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, August 20, 2016 
Earlier this year, the QFD Training Committee began meeting with members from our local mutual aid companies to plan and coordinate future training sessions for the Solanco Area Fire Companies. While doing this, it was decided to have a "show and tell" since several companies have received new or updated units in the recent year. Today, members from QFD, Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company, Bart Township Fire Company, Robert Fulton Fire Company, Refton Fire Company and Gordonville Fire & EMS Co. met at Station 57 to go over the new equipment and have a time of "talking fire". Everyone had a chance to go over their equipment and explain its functions and capabilities. Rawlinsville had their new Water / Environmental Rescue trailer, new Squad 581 and 2 boats, Refton had their new brush unit and UTV, Bart Township brought their new Engine 51-2 and their tanker, Robert Fulton had their new squad and design prints for their new rescue-pumper and brush unit and Gordonville had their highly specialized and incredibly equipped Special Operations Trailer and squad. Food and drinks were provided by everyone involved, and it was a really great 2 hours of looking at and learning about the new units. The show and tell came to a close as Rawlinsville and Robert Fulton units had to leave for a reported water rescue. Thanks to all who attended and made this a good event.

Rawlinsville's new water - environmental rescue trailer
   Rawlinsville's new water - environmental
      rescue trailer
Saturday, August 13, 2016 
At 7:21 am, Engine 574 was dispatched to the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community at 625 Robert Fulton Highway in East Drumore Township for an automatic fire alarm. Deputy 57 (Tim Cox) arrived, and after meeting with staff and investigating, upgraded the assignment to a building fire due to smoke on the basement level. This brought units from Bart Township, Willow Street and LEMSA. On arrival, Engine 574 laid a supply line from a hydrant on Rt 222 (700') and positioned on side "A". One line was stretched to the basement where a rack of electrical equipment was on fire in an electrical storage area. The fire was held in check by the sprinkler system with final extinguishment by the line crew. The remainder of the first alarm assisted with ventilation, eventually putting 5 fans in service. QFD and mutual aid fire police directed traffic in the area due to the supply line on the street. Thanks to all of the members and mutual aid companies that assisted. At the time of the call, the temperature was already around 85 degrees. Thanks to Tom Amico for the pictures.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 
Thanks to Rhoads Energy Corporation for the pizza, chips and drinks before training tonight. Rhoads Energy and the QFD have a long-standing partnership, going back several decades. We have been neighbors for many, many years, and Rhoads' has helped us immesurably throughout the years, from providing fuel for our apparatus, helping us with projects, and even donating land to us (land that we are building on right now). Thanks again to Rhoads Energy for always being a good neighbor to us and our area. Another example of a local business helping their local community.

Friday, August 5, 2016 
Congratulations to QFD FF/EMT-P Tye Weaver on his completion and graduation from the Washington DC Fire and EMS Academy on August 5th. Tye was hired by DC and spent 12 weeks in the academy before graduating and being assigned to Engine Company #3. His first shift was Monday. Again, congratulations from all the QFD members. You are a great asset to our Company and community. Keep up the good work.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 
At 18:07 Rescue 57 and Tanker 57 were dispatched to the area of Puseyville Rd. and Robert Fulton Hwy. for a truck fire. Chief 57 arrived and reported a well involved Dodge pick up truck 30 feet from a house. Rescue 57 stretched the bumper line and extinguished the fire while Tanker 57 supplied the Rescue with water.

After cleaning up from the vehicle fire and as storms rolled through the area at 20:00 Engine 57-5 and Squad 57-2 were dispatched to the 600 block of Valley Rd. for trees and wires down. Fire Police remained on the scene for several hours.

Rescue 57 then assisted Station 58 on an Environmental Rescue at the Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve.  The Rescue and crew of 8 remained on the scene until 12:30 am while a person was removed from the trail.

This all occured during the Company meeting night in which 52 members were present.

Monday, August 1, 2016 
At 14:04 Rescue 57, Tanker 57 and Engine 57-4 were dispatched to the area of W Fourth St. and Hillcrest Avenue For a reported vehicle fire. Rescue 57 arrived to a fully involved derby car parked on a trailer. Rescue 57 quickly extinguished the fire while Engine 57-4 checked for any extension into a near by garage. Units operated for just over 20 minutes before going available. Pictures will be posted soon.

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.

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