Jul 28

Ladders 101

Tonight the Junior Firefighters had training on Ladders.  Lt. Jumper conducted a brief break down on ladder construction, ladders carried by BVFD and ladder safety.  Following that discussion a hands on evolution was conducted by the Juniors.  Junior Firefighters are young men and women ages 13-17.  BVFD is very blessed to have 13 Junior Firefighters at this time!  #BVFD27


Jul 26

Training Continues

Today Students had another portion of their “Exterior Firefighter” training hosted at Buchanan Valley FD.  After a morning classroom session, Students are currently drilling on running lines and flowing water.  Today is the third of six Sunday Classes for “Exterior Firefighter”.  More to come…  #BVFD27  #Followme 

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Jul 25

Graduation Day

  Today at 11am junior firefighters Logan Jumper, Trevor Diaz, Andrew Adams and Keyaira McGlaughlin graduate from the 10th Franklin County Junior Firefighter Academy Class. This class has grown to become a successful program hosted by Franklin County Public Safety Training Center. Junior members enter a week long program that is built for young firefighters providing valuable hands on training, team building, and knowledge from local key fire service leaders. BVFD thanks the academy coordinaters for continuing to invite our junior firefighters to the program each year. Congratulations to Logan, Trevor, Andrew and Keyaira !

Jul 19

2015 Fund Drive

This week the Buchanan Valley Volunteer Fire Department will be mailing our Annual Fund Drive out to members of the community. Our fund drive is very important to the ability of BVFD to provide superior emergency services to the community. This year’s Fund Drive will be going directly towards our Station Generator Project. BVFD is in the process of having a 60KW generator installed to power our Station during power failures. BVFD has never had an emergency generator before. This Project will allow BVFD to operate during power failures. Currently during power failures  the station will not have running water or heat and firefighters must raise / lower the bay doors manually (3 man operation) and lose all telephone communication during power failure. As you can imagine, power failure current directly affects our ability to serve the Community. BVFD has received 2 Grants towards this project and with the support of the local Community via the Fund Drive, we will have the total funding for this turn key project.   Our goal is to have the Project completed in September. If you do not receive a letter in your mail this up-coming week and feel you should, please contact Chief Michael Spielman. BVFD handles our Fund Drive mailing in house and we do our very best to keep up with address changes. BVFD would like to again like to Thank Everyone for your on-going Support! #BVFD27  #Funddrive




Jul 18

Wagon and Pumper on the Alarm Bells Box 27-13

Jul 09

Two Accidents in Three Hours at 234 / 30

Yesterday, BVFD responded to the intersection of Buchanan Valley Road and Chambersburg Road (Box 27-1) for an auto accident at 18:00 hrs and again at 21:00 hrs.  The first accident involved 3 vehicles and the BVFD announcement sign.  There were no injuries in this accident. Our sign sustained major damage. The second accident involved a motorcycle and a hit and run car.  There was one injury transported to Gettysburg ED. #BVFD27


Jul 06

Fall Gun/Cash Drawing

Sept Ticket

Tickets are available for the Fall Gun and Cash Drawing on September 26, 2015. This Fundraising Event is Co-Hosted by Buchanan Valley Fire Department and New Franklin Fire Company.

Event will be held Rain or Shine !

Held at Buchanan Valley Fire Department, 1180 Buchanan Valley Road, Orrtanna, PA 17353

Gates Open: 10am-8pm ~ Meal Served: 11am-4:30pm

Beverages: 10am-6pm ~ Drawing: 12pm-5pm

Meal: Hamburgers, Hotdogs and Sides

Band to play after last drawing

Donation: $10.00 ~ Children under 6 FREE

Bring your pop-up tent/chairs and make a day of it !

Air Conditioned Dining Area Available

Jul 02

Remembering Chief James Cutchall


Chief James Cutchall responded to the July 2, 1977 fire alarm as he had a hundred times before, arriving on the scene first to direct incoming fire apparatus from the Fayetteville, Pennsylvania Volunteer Fire Department.

Within minutes, the 33-year-old Chief lay mortally wounded from a sniper’s bullet, shot even as he radioed the Franklin County Communications Center with an initial report of a working fire and injured civilian.

Wagon 7-1, Fayetteville’s first due engine, followed Chief Cutchall up the dirt road leading to the burning cabin and was greeted by a barrage of bullets which pierced the windshield and cab, wounding the driver, Deputy Chief Robert Monn, and 18-year-old firefighter Scott Riechenbach as they raced for cover.

One of the men on board wagon 7-1 shouted “the Chief’s down” and several firefighters ran through the continuing gunfire to drag Chief Cutchall to safety and began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department ambulance rushed him to the hospital as the EMT-A’s continued resuscitation techniques. However, Chief Cutchall died at the hospital.

So unfolded the tragic, untimely death of a man described by one of his peers as “one of the most outstanding fire chiefs in the nation”. Close personal and professional friend Donald D. Flinn, General Manager of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, described Cutchall’s department programs as “model for the volunteer service”.

Crawford Wiestling, former chief of the neighboring Shippensburg West End Fire and Rescue Company, and the man who assumed command of the scene after Cutchall’s injury, explained, “he lived, breathed, slept and ate firefighting”.

Chief Wiestling perhaps described Cutchall best with these words: “He would refuse to sit still. He always wanted new ideas. Stagnation meant defeat to him. He would refuse to pause or say, ‘I’ve done my job’. He always used one saying in his speeches: ‘To be a volunteer firefighter and make an error is human, to be a volunteer firefighter and worry about those errors is compassion, to be a volunteer firefighter and do something about those errors is professionalism.’”

Under Cutchall’s four year reign as Chief, the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department became the first volunteer company within the region to adopt documented training standards, initiate a “bunk-in” program to assure immediate nighttime response, develop extensive pre-planning procedures for its 25-square mile first due area, and use modern, diesel-powered apparatus painted high visibility lime yellow. A capital improvements program, including the addition of five pieces of apparatus and a $150,000 building renovation, also was completed.

Women have assumed an important role within the Department riding fire, rescue and ambulance vehicles as active members. Junior membership and scholarship programs begun by Cutchall have provided a training ground for future firefighters. Many of these programs were outlined by the Chief in an article appearing in the July 1976 issue of Fire Command entitled “Volunteers Surviving in the 70’s”.

In 1975, alarmed by the lack of adequate ambulance service in Fayetteville, the Chief purchased two ambulances and manned them with EMT-As trained in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department ambulance service was the first in the State to be certified under recent State regulations governing training, manpower and equipment. Plans also were initiated by Cutchall to provide advanced life support to his community within the next year.

On July 6, 1977 the final tribute was paid to James C. Cutchall in a style never before experienced in central Pennsylvania. Firefighters and 80 pieces of apparatus from 60 fire companies in six states lined both sides of Lincoln Way in Chambersburg for the mile-long procession to Lincoln Cemetery where the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Halfway, Maryland aerial towers formed an arch draped in black. The casket, carried in the red velvet hose bed of Engine 7-1, was followed by more than 2,500 uniformed firefighters who, along with friends, slowly moved toward the cemetery in sweltering 100-degree heat.

Some of the mourners present included Don Flinn, IAFC, Chief Burton Johnson, District of Columbia Fire Department, Chief Robert Little, Director, Eastern Division, along with representatives of the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature and Pennsylvania State Police.

Normally I would not use something that someone else wrote for my site but this is a rare case. The two men that wrote the article on Chief Cutchall were best of friends with him; they too were dedicated to the fire service and its betterment. In later years they both gave their lives in the line of duty also. This entry is a tribute to all three men.

~Story borrowed written by unknown Author~

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