Downtown Station Earns State Recognition

“If you want it, work for it”  The Mechanicsburg Fire Department, Downtown Station has done the hardwork.  On Tuesday evening our firefighters were presented with the Bronze Level of the Voluntary Fire Fighter Certificate Program as recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.  This level means over 50% of our active firefighters are certified to a national level.  Each firefighter had to successfully complete over 200 hours of training and written exams to accomplish this certification.  It has been a four year climb to achieve such an honor.

We had the pleasure of Pennsylvania State Rep. Sheryl Delozier and Tracey Baumgard of the State Fire Commissioners Office presenting the award to our firefighters for their dedication and commitment.

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Saturday Truck 28 Work Detail

On Saturday, several members gathered to perform some necessary maintenance on Truck 28.  Members used several pressure washers to degrease the extendable boom and then re-grease it.  This is no small task but is necessary to keep the apparatus functioning properly. 

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Meeting With Our Surrounding Mutual Aid Chiefs

On Thursday evening, the Officers of the Washington Fire Company hosted a meeting for the Borough Fire Chief and all of our surrounding Mutual Aid Chiefs.  This was an informal get together to meet and discuss future directions of the Borough of Mechanicsburg Fire Services.  Boro Chief Neff presented the updated box assisgnments as well as discuss possible future operational plans.  We’d like to thank all of the Mutual Aid Chiefs for taking time from their busy schedules to attend and we look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming months and years…..

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Congratulations To The Class Of 2018

The mem and women of the Washington Fire Company would like to send “Congratulations” to the Class of 2018 from Mechanicsburg Area Senior High.  Included are our own members Jr. FF Jason Albert, FF-1 / EMT Savannah Toddes, and FF -1 Nick Bixler.  Also, “Congratulations” to another one of our members, Jr. FF Sabrina McClintock, who is a member of the Cumberland Valley Class of 2018.

J. Albert – S. Toddes – N. Bixler

N. Bixler – S. McClintock

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Memorial Day Parade

Members from both Borough Fire Companies staffed their apparatus for the annual Memorial Day Parade in Mechanicsburg.  They also participated in the Memorial Service at the Mechanicsburg Cemetary following the parade.  

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Memorial Day Picnic

Members, family, and friends gathered Sunday at the Downtown Station for a picnic to celebrate Memorial Day.  A cookout meal was prepared with all the fixins’.  Afterwards, the Corn Hold boards were brought out for some entertainment.  Later, both Engine 228 and Truck 28 were washed and detailed in preparation for Monday’s Memorial Day parade in Mechanicsburg.  

Link to Facebook Photos

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The Learning Never Stops at the Downtown Station

Recently, several members of the Washies completed the necessary requirements to receive their State and National Firefighter Certifications.  This training includes numerous hours of classes covering basic first aid, hazardous materials training, as well as having to complete the 148 hour required Interior Firefighter courses.  Once all of this training is completed, an additional written test as well as a practical, “hands-on” test covering 12 knowledge stations, is required.  Congratulations to the following:

Deputy Chief Koni Hench – Firefighter II

Captain Chris Bixler – Firefighter II

Lieutenant Elizabeth Neff – Firefighter II

Firefighter Nick Bixler – Firefighter I

Firefighter Chris Swingle – Firefighter I

Firefighter Savannah Toddes – Firefighter I

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Sometimes, It’s The Small Things That Matter….

On Thursday afternoon, Engine 128 was dispatched for an animal rescue.  Upon arrival, the crew found ducklings stuck in a storm drain.  A line was pulled to flow water into the other end of the drain and gently float them out.  7 ducklings were caught and pulled out, and reunited with their momma duck and 3 other ducklings.  All ducks were carried to a retention pond about a block away.  Thank you to the kind woman who stopped and joined the engine crew to help save the ducks!

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New Mechanicsburg Borough Fire Chief Appointed

The members would like to congratulate our own Chief Gary Neff on his appointment to be the Fire Chief for the Borough of Mechanicsburg.  It is with great pride that Chief Neff follow in the footsteps of his father and brother who have both held this position in the past.  Great work Chief and we look forward to many more years of working for and with you to provide the residents of the Borough with the best fire protection we can provide….

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5 New Interior Certified Firefighters

The members of the Washington Fire Company would like to congratulate 5 members for passing their Interior Firefighter course today at HACC.  This training covers 148 hours of extensive training giving them basic training needed to be an interior firefighter. We congratulate Tyler Bender, Nick Bixler, Mark Gephart, Trey King, and Savannah Toddes

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