Authur Kissinger became fire chief in 1951. The Fire police were also organized that year. Pictured above are the founding members from left to right: Harry Kramer, Harold Weinhold, Authur Mellinger, Herbert Adams, Charles Sweigart, Dwight Meiskey, Jr., Fred Nies, Albert Stief, Elmer Carvell, Reuben Steffy, Harry Carvell, Jacob Koehler, and Wallace Mumma.
When the the Ambulance Corp was organized in 1952, this 1941 Chevy Panel Truck, which was serving as the fire company’s squad was also used as the first ambulance.
Charles Hackman served as chief from 1954 to the end of 1957. Claude Young, Sr. became chief at that time.
The fire company organized a Junior Firemen’s Organization in 1958. Fire Prevention Programs began October 1958. The fire company has agressively pursued opportunities to talk to the community regarding fire prevention to the current day. More about this will be presented later.
A new Mack Pumper was purchased in 1959.
Seen in this Ephrata Review picture are Chief Young, front; Assistant Chief Herbert Ehrhart, in cab; Assistant Chief Fred Nies, at pump panel; Trustee Frank Bucher, on tailboard.
The fire company and Ladies Auxiliary purchased land from Joseph Long in 1961 and this became the Rothsville Fireman’s Memorial Park. This was the Viet Nam Conflict era and one of the fire company’s own gave his life in the war. A monument was placed in the park as a memorial to Gerald Habecker.
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