Monthly calls

Record Winter Storm Hits the Ephrata Area

Monday, January 25, 2016  Early Friday evening Winter Storm Jonas moved into the area and immediately started accumulating snow throughout the Lancaster County area.  Our volunteers began staffing the station at 4 pm Friday and continued until around 4 pm Sunday.  In total 17 members staffed the firehouse assuring the engine, truck and 6x6 ranger were staffed at all times.  Crews responded to a total of 9 calls in just over 48 hours ranging from medical assists to gain access on unplowed roads to furnace malfunctions and odor investigations during the height of the snow.  Our volunteers also worked on clearing several fire hydrants and checking on residents in the Ephrata area.  We'd like to thank our dedicated volunteers for their service this weekend, their families for allowing them to spend time away from home, and the community for your support during the storm!



A Brief Look Back at 2015

Friday, January 1, 2016  With 2015 ending the Pioneers wrapped up one of our busiest years in the history of the department.  We'd like to thank our volunteers for there thousands of hours committed to training, fundraising and responding to calls for this year.  We’d also like to thank the community for your support in 2015 and look forward to working with you again in 2016!  Here’s a brief look at what the Pioneers responded to in 2015. 
Total Calls Dispatched – 392
Structure Fires Reported – 52
                5 First Due Working Fires
                4 Mutual Aid Working Fires
Brush/Trash/Unknown Fires – 22
Vehicle Fires – 16 reported
                 6 Working Vehicle Fires
Alarms – 83
                63 Automatic Fire Alarms
                15 Smoke Alarm Sounding Reports
                5 Carbon Monoxide Incidents
Odor/Smoke Investigations – 40
Vehicle Accidents w/Injuries – 27
Vehicle Accident Reported w/Entrapment – 18
                5 First Due Pins
                3 Mutual Aid Pins
Vehicle Accident w/o Injuries (Spill Control) – 20
Medical Calls – 59
                Cardiac Arrests – 35
                Assist EMS – 17
                Person Struck – 7
Public Service Calls - 20
Utility/Wires Down - 11
Water Rescues - 5
We hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!!! 



First Due Apartment Fire with Rescue Made

Thursday, December 31, 2015 23:43 In the late hours of New Years Eve the Pioneers were alerted to an apartment building fire in the 600 block of E Main St in Ephrata Borough. The hard work and devotion to training was demonstrated with the utmost professionalism. The department is saddened that the residents need to endure this tragic event on the holiday. However, because of the quick actions of the firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical crews the fire was quickly extinguished preventing further damage to the building. Ephrata Pioneer members along with everyone on the scene hope for the best to the one individual that was pulled unconscious from the building. The Pioneers were assisted by fire companies from Lincoln, Akron, Reamstown, Denver, Rothsville, Lititz and Air 18 (Reinholds). EMS from Ephrata and Rothsville Ambulance were also on scene along with ECH Medic 4-10. Thanks to Eng 29-1 (West Earl) for covering our area while we were on the call. All photos courtesy of Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography.

Any further updates or requests for information should be directed to the Ephrata Police Department.



Spill Cleanup on Hill St

Thursday, December 24, 2015 14:29  The Pioneers were dispatched early afternoon on Christmas Eve for a reported spill control on Hill St to the rear of the Hampton Inn and Applebees.  Reports were of a slippery substance cover both the hill and extending into the Hampton Inn parking lot.  Eng 15-2 and Squad 15-1 responded just after dispatch and began initial cleanup.  Later in the incident the Haz-Mat duty officer was contacted to respond due to the size and unknown substance.  Eng 15-1 also responded later with additional manpower.  Co 15 remained on scene for several hours and was assisted by Squad 2-2 (Lancaster Co Haz-Mat) and Ephrata Borough Public works.

While out on this call E15-1 and S15-1 also responded to a report of a smoke detector sounding at the Ephrata Pool.  Crew found a faulty smoke detector after gaining access to the concession stand and cleared shortly after



Santa Visits the Streets of Ephrata

Saturday, December 19, 2015   Both Saturday December 12th & 19th the Pioneers were lucky enough to get to escort Mr. & Mrs. Clause around the streets of Ephrata.  For the last several years the Pioneers, along with most other local fire companies,  have been chosen by the Clause's to take them around to see the children in the Ephrata area.  Thanks to the community for coming out and seeing us and thanks to our members who gave up 2 Saturday mornings just before Christmas to help out!

On the 19th while we were out with Santa several members also participated in an in house rope rescue training.  Crews were introduced to some new equipment and trained on basic set-up of rope systems.  Thanks again for taking the time out during a busy time of year for training!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company!!



Brush Fire in the Township

Monday, November 9, 2015 13:18  Early Monday afternoon just after clearing a medical call on W Locust St the Pioneers were alerted for a reported brush fire in township off E Main St.  LCWC advised of a controlled burn that was extending into the woods near a residence.  Engine 15-1 was on the street in under 3 min and arrived finding a large burn pile with several spot fires through the woods.  Engine 12-1 (Akron) and Tanker 3 (Martindale) were added to the assignment to assist.  Crews worked for almost 2 hours extinguishing the woods fire and the burn pile, thanks to Co 12 and 3 for the assistance!

This was the 4th call of the day, earlier handling a vehicle accident on N Reading Rd, a CO investigation on Lincoln Ave and the previously mentioned medical assist.  The Pioneers have already had 15 calls this month and with almost 2 months left in the year are poised to have our busiest year ever for calls.  Thanks to all the volunteers for their countless hours of support not only with responding to calls, but the various trainings, fundraisers and regular daily duties around the firehouse!



Want to Volunteer

Recruitment Video

Tuesday, October 20, 2015  Ever wonder what it is like to be a volunteer member of the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company? Want to join the team? Check out this video to learn more then click the "Volunteer" link on the left of the page to fill out an application!



The Pioneers Assist Co 16 on a 2 Alarm Barn Fire

Thursday, October 8, 2015 11:19  Just before noon Thursday the Pioneers were dispatched to assist Co 16 (Lincoln) on a reported barn fire on Springville Rd in the Township.  Both Eng 15-1 and 15-2 responded to assist.  E16-1 arrived with fire showing and requested the 2nd alarm be dispatched.  Eng 15-1 proceeded into the scene and assisted with initial fire attack and overhaul.  E2 was directed to a hydrant at on Academy Dr to fill tankers.  Squad 15-1 also made the response to assist with additional manpower.  Crews from 15 remained on scene for approximately 3 hours before clearing.



Crash with Pole Down on Rt 272

Thursday, October 1, 2015 14:46 Thursday afternoon Engine 15-2 along with EMS from Ephrata Ambulance and ECH Medic 4-10 were dispatched for a vehicle accident in front of JD's Pazzo Pizza on N Reading Rd.  EMS was first on scene reporting 1 patient already out of the vehicle and a pole and wires down.  Engine 2 arrived and checked the vehicle and assisted with traffic control until the utility companies arrived on scene.  The patient had minor injuries and was not transported from the scene, Co 15 cleared shortly after.



Truck Company Assists GSFR on Working Apartment Fire

Thursday, October 1, 2015 02:54  Early Thursday morning Truck 15 was alerted to assist Co 39 (Garden Spot Fire-Rescue) on a reported apartment house fire on Division Hwy in East Earl Twp.  As units were responding, PD arrived reporting a working basement fire.  As the first fire units were arriving PD located 2 subjects on a porch roof needing assistance down.  Truck 15 arrived just after the crew from Truck 39 successfully rescued the 2 residents.  The truck crew assisted with searching the building, laddering the structure and overhaul.  Crews from 15 cleared after a little over and hour.  Great job to the crews from Co 39 on a quick knock of the fire and successfully rescuing the 2 residents!

Thanks to Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography for the photos.



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