Monthly calls

New Line Officers for 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  Tuesday night at the monthly business meeting the line officers for 2015 were announced.  Good luck to the new officers and thank you to the officers who have previously served!

Fire Company
Captains – Steve Kintzler
         Kyle Hackman
         Troy Redcary

Lieutenants – Cody Bowen
               Bill Rockey

Fire Police
Captain – Jim Sweigart
Lieutenant – Dale Witmer
Sergeant – Ralph Mowen



Blood Drive!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company and Blue Ridge Cable 11 will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at our station on Monday February 16th from 1:00pm-6:00pm. To help donate and support this life saving cause please visit and use the sponsor code BRC11 to schedule an appointment.



3rd Alarm Fire in the Township

Sunday, January 11, 2015 10:17  Just after 10 AM Sunday morning Company 15 was dispatched for a reported automatic fire alarm at B&S Wholesale Warehouse on Alexander Dr in the Township.  Engine 15-1 responding with Assistant Chief 15 to check the alarm.  On arrival the engine crew found a heavy smoke condition and low visibility inside the building and the incident was upgraded.  Crews searched the building and eventually found fire in a storage area in the basement of the warehouse.  Due to the amount of manpower needed a 2nd and 3rd alarm was requested.  Several tankers were also requested due to poor water supply from the hydrants in the area.  The Pioneers along with mutual aid remained on scene for approximately 8 hours performing overhaul and clearing smoke from the building.  Thanks to all mutual aid departments for the assistance!

Photo credit to Kirk Neidermyer of 3rd Alarm Photography



First Due Mobile Home Fire

Saturday, January 3, 2015 17:49 Just before 1800 hours Saturday the Pioneers along with Co 12 (Akron) and 16 (Lincoln) were dispatched for a reported mobile home fire on Steinmetz Rd in the Borough.  Chief 15 responded and was advised of multiple calls reporting a fire to the rear of the home.  PD arrived on scene reporting fire showing and all occupants reported out of the home.  Eng 12-2 was first on the scene with E15-1 arriving shortly after, crews pulled multiple handlines quickly knocked down the fire.  Crews remained on scene for over 2 hours checking for hot spots and assisting the PSP Fire Marshall.  Co 15 was assisted by Akron, Lincoln, Reamstown and Lititz.  Eng 16-1 also covered the Borough while we were out on the call.

Thanks to Dale Ebersole of Code 3 Images for the photos!



A Brief Look Back at 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015  Another year is in the books for the Pioneers.  We’d like to thank the community for your support in 2014 and look forward to working with you again in 2015.  Here’s a brief look at what the Pioneers responded to in 2014, be sure to check back later for more detailed statistics.
Total Calls Dispatched – 369
Structure Fires Reported – 58
                7 First Due Working Fires
                7 Mutual Aid Working Fires
                12 Small Fires Inside Residence/Chimneys
Brush/Trash/Unknown Fires – 12
Vehicle Fires – 10
Alarms – 85
                60 Automatic Fire Alarms
                25 Smoke Alarm Sounding Reports
Odor/Smoke Investigations – 46
Vehicle Accidents w/Injuries – 24
Vehicle Accident Reported w/Entrapment – 14
Vehicle Accident w/o Injuries (Spill Control) – 17
Medical Calls – 42
                Cardiac Arrests – 18
                Assist EMS – 14
                Person Struck – 10
We hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!!! 



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.

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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.



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