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Incidents for which we were dispatched (see Note 1)Hide

1998
Automatic Alarm, 508 Market St (Box 22-11)

2001
Stove Fire, 6391 Route 209 (Box 23-3)

2003
Accident w/injuries, Main & West Streets (Box 22-1)

2010
Medical Assist, 775 State Street (Box 20-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched in place of the out of service Truck 20 to 775 State Street in Millersburg to assist EMS with extrication and removal of an obese patient from the second floor of a residence. Truck 22 responded with 7, and on arrival was advised by command to set up on side A in front of Engine 20 and prepare to go to the porch roof. Further evaluation by command determined that the best course of action was to attempt an interior removal, and the crew assisted Company 20 and EMS with removing the patient from the residence and transferring her to a transporting unit in the alley.
2013
CO Alarm, 616 North Strteet (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one to 616 North Street in Lykens for a carbon monoxide alarm activation. Engine 22 responded with 5 and Truck 22 with 2, and Chiefs 22 and 22-2 POV to the scene. Engine 22 accessed the scene by way of Market Street and arrived at side A/D. Truck 22 accessed the scene from Spruce Street and arrived on aide A/B. Crews went interior with the CO monitor and after checking readings and finding none, changed the battery in the CO detector and went available.
2016
Structure Fire, 830 West Matterstown Rd (Box 21-2)
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Company 22 dispatched class one on the 21-2 box for a structure fire at 830 West Matterstown Road in Washington Township. Truck 22 responded with 4 and Engine 22 with 3. The Truck went to the scene, and on arrival, staged the rig and assisted with suppression and overhaul. Engine 22 was directed to establish a fill site for tankers on Savage Road. The Engine set up and filled multiple tankers before being released. The company was placed available by Command 21.
2019
Structure Fire, 306 Walnut Street (Box 23-1)
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Company 22 dispatched class one on the 23-1 box at 306 Walnut Street in Wiconisco Township for a reported structure fire, sparks from a dryer outlet. Truck 22 went enroute with 6 and Engine 22 was about to respond when Chief 23-1 placed the box in service.
2020
Structure Fire, 224 West Market Street (Box 24-1)
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Truck 22 dispatched class one on the 24-1 box to 224 West Market Street in Williamstown for a structure fire. Companies 24, 23, 21, Schuylkill 22-1, 22-5, 66, and 67 also on the call. Truck 22 went enroute with 6 and Engine 22 with 3. On arrival the truck went to the roof and vented. Engine 22 was directed to the hydrant at 5th and Grant Streets and set up a tanker fill site. Crews assisted with suppression and overhaul activities until released by command 24.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2007
Vehicle Accident - Route 147 - Lower Augusta Twp, Northumberland Co, PA

2008
4-Wheeler Accident - 768 Pleasant View Ext - Jackson Twp., Dauphin Co., PA

2008
Vehicle Accident - West Market Street - Williamstown, PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1880
Milwaukee County Hospital Fire - Wauwatosa, WI
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On the morning of February 3, 1880, a fire occurred at the Milwaukee County Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. There were more than sixty patients residing there at the time. Thirty of them were carried to safety and others made their escape on their own. Two people, a 90-year-old woman and an insane man, were awakened and came into the hall, but did not follow the others to safety. They probably returned to their rooms and perished in the flames. The hospital was destroyed. Some of the walls collapsed. The loss was $25,000.
1959
Airplane Crash - Clear Lake, IA
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Singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson were killed in an airplane crash five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, on the morning of Tuesday, February 3, 1959. Holly was age 22, Valens was age 21, and Richardson was age 24. The pilot of the plane, Roger Peterson, age 21, of Clear lake, Iowa, was also killed. The entertainers had appeared at the Surf Ballroom, in Clear Lake, Iowa, the previous night and were to appear in Fargo, North Dakota, that night. They chartered a single-engine four-place Beechcraft Bonanza to fly to Fardgpo. The plane took off from Mason City Municipal Airport around 1 a.m. and crashed a few minutes later, about seven miles from the airport. The plane hit the ground, bounced once, and then skidded into a fence, leaving a trail of debris and an unrecognizable jumbled mass piled at the fence. Holly, Valens, and Richardson were thrown from the wreckage, Holly's body being nearly decapitated by his impact with a tree. Holly and Valens were thrown 17 feet south of the wreckage and Richardson was thrown 40 feet to the north of the wreckage. The pilot's broken body was found tangled in the wreckage. All had suffered severe and multiple injuries, and had died on impact with the ground.
1971
Thiokol Chemical Company Fire - Woodbine, GA
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On February 3, 1971, a fire at the Thiokol Chemical Corp. munitions factory near Woodbine, Georgia, triggered an explosion that killed 29 people. The fire occurred in building M-132, a T-shaped, windowless, concrete block structure - one of 36 buildings of the plant. Pellets used to make trip-flares, nighttime flares for troops serving in Vietnam, caught fire on a conveyor belt. Employees evacuated the building and stood across the street, about 50 feet away. The blaze rolled down the conveyor belt and into a storage room containing 8,000 pounds of illuminating chemicals, 1,400 pounds of ignition pellets, and 56,322 flares. A series of explosions flattened the building, hurling debris more than three-quarters of a mile, shattering windows eleven miles away, and throwing bodies as far as 400 feet. The blast could be heard from 50 miles away. Burning chemicals rained from the sky, igniting a forest fire which burned 200 acres before firefighters extinguished it. Body parts were hanging in trees, people had limbs blown off, and one worker was thrown with so much force into a metal fence that he "melted" into it. The explosion killed 23 people at the scene and injured more than 50 others. Six other people died later from their injuries. Since the flares contained magnesium, many of the injured were severe burn victims, with second and third degree burns over more than 25% of their bodies. One woman was seen screaming in pain when a hot piece of burning metal lodged in her back. Rescue workers and employees took the injured to hospitals by car, ambulance, helicopter, and small airplanes from a near-by landing strip. Local emergency workers were assisted by paramedics and firefighters from as far as Jacksonville, Florida. After the accident, Thiokol continued to make munitions, but discontinued production of the trip-flares. In 1976, after the Vietnam War had ended, Thiokol sold the plant to Union Carbide, which produced agricultural chemicals. Rhone-Poulanc purchased Union Carbide Ag Products in 1986, and it was sold again to Aventis CropScience in December 1999. It took 17 years and a federal lawsuit before victims got compensated by the federal government, which was sued after victims learned the Army had reclassified the flare-making materials as explosive nearly three months before the accident.
1978
Steelton Dress Factory Fire - Steelton, PA

1986
TRW Plant Fire - Harrisburg, PA


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Notes

1.The section of calls we've responded to has been compiled from fire company records, newspapers, and other sources. Listings for years prior to 1981 might be incomplete.
2.The listing of local incidents is for incidents that happened around our local area, including some from Lykens for which the fire company was not dispatched. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents listed here have been gathered from public sources.
3.The listing of other noteworthy incidents includes incidents from anywhere outside our local area (for which we were not dispatched). Also included in this section are historical events from our fire company, Lykens, or around the world. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents and events listed here have been gathered from public sources.
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