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Certified Rescue Team

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company is proud to announce to the Ephrata Area residents and beyond that after a very long application process and preparation we have achieved a great milestone. Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company has become the second department in Lancaster County to receive the Pennsylvania Department of Health Volunteer Rescue Certification for Swift Water. The water rescue team members have worked very hard to achieve this goal, through many hours of training, skill demonstrations, equipment training and purchases, and application process. We are very proud to announce to our Community this achievement. The Ephrata residents and visitors should feel safe, secure, and proud to have such a highly skilled special service rescue team in their home town. Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company Water Rescue Teams, as well as the entire department stands ready, able and willing to serve the needs of this community. Congratulations Ephrata Water Rescue Team on a job well done!!



Busy Night for the Pioneers

Monday, August 4, 2014  The Pioneers handled 5 calls for service in just under 12 hours Monday night.  The night started just after 7 pm when E15-2 and EMS were dispatched to the parking lot of Walmart for a vehicle accident.  Crews arrived and found 1 vehicle into a pole, E2 assisted EMS and with cleanup.

The next call came in at 9 pm for an automatic fire alarm at the White Building downtown.  E15-1 and Truck 15 responded and found a detector set off by a cleaning agent.  As crews were clearing LCWC dispatched a vehicle accident on E Fulton St and also a EMS call on W Main St in Co 16's local.  E15-1 responded to the accident, and the Truck began to respond to the EMS call.  As Co 16 went responding the Truck redirected to the accident.  E1 arrived quickly at the accident finding 1 vehicle on its side after striking 2 parked vehicles.  As the E1 arrived PD on scene upgraded the accident to with entrapment bringing E15-2 and Co 16 to the scene.  Crews were able to assist the driver with self extricating through the windshield and cleared shortly after.

Our next call came just after midnight when Co 15 along with mutual aid were dispatched to N State St for a reported apartment fire.  E1 and Truck 15 arrived quickly finding heavy smoke and fire showing from the end of the roof.  E1 made an interior attack and made quick work of an exterior fire that spread to the attic area.  Crews remained on scene for several hours hitting hot spots and assisting the PSP Fire Marshal with his investigation.  Thanks to all our surrounding departments for their assistance!

Finally as crews were trying to get some rest from the night Co 15 was dispatched for an automatic alarm just after 7 am at Ephrata Manor.  Responding units found burnt toast that set off a smoke detector and units went available.

Thanks to Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography for the photos!



All You Can Eat Breakfast

Saturday, July 19, 2014   This Saturday July 19th the Pioneers will be hosting another All You Can Eat Breakfast to coincide with the Ephrata Merchants Association Open-Air Market downtown at Whistlestop Plaza.  Breakfast will be served in the banquet hall to the rear of the station, 135 South State St, from 7-11 am for $7 a person.  Come out for a good time and good food for a good cause!



Annual Fund Drive In Progress

Thursday, July 10, 2014  Just a reminder to the residents of the Ephrata Area our annual fund drive is underway.

Even though we are a 100% volunteer organization, our operating expenses continue to increase each year.  Much of our yearly income comes from the residents like yourself.  As a non-profit organization, we rely on each and every dollar we receive from you to help defray the costs of life-saving equipment, fire house expenses and apparatus maintenance. We know that we are in difficult economic times. That's why every year, we need your help more than ever!

Your yearly donation will greatly assist us in providing the prompt and professional service you expect and deserve from your local volunteer fire company. Please take a moment to send in your tax-deductible contribution today or donate via PayPal using the Donation link on the left side of the page.

We're always there for you when you need us! Please be there for us when we need you!



Happy 4th of July From the Pioneers!

Friday, July 4, 2014   The Pioneer Fire Company asks everyone to enjoy but be safe this coming 4th of July. Please keep the following safety tips in mind:  

Grilling Safety

·         Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors

·         The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches

·         Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area

·         Never leave your grill unattended


To reinforce the danger of unauthorized fireworks, here are some statistics as to why you need to leave it to the professionals:

·         In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage

·         In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head

·         The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.

·         On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires


Once again have a safe and happy 4th of July!



Truck Company Assists Schoeneck on a Garage Fire

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 14:46  As storms were rolling through the northern part of the county Wednesday afternoon Truck 15 was dispatched as part of the first alarm assignment to assist Co 19 (Schoeneck) on a reported barn fire.  Initial reports were of a lightning strike and hay on fire inside a large pole building.  First arriving units found heavy smoke showing the building and began attacking the fire.  Truck 15 arrived shortly after and was assigned to roof operations for ventilation.  Crew were on scene for approximately 2 hours in the high heat and humidity.

Later that evening as more storms rolled through the Ephrata area Co 15 responded to 3 more calls, including 2 reports of wires down on N Maple St.  Engine 15-1 was also dispatched to assist Co 3 (Martindale) on a reported building fire.  A passerby reported smoke from a building along Rt 322.  Arriving units found no issue and were recalled by command.



First Due House Fire on N Church St

Friday, June 27, 2014 18:34  Just after 1800 hours the Pioneers along with mutual aid companies were dispatched for a report of a house fire on N Church St in the borough.  LCWC advised of the residents reporting heat and smoke on the second floor of the house.  Chief Officers arrived quickly reporting smoke from the eaves of the house.  Engine 15-1’s crew stretched a handline to the second floor and began to search for the fire with the crew from Truck 15.  Interior crews were met with heavy smoke and heat but quickly extinguished a fire in the bedroom.  As crew were making a knock on the fire mutual aid companies were providing ventilation and checking the adjacent residence for any smoke and extension.  A “working fire dispatch” was called for additional manpower due to high heat and humidity.  Crew remained on scene for several hours checking for hot spots and assisting the Fire Marshal with his investigation.  Thanks companies 16 (Lincoln), 12 (Akron), 13 (Denver), 17 (Reamstown), 24 (Rothsville), 25 (Lititz) and Air 18 (Reinholds) for your assistance on scene.  Also thanks to Co 35 (Farmersville) and 39 (Garden Spot Fire Rescue) for covering for us while we were out.

Thanks to Photo-5 Imagery for the photos of the call.



Recruitment Night

Wednesday, June 25, 2014  Have you always had a desire to ride in a fire engine? Have you always given selflessly of yourself for others? Want to help your community? Want to be a hero? If you have ever asked these questions of yourself or you are just curious about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter please join us Wednesday June 25th at 8:00pm for our recruitment night. Members will be present at Station 15 located 135 S. State St. to give a short presentation about the fire service in Ephrata, answer any questions you may have, and help you with the application process if you have what it takes to be a volunteer! Hope to see anyone interested in this challenging, but rewarded opportunity!



Co. 15 assists on 2nd Alarm Fire at McDonald's

Monday, June 2, 2014 03:11  Early Monday morning Truck 15 and Engine 15-1 were alerted to assist Lincoln (Co 16) on a reported building fire at the McDonald's on N Reading Rd.  Initial reports were smoke from the roof and a light smoke condition inside.  A heavy smoke condition from the roof and in the dining area was found on arrival of the Fire Dept.  Crews from Co 16 began an interior attack as the Truck crew began ventilation of the structure.  Engine 15-1 secured a secondary water supply and assisted with suppression operations.  As crews were arriving Command requested a 2nd alarm be dispatched bringing Engine 15-2 to the scene.  Interior crews found a fire in the dumpster area inside the building that was extending to the roof area.  At this point the cause is still under investigation and the restaurant will be closed for and extended period of time.  Crews from Co 15 remained on scene for approximately 2.5 hours.  Thanks to Co 17-3 (Stevens) for covering our area while we operated on the fire.

Photo Credit:  Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography



Every 15 Minutes

Thursday, May 22, 2014 1000 Every fifteen minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver in the US. This statistic is the basis for the national student education program called "Every15Minutes". On Thursday 5/22/2014 Station 15, 16, 12. 1. and Ephrata Police Department helped Ephrata Area School District perform the simulated vehicle crash in front of the Senior High School. Juniors and Seniors lined the sidewalks and "witnessed" a vehicle crash involving a drunk driver. This mock crash was designed to help the students understands the effects of drunk driving and the very serious consequences of this decision. The mock crash involved a simulated drunk driver, two injured students and one student that was killed as a result of the accident. Fire and rescue crews from Station 15 and 16 helped extricate one student from a vehicle that was trapped as a result of the crash, while EMS from Station 1 triaged, packaged, and treated the wounded. Additional fire crews from Station 12 assisted by setting up a landing zone for the emergency medical helicopter to land. Ephrata Borough Police investigated the accident and after a field sobriety test was conducted arrested the "drunk" student. Thanks to all that helped make this program a success.



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