September 20, 2008- Just before 2AM the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched on a first alarm assingment to assist District 39 (Auburn) on a Commercial Structure Fire at 2033 Market Street West Brunswick Twp. (Precisionaire Industries). First on scene chief advised County Communications Center of a Working Commercial Structure Fire and had asked to have a Tanker Task Force as well as a Ladder/Tower Task Force activated do to the overall size of the building and size of the fire.
Ladder 725, Squad 726, Engine 732, Engine 737, and Tanker 738 all went responding within seconds of the initial dispatch and were put into use almost immediately after arriving on the scene. Ladder 725 was put into operation and used a master stream on the main fire building at the request of incident command. Engine 732 was used as the primary feed engine, feeding first in engines as well as 725 using "dump tanks" (aka portable dams) attacking the fire as the crew from the engine went in the northern side of the building to make an attack. Tanker 738 was used for tanker shuttles, filling up at various different spots throughout the course of the fire. Engine 737 was used as well as many other engines to lay 5 inch hose (all of it) to hook up to the hydrant system in Auburn.
List of the known units on scene: Auburn, Deer Lake, Friedensburg, Summit Station, Orwigsburg, New Ringgold, Pine Grove HH&L, Landingville, Minersville (Engine 521), Pottsville (Engine 11, Rescue 63, Ladder 51), Llewellyn, Mount Carbon, West Penn Twp, Walker Twp, Pine Grove North End, Tamaqua R.I.T. Berks County companies: 50, 33, 40, 29, 30, 37, 38, 41, and 27.
Through the course of the fire there were also several move up assignments coming from other Berks County companies as well as Lebanon County.
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