July 4, 2016 – At 14:29 Stations 2&4 were dispatched to Earl Stoyer Drive, the Grace Evangelical Church, to setup a landing zone for incoming Medevac 7. Apparatus arrived on scene and established a secure area for Medevac to land. Crews also assisted the flight crew with transporting the patient to the helicopter. All units were placed available by Chief 63 once Medevac 7 returned to the air.
At 08:06 the Schuylkill Haven Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 719 Centre Street, Pottsville for a working house fire. Squad 63-69 arrived on scene and staged on the A side as RIT with members from Sta. 2. SHFD units were on scene for approximately 1 hours as Pottsville units worked the scene.
(WBRE/WYOU) — Firefighters save lives everyday, but we can’t expect them to rush into our burning homes without the proper equipment. That’s why a fire company in Schuylkill County is celebrating today. They’ve just found out they’re getting brand new gear. Eyewitness News reporter Haley Bianco found out how the gear will be used now and by future firefighters.
“When you guys are running out of the building, we’re running into it. It’s at 3 in the morning when you’re sleeping, and we’re up out of bed ready to go,” said Greg Semanco, Liberty Fire Co. President.
After years of passing down old sets of gear, Liberty firefighters decided it was time to go shopping. With the help of a federal grant, the volunteer fire team gets state-of-the-art gear.
“We rely on it every day,” said Aaron Schimpf, assistant Fire Chief.
The new gear is lighter and more advanced, making the brave act of fighting fires a little bit safer.
June 3, 2016, Schuylkill Haven, PA – The Liberty Fire Company #4, has been awarded the 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for Operations and Safety. The amount awarded is $39,286.00 which will be used for 15 sets of personal protective equipment or PPE.
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
The Liberty Fire Company would like to thank FEMA and the grants program for this generous award that will help keep our firefighters safe.
View award list here: https://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grants-award-year-2015
May 28, 2016 – At 12:00hrs members from Station 4 participated in the annual Friedensburg Hose and Barrel competition hosted by the Friedensburg Fire Company No.1. Station 4 sent a total of four teams to the competition. Even though our teams did not place, all involved had a great time. Thank you to Friedensburg for hosting the event, and congratulations to Goodwill Cressona on their first place trophy!
May 27, 2016 – The officers and members of the Liberty Fire Company extend our heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to our Junior firefighters who graduated from Schuylkill Haven Area High School this past Friday. Those graduating included: Tyler Boyer, Josh Semanco, Zack Semanco, Carter Koch, and Meagan Dasch (missing from photo). Congrats to the class of 2016!
May 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.
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.
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
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.
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*