This week the Colonial Park Fire Company was awarded a FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the 2019 application cycle! It was submitted as a regional grant to replace aging breathing apparatus for Linglestown Fire Company No. 1 - Station 35 and our company together totaling 50 airpacks. The total package submitted included a cost of $328,000. With the AFG grant, the new airpacks will only cost the fire companies $29,800 in company money with the rest ($298,000) coming from FEMA.
This is a highly competitive grant program across the country! Thanks to Lower Paxton Township for their support in hiring a grant writer, John Sly for writing the grant, Rep. Scott Perry office for calling and congratulating us, and all the members that helped compile information to submit the grant. Another successful day for Lower Paxton Fire - this totals over $700k in grant funding received for the three fire companies thanks to combined efforts of all three. ... See moreSee less
Last night Southside crews were able to take advantage of an acquired structure provided by the Saint Ann's Byzantine Catholic Church. What used to be a pavilion that blew over and is going to be demolished was able to be used for vertical ventilation training before being disposed of. Crews practiced chainsaw and axe work both on and off of a roof ladder. ... See moreSee less
✅ Free Room & Board! ✅ One of the busiest call volumes in the region! ✅ 100% Volunteer protecting the 16th largest municipality in PA! ✅ Tuition scholarships for college classes as students! ✅ Unlimited fire training, anything you want to learn and obtain! ✅ Stipends per call for volunteers who respond! ✅ Located at the I81 and I83 junction for quick commutes! ✅ Engine, Rescue, and Truck responses throughout the lower county! ✅ Free WiFi High-Speed Internet, access to computers and printers! ✅ Free gym membership and in-house workout equipment available! ✅ Mentors to make you successful for a career firefighter job!
Colonial Park Fire Company has immediate openings in the live-in program for ambitious and interested individuals looking to attend secondary education or maintain employment in the area! You are able to live at the firehouse for FREE while answering emergencies in Lower Paxton Township and surrounding communities.
The Southside Station #33 is one of three fire companies that make up Lower Paxton Fire protecting the Township. We have one of the most successful college live-in programs for experience, graduation, and placement into career firefighter jobs throughout the country.
All members will be trained to the Colonial Park Standard for riding Engine, Rescue, and Truck companies as well as allowed to attend fire training locally and nationally once basic requirements are met. We encourage our members to seek out all training opportunities in addition to our in-house training program.
If you're interested in the live-in program, please use Facebook messenger to ask questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the station at 717-652-8378, or stop by and visit! More information available at www.colonialparkfire.org
Engine 33 responded last night on the 45-7 box for a reported fire just across the Lower Paxton Township line in Swatara Township. The engine was the 3rd arriving unit and with primary water secured, operated as the first due special service “squad” company splitting crews between opening up for the line, helping Progress Fire 32 ladder the building, and backing up the first due engine company from Swatara Fire 91 with an additional line. The crew of five operated for an hour on scene while additional personnel staffed the station in the event of supplemental calls for service. All photos courtesy of Dustin Weese. ... See moreSee less
Any time any of our apparatus go for maintenance, they get ran through an operational check upon return. Since Engine 33 had pump and valve work done, crews took her to the river to make sure everything was running smooth. ... See moreSee less
A lane restriction will be in place on I-83 northbound in the area of Union Deposit Road from approximately 9 PM tonight, Wednesday, July 29, to 6 AM Thursday, July 30, so a sign structure can be set, and the old structure removed. There will be intermittent rolling stops in both directions at this location between midnight and 5 AM while the contractor is working over the interstate.
Then, on Thursday night, the contractor will move operations to just north of the Union Deposit Road Interchange (Exit 48) to remove a sign structure. A northbound lane restriction will be in place from 9 PM Thursday to 6 AM Friday, with rolling stops in both directions between midnight and 5 AM. ... See moreSee less
This evening crews continued to work on driver/operator skills as six personnel will be going for certification in August. Crews spent part of the evening in the classroom and the other half doing practical evolutions preparing for the evaluation. ... See moreSee less
This week Phil Crea returned to Lower Paxton Township and will be volunteering with us again as part of Lower Paxton Fire! Upon his departure from Scott Fire Department, he wrote a final letter expressing his gratitude for his time in Louisiana. In turn, the Chief of Scott FD made a facebook post explaining exactly why we're so happy to have Phil back with us this week. See the post and letter in the post below! Welcome home FF Crea!A Sunday message from Scott Fire Chief Chad P Sonnier.
Many years ago, a gentleman by the name of Phil Crea came to the area from Pennsylvania to play hockey for the Louisiana Icegators. He fell in love with the area and decided to call it home.
While here, he became a member of the Scott Fire Department. Since day one of being with SFD, Crea made a huge difference to not only to our department, but to the customers we serve. He served with honor and integrity, ALWAYS training members at the station to improve efficiency.
I am saddened to say he recently accepted a job with a department in his hometown to help take care of his family.
Crea, as a citizen of Scott, I would like to thank you for all of the sacrifices that you have made to protect my family. As a Fire Chief, it was an honor to serve with you. I would also like to thank you be being a leader and positive role model to the members of SFD.
To demonstrate what a class act he is, please see the letter sent to all members of the department.
From Firefighter Phil Crea, addressed to the members of SVFD.....👨🚒
To the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Scott Volunteer Fire Department, If anyone doesn't know yet I was offered a job back in Pennsylvania close to my family. I took the job and will be moving back to my hometown.
Around 8 years ago I was looking to continue being a volunteer firefighter and serving the community I was living in here in Louisiana. I heard many good things about the Scott Volunteer Fire Department.
I heard they were busy, aggressive, and served a large part of the parish along with the city. I put in an application and began my journey with ya'll. During this journey I chose to buy a home in Scott because of the members of this fire department and how they cared for their citizens and the members they served beside. I know I won't get the chance to see everyone before I turn in my gear on Wednesday so I wanted to take the time to say thank you.
Thank you for accepting the "Yankee" into your membership. I have made many new friends and brothers with the time I spent with all of you. I hope to stay in contact with all of you and keep tabs on the department while i'm back in Pa. The memories I've made here will last a lifetime. If I can help any of you with anything in any way, all my contact information will be the same. If anyone decides to venture up to Pa I'd be happy to show you around.
I will always consider Louisiana and the Scott Fire Department my 2nd home. It has been a big part of my life and will miss it more then any of you will know. Louisiana is such a wonderful place to live. The food, the culture, and the hospitality are all so unique and beyond generous. It is such a unique place and very hard to leave. We plan on visiting often and hopefully will be able to make a few calls with ya'll during those trips!
In closing, again I want to thank ya'll from the bottom of my heart for the hospitality and everything ya'll have done for me during my stay in Louisiana.
Senior guys keep helping those younger and new members be great firemen and positive role models for their community. Keep pushing each other to be better, continue learning, and ya'll be safe! At the end of the day EVERYONE GOES HOME!
Sincerely, P. Crea
Crea, you will ALWAYS be welcomed back if you choose to return.
Stay safe and thank you for all of the sacrifices that you make and all that you do for the fire service.
The Colonial Park Fire Company #1 regrets to announce the passing of life member Joseph Kapelski. Mr. Kapelski passed away on Tuesday, July 21st. Services will be Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading with burial to follow at Charles Evans Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Kapelski lead a life of public service not only as a lifetime volunteer with us, but as a veteran of the United States Air Force and as member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 070-06-09.
The Southside would like to thank Mr. Kapelski for his years of unwavering service to the fire company and citizens of Lower Paxton Township and extend their condolences to his family and friends during his loss.