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.

Monday, May 25, 2015 
The Quarryville Fire Company would like to remind everyone to take a moment on this Memorial Day to remember those in the United States Armed Forces who have died in the service to their Country.

Many, many men and women from the Solanco Community have answered the call to serve their Country, including many QFD members.

One veteran that stands out in our community is US Army Staff Sgt. Keith A. Bennett, who was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on December 11, 2005, almost 10 years ago. Keith was a friend of several QFD members throughout his school years.

This is just one example of thousands of men and women who have fought and died for our Country. Please remember them today.…/1412455

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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 
At 11:07 am, Tanker 57 was alerted on the the first alarm assignment assisting the Rawlinsville Fire Company on a house fire at 341 Snyder Hollow Road in Providence Township. Deputy Chief Fuhrman (58) arrived on the scene with a ranch style house with heavy fire throughout.

Tanker 57 arrived with Tanker 58 and immediately set up the water supply to Engine 581. Engine 574, 572 and Rescue 57 were added to the box, with E4 and the Rescue arriving shortly after other 1st alarm companies. Crews went to work on hand lines and opening up until a water supply was established to Truck 50 which was used to knock down the bulk of the fire. Rescue 57's crew established the initial RIT.

Engine 572 was directed to set up a fill site at QFD Water Supply Site #42 (Hollow Road at Schoolhouse Road). Once the fire was knocked down, crews entered to continue extinguishment. During this time, QFD FF's located two cats and removed them to EMS who applied oxygen using our "pet rescue kit". Both cats survived, however a dog perished.

Crews worked together with multiple mutual aid companies until 3:30 pm until cleared. Members then spent another 45 minutes cleaning equipment and scba.

Thanks to Bart Township FC Engine 511 for the stand by, and Lancaster Online Staff Casey Kreider for the pictures.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 
The QFD Training Committee is always lookng for new, innovative and creative ways to bring training to the members of the Company. Tonight, we teamed with Null's Towing in Cochranville to simulate a multiple vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer. This type of accident can happen (and does happen) fairly frequently in Lancaster County. We also invited Refton Community Fire Company to go along and train with us.

When we got to Null's, we were "dispatched" to the scene... and from there, we ran it like a real rescue job. The officers made their commands and radio calls and the firefighters worked to free "occupants" from 3 passenger cars, one of which was under the trailer that was loaded with a concrete beam. Crews worked together using multiple hydraulic, electric and manual rescue tools to cut and pry apart the vehicles. Null's was then brought in to lift the trailer and pull the pickup truck out with their large wrecker, simulating a true emergency.

Once the lift evolurion was done and the scene secure, crews continued to cut apart the cars and do several "outside of the box" drills. The members then got together to go over what was done and what we learned and what we can practice to do better.

This was a very realistic training, and taxed the firefighters working not only physically, but mentally in trying to figure out several different rescue solutions.

Our sincere thanks goes out to Null's Towing, who have always been huge supporters of the local fire service. Thanks also to Refton 59 for going along and training with us. Last but not least, thanks goes out to West Grove FIre Company and Christiana Fire Company for standing by for us so we could train.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 
At 2:36 pm, Engine's 574, 572, Truck and Tanker 57 were dispatched to assist the Union Fire Company (Chester County Station 21) on a mushroom house fire at 220 Lower Hopewell Road in Lower Oxford Township (21-11 Box). Command 21 reported a 100' X 40' mushroom house fully involved. 

Truck 57 was the truck company for the fire due to Ladder 21 being out of service. The Truck set up and flowed the master stream for several hours extinguishing the fire in the roof area, where the bulk of the fire was. Tanker 57 assisted in the water supply, and Engine 574 set up a draft and filled tankers. 

Crews worked together through the hot, humid spring day to bring the fire under control. QFD units remained on the scene for just over 4 hours. 

Thanks to Willow Street FC and Rawlinsville FC for standing by for us while we were out, and handling a person struck call in Quarryville Borough.

Friday, May 1, 2015 
At 1:00 PM on Friday, May 1st, QFD Volunteers went to the Solanco High School to participate in the annual "Prom Promise Mock Car Crash." Volunteers performed an extrication of 8 seniors acting as patients from 2 vehicles that had been "crashed" in a scenario that the driver of the SUV had been drinking after Prom, and struck a minivan with 4 passengers. This demonstration shows seniors every year the importance of safe driving. Seniors and those attending any proms or end of school year parties, please be careful and understand the danger involved. Do not drink and drive, or ride with anyone who has been drinking. This also includes distracted driving such as texting while driving.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 
As units were clearing the woods fire on Tuesday evening, LCWC dispatched the vehicle accident with entrapment at Friendly Drive and Rt. 272 in Drumore Township. This brought Bart Township Engine 511 from Station 58, Engine 572 returning from the woods fire, and Rescue 57 from Station 57. LCWC reported multiple vehicles and possibly 7 injuries. Engine 511 arrived with a two-vehicle accident and one person confined and began stabilization and extrication. Chief 571 (Jamie Welk) arrived and assumed "Buck Command". Engine 572 and Rescue 57 arrived and assisted in patient care and other scene stabilization. In all, 6 patients were cared for, along with several pigs, a peacock, some ducks and a box of chickens. Just another night in the Southern End.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 
Tuesday evening, multiple companies were assisting the Rawlinsville Fire Company on a woods fire at the dead end of Houserock Road in Martic Township. QFD Engine 575, 572 and Tanker 57 were added to the call at 5:53 pm. Engine 575 and 572's crew were assigned to assist West Willow's crew on the "East Flank" of the fire, where they stretched a 500' line and used all of E-5's hand tools to stop the fire and cut in a fire line. Tanker 57 assisted in the water supply, hauling several loads of water to the scene. Crews worked over 4 hours to bring this 3+ acre fire under control. Good work to all involved. Thanks to Tom Amico for a lot of the pictures.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 
On Saturday, several QFD members undertook the task of removing the 23 year old skid unit from Engine 575 and replacing it with the new one we recently received as part of our 2014 Office of the State Fire Commissioner's grant program.

Engine 575 and the skid unit were purchased new in 1992, and since then, have responded to and worked literally several hundred brush and woods fires all over Lancaster, Chester and York Counties. With 23 years of dependable service, it was time to replace the worn pump and tank and to upgrade to better serve the needs of the community and fire company.

The new skid unit was purchased from Heiman Fire Equipment and consists of a 220 gallon tank, high pressure pump powered by a 24 hp Honda engine, a hose reel, water tank gauge, work light and several other upgrades. When the project is completely finished, Engine 575 will have 500' of 1" pre-connects (2 - 250' each), 150' of 1" Reeltex on the reel, 150' of 1 1/2" line and 200' of 2" supply line. Luckily we had received the new unit when we did, as the old pump was broken on the Holtwood Road fire this past week.

Thanks to all of the members who took on this project and got it completed in about 6 hours on Saturday. We know this pump and tank will serve us well for many years to come.

The new skid unit
   The new skid unit
The old skid unit
   The old skid unit
Thursday, April 16, 2015 
At 2:52 pm, Engine 575, Tanker 57 and Engine 572 were requested to assist the Rawlinsville Fire Company on another large working woods fire in the 1400 block of Holtwood Road in Martic Township. The fire was spreading rapidly in a large wooded area. Engine 575 arrived and took a driveway up to the head of the fire and worked on getting lines in place to cut it off before spreading any further. Tanker 57 supplied Tanker 581, while Engine 572 went with E5 and supplied them. During the height of the fire, E5 and E2 had 4 attack lines (1300') and two supply lines (400') in service. Tanker 53 from Conestoga Fire Company supplied Engine 572. Crews worked for several hours to contain and extinguish the fire. The scene was turned over to the Forestry Service. Several acres had burned, along with some extension to structures etc. Thanks to Tom Amico for the photos, and to Cochranville Engine 27-5 and Paradise Brush 47 for standing by for us while we were out.

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