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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 
At 4:59 pm, Engine 574, Truck, Rescue and Tanker 57 responded to assist the Willow Street Fire Company (50) on a barn fire at 574 Pennsy Road in Providence Township.  Initial reports were a shed with old barn beams/wood inside on fire extending to another building.  Assistant 50 (Junior Rhineer) arrived with a 20' X 40' building fully involved.

57 units arrived and assisted in overhauling the structure to make sure all fire was out.  The fire was under comtrol in 20 minutes, with companies remaining on the scene for approximately 90 minutes mopping up.

Thanks to Tom Amico for the pictures, and to Bart Twp. Engine 511 for standing by for us.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 
Late in the afternoon Tuesday, QFD members and other municipal leaders and workers took part in the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Drill.  This drill takes place every two years, and tests the emergency plan, preparedness and readiness of the local, county, state and federal entities that take part in the exercise. 

Quarryville Fire Company is also the Quarryville Borough Emergency Management team and takes care of the drill for the Borough, along with assistance from the Borough staff and elected officials.  This year, the Borough, East Drumore Township, Colerain Township and Providence Township all went together and performed in the drill as one team.  We are in the process of creating a regional EMA.

During the drill, which began at 4 pm, the EMA staff had to show knowledge of the plan and execute all directives necessary.  Crews also had to perform "route alerting", which takes place in the event of a siren failure.  We had to constantly monitor the phones, radio, fax machine, email and a web based response program.  All this was done under the watchful eyes of officials and evaluators from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with two other contracted evaluators.

The drill went very well, and from comments from the evaluators, the "Solanco EMA" did very good.  Thanks to everyone who helped out, staffed the station, performed route alerting and helped the drill run smooth (and made sure all pizza and stromboli was eaten).

Some of the EMA staff completing tasks
   Some of the EMA staff completing tasks
Tim Ryan (r) going over the route alert plan with East Drumore Supervisor Brett Holzhauer.
   Tim Ryan (r) going over the route alert
      plan with East Drumore Supervisor Brett
Saturday, March 29, 2014 
The annual QFD Awards Banquet was held on Saturday evening, March 29th at the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge in Kirkwood.  The banquet is held each year as a thank you to all of the members and their families, and also to invited guests that help us out during the year.  We also honor those members who have achieved significant milestones in their firefighting career, and those that have gone above and beyond what is expected of them.

The following members received service awards for their years of service with the Company.

  • Chris Sharp - 5 years
  • Bill Platt - 5 years
  • Bill Bare - 10 years
  • Mike Carr - 15 years
  • Mike Ross - 15 years
  • Donnie Roop - 20 years - Donnie was also bestowed Life Membership in the QFD after his 20 years of very active and dedicated service.
  • Bill Wipprecht - 30 years
  • Levi King - 35 years
The following recieved training awards for the year 2013:

  • Aaron Stoltzfoos - 132 hours
  • Mike Swayne - 126 hours
  • Rob Benson - 125 hours
  • JC Woerth - 119 hours
  • Rick Hall - 116 hours - Rick was also presented the 2013 Training Award for his dedication to training and his mentoring of newer members, passing on his knowledge to the next generation. 
The Board of Directors presented the Junior / Probationary award to Brianna DiFilippo for her dedication to the company, her outgoing personality and attitude towards all things QFD.  Brianna has a natural leadership instinct and will go far in this organization, and wherever the future leads her.

Past President Hassinger presented the Presidents Award to Bill Platt for his assistance to the executive officers as Secretary of the Company.

Past Fire Chief Jamie Welk presented the Fire Chiefs Award to his father, Leroy Welk.  Leroy is a 35+ year Life Member of the Company, and has always been dedicated to the mission and goals of the department.  Both Leroy's sons, Jamie and Jeremy, have held, and continue to hold leadership positions in the Company.

Firefighter of the Year Awards were presented to Rick Hall and Jim Herr.  The Firiefighter of the Year is voted on by the membership by secret ballot in December.  These awards were presented by last years Firefighter of the Year Mike Swayne.

A great time was had by all in attendance (over 160), with food catered by Famous Dave's of Bel Air MD.

Thank you to everyone who helped our Company in any way over the last year.  Thanks to all of our dedicated members who continuously respond to incidents and train year round.  Thanks to our families who allow each of us to be dedicated to this great organization.  Thanks also goes to all of our community who continuously support us and allow us to remain a 100% Volunteer Fire Company staffed by Professionals.

Thanks to Bart Township FC and Christiana FC for covering for us so the members could have the evening off.

Fire Chief's Award, Leroy and Jamie Welk
   Fire Chief's Award, Leroy and Jamie Welk
Sunday, March 23, 2014 
Just before 10 am, Chester County 911 alerted Cochranville FC (27), Union FC (21) and Bart Township FC (51) for a house fire at 1401 Homeville Rd. in West Fallowfield Township.  On response of 27, a large column of smoke could be seen, with numerous calls to 911.  This prompted the request for the "working fire dispatch", which sent Gap FC Truck 42 and Truck 57 to the scene.  On response, we were advised we would be assuming the Rapid Intervention Company assignment on arrival.  Within a few minutes, Tanker 57 was also dispatched as part of the "tanker task force".

Truck 57 arrived and went to work immediately setting up RIT on side "D", as Gap set up RIT on side "B".  The crew took all the equipment to the scene, then began to throw ladders to all sides not already covered.  In all, the Truck crew emptied the ladder bed (16'X3, 28'X2 and the 35'), and also threw two ladders from 27's engine.  This was done while a continuous walk-around and size up was completed.  A MAYDAY was called by a firefighter on the second floor when his leg went through a burned out section and became wedged.  The crews immediately went into service, but the firefighter was freed by his crew quickly, cancelling the MAYDAY.

The Truck crew provided a proactive RIT, removing obstacles for those members operating and always monitoring conditions and firefighters working inside.  Once the fire was under control, the crew was sent to manpower staging, where they assisted the fire marshal's inside while they conducted their investigation into the cause of the fire. 

During this time, Tanker 57 supplied 3500 gallons of water in the water supply. 

QFD units operated 4 hours and 30 minutes on this run while maintaining several additional crews in town.

   Side "C" - Union FC Photo
   Side "C" - Union FC photo
Friday, March 21, 2014 
At 9:13 am, QFD was alerted for two engines and a tanker to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company (58) for a house fire at 41 Den Mar Drive in Martic Township.  Deputy 58 arrived on the scene with a bi-level with heavy fire showing.  58 units arrived and began an attack on the fire, which was in the second floor and attic, before being withdrawn for a short time until a continuous water supply arrived (Tanker 57).

Engine 574 arrived third, pulled past the residence and into a driveway next door.  The crew stretched a 3rd line to side "C", entered and checked the basement, controlled utilities and then proceeded to the second floor where they started pulling ceilings and walls.  Tanker 57 arrived as the first due tanker and set up a nurse operation to Engine 581, supplying them with water.  Rescue 57 arrived with the crew taking the Rapid Intervention assignment.  QFD members also threw ladders, tarped belongings in the second floor and assisted with overhaul. Crews remained on the scene for 3 hours.

Thanks to Union FC and Christiana FC for standing by in our station while we were out.

Thanks to Tom Amico and Dawn Ray for the pictures.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 
At 2:30 am, QFD, Bart Township (510 and Gap FC (42) responded to 209 Stony Hill Road in Eden Township for a house fire. Assistant 57 (T. Cox) arrived with fire showing from the "D" side of the cape cod style dwelling around the chimney. Engine 574 arrived with the line crew stretching a 200' 1 1/2" line to the interior finding fire coming from the wall into the main living area. Another two members threw two egress ladders for safety. The initial attack knocked down the fire quickly, and the crew from E574 and Truck 57 opened up, checked the basement, secured utilities, checked the second floor and began salvage. The Truck crew also threw several ladders and accessed the roof. Tanker 57 supplied water to Engine 574. Additional units arrived and assisted in opening up the exterior walls and checking for extension. Rescue 42 set up the Rapid Intervention Unit. The fire was placed under control at 3:12 am, with the companies operating for 2 hours on the scene. The occupants of the home were alerted by WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS. This allowed the residents to get out safely and kept damage to a minimum.

Monday, March 17, 2014 
At 11:41 am, Truck 57 was alerted to assist the Robert Fulton Fire Company (89) on a chimney fire at 22 Fairmount Road.  Units responded and were advised of a fire in the chimney.  Chief 89 (Tomlinson) arrived with smoke showing from a two-story house and fire through the wall near the chimney.  This upgraded the assignment bringing additional units, including Engine 574 and Tanker 57. 

Truck 57 arrived and was unable to make the driveway due to it being narrow and steep.  The crew took ladders and tools and went to work.  Crews made entry with the crew from Engine 89-1 finding heavy fire in the attic.  All interior crews began pulling ceilings and walls finding fire.  Engine 574 arrived and the crew stretched a third handline to the inside, extinguishing fire as they went.  Tanker 57 supplied water to Engine 574.

Members worked on opening up, fire suppression, overhaul and salvage.  The fire was placed under control in just over one hour, with companies remaining on the scene for another 1 1/2 hours before returning to station to clean up and wash hose, tools, scba and apparatus.

Thanks to Tanker 52-1 (Christiana FC) for standing by for us while we were out, and to Tim Crank for the pictures.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 
Saturday was another busy day for the QFD Volunteers.  Throughout the day, 20 members went in 3-4 person shifts to the Training Center to finish up the driving course section of our Emergency Vehicle Operations Class.  Instructors Josh Hummel and Diane Garber checked each member on the "cone course" that consisted of several different driving situations, such as diminishing clearance, backing, stopping within a prescribed distance, parallel parking etc.  Engine 574 was at the center all day, with the Squad and Engine 575 shuttling members to and from. 

During the day, the Company responded to five fire calls, including a fire alarm, an assist to Rawlinsville FC for a large pile of corn fodder bales on fire, two first due brush fires which burned about 2 acres of brush and a spill control.  WIth E4 and E5 at the training center, E2 and the Tanker at the Rawlinsville fire, Rescue 57 and Squad 57 responded on the brush fires.  The crews stretched 800' of handline and 400' of supply line during the two brush fires.

Thanks to Tanker 52-2 (Christiana) that stood by in our station, and responded on the first brush fire with us while our tanker was committed elsewhere. Thanks to Tom Amico for the photos.

Buck Road brush fire
   Buck Road brush fire
Buck Road
   Buck Road
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 
At 11:49 am, QFD was alerted to assist the Robert Fulton Fire Company (89) with a house fire at 117 Furches Road in Fulton Township.  Initial reports were a passerby spotted smoke coming from the house.  Chief 89 (Tomlinson) arrived with a large two-story house with smoke showing.

Engine 89-1 arrived and laid a supply line in the driveway, the crew advanced a handline into the structure and found high heat and heavy smoke conditions.  Truck 57 and Tanker 57 arrived, with the Truck going in the driveway and the Tanker hooking to Tanker 89 to supply them with water.  The exterior crew from Truck 57 started throwing ladders with the interior crew going inside. 

Shortly after entering the structure, a MAYDAY was transmitted by Truck 57's OIC (FF Jamie Welk) for a firefighter through the floor into the basement.  This was re-broadcast by another QFD firefighter and by LCWC.  At this time, all QFD members went into rescue mode and began searching for the downed firefighter(s).  The first firefighter was found quickly and a rescue plan was devised.  The crew of FF's Rick Hall, Hen Woerth, Isreal Stolzfus and Steven Roop called for an attic ladder that was lowered down into the hole in the floor in the kitchen and assisted the firefighter up and out.  They also operated a hoseline into the hole to protect the member and knock down the fire.  The second firefighter was located by FF's Jamie Welk and Jim Herr after finding the interior basement stairs and descending them.  That firefighter was quickly taken out of the structure.  A seconday search was completed by Union FC and QFD firefighters, making sure all were accounted for.  Crews then exited the structure, re-grouped and re-entered to finish up knocking down any remaining fire.

Crews worked together throughout the day to finish up extinguishing the fire, overhauling and investigating. 

Fortunatley, none of the firefighters were injured severely.

The crews operated on scene for 4 hours.  Thanks to Bart Township FC Engine 51-1 and Christiana Tanker 52-2 for standing by at our station, and handling a vehicle accident in Quarryville Borough for us.

On a side note, continuous and realistic training is one of the main contributing factors for allowing us to be able to assist the way we did today.  EVERYONE on the fireground and at LCWC did a great job.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 
Not only that you lose an hour of sleep, but it is time to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector(s) battery.  It is very important that each smoke and CO detector has a fresh battery installed at least twice a year to make sure that it is ready if there is ever a fire or CO emergency in your residence.

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