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Fannettsburg, PA

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Going into service in 1991, the Metal Twp. Fire & Ambulance Company is the youngest fire company in Franklin County, PA. Though the company is young when compared to others in the state that have over a century of service, Metal Township itself has been around since 1795. The name of the township came from the metal ore deposits that were found during the mining era. It was not until a board meeting in 1990 when concerned citizens voiced a need for closer fire and EMS services that started the company.

The township sits 31 miles Northwest of Chambersburg and to the immediate west of Shippensburg bordered by Huntington and Fulton Counties. Metal Township sits in an area known as Path Valley, the valley lies in between the Kittatinny and Tuscarora Mountains. The Metal Township Fire and Ambulance serves 57 square miles of the township and it's 1700+ citizens and also provides services to Fannettsburg and mutual aid to Huntington and Fulton Counties. State Route 75 and a stretch of the PA Turnpike both cut through the township and is served by Company 21 as well.

When station 21 went into service in their former high school converted into a fire house, the apparatus consisted of two 1969 ALF pumpers and an ambulance all that served other places prior. Today, the fleet consits of an engine-rescue, brush, and ambulance all purchased new, while the tanker was purchased used from the Monroe Fire Company on Cumberland County, PA. The 15 active members respond to about 350 ambulance related calls, while the fire calls average around 120 each year. The company rotates 3 career FF-EMTS to help provide staffing, and drivers.


Thanks to FF-EMT Rowe for your time and knowledge

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