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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 
It is with deep regret and sadness that the members of the Quarryville Fire Company Number One announce the passing of Active Firefighter / Life member William H. “Pop” Tucker. Pop passed away today, Wednesday January 28 after battling leukemia. Pop was 74 years of age. Pop leaves behind his wife, Jo and son Scott, who was also an active QFD firefighter in the past.

Everyone who knew Pop, knew that he was one of the most active, dedicated firefighters in the QFD. His pride of the company, its members and apparatus was always apparent, whether you ran here for many years, or were a visitor to the station.

Pop joined the Company in 1979 and ever since that time was one of the most active members, especially after his retirement. Pop made every call he could, and was always hustling. Whether it was a house fire at 9 in the morning, or a wires call at 3 am, he was always one of the first to the station and always wanted to go. In fact, he even got a little offended if he had to “ride the red bench”.

Over the years, Pop held many offices in the Company, ranging from treasurer, trustee, Chief Engineer, board of director and board of director chairman. His real love was the apparatus, especially anything that said Mack. Pop kept the rigs in top shape, and in recent years, could be found every morning tinkering and working on any one of the various pieces. He was Wayne’s “go to” man for everything fire apparatus related. Many of us never even knew how much Pop took care of day in and day out. We will find his hand written notes on everything for years to come. He kept track of everything!

Over the years, Pop had a real way of keeping us “grounded”. Whether it was on spending money, or if your head got a little too big, he had a way of knocking you back to reality without even trying. Many of us owe what we are today from the teachings and training (both fire service and life) that we got from Pop.

Some of the things Pop really loved at the firehouse were driving the Truck, pumping of the engines, telling stories of fires past, making fun of Chris Chester as a “Jar Head Marine”, helping do whatever was needed, “Arba Night”, but most of all, being here at 9 am every morning and spending time with his best pals, Carl and Ron. If you wanted to learn anything, or have any problem solved, you could be here any morning and have it taken care of by “the Three Amigos”. There are so many stories that we could all tell we would need a whole book just for them. Pop took a lot of us to our first fires, first wrecks, and drove us all over the place for thousands of runs.

The Service for Pop will be on Saturday, January 31. Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. The services will be from 10:30 am to 11:15 am. The graveside service will be at 11:45 am at the Middle Octorara Church on Valley Road. All services will be held at the Quarryville Fire Station, 217 East State Street, Quarryville. If you have any questions, call the firehouse at 717-786-2898.

Please keep the Tucker family in your thoughts and prayers.

Farewell Pop, we will take it from here !!!

Here is a link to his obituary from Dewald's Duneral Home.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 
Over the course of the last week or so, QFD Volunteers have responded to several vehicle accidents due to icy road conditions. Most of the accidents have been on Routes 472 and 372, and have luckily not been serious or resulted in serious injuries.

Buck Rd 1-18-15
   Buck Rd 1-18-15
Kirkwood Pike 1-18-15
   Kirkwood Pike 1-18-15
Saturday, January 17, 2015 
On Saturday morning, several QFD fiefighters with Engine 572 and Tanker 57 were out performing a controlled burn for a local resident beginning at 8 am. At 9:03 am, the Company, along with Bart Township FC and WIllow Street FC were dispatched to the Walter Aument Family Health Center, 317 Chestnut Street, for a reported building fire. Reports were of smoke coming from the ceiling and vents and the building was being evacuated.

QFD units arrived with normal conditions from the outside and a slight haze on the interior. The smoke was traced back to an HVAC issue with no damage to the building. One irony of this call is that 19 years ago on January 16th, 1996, just after midnight, the WLAFHC burned after a fire bagan in the ceiling/roof area. It was called in by radio to LCWC by the on duty Medic 6 crew that was stationed there. That fire caused over $1 million in damage.

Later Saturday afternoon, a group of guys loaded "new" 4" supply hose on Engine 574. We were able to purchase this hose from Willow Street Fire Company. The hose was on the Truck that they recently purchased, and is much newer and in better shape than the hose we had on Engine 4 (which was about 20 years old or so).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 
Here is the list of the Line Officers of the Quarryville Fire Company for 2015.

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

Chaplain - Mike Wagner

The total years of service experience is well over 250 years. We look forward to another great year with our Company Officers, and wish every officer good luck, knowing they will be watching out for each and every member.

Fire Chief Joel Neff
   Fire Chief Joel Neff
Deputy Chief Tim Cox
   Deputy Chief Tim Cox
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 
2014 was another busy year for members and families of the Quarryville Fire Company. This was our second busiest year in the history of our company. Following is the breakdown of some of what we did.

492 responses (414 emergency)

8,747 man-hours committed on responses

2,752 man-hours spent on non-incident activities (administration work, apparatus maintenance, meetings, fund raising, work details etc.)

3,757 man-hours spent training. This covers in-house and certified training classes.

QFD Apparatus traveled a combined total of 15,910 miles (not counting the Command SUV)

Also this year, we were able to get the parking lot repaved and were able to install a new station generator with a station wiring upgrade. We also have been paying down the debt on Rescue 57, and it should be paid off this year.

Thank you to all of the members that continuously put the apparatus on the street and keep everything in the firehouse running. Thanks to our families for supporting us in everything we do for the Company and the community. Missing meals, school functions, sleep and lots of other things that firefighters all over the country sacrifice everyday. Thanks also to our community for supporting us the way you do. If not for such a great, supportive community, we would not be able to provide the quality, professional volunteer fire and rescue services that you deserve.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 
This weekend, QFD hosted Traditions Training instructors Chief Ricky Riley, Chief Lawrence Shultz and Chief Nick Martin to teach their Officer Development School at our station. We had 14 members, plus an additional 24 from other departments attend this upbeat, high information class designed for the current or future Company Officer. The class covered a myriad of topics from leadership, strategy, tactics, critical factors in decision making, leading "the team" and many other topics.

This was another great class by Traditions, and we thank them for the excellent, "street smart" information. Thanks also to all the QFD members that attended. All of our current line officers now have this class.  Another 224 man-hours of training for the Company.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 
At 9:13 am, as 14 members of the company were in the Traditions Training Officer Development Class, the pre-alert went out for a building fire at the Hess Express on Beaver Valley Pike in Providence Township.  QFD units were on the street as the tones were going out, with Chief 571 and Chief 57 arriving to find smoke showing from the store.  Bart Township, Refton and Willow Street were also on the assignment.

Engine 574 arrived and stretched a line into the store, finding a working fire and heavy smoke condition.  The fire in the ceiling was knocked down as Truck 57's crew and Engine 572's crew opened up and began pulling the ceiling.  The "working fire dispatch" was requested, which brought additional units from Strasburg and Lampeter to the scene.

Crews had the fire quickly contained and store stock covered with tarps to minimize damage.  The fire was put under control AT 9:31 am, with units remaining on the scene until 10:17 am.

Good work to all companies involved.  The crews were able to be back in the training room by 11:00 am.  Thanks to FF Derrell Beiler and FF Tom Amico for the pictures.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 
Just after 6 pm Friday evening, QFD Truck, Tanker and Engine 574 were dispatched to assist the Robert Fulton Fire Company (89) on a house fire on Chestnut Level Road in Drumore Township.  Units from 89 arrived with a fire in the basement and a heavy smoke condition.  QFD units assistewd with ventilation, laddered the building and several other fireground duties.

During this call, Tanker 57 reloacted to Station 89, and the Rescue responded to a second call for 89 on Nottingham Road for a vehicle accident.

Units were available by 7:30 pm.  Thanks to Tom Amico for the pictures.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 
At 6:28 pm, the pre-alert went out for a house fire at 138 Schoolhouse Road in Providence Township, a first due box. QFD, Rawlinsville FC, WIllow Street FC and LEMSA EMS were dispatched. Chief 57 arrived with a fire in the wall around the chimney of a 1 story dwelling and assumed Comand 57.

Engine 574 arrived and positioned on side "D" in the driveway with the crew stretching the 200' bumper line and extinguishing the fire. Tanker 57 staged past the scene with Truck 57 taking side "A" and setting up with the crew going to the roof where they opened up around the chimney. Other units from 58 and 50 were sent to set up a fill site, stretch a back-up line, set up RIT and provided other fireground support.

The fire was contained to the wall around the chimney, and the occupants felt the chimney was destroyed and removed it from the house. Crews did a final check for hot spots and picked up lines and returned. The company was in service for 1.5 hours on this 10 degree evening.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 
At 3:36 pm, QFD units were dispatched to the 900 block of Buck Road in East Drumore Township for a vehicle fire.  Chief 571 (Jamie Welk) responded and was advised of a truck on fire next to a camper and a house.  Rescue 57, Tanker 57 and Engine 572 responded.

Chief 571 arrived with a well involved full-size pickup with exposure to a camper.  The Rescue arrived and the crew stretched the bumper line and knocked the fire down quickly.  Firefighters overhauled the vehicle while QFD Fire Police directed traffic around the fire apparatus.  The Company was available in less than 45 minutes.

Thanks to Tom Amico for the great photos.

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