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Elected Officers for 2015

Tuesday, December 16, 2014  Tuesday night the Pioneers held our annual elections for officers for the upcoming year. Thanks you to all officers who served in 2014 and good luck to this years officers! Fire Police officers, Captains and Lieutenants are appointed positions and will be announced by the Chief’s Office over the next few weeks. 

Operational Officers
Fire Chief – Allen Pettyjohn
Deputy Chief – Ken Weber
Assistant Chief – Mike Kiefer
Chief Engineer – Scott Hackman
1st Asst. Engineer – Paul Swangren
2nd Asst. Engineer – Kyle Hackman
Business Officers
President – Jim Kiefer
1st Vice President – Cody Bowen
2nd Vice President – Bill Rockey
Recording Secretary – Bill Jensen
Treasurer – Steve Weisbrod
Financial Secretary – Jim Witwer
Asst Treasurer – Katie Stewart
Trustees (2 Year Term)
                Jim Weigand
                Paul Miley
                Matt Hildebrand
                Dennis Townsley               
Relief Association
President – Jim Kiefer
Vice President – Vernon Schmuck
Secretary – Paul Miley
Treasurer – Brandon Rennix
Trustees (3 Year Term)

     Dennis Townsley

     Jim Weigand

     Bill Jensen



Busy Start to December

Friday, December 5, 2014  Just a few days into the month the Pioneers have handled 6 calls for service so far.  The week started Wednesday with a medical assist for lifting on S State St.  The calls continued Thursday when Co 15 was dispatched for an automatic alarm at the Ephrata Business Center.  Deputy and Asst Chief 15 responding and found no problesm and recalled the assignment.

Friday morning Truck 15 was sent to the first block of Lake St for a medical assist.  We were recalled as crews were getting to station by EMS on scene.  Later that day E1 was dispatched to the Health Pavilion at ECH for an automatic alarm.  No issue was found and units were held in station.  About an hour later Co 15 was alerted for an odor investigation downtown on E Main St.  Crews cleared the building with gas meter finding no issue and cleared the scene.  Later Friday evening Fire Police were sent to Mohler Church Rd and State St to assist police with traffic control after a vehicle accident.

The rest of the weekend stayed quiet call wise, the Pioneers assisted the Ephrata High School Cheerleaders with Breakfast with Santa Saturday morning.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more updates!



One, two, three Alarms!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014  Sometimes you may read or hear in the media that this was a two or three (or more) alarm fire, but what does that mean? An alarm is the term used to define the emergency call, and the resources preset to mitigate the hazard safely. Each fire department can set their alarm responses on their needs within their geographical area. For example in Ephrata Pioneer Fire Departments alarm box for a building fire Lancaster County Communications would dispatch four engines, two trucks, and a rescue. That response would be known as a single alarm, if however the officer in charge of any given incident decides more resources are needed they can request from Lancaster County Communications an additional alarm. This alarm is again set by each fire department. For Ephrata Pioneer Fire Department each additional alarm would send the same amount of resources as the first alarm, so a two alarm fire would have eight engines, four trucks, and two rescues on the scene, with some additional support pieces for rehab, air supply, food and drink supply, to name a few. A third alarm fire would again just build on the resources already on the scene or dispatched.




Thursday, November 20, 2014  Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company would like to congratulate Firefighter Katie Stewart, who has completed the entry level firefighter training. Firefighter Stewart has dedicated many hours of training to become the newest interior qualified firefighter at Ephrata Pioneer Fire Department. Firefighter Stewart joins the professional team of volunteers this department has and will aid the department in the full delivery of our mission statement to this community. Firefighter Stewart shares good core values like; dedication;, teamwork, loyalty, and respect to name a few that make her a successful member of this department. Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company is very proud of the quality members we have and Firefighter Stewart is a part of that team. Great work Firefighter Stewart and thank you for your commitment to serve this community!!



Pioneers Handle 2 Crashes on a Saturday Night

Saturday, November 8, 2014   Just before 7 PM Saturday night the Pioneers were dispatched to the intersection of Hahnstown Rd and Glenwood Dr for a reported vehicle accident with injuries.  Reports were 1 vehicle into a pole with several injuries.  Crew from Co 15 and EMS responded and confirmed the initial report, finding a pole snapped at the base.  Engine 15-2 checked on hazards and assisted EMS with patient care before clearing the scene.

About 2 hours later around 9 PM crews were dispatched to Garden Spot Rd for a reported accident with rollover.  Engine 15-2 was on the street quickly and arrived on scene finding a 2 vehicle accident with one still on its side.  Crews found one patient confined the vehicle and requested Rescue 16 (Lincoln) to the scene to assist with extrication.  Shortly after the arrival of the Rescue the patient was freed from the vehicle and turned over to EMS, Co 15 and 16 cleared shortly after.



Engine Company Assist on a Field Fire and Handles of Our Own

Monday, November 3, 2014   Monday afternoon Engine 15-1 was alerted to assist Co 3 (Martindale) on a large field fire on Glenwood Dr in the far eastern end of Ephrata Twp.  Crews were already on scene working a standing corn field fire.  The engine responded with a crew of 6 and assisted with "mopping up" any remain hot spots found.  Our volunteers remained on scene for about an hour assisting crews already on scene.

Tuesday afternoon around the same time the Pioneers along with Tanker 17-3 (Stevens) were alerted for a brush fire along E Mohler Church Rd in the Township.  As crews were getting to station we were also alerted for a vehicle accident on Rt 322 and Hahnstown Rd along with Co 12 (Akron).  Crews split responding to both the brush fire and accident simultaneously, Engine 15-2 arrived at the accident and found minor injuries and no fire service needed and redirected to the brush fire along with Engine 12-1.  Assistant 15 and Engine 15-1 arrived at the brush fire finding a large leave pile spreading into a wooded area.  Crews put several attack lines in service quickly stopping the fire from spreading and finished wetting down the area.  Co 15 along with 17-3 and 12 remained on scene for about an hour assuring any fire was out.



Pioneers Assist Lincoln on a 2nd Alarm House Fire

Friday, October 24, 2014 04:24  Just before 4:30 AM Friday morning Truck 15 and Engine 15-1 were alerted as part of the first alarm assignment to assist Co 16 (Lincoln) on a reported house fire.  Initial reports were an explosion in the garage and house filling with smoke.  Chief 16 was first on the scene reporting heavy fire showing from an attached garage and requested the 2nd alarm be dispatched.  Truck 15 arrived just behind Engine 16-1 and set up for aerial master stream operations.  Eng 15-1 arrived and began protecting the neighboring houses from high heat and blowing embers.  Units from Co 15 operated on scene for 5 hours assisting with fire suppression and checking for hot spots.  Thanks to Engine 24-2 (Rothsville) for covering our area while we were out on the call.

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



Chicken BBQ 10/18/14

 This Saturday the Pioneers are having a BBQ.  Starting at 10:00 we will have Chicken BBQ, halves $5 and meals $7, available at the station and at the open air market at the Whistle Stop Plaza hosted by the Ephrata Merchants Association, this month theme is "Get Your Gourd On".  While we do not have breakfast this month it is a good time for BBQ chicken.



Fair Week in Ephrata

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  The Ephrata Fair is officially upon us, starting Tuesday September 23rd and runs through Saturday the 27th.  Be sure to stop by the stand in front of the firehouse, we'll be selling t-shirts, patches, and drinks.  Also if you're interested in finding out how to volunteer, stop by the station and talk to the members.  Crews will be in station every night during the fair after 7 pm.  If first aid or medical assistance is needed please see the Ephrata Ambulance stand in the parking lot next to the Brossman Building.  

Please remember to allow extra time coming due to the road closures and watch out for the many pedestrians on the streets.  Additional roads will be closed Wednesday night due to the Ephrata Fair Parade, so please avoid the downtown area, unless you're coming to watch of course!



Multi-Alarm Fire at the Historic Green Dragon

Saturday, September 13, 2014 0437  Early Saturday morning the Pioneers along with mutual aid departments were alerted to a possible structure fire at Green Dragon.  LCWC advised responding units of multiple calls reporting fire through the roof in a centrally located building on the property.  Capt 15 arrived confirming that report and requested a "working fire dispatch" along with several additional tankers due to lack of hydrants in the area.  Engine 15-1 and 17-1 (Reamstown) arrived and stretched multiple attack lines and started protecting the multiple exposure buildings.  As a solid water supply was established crews switched to master stream operations with the 4 truck companies surrounding the fire building.  15 minutes into the incident command request a second alarm be dispatched as well as several additional tankers due to the large amount of water needed to extinguish the fire.  

Fire was contained to the large barn in the center of the property and several stands that were within 10' of the building.  Crews remained on scene for over 7 hours extinguishing hot spots and assisting with overhaul.  At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined but not suspicious in nature.  The Pioneers would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the many mutual aid departments that assisted as well as the canteen unit from Garden Spot Fire Rescue that came out to assist with food and drinks.  Also thanks to Engine 61-1 (Upper Leacock), Truck 31 (Bareville) and Tanker 44 (Intercourse) for covering our first due while we worked on the incident.

Thanks to Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography and Woody Woodward of Woody's Photography for the pictures, be sure to look them up on Facebook for more photos of the incident.



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