December 31, 2009- At 07:32 Schuylkill Haven stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to the intersection of Dock Street and Center Ave, Schuylkill Haven Boro, for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Duty Chief 722 (Sattizahn) arrived on scene to find a 2 car crash with a minor injury and no fluids or debris down on the roadway. Rescue 727 and Engine 733 remained on scene to assist with directing traffic until the towing company arrived to remove the vehicles. Time out was about 20 minutes.
Archives for December 2009
December 30, 2009- At 13:12 the Rainbow Hose, Station # 1 was dispatched along with Districts 56, 42 and 47 (Orwigsburg, Deer Lake and Landingville) for smoke in a structure at 323 East Mifflin Street, Orwigsburg Borough. Incident command 56-01, (Zimmerman) arrived on scene and held all units in station with the exception of Orwigsburg and Deer Lake apparatus. After an investigation was conducted Chief Zimmerman cancelled off the remaining units and placed everyone available.
December 29, 2009- At 03:32 Schuylkill Haven stations 1 & 4 were dispatched to527 Green Tree Drive, West Brunswick Twp, for a working barn fire. At the request of incident command, Chief 42, (Strouse) station 1 was sent for Ladder 725 and station 4 for a full station response. As Schuylkill Haven units were taking the long drive down Route 61 a 1st and 2nd alarm Tanker Task Force was dispatched to the scene bringing in: New Ringgold, Friedensburg, Summit Station Berks Company 77 (Port Clinton). After arriving on location Ladder 725 was set up and began using the master stream from the ladder. Tanker 738 arrived and began to feed Engine 42-11 attacking the fire. Engine 737 was asked to set up across the street from the fire building and began drafting out of a pond and stretched LDH to an awaiting 47-10 also attacking the fire. After the water supply was set up by E737 the 2nd and 3rd alarm Tanker Task Force was released back to their stations. All apparatus remained on scene until about 07:15. **MLK PHOTOS**
December 27, 2009- At 20:24 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched to 42 Long View Drive, Schuylkill Haven Boro, for smoke in a house. Prior to the initial dispatch, On Duty Chief 722 (Sattizahn), was advised of the problem from 2 members of the department already on scene. After a call to the Chief was placed, it was decided to transmit a general alarm, bringing in the entire Schuylkill Haven Fire Department as well as an engine from Orwigsburg Fire (District 56). Engine 737 arrived on the scene and sent their crew to the basement of the house to remove the wood in the fireplace and check the downstairs for extension. Engine 732 and Ladder 725 sent crews to the roof to check out the status of the chimney and check the rest of the house for extension. Positive Pressure Ventilation Fans were set up throughout the residence to clear the smoke. The homeowner was advised to clean the chimney before starting another fire in the fireplace and all units were placed available in just over 30 minutes.
December 27, 2009- At 05:22, Liberty Fire Co. Station #4 was dispatched along with Districts 47, 42 and 56 (Landingville, Deer Lake and Orwigsburg) for a structure fire at 64 Hill View Drive, South Manheim Twp. Incident command, Chief 47 (Hoffman), arrived on scene to find a barn/garage well off and partially collapsed. Due to the location of the fire Chief 47 asked to have a Tanker Task Force dispatched to provide enough water to feed the first in engines. Engines 47-10 and Engine 737 were supplying the water to the pre-connects, blitz lines, blitz fires etc….while Engine 56-11 was drafting water from portable dump tanks and fed a 5″ hose going to the fire scene. A lot of “mop-up” and overhaul was conducted and Schuylkill Haven was placed available in about 3.5 hours. *Station 4 Pics*
December 26, 2009- At 23:40 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department R.I.T. was dispatched to 571 South Centre Street, Pottsville City, for a working house fire. Engine 733 and Squad 739 responded with 13 members under the direction on Chief 722 (Sattizahn). The Rapid Intervention Team remained on scene for almost 1 hour and luckily their services were not needed and were released back to the borough. ***MLK Photos***
December 26, 2009- Just before 19:00 District 41 (Cressona) was dispatched to 27 Graeff Street, Cressona Borough, for an activated smoke alarm detected by a passer-by in the street. Chief 41-01 (Krammes Jr.) arrived on scene to find a vacant house with smoke alarms activated throughout the house. After realizing the problem, Chief Krammes, asked to have Liberty Fire Station #4 added to the call. Crews eventually gained access to the residence via a back door and did an investigation and found faulty detectors. Everybody was cleared within 15 minutes.
December 24, 2009- As Stations 1 & 4 were responding to the previous structure fire in North Manheim Twp, the beeps came across again, this time for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment at the intersection on South Garfield Ave and Lilly Street. Chief 722 (Sattizahn) arrived on scene first and immediately confirmed entrapment and injuries. Engine 733 arrived on scene and went to work stabilizing the vehicle and extricating the patient. Medics arrived on scene and decided to fly the extricated patient. Station 2 was dispatched for their 2ndengine to respond to “The White Church” on Route 61 to set up a landing zone for incoming Medevac 7. All apparatus remained on scene for just over an hour until the towing company arrived to remove the vehicles.
December 24, 2009- At 11:47 Liberty Station #4 and Rainbow Station #1 were dispatched with Cressona Fire Department to 9 Elmer Ave, North Manheim Twp, for a reported house fire. Chief 41-01 (Krammes, Jr.) arrived on scene to find the front porch of the residence on fire. Engines 737 and 41-17 arrived on scene and made a quick hit on the fire, darkening the fire on the outside and other crews checked the interior of the house for extension using thermal imaging cameras. Schuylkill Haven and Cressona Fire Departments remained on scene for almost 2 hours. MLK Photos & Station 4 Pics*
December 23, 2009- At 14:06 the Schuylkill Hose, Station 2, was dispatched for a stand-bye assignment to 1 Orchard Street, Pine Grove Boro, at Pine Grove Hose, Hook and Ladder. Engine 732 responded for the move up and were in Pine Grove for about 3 hours as Districts 58 and 21 were on scene of a structure fire.