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Busy August Comes to an End

Friday, September 1, 2017  August finished up as one of the busiest months in recent memory for the Pioneers.  In total the company was dispatched 47 times.  In addition to that members completed over 100 hours of both company level and outside trainings along with other fundraising.  We responded to a total of 8 structure fire dispatched, 2 of which were working fires and 1 working vehicle fire.

Thanks to our volunteers for their countless hours of service to the community!



New Engine 15 Ordered!

Thursday, June 1, 2017   The Pioneers are proud to announce the newest addition to the fleet has been ordered and is expected late winter/early spring 2018.  The new Engine 15 will be a 2018 Pierce Enforcer ordered through Curt Woerth of Glick Fire Equipment.  The new engine will have a short body and short wheelbase to maneuver through the tight streets and alleys of the borough but also still has 750 gallons of water for our non-hydranted areas of the township.  The engine will also have a 2,000 GPM pump and a wide variety of handlines from the low hose bed.

The Pioneers would like to thank Glick Fire Equipment, Curt Woerth and the 7 members of the engine committee for all the hard work over the last year to get to where we are now! 



2 Vehicle Accident on Rt 222 N

Monday, May 22, 2017 11:26  Just before noon units from Company 15 along with Engine 12-1 (Akron) and EMS were dispatched for a vehicle accident reported with fire on Rt 222 northbound just north of E Main St.  Chief 15 (Kiefer) arrived finding a vehicle with 1 patient confined and another vehicle on it's side and requested Rescue 16 (Lincoln) to the scene.  Units from all 3 companies worked to remove the patient from the vehicle to the waiting ambulance.  Crews remained on scene to assist with traffic control until all vehicles were removed from the roadway, Traffic 29 (West Earl) assisted with shutting down both lanes of 222 NB at E Main St.



Chicken BBQ May 20th

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00  Be sure to stop out at our next chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 20th.  Chicken will be sold to the rear of the firehouse at 135 S. State St starting at 10 AM till sold out for $5 a half.  Stop out and support your local volunteers!



1st Due Barn Fire Goes 2 Alarms

Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:12  Just after 10 AM Saturday morning Company 15 along with mutual aid were alerted for a barn fire in the 100 block of Valley View Rd in Ephrata Township.  Multiple calls were reporting of a pig barn on fire in the area.  Deputy 15 (K. Hackman) arrived on scene shortly after finding a 50' x 200' barn with heavy fire and smoke showing and immediately requested the 2nd alarm be dispatched.  Tankers 3 (Martindale) and 17-3 (Stevens) arrived and began fire attack as Eng 15-1 laid a supply line back the lane.  Truck 17 (Reamstown) setup on the A/B corner and began master stream operations.  Units from 18 different area departments responded along with 11 tankers due to no hydrants in the areas.  Crews worked for 3 hours to bring the fire under control, the structure was a total loss with some contents being saved.  The cause was determined to be accidental and no injuries to were reported during the incident.  Thanks to all the departments that assisted and to Eng 14-1 (Durlach-Mt Airy) for covering our first due while we were out.

Photos from the Reamstown Fire Co Facebook page.



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.



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