2017 was another exciting year for the members of the QFD. The total numbers have been compiled and the final report is here.
During 2017, QFD responded to 430 emergency incidents and had members in service for 5,671 man-hours. We averaged 17 members per call and 31 members per call for “working structure fires”, of which we responded to and operated on 24. We had just under $646,500.00 of property endangered and saved $334,000.00 worth. QFD apparatus had 739 combined responses, with the top driver being Kevin Singles. Fires (building, brush, vehicles trash etc) accounted for 30% of our runs with vehicle accidents, rescue calls etc accounting for 25%. The remainder was hazardous conditions, service calls, fire alarms, medical assists, traffic control calls etc. Luckily this year, we had no major injuries to our members and no fatal fires or serious injuries to anyone in our community from fire.
The members also spent 2,320 man-hours training. We had several members complete their “mods” classes and we hosted a myriad of different training classes. This was the first full year of training since the inception of the Southern End Training Group, which consists of Quarryville, Rawlinsville, Robert Fulton, Bart Twp. and Refton Fire Companies. This group was formed to aid all companies involved in receiving training, combining classes, working together and saving money. Two other companies are also joining this group soon.
The last few years, we have been utilizing the PA State reporting program, Emergency Reporting to track our events and personnel, so know we can keep track of everything in one program. The numbers that we have seen are impressive. During 2017, the Company spent 17 hours in Company meetings, 41 hours in apparatus maintenance, 50 hours in other meetings (board, line officer, building committee, training etc), 72 hours in station maintenance, 75 hours in fire safety, 58 hours fund raising and another 50 hours doing miscellaneous work details etc. The Special Division committed 56 hours to projects also, such as coordinating the Santa Night, Halloween Parade and responding to calls with food and drinks. These are straight hours worked, not man hours. This accounts for about 420 hours in service (or about 17 weeks worth), not counting fire calls and training.
During the year, we completed the building project and a large assortment of other projects to make the station more user friendly, more energy efficient, more comfortable and make it last for many generations to come. A huge thank you goes out to the building committee and the entire company membership for leading and getting this project accomplished.
As you can see, your local fire company is very active and we are always looking for more people to help provide the professional fire and rescue services that the community depends on. Stop by the station, check it out and give some thought on becoming one of our family. You will not regret it.
Thank you to every person who helps to make the Quarryville Fire Company what it is today, what is has been in the past and what it will continue to be in the future.