Monthly Calls
132 48 4
139 42 2
142 37 7
116 46 5
124 49 3
52 5
653 274 26

Calls By Year
1732 611
1711 620

Current plans are to conduct Company training during July- Saturday, July 11th at 1000 hours and Thursday, July 23rd at 1900 hours. Enhanced precautions will be in place.
The Department meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14th at 1930 hours. There are many items to cover from both this and previous months. Attendees will need to follow both temperature surveillance and the Commonwealth's social distancing requirements. Any questions, contact an officer for clarification- HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

July 05, 2020

Sat, Dec 7th, 2013 10:00:00 am -

On December 7, 2013, the 2013 Pierce Velocity Engine Tanker was placed in service with the support of a crowd of RHC members, Antrim Township and Greencastle Borough officials, residents, friends, and neighboring departments. Wet down by the 1741 Hand Pumper, everyone helped wipe down and then bless the new unit before it was pushed in to its new house.    

Sat, Aug 14th, 2010 1:00:00 pm -

Department and community members helped put Squad 3 in service on August, 2010. The Pierce Velocity replaced a 1990 Sutphen, and improved fire suppression, rescue and hazardous material response capabilities while also adding firefighter safety improvements and updates.

The celebration included a wet down by the 1741 hand pumper and drying off by all those in attendance. Blessing of the rig and the ceremonial pushing into its new home followed with fellowship and refreshments capping off the day.

Sun, Aug 4th, 2013 8:31:01 pm -

Through action by Town Council on October 1, 1831, the Greencastle Fire Company, made up of every white male resident of the borough and paying a tax was formed. Every person enrolled shall provide himself with a good and sufficient bucket made of strong leather and a jacket.

Every person neglecting or refusing shall forfeit and pay the sum of fifty cents for every training day he is unprovided. With members identified as engine men, bucket men, and a few ladder men, fire protection in Greencastle was born.

The American Steam Fire Engine Company was organized in 1884. After years of friction with Town Council, the Steam Fire Engine Company disbanded in 1892, after Council posted notice on the fire station that it had "taken over the Fire Hall and contents" and warned all unauthorized persons to stay out.

During the 1890's, while the town was proud of its steam fire engine, its fire companies appeared to be unorganized. When an alarm of fire was sounded from the town clock bell, turnout was scarce and often untrained.

In 1896, the Rescue Hose Company No. 1 was formed. Starting with limited equipment, the company soon established themselves as "cool and efficient firefighters". On May 5, 1904, the Borough Council turned over all fire equipment to the care of the RHC.

The Rescue Hose Company Ambulance Squad was started on October 1, 1967, with initial equipment donated by two local Funeral Directors- who had run the service until that time. While formed as a separate entity, this organization is now an important part of the RHC's total fire protection and emergency medical services package.

A move to a new station on South Carlisle Street, an addition and renovation there during the 1970's, and then the latest shift in 1998 to South Washington Street have addressed constantly expanding service requirements.

While many changes have occurred more than 100 years that the Rescue Hose Company No. 1 has been in existence, some things have remained the same. While membership is now open to all and comprised of men and women ages 14 and over, the organization still strives to provide professional fire, rescue and emergency medical services to our residents and visitors.


Thu, Dec 5th, 2013 9:13:47 pm -

It started in the late 1960's with a training program prize, and has developed into a "pig for every occasion". This is how a single remark has led to a forty year tradition for the Rescue Hose Company No. 1.

In about 1968, an invitation to a Powhatan Brass nozzle seminar in Ransom, West Virginia was eagerly accepted by a group of RHC members. The manufacturer promised a Turbo Flow Automatic Super Fog nozzle to the agency that sent the most personnel to the two-day training. On Day 1, Rescue Hose Company set the bar with two dozen attendees. An attempt to outnumber the Greencastle Volunteers on day two- mounted by the crew from Winchester, Virginia- fell short, and the new technology headed north.

The equipment stayed in the fire station unused, as none of the apparatus had pre-connected lines larger than a one inch reel mounted booster line- too small for the nozzle. Late one evening, a plan to add hand line piping to the 1956 International pumper was hatched. Although meeting resistance from other members, work went on late into the night to complete the task- finishing the load off with the Powhatan Super Fog nozzle.

As often happens, the crew soon had a chance to demonstrate the effectiveness of their modification during a fire at Sellers Stables on Chambers Lane, between North Washington and Carlisle Streets in Greencastle. Arriving to heavy fire throughout the building, the engine personnel deployed the pre-connected hand line, opened the fog nozzle and advanced through the building - putting out the blaze with a single pass. This caused Chief John T. Conrad to remark "WOW- you guys were rooting around like a bunch of fog hogs in there".. and the name stuck.

A farm set provided the first pigs. A group of firefighters divided up the animals and carried them in their turnout gear. What started as a trinket from a toy became a highly sought after item. There was even talk of a "Little Oink" campaign- something that would allow a newer member to train and work toward becoming a full-fledged Hog.

The first apparatus with the larger factory plumbed pre-connects was a 1970 International, and it quickly started being called "The Hog". A late night addition to its front axle informed everyone of that fact. Having a core group of responders, the close knit group became even tighter. Their goal- apparatus responding on any call within three minutes, including the seventeen seconds for the apparatus bay door to make its way to the top of the track.

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Other stations had "zap stickers"- a mascot or logo that was placed on apparatus from another department if they arrived second due to an incident in their area. Development of a Hog sticker for that purpose began and by the mid/late 1970's, the RHC Hog was born. Through the artistic talent of Michael Minotti, from Fog Hog to Boss Hog- there is now a pig logo for almost every Rescue Hose Company service. You'll see them on helmets, apparatus, cars and t-shirts. Engine, Rescue, Water Supply, Emergency Medical Services, Bingo, HOCO Museum, Carnival, Food Service all have a design. There's even a special 09/11/01 salute.

And It Continues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Here, apparatus is still lovingly called Hogs and Pigs- the latest being a 2010 Pierce heavy-duty Rescue Squad, nicknamed "The Big Pig".

So when you hear someone use the term Hog, don't assume it's a bad thing. A forty-plus year tradition continues in a south central Pennsylvania town- the result of a fire ground comment, the crew that wouldn't let it die, and generations continuing to proudly promote the latest additions to the "Fine Swine Line".

The Originals-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Joe Barnhart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roger Bitner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gary Hawbaker                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dick Mellott                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Don Sheffler

..and "Little Oink" Mike Mowen