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Okay, here is one for all of the old-timers. What is the oldest fire company in Dauphin County? Who had the first ambulance service?
Are you refering to active departments only? If not, I am sure one of the old City vollie departments would be the oldest.
Millersburg organized in 1886 and Lawnton in 1925. Those are 2 that I know. As far as Ambulance goes, the Millersburg Fire Company started an ambulance service on 11/1/1954 which last until the 80's sometime when it split off and became the Millersburg Ambulance Association which is still in operation.
August 19, 1827, several months prior to the incorporation of the Borough of Middletown, citizens organized a company of fire fighters who adopted the name "UNION". 1828, the newly organized council passed an ordinance requiring the owner of each house to provide fire buckets. These were made of heavy leather, normally 3 gallons, black and carried the name of the owner and the word "UNION" painted on the outside. The current "UNION" (now Middletown Company 88) proudly have the original Constitution and By-Laws of this early fire fighting organization.
Steve, somewhere in my archives I did a lengthy roster of companies in Dauphin county. I'll have to do some digging to find it. The oldest active city company is the Mt. Pleasant No. 8 formed in 1878. The first company organized in the county was the Union in Harrisburg in 1791 but they disbanded in the mid 1830's.
Ambulance service in Harrisburg goes back to the first quasi-transport service of the Harrisburg Police Department's horse drawn patrol wagon around 1900 or so. . .patients shared space with drunks and criminals depending on the circumstances. The first motorized rig dedicated as an ambulance was the Harrisburg Hospital in the early teens. Outside Harrisburg I believe Steelton got an ambulance in the early 1920's. . .
Liberty Hose Company No. 2 of Lykens was organized August 27th 1885. Rescue Hose Company No. 1 of Lykens was in existance before that but I'm unsure when they were organized.
November 16, 1866, Middletown's second volunteer fire company was formed by 183 free holders of the Borough. The engine house stood at the northwest corner of Union and Emaus Streets. A (?)Goodwill Engine(?) was purchased from Geoerge Smuller. Due to the Goodwill Engine, the company went under the name of the Goodwill Company. Nothing further in the available company records. Perhaps the below company grew from the Goodwill. The engine house (now the public library) is one block west of the Goodwill's, at Catherine and Emaus.
Middletown's third volunteer company was officially organized November 7, 1874 under the name "LIBERTY STEAM FIRE ENGINE COMPANY NO.1 OF MIDDLETOWN". The company was incorporated by a degree of the court in January 1875. (present day Dauphin County Company 88)
Thanks for answers. Now, let's expand a little bit. Can the different active fire companies tell us when the started and maybe a little bit about their start. Same for ambulance companies (active or not).
This is your chance to brag a little bit.
To cover the 16 companies from Harrisburg I would suggest anyone interested get the book at the fire museum or through me called The History of the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department. It goes into a detailed history of each of the companies.
Ok, I guess I will start.
The Fisherville Volunteer Fire Company #1 was organized in in 1927 after a major fire on September 5th, 1927 destroyed half the town. Mr. Fred J. Bixler gave a 1923 Overland to be used as a fire truck. A hand water pump was mounted on the Overland and thus the first fire engine of the Fisherville Volunteer Fire Company #1 was born. This engine was housed in a blacksmith shop in Fisherville, which had a homemade siren on top of it, used to alert the members. It was equipped with 3 gallon water cans.
Now for my other company. The Halifax Area Ambulance and Rescue Association was organized in 1973 to take over the ambulance service from the local American Legion. The company started with two ambulances and then went into the rescue business, being the first company in our response district to have a set of jaws. Sadly, the rescue was put out of service in 2000 due to lack of interest.
Well, lets start on a little SFD history.
Prior to 1880 there was a fire brigade in the village of Baldwin (aka Steelton). Not very much is known about this fire brigade, I am still looking for more history. In 1880 the Borough of Steelton was founded. In 1882 the residents decided that they needed an organized fire department to protect the town and steel foundry that was growing very rapidly. On February 8, 1882 the first fire protection meeting was held and the Citizen's Hose Company #1 was founded and provided the only fire protection to the new Borough until 1888. On September 15, 1888 a meeting was held in council chambers to organize a second company. This lead to the founding of the Paxtang Hook and Ladder Company #2. This lead to the purchase of the boroughs first aerial apparatus. On February 8,1898 the West Side Hose Company #3 was organized. This company purchased and received its first apparatus on May 9, 1898 when Borough Council purchased it from the Citizen's Fire Company #1 of Harrisburg. With all of the fire companies protecting the "north" end of town the citizens of the lower end decided that they need fire protection as well. On July 1, 1900 a meeting was held and the Baldwin Hose Company #4 was organized. The meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Barbara Toomey who also agreed to allow the company to house their apparatus in her stable until a new firehouse could be built. This in turn lead to Mrs. Toomey being the first female member of a fire company in the borough of Steelton, even though she was only an honorary member, she was well ahead of the times. On October 14, 1904 a meeting was held and the Hygienic Hose Company #5 was organized. This company protected the citizens on the "Hill" section of Steelton (Above Harrisburg Street). With 5 companies running to fires in the Borough the citizens of the east end decided that it was a very long wait for any fire apparatus to arrive in their area. In a meeting on May 29, 1907 the East End Hose Company #6 was organized. This now gave the Borough of Steelton 6 individual fire companies all under the name of the Steelton Fire Department and all under the command of a Borough Council appointed Fire Chief. Through the years some of the companies began to die off. The Paxtang Hook and Ladder, Hygienic, and East End all stopped actively responding to calls prior to 1983. With the decline of the condition of the fire houses and the costs of up keep on 3 stations, the Borough decided that they would build one large centrally located station and all of the companies would merge into the "Steelton Fire Department". In 1984 the new station was completed and the remainder of the Borough's fire companies merged. That is the 5 cent history of the SFD.
Now SFD Ambulance. The Borough of Steelton and the Steelton fire companies realized they needed to provide first aid for the citizens. On January 24, 1922 first aid teams were put together in all of the fire stations and first aid equipment and litters were placed on all fire apparatus. The first aid teams were trained by the Bethlehem Steel Fire Brigade and First Aid Team. On September 14, 1922 the Steelton Fire Patrol decided that the Borough needed an ambulance. They held a meeting and decided to ask council to assist with purchasing an ambulance. On October 11 the Fire Patrol met with Borough Council and council agreed and gave the Fire Patrol $500.00 towards the purchase of Steelton's first ambulance. On December 12, 1922 Steelton Fire Department took delivery of it's first ambulance. Now during the years both the Citizen's Hose Company and the Baldwin Hose Company had ambulances running out of their firehouses. After the merger Steelton Fire Department still runs 2 ambulances out of our current station.
If I get time, tomorrow I might get some info up on the old Tri-Community Ambulance Association of Swatara Township Inc.
Very interesting topic. This kind of history in particular is very intriguing to me.
Hey Guys - Show some pride in your companies (EMS or Fire). I have not seen anything from the Lower Paxton Companies. Where are you Londonderry, Penbrook, Progress, and others. Steelton Webmaster - Can you give is something about Tri-Community EMS? Again, thank you to everyone who replied. I think this could be a very interesting subject. We all should be proud of our companies.
Midge, Bro. . .slow down buddy:hand: . I had an all time roster that I drew up for Dauphin County back in 1990 and finally found it. Since it was compiled much more information has come to light. I can't however find the original disk and will have to retype it. . . At a quick count I have listed 98 seperate fire and rescue companies, bureaus, departments and 18 ambulance/EMS outfits and that's not including the big ones that exist today. From 1990 to the present with all the consolidations that might push it another 10 or 15 higher. But yer gonna have wait a bit so I can log this stuff into my computer first. . .and the next week is gonna be busy:drink: lots of parties and picnics to attend. Once I get this stuff posted, it should spark some lively debating. . .
Here are the highlights of the last 100 years of the Penbrook Fire Department.
On March 29, 1906, 27 men met at Bill Wert’s barbershop in Penbrook and formed the first fire company in Penbrook. Dr. A. Lincoln Shope was selected as the first president. U.A. Heck served as “Chief Engineer” and the secretary was harness maker “Charlie” Wert, who served in that capacity until 1972. Two chemical wagons and other equipment graced the new hose house at 27th & Canby Sts. This was formerly Sam Fishburn’s livery stable. Main St., which was later renamed Walnut St., was serviced by a water main which gave firemen access to hydrants along the thoroughfare after 1909.
In 1910, the company purchased a hose cart and 10 years later bought a motorized pump manufactured by White. A siren to summon firemen was mounted atop the firehouse in 1929. The following year the ladies auxiliary was organized. It served faithfully as a strong right arm of the parent group.
In 1937, Penbrook hosted its first Dauphin County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention. It also had the honor in 1956 in observance of its 50th anniversary of serving the residents of the borough and surrounding communities. A new Mack Pumper was purchased in 1940 to replace the 20-year old engine.
In 1955 voters approved a bond issue of $80,000 and the new firehouse/borough hall was erected on 28th Street between Canby and Elm Streets.
Community ambulance service was introduced in 1959 with the purchase of an ambulance from volunteers of America. The company sponsored a Red Cross first aid course to train its volunteer workers. That same year, a new Mack was placed in service. It had a 750 gallon per minute pump & a 500 gallon booster tank. It was equipped with a high pressure pump, believed to be the first in the area, as was its cab-forward design. The piece was patterned after those built for the New York City fire department.
The night of December 27, 1959 was a memorable one for the company. While responding to a call at the reading company's Rutherford Yards, the engine was wrecked on Paxtang Drive. It was rebuilt and placed back in service in June of 1961, that same year the company purchased a new international ambulance. This ambulance was replaced by an air conditioned Oldsmobile Ambulance in 1965.
On October 21, 1966, Lawrence Demmy, fire chief for 16 years, passed away. He was the only chief in the company’s history to die while in office.
At the time of his death, he was also president of the Dauphin County Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Five other Penbrook men also held the position – Melvin Taylor in 1950, Bob Cassel in 1972, Earl Horner in 1977, Joseph Pochyba in 1978 and Keith Becker in 2002. In 2007, Penbrook’s present fire chief Joseph C. Nickle will take on the duties of president of the association. In 1973, the company built a new firehouse at 134 South 28th St. Carl Hoffman was one of the men instrumental in getting the new building project off the ground. The new firehouse had two drive through bays able to hold four vehicles. In 1978, the company purchased a new CF Mack Engine.
In 1984, the company purchased a new CF Mack Engine. In 1987, the company purchased a new Ford Ambulance.In 1995, the company suspended ambulance service. Also, in 1995, the company purchased a Darley Air/Light Unit. The new unit is one of only a few in the area equipped with a on-board cascade system, meaning the unit will always be able to produce air to fill firefighter’s SCBA tanks. On December 7, 1999, the company responded on one of its toughest calls when it responded to a working structure fire at the home of one of the assistant chiefs.
In 2003, the company took on a huge commitment – with the help of HACC, 10 of our members went though the MOD Classes and passed the firefighter 1 test. Currently, we have 11 of 18 active members with firefighter 1 certification. The company has maintained a level of training consistent with local, state, and federal requirements.
On February 7, 2004, the company took delivery of a 2004 American Lafrance Eagle Pumper. The Borough council was instrumental in helping the company purchase the engine.
Through the years, fireman from Penbrook, Susquehanna Township, the city of Harrisburg and surrounding communities have worked together, never hesitating to call on one another for help. We look forward to the same splendid cooperation in the years ahead as we all strive to provide even better service to a community which has given us its whole-hearted support.
Okay, guys and gals, here goes. Gonna give you installments:big_grin: :
ALL TIME ROSTER OF
FIRE, RESCUE, AND EMS
COMPANIES, BUREAUS, AND DEPARTMENTS
OF DAUPHIN COUNTY, PA.
The following compilation was derived from the files of the late Robert M. Houseal, Jr. and Fire Bureau historian Dave Houseal. Additional information was furnished from various company histories in convention books, newspaper data and from Mary Klaus of the Chambers Hill Fire Company. The information is not complete and maybe never will.
Over the years some companies made minor changes to their names. These are not included unless the organization was completely re-organized into something much different then what it was. I’ve included volunteer and paid, any organization actively started for the purpose of actually handling emergencies whether it be fire, rescue or EMS.
I compiled this list in 1990. Since then far more research has been done however I don’t have the time at the moment to upgrade and correct this listing. If anyone has any corrections please feel free to comment.
Derry Township DT
East Hanover Township EHT
Halifax Township HT
Jackson Township JAXT
Jefferson Township JEFT
Lower Paxton Township LPT
Lower Swatara Township LST
Middle Paxton Township MPT
South Hanover Township SHT
Susquehanna Township SQT
Swatara Township SWT
Wiconisco Township WT
Harrisburg became a Borough in 1791, a City in 1860.
DATE/DEPARTMENT, BUREAU, ORGANIZATION OR COMPANY NAME/ LOCATION/ STATUS
1791 Union Fire Company Harrisburg Boro Disbanded by 1835
1801 Friendship Fire Co. No. 1 Harrisburg Boro Faded in the 1960’s, questionable existence
1812 Upper Ward Fire Company Harrisburg Boro Disbanded by 1813
1814 Hope Fire Co. No. 2 Harrisburg Boro Faded from existence by the 1970’s
1819 State Capital Fire Co. Harrisburg Boro Disbanded 1821
1824? Gratz Fire Co. Gratz Boro Active(I’m wondering if this should be 1924)
1827 Union Fire Co. Middletown Boro Disbanded after 1866
1829 Harrisburg Fire Co. Harrisburg Boro Disbanded 1838
1834 Workingmen’s Fire Co. Harrisburg Boro Disbanded 1834
1836 Citizen Fire Co. No. 3 Harrisburg Boro Disbanded 1962
1841 Washington Hose Co. No. 4 Harrisburg Boro Disbanded 1961
1850 Paxton Fire Company St. Thomas LPT Disbanded 1890
1858 Mt. Vernon H & L. Co. No. 5 Harrisburg Boro Faded from existence by the 1960’s
1859 Paxton Fire Co. No. 6 Harrisburg Boro Faded from existence by the 1970’s
1860 Goodwill Fire Co. No. 7 Harrisburg City Faded from existence by the 1970’s
1868 Harrisburg Fire Department Harrisburg City Formed to unify the seven companies under
one common leadership. Exists today
1869 Chemical Fire Co. Hummelstown Boro
1869 Lochiel Fire Co. No. 8 Harrisburg City Disbanded by 1873
1872 Mechanical Fire Co. No. 9 Harrisburg City Disbanded by 1890
1874 Liberty Fire Co. No. 1 Middletown Boro Merged into Middletown FD ________
1877 Mt. Pleasant Fire Co. No. 8 Harrisburg City Active
1882 Citizen’s Fire Co. No. 1 Steelton Boro Merged into the Steelton VFD in _______
1884 Susquehanna Fire Co. No. 9 Harrisburg City Faded from existence by the 1970’s
1885 Reily Hose Co. No. 10 Harrisburg City Faded from existence by the 1980’s
1885 Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 Lykens Boro Disbanded by 1900
1885 Liberty Hose Co. No. 2 Lykens Boro Active
1886 North Ward Hose Co. Middletown Boro Reorganized 1889 as old Union Fire Co.
merged into Middletown FD______
1886 Millersburg Fire Co. Millersburg Boro Active
1888 Rescue Hose Co. No. 3 Middletown Boro Merged into Middletown FD ______
1888 Shamrock Fire Co. No. 11 Harrisburg City Faded from existence by the 1960’s
1888 Paxtang H & L. Co. No. 2 Steelton Boro Disbanded in 1970’s
1889 Union Fire Co. No. 1 Middletown Boro See 1886-North Ward. Merged into Middletown
FD in ___________
1890 Reliance Hose Co. Elizabethville Boro Active
1890’s Fort Hunter Fire Co. Rockville , SQT Active off and on, faded by 1930’s
1895 Halifax & Community Fire Co. Halifax Boro Merged into Halifax Township FD_________
1898 Citizen’s Fire Co. Highspire Boro Active
1899 West Side Hose Co. No. 3 Steelton Boro Merged into Steelton VFD in __________
1900 Baldwin Hose Co. No. 4 Steelton Boro Merged into Steelton VFD in __________
1901 Williamstown Hose Co. No. 1 Williamstown Boro Active
1902 Citizen’s Fire Co. Oberlin SWT Active
1903 Goodwill Fire Co. Enhaut SWT Active
1904 Hygienic Hose Co. No. 5 Steelton Boro Disbanded__________ later reorganized as
Hygienic Hose and Rescue No. 7
1905 Hershey Fire Dept. Hershey DT Active
1905 Allison H & L Co. No. 2 Harrisburg City Faded from existence by the 1970’s
1905 Enterprise SFE Co. No. 12 Harrisburg City Disbanded 1905
1906 Camp Curtin Fire Co. No. 12 Harrisburg City Active
1907 East End Hose Co. No. 6 Steelton Boro Disbanded 1970’s? Merged into Steelton VFD?
1910 Royal Fire Co. No. 14 Harrisburg City Faded from existence by the 1970’s
1910 Pennsylvania Steel Co. FD Steelton Boro Active as Bethlehem Steel, now _________
1910 Pleasant View Fire Co. No. 15 Pleasant View SQT Annexed into Harrisburg in 1920 as HFD Co.
No. 16, faded from existence by the 1970’s
1913 Bureau of Fire Harrisburg Harrisburg City HFD switched to Dept of Parks and Public
Property under Commission form of Gov’t
Now under Dept of Public Safety(1969)
1917 Union Deposit Fire Co. Union Deposit SHT Active
1917 Royalton Fire Co. Royalton Boro Disbanded
1917 Riverside Fire Co. No. 15 Riverside, SQT Became active 1918 in Harrisburg City when
Riverside annexed in that year. Semi-active
1918 Ordinance Dept. Depot USArmy Middletown Boro Merged into Olmsted Air Depot FD in 1920’s
1918 Lucknow Fire Co. Lucknow, SQT Held organizational meeting then faded
1920 Friendship Fire Co. Bressler, SWT Active
1921 Edgemont Fire Co. Edgemont, SQT Active
1922 Wiconisco Fire Co. Wiconisco, WT Active
1923 Reliance Hose Co. No. 1 Rutherford, SWT Active
1924 Dauphin Fire Co. Dauphin Boro Active
1925 Lawnton Fire Co. Lawnton SWT Active
1927 Paxtang Fire Co. Paxtang Boro Active
1928 Progress Fire Co. Progress, SQT Active
1934 Linglestown Fire Co. Linglestown, LPT Active
1938 Paxtonia Fire Co. Paxtonia, LPT Active
1944 Colonial Park Fire Co. Colonial Park, LPT Active
1946 West Hanover Fire Co. West Hanover Twp. Active
1947 Berrysburg & Community FC Berrysburg Boro Active
hobbes or BillyO when did the fire company in Royalton disband. Never new there was one and did they have a station and apparatus???
The Londonderry Fire Company No.1 was granted a charter on October 28, 1963. Originally started to supplement the Borough (Middletown) companies with water with a used oil tanker. In 1966 the Company purchased a pumper from the Union Hose Fire Company 56 in Middletown in addition to the tanker. In April of 1972 is was voted to have the new Pumper/Tanker (1974 Hendrickson/Howe) painted lime yellow by a vote of 15 to 4. On January 1, 1973 a 1966 Pontiac Ambulance purchased from Hummelstown was placed in service. Londonderry Fire Company EMS is still operating providing a 100% volunteer ambulance service to Londonderry Township and it's surrounding comunities. I believe that this is the last 100% volly fire company owned ambulance in the county???
Dave, a few things, Halifax merged in August of 1994. Also you missed Fisherville Fire Company was formed in 1927 after that distructive fire.
Jesse, I changed the master list and will upgrade the posted list from time to time.
What about that date for Gratz? Maybe Harry can shed some light on that.
Tim, regarding the Royalton Fire Company No. 1. First mention in the papers was July 20, 1916 when there was a call for forming a company. Then in April, 1917 Borough council purchased a two tank 45 gallon hand drawn chemical engine for $600 from Obenchain-Boyer Company of Loganspor, Ind. This was a typical chemical engine for a small community back then. The first organizational meeting was held on April 17, 1917 with 36 persons joining as charter members. The engine arrived April 27th. First official meeting was held April 30 when officers were elected. It appeared there was a lot enthuisasm.
First chance to use the chemical on a fire came on Dec. 9th when fire struck the John Landis residence on Shippen St. When the chemical arrived it was found to be froze up. . .it had been housed in an unheated barn since Borough council failed to appropriate money for a firehouse. A bucket brigade extinguished the fire with help from the Liberties of Middletown. It would be a full year until Borough council would agree to remodel council chambers on Burd Street to house the engine. The seeming lack of enthuisasm on the part of council to properly house the rig probably contributed to a lack of interest in the company. In April, 1919 it was re-organized with new officers. The first run and use of the rig was finally on December 17, 1919 when a defective flue ignited the front bedroom of the Harry Snavely residence on Burd Street. The final paragraph to the Evening News article of same date probably says it all: Royaltonb's chemical engine was used for the first time. The Rescue company from Middletown sent its motorized pumper and helped a lot to extinguish the blaze. The loss will not exceed $100." I have nothing further on the Royalton Fire Company No. 1 and I can only presume that it faded into obscurity.
1950? Ellendale Fire Co. Ellendale Forge MPT Disbanded late 1950’s?
1950 Grantville Fire Co. Grantville EHT Active
1950 Rescue Fire Co. Estherton, SQT Active
1953 Chambers Hill Fire Co. Chambers Hill SWT Active
1956 Powell’s Valley Fire Co. Matamoras, HT Merged with Halifax FC into the HTFD in 1994
1956 Dauphin Co. Civilian Defense Replaced by DEMA 1980’s?
1956 Dauphin Co. Civil Defense Fire Dept Faded from existence early 1960’s
1956? Oberlin Gardens Fire Co. Oberlin Gardens, SWT Disbanded 1990
1958 Susquehanna Rescue Squad Harrisburg City Reorganized into River Rescue, 1960
1960 River Rescue, Inc. Harrisburg City Active today
1963 Londonderry Fire Co. Londonderry Twp. Active
1969 HFD Squad 1 Harrisburg City Disbanded 1983
1972 HFD Tower 1 Harrisburg City Active but replaced Ladder 2-1975
1972 Dauphin County Rescue Squad Lower County Faded from existence 1980’s?
1974 Carsonville Fire Co. Carsonville JEFT Active
1984 Steelton Volunteer Fire Dept Steelton Boro Merger of Citizen No. 1, West Side No. 3,
Baldwin No. 4, what was left of the East End No. 6 and Hygienic No. 7.
1986 HFD Tower 3 Harrisburg City Active
1989 Public Safety Training Center HACC Active-training only
1993? HFD Rescue 1 Harrisburg City Active
1994 Halifax Township Fire Dept. Halifax Township/Boro Active
I don’t have starting dates or some information for the following:
Lower Swatara FD LSWAT Active
Hygienic Hose & Rescue No. 7 Steelton Boro Merged into SVFD
USA/USAF Olmstead Field LSWAT Disbanded. Function took over by HIA
1969? Harrisburg Int’l Airport FD LSWAT Active
Pa Air National Guard FD LSWAT Active
Penn National Racetrack FD EHT Inactive
Three Mile Island Fire Brigade Londonderry Twp. Active?
Pennsylvania Railroad FD Harrisburg City Disbanded ?
Pillow Fire Co. Pillow Boro Active
Fidelity Hose Co.? Williamstown Boro Disbanded or never fully organized
Niobe Fire Co. Hummelstown Boro
PATaskForce 1 Eastern Pa. FEMA-US & R team
Dauphin County Haz Mat Countywide Active
River(Water) Strike Team? Countywide Active
That is a total of 103 companies/bureaus/departments if you were counting!
And now for the final 36 Ambulance/EMS related companies I have mention of. . .
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES-Include Fire Department run EMS or Ambulances(36)
(This needs a lot of help!!!!!!!!) I do know there were several privately run ambulance services over years and they are not included.
1900? Harrisburg Police Dept. Harrisburg City Discontinued police patrol wagon for ambulance-1920's
1917 Harrisburg Hospital Harrisburg City Disbanded about 1970
Polyclinic Hospital Harrisburg City Disbanded about 1970
1922 Steelton Fire Patrol Steelton Boro Run as part of Steelton FD
Rescue Hose Co. Middletown Boro Merged ?
Liberty Fire Co. Middletown Boro Merged
Middletown EMS? Middletown Boro ?
1926? Harrisburg Fire Dept Harrisburg City Disbanded 1983
Baldwin Hose Co. No. 4 Steelton Boro
Millersburg Fire Co. Millersburg Boro
Reliance Hose Co. Elizabethville Boro
Progress Community Ambulance Progress, SQT Active as SQTEMS
Rescue Fire Co. Estherton, SQT Disbanded
Lower Paxton Township Amb. LPT Merged into South Central EMS?
1970 C.A.R.E. Ambulance Harrisburg City Disbanded ’71 or ‘72
1972 River Rescue Inc. Harrisburg City Active as Capital Life Team
1973 Londonderry Township EMS Londonderry Twp. Active
Dauphin-Middle Paxton Amb Dauphin Boro/MPT Active
Capital East Ambulance Paxtang Boro Disbanded ?
Upper Dauphin Co. Medic 6 Upper county
Halifax EMS Halifax/HT
1990? Polyclinic Hospital Harrisburg City Medic 5 merged into Pinnacle
Osteopathic Hospital Medic 3 LPT Merged into ?
Hershey Ambulance Corp Hershey, DT
Penn State University Hospital Hershey, DT EMS Active
Penn State University Hospital Hershey, DT Life Lion
Capital Region EMS Harrisburg City Bought out by Pinnacle?
Highspire EMS Highspire Boro Disbanded?
Chambers Hill EMS Chambers Hill SWT Active
Rutherford EMS Rutherford, SWT Active?
Tri-Community EMS Oberlin, SWT Disbanded ?
Citizen’s Fire Co. Penbrook Boro Disbanded ?
Lower Swatara EMS LSWAT Disbanded ?
Bethlehem Steel Corp Steelton Boro ???
South Central EMS Lower County Active
Hummelstown Ambulance Hummelstown Boro ??
I’m quite sure I missed a couple here!!!
Dave I am pretty sure 1924 is the right date for Gratz Fire Company, but am not sure. Halifax Ambulance was formed in 1972 incase you did not have that information. Very interesting list Dave, I knew about most of them, but there were a few surprises.
Dave, I can help you out on some of the EMS companies.
Reliance Hose Company, Eville Boro, merged with Medic 6 in the 1990's.
Lower Paxton Township EMS I believe became South Central EMS.
Hershey Ambulance Corps was organized in 1954 and was taken over by Penn State University Hospital in 1995.
Capital Region EMS I believe became Capital Life Team EMS.
Rutherford EMS formed in 1955 and disbanded in the 1990's.
Tri-Community Ambulance disbaned in the either 2003 or 2004.
Lower Swatara EMS dsibanded in 2004 or 2005.
Behtlehem Steel still runs and ambulance.
A few that I have that I saw you did not have listed.
Lykens/Wiconisco EMS, merged with Medic 6 in the 1990's
Williamstown Area EMS Inc., Williamstown Boro/Williams Township, Active.
Gratz Area EMS, merged with Medic 6 in 2003.
Hershey Park EMS, Active.
Penn National Raceway EMS, Active?
Grantville's QRS Unit, Active.
Grantville's QRS Unit, Active.
Is this the only QRS unit in the county? And was there any others in years past?
Dauphin-Middle Paxton EMS has a QRS unit and I the steel plant runs one also, other then that I can't think of any other QRS in county, past or present.
Ok, seeing that nobody spoke up for the LPT departments.... I'll shed some light about the northside!!
There were many efforts to organize a fire company in Linglestown, dating back to 1765. There are no records indicating when these efforts were attempted. Nothing seemed to stick! In 1850, a hand pumper [hand drawn I believe] was bought from Hummelsotown by the Paxton Fire Company of Linglestown (the early efforts to regional fire protection?!?!?!?! LOL). But, the pumper was sold to the Eagle and used to carry beer kegs. Talkin' about ur keggers!! Around the turn of the century, the citizens held a carnival, which took in enough money to purchase several fire extinguishers [I think it was 10 or 12] and placed throughout the town. Some years later, a large fire consuming two dwelling sparked another effort but never materialized.
It is important to note that fire protection for Linglestown came from Harrisburg (betcha couldn't have seen it from the bridge then, eh?!?!) during the early part of the 1900's. After a huge barn fire in February 1934, prompting the organization of the current Linglestown Fire Co. No. #1, which was chartered on February 28, 1934. There were 44 charter members, paying a monthly dues of a dime. A year later, Linglestown purchased a Ford Model T fire truck from Elizabethville ( “Reliance” ) Fire Co., for $300-400 (FOAM NOT INCLUDED!!). The engine was housed in various locations until 1937, when the former Linglestown High School building was purchased and today, remains to be the foundation of several additions to the main structure, demonstrating the evolution of fire company over the years. Linglestown purchased its first "brand new" engine, the 1941 Ford Darley, at a price of $4,500-5,000. The engine is truly a testament to the charter members! By the way, I believe that one charter member actually is alive. If I am correct, Mark Bolton is the only living charter member!
Just to be brief.....like any other company, those humbled beginnings were the foundation of our vocation and future generational vocations!!
I have to do some research from some written data I compiled from Bill Minsker years ago.....but, I believe shortly after the fire company was organized, it was dispatched to a house fire out by the Beaver Creek [near Piketown and Linglestown Road] Linglestown dropped its hard suction into the creek, drew up a draft, and stretched a 2 1/2" as another company [either Paxton and Progress] arrived. Members from that department attempted to take the knob from our boys and they were quoted as saying "This is Linglestown's line!".... Ah, the Pride of the Northside born!!! ;)
Thank you to everyone for their replies. Couple of questions. Doesn't Linglestown still have one of their old engines? Does Colonial Park still have one of their old engines.
Also, I think that Lower Paxton's ambulance company was orginally called The Lower Paxton Volunteer Fireman's Ambulance Association. I remember the gold Cadillac they had. Did I just date myself.
Anyway, I think this is a very intersting topic. Thank you again to everyone for their replies.
Company 54 - Why did you go to lime green? Was there a reason behind it. I love your artwork on the doors.
[QUOTE=HOBBES]1910 Pennsylvania Steel Co. FD Steelton Boro Active as Bethlehem Steel, now _________
The Steel Mill is now owned by a company called MITTAL. I will ask about the Highspire EMS Services next time I am down there and see someone that will know. I'll let you know.
Linglestown still has the 41....it was at pump primers last weekend!!!
The B Model Mack was on the way to a call when it hit and killed the engineer on the way to the firehouse. After that is when they changed the color to a more visable lime yellow from the red.
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