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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 
At 11:30 am, QFD was dispatched to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company on a dwelling fire at 535 Drytown Road in Martic Township.  LCWC additional information  reported a fire in the basement.  58 units arrived and found a fire in the basement and extinguished the same.  Truck 57 arrived, laddered the building and assisted with overhaul and checking for extension, finding some in a wall and floor area of the first floor.  Truck 57 was able to set up in the driveway and placed the bucket to the roof while avoiding a phone cable. 

Engine 574 was transferred to Station 58 after arriving at the fire scene.  All units were in quarters by 1:15 pm.

Thanks to Tom Amico for the photos.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 
Exactly three months from his accident (August 15th), QFD FF Jeff Johnson was able to return home.  Three months of surgeries and rehab has helped Jeff to get out of the medical facilities and back to Northview Drive. 

Today, while Jeff was on his way home, QFD members got together and built him a wheelchair ramp so that he will be able to get into and out of the house (basically so Karen can bring him to the firehouse), and also go to threapy sessions.  The members picked up the wood, broke out the tools and in no time, had a perfect, well built ramp.

Thanks to all of the members who again showed the true QFD brotherhood.

Welcome Home Jeff !!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014 
At 8:34, the Rescue and Tanker were alerted to assist Rawlinsville Fire Company(58) on a building fire at 635 Lancaster Pike, Providence Township. Responding units were advised of a detached garage on fire with no exposures. On arrival, the Rescue crew was assigned to ventilation. Crews laddered all sides of the building and began cutting a vent hole in the roof and removing windows. The Tanker arrived and set up a nurse tanker operation supplying engine 58-1. Due to a quick knock by the initial engine crew from 58, only 1/4 of the Tanker's 3500 gallons was needed. The company was in service for just over an hour.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 
The 2nd Annual QFD Turkey Shoot was a complete success!!!! Thanks to everyone who supported the shoot and the gun raffles that we had this fall. The community support was awesome to say the least. All 20 rounds of shooting were sold out, with 81 people shooting for the grand prize shotgun.

The gun winners were as follows:

Savage .270 - Ron Weaver Savage

7mm-.08 - Ray Wimer (donated back to QFD)

Winchester 12 gauge - Randy Fenner

Ruger .243 - Brian Henry

Mossberg 12 gauge (shoot gun) - Bob Prettyman

Again, thanks to everyone who supported this event, and to all our local businesses who helped us along the way.  We look forward to running another gun raffle and turkey shoot in fall of 2015.

Even if we didn't make a dime, having Jeff Johnson visit us for a short time at the station made the night completely worthwhile.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 
Today, QFD responded to several working incidents, had the monthly company meeting and also had two members at training.

At 10:43 am, Truck and Rescue 57 were requested on the working fire dispatch to assist the Uni...on Fire Company Station 21 on a fire at the Octoraro Hotel & Tavern on South Third Street in the Borough of Oxford. Both units responded staffed with 14 volunteers, plus several Fire Police Officers responding as well. Truck 57 arrived on the "C" side and the crew went to work assisting with various interior tasks. Rescue 57 arrived on side "A" and assisted as needed. Quick, aggressive work by the first in 21 units contained the fire to the bar/restaurant area, but the area received extensive smoke and heat damage.

As QFD units returned, a trash fire was disptched on Conowingo Road in East Drumore Township. The stand by company, Refton Community FC Rescue 59, responded from Station 57 with Chief 57. Rescue 57 also responded. Units arrived with a trash fire that spead to appx. 1 acre of woods. Multiple mutual aid companies were dispatched to assist, including Robert Fulton, Ralwinsville, Christiana, Bart Township, WIllow Street and Delta. The Truck crew swapped out and responded with Engine 572 to set up a draft site. Tanker 57, Squad 57 and Engine 575 also responded. Companies contained the fire and "mopped up" before returning to station to wash over 1000 feet of hoseline. Thanks to Strasburg and Willow Street for helping us to clean up and get back in service.

But, best of all, before the Rescue left Oxford, the crew dropped by to visit FF Jeff Johnson who is still recovering and rehabbing from his motorcycle crash in August. Like always, Jeff had a smile and was glad to see"the guys". Jeff is getting stronger every day and no doubt will be back riding fire trucks soon

Octoraro Hotel & Tavern.  Sam Terry Photo
   Octoraro Hotel & Tavern. Sam Terry
Friday, October 31, 2014 
At 11:48 am, QFD units were sent to 680 Robert Fulton Highway in East Drumore Township for a vehicle fire.  Assistant 57 (J. Welk) arrived and reported a pickup truck fire.  Rescue 57 arrived, stretched the bumper line and quickly extinguished the fire that extended from the engine compartment to the cab.  All units were available by 12:58.

Friday, October 24, 2014 
Our prayers and sympathy goes out to our brothers and sisters of the Robert Fulton and Rawlinsville Fire Company's as they mourn the loss of one of their active members, Christi Rodgers, in a Firefigher Line of Duty Death that occured early Friday morning.

To those involved, if there is anything that the Quarryville Fire Company can do, please let us know.

You can find information on the viewing and funeral at the following:


Friday, October 24, 2014 
At 4:53 am, Rescue 57 was alerted as part of the first alarm assignment for a house fire assisting the Robert Fulton Fire Company in the 300 block of Pilottown Road in Fulton Township. Company 89 units arrived with a 2.5 story dwelling wit...h heavy fire showing and ordered a defensive attack. Rescue 57 arrived and was assigned to the manpower pool, threw some ladders, provided scene lighting, and eventually went interior to pull walls and ceilings once the fire was darkened down. Engine 574 and Tanker 57 were also added to the run, with Engine 4 being sent to a draft site. All QFD units were back in station by 9 am.

On this call, QFD members worked with firefighters from two states (PA and MD) and four counties (Lancaster, Cecil, Harford and Chester).

Monday, October 20, 2014 
On Monday evening, Truck and Rescue 57 went to Oxford to take part in a large scale drill at the Ware Presbyterian Complex. After a briefing at Union Fire Company Station 21, a simulated fire alarm was dispatched for the property. Engine 21-1 arrived and upgraded the event to a building fire, which sent the remainder of Station 21, West Grove Fire Company (22) and the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun (8) to the scene. Shortly after this dispatch, Cochranville Fire Company (27) and QFD units were sent to the scene. Truck 57 set up and laddered side "B" and the Rescue set up a secondary Rapid Intervention Team. Shortly after arrival, a "MAYDAY" was declared, putting the rescue crew and part of the truck crew to work inside. The "downed firefighter" was located by RIT 27 on the second floor. QFD firefighters assisted with packaging the FF in a stokes basket and moving him to the third floor. Once on the third floor, the FF was taken out to a balcony and placed onto the bucket of Truck 57 and removed to the ground. After all work was complete, a critique and debriefing was held on site. From the talk of the firefighters, this was a very good and realistic drill. Thanks to Union Fire Company for the invite.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 
At 9:17 pm, Rescue 57 was dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment with the Rawlinsville Fire Company (58) for a barn fire at 442 River Road in Martic Township.  RVFC units arrived with a working fire in a tobacco-shed type barn.  Tanker 57 was then dispatched to assist with additioanl water.

On scene, the rescue crew assisted with various fireground tasks and overhaul.  Good work by first-in crews saved a large portion of the barn.

Thanks to Bob Devonshire, Photo 5 Imagery, for the photos.

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