Rapho Township is served by three outstanding volunteer fire companies. Each company serves a geographical section of the Township identified as their “first-due” area. When emergency response is needed in the first-due area, that department is called first by the County dispatch. If the situation requires additional assistance, nearby companies may also be dispatched.
In 2010, the Township formed an Emergency Services Task Force to explore the needs of the volunteer fire companies serving this community. Following that study, the Township dramatically increased funding to the fire companies to allow them to reduce or eliminate community fundraising. All firefighters in the companies still volunteer their time. But the Township’s additional support has allowed them to purchase apparatus and cover operating expenses without the fundraising efforts that were previously required of the volunteers.
The fire companies are always seeking new members to train as firefighters or fire police officers. The departments also welcome those with professional skills who can assist in ways other than responding to calls. Residents who would like to find out how to volunteer can stop by any of the companies on a Monday evening after 7:00 p.m. Check out the department websites or call the department office and leave a message for the chief. Interested parties can also attend one of the monthly meetings of the Township Fire Advisory Council, where representatives of all three companies discuss their operations with community residents. Fire Advisory Council meetings are held at the Township building the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.