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.


WORKING VEHICLE FIRE IN EAST DRUMORE
Friday, July 18, 2014 
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At 5:03 pm, QFD units were dispatched to 131 Cardinal Drive in East Drumore Township for a vehicle fire.  As units responded, LCWC advised the report of a pickup truck in the driveway on fire.  A few minutes later, LCWC advised the truck was "moved" into a wooded area.

Deputy 57 (Tim Cox) arrived with a "something fully involved" in the woods and down an embankment.  What actually occured is the pickup truck was in the driveway, caught fire while still in gear, and along with an attached trailer, ran down a 30' bank into a thick patch of woods.

Rescue 57 arrived and placed the bumper line in service with linemen JC Woerth and Keith Wilkin making the attack while other crew members opened up the vehicle and performed overhaul.

The fire was extinguished and a tow company (Doulin's) was called.  Members assisted the tow operator in clearing trees and brush to be able to bring the truck and trailer back up to the driveway.  While working the fire, an Engine was dispatched to assist Robert Fulton FC on a house fire which was a controlled burn and was recalled.

Thanks to Tom Amico for the great pictures.


 
   
   
PUMP PRIMER'S 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014 
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On Saturday, Engine 572, Squad 57 with 8 QFD members attended the Pennsylvania Pump Primer's 2014 Muster in Harrisburg.  QFD has attended this event for several years, and has become a member favorite.  The muster is dedicated to old / antique apparatus (older than 20 years) and is a great place to see what fire equipment was like in earlier times.

The day begins with registration at the PA Farm Show parking lot where all apparatus meets and is on display for a time before the muster begins.  From there, units have a lights and sirens parade through Harrisburg to the Riverfront Park, where the pumping apparatus goes down the roadway along the river to the drafting area.

The crew set up the draft with Engine 572, our 1986 Mack CF 1000 gpm pumper and supplied the mounted deck gun and two TFT Blitzfires at 100 psi (event maximum).  Engine 2 pumped upwards of 1000 gpm for several hours while the crew checked out the displays, vendors, food and competitions.  It was a great day of interacting with other firfighters and community members.

Also during the day, the company responded to an in-town house fire (electrical fire with minimal damage), an engine company transfer to Union FC in Oxford, and in the evening took care of the annual SECA fireworks detail.  Thanks to everyone who helped with all the events.


 
   
   
LATE NIGHT WORKING FIRE IN BART TOWNSHIP
Thursday, July 10, 2014 
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At 11:09 pm, the full company from QFD was dispatched to assist the Bart Township Fire Company at 95 Drywells Road in Bart Township on a building fire.  Chief 51 (Dave King) arrived to find a well involved 30'X80' shop building and requested the second alarm.

Truck 57 arrived and set up with half of the crew going up in the bucket and the other half stretching a handline from Engine 51-2.  Engine 57-4 arrived and went in service with a Blitzfire and several handlines while Tanker 57 assisted in the water supply.

Engine 57-2 set up the initial draft site at to fill tankers with Rescue 57's crew assisting with the set-up and also at the fire scene.  

Companies operated for just over 4 hours, being placed available by 3:15 am.

Thanks to all QFD members who operated on this "work night" fire.  Thanks also to Union FC and Willow Street FC for the stand by, and to Bob Devonshire and Tom Amico for the use of their pictures.


 
   
   
FIREWORKS DETAIL IN CHESTER COUNTY
   
Saturday, July 5, 2014 
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On Saturday evening, Engine 57-5 and crew were invited to assist the Union Fire Company (21) with the fireworks detail at the Freedom Fest at Nottingham Park.  The evening began with a cookout with all companies involved at the Herr's Food factory.  As darkness fell, the crew enjoyed a 30 minute display with no incidents to handle.

Crew: Lt. Ken Yost, Driver Rick Sauder, FF Jeff Johnson


 
MID-YEAR REPORT
Pride - Tradition - Dedication - Honor
   Pride - Tradition - Dedication - Honor
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 
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It is hard to believe that we are already over 6 months into 2014.  It has been a steady year for members of the Quarryville Fire Company #1.  Here are a few statistics from January 1 through June 30 2014.

267 Responses with 15 working fires and 2 extrications

4,806 manhours on incidents, 1,949 manhours in training, 1,201 manhours doing company and communiy functions and meetings.

The members stretched 6,100 feet of attack line, laid out 3,700 feet of supply line, threw 1,097 feet of ground ladders and had the Truck's main aerial in service on fire conditions 13 times.

It is only through the dedication and pride of the QFD members that we can put up statistics like this.  Many of these calls were run during the coldest days of winter in ice and snow.  Thank You to the members that keep providing the Solanco area with professional volunteer service.

If you want to become one of the QFD Team, go to our recruitment page or stop by the firehouse.  You will not regret it.


 
ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ - JULY 17 AND 18
   
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 
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The annual Ferguson and Hassler Supermarket / Quarryville Fire Company Chicken BBQ will be held on Thursday July 17th and Friday July 18th from 10 am until 6 pm (or while supplies last). This is the largest fund raising event that we have each year, so come out and support the QFD and have a great Charlie's Chicken meal for $6.00 each. Please check out the flyer for what the meal includes and instructions on where to enter the drive-thru line. See you there, and get there early !!!

 
CAVE RESCUE IN MARTIC TOWNSHIP
Saturday, June 28, 2014 
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On Saturday evening at 8:20 pm, Rescue 57 was dispatched to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company (58) on a person trapped in a cave at the "Wind Cave" off of the 500 block of Bridge Valley Road in Martic Township.  Initial reports indicated a female had fallen about 30 feet in the cave and was injured. 

On arrival, crews had to walk close to 1 mile back the trail through the woods to the cave.  Several members from EMS, 58 and 57 entered the cave and found the subject about 75 yards from the opening.  The patient was secured to a backboard and then handed out over a large rock, hand over hand to two members who then were able to carry her out of the cave.  Once out of the cave, the patient was secured in a stokes basket and then carried to the awaiting EMS unit (Medic 6-4) at the roadway. Squad 57 was requested for additional manpower 30 minutes into the incident.

This is the third such "cave rescue" that we have assisted on at this cave in the last several years.

Good work to all involved.  Thanks to Engine 51-1 for standing by, and to Bob Devonshire (Photo 5 Imagery) for the photos.


 
   
   
OVERNIGHT STORM DAMAGE
Thursday, June 19, 2014 
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Around 1 am Thursday morning, heavy storms rolled through the Solanco area causing some damage in the East Drumore Township / Colerain Township area. The Company was alerted for a tree into a residence on Stoney Hill Road in East Drumore Township. The Company arrived to find a very large tree uprooted that fell into the house, taking a large portion of the wall and roof off on the back of the house. The Command officers assisted the residents with calling a restoration company to take care of the board up. The Rescue cleared just as Engine 575 was sent to the Black Rock area for a tree down.

 
   
   
VEHICLE RESCUE TRAINING PART II
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 
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After a 90 degree Tuesday, over 20 QFD members met for the second night of vehicle rescue training concentrating on extrication.  We had three vehicles provided by Temples Auto Salvage to work on.  One was on all four wheels, one overturned and one on the side.  Members split up and performed extrication procedures on all three vehicles using the hydraulic rescue tools, electric tools and saws, chains and hand tools.  After a good two hours of work, all the vehicles were destroyed.  For the conclusion of training, FF Chad Graybill did a demonstration with air bags and deployed several of them.

Thanks to Temples for the cars, to Brad Groff for the place to train, and to all of the members who continue to train day in and day out.


 
   
   
BUSY WEEKEND OF EVENTS FOR QFD
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 
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This past weekend was busy for QFD Firefighters providing not only emergency responses, but community service events.

Friday the Company answered 5 alarms, ranging from stand-bys to house fires.  A storm went through the area in the afternoon with several lightning strikes keeping Southern End units moving.

On Saturday, members tore up and removed the blacktop from the driveway and we got prepared for the resurfacing project to be done by Hall's Paving.  Firefighters and volunteers operated equipment, making quick work of tearing up 20 dump truck loads of macadam and saving the company thousands of dollars.  While this was being accomplished, other members landscaped around the newly installed emergency generator.  This generator was acquired from Quarryville Borough, and after a housing was built, pad poured and wiring upgrade in the station completed, was put into service.  It is an 80kw generator which will power our entire station during an outage.  With the Borough donating this generator, we were able to save in the area of  $40,000.00 over the cost of a new one.

While these projects were taking place, Engine 574 and Truck 57 went to and assisted in the Bob Bard 5K Run.  Engine 574 lead the group of racers and Truck 57 provided a platform for the candy drop.  Again this year we had Delaney Heller, a cancer survivor, riding with us in Engine 574.  QFD Fire Police also assisted with traffic control for this event.

After th 5K, the QFD Fire Police assisted at the Witness Fest, directing and controlling traffic.  Estimates put the crowd size at 20,000 for the day.  This is a large undertaking and took a lot of dedication from our Fire Police to help with the traffic.  The Fire Police also handled a request from the Borough Police for a stuck tractor trailer Friday evening at Lime St. and Second St.

Thanks to all of the members who helped with the various projects and events during the weekend.


 
   
   
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