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Line Officers, Board Members Named January 16, 2018

Longwood Fire Company recently named new line officers and board members during the organization's annual reorganizational meeting.

The fire company promoted Mike Wells from captain to assistant fire chief, and firefighter Bas deVries was promoted to fire lieutenant. The remaining line officers are the same.

On the board, Mike Leventry is now vice president, Matt Glass is secretary, Brent du Pont is treasurer and Ron Mazik is financial secretary. The rest of the board remained the same, including board president Brad Bowman.

Longtime leaders Mert LaBare and Joe Deckman were honored for their service as fire captain and board treasurer, respectively.

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. For more information, readers may visit www.longwoodfireco.com.

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Fire Company Plans Breakfast January 3, 2018

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 14. 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.

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Breakfast and Blood Drive December 20, 2017

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Geigertown, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 7 to 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the fire company.

In addition, the Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile will be on-site at the fire company from 7 to 11 a.m. For more information, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit www.geigertownfireco.com.

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Shooting Match December 20, 2017

Craley Community Fire Company, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley, will hold its annual New Year's Day Shooting Match on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

The match will include three rounds, with prizes including hams, turkeys, and seafood for rounds one and two and cash for round three. Other games and contests will be held, as well.

The doors will open at 1 p.m., and food will be available. For more information, readers may call 717-244-1999.

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Buffet Breakfast December 20, 2017

The Baron Stiegel Lions Club of Clay and Elizabeth townships will hold a buffet breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brickerville Fire Hall, located at Hopeland Road at Route 322.

A large selection of breakfast items will be available. Tickets for the meal will be for sale at the door for a set price, and children's meals will be half-price. Funds raised will benefit community projects. For more information, call Cindy Roof at 717-940-6927.

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Theater Invites Firefighters December 15, 2017

The Resident Theatre Company invites the volunteer firefighters who responded to the Nov. 16 five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Center to see "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" free of charge on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. The invitation is extended to local fire companies, including Fame Fire Company, First Fire Company of West Chester, and Goodwill Fire Company, as well as the dozens of other regional fire companies who responded to the fire. The families of the firefighters are also invited to attend free of charge.

Firefighters may contact the box office at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester, to reserve tickets for the matinee performance of "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" at 3 p.m. The performance will run 90 minutes, without intermission.

To reserve tickets, firefighters may call 610-356-2787.

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Fire Company Plans Booklet December 15, 2017

The Craley Fire Company is currently selling business ads for its special 42nd anniversary Craley Days booklet. First-time advertisers may contact Bob Kline at 717-244-5237 for more information, including ad prices and details about payment.

The deadline for ad placement is Monday, June 26.

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Fire Company Sets Christmas Breakfast December 6, 2017

The Paxtonia Fire Company, 125 S. Johnson St., Harrisburg, will host its annual Christmas breakfast for children from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Firefighters will serve the breakfast, which will include three types of pancakes, as well as eggs, bacon, sausage, and beverages.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to visit with children and listen to their Christmas lists, and every child will receive a present. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the fire company's new fire engine.

There is a cost to attend the breakfast, with separate fees set for adults and for children ages 5 to 12. Children under age 5 will be admitted for free. For more information, readers may call 717-657-0768.

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Fire Company Plans Holiday Activities December 6, 2017

Longwood Fire Company will celebrate the holiday season by participating in numerous events benefiting members of the community.

The fire company will join other area groups, including the Kennett Township Police Department, in conducting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Kennett Township Building, 801 Burrows Run Road, Kennett Square. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply of blood for patients.

Longwood and the Kennett Township Police Department are also joining together in two endeavors to help people in need. They are collecting toys to be donated to the children at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 13. The two organizations are also collecting warm jackets.

Longwood will escort Santa on a company fire truck to Kennett Township on Saturday, Dec. 16, and to Pocopson on Sunday, Dec. 17. Both trips will begin at 9 a.m. Santa will visit areas served by Longwood's fire and rescue service.

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. The fire company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. For more information, readers may visit www.longwoodfireco.com.

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Santa To Visit Breakfast November 22, 2017

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m. Santa will be at the breakfast.

For more information, call 610-286-6481 or visit geigertownfireco.com.

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Christmas Tree Sales Scheduled November 16, 2017

Middletown Volunteer Fire Department will begin its annual Christmas tree sales on Friday, Nov. 24, in the parking lot at the Grove Car Wash, East Main Street, Middletown. Sales will open from noon to 7:30 p.m. on weekends and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on weeknights. Tree netting and drilling will be available.

For more information, call 717-944-1644.

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Smith Wins Public Safety Award November 14, 2017

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Fire Company Sets Soup Sale November 9, 2017

West Hempfield Fire and Rescue Company, 3519 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will hold a drive-through chicken corn soup sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 10 a.m.

Soup will be available in pre-packaged quart containers. For more information, readers may contact June Kreider at 717-285-3241.

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Pig Roast To Support New Fire Station October 30, 2017

The Mastersonville Fire Company, 2166 Meadow View Road, Manheim, invites the community to its annual pig roast and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 11. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and continue until meals are sold out. "We roast the pig ourselves and cook all of the food ourselves," said fire company president Matt Shenk. "Some Amish ladies in our area bake homemade items for us to sell, too."

Each meal will include pork and sauerkraut with gravy, mashed potatoes, filling, corn, applesauce, a dinner roll, and dessert. Meals are carryout only, and additional baked goods will be sold separately.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help to pay for the new station that is under construction at 2121 Meadow View Road, across the street from the current station. Shenk said that the approximate total cost of the project is $2.4 million. Compared to the costs of other new stations in surrounding areas and considering that Mastersonville is a very rural area, Shenk said that figure is quite reasonable for the level of quality that the new station will offer. Avoiding going into debt was a high priority for the project, he said.

"A lot of the groundwork is being done by our own members of the (fire) company, so that's where a lot of the savings have come from," noted Shenk. The generosity of several area businesses, which have offered discounts and donated labor time, has also helped to lower costs.

Construction began on May 6, and progress has been consistent. The 12,586-square-foot building will feature six bays, office and storage space, and an underground water cistern. Shenk said the fire company anticipates moving into the new station in the early spring of 2018. After the move is complete, the old building will be sold.

Mastersonville Fire Company primarily serves 23 square miles in Rapho Township and Mount Joy Township. The total fire company membership is at 85, with approximately 30 active members. Jeff Siegrist serves as chief, and Troy Montgomery is the building committee chair.

For more information, readers may visit www.mastersonvillefire.com.

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T-Shirt Sales To Benefit Fire Department October 20, 2017

The Hershey Volunteer Fire Department will benefit from sales of a T-shirt featuring Station 48's tower.

A Hershey-based apparel company designed and screen-printed the heather red shirt, which features, in white ink, a badge-like logo incorporating the tower and the words "Forty-Eight, Since 1905." Made from a cotton/polyester blend, the shirts come in unisex sizes of small, medium, large, extra large, and 2XL.

The shirts can be purchased at stayapparel.com or by appointment at Station 48, 21 W. Caracas Ave., Hershey. Size 2XL is only available at the station. To make an appointment, readers may call the station at 717-533-2953.

All proceeds will benefit the fire department's capital campaign.

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Fire Prevention Week Slated October 9, 2017

In a typical home fire, individuals may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That is why home escape planning is critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

This year's Fire Prevention Week is themed "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" and works to better educate the public about the importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. Warwick Emergency Services Commission (WESC) is working in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially lifesaving messages. Fire Prevention Week will continue through Saturday, Oct. 14.

In support of Fire Prevention Week, WESC encourages all households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that is a safe distance from the home.

NFPA and the WESC offer additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan.

Families should draw a map of their home with all members of the household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.

Families should practice a home fire drill twice a year. It is a good idea to conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in the home and to practice using different ways out.

Parents should teach children how to escape on their own in case adults cannot help them.

Families should make sure their house number is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

Doors should be closed when leaving a room, as this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

Once families make it outside, they should stay outside. Individuals should never go back inside a burning building.

Local residents may stay updated with local emergency services by visiting the Facebook pages of WESC, Lititz Fire Company No. 1, Brunnerville Fire Company, Rothsville Fire/Ambulance Company 24, Brickerville Volunteer Fire Company, Warwick Community Ambulance Association, and Northwest EMS. To learn more about this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign and home escape planning, readers may visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

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Fire Company To Meet October 2, 2017

Union Fire Company No. 1 will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster County Firemen's Association headquarters, 630 E. Oregon Road, Manheim Township. The community is invited to attend, including those who are interested in joining the fire company.

The meeting will focus on the election of officers for 2018, including the next board of directors. Members are strongly encouraged to attend, as various items will be discussed.

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Fire Company Plans Matches September 26, 2017

Craley Community Fire Company, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley, will host its 61st annual shooting match on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. Matches will continue through Friday, Nov. 24. A variety of prizes will be awarded each week.

The kitchen will offer homestyle cooking each Friday. For further information, contact Bob Kline at 717-244-5237, Sid Leibhart at 717-252-1622, or the fire hall at 717-244-1999.

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Fire Company Plans Breakfast August 29, 2017

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 10, 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 a variety of beverages.

The cost of the breakfast will be discounted for children ages 2 to 12, and children under age 2 may eat for free. For more information, readers may call Barb Alexander 717-428-1436.

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Grant Program To Benefit Fire, Ambulance Services August 28, 2017

Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply for this year's grant program from the Office of State Fire Commissioner. The application period was slated to open on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and will close on Friday, Oct. 20. Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit's station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality's primary EMS provider. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program.

For more information, readers may visit www.osfc.pa.gov.

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