Live In Program
Thank for your interest in the Eden Volunteer Fire Company Live-In Program. The Eden Fire Company is part of Manheim Township Fire Rescue. Manheim Township Fire Rescue and the Eden Fire Company are known for their progressive attitude and are one of the leaders in Lancaster County Fire and Rescue services. Our Company is annually one of the county’s busiest, answering a variety of calls in a diverse area. A key component to this success is in fact the live-in program. On this page you will find information pertaining to the program.
In 1997 the department created the first Live-In program in Lancaster County. Now in its 11th year, the program continues to be a valuable asset to the company and the communities we serve. The program is designed for firefighters to utilize the station as their full-time residence, allowing for a quick and professional fire department response. In exchange for free living accommodations and several other perks, the live-in members are responsible for responding to emergency calls, performing station duties, and participating in training.
Eden Volunteers respond to over 1100 Fire, Rescue, and QRS calls per year, making Eden one of the busiest volunteer fire companies in Lancaster County. We currently operate a 1997 Pierce Engine, 2006 Pierce Tractor-Drawn Aerial, 2001 Ford F-350 QRS/Utility, 2004 Ford Expedition Duty Vehicle and a 1999 Dodge Durango. The PA Department of Health and the State Fire Commissioners Office recognize Truck 24 as an Advanced Level Rescue Service. Furthermore Engine 24-1 is part of the South Central Taskforce Decon Strike Team. Eden Volunteers provide fire suppression, rescue/extrication, hazmat support and first responder EMS services to the community. Our First-due response area is comprised of the eastern portion of Manheim Township as well as a part of East Lampeter Township. In addition we provide mutual aid response to ten surrounding municipalities.
In 2002, the station underwent an $850,000 building renovation to enhance many aspects of our station. Part of this renovation included a 2,200 square foot addition which is mostly dedicated to the Live-In Program. Currently the program can accommodate twelve live-ins in six semi-private rooms. The station has full home amenities including a full kitchen and pantry, four unisex bathrooms, four washers and dryers, wireless internet and more. In addition, each live-in member receives a full gym membership to Universal Athletic Club in our first due.
The Eden Volunteers take pride in our training program. The department is currently recognized as a Silver Level participant in the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. This means that greater than 75% of our members are qualified at or above National Professional Qualification Standards. The Live-In program gives members great exposure to company level, state level and national level training opportunities at no cost. Eden covers all costs including registration, travel, lodging and other associated costs. Live-In members routinely attend programs at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy. Conferences and HOT sessions such as FDIC, Firehouse Expo, and IAFC are also available annually for attendance.
In addition to cost-free living, Eden annually budgets money for college reimbursement. This program is funded through money received from the Department of Homeland Security annually through a SAFER Act grant. The Eden Fire Company is only a short commute to several area post-secondary schools, including; Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College, Elizabethtown College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Bible College (in our first due), Thaddeus Stevens Tech, Lancaster General Nursing & Health Sciences, Pennsylvania Institute of Art & Design, York Technical Institute and several others.
Eden’s Live-In Program also caters to participants with an interest in career fire service employment. Several current and past live-ins have obtained employment with many leading departments. These individuals routinely assist participants with preparing for the rigors of testing, interviewing and academy life. Some of the departments they have obtained employment with include: Washington DC Fire Department, Annapolis(MD) Fire Department, Montgomery County(MD) Fire Rescue, Howard County(MD) Fire Rescue, Anne Arundel(MD) County Fire Rescue, Metro Washington Airports Authority and several others.
Supplemental highlights of the live-in program include: Full personal protective equipment including turn-out gear, pro warrington boots, helmet and custom front, gemtor belt, etc. are provided as well as Class C and class B uniforms. Class A Dress Uniforms are also issued, but members must meet a pre-established eligibility requirement. The Health & Safety Committee oversees the company’s physical training program including entry-level physicals for new members. The department pays annually for insurance and death benefit coverage for every member. This is in addition to the workers compensation provided by Manheim Township.
Requirements for participation in the program include: full-time student or part time work, must meet minimum availability/staffing needs, compliance of all SOGs and policies and renters insurance upon entering the program.
Preferred minimum training includes: Firefighter I, PA DOH Vehicle Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials operations level, CPR/AED and PA DOH First responder or Higher. Even if you do not meet these qualifications, please feel free to contact us about the program. Firefighters with previous training and experience will be given first consideration, but anyone interested is encouraged to apply.
The greatest benefit to the Live-In members is the cost of the program- free! The EVFD provides the Live-In personnel benefits in exchange for the time commitment they make to staff the station. The staffing that the program provides far outweighs the cost to the fire company. Without the Live-In program as one of the staffing options available, the EVFD would be forced to explore a much more costly option for providing fire protection – fulltime career staffing.
© 2001-2015 Eden Volunteer Fire Company
1695 New Holland Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601