West Hempfield Fire & Rescue Company is Lancaster County Fire Station 76 and was established on January 1, 2000 as a result of a merger between the Ironville (1944-2000) and Silver Spring (1948-2000) fire companies. Ironville and Silver Spring consolidated to streamline operations, personnel and finances. Station 76 operates out of the West Hempfield Township Municipal Complex located at 3476 Marietta Avenue. Station 76 has 47 active volunteer firefighers and numerous administrative-only support member.
Station 76’s first due response area includes portions of West Hempfield Township and East Hempfield Township. The term ‘first-due’ is a reference for the geographical service responsibility of the fire company. Each fire company has a first due in which they are charged with and responsible for emergency response protocols, policies and procedures. Station 76 protects a diverse area inclusive of rural agricultural facilities, suburban neighborhoods and light industry. Some areas are not serviced by a municipal water system requiring special water supply protocols frequently called rural water supply. In additon, it protects portions of Route 30 and natural venues including Chickies Rock County Park, Northwest River Trail and Lake Grubb. In 2019, Station 76 responded to 579 total calls for service including calls in the ‘first due’ and assistance calls to neighboring communities. The map below depicts Station 76’s first due response district.
Station 76 operates a diverse fleet to meet the hazard potential in its first due. Fire apparatus is typically designed for specific and often times multi-tasked functions. Below is a general overvew of the fire apparatus operated by Station 76:
Engine 76-2 is a unit commonly referred to as a pumper. A pumper is equipped with a pump and a water tank. A pumper is the foundation of every fire department because the fundamental purpose of a fire department is to extinguish fires. Engine 76-2 was built in 1999 and is equipped with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump to pump water from a water source to the fire. It carries a large assortment of varied diameter hose. Larger diameter hose is needed for water supply. Large diameter hose is what is used to get water from a fire hydrant to the pumper. Then through smaller diameter hose lines, commonly called attack lines, firefighters maneuver them into a building to fight the fire. Engine 76-2 also has a 1,000 gallon water tank that is used to extinguish smaller fires such as car fires, trash and brush fires. Engine 76-2 has seating for six firefighters.
Engine 76-2 responds first on reported structure fires in the first due. It also assists neighboring fire departments at fires upon request.
Rescue 76 is a 2009 unit designed and equipped with specialized rescue tools to rescue people trapped in a variety of situations such as freeing someone entrapped in a car after a crash or a body part trapped in a piece of machinery. It is also equipped with rope equipment for rapelling to access people who may have fallen in below grade situations, such as at Chiques Rock or who have been injured working in higher elevation venues such as in a silo. Rescue 76 is equipped with a small pump and a 300 gallon water tank for incipient fires and it also carries spill control equipment for hazardous substance spills such diesel fuel, oil and some acids. Rescue 76 has seating for 7 firefighters. Rescue 76 responds first on all reported vehicle accidents or special rescue incidents.
Tanker 76 is a 2014 unit designed and equipped to provide water at incidents where hydrants are not available, such as at rural agricultural areas, or where water sources are not readily available like on the highways. It is equipped with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump and carries 3,500 gallons of water. It carries a device called a porta-tank is a portable folding tank that looks like a swimming pool. This tank becomes a water source from which a pumper can supply water to a fire. The porta tank allows Tanker 76 and mutual aid tankers to refill at another site and then return to refill the porta tank.
TAC 76 is a 2018 4x4 unit designed to reach access-limiting locations where typical-sized fire appratus cannot travel. This includes long narrow residential driveways, environmental trails and other access-limiting corridors such as along the rail line. It is equipped with a 350 gallons per minute pump and a 300 gallon water tank and carries attack hose to extinguish fires. It also carries rope rescue equipment, vehicle accident support equipment and medical equipment. TAC 76 is equipped with a bumper mounted winch for pulling and ground water sweeps that can be used when fighting field and brush fires. TAC 76 has seating for five personnel and responds first on medical assist calls such as cardiac arest incidents. Squad 76-1 also is equipped to tow the trailer that carries the Ultra-Terrain Vehicle, designated as UTV 76.
Traffic 76 is a 2006 unit equipped with traffic and crowd control equipment necessary to protect incident scenes and operating personnel. It carries a large assortment of traffic cones, barricades, and directional instructions to prohibit and or direct people and vehicles away from emergency incident scenes. The equipment carried by Traffic 76 is compiant with federal specifications prescribed in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Traffic 76 has seating for two fire police officers and responds when Station 76 apparatus responds as well as assists neighboring jurisdictions at emergency scenes. Traffic 76 also assists at non-emergency events such as parades, community events and funeral details.
Special Unit 76
In addition to response personnel is the Support Group that provides administrative support, organizes community events, fund raising events and provides rehabilitation proceedings when response personnel are on campaign events and training. The support group includes the following members:
The fire company conducts a monthly business meeting on the third Tuesday of every month. The meeting starts at 7 pm. The company also conducts weekly training drills every Monday evening (except on Holidays) starting at 7pm. If you interested in learning more about Station 76, feel free to stop by the station during Monday Night Training or anytime someone is at the fire station.
There are two officer segements that work in concert to provide emergency response services (Line Officers) while at the same time managing the daily business and administrative operations (Administrative Officers) of the company. Some members serve dual roles. Below is a list of the Line and Administrative Officers
|Line Officers||Administrative Officers|
|Fire Chief Joseph Ney
Deputy Chief Barry Carter
Chief 76-1 Eric Bachman
Chief 76-2 Duane Kline
Chief 76-3 Phill Wright
Captain Jeremy Sauder
Lieutenant Nathan Charles
Lieutenant Teddy Moyer
Lieutenant Nathan Cramer
Engineer Randy Wissler
Assistant Engineer Frank Haldeman
Assistant Engineer Eric Conley
Assistant Engineer Matt Richard
Assistant Engineer Jan Gayman
Fire Police Captain Garry Wagner
Fire Police Lieutenant Jay Enders
|President Nathan Charles
Vice-President Duane Kline
Secretary Brenda Sauder
Treasurer Phill Wright
Assistant Treasurer Ivan Forry
Membership Secretary Tara Ney
Trustee Jan Gayman
Trustee Rusty Mahosky
Trustee Jacob Conley
Trustee Teddy Moyer
Trustee Kirk Ament
Trustee Rudy Beck
If you are interested in being a part of the Station 76 team you will need to submit an application.
-To obtain an application you can;
-download one from the link below
-stop by the station and pick one up, OR
-email one of the contacts listed above to have one sent to you.
-We require a $15 fee with your application which covers the costs to conduct a background check. After the background check is completed the Membership Secretary will contact you to schedule an interview with the Membership Secretary and both a Line and Administrative officer. Next your application will be read before the membership committee and a balloted vote conducted to accept you as a member.
-Then you can start your volunteer fire department service regardless if it is as a responder or support member.