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Welcome To The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department

Schuylkill Haven is located in the southern tier of Schuylkill County. As a department Schuylkill Haven Fire covers an area of roughly twenty-five square miles and a population of around 6,200 residents. The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department is composed of three companies; Rainbow Hose Station 1, Schuylkill Hose Station 2, Liberty Fire Station 4.

SHFD currently has three borough chiefs, each representing their respective companies; Borough Chief-Mike Donatti, First Assistant-Andy Motko, Second Assistant-Jim Reed. At this time as a department we run 4 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Light Rescue, 1 Utility Squad, 1 Tanker, 2 Squads, and 3 Inflatable Water Rescue Boats and 1 Aluminum Flat-bottom boat with side scan sonar.

February 24, 2015 – Working Structure Fire (Panther Valley Road)

February 24, 2015 – At 18:31 the SHFD was dispatched along with Cressona FD to 2535 Panther Valley Road for a barn fire. Fire personnel arrived on scene to find a barn approximately 50x100ft  — fully involved. Crews pulled multiple hand-lines and initiated an exterior fire attack. Sadly a few animals were lost in the fire.  All units were on scene for approximately 1.5 hours. Chief 722 (Motko) had command.

February 7, 2015 – Vehicle Accident w/Entraptment (Route 61 South)

February 7, 2015 – At 03:06 Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to the area of 471 Route 61 South, for a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. SCCC quickly advised of entrapment and a third vehicle striking the scene of the crash. The call was immediately upgraded adding Engine 737 from Station 4 to the call.

Chief 735 and Chief 722 arrived on scene and found  2 vehicles; a jeep that rolled multiple times and a sedan that sustained heavy front end damage. It was quickly determent the entrapped occupant self extricated and no serious injuries were reported despite the serious nature of the crash.

Crews secured both vehicles, contained the fluids, and swept debris from the roadway. Chief 735 (Snyder) had command. All SHFD units were on scene for approximately 1 hour.

January 31, 2015 – SHFD Takes Delivery of New Chief’s Vehicle

January 31, 2015 – the SHFD is proud to announce the delivery of the department’s new chief’s vehicle. The members of the SHFD would like to thank the Schuylkill Haven Borough for providing us with this Ford F-150 that will be utilized for fire command. More details and specs will be posted soon!

January 31, 2015 – SHFD RIT To Pottsville WSF

January 31, 2015 -At 13:43 the Schuylkill Haven FD Rapid Intervention Team was dispatched to 620 Greenwood Avenue to assist the Pottsville Fire Department on a working house fire. City units made quick work of the fire and placed RIT available just as SHFD units were arriving on scene. Chief 724 had command of the RIT team.

January 31, 2015 – MVA w/Unknown Injuries (Adamsdale Road)

January 31, 2015 – At 01:07 Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to the area of 176 W. Adamsdale Road for a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. Chief 724 arrived on scene and found a single vehicle had left the roadway and hit a fence. It was determined that there were no injuries or fluids down and therefore the call was held to Station 2.

January 18, 2015 – Ladder 725 and RIT to Working Structure Fire (Hamburg)

January 18, 2015 – At 19:40 Station 1 was dispatched for Ladder 725 to 100 Chestnut Street, Hamburg Borough, Berks County for a working fire. Approximately 10 minutes later, the SHFD Rapid Intervention Team was also dispatched. Fire personnel from the Ladder arrived on scene and assisted with search and ventilation operations while RIT arrived, staged manpower, and conducted air monitoring. The SHFD was on scene for approximately 40 minutes until being released by Hamburg command.



January 17, 2015 – Ladder Dispatched For A Rescue

January 17, 2015 – At 14:14 Station 1 was dispatched to 198 Market Street, Auburn for a vehicle fire. SCCC advised of a working vehicle fire — a bucket truck, with the person trapped in the bucket. As Ladder 725 was responding, Auburn command advised that the person had escaped the bucket and that Station 1 could be placed available.

January 15, 2015 – Vehicle Accident w/Injuries (Haven St.)

January 15, 2015 – At 07:09 Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to the intersection of Haven and Becker Streets for an accident with no injuries and fluids down. Chief 735 arrived on the scene and was met with a two vehicle accident and 1 patient with a back injury. Chief 735 requested a medic unit to the scene as fire department personnel secured the vehicles and fluids.  All units were then placed available.

January 12, 2015 – Vehicle Accident w/Entrapment (Wayne Twp)

January 12, 2015 – At 14:46 Station 1 was dispatched for Rescue 727 along with Fire District 34 to 250 Front Street, Friendensburg for a vehicle accident with entrapment. Chief 34-01 arrived on scene and found a garbage truck on its side with no injuries but the driver confined inside. Crews from FD34 used a ladder to remove the uninjured patient. Rescue 727 was cancelled en-route.

January 11, 2015 – Dive Team Response To Sweet Arrow Lake

January 11, 2015 – At 13:58 the SHFD Dive Team was dispatched to Sweet Arrow Lake along with Fire District 21, for a person under the ice. As Chief 724 became en-route with Squad 734, SCCC advised of possibly 1 person under the ice by the waterfall. Fire personnel from District 21 arrived on scene and found that the person had self extricated safely from the lake. All SHFD Dive units were cancelled en-route.