Horsham Township citizens and businesses are protected by highly-trained and well-equipped volunteer/career fire and EMS personnel from two stations strategically located in the Township.
The dedicated firefighting companies cooperate on a regular basis to ensure the safety of our residents, travelers and property. They are on-call 24/7 and have a proud history of heroic service backed by ongoing training and support from Horsham Township’s municipal government, businesses and citizens.
The Horsham Fire Company has been serving our citizens and businesses since 1913. Aside from their firefighting activities, they are also very active in the community and play an important role in the social and fundraising activities happening throughout the calendar year.
Today Horsham Fire Co. No. 1’s EMS Division proudly protects an estimated 26,000 people living in an area of 16.77 square miles.
We operate out of our main station (Battalion 1) which is located at 315 Meetinghouse Road.
Horsham Special Fire Police officers at emergency scenes wear either a white helmet or a hat with a blue visor. They can be attired in uniform, reflective vest or coveralls. They can wear gold or silver police-style badges.
The members of the Horsham Special Fire Police are volunteers, as are most of the fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers.
They come from all walks of life and have a variety of backgrounds. They are your neighbors, your friends, or your co-workers. They are people who enjoy living in this community and are willing to give some of their spare time to support the emergency services of the community. Some may have experience in other areas of emergency services. However, they all share one thing….
….a desire to serve their community.
The members of the Horsham Special Fire Police are tasked with three main objectives during an emergency…
- Traffic Control
- Crowd Control
- Scene Security
They are there to allow the Horsham Police to return to their normal patrols in the community.
During an emergency, a Horsham Special Fire Police officer has the police authority necessary to carry out their duties. A Horsham Special Fire Police officer’s traffic signals supersede any stop signs, traffic lights or other traffic control devices. They may prosecute Violations of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, and fines can be levied and points may be awarded.
The Horsham Special Fire Police are sometimes utilized by the Horsham Police Department during non-emergency times to augment their forces to perform traffic and crowd control duties. Local organizations can also use the Special Fire Police to provide traffic & crowd control, as well as security, during special events.
‘What can I do?’ you ask…
The following Dos and Don’ts are offered as to how to assist the Horsham Special Fire Police, as well as other Horsham emergency services personnel, in their duties.
DO yield the right-of way to oncoming and overtaking Emergency Vehicles by pulling as far to the right of the highway as possible and coming to a complete stop. This includes any ‘blue lights’ on personal cars. Although these lights are labeled as ‘courtesy” lights, they are permitted by Pennsylvania State Law and you are asked to give the people using them the ‘courtesy’ of allowing them to pass.
DO follow the traffic direction signals of the Horsham Special Fire Police at an intersection, emergency scene, or other special event.
DO keep back 500 feet from all Emergency Vehicles when they are responding to an alarm or an emergency.
When approaching a hose on the highway, DO NOT drive up to or over any fire hose except at the direction of an officer…fines can reach $100.00 for an offense and could result in the hose bursting preventing the suppression of the fire or worse, causing loss of life.
DO NOT stop to ask for information about the incident while driving by. If directions are needed, find a safe place off the road to park and then approach an officer.
DO consider volunteering some of your time to support your community as part of the Horsham Fire Company #1 in the Special Fire Police, Fire Company, Ambulance Corps, or Auxiliary units.
The Auxiliary is in charge of many fundraisers.
Beginning in the early days with Miss Webster’s plays, there have been many other ways the Auxiliary has raised money for the Fire Company.
From selling calendars and first aid kits for your car to running Pancake Breakfasts and Beef and Beers, activities have fallen just about everywhere in-between the two. Some of the most recent sales have included candles and wooden replicas of the original Firehouse. Horsham Day is one of their largest events, where they begin with selling the food for the fishing contest and end with selling glow necklaces before the fireworks.
The Auxiliary also sponsors many events for the Firefighters and their families. An Easter Egg hunt and a Christmas party for their children are still annual events, and they have in the past sponsored Breakfast with Santa and a Halloween party for the children. They are also on call to provide food for fire calls, when the Chief feels it is necessary to activate them. There is a phone chain in effect for these times, so they can all be notified of the need.