The Lancaster County Foam Task Force 36 was formed in 1992 after a gasoline tanker overturned in downtown Lancaster during rush hour. Responding units had various types of foam some of which were not compatible. The original meeting was arranged by William Bair, Chief of the industrial fire brigade at Armstrong World Industries Lancaster Floor Plant. Bair was named as the Chairman of the new task force and the following fire companies were part of the original group: Lafayette, Neffsville, Rohrerstown, and the City of Lancaster Fire Bureau.
The Current Task Force is comprised of the following agencies:
- Lafayette Fire Company
- Manheim Twp. Fire / Rescue (Neffsville)
- City of Lancaster Bureau of Fire
- Lancaster County Hazardous Materials Team
The Task Force is managed under the Lancaster County Emergency Management and is part of the South Central Task Force, a regional group responsible for a 7 county region in South Central Pennsylvania.
Task Force Officers are Nationally certified Foam Technicians who have received their training from Texas A&M or University of Reno flammable liquid fire programs as well as factory training from National Foam and Williams Fire and Hazard Control.