Friday, January 23, 2015 1619 Box 20-2 was dispatched as a local alarm for a reported structure fire on Route 147 north of Midland Drive. Chief 20-2(Hardy) arrived to find smoke and fire showing from the second floor and attic and requested a first alarm assignment. Engine 20 arrived and was ordered to stretch a line inside the structure. Crews were able to locate the seat of the fire in a second floor bathroom with extension into the attic. Additional lines were stretched by the Truck crew and mutual aid companies. Crews preformed salvage and overhaul operations and ventilated the structure.




Wednesday, January 14, 2015  Michael Ibberson was recognized last evening at the Swatara Township Supervisors meeting for actions he took to rescue 2 persons trapped on the second floor of the Econo Lodge on Eisenhower Blvd. in Swatara Township. Michael started as a member of the Millersburg Fire Company #1 and is the Fire Marshal (Chief 91) for Swatara Township. He responded to a fire dispatched on January 10, 2015 at 1:36PM for a reported motel fire. Michael along with Swatara Fire Chief Shane Steel took action when they discovered two motel occupants trapped. They placed a ladder to the second floor window and removed the victims from harm. The Millersburg Fire Company #1 congratulates both Chiefs on their actions. Pictures available at: Photo's Courtesy of Katie Ibberson




Thursday, January 8, 2015 0458 Engine 20 was dispatched this morning on a 2nd alarm assignment for a reported working structure fire on Amish School Road in Jackson Twp. (Northumberland County). Engine 20 responded with 6 personnel and assisted with extinguishment and salvage operations. Crews were faced with temperatures of about 9 degrees during operations.




Thursday, January 1, 2015  In the calendar year 2014 the Millersburg Fire Company #1 responded to a total of 193 calls.

The top ten responders for the year were:

Assistant Chief Mark Koppenhaver 127; Terry Spotts 121; Branson Smith 118; John Heckert 112; Chief Douglas Snyder 110; Vincent Heckert 102; Sean Grimm 93; Gene Crosby 86; Paul Enders 86; and Captain Colby Challenger 71.

The average arrival time of the first fire company unit at the scene of a call was 8 minutes 56 seconds after dispatch. The fire company responded to 93% of its dispatched calls in the Millersburg/Upper Paxton Twp. area. The remainder of the calls were mutual aid assistance to the surrounding areas and "Out of County" responses.

A breakdown on the types of alarms dispatched were Medical Assists (19%); Structure Fires (15%); Fire Alarms (13%); Motor Vehicle Accidents (9%); Service Calls (8%); Natural Cover Fires (6%); Water Rescue Calls (3%) and other calls make up the remainder. Incident types were: Rescue & EMS Incidents 58; Good Intent 47; Fires 41; Service Calls 18; Hazardous Conditions 15; False Calls 8; Special Incidents 5; and Weather Related 1.

The breakdown by month was: January 22; October 19; July 18; April and May 17; June and December 16; August 15; March and September 14; February 13; and November 12. Responses by days of the week were: Friday 35; Saturday 33; Tuesday 32; Monday 28; Wednesday 25; Sunday 22; and Thursday 18.

The fire company is 100% Volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering please stop by the fire house or call 717-692-2121.




Monday, November 10, 2014  MILLERSBURG- Raymond H. Leiby, age 72, of 147 Fulkroad Road passed away on Monday, November 10th, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Mt. Carmel, PA the son of the late John and Stella Leiby. Raymond was retired from Island Concrete in Duncannon and was a member of the Millersburg Fire Co. and worked as a security guard at Millersburg High School for sporting events. Surviving are his wife Anna Miller Leiby; two sons Raymond E. Leiby and Kenneth Leiby both of Millersburg; two sisters Alma Yeager of Shamokin and Louise Brosius of St. Cloud, FL. He was preceded in death by brothers Jack, Melvin, Bill and his twin sister Ruth Pavelko. There will be a viewing from 10 to 11 am on Friday, November 14th at the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. Services will be begin at 11 am with burial to follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Halifax. Donations can be made to Millersburg Fire Co. PO Box 151 Millersburg, PA 17061.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1203 Stations 21 and 20 were dispatched around noon for a reported commercial structure fire on Bott's Road in Washington Township. County advised the caller reported boxes on fire in the milk house of a dairy barn and that the owners were moving the cattle from the barn. Units arrived with a column of smoke visible and fire spreading from the milk house area into the main barn. A first alarm was dispatched. All the cattle were evacuated from the barn and moved away from the scene as crews worked for over 10 hours to control and extinguish the fire. On a side note, two days later we found a black kitten in the firehouse that appears to have climbed into or onto Engine 20 and rode back to Millersburg undetected. Rick and Gary Ibberson placed food down for it and Firefighter/EMT Ashton Snyder and LT. Colby Snyder were able to catch him. Chief Doug Snyder then put the kitten in a cat carrier and returned him to the farm.




Thursday, September 11, 2014  If you have Kidde Smoke/CO detector installed in your house please read the following and visit for additional information. The Kidde recall affects the following: Name of Products: i12010S –10 Year Hardwired Smoke Alarm – manufactured 12/18/13 through 5/13/14 i12010SCO – 10 Year Hardwired Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm – manufactured 12/30/13 through 5/13/14 KN-COSM-IBA – Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm (front-load battery model only) – manufactured from 10/22/13 through 5/13/14 These units are AC/DC powered and capable of hardwired interconnect. They have a Kidde logo on the face of the unit. The model number is on the label on the back of the unit. Identied Hazard: If a power outage occurs at the same second that a unit is performing a sensor health check, the unit may go into a “latched” mode, causing it not to alert to the presence of smoke. It will sound if it receives a signal from an alarm in the same interconnected system. Once power is restored, a latched unit will sound an alert, regardless of the presence of re and/or carbon monoxide (for combination units) until power to the unit is completely removed. Remedy: Replace Unit. Consumers should not take the alarm out of service until they receive a replacement from Kidde. Kidde Product Support: Kidde toll-free at 1-844-553-9011 between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, except holidays, or visit our website at Calls consumers may have of a technical nature that are not related to the recall should be transferred to our toll free number.




Saturday, September 6, 2014 1938 Box 20-2 was dispatched for a reported structure fire on Fulkroad Road. Chief 20 (Snyder) responded and was advised that there were multiple calls reporting a propane tank on fire at a farm in the 200 block of Phillips Road. Chief 20 requested that a first alarm be dispatched. Upon arrival Chief 20 found a 1000 Gallon Propane tank with fire impingement and the relief valve lifting intermittently flaring fire approximately 100 feet in the air. Engine 20 was ordered in the lane and to drop 5"supply line from the barn to an open area south-west of the tank. The crew was ordered to apply water to cool the tank with a hand line and to position a portable monitor to assist with tank cooling. Engine 26 was ordered to lay 5" supply from Phillips Road back the lane and set up to relay water to Engine 20. Engine 21 was positioned at the entrance to the lane and set up a dump tank and pump water to Engine 26. Tankers 20, 21, 26, and 29 were positioned to fill the dump tank. Further investigation found the fire was fueled from a ruptured supply line from the tank. Two handlines were positioned and Chief 20-3 (Koppenhaver) made entry and secured the shutoff valve. With the propane supply secured the crews continued to cool the tank. Once the tank was determined to be safe units were released. Engine 29-1 was put on standby in Station 20 until Millersburg's units were returned to service. Units operated for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. The incident appeared to have been caused by a lightning strike which ruptured the supply lin and ignited the leak.




Wednesday, September 3, 2014 1823 Units were dispatched this evening for a reported two vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 25 and Rising Sun Road. Chief 20 (Snyder) and Engine 20 with seven personnel responded within two minutes of dispatch. Upon arrival Chief 20 found one passenger car with severe front end damage off the north side of the road and a pickup with a utility trailer off the south side of the road. Two patients were at the passenger, the occupants of the pickup indicated they were not in need of treatment. Chief 20 ordered the Engine to block traffic and provide crew members to assist with patient treatment and packaging. Command was passed to Chief 20-3(Koppenhaver) to allow Chief 20 to assist with patient care. Air Medical was requested to transport one patient and Lt 20 (C. Snyder) was assigned as the Landing Zone Officer with the LZ being setup in a grassy area to the north-west of the scene. Crews assisted with patient care, traffic control, spill control, and reopening of the roadway. Units remained on the scene for about two hours,




Monday, September 1, 2014 1500 The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was done today on the ramp of the Millersburg Fire House. The event was done in memory of past Fire Chief Robert "Jake" Lehman. There were over 60 participants from the Lehman family, community and fire company . A special thanks to Linda Lehman and Christi Lehman Moyer for coordinating the event. A video has been uploaded on the Millersburg Fire Company Facebook page. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to the ALS Foundation.



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