Minersville Pa., March 25, 2016 – At 14:45 the Schuylkill Haven Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) was dispatched to 2 Sunbury Street, Minersville for a working apartment building fire. Fire personnel arrived on scene and stood by as Minersville and Pottsville units operated inside of the building. One person was rescued and flown to a trauma center. Chief 63 was in command of the SHFD. Photos from Fire and Film.
Archives for March 2016
March 21, 2016 – Members of the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department met for a regularly scheduled department training at Station 4. Topics covered included firefighter survival self rescue techniques and a RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) evolution known as the Pittsburgh drill.
Those attending were split into 2 groups — the first group practiced bail out techniques from a simulated window prop. The goal of this drill is to teach firefighters to remove themselves from an interior position that is becoming untenable. The second group participated in the Pittsburgh Drill — a RIT drill developed by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire that teaches teamwork and improves communication skills.
The Liberty Fire Co. would like to thank all of those who participated! Photos from MLK*
March 18, 2016 -At 19:38 Station 4 was requested by Chief 41-01 (Krammes) to setup a landing zone at 298 Graeff Street, Cressona for a patient involved in a previous motor vehicle accident. Crews from Engine 63-17 assisted with setting up a landing zone and transporting the patient to the helicopter. Chief 63-02 (Reed) had command.
March 12, 2016 – At 13:18 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to 18 East Second Mountain Road, North Manheim Township for a brush fire. Chief 63-02 arrived on scene and found approximately a 1 acre field on fire. Fire personnel deployed multiple hand lines and brush packs to extinguish the blaze. Crews were on scene for approximately 1 hour. Photos via Rick Kremer.
March 8, 2016 – At 00:56 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) was dispatched to 513 Pine Hill Street, Minersville Borough for a working structure fire. Squad 63-69 and Engine 63-12 (Schuylkill Hose #2) arrived on scene and split into 2 teams positioning on side A and C of the involved structures. Fire personnel remained on scene for approximately 1 hour as units from Minersville completed overhaul ops. Photos from Fire and Film.
March 4, 2015 – At 14:32 Station 4 was requested by Chief 63 to assist on a CO Investigation on E. Liberty St in the borough. While on scene of the CO Investigation, the Tanker was requested by Chief 59(Port Carbon) to assist on a Piece of Mining Equipment on fire in Palo Alto. 63-38 responded and assisted on scene for a little under 4 hours.
February 11, 2016 – At 09:45 Tanker 63-38 was dispatched to Maple Street, Pine Grove as part of a Tanker Task Force assignment. 63-38 responded and while en-route Chief 58 requested Haven RIT and had had the Tanker’s Crew set up until other Haven units arrived. Fire personnel staged on the A/B corner. Once the other Haven units arrived they stood by as well. Crews were on scene for approx 2 hours.
February 1, 2016 – Fire Districts 56(Owrigsburg), 42(Deer Lake), 47(Landingville), 63(Schuylkill Haven) were dispatched to Second Mountain Road in the area of New Philadelphia Road, West Brusnwick Township for a reported structure fire. Chiefs 56-01 and Chief 42 went responding and were advised of fire showing on the first floor. Given the additional and the building layout (Old Swiss Chalet Club, remodeled into an apartment building) Chief 42 requested his Tanker Task Force which brought in 5 additional tankers including 63-38 (Station 4).
Once the chiefs arrived on scene they were met with heavy fire showing from division 1 and heavy smoke showing from throughout the entire building. Station 1 assisted with searches and overhaul, Station 4 set up the dump site along with units from 47. Due to the amount of remodeling from converting the once “club” to apartments created many “void” spaces, thus making suppression efforts challenging. SHFD crews operated for approximately 4 hours before returning to the borough. Chief 63-02 had command of the SHFD units. Article by Darren Boyer — *Photos Courtesy of SHFD Photographer MLK.*