All units were then placed available.
November 6, 2011 – At 12:14 Rescue 726 was dispatched along with Fire District 41 (Cressona) to 250 Chestnut Street, Cressona for vehicle accident with entrapment. Chief 41-01 was advised of a single car accident rollover with possible entrapment. Crews arrived on scene and began to extricate the patient from the vehicle. Cressona command also request Rescue 63 from the city to assist at the scene. Station 4 was also dispatched to Graeff Street, Cressona to setup a landing zone for incoming Medevac 7. Crews from Station 4 awaited Medic-6301 from the scene and assisted with patient transport to “the bird”. All units were then placed available by Chief 730 and 41-01. Photos over at PottsvilleFire.com.
November 5, 2011 – At 16:50 Stations 1,2 & 4 were dispatched to 1544 Route 61 South (the Cressona Mall) to set up a landing zone for incoming Life Flight 5. Units established a secure area for “the bird” to land. Chief 730 had command and units were on scene for 30 mins. **Photos and video via Mike Gossard [Read more…]
November 3, 2011 – At 10:01 Stations 1, 2 & 4 were dispatched to 210 East Main Street for a reported house fire. Chief 722 arrived on scene and found a controlled burn in the backyard. Chief 722 placed all units available.
November 1, 2011 – At 18:54 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 9 Earl Stoyer Drive for an unknown type fire. Units began to search the area and found nothing to the callers description. It was then determined that smoke from a controlled burn was traveling into the area. All units were placed available.
October 31, 2011 – At 10:12 the SHFD was dispatched to 315 Haven Street, in the borough for a house fire. Chief 720 arrived on scene and was met with heavy fire in the rear of the structure. Crews entered from side A of the residence with a 1 3/4 line and knocked down the bulk of the fire. Fire personnel remained on scene until ventilation and overhaul was completed. Chief 720 Peel had command.
On October 29, 2011 an early season winter storm dropped over 5″ inches of heavy snow, knocking down trees and power lines throughout the area. The SHFD ran numerous calls throughout the day due to the weather and also responded to a possible structure fire at Seton Manor (Orwigsburg) and a MVA w/Entrapment at the Intersection of Route 61 & Dock Street all within minutes of each other. The rundown of calls is below;
- 12:21 – Station 4 dispatched to Berne Drive for a tree down blocking the roadway.
- 13:40 – Stations 1 & 2 to Garfield Avenue for a tree down on a residence.
- 14:00 – Station 2 was dispatched to 129 Avenue B for a tree down through a window. Crews cut and removed the tree.
- 15:59 – Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to Berne Drive for multiple trees down blocking the roadway and on wires.
- 16:08 – Stations 1 & 2 dispatched to Route 61 and Dock Streets, for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Crews arrived on scene and found a vehicle on the sidewalk with 1 patient. Crews removed the patient from the vehicle, and assisted EMS with CPR.
- 16:15 – Ladder 725 and E-737 (E-737 was held to due a previous call) were dispatched to 1000 Seton Drive, Orwigsburg for a Nursing Home fire – with evacuations in progress.