Festival: Don’t Miss It

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In just two weeks, it’s time once more for the Lisburn Community Fire Company’s Old Time Festival.

Running from Wednesday, August 6 to Saturday, August 9, there’s affordable fun for the entire family on the fairgrounds of the Lisburn Community Fire Company (map). From games and rides to entertainment to the best home cooking around, do not miss the 2014 edition of our Old Time Festival.

Wednesday, August 6

The first night of the Festival is ride night. All rides and games will be open, and the Small Pavilion will be open serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, ice cream, etc.

There is NO FOOD in the large pavilion on the first night of Festival. None.

Entertainment for the evening will be music provided by Juke Box Hits.

Thursday, August 7

The second night of Festival features all your favorites, from antique tractor rides to bingo to hay rides to complete food service inside the pavilion and out with chicken barbecue, sausage, and french fries. Entertainment will be provided by the Carroll County Ramblers from 6 to 10 p.m.

Friday, August 8

Entertainment on the third night of Festival will be provided by 2nd Chance Band. Come out and enjoy a great dinner with the family, and bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the music while catching up with old and new friends in front of the grandstand.

Saturday, August 9

Southbound Express will close the 2014 Festival with a bang as it plays long into the night again this year. Silent Auction bidding closes this evening, and it is the last chance to get your fill of fabulous homemade cakes and pies in the pavilion.

Admission is free, but please note that pets are not allowed on the Fairgrounds. Attendees with pets will be asked to leave the grounds to ensure the safety of all.

Proceeds benefit the Lisburn Community Fire Company.

Don’t miss a minute of the fun, and support your local firefighters.

New Orange Hose Rolls In

Firefighters have received new orange hose, and recently placed it on two trucks.

Chief Josh Keller indicated Lisburn Community Fire Company received a $13,458.11 grant from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner to assist in the purchase of new Large Diameter Hose (LDH).

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Per NFPA 1962, any hose manufactured prior to July, 1987 is no longer testable, and must be replaced. Because our LDH had been purchased prior to that date, it needed to be replaced. Yearly hose testing ensures our hose is up to accepted standards and ready for service.

LCFC ordered 2,225′, or more than four tenths of a mile, of hose to replace that carried by Tanker 24 and Engine 24. The purchase was coordinated with other Cumberland County fire companies through the Cumberland County Fire Chief’s Association to take advantage of a bulk purchase price.

Additional hose was also ordered for the Mini-Pumper project supported by Lower Allen Township. Supply and Attack lines have been purchased to prepare the Mini-Pumper for service.

The Engine 24 supply hose was replaced on June 29 by firefighters Dan and Jo Ellen, and several volunteers including Tanya. Engine 24 carries 1700′ in the hose bed in addition to 25′ and 50′ sections. Tanker 24 also had its 25′ and 50′ short sections replaced.

Mini Pumper Takes Shape

Work is beginning on the new KME Mini Pumper, with delivery expected by the end of 2014.

Following the selection of KME as the provider of the new apparatus, the Lower Allen Township Board of Commissioners agreed earlier this year to approve the purchase. Commissioners had planned for the expenditure during the 2014 budget process.

While construction is not yet underway on the Mini Pumper, KME has provided a general schematic drawing. Click on the image below to see the full PDF.

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The Mini Pumper will be built on a Ford F-550 4×4 chassis, and will feature a four-door crew cab. With a Hale 500 gallon per minute pump-and-roll pump, the truck will be able to knock down brush fires, respond to residential fires, or go wherever is needed in southern Lower Allen Township or surrounding communities.

Check back for updates and photos of the construction of the Mini Pumper.

New Arrivals, Olde Time

Thank you for your interest in the rental coordinator position. Two current members, Tanya and Brian, have agreed to take on the responsibility of serving rental customers.

If you made arrangements to rent one of our spaces, and have questions about the status of your rental, please contact us by leaving a message at
(717) 208-2315 or by sending an email.

Thanks are also in order to the Lower Allen Township Board of Commissioners for its recent approval to purchase for the Lisburn Community Fire Company’s new KME mini pumper. Arrival of the new apparatus is expected in approximately six months.

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Preparations are swinging into high gear now for Lisburn’s annual Olde Time Festival. Scheduled for August 6 to 9, the Festival will feature entertainment all four nights, carnival rides, fabulous food in the pavilion Thursday through Saturday, plus all the entertainment you’ve come to expect from us.

Will we see you at the Festival this year?

Volunteer Needed

Lisburn Community Fire Company has an immediate opening for a Rental Coordinator. This is a volunteer position.

Requirements include, and are not limited to:
1) be a member of the Fire Company;
2) reside in close proximity to Lisburn Community Fire Company, and;
3) availability evenings and weekends.

If interested, please call 766-3994.

Press Release: We Apologize

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May 28, 2014

Lisburn Community Fire Company Apologizes to Same-Sex Couple

The Fire Company does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation – all are welcome to use any of our facilities.

Lisburn – The Lisburn Community Fire Company apologized to Julie Pilger and Melanie Kirk for the actions of a volunteer who made them feel unwelcome to hold their wedding at the Fire Company social hall.

“We deeply regret this incident and any hurt our volunteer may have caused to Julie and Melanie,” said Mike Grimes, Director. “Our volunteer’s views on same sex marriage do not reflect the feelings or the position of the Lisburn Community Fire Company. We do not condone intolerance or discrimination. Our facilities are available for weddings to both heterosexual and same sex couples. We are community supported and we in turn support all members of our community.”

Sub and Pretzel Sandwiches On Sale

Sub and Sandwich Sale FlyerOrder your sub and pretzel sandwiches now (order form) to benefit local firefighters. Subs are made by Pre K Catering, formerly Matty’s Kitchen, in the Rossmoyne Business Center.

We have a great selection of turkey, ham, italian, roast, beef, and vegetable subs for sale. Prices are $4.50 for each, or $12 for three sandwiches.

Sub orders must be phoned in to Mike Grimes at (717) 645-7382 by June 5. Sandwiches can be picked up at the fire hall on June 12 between 4 and 6 p.m.

Support LCFC Volunteer Firefighters

What would happen if the Lisburn Community Fire Company siren sounded, and nobody responded?

Thankfully, that isn’t the case. Led by Chief Josh Keller, LCFC volunteer firefighters respond around the clock whenever called upon by the community.

There is more to just coming when called, though. Firefighters spend hours learning to attack a house fire, to handle chemicals stored at local businesses, and to extricate a driver from an overturned car.

Factor in monthly meetings and fund raising, committing to protecting neighbors’ homes and businesses is akin to a second full-time job.

While Lisburn firefighters receive no compensation for their service, a bill has been proposed in the State Senate that would help compensate for the many sacrifices made to protect us. Proposed by Senators Lisa Baker and Sean Wiley, the bill would allow municipalities to waive the local earned income tax for its active firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) volunteers.

While not a significant sum of money, the effort is one approach to ensuring that, instead of providing paid firefighters, volunteers will continue to answer the call.

“When those first flames begin, we cannot afford to sound the alarm and have no one come,” Sen. Baker said in a recent PennLive/The Patriot-News story.

The story went on to mention that some fire companies reward volunteers with fuel cards, gift certificates, and college scholarships.

Just up the road, Lower Allen Township has constructed a live in program that provides room and board to firefighting students at HACC in exchange for volunteer hours. The program was featured in a recent WGAL story.

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 3.18.54 PMRegardless of the method used, the ongoing need for volunteer firefighters is clear. In the same PennLive/The Patriot-News story, Sen. Baker estimated the cost to convert the state’s volunteer firefighters to a paid, career force is $6 billion annually.

Help support Lisburn Community Fire Company by taking action now:

  • become a member, either an active firefighter or a social member. Either one will contribute materially to the strength of LCFC;
  • join our email list to be notified of upcoming fund raisers and volunteer needs, and;
  • Like our Facebook page, then share it with your friends and family.

The more people who know about the sacrifice and commitment of the Lisburn Community Fire Company firefighters, the stronger and safer we’ll all be.

Protect Yourself With The Yellow Dot

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Information courtesy of yellowdot.pa.gov: Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need.

The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Responders and local law enforcement.

Participants complete a personal information form, which includes the participant’s name, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies and the participant’s doctors’ names. A photo – showing only the participant’s head and shoulders – is then taped to the front of the completed information sheet.

For more information, please see the state’s web site.

Catch Breakfast, Then Hit The Stream

The annual Fisherman’s Breakfast is slated for Saturday, March 29 in the Social Hall at the Lisburn Community Fire Company, 1800 Main St., Lisburn.

Drop in for a filling meal of eggs, bacon, potatoes, toast, and coffee or tea before you hit the stream, or stop in after you fill your creel. Either way, proceeds benefit local firefighters, and help us continue to serve the community.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this event, or any others, please let us know.

See you on the 29th.