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2009
Medical Assist, 641 North Street (Box 22-1)
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Company 22 dispatched to assist EMS at 641 North Street in Lykens. The Company was placed available by County before response.
2009
Structure Fire, 1572 Pottsville Street (Box 23-3)
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Companies 23, 22, 24, and 21 dispatched to 1572 Pottsville Street in Coaldale, Wiconisco Township, for a reported fire in the walls. Chief 23 arrived on scene and reported a smoke condition and working fire. Truck 22 responded with 7, Engine 22 with 6, and Tanker 22 with 2. Truck and Tanker 22 approached the scene from the west, and Engine 22 entered the scene from the east. The Truck took side A behind Engine 23, with the Engine on side 4 and the Tanker staged behind the Truck. On arrival, the structure was showing greenish brown smoke from the second floor windows on the west side around the chimney. Engine 23's crew stretched a line inside to the second floor, and the Truck 22 crew laddered the building and began venting side 2 of the structure. Engine 23's crew achieved a quick knockdown, and crews from 23, 22, and 24 performed overhaul both inside and outside the structure, finding many hidden pockets of fire behind the chimney. Crews performed salvage and overhaul until released by Chief 23.
2009
Medical Assist, 1734 East Grand Avenue (Box S.C.)
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At the request of Tower City EMS and Medic 6, Truck 22 dispatched to Schuylkill County, 1734 East Grand Avenue in Reinerton, to assist Schuylkill Engines 659 (Reinerton) and 650 (Muir) with extrication of a large patient from a second floor of his residence. Truck 22 responded with 7, and Chief 22-2 responded POV to the scene. Truck 22 arrived on scene and set up on side A ahead of Engine 659. The stokes basket and rigging was set up and used to lower a large obese patient from the second floor through a window to the front porch roof, and then lowered to the EMS litter in front of the structure. After transferring the patient to the ambulance, the Truck went available.
2010
Medical Assist, 315 1/2 Market Street (Box 22-1)
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At the request of EMS, Company 22 dispatched to 315 1/2 Market Street in Lykens for a lift assist. Captain and Chief 22 responded to the scene, and Truck 22 responded with 7. On arrival, the Truck staged on Market Street and sent the crew back an alley to the scene. They assisted with removing the patient from the building and loading him on the transport ambulance, and then went available.
2011
Medical Assist, 801 Market Street (Box 22-2)
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Company 22 dispatched class three to 801 Market Street in Lykens for a medical assist, to help EMS with moving an extremely overweight patient. Chief 22 responded POV, along with 5 other company members, and Truck 22 responded with 3. Command requested company 23 be added to the box, and Rescue 23 responded with 4. Lykens Boro PD was also on scene to assist. On arrival, the crew assisted EMS with moving a very large patient from his home to their litter, and into their transport unit for a trip to the hospital. Command then placed the box available.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2007
Vehicle into a Structure - Jackson Twp, Dauphin Co, PA
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On December 5, 2007, at 12:45 p.m., the Fisherville fire company was summoned to 141 Mountain House Road, in Jackson Township, for an accident with injuries - a reported vehicle into a structure. Fire company officers arrived on the scene to find one vehicle that was into the chimney of a house. The vehicle had gone through a corner of a small shed and then hit the chimney, but there were no injuries. Engine 216 and Rescue 21 were cancelled shortly after their response.
Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1876
Brooklyn Theater Fire - Brooklyn, NY
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On the evening of December 5, 1876 a fire consumed the Brooklyn Theatre on Johnson Street during a show. The curtain had just gone up for the last act, around 11 p.m. One of the drop scenes must have made contact with the border or side lights. It started to burn. Efforts were made by by one of the stage workers to put out the fire, but and in less than ten minutes from the time the fire was discovered the whole stage was enveloped in volumes of flame. In the meantime, a panic had possessed the audience. The people in the lower level and the dress circle managed to exit the building. But, the people in the gallery had difficulty making their escape. The exits were blocked by masses of people trying to get out of the theater. Within a half hour of the fire, the back wall of the theater fell, giving fresh air to the flames, which made a tremendous roar. Soon the heat and smoke overcame those still inside. The firemen, who had responded promptly, were almost powerless, so great was the rage of the flames. In an hour and a half from when the fire started, the whole building was reduced to nothing. Recovery work started on the morning of December 6th. The first layer of bodies was discovered under the stairway leading from the family circle. After they were removed and the debris cleared away, another layer was found. And so it went util ultimately over 300 people were found who had died in the fire, either from the smoke and flames or from being trampled to death.
1974
Roof Collapse - Teheran, Iran
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On December 5, 1974, sixteen people were killed and eleven were injured when the roof of the Teheran airport terminal collapsed after a 12-hour snowfall.

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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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