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Line of Duty Firefighter Death in the county
Friday, October 24, 2014 
The Lafayette Fire Company sends our condolences to the family of Christi Rodgers and the members of the Robert Fulton and Rawlinsville Fire Companies. Firefighter Rodgers lost her life in the line of duty this morning while responding to a house fire. News Article Below:

A pager woke up Christi Rodgers early Friday so she could go out and do what she has done for 10 years — help others as a volunteer firefighter.

She never got the chance.

Rodgers, 26, the mother of a 1-month-old baby, died Friday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest at her Fulton Township home.

She had difficulty breathing when she was awakened by an alert to respond to a house fire, said assistant chief Dan Appel of the Robert Fulton Fire Company, where Rodgers was a member.

Rodgers then went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Appel said.

It is not yet clear what caused her to go into cardiac arrest, Appel said.

Appel said Rodgers, a 2006 graduate of Penn Manor High School, dedicated her life to helping others.

Her husband, James Rodgers Jr., is also a firefighter with Robert Fulton.

She was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years, at Rawlinsville and Robert Fulton Fire companies.

Members of her former fire company, Rawlinsville, responded to the 911 call to her house to care for her as Robert Fulton Fire Company fought the fire.

"(She was) always very bubbly, very happy, loved her jobs, loved her new baby and loved being married," Appel said.

Outside of the firehouse where she also served as secretary, Rodgers worked for Caring Matters, a business providing in-home personal care to the elderly, young and physically challenged.

Judy Grillo, owner of Caring Matters Lancaster, called Rodgers "a wonderful person."

"She was extremely kind and very compassionate," Grillo said. "She had an excellent rapport with our customers."

Grillo said Rodgers started out as an in-home caregiver before working as a scheduler.

"She had a very kind and gentle way when talking to our consumers," Grillo said. "She was very well liked by everyone here in the office."

Appel said he and his wife were close with the Rodgers and her husband.

"Most of the time we just sat around and talked and joked with each other. She was like a sister," Appel said. "She always loved to carry on and give you a hard time in that sisterly way."

"She was loved by everybody."

Appel said his fondest memory of Rodgers is helping her during her wedding day.

"My wife and I were by her side all day long," Appel said. "She was always very appreciative for everything."

Appel said he was in command of the fire in Peach Bottom when he heard about Rodgers' death.

"I learned about it halfway through (the fire)," Appel said. "It made the incident on the fire a little harder knowing that one of our own was going through that."

Appel did not yet have any plans for how the fire company would honor Rodgers, but said a memorial will be planned.

About 50 firefighters responded to the fire at 394 Pilottown Road, near the Maryland border, around 4:53 a.m.

No one was in the house at the time of the fire, which caused $160,000 in damages.

Our condolences
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 
The members of Lafayette wish to send our thoughts and prayers to Firefighter Ethan Wickenheiser and his family on the loss of his father.

Engine 632 reaches a milestone
Saturday, October 11, 2014 
Back in 1978, Lafayette purchased their very first custom built pumper. The engine was produced by Mack Trucks of Allentown PA, serial #1205 on the fire-service exclusive and very popular Mack CF chassis. This engine was designated as Engine 6-3-2. Engine 6-3-2- entered service as the primary attack engine and was "first out" for every response until 1991 when the Spartan/Saulsbury was purchased. Engine 6-3-2 was a workhorse and most likely the hardest worked piece of equipment at Lafayette to date. The years had taken their toll. In 1991 Engine 6-3-2 was in bad shape. The body was rusted and falling apart, the cab had rust, the water tank leaked so the group decided to have the Mack refurbished. After the Spartan entered service, the Mack was stripped down and sent away to PA Fire Apparatus in Gettysburg PA where it received a new body, new tank, and a 4 door cab enclosure. The Mack returned a new engine in 1992 and assumed the role of 2nd out engine. In 1997 a change in our methods of operations sent Engine 2 back to the front-line as the primary structural fire response engine while the Spartan handled the rescue type calls. Engine 2 remained first out for fires until 2003 at which time it was the second oldest "first out" engine in Lancaster County. In 2003 a Pierce pumper was purchased and replaced Engine 2 in the first out role. Today Engine 2 is still in service after 36 years which breaks the record for the longest serving piece of equipment in Lafayette history formerly held by the 1951 Reo (35 years). Engine 63-2 as it is known now is considered the 3rd out engine but still sees plenty of action. In 2012 Engine 2 pumped for several hours at capacity at the Strasburg Bowling Alley fire supplying water to the scene and just this year was back in the first out position when Engine 3 was out of service for a month for mechanical issues. Engine 2 receives an annual NFPA pump test and passes every year, usually with less issues than its newer counterparts. The next chapter for Engine 2 is yet to be written. Engine 63-2 will continue to serve the community for many years to come!!

Engine 6-3-2 in its early years
   Engine 6-3-2 in its early years
Engine 63-2 as it appears today
   Engine 63-2 as it appears today
Fund Raisers and such.....
Sunday, September 21, 2014 
Over the past week, our entire all volunteer force has put in alot of time in order to hold 2 fundraising events as well as answer some 20 calls for the week. Thursday we held our golf outing and Saturday our chicken BBQ. Both events took several people hours and over 2 or 3 months of planning. Volunteer personnel worked both events, some taking a vacation day from their full time jobs to work the golf outing. The funds raised from these events go towards the general operating expenses for the fire company but come no where close to helping us fund some of our higher expenses like apparatus, gear, fuel and paying off our fire station mortgage. This is why we need our residents and businesses in our coverage area to help.

The Lafayette Fire Company receives financial assistance from East Lampeter and Lancaster Townships in the form of contributions but there is NOT a specific tax in place for our operations. The majority of our annual operating expenses come directly from DONATIONS from people like you!

Operating a fire company is not cheap!  Donations need to cover all purchases like:

Fire Gear - $2000 per set - we have over 40 firefighters and the gear is only good for 10 years

Fuel - It costs about $200 to fill up our ladder truck each time!

Insurance - We have a high risk job, our insurance reflects the risks we face every day

Apparatus Repairs - We spend thousands of dollars per year to keep our equipment operational and in good working order

Utilities - Yep, fire stations have to pay electric, water, sewer and gas bills too.

Training - Each training class our firefighters attend costs about $50 to $75 dollars, Advanced training could cost up to $500

Testing of equipment - Each year all of our hose ladders and fire pumps have to be tested to national standards. This costs about $6000

And this is just a sample of the financial requirements of the volunteer fire company. On top of all of this, all of our firefighters are volunteer. We respond day and night when summoned. Many times we leave our families during meals, or during the night from a sound sleep. Our chiefs and officers might as well have a second full time job because running a fire company is just like running a business. Countless hours are spent attending meetings, training, clerical work, record keeping and interactions with a host of issues in our community. Remember nobody gets paid here at Lafayette! 

So what can YOU do to help?

 - Watch for our annual fund drive in the mail and make a contribution.

 - Make a donation on this website using your paypal account

 - Become a part of our Capital Campaign which raises funds to pay for our new fire station and capital projects

 - Join the fire company - We are always looking for energetic people to become firefighters or just help out with office work. If you have the interest we have a job for you!!


Sunday, September 21, 2014 
Around 4:30 this afternoon Tower 63 was dispatched as part of Metro RIT to the Burle Industries Complex on New Holland Ave. in the City of Lancaster for a 3 alarm building fire. On arrival city fire reported a working fire in a power substation with several small fires in several buildings within the complex. Tower 63 and Truck 204 (Eden - MTFR) were assigned RIT and stood by for about 30 minutes before being released. This incident also caused a widespread power outage which required 63 and 62 (Witmer) fire police to control traffic in the Bridgeport area due to the traffic lights being out.

Smoke column visible from Bridgeport
   Smoke column visible from Bridgeport
Lafayette Receives FEMA Grant
Friday, September 19, 2014 
Last week we were advised that the Lafayette Fire Company has been awarded our 2013 Assistance to Firefighters (FEMA) grant. The grant came out to $41,619 in federal funds which will be used to replace our 20 year old Amkus hydraulic rescue tool system on Engine 631. The new system will be the relatively new Hurst High Pressure (10000) rescue tool system. The new tools are stronger, faster and much easier to use than the current ones. the new tools are slated to arrive at Lafayette around October 14th at which point the current system will be sold. As part of the grant we will also be purchasing new rescue stabilization struts to be also placed on Engine 631. Additional info on the tools can be found at

Our Condolences
Friday, September 19, 2014 
The Lafayette Fire Company sends our thoughts and prayers to the members of the Honey Brook Fire Company and to the Long and Stoltzfus families.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 
As the Golf Tournament was wrapping up Co. 63 was alerted to the 500 block of Greenland Dr. for a brush fire. Units responding from the Lancaster Host quickly noticed a smoke column and fire visible in the sky. Lt. 633 (King) arrived first and reported a 20yd trash dumpster and several pine trees well involved. E633 was first in and deployed 2 handlines while E632 supplied additional water. The truck crew also assisted in suppression efforts and had the fire quickly knocked down. Units were on scene for about 1 hour.

On arrival, the trees had already burned out at this point
   On arrival, the trees had already burned
      out at this point
FF Church, FF Rodriguez and FF Colon make the attack
   FF Church, FF Rodriguez and FF Colon
      make the attack
63 hits the links
Thursday, September 18, 2014 
The 7th Annual Lafayette Golf Tournament was held today at the Lancaster Host Resort. Golfers had a beautiful day on the links and tried their chances at winning cash, a car, or a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Following the tournament all participants were treated to a banquet where door prizes and awards were presented. We wish to thank all of the golfers who came out to support our fire company today as well as all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event successful.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 
Around 7pm Co. 63 and EMS were alerted to the common spot at Rt. 462 and Rt. 30 for a crash. Chief 63 arrived and reported a car and a motorcycle with one laying in the roadway. Crews went to work assisting EMS with the patient who was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. One other person was also transported for minor injuries. Units remained on the scene for over 1 hour assisting with the police investigation.

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