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12/1/12- 00:18 SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Nuremberg Mountain Rd. for a Vehicle Accident. Engine 9-10 arrived on scene and assisted with traffic control, patient refused medical treatment. PSP arrived and released 9-10.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

Father Jim Torpey of the St. Joseph's Parish in Sheppton recently accepted the position of Chaplain of the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company. Pictured below are Fire Chief Kyle Mummey and Captain Richard Neikam presenting Father Torpey with the Chaplain's helmet.


Photos: Stephen Motil

July 19, 2012 - 15:27 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Main Boulevard and Pole Road for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded quickly after dispatch and arrived onscene to find a 2 car MVA (delivery truck vs. car) rollover. All occupants were out of the vehicle. FD personnel assisted with traffic control and fluid containment. PSP- F onscene. Patients transported to HGH via Shenandoah ALS and Mahanoy City EMS.


Photos: Stephen Labuda, III

Members of the SOVFC recently participated in a tour of the Cargill Meat Solutions facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park and presented a plaque of appreciation to Safety Manager Isidoro Sanchez for the many years of continued support from Cargill Meat Solutions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Cargill Meat Solutions for their continued support of our organization and for consistently going above and beyond to support us and the local community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Photos: Cargill Security

April 24, 2012 08:34- The SOVFC and Brandonville Fire Company were dispatched to the area of 414 Main Boulevard for a MVA with unknown injuries. Shenandoah ALS also dispatched. Engine/Rescue 10 and Squad 70 responded with full staffing. Upon arrival, found a one vehicle MVA (vehicle rollover). One patient was transported to SMC-S. Engine crew assisted with clean up and traffic control. East Union Township PD onscene.


Photos: J.C. Kriesher

April 15, 2012- The Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company and Father Jim Torpey of the St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church recently celebrated a memorial mass and blessing of the fire apparatus. Father Jim also serves as Chaplain of the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company. After the mass, members of the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company donated an automated external defibrillator to St. Josephs Parish to be placed in the church.


Photos: Amanda Savage

March 19, 2012 - The SOVFC was dispatched with Brandonville Fire Company, Mahanoy City West End Rescue, and Shenandoah ALS to the area of 10 Main Boulevard for a MVA with entrapment. Engine/Rescue 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, units found a tractor trailer rollover with one occupant heavily entrapped inside the vehicle. Assistant Chief 9-08 (Antonelli, Jr.) assumed East Union Township Command. Yorkville Rescue 63 and Hazle Township Engine 103 were also requested. Upon arrival of Chief 9-06 (Mummey) command was transferred and Chief 9-08 made Operations Section Chief. Extrication was completed in approximately 2.5 hours using multiple hydraulic tool sets, lifting struts, and 2 heavy duty wreckers. PSP-F onscene with multiple units. Units operated onscene for approximately 4 hours. We commend all units for the hard work and excellent teamwork during this difficult extrication. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of the occupant.


Photos: J.C. Kriesher

March 2, 2012 - 18:38 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 1180 Center Street for a MVA with entrapment. Engine/Rescue 10 responded shortly after dispatch with full staffing. Arrived onscene to find a 2 vehicle MVA with 3 patients entrapped. Command was established and Engine 10 went to work. Personnel were assisted by Nuremberg EMS, Hazle Township Fire, and PSP-F. All three patients were transported to trauma centers.


Photos: Richard Neikam

September, 2011 - The SOVFC responded to many calls as a result of heavy rains from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The SOVFC worked through the nights to pump basements and provide traffic control due to closed roadways.


Photos: Stephen Labuda, III

September 11, 2011 - The SOVFC marched as part of the honor guard for the Funfest Parade in Hazleton. Pictured below are the members of the SOVFC on Broad Street in formation. Our thoughts and prayers are with with victims and families of all those affected on 9/11/01. NEVER FORGET FDNY 9/11/01 "343"


Photos: Bill Barr

September 9, 2011 - 14:00 The SOVFC was dispatched to 130A West Pine Street to establish a landing zone for Medevac. Engine 10 responded.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

August 25, 2011 - 14:00 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of West Pine Street for a cat rescue. Engine 10 responded. Arrived onscene to find a cat stuck in a tree. Cat rescued and returned to the owner. The SOVFC is always ready to serve the community.


Photos: Amanda Morrison

August 2011 - The SOVFC participated in a check presentation from the 2011 Firefighters Rally for Support Golf Tournament held at Eagle Rock Resort. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Eagle Rock Resort, Carl and Fran Defederico, Ron Toole, Berger Family Dealerships, sponsors, and everyone who made this golf tournament a huge success.



August 4, 2011 - 11:47 The SOVFC was dispatched to 62 Green Mountain Road for a MVA with unknown injuries. HTFD E103 also dispatched. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, found a one vehicle MVA down an appoximate 300 foot embankment. EMS personnel confirmed a class 5. HTFD T105 was used to establish a rigging system to recover the victim. PSP-F and a Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner was onscene.


Photos: Dave Truskowsky

July 23, 2011 - 16:32 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11 for a MVA with injuries involving a motorcycle. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a 2 vehicle MVA (motorcycle vs. car) with one injury. Patient was flown to a trauma center. HTFD E103 established a landing zone. East Union Twp. PD was also onscene.


Photos: Rich Neikam

July 8, 2011- The SOVFC participated in Rescue Q Jack and Hurst training at Allen's Body Shop. The SOVFC would like to thank Allen Stauffer and everyone at Allen's Body Shop for their continued support.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

June 25, 2011 - 18:59 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 130 West Pine Street to establish a landing zone for Medevac. Engine 10 handled the call.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

June 11, 2011 - 08:31 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11 to the areas of 982 Center Street Sheppton for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, found a 1 car MVA (car vs. utility pole) with one injury. QRS personnel assisted with patient care and traffic control. Fluid cleanup was also provided. Patient was transported to HGH. PSP-F onscene.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

March 24, 2011 - Congressman Tim Holden was at the SOVFC to present a check for $54,497 to the SOVFC through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This grant is a cost-match grant and can only be made possible through the generosity of the residents who we serve. This will be used to purchase rescue equipment, firefighter protective gear, and an emergency generator for the station. The SOVFC wishes to thank Congressman Holden for his continued support of volunteer fire companies in his district. Pictured below is Junior FF Stephen Labuda, III, Assistant Chief Kevin Hruniuk, East Union Township Fire Marshal/Fire Inspector Robert Gabardi, Assistant Chief Denny Antonelli, Jr., Chief Kyle Mummey, and Congressman Tim Holden.

Photos: Congressman Holden's Staff


March 21, 2011 - 07:30 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 1058 Center Street for a MVA with injuries. Nuremberg EMS and HTFD E103 also dispatched. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival found a one car MVA (vehicle into structure) with one injury. Chief 9-08 (Antonelli, Jr.) established East Union Township Command. Patient treated by Nuremberg EMS. FD provided support until arrival of PSP-F onscene.


Photos: Denny Antonelli

February 18, 2011 - 04:20 The SOVFC was dispatched to 60 Green Mountain Road in East Union Township for a vehicle fire. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival to scene found a working tractor fire. A 1 3/4" line was extended and foam was used to extinguish the fire. HTFD E103 also assisted.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

February 8, 2011 - 19:39 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS to 316 Main Boulevard in East Union Township for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival to scene, found a one vehicle rollover with one occupant that had minor injuries. Traffic control and debris cleanup was provided by FD. Shenandoah ALS handled a patient refusal. East Union Township PD onscene.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

February 7, 2011 - 20:07 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 397 Green Mountain Road for a vehicle fire. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, found a SUV on fire. The vehicle was extinguished primarily by an off-duty police officer and SOVFC member who arrived onscene first. FD personnel assisted with overhaul and traffic control.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


January 16, 2011 - 06:01 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Center Street and Green Mountain Road to establish a traffic control point for a MVA in Hazle Township. Engine 10 responded and operated for approximately 1 hour.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

December 29, 2010 - 23:22 The SOVFC was dispatched to the intersection of Shenandoah Mountain Road and Main Boulevard for a MVA with no injuries and fluids down. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, found a one car MVA (pick-up truck vs. tree) with fluids down and no injuries. SOVFC personnel provided traffic control and fluid cleanup. PSP-F onscene.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

December 18, 2010 - 09:28 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Mahanoy City Mountain Road and Main Boulevard for a MVA with no injuries and fluids down. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, East Union Township Command was established. Found a one-car MVA (SUV vs. tree) with fluids down. SOVFC personnel assisted with fluid cleanup and traffic control. PSP-F onscene.


Photos: Kevin Hruniuk

December 8, 2010 - 11:12 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS and Nuremberg EMS to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival found a one vehicle MVA (car vs. embankment with one injury. FD personnel assisted with fluid cleanup and traffic control.

Photos: Denny Antonelli, Jr.


December 2, 2010 - 00:04 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 860 Center Street with Shenandoah ALS and Medic 11 for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, found a one vehicle MVA (car vs guardrail) with three injuries. FD personnel assisted with patient packaging and traffic control. Three patients were transported to HGH. East Union Township PD assisted onscene.



Photos: Kyle Mummey

November 26, 2010 - 12:06 The SOVFC was dispatched with HTFD E103 and Nuremberg EMS to the area of 900 Center Street for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, Chief 9-06 (Lucas) established East Union Township Command. Found a one car MVA (vehicle rollover) with one minor injury. The patient refused transport and was treated onscene by a physician from the SOVFC. SOVFC members assisted with traffic and fluid control. PSP-H onscene.

 


Photos: J. Kriesher


November 20, 2010 - Members of the SOVFC gathered at the firehouse to host a going away party for Chief Mike Lucas. Mike is scheduled to deploy for Afghanistan with the National Guard. We join together in wishing our Chief and Brother Firefighter a safe tour of duty while overseas. Please take a moment to say a prayer for Mike and his family as he serves in active duty.


Photos: SOVFC

November 1, 2010 - Members of the SOVFC were sworn in as Fire Police Officers by Edward Shamany, Chairman of the East Union Township Board of Supervisors at the East Union Township meeting.


Photos: Tony Harris


October 16, 2010 - 03:19 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 1070 Center Street in East Union Township for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival to scene found a one car MVA (vehicle rollover) with one person ejected. SOVFC personnel assisted Medic 11 and Nuremberg EMS with patient packaging. Air Medical requested with the landing zone established by HTFD E102. SOVFC provided traffic control and debris/fluid clean up. PSP-F onscene.



Photos: Dennis Antonelli, Jr.

September 20, 2010 - 12:34 The SOVFC was dispatched to 1 Phinneyville Road in East Union Township with Shenandoah ALS for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, East Union Twp. Command was established by Captain 9-91 (Antonelli, Jr.) and units found a 1 vehicle MVA (rollover) with fluids down. Traffic and fluid control were provided. The occupant of the vehicle refused treatment. East Union Township PD 68 also assisted onscene.

Photos: Dennis Antonelli, Jr./ Steve Barrett


August 22, 2010- 18:19 Just before 7:30PM, Schuylkill County dispatched Fire District 9 (Sheppton - Oneida) and Shenandoah ALS to the Phineyville Road in the area of Phineyville Heights for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Aristes Captain 352 was in the area and arrived first to find a single vehicle accident, passenger car versus utility pole with multiple injuries. Squirt 9-20 arrived shortly after and Chief 9-08 assumed EUT Command. Crews triaged a total of five patients and found one to be critical and four minor injuries. Medic 6404 and Medic 6401 arrived and began packaging the patients. The decision was made to transport the critical patient to a trauma center via aeromedical. Medic 6402 transported the patient to EUT Landing Zone 7 at the intersection of Phineyville Road and Girard Manor. The landing zone was established by Engine 9-10. Geisinger LifeFlight 5 landed safely and the patient was loaded into the helicopter. Medic 6401 transported three patients to a local hospital. East Union PD Unit 68 also transported the driver to a local facility for further evaluation. Chief 9-08 terminated command at 7:04PM.

 

Photos: J. Kreisher, III

August 22, 2010- Members of the SOVFC participated in Hazmat Operations training. Diking and diverting procedures were taught along with foam application. Brian and Robert Mandak instructed the class.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


August 11, 2010- 22:03 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 130A West Pine Street in Sheppton to establish a landing zone for Medevac 7. Engine 10 responded. Medevac 7 landed and lifted without incident.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

August 11, 2010- 03:30 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS to the area of 900 Shenandoah Mountain Road for a MVA with ejection. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a one car MVA (vehicle rollover) with one ejection and the vehicle leaking fluids. East Union Township Command was established. Shenandoah ALS provided patient care. SOVFC personnel controlled fluids and provided traffic control. PSP-F onscene. Units operated for approximately 2 hours.


Photos: Rich Neikam


August 2, 2010- Members of the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company were at Eagle Rock to accept a check from the 2010 Firefighters' Rally for Support Golf Tournament. Checks were presented to Hazle Township, Nuremberg-Weston, and Sheppton-Oneida. A special thank you goes to Carl and Fran Defederico, Ron Toole, and all of the Eagle Rock volunteers that have continued to make this tournament a success. Your dedication to our cause is appreciated.

Photos: Eagle Rock


July 8, 2010 - Representative Tim Holden was at the Sheppton-Oneida Fire Company to present a grant award of $33,325 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This money will be used for the purchase and installation of a source capture exhaust removal system for the firehouse. The Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank Representative Holden for his continued support of our cause.

Photos: Bill Singley


July 4, 2010 - 17:39 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 1450 Pole Road for an off-road rescue. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Squad 70 was first to arrive onscene to find an injured ATV rider. Air medical was requested to the area of Girard Manor Road/Phinneyville Road with Engine 10 to establish the landing zone. Utility 60 was requested but Chief 48 arrived prior to Utility 60 and the victim was removed via his truck. Shenandoah EMS transported the patient to the landing zone. Medevac 7 transported the patient to LVMC.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


June 6, 2010 - 23:40 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Mahanoy City Mountain Road with Shenandoah ALS for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, Chief 9-08 (Mummey) established East Union Township Command. Found a 1 car MVA (vehicle rollover) with all occupants self-extricated and the vehicle leaking fluids. Medic 6404 handled patient refusals. Traffic control provided and fluids cleaned from roadway.

Photos: Rich Neikam


May 29, 2010 - 06:59 The SOVFC was dispatched Nuremberg EMS to the area of 1100 Center Street in East Union Township for a MVA with no injuries and fluids down. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival Chief 9-06 (Lucas) established East Union Twp. Command. Found a 1 car MVA (passenger car vs. utility pole) with one occupant who was self-extricated. ALS was requested. Patient transported to HGH via Medic 11 and Nuremberg EMS. PSP-Frackville onscene. Personnel also cleared the roadway of vehicle fluids.


Photos: Rich Neikam

May 14, 2010 - 15:13 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS, Medic 11, and Hazle Township Rescue to the area of 11 Valley Drive for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival found a 3 car MVA with injuries. SOVFC and HTFD personnel assisted with traffic control and debris cleanup until arrival of PSP-F. Nuremberg EMS transported one BLS. Medic 11 cancelled.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

May 11, 2010 - 04:20 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Green Mountain Road for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival Chief 9-06 (Lucas) established East Union Township Command and confirmed a working vehicle fire. A 1 3/4" handline was stretched and fire extingushed. PSP-F and Shenandoah ALS also onscene.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


April 19, 2010 - Cargill Meat Solutions recently donated $2,500 to the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company as part of its ongoing support of the local community. This donation will assist with the purchase of a new gas meterfor the fire company. Pictured are: Aaron Humes, Facilities Manager, Jim Johnston, and Matthew Martines, EHS Manager of Cargill Meat Solutions,
Kyle Mummey Assistant Fire Chief, Robert Gabardi, Fire Marshal/Inspector,
and Tony Harris, Firefighter of the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company.

Photos: William Singley Jr.


April 4, 2010 - 02:47 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 280 Main Boulevard for a MVA with entrapment. Shenandoah ALS and Mahanoy City Rescue were also dispatched. Upon arrival found a one car MVA (vehicle rollover) with one entrapped. Chief 9-06 (Lucas) established East Union Township Command. Engine 10 went to work. The vehicle was stablized with cribbing and high lift jacks. The roof was removed with assistance from Rescue 993. The patient was transferred to Shenandoah ALS and flown to a trauma center. Units operated for approximately 2 hours. PSP-F onscene.

Photos: Rich Neikam


March 31, 2010 - 19:21 The SOVFC was dispatched to 7 Wood Street in North Union Township for a working structure fire. Engine 10 and Tanker 30 responded. Upon arrival, Tanker 30 entered a tanker shuttle. Engine 10 staged and personnel were directed to roof operations by C582 (Demshock, Jr.) Chief 9-06 (Lucas) had roof operations. Vertical ventilation was completed and utilities controlled.

Photos: www.nwvfc.org


March 13, 2010 - 01:33 The SOVFC was dispatched with Medic 11 and Nuremberg EMS to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with entrapment. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, confirmed a one car MVA (vehicle rollover) with no entrapment and one injury. The patient was treated by EMS and transported to HGH. Personnel assisted with traffic control until arrival of PSP-F. Units operated for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


March 6, 2010 The SOVFC and West Hazleton Fire Department sponsored a Vehicle Fires and other Emergencies class. A special thanks to the East Union Township Supervisors, Allen's Body Shop, and Procon for their assistance with the class.

Photos: Richard Neikam


February 27, 2010 - 02:15 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS and Mahanoy City R993 to the area of 139 Main Boulevard for a MVA with entrapment. Engine 10 responded. Shenandoah ALS arrived first and confirmed no entrapment. Engine 10 arrived and Chief 9-08 (Mummey) established East Union Township Command. Rescue 993 was cancelled. Found a one-car MVA (SUV vs. structure) with no entrapment. The vehicle had rolled several times and struck a porch causing a structural collapse of the porch roof. Shenandoah ALS handled a patient refusal. Engine 10 personnel assisted PSP-F with traffic control and stablization of the involved structure. Units operated for approximately 2 1/2 hours.


Photos: Richard Neikam

February 25, 2010 - 22:56 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with unknown injuries. Squad 70 responded due to road conditions. Upon arrival, units found a 1 car MVA (SUV vs. bridge) with no occupants around the vehicle. Fire units controlled traffic until PSP-F arrived. All units released.

Photos: Eric Feeko


January 9, 2010 - 12:37 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 1070 Center Street in East Union Township with Nuremberg EMS for a MVA with unknown injuries. Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a 1 car MVA (vehicle vs. utility pole) with no injuries. QRS personnel handled 2 patient refusals and was assisted onscene by Shenandoah ALS and East Union Township PD. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.

Photos: Tony Harris


November 27, 2009- 12:42 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11 to 1070 Center Street for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival found a 2 car MVA with all occupants self extricated. SOVFC personnel assisted with traffic control and patient treatment. 3 patients sent to HGH. PSP-F onscene.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


November 21, 2009- 19:50 The SOVFC was requested for Ladder 20 to 220 Ridge Avenue in West Hazleton, Luzerne County for a working house fire. Ladder 20 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, SOVFC members went to work as a roof crew performing ventilation. Units operated for approximately 3 hours.

 


Photos: www.fastfrank.smugmug.com/ J. Kreisher

November 20, 2009- The SOVFC had the opportunity to meet with Representative Dave Argall and members of Park Crest Fish and Game to dedicate the dry hydrant located on site. The entrance to the dry hydrant was recently improved and paved with a grant from Representative Argall.

Photos: Dave Argall staff


November 15, 2009- 02:29 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 10 Main Boulevard for a MVA with fluids down. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival to scene found a 1 car MVA (SUV rollover) with no occupants onscene. East Union Township Command was established by Chief 9-08 (Mummey). The vehicle was stabilized with 2 high-lift jacks and stepchocks. The battery was disabled. Units operated for approximately 1 hour. East Union Township Police Department is handling the accident investigation.

Photos: Richard Neikam


November 1, 2009- 18:00 Members of the SOVFC participated in a vehicle extrication training to practice with the new Hurst Gold Series cutters and spreaders carried on Engine 9-10. Thanks to Allen's Body Shop for donating the vehicles to practice with.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


September 12, 2009- 04:29 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to Schoolhouse Road in East Union Township for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 responded. Chief 9-08 (Mummey) arrived onscene first and established East Union Township Command. Engine 10 arrived onscene and established lighting and traffic control. Found a Jeep vs. fence with no occupants around the vehicle. PSP-F was onscene. Units operated until the vehicle was removed.

Photos: Richard Neikam


September 8, 2009- 08:59 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS to the area of 500 Phinneyville Road for a MVA involving a motorcylce. Engine 10 responded. Upon response, EMS personnel onscene redirected Engine 10 to the Sheppton cemetary to establish a landing zone for Medevac. Upon arrival, Engine 10 personnel established a landing zone. Medevac landed and lifted safely.

Photos: Denny Antonelli


August 27, 2009- 15:06 The SOVFC was dispatched to 30 Park Ave.in Brandonville to establish a landing zone for Medevac. Engine 10 responded and established a landing zone. Medevac landed and lifted safely.

Photos: Richard Neikam


August 24, 2009- Members of the SOVFC participated in an Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program check presentation from Congressman Tim Holden at the Ringtown Valley Fire and Rescue station. Congressman Holden presented the SOVFC with a check for $16,197 which will be used for the purchase of hydraulic rescue tools and a RIT bag. The officers and members of the SOVFC would like to thank Congressman Holden for his continued support of our department.

Photos: Julian Milewski


August 15, 2009- 18:07 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 100 Fourth Street in Oneida for a working house fire. Engine 10, Ladder 20, and Tanker 30 responded. Upon arrival to fourth street, Engine 10 hooked a hydrant and dropped 600 feet of 5 inch hose into the scene. Found a 1 story wood-frame dwelling with heavy smoke and fire from the A/D corner. A 1 3/4" line was stretched into the structure with a majority of the fire load knocked down quickly. East Union Township Command was established by C9-08 (Mummey). Bystanders including President Robert "Bubba" Yurcho and McAdoo Asst. Chief Robert Leshko, began to attack the fire through a vent hole with PW cans before the arrival of the fire department after noticing the fire from his deck next door. East Union Twp. Police Chief Harris arrived shortly after dispatched and assisted with fire attack. Ladder 20 was positioned in the rear of the structure and was used to check for fire extension in the eves of the residence. T107 arrived and took placement at the A/D corner and personnel finished placing ground ladders. A PPV fan was used to remove smoke. West Hazleton RIT arrived and took staging. Overhaul was completed and the fire limited to room and contents. Units onscene: E9-10, L9-20, T9-30, E582, T585, T587, T9-34, E9-14 (fill site), E30-10, T30-35, TW107, T106, L244, EUTPD 68

Photos: Billy Singley


August 1, 2009- 22:21 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 489 Main Boulevard in East Union Township with Nuremberg EMS and Shenandoah ALS for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, found a 1 car MVA (passenger vehicle on its side) with 2 occupants self-extricated. East Union Township PD was already onscene under direction of Chief Harris. East Union Township Command was established by Chief 9-08 (Mummey) and patient care initiated. The vehicle was stablized with step-chocks and cribbing until the towing company could arrive onscene. Traffic control was provided. Patient transported to HGH by Nuremberg EMS. PennDot was contacted to remove a signficant amount of debris from the roadway due to a faulty tar and chip procedure. When they refused to respond, East Union Township Supervisor and Roadmaster Dennis Antonelli activated the township's road department to clear the roadway before more accidents were caused. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


July 29, 2009- 19:10 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 68 East Brandon Street in Sheppton for a MVA with injuries. Engine 9-10 and Squad 9-70 responded. Upon arrival found a one car MVA (pick-up truck vs. tree) with one injury. Fire personnel initiated patient treatment and care was transferred to Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11. Air Medical was requested but unable to fly due to weather conditions. The patient was transported by Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11 to Geisinger Wyoming Valley. Traffic control was provided. East Union Township PD assisted at scene.

Photos: Richard Neikam


July 27, 2009- 22:19 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park to establish a landing zone for Medevac 7. Engine 9-10 responded. Upon arrival a landing zone was established. Medevac 7 landed and lifted safely. The patient was transported to LVMC.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


July 12, 2009- 20:40 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 982 Center Street with Nuremberg EMS for a MVA with entrapment. HTFD E102 also dispatched. Upon arrival to scene, found a one car MVA (vehicle into a block wall that was part an outside bar) with only minor injuries and the driver self- extricated. The patient was transported to SMC-South. PSP-F was also onscene.

Photos: Paul Lech


July 8, 2009- 22:03 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of Nuremberg Mt. Road and Cove Mt. Road for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a one car MVA with one patient self-extricated and walking around the incident scene. East Union Township Command was established by Safety 9-93 (Lech). Traffic control was also provided. Units operated for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Photos: J.C. Kriesher


June 7, 2009 - 14:16 The SOVFC was dispatched to the Sheppton Cemetary to establish a landing zone for LifeFlight 5. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. A landing zone was established and LifeFlight landed safely. Patient was flown to GMC-Danville.

Photos: John Guydish


May 25, 2009 - As part of the Memorial Day celebration, the SOVFC took part in the dedication of a new fence and memorial at the grave site of Louis Bova. Mr. Bova was killed during a mine collapse in the early 1960's that is known as the Sheppton Mine Disaster. The SOVFC, in conjunction with East Union Township, the Sheppton American Legion and Sheppton Sons of the American Legion, installed a new fence and memorial at the location of this disaster. Pictured below is Supervisor Dennis Antonelli giving a speech as part of the memorial as well as Supervisor Ed Shamany, East Union Township Police Officer Tony Harris, and members of the SOVFC taking part in the memorial.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


May 9, 2009 - 14:00 The SOVFC was dispatched along with APTS Medic 11, Nuremberg EMS, East Union Twp. PD, Union Twp. PD, Mahanoy Twp. PD, and Brandonville Fire to the area of 800 Center Street Sheppton for a mock DUI accident. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Enroute, advised by EUTPD Unit 68 that this was a 2 car MVA with one vehicle rolled over and with one ejection and 2 entrapments. Squad 70 along with Chief 9-08 (Mummey) arrived and established East Union Twp. Command. The ejected patient was confirmed as a class 5. Engine 10 arrived and went to work under operations command of Captain 9-91 (Antonelli, Jr.) Firefighters extricated 2 from the roll-over by removing the passenger side doors and rear windshield and patient care was transferred to Medic 11 and Nuremberg EMS. High lift jacks were used for stabilization along with step chocks. Firefighters removed the roof of the other car to free the ejected patient. Brandonville Engine 9-14 provided a charged hoseline during operations and assisted with patient lifting. This public service was provided to East Union Twp. residents to teach the dangers of drinking and driving. We would like to wish a special thanks to East Union Twp. Police Officer Tony Harris for organizing this event, Judge Anthony Kilker who was the guest speaker, Allen's Body Shop for providing the vehicles, Mahanoy Twp. PD, Union Twp. PD, and Don's Auto Wholesale for use of the parking lot.

Photos: Tony Harris


April 23, 2009 - 02:19 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS, APTS Medic 11 (x2), and HTFD R101 for a MVA with entrapment. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival C9-06 (Lucas) established Sheppton command. Found a 2 car MVA (van vs. SUV) with 2 people entrapped. Patients were immobilized in the vehicle by EMS. The patient in the van was extricated using the hydraulic spreaders to force the door and multiple rams to push the dash forward. The driver's seat was cut and a come along was used to pull the metal cage in the back of the van off of the driver's seat. Patient was extricated onto a longboard and transferred to Medic 11. Patient flown to GMC-Danville by LifeFlight 5. The patient in the SUV was extricated using a sawz all to cut part of the door and spreader to force the remainder of the door and push the dash forward. Patient flown by Medevac 7 to LVMC. Both patients extricated in 34 minutes. Overall, excellent teamwork by HTFD, SOVFC, APTS, and Nuremberg EMS.

Photos: Richard Neikam


February 26, 2009 - 02:54 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Shenandoah ALS for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a 1 car MVA (passenger vehicle vs. sign) with one injury. Patient care was initiated and the vehicle's battery disabled. Patient care transferred to Medevac 7 requested and a landing zone was established by Engine 10. Patient flown to LVMC via Medevac 7. PSP-F assisted onscene.

Photos: Kyle Mummey

February 19, 2009 - 12:31 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Shenandoah ALS to the area of 489 Main Boulevard in East Union Twp. for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, units found a one-car MVA (vehicle vs. tree) with one injury. SOVFC personnel initiated patient treatment and provided traffic control until arrival of PSP-F. One patient was transported to Schuylkill Medical Center-East.

Photos: John Rentschler


February 8, 2009 - 09:56 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 65 Green Mountain Road to establish a landing zone for Medevac 7. Engine 10 responded. Medevac 7 landed and lifted safety transporting the patient to LVMC.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


January 25, 2009 - 18:30 The SOVFC was dispatched to 21 West Market Street in Sheppton for a structure fire. Engine 10, Ladder 20, Tanker 30, Utility 61, and Squad 70 responded. Chief 9-08 (Mummey) arrived onscene within minutes of dispatch and confirmed a working fire at the C/D corner of the structure. Sheppton command was established. Engine 10 was directed to lay LDH from the corner of Franklin St. and West Market Street and take the C/D corner of the structure. Tanker 30 dropped the porta-pond at the intersection with Ladder 20 drafting and pumping the LDH. Two 13/4" attack lines were initially stretched with one going into the D side of the structure and the other into the C side. A primary search was negative except for a dog located on the second story. The dog was extricated and EMS provided resuscitation. The dog had unfortunately perished. Ladder 581 was placed at the C/D corner and instructed to cut a vent hole above the fire. An addition 1 3/4" line was stretched from Engine 10 to protect Ladder 581. An 1 3/4" line was stretched from Ladder 20 to the A side of the building to knock extension in the front rooms of the home. Telesquirt 745 was placed at the C/D corner and also ordered to cut a vent hole. Engine 9-14 established a fill site at Beautiful Lake. Tankers 585, 587, 30-35, 106, and 9-34 were placed into staging. Engine 30-10 was also staged. Nuremberg and Shenandoah EMS provided rehab. Fire was held to the first floor at the point of origin with minimal extension to the second story and adjoining rooms. A PSP Fire Marshal along with the East Union Twp. Fire Marshal was onscene for investigation. The American Red Cross also assisted with temporary housing for the homeowners. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental.

   

Photos: Bill Barr, Coal Region Fire (Thank you very much)


January 16, 2009 - 07:16 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS to the area of 10 Main Boulevard in Brandonville for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10/ Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, found a tractor trailer hauling milk through a wooded area with moderate damage to the front end. Personnel assisted EMS with patient extrication. Engine 10 established a landing zone. Patient was airlifted to GMC-D via LifeFlight 5.


Photos: John Rentschler

December 13, 2008 - 14:09 The SOVFC was dispatched with Medic 11, Nuremberg EMS, and HTFD Rescue 101 to the area of 11 Valley Drive for an accident with entrapment. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, found a one vehicle MVA (SUV vs. utility pole) with the vehicle down an embankment. There was one patient confined in the vehicle. Air medical was requested and L20 directed to East Union Twp. LZ #3 to establish a landing zone for Medevac 7. SOVFC and HTFD personnel immobilized the patient and used a stokes basket to extricated the patient up the embankment. Patient transported to LZ by Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11. Patient airlifted to LVMC via Medevac 7.

Photos: Jacki Dombrowski


December 12, 2009 - The SOVFC celebrated our 2008 Christmas party at the Tower's Restaurant in Fern Glen. Fire Marshal Bob Gabardi gave a brief speech re-caping calls and experiences over the last year. This was a great time for the SOVFC family to come together for the holiday season. A special thanks to our friends, family, and the township supervisors for attending our celebration.

Photos: Linda Labert


November 29, 2008 - 20:27 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 152 Main Boulevard in Brandonville with Shenandoah ALS, Ringtown BLS, and Mahanoy City West End Rescue for a MVA with entrapment. Chief 9-06 (Lucas) responded in Squad 70 within 1 minute of dispatch. Engine 10 responded also with a full complement. Chief 9-06 arrived onscene and established East Union Twp. Command. Command reported of a 2 car MVA (truck vs. passenger car) with no entrapment and minimal injuries. Engine 10 and Rescue 465 arrived onscene with PSP-F and provided traffic control. Both vehicle batteries were disabled and debris cleared from the roadway. Ringtown EMS transported one patient BLS to HGH. Assisting in addition to above were Medic 64, Mahanoy City Fire Police, and Mahanoy Twp PD. Units operated for approximately 2 hours until the roadway was cleared.

Photos: John Rentschler


November 21, 2008 - 09:48 The SOVFC was dispatched along with Ringtown Valley Fire, Nuremberg Fire, and Mahanoy City West End for a working house fire. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, units found a chimney fire with extension into the wall of the structure. An 1 3/4" handline was pulled while personnel were put to work pulling and cutting the wall near the chimney. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.

Photos: Mike Lucas


October 12, 2008 - 17:43 The SOVFC was dispatched along with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11 to the area of Nuremberg Road and Cove Mountain Drive in Cove Village for an ATV accident. Squad 70 initially responded as QRS. The patient was located approximately one-half of a mile into a wooded area. The patient was assessed and extricated. Air Medical was requested. Engine 10 responded to establish a landing zone nearby. Medevac 7 landed without incident and transported the patient to LVMC.

Photos: Amanda Morrison


October 10, 2008 - 22:27 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of 80 Nuremberg Mountain Road for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a pick-up truck vs. utility pole with wires down. No patients were found. SOVFC personnel assisted PSP-F with traffic control until the vehicle was removed and PPL repaired the utility pole.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


September 9, 2008 - 08:55 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Main Boulevard and Pumping Station Road for a working garage fire. Engine 10, Ladder 20, Tanker 30, and Squad 70 with Chief 9-06 responded. Upon arrival of C9-06 (Lucas), East Union Twp. Command was established. Initial size-up revealed a nearly fully involved garage with involvement into an adjacent trailer. Engine 10 arrived and layed a 200' of 5 inch supply line to the fire scene. Ladder 20 picked up the supply line and drafted from a porta-pond to supply Engine 10. Tanker 30 dumped tank water and entered into a tanker shuttle with Tanker 30-35. E881 onscene for manpower with Squad 456 from MCFD. E465 established a water supply from Park Crest Fish and Game Club. The 2 1/2" Blitzfire was pulled from E10 to provide an initial attack along with (2) 1 3/4" hoselines. Fire was knocked down quickly and overhaul completed.

Photos: Shenandoah EMS


July 27, 2008 - 08:00 SOVFC members attended a Pumps II class instructed by Mike Kitsock and John Fowler. Members were refreshed in hydrant, draft, and relay pump techniques. Engine 10 participated in the practical portion of the class.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


July 19, 2008 - 21:39 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg Fire, District 30, Hazle Twp Fire and West Hazleton RIT to 941 Center Street In East Union Twp. for a reported house fire. Chief 9-06 arrived on location and confirmed a working fire with heavy fire showing from the rear 2nd and 3rd floors of a large double. E9-10 layed a supply line from Center Street down Cranberry Alley where they placed multiple lines inservice. L581 arrived on location as the first out of town piece and picked up the Engine 10's supply line. Squirt 9-20 was positioned at A side and placed 1 line inservice into the 2nd floor. L581 also supplied them with a supply line. The L581 crew also advanced a line from the Ladder into the 3rd floor after throwing multiple ground ladders. Tower 105 positioned at the A/B corner and went to the roof. Ringtown Valley E30-10 was placed in front of 9-10. E582 was assigned to the fill site. All additional apparatus was placed in staging. The fire was knocked down and contained in about 30 mins with extensive overhaul being performed. Nuremberg units operated for about 3 hours on the scene. Units O/S:L581, E582, T585, T587, E9-10, T9-30, SQUIRT 9-20,SQ 9-70, E9-14, T9-34 E30-10, E30-11, T30-35, Hazle Twp Tower + Rescue, West Hazleton RIT (Ladder + Rescue). Nuremberg and Shenadoah EMS were also on scene and provided rehab.


Photos: NWVFC/ Frank Barr

June 2, 2008 - 08:37 The SOVFC was dispatched as part of a first alarm assignment to 600 Hazle Street in Black Creek Township for a working structure fire. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival, C581 placed E10 into staging and had its manpower as part of an initial fire attack. Personnel experienced heavy fire upon entry with Nuremberg-Weston personnel. Units operated for approximately 3 hours.

Photos: unknown


May 28, 2008 - 12:04 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 69 Green Mountain Road for a MVA with entrapment. HTFD R101 was also on the box. Engine 10 arrived with M9-01 (Gabardi) establishing East Union Twp. Command. Engine 10 confirmed a 2 car MVA with one person entrapped. Engine 10 personnel began extrication with HTFD R101 assisting upon arrival. Patient was extricated and transferred to the care of Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11. Patient flown via Medevac to LVMC.

Photos: HTFD


May 24, 2008 - 09:50 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 11 Valley Drive in Eagle Rock Resort for a MVA with injuries. Units dispatched were Nuremberg EMS x 2 and Medic 11. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, Engine 10 and Squad 70 found a 1 vehicle MVA (SUV rollover) with approximately 6 patients. Nuremberg EMS was requested for an additional BLS as well as Nuremberg Fire due to the call being located in Black Creek Twp. Chief 9-06 (Lucas) established Eagle Rock Command. Six patients were treated by SOVFC personnel and transported to HGH by Nuremberg EMS units. SOVFC personnel also provided support for East Union Twp. PD 68 and PSP-H. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


May 19, 2008 - 00:56 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 107 2nd Street in Oneida, East Union Twp. for an unknown type fire. Engine 10, Ladder 20, and Squad 70 responded. Safety Officer 9-93 (Lech) arrived onscene first and confirmed a working boat fire. Engine 10 and Ladder 20 arrived with C9-08 (Mummey) establishing East Union Township Command. A 1 3/4" line was advanced and fire extinguished. Overhaul operations were performed. Marshal 9-01 (Gabardi) and the PSP Fire Marshal are handling the investigation.

Photos: Kevin Hruniuk


April 22, 2008 - 00:38 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Valley Regional Medic 26 to the area of 69 Green Mountain Road for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded and arrived onscene to find a two-car MVA (tractor trailer vs. car) with one injury. SOVFC personnel initiated patient treatment and controlled traffic. PSP-F onscene. Patient transported to HGH by Medic 26.

Photos: Christine Kashak


April 16, 2008- 11:47 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of Phinneyville Road and Center Street in Sheppton for a brush fire. Tanker 30, Brush 40, and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, units found a large working brush fire. Command was established under Chief 9-06 (Lucas). Ringtown Valley and Nuremberg brush trucks were also on the box. Forestry was called and provided mulitple air-drops. Units operated for approximately 2 hours. Nuremberg and Shenandoah EMS provided rehab.

Photos: Bill Barr


April 12-13, 2008- Members of the SOVFC particpated in the The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy "Academy on the Road- Rapid Intervention Team Exercises (ZRITE)" program. Members learned and practiced rapid intervention team procedures and self rescue techniques over the course of two days.


Photos: www.hazletwpfirerescue.com


April 16, 2008 - 16:55 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Shenandoah ALS to 589 Main Boulevard for a MVA with unknown injuries. Upon arrival, Ladder 20 found a one car MVA (rollover) with one patient refusing treatment. East Union Township Command was established. SOVFC personnel assisted with debris removal. EMS units cancelled.

Photos: Robert Rentschler.


March 26, 2008 - 18:30 The Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company received the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant totaling $36,100.00. This grant will be used to purchase a turn-out gear washer and SCBA fill station. Pictured below is Representative Tim Holden with members of the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company.

Photos: Tim Holden staff members


March 6, 2008 - 23:42 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of 589 Main Boulevard for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, units confirmed a one-car MVA rollover with one injury. Captain 9-92 (Schmidt) established East Union Township Command. Upon arrival of Engine 10, the patient was immobilized and care transferred to Ambulance 971. Patient transported to HGH and air-lifted to Lehigh Valley Medical Center. SOVFC personnel assisted East Union Police with traffic control. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.

Photos: Jeff Rupert


March 5, 2008 - 09:14 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with no injuries and fluids down. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival to scene, units confirmed a 1 vehicle accident with no injuries. Traffic control was provided until PSP-F arrived. Units operated for approximately 30 minutes.

Photos: Paul Lech


March 4, 2008 - 19:54 The SOVFC was dispatched along with a first alarm assignment to 34 East Pine Street for a house fire. Chief 9-06 (Lucas) responded with Squad 9-70 and arrived onscene moments after dispatch. East Union Twp. Command was established and reported a working porch fire with heavy smoke showing. Ladder 20 was ordered to the address. Engine 10 was ordered as a back-up engine in the alley to the rear of the structure. A 1 3/4" line was pulled from Ladder 20 and Engine 10. Interior crews quickly knocked down the majority of fire. A search team cleared divisions 1 and 2 and vented the structure. A K12 saw was placed into service and used to cut some of the outside wall to check for extension. The TIC was used to check for extension and the fire was held to the porch and outside wall on 'Side C'. Positive pressure ventilation was used to evacuate smoke from the structure. The East Union Twp. Fire Marshal is investigating.

Photos: Paul Lech


February 25, 2008 - 11:49 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 26 to the entrance of Cove Mountain Drive for a MVA with entrapment. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Squad 9-70 arrived onscene first and confirmed a one vehicle MVA with no entrapment and one semi-responsive patient. Engine 10 arrived shortly afterward. Fire personnel assessed the patient and began extrication. Nuremberg EMS arrived and the patient was extricated onto a longboard. Nuremberg EMS requested air medical. Engine 10 established a landing zone at the entrance to Cove Village. Medevac 7 transported the patient to GMC-D. PSP-F also onscene.

Photos: Denny Antonelli


January 19, 2008 - 09:00 The SOVFC in conjuction with the University of Pennsylvania Health System sponsored a PennStar AirCraft Safety Class. Members of the SOVFC were trained on the proper ground operations for landing medical aircraft. A thanks goes to the crew of PennStar IV for their help during the class and a special thanks to Flight Nurse Crystal Simmons and our own Flight Nurse/PHRN Rick Grabosky for instructing the class.

Photos: Christine Kashak


January 17, 2008 - 16:15 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival, units found a 2-car MVA with 3 patients. All occupants were self-extricated and refused treatment. EMS cancelled. Personnel provided traffic control. Upon arrival of PSP-F, all units cleared.

Photos: T.J. Rentschler


January 1, 2008 - 08:43 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of 1300 Center Street for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10/Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival to scene found a one car MVA (SUV into a ditch). The occupant was self-extricated but had only minor injuries. SOVFC personnel provided traffic control. The patient was transported to HGH via Ambulance 980. PSP-Hazleton onscene.

Photos: J.C. Kriesher


December 17, 2007 - 04:12 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of 69 Green Mountain Road for a MVA with injury. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival of E10, found a one car MVA (minivan vs. utility pole) with one patient injured. SOVFC personnel provided lighting and traffic control. Patient treated by Nuremberg EMS and Medic 26 and transported to HGH. Units operated for approximately 30 minutes.

Photo: Kyle Mummey


December 9, 2007 - 19:51 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS, Medic 26, and Hazle Twp. R101 for a MVA with entrapment and a possible class 5 at 1053 Center Street in Sheppton. Engine 10 responded first and arrived onscene to confirm a vehicle in tree and a class 1 patient heavily entrapped. Engine 10 immediately went to work. Squad 70 arrived with Chief 9-06 (Lucas) and established East Union Township Command. Engine 10 personnel stablized the vehicle with step chocks and forced the front passenger door. Access was made to the patient and cervical spine precautions taken. The patient was trapped due to approximately 2-3 feet of intrusion into the passenger compartment. The roof was removed using the Hurst O-cutter and reciprocating saw. HTFD R101 personnel arrived and assisted with the roof removal. The steering column was pulled using a come-along and dash rolled using a Hurst Ram. The patient's jacket was cut and the patient removed from the entanglement onto a longboard. The patient was transported by Nuremberg EMS and Medic 26 to HGH and later transferred to LVMC.

Photos: HTFD/Mike Lucas


December 7, 2007 - The SOVFC celebrated its annual Christmas Party at the Tower's Restaurant. Pictured below are the members of the SOVFC. The officers and members of the SOVFC wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Photos: Amanda Rentschler


December 1, 2007 - 21:29 The SOVFC was dispatched to 53 Mountain Drive for a house fire. Engine 10 /Ladder 20 /Tanker 30/ Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival Ladder 20 took the 'A' side of the structure with Engine 10 at the A/D corner. Chief 9-06 (Lucas) established East Union Township Command and assigned Captain 9-92 (Schmidt) to Operations. Personnel found a light smoke condition inside the structure and confirmed a chimney fire. Smoke was naturally ventilated. Ladder 20 was extended for roof operations. Engine 10 personnel were directed to the roof via an extension ladder and roof ladder. A chimney sweep and dry chemical extinguisher were used to extinguish the fire. Units on the box were: E10, L20, T30, S70, E582, L581, T585, T587, T30-35, E30-11, TW105, T106, R245, L244.

Photos: Christine Kashak


November 29, 2007 - 08:59 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 413 Main Boulevard with Shenandoah ALS for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 responded and arrived onscene to find a one-vehicle MVA with multiple injuries. Captain 9-91 (Antonelli) established East Union Township Command. SOVFC assisted EMS personnel with packaging patients and provided traffic control until released by PSP-F. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.

Photos: Denny Antonelli


November 25, 2007 - 09:00 The SOVFC, led by Captain 9-92 (Schmidt) participated in a training exercise. Firefighters completed various evolutions consisting of a roof and wall simulator and participants did various breeching and ventilations tactics. Personnel operated for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Photos: Christine Kashack


November 23, 2007 - 22:56 At 22:56 on Friday, November 23, 2007 the SOVFC was dispatched to Main and Washington Streets in Shenandoah for a working commercial fire. Engine 10 and Tanker 30 were requested. Both units responded with full compliments. Upon arrival of both units, Tanker 30 immediately was directed to the dump site by Water Supply Officer C30-01 and entered the tanker shuttle. Engine 10 was directed to the intersection north of the fire to establish a relay pump from Engine 30-10 to E881 on the 'C' side of the left exposure. Engine 10 dropped approximately 250' of 3" supply line. The engine crew was then directed to the 'C' side of the structure to relieve some of the firefighters working to protect the rear exposure. SOVFC units operated for approimately 2 hours.

   

Photos: Christine Kashak


November 11, 2007 - 02:22 At 02:22 hours on Saturday, November 17, Schuylkill County 911 dispatched Fire District 9, Stations 1 and 2 – Brandonville and Sheppton-Oneida, and Shenandoah ALS to 235 Main Blvd. for an accident with injuries. Medic 6403 was the first unit on air and was advised the county received a second call reporting two injuries, with one female entrapped.At this time Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 and Ringtown BLS were added to the box. Sheppton-Oneida Engine/Rescue 9-10 was responding shortly after the initial dispatch with a crew of four, led by Captain Derek Schmidt. Squad 9-70 responded with three including 9-06, Chief Lucas. Both units arrived on scene to find Medic 64 already on scene confirming a one vehicle accident, pick-up truck rollover with one patient still inside; Chief 9-06 assumed Main Blvd. command and assigned Asst. Chief Mummey to safety officer. Crews found that the vehicle was sitting on its side in the middle of a field. Firefighters Kriesher and Damms immediately began stabilizing the vehicle using step chocks and wedges. Brandonville Engine 9-14 arrived on scene and was instructed to direct traffic. Crews began to stretch the Hurst O-Cutters and the reciprocating saw.Once stabilization was complete, Captain Schmidt took out the windshield and Firefighter Kriesher began cutting the A-Post. After the A-Post was cut, the cutters were handed off to Captain Schmidt and the B-Post was cut. A relief cut was made to the roof and then crews flapped down the roof. At this time, Rescue 993 arrived on scene and assisted putting the patient onto a backboard and carried the patient out of the field to an awaiting ambulance.Since both engines on scene were already tied up, command requested an engine from Ringtown Valley to respond to Park Ave. in Brandonville to setup a landing zone; Medic 64 requested both patients be airlifted to trauma centers. Engine 30-10 responded and landed both MedEvac 7 and LifeFlight 5. After the patient was successfully extricated, crews cleaned up and awaited the arrival of a unit from the Pennsylvania State Police. Sheppton-Oneida units remainded on scene until approximately 04:30 hours. As of this writing there was no update on the condition of either patient.

Photos: JC Kriesher


October 3, 2007 - 09:59 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 250 Green Mountain Road for a barn fire. The remainder of the first alarm assignment included: Ringtown Valley Fire (Engine/Tanker), Mahanoy City West End (Engine), Mahanoy City Citizens (Tower/Squad), and Shenandoah Heights (Engine). Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Squad 70 arrived first to confirm a fully-involved barn fire with structure collapse. There was brush surrounding the property that was also burning. At that time, Tower 456 was recalled. Tankers from Ryan Township, Mahanoy City Good American, and Nuremberg-Weston were requested. Engine 881 was directed to Park Crest Fish and Game to establish a fill site. Chief 9-08 (Mummey) arrived onscene to assume East Union Township Command. The deck gun from Engine 10 was utilized to knock a majority of fire down before two 1 3/4" handlines were stretched to extinguish the fire load and surrounding grass that was burning. A significant amount of overhaul was completed to remove metal roofing that was obscuring fire. Engine 30-12 was utilized as the supply engine to Engine 10. Units operated for approximately 3 hours.

Photos: Robert Gabardi


September 25, 2007 - 18:37 The SOVFC was dispatched to the Humboldt Industial Park with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 26 for a person down. Squad 9-70 initially responded with QRS personnel. Upon assessment, a MI alert was called and airmedical requested. Engine 10 responded to establish a landing zone. Medevac 4 landed without incident. Patient transported to Lehigh Valley Medical Center.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


September 22, 2007 - 02:23 The SOVFC was dispatched to 100 Nuremberg Mountain Road for a MVA with unknown injuries. Nuremberg EMS also due on the box. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival to scene found a one car MVA (car into trees) with no patients onscene. A search of the immediate area revealed no patients. EMS was recalled. Personnel established traffic control and lighting. PSP-F onscene. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.

Photos: J.C. Kriesher


August 28, 2007 - 15:06 The SOVFC was dispatched to 100 Walden Drive for a vehicle leaking fluids. Engine 10/ Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a cement truck rolled over. SOVFC personnel stablized the deisel and antifreeze leak and provided fire protection as the vehicle was removed from the area.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


August 25, 2007 - 0233 The SOVFC and Nuremberg EMS was dispatched to the area of 486 Main Boulevard for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 responded. Upon arrival to scene found a one vehicle MVA (SUV rollover) with a sheered utility pole onscene. The one occupant inside the vehicle was self extricated. SOVFC personnel stablized the vehicle. The occupant was immobilized and a helicopter requested along with Shenandoah ALS. Due to weather conditions no aeromedical services were available. The patient was transported by ground to GSRMC. PSP-F assisted SOVFC personnel onscene.

Photos: J.C. Kriesher


August 14, 2007 - 02:08 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a one vehicle MVA with no patients around. SOVFC personnel provided traffic control and cleared debris from the roadway. PSP-F assisted onscene.

Photos: Robert Rentschler


July 30, 2007 - 15:07 The SOVFC was dispatched to assist Hazle Twp. Fire on Muskegon Circle in Eagle Rock for a reported structure fire. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Chief 9-06 (Lucas) arrived onscene and advised of a light smoke condition in the second story of the facility. Upon further investigation, C9-06 confirmed burned food as the cause of the smoke. All units were advised to respond under caution. Engine 10 arrived and began positive pressure ventilation. Engine 102/103 and TW 105 arrived with C101 (Kostician) assuming Hazle Twp. Command and continued ventilation operations. After the smoke was ejected, all units were released by C101.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


July 26, 2007 - 15:03 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of SR 924 for a vehicle fire. Engine 10/Squad 70 responded within minutes of dispatch. Units arrived to find a working vehicle fire with heavy fire in the engine compartment and extension to the passenger compartment. East Union Twp. command was established by C9-08 (Mummey) and a 1 3/4" hoseline was extended. The fire was quickly extinguished and overhaul completed. PSP-F was onscene for investigation.


Photos: Kyle Mummey

July 24, 2007 - 03:06 The SOVFC was dispatched along with Hazle Twp. Fire and Rescue to the intersection of Golfwood Drive and Country Drive for a MVA with entrapment. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found one vehicle over an embankment with one occupant entrapped. The vehicle was stabilized using a come-along and patient extricated within 10 minutes by SOVFC and HTFD firefighters. Patient flown to a trauma center via Medevac.

Photos: HTFD/Christine Kashack


July 11, 2007 - 20:54 The SOVFC was dispatched along with the first alarm structure assignment for an apartment fire. Ladder 20, Engine 10, and Tanker 30 responded within moments of dispatch. Upon arrival, units found an extinguished kitchen fire in a 2nd floor apartment of this building. Captain 9-91 (Antonelli, Jr.) established East Union Twp. Command. Ladder 20 took placement for aerial operations. A 1 3/4" hoseline was stretched into the affected apartment for overhaul. Firefighters used the TIC to check for extension and pulled various sections of ceiling and walls. Positive pressure ventilation was established and firefighters were placed for salvage operations in adjoining apartments. Units operated for approximately 1 hour. Units on the box in addition to SOVFC units were: E581, T585, T587 (cx.); Engine 103, TW 105(cx) E 30-10, T30-35 (cx.) T9-34 (cx.); L244 RIT (cx.)


Photos: JC Kriesher

June 12, 2007 - 00:31 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with no injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a one vehicle MVA with a non-injured driver. Chief 9-08 (Mummey) established command. The vehicle was found over a small embankment into a small creek that runs underneath the highway. A utility pole was also sheered. The vehicle was stabilized and lighting provided for PSP-F. Debris was cleared off of the roadway. Units operated for appoximately 1 1/2 hours.

Photos: Christine Kashack


June 2, 2007 - 12:48 The SOVFC was dispatched with Brandonville Fire and Shenandoah ALS to the area of 82 Main Boulevard for an accident with unknown injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Arrived onscene to find a 2 car MVA with no injuries and fluids down. Engine 9-14 was also onscene.

Photos: J.C. Kriesher


May 15, 2007 - 03:02 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 26 to the area of SR 924 for a MVA with rollover. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Arrived onscene to find a one vehicle accident with 2 patients and a vehicle on its side. Both patients were immobilized and care transported to HGH by Nuremberg EMS. Engine and Squad crews assisted with clean-up and traffic control.

Photos: Jeff Rupert


April 23, 2007 - 04:50 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS and Shenandoah ALS for a MVA involving a motorcycle. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a motorcycle vs. deer with the rider ejected approximately 15 feet. The SOVFC assisted with patient packaging. The patient was then flown to GMC at the request of Shenandoah ALS. Engine 10 established the landing zone.


Photos: Derek Schmidt


February 25, 2007 - 14:05 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of SR924 and Chapel Road for a MVA with ejection. Engine 10 responded to scene and on arrival found a one car MVA with rollover and the occupant ejected approximately 20 feet. Patient care was initiated. Ladder 20 was dispatched to establish a landing zone. Air Medical units were unable to fly due to weather. Upon arrival to scene, patient transferred to Nuremberg EMS and transported to GMC-D with Shenandoah ALS.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


February 25, 2007 - 10:54 The SOVFC was dispatched to assist Nuremberg EMS and Medic 11 with a skiing accident. Engine 9-10 established a landing zone. Patient air-lifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville via Lifeflight 5.

Photos: John Damms


February 9, 2007 - 08:51 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS and Brandonville Fire to SR 924 and Phinneyville Road for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Engine 10/ Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a one car MVA with heavy damage to the vehicle but no entrapment. SOVFC personnel controlled traffic and assisted Medic 6403 with extrication. The patient was air-lifted via LifeFlight 5 to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville via a landing zone in a nearby field.

Photos: Frank Andruscavage/ Kyle Mummey


January 26, 2007- Captain Derek Schmidt completed the Anne Arundel County, Maryland fire academy as part of Recruit Class 47 and joins the department as the rank of firefighter. Pictured left is Captain Schmidt with Department Chief David Stokes. SOVFC members Kyle Mummey, T.J. Rentschler, and Stephen Motil are pictured with Captain Schmidt and Montgomery County and Hazle Township Firefighter Tom Ward. Congratulations Derek on a job well done!


Pictures: Stephen Motil

January 22, 2007 - As an ongoing service and committment to East Union Township residents, Geisinger Life Flight and The Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company have placed a global positioning system into service aboard Engine 10. This will allow precise coordination of landing zones for the Geisinger program when flying to East Union Township and will better allow the SOVFC to perform search and rescue operations. Pictured below are FF/EMT Robert Rentschler accepting the unit on behalf of the SOVFC and Dave Prince, Outreach Coordinator for the Geisinger Life Flight program. The SOVFC would like to wish a special thanks to Dave and the Geisinger system as we look forward to working together in the future!


Picture: Denny Antonelli

January 15, 2007 - 21:09 The SOVFC along with Brandonville Fire was dispatched to the area of 68 Main Boulevard for an unknown type fire. Engine 9-10 responded shortly after dispatch and a second call was received that this incident was going to be involving a pavillion. Chief 9-08 (Mummey) arrived onscene and assumed command reporting 2 working fires (pavillion and garage). Ringtown Valley was dispatched for an engine and tanker. Upon Engine 10 arrival a 1 3/4" handline was pulled to protect and extinguish the garage fire. The Blitzfire was used to knock down the pavillion fire. Engine 9-14 arrived and pulled an 1 3/4" handline to help with overhaul. Firefighters achieved a quick knockdown with only minimal damage to the nearby garage. Overhaul was completed and units operated for approximately 1 hour. The East Union Township Fire Marshal is handling the investigation.




Photos: Stephen Motil


January 13, 2007 - 14:06 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg Ambulance and Medic 26 to the area of 1220 Center Street in East Union Township for a MVA with injuries. Arrived onscene to find a one car MVA with a sheered utility pole. Traffic was controlled while PSP-F investigated and PPL repaired the utility pole. All patients refused treatment. Units operated for approximately 1 hour.


Photos: Christine Kashack

January 7, 2007 - Under the direction of Captain Schmidt (9-92) the SOVFC participated in a long day of training. Firefighters practiced blind doning/doffing of SCBA, hoseline advancement, ladders, ventilation tactics, aerial apparatus practices and rapid intervention team skills. This is part of our ongoing committment of professional service to East Union Township residents.

Photos: Christine Kashack


January 2, 2007- 15:08 The SOVFC and Citizen's Fire Company were dispatched to the area of Main Boulevard and Park Street in East Union Township for a MVA involving a fuel spill. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Arrived to find a 2 car MVA (tractor trailor vs. passenger car) with no injuries. Approximately 25 gallons of diesel fuel had spilled onto the roadway. Firefighters contained the spill with absorbant until it could be addressed by the trucking company's clean up team. Schuylkill County EMA was also onscene.

Photos: JC Kriesher


December 31, 2006 - 01:56 The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS and Brandonville Fire to the area of Main Boulevard and Phinneyville Road for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a 1 car MVA with moderate damage blocking the northbound lane. The occupant was transported BLS to a local hospital by Shenandoah ALS.

Photos: Tom Charters


December 30, 2006 - 11:22 The SOVFC was dispatched to 11 Valley Drive with VRFR Medic 26 and Nuremberg EMS for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found one pediatric patient that was struck in the lower leg by an out of control vehicle. The patient was packaged by SOVFC personnel and transported to HGH by Nuremberg EMS. Medic 26 was cancelled enroute.

Photos: TJ Rentschler


December 27. 2006 - 05:53 The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to the area of 974 Center Street for a MVA with unknown injuries. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded. Upon arrival found a pick-up truck into a wooded area with extremely icy road conditions. The occupant refused treatment. Units provided traffic control until arrival of PSP-Frackville.

Photo: John Damms


November 29, 2006 - 17:55 The SOVFC was dispatched to the area of 887 Center Street in Sheppton for a MVA with injuries. Engine 10 responded with Chief 9-08 (Mummey). Upon arrival found a three car MVA involving a sheered utility pole with wires down. All occupants refused treatment. Ladder 20 was sent to the area of Phinneyville Road and SR 924 to establish a traffic control point. The roadway was shut down for approximately 5 hours while PPL fixed the utility pole.

 

Photos: Bobby Rentschler


November 22, 2006 - 19:26 The SOVFC was dispatched to the intersection of Cove Mountain Drive and Nuremberg Mountain Road for a MVA with ejection. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded under direction of C9-08 (Mummey). QRS 971 had just arrived onscene at this point and requested air medical to fly. Ladder 20 was dispatched to respond to the entrance to Cove Village to establish a Landing Zone for LifeFlight 5. Upon arrival, units found a one car MVA (truck roll-over) with one patient seriously injured. SOVFC personnel packaged the patient for transport to the landing zone by Nuremberg EMS and Medic 23. Patient transported to GMC-D by Lifeflight 5.

 

Photos: J.C. Kriesher


November 17, 2006 - 12:13 The SOVFC was dispatched to the intersection of SR 924 and SR 339 for a MVA with entrapment. Engine 10 and Squad 70 with C9-06 (Lucas) responded. Rescue 993 was dispatched also. Upon arrival, units found a 2 car MVA with 2 patients entrapped. C9-06 (Lucas) assummed Sheppton command and Engine 10 was directed to one vehicle while R993 was directed to another. The accident was actually in Union Township so U.T.F.D. was dispatched. Both patients were extricated by forcing the driver's door. Both patients were transported to the landing zone established by U.T.F.D. and taken to GMC-D.



Photos: T.J. Rentschler

November 15, 2006 - 20:08 The SOVFC was dispatched as part of a first alarm assignment to 182 Mahanoy Street in Nuremberg for a working structure fire. EMS C980 called in the fire with smoking showing on the first floor. Engine 10 and Tanker 30 responded under direction of C9-06 (Lucas). Upon arrival, SOVFC personnel performed a primary search of the apartment adjacent to the apartment of origin and proceeded to the second division to complete a primary search of another apartment. Fire extension was found in the second division and knocked down. Engine 10 established a fill site for tankers at the Weston Dam while Tanker 30 entered the water shuttle but did not dump. Units operated for approximately 2 hours.

Photos: Nicole Buak


November 2, 2006 - 02:01 The SOVFC was dispatched as part of a first alarm assignment to Temple Inland in the Humboldt Industrial Park for a working structure fire. Engine 10 responded and was given an assignment to ventilate all doors on the "B" side of the structure upon arrival. Fire was located in a cardboard compactor unit and was quickly knocked down by HTFD personnel. Engine 10 along with Ladder 244 ventilated the structure using negative and positive pressure fans. Ladder 20 remained crewed in quarters as part of the second alarm assignment. Units operated for approximately 2 hours.

Photos: Bill Barr


October 31, 2006 - As a continuing public service and committment to public safety, the SOVFC provided a safe crossing for Halloween trick or treaters in Sheppton. Personnel handed out candy and fire prevention materials for approximately 120 children.

Photos: Kyle Mummey


October 14, 2006 - The SOVFC held a vehicle rescue demonstration as part of its 2006 fire prevention activities. SOVFC Firefighters educated the public in the use of cribbing, hydraulic rescue tools, reciprocating saws, come alongs, and air bags and patient extrication techniques with a real patient. Special thanks to Gallagher Trucks Sales for donation of the cars and to Frank Andruscavage for providing press coverage of the event.

Photos: Frank Andruscavage/ Kristin Lawson/ Nicole Buak


September 26, 2006 - The SOVFC was dispatched to 516 Whitebread Lane to assist Nuremberg-Weston Fire with a commercial garage fire. Truck 20 and Tanker 30 responded. The SOVFC crew assisted with fire attack, ventilation, and overhaul. Tanker 30 dumped multiple times.


Photo: NWVFC


August 31, 2006 11:01 - The SOVFC was dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment to 123 Aristes Road, Union Township for a working barn fire. Telesquirt 20 and Tanker 30 responded. Upon arrival Tanker 30 entered the tanker shuttle and Telesquirt 20 staged nearby. Under direction of C673 (Dunsavage) SOVFC personnel assisted with overhaul of approximately 1,500 bails of hay and fire supression. Later in the incident Telesquirt 20 was raised along multiple step guns and a backhoe to overheul the fire. Two dump sites were utilized and an estimated 1,000,000+ gallons of water were used from two different fill sites to fight the fire. SOVFC units operated for approximately 8 hours.

Photos: Ann Kovalewski/MCFD/NEPA Fire Photos


August 20, 2006 14:00 - The SOVFC was dispatched with Ringtown Fire Company, Union Township Fire Company, Ringtown Ambulance, Nuremberg Ambulance, and Shenandoah ALS to the area of the Ringtown Elementary School for a mock DUI MVA with entrapment and injury. TS 20 responded under command of C9-08 (Mummey) and arrived to find a two vehicle MVA with multiple patients entrapped and multiple class 5 patients. C673 (Dunsavage) had incident command and TS 20 crew was directed to an older model sedan with an unresponsive patient entrapped in the rear seat. TS 20 crew along with medics from Shenandoah ALS provided initial patient treatment while the car was stabilized and both doors were spread and the roof removed via Hurst Combi-tool and a saws all. The patient was immobilized, extricated and released to A944. Units O/S: C673, E672, E30-10, TS 9-20, M6401, A944, A971, Ringtown PD, North Union PD, Delano PD. This demonstration gave the public a good look at the dangers of drunk driving and the function of emergency services at motor vehicle accidents.

Photos: Christine Kaschak/Nicole Buak


August 19, 2006 01:27 - The SOVFC was dispatched along with Brandonville Fire Company and Shenandoah ALS to the intersection of Pumping Station Road and Main Boulevard in East Union Township for a MVA with injuries and ejection. C9-08 (Mummey) arrived onscene shortly after dispatched and confirmed a 2-car MVA with one patient ejected. Both vehicle were heavily damaged with one vehicle rolled several times and the other sitting upright in a small pond. Lifeflight was immediately launched to St. John's Church in Brandonville for the ejected driver with Brandonville Engine 9-14 to handle the landing zone. TS 20 and Squad 70 arrived onscene shortly afterwards and provided patient care until Shenandoah ALS arrived. TS crew provided lighting for the investigation by PSP-F and cleared debris from the roadway. Units o/s: TS 20, Squad 70, Engine 9-14, Shenandoah ALS, PSP-F.

Photos: T.J. Rentschler


August 4, 2006 06:33 - The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg Ambulance to the area of 61 Green Mountain Road in the East Union Township section of the Humboldt Industrial Park for a MVA with no injuries and wires down. TS 20 responded under command of C9-06 (Lucas). Upon arrival found one vehicle into a sheered utility pole and the occupant self-extricated. TS 20 crew provided traffic control and cleared debris from the roadway. PPL was called to replace the utility pole.

Photos: J.C. Kriesher


July 16, 2006 07:42- The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg Ambulance to 945 Center Street in Sheppton, East Union Township for a Motor Vehicle Accident with Injuries. TS 20 responded under command of C9-06 (Lucas) and arrived to find a 2 vehicle minor MVA with one minor injury. The injured driver was transported to HGH. TS 20 handled patient care and traffic control until arrival of Nuremberg EMS. Debris was cleared from the roadway prior to clearing scene.

Photo: Mike Lucas


July 1, 2006 - Members of the SOVFC participated in a structure burn class hosted by the Nuremberg-Weston Fire Company. Firefighters practiced search and rescue techniques along with engine and truck company functions. SOVFC members participating included firefighters T.J. Rentschler, Kevin Hruniuk, John Guydish, Vicky Guydish, Captain Denny Antonelli (9-91), Captain Derek Schmidt (9-92), and Assistant Chief Kyle Mummey (9-08). Tanker 9-30 shuttled water from a nearby fill site. Special thanks to Dennis and Kendra Mummey for donating the house on their land for training.

Photos: Nicole Buak


June 27, 2006 18:00 - The SOVFC was dispatched for its first pump detail during the heavy rain and flooding around 18:00. Our station operated for 29 continuous hours and pumped many basements, removed trees from roadways, and provided traffic control. Through the dedication of our volunteers, the residents of East Union Township remained safe throughout the flooding.

Photos: Nicole Buak


June, 2006 - The Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company recently received an AED through the Rural AED Program. Picture below are Steve Martin (Director of Education Services) for the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council, J.C. Kriesher (FF/EMT), Stephen Motil (FF/EMT), and Dr. Everett Binns (Executive Director of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council). The SOVFC would like to thank the members of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council for helping us to acheive this grant. This The Sheppton-Oneida Fire Company QRS has recorded 2 sudden cardiac death saves to date.

Photo: Eastern PA EMS Council


June 2, 2006 - The SOVFC was dispatched with Nuremberg EMS to 450 Country Club Drive in Eagle Rock for a MVA with minor injuries.  Engine 10 responded and found a vehicle onto an embankment.  Three patients were transported BLS to HGH. Engine 10 crew assisted with patient care. 

Photos: Kyle Mummey

 

May 29, 2006 - The SOVFC, in conjunction with the American Legion Sheppton Post, honored its veterans on Memorial Day.  The American Flag was proudly flown atop Squirt 9-20.   

Photos: Kyle Mummey

 
 April 29, 2006 - The SOVFC was dispatched with Shenandoah ALS to 450 Phinneyville Road for a MVA with unknown injuries.  Engine 10 responded and arrived to find an SUV vs. tree. The occupant was transported to HGH.  Engine 10 crew conducted traffic control and cleaned the roadway of debris. 

Photos: J.C. Kriesher

 
April 8, 2006 - The SOVFC, Shenandoah ALS, Nuremberg BLS, and Mahanoy City Rescue were dispatched to the area of 489 Main Boulevard for a MVA with entrapment. Engine 10 and Squad 70 responded within moments of dispatched. Upon arrival, units found a sedan on its side with one occupant confined within the vehicle. The patient was extricated by the SOVFC via a roof flap and transported BLS to a local hospital.
 
Photos: Kyle Mummey
 
April 8, 2006 - J. Yurick's Emergency Equipment hosted a Foam Technician Training at the SOVFC. Jim Cottrell from National Foam instructed the class in which firefighters from numerous companies learned foam techniques and applications. The SOVFC would like to thank Jim Yurick for sponsoring this class. 
 

Photos: Nicole Buak

 
April 7, 2006 - The SOVFC and Nuremberg EMS dispatched to 903 Center Street in Sheppton for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries, car into a house. E9-10 arrived on the scene (directly across from the station) to find one car into a house with no injuries.
 

Photo: JC Kriesher
 
April 2, 2006 - Sheppton-Oneida VFC was dispatched for the engine, tanker, and brush to the Back Weston Road, Black Creek Twp., to assist Nuremberg Fire with a brush fire with cars involved. All three pieces went responding shortly after the first page.  Crews assisted in fire suppression and overhaul.
Photos: JC Kriesher

March 19, 2006 - The members of the SOVFC participated in a Structure Burn class held at the Schuylkill County Fire Training Facility in Frackville. The members' knowledge of firefighting was refreshed and new techniques were taught to effectively fight structure fires. The participating members would like to thank Michael Kitsock for instructing the class and the Nuremberg-Weston Vol. Fire Company for providing a back-up engine for the class. 

Photos: Nicole Buak

 

March 3, 2006 - At 19:37, the SOVFC, Shenandoah ALS, Nuremberg EMS, and Mahanoy City West End Rescue were dispatched to 489 Main Blvd., for a MVA with reported entrapment. E10 and S70 arrived on scene to find a two car MVA, car vs plow-truck, with two injuries, no entrapment.  At this time,Rescue 993 was cancelled by Captain 9-92.  The crew from District 9 packaged the patients to prepare them for transport. The crew also provided traffic control until the car was removed from the scene. 

Click here to listen to dispatch(Audio courtesy of Stephen Motil) 

Photos: JC Kriesher 

March 2, 2006 - Around 15:30, the SOVFC, Citizens Fire Co., and Shenandoah ALS were dispatched to 190 Main Blvd., for a MVA with injuries.  E10 arrived on scene to find a two car head-on MVA with injuries.  Upon clearing the scene and returning to the station, E10 came upon a one car MVA, car over embankment, with no injuries.  The crew remained on scene to provide traffic control until car was removed. 

Photos: Kyle Mummey

 
March 2, 2006 - Around 11:00 hours, the SOVFC, Citizens Fire Co., and Ringtown BLS were dispatched to Rattlin Run Road for a MVA with unknown injuries.  E10 arrived on scene to find a one car MVA, car into a tree, with no injuries.  The engine crew disconnected the battery and provided traffic control until arrival of PSP. Engine 9-14 stood-by on the scene. 


Photos: JC Kriesher
 
Febuary 28, 2006 - SOVFC and Nuremberg EMS were dispatched to SR924 and Green Mountain Road for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries.  E10 and S70 arrived on scene to find a vehicle into the entrance sign for Humboldt, with no one around.  The driver then returned to the seen and seeked transported to the hosptial via ambulance.  Ambulance 980 transported the patient.
 
Photos: JC Kriesher
 
Around 05:44 on January 23, Sheppton Fire, Brandonville Fire, and Shenandoah ALS dispatched to 316 Main Blvd., East Union Twp., for a MVA with unknown injuries. Upon responding county notified E9-10 that there was going to be one injury with confinement. Upon arrival on scene E10 found a one car mva, car vs mutliple trees with the pt. extricated by ALS crew. Pt. transported BLS by 6401.
 

Photos: JC Kriesher
 
After getting cancelled for a tree down, the SOVFC, along with the Citizens of Brandonville were dispatched to Park Ave. in Brandonville for a vehicle fire.  E10 arrived on scene to find a pick-up truck involved.  E10's crew extinguished the flames quickly and went home.
Photos: JC Kriesher and John Damms
 
During the early morning of January 13, 2006, the SOVFC, Brandonville Fire Company, and Shenandoah ALS were dispatched to 1 Main Blvd. for a motor vehicle accident with injuries.  E10 arrived on scene to find two MVA's, a car on its roof and a SUV into the guardrail.  The accidents were unrelated to each other.  All patients signed off. 
Photo: JC Kriesher
 
On January 3, 2006, the SOVFC was dispatched to the Rock Glen Road in Sugarloaf Twp. on a third alarm assignment for Tanker 9-30. 9-30 responded right after first dispatch and dumped a few times before returning. 


Photos: JC Kriesher
 
At 14:05 on December 7, 2005, the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched along with Nuremberg EMS and Medic 23 for a garage fire with a burn victim on Pine Street in Sheppton.  Engine 9-10 arrived on scene first and found a single stall garage with heavy fire showing.  The crew placed a 1¾" handline into service. As Truck 9-20 arrived, it dropped approximately 150' of five inch and the crew placed another 1¾" handline into service.  After a quick knockdown, the roof was vented by Captain 9-92 (Schmidt) along with some firefighters from West Hazleton.  The burn victim was transported to the Sheppton Cemetery where the pt. was flown to a burn center.  Overhaul was completed by SOVFC and West Hazleton Firefighters. Units o/s: 9-10, 9-20, 9-30, 9-70, Nuremberg Tankers 585 and 587, 2 Ringtown engines (1 for LZ & 1 for Fill Site), Union Township Tanker 30-35, West Hazleton L244 and R245, Nuremberg EMS A980 and A971, Medic 23, Hazle Twp. (cx), Shenandoah Hts. (cx), and Brandonville Tanker (cx).
Photos: JC Kriesher
 
At 06:41hrs on December 2, 2005, the SOVFC and Nuremberg EMS were dispatched to 1070 Center St. in Sheppton for a MVA with unknown injuries.  Upon signing on with county, E9-10 was advised that a chief for a neighboring department was on scene and had two vehicles with one class 5, heavily entrapped.  At this point, Hazle Twp. Rescue 141 and Medic 23 were dispatched.  E9-10 arrived on scene and confirmed the class 5 and cancelled the rescue.  Medic 23 continued in a transported a pt. with Nuremberg EMS.  After the arrival of the county official, the engine crew popped and hyperextended the door, and made a relief cut in the A Post with the Hurst Maverick Tool. The engine crew then pushed the dash with a large ram to free the patient.  Click here for story from WNEP.com 
Photos: Kyle Mummey
 
During the early hours of Thanksgiving 2005, NEPA received its first snowfall.  With the snow came a motor vehicle accident.  Around 2:30AM, the SOVFC, Nuremberg EMS, Hazle Twp. Rescue, and Medic 23 were dispatched to 130 First St. in Oneida for a vehicle accident with possible entrapment.  E10 and S70 arrived on scene to find a suv on its side into a parked vehicle, with all occupants out of the vehicle.  Hazle Twp. Rescue, Medic 23, and Nurember 980 were cancelled. 

Photos: JC Kriesher
 
On November 20, 2005, the Sheppton-Oneida VFC held the final portion of a vehicle rescue class.  In the class, students learned the basics of vehicle rescue such as stabilization and advanced topics such as extrication.
 

Photos: JC Kriesher & Kyle Mummey

 
Around 02:30 hours on November 5th, 2005, Tanker 9-30 was requested to respond into Kline Twp. to assist at a working structure fire. Tanker 9-30 responded, dropped their pond, and dumped around 6-8 times. 

Photos: JC Kriesher Additional photos at www.McAdooFireEMS.com

 
In the early hours of October 27th, 2005, Sheppton-Oneida Fire and Rescue were sent to 32 Main Blvd. in Brandonville for a motor vehicle accident with unknown inuries.  E10 arrived on scene to find a pick-up truck into a utility pole.  There were no injuries. The crew stayed on scene to assist with traffic control until utility company arrived. 


Photos: Kyle Mummey
 
Right after 1900hrs on 10/11/05 a dispatch sent Sheppton-Oneida Fire, Brandonville, Shenandoah Heights (on auto dispatch since Brandonville's engine is OOS), Mahanoy City West End for their engine and Union Twp. to 436 Phineyville Road for a possible structure fire. Squirt 9-20 was out the door right after the page. Arrived on scene to find fire showing from first floor windows, homeowners were trying to douse flames with a garden hose and about a dozen fire extinguishers. The Squirt crew forced the front door and began an attack, at this time the engine was arriving and a line was pulled to the back of the house. Once the fire was knocked down there was extensive overhaul done and we stuck around until 00:30 or so.
Units o/s: Sheppton-Oneida: E10, TS20 w/ C9-08, T30, S70 w/ C9-06, C9-07. Brandonville: T9-33, T9-34. Union Twp: E30-10, T30-35. Mahanoy City: West End E465, R993, Citizens E454. Nuremberg-Weston: T585, T587(Spongebob), E582 at fill site in Sheppton. Ringtown: E672. Shenandoah ALS is first due ALS/BLS, they arrived o/s and requested Nuremberg BLS for rehab. Hazle Twp. E103 was sent to our station to be on stand-by. 


 40 Second video (better viewed if downloaded and expanded to full screen) 

Photos and Video: JC Kriesher
 
On September 22, the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company was working at a brush fire in the Eagle Rock resort.  While on scene, the SOVFC received a second call to their district for a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Main Blvd between Brandonville and Sheppton.  An additional crew went to the station and responded in E10.  Engine 10 arrived on scene to find two vehicle partially on the roadway with two patient refusals.  


Photos: Derek Schmidt
 
Just after midnight on September 17, the West Hazleton Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 Block of North Broad St. for a reported structure fire with possible entrapment. A medic unit was first on scene and reported heavy fire coming from the structure with fire spreading to the B side exposure. A second alarm was struck bringing in Hazle Twp's R101, E102, T105, and U109, and Freeland L57. At 03:02, most of the fire had been knocked down but overhall was still needed. Command requested Weatherly and Sheppton-Oneida for their engines. E9-10 responded and helped with overhall. Other units o/s: Valley Regional E2, Sugarloaf E12 (standby at Sta. 24), McAdoo E49-15, Mahanoy City RIT (E451, R993), Medic 23C, multiple Medic 11 units, and both West Hazleton BLS units. All units were clear around 5:45am.
 
Photos: JC Kriesher
 
On the weekend of September 9, 10, and 11, the Schuylkill County Vol. Firefighter's Association held it's annual Fire School Weekend.  On Friday night, Asst. Chief Kyle Mummey, JC Kriesher, and Stephen Motil attended a seminar on Firefighter Safety hosted by the State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann entitled "Everyone Goes Home." On Saturday and Sunday, Firefighters JC Kriesher, Jeff Rupert, Deana Judge, Stephen Motil, Captain Derek Schmidt, and Asst. Chief Mummey took Truck Company Operations.  In the class such skills as Search and Rescue, venting, and radio communications were taught.  Also, Firefighters Sarah Lucas and John Damms took Basic Vehicle Rescue Awareness.  Below is the Truck Company class. A special thanks to the Orwigsburg crew for sending us the picture!
 
 
 
On August 28, members from the SOVFC, Brandonville Fire Company, and RingtownFire Company met and held a "Fill-Site Training" at the Park Crest Fish and Gameclub. Everyone got a chance to use their truck to pump and see how much it couldhandle.  Pictured are Operator Glenn Trutt, Firefighter Jc Kreisher, and Captain Derek Schmidt.
 
Photos: JC Kriesher/Vicky Maynard
 
On August 21st, 2005, E10 and S70 had just left the station heading to Harwood's parade. Five minutes later, the SOVFC, Brandonville Fire Co., and Shenandoah ALS were dispatched to 1000 Shenandoah Mtn. Road for a MVA with injuries. Both units turned around and responded. Other members arrived at the station at responed in Squirt 20. Medic 6403 arrived on scene to find the scene to be in W. Mahanoy Twp. and multiple injuries. Brandonville Fire recalled, Union Twp. and Ringtown Fire were dispatched, and our units were almost there. Our units arrived on scene and assisted with patients until Union Twp. arrived on scene. A total of five patients were transported. Units o/s: E9-10, TS9-20, S9-70, E30-10, M6403, A6401, A944, A917, Life Flight. Shenandoah Squirt 745 handled the LZ.
 
Photos: JC Kriesher
 
On August 20th, 2005, The McAdoo Fire Company Inc. hosted the 51st Annual Schuylkill County Fireman's Convention. The members of the SOVFC spent all week cleaning the apparatus to be ready for the parade. Engine 9-10, Tanker 9-30, and Squad 9-70 all attended the parade. E10 took home first place for Best Appearing and Equipped 1500GPM  1990 & newer.
 
Pictured above from left: Fire Marshal Robert Gabardi, Firefighter JC Kreisher, Asst. Chief Kyle Mummey, Chief Mike Lucas, Firefighter Kevin Hruniak, Captain Derek Schmidt,  Firefighter Deana Judge, and Firefighter Sarah Lucas.
 
On July 27th, Union Twp. FC, Ringtown FC, and Sheppton-Oneida VFC, were dispatched to Murray Meadows, Union Twp. for a working structure fire. Units arrived o/s to find a fully involved structure. A tanker task force was put into place bringing in tankers from three counties.
 
Photos: JC Kriesher
 
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