Recent Calls
Wed. Sep 7th 2016
Fire In Egg Storage Facility In Hubley Gets Engine & Tanker

Engine and Tanker 27 were dispatched at 0914 this morning on the box alarm assignment to 109 Coleman Road in Hubley Town...

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Sun. Jul 17th 2016
Well Off Detached Garage On Spruce Street

Box 27-1 was transmitted at 1041 this morning for a reported garage on fire to the rear of 417 South Spruce Street in Gratz B...

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Mon. Jul 11th 2016
Engine & Tanker Take In Second Alarm 24 House

Engine and Tanker 27 were dispatched at 0935 this morning on the second alarm assignment to 210 West Market Street in William...

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News Headlines
Fri. Jul 15th 2016
New Rescue/Engine Arrives In Gratz

For the first time in 25 years, the Gratz Area Fire Company #1 has taken delivery of a brand new, custom built piece of fire ...

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Thu. Jul 7th 2016
Pump Test Complete For New Rescue/Engine

Earlier today, a few members of the apparatus committee travelled to the Sutphen East plant to watch the pump test for the ne...

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Fri. Jul 1st 2016
Sutphen Rescue/Engine Update #4

The body has been mounted. The compartment doors have been installed. The lighting package has almost been completely mounted...

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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
Emergency: 911
Fax: 717 365-3121