The Western Salisbury Fire Department is an all-volunteer service that protects the western section of Salisbury Township, in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
Our district includes suburban neighborhoods bordering the City of Allentown and the Borough of Emmaus, as well as more rural areas, including farmlands. Major facilities protected include the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center and its University Medevac operation, Interstate 78 from the Summit Lawn interchange to its split with PA Route 309 North, numerous commercial establishments, and some light industry. The Norfolk Southern main east-west line traverses our district.
We operate from two stations, and are dispatched over a radio tone-alerting system operating on 154.175 MHz by the Lehigh County 911 Communications Center and are identified as Fire Station 31. When the pagers go off, we leave our homes or places of employment and respond to the stations. Fire Chief Josh Wells will usually respond directly to the scene to take command, while the rest of us will respond to the stations to man the apparatus.
If you have a scanner, you can listen to our on-scene communications on the following frequencies: Lehigh County Fire South 159.060 is the frequency we primarily use for communicating with the county. Once on scene we switch most of the communications then to a county fire ground channel. The channel our station primarily uses is Fire ground 1: 154.725. The other fire ground channels are Fire ground 2: 155.325, Fire ground 3: 154.2725, and Fire ground 4: 150.7825. Two other channels you might hear us communicating on is Lehigh County Fire North: 158.250 and our private channel 153.950.
New volunteers are always needed and welcome.