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, August 18, 2015 
The Officers and Members of the Quarryville Fire Company Number One send our sympathies to the family of Ken Swayne, who passed away on Saturday, August 15th. Ken is the father of QFD Lieutenant Mike Swayne, and brother of QFD member Ronald "Diz" Swayne. The Swayne Family has a long history of public service with the Solanco community, including the QFD.

Please keep the Swayne Family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015 
Today was another day of activities for the QFD members. At 8 am, a group began stripping paint from bay door entrances. Over the years, there has been many, many coats of paint, and with the help of grinders, needle guns, putty knives and manpower, the paint was stripped and a first coat of fresh paint put on some of the metal.

At 8:30 am, 11 members with Engine 574, Tanker and Truck 57 went to the 103rd Annual York County Convention and Parade in Fawn Grove. We have been cleaning apparatus and working on equipment for several weeks. This work keeps our apparatus in top shape so it is ready when needed.

At the parade, we came away with the following awards: Best Appearing and Functional Engine (2004 and prior), Truck, Tanker, Best Appearing Company and Best Detailed Unit (Engine 574). Some of these were by default, since we were one of the few "out of county" units to attend. A great time was had by all.

Thanks to Citizens Fire Company of Fawn Grove for hosting a great event. Thanks to all of the members that helped at the station work, and helped to work on the apparatus.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 
A few things we did this weekend. On Friday evening, Engine 572 and a crew of 5 went to Cochranville Fire Company to stand by for them during their annual festival. Their festival runs for 8 days, and they have neighboring companies stand by for them so their crew can take care of the festival. No calls were run by the QFD and Wagontown crews.

On Sunday, Truck 57 with a crew of 5 went to the Stoner Inc. annual employee picnic. During our time their, we had some great food, gave some truck rides, rode a mechanical bull and some other games. Thanks to Stoner Inc. for inviting us.

Also on Sunday, Engine 574 and crew went to the Relay for Life car show at the Memorial Park and helped with the candy drop and also gave some fire truck rides.

Thanks to all of the members that helped out on all of the functions that we handled in July and the first weekend of August.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 
At 2:25 pm, as some storms of various strength pushed through the Solanco area, QFD, along with Rawlinsville FC, Willow Street FC and LEMSA was dispatched to 1018 Buck Road in East Drumore Township for a dwelling fire. Units arrived with a burned out A/C unit on the outside of the house. Crews checked the area for extension, finding none and cleared within 30 minutes. The cause was possibly a lightning strike. Thanks to Tom Amico for the photos.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 
In conjunction with Quarryville's 4th Friday Celebration, over 20 QFD members did a "Boot Drive" at the intersection of West 4th Street and West State Street in Quarryville Borough. This is the first boot drive that anyone can remember in decades.

The crew began at 4 pm and collected donations from passing motorists until 6:45 pm. During this time, we were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Many, many people opened their wallets, wished us well and gave us many kind words and compliments.

If you did not know, QFD, as with most every other volunteer fire company in Lancaster County, is solely funded by donations. We receive some money from our municipalities for capital purchases, but the day to day operations are paid for by donations from our community. If not for the generosity we are shown on our fund raisers, we would not be able to provide the professional fire and rescue services that we do. Over the years, many lives and much property have been saved by the well-trained volunteers of the QFD.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015 
This Friday, July 24th, is Quarryville's 4th Friday. This months 4th Friiday event benefits the Quarryville Fire Company. Come out and support our local businesses and the QFD, all at one time.

Here are a few links that describe 4th Friday and the businesses that are participating.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 
Saturday morning we had a "Probationary Firefighters Training Day". This training was to get a lot of rookie book sign-off's done and to go over a lot of topics with the probies and juniors.

In the morning, we covered turnout gear, timed gear dress-out, radio communications, scba cylinder filling, fire extinguishers and did some modifications to the portable Hurst equipment on E572.

After a lunch provided by the QFD Auxiliary and some of the firefighters wives, the crew of 16 headed to the LCFA Pequea Lane Training Facility. There, we did hydrant work, tanker fills, drafting and hoseline stretches from E572.

Thanks to all of the members, both probies and seniors who helped make this day a success. Even though it was hot, the members put forth 100% effort.

Thanks also to the auxiliary, and to Water Witch FC Engine 73 and Community Fire Company of Rising Sun Tanker 8 for standing by for us in the afternoon. Just as training was wrapping up, a house fire was dispatched to assist the Refton Community Fire Company (59) in Providence Township. The stand by companies, along with Truck and Rescue 57 made the response. The call was good-intent and recalled. 41 members were "on the floor" after the call.

Friday, July 17, 2015 
Friday morning while members were getting their last bit of sleep before the chicken bbq, Engine 572 was alerted at 4 am to transfer to Bart Township FC while they were on a working house fire assisting the Christiana FC (52). As Engine 572 was pulling out of the station, Tanker 57 was alerted to assist at the fire scene on Upper Valley Rd.

Just after backing into Station 51, Engine 572 was also called to the fire scene. On arrival, the crew assisted with pulling siding and walls on side "A". The company operated for about 1 hour before returning.

Photos by Lt. Jake Bachman.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 
On Thursday, after working 9 hours at the chicken bbq, QFD Rescue 57 was alerted as part of the Mass Casualty Response on a multi-vehicle, multi-patient vehicle accident in the 500 block of Lancaster Pike in Providence Township assisting Rawlinsville FC. Rescue 57 and Engine 572 responded with 13 members and Squad 572 responded with Fire Police.

As the Rescue was pulling up, another accident was dispatched in the 57 local in the 2000 block of Beaver Valley Pike in Strasburg Township. Chief 57, Engine 575 and Squad 571 responded to the 2nd call with 9 members along with cover Engine/Rescue 511. Chief 57 arrived and confirmed a two-vehicle head on collision with people trapped and requested an additional rescue company.

Upon hearing this, Engine 572 re-directed and Rescue 57 was cleared from the first call and sent to the second. On arrival of the units, the crew from QFD began working on the first vehicle with one person trapped and the crew from Rescue 59 and Engine 511 began work on the second. The second victim was removed from the vehicle quickly.

Rescue 57 arrived with the crew going to work setting up tools and assisting with extrication. The drivers door was forced and cut off, the roof removed and the dash lifted with the spreaders and a ram, freeing the trapped person in about 20 minutes.

Fire Police from QFD, Bart Township and Refton assisted in directing traffic around the scene. The QFD units were committed until 11:00 pm assisting the PA State Police with lighting for their reconstruction team.

Thanks to all EMS, Fire and Fire Police that made these two incidents run smoothly and efficiently, and thanks to Bart Township Engine 511 for standing by in our station while we were out. Our condolences to the families and friends of those affected in this accident.

In all, QFD members worked 9 hours at the chicken bbq and over 7 hours on the incidents, so our Volunteers were committed 16 hours out of the day. And, after a few quick hours of sleep, QFD was again on the move at 4 am Friday, which we will post a story about later.

All pictures by Tom Amico.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 
Today, 3 members traveled with Engine 572 to Harrisburg for the 40th Annual Central Pennsylvania Antique Fire Apparatus Muster (Pump Primers). This event is to showcase the workhorses of yesteryear.

The day for Chief Engineer Wayne Brion and FF's Colin Shaw and Brayden Shiffler began at the Farm Show Complex where the apparatus was staged. From there, the annual lights and sirens parade through Harrisburg took the crew to Riverfront Park, where the real work began.

All the apparatus that was going to take part in the pumping display made their way down the concourse to the river and set up a draft. Engine 572 used the "wagon pipe" and 2 Blitzfires to show the prowess of the 1986 Mack. During the time that they were pumping, the Engine flowed an estimated 113,000 gallons of water.

As always, a good time was had; old friend were reunited and new friends made. The Brotherhood of the fire service was alive and well.

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