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The photos you see are from a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer on Route 30 near Walnut Street late this morning. We had just two firefighters and two fire police officers available for the call. Of the two firefighters that responded, one is retired and the other left his work to assist.
We are a 100% volunteer organization. That means that our members have full-time jobs they must work to provide for their families. Many of these jobs are not in the area of our fire company and thus, our active staff is very limited during these times. Emergencies happen at all times of the day. While we normally have a good turn out for calls in the evening and on weekends, we struggle to get adequate crews during the weekday.
Thankfully, this incident occurred in an area where we run with Lancaster City and Manheim Township, the only two full-time career fire departments in Lancaster County. Our three agencies run this area on the initial dispatch due to the boundary lines between our municipalities coming together at the interchange. Their crews arrived quickly and were able to stabilize the incident with us coming in to support them.
Had this crash occurred else where in our district, the companies responding would have been all-volunteer. While we run mutual aid on serious incidents specifically for the reason of manpower, this also puts a strain on their members having to respond to assist us.
We are looking individuals that have fire service and/or fire police training that may be able to help us specifically during the weekday. If there are any employers or employees that could help us with staffing, we would like to talk! Please send us a private message or give us a heads up on places to reach out to.
Thank you for helping us help our community!