The Quarryville Fire Co. is located in Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The department is all volunteer. Quarryville Borough is a small rural town about 2 square miles with a population of about 2,500 residents. Our call numbers are 5-7, dispatch frequency is 33.90 MHz, and working frequency is 33.72 MHz. Membership consists of approximately 60 active members, 8 Probationary members,11 junior members and 30 lifetime members.

Besides the Borough the Fire Department proudly provides fire protection and service to Eden, Colerain, East Drumore, Providence, Little Britain, and Strasburg Townships, Some entirely others partially. Including the Borough total coverage area is approximately 98 square Miles, which is the largest coverage area in Lancaster County by a single company. The area consists mostly of rural farmland, as well as residential and light industrial territory. The fire department provides fire protection to 3 schools, 2 retirement facilities, as well as several note worthy businesses and homes that are constantly growing and expanding. Funding comes entirely from fund drives, Borough and Township donations and fund-raisers.

The Quarryville Fire Company has a long, rich history and tradition dating back to 1903 when the department was chartered, and takes the up most pride in the departments members, their training and qualifications, as well as the apparatus we house. The department currently has 2-Engines, 1-Truck, 1-Tanker, 1-Heavy Rescue, 1-Brush Truck, 1-Squad, and 1-Chiefs Vehicle. These units are all in service and are equipped for front line Fire/Rescue/Water Supply Service.


LADDER BAIL OUT DRILLS
Thursday, February 11, 2016 
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Even with snow and ice and the possibility of bad roads, over 23 members turned out for our yearly bail-out training. These drills focused on getting out of an upper floor window during a rapid fire event. Luckily, not many of us have ever had to do this, but we train on it to build that "muscle memory" so if we need to use these skills, the members will be ready.

The Volunteers practiced entering a window, sounding the floor, controlling the sill, ladder bail-outs and hang and drops. Everyone did a great job in performing the skills.

Thanks to Willow Street Fire Company for the use of their simulator.

Earlier in the evening, QFD Fire Police trained on their new P25 radios that we received. These radios will be on the county system and will make communications between the fire police much more reliable




 
   
   
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SPRING HAM SHOOT
   
Thursday, February 4, 2016 
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Save the date !! The Quarryville Fire Company's first annual Spring Ham Shoot and Gun Raffle will be on Saturday, March 12th. With the overwhelming success of the fall Turkey Shoot, and some suggestions by community members, we are going to start the spring shoot. The format will be the same; 15 ham rounds, 3 cash rounds and 2 grand prize rounds, which will be for guns. We will also be having a "Table Gun Raffle" where we will be selling chances for guns that we will be giving away that night. We will have 6+ guns to give away, depending on the crowd. We will sell 100 chances per gun at $10.00 per chance. We will also have food by donation. Come out, shake off the winter blues, and have a night of fun and the chance to win your Easter Ham and some great guns. More information will be posted closer to the date. We hope to see you there!!

 
BARN FIRE IN LITTLE BRITAIN
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 
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Just after 7 am, Engine 574 and Rescue 57 were alerted to assist the Robert Fulton Fire Company on a barn fire at 127 King Pen Road in Little Britain Township. Engine 574 and Rescue 57 responded with 13 members. While responding, units encountered some icy road (and icy windshield) conditions.

Chief 89 (Tracy Tomlinson) arrived with a working fire in a large stack of hay covered by a greenhouse-type structure back a 3000' driveway. 89 units arrived and commenced fire attack and exposure protection. Additional tankers were requested, putting Tanker 57 on the run. Engine 572 and Truck 57 were also requested to cover units that did not respond. Engine 572 responded, but due to the time of day, there was not yet a crew in town for the truck.

QFD units assisted with fire control and extinguishment. The crews wet down the hay as it was unloaded with a tractor and track hoe. Tanker 57 hauled multiple loads of water in the driveway. All QFD units were in station by 1 pm.

Thanks to Bart Township and Christiana for standing by for us while we were out. Thanks also to Tom Amico for the pictures.


 
   
   
RECORD SNOWSTORM
Monday, January 25, 2016 
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It has been a fairly steady weekend for the volunteers at QFD. Luckily, we have only had to respond to 8 calls for assistance, but members were kept busy keeping the station snow cleared and a multitude of other duties.

During the storm, there were a lot of members that staffed the station, up to 20+ during the day, and 6-8 "bunking in" overnight. Crews responded to public service calls and medical assists. Firefighter Billy Simcox had his snowmobile at the station and responded to two calls along with another QFD member. The snowmobile and our sled was used to transport one patient to the ambulance. Throughout the weekend, the members worked together to keep the station open, helped a life member remove the snow from his sidewalks, and kept everyone fed by using the newly remodeled basement kitchen.

Thanks to everyone who staffed, made the responses and helped in any other way. Thanks also to the Borough and Township road crews and Penndot that opened roads and worked tirelessly throughout the days of record snowfall.


 
   
   
2016 QFD OFFICERS
   
Saturday, January 9, 2016 
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Here is the 2016 line up for the Quarryville Fire Company Officers.

Fire Line Officers

Fire Chief- Joel Neff

Deputy Fire Chief - Tim Cox

Assistant Fire Chief (1) - Jamie Welk

Assistant Fire Chief (2) - Jeremy Welk

Captain - Brian Henry

Lieutenant 1 - Ken Yost

Lieutenant 2 - Jake Bachman

Lieutenant 3 - Rick Hall

Lieutenant 4 - Mike Swayne

Chief Engineer - Wayne Brion

Fire Police Captain - Carl Diem

Fire Police Lieutenant - Ron Weaver

Executive Officers

President - Sherry Wertz

Vice President - Brian Henry

Secretary - Robert Benson

Assistant Secretary - Brianna DiFilippo

Treasurer - Jim Herr

Assistant Treasurer - Andrew Lavin

Membership Secretary - Sarah Jones

Board of Directors - Carl Cross, Leroy Welk and Charles "Cork" Stoner

We wish all of these officers good luck in directing and leading the Company in 2016.


 
2015 YEAR END REPORT
   
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 
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2015 was another great year for the QFD. Here are our year end statistics.

448 total incidents

20 working fires

9 entrapments

8,446 man-hours served on incidents

3,392 man-hours in training

4,408 man-hours doing fund raisers, meetings, work details etc.

Stretched 9,950 feet of attack line

Laid 3000 feet of supply line

Threw 435 feet of ground ladders

Truck 57 aerial was used on incidents 11 times.

QFD apparatus traveled a total of 13,161 miles Top driver mileage is Kevin Singles (2,144 miles), Jim Herr (1,905 miles) and Tom Worrell (1,094 miles)

Luckily, there were no serious injuries to any Quarryville Firefighter.

Thank you to everyone who made 2015 a great year, and we look forward to 2016 being another year of dedication and tradition, with some big projects coming up.


 
QFD ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF PAST FIRE CHIEF JAMES L. HERR
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 
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It is with deep regret that the members of the Quarryville Fire Company announce the passing of Past Chief James L. Herr.

Jim began his career in the fire service in 1960 and served in many capacities, including Fire Chief from 1979 until 1986 and President. He was a life member of the company. Jim was also involved in the former Quarryville Community Ambulance.

Jim was proud of his service in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam.

A lifelong member of the Solanco community, he worked for James Groff & Son, Agway, and Grainco. He was a member of the Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church.

Jim was married to Linda (Barr) Herr for 50 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons; James P., husband of Melissa Herr, and Jay H., husband of Erica Herr, 4 grandchildren; Emily, Owen, Colin, Nathan, siblings; Gordon (Lorraine) Herr, Quarryville, Mary Ann (Ray) Hershey, Manheim, Edith (Maris) Hess, Conestoga, and Kathy (Bill) Johnson, Quarryville.

Please keep the Herr family in your thoughts and prayers. More information can be found at ReynoldsFuneralHome.net.


 
   
   
INCLUDE QFD IN YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION
Saturday, January 2, 2016 
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Looking for a New Year's resolution?  Maybe a resolution that will make a huge impact on your life and the lives of others?  Look no further than volunteering at the Quarryville Fire Company.  We are always looking for hardworking, motivated and dedicated individuals that want to make a difference in their community.

Maybe you are a firefighter from another community that has moved into our district.  Maybe you ran with us before, and are looking to get back into it.  Maybe you have never even stepped foot inside a fire station.  We challenge you to make your resolution one that will have a lasting effect.  One that will gain you many new friends and give you new challenges and accomplishments.  One that makes you part of a team.

Stop by the station any Tuesday evening and see what it is all about.  We have a very active firehouse that takes pride in the community in which we live and serve.  We have top of the line apparatus, equipment, training and most importantly, people.  We have a very low "politic factor" (those of you that have ever been in a fire company know what we are talking about).  We have a large number of veteran firefighters that have been to hundreds of fire and rescue calls that love to pass on their knowledge and teach the next generation.

If this sounds like something you want to do, check out the recruitment link on the left side of this page or talk to a current member.

Make a difference.  Become a Volunteer Firefighter.


 
   
   
VEHICLE RESCUE TECHNICIAN COMPLETE
Saturday, December 19, 2015 
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Today, 9 QFD and 2 Bart Township firefighters completed the last class of Basic Vehicle Rescue - Technician. We began the process of BVR back in January. The classes went over everything from the most basic of skills to advanced topics and was great for newer members, and a good refresher for the experienced ones.

Thanks to Null's Towing for allowing us to use their facility and for setting up the cars and all of the evolutions. Thanks also to Rich Ressel for instructing, and to Rheems Fire Company for standing by with the Rescue Engine while us and Bart were both out. It was a great day of training.


 
   
   
SANTA NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS
Saturday, December 19, 2015 
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The First Annual QFD Santa Night was a huge success!!

Thank You to the community for coming out and supporting us. It was a fantastic night for the kids to visit with Santa. We had over 400 people visit the fire station tonight. Santa listened to all of the kids wishes, and we hope they will all come true.

We also collected over 5 large boxes of food that we will use to deliver meals to some families in need, and donate to the Solanco Food Bank.

Thanks to all of the local businesses and individuals who donated items for the night. Again, we hope you had a great time if you were here, and this will definitely become an annual event.


 
   
   
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