Our Mission

To Provide a Valuable Service in Fire Protection and Awareness.

We are here to Serve the Community and are Committed to Excellence.

The Lower Swatara Fire Department is 100% volunteer. Our members spend countless hours training in house and at local training facilities. They provide a vital part of public safety not just to Lower Swatara but to neighboring areas as well. We are always ready to respond to your emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We take pride in knowing our community is safe all day, every day.

Lower Swatara Township is located in Dauphin County, South Central Pennsylvania, six miles outside of Harrisburg City, along the Susquehanna River. Lower Swatara is comprised of residential, commercial, industrial, educational, agricultural and government properties. The Lower Swatara Fire Department covers about 15 square miles, they also provide mutual aid to surrounding townships and boroughs that include Middletown, Derry, Swatara, Highspire, Londonderry, Hummelstown and many others. The population is about 10,000 in the township area. Lower Swatara Fire Department provides fire suppression and rescue operations that include auto extraction/rescue, environmental, industrial and water rescue along with public education. The Lower Swatara Fire Department also covers many highways that run through the Township area, such as RT 283, RT 441, RT 230 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Over a million people travel all these roads daily.

Below is a Google Map that highlights our Fire Alarm Boxes in Lower Swatara Township. Each section is numbered to categorize areas within the township limits. The first number is the fire departments designation for FDLS that number is fifty-nine. The second number denotes the region of the township that the call falls under if the fire department is dispatched. For example, Box 59-1 covers part of PA 230, the old Jamesway Plaza, Middletown Home, and the Penn State Harrisburg Campus. This system is utilized for every fire department in Dauphin County. This box card system is also used in the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) response field as well.

 

Knox Box Program

For Businesses and Residences

Whether at a residence or a commercial occupancy, when there is an emergency, the fire department needs safe, quick, easy, and reliable access to the structure.

When no other alternative exists, the fire department can always resort to conventional forced entry. While we are well equipped to perform this task, it is not always the fastest or least expensive alternative.

A Knox Box is a vault-style secure key storage unit found near the main door of most if not all Lower Swatara businesses. Inside these square black boxes are where keys to the occupancy, provided by the owner, are placed.

During an emergency the fire department cannot always wait for a key holder to arrive before we gain access. In the past, if the fire department needed to make entry, we used conventional forced entry. In an extreme case, a lot of costly, physical damage may have been done to a door, window, or wall; then, after all was said and done, there was no good way to re-secure the property.

With a Knox Box, fire fighters are able to make efficient, safe access to your home or business. After the emergency is over, the keys can be locked back up in the Knox Box and the building re-secured.

Only the Fire Department has the right to open the Knox Box. These keys are secured in a vault of their own, located in fire department vehicles which can only be opened by Dauphin County Communications. There is total accountability.

If you would like to enquire about this item, please contact our Fire Marshal's Office at (717) 939-9377. The Fire Marshal's & Codes enforement is located at the Lower Swatara Township Building.

Lower Swatara Township
1499 Spring Garden Drive
Middletown PA 17057

http://www.knoxbox.com/ for more information on the Knox Box System

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WHTM 27 News and the Kiddie Fire Systems

The Lower Swatara Fire Department has teamed up with WHTM 27 News and the Kiddie Fire Systems to make sure that there are smoke detectors in every home. Through this program, WTHM 27 News has provided smoke detectors to our department for us to install in homes, free of charge. If you are in need of smoke detectors, please contact us via email LowerSwatara59@gmail.com (Best Option) or at 717-986-9059 and leave a message to set up a time for us to comeout to drop off these life saving devices.

T-Shirt Fundraiser

All T-Shirts are 100% Cotton and Only Available in Black.

Sizes range from Small to 4XL

All are Priced at $15.00 each

All T-Shirts Sales Benefit the Lower Swatara Fire Department

Engine591

Engine 59-1 Graphic T-Shirt

"Legends Live Forever"

The Lower Swatara Fire Department owns and operates three front line Mack Fire Apparatus. Engine 59-1 is now retired and in reserve status but this Mack Fire Apparatus was the first Fire Engine FDLS purchased that was brand new (1978 - 2012) 34 years of active service.

Rescue 59 Graphic T-Shirt

"Born From The Best...Outlasted The Rest"

One of the last Mack Fire Apparatus in Central, PA running as a front line Rescue to all emergency calls that the Lower Swatara Fire Department responds to on a daily bases. This Mack was formally Engine 82 in the New York City Fire Department, converted to a Rescue when it arrived at FDLS.

Limited Supply Available

Once They Are Gone, They Are Gone FOREVER.

!!Place Order Today!!

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Jim Beam T-Shirt Design

Lower Swatara Fire Department - T-Shirt Fundraiser - Front of T-shirt (Right Chest) Lower Swatara Fire Department - T-Shirt Fundraiser - Front of T-shirt (Right Chest)

Interested in Purchasing Send a E-Mail To: LowerSwatara59@gmail.com

 

Monthly Calls

Month
Calls
Jobs
Pins
Water
Hazmat
January
56
3
1
0
0
February
56
1
1
0
0
March
43
0
0
0
0
April
44
0
0
0
0
May
29
0
0
0
0
June
51
0
0
1
0
July
48
0
0
0
0
August
48
0
1
0
0
September
13
-
-
-
-
October
-
-
-
-
-
November
-
-
-
-
-
December
-
-
-
-
-
Total
338
4
3
1
0
Total Calls Per Year
2013
520
16
3
5
1
2012
538
22
8
4
3
*2011*
813
27
11
29
19

Monthly Chart Explanation

Calls: Total emergency responses per month.

Jobs: Working fires that required at least one line stretched and put in service.

Pins: Accidents with a patient still entrapped in the vehicle with no means of egress. These calls require the use of hydraulic tools to be put in service to assist in the extraction.

Water: Responses that require the use of the FDLS Water Rescue Team.

Hazmat: Any emergency that requires the use of the Dauphin County Hazardous Materials Team or DCHMT Duty Officer to respond.

*Record: The most emergency calls ran in a single year since the department has been in operation (1959).