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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 
Approximately 10 minutes after getting back in station from the vehicle fire, LCWC sent the pre-alert for a house fire in Martic Township. At dispatch, Rescue 57 with a crew of 8 responded to 57 River Road. Multiple calls to the 911 center reported fire "through the roof". 58 units arrived and began a defensive attack on the fully involved, two-story house. Rescue 57 arrived and the crew initially held the Rapid Intervention Team, but then was re-assigned by command to assist in fire attack. Tanker 57 was added to the call on the 2nd alarm. Engine 574 and Engine 572 were both added later to the call also. Units assisted on the scene with overhaul once the bulk of the fire was knocked down by handlines and the master stream from Truck 50. Crews were on scene for about 2.5 hours. Thanks to Bart Township Engine 51-1 and Christiana Tanker 52-2 for standing by, and thanks to Tom Amico for the pictures.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 
At 1:30 pm, QFD Volunteers were dispatched to the intersection of Buck Road and Lee Drive in East Drumore Township for a vehicle fire. Squad 572 arrived and reported a working fire. Rescue 57's crew stretched the bumper line and quickly extinguished the fire, while other members checked the car for occupants and forced the hood, all while a severe thunderstorm went through the area. Tanker 57 supplied the Rescue with water as needed. QFD Fire Police kept the scene safe by blocking and re-directing traffic. Units were in service for 40 minutes. Thanks to Tom Amico for the pictures.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 
This week, QFD received a check for over $12,000.00 for the annual chicken bbq from Ferguson and Hassler's Supermarket. This has been one of the best fund raisers that we have done for over 20 years. It is estimated that during these 20+ years, we have made over $100,000.00 doing these bbq's. Thanks again to Ferguson and Hassler's, and to the entire community that turned out and bought over 4,800 chicken dinners to support the Fire Company.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 
As you may have taken note from previous posts or by driving by the station, the Quarryville Fire Company has begun a building expansion and renovation project on our East State Street Station. Since 1932, the QFD had occupied 217 East State Street, starting as a three-bay, two-story brick building, being added onto in 1974 with a three-bay addition, and now, in 2016, being completely renovated and added onto again. In early 2015, with the company running out of room in the current facilities, it was decided that we needed to add on to make more room for our apparatus and more space for storage and work space. While the committee worked on the planning and design with Gilbert Architects, Inc., the idea to renovate our existing buildings to make them modern and more functional came into the plan. This has been a large undertaking, and the committee, led by Diz Swayne, has done a fantastic job. Some of what is being included are: A large three-bay block addition with storage rooms, a tool room/work area, engineer’s office, restroom facilities and a mezzanine for storage. The entire exterior of the new and 1974 buildings will have brick fronts to match the 1932 side, with the rest being wrapped with steel and insulation. The renovation includes all new electrical upgrade in the 1932 and 1974 buildings, a gear washing room, new efficient lights inside and outside, an audio system with speakers and mic jacks for events, cleaning and re-pointing of all brick work on the 1932 building and painting throughout all three. On Saturday, July 23rd, some members and volunteers began site work, so as soon as all paperwork is completed and the loan agreement is finalized, we will begin building. All work is contracted out and will be done professionally by contractors to alleviate the members from having to add “building construction” to all of the other things we are doing (fire calls, training, fund raisers etc). The architects and engineers have estimated an $875,000.00 price tag for the project, but we hope to come in under budget. As the project moves along, we will update everyone with a list of people and companies that have/are donating products and services, keeping the costs as low as possible. Funding for the project will come from our municipal funds from our Borough and Townships, and from fund raisers and donations. Please help us out by supporting our fund raisers and fund drive mailings. We will continuously post updates as the project starts and moves along.

Friday, July 8, 2016 
At 3:18 am, the full-company from QFD was dispatched to 314 Lamparter Road in Bart Township for a barn fire. The first units were on the street within 2 1/2 minutes from dispatch, with Deputy 51 being advised of a "diesel shed" on fire. Bart Twp. officers arrived with a large dairy barn fully involved.

Engine 51-2 arrived and laid in the driveway, with Truck 57 arriving just after and setting up behind them. Positioning was hindered by the extreme radiant heat that kept units from passing the barn. Engine 51-1 also laid in the driveway, was supplied by Tanker 57 and supplied Truck 57. The companies concentrated "first water" on the numerous exposures that were endangered, and saved all of them. Engine 574 stretched a line to the area of the diesel shed and protected another large tobacco barn.

Engine 57-2 set up to fill tankers at the hydrant on Mount Pleasant Road along the old rail line. The crew filled 34 tankers for 108,000 gallons. Rescue 57 responded into the scene and assisted with the water supply.  Squad 572 and QFD Fire Police assisted on the scene.

Crews operated for several hours while a track hoe from Work's Excavating cleared the tin. A final washdown from Truck 57 cleared the companies by 9:30 am.

Thanks to all of the Volunteers that either were late for work, took off, put off errands and other tasks to respond to the fire and help cleanup. Thanks also to Robert Fulton and Rawlinsville for standing by for our area.

On a side note, the Amish community were in the process of rebuilding before we even left the scene. Roll-off dumpsters, hi-lifts, porta-pots, food and drinks were all on scene by 8:30 am. Drive by in another few days and you will never know there was a fire.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 
It is hard to believe that 6 months of 2016 have already past us by. If you have seen some of our stories this year, you have already noticed that we have been busy, not just with responding to incidents, but with training, fund raising and one of the largest projects we have ever undertaken; our new building addition. Here are a few statistics from the first 6 months showing just what your local Volunteer Firefighters have been doing. - 227 Incidents - 4,611 man-hours spent on incidents - 1,991 man-hours spent in training - 1,871 man-hours in company events, such as meetings, work details, fund raisers, taking food and drinks to incidents (Special Division) etc. - QFD Apparatus has operated 1,028 hours on incidents. As always, we thank each and every member for their dedication to making sure everything that is required to run a professional and successful volunteer fire company gets accomplished. This is no small undertaking, especially with all the work that has been done preparing for the station expansion construction. We also want to thank our families for putting up with the missed meals, middle of the night (or day) wake ups and all the time spent answering alarms and doing everything else. Thanks also to our community for supporting us in everything that we do. Now on to the next 6 months.......

Thursday, June 30, 2016 
On Saturday, July 23rd, the Quarryville Fire Company Special Division is hosting their 2016 Vendor Show. The show will run from 9am to 3pm, and will be held at the Hoffman Community Building at the Solanco Fair Grounds (off of Park Avenue or South Lime Street). This is due to the construcution of our new addition at our station.

As you can see on the flyer, there will be over 30 vendors, a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese Auction, the chance to explore a fire truck and plenty of food.

Come out and have fun shopping and supporting the Quarryville Fire Company / Special Division and all of the independent distributors. If you have any questions, let us know.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 
At 1:32 pm, Truck and Tanker 57 were dispatched to assist Robert Fulton FC on a mulch pile fire at 675 Nottingham Road in Fulton Township. 89 units were on scene with a large pile of mulch at a sawmill on fire. Tanker 57 arrived and picked up the supply line that Engine 89-3 laid and began supplying the scene until the arrival of Union FC Tanker 21. Truck 57 set up and used the master stream to attack the major portion of fire in the pile. Engine 574 was also dispatched to assist, and worked the scene for a short time until being relocated to Station 89. Tanker 57, along with Tanker 51, Tanker 58 and Tanker 59 hauled several loads of water to the scene. The fire was extinguished, and all QFD units were back in station by 3:30 pm. Thanks to Tom Amico for the pictures.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 
As you probably already know, QFD is undertaking one of the largest projects of the Company since 1932. We are expanding and building an addition onto our current fire station (more on that in a later post). Not only the largest project, but also the most costliest, with a price tag estimated at about $875,000.00. As we move into the construction phase in July, we are ramping up our fund raising efforts to go towards the building project. We are seeking donations, grants, construction fee and product contributions etc. At a special meeting in May, we received one of the first donations toward our building fund. Through the cooperative effort of local dairyman Ellis Kreider and Land O'Lakes Inc., we were able to secure a grant for $5,000.00 to be used for the building costs. This gives us a good head start on our funding project. Thank You to the Kreider Family and to Land O' Lakes, Inc. for this donation to the Quarryville Fire Company. This is just another example of the GREAT support we receive from our community.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 
Congratulations to QFD Firefighters Brianna DiFilippo and Zeb Eshelman on graduation with the Solanco Class of 2016!!!!!!

On Thursday evening, a crew of QFD members took Rescue 57 to the graduation ceremonies at the Solanco High School.  It was a great night, with great weather, for an outdoor graduation.

We wish Brianna and Zeb and all of the Class of 2016 good luck as the go off and make they own way in the "real world".

Just like Principal Gallagher said during his commencement address, you never know where you might end up, or what doors will be opened for you.  A door opened for Principal Gallagher while in Shiipensburg College that allowed him to become a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT.  You can also help your community.  Our doors at QFD are always open, and we are always looking for hardworking, dedicated people to serve as volunteer firefighters to help and protect our Solanco Community.  It is something that you will not regret.

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