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Gas Leak at the Nursing Home
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – At 12:05 pm an alarm was received reporting an odor of propane inside Orwigsburg Manor.   OFD responded along with Company 42 Deer Lake, Company 47 Landingville and Schuylkill Haven Stations 1 and 4.  FIrst arriving OFD units confirmed an odor of propane in a mechanical room on the first floor.  The gas supply to the facility was shut off and careful inspection located a leak in the gas piping in the Mechanical Room.  The gas was vented from the building and OFD units remained on scene until a technician from the propane supplier arrived on the scene.

Medevac Flight
Sunday, July 13, 2014 – OFD was dispatched at 10:10 a.m. to establish a landing zone for an incoming Medevac helicopter.  Firefighters assisted with transferring a cardiac patient to the helicopter for the flight to a regional Medical Center.

Electrical Fire in Orwigsburg
Monday June 16, 2014 – At 6:30 pm OFD was dispatched along with a full 1st Alarm Assignment to a report of a structure fire on Marshall Drive.  First arriving OFD units discovered a short circuit in a laundry room ceiling fan that had caused a smoke condition.

SCBA Drill with Deer Lake
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Company 56 travelled to Deer Lake Station 42 for a joint training session on Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.  The drill was conducted by Deer Lake Asst Chief Mark Paul and OFD Asst Chief Jesse Zimmerman.

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.

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