The West Hempfield Fire and Rescue Company is located in Lancaster County, between the City of Lancaster and the Susquehanna River. WHFR was established on January 1st, 2000, as a result of a merger between the Ironville Fire Company and the Silver Spring fire & Rescue Company, located approximately two miles apart in West Hempfield Township. The Ironville station was sold to the township to be developed into a community park. The Silver Spring station, our current headquarters, is located at 3519 Marietta Avenue. Our station has had many additions over the years and consists of an engine room with two drive-thru bays and one short bay, communications room, dayroom, administrative offices, social hall, kitchen, and bunk room.
WHFR primarily serves the residents of West Hempfield Township, and provides mutual aid to surrounding communities including East Hempfield Township, Mountville Borough, Rapho Township, and Columbia Borough. Our first due area consists primarily of residential developments and rural farmland, along with some industry and commercial buildings. We currently run a 1999 Seagrave Engine, a 2008 Spartan/SVI Resce, a 1999 Mack/New Lexington Tanker, a 2002 Ford F550 Squad, a 2000 Ford F350 Fire Police Squad, and a 2006 Ford Expedition Duty Vehicle.
Our personnel include over 50 active responders, 20 active support members, and 100 social members. Our members spend hundreds of hours each year training to become proficient in our skills, holding fire prevention programs and supporting the community.