Monthly calls

Vehicle Fire in the Township

Monday, May 9, 2016   Just after 9 AM Monday morning the Pioneers were alerted for a vehicle fire on Ridge Ave in Ephrata Township.  Deputy 15 along with both Engine 15-2 and 15-1 responded and found a stake body truck with a load of straw on fire along with a small piece of machinery.  Crews contained the fire to the straw in the bed of the truck with little damage to the cab and bed.  Units remained on scene for about an hour breaking apart the straw to assure the fire was out.



Truck Co Assist to Rothsville for a Working Fire

Sunday, April 17, 2016 03:27 Just before 3:30 Sunday morning Truck 15 was alerted to assist Rothsville with a reported outbuilding fire on Shirley Ln in Warwick Twp.  Initial reports were of heavy smoke in the area, Chief 12 was first on the scene reporting a 50' x 100' building fully involved.  Truck 15 responded with a crew of 5 and initally staged the unit and assisted with supression efforts.  Later in the incident the truck was relocated to the rear of the building and setup for water flow and checking hot spots along the roof line.  The truck worked on scene for nearly 4 hours before being released by command. Engine 15-1 was also staffed in station to cover any additional calls in the area.

Thanks to Chris Haldeman of Makin' the Hit and Deputy Chief Hackman for the photos.



Fire in 2 Duplexes in the Borough

Thursday, March 24, 2016 22:27  Late Thursday evening the Pioneers along with mutual aid were alert for a house fire in the first block of S Maple St in the borough.  Initial reports from LCWC were of fire on the outside of the house, PD arrived on scene shortly after reporting heavy fire between 2 duplexes and spreading rapidly due to wind conditions.  Chief 15 and Deputy 16 arrived on scene confirming that report, with heavy fire showing from half of 2 separate duplexes.  Crews from Engine 15-1 and Truck 15 were first on the scene, with the engine crew deploying a line to the exposure building and a 2nd line to the charlie side.  The truck crew split and began searching the 6 units involved for possible occupants.

As the engine crew was moving to the 2nd floor of the exposure building crews faced rapidly changing fire conditions and the lineman had fire rollover him and had to bail out down the interior stairs.  He was assisted to the exterior by the engine crew and then clear of the building by crews from Rescue 13 (Denver) and 16 (Lincoln).  The FF was quickly transported to Wellspan-ECH by EMS from Ephrata Ambulance and ECH Medic 4-10.  He was treated and released with minor burns and we look forward to his return to service!  A second FF was treated on scene for heat exhaustion while assisting with removing the injured FF to the exterior.

Crews from multiple area fire companies continued to work on scene for almost 3 hours to bring the fire under control.  Units remained on scene till just after 3 AM checking for hot spots and assisting the PSP Fire Marshal and Ephrata PD with the investigation.  The cause of the fire was determined to be from a discarded cigarette on a porch between the 2 buildings.

The Pioneers were assisted on scene by crews from Lincoln, Akron, Reamstown, Denver, Rothsville, Lititz, West Earl, Farmersville, Stevens and the air unit from Reinholds.  Also assisting on scene was EMS from Ephrata, Rothsville, Reamstown and ECH Medic 4.  Engine 19-2 (Schoeneck) covered the borough from Co 16 and handled 1 call in our first due.  Thanks to all of our mutual aid department for the assistance.

Photos from Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography.

Link to the LNP article



Busy Weekend for the Pioneers

Friday, March 4, 2016   Just before 6 am the Pioneers along with Ephrata EMS were dispatched to Rt 222 north in the area of 322 for a reported vehicle accident.  Overnight snow left a light coating on roadways, causing several accidents in the area.  Eng 15-2 responded and assisted EMS and assisted with cleanup while fire police assisted with 2 other no injury accidents further northbound.  Crews cleared the scene a little over an hour after arriving.

Later Friday evening crews responded to a person struck on Fulton St and a medical assist on Akron Rd.  Sunday brought 2 back-to-back calls, a cardiac arrest on Lincoln Ave and a vehicle accident on E Main St.

Members also kept busy with training, 8 members attended an in-house rope training working on rope off the Tower Ladder.  3 members also attended a smoke reading course Saturday and Sunday at the county training center.



Record Winter Storm Hits the Ephrata Area

Monday, January 25, 2016  Early Friday evening Winter Storm Jonas moved into the area and immediately started accumulating snow throughout the Lancaster County area.  Our volunteers began staffing the station at 4 pm Friday and continued until around 4 pm Sunday.  In total 17 members staffed the firehouse assuring the engine, truck and 6x6 ranger were staffed at all times.  Crews responded to a total of 9 calls in just over 48 hours ranging from medical assists to gain access on unplowed roads to furnace malfunctions and odor investigations during the height of the snow.  Our volunteers also worked on clearing several fire hydrants and checking on residents in the Ephrata area.  We'd like to thank our dedicated volunteers for their service this weekend, their families for allowing them to spend time away from home, and the community for your support during the storm!



A Brief Look Back at 2015

Friday, January 1, 2016  With 2015 ending the Pioneers wrapped up one of our busiest years in the history of the department.  We'd like to thank our volunteers for there thousands of hours committed to training, fundraising and responding to calls for this year.  We’d also like to thank the community for your support in 2015 and look forward to working with you again in 2016!  Here’s a brief look at what the Pioneers responded to in 2015. 
Total Calls Dispatched – 392
Structure Fires Reported – 52
                5 First Due Working Fires
                4 Mutual Aid Working Fires
Brush/Trash/Unknown Fires – 22
Vehicle Fires – 16 reported
                 6 Working Vehicle Fires
Alarms – 83
                63 Automatic Fire Alarms
                15 Smoke Alarm Sounding Reports
                5 Carbon Monoxide Incidents
Odor/Smoke Investigations – 40
Vehicle Accidents w/Injuries – 27
Vehicle Accident Reported w/Entrapment – 18
                5 First Due Pins
                3 Mutual Aid Pins
Vehicle Accident w/o Injuries (Spill Control) – 20
Medical Calls – 59
                Cardiac Arrests – 35
                Assist EMS – 17
                Person Struck – 7
Public Service Calls - 20
Utility/Wires Down - 11
Water Rescues - 5
We hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!!! 



First Due Apartment Fire with Rescue Made

Thursday, December 31, 2015 23:43 In the late hours of New Years Eve the Pioneers were alerted to an apartment building fire in the 600 block of E Main St in Ephrata Borough. The hard work and devotion to training was demonstrated with the utmost professionalism. The department is saddened that the residents need to endure this tragic event on the holiday. However, because of the quick actions of the firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical crews the fire was quickly extinguished preventing further damage to the building. Ephrata Pioneer members along with everyone on the scene hope for the best to the one individual that was pulled unconscious from the building. The Pioneers were assisted by fire companies from Lincoln, Akron, Reamstown, Denver, Rothsville, Lititz and Air 18 (Reinholds). EMS from Ephrata and Rothsville Ambulance were also on scene along with ECH Medic 4-10. Thanks to Eng 29-1 (West Earl) for covering our area while we were on the call. All photos courtesy of Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography.

Any further updates or requests for information should be directed to the Ephrata Police Department.



Spill Cleanup on Hill St

Thursday, December 24, 2015 14:29  The Pioneers were dispatched early afternoon on Christmas Eve for a reported spill control on Hill St to the rear of the Hampton Inn and Applebees.  Reports were of a slippery substance cover both the hill and extending into the Hampton Inn parking lot.  Eng 15-2 and Squad 15-1 responded just after dispatch and began initial cleanup.  Later in the incident the Haz-Mat duty officer was contacted to respond due to the size and unknown substance.  Eng 15-1 also responded later with additional manpower.  Co 15 remained on scene for several hours and was assisted by Squad 2-2 (Lancaster Co Haz-Mat) and Ephrata Borough Public works.

While out on this call E15-1 and S15-1 also responded to a report of a smoke detector sounding at the Ephrata Pool.  Crew found a faulty smoke detector after gaining access to the concession stand and cleared shortly after



Santa Visits the Streets of Ephrata

Saturday, December 19, 2015   Both Saturday December 12th & 19th the Pioneers were lucky enough to get to escort Mr. & Mrs. Clause around the streets of Ephrata.  For the last several years the Pioneers, along with most other local fire companies,  have been chosen by the Clause's to take them around to see the children in the Ephrata area.  Thanks to the community for coming out and seeing us and thanks to our members who gave up 2 Saturday mornings just before Christmas to help out!

On the 19th while we were out with Santa several members also participated in an in house rope rescue training.  Crews were introduced to some new equipment and trained on basic set-up of rope systems.  Thanks again for taking the time out during a busy time of year for training!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company!!



Brush Fire in the Township

Monday, November 9, 2015 13:18  Early Monday afternoon just after clearing a medical call on W Locust St the Pioneers were alerted for a reported brush fire in township off E Main St.  LCWC advised of a controlled burn that was extending into the woods near a residence.  Engine 15-1 was on the street in under 3 min and arrived finding a large burn pile with several spot fires through the woods.  Engine 12-1 (Akron) and Tanker 3 (Martindale) were added to the assignment to assist.  Crews worked for almost 2 hours extinguishing the woods fire and the burn pile, thanks to Co 12 and 3 for the assistance!

This was the 4th call of the day, earlier handling a vehicle accident on N Reading Rd, a CO investigation on Lincoln Ave and the previously mentioned medical assist.  The Pioneers have already had 15 calls this month and with almost 2 months left in the year are poised to have our busiest year ever for calls.  Thanks to all the volunteers for their countless hours of support not only with responding to calls, but the various trainings, fundraisers and regular daily duties around the firehouse!



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