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Road trip to Fire Expo in Harrisburg PA. Day 1
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By Chief Andy Webster
July 23, 2018

For several years our department has been attending the Lancaster County Fire Expo in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. It is held in May at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center with about 500,000 square feet of floor space filled with all types of fire equipment vendors. We are able to see the same equipment that is displayed by the big fire equipment manufacturers at FDIC in April. But it only cost $9 dollars to get in. So each year we drive over 8 hours to Harrisburg and spend two days at the Expo, Friday and Saturday, and the other time we spend out in the surrounding counties visiting fire departments. We have met some of the nicest folks who have welcomed us into their firehouses and shared with us ideas that we have brought back to use in our own firehouse. A few we have visited multiple times to see our fellow firefighters and see what is new in their communities. The photos attached to this post was from our first day in Pennsylvania. The departments we visited are all located in Lancaster County with is Amish country. We saw many horse an buggies on the roadway, they have their own lanes, and were treated to some very fine Pennsylvania hospitality. Some firehouses we visited were not open as most of the departments there are all volunteer. We were fortunate to find some wth members their and they would reach out to their neighboring departments and arrange for us to tour the next firehouse on our journey. I've put captions under some to explain what it is or where we are. Enjoy and I'll post more from the Expo and our other firehouse visits.

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Beer tap on the wall of the social hall downstairs.
Beer tap on the wall of the social hall downstairs.
 
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Don't see one of these too often.
Don't see one of these too often.
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Don't see this around here.
Don't see this around here.
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Each riding position has a list of jobs that may be required.
Each riding position has a list of jobs that may be required.
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Jonathan, Tom and Brad posing with a nice KME Tanker
Jonathan, Tom and Brad posing with a nice KME Tanker
 
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How lucky we were. Right next door to the firehouse was this place. Really good wings and sandwiches.
How lucky we were. Right next door to the firehouse was this place. Really good wings and sandwiches.
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Need to add one of these to our apparatus.
Need to add one of these to our apparatus.
 
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Food was great but wouldn't you know it was an Eagles hangout.
Food was great but wouldn't you know it was an Eagles hangout.
Nice command vehicle
Nice command vehicle
 
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Garden Spot Rescue 39. This used to be New Holland Fire Company but they merged with Blue Ball to form Garden Spot.
Garden Spot Rescue 39. This used to be New Holland Fire Company but they merged with Blue Ball to form Garden Spot.
 
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One big rescue
One big rescue
 
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That Eagles thing again. Should have a Cowboys flag on it!
That Eagles thing again. Should have a Cowboys flag on it!
 
Hose packed so neat.
Hose packed so neat.
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And that ain't all the cribbing this rescue carried.
And that ain't all the cribbing this rescue carried.
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Hydraulic tool anyone?
Hydraulic tool anyone?
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This Rescue had everything and then some.
This Rescue had everything and then some.
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Even ladders.
Even ladders.
 
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Sweet rig
Sweet rig
 
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Thanks Garden Spot for letting us visit.
Thanks Garden Spot for letting us visit.
 
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Garden Spot is in New Holland which is the Headquarters for New Holland Farm Equipment. The firehouse is actually on property owned by the company.
Garden Spot is in New Holland which is the Headquarters for New Holland Farm Equipment. The firehouse is actually on property owned by the company.
 
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Pierce Sky-Arm platform.
Pierce Sky-Arm platform.
 
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The Big House...cool
The Big House...cool
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Water thief on the front bumper, where else do you see that?
Water thief on the front bumper, where else do you see that?
Now thats a load of hose
Now thats a load of hose
 
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Saw this Tanker at the Expo several years back.
Saw this Tanker at the Expo several years back.
 
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They are proud of this fact.
They are proud of this fact.
 
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The fellas at Garden Spot Firehouse 1 took us to their other firehouse in style.
The fellas at Garden Spot Firehouse 1 took us to their other firehouse in style.
Four kids having a great time.
Four kids having a great time.
 
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