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Fire Services

East Hempfield Township is fortunate to have three volunteer fire companies providing fire rescue services to our community.  Hempfield Fire DepartmentRohrerstown Fire Company, and East Petersburg Fire Company all utilize volunteers to help protect our residents, business owners, and visitors. 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 pick-up, 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 ecode

Contact Us

Chief Fire Official
John Kottmyer
717-898-3100, ext 226

Hempfield Fire Department
19 Main Street
Salunga, PA 17538
Ph: 717-898-8112
Emergency: 911

Rohrerstown Fire Company
500 Elizabeth Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Ph: 717-392-6700
Emergency: 911

East Petersburg Fire Company
6076 Pine Street
East Petersburg PA 17520
Ph: 717-569-5035 
Emergency: 911