2011 year wrap up & 2012 Officers
The 2012 Officers are as follows:
President: Mike McKillip
First Vice President: Glenn Evans
Second Vice President: Trevor Eiswerth
Secretary: Sherry Pickel
Treasurer: Dale Rider
Trustees: Chris DeHart, Dennis Gallagher, Henry Pickel, and Dave Sheaffer
Chief 59: Robert Furlong
Chief 59-1: Chris DeHart
Chief 59-2: Jason Brown
Captain 59: Sean Taylor
Lieutenant 59: Justin Lenker
Lieutenant 59-1: Justin Chenault
Chief’s Aid 59: Austin Byler
For 2011, Lower Swatara Fire Department answered 811 calls for service which is a record number of calls answered by the Lower Swatara Fire Department ever. Of the 811 calls, 27 were considered jobs or working fires that required at least one line stretched and put in service. Another 11 of the 811 emergencies were pins or accidents with someone still entrapped in the vehicle. These calls required the use of hydraulic tools to be put in service to assist in the extrication. The Lower Swatara Fire Departments marine division answered the call during Tropical Storm Lee, 29 boat emergencies that consisted over 100 persons rescued out of the water in Lower Swatara Flats area from vehicles, trailers, houses and buildings, the boats also assisted surrounding areas like Highspire and Middletown as well. Of the 29 boat responses, 10 of the 29 were throughout the year consisting of strained boaters, hazmat incidences and other calls for service.
This year, FDLS also received a Dauphin County Casino Grant of $400,000 to build a new heavy rescue to replace the 30 year old rescue that is in service now. FDLS also is in the process of receiving a new Engine 59-1 to replace the old Mack CF engine, the process has begun and the new rig is taking shape. The new engine will hopefully be completed and in service by April.
2011 was also another successful year with hundreds of kids and adults receiving fire prevention education throughout the year by Company 59. The majority of this public education took place in October during fire prevention week, but occurred periodically throughout the year. At open house in October, the company estimated of about 500 to 600 people came to show support to Lower Swatara Fire Department along with other mutual aid companies like Middletown (88), Swatara (49), Progress (32), Londonderry (54), Lawnton (44), Dauphin Country Hazmat (77) and Steelton (50) Fire Companies. FDLS also hosted the Police department and other private organizations like PPC and University EMS.
Thank You for Your Support, We look forward Serving You in 2012.