|Major fires in Freeland Borough|
Major Fires in the History of Freeland Borough
-- Compiled by Cal Herring
Dedication: The Freeland Fire Department has had the misfortune to lose two firefighters in the line of duty to their community. The Freeland Fire Department would like at this time to pay tribute to the memories of:
Joseph Stepansky, Sr. of the Citizens Hose Co. He passed while fighting a fire at the Third Ward Playground on the night of May 30, 1964.
February 1, 1977 - 120 Main St., Drifton Section, Hazle Twp. At 10:00 am fire claimed the life of an elderly man at 120 Main St., Drifton, Hazle Twp. The body was discovered after the fire had been extinguished. Damage to the dwelling was confined to the first floor area. The Freeland Fire Department provided fire protection to this area at the time under contract with Hazle Twp.
May 1, 2009 - FFD along with the first alarm structure box was dispatched at 0420 hrs for a working structure fire at 1135 Centre St. Upon arrival Chief Joseph Stepansky requested two additional alarms due to amount of fire and the proximity of the exposures. The truck arrived first and forced entry to the first floor. The engine crew from 53 advanced a 2" attack line but it quickly became evident that the fire was intesifying at a rapid rate. Command (Chief Stepansky) quickly changed strategy and went defensive on the fire building utilizing 2 elevated master streams, the midship gun on 53, and a ground monitor. The truck crew entered into the exposure on 1137-1139 Centre St. and performed a primary search and reported heavy fire conditions on the second floor. All personnel were assigned to extinguish this fire which was caused by the collapse of the 1135 structure onto this building. 5 engines, two trucks, two heavy rescues, one light rescue, and a rit team performed fire suppression duties along with a truck and engine covering the Northside from FFD station
October 15, 2015 - During the early morning Luzerne County dispatched the first alarm commercial box for a working structure fire in the 700 block of Main St. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky arrived on scene and reported a 3 story vacant combination mercantile/residential building with heavy fire showing from the second and third floors and extension into a two story building. Also he upgraded the box to a second and then third alarm (manpower). The engine arrived on scene grabbing a hydrant at Centre and Main Sts. with the crew immediately entering the exposure to remove three occupants, one of which was confined to a wheelchair on a smoke filled second floor. Deputy Chief Richard Lindsey and his daughter Sara performed this rescue assisted by the Chief and bystanders. The engine crew then placed the step gun into service attaching the main body of fire with the rest of the crew advancing a 2" smooth bore attack line into the exposure. The truck arrived taking the opposite side of the structure and immediately began ladder pipe operations to protect the other exposure which was the US Post Office, Freeland Branch. The rescue engine arrived as the second due and as assigned reported to the rear laying in from a hydrant on Washington and Front Sts. This crew supplemented by the Valley rescue crew advanced the 3" set back line and another 2" smooth bore attack line into the exposure building. Foster engine laid from a hydrant at Main and Sabol Sts. and provided exposure lines to the Post Office and supplied the FFD truck. Hazle truck arrived as the second due truck and assumed the second due position in the rear with some skillful driving, placing the tower pipe in service being supplied by the rescue engine. McAdoo truck arrived third due and reported to the front and established their ladder pipe onto the fire building. At this point with almost 4000 GPM being placed on the fire and the water system at its max and the well system not replenishing itself due to the low water table a decision was made to establish a tanker operation to supply both engines in the front with the rear operation remaining on the municipal system. White Haven and Sugarloaf engines established drop tank operations and tankers from Lower Luzerne and Upper Carbon Counties supplying the scene from two fill sites, one from the new HCA system line and the other from a rural pond. Wright truck, Hazleton City Truck, and Valley engine were assigned to staging. Also on scene were Freeland Boro Government Officials, FPD, DPW, Freeland Code Enforcement, Freeland Municipal Authority, PSP Troop N Hazleton, and L&L Rehab Services. The building was demolished after the fire due to its unsafe condition. Chief Stepansky expressed his appreciation to all the firefighters, BLS/ALS units managed by Freeland Northside BLS, and others who supported the effort. Also special thanks is extended to The Garlic Knot Restaurant and other local businesses donated food and beverages to the firefighters. HFD graciously washed all the attack lines that were utilized in the fire attack which saved a considerable amount of time and energy by FFD firefighters. Again this exhibited the effort expended by all the personnel to successfully control this incident. Photos of the incident can be viewed on the web sites of both Bill and Frank Barr.
December 11, 2014 -During the predawn hours Luzerne County dropped the full box for a reported structure fire in the 600 block of Vine St. in the Hill Section of the Boro. As firefighters were responding to the station they knew they would have work since the smell of smoke was evident at the station. The engine and truck responded with full crews during a never ceasing snow fall. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky arrived on scene of a three story double block home with fire in the rear and the residents accounted for from one half but the the residents from the other half unaccounted for. The engine grabbed a hydrant from Vine and Walnut Sts. and the crew led off with a 200' 2" smooth bore attack line extinguishing the exterior fire and then advancing into the rear entrance. The truck arrived and the crew split with the interior crew going through the front door to initiate a search while the exterior crew worked on maneuvering the truck into position to fly the main stick to the roof while dealing the overheads and then throwing ground ladders. The engine crew worked their way through the fire on first floor while the truck completed the search in this area. Both crews then advanced into the second floor to find fire working down the hall way from the rear bathroom. While the engine crew battled the fire the truck crew made their way into the bed rooms to search. Upon entry in the front bedroom they found the victim. Lieutenant Michael Radjavitch, firefighters Zack Montone and James Darvell were the crew who were then assisted by Valley Regional Asst. Chief Kevin Tarapchak who was leading the rescue crew from that department. Hazle Tower arrived on scene and was assigned to open the roof, throw more ground ladders, and assist with interior operations. White Haven was the second due engine and laid a supply line from a hydrant at Vine and South Sts. and stretched multiple lines into the other side of the double block and then the attic. An additional 200' 2" and 200' 2 1/2" smooth bore preconnects were stretched from FFD engine into the fire side of the structure. Manpower was supplied at the scene by McAdoo truck, Fairview engine, Sugarloaf squad, Weatherly rescue, with RIT duties being performed by West Hazleton. Freeland Northside BLS along with Medic 11 transported the victim to LVH were he was pronounced. White Haven BLS and Medic 26 also responded along with Freeland DPW and Police. PSP N Hazleton investigated the cause. FFD extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Chief Stepansky expressed his appreciation to all the firefighters who worked diligently during this incident. He also announced a critical debriefing with be held at the station on 12/12/14 at 1900 hrs. Photos can be viewed at Bill Barr's web site.
October 15, 2015 - During the early morning Luzerne County dispatched the first alarm commercial box for a working structure fire in the 700 block of Main St. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky arrived on scene and reported a 3 story vacant combination mercantile/residential building with heavy fire showing from the second and third floors and extension into a two story building. Also he upgraded the box to a second and then third alarm (manpower). The engine arrived on scene grabbing a hydrant at Centre and Main Sts. with the crew immediately entering the exposure to remove three occupants, one of which was confined to a wheelchair on a smoke filled second floor. Deputy Chief Richard Lindsey and his daughter Sara performed this rescue assisted by the Chief and bystanders. The engine crew then placed the step gun into service attaching the main body of fire with the rest of the crew advancing a 2" smooth bore attack line into the exposure. The truck arrived taking the opposite side of the structure and immediately began ladder pipe operations to protect the other exposure which was the US Post Office, Freeland Branch. The rescue engine arrived as the second due and as assigned reported to the rear laying in from a hydrant on Washington and Front Sts. This crew supplemented by the Valley rescue crew advanced the 3" set back line and another 2" smooth bore attack line into the exposure building. Foster engine laid from a hydrant at Main and Sabol Sts. and provided exposure lines to the Post Office and supplied the FFD truck. Hazle truck arrived as the second due truck and assumed the second due position in the rear with some skillful driving, placing the tower pipe in service being supplied by the rescue engine. McAdoo truck arrived third due and reported to the front and established their ladder pipe onto the fire building. At this point with almost 4000 GPM being placed on the fire and the water system at its max and the well system not
November 13, 2015-During early evening Luzerne County dropped the first alarm box for a reported structure fire in a 3 unit row home in the 600 block of Walnut St. Captain Paul Malloy arrived on scene and reported a working fire in the rear of one of the units with extension into a 2 family duplex. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky arrived on scene, assumed command, and requested a second alarm response. In one of the units an elderly woman remained along with her disabled son who was visually impaired. The Chief entered the structure and assisted the woman and removed the male through heavy smoke conditions. The women again attempted to reenter the structure in an attempt to remove her pet cats but was stopped by the Chief. The truck arrived on scene first to reports of potential individuals in the middle unit which was vacant. The crew forced entry and entered the unit to initiate a search. The engine hit the hydrant at Centre and Walnut Sts. and laid a 5"supply line into scene. The engine crew split into three working groups with one group deploying the step gun to protect the exposure, another group to advance a 2" attack line into the end unit where the fire begin, and another advancing a 2" attack line into the middle unit to support the truck on the search. Heavy fire conditions met these firefighters as they advanced into the units. Upon arrival of more FFD firefighters another 2" attack line was advanced into the exposure building where a room has became involved in fire. This group quickly extinguished this fire and opened up the walls to check for extension. FPD cleared this building of occupants upon their arrival on scene. Foster Engine arrived on scene stretching a 5' supply line from the hydrant at Washington and Front Sts. and supplemented the supply to Freeland engine and advanced a 1 3/4" attack line. Hazle tower arrived as second due truck and positioned on Washington St. and sent a group to the roof to perform vertical ventilation. White Haven engine arrived and stretched a supply line from Washington and Chestnut Sts. and advanced multiple lines into the rear. Valley engine took the exposure position stretching a 5" supply line from the hydrant at Pine and Walnut Sts. advancing an attack line into the exposure building. Rescue crews from Hazle and Valley send crews to the building to assume the attack from FFD personnel who were rotating out of the building. West Hazleton initially assumed RIT but were pressed into the rotation and were replaced by Fairview and Mahanoy City. The building presented considerable challenges due to the numerous void spaces, balloon construction, and unobstructed floor joist and wall bays which provided for quick fire spread. All crews worked diligently to contain the fire which also spread to the attic but as floors and ceiling collapse occurred, were removed for a defensive attack. During the defensive mode of the operation 2 ladder pipes, 3 wagon pipes, 2 single inlet monitors, and a 2 1/2" were utilized to achieve extinguishment. Crews then entered to extinguish any remaining fire. As is FFD SOP when large flow is utilized at an incident, after the one hour mark a tanker task force is responded to supplement the municipal system. Again this stage of the operation occurred at Washington and Main Sts. where a drop site was established utilizing Dennison engine and numerous tankers standing by and a fill site with Sugarloaf engine in the Drifton Section of Hazle Twp. off of the HCA system. Weatherly engine and Lake Harmony truck stood by at station and handled an AFA at 531 Centre St. during the incident. Wright Twp. tower staged during the incident and sent manpower to scene. L&L Fire Co. provided rehab with Freeland Northside and White Haven assuming BLS and Medic 11 & 26 providing ALS. Freeland PD, code enforcement, council members, and mayor were also on scene. The investigation revealed the fire was started from a cooking incident. The Freeland YMCA initially provided shelter until the American Red Cross arrived to develop a plan for the displaced residents. Chief Stepansky expressed his appreciation to all who responded to the assist in the effort and also to those individuals who provided refreshments. Additional photos available on Bill Barr's and Frank Barr's web site.
Dec 18th 2015: During the early morning Luzerne County dispatched the first alarm commercial box for a reported structure fire in the 400 block of Centre St. Captain Paul Malloy arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a 2 1/2 story combination restaurant/apartment building attached to a 2 story garage storage building. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky arrived and assumed command. The engine was first on scene and deployed the step gun to extinguish the exterior fire. The crew then split with half proceeding to the second floor to perform a search of the apartments and the other half advancing a 2" hose line through the first floor into the rear of the structure. The truck arrived with a full crew and assumed their assigned responsibilities with the interior crew proceeding into the structure to support the engine and the exterior crew throwing ground ladders and going to the rear second floor deck where there was fire running the void spaces. Another 2" line was placed in service by the rescue engine crew in this area and extinguished this fire. A 2" line was placed in the rear of the restaurant building while another one was advanced into the attic space of the rear storage garage where fire was advancing. Due to no flooring the attack in the attic was difficult with joint unit crews utilizing the ceiling joists as support to advance to the seat of the fire. Two walls also needed to be breached in this advance. A total of three firefighters encountered partial fall through when they were making this difficult advance in heavy smoke conditions. Once the visible fire was contained a saw was utilized from the interior to open up the plank construction and extinguish the hidden fire. Foster engine laid a 5' supply line from Fern and South Sts. and advanced a hose line to the rear alley to protect exposures. Hazle Truck was second due, took the front of the structure, and vented the roof on the storage garage building and assisted in opening up the interior. White Haven engine and Valley rescue crews also worked throughout the buildings on fire attack and overhaul. Freeland Northside Community BLS was assisted by various BLS/ALS units in providing rehab and EMS support. West Hazleton provided RIT. Freeland Municipal Authority and FPD along with code enforcement assisted. An investigated was conducted led by FPD Chief Tony Harris with assistance from PSP N-Hazleton and FFD Chief Joseph J. Stepansky and Deputy Chief Rich Lindsey. Through their efforts a suspect was arrested on various charges including arson and is incarcerated in Luzerne County Prison. Chief Stepansky expressed his appreciation of the effort of all the first responders and the team work once again exhibited
Nov 24th 2016: During the early evening hours right after Thanksgiving Dinner Luzerne County struck the first alarm assignment for a structure fire in the 600 block of Walnut St. As units arrived on the scene there was no fire located despite county receiving multiple calls reporting a working fire. A corrected address of a fire in the 600 block of Hemlock St. in the Hill Section was received and the response was revised. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky arrived on scene of a combined commercial/residential 1 story building with a full basement and confirmed a working fire. The building formerly housed the Tip Top Restaurant which for many years was a Freeland culinary landmark and an attached single family residence. The engine laid a 5" supply from a hydrant at Hemlock and South Sts, while the rescue along with Foster engine performed a 5" split lay from the hydrant at Hemlock and School Sts. The truck took the first due assignment and had the address. Upon arrival the engine crew split advancing 2" lines to the rear to attack the fire through a failed garage door and through the front door. The truck performed forcible entry, ventilation, and engine support. A joint rescue/utility crew advanced another 2" line off the rescue into the basement of the building but encountered the first floor collapsing as the attack was made. First floor crews were also dealing with floor collapses and command transitioned into defensive operations. Hazle Truck arrived and assumed second due truck responsibilities. Crews were supplied to the attack from Hazle Rescue, White Haven engine, and Valley rescue and engine. Weatherly was assigned RIT in the rear and West Hazleton had the front RIT assignment. The chief requested a second alarm for manpower and backfilling stations. McAdoo truck, Dennison engine, and Harwood engine covered the Northside. A tanker task force was requested and staged in the event additional water sources were needed. With the collapse of the first floor into the basement overhaul and exposing hidden fire became a challenge for the crews. The deluge gun from the rescue was utilized in the basement with the truck crews working the roof to expose fire in the attic. Command then made the decision to utilize foam to achieve final extinguishment. The challenge of further collapses due to compromised structural components impeded progress throughout the incident. L&L Fire Co. provided rehab services at the scene. Freeland PD, Code Enforcement, Authority, and Council were all on location. Freeland Northside BLS was the lead EMS provided with support from other regional units. PPL provided electrical service disconnect. PSP N Hazleton, FPD, and Chief Stepansky are investigating for cause. Photos available on both Bill Barr's and Frank Barr's SmugMug sites. The Chief expressed his appreciation to all who worked throughout this difficult incident
Jun 17th 2017: During the early morning hours Luzerne County dispatched the full structure box to the 400 block of Centre St. The truck, engine, rescue, and utility responded in that order to find a 2 1/2 story commercial/residential structure in a tightly backed mercantile district with smoke showing from the rear of the second floor. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky arrived and assumed command of the incident. The truck took the front of the structure flying the main stick to the roof with the crew working on ventilation and primary search along with utility control. The engine hit the hydrant at Centre and South Sts. laying a 5" supply line to the entrance of the rear alley with its crew advancing a 200' 3" set back line which supplied a 200' 2" attack line with a 1" smooth bore nozzle. The crew advanced the line through an entrance off the alley and up the stairs to a rear kitchen where they found a fully involved room with fire extending into the hallway. They quickly extinguished the fire and started, along with the truck, opening up the walls and ceiling to check for extension. The rescue hit the hydrant at Centre and Luzerne Sts. laying in a 5" supply line and advancing another 2" line through the second floor front window to back up the engine line and then check the attic for extension. Hazle tower arrived and also set up in the front extending their bucket and performing horizontal ventilation to the attic space. Foster engine and Valley Regional rescue arrived with their crews assigned to relieve FFD crews on overhaul. The Chief struck the second alarm for manpower to staging due to the difficult working conditions caused by the high humidity. Weatherly rescue provided RIT services and West Hazleton crews were assigned to staging. White Haven BLS and Medic 26 provided EMS coverage with L&L Fire providing rehab. FPD and PSP N Hazleton supported the scene. American Red Cross were on scene to assist with the displaced residents. Utilities were disconnected by PPL and Freeland Municipal Authority. Chief Stepansky expressed his appreciation to all the crews who worked diligently to contain the fire to the room of origin and prevent extension to any other building in the extremely tight block. Thank you to Bill Barr, Bill Kuklis and Hazleton News1 for use of their photos.
Dec 24th 2017: During the most holy and joyous days of the year the Department responded to three incidents on the Day before Christmas. The first was a local box during the early morning when an elderly woman was locked out of her home in the 300 block of Ridge St, The truck with a full crew and Freeland Northside BLS responded and gained access to the residence without causing any damage. Due to the cold conditions the woman was evaluated by the BLS crew before she returned to her home. Then during the late afternoon Luzerne County dispatched the full structure box for a reported stove fire in the 1000 block of Schwabe St. Chief Joseph J, Stepansky responded on dispatch and reported smoke showing as he crested the hill and had county notify all units of a working fire. The truck, engine, rescue, and utility responded in that order along with the remainder of the box. Hazle Twp. firefighter Justin Zoshak arrived on scene with the Chief and used the 30 lb. ABC Extinguisher from the buggy to hold the fire in check which was rapidly extending from the kitchen to the remainder of the first floor of the 2 1/2 story double block home. The truck crew arrived and split per assignment with the exterior crew laddering all four sides of the building with the interior crew following the engine who were advancing a 2 1/2" line into the kitchen through a rear door. The engine quickly extinguished the fire room while the truck searched the first and second floor coordinating ventilation with the outside crew. The rescue stood by at the hydrant at Schwabe and Yale Sts. in the event the 5"supply line laid by the engine needed to pumped. Foster engine crew was assigned to advance a line into the exposure side from FFD engine in the event there was extension in the building. Hazle tower took the second due truck assignment and assisted with extinguishment and overhaul. Valley engine replaced their rescue which was out on a mechanical and entered the scene from the west with their own hydrant in the event it was needed. White Haven engine and Hazle rescue sent crews to the scene to assist with a considerable overhaul assignment. Weatherly rescue had the RIT assignment. PPL, Freeland PD, Code Enforcement, and Municipal Authority all responded to scene. American Red Cross worked with the victims of the families to assist with shelter. PSP N-Hazleton and Chief Stepansky conducted the investigation of cause. As the crews were servicing the rigs another call was dispatched for an oil burner malfunction in the 600 block of Walnut St. The truck returning to station arrived first and found a heavy smoke condition in the street followed by the rescue. The engine and utility responded from station and crews from all rigs entered the 2 1/2 story double family block with meters and assigned tools. The oil heating system was removed from service and the residents were instructed to have the system serviced by a licensed contractor. Finally the apparatus was backed into the station and repacked and the firefighters went home to their families to spend what was left of Christmas Eve with their loved ones. The Chief complimented the professionalism of all the responders who helped these unfortunate families during what is supposed to be a happy season
Mar 9th 2018: Just 16 hours after the structure fire in East Side Boro Luzerne County dispatched the box for a reported structure fire in the 900 block of Pine St find a 2 1/2 story double block home with a working fire in the attic. The truck and engine responded in that order with the engine establishing a 5" supply line from the hydrant at Pine and Chestnut Sts. The engine advanced a 2" smooth bore attack line and along with the truck crew advanced into the attic space and extinguished the working fire. Another crew advanced a 2" smooth bore attack line into the other side of the attic and extinguished some extension into that space. The rescue crew arrived and advanced a 2 1/2" line off the engine to provide exposure protection if needed. Hazle truck arrived and assumed second due responsibilities with White Haven engine taking the rear assignment by stretching a 5" supply line from a hydrant from Washington and Chestnut Sts. and then advancing a manifold and supply line down the alley to provide rear support. Crews were rotated with firefighters supplied by Hazle rescue and Valley rescue along with Hazle truck and White Haven engine. Extensive overhaul was needed in the plank constructed residence. Weatherly Rescue assumed the RIT assignment. Freeland Northside BLS and Medic 11 were on scene along with American Red Cross, Freeland PD, and the Department of Public Works. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky conducted the investigation and found a space heater near some furnishing caused the fire
Feb 24th 2019: During the morning Luzerne County dispatched the first alarm box for a reported structure fire in the 800 block of Ridge St. with confirmed entrapment. Chief Joseph J. Stepansky responded from his residence which is half block away and reported a working fire in a 2 1/2 story double home with heavy involvement in the rear first floor. He made entry into the structure and perfromed a quick search of the first floor front rooms with no victim found. The engine arrived first with its own hydrant in front of the residence with its interior crew of Deputy Chief Rich Lindsey and Engineer Stan Quantance making entry to attempt to reach a second floor rear bedroom where the resident was reported to be. The truck arrived and split crews with the exterior crew throwing ground ladders and performing fire attack with a 2" hand line in the rear of the structure. The interior crew attempted VES but were driven back by the fire now blowing out a first window and preventing access. While the engine was performing their search the first floor developed pre flash over conditions. With zero visability and intense heat Deputy Lindsey called a may day. The truck crew pushed into the rear door with a hand line in an attempt to provide relief for the search team while Chief Stepansky entered the front door and provided voice communications so firefighters could advance towards him. Luzerne County Communications was in constant contact with the fire fighters and assisted in providing a their location. The Chief then located both of them, assisted in removing them as all three rolled out of the front door and down the nine steps onto the sidewalk. At this point the entire first floor was involved in fire. Additional FFD personnel along with the remainder of the box arrived and assumed the fire fight which now extended into the second floor and attic. The engine during the attack supplied (2) 2" handlines, a 2 1/2" handline, and a 3" line to the step gun which was utilized to hold the fire while interior crews were preparing to reenter. Hazle Twp. tower was assigned as second due truck and worked the interior. Foster engine laid a 5" supply line from Ridge and Walnut Sts. providing additonal supply to the engine and advancing a line into the exposure. White Haven engine laid a 5" supply line from a hydrant at Ridge and North Sts. and advanced two lines into the structure. The rescue arrived and stood by at the hydrant at Centre and Chestnut Sts. Valley Regional rescue crew performed fire suppression in the fire building. West Hazleton Fire performed the RIT duties. Hazleton City Fire Department Engine 5 assumed the stand by assignment for the Northside. Additional alarms were struck for manpower for support and overhaul as the there was extension throuhgout the structure. McAdoo, Weatherly, Beaver Meadows, Wright Twp, Sugarloaf Twp., L&L Rehab, along with Medic 11, Medic 26, and Freeland Northside BLS also responded. Unfortunately a resident perished in the fire and was located in the first floor rear where there was heavy fire involvement prior to the first FFD units arriving. Our prayers and sympathy our extended to his family. PSP N Hazleton and Freeland PD along with Chief Stepansky are conducting the investigation. Freeland Streets Department and Code Enforcement and the American Red Cross were also on scene. Thank You to Bill Barr for some of the fire ground pictures.
1959- Balas Warehouse, Foster Twp.
1973 - Jeddo #5 Breaker, Foster Twp.
1987- 400 Block Main St., White Haven, 7 building destroyed
1989 - Genetti Dinner Theatre Fire, Hazle Twp.
2014, Damenti's Restaurant Fire, Butler Twp.
Freeland Fire Department ISO Class 3
ISO is an acronym for Insurance Service Organization.
ISO rates fire departments on a scale of 1 through 10.
10 being the worst level of fire protection,and with 1 being the best.
ISO then publishes this rating to insurance carriers.
Many insurance companies use the ISO scale in determining rates for homeowner’s insurance.
As a matter of reference, out of 2,392 fire departments in Pennsylvania, only 155 are rated as Class 3. Also, only 16 departments are rated higher than 3.
Communities are rated from 1 -10 with one being the best and 10 allowing for no credit for fire service.
Statistical data on insurance losses bear out the relationship between excellent fire protection and low fire losses. By classifying a community’s ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire protection services.
The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. By securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.
The Freeland Fire Department is committed to saving lives and property by training firefighters, providing proper equipment, and an adequate supply of water provided by the Freeland Municipal Authority..
Members of the FFD and the FMA are understandably proud that their hard work has paid off.