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FAST Board Training with Company 16

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1900  This past Tuesday the Engine and Truck traveled to the west side of town to train with Co 16 (Lincoln) on our new donated FAST boards.  Members were introduced to the many functions of the board which is primarily used for firefighter rescue, but has many other uses.  Members from both companies worked together to removed a downed firefighter from a basement and also demonstrated the use of the board for high-angle rescue.

Both boards were made possible by generous donations from local businesses and by Operation FAST, a local group that has donated several boards to Lancaster County departments.  Check out the link if you are interested in donating or learning more!

While out on training the engine company handled a medical call on Westpointe Dr, units were cancelled by EMS and PD on scene.



Apartment Fire on Cloister Ave in the Borough

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 01:54  Just before 2 am the Pioneers along with mutual aid departments were alerted for a apartment building fire on Cloister Ave in the borough.  Responding units were advised of multiple calls reporting a smoke condition in the hallways.  Deputy 16 arrived finding a working fire on the 2nd floor and the working fire dispatch was requested.  The crew from Engine 15-1 made a quick knock on the fire with the crew from Rescue 16 and Truck 15 searching the 12 apartments on the floor.  Crews from several departments worked for 2 hours checking for hot spots and ventilating the structure.

Thanks to 3rd Alarm Photography for the photos.



Dumpster Fire on Primrose Ln

Saturday, February 11, 2017 00:40  Just after midnight Friday night the company was dispatched for a reported dumpster fire on Primrose Ln in Ephrata Township.  Assistant 15 (S. Kintzler) responded and was advised of multiple calls reporting a dumpster on fire.  Asst 15 arrived finding a fully involved dumpster beginning to catch a nearby mobile home on fire.  The assignment was upgraded bringing mutual aid from Company 12 (Akron) and Company 16 (Lincoln).  Engine 15-1 stretched 2 handlines and began to knock the dumpster fire and checked inside the residence for extension.  Finding no issue inside crews focused on the dumpster.  Crews working for several hours knocking the fire down and checking for hot spots.



New Year, New Chief

Saturday, December 31, 2016  As 2016 comes to a close and all of us write a new chapter in our lives, so does the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company. Chief Allen Pettyjohn has stepped down as Fire Chief in an effort to focus his time and energy in his new position as Sargent in Arms at Alpo's Boot Camp for Grandkids. Chief Pettyjohn has served the Ephrata Borough residents selflessly for a great many years, earning the privilege to be honored as a life member. Chief Pettyjohn served in many roles within the department both tactically and administratively. Chief Pettyjohn served as treasurer, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, and fire chief to name a few. It was within these roles that Chief Pettyjohn helped lead the department and provide the Ephrata residents with the professional fire and rescue services they have come to expect. Chief Pettyjohn made monumental strides in developing and implementing department standard operating guidelines, which outlines the overall operations of the department and helps every member understand their role within the department. Chief Pettyjohn also helped facilitate the development, training, and implementation of the Nationally recognized water rescue team. Chief Pettyjohn instituted a cultural change within the organization that focused on training and certifications. This training helped the department to respond to emergencies more efficiently and effectively. The encouragement that Chief Pettyjohn has placed on training and certification has increased the potential for the department to be awarded grant money to fund equipment for the department. The Borough residents can also see the effect training and certifications has on their homeowners insurance. The more well trained and equipped a department, than the better the score is on the Insurance Services Organization report. This score is reviewed by insurance companies when writing a policy and helps determine the price of insurance to the homeowner.

Chief Pettyjohn has influenced all the members of the department over his many years of service. He has filled many roles that included at times; father, principal, guidance counselor, friend, mentor, disciplinarian, and role model, but his most important role may have been the most often over looked role. The role of the teacher of your successor. Chief Pettyjohn helped guide, coach, train, and mentor his replacement, Chief Mike Kiefer. There is no doubt Chief Kiefer will continue to lead the department into greatness just as his predecessor have done for many, many years. Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company holds Chief Pettyjohn in the highest regard and wish him luck as he turns his passion, devotion, and leadership to his family and friends. Thank you Chief Pettyjohn for your service!



One Overturned in the Township

Thursday, December 29, 2016 13:32  Early in the afternoon the Pioneers along with EMS were alerted for a vehicle accident on Hahnstown Rd in Ephrata Township.  Deputy 15 along with Engine 15-2 responded and found one vehicle on its roof with the driver out of the vehicle.  The driver was checked by EMS and had no injuries and no further fire services were needed.  Fire Police remained on scene to assist PD with traffic control.



Truck and Engine Assist Company 16 on an Apartment Fire

Monday, December 26, 2016 18:54  Monday evening the full company was alerted to assist Lincoln on a reported apartment fire in the Cloister Gardens complex in the borough.  Engine 15-1 and Truck 15 both responded, units from 16 found a working kitchen fire on the 2nd floor.  The truck crew assisted with checking for extension in the fire apartment and in the 3rd floor units while the engine crew stood by in the front yard.  Units from 15 were on scene for approximately 2 hours assisting with ventilation and cleanup.



Truck Company Assists Lincoln

Friday, December 23, 2016 00:17  Just after midnight the Pioneers were alerted to assist Company 16 (Lincoln) with a house fire on Blackberry Dr in Clay Twp.  Chief officers from 16 were already on scene of an investigation and found a smoke condition inside the structure.  Truck 15 responded and assisted with searching for the cause of the smoke as well as laddering all sides of the residence.  The cause was traced back to a faulty HVAC unit and the truck company cleared after about 2 hours on scene.



House Fire in the Township Ruled Arson

Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:33  Just after 10:30 Thursday morning the Pioneers along with mutual aid departments were dispatched for a residential structure fire on Summerlyn Dr in Ephrata Township.  Units from Ephrata along with Co 16 (Lincoln), Co 17-1 (Reamstown) and Co 12 (Akron) were advised of a reported attached garage fire.  Crews from all companies worked for about 30 minutes to bring the incident under control.  After an investigation by the fire dept, Ephrata Police and the PA State Police Fire Marshal the fire was ruled arson and a suspect was taken into custody by EPD.  Any further statements or information can be found at the Ephrata Police Crimewatch page.

Thanks to Chief 12 (Akron) and Eng 24-2 (Rothsville) for handling an automatic alarm at Ephrata High School while we were out and Eng 29-1 (West Earl) for covering our first due.



Next Chicken BBQ on October 22nd

Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 AM  On Saturday October 22nd the Pioneers will be holding our next Chicken BBQ at the firehouse.  Chicken will be available for $5 a half starting at 10 AM until sold out to the rear of the firehouse, 135 S State St.  Come out and support your local volunteers!



Accident on Rt 272 in the Township

Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:35 Just before 11 am Sunday morning the Pioneers along with Rescue 16 (Lincoln) and EMS were dispatched for a vehicle accident reported with entrapment on N Reading Rd in the area on Church Ave.  Crews arrived on scene finding one driver not injured confined in his vehicle.  The crew from Rescue 16 performed a "door pop" to free the driver who was checked over by EMS.  Engine 15-1 and 15-2 assisted the rescue crew and cleaned up fluids that were spilled from the other vehicle involved.  Crews remained on scene for approximately 45 min before clearing and reopening the roadway.



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