TBT 5 Years Ago – May 26, 2011– Severe Weather and Twisters Hit Schuylkill County

radarimgMay 26, 2011 – Just after 20:00hrs the Schuylkill County Communications Center and Emergency Management advised all emergency services of severe weather containing hail and strong winds in excess of 60mph entering the western part of Schuylkill County.

At 20:05 a line of severe thunderstorms and a confirmed EF-1 tornado tore through the Cressona and North Manheim Township areas causing major damage to homes and power equipment. The EF-1 tornado with winds up to 110 mph hit near Cressona, uprooting trees, knocking down power lines and damaging more than 20 homes along an 18-mile track to West Penn Township. The NWS called that twister the “Schuylkill Haven Tornado.”

The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to numerous calls throughout that night and early morning hours.

Call Timeline/May 26, 2011

  • At 20:28 – Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to Seven Stars Road for multiple trees and poles down. Fire personnel arrived on scene and found that possible tornado activity occurred with the roof blown completely off the Seven Stars Hotel. Crews conducted residential welfare checks in the area to make sure of no injuries.
  • At 20:38 Station 4 was dispatched to Berne Drive and removed several trees from the roadway.
  • Chief 722 (Sattizahn) and Chief 730 (Reed) requested manpower from Pottsville City to assist with welfare checks and salvage operations.
  • The Hamburg FD and Pine Grove HH&L were dispatched to the borough to stand by in Station as all SHFD units were committed to numerous incidents.
  • Station 4 was dispatched to Weavers Road and Haven Fair Lawn for trees and wires down. Crews removed and cut multiple trees away from the roadway.
  • At 22:15 Engine 733 and Utility 734 were requested to assist Chief 41 in the Cressona Borough with multiple trees, poles and wires down. Crews arrived and began multiple trees from the roadways. Fire personnel also assisted with welfare checks at several residences.
  • Station 4 was dispatched to Shady Lane for a large tree blocking the roadway.
  • Station 4 was dispatched to Hoover Street in the borough for a tree down blocking a residence.

Overall the Fire District 63 ran over 30 calls in a 48 hour period. Fire Police remained on scene and at red lights for almost 3 days due to the power outages in the area. Many mutual aid companies were also called to assist the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department.

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May 25, 2016 – House Fire East Brunswick Township

May 25, 2016 – At 09:02 Station 4 was requested for 63-38 as part of a tanker task force to 111 Bear Creek Road, East Brunswick Township for a working house fire. Tanker 63-38 arrived on scene and supplied 37-11 (West Penn) with water. Station 4 also assisted with manpower and overhaul. Chief 63 (Donatti) was in command of the Haven units.

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May 24, 2016 – Working House Fire Orwigsburg Borough

May 24, 2016 – At 05:34 Engine 63-17 and Tanker 63-38 were requested as part of a second alarm assignment to the 56 first due for a working house fire — the address marked as 122 S. Liberty Street, Orwigsburg.

Tanker 63-38 arrived on scene and dropped the portable dump tank and 2000 gallons of water at Market and S. Liberty streets. Crews from District 47 and Station 4 established a dump site with Engine 63-17 as the supply engine.

Manpower from Station 4 was then utilized for fire attack, suppression, and overhaul. Chief 63-02 (Reed) had command of the Fire District 63 units. Chief 56 (Hardinger) was incident command. The fire was brought under control within 2 hours. A job well done to all those on scene. *Photos MLK Photography

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May 19, 2016 – Working Commercial Fire (East Brunswick)

May 19, 2016 – At 15:50 Station 4 was requested for Tanker 63-38 as part of a 1st alarm tanker task force assignment to 2401 Summer Valley Road, East Brunswick township for a working commercial fire. The tanker arrived on scene and dumped 2000 gallons of water into a dump tank. Tanker 63-38 and Squad 63-69 responded with a total 13 firefighters and staged as additional manpower until being release by 55-02. Chief 63-01 (Motko) had command of the Station 4 units.

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May 18, 2016 – Industrial Accident with Entrapment

May 18, 2016 – At 13:01 Fire District 63 was dispatched to the area of 422 Route 61 South for an unknown type accident with entrapment. As units became en-route SCCC advised that the person was no longer entrapped but needed medical attention. 63-01 (Motko) redirected Engine 63-17 to setup a landing zone at the First United Church 110 Route 61 South — at the request of EMS. Crews from Engine 63-17 along with Fire Police and Chief 63-02 (Reed) established a secure area for Medevac 7 to land. Rescue 63-57 and Engine 63-13 remained at the scene until being released by 63-01. All units were placed available from the landing zone once Medevac 7 returned to the air. Photos MLK*

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We Recognize National EMS Week, May 15th-21st

Accident-Oct. 18 2012 029National EMS Week is the perfect time to honor your local EMS professionals and promote awareness of their everyday service to the public. We at the Liberty Fire Company No. 4 would like to wish everyone a happy “National EMS Week” as we honor our local Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Paramedics and Flight Crews who serve the community with outstanding services every single day.

This year’s theme is “Called To Care“.

“Every day, you’re called upon to help others through one of the most frightening times of their lives. Every day, you’re called upon to provide a sense of security and relief during chaotic and challenging situations. Every day, you’re called upon to do the work that only a select few can do. Every day, you’re — CALLED TO CARE.”

If you see an EMS member this week, please say “Thank you”.


May 16, 2016 – Monday Night Training with Goodwill Cressona

May 16, 2016 – At approximately 18:30hrs the Liberty Fire Company and Goodwill Cressona met for a night of training. Crews from both companies practiced water supply operations, apparatus placement, and the deployment of attack lines. The drills lasted about 3 hours. Thanks to all who participated, it was a great night! Photos via MLK Photography

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May 15, 2016 – Landing Zone (Blue Mountain Elementary)

May 15, 2016 – At 13:55hrs Station 4 was requested by Fire District 41 to setup a landing zone at 45 Wilder Street, Cressona. Engine 63-17 and Squad 63-69 arrived on scene and established a secure area for Medevac 7 to land. Fire personnel also assisted EMS and the flight team with patient packaging and transport to the helicopter. All units were placed available once Medevac 7 returned to the air.

May 14, 2016 – Training and Working House Fire

May 14, 2016 -Tanker 63-38 and a crew of 3 participated in a rural water movement class hosted by the West Penn Fire Company this past Saturday. The drill involved more than 20 fire companies from Schuylkill, Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Around 11:00hrs, amidst the core part of the drill, duty called when it was least expected.  Tanker 63-38 with a full tank of water, was requested to respond to a house fire located at 1063 Pine Valley Road, East Brunswick Township. First arriving 63-38 took the address and setup for operations.  Crews from New Ringgold (District 55) and West Penn (District 37) deployed (2) 1 3/4 hand lines from 63-38 and knocked down the bulk of the fire. Other companies participating in the water movement drill also assisted at the scene. Photos Sam Detweiler


Liberty Macks To Return Home — June 11th, 2016

The “48” (a 1948 Mack pumper), and the “57” (a 1957 Mack pumper), will make their way back to the Liberty Fire Company No. 4 for the 4th Annual 2016 Summer BBQ Bash being held June 11th, 2016 — compliments of the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society, Shenandoah. The Macks will be on display during the day and will participate in the noise parade at 5 PM. Learn more about the BBQ Bash on our events page.

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May 11, 2016 – One Year Ago Today — New Squad Delivered

The Liberty Fire Company #4, took delivery of a used Pierce Arrow Pumper on May 11th, 2015. The Pumper was purchased from Goodwill Hose Company, Cressona and replaced the retired Squad 739 — a 1994 MedTec Ambulance. Squad 63-69 responds to emergencies including vehicle accidents, structure fires, medical assists, public service calls, and Rapid Intervention Team calls. Below is a before (left) and after (right) photo showing our progress over the last 365 days. View More Photos of the Squad.

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May 9, 2016 – Technical Rescue Training Scenario

2016050995193519May 9, 2016 – This past Monday evening, firefighters gathered for our weekly training at Station 4. This week’s topics included a few technical rescue scenarios, specifically, a patient trapped under a large object or vehicle who may be experiencing “crush syndrome“. Crews arrived to the first scenario and found a person (fake dummy) trapped under a large tree. After proper assessment of the scene and the patient, crews developed an extrication plan. Tools used included; cribbing, webbing, Power Hawk (jaws of life), struts, various hand tools, medical kit, a “c-collar”, spine immobilization kit, and backboard. The patient was freed and pulled to safety in under 20 minutes. The importance of proper stabilization and “lift-an-inch, crib-an-inch” was also reemphasized. Great job to all! Photos Sam Detweiler and Evan Johns

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