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.


NEW SKID UNIT FOR ENGINE 575
Saturday, April 18, 2015 
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On Saturday, several QFD members undertook the task of removing the 23 year old skid unit from Engine 575 and replacing it with the new one we recently received as part of our 2014 Office of the State Fire Commissioner's grant program.

Engine 575 and the skid unit were purchased new in 1992, and since then, have responded to and worked literally several hundred brush and woods fires all over Lancaster, Chester and York Counties. With 23 years of dependable service, it was time to replace the worn pump and tank and to upgrade to better serve the needs of the community and fire company.

The new skid unit was purchased from Heiman Fire Equipment and consists of a 220 gallon tank, high pressure pump powered by a 24 hp Honda engine, a hose reel, water tank gauge, work light and several other upgrades. When the project is completely finished, Engine 575 will have 500' of 1" pre-connects (2 - 250' each), 150' of 1" Reeltex on the reel, 150' of 1 1/2" line and 200' of 2" supply line. Luckily we had received the new unit when we did, as the old pump was broken on the Holtwood Road fire this past week.

Thanks to all of the members who took on this project and got it completed in about 6 hours on Saturday. We know this pump and tank will serve us well for many years to come.


 
The new skid unit
   The new skid unit
The old skid unit
   The old skid unit
ANOTHER WORKING WOODS FIRE WITH RAWLINSVILLE
Thursday, April 16, 2015 
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At 2:52 pm, Engine 575, Tanker 57 and Engine 572 were requested to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company on another large working woods fire in the 1400 block of Holtwood Road in Martic Township. The fire was spreading rapidly in a large wooded area. Engine 575 arrived and took a driveway up to the head of the fire and worked on getting lines in place to cut it off before spreading any further. Tanker 57 supplied Tanker 581, while Engine 572 went with E5 and supplied them. During the height of the fire, E5 and E2 had 4 attack lines (1300') and two supply lines (400') in service. Tanker 53 from Conestoga Fire Company supplied Engine 572. Crews worked for several hours to contain and extinguish the fire. The scene was turned over to the Forestry Service. Several acres had burned, along with some extension to structures etc. Thanks to Tom Amico for the photos, and to Cochranville Engine 27-5 and Paradise Brush 47 for standing by for us while we were out.

 
   
   
WORKING WOODS AND CABINS FIRE IN MARTIC TOWNSHIP
Thursday, April 16, 2015 
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At about 3:30 am, Engine 572, Engine 575 and Tanker 57 responded to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company on a woods fire with several cabins involved along the Susquehanna River at the end of Susquehannock Drive. Units arrived to find a large area of woods on fire, and 2 cabins fully involved. Crews assisted with fire attack, and Engine 572 set up a draft to supply tankers. The company was in service for about 3 hours.

 
   
   
WORKING HOUSE FIRE IN STRASBURG TOWNSHIP
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 
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At 4:53 pm, Tanker 57 was requested to respond as part of the second alarm assignment on a house fire at 17 Martin Lane in Strasburg Township. Strasburg Fire Company along with numerous mutual aid departments were on the scene of a working fire in a single family residence. Tanker 57 responded at dispatch and on arrival assisted with the water supply.

Engine 572 was dispatched a few minutes later and was instructed to set up a tanker fill site at Maypostoffice Road and Hilltop Road. Engine 2 set up and filled two tankers before being released.

All QFD units were in station by 7:30 pm.

Thanks to 3rd Alarm Photography for most of the photos




 
   
   
SERIOUS ACCIDENT IN RAWLINSVILLE
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 
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Just after 8 pm Wednesday evening, Rescue 57 was alerted to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company (58) with a vehicle accident with entrapment in the 100 block of Drytown Road in Martic Township. 58 units were on the scene quickly, confirmed entrapment in a passenger car after striking a tractor trailer.

58 crews began extrication on the drivers side of the car. Rescue 57 and Engine 572 came in to the scene from the opposite direction from Pencroft Drive. The crews were tasked with assisting on the extrication. A quick "A" post cut and a dash lift had the victim removed shortly after arrival.

QFD Fire Police remained on the scene until 2:30 am while a crash investigation was conducted by the PA State Police.

Our condolences and sympathies to all involved in this accident.

Thanks once again to Tom Amico for the photos.




 
   
   
LUCKY 13
Monday, April 6, 2015 
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On Monday, QFD Volunteers responded to and assisted on 13 separate incidents. It was another dry, windy, warm day, and by 1 pm, fires began happening all across the Solanco area. QFD members responded to 2 structure fires, 8 wildland fires, 1 vehicle fire and 2 stand by's during the day. This put members on the street for 14.5 hours responding to calls in several jurisdictions (QFD, Robert Fulton, Rawlinsville and Christiana). Members stretched 2,250 of attack line and laid out 900 feet of supply line. Thanks to all of the members who responded, staffed the station, and helped to get equipment ready and back into service between runs. Most of the afternoon, we had just enough time to get fuel, water and some fresh hose before we were going to another fire. Thanks also to the stand by companies that covered our area and handled some second due calls.

 
Rineer Dr. woods
   Rineer Dr. woods
Nottingham Rd. field
   Nottingham Rd. field
THE FIRST NICE SPRING DAY KEEPS CREWS BUSY
Thursday, April 2, 2015 
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Seven call day keeps QFD units moving from one call to another as dry conditions moved into the Southern End.

Our first call for service was at 5:30 am for a engine company transfer to Oxford's Union Fire Company as they were working a house fire. Engine 572 cleared at about 9 am.

Just around lunch time, a large wildland fire was dispatched in the 500 block of River Road in Martic Township. Rawlinsville Fire Company quickly upgraded the response, bringing Tanker 57, Engine 575, Engine 574 and Squad 57. Units worked this large "switch grass" fire with multiple other mutual aid departments. Engine 575 assisted with fire attack, along withe the crews from Engine 574 and Squad 57. Tanker 57 was the nurse tanker to the 58 units, and sent about 17,000 gallons of water up the line into the scene.

Once cleared from River Road, Tanker 57 took in another woods fire with Robert Fulton on Herr Rd. in Drumore Township. The stand by companies (Bart Twp. Engine 511 and Paradise Brush 47) responded from Station 57 to the Herr Rd. call and to another woods fire on Noble Road.

While all the companies were still working the wildland fires, an additonal call for a chimney fire was dispatched on Haiti Road in Eden Township. Truck 57, along with Tanker 5 (Strasburg) and Engine 511 and Tanker 51 responded and handled this incident.

QFD Fire Police assisted at a vehicle accident at Schoolhouse Road and Rt. 272 in Providence Township at the same time.

Later in the evening, QFD units handled an AFA on Robert Fulton Highway.

Thanks to all the members who not only responded, but assisted in washing hose and returning the rigs to service. Thanks also to the auxiliary for the sandwiches upon returning. And thank you to Bart Township, Paradise and Strasburg for the assistance in covering our station.




 
   
   
WORKING FIRE IN MT. NEBO
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 
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Just after 4:45 am, Rescue 57 was dispatched to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company (58) and other surrounding departments with a house fire at 725 Martic Heights Drive in Martic Township.  Initial reports were of a chimney fire with possible extension.

Chief 58 (Strickler) arrived with a two-story house with light smoke showing.  Engine 581 arrived with the crew stretching a line and starting to open up to expose the fire.  Rescue 57 arrived third and the crew was immediately put into service on all three floors (1st, 2nd and attic) of the house to open up and attack the fire.  The members also threw ladders and opened up the outside of the structure.  Crews found fire in the walls and othe void spaces. Engine 574 responded as a cover unit, and Tanker 57 was added as an additional tanker.  A second alarm was eventually requested for manpower due to the time of day and amount of work that needed done.

Units worked for about one and a half hours to bring the fire under control.  Rescue 57 filled air cylinders and the Tanker assisted ion the water supply.  Overhaul and clean up lasted another 30 minutes, with QFD units clearing after 7 am.  Thanks to Tanker 521 (Christiana) for covering our station while we were out.  Good work to all crews involved.

thanks to Tom Amico for all of the pictures.


 
   
   
ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Saturday, March 28, 2015 
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On Saturday evening, the members of the QFD had our Annual Awards Banquet at the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge in Kirkwood. Our banquet is held to show appreciation to our members, families, other fire companies and supporters of our department.

The social time began at 4 pm, with refreshments and fellowship, followed by the meal at 6 pm. This year, the food was catered by Famous Dave’s and our very own Lapp’s Restaurant from Quarryville. The meal was great, with plenty for everyone.

After the meal, our yearly video, produced by Captain Brian Henry and his wife Liz, was shown. Each year, with the addition of more and more pictures, video and helmet cam footage, the videos keep getting better and better.

Our awards ceremony began with President Tim Ryan, Fire Chief Joel Neff and Board Director Carl Cross handing out the Years of Service Awards. Following is a list of those award winners.

• 5 Years -Tom Amico, Ron Weaver

• 10 Years - Ralph Kline

• 15 Years - Brian Henry, Jeremy Roop, Rick Sauder, Carl Cross

• 20 Years - Jamie Welk

• 40 Years - Arba Henry, Greg Bledsoe, Dan Duane

• 45 Years - Charles Huber

• 50 Years- Bob Black, John Groff, Glenn “Pete” Herr

• 55 Years - Grafton “Chip” Brabson, James L. Herr, William R. Mankin, Sheldon Ressel, Ken Ryno, Charles “Cork” Stoner, Joe Strickler

Assistant Chief Jamie Welk was awarded Life Membership to the QFD after serving 20 years of dedicated service. A gold card and gold pin were awarded to Jamie by all of the Life Members of the QFD.

Firefighter Bill Bare was presented an award for his years of serving as a QFD Lieutenant for 7 years. Mike Ross was also presented an award for his years of serving as a line officer, from Lieutenant to Fire Chief.

The President’s award was given to Carl Cross by Tim Ryan for his help in directing the Company.

The next award was the newly dedicated William H. Tucker Rookie Award. This year the award was presented to David Eshleman and Sarah Jones for their dedication and hard work that they have given to the Company.

Fire Chief Joel Neff then presented the Chief’s award to Isreal Stoltzfus for his work and dedication to the training committee and his general help in all things around the station.

Each year, every member of the Fire Company has a chance to vote for the Firefighter of the Year. This is a very prestigious award, and is presented by the former year’s recipient(s). This year’s QFD Firefighter’s of the Year are William “Pop” Tucker and Tom Worrell. Pop’s awards was accepted by his son Scott and Wife Jo. Congratulations to both of these men for their unending dedication and hard work.

In March of 2014, several QFD members were involved in the rescue of two firefighters that were trapped in the basement of a burning house after falling through a kitchen floor. All the QFD crews on the Truck and Tanker were honored with the receipt of a Unit Citation Award. Those operating on the interior of the structure also received a Medal of Valor for the rescue. Members receiving the unit citation were: Pop Tucker, Jamie Welk, Rick Hall, Hen Woerth. Levi King, Steven Roop, Jim Herr, JD Esh and Isreal Stoltzfus. The Valor Awards were presented to Jamie Welk, Rick Hall, Steven Roop, Hen Woerth, Isreal Stoltzfus and Jim Herr.

Training awards were presented to the top 5 firefighters with the highest training hours: Sarah Jones, Colin Shaw, David Eshleman, Jordan Hess and Brianna Difilippo. The Training Committee award was presented to Robert Benson Jr. for his dedication to training and taking is upon himself to take classes above what is required.

A few gag gifts were presented, and the rest of the night was spent dancing and playing the “Jimmy Fallon Lip Sinc Battle”. Thank You to everyone who contributed to making this year’s banquet a great success. It was a great night and a lot of fun!!! Thanks to Bart Township and Christiana for covering and handling a fire alarm for us.


 
   
   
SNOWY MORNING ACCIDENT IN COLERAIN TOWNSHIP
Saturday, March 28, 2015 
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At 8:16 am, QFD along with LEMSA and Wakefield EMS was dispatched to the 1400 block of Kirkwood Pike in Colerain Township for a vehicle accident. Initial reports were of a 3 vehicle accident with a possibility of 5 to 6 people injured. At the time of the call, it was snowing and the roads were snow covered. This on the 28th of March! QFD units arrived finding an SUV,a passenger car and a pickup truck pulling a trailer involved. Fortunately, there was only 2 minor injuries that required transport. QFD members cleared the road and returned to service within one hour.

 
   
   
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