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Upcoming Events
Open Records Officer - The Lower PaxtonTownship Manager
To file a written request for a public record, a Right-to-Know form is available at the Municipal Center and on this web site.

Requests for records may be made verbally. If requesters wish to pursue the relief and remedies provided in the Right-to-Know Law, then requests for records must be in writing.

Maintenance Night
First and Third Tuesday at 1830 hrs

Company Training
Second and Fourth Tuesday every Month at 1830 hrs

Company Meeting
First Thursday of every Month 1900 hours

Board of Supervisor Meeting
Lower Paxton Township Board of Supervisor's Meeting
First and Third Tuesday Regular Meeting at 1930 hrs
Second Tuesday is Work Shop Meeting at 1930 hrs


Makin' The Stretch 2018 Save The Date!
Download 2018-makin-the-stretch-registration-document.pdf

Save the date!  Our annual conference is right around the corner.  General registration will begin on July 1st.  Don't miss out on this great experience and the opportunity to hear amazing speakers such as Dave LeBlanc, Deputy Chief, Harwich Fire and Rescue in Massachusetts or attend a 16hr Machinery Rescue class by Andrew Brassard and Take The Door Training. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS CONFERENCE!  You can register below by PayPal or you can print the attached document and mail it in with payment to secure your class.  As always, please email us with any questions, makinthestretch@colonialparkfire.org  

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If you register for an 8-hour program Saturday, don't register for 4-hour sessions. You CANNOT attend both - they oviously overlap.

8 Hour Programs

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4 Hour Morning Lecture

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4 Hour Afternoon Lectire

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Registration Information

Early Bird Registration, which includes a 10% discount for select classes, is July 1, 2018 through July 15, 2018.  Students can attend all 3 days, or select individual days of their choice.  


Registration pricing:


Friday October 19, 2018

8 hour HOT CLASS (includes the Keynote Address)

  • July 1, 2018 through July 15, 2018 - $157.50
  • July 16, 2018 through September 16, 2018 - $175.00
  • September 17, 2018 through October 11, 2018 - $185.00
  • October 12, 2018 through opening day of conference - $195.00

16 hour HOT CLASS (includes the Keynote Address), Friday and Saturday

  • July 1, 2018 through July 15, 2018 - $315.00
  • July 16, 2018 through September 16, 2018 - $350.00
  • September 17, 2018 through October 11, 2018 - $360.00
  • October 12, 2018 through opening day of conference - $370.00

Keynote Address only (does not include HOT classes)

  • July 1, 2018 through September 16, 2018 - $50.00
  • September 17, 2018 through October 11, 2018 - $60.00
  • October 12, 2018 through opening day of conference - $70.00


Saturday October 20, 2018

8 hour HOT CLASS

  • July 1, 2018 through July 15, 2018 - $157.50
  • July 16, 2018 through September 16, 2018 - $175.00
  • September 17, 2018 through October 11, 2018 - $185.00
  • October 12, 2018 through opening day of conference - $195.00


  • July 1, 2018 through July 15, 2018 - $67.50 / per class
  • July 16, 2018 through September 16, 2018 - $75.00 / per class
  • September 17, 2018 through October 11, 2018 - $85.00 / per class
  • October 12, 2018 through and opening day of conference - $95.00 / per class


Sunday October 21, 2018

  • July 1, 2018 through July 15, 2018 - $90.00
  • July 16, 2018 through Septmebr 16, 2018 - $100.00
  • September 17, 2018 through October 11, 2018 - $110.00
  • October 12, 2018 through and including the day of registration - $120.00


Class and Instructor Information is below as well as the links to register for each day.  Please be sure to review this entire page. 


Please check back as updates will be made.


Seats are limited, register today!

Cancellation Policy

The participant may cancel the registration and receive a full refund up to September 16, 2018. From September 17,2018 through October 11, 2018 the participant will receive 50% of the cost of the day being cancelled refunded. After October 11, 2018 no refunds will be given for cancellations.

The COLONIAL PARK FIRE COMPANY NO 1 may cancel all or part of this conference without notice. Should a cancellation occur, the participant will be given a full refund or placed into another class based on availability.

Makin' the Stretch: Training Today, Ready Tomorrow

Welcome Firefighters and Emergency Responders,


The Colonial Park Fire Company is extremely excited to once again welcome you our annual training conference…Makin’ the Stretch at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg PA.


Whether you are a repeat attendee or a first timer, you are sure to have a great experience. This year promises to be everything the last three years were and more.  We have taken your feedback into account and have added more HOT classes and new national instructions to ensure you have an experience like no other.  Dave Leblanc, Deputy Chief, Harwich Fire and Rescue in Massachusetts will be delivering the Keynote speech on Friday evening and we have kept the ever-so-popular Brotherhood Bash.  We are looking to provide firefighters/emergency responders from around the country the ultimate emergency responders training experience. 


Why are you here?  The answers to that question are many.  First and foremost, you are here because you care about the public we are sworn to protect.  Emergency services are here for the people we swore to serve, and we understand the hazards associated with emergency services before taking the oath to protect others.   


Our slogan is Training Today, Ready Tomorrow.  The slogan is to help firefighters focus on training, leadership and tactics; so that when they are called to duty, they are ready to respond in a moment’s notice.  The past year’s conference focused on leadership because everything begins and ends with strong leadership.  This year we are focusing on both leadership and tactics by having local level and national instructors teaching “street smart” tactics and cutting edge leadership skills for the emergency service.         


Friday will begin with your choice between a 16 hour HOT Class, 8 hour HOT Class and Keynote speaker, or just the Keynote and no HOT Classes. If you do attend a HOT class, it will be followed by opening ceremonies, keynote speaker Dave LeBlanc, dinner, and our ever-so-popular Brotherhood Bash.   


The second day will include the conclusion of the 16 hour HOT Classes, additional 8 hour HOT Classes, or your choice of up to two different 4-hour lecture classes.  


The final day includes a 4 hour lecture class, lunch, and closing remarks.   

Seats are limited, reserve your classes NOW!   


We would like to thank all speakers and instructors for giving their time and commitment to making this a great educational experience.  This conference would not be what it is without the highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors from all over the country who share a passion for making our profession as safe as possible while being as aggressive as possible.  In closing, please make an effort to attend this one of a kind training conference in central Pennsylvania.  Here, you will continue to learn, make new friends, and share in the bonds of brotherhood that make our profession second none.  


Please like Makin' The Stretch - Training Today, Ready Tomorrow on Facebook and routinely check back for updates.  The full agenda and bio’s of the instructors is below. 


Thank you again for attending, have a great conference, and keep training to make a difference.


For additional questions please contact makinthestretch@colonialparkfire.org or (717) 652-8378




This years conference will be split between the Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel & Conference Center located at 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111 and Harrisburg Community College (HACC) Shumaker Public Safety Center (1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg).

The Best Western Premier is convenient to both I-81, and I-83, just east of Harrisburg, and west of Hershey.  The proximity to the Harrisburg International Airport, and Harrisburg’s Train and Bus Station, paired with complimentary shuttle service to each, make this the ideal place to host our one-of-a-kind conference.     


For attendees staying overnight, the Central offers distinctive full service accommodations including a stylish Grand Atrium, O’Reilly’s Tap Room & Kitchen, a large heated indoor pool, spacious fitness center, expanded business center, complimentary hi-speed internet access, sundry shop, courtesy shuttle service, coin-operated laundry and many other amenities.  For your convenience, the Best Western is offering a discounted nightly rate of $99.95 plus tax per night.  Please call the Best Western directly at (717) 561-2800 and reference group code T30XY8I6 (case sensitive – that's an "I", not a 1 or an L).  You can also go on-line to https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.39125.html?groupId=T30XY8I6 to make your reservation.         

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center

Address:  800 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Phone:  (717) 561-2800

Group Code:  T30XY8I6



Day 1, Friday October 19, 2018.  Start - 07:00, End After Brotherhood Bash

  1. HOT Class Registration:  07:00 - 08:00
  2. HOT Classes:  08:00 - 17:00
  3. Lunch: 12:00 - 13:00
  4. Keynote Registration:  17:00 - 18:00
  5. Opening Ceremony: 18:00 - 18:30
  6. Dinner 18:30 - 19:30
  7. Keynote Address:  19:30 - 21:00
  8. Brotherhood Bash:  21:00 - 01:30 Saturday

Day 2, Saturday October 20, 2018.  Start 09:00, End 17:00

  1. Registration:  07:00 - 08:00
  2. HOT Classes and Lectures:  08:00 - 17:00
  3. Lunch:  12:00 - 13:00

Day 3, Sunday October 21, 2018.  Start 09:00, End 14:00

  1. Registration:  07:00 - 08:30
  2. Lecture:  08:30 - 12:30
  3. Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
  4. Closing Remarks:  13:30 - 14:00

*all times are subject to change. 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Firefighter Mindset, Critical Thinking for the Fire Service

Date/Time: October 19th, 2018
Location: Best Western Premier, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111
2hr Lecture 1900 - 2100

Dave Leblanc is currently a Deputy Chief for Harwich Fire and Rescue in Massachusetts. Dave's Fire Service experience spans three decades including having worked as a on call firefighter, a volunteer firefighter, a career fire alarm operator, fire fighter and company officer.  Dave currently teaches as an adjunct instructor for a local community college, has worked as a fire academy instructor and presented and the New England FOOLs Northeast Fire Summit. Dave is married and the father of two daughters.

With all the sources of information available today for firefighters, critical thinking is a skill the must be developed and honed so that firefighters are able to sort through the rhetoric and decide what they need to apply to their situation to be the most effective. This class will focus on preparation and stress related reactions, and also evaluate some of the new ideas that are trending with a critical eye toward adhering to the principals of service that are the foundations of the Fire Service.

Andrew Brassard Take The Door Training - Machinery Rescue

Date/Time: October 19th and 20th 2018
Location: 1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
16hr Hot Class 0800 - 1700

Machinery rescue incidents can happen in any community at anytime. The question is, how well will you be prepared to handle these emergencies? Our high paced class offers maximum "hands on" time that gives the student the best opportunity to learn the skills that are paramount for successful outcomes at these types of incidents. The class utilizes custom props that replicate common machines that people get caught in. These props maximize the learning experience for the student and ensure all students get the same experiences. Your fire department is expected to rescue people. Be prepared.

PPE REQUIRED: Safety glasses, hand protection, steel toes shoes and work pants. Thermal protection is required for the torch section (turnout gear).

The class includes: Cutting Torch Work, Hand in a Meat Grinder, Impalements, Disassembly, Arm Trapped in a Auger, Arm in Rollers, Metal Cutting, Lock Out Tag Out, Lifting, Spreading and much more!

The 350 Line Engine Company Ops - “Back to the Basics”

Date/Time: October 19th and 20th, 2018
Location: One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
16hr Lecture and HOT Class 0800-1600

The 350' line is a group of firemen from the Central Virginia area. We are dedicated to bringing quality instruction & Training to our brothers & sisters in the fire service. We seek innovative ideas and concepts while honoring the traditions that have brought the fire service to where it is today. We strive to help others in perfecting the craft.

Instructors: Kevin Morris, John Spanbauer, Brad Clark, Jess Rodzinka, Brian Grimes

Class Description: A hands-on, movement-driven class covering nozzle selection, water delivery and stream application. We will explore the pros and cons of different hose loads, deployments and stretches with evolutions to enforce appropriate applications of each under a variety of fire ground conditions. We are focused on aggressive, fast water actions for initial engine company responses that will set you up for success regardless of your department's staffing levels, size or whether in an urban or rural setting. The 350' Line is committed to giving you new tools and techniques and to helping firefighters at all experience levels in "Perfecting the Craft."

PPE Requirements:  full structural firefighting gear is required with eye protection.  SCBA is not needed.  

Real Fire Training - Irons Academy

Date/Time: October 19th 2018
Location: 1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg PA 17110
8hr HOT CLASS 0800 - 1700

Jeremy Williams has over 18 years in the fire service and for the past 14 years he has worked for the Norfolk Fire Rescue (Norfolk, VA) where he currently serves as a Lieutenant assigned to a Rescue Company, while previously serving as a Lt on a Ladder Company and a Coordinator for the departments Fire Academy. Jeremy is a member of the Regional Technical Rescue Team and also serves as a Rescue Specialist on FEMA's Virginia Task Force 2 US&R Team. He also served in the US Navy as the Ship's Fire Marshall onboard the USS McFaul (DDG-74). Jeremy holds a Degree in Fire Science, Degree in Fire and Emergency Management, and completing Master's coursework in Public Administration.

This course is focused to strengthen and build on the participant's foundational forcible entry skill sets. Participants repeatedly force doors via a series of door props while using a strengthened systematic approach. This in return sets the foundation to building a muscle memory approach. Attendees will be introduced into increasing difficult doors to allow the participant to gain confidence in their strengthened skill sets. We apply street proven techniques and not trendy options. Our goal is increase the practical knowledge of the fire fighter that regularly has the tools in their hand on the fire ground. This course is reality-based training and not theory based teaching with a focus on increasing efficiency through proficiency. Students are required to have full firefighting PPE, SCBA and Mask.

Weiss, Fogg, O'Brien, and Drey - Prioritizing For Success

Date/Time: October 20th 2018
Location: One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
8hr HOT Class 0800 - 1700

The 69 Instructional Cadre all work at New Cumberland Army Depot Fire Department, also known at York County Station 69. Carl Weiss is the Chief of Training. John Drey is the Assistant Chief of Operations. John Fogg is the Rescue Company Captain. Jame O'Brien is the Tower Company Captain. Together, along with several other local instructors, they teach hundreds of hours of hands on classes including live-fire evolutions in acquired structures. They have passion, drive, and want to make the fire service better one class at a time.

Initial actions at fires rarely change other than being prioritized to be the most effective for each reported fire. These actions are successful when drilled upon repeatedly until they subconsciously become prioritized and acted upon based on the conditions present on arrival. First arriving engine and truck companies shouldn't be asking for assignments, they should be operating based on this premise autonomously because of extensive training. Prioritizing for Success will focus on the basic actions of first due engine and truck companies that apply at almost any fire. Students will rotate through live fire scenarios as part of the first due engine and truck companies focusing on these initial actions to make actions second-nature without instruction. This hands-on class will focus specifically on the initial company actions that should be occurring without direction – not because it's freelancing, but because it's a well-choreographed response that EVERYONE has rehearsed and asking permission or talking on the radio would be a waste of vital seconds victims don't have to spare!

Tim O'Connor - The Successful Short Staffed Engine

Date/Time: October 20th 2018
Location: 1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
4Hr Lecture 13:00 - 17:00

Tim O'Connor is a Captain in a combination company in Delaware. He has been in the fire service for 14 years and has held various positions during that time. He is employed as a Firefighter/EMT in a combination department.

In today's fire service that is ruled by the almighty dollar, staffing reductions and lack of membership response has created a unique set of challenges. Regardless if your department is Career, Volunteer, or Combination we have been tasked with doing more with less. Less funding, less equipment, and less people. We, as the Fire Department, are still expected to solve every problem that is thrown our way. In order to do that, we must adapt and overcome-change our tactics and operations-to incorporate the increase in responsibility and decrease in staffing. The most common "change" that has been made is to operate with a crew of 3 personnel on engine companies. While this is no doubt less than optimal, it is very attainable when you become extremely effective through training and practice. This course reviews some specifics related to the tools, responsibilities, considerations and operations of each of the positions on the Short Staffed Engine. Training drills and ideas are presented to get attendees thinking of creative ways to cultivate skills necessary for success on the fire ground.

Jordan Hood - The Forgotten Engine Company Culture

Date/Time: October 20th 2018
Location: 1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
4hr Lecture 0800-1200

Jordan Hood is a 14 year student of the fire service. Currently assigned to Engine Company 805 in Capitol Heights (Prince George's County), Maryland. He holds an Associate's Degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University, in addition to multiple local and state level certifications throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He's a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy adjunct instructor, focusing on the basics and aggressive ways of the fire service.

The forgotten workhorse of today's fire service, the no non-sense Engine Company culture is a dying breed. We will discuss the aggressive ways of the Engine Company from the meadows to the ghettos. We will learn how to have a positive, and successful outcome at each incident. We will reinforce the basics to go further and faster, the ultimate goal on the fire ground.

Jarrod Sergi - Fire Service Mortar

Date/Time: October 21th 2018
Location: 800 East park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111
4hr Lecture 0830-1400

Jarrod Sergi is a Captain and 18-year student of the Fire Service. The last 13 have been with Norfolk Fire Rescue in Norfolk VA. During his time with Norfolk he has been assigned as a back-step firefighter on one of the city's busiest Engines, a Ladder Company Officer, and a Recruit Academy coordinator. He is currently assigned to an Engine Company. He loves all things engine and is confident that the Engine Company is the center of the fire department universe. Jarrod is a State Instructor for both the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the National Fire Academy focusing on MAYDAY and Strategy/Tactics. He is also an instructor with Real Fire Training LLC where he teaches hands on programs for Engine and Ladder Company Operations. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. He has been featured in several fire service publications. Jarrod is the founder of Trial by Fire, whose mission is to advance the Fire Service through strong leadership, accountability, and training

This course is designed to provide the tools and knowledge needed to lead from the front as a Company Officer, all while building an effective group of performers. This class will not only benefit officers, but will ultimately benefit anyone who has the desire to make change and drive ownership into the company level. The Company Officer truly is the mortar in any fire department. They have the ability to keep their department running strong and efficient with their example, attitude, and passion. In this program I will bring previous military experience as well as experience in my current role to reinforce the importance of unit cohesion and how it can have a lasting impact. Key concepts discussed will be preparation, credibility, training, team building, values, conflict resolution, and more. We will review case studies where leadership failed and also cover a proven process for managing poor performance. I will share with you the love and passion I have for our fire service and It will be my goal to demonstrate just how critical strong company level leadership is to the overall success of your organizations. Fire Service Mortar is meant to inspire action and produce results in your company, your station, and your department. You will not be bored with leadership theory. You will be given realistic ways to inspire your people and some tools today to make immediate change tomorrow!

Colonial Park Fire Company
433 S. Houcks Road

Harrisburg, PA 17109

Phone: (717) 652-8378
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