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Emmaus Fire Department
100 N 6th St, Emmaus, PA 18049

The Emmaus Fire Department is ready to roll to protect lives and property in and around the borough. Its firefightersMore respond to about 350 calls a year, including three or four major fires. They also assist neighboring communities. The fire station has been at the same location since May 1980. Although the only one in town, it is known as Central Station because it replaced three other fire stations in the borough.

The department still has its first piece of firefighting equipment, an 1871 hand-drawn hose cart. Now it has an aerial truck,  two pumpers, a rescue pumper, a personnel carrier for the rapid intervention response team and other vehicles. The department is supported by tax dollars, but raises additional money with monthly hoagie sales. The station includes separate quarters for the Emmaus Ambulance Corps. James Reiss is the third-generation Emmaus fire chief, preceded by his father Robert and his grandfather Henry.

Citizen's Fire Company of Upper Milford Township
4093 Main Rd W, Emmaus, PA 18049
Standing literally in the shadow of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, this all-volunteer fire company serves the eastern sideMore of Upper Milford Township. It responds to about 165 fire calls a year, including emergencies on a 15-mile stretch of the turnpike. The company also is known as Vera Cruz Fire Company, named for the village in which it is based. It has 25 volunteer firefighters and always is looking for new recruits. Its social quarters are in the original firehouse building, directly across Main Road from the fire station. The fire chief is Jerry Schantz, who rides a fire engine-red Harley.
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