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Water Rescue near Auburn
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – At 2:00 p.m. Rescue 56 was dispatched with Co. 37 Auburn to a report of kayakers in trouble on the Schuylkill River near Auburn.  The Water Rescue team from Schuylkill Hose Co. was also requested to respond.  Two kayaks had become pinned by high water, against debris at a railroad bridge over the Schuylkill River trapping the occupants.  A rescue boat was launched from the bridge at Rt 895 and Fort Lebanon Road and removed the two victims to rescuers waiting on the nearby shore.  Fortunately, neither was injured.  The rescue was completed in just under one hour.

MVA on Pleasant Valley Road
Sunday, May 11, 2014 
Rescue 56 was dispatched with Company 55 to a vehicle accident on Summer Valley Road in the area of Evergreen Drive. The single vehicle accident involved a pick up truck which had struck several trees and left the roadway, coming to rest down an embankment. The driver was assisted from the vehicle by EMS after firefighters stabilized the pick up. Rescue 56 cleared the scene in about 45 minutes.

LZ at Blue Mountain High School Parking Lot
Saturday, May 10, 2014 
At 8:20 a.m. OFD was dispatched to the High School Stadium Parking lot to set up a landing zone for an incoming Medevac helicopter. Engine 5610 handled the LZ while area EMS units rendezvoused with Medevac 7 for the patient transfer. OFD cleared the scene in about 40 minutes.

Junior Firefighter Recruitment Program
Friday, May 9, 2014 
For the second time in a week, OFD visited Blue Mountain High School. OFD Assistant Chief Scott Rarick conducted a Recruitment Program for students interested in learning about Community Service through participation in the Volunteer Fire Service. The program, held during the School's 9th period, was attended by over forty students. Scott provided the students with an overview of the various challenges faced by firefighters today. The program was aimed not only at students who might be considering joining the OFD, but involved the Fire Companies serving each of the Communities that make up the Blue Mountain School District. In addition to Orwigsburg, firefighters from Auburn, Friedensburg and New Ringgold were in attendance and contact information was provided to the students for each of the Companies in the District.

Odor of smoke in a Structure
Friday, May 9, 2014 
At 10:50 a.m. OFD was dispatched to a report of an odor of smoke in an office on W. Market St. A thorough investigation revealed that a candle and incense burning in an adjacent apartment had caused the alarm. OFD cleared the scene in about 30 minutes.

Drill Night with Company 42
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 
OFD traveled to Deer Lake to join Company 42 for a combined Drill Night. The class consisted of practice deploying, advancing and repacking hose lines. The evening's drill was conducted by Deer Lake Assistant Chief Mark Paul and OFD Assistant Chief Jesse Zimmerman. As usual, the two Companies performed well together and gained some valuable insights into each other's equipment.

Mock DUI at Blue Mountain High School
Monday, May 5, 2014 
For the 19th consecutive year, OFD held our Mock DUI presentation for the students at BMHS. The program is a joint effort involving the School District, Orwigsburg Fire Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, Lehigh Valley Medevac Helicopter crew, Pottsville/Schuylkill EMS, Auburn EMS and the County Coroner's office. The scenario played out before the students is a fatal accident caused by a drunk driver. The victims of the accident, including the drunk driver, are played by students. The victims are freed from their wrecked car by the firefighters, while EMS treats the injured. Two State Troopers interview the drunk driver and take her into custody, while the student "killed" in the accident is pronounced dead at the scene by a Deputy Coroner and placed into a body bag. Following completion of the evolution, OFD's Kris Fessler, Deputy Coroner Truskowsky and Troopers Hornung and Reber addressed the students with the simple message "Make the right choice - don't drink and drive."

OFD at Schaeffer’s MDA Block Party
Saturday, April 26, 2014 
OFD was once again privileged to be invited to attend Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson MDA Block Party.  Engine 5610 was on display to give the public an up close look at our equipment.   Congratulations to Schaeffer’s and the Deer Lake Hog family on another successful fund raiser for a very worthy cause.

Trailer Fire in the Borough
Saturday, April 26, 2014 
At 6:20 pm OFD was dispatched to a report of a trailer fire behind 705 W. Market St.  Firefighters arrived to find the rubbish in a tractor trailer sized dump trailer on fire.  The fire was quickly knocked down but a lengthy overhaul was necessary to fully extinguish the fire.  Company 47 /was dispatched to assist with overhauling the contents of the trailer.  OFD cleared the scene in about 1 hour.

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.

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