8-18-17 Members of the dive team along with members of Keystone water rescue of Boyertown assisted the Pennsylvania State Police Troop L with their camp cadet program. Over 90 cadets were given the opportunity to try scuba diving and learn how the dive team members and equipment operates. The team enjoys being able to assist PSP annually with this great camp and hopefully sparks an interest in scuba diving for some of the cadets.
8/16/17 – At 23:38hrs the SHFD was dispatched to 306 E Union Street for a reported house fire. When Chief 63-01 arrived on scene, he advised of a working basement fire with flames from the front porch floor and requested the RIT team out of the city. Engine 63-12 was first on scene and deployed the front bumper 1-3/4″ pre-connect and knocked down the visible fire. Meanwhile Engine 63-17 hooked up the hydrant for 63-12 and ladder 63-25 approached the scene from the opposite side while crews checked for extension in the house. Once the fire was knocked down the RIT team was cancelled as crews just had to do some overhaul.
8/16/17 – At 16:28hrs stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to 11 East second mountain road for an automobile fire. Chief 63-01 arrived on scene to confirm a working fire. Engine 63-12 arrived next and deployed an 1-3/4″ line from the front bumper to extinguish the fire along with members also working to gain access to the engine compartment and trunk area.
As part of the 63rd Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firemans Convention the Schuylkill Hose Company #2 presents a training opportunity with Traditions Training LLC entitled Combat Ready Firefighting. The course will be held on Monday, September 11th, 6:00pm at the Schuylkill Haven High School auditorium. We will be posting a link this weekend to pre-register for the course. This course will be presented by Traditions Training LLC President Ricky Riley, Mr. Riley is a veteran of the fire service and has served with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department for 20 years as a firefighter and truck chauffeur and 11 years as the operations chief for Clearwater Fire & Rescue in Clearwater, Florida. He is currently working for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department as the Fire Apparatus manager and is the Rescue Engine Captain with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department. Attached is a flyer giving a brief overview of the course topics. We hope to see you there!
Thank you to Ashley Farr from a.farr photography. and for getting some awesome photos of our fleet for the convention. We would also like to thank the Rainbow Hose Fire Company #1 for bringing out your tower to help get the photos! Don’t forget that online registration for both Delegates night and the parade are on our website at schuylkillhose.com
8/5/17 – At 20:26hrs the Dive Team was requested by PSP to stand by in the borough of Pine Grove while they operated at an ongoing incident. The dive team staged with water rescue personnel and boats at the rivers edge, along with the Pine Grove fire department, setting up additional safety systems in the event of deployment. Thankfully PSP did not require any services and crews were eventually cleared from the scene.
Tower 63-22 is back in service and it was a perfect day to give her a little workout!
8/2/17 – Members of the Dive Team traveled to the city of Reading to assist the Berks County Special Operations Group with an Oil spill response and river booming exercise. Along with our team, marine units from Berks County (Reading, Exeter township, Boyertown) worked with the S.O.G. to provide watercraft support and water safety for all students involved. The drill was good training experience and opportunity to work with multiple agencies.
8/1/17 – At 10:42 the Dive Team responded to 68 Sillyman street in the borough of Cressona for a search and rescue. The team arrived and was requested to launch the inflatable boats to assist with searching for a missing person. As they were preparing to launch the boats the victim was located by additional personnel searching the area. Command requested a coroner to the scene and the dive team was then rerouted to a different access point so that water rescue personnel could recover the victim. The members of the dive team send condolences to the family and friends of the victim.