PO Box 49, 16 Firehouse Road
Walnut Bottom, PA 17266
Phone: (717) 532-4999
Fax: (717) 532-6240
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, DC –Congressman 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.”
For the month of January South Newton Twp. VFC responded to 20 alarms - 11 medical assist calls and 9 fire/accident responses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
This Saturday night January 15 will be the first Meat Raffle of the year. Remember for those returning patrons that were at the November drawing to bring your RED reusable shopping bag to be entered into a drawing for a prize. The meal will be Hot Roast Beef & Hot Turkey Sandwiches, Mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and desert. As always we look foward to seeing you Saturday night and thanks for your continued support. Bring a friend and/or family out for a night of fun while supporting a good cause.
Thursday January 6th Company 49 along with other units responded to a Chimney fire on Oakville Rd in North Newton Twp. Comman 47 quickly reduced the box to Engine 247, Engine 49 and Truck 53. Crews checked for extension before going available. Photo by Larry Davidson
Around 2:30 this morning Engine 49 along with other units were dispatched to I81 NB in the area of 35.5 for an auto accident with entrapment involving 2 tractor trailers. First arriving EMS unit advised the correct location was just north of the NB rest area. The driver of unit 1 was ok and the driver of unit 2 was self extricated and transported to the hospital. Command 50 (Asst Chief Beecher) placed Engine 49 in service a short time later. NB I81 will remain closed for several hours while the cleanup continues. Photos by Dan Burkett
This morning around 4:30 am Engine 49 along with other units were dispatched for an accident with entrapment on I-81 at 35.5 N/B. Engine 49 arrived with Squad 54 just behind us and we worked together to to extricate the driver of unit 2. After extrication was complete the driver was transferred to Ambulance 47 before being loaded into Life Lion. Command 50 (Chief Alleman) held Engine 49 and Rescue 50 until the majority of the wreck was cleared up by Johns Mobile . Photos by Denny Clopper and Larry Davidson
For the month of December Company 49 responded to 16 fire & accident calls. We also responded to 6 medical assist calls.
This brings our total to 199 calls for the year