Spring Garden Fire Department

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Spring Garden Fire Department - The Gazette and Daily, York, Pa., Wednesday...
The Gazette and Daily, York, Pa., Wednesday Morning, January 24, 1951 31 Spring Garden Fire -Township Charts Unification Of Service Founded In 1903 Spring Garden township's fire capable of handling 600 gallons companies are in the process of per minute, comprise the corn-being reorganized into a township pany's rolling apparatus, fire department. An annex to the firehouse, lo-Acting on recommendations cated at 1237 Mt. Rose aVenue, is from members of the various com- under construction. The $40,000 panies and Fire Chief John S. Eby, project will house the company's the township commissioners re- two engines and will allow space cently named an eight-man com- for an ambulance if and when the mittee to draw up plans for es- company acquires one. The origi-tablishing a fire bureau, setting up nal part of the structure will be a training program and consider- remodeled to serve as social ing civil service status for the rooms. drivers. . Newest of the fire companies is Other proposals made were a Grantley. Located at 918 Virginia pay boost for the drivers, purchase avenue, this unit's equipment in- of radio equipment for all pieces eludes a 24-year-old Buffalo pump- of apparatus and the hiring of a er, with a 500 gallon per minute full-time fire chief. capacity, a nine-year-old Mack cording to the 1950 census, covers similar amount of water and a an area of aproximately 10 square two-year-old ambulance, miles or twice the area of York. Owned and operated by Grant-Its combined real estate and oc- iey firemen, the ambulance was cunation assessments for 1951 are' , . , . Qi7 9oet Begun In 1903 Organized fire protection in Spring Garden township dates back to 1903 when Friendship Fire company in Windsor Park was established, according to records of the Historical society of YorK county. " In the almost half -century that has passed since that date, two other companies were set up to provide residents of the township with fire protection. Victory Fire company was chartered in 1919 and seven years later,, in 1926, uranuey fire company was or- ganized, Under the present agreement the township commissioners buy fire protection from the three organizations for the price of $18,-000 per year. Additional costs in cluding a salary for Fire Chief :. foo;on7; i -.XrX u,iiwiiwu. . Jrt Hollywood Heights in Out of the $6,000 annual appro-- October, 1950, which cost the lives priation allotted each unit, the of four persons, company must pay their drivers' Although located in York town-salaries and maintenance costs. ship Victory and Friendship an-Present Equipment swered the call. The present equipment of Three daughters of Sgt. and Friendship Fire, company 639 Mrs Byron C. Hardinge, Sharon, frank!rtrlet' mClud6S a Sree; ve; Florence, three; Anne," 22 year-old Mack pumper capable of and Cnarles zieglemeyer, pumping 750 gallons of water, per 67 an e'mpl of the Duff farnily vmmute and a 26-year-old Amer- fo' 50 lost their ives & ican LaFrance apparatus with a tnis disaster capacity of 500 gallons per minute. , , . ,c, . t ttk , - -j t tfJth- S president of J?6 -mwlthan 300-man company. David Wharp and Clpnrcp Snnncrlpr Z L V . r . v.;, are thetwo paid drivers. Whare has served with Friendship for about, seven .months plus nine years experience at Grantley. His co-driver. Spangler, has been a Friendship driver for about two Present salaries for the drivers are $40 per week plus a supplement paid them for operating the canteen, boosting their pays to $47.50 and $50 per week. hv ?S7t r TPy headed by Stuart Gotwalt, boasts more than 500 members, with Arthur J. Landis, a veteran of 25 years serv- ice, and Harry Smith, an employe for 10 years, as drivers. . . ,..n ii- Their $40 per week salaries are mcreased by additional money paid for collecting township taxes and operating the township police radio. A . . u c iive-year-um oeagiave pump oi pumping capacity, plus a 25-yeaj- old American LaFrance pumper,. : 1 '., " . . . , fir t H o Villi 'nllAM r-i w-ivMii-h J Fmu.cmET EBY x 3 ii- i purcnasea ana is maintained Dy a special fund, through the Ambulance club. No money is received from the township commissioners for its unkeep, although it does serve the entire community, Headed by Charles Rahe, presi- dent, Grantley hired two brothers, "Henry and Morgan Engles, as their drivers. They have been employed one and three years respectively, Canteen" Privileges An opportunity to supplement their $40 salaries is given the Engle brothers, by allowing them to lease and operate the fire com- pany's canteen. Approximately 500 men are en- rolled as members Among the. numerous fires and disasters that the Spring Garden township fire companies have been called to extinguish and render aid, one of the most damaging was tne lire at.tne home ot James l, lownsnip nremen can well re- call the $250,000 fire at McGann Manufacturing corporation in .. , . . April, iyif, causea oy a smoiaer- u a woodenTarliti at the reear of the f , , - x, . Most recent . of . the disasters facing . the . township, firefighters of Mr. and Mrs. .Frederick L. Young, Jr., 1010 Hill street, in November of . Last year. Mrs. Young, her four-year-old daughter Priscilla and 16-month- 3ured the 'home-leveling blast, ou V,UI2 Be Fire wf Should the proposals of the fire companies trustees be accepted, a. fl.e, bureau, comparable to the city's organization, will be super- imp0Sed over the three indepen- dent units ' . . . ' UAA . . a full-time fire chief and aided by the three company foremen, acting set UP t0 direct and coordinate the companie& Two-way; radios would be m- stalled in each rolling apparatus. if an agreement can be arranged with West York borough to use their central transmitter, at a cost of about $2,700 plus a rental fee of approximately $100 per year. Drivers will receive pay boosts of about $10 per week, bringing their weekly wages to $50, and they will be given civil service status. A training program for the firefighters will be set up under direct supervision of the fire chief. And the annual appropriations granted each company will be increased from $6,000 to $8,000." To pay for the proposed increase in expenditures for fire protection, a one-half mill fire tax has been sugested, adding' approximately $4,000 to the township's income. It has been estimated that radio equipment, increased wages for the drivers and salary for a full- ume lire chief wui cost tne lown- .ship. aBprqxJmately . fl&OQO, , , Department Faces Revamping " "Vofc " COt'N r VPfcNNS yLVwt y. W : SPRING GARDEN TOWNSHIP and areas served by each fire company. F Friendship Fire company located in Windsor Park, V Victory Fire company situated in the Mt. Rose section, and G Grantley Fire company located in Grantley area. The "X's" mark the site of each fire house. . : FRIENDSHIP FIRE COMPANY apparatus. From left, 26 - year driver David Whare and three-year-old Mack pumper. luimuu loo mm VICTORY FIRE HALL with Yp .5 .- AN t, f ROLLING EQUIPMENT of pumper and 1939 ambulance. . ' r ' ' Tni '"V" ' """' " "" W!wJ I f IIP Mx::iii&Si ii -rrr ii ii-rff-i'-fitiff. iiitnfili iHwiiMmUt- - if tt -Tiff i nf f nnnnnrnn" v "ZxZ annex now nearing completion. (6 - ;a:T'WwfelFI-1-3 0 WSJ Grantley Fire company Includes a . .,, .t j : .. , ? s . t 4 i v. ; ; Pnoto by The Gazette and Dally - old American LaFrance pumper; Photo by The Gazette and Daily Photo by The Gazette and Dally 1942 Mack pumper, 1926 Buffalo 4 1 j itj i- 1 r J ; nn ' -

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  1. The Gazette and Daily,
  2. 24 Jan 1951, Wed,
  3. Page 31

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