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December, 2017

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State Instructor James Lingg, Chief/State Instructor Charles Stanford, and Chief/State Instructor James Rohrer Jr. pose for a photo after sharing their years of experience and knowledge with Hershey Med students during a recent training exercise in Lancaster County. MADELYN ROHRER

Reading FF Jason Batz poses with former Fire Department Secretary Michele Klein on her last day before transferring to the Police Department. RON FREY

Reading DC James Stoudt poses with retired DC Nicholas Amicone after a job on North 5th Street. ANTHONY MICCICKE


Minersville Fire Goes to Second-Alarm Schuylkill County, PA – At approximately 11:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 9th, the Minersville Fire Department was dispatched to the area of 111 Middle JUMP TO FILE# Street in Min- 111117105 ersville for a reported house fire. Assistant Chief 511 was first to respond and was advised that 9-1-1 was receiving reports of a fire with flames showing near the intersection of Middle and Spencer Streets. It was also relayed that there were conflicting reports on whether it was a house fire or a church fire. Chief 511 was quickly on scene and confirmed a working fire in a two-story dwelling at 116 Spencer Street. A second-alarm was requested which dispatched Pottsville City Stations 50 and 60. Engine 528 went responding and arrived on scene to find fire showing from the first-floor. Engine 528 positioned in the intersection and Tower 519 was directed to go past the engine to the front of the building. Engine 521 came down from Church Street where they secured a water supply. Multiple lines were stretched off both engines while the tower crew laddered the front of the building and ascended for vertical ventilation. Engine 534 arrived and secured an additional water supply. A hand line was stretched from Engine 534. Engine 62 approached the scene and was directed to set up a Rapid Intervention Team in the front of the building. Ladder 51 was assigned to throw ground ladders around the building. Crews found fire throughout the residence as they moved from floor to floor. Once the roof was opened up by the 519 crew, command was reporting heavy fire venting from the hole. Tower 519 was directed to set up for a possible elevated master stream opera-

Fire is visible from the first-floor of a Minersville house that caught fire. J. KRIESHER

tion. Command then requested District 3 and Schuylkill Haven RIT to be dispatched to the scene. Engine 3-10 arrived on scene and positioned to the rear of the address; their crew was directed to report to the front of building. All three Schuylkill Haven companies arrived and set up two rapid intervention teams. Yorkville’s RIT was broken down and crews assisted with interior attack. Firefighters battled the blaze for over an hour before the bulk of it was knocked down. During the fight, one firefighter was evaluated by Minersville EMS but did not require transport. An additional per-

son was also evaluated at the scene. The incident was placed under control around 12:30 A.M. At that time, out of town crews began to pick up their equipment and clear the scene. The American Red Cross was also on the scene to provide assistance to displaced residents. Pottsville companies cleared the scene shortly after 1:00 A.M., as did Engine 534. The remaining Minersville companies remained on the scene cleaning up and extinguishing hot spots. - JC KRIESHER

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