May 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Though often taken for granted, the actions and assistance of the volunteers in Lower Providence Township keep the community running. Nowhere is that more evident than with the Lower Providence Fire Department (LPFD).
The department has been operated on an all-volunteer basis since its start in 1945. To continue to serve our township, which includes nearly 23,000 individuals as of the 2010 U.S. Census, it will continue to rely on volunteers to make its mission possible.
That same national Census stated that, at the time, there were also 7,446 households, all of which are protected and cared for in the event of a fire by the LPFD. According to the department’s website, the organization does so with the help of two firehouses and nine apparatus.
In addition to the township, the LPFD also provides aid for Collegeville, Trappe and Norristown boroughs, as well as Upper Providence, Upper Merion, West Norriton, Worcester, East Norriton, Skippack and Limerick townships.
“We are a 100 percent volunteer organization, which raises money through our annual Fireman’s Fair, fund drive and other fundraising activities,” states the LPFD website.
This year’s Fireman’s Fair, held on the ground behind the firehouse at Ridge Pike and East Mount Kirk Avenue, will begin on May 29 running through June 7.
Each night, the fairgrounds will open at 6 p.m. with rides by Reithoffer Shows. Refreshments will be for sale, including the firehouses’ famous doughnuts. Mega pass sales have already begun, and details on times for sales can be found here on the LPFD website.
There is more than one way to help, however, at the LPFD. Those interested, and age 14 and over, can now find out more about being a firefighter, fire police officer or junior firefighter with LPPD. The department is seeking individuals interested in such opportunities.
According to the LP Township newsletter, no experience is necessary.
“Individuals with or without prior fire service experience are needed, and all necessary training will be provided,” said the article.
Those not ready to fight the blaze one-on-one can still lend a helping hand. The department is seeking assistance in fundraising, community outreach and administrative activities.
“The best way to begin the application process is to stop by the Eagleville station at 3199 Ridge Pike around 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights,” said the newsletter. “You can also call 610-539-5408.”
Information, including access to a membership application and listings of officers and members, is also available here online.