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It's almost time!!!
Sunday, March 29, 2015 
Yes folks, it's that time of year again. Time for the:


Join us at the fire station for our world famous BBQ chicken and fixins. Half chickens and dinners will be sold beginning at 10am until we are sold pout so come out early and get yours!!

Friday, March 13, 2015 
Around 5:45 am this morning Co. 63 and EMS were sent to the area of the 2000 block of Lincoln Highway E. (US30) for a crash. During the response additional information was provided that the crash would be behind Witmer's Garage on Hobson Rd. Chief 63 arrived and reported a single vehicle crash at the dead end of Hobson Rd. with a female driver entrapped in the car and impaled by the main structural member of a boat trailer. The steel tubular boat trailer had penetrated the engine compartment passing through the fire wall, through the driver's abdomen, and through the seat. The Chief requested a full rescue box sending units from 62 (Witmer) and 48 (Ronks). Deputy 63 (Keens) arrived and assumed the command. Over the next hour, Fire, EMS and Police personnel worked feverishly but delicately to stabilize the vehicle and the trailer and extricate the driver.  Around 7am the driver was extricated from the car with a piece of the trailer still impaled and transported to a local trauma center. Crews remained on scene until around 7:30 cleaning up. Lafayette, Witmer, Ronks firefighters, Lancaster EMS personnel and East Lampeter Police officers all worked in excellent coordination to effect a positive outcome for this critical and very unusual incident.

WGAL Story
Lancaster Online Story
WGAL 8 - photo
   WGAL 8 - photo
WGAL Photo - Notice the boat trailer position
   WGAL Photo - Notice the boat trailer
Change Your Clocks Change Your Batteries
Saturday, March 7, 2015 
Tonight begins Daylight Savings Time. When you change your clocks ahead please also take a minute and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. It is a proven fact that smoke detectors save lives but ONLY if they are operating properly. So remember, CHANGE THOSE BATTERIES!!!

Do your smoke detectors work?
   Do your smoke detectors work?
Fire Hydrants
Saturday, March 7, 2015 
Spring may be just around the corner, but the snow is still here! Please help us out by shoveling a 3 foot radius clearing around your local fire hydrant. When seconds count this clearing can help our firefighters access a water supply alot faster. Thank you for your support in this matter!

2015 Fundraising Events:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 
Spring Chicken BBQ - Saturday, April 11th, 11am, Golf Tournament - Thursday, September 17th, Lancaster Host Golf Course, Fall Chicken BBQ - Saturday, September 19th, 11am. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you. Thank you for your continued support.

RIT Academy 101
Thursday, February 26, 2015 
Over the past week, Lafayette has graciously been given the use of the former Wonderland Cinema building for use for training before it is demolished next week. Beginning Saturday crews have been at the site every night sharpening their skills. Monday evening crews from Lafayette, Witmer and Bird in Hand worked on RIT evolutions and wall breaching. Wednesday Lafayette, Witmer and Ronks conducted firefighter survival drills and a RIT evolution with a firefighter who had "fallen" through the floor complete with the crews having to cut iron bars and a chain link fence. For the Survival evolution crews working in complete darkness had to breach walls and navigate through multiple obstacles to "evacuate" the building. Crews on the site have also been doing plenty of roof work practicing ventilation roof cuts. This evening crews from Lafayette and Lampeter are at the site. This is valuable training as Lafayette is a part of a Metro Lancaster area RIT group and Ronks provides first due RIT services to several jurisdictions. A huge THANK YOU to the staff of Dutch Wonderland for allowing us this valuable training!

Crews assemble outside of the building
   Crews assemble outside of the building
63 crew forces iron bars with a rotary saw
   63 crew forces iron bars with a rotary
Sunday, February 15, 2015 
Around 2:45pm today Tower 63 was sent as part of the first alarm to the 2300 block of Leaman Rd. for a mobile home fire. Deputy 54 (Lampeter) was first to arrive and reported a working fire. First arriving Engine 48-2 deployed several handlines with assistance from 54 personnel while truck crews from 63 and 5 opened up. Crews were able to make a stop on the fire despite the strong wind and frigid temperatures. Engine 633 responded on the second alarm and their crew was held in staging. Unit were on scene for about 2 hours

Conditions on arrival (Samantha Hershey photo)
   Conditions on arrival (Samantha Hershey
Samantha Hershey photo
   Samantha Hershey photo
2014 Operational Report
Sunday, February 1, 2015 
Chief Scott Hershey has released the Operational Report for 2014. Some highlights of the report are below:

For 2014 Lafayette had 540 Emergency calls.

368 calls in East Lampeter Twp.

108 calls in Lancaster Twp.

16 calls in West Lampeter Twp.

48 calls were Mutual Aid

There was $345,000.00 dollars worth of fire damage in our area in 2014

Firefighters saved $247.75 Million dollars worth of property

FIrefighters spent 3341.5 hours training in 2014

Unit Responses were as follows:

Engine 631 - 181

Engine 632 - 22

Engine 633 - 236

Tower 63 - 156

Squad 631 - 90

These numbers reflect actual responses made by each unit.

Top 5 Responders for 2014

Scott Hershey - 320

David Keens - 292

Bob Landis - 276

John Long - 264

Dylan Leed - 234

Volunteer Non-Emergency Hours - 1491

Total Hours in service 287.48

We thank everyone who participated and contributed to our fire company in 2014 and we look forward to serving you in 2015

2015 Chili Cookoff
Sunday, January 25, 2015 
This evening, a crew gathered and headed to the The Table Church for their annual chili cook off. The night included judging of the muliple chilis. We'd like to thank the Church for the invite and we were glad we could be part of another years cook off! The food was fantastic!

Thursday, January 8, 2015 
Just around 11pm Tower 63 was sent as part of the first alarm to Skyline Manufacturing on Horseshoe Rd. in Co. 61's (Upper Leacock) first due for a building fire. First arriving units were reporting a fully involved modular home inside the large structure. Tower 63 arrived and the crew was assigned to the D side to open up overhead doors and assist with ventilation. Additional resources were then requested sending E631 and E633 to the scene as well. On arrival the crew from E631 went to work on the B side forcing doors and ventilating overhead doors while E633's crew was assigned to locate and control the sprinkler system once the fire was knocked down. Crews remained on scene for several hours assisting with ventilation and overhaul. Thank you to Co. 54 (Lampeter) for covering our station while we were out.

Conditions on arrival - 3rd Alarm Photo
   Conditions on arrival - 3rd Alarm Photo
E631 crew (FF McLaughlin, AC Phillips and FF Church) open overhead doors - Frank Robinson Photo
   E631 crew (FF McLaughlin, AC Phillips
      and FF Church) open overhead doors -
      Frank Robinson Photo
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