(BEDFORD) – The Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department was established in May 1974. Due to not having a fire station at the time the fire trucks were kept at some of the members houses. Later, the first fire station was built on Sunny Acres Drive.
Since that time the department has added three stations before adding an additional one in Guthrie Township in 2016, when the fire department took over their fire protection. Over the last four years, the fire department remodeled three of the fire stations.
The department covers more than 57 square miles in Shawswick Township, and 39 square miles in Guthrie Township.
The department responds to more than 500 runs a year and they depend on fundraisers to help with the expenses of running the fire department. These fundraisers include 911 emergency signs and a Fall Festival which was canceled this year due to COVID-19.
The Shawswick Fire Department has visited Shawswick School for the last 28 years to present a fire prevention program until COVID-19 hit and stopped the program in May.
“We decided to move our program to the end of the school year usually the last two weeks when the weather is a lot warmer and it did not rain as much as it usually does in October,” said Fire Chief Bobby Brown. “We have a smoke house that allows the kids to crawl through that has a smoke detector that is going off, along with the fake smoke.”
“The kids have a lot of fun with the smoke house and learning how to crawl through the smoke and staying low. In addition, Stat Flight flies in and has helps with the program for the last few years and this is a great help,” Brown concluded.
Here are a few details of the departments stations:
- Shawswick Fire Station #11 – New fire Station built 2016 on Sunny Acres Drive
- Shawswick Fire Station #12 – built in 1997 on Maple Leaf Road
- Shawswick Fire Station #13 – built in 1984 on Peerless Road
- Shawswick Fire Station # 14 – built in 2005 on East Kenray Lake Road
- Shawswick Fire Station #16 – The department took over the former Guthrie Township station in 2016 and remodeled the building in 2017