The Quarryville Fire Co. is located in Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The department is all volunteer. Quarryville Borough is a small rural town about 2 square miles with a population of about 2,500 residents. Our call numbers are 5-7, dispatch frequency is 33.90 MHz, and working frequency is 33.72 MHz. Membership consists of approximately 60 active members, 8 Probationary members,11 junior members and 30 lifetime members.

Besides the Borough the Fire Department proudly provides fire protection and service to Eden, Colerain, East Drumore, Providence, Little Britain, and Strasburg Townships, Some entirely others partially. Including the Borough total coverage area is approximately 98 square Miles, which is the largest coverage area in Lancaster County by a single company. The area consists mostly of rural farmland, as well as residential and light industrial territory. The fire department provides fire protection to 3 schools, 2 retirement facilities, as well as several note worthy businesses and homes that are constantly growing and expanding. Funding comes entirely from fund drives, Borough and Township donations and fund-raisers.

The Quarryville Fire Company has a long, rich history and tradition dating back to 1903 when the department was chartered, and takes the up most pride in the departments members, their training and qualifications, as well as the apparatus we house. The department currently has 2-Engines, 1-Truck, 1-Tanker, 1-Heavy Rescue, 1-Brush Truck, 1-Squad, and 1-Chiefs Vehicle. These units are all in service and are equipped for front line Fire/Rescue/Water Supply Service.

Friday, March 10, 2017 
Just after 3:30 pm, Engine 575 and Tanker 57 were dispatched to assist the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Companyon a woods fire on Old River Road off of Rt. 372 in Martic Township. 58 units arrived with a 1+ acre woods fire and several other items, including some chicken coops, hay and wood on fire. With the buildings being involved, the call was upgraded to include Engine 574, 572 and Truck 57. Engine 575 arrived and crews stretched 750' of 1" and 1 1/2" line off of it to work on the spreading woods fire. Tanker 57 supplied Engine 582. Engine 572 set up a draft to fill tankers at the Muddy Run boat launch. The remainder of the 57 units assisted with fire attack and overhaul. Crews were on the scene just over 90 minutes. Thanks to Bart Township Fire Company and Cochranville Fire Company for standing by. On the way home, the Company was sent to another brush fire in the 100 block of Eden Rd. in Eden Township. A road bank was on fire and quickly extinguished before it could spread to far. Thanks to Tom Amico for most of the photos.

Friday, March 3, 2017 
Just after 12:30 pm Thursday, Rescue 57 was alerted to assist the West Willow Fire Company on an apartment building fire on Utley Place in Pequea Township. On response, it was reported that the police department was on the scene with a working fire. Rescue 57 arrived, parked out of the way, and the crew was immediately sent to work in an attached exposure to cut-off fire spread. That crew stretched a line to the top floor and pulled the ceilings and walls to stop the extension while Truck 50 knocked down a large volume of fire with the ladder pipe. Other QFD members worked with Lampeter Fire Company No. 1 and West Willow Fire Company crews in the side "B" exposure end unit pulling ceilings to knock down fire in the attic space. Tanker 57 responded on the 2nd alarm and staged in the water supply area, but dumped no water due to sufficient flow from the fire hydrants. QFD members worked 2 hours on this incident. Thanks to Union Fire Company for transferring to our station, and to Don Shenk for the photos from New Danville Fire Co. This was call #100 for the year for QFD members.

Friday, February 24, 2017 
This week saw a lot of work being completed on the station project. The block and brick work is finished and the siding is 95% complete. The heating system and duct work is almost finished also. The door overhangs have begun and the lighting systems are being installed. Paint continues on the walls and doors in the new 2016 section. We are very happy with how well the new brick was matched to the 1932 brick. You almost can't tell the difference, even though they are 85 years of age different.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 
More work on the station completed this week, including additional brick work, the installation of the cornerstone and wall plaque, new doors and glass, more painting, installation of the heating system and duct work, siding, more electrical work and the roof over the rear doors. Every day more things are being started or are closer to completion.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 
Since we seem to have spring weather instead of winter, the construction crews have been able to get a lot of things done to the building. Siding is going on, painting is getting done, bricks are being put up and electrical and plumbing is still being put in. Everything is coming along very well and it is great to see more done every day.

Monday, February 6, 2017 
QFD would like to congratulate FF Steve Merced and wife Melissa on the birth of their first child today. Everyone is doing fine, and we welcome this new addition to the QFD family.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 
QFD Volunteers responded to several calls, and two working fires over the weekend. The first fire was dispatched just before 5 pm on Saturday to assist the Union Fire Company at a working building fire in the 400 block of Market St. in Oxford Borough. Truck and Rescue 57 responded with the crews operating on the roof, inside, and as the Rapid Intervention Company. Rescue 57 was again sent to the same building just after 9:15 pm to assist with an additional fire. On Sunday evening, just after the last score of Super Bowl 51, Engine 574, 572 and Tanker 57 responded to a shed fire in the 1600 block of Spruce Grove Road in Little Britain Township assisting Robert Fulton FC. Crews arrived behind Engine 89-1, who's crew was knocking the fire down. The Engine crews checked for extension in the dwelling and the Tanker assisted with water supply.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 
At 4:31 am, Truck 57 was dispatched to assist the Airville Fire Company at 32 West Telegraph Road in Lower Chanceford Township for a barn fire. First responding Airville units reported heavy fire showing when pulling out of their station, and arrived to a well involved welding shop. Truck 57 arrived and set up and began to use the ladder pipe to knock down a large majority of fire. Tanker 57 was added on the second alarm and assisted in the water supply, hauling 4 loads of water to the scene. QFD units remained on the scene for several hours flowing water and pulling tin to assist in overhauling. Units were in service for just under 5 hours. Thanks to Tim Crank and several others for the photos.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 
At 11:20 pm, Engine 574, 572 and Tanker 57 were dispatched to assist the Robert Fulton Fire Company on a barn fire at 276 Scott Road in Little Britain Township. Chief 89 responded and was advised that the caller was reporting a 50'X500" chicken house with a fire inside.

Chief 89 arrived with light smoke showing. Engine 89-1 laid about 500' of 5" supply line in and stretched a line to the inside finding fire in the shaving on the floor. Engine 574's crew began searching for additional fire, finding extension into the walls and ceiling. Another line was stretched and the fire extinguished quickly.

Engine 572 set up a draft for water supply and Tanker 57 assisted in the tanker shuttle. Rescue 57 was dispatched later, and the crew assisted with overhaul.

In all, several hundred square feet of shavings on the floor and about 10' wide of walls and ceiling across the entire house. Unfortunately, several thousand turkey chicks perished from the heavy smoke.

QFD units operated for just over 2 hours, with another hour of cleanup. Thanks to Tom Amico for the photos, and Willow Street Engine 501 for standing by.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 
Just after 4:30 pm Thursday, the station received a call of a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm activation on Springville Road in Eden Township. The caller was advised to call 911 to report the emergency.

On arrival, the crew from Rescue 57 began checking the residence and found levels of CO over 600 ppm. This is a very high and very dangerous situation. Fortunately, the occupants were not at home during the day and called for assistance when they returned home to find a working CO alarm sounding. The crew traced the problem to a coal stove that was probably not getting enough draft up the chimney.

Earlier in the year, wood was being used for heat, and apparently clogged the chimney, thus when the switch was made to coal, the CO and other "products of combustion" could not go up the flue. You can see in the photos how the stove pipe was completely blocked and the chimney had a very large build up of creosote.

This is a good reminder that if you heat with wood, make sure you clean your chimney and burn only dry, well seasoned wood. And, if you heat with wood, coal, natural gas, fuel oil or propane, have a working CO alarm. CO is colorless, odorless and tasteless, so the only way to know if you have it is to have a CO detector. And, if it ever activates, do not hesitate to call 911. Immediately leave the building and call 911 once outside. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Here is a link for some more information on the dangers of carbon monoxide.

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