Aug 25

60th Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighter’s Convention Winner List

Thanks to everyone who participated in both the parade and numerous events throughout the week. We had a great turnout for the 60th Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighter’s Convention. The Trophy Winner List can be found here or under the 2014 Convention Button.

Aug 01

PFD Looking Back – August 2014

A look back at incidents from the PFD during the month of August. Submitted by Mike Glore.

August 2014 Looking Back

Jul 01

PFD Looking Back – July 2014

A look back at incidents from the PFD during the month of July. Submitted by Mike Glore.

July 2014 Looking Back

Jun 20

New Command Vehicles

The Pottsville Fire Department is currently preparing to put two new command vehicles into service. The 2014 Ford Police Interceptors will be used by the Assistant Chiefs and Duty Officers. The new Fords will be replacing the current Chevy S-10 Blazers. The new vehicles will also have a command area with SCBA storage, dry erase magnetic command board, and pre-plan storage. You will see these vehicles on the street once the communication equipment is installed.

Jun 05

Public Safety Night Out

On Monday, June 16th at 6pm, the PFD will be hosting a Public Safety Night Out at the Lower Rear Martz Hall Parking lot.

Rain Date will be Tuesday, June 17th.

The event will be held at the DHH Lengel School and will feature displays by the Pottsville FD, Pottsville EMS, Fire Safety Smoke House, MedEvac Helicopter, Pottsville PD, and the Schuylkill County Sheriff will have Ident-A-Kid kits. (See Flyer Below)

Please come out and see our display and help educate your family about fire and child safety.

Anyone residing in the city and in need of smoke detectors may contact the fire chief at City Hall at 622-1234.

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May 30

PFD Looking Back – June 2014

A look back at incidents from the PFD during the month of April. Submitted by Mike Glore.

June 2014 Looking Back

May 24

Working Apartment Building Fire

Address: 218 West Market Street
Dispatch Time: 05:24
Stations Dispatched: Entire P.F.D.
Mutual Aid Companies: Schuylkill Haven RIT Team; Port Carbon (E-5911) & St. Clair (T-701) on Standby at Station 30
Description: At 05:24 hours a box alarm was struck for a reported structure fire with entrapment at 218 West Market Street. P5 (Asst. Chief Bill Dewald) arrived on scene confirming a working apartment building fire with possible entrapment and heavy fire showing on Side A Division 1. Chief Dewald established command and immediately called for the RIT to be dispatched from the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department. First arriving E-32 immediately placed a 2-1/2” pre-connect in service due to the high fire volume. Next arriving L-51 immediately threw a 35’ ground ladder to Divison 3 and started the primary search as that is where the report of the possible entrapment was. E-11 established a water supply from a hydrant at 2nd and Market and their crew began an initial search of Division 1. E-41 established a second water supply from 3rd and Race Streets as they setup on the B/C corner of the structure and began a search of Division 2. E-62 brought a water supply from the west and setup on the A/B corner of the structure and sent their crew to assist with the search on Division 2. L-21 was put into service from Side A and provided vertical ventilation of the roof. The fire was brought under control within an hour, and all searches were negative, several animals perished in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
In-Service Time: Approximately 4 hrs
Narrative by: Jason Witmier
Media By: Pictures: Renee Williams, Yorkville Hose & Coal Region Fire - Videos: Response – E-32, L-51 & E-11, Helmet Cameras – L-51 & E-32 Crews.

Response Video

Helmet Camera Videos

May 01

PFD Looking Back – May 2014

A look back at incidents from the PFD during the month of May. Submitted by Mike Glore.

May 2014 Looking Back

Apr 01

PFD Looking Back – April 2014

A look back at incidents from the PFD during the month of April. Submitted by Mike Glore.

April 2014 Looking Back

Mar 26

Working Structure Fire

Address: 734 Schuylkill Avenue
Dispatch Time: 20:35
Stations Dispatched: Entire P.F.D.
Mutual Aid Companies: Schuylkill Haven RIT Team
Description: At 2035 hours a box alarm was struck for a reported structure fire in the middle of the row in the 700 block of Schuylkill Avenue. P2 (Asst Chief George Stefnic) arrived on scene confirming a working structure fire with heavy fire showing from the windows on Side A Division 1. Chief Stefnic established command and immediately called for the RIT to be dispatched from the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department. The buildings were reported to be vacant at the time of the alarm. L-51 arrived on scene first and stretched a 150’ 1-3/4” attack line to begin an initial knockdown of the exterior fire. E-11 arrived at the same time and established a water supply from the fire hydrant located across from the address. E-11 deployed a 200’ 2” smooth bore attack line and established interior operations through the door on Side A Division 1. The main body of fire was located in the front room on Division 1 and was quickly knocked down. A search was conducted of the structure and it was confirmed that it was unoccupied. E-62 setup behind L-51 and began operations in exposure B to check for extension, they encountered a smoke condition, but no fire showing. L-21 setup behind E-11 and put the aerial into service to the roof of exposure D. Crews from L-21 and E-32 checked exposure D for extension and encountered a heavy smoke condition with no fire initially. E-41 established a secondary water supply from the large main located on Mahantongo Street.

The construction style of the buildings created a void space between the fire building and exposure D, this void was covered on all sides and trapped the fire between the two structures for a brief time. Overhaul operations were performed on divisions 2 and 3 of both the fire building and exposure D to access this void space to completely extinguish the fire. The fire was declared under control approximately 1 hour after the initial dispatch.

Two firefighters were injured when a ground ladder contacted a live power line, both firefighters were treated on scene by Pottsville EMS and transported to Schuylkill Medical Center South for further evaluation. Their injuries were minor and both were later released from the hospital.
In-Service Time: Approximately 2-1/2hrs
Narrative by: Jason Witmier
Media By: Pictures: Fire Angel Photography, Video: Ladder 51

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