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 Here Comes the Season!

Fall is here!  As the leaves are changing and the air is becoming colder and colder, the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company would like to remind you of some extra safety tips.  Remember to have your chimney cleaned before using wood stoves, fireplaces, and furnaces.  Carbon monoxide is odorless and often known as a  "silent killer" easily going undetected. In addition to a working smoke detector, make sure you also have a working carbon monoxide detector.  It's also a great time of year to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors!

With Thanksgiving approaching, cooking accidents also tend to increase.  Remember to have a proper lids for all pots and pans being, and NEVER put water on a grease or oil fire.  Cover the pot with the lid if you can do it safely, and if unable to smother pot, move to safety and call 911 immediately. 

The volunteers of Western Salisbury Fire Department would like to wish you all a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

 Western Salisbury FD Volunteers Take Fire Prevention to Schools

Firefighter Nick Fisher demonstrates a fog pattern to children at the Swain School.


The importance of having a smoke alarm in every room of a home was among the messages taken to school students at the four elementary schools located in the Western Salisbury Fire Department’s fire district during annual fire prevention activities held every year in township schools during Fire Prevention Week to mark the anniversary week of the great Chicago Fire in October, 1871.

“I want you all to go home tonight,”’ WSFD Chief  Joshua Wells told the students, “and check to see if there is a smoke detector in your bedroom. If you don’t have one, come back to school tomorrow and tell your teacher, and our fire department will give you one.”

Emphasizing his point, Wells used a smoke detector’s distinctive three “beep, beep, beep” tones that tell a family to evacuate their home.  “When you get out of a home that is filled with smoke, you should stay out, don’t try to go back in. If there is a pet or something else that is important that is still inside, tell a firemen when we arrive and we will try to get it for you if we can.” Wells said.

He told the school’s students that lighters and matches should only be handled by adults, and that it is “all right to ‘tell’ if a younger brother or sister is playing with them.”  The importance e of knowing how to dial “911” only for help was also part of the message, and that knowing to “stop, drop and roll” was important if someone’s clothes should catch fire.

The messages the volunteer firefighters take to Salisbury schools has not changed much in the 50 years that school programs have been in place for elementary school students in the school district. Wells said he believes the programs have helped embed the fire prevention message in township homes, and have helped contribute to the relatively low number of residential fires suffered by area residents.

“As firefighters, we look forward every year to being able to interact with our district’s young people. Lessons taught in students’ formative years seem to really have a positive effect  on efforts to be fire safe,” Wells said.

Weather-permitting, a portion of the program is held outside each year so students at Lehigh Christian Academy, St. Thomas More School, the Swain School, and at Western Salisbury Elementary School, can see firemen demonstrate the use of their equipment.

Always a student-favorite part of the program is Wells’ demonstration of rope–rappelling skills  as he descends, upside-down, from the department’s extended aerial ladder.

By: Jim Marsh

Another Successful Community Day For WSFD

Firefighters Ryan Kulp and Ramon Deeb assist children in putting out a pretend house fire.

This years community was another great success for the Western Salisbury Fire Department.  Even though it rained, the weather did not keep away the wonderful citizens of our township.  This years community day featured local non-profit organizations such as CareNet, Western Salisbury Jerusalem Church, Everlasting Life Ministries, The Cooperative Extension speaking about water conservation, and several other businesses.

Many people stopped by and dropped off food for Everlasting Life Ministries, a local ministry that assists the poor, and learned about water conservation at The Cooperative Extension table.  Also in attendance were fire trucks from our sister company Eastern Salisbury Fire Department, and an ambulance from our neighboring community Emmaus Ambulance Corps. 

The citizens of our township enjoyed complimentary hotdogs and pork BBQ catered by Smokin' Smitty's, cotton candy and a chocolate dipping pot provided by Fun Affairs.  The kids participated in activities such as a bouncy house, batting practice game, face painting, and Balloons The Clown even stopped by to see what the kids were up ending in a show under the pavilion.  Finally, the community had the opportunity to experience a real stove fire and extinguish it using our Bullex fire training machine, and tour a house filling with smoke in our comprehensive smoke house. 

We would like to thank the members of our fire department both firefighters and auxiliary members, the local organizations who shared in our celebration, and finally the citizens who assist with donations to keep our department running from year to year.  It is our privilege to serve you.


Interested in joining the Western Salisbury family? Print out an application from our "Join Us" page and fill it out. Then stop by, any Monday night, between 6:30 and 7:00pm and drop the application off!