Need a Smoke Detector? We’ve Got ‘Em

Nov 6 – One again this year, Monroe Fire Company has teamed up with ABC27′s Operation Save-A-Life program to offer smoke detectors to households in need.

Kiddie Corporation generously donated thousands of smoke detectors to be distributed across Central PA to families in need. Through this program, it is Monroe Fire Company’s goal that no household in Monroe Township be without a smoke detector.

If you and anyone you know needs a smoke detector, please contact the fire company at (717)-258-1884.  You may also contact LT Chris Beecher at (717)-554-1132 or email

Lost Hikers Rescued

Nov 5 – At 14:34, Headquarters dispatched Company 25 to the Appalachian Trail access from Leidigh DR for a report of two hikers lost on the trail.  The hikers started at the trail access from Leidigh DR and hiked south on the trail before becoming lost. 

Command 25 set up a command post on Gutshall LN and requested additional manpower from Companies 23 (Upper Allen)33 (New Kingstown), 40 (Cumberland-Goodwill EMS), 41 (Union-Carlisle), and 36 (Citizens Fire Co No. 1).  In addition, off-road vehicles were brought from Companies 23, 40, and 36.

Teams worked their way toward the victims from three different directions: Gutshall RD (U25, UTV40), Kuhn RD White Rock Trail Access (E25, BR41, U23 and UTV23), and the Tressler Wilderness Center (UTV36).  Units from 33 and A91 (Yellow Breeches EMS) and PA State Police staged at the command post. UTV 100 (New Cumberland River Rescue) staged at Leidigh Park.

The Gutshall RD Recon Group located the subjects at 15:40 hrs.  30 minutes later at 16:10 hrs, the subjects were safely off the mountain and back at the command post.  Neither subject was injured and they were returned to their vehicle at the Leidigh DR access.

Units were available at 16:14 hrs.

Change Your Clocks; Change Your Batteries

Install. Inspect. Protect. Smoke Alarms Save Lives

This weekend remember to change your clocks back one hour.  In addition, this is the perfect time of year to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the USFA recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:

  • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
  • Test alarms once a month using the test button.
  • Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms.
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

We also recommend that you take time to review your fire escape plans with your family. 

Remember, you should have a least two escape routes planned and a common meeting place set.  If you need any assistance with fire escape planning or your smoke or CO detectors, feel free to contact the fire station or email

Additional Smoke Alarm Resources

Busy Trend Continues into November

Nov 1st – The recent busy trend continued into another day with four more incidents handled during the day on Tuesday, November 1st.

The first incident was dispatched at 02:31 for a barn fire in the 200 block of Country Club RD in Middlesex Twp.  Tanker 25 operated at the scene of the barn fire until 06:39.  At 06:27, Company 25 was dispatched to a medical assist call in the 800 block of Boiling Springs RD.  The medical assist box was placed available at 06:57.

Barn Fire Photos (By Glen Hostetler)

Later in the morning, Tanker 25 was dispatched to a mobile home fire in Middlesex Twp., in the 100 block of Soverign DR.  The incident was dispatched at 09:35 and Tanker 25 returned at 10:40.   Unfortunately, the fire was located at the residence of a Company 33 firefighter who was operating at the scene of the barn fire on Country Club RD.

The fourth incident of the day was a chimney fire in the 400 block of Criswell DR.  Engine 25 and Tanker 25 were dispatched to the incident at 12:43.  Units cleared the scene at 13:34.

Storm Related Calls Continue into Sunday

Oct 30th – Monroe Fire Company was dispatched to two building fire assignments Sunday morning.

The first was dispatched at 06:24 as a furnace fire in the 300 block of Whiskey Springs RD.  Tanker 25 was due on the first alarm assisgnment and was committed at the scene until 10:17.

At 08:48, Headquarters dispatched a first alarm building fire for the 700 block of Oak Hill DR in White Rock Acres.  Responding crews were forced to detour off Kuhn RD due to storm damage; however, crews found there was no actual fire in the chimney, rather it was a problem with the damper.  The box was placed available at 09:40.

Crews were called back to White Rock Acres at 18:29 for a CO Detector activation in the 600 block of Spring LN.  Crews cleared that incident at 19:01.

Another call was dispatched at 19:36 hours for a transformer explosion in the area of Horick DR and Caboose LN, also in the White Rock Acres development.  C125 arrived on scene and confirmed dispatch.  Fire crews secured the area and reported to pole number of the power company.  Units returned at 19:47 hours.

 Photo Gallery (including Whiskey Springs RD and Saturday incidents) by

Snowstorm = Busy Day

Nixon DR Basement Fire - Photo by Tim Knepp JR. -

Nixon DR Basement Fire - Photo by Tim Knepp JR. -

Oct 29th –  A historic snowstorm dropped several inches of heavy wet snow across the area today and resulted in approximatley a dozen storm related incidents.  Following a morning detail, many firefighters staffed the station to accept non-emergency phone calls in an attempt to lighten the call load that the county 9-1-1 center was taking.  In addition to the storm incidents, Monroe firefighters handled five structure fire incidents; three of which were in the township.

The first incident was an electrical fire in 1000 block of W Trindle RD at 15:37 hours.  That incident was followed by back-to-back structure fire assignments: a chimney fire in the area of Sinclair RD and W Trindle RD and a basement fire in the 900 block of Nixon DR.  The basement fire was reported to Squad 33 by the homeowner as the Squad was responding to the chimney fire. 

Crews also responded to two structure assignments out of the township.  The first was at 19:56 hours and was a chimney fire in Middlesex Twp in the first block of Oak Ridge RD.  The second, at 20:28 hours was a shed fire in the first block of Eastwood DR in Silver Spring Twp.

Crews Respond to New Kingstown House Fire

Oct 28 – At 19:22 hours, Cumberland County Fire Headquarters trasmitted a first alarm house fire in the 500 block of N Locust Point RD.  Engine 25 and Tanker 25 responded to the alarm.  During the incident, a medical assist response was also trasmitted for Monroe Twp.  Utility 25 responded on the medical assist, but was cancelled while en route.

Adams County Tanker 9 (York Springs) transferred to cover Monroe Twp during the incident.


Fire Prevention Program Held at Monroe Elementary


Oct 11th – Monroe firefighters presented their annual fire prevention program to Monroe Elementary students.

Students were given fire safety and prevention tips and were given an opportunity to see the fire company’s apparatus and equipment.

Monroe Fire Co Attends Ashcombe Fire Safety Event

Oct 8th– Monroe Fire Company attended Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouse’s annual Fire Safety and Awareness event.

In addition to our chicken barbecue, Monroe Fire Company had fire apparatus and equipment on display and fire prevention materials.



Fire Prevention Events Scheduled

Monroe Fire Company has scheduled the following events for this year’s fire safety and prevention campaign:

  • October 8:  Fire Safety & Awareness Day.  Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouse.  906 W. Grantham RD.
  • October 11:  Monroe Elementary Visit and Presentation.
  • October 19:  Mountainview Preschool Fire Safety Visit and Presentation.
  • October 25:  Fire Prevention Poster Contest Winners’ Ride a Fire Truck to School