The Year 2011 in Review

This was a unique year because many of the Fire Company responses were rescue oriented due to hurricanes, tropical storms, and flooding, rather than fires and vehicle accidents. Overall there were fewer incidents totaling 105 calls. Highlights of the year were…

  • SNAG-0004Installation of an additional overhead door allowed our Squad Truck to respond more quickly.
  • Chiefs were able to talk to our 9-1-1 dispatcher with handheld portable radios at the scene thanks to an upgraded radio system.
  • The Fire Company started the research phase of a three-year process to replace the 22-year-old tank truck.
  • (photo a & b) Guests got more than just chicken pot pie on February 26. In a 3-minute skit, BIHFC Safety Team members demonstrated the do’s and don’ts of kitchen safety. Volunteers served 790 people in the dining room, 1,328 takeout quarts, and 580 delivered meals.
  • (c) On April 2 the Fire Company honored one of its own and carried Paul Smucker, former President and Chief, through Bird-in-Hand to his final resting place at the Weavertown cemetery.
  • (d) 1,125 bidders, 290 consignors, 300 volunteers, and a few thousand additional visitors generated $13,000 for the Fire Company at the 12th Annual Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction on June 24th. This is Hand-in-Hand Fire Company’s version of a Mud Sale!
  • In the three days following Tropical Storm Lee in September, BIHFC volunteers assisted Elizabethtown, Manheim, and East Petersburg in water rescues and pumping basements.
  • (e) And…they’re off! The Amish Country Half Marathon, 5K, and Kid’s Fun Run attracted over 625 runners to downtown Bird-in-Hand on September 9 and 10. Proceeds benefitted the Fire Company.
  • (f) October 14th brought both sunshine and stormy weather, along with 300 energetic students and 50 parents to Student Safety Day. Over 30 volunteers from BIHFC, County Dispatch, Penn State Extension, and Lancaster General Health presented hands-on sessions for grades K-2 and 3-8.
Firefighters train extensively for emergencies. New firefighters must pass Essentials, over 166 hours of classroom & hands-on training. Experienced firefighters of Hand-in-Hand Fire Company average 60 hours per year in training.