Thank you for stopping by our site. Good Will Fire Company #1 of Trexlertown, also known as Trexlertown Fire Company, has proudly served the residents of Trexlertown, Breinigsville and all of Upper Macungie Township since 1916. We are 100% staffed by volunteers who hold themselves to the highest of professional standards. We invite you to browse our site to learn more about our history, our members, the services we provide our community and the ways in which you can support us or volunteer and join us. There are many opportunities to serve that don’t involve running into a burning building.
We are here to serve you, the residents of Upper Macungie Township, and we welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have about our services, events we host, fire safety or even just to give a tour of our facilities and apparatus. Don’t hesitate to contact us, or feel free to stop in if you see us at the fire house.

Thank you again for visiting our site, and stay safe.

Order Your Fastnachts Now!

10998030_10205526084852137_7095537780603161988_nIt’s that time of year again! The Good Will Fire Company will be making over 30,000 Fastnacht donuts leading up to Shrove Tuesday, better know to most as Mardi Gras. For those not familiar, a fastnacht is a Pennsylvania Dutch donut made with potatoes. Housewives traditionally made fastnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. “Fastnacht” is a German word meaning “night before the fast.”

The price is $7 per dozen. To place your order or for more information, please call 610-398-3152 or 610-395-1194

You Can Help Save A Life!

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Good Will Fire Company is hosting a Miller-Keystone Blood Center Blood Drive. Please join us on Monday, January 18 between 2pm and 7pm.  Your generous blood donation will be used to save the life of someone at one of our 21 local community hospitals. You don’t need to be a firefighter to save a life! Click the Miller-Keystone logo above to schedule your appointment today!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

10802053_10204952175064751_6506579628220585558_nJoin Santa Claus and the members of the Good Will Fire Company #1 of Trexlertown in their annual Santa Run tradition on Saturday December 19. Goodies will be handed out to children at numerous locations throughout the Trexlertown Fire Company coverage area. See the schedule below for approximate times of arrival, and we look forward to seeing you!

10:00AM CROSS CREEK –8009 CROSS CREEK CIR. & BARNVIEW
10:10AM 7847 RED HAWK COURT
10:20AM CLUB HOUSE AUTUMN PARK APARTMENTS
1O:30AM CLUBHOUSE PARKLAND VIEW
10:40AM KINGS WAY AND KINGS WAY
10:55AM HIGHGATE AVE. & THORTON ROAD
11:15AM ASTER RD & FOXGLOVE
11:35AM HERITAGE DRIVE & PINEWIND DRIVE SOUTH
11:45AM HERITAGE DRIVE & GREYSTONE CIRCLE
11:55AM HERITAGE DRIVE & PINEWIND DRIVE NORTH
12:15PM GOOD WILL FIRE COMPANY #1 TREXLERTOWN
12:45PM STARLING & WATERBURY ROAD
12:55PM CASCADE ROAD & PATHFINDER ROAD
1:05PM COLEBROOK RD & TRAVERS ROAD
1:15PM TRAVERS ROAD & FALLS ROAD
1:25PM BRIDGETON ROAD & LOCKWOOD DRIVE
1:35PM SCHAFFER RUN & WINDMILL LANE (2 LOCATIONS)
1:50PM THISTLE LANE & SILO HILL LANE
2:00PM DOGWOOD LANE & BUCKHILL LANE
2:10PM CONSTITUTION LANE & WINDMILL LANE
2:25PM LEAF WING PL & SILVER SPOT
2:35PM VICEROY LA & HOLLY BLUE WAY
2:45PM DARTWHITE DR & SWALLOW TRAIL LANE
3:00PM BREINIGSVILLE POST OFFICE
3:15PM GREEN ACRES CLUB HOUSE

Thanksgiving Day Fire Safety Tips

turkey-firefighterThanksgiving is a the official beginning to the holiday season, and filled with the three F’s – Family, Friends and Food.  With so much time being spent in the kitchen, please keep in mind these Fire Safety Tips.  As much as we like to meet our neighbors, we don’t want it to be because under bad circumstances.

FIRE SAFE COOKING TIPS

•Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

•If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or broiling food, check on it regularly; remain in the home while food is cooking.

•Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, towels, or curtains – away from the stove top.

•Keep stove top, burners, and oven clean at all times. The build-up of grease and food can increase the chance for a fire to happen.

•Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.

•Plug all electrical cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.

•Keep children out of kitchen while cooking. The kitchen is not a play place, and too many people in the kitchen, is only asking for someone to get burned or injured.

IF YOU HAVE A COOKING FIRE

•When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close doors behind you to help contain the fire. Call 911 after you leave.

•If you try to fight the fire, make sure everyone is out, and you have a clear path out, and 911 has been called.

•If a small grease fire starts in a pan, slide a lid over pan and turn burner off. Do not move pan, leave lid on pan till pan cools.

•In case of oven fire, turn off heat to oven and keep door closed. Never open door to oven till fire is completely out.

•If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off and unplug the microwave. Never open the door to microwave until fire is completely out.

•If your clothes catch fire – STOP, DROP, and ROLL – cover your face with your hands.
TURKEY FRYER SAFETY TIPS

•Use turkey fryer outdoors, away from buildings and all combustible material.

•Make sure fryer is on a flat non-combustible surface.

•Never leave fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. The oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

•Keep children and pets away from fryer even when you are done using the fryer. The oil can remain dangerously hot for hours after use.

•Make sure turkey has completely thawed. Oil and water do not mix; water causes oil to spill over causing a fire.

•To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.

•Have an ABC rated fire extinguisher on hand when using the fryer.

SMOKE DETECTORS AND FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

Fire safety is all about being prepared if a fire were to happen. Being prepared means having smoke detectors that you know are in working order, and having an escape plan in place. Smoke detectors need to be tested at least once a month, and replace those batteries at least once a year. Have a smoke detector on every floor of your house, and one in every bedroom of your house. The fire escape plan is necessary so you know what to do and where to go. If you have to think about what to do it could be too late. We all have heard the saying “practice makes perfect” that’s why schools have fire drills. You need to do the same thing at home.

Being prepared that’s the key to life safety in a fire situation!

Many thanks to the Bay City, Michigan Department of Public Safety for sharing these tips. Everyone have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Members attend Propane Emergency Response Training

On July 15 and 16th, several members of Trexlertown Fire drove to Bear Creek Mountain Resort to the Propane Industry Emergency Responders Conference.  The first day was dedicated to the classroom, where attendees learned about the properties and uses of Propane, as well as talked about how to respond to propane emergencies. Day 2 was spend outside, putting our skills to work.  A live fire training prop was used to simulate a leaking tank that was on fire, and crews were instructed on how to approach the tank in order to attempt to shut off the valve. This was the largest conference of its type ever held in Pennsylvania, and many new skills and tactics were taught.  Many thanks to Bear Creek Mountain Resort, the PA Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education and Research Council for hosting and putting on a great training class.  Check out WFMZ-TV’s coverage of the event and watch the PA Propane Gas Association’s video for more information.
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Good Will Fire Company to again host Union Historical Society Fire Muster and Firefighter Competition

On Sunday, July 26, Good Will Fire Company will host the Union Historical Fire Society Antique Fire Apparatus Display and Muster. Along with fire apparatus displays there will be a firefighters competition with Bucket Brigade and Water Rocket events, a public safety display of current apparatus, and an antique car show.

The event begins at 10:00am and ends at 3:00pm with the awards ceremony. Trophies will be awarded in several categories, including modern and antique apparatus, fire company and private owned, and motorized and hand drawn.

This event is open to the public, and there will be food and refreshments available to purchase throughout the day. All proceeds benefit the Good Will Fire Co. #1 of Trexlertown.

For more information about the Muster and Apparatus Display, please download the information flyer or contact Joe Landy at (610) 996-2631 or joetmugs@comcast.net or visit www.unionhistoricalfiresociety.com .  You can also download the registration form for the fire apparatus here, and the registration and voting form for the antique car show here.

Any fire companies interested in participating in the firefighters competition, please contact Chief Arlan Wright at (610) 841-8238 or awright@trexlertownfirecompany.com  You do not need to bring any apparatus to participate in the competition, just a team of at least 4 firefighters.

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Restoration of Trexlertown’s first fire truck featured on WFMZ

 The efforts of the Lehigh Valley Model A club towards the restoration of our first motorized apparatus, a 1931 Ford Model AA fire truck, were featured on WFMZ this weekend.  The club has spend countless hours over the last few months getting the truck back in better than new mechanical condition. After they complete their work, the truck will be sent to a fire truck restoration company in New Jersey for further aesthetic repairs.  The truck will be unveiled in all its glory during our 100th anniversary parade in 2016, and then will continue to serve the fire company and the community in a variety of events throughout the year.  Donations toward the restoration effort are always welcomed. For more information, check out the story on WFMZ.

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Upper Macungie Stations respond to Route 78 truck fire

Trexlertown Fire Company was dispatched around 10pm Wednesday night, along with Station 8 (Fogelsville), Station 56 (Upper Macungie) and Station 51 (Weisenberg) to the area of Route 78 Mile Marker 49 EB for reports of a truck fire with flammable and hazardous materials cargo.  Chief 801 was first on scene and confirmed a working fire in the rear of the trailer.  Crews got on location and quickly contained the fire, preventing it from spreading into the majority of the cargo. Station 1 (Alburtis) and Station 26 (Tri-Clover) responded with their tankers for additional water supply.   The highway was closed for about an hour while crews extinguished the flames and overhauled the trailer. No injuries were reported and a clean up crew was called in to control and remove and hazards.

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Photo courtesy Nester Video Productions

4th Alarm Dwelling Fire in North Whitehall

On Saturday April 11, Tanker 2521 assisted Station 26 (Tri-Clover) on the second alarm for a working dwelling fire in the Orefield section of North Whitehall Twp.  Heavy fire was showing upon arrival.  Tanker 2521 provided water supply to Truck 1631 (Neffs) and Station 25 crews assisted with the initial fire attack.  Because the area did not have fire hydrants, the call eventually went to a 4th alarm for tankers to supply water.  Units were on scene from Station 8 (Fogelsville), Station 10 (Germansville), Station 11 (Greenawalds), Station 16 (Neffs) Station 22 (Schnecksville), Station 25 (Trexlertown), Station 26 (Tri-Clover), Station 32 (Woodlawn), Station 51 (Weisenberg) and EMS Station 66 (Macungie).

More photos and information can be found at Newsworking and Wetherhold Fire Photos

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Car/Tractor Trailer accident with heavy entrapment

On Friday, March 27, Rescue 2541 (Trexlertown), Station 51 (Weisenberg), Engine 811 (Fogelsville), & Station 62 (Cetronia EMS) responded to I-78 westbound near mile post 46.1 for a vehicle into a tractor trailer. Crews worked for approx. 40 min to free the passenger of the car that was heavily entrapped. Fire Police from stations 8, 25, and 30 (Lower Macungie) assisted w/ closing I-78 at exit 49. Story and photos courtesy of Weisenberg Fire Department.

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