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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 
On Tuesday evening before training, the Quarryville Fire Company received a very nice gift from a local business.

The QFD Special Division was in search of a grill for the station for the members to use and for special events like the turkey shoot. Martin's Appliance, a local Quarryville business heard about this and took action. Martin's donated a Traeger wood pellet grill and all the accessories (shelves, pellets, cover, rubs and bbq sauce). They also provided chicken wings, chips and drinks for the members to show how the grill operates.

This will be a wonderful addition to the station, and when the building project is completed, we will have a place specifically for it. This will help us increase our funds during fund raisers and will help our Special Division in making food for meals and fire calls.

Thanks to Martin's Appliance for this great donation. When looking for anything appliance, grills or furniture, visit their Quarryville store at 2318 Beaver Valley Pike New Providence. Keep your business local, because it is the local businesses that keep the Solanco Community together.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 
At 2:24 pm on Tuesday, QFD with mutual aid from Rawlinsville (58) and Willow Street (50) were dispatched to 3 Timberline Drive in East Drumore Township for an outbuilding fire. Lt. 572 (Bachman) arrived on the scene with a shed on the ground, a playground set and some woods and trees on fire.

Engine 574, Tanker 57, Truck 57 and Engine 572 (w/18 ff's) arrived with E4 stretching two lines and attacking the fire and the woods. Tanker 57 supplied E4 and the crews from the Truck and E2 assisted with fire attack and overhaul. The crews from 58 and 50 assisted with overhaul and removing 2 large trees. Robert Fulton Tanker 89 was added to the assignment for additional water.

The fire was placed under control at 3 pm. Engine 575 was called for and responded for additional brush equipment. This was one of 3 outbuilding fires for the day that the Company handled, along with a fire alarm and a person that fell that we responded to in Quarryville when we were cancelled from the fire alarm.

Thanks to all the mutual aid companies, and to Tom Amico for the pictures

Monday, April 18, 2016 
At 11:36 am, Truck and Rescue 57 were dispatched to assist the Union Fire Company on the working fire assignment for a dwelling fire at 178 Woodland Road in East Nottingham Township. First in Union units found a 2.5 story wood-frame house well involved. Truck and Rescue 57 (with 14 ff's) arrived with the Truck crew going to work assisting in fire attack and opening up. Rescue 57, along with Cochranville Rescue 27 set up the Rapid Intervention Companies. Crews worked throughout the early afternoon extinguishing and overhauling the burned-out house. Multiple ladders and tools were used by both the Truck and Rescue crews. The Company was back in station by 3 pm, with another 30 minutes of cleanup. Thanks to Tanker 52-1 for standing by and handling a fire alarm in our district.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 
At 1:20 am, Truck and Rescue 57 were dispatched to assist Rawlinsville FC on a house fire at 364 Steinman Farm Road in Martic Township. LCWC reported an electrical fire with all occupants out of the structure. Chief 58 (Strickler) arrived with a 2.5 story house with smoke showing from the roof. Further investigation revealed fire in the walls on the side of the dwelling. Engine 581 arrived and deployed handlines inside. Truck and Rescue 57 arrived with the Truck crew clearing the ladder bed and laddering all sides. The Rescue crew was sent to work on opening up. The Truck inside crew assisted interior, making the attic to assist in extinguishment. The Truck roof crew made the roof but did not open it due to the fire being knocked down. Engine 574's crew assisted with overhaul. Crews remained on the scene for 2 hours helping with overhaul and cleaning up. Rescue 57 also filled air cylinders. The Company was back in quarters by 4 am. Thanks to Bart Township and Union FC for the stand by. The Company also ran a medical assist during this run.

Friday, April 8, 2016 
At 1:05 am Friday morning, QFD, Bart Township and Gap FC's along with LEMSA EMS was dispatched to 336 Stony Hill Road in Eden Township for an outbuilding fire. The caller reported a woodshop on fire. Multiple calls to LCWC, and the fact that many of the members could see the glow, indicated a working fire.

Chief 572 (Jeremy Welk) and Chief 57 (Joel Neff) arrived and reported a 125'x60' building fully involved with exposure to a diesel shed and propane tank. A "working fire dispatch" was requested, bringing 2 more engines and 2 more tankers.

Engine 574 arrived and "split laid" the 1500' driveway, with Tanker 57 following them into the scene for an immediate water supply. Engine 512 arrived and laid the driveway into Tanker 57. Truck 57 set up on the A/B corner. The first attack lines from Engine 574 and Engine 512 went to protect the exposures, protecting them from damage. The Truck began master stream operations to darken down the main fire. As additonal QFD and mutual aid units arrived, they were assigned to assist in the water supply or fire attack. A 2nd Alarm was called for additional tankers and manpower. Draft sites were established at Furnace Road and at the pond at Strasburg Pallet.

Command 57 placed the incident under control at 2:32 am, with units from the 12 companies on scene operating until just after 6:00 am. A track hoe from Bob Work Excavating made quick work of the overhaul. No injuries occurred to any citizen or firefighter. The fire caused an estimated $825,000.00 in damage and is still under investigation, but not considered suspicious.

Thanks to all of the QFD and mutual aid company firefighters and fire police that responded. Thanks also to the QFD Special Division for the drinks and breakfast, and to Willow Street and Cochranville FC's for standing by in our station. All pictures by Bob Devonshire, Tom Amico and several QFD members

Thursday, March 31, 2016 
The Annual Awards and Appreciation Banquet was held on Saturday, March 26th at the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge. The banquet is a time to give back to our members, families and friends that work so hard throughout the year to make our all-volunteer operation run. We had one of our largest banquets ever, with around 160 people in attendance. Here are a few highlights of the awards.

Firefighter Ron "Diz" Swayne was given the Firefighter of the Year Award for 2015. This award is chosen by all of the members of the fire company by a secret ballot. Diz came "back home" from a 31 year stint in Arizona, and hit the ground running. Diz coordinated the basement lounge project, the electrical upgrade project, and is our building committe chairman. This award is a small token of thanks for the many, many hours Diz puts in at the station.

The President's Award was presented to Leroy Welk for his outstanding service to the Company as a Board of Director and his help with the funding project.

The FIre Chiefs Award was presented to H. James Wolfe for his decades of support to the Fire Company. Jim is the founder of the Southern Lancaster County Chronicle, and has done many articles on the Company and our projects. In this day of instant social media, having a local newspaper that highlights the fire company is very nice, and Jim does a great job on all of his articles.

The William H. "Pop" Tucker Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Matt Vickers. Matt has been with us for just over a year, but his contributions have been huge. Matt has qualified to drive most QFD apparatus, and has spent many hours assisting with apparatus maintenance and emergency fixes.

Years of Service Awards were presented to: Jarrett Hassinger (5 years), Elam Esh, Joel Neff and Isreal Stoltzfus (15 years), Brian Wertz and H. Curtis "Hen" Woerth (20 years), David Glick, Jason Henry and Kevin Kreider (25 years), Steve Hastings (35 years), Kevin Singles (40 years) and Charles Huber (50 years).

Life Membership to the QFD was bestowed on Mike Swayne and Brian Wertz with the presentation of their gold cards. Life Membership is given to members completing 20 years of active service and is voted on by all current Life Members.

Training awards were given to Sarah Jones, Jamie Welk, Jeremy Welk, Robert Benson, David Eshleman and Rick Hall for their participation in our training program.

After a great meal, a year in review video by Brian Henry and the awards presentations, the rest of the night was spent socializing, dancing and catching up with old friends.

Thanks to all of the members, our families and all of the supporters of our Company. If not for you, we would not be able to provide the professional volunteer service that people have come to expect.

Saturday, March 26, 2016 
At 7:29 am, Rescue 57 was dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment assisting WIllow Street Fire Company for a mobile home fire at 41 Park View Drive in Providence Township (Smithville Mobile Home Park). First-in units arrived with a working fire. Rescue 57 arrived with the crew bringing up all needed RIT equipment, but being quickly reassigned by Command 50 to open up and to work inside pulling ceilings to stop the fire spread. At the same time, Command 50 requested the "working fire dispatch" whick brought Tanker 57 and Engine 574. Crews opened up the roof, pulled ceilings and assisted in fire attack and overhaul. Rescue 57 also filled air cylinders and some of the 57 Fire Police assisted with traffic and crowd control. QFD Volunteers worked just over 1.5 hours on this incident. This was one of three incidents on Saturday before the annual Company banquet. A woods fire and a reported buggy accident were also handled. Thanks to Photo 5 Imagery (Bob Devonshire) and Foto 55 Don Shenk.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
This Tuesday was a "drivers night" training evening for the members of QFD. On months with 5 Tuesdays, the 4th one is always a night set aside for all things driving for experienced drivers, new drivers, or members just wanting to increase their knowledge and ability. Tonight, we invited members of the Gordonville Fire Company, Station 43, to bring their newly acquired Truck so we could train together on truck operations. Truck 43 is almost identical to Truck 57, only being made one year apart. The firefighers had a great time going over each others rig, checking out the tools and how things are set up. We also went over positioning and set up scenarios, and did some fly time with some skill objectives. Thanks to all the members who turned out tonight to further our abilities and to learn from one another.

Truck 57
   Truck 57
Truck 43
   Truck 43
Monday, March 21, 2016 
It is with great sadness that the Quarryville Fire Company announces the passing of Crystal Brion, wife of Life Member and Chief Engineer Wayne Brion. Crystal passed away on Sunday morning after a 9 year courageous battle with cancer. Please keep the Brion Family in your thoughts and prayers. Service arrangements will be posted when they are finalized.

Thursday, March 3, 2016 
It is that time of year. Time for the Annual Quarryville Fire Company Fund Drive.

If you live in, have a business in, or own property in our first due 98 square miles, you should be receiving a fund drive letter this week. The fund drive is our largest fund raiser, and accounts for well over 50% of our annual operating budget. The money received from the fund drive pays for the general operating expenses of the company, like electric, fuel oil, insurance, apparatus fuel, equipment and tool maintenance, new equipment purchases etc.

Some of what we will be using this years budget for is the electrical upgrade to the station, the new building addition, maintenance on our apparatus and many other items too numerous to mention.

Please take the time to consider a tax-deductible donation to the QFD. We truly appreciate the great support that we receive from our community contributors!!

Just a quick fact. In 2015, we received an appx. 27% return on the 5,000 letters mailed out. That means only 27 of every 100 people donated. Let's see if we can increase that percentage in 2016. Encourage your family and friends to make that contribution that could be life saving.

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