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.
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.
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.
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.
Helmet Camera Videos