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380 East Berlin Road, York Pennsylvania 17408 | Phone 717-792-3505 | Fax 717-792-4374

West Manchester Township
Fire Department

Become a Hero

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Become Our Hero...

People often inquire of Firefighters.  “Why do you want to do this?” The answer to this question is as individual as the Firefighter providing the answer.  In fact, the reasons that we are Firefighters will usually change as we mature and our relationship with the service changes.  But one thing we do know is; being a volunteer emergency responder is about one thing.  It’s not what you look like, what degree you have, or where you come from.  It’s about heart.

The West Manchester Township Fire Department is currently seeking new members for multiple positions. There are positions open for Active Firefighter, Firefighter Live-In, and Social Members. Please read the descriptions provided below. A copy of our application can be downloaded below or found at either ofa our stations.

ACTIVE FIREFIGHTER

  • Responds to fire calls
  • Attends training and equipment checks
  • Participates in stand-bys and duty crews
  • Aids in public education events
  • Attends company meetings
  • Assists with fundraising

Social Member

  • Attends meetings
  • Assists with fundraisers
  • Aids in public education events

Live-In Positions

As an active firefighter with the West Manchester Township Fire Department, we offer the opportunity to live at one of our fire stations for FREE! As a station live-in, firefighters are required to be employed with a minimum of 20 hours of work per week or be a full time student. Live-ins are expected to respond to fire calls and attend meetings, trainings, public education events, stand-bys, and fundraisers when available. Both stations are equipped with two dormitories (male and female), fully functional kitchens, free laundry, entertainment services (pool tables, free Netflix and Xfinity On Demand, Comcast Cable, and TV’s with external entertainment hookups), free wireless internet, and fitness centers. This is a great program for local students looking to or already attending one of our local area colleges. We are in traveling distance of York College of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area Community College: York Campus and Harrisburg Campus, Penn State York and multiple post-secondary education schools. Live-ins must be age 18 or older. If you have any questions about being a live-in at one of our stations feel free to contact us or stop in. Our contact information can be found on our “Contact Us” Page.

WMTFD Headquarters

Chief Clifton Laughman
Deputy Chief David Markle
380 East Berlin Rd York, PA 17408
(717) 792-3505

Lincolnway Fire Company

District Chief Roy Gentzler
300 East Berlin Rd York, PA 17408
(717) 792-0116

Shiloh Fire Company

District Chief Robert Sells
2190 Carlisle Rd York, PA 17408
(717) 764-3920

Become a Volunteer

People often inquire of Firefighters.  “Why do you want to do this?” The answer to this question is as individual as the Firefighter providing the answer.  In fact, the reasons that we are Firefighters will usually change as we mature and our relationship with the service changes.  But one thing we do know is; being a volunteer emergency responder is about one thing.  It’s not what you look like, what degree you have, or where you come from.  It’s about heart.

Nationally Seven out of ten firefighters and emergency responders are volunteers.  Here in West Manchester Township 100% are volunteers, and we need more.

The West Manchester Township Fire Department (WMTFD) is a busy department that responds to 850 calls for service annually.

The WMTFD is located in York County, Pennsylvania within the Susquehanna Valley.  We respond from two stations with three engines, one 100′ tower quint, and one heavy rescue.  Current staffing is approximately 30 active volunteers, a career chief, and approximately 15 support members.  We protect a community of 20 square miles with a population of 18,800.

Within our Township are 3 regional shopping centers, the nation’s oldest continuously operating county fair – The York Fair, and numerous storage, manufacturing, and industrial sites, some of which contain 1M+ square foot structures.

Our primary functions include fire suppression, prevention, public education, hazardous materials operations, vehicle rescue, technical rescue, and we participate as a member of the South Central Task Force as an engine company on the Decon Strike Team.

Being a member of the WMTFD can be FUN, EXCITING, THRILLING, and REWARDING.  We offer a wide variety of benefits just for being a member.  FREE Training, FREE Uniforms, FREE Life Insurance, FREE Retirement Benefits, FREE Fuel Reimbursement, and much more.

So, if you’ve got the heart to serve this community in a way that few can, you’ve got everything we need.  Please feel free to stop by any of your stations for a tour, ride along, and take an application.  You may also contact our Chief of the Department, Clifton Laughman at 717-792-3505 or by email at claughman@wmtwp.com

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