Bird-in-Hand Fire Company’s first-due response area is centered along Route 340, extending from the Eastbrook Road area on the west to North Harvest Road in Leacock Township on the east. This area is called first due, which simply means that Bird-in-Hand fire trucks are the first to be dispatched. Neighboring companies often assist us; Ronks, Witmer, and Lafayette on the west, and Ronks, Intercourse, and Gordonville on the east. These assisting fire companies are called mutual aid and are dispatched to support Bird-in-Hand volunteers whenever there is a major emergency. There is a common thread in this description of Bird-in-Hand Fire Company’s response area. It is the principle of helping. Neighboring fire companies help us and Bird-in- Hand helps them in the same way. The reason all this mutual aid happens is…. to help our neighbors.
Written by Chief Lonnie Kauffman