Thursday, May 9, 2013
Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company announces a chicken BBQ fund
raiser. Proceeds raised from this event
will be donated to the Lt. Kelley foundation. For those that may not know, Lt. Andrea Kelley
and two other fire fighters sustained severe burns and injuries while
attempting to rescue two victims that were trapped inside a burning building in
Lancaster City. Lt. Kelley’s medical
bills are rising and the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company knows the community would
love to help in any way they can. We
would like to facilitate that desire to help with this event. Chicken will be sold from 9:00 am until sold
out. Half chickens for $5.00 each,
t-shirt will also be available for sale to benefit the same foundation. T-shirts are $20.00 each with a limited supply
so get there early to get yours!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Members of the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company devote much of their
free time to help the community through the fire department. Members do this in
a variety of ways and this weekend was no exception. As members prepared,
served and cleaned up a breakfast fundraiser, other members responded to
emergency calls, while some other members attended training courses.
In fact two members, Deputy Chief Weber and Assistant Chief
Kiefer successfully challenged a national certification test to become
certified trench rescue technicians. Technician level training is the top level
in the fire service and this is just another example of the quality well
trained personnel that make Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company one of the best.
Thanks to all the members for everything they do for this
department and the community at large.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Ephrata Pioneer Breakfast was a success. Thanks to all the
community members that came out to support us. Look for another one coming
Monday, April 29, 2013
This Sunday, May 5th the EPFC is having a Breakfast Buffet fundraiser. The event is from 06:00 until 11:00 and costs $7, children 3 and under free. Please come and support your local department while getting a great meal at the same time.
Monday, April 22, 2013 12:06
Monday brought 4 calls for service for the Pioneers, the first came just after noon for a reported vehicle fire on Hurst Dr in the Boro. Engine 15-1 along the Deputy 15 and Asst 15 responded and found a wooden flatbed trailer with a small fire smoldering on it. Crews pulled the trash line and knocked down a small fire and watered down the surrounding brush.As crew were cleaning up on scene the trailer fire LCWC put out a pre-alert for a barn fire on the 100 block of W Burkholder Dr in Clay Twp. As the Engine crew packed up all the equipment from the first call they noticed heavy smoke from several miles out. Truck 15 and Engine 15-1 responded with a total of 9 volunteers to assist Company 16 (Lincoln). The Engine crew assisted with fire suppression while the Truck crew set up and put the aerial in service. Due to a large collapse of the barn the Truck never flowed water, but crews remained on scene for several hours assisting with overhaul.The next call came as Truck 15 was clearing the Clay Twp box for a vehicle fire in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Truck 15 responded from Clay as Engine 15-2 went en route from station. On arrival the fire was found to be out and no fire services were needed.The final call of the day came just before 1900 hours for a fire alarm sounding at Royer's Pharmacy. Chief 15 quickly arrived on scene as crews were getting ready to respond from station and found it to be a false alarm.Thanks to Code 3 Images and 3rd Alarm Photography for the photos.
Monday, April 22, 2013
It was another busy weekend for the volunteers of the
Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company. Some members attended State Certified training
courses, which included an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course. This course is
similar to a driver license test, but with a fire engine or truck. Participants
most first past a written exam proving that they are proficient in knowledge to
operate an emergency vehicle. After successfully passing a written exam participants
must then complete a driver course with the vehicle they are going to operate.
This course is designed to simulate many real life scenarios that a driver may
encounter with an emergency vehicle. Participants most prove they have the
skills need to operate an emergency vehicle. Emergency vehicle such as fire
engines and fire trucks are big in size, heavy in weight, difficult to
navigate, and hard to stop quickly. Because of these traits the course is
designed to test the students to the extreme so that they may safely operate
the vehicle and ensure not only will their passengers arrive to the emergency
scene safely, but that other motorist on the road will also be kept safe. The
course includes a serpentine that the driver must navigate both forward and
backward, a diminishing alley way where the entrance starts wide and then
slowly constricts to the exit, parallel parking, safe stopping distances, and
backing the apparatus safely into a dock or parking area. Ephrata Pioneer is
prod of all of its drivers that have always put the safety of the passengers
and the other motorist as the top priority when operating all of the fire
Other members attended a State Certified instructor course
for operations of an emergency rescue boats. Upon successful completion of this
course Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company will have a certified water rescue
instructor and emergency boat operator instructor, which will allow the department
to train any members interested in water rescue and issue them upon successful
completion of the course State Certified Water Rescuers and Boat operators. Water
rescue is a highly skilled technical rescue proficiency that Ephrata Pioneer
Fire Company is proud to offer to its citizens. Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company
prides itself in offering the very best in service that we can to our residents
and visitors alike.
Even as some members attended these training courses, other
members remained in town to staff the apparatus and respond to any call for
help that may have arose. In fact there were two emergency calls that were
answered by Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company over the weekend. Part of responding
to emergency calls is keeping the equipment always ready, so some members
perform some general maintenance on the tools and equipment.
Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company is proud of all of its members
that sacrifice so much to the safety of the community. Ephrata Pioneer Fire
Company is 100% volunteer, so any time these members are away from their homes,
family, friends, and loved ones they are not financially compensated. Thank you
to all the members that allows the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company to continue to
operate as a volunteer fire company.
The Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company would like to announce our updated Facebook page, Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company, as well as our new YouTube account, Ephrata Fire.
Check them out and let us know what you think. Many more things to come, like us for updates and public service announcements and check back on YouTube for membership interviews and video clips.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
On Saturday 4/6/2013 members from Ephrata Pioneer Fire
Company, Lincoln Fire Company, Akron Fire Company and West Earl Fire Company
traveled to Berk’s County Fire Training Facility to participate in live fire
training. Members in attendance were given the opportunity to train on
techniques in fire suppression involving various levels of difficulty ranging
from a single family residential building to a large commercial building.
While some members of Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company members
attended this training others remained in Ephrata to respond to any emergency
the community may have.
After twelve hours of training members returned to their homes,
but only for a short period of time, because it was not long before the police department
requested their assistance in a missing person’s case. Members responded to
this emergency, but fortunately for all involved the subject was located
It is the dedication of its members that allows the Ephrata
Pioneer Fire Service to continue to offer the very best in fire suppression,
fire prevention, and hazard mitigation to its’ residents. It is with the
support of the community members that allows Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company to
remain a 100% volunteer organization. That means that at no time is any of the
members paid for the service they provide or the time they commit. With the financial
contribution by area residents Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company is able to train
its members on the very latest in suppression techniques and to equip these
firefighters with the very best in equipment. Thanks to everyone that supports
the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company either through membership or financially.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
On Saturday March 30 members from Ephrata Pioneer Fire
Company and Lincoln Fire Company trained together on rope rescues. This class
was the final class in a series of four. This rope academy was designed to
instruct a member with little to no rope knowledge the very basics of a rope
rescue and how they can help at the scene. Rope rescue is a technical rescue
which takes special skills and knowledge to make it successful. Members with a
range of experience and training attended the training, and everyone learned
something. Thanks to those members for their continued dedication to making
this department one of the best around!
The Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company Station 15 Regrets to announce the passing of Life Time active member Daryl R. Fry. Daryl served with the Pioneers in several positions since 1960. Daryl served as firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief for 8 Years and 1st Assistant Chief for 4 Years. On the Company’s administrative side he served as a trustee for several years. In his later years Daryl transferred to the Fire Police and served his final active years as a Fire Police Officer.
Assistant Chief Fry for many years played an important part in the Fire Departments Fire prevention program as Chairman of the Fire Prevention Committee. Daryl was instrumental in creating a fire prevention calendar program involving all the schools in the Ephrata Area. This program still continues today.... He was also involved in the development of the Departments Fire Prevention Clown (Cinder) which goes out every year educating children in the Ephrata School District on fire prevention.
Assistant Chief Fry’s family has requested a Fire Department Funeral. The Viewing will take place Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Gravenors Funeral Home 100 W Main St Ephrata Pa. The Funeral will take place Thursday morning at Bethany UCC Church 140 E Main St Ephrata Pa. There will be a viewing From 10:00 to 11:00, Followed by the Funeral service immediately after the viewing at 11:00 AM. The Funeral precession will leave from the Church following the service to The Lincoln Cemetery for interment.
Any Department interested in participating with a piece of apparatus is welcomed. We ask that you contact Chief Allen Pettyjohn 717-587-3419 or President Jim Kiefer 717-989-4009 for further details.See More
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