Working Vehicle Fire on N. Union Street

This afternoon, Engine 59 was dispatched to the area of North Union Street and PA 283 West Exit Ramp for a possible vehicle fire. Chief 59 responded immediately and was updated with the police department on scene with a working passenger vehicle fire. Engine 59 responded with a crew of three personnel being advised of a fully involved vehicle. Chief 59 arrived on location confirming the report establishing command 59 advising it was near the intersection of Fulling Mill Road and N. Union Street. Engine 59 arrived on scene stretching a single one inch and three quarter CAFs (Compressed Air Foam) handline. Command marked control after about 5 minutes of arrival of Engine 59.

Command: Chief 59


Engine 59

Command 59

Lower Swatara Police Department

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Working Fire in the 54 Box

Yesterday, around 15:00 hours Box 54-1 (Londonderry Twp) was dispatched for a structure fire in the 400 block of North Geyers Church Road. Engine and Truck 88 (Middletown) arrived with heavy smoke and fire from the roof of a single residential structure. Engine 54 reversed out from the scene to Tanker 59 who dropped their port-a-tank at the end of the lane. Command 54 requested the first alarm and additional tankers due to no hydrants in the area. A second port-a-tank was set up with all tankers filling from a pond on Colebrook Rd. 20 loads of water had to be shuttled to the scene before the box was put in service. Great Job by all crews that worked the scene.
Engine: 54, 54-1, 88, 55, 46, 48, 59-1, 91, Lanc 74-2, Lanc 74-1
Truck: 88
Tanker: 54, 59, 47, ANG 71, Leb 3, Lanc 70, Lanc 71
Air: 48,  41
Special Unit 88
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Bingo Cancellation

Bingo cancelled

Bingo will be cancelled for Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

Lower Swatara Fire Department thanks you for your continued support.  Hope to see you week.

Single-vehicle MVA North Union Street near Fiddlers Elbow Road

At 0809 hrs on July 14th Station 59 was dispatched for an accident with injuries on North Union Street in the vicinity of Fiddlers Elbow Road.

Rescue 59, responding with a crew of four, arrived to find a single vehicle accident with three occupants and no entrapment. Vehicle sustained front end damage from collision with utility pole. Airbags were deployed.

Rescue 59 personnel assisted University EMS and South Central EMS with patient packaging.

Command: Chief 59-1
Operations: Captain 59

Rescue 59
University EMS
South Central EMS
Lower Swatara Police Department
Highspire Police Department





Crews Complete Water Rescue & Emergency Response Course

Today (Sunday, July 12th) members from Lower Swatara, Lawton, Chambers Hill, Middletown and Harrisburg River Rescue finished the Water Rescue & Emergency Response course (Phase I). All participants started the morning at the Middletown Swim Club with a swim test and quick review of skills from class. After lunch, crews hit the river in Harrisburg at the Dock Street Dam to perform our skills in a swift water setting. Completion of this class adds 10 members to our water rescue division at Lower Swatara Fire Department. Congratulations to everyone who completed the class! A huge Thank You to the Instructors and Middletown Swim Club.
Command: Station 59
Utility 59,10, & 88
Boat 59, 10 & 88
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Busy Week For Station 59

Lower Swatara Fire Department has been busy this past week. Monday started with preparation for deployment of 80 PA Forestry Firefighters to Alaska assisting with a large wildland fire. FDLS members also attended a Water Rescue Awareness class at our station that evening.
 Tuesday brought the new Boat 59 to the station for inspection and emergency light placement. The project should be completed by August.
Friday was the start of a Water Rescue and Emergency Response class for our personnel. This course will enhance our members in water rescue as a person in the water craft doing the rescue.
On top of all this, the week has brought a bunch of various calls that included alarms, medical responses, and a working vehicle fire on Interstate 283 northbound.
Thanks to all the dedicated members that put countless hours into providing fire protection and service to our community.

Cardiac Arrest Save By FDLS Crew

Last evening, Company 59 was dispatched to a reported Cardiac Arrest on the 100 block of D lane in the Township. On arrival CPR was in progress, an AED (automated external defibrillator) was applied and used just before the arrival of University EMS. The patient was transported to hospital and was reportedly doing well.

We would like to say congratulations to members Firefighter Eiswerth, Firefighter McLennan and Firefighter Dixon on their cardiac arrest save.


  • Command 59
  • University EMS (MICU 4-1)


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