Todays edition of the Gettysburg Times has an article about the Buchanan Valley FD celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary this year. Take time to check it out:
This past weekend, BVFD hosted “Minimum Staffing Truck Company Ops” class taught by Traditions Training. 20 volunteer firefighters took time out of their busy weekend to attend this intense training. This class concentrated on Minimum Staffing situations with crews having to complete several fireground tasks. With limited volunteers available at times, BVFD decided that this class would greatly benefit our Department and Community. Students completed 3 hours of classroom instruction on Saturday, followed by hands-on training evolutions Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. A house was used for the practical training for real life-like experiences. This is the third Traditions Training class hosted by BVFD, and several more have been planned for the future . Volunteers from Gettysburg FD, Biglerville FD and Arendtsville Fire Departments also participated in the class. BVFD would like to thank the following for making this class happen: New Franklin Fire Company (Truck 17 on Sunday), Franklin County Air Unit 10 (Air Wagon on Sunday), The FireStore (Supplying Demo Saws), Dave Burkholder (Vacant House), Nellie Fox Bowling Alley (Many restroom visits), Gettysburg Times (photos), the stand-by BVFD crew that remained in the Valley (handled 3 responses) and of course the Valley ladies for making meals throughout the weekend. BVFD members have put in over 250 hours of training already for 2015. Below are a few pictures of the weekend. Photos by Curtis Bryan
As another snow storm hits the area on this first day of Spring, Co 27 was out the door again to the 6000 Block of Chambersburg Road for the MVA. Units arrived to find 2 vehicles involved with 1 minor injury. The assignment was held to Engine-Tanker 27 and EMS. As you can see this was a close call for the well known elephant statue that stands along Chambersburg Road at Mr Ed’s. We are happy to announce that there were no elephant injuries. BVFD again reminds everyone to use extreme caution when its snowing especially when visiting “The Valley”.
Brush 27 was alerted for a tree down in the 200 Block of Church Road around noon today. As Deputy Chief 27 was arriving at the tree down, Adams 911 advised they were putting the assignment out for smoke in the house at 340 Church Road. Engine Tanker, Engine and Brush 27 responded to find an electrical issue as a result of the tree falling on the wires. The assignment was backed down to Brush 27 and Fire Police.
On June 6th, BVFD along with the New Franklin Fire Company will be having a Cash/Gun Drawing hosted at the Buchanan Valley Fire Department. This drawing will be like the Drawings that BVFD has had on the 1st Saturday of June for several years. By teaming up with NFVC there are more prizes and they are larger in size. Tickets are only $10 each. The meal of the day will be hamburgers, hotdogs and sides. This event is outside, but our dining hall will be set up if you would rather stay in the A/C. If you are interested in purchasing tickets or selling tickets, please see a Member of BVFD or NFVC. You can also contact Chief 27 to get tickets. More info will be posted as this event gets closer. If you want a ticket, get them early, this will be another sell out!
This Saturday marks 30 years of service for the Buchanan Valley Volunteer Fire Department. For the next year we have several events and plans Celebrating 30 years of Service. We also plan on a bi-weekly post on our webpage showing the progress of BVFD over the 30 years. Below is the shirt design that we will be ordering on April 1st. Many people in the Community have requested for us to post the design and to open the shirt order to the public, so that they may also purchase. Order forms are hanging in the firehouse or you can email Chief 27 directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will only be placing one shirt order of this design. BVFD would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the 30 years of service as well as the years prior of legal battles to get the Fire Department in service. THANK YOU! #BVFD27
This morning Engine Tanker 27 responded on the 7-5 Box for smoke in a mobile home in the 1800 Block of Black Gap Road. Engine Tanker 27 arrived and staged. Due to limited access and a fresh coat of snow/ice on the ground, only 4×4’s could access the mobile home. After a period of staging the Box was downsized and Engine Tanker 27 transferred to Company 7.
Engine Tanker 27 with a crew 4 responded to Franklin County Box 7-6 at 10:18 hrs to 10099 Lincoln Way East with a vehicle accident with entrapment. ET 27 arrived and assisted Franklin Engine 7-2 with the extrication. This makes the 3rd run to Franklin County in the last 11 hours.
Shortly before midnight (2/25/15) Engine Tanker 27 with 6 responded to Franklin County (Box 44-03) 3448 Letterkenny Road to assist with Water Supply on a Working Barn Fire. Engine Tanker 27 hauled 10 loads of water. Pictures by Brian Denham