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Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company
3425 Eisenhower Avenue
Allentown, PA 18103
Non-Emergency: 610-437-6600
Emergency: 911
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2017 Department Banquet

On November 18, the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company celebrated 58 years of service with our annual banquet. During this night, we take the time to relax, reflect, and recognize the dedication of our volunteers in the past year. Events of the night include an awards presentation, a recap video, and good company over dinner. Also at this time, we would like to thank the public for your continued support in our mission and work.



Santa Escorted to the South Mall

Santa arrived at South Mall about 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 18, to begin his seasonal visit to hear the Christmas wish lists of children from throughout the area. He arrived to waves and shouts on the platform of the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department’s aerial ladder truck, accompanied by lights and sirens on the department’s restored 1965 American LaFrance fire engine and its newest Marion engine put in service earlier this fall.



Western Salisbury Shows Support for Wounded Trooper

First responders from across the region gathered together November 12, 2017 to show support for wounded Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly. Kelly was shot several times after a routine traffic stop turned violent on Route 33 last week. First responders from various departments came out with their apparatus to parade past Kelly’s room at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, demonstrating the tight-knit emergency responder community that exists. Members from Western Salisbury attended with new Engine 31-12 and personally showed our support we have for local police. 



 Station 31 Conducts Live Burn Session



On Saturday, October 21st, Station 31 conducted a live-burn training session at the Emmaus Training Grounds. In these structural burns, fires are lit within the specialized building using wooden pallets and hay. Firefighters get hands-on practice and use a variety of skills in these sessions,  signifying emergency scenarios. Members work on command duties, fire suppression, water supply, searches, ventilation, and throwing ladders. Specifically in this session, members had the opportunity to work with the newly ordered Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) from Scott. These light yet durable cameras give firefighters the ability to measure the temperature within a smoke-filled environment, and furthermore help locate victims and the fire source. Crews remained at the training grounds for about 5 hours. Station 31 aims to run 2-3 burn sessions a year, keeping live-fire skills up to par and continuing our goal to keep the public safe. Sounds interesting? Check out our “Join Us” page and come see what we’re all about!







Fire Prevention Week 2017

The volunteers of Western Salisbury once again participated in Fire Prevention Week which annually occurs every October. During this week, members go into day cares, schools, and nursing homes and teach both fire prevention and fire safety to the public. Day care and school activities included spraying water from the hoses, touring the apparatus, seeing equipment, and learning about smoke detectors. Students were given homework by Chief Joshua Wells which included practicing a fire drill at home and checking for a smoke detector in their bedroom. Smoke detectors would later be donated by Station 31 to any student needing one. Staff at nursing homes received a fire safety presentation and had hands-on practice with extinguishers using a live fire simulator. Dedicated members attend these full days in addition to normal training and calls in a unified effort to keep the local area fire safe.



Swain Station Renovation Plans Announced

BIG plans are in the works at Western Salisbury, and we need your help! We are currently launching the largest building renovation project in our 60 year history. Volunteers and support are needed and welcome. We guarantee you will enjoy becoming part of the WSFD family!

The Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company has served Salisbury Township with pride and professionalism since 1959. The Fire Company is staffed completely by volunteers who donate over 6000 man hours answering 400+ calls for service annually. Funding for day to day operations of the fire company comes from an annual fund drive, Salisbury Township, and State grants.

The goal of this project is to modernize and expand the capabilities of our Swain Station, located at 950 S. Ott Street. Included in this project is an expanded parking lot for our 35 members, a modernized training facility, and expanded bays to store all apparatus within the Swain Station.

This project has 100% support within the Fire Company, representing the need to modernize facilities and increase operational efficiency. The estimated cost of the project is $3 million, with a targeted completion date of July 2019.

The Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company looks forward to continuing the proud tradition of volunteerism in Salisbury Township, serving our residents, businesses, neighbors, and friends. Any questions regarding the building project, or interest in volunteering with the Fire Company, can be directed toward Chief Joshua Wells or President Adam Al-Khal at (610) 437-6600, or via email at


Ride in an Engine to School    


Three of the grade-level winners of the Western Salisbury Elementary School “Inspire Fire Prevention” essay contest were picked up at home in the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department’s aerial ladder truck for a ride to school on Friday morning, May 2. They are, from left, Beatrice Carag, third-grade winner; Ariana Younes, fifth-grade winner; and, Elijah Richetti, second-grade winner. In the doorway is WSVFD Chief Joshua Wells.



Car Into Building

Western Salisbury Fire Department volunteer firefighters, Salisbury Police, and an EMS squad from Cetronia Ambulance were called to a Colorado St. residence shortly before 7 p.m., Sunday, June 4, for a report of a “vehicle into a building.” The elderly female resident of the home inadvertently put her car into reverse gear before opening her garage door, the car took out the garage door as she reversed onto a neighbor’s lawn. Then, engaging the car into drive, the operator inadvertently applied the accelerator causing the vehicle to speed forward and crash through the garage wall next to the demolished garage door. The woman was examined at the scene by medics, but she was determined not to be injured and she was not taken to the hospital. A rescue squad from Eastern Salisbury Fire Department was also dispatched by the Lehigh County 911 Center , but the crew was recalled after WSFD Assistant Chief William Sames at the scene determined that a rescue was not required after the woman was assisted  from the vehicle by neighbors.

31-12 Construction Underway


After countless hours of design between our Chief Engineer Dev Kannan, Chief Josh Wells, and our Cheif Officers, 31-12 has begun its journey into creation by Marion Body Works Inc. in Marion, Wisconsin.  The engine will carry a 775 gallon water tank feeding a 1500gpm Waterous pump on a Spartan chassis.  The new fire engine has an estimated delivery of early August and will service the area for approximately the next 20 years.  See the photos here.



Western Salisbury 2017 Fire Officers

 2017 Fire Officers
After a vote by crew members and appointment by fire department trustees, the following volunteers will serve as fire line command officers for the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company for 2017: From left; Joshua Wells, Chief; William Sames, Assistant Chief; Adam Al-Khal and David Xander, Deputy Chiefs; Darrell Singles, Captain and Assistant Chief Engineer; Nicholas Fisher, Lieutenant and EMS Officer; Ramon Deeb, Lieutenant; and, Jerry Royer, Safety Officer. Not present for the photo was Dev Kannan, Chief Engineer.

Quick Fire Stop in Salisbury Township
Middle Sex Fire
Firefighters from Western Salisbury, Eastern Salisbury and Emmaus were dispatched by the Lehigh County 911 Center about 3 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, to a reported dwelling fire at 1436 Middlesex Rd. First on the scene, WSFD Chief Joshua Wells, found a  fire burning in construction debris against the front portion of the home.  Firefighters from Emmaus FD, on the first arriving engine, were able to pull a hose line to quickly knock down the fire,  moments before the arrival of a WSFD engine. The home is under renovation by the occupants, and consisted of aerosol cans of insulating material, with empty propane gas canisters nearby.  Wells said the cause of the fire was undetermined, but was centered in the construction debris, and exploding aerosol cans alerted the occupants to the fire, which scorched the front brick wall and melted a vinyl window shutter. Wells said damage to the home was limited to the exterior by the quick stop by responding firefighters.
By Jim Marsh



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