Firefighters Battle New Year’s Day House Fire

Firefighters from Frackville and surrounding communities began their year with a response to the Gilberton borough for a house fire.

Just after 10:00am, firefighters were dispatched to 128 Main St. for a house fire. Marshall 44 quickly arrived and confirmed a working fire. Shortly thereafter, Marshall 44 requested a second alarm to the scene, followed by a request for a tanker task force due to low pressure from the borough’s water system.

Frackville Ladder 43-20 staged near the front of the building and sent a crew to the roof for ventilation while others provided manpower for additional operations.

The single home was a total loss. Nobody was home at the time of the fire but the homeowner was briefly detained after entering the structure during firefighting efforts.

Companies from Gilberton, Mahanoy Plane, Mahanoy City, Frackville, Englewood, Ashland, Girardville, Butler Township, Ringtown, Gordon, Ryan Township, Sheppton-Oneida, Lavelle, Mount Carbon, Shenandoah, and Tamaqua operated on scene for most of the afternoon battling the fire and the elements as temperatures hovered near the single digits.

American Red Cross was on scene to assist the homeowner and residents of a nearby home damaged by smoke and water.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Photos courtesy of JC Kreisher/Fire and Film.

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2018 Officers Elected

During December’s monthly meeting, members of the Good Will Hose Company elected officers for 2018.

Note: Fire Chief is not listed as this is a two-year term to which Charles Berger was elected for 2017 through 2018.

Line Officers:

First Assistant Chief: Bill Lindenmuth Jr.
Second Assistant Chief: Adam Shinkus
Third Assistant Chief: George Anthony
Fourth Assistant Chief: Open
Chief Engineer: Tony Melnick
First Assistant Engineer: Brian Fetterolf
Second Assistant Engineer: Mike Swartz
Third Assistant Engineer: Open
Fourth Assistant Engineer: Open
Fifth Assistant Engineer: Open
Sixth Assistant Engineer: Open
Safety Officer: Bill Lindenmuth Sr.
Sergeant at Arms: Mike Metchock



President: George Anthony
Vice President: Bob Thomas
Secretary: Albert Dillman
Treasurer: John Blickley
Financial Secretary: Bill Lindenmuth Jr.
Trustee: Tony Melnick
Trustee: Brian Fetterolf
Trustee: Mike Swartz

Good Will Hose Company Gun Raffle

Good Will Hose Company has partnered with Shakey’s Gun Shop in Orwigsburg to sell raffle tickets. Tickets are $5 each.

First Prize: Choice of Glock 17 Gen 5 9mm or S&W Sport II AR-15 or $500 cash

Second Prize: $100 cash

First prize drawing will be awarded on the daytime 3-digit PA Lottery drawing on 12/15/17. Second prize drawing will be awarded on the evening 3-digit PA Lottery drawing on 12/15/17.

Please see any member for tickets, contact us through the website, or send us a message on Facebook.

Thank you for your continued support!

It’s Fire Prevention Week!

Welcome to fire prevention week!


Fire prevention week is observed during the Sunday through Saturday period where October 9th falls. This date is chosen in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8th, 1871 and lasted through October 9th. Fire prevention week is used to educate the public about fire safety. This year’s theme is ‘Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!’.


In light of this year’s theme, first and foremost – HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN! Your escape plan should include two escape routes from each room and a clear path to the outside. In addition, have a meeting point once you get outside.

Your escape plan should be practiced a minimum of two times a year and should be practiced during the day and at night. If there are children in the household, practice more! Make sure they understand what they need to do in the event of a fire!

Make sure your home number is clearly visible from the street so firefighters can find your home.

Educate your children on fire safety and the dangers of handling flammable items.

In the event of a fire, close doors behind you as you escape. This can help prevent the spread of fire, smoke, and heat. If your home is filled with smoke, stay low to the floor and crawl towards the nearest exit. If your exits are blocked by fire, get into a room and close the door. Block the bottom of the door with blankets to help reduce the amount of smoke entering the room. Get to the nearest window and make yourself visible and call out.

Once you get out, STAY OUT! Do not go back into a burning building for pets or valuables!


If you have any questions regarding fire safety and prevention, contact us. We’re here to help!

If you are in need of smoke alarms, we usually have a limited number on hand. Please call us at 570-874-3859 and we will do our best to get them to you.

We take fire safety and prevention seriously. You may have as little as one to two minutes to get to safety after the smoke alarm sounds. Practice your escape plan and know it inside and out!

Right click here and choose Save As to download a printable escape plan.

We thank you for your continued support!

Training: Ventilation and Roof Operations

On Sunday, July 2nd, firefighters from Good Will Hose Company took advantage of a rare opportunity to train on vertical ventilation and roof operations through use of acquired structures.

Firefighters were given permission to utilize two previously fire-damaged buildings in the borough’s downtown that are slated to be razed in the near future.

Topics covered included correct placement of ventilation holes, timing of ventilation, cutting techniques, the multiple saws used in ventilation, trench cutting, building construction, and most importantly, safety.

With safety at the forefront, firefighters ran multiple evolutions in teams of two cutting and clearing ventilation holes and making trench cuts as if it were a real-world application. These evolutions were completed in full turnout gear with SCBA to closely simulate the rigor of the job.

This training session was an excellent lesson in teamwork and practical application while building confidence in ourselves, each other, and our equipment.

Thank you to everyone involved in acquiring these structures for use and great job by everyone who attended!


Ventilation and Roof Operations Training

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Cheesesteak Sale

The Good Will Hose Company will be hosting its monthly cheesesteak sale this Thursday, May 18th from 3PM to sellout.

Each dinner is $9 and comes with fries and a drink (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, or water). The following toppings are available:

American cheese
Provolone cheese
Raw onions
Fried onions
Sweet peppers
Banana peppers
Hot peppers
Cheese Whiz

To place an order, call 570-874-3859.

As a reminder, we will not be having a cheesesteak sale in June.

Thank you for your support!

Good Will, Friendship Fire Companies Awarded FEMA Grant

The Good Will Hose Company and Friendship Fire Company No. 1, Englewood, are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a regional grant in the amount of $177,143 that will allow for the purchase of 30 new air packs.

This grant was awarded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program which provides funding for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel.

The air packs will be divided between the two companies and will be replacing aging equipment.

As always, we thank you for your continued support!