Columbia No. 1 Fire Department


The mission of the Columbia No. 1 Fire Department shall be protecting the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of the Borough of Columbia and neighboring communities from the ravishes of fire and other disasters through public safety education, the extinguishment of fires, and providing to its customers an organization of men and women which they can depend and feel proud. Our objective shall be accomplished by upholding the professional image of the department by providing and maintaining suitable quarters, equipment and apparatus and promoting the spirit of good fellowship among its members for said purposes.

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Emergency Service Personnel Complete Training

Sunday, August 3, 2014  On Monday, July 28, 2014 Columbia No.1 Fire Department hosted an open invitation Water Rescue Awareness Training. This training served as a refresher for some members and was also attended by several new members. WhiteCap Water Rescue Training staff instructor Todd Stahl instructed this training.

This 2½-hour classroom course is for anyone who may respond to a water emergency. Topics include scene assessment, activation of the Emergency Response System, evaluation of potential and existing water hazards, scene management, rescue vs. recovery, and personal safety measures. This course meets NFPA 1670 awareness level

Members from the following companies participated in the training; Pioneer Fire Company-Marietta, Lancaster County Haz Mat, Denver Fire Company, York Township Fire Department, Eagle Fire Company-Mt. Wolf, Conestoga Fire Company, and the host Columbia No.1 Fire Department. Congratulations to all students for successfully completing Water Rescue Awareness training! Once again, thanks to the Columbia no.1 Fire Department for choosing WhiteCap Water Rescue Training to instruct your Water Rescue Awareness training.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014 0900 Sunday began for the 801 volunteers shortly after 0900 hours when the environmental rescue assignment was put out by LCWC to Chiques Rock Park for a climber that had fallen and now has a severe leg injury.

TEAM 801 responded with Special Unit 801 (6x6 Ranger with Medical Transport Capabilities), Squad 802 and Engine 801 with a total staffing of 12 and multiple EMT's. 801 units arrived at the base of the "rock" to be met by Columbia PD who had located the injured male climber. EMS care was initiated and additional crews arrived to assist with patient packaging. Patient was loaded on Special Unit 801 and transported to an awaiting MICU from SVEMS with Medic 700 (LASH) onboard Special Unit 801.

Thank you to all members that responded and all additional companies on scene as the cooperation and TEAM work allowed for a safe and efficient outcome for the patient.

Agencies operating on the 76 box included: 76, 801, 804, 10, Fire Police, SVEMS and Police Agencies.

Command: Deputy 76 (CARTER)





Wednesday, July 23, 2014  As storms passed through the Susquehanna Valley, the Columbia No.1 Fire Department was dispatched as part of the Lancaster County Rescue Taskforce 36 for a Residential Rescue. At1840 hours Squad 801 and Squad 802 along with the other members of the Rescue Taskforce to respond to 251 West 28th Division Highway, Elizabeth Township.

A poplar tree on the property snapped during a thunderstorm and came down on the roof and side walls of the home trapping the woman. Neighbors reportedly heard her screams for help. It took emergency crews about half an hour to cut away the collapsed walls to free her.

The victim was awake and responsive as she was being transported to Hershey Medical Center. There is no word on her condition.

The 200 block of the 28th Division Highway (Route 322) was closed for several hours during the rescue.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014  On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Columbia No.1 Fire Department was alerted by 911 for an MVA-Class1 Route 30 at the Hellam Exit with Roll Over. Engine 801 made the response with a crew of 4. While enroute, Medic 102 and Hellam Twp Police arrived on scene and confirmed the vehicle accident was westbound at the Hallam Exit.

Emergency personnel informed York County Control (YCC) there were two vehicles involved with one vehicle off the roadway that rolled several times. Personnel on the scene confirming 2 Class 4 patients. Command contacted YCC and requested the Coroner to the scene.

 Engine 801 was redirected to Stand By in station at Wrightsville 41. While the Engine crew was in 41 Quarters, they were dispatched for a Medical Assist for Difficulty Breathing on South Front Street.





Sunday, July 20, 2014  At approximately 0222 hours in the early morning hours of Sunday, Lancaster County Control dispatched Engine 801 along with neighboring apparatus for a Vehicle Accident – Entrapment – 1A. Incident was reported to be in the area of Route 30 at Malleable Road, West Hempfield Township involving multiple patients.

Upon arrival, it was confirmed to be 4 vehicles involved in this 10-45. One SUV, 2 Sedans and one motorcycle with 1 Class 4 patient and several other patients requiring care. Route 30 was closed for several hours as police investigated the scene.





Thursday, July 17, 2014  Tonight the Columbia No.1 Fire Department hosted a Stat MedEvac Landing Zone Safety Training. This training was instructed by Stat MedEvac Flight Nurse Jenn Denlinger. Training class was coordinated by WET Captain Todd Stahl.

Classroom session was held in the department's 2nd Floor Training Room. Stat 13 landed in a large open field adjacent to Front Street. Instructor Denlinger & the Flight Crew shared with the students the various components and equipment of the helicopter, discussed numerous safety measures about Stat 13, proper landing zone, overhead obstructions and crew safety.

Thank you to Jen Denlinger & the Stat Flight Crew for a very informative training! Participating companies attending this training; Columbia QRS, Pioneer Fire Company Marietta, Pioneer Fire Company Ephrata, Susquehanna Fire Rescue Company, Blue Rock Fire Rescue and the host company Columbia No.1 FD.





Thursday, July 17, 2014  Wednesday, July 16, at 9:11am, the Box Alarm for 134 North Third Street, Columbia was dispatched for an Apartment Building Fire in Columbia Borough. Untis arrived on scene with fire showing. A quick response and aggressive fire fighting had the fire knocked down very quickly.

A special thank you to all the units who assisted on this incident. Stay Safe....





Saturday, June 21, 2014  The officers and members of the Columbia No. 1 Fire Department would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all citizens and patrons of today's Chicken Barbecue!

The fund raiser was a huge success and the committee reported a sell out by 1 PM!

Thanks to Firefighter Ken Falcon and his committee for another successful event! 

See you in the Fall,  September 20, 2014 for our fall event!





Saturday, June 7, 2014  Tonight a TEAM 801 Firefighter graduated from High School and moved to the ranks of a senior firefighter with the Columbia No. 1 Fire Department and the Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Company! 

Congratulations to Firefighter Devon Anderson on your graduation from Eastern high School.  Devon is also the proud son of Department President Mike Anderson!  The officers and members of the Columbia No. 1 Fire Department are proud of you!





Monday, May 26, 2014 



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