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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 
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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 
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.

Monday, March 23, 2015 
It is with sadness that the Quarryville Fire Company announces that passing of W. Karl Findley. Karl passed away on March 22nd at the age of 81. Although not a current active member, Karl was very active in the QFD Fire Police in the 1980's and 1990's, and served as Fire Police Captain for many years. Karl's wife, Nancy, is an Auxiliary Life Member and is still very active in the Quarryville Fire Company Auxiliary. Karl's son Terry was also a very active member in the QFD in the 80's and 90's, and was one of the quickest drivers to wheel our rigs.

The services will be held on Friday, March 27th at Reynolds Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 144 East State Street, Quarryville. Viewing will be held from 9 am to 11 am, with the service following.

We thank Karl for his years of dedicated service to our Company, and we also thank the Findley Family for the support they have given not only to our company, but to the entire Solanco Community.…

Friday, March 13, 2015 
Within the next several days, if you live in the Quarryville Fire Company service area, you should be receiving our 2015 Annual Fund Drive letter in the mail.  The Fund Drive is our largest fund raising event each year, and attributes to well over 50% of our annual operating budget. 

If you did not know, the QFD is 100% Volunteer, and is funded completely by community donations and donations from our municipalities.  Operating a fire station is like a small business.  Our yearly operating budget covers: electric, phone, water and sewer, fuel oil, insurance, station maintenance, apparatus fuel, apparatus maintenance, equipment repair and maintenance, the purchase of new and updated tools and equipment, administrative supplies such as the copier, paper, computers, postage, dues to local, state and national organizations that we belong to, apparatus loan repayment, property maintenance and much more.  As we all know, none of these items are decreasing in cost.

One of the projects that we completed in 2014 was the installation of a new station generator and electrical upgrade.  After the ice storm, it became imperative that we upgrade our old generator that was not able to power much of the station.  With a donation of a large generator from Quarryville Borough, we were able to install and upgrade so that the new generator powers the entire station with room to spare.  This allows us to have the entire building and all systems powered in the event of a total power failure.  We also were able to open the station as a shelter in cooperation with the Red Cross during that ice storm.  Entire project cost was $32,000.00.

Another project we were able to complete was the re-build and paving of our driveway.  In conjunction with Rhoads Energy and Rhoadstar (who we share the driveway with), we were able to completely re-build, grade and pave our parking and driveway area.  This had not been done for several decades, and the pavement was in very poor condition.  This project total was $17,000.00.

These projects were above and beyond the normal day-to-day operation expenditures, and were only possible through the generous donations of our community.

As you receive our Fund Drive letter, we hope that you will take the time to make a tax exempt donation to the QFD.  All contributions received stay right here in our community and allow us to spend time training and handling emergency and non-emergency incidents.  It enables us to provide the best, most professional volunteer fire and rescue services possible.

There are several ways to contribute.  If you receive a letter, you can simply fill out the card, include a check and mail it in the enclosed envelope.  If you do not receive a letter, you can still donate by sending a contribution to Quarryville Fire Company, PO Box 143, Quarryville PA 17566.  You can also click on the “donate” link on the left side of this webpage and contribute electronically.

We thank everyone who has donated in the past, and hope that if you have not, you will consider it this year.  Help us raise our donation percentage to over 35% (only about 27% donated last year).

Friday, March 6, 2015 
With up to a foot of snow in the Quarryville area, the shovels, snow blowers and plows have been working all day to clear the streets, roads and parking lots of snow. QFD members spent much of the day clearing the station ramp, the sidewalks around the station, and some of our older or injured members properties of snow.

With all of the snow moving, there is a good chance that the fire hyrdant near your house (if you live in the Borough), may be covered in snow. If this is ...the case, and we would need that hydrant for a fire in the neighborhood, it will take valuable time to first locate the hydrant, and then dig it out before we can hook to it to supply water.

With this said, if you have a fire hydrant on your block, please take a few minutes to dig it out. We ask that it is cleared 3 feet in all directions (to the street, both sides and to the rear). This can save us precious time in the event of a fire.

As we travel around Quarryville, we have seen a lot of hydrants already cleared out. Thank you to those that have already taken the time to clear their local "plug".

Photo from 2010 snowstorm
   Photo from 2010 snowstorm
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 
Tuesday evening at the Fire Company meeting, QFD was presented a $2,500.00 check from the Monsanto Fund. Local farmer Samuel Delong was selected as the winner in Lancaster County for America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by Monsanto. Under this program, eligible farmers in 1,324 counties across 40 states can enter to win a $2,500.00 donation to a local nonprofit of their choice. Grow Communities recognizes the important contributions farmers make to rural America, and partners with farmers to help them grow their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them. More than 89,0000 farmers participated in Grow Communities this year. We are very appreciative of Sam Delong and the Monsanto Fund for providing us this $2,500.00 donation. The money received will go towards the purchase of new led Vulcan personal flashlights for our firefighters. These lights are mounted in the apparatus and are carried by the firefighters on every run. They will replace our current lights that are over 12 years old and have seen a lot of fires. Donations and support like this from our community are what keeps the Fire Company able to provide top notch, professional volunteer fire and rescue services.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 
In the Quarryville area, February 2nd means Groundhog's Day and the last weekend of February means it is time for the annual QFD Oil Change Day. Coordinated by Chief Engineer Wayne Brion, well over 20 members helped to make this day a success. Here is what we do:

Change oil in all apparatus, change fuel filters, oil filters, air filters, grease all chassis fittings, check coolant, check tire air pressures and tire wear, fix any leaks, lube all pump connections, clean battery terminals and check or change rear end fluid. We also service all generators, changing oil and filters, and Engine 575's pump. This year the crew also took care of some pump maintenance on Engine 572.

Today, we completed all service in 8 hours after beginning at 7 am and taking a break for the group to eat breakfast and lunch. Breakfast was prepared by the Herr family, and lunch of "soup and sloppy joes" was made by Jim Hassinger and Mike Ross.

Thanks to everyone that helped in every way today. On average, we save the company and community about $4,000.00 by doing this ourselves. We have several local businesses that donate filters and other things we need to make this day happen.

Put it on your schedules now, February 27, 2016.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 
During the month of February, 23 QFD members took the Basic Vehicle Rescue Awareness class. This is the basic class needed to continue through to the operations and technician level. Most of the members in attendance had the class, but there were about 7 that did not, so the class was a good refresher for some, and a great lead-in to vehicle rescue for the others.

On Saturday, the crew completed the practical session of the class which covered vehicle stabilization. We used all of Rescue 57's equipment including the struts, cribbing, wedges, step chocks, high lift jacks etc. Thanks to all of the QFD members that took the class, and to lead instructor Rich Ressel and Doug Kemmerly for instructing a very good class, and leading us into some great discussions about stabilization. 

Thanksfully, we were able to do all of the skill stations in the firehouse to avoid the 10 degree weather (and eventually snow).  We even had access to a fork lift owned by one of our members to move the vehicle around.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 
On Saturday evening while it was snowing, blowing and creating near white-out conditions, Rescue 57 was dispatched to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company (58) on a vehicle accident with entrapment at Rt. 272 and Osceola Road in Drumore Township. Units arrived to find a two vehicle accident with one person trapped and up to six people either injured or needing checked.

Rescue 57 arrived and the crew stabilized the vehicle and stretched a protection line. The crew then put 4 tools in service, removing the passengers side doors and then lifting the dash using a modified dash lift. The patient was freed in about 24 minutes. 

58 and 57 crews worked in sub-freezing conditions with high winds and blowing snow. Good job to all involved. 

Photos by Tom Amico and QFD FF Derrell Beiler.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 
At 00:22 Sunday morning, QFD was alerted for an Engine, Truck and Tanker to assist the Robert Fulton Fire Company on a house fire at 259 Little Britain Road South in Little Britain Township. Initial reports were that the house was full of smoke. 89 units arrived with a smoke condition and high heat in the residence. After investigation, crews found most of the living area burned out, but the fire self extinguished. Truck 57 arrived and assisted with operations. The remainder of the first alarm assignment was cancelled. Truck 57 remained on the scene until 3:20 am.

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