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

Meal announced for the first Meat Raffle of the year - This Saturday night

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.

Chimney Fire In North Newton Twp.

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

Yet another Interstate Mess

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

First call of the year, Accident with entrapment on the Interstate

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  

December Stats

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

Chimney fire in Southampton Twp.

 Today Company 49 responded to a chimney fire on Kline Road in Southampton Twp. Engine 49 crew checked for extension before being placed in service by Command 52. Photos by Denny Clopper

Another busy day for the 49 house

Yesterday was another busy day for Company 49 with 4 runs. The day started around 07:42 for an overturned tractor trailer on I-81 in Penn Twp. in the area of 35.5 S/B. Engine 49 was placed in service by Chief 50 just prior to arriving on the scene. The second call was a brush fire to the rear of 30 East Main St in Walnut Bottom, South Newton Twp around 13:30. Brush 49 arrived to find a 10 x 10 area and returned to service in a few minutes. The third call came in at 16:27 and took us back out onto I-81 S/B in South Newton Twp. for a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, Chief 49 found it to be a disabled vehicle and the box was placed in service. The last call of the evening came in just after 22:00 for Tanker 49 to respond to a house fire in Lurgan Twp. Franklin County on Mowersville Road. A short time later Engine 49 was also requested to the scene. Tanker 49 arrived and staged and the Engine crew assisted with overhaul. Company 49 units were placed in service around midnight. T/T rollover photo stolen from Co 47 - House fire photo by Denny Clopper

Christmas brings 3 call day

Yesterday Company 49 ran 3 calls, First was a possible gas leak in the area of 560 Walnut Bottom Rd in Southampton Twp around 17:00. Company 49 arrived to find a gas line feed going into JLG had blown the pop off valve. Units staged and monitored the air in the area until UGI arrived and secured the leak, we cleared in about an hour. The second call came in around 20:00 and was for manpower at the scene of a house fire in Upper Frankford Twp. in Bloserville. Engine 49 arrived and assisted with overhaul pulling some ceiling and cleaning debris out of a room on Division 1. We were on scene for a little over an hour before being placed in service by Command 48. The 3rd call came in around 23:00 for a medical assist in North Newton Twp. House fire photos by Denny Clopper

Crews dispatched for possible house fire

At 03:27 units were dispatched for a possible house fire in the area of Ritner Hwy and Firehouse Rd. Second call back from the original caller advising after further investigation this was a large pile of debris. Engine 49 and Chief 49 arrived at 2002 Ritner Hwy to confirm this was a large pile of stumps burning with nobody around. The box was held to Company 49 units. We extinguished the bulk of the fire due to flying embers. The owner came out and advised he had not burnt the pile for over 3 weeks  but did stir up the pile yesterday. Units cleared a short time later. Photos by Co 49

Engine 49 responds to Lebo Rd, Penn Twp.

This morning around 10 am Engine 49 responded to an auto accident, vehicle into a tree. Chief 150 arrived advising negitive injuries and held Engine 49. Engine 49 arrived and secured hazards before returning to service. Photos by Larry Davidson

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