Monday, April 11, 2016 00:06:31 Box 29-4 was dispatched for a reported structure fire in a mobile home on Tourist Park Road. Chief 29 requested a First Alarm be dispatched upon additional information. Engine 29 and Engine 20 arrived and Engine 29 proceeded to lay 800' of supply hose up the driveway and Engine 20 established a water supply using Tanker 20's drop tank at the bottom of the driveway. Manpower had to walk into the scene from apparatus staged on Tourist Park Road and a tanker shuttle was established. The home and its content's were a complete loss.




Friday, January 1, 2016  The Millersburg Fire Company No. 1 responded to 182 calls in 2015. Of those calls 133 were fire/rescue related responses and 49 were were medical related responses. The average response time for a fire unit was 4 minutes and 26 seconds with the average arrival time of 9 minutes and 22 seconds. The busiest day of the week for calls was Monday and Wednesday's were the least. Forty percent of the responses were to outside property's (roadway's, fields, river, etc.) followed by 39% in residential property's. The top ten responders for 2015 were: 1. John Heckert, Firefighter 142 calls; 2. Mark Koppenhaver, 3rd Asst. Chief 137 calls; 3. Doug Snyder, Fire Chief/EMT 136 calls; 4. Vince Heckert, Firefighter 128 calls; 5. Terry Spotts, Firefighter 119 calls; 6. Sean Grimm, Firefighter/EMT 98 calls; 7. Gene Crosby, Firefighter 85 calls; 8. Branson Smith, Firefighter 84 calls; 9. Colby Challenger, Captain/EMT 68 calls; 10. Chris Hardy, 2nd Asst. Chief/EMT 63 calls;




Wednesday, December 30, 2015 003312 Units were dispatched for a single vehicle accident in the area of the old Hardee's on First Street (Route 147). Chief 20 responded and was advised it was reported as a single vehicle into a tree and possibly a building. Upon arrival the driver was found to have self extricated and was with EMS. the vehicle had left the roadway struck a tree and stopped in the drive thru lane of the Hardee's. Engine 20's crew provided lighting and secured the vehicle. Crews remained on the scene for about 20 minutes.




Monday, December 14, 2015  It is with great sadness that the Millersburg Fire Company #1 announces the passing Reverand M. David Walthour. Rev Walthour was a member of the company's Executive Board for a number of years. Our deepest condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.

MILLERSBURG - The Rev. M. David Walthour, 69, passed away at home after a short illness. He was born on November 9, 1946, in Greensburg, PA, the son of the late Murry and Alice (Shuey) Walthour.
David was a graduate of Catawba College and Lancaster Theological Seminary and was ordained to the ministry on June 6, 1971. He served churches throughout Pennsylvania as well as serving as chaplain at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC.

He was a member of Trinity UCC, Millersburg, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Millersburg Ferryboat Assn., the Nerdy Book Club, and a member of Susquehanna Lodge No. 364 F. & A.M., Millersburg, and Harrisburg Consistory A.A.S.R. He was a former board member of the VNA of Pennsylvania, and a former member of the board at the Evelyn G. Frederick Health Center.

He was an avid reader and conversationalist. He was also a former member of the American Motorcyclist Assn., and served as chaplain for the Millersburg Fire Co.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Esther; his daughter Cindy Minnich and her husband Jason of Millersburg; his grandson Bryson; his brother Bruce Walthour of Michigan; his nieces Heather and her husband Bill Mahonski of Montoursville and Melanie and her husband Terry Ernest of Elizabethtown, and grand nieces and nephew Cassandra, Troy, Alexandra, Allison, Marissa, and Elliette.

David was preceded in death by his son Matthew, his uncle Clarence Shuey, and nephew Bruce E. Walthour.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening Dec. 18th from 6-8:00 PM at Trinity UCC, Millersburg and again on Saturday, Dec. 19th  from 10-11:00 AM with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg. There will be Masonic Rites at the evening viewing at 7:45 PM.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, Box 33, Millersburg, PA 17061, or Dauphin County Library Johnson Memorial, 799 East Center Street, Millersburg, PA 17061, and Trinity United Church of Christ 245 Center Street, Millersburg, PA 17061.

Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, Inc., Millersburg is handling the arrangements. To sign the online guestbook go to




Saturday, December 12, 2015  Santa Claus will visit the Millersburg Firehouse again this year. His visit is scheduled for Sunday, December 20th form 4:00PM until 7:00PM. He will arrive on the Ladder truck and be escorted by members of the Millersburg High School band riding the antique "Moose" Fire Engine. Santa will depart the high school parking lot at 4:00PM heading to the firehouse. The route of travel will be west on North Street, south on Market Street, and east on Center Street. After his arrival the members of the Millersburg High School Band and Chorus will provide some Holiday music and Santa will be available for visits in the firehouse.




Saturday, December 5, 2015 0626 Engine 20 was dispatched this morning for a vehicle accident with entrapment in Northumberland County at the intersection of State Route 225 and Middle Road. Chief 64 arrived and reported a patient trapped in the drivers side of the vehicle partially under the dashboard. Rescue 21 was also dispatched shortly after Engine 20 was dispatched. Crews arrived and Rescue 21 and Engine 20's crews worked with Engine 64's crew to stabilize the vehicle. EMS was on location and treating the patient. Crews removed the drivers side doors, removed the wind shield glass, cut the "A" posts and used a hydraulic ram to push the dashboard. The patient was freed and removed to EMS care.




Saturday, November 21, 2015  Six members of the Millersburg Fire Company #1 successfully completed their Fire Fighter 1 certification testing today at the Harrisburg Area Community College. They completed the written portion of the test on Friday night and then completed skill station testing at the Shumaker Public Safety Center at HACC on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Fire Fighter 1 is one of the certification levels offered thru the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner. The program is a national certification program that tests fire fighters to the NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. These fire fighters dedicated themselves to hundreds of hours of training, practice and studying to achieve this important goal. Congratulations and a job well done to Jamie Etzweiler, Judd Hirsch, Ethan Keener, Joe Smey, Mark Strohecker, and Jay Whitcomb.




Sunday, October 4, 2015 0800 Crews from Millersburg Fire Company, Halifax Fire Department, Pillow Fire Company, and Lower Mahanoy Fire Company completed their training burn at the HACC Shumaker Public Safety Center. This was the culmination of completing the Pennsylvania Entry Level Firefighter Program which was started earlier in the year. The programs lead instructor was Lt. Colby Snyder and was assisted by Firefighter/EMT Sean Grimm and Chief Doug Snyder all PSFA Local Level Instructors. Students completed over 200 hours of training which included Firefighting, Hazardous Materials, and Incident Command training. Training included classroom and practical training in Millersburg and at the training house owned by the Reliance Hose Company in Elizabethville with a few live fire exercises at HACC. Eleven members of the Millersburg Fire Company completed the program and plan to continue and participate in Firefighter I Certification.




Monday, August 10, 2015 1916 Box 20-2 was dispatched this evening for a reported structure fire on Matters Lane in Upper Paxton Twp. Chief 20 (Snyder) responded and was told the caller could see smoke and flames from the house, a 1st Alarm was requested immediately. Upon arrival Chief 20 found a 2 1/2 story wood frame house approximately 90% involved. Engine 26 laid 1200' of 5" supply hose up Matters Lane from Shippen Dam Road and Engine 20 laid the remainder of the hose to the scene. Engine 26's crew was ordered to deploy two pre-connects and Engine 20 deployed one pre-connect and the BlitzFire. Crews were then assisted by crews from Engine 21 and Rescue 28. Water supply was coordinated by Chief 26 (Savage) with Engine 29-1 and Rescue 21 setting up two separate fill sites. Operations were defensive in nature due to structural collapse early after arrival.

Photo by Doug Snyder

Photo by Doug Snyder

Seth Lasko Photography

Seth Lasko Photography



Tuesday, July 7, 2015  Millersburg Fire Company #1 units were kept busy today with three responses. At approximately 1:05AM the Truck, Engine and Tanker were dispatched to Dalmatia to assist at the scene of a structure fire. Shortly after the Truck and Tanker arrived the units were placed in service and returned. The Engine was cancelled enroute. The second call for the day came in at 7:22AM for a motor vehicle accident in the area of 1571 Route 209. Chief 20 and the Engine crew assisted PSP with traffic control and reopening of the roadway. the third call for the day came in at 5:09PM for a single vehicle accident on Race Street south of Union Street. Crews arrived to find a vehicle had struck two structures. Personnel assisted with securing the area and patient transfer to the EMS unit.



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