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Greencastle fire company responds to 135 local calls

February 19, 1998

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Firefighters at Greencastle's Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 Inc. rolled out of their firehouse on Carlisle Street 135 times during 1997 for local fires.

Fifteen dwellings burned, along with one barn, a mobile home, a grain bin and a dumpster. The company also responded to 25 vehicle fires and 31 brush fires, among others.

According to an annual report provided by Chief Robert H. Ebersole, Jr., total damage estimates from fires last year totaled $243,500.

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The number of local calls doesn't include mutual aid assistance to other area fire departments. The total number of local and mutual calls came to 217.

There were no local fire fatalities in 1997, he said.

The department responded for reasons other than fires during the year, according to Ebersole's report.

Locally, Rescue Hose crews covered 139 auto accidents that involved injury, one carbon monoxide poisoning, two water rescues and the rescue of a person under a tree. They also responded to a farm tractor accident, three pedestrian accidents, an industrial accident, 18 medical assistant calls and eight property damage calls. In all, the department responded to 178 local non-fire calls, according to the report.

The department also responded to 16 mutual aid non-fire alarms.

The department also sent trucks to other Franklin and Washington county fire companies 46 times during the year to cover for them when they were out on emergencies, the report said.

Ebersole and his firefighters will reach a new milestone for the department later this year when they move from their historic firehouse on Carlisle Street, which the company has occupied for 50 years, to a new fire station down the road, now under construction.

The move will take place during Greencastle's triennial Old Home Week celebration scheduled for August, Ebersole said.

"We always hold an open house during Old Home Week. This year we'll hold it in the new fire station," he said.

The department is accepting sealed bids, which it can refuse, from potential buyers for the old firehouse, Ebersole said.

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