Monthly calls

Chicken BBQ 10/18/14

 This Saturday the Pioneers are having a BBQ.  Starting at 10:00 we will have Chicken BBQ, halves $5 and meals $7, available at the station and at the open air market at the Whistle Stop Plaza hosted by the Ephrata Merchants Association, this month theme is "Get Your Gourd On".  While we do not have breakfast this month it is a good time for BBQ chicken.



Fair Week in Ephrata

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  The Ephrata Fair is officially upon us, starting Tuesday September 23rd and runs through Saturday the 27th.  Be sure to stop by the stand in front of the firehouse, we'll be selling t-shirts, patches, and drinks.  Also if you're interested in finding out how to volunteer, stop by the station and talk to the members.  Crews will be in station every night during the fair after 7 pm.  If first aid or medical assistance is needed please see the Ephrata Ambulance stand in the parking lot next to the Brossman Building.  

Please remember to allow extra time coming due to the road closures and watch out for the many pedestrians on the streets.  Additional roads will be closed Wednesday night due to the Ephrata Fair Parade, so please avoid the downtown area, unless you're coming to watch of course!



Multi-Alarm Fire at the Historic Green Dragon

Saturday, September 13, 2014 0437  Early Saturday morning the Pioneers along with mutual aid departments were alerted to a possible structure fire at Green Dragon.  LCWC advised responding units of multiple calls reporting fire through the roof in a centrally located building on the property.  Capt 15 arrived confirming that report and requested a "working fire dispatch" along with several additional tankers due to lack of hydrants in the area.  Engine 15-1 and 17-1 (Reamstown) arrived and stretched multiple attack lines and started protecting the multiple exposure buildings.  As a solid water supply was established crews switched to master stream operations with the 4 truck companies surrounding the fire building.  15 minutes into the incident command request a second alarm be dispatched as well as several additional tankers due to the large amount of water needed to extinguish the fire.  

Fire was contained to the large barn in the center of the property and several stands that were within 10' of the building.  Crews remained on scene for over 7 hours extinguishing hot spots and assisting with overhaul.  At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined but not suspicious in nature.  The Pioneers would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the many mutual aid departments that assisted as well as the canteen unit from Garden Spot Fire Rescue that came out to assist with food and drinks.  Also thanks to Engine 61-1 (Upper Leacock), Truck 31 (Bareville) and Tanker 44 (Intercourse) for covering our first due while we worked on the incident.

Thanks to Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography and Woody Woodward of Woody's Photography for the pictures, be sure to look them up on Facebook for more photos of the incident.



Training Day!

Monday, September 8, 2014  On Saturday September 6, 2014 members from Ephrata Pioneer, Akron, Lincoln and Farmersville fire departments jointly trained. Fire fighters trained all day with live fire on the proper deployment and technics when dealing with large commercial properties like hotels or apartment buildings. It was a very hot and humid day, but everyone worked hard and an excellent training was had by all.



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.



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