Meal announced for Meat Raffle

The meal for saturday nights meat raffle will be Ham, Green Beans and Potatoes. Dont forget your red reusable shopping bag to be entered into a special drawing. Hope to see you and bring along a friend for an evening of fun in Walnut Bottom

Annual awards Thanks for your time!!!

Wednesday night at our regular company meeting we presented our annual awards. Members were given awards for the following:

Top Fire responder - Larry Davidson                  Top EMS responder - Larry Davison

Top training - Jake Vanekan, Will Davis, John Marsh, Cameron Lynch & Logan Lynch

Special appreciation award to Al Grove for handling our building rentals for the last several years.

Special Appreciation award to Mike Rinaldi for serving as Assist Chief from 2000 - 2010 and Treasurer from 2006-2010. Also with his help Company 49 has been awarded 4 Federal Fire Grants as well as other grants.

Fire police of the year - Denny Mooney

Top fundraising awards (all have over 100 hrs) - Dan Burkett, Tony Burkett, Larry Davidson, Darrell Goodhart, Harold Wilson, Mike Rinaldi, Shawn McCullogh, Will Davis, Jeff Foltz, Valerie Davidson, Paula Burkett, Ed Beam, John Robinson III 


Special Thanks to Denny Clopper for the photos    



Early morning fire in Penn Township

This morning around 2 am units were alerted and responded to a reported chimney fire in the 100 blk of Hair Road. While enroute county advised Chief 150 that there may be extension. Upon arrival of Engine 49 & Engine 247 it was confirmed that there was extension in the wall of an old 2 story farmhouse, the home owner had a garden hose and had the fire knocked down. Extensive overhaul was performed by crews from 49, 47, 50, 52 and 53 who operated on the scene for around 2 hours before being placed in service by Command 50 (Chief 150). The family was lucky that there were no injuries because thay had no smoke detectors in the house. Photos by Larry Davidson. 

Sping Cash Bash Tickets on sale

This is a NEW event for this year. The South Newton Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. & West End Fire & Rescue is doing this as a joint venture and will be held outside at the South Newton Twp. Fire Company. Tickets are only $25 each and guests are $10 each. Included will be picnic style food all day long as well as drinks. Gates open at Noon and the drawing runs from 2 PM till 6:55 PM. A ticket will be drawn every 10 minutes for either $350 or $500. At 7 PM all tickets will be put back into the drum and be eligible to win $5,000. Only 1000 tickets sold. Must have a ticket to enter. Tickets can be purchased from any member, by calling the firehouse at 717-532-4999 or sending an email to

Gun Drawing winners announced

Thanks to all the patrons who came out and supported our Gun Drawing tonight. The following is a list of winners.

1 - Tressler, 50 - Bill Kostler, 100 - Stara kuhn, 150 - George Scott, 200 - John Robinson, 250 - Todd Sherman, 287 - Jeff Kough, 288 - Michelle Parsons, 289 - Bryan Carroll, 290 - John Beam, 291 - Blanche Hefflefinger, 292 - Bonnie Shaw, 293 - Ben Wilson, 294 - Jeff Kough, 295 - Ken Kough, 296 - AJ, 297 - Art Reed, 298 - Tony Burkett, 299 - John Beam, 300 - Chloe Hefflefinger

Company 49 is awarded a AFG Grant

Today it was announced that the South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Company was lucky and received a Federal Fire Grant in the amount of $43,449.00. This will be used to purchase a new rescue tool, 1200' of 5" supply line, hard sleeve, floating strainer and supplies to do dry hydrants around the township and some in surrounding townships. We hope by installing the dry hydrants we may be able to get the township ISO rating lowered which would mean savings to the township residents on their homeowners insurance premiums. We are very lucky to receive this grant because it is very competative. Thanks for your assistance Bill Shuster and a special thanks goes to Mike Rinaldi for doing the grant writing. The following is a press release from Congressman Bill Shuster

 Shuster Congratulates South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Company on their Successful Fire Grant  Washington, DCCongressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that the South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Company in Cumberland County has been awarded a fire grant in the amount of $43,449. The grant will be used to purchase rescue tools, dry hydrants and other fire related appliances.  “I am pleased to learn that the South Newton Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded this critical fire grant,” Shuster said.  “This funding will undoubtedly help them serve their community in time-critical rescues more efficiently.”   Dan Burkett, Fire Chief, states “the fire company is very excited to receive this funding as it will benefit the company and the community.  The funding will enable the fire company to install several dry hydrants in the Township, which may lower fire insurance for the residents.  In addition, the funding allows the fire company to purchase a new rescue tool that will better assist the company in rescue situations.”   


January Stats

For the month of January South Newton Twp. VFC responded to 20 alarms - 11 medical assist calls and 9 fire/accident responses.

Basket Raffle Tickets on Sale now

This is a drawing with 31 winners of Longaberger baskets. The ticket cost is $15 and includes a Lasagna & salad meal and drinks. Only 250 tickets sold. You Must have a ticket to enter. Tickets can be purchased from any member, or by calling Dan Burkett at 717-729-0725 or sending an email to

Engine 49 on the 2nd alarm house fire in Newville Boro

On Tuesday February 1st Engine 49 was dispatched to a 2 alarm hose fire on Main Street in Newville Boro. Engine 49 was assigned to report to side C of the structure and prepare to supply the Truck (Engine 53) Engine 49 crew assisted with overhaul before being placed in service by Command 47. Photos by Denny Clopper.

Engine 49 covers the "BIG HOUSE"

This morning around 5:30 Engine 49 was alerted and responded to Station 4 " THE BIG HOUSE" in Chambersburg while they operated on a 2 alarm house fire. Engine 49 was placed available about 2 hours later.

Our Condolences on the passing of Deb Beam

Our Condolences


The Officers and Members of the South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Company would like to offer our condolences to the Beam Family on the passing of Auxiliary President Deb Beam. She will be greatly missed.  See obituary on Auxiliary page.


Memorial services have been planned as follows:

Visitation - Thursday evening from 6 until 8 PM in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, Walnut Bottom

Visitation - Friday morning from 10 AM until 11 AM in Trinity United Methodist Church

Memorial service - Friday morning at 11 AM in the sanctuary of Trinity UMC

Healing meal - following the memorial service - to be held in the South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Company

Deb is survived by her husband, Ed, and her two children, Michelle Beam Parsons and Keith Beam.  She also had four grandchildren.

She was also the Auxiliary president from the time it was re-organized in January 2002 until her death.


Hit and Run on Oakville Rd

On Wednesday night (1-19-2011) units were dispatched for an auto accident with a vehicle into a pole. After responding county advised units the patient had fled the scene. Engine & Chief 49 arrived to confirm there was no patient and the vehicle was still there blocking part of the road and a PP&L pole had been struck and sheared. Crews from 49 and 47 controlled the hazards and went available. Fire Police and State Police remained until the car was removed. Photos by Larry Davidson

First Meat Raffle of the year a GREAT success

For the first meat raffle of the year we had a great turnout of around 220 people. We had to sell triple rounds all evening. The South Newton Twp. Volunteer Fire Company appreciates your continued support and we hope to see you in February. Remember to bring along your RED reusable shopping bag for a chance in a special drawing.

Gun Raffle tickets for February 5 now on sale

The Gun Raffle tickets for the Gun Drawing on February 5 are now on sale. Only 300 tickets sold and you must have a ticket to enter. Tickets are $30 each and includes a meal of Turkey, Meatballs, Filling, Mashed Potatoes & Gray and Corn, there are 20 guns to be given away on the ticket. If you would like to purchase a ticket you can contact any member or call the station at 717-532-4999 and leave a message. If you would like to sell tickets call the station and leave a message.

Another call on the "I" in Penn Twp.

Last Evening Company 49 along with Company 50 were dispatched for a car fire in the area of Exit 37 N/B. Shortly after dispatch Ambulance 73 was passing by the scene and advised it was north of Exit 37 and fire was visible. A short time later Ambulance 47 arrived with a working car fire at the accel ramp out of the plaza. Engine 150 arrived and put a quick knock on the fire. Engine 49 arrived and sent its manpower up to assist. All units cleared a short time later. Photo by Larry Davidson

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