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August 23, 2014 – SHFD Wins Numerous Awards at Schuylkill County Convention

August 23, 2014 – The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department traveled to Pottsville for the annual Schuylkill County Firefighters Convention hosted by the Pottsville Fire Department.

  • The Rainbow Hose Fire Company #1 received a Second Place for Ladder 725 and their Light Rescue 726.
  • The Schuylkill Hose received a First Place for their Rescue/Engine 733 and the Dive Unit.
  • The Liberty Fire Company brought home a First Place trophy for Tanker 738 and a Second Place for  Squad 739.

The Department Marching unit received a 3rd Place, and Schuylkill Haven Fire Department received the Best Overall Department.

We would Like to congratulate the Pottsville Fire Department one a successful convention! Also congratulations to the Paxtang Fire Company #1, Good Will Fire Company(Cressona) and the Cressona #1 Fire Company on their awards. IMG_0425

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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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!

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 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.

Station 4 Training News – Congratulations To All!

970523_692947657406300_579507214_nCongratulations to all of those who completed MOD IV of the Essentials of Fire Fighting this past weekend at the Schuylkill County Training Academy. 

Members from the Liberty included; Nick “Jake” Semanco, Greg Semanco, and Dani “Daisy” Snyder.

Also, Congratulations to Aimee Peel and Chief Dennis Snyder for successfully completing Instructor I at HACC this past month.

 

Wreaths Across America Ceremony

The Liberty Fire Company is very proud and honored to have been a part of this year’s Wreaths Across America to show support for our nation’s Military. Thank you to everyone who has served, or is currently serving our great nation!

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Liberty To Host Antique & Classic Car Show

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August 12, 2013 – Hazardous Materials Company Training

On Monday August 12, 2013, members from Station 4 participated in a hazardous materials training covering the correct methodologies of vapor dispersion and vapor suppression. Fire personnel advanced a hoselines to the area of a leaking propane tank and used a fog pattern to disperse and lower the concentration of the hazardous vapor. Other topics covered throughout the evening included; equipment used for applying foam, foam classifications, and foam application techniques.

September 28th, 2013 – Liberty Fire Co. To Host Borough Day Car Show

Flyer and registration info coming soon!

Liberty Fire president wants more effort over fire agreement

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – The president of Liberty Fire Company, Schuylkill Haven, said more of an effort should be made between Schuylkill Haven Borough and North Manheim Township relating to a fire protection agreement due to expire Dec. 31.

“It’s just sad all of these elected officials can’t make this happen,” Mike Gossard said at Wednesday’s borough council meeting.

The fire protection agreement between the borough, the township and four other municipalities – Orwigsburg, Landingville, Cressona and Pottsville – provides coverage to the township. What it provides coverage for has been in question, officials say. The township takes the stance it provides for fires in the township, solicitor Mark Semanchik said. Schuylkill Haven says it covers more than that.

Prior to the current 10-year agreement…Read the rest of the article over at the Pottsville Republican.

January 12, 2011 – Tanker 738 Returns To Station 4

January 12, 2011 – After being placed out of service after the night a large commercial fire in the borough, we are happy to announce that Tanker 738 has been repaired and made it’s return back to the borough yesterday around 14:00 hrs. [Read more...]

Station 4 Confined Space Training

On Monday December 13, 2010, Members of Station 4 participated in an in-house confined space training/rescue drill.  The purpose of the drill was to simulate the hazardous conditions and obstacles a firefighter may encounter during an interior search or partial building collapse. The drill lasted for approximately 2 hours as different safety topics and techniques were covered. [Read more...]

October 29, 2010 – Live Scanner Feed Courtesy of Radio Reference.com

We found this live scanner feed courtesy of Radio Reference.com. This is a great fee to listen to Schuylkill County EMS, FIRE, and POLICE.

Schuylkill FIRE, EMS, POLICE live feed

Liberty President Mike Gossard Featured In Local Newspaper

October 10, 2010 – In an article publish October 9, 2010, Liberty Fire Co.’s President was featured on the front page of the Pottsville Republican in regards to the installation of a residential sprinkler system installed in his new home. The article weighs the pros and cons about new measures leading to more sprinkler system installation in newer construction. An excerpt of the article and Mike’s comments are posted below. Feel free to check out the original article over at the Republican and Herald website.

Mike Gossard, president of Schuylkill Haven’s Liberty Hose Company No. 4, recently built a 600-square-foot ranch home off Schuylkill Mountain Road in South Manheim Township.

Despite the home being built before the Jan. 1 deadline, he decided to install a sprinkler system anyway, for a very simple reason.

“Because I’m a fireman,” Gossard said in an interview Friday. “We don’t live in a place with fire hydrants. I know how difficult it is to get water up to areas that don’t have hydrants.”

He said he paid $5,200 for the system. Of that, he said $1,800 went to water pumps and tanks since his home does not have access to municipal water.

“If we had municipal water, it would have been cheaper,” Gossard said.

Picture Courtesy of the Republican and Herald.

October 12, 2010 – More Fire Prevention Activities

The Liberty Fire Company No. 4 hosted 28 members of the Schuylkill Haven Area Middle School’s after-school program Tuesday afternoon as part of Fire Prevention Week. The group, escorted by teachers Marisa Horbal, Courtney Richardson and Kevin Bayliff, received a tour of the fire station and the apparatus.

Since most of the students participated in the fire safety presentation the previous week at the middle school, Chief Engineer Leroy Boyer talked to the group of students in grades 5-7 about what it takes to be a firefighter, the age requirements and the different tasks volunteer firefighters in Schuylkill Haven perform. He educated the group about the different stations and apparatus in the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department and what each vehicle is used for. Firefighter Danielle Snyder showed off the turnout gear that firefighters wear and Mrs. Richardson then donned a full set of turnout gear to show the students.

The fire prevention program was the fifth in a span of nine days done by members of the Liberty Fire Company, as fire safety programs were done at the Schuylkill Haven Area Middle School, Discovery Workshop Day Care and Safe Haven Day Care in addition to the visits by the Schuylkill Haven Elementary School on Friday and the after-school program Tuesday.

If your group would like to tour the fire station, or have members from our station visit your school or day care to talk about fire prevention and fire safety, contact the firehouse at 385-3341.

October 11, 2010 – Fire Prevention At Penn State Schuylkill

October 11, 2010 -  Stations 1, 2 & 4 participated in Fire Prevention Activities at Penn State Schuylkill Campus. Students were educated on the basic elements of fire safety and had a chance to view apparatus and equipment on display by the SHFD’s three companies: Rainbow, Schuylkill and Liberty. Fire personnel was also provided with a tour of the new housing facility “Nittany 5″ in-case of an emergency. The campus provided food to all those who participated as the night’s activities progressed. The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department would like to thank Penn State Schuylkill for hosting the event during fire prevention week(s).

October 6, 2010 – Fire Prevention Week Activities

The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department conducted a fire safety program for the students in the Schuylkill Haven Middle School on Monday as part of Fire Prevention Week.

A total of approximately 305 students in grades 5-7 were informed about the dangers of fire and what to do in case their house caught fire by Liberty Fire Company chief engineer Leroy Boyer. The students were then taken through the Fire Safety Trailer provided by the Deer Lake & West Brunswick Township Fire Company. Inside the trailer, the students were showed fire hazards in the kitchen, and had to crawl through a bedroom filled with artificial smoke.

The students then got a chance to view apparatus and equipment on display by the SHFD’s three companies: Rainbow, Schuylkill and Liberty. Pictures coming soon!

Liberty Fire Borough Day Car Show

On September 25, 2010 the Liberty Fire Company held its Annual Borough Day Car in the fire company parking lot. We had a total of 41 cars enter into judging. We would like to thank all who participated and those who came to enjoy great food and a fantastic auto display. The winners will be posted shortly. *Pictures Thanks to Megan Snyder and MLK Photos*

Liberty FireFighters Judge Cumberland County Parade

A contingent of seven members from the Liberty Fire Company served as judges for the annual Cumberland County Firefighters Association Convention parade held Saturday, Sept. 11, and hosted by the Carlisle Fire Rescue Services.
The group judged more than 160 pieces of apparatus before the parade, then selected major awards based on in-line displays. Here, the group poses for a photo with Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, who was a guest speaker at a Sept. 11 memorial service held following the parade.

From left are: Leroy Boyer, Jim Krammes, Justin Peel, Guy Arndt, Commissioner Mann, Rick Kremer, Preston Peel and SHFD Chief Robert Peel.