Fire Services

East Hempfield Township is fortunate to have the dedicated service of two volunteer fire companies within it's boundaries and several other departments who are first responders for parts of the Township.  Hempfield Fire Department, Rohrerstown Fire Company, East Petersburg Fire Company, and West Hempfield Fire Rescue  Company all utilize volunteers to help protect your home and property. Please show them your support by making a contribution or by volunteering your time. Remember to always dial 911 in an emergency.


The primary goals of the Fire Department are to:
  • Reduce and prevent the loss of life and property damage
  • Quickly rescue trapped victims
  • Protect the environment from contamination due to an accident 
Open Burning
The Township provides curbside leaf and yard waste, April through October.   In 2015 the Township modified the open burning ordinance to only allow fires set solely for recreational, ceremonial, and/or cooking purposes.  No permit is required for these types of recreational fires.  A permit is required for a bonfire defined as a recreational or ceremonial fire more than 4 feet in diameter and/or more than 2 feet in height, built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment, or celebration.  A fire set for agricultural commodities on the premises of a farm operation within an Agricultural Zoning District are also allowed.  The complete ordinance can be viewed at on ecodes.