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Girl Scouts Visit Fire Station May 22, 2018


Fire Company To Host Breakfast Buffet May 21, 2018

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

For more information, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit


Fire Rescue To Host Car Cruise May 21, 2018

The Garden Spot Fire Rescue will host its 16th annual Car Cruise on the grounds of Garden Spot High School, 669 E. Main St., New Holland, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. The Cruise will feature events such as a model car contest, a pizza eating contest, and a muffler rap. The event features a grand prize of either $1,000 off a new car or truck or $500 cash. Trophies will be awarded.

There is a participation fee, and door prizes will be given out. For more information, readers may call 717-940-8672.


Fire Company Plans First Carnival May 16, 2018

The Geigertown Fire Company Carnival will be held Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 2, at St. Benedict's Picnic Grove, 4541 Morgantown Road (Route 10), Plowville. On May 30; Thursday, May 31; and Friday, June 1, the event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., and on June 2, the carnival will run from 2 to 10 p.m.

The event will feature rides, games, food and beverages, as well as daily entertainment and live bands. For more information about the inaugural carnival, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit


Fire Department Slates Car Event May 16, 2018

The 36th annual Antique and Classic Car Event, sponsored by the Weaverland Valley Fire Department, will take place rain or shine on Sunday, June 3, at the Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Ave., Terre Hill. The park features ample shade and a large pavilion. The event will offer breakfast, lunch, and fun activities from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and the first 100 registered vehicles will receive a dash plaque. This year's dash plaque will feature last year's Best of Show winner, a 1958 Chevrolet Impala.

All classes will be judged by popular vote, with voting concluding at 2 p.m. and winners announced at 2:30 p.m. One voting ballot will be given to each show entrant, and a number of door prizes will be awarded to entrants. There will be first-, second-, and third-place awards in each of class 15 classes, including a number of vehicle classes, along with classes for trucks, motorcycles, and farm tractors. Additionally, the Weaverland Valley Best of Show trophy will be awarded. Winning vehicles will be paraded.

Organizers are not responsible for accidents.

Costs have been set to enter a vehicle and to rent a 10-by-20-foot craft or flea market space. There is a discount for those who preregister by Tuesday, May 29, with full price charged on the day of the event. Spectator admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the Weaverland Valley Fire Department. For more information, including how to register, readers may call 717-445-4581.


Students Receive Fire Science Awards May 9, 2018

Recently, students from area schools completed projects related to fire science. Lancaster County Firemen's Association (LCFA) and Union Fire Company No. 1 representatives judged the awards and gave out prizes to the winners at a ceremony held at LCFA headquarters, 630 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, on April 11. Winners included Kristina Clark, William Scott, and Brogan Reihart, all of whom were present to discuss their projects, and Daniel Mueller and Alex Makrides, who were not present. Awards for Union Fire Company No. 1 were presented by president Jere Buchter and vice president Jack Gardner. Awards for LCFA were presented by president Roger Noll.

The first-place award in the senior group for both Union Fire Company and LCFA went to Kristina Clark of Warwick High School. In the LCFA junior division, first place went to Daniel Mueller of St. Leo the Great School. Second place for LCFA was presented to Brogan Reihart of Landisville Middle School. Alex Makrides of St. Leo the Great, whose project focused on smoke detectors, was the first-place winner in the Union Fire Company junior division, and William Scott, who attends St. Anne School, received second place from Union Fire Company in the junior division.

The projects had to be related to firefighting. The winning projects concerned the use of chemical treatments to prevent fire damage, which type of Christmas tree is safest with regard to fire, and which type of firewood burns fastest and hottest. Each winning student received a certificate and a bronze 250th anniversary coin from the Union Fire Company. LCFA also presented cash awards to winning students.

Clark's project involved fire gel. "You put it on a surface and set the gel on fire, but the surface underneath won't burn," explained Clark, who noted that her interest in the subject originated from watching how stunt doubles are set ablaze in the special effects industry. Clark made two variations of her own fire gel and tested it on steak and wood to see if it had broader applications. "I did three trials with each variation, and the gel worked," she noted.

Scott's project tested the two most common types of Christmas trees - spruce trees and fir trees. He put one of each tree into an inch of water, two inches of water, and no water, for several days. He then burned each tree for 30 seconds and took photos of the experiment. "My conclusions is that fir trees overall performed better than spruce trees," he said, adding, "Keeping trees well-watered is good to help prevent burning."

Reihart also presented his project, which was titled "Feel the Heat." "I used to be a Boy Scout, and we wondered which type of firewood burned at the highest temperature," Reihart explained. For his project, he used pieces of oak, pine, and poplar at the same weight, length, and depth. "We burned each piece of wood for 15 minutes, and we checked the heat every five minutes," said Reihart, who noted that oak burned the longest at the highest temperature and poplar burned the fastest at the lowest temperature. Pine registered between the other two types. "When you plan to go camping ... if you want a fast 15-minute fire, you would use poplar, but if you want an all-night fire pick oak. It just depends what kind of campfire you want."


Fire Company Sets Chicken Barbecue May 9, 2018

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Geigertown, will hold a chicken barbecue on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Dinners will be available for a fee.

For more information, call 610-286-6481 or visit The event will support the fire company.


Fire Safety Contest Posted May 8, 2018

Garden Spot Fire and Rescue will hold a Fire Safety Poster Contest as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the 1918 American LaFrance. The contest is open to preschoolers through seniors in high school.

Instructions and rules for the contest may be found at Completed posters must be submitted by Saturday, June 30, at the ELANCO Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland.


Fire Department Posts Blood Drive May 4, 2018

The Rheems Fire Department, 350 Anchor Road, Elizabethtown, and the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will hold a community blood drive on Wednesday, May 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Rheems Fire Department. Anyone who donates blood will receive a pizza coupon.

For more information, readers may search for Rheems Fire Department on Facebook or visit


Fire Department Plans Breakfast May 4, 2018

The Rheems Fire Department, 350 Anchor Road, Elizabethtown, will hold an Old Timers' Breakfast on Saturday, May 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. The event is open to former Rheems Fire Company firefighters, Ladies Auxiliary members, and support staff.

In preparation for the Rheems Fire Department's centennial event in 2020, the fire department asks attendees to bring old photos, memorabilia and stories. The fire department hopes to capture or make scans of some of these materials for use during the celebration.

For more information, search for "Rheems Fire Department" on Facebook or visit


Felton Day Street Fair Scheduled May 2, 2018

The Felton Fire Company is seeking vendors for its upcoming Felton Day Street Fair on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Street spaces are available for rent.

Readers interested in renting a space may contact the Felton Borough Office at 717-246-6493 or to request an application.


Fire Company Plans Breakfast May 2, 2018

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, May 13, from 8 to 11 a.m.

The meal will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, biscuits and hot and cold beverages.

Separate costs have been set for adults and for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 may eat for free. Proceeds will support the fire company. For more details, readers may call Barb Alexander at 717-428-1436.


Dayspring Holds Appreciation Dinner April 27, 2018

Dayspring Christian Academy's National Honor Society (NHS) members recently served community servants at the fourth annual NHS Community Appreciation Dinner.

The NHS members hosted the dinner event for the Mountville Borough Council and staff, Mountville Borough Authority and staff, Mountville Fire Department No. 1, West Hempfield Township Police Department, and local veterans. In attendance were the Mountville mayor, police and fire chiefs, a crossing guard, and local veterans, along with their immediate family members.

Dayspring's NHS students prepared a dinner and program for guests. They created and hosted the program, designed and prepared the meal, and served as the hospitality, setup, and cleanup crews. The program included choral and ukulele performances, an appreciation video featuring Dayspring students, a testimonial by Dayspring senior Emily Hilton, and two musical pieces performed by John and Gloria Hess, who are members of the Mountville community.

The Community Appreciation Dinner began four years ago with the name "Thank You Dinner" as the result of NHS students who desired to host an event in honor of local community servants. Approximately 13 attendees from Fire Company No. 1 were present at the first dinner. In 2018, there were about 45 participants including NHS student members.

Donna Hurley, NHS adviser at Dayspring Christian Academy, oversees the Community Appreciation Dinner.


Fire Department Receives Donation April 25, 2018


Odd Fellows Presents Check To GSFR April 13, 2018


Special Fire Police Seek Volunteers April 12, 2018

The Marietta Special Fire Police is in need of volunteers. The main function of the fire police is to provide traffic and crowd control at emergency and non-emergency scenes.

Although the fire police is a separate organization from the Marietta Fire Department, all applicants are required to join the Marietta Fire Department and pass a state police background check. Male and female applicants must be at least age 18 and be able to meet all the state requirements.

The organization will supply all equipment and pay for training. For more details or information, contact Capt. Steve Bailey at


Union Fire Company No. 1 Elects First Female President April 11, 2018

For the first time in its 147-year history, Union Fire Company No. 1 of Oxford has a female president. Debbie Terry was elected in November 2017 and began to serve as fire company president starting in January of this year.

Terry explained that the fire company president handles the administrative workings of the organization. "We have a fire chief and line officers. I'm more on the administrative side," she said. "I oversee and make all the committees and subcommittees. I make sure things are going the way they want them to go, and I sit in on all the board meetings."

Terry said that she is available to help fire company members and deal with their concerns. "I try to put myself here for anybody who has questions or concerns, get them to the right place and get them straightened out," she stated. "I'm really active. I try to attend the committee meetings, and if somebody needs something, (I) make myself available."

One of Terry's first major administrative acts was signing the contract for the new fire engine the company is purchasing and will receive later this year. "That was one of my first big things," Terry said. "I guess I'm the first female to do that, too."

Terry joined the fire company auxiliary in 1984 at age 16 and became what was then called a club member. "I've always been a big part of the fundraising," Terry said. She served for many years as the secretary and treasurer. After a short break, she returned as secretary and spent a year as vice president before her election to president.

Terry has a long history and deep connections to the fire company. Her father was an active firefighter, and her mother was a longtime cook for the fire company banquet hall. Her husband, Dave, has been an active member for 30 years, serving as rescue captain, assistant chief and vice president at points. The Terrys' daughter, Amanda, is a social member and serves as secretary, while their son, Brian, is an active firefighter. "This has always been our second home," Terry said of the fire station.

The fire company in downtown Oxford and the substation in Nottingham are kept busy. In 2017, the locations responded to 608 fire and automobile accident calls as well as 2,322 emergency medical services (EMS) calls for the ambulance division. Even though it remains a primarily volunteer organization, there are paid EMS crews at the Oxford station 24 hours a day to keep up with the high number of calls for emergency medical services.

The fire company is always looking for new members, including social members as well as active firefighters. The social members help with the day-to-day operations of the fire company and ambulance division and fundraising but are not active firefighters. "We have over 200 active and social members; there's something for everyone," Terry said.

There is also a junior firefighter program that is open to students at age 16. They undergo training and are helped along by a mentor. "It's something for (youths) to do, and they're very interested. We welcome them into this big family," Terry said, noting that each year, the fire company presents a scholarship to one of the high school's graduating seniors who volunteers at the station.

Fire Prevention Month is observed in October, but Union Fire Company No. 1 is active with the community year-round. In addition to community events such as breakfasts with the Easter Bunny and with Santa, the station is open to visitors on First Fridays and at any time. "We always have the station open any time someone wants to come through," Terry said. "We want to be here for the community and offer our services."

For more information about the fire company, readers may call the office at 610-932-2411 or visit or


Fire Company Sets Breakfast March 28, 2018

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, April 8, from 8 to 11 a.m.

The meal will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, biscuits, and hot and cold beverages.

Separate costs have been set for adults and for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 may eat for free. The breakfast will support the fire company.


Fire Company Receives Donation March 23, 2018


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

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