November 12, 2019 – RIT To Pottsville City With Mayday

November 12, 2019 – At 20:21 hrs the Schuylkill Haven Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) was dispatched to 625 Pierce Street, City of Pottsville, for a structure fire. Squad 63-64 immediately responded with 6 firefighters. As the Squad approached the City of Pottsville, command transmitted a mayday for firefighters caught in a flash-over. After arriving on scene, RIT crews rapidly gathered equipment and met command on the A-Side of the structures. At that time, it was determined all firefighters were accounted for and made it from the building safely.

Fire personnel from Station 2 and 4 continued throwing ladders and establishing multiple points of egress for crews operating inside. Deputy 63 (Reed) had command of the RIT Team and Squad 63-64 and Engine 63-12 remained on scene for approximately 2.5 hours.

Liberty Fire Co. To Purchase 2020 KME Custom Pumper

Press Release – October 11, 2019

Schuylkill Haven, PA – The members of the Liberty Fire Company No. 4 are proud to announce the approved purchase of a 2020 KME Custom Pumper that will replace the company’s current 1980 CF Mack Engine.

The new pumper will be equipped with seats for 8 firefighters, 1000 gallon water tank, and a 1500 GPM pump. Delivery is expected in the Fall of 2020.

Our members would like to thank KME Fire Apparatus​ for their hard work and dedication to our project. #kmefireapparatus #KME

September 26, 2019 – Liberty Receives Vehicle Acquisition Grant

Press Release
September 26, 2019

The Liberty Fire Company No. 4 of Schuylkill Haven is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $455,239.00 to replace our 1980 Mack CF pumper. The federal grant awards were announced publicly today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency which administers the program.

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 obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The Liberty Fire Company No. 4 purchased the 1980 Mack CF pumper in 1994 after it served more than a decade with the FDNY in the Bronx. Since 1994, the Mack has served the Borough of Schuylkill Haven and its surrounding communities as a front-line engine and is one of the oldest fire engines still in-service within our county. The acquisition of this vehicle grant will allow us to purchase a brand-new apparatus that will provide our volunteer firefighters with the life-saving equipment necessary to safely and aggressively protect lives and property for years to come.

The Liberty Fire Company No. 4 would like to thank our community, as this opportunity would not have been made possible without your continued support.

August 20, 2019 – Liberty Responds To 5 Calls

August 20, 2019 –  Just before 11:00hrs, Stations 1&4 were dispatched to the 400 block of West Columbia Street, Schuylkill Haven Borough, for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. As units became en-route, the communications center advised of a pick-up truck into a house. Chief 63 (Motko) arrived moments later and confirmed a single vehicle into the front porch of a house with confinement and injuries.

Squad 63-64 arrived and went to work securing the vehicle and removing the driver’s side door to access the patient. Shortly after, EMS decided to fly the patient. Chief 63 directed the Squad and Station 2 to setup a landing zone at the Grace EC Church on Earl Stoyer Drive.

As both the Squad and 63-12 were responding to the landing zone,  the Schuylkill Haven RIT Team was dispatched to the 1100 block of Arch St. in Pottsville for a working house fire. Apparatus diverted and Station 1 was requested to handle the landing zone.

Later in the evening, Stations 1&4 were requested to the area of Station 4 for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Crews responded and assisted with a minor vehicle accident and fluids down.

Just before 20:00hrs, the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department along with Fire Districts 41, 68-5 and 52-2 were dispatched to the Cressona Mall for a report of smoke in the structure. Crews investigated the cause and it was determined due to a power surge/outage in the area. Crews cleared shortly after.

 

August 13, 2019 – Station 4 Welcomes New Utility 63-74

The Liberty Fire Company #4 is pleased to announce the purchase of a 2019 GMC 3500 4-door pick-up truck that is now in-service as as Utility 63-74. The truck was purchased from Kutztown GMC and painted locally at Boyer’s Auto Body in Cumbola, PA.  The truck recently finished production at 911 Rapid Response with the additional up-fitting and graphics.

The new Utility will be used for trees down, pump details, medical assists, public service calls and additional chase support for the other apparatus.  Stay tuned for more updates as members complete the layout and compartment details. The photo below is from the 2019 Convention held in Tamaqua.

June 4, 2019 – Working House Fire (South Manheim)

June 4, 2019 -At 21:25 Fire District 63 was dispatched t0 710 Berne Drive, South Manheim Township for a reported house fire. Deputy 63 was the first to arrive on scene and advised all incoming units of a fully involved working fire. First arriving 63-64(Squad) stretched two attack lines to Side A and Side C of the structure. Next arriving Engine 63-12 (Station 2) placed an additional 1-3/4 line in service and supplied Squad 63-64 with tank water.

Engine 63-14 setup drafting operations over a nearby bridge. Due to the shallow water levels in the creek, crews from Engine 63-14 constructed a temporary dam made out of a ladder and tarps to pool the water levels around the floating dock. The Engine was then able to establish water supply to Engine 63-12.

May 22, 2019 – Apparatus Number Changes

As of Monday May 20,2019 the unit numbers of our apparatus have changed to correspond with our Station Number (4).

Engine 63-17 is now 63-14
Tanker 63-38 is now 63-34
Squad 63-69 is now 63-64
Wagon 63-16 will remain the same.

Company Officers stay the same.
Chief 63-4
Assistant 63-4
Captain 63-4
Lieutenant 63-4A
Lieutenant 63-4B

March 15, 2019 – Working Commercial Fire (Days Inn Hotel)

March 15, 2019 – Just before 16:00hrs the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department (Fire District 63) was dispatched to 1476 Route 61 (the abandoned Day’s Inn Hotel) for a reported structure fire. Deputy 63 became en-route and immediately advised of a working fire.

Arriving units were met with heavy smoke and fire conditions throughout the building with fire rapidly running the roof-line.  Engine 63-17 arrived and dropped 1000 ft of 5-inch to feed Engine 63-12 & Tower 63-25. Crews immediately set up master streams and blitz lines. Due to the amount of fire, command requested  Tower 52-22 (Minersville) and Ladder 58-25 (Pine Grove) for additional aerial operations.

Squad 63-69 and Tanker 63-38 arrived and set up an attack line on the A/B corner utilizing a blitz line. Wagon 63-16 arrived next and reversed laid 1700ft of 5-inch down to the river area (behind Giant) to draft as an additional water supply with Cressona’s Engine 41-10. Crews worked for a few hours to bring the fire under control and with most units clearing before dusk. Tanker 63-38 along with Engine 63-12 remained on scene for lighting, as the fire marshal processed the scene. Pottsville RIT also responded to the scene.

January 23, 2019 – Medical Assist and Landing Zone

January 23, 2019 – At 08:29 Stations 2 and 4 were dispatched to 9 Earl Stoyer Drive in the borough for a landing zone related to a previous medical assist call. Crews from Stations 2 & 4 assisted the flight crew with patient packaging and transportation to the Medevac helicopter.

January 22, 2019 – Working Shed Fire

January 22, 2019 – At 21:08 Station 4 was dispatched as part of a full department response to 12 Bensinger Lane, North Manheim Township for a reported shed fire. Deputy Chief 63 arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire with possibly two storage sheds involved. Engine 63-17 arrived on scene and stretched an 1-3/4 line to the B side of the shed and initiated fire attack. Manpower from Station 2 assisted in deploying a backup line to protect the exposures. Fire District 63 personnel remained on scene cleaning up hotspots for approximately 90 minutes until being released by Deputy Chief 63. Photo 63-17 dash-cam.

January 19, 2019 – Business Building Fire

January 19, 2019 – At 13:56, Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched to 760 Pottsville Pike, Route 61 S., Orwigsburg for a business building fire. First arriving District 56 units were met with a well involved dryer fire on the C side of the building. Crews from Station 4 assisted with overhaul and checking the roof line for extension. Engine 63-17, Squad 63-69 and Tanker 63-38 responded.

March 20, 2018 – Working Basement Fire (Lake Drive)

March 20, 2018 – At 12:50, Fire District 63 was dispatched to 63 North Lake Drive, North Manheim Township for a house fire. Chief 63-01 arrived on scene and confirmed a 2-story residential with fire showing from the basement…more information as it becomes available.

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