Recent Calls
Tue. Oct 31st 2017
First Due Cut Job At The Crossroads For The Rescue And Engine Companies

Box 27-4 was transmitted at 1130 this morning for a vehicle accident with entrapment in the area of 1464 South Crossroads Roa...

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Sat. Oct 28th 2017
Rescue Engine Special Called To Fatal 28 Pin On Klingerstown Road

Rescue 27 was dispatched at 1914 this evening to assist Stations 28 and Northumberland 65 with a farm truck rollover with ent...

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Sat. Aug 26th 2017
Well Off House Goes First Alarm With Specials In Gratz Borough

Box 27-1 was transmitted at 0638 this morning for smoke coming from a house at 131 West Market Street in Gratz Borough. Chief...

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News Headlines
Sun. Apr 30th 2017
Thermal Imaging Camera Donated For Rescue 27 By Hershey Fire

This evening, a couple of members travelled south to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company to receive a Thermal Imaging Cam...

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Sun. Apr 9th 2017
Rescue 27 Returns To Service

At 1800 this evening, Rescue Company 27 officially returned to service. The past few months have been filled with many hours ...

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Fri. Mar 10th 2017
Junior Firefighter Shaffer Places Third In State NASP Tournament

Congratulations to Junior Firefighter Brooke Shaffer, who finished in third place individually at the Pennsylvania National A...

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1st Alarm Well Off House Fire In The Township
Thu. Jul 25th 2013

Box 27-1 was dispatched at 1151 this morning for a reported house on fire with rapid calls in the area of Picnic Road and Route 25 in Lykens Township. Engine 27 (B. Welker) with 3 was en route at 1157 and struck the 1st Alarm due to the rapid calls and thermal column. Tanker 27 (Hammaker) with 1 also went en route at 1157, followed by Chief 27 (H. Welker) at 1158, and Rescue 27 (S. Dreher, Sr.) with 1 at 1207. Engine 27 laid out from the last hydrant on Market Street, putting 1,400' of 5" on the street before proceeding to the scene and finding a vacant single story ranch-style home well off. Engine 27 dumped the tank water via the top-mounted deluge gun immediately and stretched an 1 3/4" attack line and a 2 1/2" attack line. Rescue 28 (Pillow) completed the lay, approximately 700', and supplied Engine 27. Truck 22 (Lykens) arrived, taking the address and going in service for elevated master stream operations. Once positive water was established, the bulk of the fire was knocked down fairly quickly via defensive operations. Crews from various departments then began overhauling the structure with the assistance of a local resident's trackhoe. After completing the overhaul operations, the box was placed in service at 1714. The updated address of the incident was 859 East Market Street in Lykens Township, a 27-2 Box.

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A big thank you to Station 22 (Lykens) for repacking all of the 5"!

Command: Engine 27 (B. Welker), was later passed to Chief 27 (H. Welker)

Units on scene: Engines 27, 26, 28, Northumberland 65, & Schuylkill 14-10; Trucks 22 & 20 (RIT); Rescues 27, 21, 23 (RIT), & 28; Squad 26; Tankers 27 & 26; FM 1 & PSP FM; MICU 1-1 & Northumberland Ambulance 548

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View of the apparatus placement on Side Alpha.
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Crews from various departments overhauling on Sides Alpha and Charlie.
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View of the layout from the hydrant.
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Gratz Area Fire Company #1
P.O. Box 8
Gratz, PA 17030
Non-Emergency: 717 365-3121
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