Recent Calls
Thu. Mar 26th 2015
Truck and Rescue Engine on the Cover to Hazle

As firefighters were gathering for weekly in station training the radio started to light up with reports of a structure fire ...

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Mon. Mar 23rd 2015
Truck on the EMS Assist in the Boro

During day break Freeland Northside BLS and Medic 11 were dispatched to a medical emergency in the senior apartment buil...

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Tue. Mar 17th 2015
Truck, Engine, and Utility on the Structure Box in Penn Lake Boro

During the late afternoon Luzerne County dropped the box for a reported structure fire in Penn Lake Boro bringing the tr...

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Sat. Mar 28th 2015
Condolences to the Family and Friends of Chelsea Michalesko

The Freeland Fire Department offers its condolences to the family and friends of Chelsea Michalesko. She was a member of the ...

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Mon. Mar 16th 2015
Firefighters Complete Fire Safety Officer Class

FFD, White Haven, and Weatherly firefighters completed a PA Local Level Program for Fire Safety Officer sponsored by the Subu...

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Sun. Mar 15th 2015

Ladder 136-2 or also known as Ladder 57 left the station for the last time today. This rig served the Northside and the area ...

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Sat. Mar 28th 2015
The Freeland Fire Department offers its condolences to the family and friends of Chelsea Michalesko. She was a member of the Harwood Fire Co. and Freeland Northside Community Ambulance along with being a Carbon County Emergency Dispatcher. At Carbon she was respected as a very capable dispatcher who...
Mon. Mar 16th 2015
FFD, White Haven, and Weatherly firefighters completed a PA Local Level Program for Fire Safety Officer sponsored by the Suburban Mutual Fire Aid Association. The 16 training program instructed firefighters in accident prevention, reporting, and investigation, proper PPE use, and in developing a saf...
Sun. Mar 15th 2015
Ladder 136-2 or also known as Ladder 57 left the station for the last time today. This rig served the Northside and the area well fighting some of the largest fires in the area including the Fun Shoe Plant Fire in West Hazleton. Many residential and commercial jobs were responded to by the truck and...
Sat. Mar 14th 2015
As is tradition FFD participated in the Sons of Erin St. Patrick's events on the Northside. All the rigs manned up and paraded through the streets paying tribute to the Irish. Also department members attended the annual banquet afterwards totally enjoying the festivities. Regional fire departmen...
Fri. Mar 13th 2015
Thankfully a new roof was installed on the station this week. Finally a break in the extreme cold and snow/ice occurred to provide a window for the contractor to get the job done. Now the second phase of the job begins with the firefighters removing the destroyed ceiling tiles and insulation and get...
Wed. Feb 25th 2015
FFD personnel are manning the fire station during the State of Emergency in the Boro caused by the multiple freeze ups in the water system due to the extremely frigid weather. The system has had many frozen main and lateral lines leaving many without domestic water. The station is being manned 24 ho...
Sun. Feb 15th 2015
For 4 years now FFD firefighters have been battling a leaking roof that is just getting progressively worse. Repairs have been made but only last a short time until another leak appears which starts the cycle up all over again. Falling ceiling tiles, tarps over apparatus and furniture, and buckets a...
Sun. Feb 15th 2015
FFD is proud to have been awarded Bronze Certification Level by the PA Office of Fire Commissioner. The department now boasts of 18 firefighters who have at a minimum Firefighter 1 Certification out of a total of 34 interior firefighters. This attainment of 50% FF1 provided the department the abilit...
Thu. Feb 12th 2015
2nd Annual Country for a Cure was held on January 31st at the Freeland Event Center. FFD provided Beverage support for a very successful event hosted by Past Mayor Tami Martin and Family with the assistance of the McAdoo Fire Department and Donald of course. The great news is that the event raised m...
Sun. Feb 8th 2015
Why is the rescue engine running all these incidents instead of the engine? Well it is quite simple. During the snow season the engine gets chained up in order to keep it prepared to handle incidents when the snow and ice storms hit the Northside. The rescue engine always is kept without c...
Thu. Feb 5th 2015
The truck and utility manned up and made the trip west to Hazle Station 1 for a session working with their door prop.  FDNY Lt. Chris Otto, Hazle Rescue Chief Jason Zoshak, and Hazle Lt. Justin "Roach Dizz" Zoshak reviewed the techniques and shared some tricks learned from the big cit...
Wed. Feb 4th 2015
With all the recent snow and more forecasted, Chief Joseph J. Stepansky requested all boro residents and businesses to assist in clearing the snow from the hydrants in their neighborhoods. In the past this program has been successful with many residents helping to make certains hydrants are accessib...
Wed. Feb 4th 2015
During the February meeting of the department, Past Citizen's Hose and FFD Chief John "Jeff" Teliho was elevated to the position of Chief Emeritus. This distinction has never been bestowed by the department and the only other officer to attain emeritus status was President Joseph L. Stepan...
Thu. Jan 29th 2015
During the past month five FFD firefighter completed Introduction to the Fire Service and Hazardous Materials Awareness at Hazleton City South Side Station. Both classed were instructed by HFD Deputy Chief Brian Mandak. Those completing the training were Engineer John Kanuck, Firefighters Stan Quant...
Wed. Jan 21st 2015
The Freeland American Legion Post 473 and VFW Post 5010 honored Deputy Chief Richard Lindsey and Firefighter Sarah Lindsey for their heoric efforts while performing a resuce of an elderly woman during a structure fire in the 700 block of Main St. The DC and his daughter were assigned to the engine c...
Sat. Jan 17th 2015
Chief Joseph J. Stepansky presented his report for 2014. The department responded to 248 calls for service during the year. Along with the incidents department members attended training, maintained the apparatus, raised funds, and even found time for some fun. Two incidents went to plus al...
Wed. Jan 14th 2015
As per department by laws and custom the Audit Committee presented the 2014 Financial Statements to the body at this month's meeting. As usual Treasurer Sandra Kuklis was commended for her excellent record keeping. The 2015 Department Budget was also presented and approved which provid...
Wed. Jan 14th 2015
President Larry Stepansky at last evening's department meeting reappointed Rev. Gary Mensinger as our chaplain. Rev. Gary is a veteran of FFD having served as a Lieutenant. He has been a vital member of the department since joining as a junior and served on the 136-1 Engine and 136 Truck co...
Wed. Jan 14th 2015
Chief Joseph J. Stepansky announced the following appointed  officers for this year: Chief Engineer - Cal Herring; Asst. Chief Engineer - Larry Stepansky; Safety Officers - Daniel P. Bobby, William Youmans, and John "Jeff" Teliho
Wed. Jan 14th 2015
2015 Freeland Fire Department officers:Front left to right: Relief Association officers - Treasurer Cal Herring, Secretary Barb Tulanowski, Vice President William Kuklis ; Department officers - President Larry Stepansky, Vice President William Youmans, Secretary Daniel P. Bobby, Treasurer Sandra Kuk...
Mon. Jan 12th 2015
The 2014 FFD Video is completed and is now posted. Click on link below to view.     
Tue. Jan 6th 2015
Tomorrow January 7, 2015 one of our local Russian Orthodox  churches St. Michaels located on Fern Street in Freeland is celebrating their Christmas according to the Julian calendar. Merry Christmas from the Freeland Fire Department and our families.     
Sun. Jan 4th 2015
Last night Rich Lindsey ( Freeland Chief 52) and his daughter Sarah Lindsey Freeland Firefighter were honored for their heroics. Rich and Sarah rescued a 98 year old  woman that was trapped in her second floor bedroom as a fire was spreading from a building next door a 709-711 Ma...
Sat. Jan 3rd 2015
Chief Joseph J. Stepansky authorized the release of the Training Report - 2014 which exhibited the dedication of department firefighters to improving their firefighting skills. For a second straight year over 3,000 hours were spent by firefighters during training. This is quite an accomplishment and...
Wed. Dec 31st 2014
The entire Freeland Fire Department family would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Year in 2015.
Tue. Dec 30th 2014
The membership of FFD attended the viewing and funeral services for Past Chief Robert "Pal" Whitehead. He provided many years of services to both the Citizens Hose Co. and FFD as an officer and Life Member and will be dearly missed. The membership attended the viewing in a body and provide...
Fri. Dec 26th 2014
FFD expresses its condolences on the passing on Past Citizens Hose and Department Chief Robert "Pal" Whitehead. He joined the Citizens Hose in  1963 becoming Foreman of Hose in 1965, Citizens Chief in 1966, and FFD Chief in 1973 serving in that capacity until 1977. He was elected Life...
Mon. Dec 22nd 2014
FFD extends its wishes far a Holy and Joyous Christmas to all! Again please be careful this season and as always, remember to practice fire safety. Ho Ho Ho
Mon. Dec 22nd 2014
Upon his completion of rounds visiting the good girls and boys of department members, Santa stopped at the station to deliver some special gifts. The Inman Family, Kim, Steve, and 5 year old daughter, Pazelyn, were invited for a special Santa visit. This family lost all their belongings in the tragi...
Sun. Dec 21st 2014
As in the past Santa Claus made his annual visit to the Northside to visit the good girls and boys of department members. The rescue engine along with the utility escorted the Jolly Old Elf as he made his way from residence to residence delivering gifts and good will. FFD is proud to continue a trad...
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Attention Residents:

The Freeland Fire Dept. has been informed that borough residents have been approached by chimney cleaning services stating that the department has recommended them to service their chimney. The department does not recommend any specific contractor for chimney cleaning services and if any resident is approached for this work they should contact Freeland Police by calling 911. However as a matter of home maintenance every residence should have an annual heating system and chimney reviewed. The contractor is up to the individual property owner. If there are any questions please contact the station at 570-636-3244

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning


Burning any fuel produces carbon monoxide. This means any fuel-burning appliance in your home is a potential source. Poisoning comes from inhaling enough of the gas that it replaces oxygen in the blood.


Gas central heating, space heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, wood burning stoves, and water heaters are all leading sources of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can escape if these devices leak or are poorly vented. Exhaust from a car parked in a closed garage can also be a source.

The Carbon Monoxide and Gas Safety Society says that on average, carbon monoxide poisoning kills 40 people a year and injures around 300. But it believes cases are under reported as there is no automatic testing for CO of people who die suddenly.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

The initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu but without fever. They include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Irregular breathing.

If you have any of these symptoms -- and if you feel better when you go outside your home but the symptoms reappear once you're back inside -- you may have carbon monoxide poisoning.

If carbon monoxide poisoning is known or suspected:

  • Get out of the building or car where the carbon monoxide is present.
  • Keep still. (This will conserve oxygen in the blood, which is already at a low level because carbon monoxide has partially replaced it.)
  • It is important that you get treated right away. At the hospital, you will probably get oxygen therapy through a mask.

Call 911 immediately!!!!


Tips for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning


  • Install at least one smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and near bedrooms. The alarm should meet the latest Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety standard and comply with local regulations for placement in the home.
  • Call a certified professional to inspect, clean, and tune up the central heating system and repair leaks.
  • Monitor appliances, chimneys, and vents for visible soot, rust, stains, blockage, or corrosion. Also have them inspected each year. When in use, make sure they vent properly to allow gas to escape from enclosed areas. Don't close the fireplace or damper before the fire is completely out.
  • Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
  • Hire a professional to clean your chimney at least once a year.
  • Make sure wood burning stoves comply with local regulations and meet current EPA emissions standards.
  • Burn only wood and be sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and embers.
  • Never use generators indoors or in crawl spaces.
  • Use proper fuel in space heaters.
  • Use space heaters in well-ventilated areas.
  • Don't use a gas kitchen oven to heat your home. Keep gas appliances properly adjusted and serviced.
  • Don't burn charcoal or use a grill indoors.
  • Don't use paint remover that has methylene chloride in it, especially when children are around. (Methylene chloride converts to carbon monoxide in the body.)
Fire Poice Needed

Anyone intrested in volunteering we are in need of people for Fire Police. Please contact any member or contact the station at 570-636-3244


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PA State Certification



Essentials of Firefighting, HFD Southside Station, Schedule Posted on Board

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