Fire Department Sets Egg Hunt March 22, 2018
The Rheems Fire Department, 350 Anchor Road, Elizabethtown, will hold its Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7. The event was postponed from March 24.
Doors will open at 10 a.m., and the egg hunt "siren" will go off at 10:15 a.m. Children should bring a basket to hunt for eggs in age-appropriate groupings. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and children may make a small craft. Door prizes will be given out at approximately 10:45 a.m.
The event is free, and no tickets are required. Donations will be appreciated. For more information, find the fire department's Facebook page or visit www.rheemsfire.com.
A Half-Century Of Sales March 22, 2018
Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company president Victor Ressler has heard stories about the event that led up to the fire company's annual mud sale.
"My dad was here for the first sale," Ressler related. "It was a glorified yard sale at that time. It was a very small community, and there were just a few farmers around here."
For the first 20 years, fire company members ran the sale, but it eventually became too much, and they considered discontinuing the sale. "Then the Amish community stepped up," Ressler said. "We couldn't do it today without them helping us. We owe a debt of gratitude to them."
"It's a way to donate our time," commented sale committee member Abe Stoltzfus. "We appreciate what (the fire company does). We don't want it to go away. Plus, it's a fun time of year. We look forward to the sale."
In the many capable hands of the Amish community, the mud sale has thrived and now accounts for a third of the fire company's yearly budget. At last year's event, the 49th, approximately 2,500 bidder numbers were assigned, and at one point, 10 auctions ran simultaneously.
Organizers are planning for a similar outcome at the 50th annual mud sale, which will be held on Saturday, April 14, at the fire station, 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood. Bidder registration will open at 6 a.m., breakfast will be available at 7 a.m., and the first auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. The sale may continue as late as 5 p.m.
"Flowers, shrubs, and horses: that's what we're known for," Abe remarked.
"Horses are our biggest moneymaker," added committee member Sam Stoltzfus.
The mud sale is a consignment event, so while donations of items are welcome, a majority of the goods offered at the sale are consigned. The fire company takes a percentage of each sale according to a set schedule. Folks who would like to consign or donate items may call the fire station at 717-284-3943.
To commemorate the occasion of the 50th mud sale, several community members collaborated on a large quilt and other items. The top of the quilt contains cloth patches printed with photos of the fire trucks and other apparatus currently in service with the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company. The quilters also created placemats, potholders, a table runner, a wall plaque, and a handbag with the same theme.
The commemorative items will be sold at noon. A special cake will also be auctioned off at that time. It is a fire company tradition to sell a cake, and the sweet treat can bring in several thousand dollars.
"Usually several individuals buy it and give it back," Ressler explained.
A variety of food will be available for a la carte purchase during the mud sale. Breakfast sandwiches, American subs, ham and cheese subs, burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, chicken corn soup, soft pretzels and doughnuts made on-site, and soft-churned ice cream will be sold from the kitchen. Vendors will sell pizza, fries, and candy. Other vendors will sell tools, crafts, and more.
Parking for carriages and automobiles will be located around the fire station, and shuttles will take people to and from the handicapped-accessible parking lot.
Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company serves Martic Township and portions of Providence, Drumore, and East Drumore townships. It welcomes new members, and interested individuals may stop by the station at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month or any Wednesday at 7 p.m. to learn more or to pick up an application.
For more information about the company or the mud sale, readers may visit www.rvfd58.com or call 717-284-3943.
Fire Company Plans Egg Hunt March 21, 2018
Yoe Fire Company will host its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at Yoe Park, 230 E. Philadelphia St. Children will be split into the following groups: birth to age 2, ages 3 and 4, ages 5 to 8, and ages 9 to 12. Prizes will be awarded in each age group.
For more information, readers may call Becky at 717-324-4726.
Auxiliary Plans Social March 21, 2018
The Caernarvon Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary will hold its social on Friday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Narvon. The event will feature refreshments and conversation with members of the auxiliary to learn how they support the fire company and community.
Individuals interested in membership are encouraged to attend. For details, call Margo Korbel at 717-351-9996.
CCFCA Launches Recruitment Campaign March 14, 2018
The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association (CCFCA) has launched a new volunteer recruitment and awareness campaign. The focus of the campaign is to promote the importance of volunteerism and encourage residents to become volunteers.
The CCFCA is the advisory body to 55 separate volunteer fire departments and companies located in Chester County, all of which have volunteer opportunities available within their respective locations.
As part of the kickoff to the recruitment campaign, the CCFCA unveiled its newest slogan, "Volunteer Today. Chester County Lives Depend on It," which will be included in all print and electronic materials sent to the community. In addition, the CCFCA has rebooted its website, www.HelpFightFire.com, to help prospective volunteers understand the role they may play in protecting their community. The website also includes a volunteer inquiry form they may fill out.
To become volunteers, readers may visit the aforementioned website.
A variety of opportunities are available for prospective volunteers.
Firefighters help save lives and protect property in their community. Volunteers learn to do tasks like advance a hose line, perform search-and-rescue operations, and position ladders strategically. Training and equipment needed to stay safe are provided free of charge.
EMTs (emergency medical technicians) help save lives by transporting sick and injured people to the hospital. Volunteers respond to specialized calls like automobile accidents, carbon monoxide alarms, and other rescue calls. Training and equipment are provided.
Fire police help keep an emergency situation safe by directing traffic and crowds and by providing general assistance to other first responders.
Junior firefighters are teenagers who gain experience around a fire house, lend a hand, and begin fire training that will prepare them to become full members at age 18. Volunteering as a junior firefighter may count as community service hours.
Administrative volunteers are non-emergency volunteers who help teach fire safety, assist in fundraising events, and help with bookkeeping, human resources, website maintenance, and other duties.
The new campaign will also develop content to post on the official Help Fight Fire social media accounts in order to develop a following. Additionally, there will be a dedicated effort to raise public awareness of CCFCA's activities through billboard and movie theater advertisements and production, press releases, and other print and electronic materials.
The campaign is funded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
For more information on volunteer opportunities, readers may visit www.HelpFightFire.com.
Fire Company Slates Flower Sale March 14, 2018
Union Fire and Hose Company No. 1, 30 E. Canal St., Dover, will sell Easter flowers on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31.
The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Eick Named EMS Captain March 14, 2018
Longwood Fire Company has announced that Matt Eick is the new captain of emergency medical services (EMS). He began his duties in February.
As part of his new role, he has complete oversight of the ambulances and emergency medical services and manages a staff of nine full-time and 14 part-time individuals, as well as 10 volunteers. In addition to responding to emergencies, services offered include CPR training, EMS outreach programs, and car seat installations and inspections.
Eick began his EMS career in 2002 and became an emergency medical technician (EMT) in 2003 and a paramedic in 2008. He came to Longwood in June 2010 as a part-time staff paramedic and accepted a full-time position in January 2011.
In 2014, Longwood restructured the management approach for the EMS side of the fire company and Eick was promoted to one of three EMS lieutenant positions. In addition to the lieutenants' primary focus on managing the staff throughout the day, Eick was responsible for community outreach/training and the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement.
Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury, and Pocopson townships since 1921. It provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, readers may visit www.longwoodfireco.com.
WSFC Will Hold Open House And Golf Outing March 8, 2018
The Willow Street Fire Company (WSFC) has been serving its community since 1924. For many of those years, the organization was able to operate with funds solicited through annual fund drives. This year, however, in an effort to come up with new and different fundraisers, the fire company will host its first golf outing in order to raise funds for capital improvements.
"There's a desperate need to update the heating system," said fire company sergeant Jennifer Anastasio. "We are also thinking about buying a new apparatus."
Anastasio explained that the 1992 Salisbury Simon duplex engine is the oldest and smallest truck in the fire company's fleet. "It's not quite what we need right now," she remarked.
Organizers hope that the golf outing will help to initiate fundraising for either project if it is well attended. The event will be held on Friday, May 4, at Meadia Heights Golf Club, 402 Golf Road, Lancaster. Registration will open at 10 a.m., and the shotgun start will take place at noon. A light lunch will be provided before the round, and a picnic buffet dinner will be served afterward. The deadline to register is Sunday, April 22. Folks may email email@example.com or call 717-464-4622 to register.
Additionally, sponsors are being sought for the outing. Anastasio explained that individuals, businesses, and other organizations may sponsor tee signs or help in other ways. Interested entities may email the aforementioned address for more information.
Anastasio pointed out that the fire company is hoping to use events like the golf outing to actively engage with the community. An open house on Saturday, April 21, will be another such event.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21, community members of all ages are invited to visit the fire company, which is located at 2901 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street. The free event will feature a smoke trailer, a police K-9 visit, a bounce house, and hands-on opportunities with fire extinguishers and fire hoses. A medical helicopter is also slated to fly in for the event.
During the open house, visitors will be able to look at the fire apparatus and learn about the fire company's operation. The Willow Street Fire Company serves West Lampeter Township in conjunction with the Lampeter Fire Company, as well as part of Providence Township. Currently, 62 volunteers have gear at the fire station. In 2017, the fire company received 526 calls, and as of March 6, the count for 2018 was 99.
"That is a huge jump for us," Anastasio commented, reflecting on last year's total. "(We responded to) a little bit of everything."
New members are always welcome, and anyone interested in joining may pick up an application at the open house or stop by the fire station any Tuesday evening after 7 p.m. Volunteers may serve as firefighters, fire police, or social members. Social members provide food and beverages for volunteers out on calls, and they help with administrative duties. Anastasio noted that the fire company has a policy of sending a personalized thank-you note to everyone who donates $100 or more in the fund drives, and social members help to write those cards. Additionally, the fire company invites anyone with ideas for fundraisers to get in touch.
When asked why she joined the fire company, Anastasio remarked, "I love to help people. It's my way of being able to give back."
To learn more about the fire company, readers may visit www.wsfc512.com, call the station at 717-464-4622, or search for "Willow Street Fire Co" on Facebook.
Fire Company Plans Bingo March 7, 2018
Goodwill Fire Company, Station 18, Jacobus, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host a meat and seafood bingo event on Saturday, March 17. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will start at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
To purchase tickets, readers may call 717-891-3643.
Davis Receives Fire Service Award March 6, 2018
Gerald R. "Gerry" Davis received the 2017 Pio Zappasodi Congressional Fire Service Award on Feb. 24. The award is named after the late Pio "Pete" Zappasodi, a longtime member of the Delaware County Firemen's Association, representing the Eighth District on the Executive Board. The former Rep. Curt Weldon presents the award annually to a person who has helped the fire service in Delaware County. Davis was nominated for the honor by the Bethel Township Hose Company No. 1 in Garnet Valley. He was recognized for showing lifelong devotion, support, and commitment to the fire service of Delaware County in an outstanding manner.
Davis is a 58-year life member of the fire company, having joined in 1960. Eight years after joining, he started his first tenure as chief, serving from 1968 to 1975. Davis also served in the roles of president and safety officer before serving his second tenure as chief from 1997 to 2001.
In 1997, Davis was appointed Bethel Township fire marshal, a position he held until 2002.
In 2002 Davis relocated to Oxford, where he continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter for the Union Fire Company. As a member of Union Fire Company, Davis has held the positions of assistant chief, safety officer, and member of the board of directors.
Davis is also a U.S. Army veteran, an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and a lifetime member of the Delaware County Firemen's Association.
In 2012, Davis was diagnosed with and began treatment for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that develops in the plasma cells found in the bone marrow. Davis has spoken at numerous fire departments, stressing the importance of maintaining and keeping clean personal protective equipment and educating firefighters on the Pennsylvania Act 46 of 2011. The legislation, also known as the Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law, designates cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters.
Fire Company Plans Fundraiser February 28, 2018
Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, will hold a restaurant gift card bingo event on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
For more information, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit http://geigertownfireco.com.
Dance And Other Events To Support Fire Company February 22, 2018
Amidst all the time spent training for and responding to structure fires, brush fires, and automobile accidents, the members of the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC) also find time to host fundraising events. As a volunteer organization, the CVFC is dependent upon donations and proceeds from fundraisers to operate. Six events have been planned for 2018.
The fire company's 11th annual spring dance will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Millersville VFW, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville. Admission will be restricted to guests age 21 and older. Disc jockey Chuck Colson will provide music for dancing. There will also be a buffet of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and baked corn. Event coordinator Missi Frankford noted that last year, the donor of the meat provided brisket and other meats in addition to the pork. This year's proteins will be up to the donor again. Some beverages will be included in the ticket cost, and others will be available for purchase.
There will be numerous prize drawings during the dance. Prizes will include gift certificates to local attractions, gift baskets, and more. If any tickets are available for a prize drawing for a gun that is planned for Saturday, May 19, they may be purchased at the dance.
"It's a big celebration," Frankford commented. "We usually have lots of fun."
Only 275 tickets will be sold for the dance. Readers may call Frankford at 717-629-1990 to purchase tickets. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the dance.
In addition to the spring dance and the gun prize drawing, the CVFC has planned a turkey supper for Saturday, April 28, and a festival on Saturday, June 9. The Conestoga Car Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, and a ham supper will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20. This year, in addition to the proceeds helping to cover the fire company's operating costs, the funds will help to pay off a state loan of $200,000 that helped the CVFC to buy a new engine.
The 2018 engine was picked up from the manufacturer on Feb. 2, and it was put into service on Feb. 18. The new engine replaces the 1990 pumper as the apparatus that responds first to calls for assistance. The result of three years of planning and customized for the CVFC with a rescue-style body, the engine is equipped with several kinds of electrical saws, metal-cutting tools, brooms, axes, powerful fans, miles of hoses, a 27-foot light tower, and more. Fire company president Troy Bresch noted that the lights on the tower are LED, making it better at illuminating accident scenes than the other lights in the fleet.
Anyone interested in seeing the new engine or learning about the CVFC is welcome to stop by the station, 3290 Main St., Conestoga, on Mondays at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. In-house training is provided at least twice a month, and opportunities for off-site training are also available.
"(You can be involved) as much as you want to put in it," Bresch said, adding that there is no cost to become an active member. The CVFC supplies all gear and covers the cost of training. "The only thing you have to pay for is the gas to get here," Bresch quipped.
Social media users may follow the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook for updates.
Organization Thanks First Responders February 15, 2018
Columbia-Middletown Elks 1074 hosted a dinner in honor of Columbia's first responders to thank them for their daily sacrifices. The Columbia Borough Police Department, Columbia Borough Fire Department, Columbia EMS and Susquehanna Valley EMS were honored at the event on Feb. 10 at the Columbia Borough Fire Department.
Attendees were treated to a barbecue dinner, music by disc jockey Mike Nikolaus and a slideshow presentation by police officer Holly Oster, featuring pictures of the four organizations. Mayor Leo Lutz and several council members recognized the sacrifices of the first responders.
Judge David L. Ashworth was the guest speaker. He spoke about the Lancaster County Drug Court and the overuse of opioids. Ashworth is on his second 10-year term with the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas and also serves as a senior adjunct professor at Franklin and Marshall College and a drug court technical consultant with the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Fire Company Sets Breakfast February 14, 2018
The Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, March 4, from 7 to 11 a.m.
For more information, call 610-286-6481, visit www.geigertownfireco.com, or like the fire company's Facebook page.
Fire Company Sale To Expand To Two Days February 8, 2018
For the first time in the 44-year history of the Strasburg Fire Company's spring donation and consignment sale, the event will take place over two days. The main event will be held at the fire company, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg, on Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 8 a.m. with the sale of quilts. Simultaneous auctions will run throughout the day, offering crafts, small goods, new and used tools, antiques, groceries, indoor and outdoor lawn furniture, shrubbery, hay and straw, farm machinery, sheds, building materials, carriages, gift certificates, horses and mules, lawn and garden supplies, collectibles, and hunting and fishing equipment.
Crafts and quilt-related items, such as potholders, wall-hangings, crib quilts, and quillows, will be sold inside the fire station from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. A vendor will sell burgers, sausage sandwiches, fries, and beverages.
"We always had a big and busy day on Saturday," explained sale co-chair Ivan Fisher. "We thought, a lot of people are here on Friday night previewing the items, so why not sell some items? It won't go so late on Saturday, and the pace won't be so rushed."
Fisher noted that he has received a lot of positive feedback about the addition of a Friday sale.
"We're excited about the Friday evening thing," he added. "That'll be interesting.
Chicken corn soup, which the fire company members make from scratch with chicken, corn, and alphabet pasta, will be available for takeout on Feb. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. Soup takeouts will also be available all day on Feb. 24. Folks who bring their own containers will receive a discount.
The proceeds from the donation and consignment sale, along with the hot and cold foods the fire company will sell on Feb. 24, make up 30 percent of the organization's annual budget.
"This is our biggest fundraiser," Fisher said. "We as a (sale) committee want to thank the local community for supporting the sale."
The spring sale is the only auction that the Strasburg Fire Company will host this year. Until last year, the fire company held both spring and fall sales. The latter had never been as profitable as the spring sale, so in 2016, the organization held two chicken barbecues instead of the fall sale, and fire company representatives were pleased with the results.
Successful fundraisers are necessary for the fire company's continued operation. The group is also planning ahead for a significant expenditure.
"We're in the early stages of replacing our 1982 Seagrave engine," Fisher said. "We are hoping to have a new engine in service by 2021."
The new engine, fully equipped, will cost close to $700,000, estimated sale co-chair Ike Fisher, who is unrelated to Ivan. The fire company has conducted one extra fund drive so far to raise funds for the purchase. Donations are welcome.
To learn more about the Strasburg Fire Company's 44th annual spring donation and consignment sale or to contribute items for the event, readers may call Ike at 717-687-6223.
Fire Company Posts Events January 31, 2018
Union Fire and Hose Company No. 1, 30 E. Canal St., Dover, has posted its upcoming events.
The fire company will hold a meat drawing on Friday, Feb. 9. Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the meat drawings will start at 7 p.m. Another meat drawing will occur on Friday, March 9.
The service project for February and March is to collect nonperishable food items and toiletries for New Hope Ministries. Readers with questions may contact Elaine Kroft at 717-292-1392.
The fire company will host a public supper on Saturday, Feb. 24. Baked turkey pie and boiled beef potpie will be available at 3:30 p.m. Meals will be available for carryout or for eating on-site in the dining room.
Chocolate bingo will take place on Sunday, March 18. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and bingo will start at 2 p.m. Tickets include 24 games of bingo. Special games will also be available. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
A gun giveaway drawing dinner will take place on Saturday, April 7. Doors will open at 3 p.m., and a ham dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Other giveaway drawings will also be available.
The 300 Club dinner will take place on Saturday, May 5. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The meal will include broasted chicken, steamed shrimp, baked potatoes, baked beans, desserts and beverages. A disc jockey will provide music for dancing. Cash prizes will be awarded.
To purchase tickets, readers may contact Elaine at 717-292-1392, Cathy at 717-873-0385 or any fire company member.
Fire Company Plans Breakfast January 30, 2018
Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 11. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost of breakfast will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, biscuits, and beverages.
The cost will be discounted for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 may eat for free. Proceeds will benefit the fire company. For details, readers may call Barb Alexander at 717-428-1436.