Join Us This Friday Night for the 1st Raffle of the Fall/Winter Season. Doors Open at 5pm and Raffle Begins at 7pm. Meal will be Open Faced Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes or French Fries and Applesauce. We hope to see you Friday Night! ... See moreSee less
This afternoon First Alarm was sent to Simon Court for a gas odor. The Township Companies arrived to find a strong gas odor in the kitchen coming from behind the stove. Gas was secured to the residence and the box was reduced, units remained on scene to ventilate and await UGI. ... See moreSee less
E33 was on display earlier today at Glick Fire Equipment Company Open House at their Bird in Hand Facility. The engine was featured in the fabrication shop area based on the equipment layout and the amount of fabrication that was performed at Glick for tool mounting. Thanks to Glick for the invite!! ... See moreSee less
Squad and Traffic 33 responded just after 16:00 for an accident on I-81 NB just prior to Exit 52. Also responding were E141 and R45. Crews arrived to find no injuries and controlled fluids. The box was reduced to Co.33 with our units remaining on scene for over an hour. ... See moreSee less
Always about the detail!! After a response into the Pennsy Quarry last evening the Engine was promptly washed and today got a good detailing done with cab tilted and cleaned under, wheel wells and underbody as well as under the hose bed cover. Thanks to the guys that take pride are always making sure the rigs look great! ... See moreSee less
We were faced with the same decision a few years ago when we cut back on fund raising; the decision is never an easy one to make but in this day and age while the fire company’s mission hasn’t changed we must constantly evaluate what we do and how we do it. Many people do not understand we are running a business.....business leaders must constantly look at and reevaluate many options and many decisions in the eyes of the public do not make sense but in the eyes of the members the writing is on the wall. We support Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services in their decision to keep the interest of training and public safety in the forefront of their operations! ... See moreSee less
Dear CFRS Bingo Players,
When we moved into this station 23 years ago, our first fund raising event was Bingo. Bingo has been the primary fundraiser that has allowed Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services to pay for this building and the equipment required to serve our community. Many of you have been here with us during the long journey. However, times are changing. We do not have the bingo attendance or volunteer staffing that we once had. Therefore, the fire company has decided to discontinue weekly Bingo effective December 18th, 2019.
This decision was not an easy one. Over the past year and a half, we have changed our game formats, attempted to increase our payouts, and changed products & vendors in order to lower our costs. While we are still making a profit, the margin continues to shrink. We have attempted to offer special bingo events to grow our audience, but our average weekly attendance has remained relatively flat. Meanwhile, our volunteer staff invests thousands of hours per year into running this event week in and week out. It diverts time from our core missions of training, safety outreach/education, and response to emergency incidents.
While you may not be happy with our decision, we hope that you understand our position. We are one of only a half dozen fire companies in Cumberland County who still offer bingo games, and we held out for as long as it was feasible. We hope that you are willing to support the bingo events through the end of the year. Our intent is to make the remaining games fun and exciting. If this decision causes attendance to drop to the point that we are losing money, we may reevaluate the final game date.
We will be offering special quarterly bingos next year. Our goal is to make these a family event on a weekend afternoon that will allow us to reach a larger audience with a smaller outlay of resources. We hope that you are willing to try a few of these events and see if you enjoy them.
THANK YOU for the many years of support to Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services. Many of you are like members of our extended family, and we sincerely appreciate your understanding.
Michael R. Snyder
Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services
Went for what was supposed to be a two hour tour on the Conodoguinet Creek with my new buddy Craig. Kayaking was a little rough at times, fast moving water. I did think this is more advanced than what I’ve done before. I like challenging myself so I mentally and physically pushed through. We saw 6 kingfishers, 4 big blue herons, dozens of blue winged teal ducks, an osprey and an eagle. After about 2 hours I felt arm and abdominal fatigue. I was exhausted. I was asking Craig if we were close to our end point. That’s when I realized Craig was confused and unsure about where we were supposed to end up. Craig has Parkinson’s and with being cold and wet he became very disoriented. It started to get dark and I started to get worried. We exited the water with our kayaks. Craig had no idea where we were and I trusted in the fact he would know where we were. So our nice kayaking trip turned into a rescue. I wasn’t sure what I should do and who to call. I mean was this an emergency? I made the decision to call 911 and explain our situation. The call took 11 minutes from the time I made it until the Silver Spring Fire Department and an officer from the Silver Spring police came down out of the woods with flashlights. All it took was 11 minutes to be in darkness. I could not tell them a location. Thank God for GPS, the 911 operator located us. She was so sweet constantly checking on Craig’s status. She wouldn’t hang up until help had reached us. Thank God for the flashlight on my cell or they wouldn’t have been able to see us. Craig was very disoriented at this time but did not need medical attention. The police officer and firefighters hiked our kayaks up a very steep woodsy hill the length of a football field, made sure we were okay and we went home. I’m in disbelief that this happened. Completely grateful to the Silver Spring Township police and firefighters. They were so nice and really came to our rescue. I drove Craig home and when I got home I got emotional. It’s not that I was scared. I just feel very sad to experience my friend having memory loss and physical fatigue from his disease. He was so embarrassed. We both overestimated his capabilities. It reminded me of my dad and how he struggles with early Alzheimer’s. I have now watched both these men vehemently deny anything is wrong and get so confused and still try to maintain there’s no problem when clearly there is one. Thank God for a safe ending to our adventure 🙏♥️🙏
As Fire Prevention month continues today’s visit by the township companies was at Winding Creek Elementary School. Due to the size of the student body, Winding Creek is covered in two days now; the remainder of the school will be completed soon as Monday’s day needed to be rescheduled from the rain. ... See moreSee less