Sunday, June 2, 2013
Sunday, June 2nd is the next breakfast buffet at the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company. We will be serving from 06:00 - 11:00, cost is $7 and under 5 is by donation. And take out is available this month at $7.
The menu is: scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, toast, fruit salad, milk, orange juice and coffee.
Come on out and support your local volunteer fire company and get some great food at the same time.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
On Saturday June 1st Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company
welcomed the 2014 fire prevention calendar winners with a banquet in their honor.
Each year Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company delivers important fire prevention
materials and information to the students of Ephrata Area School District.
After the presentation the students are asked to participate in a drawing
contest and create an illustration on the fire prevention information they just
received. 12 finalist are chosen and these winners are then placed on a fire
prevention calendar that is then distributed free of charge to Ephrata Area businesses
and residents. Congratulations to all our calendar winners, both past and
Sunday, May 26, 2013
On Thursday 5/23/2013 Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company members participated in a classroom presentation on truck company operations. Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company is a truck company, which means there is additional training above and beyond normal fire fighting training. Newer members were advised on how a well trained truck company should operate, as well as what tools and equipment truck company members will need to be proficient with. Members were also educated on additional state and federal training courses they may need to attend to be able to respond to emergencies on the truck. Thanks to all the members that attended a hands on skills demonstration will follow this presentation to allow members to become familiar with the physical demands of operating as a member of the truck company.
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.
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