This morning Lafayette firefighters loaded up on our fire apparatus and drove to the far side of Chester County for training. Next week some of our units will travel to the Harrisburg area for another training event. So what happens if there is a fire while we are gone? Good question! Our fire company is responsible to provide protection to our community 24/7/365 so when we leave town we need to find someone to take our place.
In the case of our training this morning, Lafayette had pre-arranged for an engine company from the Willow Street Fire Company to come to stand-by in our fire station for the day. Any emergencies which required our services would have been handled by this unit and crew. Fire Companies do this often and little did we know, not even 24 hours after Willow Street helped us, we would be helping someone else.
Another scenario that occurs often is when there is a major fire. At 1am this morning the Refton Fire Company and multiple surrounding fire companies battled a huge barn fire. This left communities such as Refton, Strasburg, Quarryville, Lampeter and Willow Street without any fire apparatus or personnel because they were all at the fire. In this case, Lancaster County-Wide Communications (LCWC) (The 911 center) is responsible to relocate outlying units into the effected areas to cover any further calls for assistance. This morning Lafayette sent one of our engines with a crew of 5 to cover the Refton Station. The Pumper Tanker from Witmer was sent to cover Strasburg, a tanker from Brownstown went to Willow Street and the Quarryville station was covered by an engine from Oxford and a tanker from West Grove (Chester County). Had any further emergencies occurred in those areas, the units listed above would have been dispatched to respond. Willow Street Engine 501 in our station
Robert Fulton Tanker 89 and Lafayette Engine 63-2 on stand-by in Refton Fire Company’s station this morning