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surrounding Communities by providing the highest quality fire suppression
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Fire at USS Achey's
Sunday, April 5, 2015
At 3:50 p.m. an alarm was sounded for a fire at USS Achey's in N. Manheim Township. OFD Engines 5610 and 5611 responded to the fire involving a pile of shredded metal and plastic automobile components. Command requested a tanker from Co. 47 Landingville be added to the alarm. The crew of Engine 5610 deployed a handline and attacked the fire while E-5611 set up a fill site for Landingville's Tanker. The deep seated fire was extinguished in about 45 minutes.

Busy Day for the OFD
Saturday, April 4, 2015
While 7 members of our Department were at the Schuylkill Fire Training Center in Frackville working on the 3rd Module of the Essentials of Firefighting Course, OFD was dispatched to move up to Pottsville Fire Station 30 to cover for the Pottsville Fire Department who were committed to a multiple alarm, multiple structure fire in the City. Engine 5610 and Chief 56 took the assignment at Station 30 and were joined by Mahanoy City Humane Engine 451 and Frackville Goodwill Ladder 43-20. Assistant Chief 5601 remained on duty in Orwigsburg and before the afternoon was over, he would respond with Engine 5611 and Rescue 56 to a structure fire involving a shed in E. Brunswick Twp. Seventeen OFD firefighters were in operation throughout the day.

Annual Hazardous Materials Refresher
Saturday, March 7, 2015
The OFD spent the day in the classroom for our Annual Haz Mat Refresher program. Reading Fire Department Deputy Chief (Ret.) Steve Orlosky was the instructor for the class.

Tractor Trailer into Russo's Pizza Den
Monday, February 23, 2015
At 3:02 a.m. Rescue 56 and Co. 42 Deer Lake were dispatched to a report of a vehicle accident with injuries in the vicinity of Russo's Pizza Den on Rt 61 in W. Brunswick Township. Enroute to the scene, we were advised that additional calls were now reporting that a tractor trailer had hit the building. Rescue 56 arrived on scene and determined that the tractor trailer rig had struck the building and was imbedded in the restaurant's dining room. Pottsville Rescue 63 and Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 were requested to bring the Schuylkill County Technical Rescue Task Force Collapse Trailers to the scene. Rescuers were able to gain access to the driver by cutting through the sleeper cab. The building had collapsed onto the cab of the truck, trapping the driver. Due to the damage to the truck and building it was necessary to extricate the driver from inside the collapsed dining room. The roof of the dining room was shored to prevent further collapse and the driver was extricated from the truck using the hydraulic rescue tool system. This was the first time since it was organized that all three Rescue Companies, Rescues 56, 63 and 993, that make up the Schuylkill County Technical Rescue Team, had deployed together.

Structure Fire E. Brunswick Twp.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
At 12:02 p.m. the OFD was dispatched with Companies 55 New Ringgold, 42 Deer Lake and 47 Landingville to a report of a structure fire in E. Brunswick Twp. First arriving units reported a working fire and a Tanker Task force was also dispatched. The single family home was located at the end of a long, snow and covered driveway which necessitated a difficult operation to establish a water supply to the fire. OFD firefighters joined our neighbors in the fight to extinguish the well-involved building. Orwigsburg cleared the scene at 4:15 p.m.

Vehicle Accident at Rt 61 and Rt 443 Jughandle
Thursday, January 8, 2015 
OFD was dispatched to a report of a two vehicle accident at the Rt 61 jughandle near the Tastee Freez at 8:11 p.m. Rescue 56 quickly arrived on the scene and assisted EMS with removing an injured front seat passenger from the front of a minivan. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident was uninjured. OFD Fire Police provided traffic control until the vehicles were removed from the scene.

Vehicle Accident on Brick Hill Road
Sunday, December 14, 2014
At 11:48 p.m. the OFD was dispatched to a vehicle accident on Brick Hill Road, reported to be an SUV vs tree. Rescue 56 arrived on scene and determined that driver was able to exit the vehicle on her own and was uninjured. The crew provided traffic control until the vehicle was removed from the scene.

Structure Fire Fort Motel
Friday, October 31, 2014
At 3:20 p.m. an Assistant Fire Chief from Union Fire Company in Hamburg was passing the Fort Motel when he noticed smoke coming from the building. He contacted the Schuylkill County Communications Center and reported the fire. Co. 56 was dispatched along with the full 1st Alarm assignment bringing Co. 42, 47 and SHFD Stations 1 and 4 to the scene. OFD Assistant Chief Zimmerman arrived on scene and assumed Command. Subsequent alarms would bring Pottsville Ladder 51 along with Station 70 on the RIT assignment. A Tanker Task Force was also dispatched. The building was heavily involved when the 1st units arrived on scene and consequently a defensive operation was mounted until the large volume of fire was knocked down. An extensive overhaul operation was carried out due to a thick layer of blown in insulation above the ceiling. The last OFD units cleared the scene at 8:30 p.m. Co. 42 mounted a fire watch on the building for several more hours. (Fire photos provided courtesy of Mark Krammes).

MVA Rt 443 at Kunkle's Dam
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rescue 56 was dispatched at 7:45 a.m. to assist Company 55 New Ringgold with a vehicle accident reported to be a van vs. tree on Rt. 443 near Kunkle's Dam. Company 55 arrived and deployed a handline for fire protection and stabilized the vehicle. Rescue 56 removed the divider separating the cargo area from the passenger compartment, allowing the driver's seat to be moved. The steering wheel was cut and removed, freeing the driver from the wreckage. OFD cleared the scene in about 45 minutes.

Kimmel's Church Harvest Family Festival
Saturday, October 4, 2014
OFD was pleased to send Rescue 56 to Kimmel's Church to participate in their annual Harvest Family Festival. The crew enjoyed the great food and live entertainment while having the opportunity to talk to visitors about the Rescue and it's role in our Community. Many thanks to Kimmel's Church for the invitation to share in their Festival.

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