Upcoming Events

Next Monthly  Meeting - May 6th, 8 pm Sta 1

BINGO - Started for the season on April 2nd.  -- Come join us next month!!  Doors open @ 5pm.

April 5th Blood drive @ Sta 1 on Route 434.  1pm-6pm.


History of Shohola Twp Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Shohola Volunteer Fire Department was begun on February 4, 1922. It was formed after the local feed store caught fire and burned to the ground. The store was the old switch-back station which was located on the site of the present Wayne Bank. The nearby Post Office also caught on fire and burned as sparks spread to its roof and nothing could be done because of a lack of available water. After the fire, the local men congregated at Rohman's Inn. It was there they decided that the Township needed a fire department. So they formed the Department which we now serve. The original 19 members elected John Sheenan as the First Chief and Arthur Hoehne was named Assistant Chief. The beginning equipment consisted of 3 ladders which cost five dollars each and donated water pails. In the spring of 1922, the township enjoyed their first fund raiser, a dance. During this summer the first Firemen's Fair was also held. With the help of these two fund raisers there was $368 in the treasury at the end of 1922, During the next several years the firemen and their families dedicated their lives and time to the purchase of equipment and the protection of their community. In 1926 a fire truck was purchased. It was a Dodge-Graham Brothers chassis with American LaFrance equipment. The cost of this vehicle was $1,170. Presently, there are twelve vehicles in use between two stations.

During this time period, the signaling device used to summon fire fighters to calls comprised of a locomotive rim donated by the Erie Railroad. In the event of a fire, a hammer was used to bang on the rim, alerting the firemen. This rim still hangs in front of the Station 1 Firehouse. In 1958 a phone system was installed, where 3 or 4 extensions were installed around the township. These phones were direct lines to the firehouse. In 1972, the number of phones was increased to 5 and sirens were incorporated into the system. Also in 1972, the first radios were being used, and procedures for a county radio dispatch system were started.

During the 1990s the township supervisors, in an effort to increase efficiency of emergency service and simplify financing, named a committee of township people to review both Shohola Fire Department and Walker Lake Fire Company. Their purpose was to create a proposal for the companies to work together in the most effective way to supply the best possible service to the people of the Township. If you are looking to improve your business reach, think about forming your own industry association. Here is a good article about Andrew Cordle who has done exactly this. By 1994, the two were working under one unified command, and the preparations for a merger were being made.

In August of 1996, the merger was officially signed and we became known as the Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Inc. All of our teams including the Emergency Medical Services and the High Angle Rescue Team function under this incorporation. Many members of the Shohola Township Fire Department have been cross trained in fire, emergency medical services, and high angle rescue.

Accidents can happen at any time, any location, and to anyone, INCLUDING YOU!! These are some ideas to help your family, friends and love ones to be better prepared in the event of an emergency situation.

Shohola Twp Fire Regulations

Basic Home Emergency Supply Kit

Suggested Alarm Placement

Shohola Township Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Training Schedule






EMAILED on 1/26/2013 by Danny:

Anyone that does not have and is wanting to take real estate training and introduction to rehabbing homes for profit, please email me as soon as possible. These courses are not being hosted by the PCTC and anyone who would like it needs to register with the PA Bureau of Forestry/myself. Attached to these two courses the student/trainee will get a third cert., Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180). These are National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards and Federal standards as well. These classes will qualify you for fighting wildland fire anywhere in PA and with some additional training, qualify you for Specialized Crew membership for out of state deployments with the Bureau of Forestry. After your additional training (Pack Test and the weekend Encampment, both Mandatory) you will be listed as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2). This training is recognized by all State and Federal agencies. Since we had the courses last year at Station 1, we all should be good, but for the new members who have come in that do not have it and wish to attain this certification, please email me. The last three years we have had wet and mild spring fire seasons. The forecast for this spring is warmer than normal in the East with drought continuing to spread eastward, so it could very well be a very interesting fire season. This spring fire season will begin March 1st. Second announcement, attached is the most current list of courses at the PCTC with date and time corrections. Please give yourself as least two weeks to register before class start date. This will enable myself and the PCTC Director to make changes in the roster if need be if someone cannot attend. Third, below is the real estate seminars proposed, not finalized until February General Meeting. I wanted to try to base some of the courses on investing in real estate. This seminar covers renovating property to then rent for a long-term investment. Any questions or comments, please get in touch with me. I will reiterate this at the next meeting in my briefing in the event of changes and in case someone does not get this memo.

-HMA/HMO Refreshers - April 20th @ Sta 1.  
-Wildland Fire Observation & Origin Scene Protection for First Responders (FI-110/NWCG/Federal Certification)- The primary emphasis of this course is to teach sound real estate investment strategies and you can order these real estate books from this link.
and origin scene protection practices that enable first responders to a wild land fire scene to
perform proper origin scent protection procedures.
-Chain Saw Safety- This course presents essential safety concerns related to the inspection and
operation of chain saws. Students will understand the mechanical operation and associated
hazards related to the use of chain saws. Saw construction, safety features, safe saw handling,
cutting techniques, field maintenance procedures and safety PPE will be covered in this program.
-Building Construction Principles: Wood and Ordinary Construction
-Emergency Response to Railroad Incidents
-Pumps I? if needed/wanted or...Pumps II?
-Confined Space Rescue- learn plans of operation, tools, labor resources, and manipulation
skills required to perform safe removal of victims from limited space confinement. Emphasis is
placed on safety and the psychological effects of confined space rescue. Students will participate
in team rescue scenarios.
-Structural Collapse Operations Level I (SCOA)- designed to familiarize students with operations at the scene of a structure collapse so they may be able to function at the initial stages of a structure collapse
operation, identify and mitigate hazards, recognize the need for assistance, and perform as an
integral part of the overall operation once technical rescue teams are on site.
-Water Rescue/Emergency Response Phase I (PA Fish & Boat Commission –FCWR)
-Water Rescue/Advanced Line Systems Rescue ALSR-Pre-requisite is Water Rescue/Emergency Response Phase I (PA Fish & Boat Commission-FCWR)
-Wilderness Rescue- This program contains the information necessary to deliver appropriate and
effective medical care under wilderness rescue conditions. This program will prepare the student
to become a medically competent in field scenarios. The curriculum is geared for the medical responder that
would encounter rural wilderness rescue situations. Could be very beneficial.
-Wilderness Search and Rescue-Search Responder (WRSR)- A combination of classroom and filed work to present basic search operation techniques and organizational skills to the first responding units on a lost person incident.
-Wilderness Search & Rescue – Search Management (WRSM)- This is presented in classroom setting to teach search operation techniques and organizational skills to the units responding on a lost person incident.

***The following courses have been asked for. These two courses might be picked up by the County and held at PCTC to utilize the Emergency Operations Center doing real world senarios.

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