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Robert Laughlin
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John Redman
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Allan Shepler
Pat Fatula
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Steve Letcavage
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Ernest Scott
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Recent Articles

09/14/17 - Downtown Doo Wop concert to benefit Carlisle fire companies, special police by Tammie Gitt The Sentinel Sep 14, 2017

The sounds of doo-wop will bring much needed funding to Carlisle’s first responders. Downtown DooWop: A Carlisle Saturday Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Carlisle Theatre. The concert features Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets and the Marcels. Tickets are $25 each, and all seats are reserved. Tickets may be purchased through Carlisle Theatre and Performing Arts Center at (717) 258-0666 or at

According to their website, Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets “is a high-energy five-piece combo performing a rousing, crowd-pleasing set of songs first recorded at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll by the legendary Bill Haley and the Comets, and other popular tunes from the 1950s and ‘60s.” The Marcels are known for their hit “Blue Moon,” and have been recording since 1961. Proceeds from the concert will be divided among Union Fire Company, Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services and Carlisle Special Fire Police, with the fire companies each receiving 45 percent of the proceeds and the fire police receiving 10 percent. “It’ll be a fun night in downtown Carlisle and also be helpful to the fire company,” said former mayor Kirk Wilson, who organized the concert.

This will be the third time the Marcels have appeared in town, Wilson said. Previous appearances have drawn audiences of 300-400, but Wilson hopes that 800 or so will pack the Carlisle Theatre for the concert. Wilson said the idea came about as he and former council member Frank Rankin talked about how the fire department never seems to have enough money. It receives appropriations from local government, but that isn’t much and is supplemented by fundraisers that are an additional draw on the time of volunteers.

Amy Myers, president of Union Fire Company, said the company is well-supported by four municipalities, but that it relies on fundraising to balance the budget. Money from fundraising efforts is used for capital projects such as new apparatus and station improvements as well as activities such as the fire museum and appreciation banquet. “We don’t feel it’s appropriate to use municipal monies to pay for these items,” she said. Planning and executing fundraisers take time, and can start 10 months in advance with meetings among the committee as well as with vendors and sponsors, Myers said.

Wilson said he was a member of the fire company from 1968 until 1980 and felt the time pinch that draws more and more volunteers away. Between work schedules and new training requirements, it was impossible for him to continue. “I know what it means and I know we have fewer and fewer people who are willing to do it,” Wilson said.

Myers said the fire company is required to obtain a certain level of training and certification that takes nearly 250 hours to complete. It holds monthly company training night as well as a joint monthly training with Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services. “If we don’t train, we won’t execute our primary mission effectively,” she said. Bob Wertz, captain of the Carlisle Regional Special Police, said their only fundraiser is parking cars for Carlisle Events. At the same time, the organization spends about $4,500 to fully equip each of its volunteers with protective gear, vests, winter coats, cones, lights, gloves, hats and more. “People don’t realize all the things we purchase for the protection of the fire police when they are out on calls,” Wertz said. Proceeds from the concert “will be a nice little help,” he said. “Every dollar helps. Every hour we don’t have to spend on fundraising activities gives us another hour to focus on our primary mission,” Myers said.

08/25/17 - The ABA parade will not march on Centre Street in Ashland due to lack of police, fire police coverage by Stephen J. Pytak -Pottsville Republican

ASHLAND — For the second year in a row, the Ashland Boys Association Parade has been canceled because there aren’t enough fire police available to direct traffic, Ray Jones Jr., the borough manager, said Thursday.

Scheduled for the evening of Sept. 2, it would have been the 114th ABA Parade. “There was a discussion at the last borough council meeting. We said if we didn’t have enough people for traffic control for the safety of the citizens that we weren’t going to have a parade,” Jones said. That meeting was held Aug. 9. On Wednesday, Jones and Ashland Mummers Club President Stephanie Llewellyn-Abalo talked about how many fire police were available for Sept. 2. Only two signed up to work at the event, Jones said. “In the past when we had the parade, we needed, like, 15 to 20. And only two were able to make it. We don’t have that many anymore. It’s like the volunteer fire service. It’s dwindling. I don’t know how many we have all together. But I know some were going away that weekend and only two committed to be at the event,” Jones said Thursday. “And it’s not only that. You need police officers,” Jones said. The borough has two full-time officers, Police Chief Mark O’Hearn and Patrolman Daniel E. Weikel. “And the part-time number varies. We have a list of, like, 15. But there’s maybe four or five that work regularly,” Jones said. After speaking with the police chief, Jones said he learned not all of the borough’s cops would be available to work the day of the parade. “I believe he’d be available and Officer Weikel. But he only had one other one who would commit to giving him any time that day. He tried to get the part-timers to work, but they work other jobs too,” Jones said.

The first ABA parade was held in 1900. The parade began as a remembrance of the days when former residents of Ashland who had left for employment outside the mines returned to their families on Labor Day weekend, according to the newspaper’s archives. In May 2009, the Ashland Mummers canceled the 2009 parade for numerous reasons, including a lack of donations and volunteers. In 2010, the Ashland Elks Lodge’s youth group, the Ashland Antlers, honored the spirit of the ABA parade by carrying a “Welcome ABA” banner and dressing up as coal miners. In 2011, the parade officially returned in a revised format with no marching units. In 2015, the 113th ABA Parade was held, according to the newspaper’s archives. In 2016, Llewellyn-Abalo said there weren’t enough Ashland Fire Police members for traffic control. So, there was no parade in 2016.

On July 26, Llewellyn-Abalo and her cousin, Lisa Llewellyn, Ashland, the secretary/treasurer of the Ashland Mummers Club, said they were determined to bring the event back this year. “We just don’t want to let it go. It’s a very long tradition we’ve had in our town. We grew up with it and it’s something we would like to continue,” Llewellyn-Abalo, Ashland, said July 26. And Llewellyn-Abalo was confident there would be enough fire police available to work at the event. “Council, when the idea was put on the table, said as long as we have enough fire police and police coverage that we would authorize it. There was a discussion and a few phone calls to find out where we were at with this. And I called Stephanie Abalo. And I told her we’re not having a parade because don’t have enough,” Jones said. On Thursday afternoon, Llewellyn-Abalo said she wasn’t sure if she’ll try to hold the parade next year. “We’re going to have a meeting and decide what we’re going to do with it. Then we’ll make a formal statement about everything,” Llewellyn-Abalo said.

08/09/17 - Millcreek Twp Fire Police May No Longer Work Special Events; Fees May Be Charged - John Last ERIE TV News

For years, Millcreek Township fire policehave been providingtraffic control for special events, such as walk-a-thons and 5K races. They have been doing it free of charge. That may soon end.

The main purpose of the fire police is to handle crowd control, and traffic control at the scene of an emergency. But in Millcreek, the fire police have also been working events such as walk-a-thons, parades, festivals, and high school football games. Usually the events are sponsored by non-profits, and the fire police are happy to help out free of charge.

According to Millcreek Supervisor John Groh, the number of fire police volunteers have dwindled. He says there's probably only 12 left in the township, spread among five volunteer departments. Groh says the current fire police are older men, and women, who no longer want to spend part of their weekends directing traffic.

Groh says the days of fire police working special events are all but over. The only other authorized persons to direct traffic at special events would be Millcreek police. Groh says the township may have to have off-duty officers handle the assignments, and the township may have to charge the non-profits who put on those special events to pay for the work.

"There is going to be a time when this is going to be a requirements. Traffic control is going to be needed, and the people who are going to do it are going to have to be qualified to do it. You just can't have anybody out there directing traffic," he said.

Millcreek Township recently adopted a Special Events Ordinance, which calls for groups that sponsor special events to pay a fee for services such as traffic control. However, township supervisors have not yet set the rates for those services.

8/2/17 - Texas Firefighter LODD

We regret to pass on to you that a Firefighter from Silsbee, TX has died in the Line of Duty after he was struck late this afternoon by a vehicle while working the scene of an accident on FM 418 in Hardin County.. about 30 minutes north of Beaumont, Texas.

Silsbee volunteer Firefighters had responded to a crash where a car ran off the road this afternoon. The members were doing traffic control when another driver struck the Firefighter. He was rushed to CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont where he died in the Line of Duty. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.

State Reporting Requirements

Questions were posed to the State Fire Commissioner's office regarding Fire Police and the reports submitted to the state by Fire Companies. Kraig Herman of the State Fire Commissioner's Office responded:

1. Fire Police are considered Firefighter's and are to be included in all reports submitted by the Fire Company.
2. When Fire Police are special called and respond without the Fire Department a report is to also be submitted.
3. For community events such as parades no report is necessary.

The New Advanced Fire Police Class About Ready For Deployment

From the Pennsylvania Fire Police Message Board: The new rewrite of the Advanced Fire Police program provides instructional review of the laws pertaining to fire police powers and the expected duties of a fire police officer to include health and safety and legal aspects of performance. Fire Police Officers will also be taught how to deal with people, how to manage incident response and leadership qualities. There are tabletop scenarios presented to reinforce the lessons introduced in regards to incident management and reponse. The prerequisite for this class is the New 2015 Basic Fire Police class. This is all leading up to something special possibly bringing back Fire Police Certification.

Bill to Reward Emergency Responders

November 21, 2016 Bill to reward fire, EMS volunteers with tax credits signed into law - By Myles Snyder abc 21 News WHTM

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Legislation that allows local governments to offer tax credits to fire company and EMS volunteers has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Act 172 of 2016, formerly House Bill 1683, authorizes local municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits of up to 20 percent. Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) has said his legislation gives something back to the people who volunteer their time and willingly risk their lives to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania communities. The state fire commissioner will establish annual requirements of the credit program, such as the number of calls a volunteer must respond to or their training or participation in the functions of the organization.

PA Fire Police Association Increase Benefits

The Pennsylvania Fire Police Association has agreed to provide a free $3,000.00 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy at no cost to you or the association. You will get a letter on Association letterhead from American Income Life Insurance Company. Enclosed with the letter is a card which you are to fill out listing your beneficiaries. It is not necessary to fill out the card to get the free insurance. If you do fill out the card and turn it in, you will receive a call from the insurance company asking if you want additional insurance. If you answer "no" there should be no further contact. If you do not fill out the card and turn it in, the beneficiaries on your Association documents will be the listed beneficiaries. Those who have had the visit by the insurance representative have had a good experience. No pressure. This insurance is in addition to the other insurance allredy offered by the Association - the $35.00 or $300.00 life insurance that comes with the $6.00 membership or the additional $10,000 AD&D insurance provided by the separate additional payment of $4.00 per year

Accidental Death and Dismemberment - Benefit $3,000.00

Health Services Discount Card - provides household discounts up to 60% on Prescriptions, Vision Care/Products, Hearing Care, Chiropractic Care, Optional discount dental is available.

Child Safe Kits - Kits help you gather vital data, photos and fingerprints from your children and grandchildren so they are ready for authorities in the event of an emergency.

If you have not joined yet please contact our county Financial Secretary at or 570-366-2473 for membership forms. If you are already a member you will be receiving a letter in the mail from the State Association.


RESPONDER SAFETY has 23 different on-line training programs for first responders who provide traffic control. Each one requires the successfull completion of a short test. A certificate is issued for each module. If you are new to their web site you will need to register to take the training. To access this site see the "Links" section on the left of this web page. Here is a listing of the courses available:

(1) Advance Warning
(2) Blocking Procedures at Roadway Incidents
(3) High Visibility Innovations
(4) Intro to Fire Service Traffic Control Professional
(5) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
(6) Move It or Work It
(7) National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management
(8) Safe Fire Service Traffic Control Practices, Special Circumstances
(9) Safe Operations for Vehicle Fires
(10) Traffic Incident Management: Incident Command & Management
(11) Traffic Incident Management: Model Practices & Procedures
(12) Traffic Incident Management: Strategies for Public Outreach
(13) Traffic Incident Management: TIM Training & Resources for Emergency Responders
(14) See and Be Seen Emergency Lighting Awareness
(15) Scene Control
(16) Termination
(17) Sobriety Checkpoint Safety
(18) Special Hazards
(19) Law Enforcement and High Visibility PPE
(20) Traffic Incident Management on Rural Roads
(21) Understanding the new NFPA 1091
(22) Safety Service Patrols: An Underutilized Partner
(23) Planning for the Long-Term Event
(24) Who's In Charge at Roadway Incident Scenes? NEW

NATIONAL TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT RESPONDER TRAINING This web-based course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable, and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders from all TIM responder disciplines will learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively. This training covers many TIM recommended procedures and techniques, including: • TIM Fundamentals and Terminology • Notification and Scene Size-Up • Safe Vehicle Positioning • Scene Safety • Command Responsibilities • Traffic Management • Special Circumstances • Clearance and Termination. This training is brought to you by the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). To access the training Google NHI and follow the prompts to enroll. Its' free!


If you know of a member of your fire department, or Fire Police Organization, you would like prayers said for, or to have a get-well or sympathy card sent, let me know of your request. All requests are kept confidential, or can be lifted up during our monthly meetings. Details are not necessary - just a name and the nature of the prayer such as for healing; strength; guidance. Send your request to the "Chaplain" through the Contact box at the bottom of this page.

Thought for the Day:Spring has sprung! The earth is coming alive again, after the long, cold dark dead of winter. Signs of new life are emerging. Flower bulbs are pushing forth, and some are already blooming. The trees are beginning to bud, and soon will be covered in colorful fragrant blossoms. Many of the birds are returning. Goldfinches, robins, bluebirds, and geese are flying overhead. We are now in Daylight Savings time. Which means longer daylight days, fading into warm summer nights.

As all nature starts to change,and become new again, we too should take a look at our lives, and the things that need to change in us. "Spring clean" our thinking, and our living. Forgive those who have wronged us, and ask forgiveness of those persons we have hurt. Be thankful for the small things in life, like the flowers & birds, and the bigger things like our family, friends, our pets,our health,our homes,jobs, and our freedoms.Celebrate the good things and happy times, and pray when those sad, difficult times come.

Praise God for His goodness, for His Son Jesus. Who took something terrible, and final-DEATH. And made it into something wonderful and beautiful through Him -ETERNAL LIFE- and our Forever Spring! Rejoice

The Public Safety Officers' Benefits for a firefighter line of duty death as of 2012 was $328,612.73.

The PSOB program also provides a benefit to firefighters who have been permanentl and totally disabled by a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

The PSOB also provides for eduactional assistance for spouses and children of firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Pennsylvania Act 101 provides for a one time payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents of firefighters. In 2014 this is set for $123,227.64.

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Benefits provides for assistance with burial expenses and continuance of a portion of the deceased's wages to a surviving spouse and/or children.

Pennsylvania Higher Educational Assistance Agency may fully pay tuition benefits to the children of a firefighters killed in line of duty.



Official Hat - This can be any hat your fire department deems to be the official hat, but it is strongly recommended to use either a firefighter helmet or an eight point or round police type hat. Remember you are a fire police officer and either of these hats are instantly recognizable as either fire or police.
Badge - must be made of metal, have the words Special Fire Police, Name of Municipality, State Name or abbreviation or state seal.
Vest - Should be an ANSI Class 3 High Visibility vest.
Flashlight with red cone - for night time traffic control
Traffic control flag - for daytime traffic control
Flares - either chemical or electronic; each has their advantages. (Chemical flares are available from State Police for the asking, electronic flares may run for up to 20 hours on a single set of batteries)
Traffic Cones - minimum of five traffic cones 28" high with two reflective collars for road blocks and tapers.
Two-way radio - used to communicate with incident command and other fire police.
Pager - To be alerted to a call to duty.

All of the above items can be purchased thru your Firemen's Relief Association.


When you start work at an emergency scene, evaluate the scene for hazards. Look for blind corners, how heavy the traffic is, and how fast it flows. Note the weather, temperature, and visibility and how they will affect the work that you are doing and how motorists will respond. Plan out your work site layout including the staging area, buffer area, transition area, and work area. Determine, based on the road type and the typical vehicle speeds, how many advanced warning signs you will need and how long the buffer area and tapers need to be.

Use at least one warning sign before the emergency scene begins to inform motorists that they are approaching an area where emergency responders may be in the road. You may need more signs depending on sight distance along the road. Use a tapered line of cones to establish and separate the work area and redirect traffic away from workers. Use clean, unbroken, and highly visible safety cones to outline traffic lanes. Inspect all signs, signals, and lights to make sure they are working properly.

Make youself visible to the motorists passing by wearing warning garments such as vests, jackets, shirts or pants in orange, strong yellow-green, or fluorescent colors. In rainy weather, wear orange, strong yellow-green, or yellow rainwear. During hours of darkness, your warning garments should be retroreflective, meaning that light shined on the clothing from a headlight or a work light will reflect back toward the driver or user to increase visibility. The retroreflective material should be visible from at least 1,000 feet.


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