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Thursday, April 16, 2015 
Around 5pm the first alarm box was struck for a house fire on Martin Ln. in the southern end of Strasburg Twp. sending units from 5 (Strasburg), 47 (Paradise), 54 (Lampeter), 48 (Ronks), 59 (Refton) and Tower 63. The smoke column was visible from our station. Due to Co. 5 already being on the street returning from a brush fire, Engine 5-1 was first arriving and reported fire showing from all 4 sides of the house. Tower 63 was the first arriving Truck. The Tower made it's way down the small street and the crew was assigned to throw ladders and assist with opening up. The home was constructed entirely of wood which resulted in numerous hidden pockets of fire after the bulk of the visible fire was knocked down. Tower crews and the crew from E633 were then put to work inside the home opening up walls and ceilings. The 63 units remained on the scene for 2 hours before being released. Chief 63 (Hershey) served as the Operations Officer.

FF Soccoa and FF Phillips
   FF Soccoa and FF Phillips
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 
Around 5:30pm today the first alarm was struck for a fire in the Rodeway Inn in the 2300 block of Lincoln Highway E. in the hotel district sending units from 63, 62 (Witmer), 41 (Bird in Hand), 48 (Ronks), 20 (Manheim Twp.) and 5 (Strasburg) as well as EMS. Chief 63 was advised on response of several 911 calls coming in. Chief 67 (Dommel) was in the area and arrived reporting a working fire. The Working Fire DIspatch was then requested.  Engine 411 and 633 arrived simultaneously with 411 hitting the hydrant while 633 took the B side and advanced handlines. E204 picked up 411's line at the plug. Additional lines were also advanced off of E622 to the second floor. Crews from Rescue 48 conducted the primary search which proved negative. With the potential for fire spread to the second floor and cockloft a 2nd alarm was requested. The fire was knocked down quickly and it was determined that the building was constructed of concrete which held the fire to the room of origin with no possibility for extension prompting a majority of the 2nd alarm companies to be quickly released. Units from 63 and 62 remained on scene for several hours overhauling and assisting investigators. Thanks to Co. 43 (Gordonville) for covering our station:


1st Alarm:

E633, E622, E411, E204, Truck 63, Truck 5, Rescue 48

WFD (Working Fire Dispatch)

E643 (RIT), Rescue 50 (RIT), Squad 631, Squad 621

2nd Alarm:

E621, E482, E542, Rescue 5, Rescue 47, Rescue 61, Air 48, Truck 31, Truck 39, Truck 50, Truck 66 (RIT)


Tanker 41, Squad 411, Squad 412,

Quarterly Township Drill
Monday, March 30, 2015 
This evening the 4 township fire companies met at Station 62 in Downtown Witmer to participate in Vehicle Rescue Training. The drill began with all personnel reviewing all of the rescue equipment carried on each rig. Crews than split up between 5 vehicles and began to practice extrication skills. This type of drill in beneficial because between our Engine 1, Witmer's Engine 1, Engine 482, Squad 481 and Rescue 48 there is a vast array of portable and hydraulic rescue tools that can be used in any type of situation. As the use of automatic and mutual aid becomes more popular in the area any one of our firefighters could be needed to operate any of this equipment during an incident. Thanks to Co. 62 for hosting this drill

FF Long using the Hurst cutter from 63
   FF Long using the Hurst cutter from 63
Engine 482's tool staging area
   Engine 482's tool staging area
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.

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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

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