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Move Up Assignment in Cressona
Saturday, April 12, 2014 
At 6:30 p.m. OFD was requested to move one Engine to Goodwill Hose Co. in Cressona.  Cressona and Schuylkill Haven Companies were working at a house fire on Pottsville St.  Engine 5610 covered Cressona Borough until the fire was extinguished.  We were released at 8:00 p.m.

Rescue 56 gets a Bath
Saturday, April 12, 2014 
On the way home from the Annual Lion’s Club Easter Egg Hunt, Rescue 56 stopped by Boyer’s IGA for a bath.  A youth group made up of members from five area Churches called Famine 570 was holding a car wash fundraiser.  The Rescue was probably a little more than they bargained for, but they did a great job!  Thanks gang.

Tractor Trailer Rollover: Search and a Rescue
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 
At 3:53 a.m. Rescue 56 and Co. 42 Deer Lake were dispatched to a report of a tractor trailer rollover at the intersection of Rt 61 and S. Liberty St.  The injured driver of the truck, was on the phone with dispatchers and thought he was somewhere near the old Kramer’s Gas Station.  Upon questioning him further, the dispatchers began to believe he was not at the S. Liberty St. intersection.  OFD units arrived at that location and confirmed that this was not the site of the accident.  The driver had reported that he was headed South when the accident had happened, that he was off the road, that the truck was upside down and he was trapped. Chief 42 received a cell phone call stating that the accident may be in the Port Clinton area. He requested that Berks units be notified and told to start North, while Co. 56 and 42 headed South. We located the accident just past the Schuylkill River bridge near Port Clinton.  Both Companies quickly went to work and 13 minutes after he was found, the driver was freed from the wreckage.  He was placed into a Stokes basket and passed over the rocky terrain, uphill to Rt 61, where he was loaded into a waiting ambulance for transport to a Regional Trauma Center. 

Follow up: On Saturday evening, the truck driver visited with several OFD firefighters to thank everyone involved in his rescue.  He praised the dispatchers, the firefighters from both Counties and the EMS personnel.

Hazardous Materials Update
Saturday, March 29, 2014 
Eight OFD firefighter spent Saturday attending our annual Hazardous Materials, Operations level, refresher course.  The class was taught by Retired Reading City Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Orlosky.  Steve started his Fire Service career as a volunteer with the OFD and it’s always a pleasure to have him back home in Orwigsburg.  The program covers the skills firefighters need to identify chemicals and to manage hazardous materials incidents.

Vehicle Accident with Entrapment
Saturday, March 29, 2014 
At 7:30 a.m. Rescue 56 and Co. 47 Landingville were dispatched to vehicle accident on Rt 61 near the intersection with Raring Drive.  The two vehicles involved, had come to rest off of the highway in the parking lot of the Oak Hill Inn. The driver of a Dodge Grand Caravan was trapped in the vehicle, which had rolled onto the driver’s side.  The crew of Rescue 56 stabilized the vehicle and flapped the roof to free the victim.  She was transported by EMS to an area Trauma Center.

Brush Fire
Thursday, March 27, 2014 
At 2:45 p.m. OFD was dispatched to a brush fire off of Lehigh Avenue.  After arriving at the hard to reach location, firefighters encountered a rapidly spreading brush fire.  Mutual aid units were summoned from eight neighboring Companies and the Department of Forest and Waters.  Despite the resources called to the scene, firefighters faced a long, tiring battle against the wind driven flames.  In addition to brush, the fire damaged several old vehicles parked in the field and one structure sustained minor damage. The operation to extinguish the fire and mop up countless hotspots would last just over 4 hours.

Vehicle Rescue Technician Class
Saturday, March 15, 2014 
Three of the OFD’s newest members, Devin Deibert, William Fessler and Alex Manbeck are currently attending the Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician class being held in Sch. Haven.  This 48 hour course is designed to teach the skills necessary to free victims trapped as the result of vehicle accidents. The program is the first step in a long line of classes that these young men will take in their career as rescuer's and we applaud their dedication to our Community.

Company Drill
Saturday, February 22, 2014 
Despite frigid temperatures, seven OFD firefighters attended Saturday morning drill.  The session included an hour of classroom work followed by a trip outside to brush up on cold weather hydrant operations.

Icy Landing Zone
Friday, February 21, 2014 
While firefighters were still at the Station following the earlier accident on N. Washington St., a telephone call was received from Orwigsburg Police, alerting us to a possible emergency helicopter flight for an ill child.  With snow covering most of our usual landing zones, we began surveying secondary sites in the area, only to find most these locations to be snow covered as well.  We finally located a plowed but ice covered parking lot next to Josie’s Restaurant at Renninger’s Market.  The Geisinger Life Flight crew accepted the LZ and the patient transfer was completed without difficulty.

MVA on N. Washington St.
Friday, February 21, 2014 
At 9:00 p.m Rescue 56 was dispatched to a report of a vehicle accident on N. Washington St. in the Borough.  Icy conditions contributed to the single vehicle, rollover accident.  There were no serious injuries.  OFD assisted Orwigsburg Police with traffic control until the vehicle was removed from the scene.  PennDot salted and cindered the roadway.

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