Jan 03

2012 Call Totals

Entire Department
Jan.
– 50, Feb. – 43, Mar. – 73, Apr. – 54, May – 75, Jun.– 56
Jul.
– 63, Aug. – 54, Sep. – 56, Oct. – 96, Nov. – 44, Dec. – 58- Total – 722

Individual Stations
Sta. 10
– 275, Sta. 20 – 194, Sta. 30 – 213, Sta. 40 – 180, Sta. 50 – 215, Sta. 60 – 274, Sta. 70 – 253 (Through December 31, 2012)

Jan 03

2011 Call Totals

Entire Department (Including Chief Only Requests)
Jan.
– 75, Feb. – 44, Mar. – 62, Apr. – 67, May – 61, Jun.– 53
Jul.
– 63, Aug. – 91, Sep. – 77, Oct. – 121, Nov. – 65, Dec. – 54- Total – 833

Individual Stations
Sta. 10
– 269, Sta. 20 – 168, Sta. 30 – 234, Sta. 40 – 183, Sta. 50 – 222, Sta. 60 – 263, Sta. 70 – 252

Dec 22

Working Vehicle Fire

12/21/11 – At 12:58hrs Stations 30 & 40 were dispatched to the Fairlane Village Mall on Route 61 for a reported vehicle fire. As units were en-route, county advised that the vehicle was located in the area of Boscov’s department store. First arriving E-41 advised of a working vehicle fire in the engine compartment and placed a 1-3/4″ hand line in service. Next arriving E-32 was then advised by incident command to put an additional line in service to help out with the attack. Crews remained on scene for approximately 35 minutes. Photos by P.F.D.

Dec 20

Mutual Aid – Working Structure Fire

12/19/2011 – at 17:07hrs Stations 20,30 & 60 were dispatched to assist Palo Alto and Port Carbon Fire Companies to 546 West Bacon Street for a Structure Fire. Chief 612 of Palo Alto was first on scene and advised of a working fire on the second floor. First arriving E-612 from Palo Alto immediately placed a 1-3/4” hand line in service and began their interior attack. When PFD units arrived on scene, Ladder 21 placed their ladder in service on side A of the building on the porch roof, personnel from L-21 and E-32  assisted with fire attack and overhaul and personnel from Rescue 63 handled the RIT team assignment. The fire was quickly knocked down and kept to a room of contents; however the rest of the residence sustained smoke and water damage. Pottsville units were in service for approximately 1 hour. Photos from Coal Region Fire

Dec 20

MVA

12/19/2011 – At 15:51hrs Stations 50 & 60 were dispatched to the area of 1965 West Market Street for a three vehicle MVA. When units arrived on scene firefighters applied floor dry to the leaking fluids and cleared debris from the roadway. Stations 50 & 60 were on scene for approximately 40 minutes until the towing company removed all the vehicles. Photos from Yorkville Hose Facebook

Dec 20

Mutual Aid – MVA with Entrapment

12/13/2011 – At 12:50hrs Station 60 was dispatched to assist Tremont, Ravine and Minersville Fire Rescue to 191 South Tremont Street in Reilly Twp. for a MVA with entrapment. As rescue 63 was en-route, they were advised by units already on scene, of one vehicle MVA in which the vehicle rolled over multiple times and then struck a tree and utility pole. Rescue 63 worked together with the other rescue companies already on scene to extricate the patient. Rescue 63 remained in service for approximately 1hr 10min. Photos from Yorkville Hose Facebook

Dec 20

Mutual Aid – MVA with Entrapment

12/11/2011 –  At 12:11hrs Station 60 was dispatched to assist Marlin & Llewelyn Fire Companies to the entrance of Kings Village Mall on Route 901 for a MVA with entrapment. When Rescue 63/Squad 61 arrived on scene, they found a two vehicle MVA with entrapment in one of the vehicles. Crews immediately placed the Hurst tools in service and removed the driver’s door on the car and then assisted EMS with patient removal. Station 60 remained on scene for approximately 55 minutes. Photos from Yorkville Hose Facebook

Nov 27

Mutual Aid – Working Commercial Structure Fire

11/26/2011 – At 23:14 hours units on standby in Schuylkill Haven were dispatched to 1478 Route 61 South – North Manheim Township, for a possible commercial structure fire at the China Buffet Restaurant (formerly the River Inn). For those familiar with the area this is a very large building that has been remodeled several times, the building sits right along Route 61 on the Southbound side just before the Cressona Mall. Pottsville P6 (Kevin Sibbett) was traveling down Route 61 on the way to the Cressona Knit fire when this call came in and he arrived on scene first establishing command on the A/D corner of the structure.  P6 reported heavy smoke showing from the eve’s of the entire building and ordered an immediate upgrade to a second alarm.  The initial alarm and second alarm brought the standby units from Schuylkill Haven as well as several units which were being released from Cressona, including but not limited to, Pine Grove HH&L, Hamburg L-61, Sch Haven E-733, Landingville, Minersville Fire L-519/R-518, Alert T-701, Port Carbon E59-11, Pottsville E-71, Orwigsburg E56-10, and RIT from Englewood E-369.  E-11 and R-63 were also released from the scene in Cressona to assist on this incident. P6 ordered that the building not be opened up until a water supply was established due to the large fire load and visible smoke condition on arrival, at the same time reports from units on scene identified the fire as being located in the basement. Water supply was established from hydrants north and south of the incident and an initial attack was launched into the basement from Sides C and D, as well as into Division 1 from sides B and C.  At the same time the aerial units went into operation to establish vertical ventillation, and a tanker task force was dispatched to establish a secondary water supply.  Crews in the basement reported heavy fire with attack underway, however conditions on Side A continued to deteriorate from Division 1 and the roof. Interior crews on Division 1 reported a partial floor collapse and the smoke condition on Side A changed to a dark black smoke pushing forcefully from the building prompting command to order an immediate evacuation of all interior crews and a switch to a defensive operation.  Fire eventually broke through the roof at the center of the building and the building suffered a major collapse at the center section.  Master stream operations were established on all (4) sides to knock down the large body of fire.  Interior operations were initiated later on side C and D into the basement and Divisions 1 and 2 to attempt to overhaul.  Crews were only able to access a few feet into the structure due to the collapse zone.  After all possible overhaul was performed the master stream operation was launched again for several hours to extinguish the remaining fire. P6 remained in command of the fire for the first several hours with assitance from P3 (operations), 56-02 (water supply), Chief 511 (Side C), and Haven Chiefs (manpower and other assistance).  Command was later transferred to Chief 53. Units on the scene included: Pottsville (E-11, L-21, E-32, E-41, L-51, R-63, E-71, E-72, Pottsville units were switched out midway through the incident), Schuylkill Haven (E-733 and Wagon 736), Minersville (L-519/R-518, Goodwill Engine), Landingville (Tanker), Pine Grove HH&L (Engine), Orwigsburg (56-10), Hamburg (Aerial), several Berks Tankers, Llewellyn (Tanker), Mt Carbon (Tanker), Port Carbon (59-11), Alert/Columbia (T-701), Newtown (Tanker), Walker Township (Tanker), New Ringgold (Tanker), Deer Lake (Tanker), Auburn (Tanker), West Penn Township (Tanker), Tamaqua (RIT), Englewood (RIT), Fire Police (Sch Haven, Pottsville, Mahanoy City), Schuylkill County Incident Support Vehicle, Red Cross. P3 Photos from J. Kriesher, R. Williams, Coal Region Fire & J. Morgalis. Top Video from NewsWorking, Bottom Video from FireandFilm.com.

Nov 27

Mutual Aid – Working Commercial Structure Fire

11/26/2011 – At 18:27 hours Pottsville RIT-South (Good Intent E-11/American Hose E-71) were dispatched with Ladder 51 to a mutual aid call in Cressona Borough at the intersection of Front and Railroad street for a commercial structure fire at Cressona Knit Products. The fire was rapidly upgraded to a working commercial fire as additional alarms were struck along with a tanker task force. Immediately after dispatch a large column of smoke and flame could be seen from miles away as the building was heavily involved.  Command was established by the first arriving Sch. Haven unit (Chief 730) on Railroad street (Side A).  Ladder 51 was positioned on Side C at the loading docks along with Engine 737 and the ladder pipe operation was placed into service.  Cressona and Schuylkill Haven units provided master stream and ladder pipe operations on Side A and B of the structure. Engine 11 laid 600′ of 5″ hose from the hydrant at Rt 183 and Front Street to an Engine from Cressona.  This hydrant was then used to supply L-725 and E-11 which was positioned on Side C behind L-51.  E-72 was sent to Stoyers Dam to fill tankers. Fire attack on the main fire building was strictly defensive, an offensive attack was made by crews from E-11, L-51, and E-737 on the two trailers which were loaded with product (rags) ready for shipping.  Later in the incident a block wall fell on top of two oil tanks inside the building causing a significant oil leak and subsequent fire.  E-11 used a 1-3/4″ attack line with Class B foam to control the fuel oil fire.  Booms and absorbent pads were used to control the flow of oil from the tanks to the sewer system.  E-11 flowed approximately 20,000 gallons of water and 30 gallons of Class B foam during the incident through a feed to L-51 and the foam line.  R-63 was dispatched during the incident to provide RIT when offensive operations began for overhaul. Units on the scene included: Pottsville units mentioned above, Cressona Fire Department, Schuylkill Haven Fire Department, Minersville (Ladder and Rescue), Freidensburg (Tanker), Landingville (Tanker), Pine Grove HH&L (Stand by in Sch. Haven), Hamburg Aerial (Stand by in Sch. Haven), Llewellyn (Tanker), Mt Carbon (Tanker), Schuylkill County Incident Support Vehicle, Red Cross, and several other tankers. P3 Photos from J. Kriesher, Coal Region Fire & J. Morgalis. Top Video from Ladder 51 and Bottom Video from endlessdream94 YouTube Channel.

Nov 22

Possible Structure Fire

11/20/11 – At 08:44hrs the PFD was dispatched to 433B Nichols Street for a possible structure fire. As apparatus went en-route, county advised that the caller was reporting the plug for the stove was on fire. When apparatus arrived on scene firefighters found that the plug was still on fire and used a dry chemical extinguisher to extinguish the fire. They then checked for extension with a thermal camera and setup a PPV to ventilate the residence. Apparatus remained on scene for approximately 30 minutes. Photos by J. Morgalis

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