Hazle Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co.
The Hazle Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. was founded in 1976 and covers the entirety of Hazle Township, spanning a 54.5-square-mile area. The department also assists with mutual aid services to many neighboring communities.
The department, which averages between 900 and 1,000 responses each year, operates out of two stations.
Station #1, the department’s headquarters, is located at the intersection of State Route 309 (North Church Street) and 27th Street, directly in front of the Hazle Township Municipal Complex. Offices for the fire chief, president and administration are located there. The mailing address for the station is 1113 N. Church St., Hazle Township, PA 18202.
Station #2 is on the south side of State Route 924 between Interstate 81’s Exit 143 and the entrance to Humboldt Industrial Park. This station’s physical address is 484 CAN DO Expressway in Hazle Township.
Hazle Township Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co.’s newest equipment is a 2009 Seagrave 95-foot aerialscope ladder. Additional fire apparatus and support vehicles include two KME 2,250 gallon-per-minute (GPM) pumpers; a 2001 Mack/KME heavy rescue vehicle; a 1983 Mack/Baker 75-foot aerialscope; a 2001 Haulmark hazardous materials trailer; a 2007 KME/Mack 2,500-gallon tanker; a 2008 GMC 3500 squad utility truck and three additional utility trucks.
To fund operation and maintenance of its equipment, the fire company conducts an annual mailed fund drive, a monthly hoagie sale from October to March and ladies’ auxiliary breakfasts and dinners.
Those interested in joining the ladies’ auxiliary or the fire company are invited to stop by Station #1 or call Fire Chief Scott Kostician at (570) 233-0699. For more information about the fire company, visit www.hazletwpfirerescue.com.
Harwood Volunteer Fire Co.
The Harwood Volunteer Fire Company was chartered in 1943 to provide fire protection for the residents of the villages of Harwood and Humboldt and is an all-volunteer organization that operates out of its fire station at 874 Old St. in Harwood Mines.
The company is equipped with fire apparatus and support vehicles including a 1999 International/KME 1,800 gallon tanker; a 1985 Pierce 1,500 GPM pumper; a 6x6 brush truck; a 2002 Suburban quick response support vehicle and a 1985 Chevrolet utility truck.
The Harwood Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Bazaar in August and monthly fundraisers help pay for administrative, equipment and training costs.
The Hazle Township and Harwood fire companies work together to protect the lives and properties of the residents and visitors throughout Hazle Township. Members in both companies include firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and fire police. Both companies actively support a “Junior Firefighter” program for teens 14 to 17 years old who are interested in the fire service.
A variety of opportunities are available for those interested in getting involved, and new members are always welcome.