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, July 1, 2015 
In the last week, QFD placed a "new" unit into service. This unit is Squad 572. Squad 572 will be used exclusively by our fire police officers as a traffic control unit.

QFD has 11 active Fire Police Officers, headed by Captain Carl Diem and Lieutenant Ron Weaver. The Fire Police are responsible for providing traffic and crowd control at fire and accident scenes, and provide traffic control for non-emergency events like races, sales and public services.

Squad 572 is a 1998 Chevrolet van that was donated to the Company by Enck Brothers Drywall in Quarryville. From there, it was painted by Glenn Henry and lettered by J. Fred Witmer, both of New Providence. Lighting was donated and installed by QFD members. Fire Police members have spent many hours cleaning, painting and working on the squad. They are still equipping it with the tools of their trade, such as cones, flares, barricades, flashlights, vests etc. There is still work to do, but it is ready to serve our community.

QFD is very fortunate to have a very active and dedicated group of professional fire police. They are the first ones most of you encounter when coming upon an incident scene. Just remember, they are out there doing their job, please respect the fact that they must detour you around an incident. Their job is to keep the firefighters and community members safe.

If you are interested in joining the Fire Police, message us or email us.

Thanks to Enck Brothers for the donation of the van. It will be well used in the years to come and should serve us well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 
In 2014, 64 firefighters died while on duty or actively engaged in firefighting. 36 of those deaths, or about 56%, were from sudden cardiac death (heart attacks) caused by overexertion, stress or medical conditions. Firefighting, and the emergency services in general, is a very stressful occupation. A firefighter can go from sleeping, eating a meal with their family, working or hanging out with friends at the firehouse to racing up a set of stairs at a house on fire within a few minutes.

At the QFD, we are concerned about the health and wellness of our members. Tonight, we began our summer session of "firefighter fit" for the members that wish to participate. It is 30 minutes of intense exercise aimed at strength and conditioning and preparing the firefighters for the fire scene. Tonight, we began with a mile run/walk and then 8 stations of exercises at the firehouse, ranging from hose drags, tire drags, tire flips, hose burners, ladder lifts, lunges etc. Everyone did great. There will be some sore firefighters tomorrow.To all the members, watch the board at the station for the date and time of next weeks session.

After the PT, the "rookies" had a training session led by FF Andrew Lavin on the back-up position and stretching lines. Multiple lines were pulled and racked until the rain forced us in. And, if that is not enough, the board of directors held their meeting tonight. All in a days work at QFD.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 
At 8:09 am Sunday morning, Tanker 57 was dispatched to assist the Cochranville Fire Company on a building fire at 956 Fallowfield Road in West Fallowfield Township, Chester County. Tanker 57 made the response, and in 17 minutes, arrived and assisted in the water supply. The officer went to the scene and assisted with assorted fire ground tasks, (including posing for the pictures taken by Bob Devonshire of Photo 5 Imagery)

On a side note, this was the first run and first working fire for Bart Township Fire Company's new Engine 512. And, as most would expect, it was driven by John "Whitey" Whiteside.

Congratulations on a very nice rig !

Saturday, June 20, 2015 
During the weekend, QFD assisted in the Bob Bard 5K and 10K race held in Quarryville. For the last several years, our personnel and apparatus have assisted in leading the race, providing an "elevated area" for the candy drop and our fire police help in traffic control. 

100% of the proceeds from this race benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and the Dragon Master Foundation to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for brain tumors.

Bob Bard was born and raised in Quarryville, PA. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, and friend to many in the community. In january 2010, Bob was diagnosed with a stage IV Glioblastoma. Bob lived every day to the fullest during his last year on earth, but went on to be with the Lord on January 15, 2011. Bob never complained during the year he fought cancer, and many named him "Superman" for that very reason.

Thank you to the members and the community who helped with and supported this event.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 
aA 08:00 hours Rescue and Tanker 57 was alerted for a reported house fire in the 200 block of Sawmill Road in Providence Township. Rescue and Tanker 57 went enroute with 9 members. While enroute, Chief 59 was advised by county radio that a neighbor called reporting smoke coming from the roof of a vacant house. Chief 59 arrived with smoke showing from the roof line of the house and a working attic fire.

Engine 59-2 and rescue 57 arrived with refton’s crew pulling the attack line off Engine 59-2.  Rescue 57 and Engine 59-2 crews made entry into the dwelling to find the landlord inside advising the fire was in the attic space. The crew made entry into the attic to find a small working fire inside a couple of bins. The fire was extinguished with a water can and the fire was brought under control with in minutes after units arrived. Units began over hauling the attic space and checking for fire extension. Engine 574 also made the response.  QFD units were on scene for 4 hours before returning to station.

Great work by all fire companies to make a quick stop on the fire.

Thanks to Bob Devonshire for the photos, and to Bart Township FC for standing by for us.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 
Just after 11:30 am, Rescue and Tanker 57 were dispatched to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company (58) on an "outbuilding" fire in the 300 block of Schoolhouse Road in Providence Township. LEMSA Medic 6-4 was in the area and upgraded the assignment to a fully involved 100' X 50' barn.

Engine 581 arrived first with their crew stretching lines to the rear of the property where the barn was located. Rescue 57's crew was tasked with stretching an additional line from E581 to assist with fire attack. Tanker 57 was the 2nd arriving tanker and immediately supplied Tanker 581 with water. The Rescue Chauffeur handled the "water supply officer" assignment as additional units arrived, including Engine 574, whos crew was assigned to assist on the fireground with overhaul.

All crews worked together in the 80+ degree weather to extinguish and overhaul the entire structure. Crews flowed approximately 24,000 gallons of water at the scene. The Company was in service by 2:00 pm.

Thanks to Strasburg FC and Chrsitiana FC for standing by while we were out.

At 3:10 pm, Engine 574 and Truck 57 were out again on a microwave fire with a heavy smoke condition in an apartment in the 100 block of Groffdale Drive in Quarryville Borough.

Thanks to Tom Amico for the photos.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 
The Quarryville Fire Company Auxiliary announces their first Vendor Show to be held on Saturday, June 27th from 8 am to 2 pm at the Quarryville Fire Station. This show will have vendors from the following:

Avon, Jamberry Nails, Herbalife, Origami Owl, Perfectly Posh, Pink Zebra, Thirty One, Celebrating Home, Mary Kay, Tupperware, ItWorks, Paparazzi, Scentsy, Tocara Fine Jewelry, Jewelry in Candles and many more.

This event is open to the public, and we are hoping for a large turnout to support our local businesses and the Volunteer Fire Company.

During the day, the Auxiliary will be have hot dogs, baked goods and drinks available for purchase. There will also be a product auction and a 50/50 raffle. You do not have to be present to win, however, all prizes will need to be picked up by the end of the day Saturday.

QFD Firefighters and equipment will also be on display so bring the kids and let them meet the firefighters and see the fire trucks.

Please look for our flyers that will be put up around town in the near future. If you have any questions, please email us at and we will direct your question to the Auxiliary person in charge of the event.

We hope to see you there!!!

Friday, June 5, 2015 
After 6 months, 200+ hours of classroom training and about 100 hours of clinical time in the emergency room and on an ambulance, QFD Firefighter Sarah Jones graduated from Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class.

Sarah started this journey in the first week of January, and finished this week, going to class every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 pm to 10 pm and also on some Saturdays. Sarah and 17 other classmates celebrated their 6 months of hard work at the Pennsylvania College of Health Services in Lancaster (where all of her classes were held).

QFD Past Chief's Rick Hall and Jim Herr attended the graduation ceremony to pass on the Fire Company members appreciation for the dedication and time put in to becoming an EMT.

Congratulations to Sarah, and thank you for you continued dedication to the betterment of the Fire Company and our community.

Now you have patient care !!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015 
Check out the flyer for the Farm and Family Safety Day being held at the Hoffman Community Building at the Solanco Fairgrounds on Saturday June 13th.  This safety day is being presented by Lancaster General Health.  The Quarryville Fire Company will be participating in this day, which focuses on farm and home safety for rural families.  See the flyer attached for contact information.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 
Just after 4:30 pm Thursday afternoon, QFD was dispatched to a chimney fire (yes, a chimney fire) at 46 Shady Lane in East Drumore Township. QFD FF Chad Graybill arrived first and reported smoke coming from the roof, and a heavy smoke condition inside. This upgraded the box to a dwelling assignment bringing Bart Township FC and Willow Street FC for RIT.

Engine 574 arrived and stretched a line to the interior where the crew found heavy smoke on the 3rd floor and extension into the house from the chimney. Truck 57's crew went inside to assist the engine, while the Chauffeur set the truck up, then proceeded to the roof with another firefighter to open the roof.

With the roof open and the interior crews opening up, the fire was contained and extinguished quickly. Crews worked to overhaul and make sure there was no further extension, took off the stove pipe and extinguished the fire in the stove/chimney.

Companies were in service for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Thanks to the mutual aid companies and to Union FC Engine 21-2 for standing by for us.

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