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.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 
In conjunction with Quarryville's 4th Friday Celebration, over 20 QFD members did a "Boot Drive" at the intersection of West 4th Street and West State Street in Quarryville Borough. This is the first boot drive that anyone can remember in decades.

The crew began at 4 pm and collected donations from passing motorists until 6:45 pm. During this time, we were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Many, many people opened their wallets, wished us well and gave us many kind words and compliments.

If you did not know, QFD, as with most every other volunteer fire company in Lancaster County, is solely funded by donations. We receive some money from our municipalities for capital purchases, but the day to day operations are paid for by donations from our community. If not for the generosity we are shown on our fund raisers, we would not be able to provide the professional fire and rescue services that we do. Over the years, many lives and much property have been saved by the well-trained volunteers of the QFD.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015 
This Friday, July 24th, is Quarryville's 4th Friday. This months 4th Friiday event benefits the Quarryville Fire Company. Come out and support our local businesses and the QFD, all at one time.

Here are a few links that describe 4th Friday and the businesses that are participating.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 
Saturday morning we had a "Probationary Firefighters Training Day". This training was to get a lot of rookie book sign-off's done and to go over a lot of topics with the probies and juniors.

In the morning, we covered turnout gear, timed gear dress-out, radio communications, scba cylinder filling, fire extinguishers and did some modifications to the portable Hurst equipment on E572.

After a lunch provided by the QFD Auxiliary and some of the firefighters wives, the crew of 16 headed to the LCFA Pequea Lane Training Facility. There, we did hydrant work, tanker fills, drafting and hoseline stretches from E572.

Thanks to all of the members, both probies and seniors who helped make this day a success. Even though it was hot, the members put forth 100% effort.

Thanks also to the auxiliary, and to Water Witch FC Engine 73 and Community Fire Company of Rising Sun Tanker 8 for standing by for us in the afternoon. Just as training was wrapping up, a house fire was dispatched to assist the Refton Community Fire Company (59) in Providence Township. The stand by companies, along with Truck and Rescue 57 made the response. The call was good-intent and recalled. 41 members were "on the floor" after the call.

Friday, July 17, 2015 
Friday morning while members were getting their last bit of sleep before the chicken bbq, Engine 572 was alerted at 4 am to transfer to Bart Township FC while they were on a working house fire assisting the Christiana FC (52). As Engine 572 was pulling out of the station, Tanker 57 was alerted to assist at the fire scene on Upper Valley Rd.

Just after backing into Station 51, Engine 572 was also called to the fire scene. On arrival, the crew assisted with pulling siding and walls on side "A". The company operated for about 1 hour before returning.

Photos by Lt. Jake Bachman.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 
On Thursday, after working 9 hours at the chicken bbq, QFD Rescue 57 was alerted as part of the Mass Casualty Response on a multi-vehicle, multi-patient vehicle accident in the 500 block of Lancaster Pike in Providence Township assisting Rawlinsville FC. Rescue 57 and Engine 572 responded with 13 members and Squad 572 responded with Fire Police.

As the Rescue was pulling up, another accident was dispatched in the 57 local in the 2000 block of Beaver Valley Pike in Strasburg Township. Chief 57, Engine 575 and Squad 571 responded to the 2nd call with 9 members along with cover Engine/Rescue 511. Chief 57 arrived and confirmed a two-vehicle head on collision with people trapped and requested an additional rescue company.

Upon hearing this, Engine 572 re-directed and Rescue 57 was cleared from the first call and sent to the second. On arrival of the units, the crew from QFD began working on the first vehicle with one person trapped and the crew from Rescue 59 and Engine 511 began work on the second. The second victim was removed from the vehicle quickly.

Rescue 57 arrived with the crew going to work setting up tools and assisting with extrication. The drivers door was forced and cut off, the roof removed and the dash lifted with the spreaders and a ram, freeing the trapped person in about 20 minutes.

Fire Police from QFD, Bart Township and Refton assisted in directing traffic around the scene. The QFD units were committed until 11:00 pm assisting the PA State Police with lighting for their reconstruction team.

Thanks to all EMS, Fire and Fire Police that made these two incidents run smoothly and efficiently, and thanks to Bart Township Engine 511 for standing by in our station while we were out. Our condolences to the families and friends of those affected in this accident.

In all, QFD members worked 9 hours at the chicken bbq and over 7 hours on the incidents, so our Volunteers were committed 16 hours out of the day. And, after a few quick hours of sleep, QFD was again on the move at 4 am Friday, which we will post a story about later.

All pictures by Tom Amico.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 
Today, 3 members traveled with Engine 572 to Harrisburg for the 40th Annual Central Pennsylvania Antique Fire Apparatus Muster (Pump Primers). This event is to showcase the workhorses of yesteryear.

The day for Chief Engineer Wayne Brion and FF's Colin Shaw and Brayden Shiffler began at the Farm Show Complex where the apparatus was staged. From there, the annual lights and sirens parade through Harrisburg took the crew to Riverfront Park, where the real work began.

All the apparatus that was going to take part in the pumping display made their way down the concourse to the river and set up a draft. Engine 572 used the "wagon pipe" and 2 Blitzfires to show the prowess of the 1986 Mack. During the time that they were pumping, the Engine flowed an estimated 113,000 gallons of water.

As always, a good time was had; old friend were reunited and new friends made. The Brotherhood of the fire service was alive and well.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 
The first half of 2015 has been another steady year for QFD Volunteers, although a bit slower than 2014. Responding to emergency and non-emergency calls, training, fund raising, maintaining equipment and providing fire safety classes are just a few of the things that we have been doing. Here is a breakdown of what your local fire company has been doing. Incident Responses – 244 total runs, 4,933 man-hours. 15 working fires and 4 rescues where someone was trapped in a vehicle or piece of machinery. Training – 2,131 man-hours Non-Incident Activities (fund raising, meetings, maintenance etc.) – 1,716 man-hours So far in 2015, QFD members have responded to fires in buildings or vehicles that totaled a combined property value of $889,000.00. We have had losses of $362,500.00 and have saved $526,500.00 of property. A good portion of this figure was the Hess Express (now Speedway) fire back in January. The Company’s busiest day of the week is Monday (52 runs) with the slowest being Saturday (22 runs). Every other day is between 31 and 39 calls. If you follow our page or website, you know that we run into quite a few areas in PA and Maryland. So far, we have responded to incidents or stand-by’s in 30 different municipalities, with the most being in East Drumore Township (41) and Quarryville Borough (33). Traveling to all these destinations, we have put 6,675 miles on our apparatus, with Chauffeur Kevin Singles having the most miles driven with 1,205. In the first 6 months of 2015, the members of QFD stretched 7,850 feet of attack line (thanks to a lot of large woods fires), laid out 2500 feet of supply line, threw 300 feet of ground ladders and had the aerial up 9 times on fire incidents. Thanks to the community for supporting us throughout the year, and to all the members and their families that keep this company the active, dedicated, professional company that it is.

Monday, July 6, 2015 
Just a reminder......

The follow-up mailing of our 2015 Fund Drive has went out within the past week. Our Fire Company survives solely on voluntary contributions from our community and our municipalities. So far, we are at an approximate 20% return, meaning only 2 in 10 people have contributed to the Fire Company.

Thank you to EVERYONE who has donated in this years fund drive, and we encourage anyone who has not, to consider making that donation to help provide the quality, professional volunteer fire and rescue services that we provide.

If you already donated but receive another letter, just disregard it. If you live in our district and did not receive a letter, please message us and let us know.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 
In the last week, QFD placed a "new" unit into service. This unit is Squad 572. Squad 572 will be used exclusively by our fire police officers as a traffic control unit.

QFD has 11 active Fire Police Officers, headed by Captain Carl Diem and Lieutenant Ron Weaver. The Fire Police are responsible for providing traffic and crowd control at fire and accident scenes, and provide traffic control for non-emergency events like races, sales and public services.

Squad 572 is a 1998 Chevrolet van that was donated to the Company by Enck Brothers Drywall in Quarryville. From there, it was painted by Glenn Henry and lettered by J. Fred Witmer, both of New Providence. Lighting was donated and installed by QFD members. Fire Police members have spent many hours cleaning, painting and working on the squad. They are still equipping it with the tools of their trade, such as cones, flares, barricades, flashlights, vests etc. There is still work to do, but it is ready to serve our community.

QFD is very fortunate to have a very active and dedicated group of professional fire police. They are the first ones most of you encounter when coming upon an incident scene. Just remember, they are out there doing their job, please respect the fact that they must detour you around an incident. Their job is to keep the firefighters and community members safe.

If you are interested in joining the Fire Police, message us or email us.

Thanks to Enck Brothers for the donation of the van. It will be well used in the years to come and should serve us well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 
In 2014, 64 firefighters died while on duty or actively engaged in firefighting. 36 of those deaths, or about 56%, were from sudden cardiac death (heart attacks) caused by overexertion, stress or medical conditions. Firefighting, and the emergency services in general, is a very stressful occupation. A firefighter can go from sleeping, eating a meal with their family, working or hanging out with friends at the firehouse to racing up a set of stairs at a house on fire within a few minutes.

At the QFD, we are concerned about the health and wellness of our members. Tonight, we began our summer session of "firefighter fit" for the members that wish to participate. It is 30 minutes of intense exercise aimed at strength and conditioning and preparing the firefighters for the fire scene. Tonight, we began with a mile run/walk and then 8 stations of exercises at the firehouse, ranging from hose drags, tire drags, tire flips, hose burners, ladder lifts, lunges etc. Everyone did great. There will be some sore firefighters tomorrow.To all the members, watch the board at the station for the date and time of next weeks session.

After the PT, the "rookies" had a training session led by FF Andrew Lavin on the back-up position and stretching lines. Multiple lines were pulled and racked until the rain forced us in. And, if that is not enough, the board of directors held their meeting tonight. All in a days work at QFD.

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