Walnutport (Diamond Fire Company)

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The Diamond Fire Company proudly protects over 2,300 people living in an area of 1 square mile located in Walnutport Borough (Northampton County). We operate out of 1 station that protects a primarily residential and small business area. Our department is a public safety department whose members are on a volunteer status. We have an ISO rating of 5. Our fire company received its charter in 1896 celebrating our 114th anniversary this year. Due to the need for larger facilities, we moved into a new fire station in 1992 and due to a large number of vehicle accidents in our area, we purchased the Hurst "Jaws of Life" also in 1992. Shortly after, a larger vehicle was needed to carry the rescue equipment so we then purchased a Rescue-Pumper from Saulsbury Fire Apparatus in 1995 at a cost of $370,000.00. Due to the age of our current ladder truck (1981 American LaFrance 75' Water Chief), we decided to order a new American LaFrance / L.T.I. 75' Quint that we took delivery in June of 2002. Since March of 2000, our department has been a participant of the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program. We also have placed in service 2 Automated External Defibrillators that we run automatically with our local EMS provider (Northern Valley EMS) on cardiac arrests and unconscious persons. Our department is well trained and equipped with the most modern equipment available. Also, in September of 2003 our department became Pennsylvania State Certified as a Quick Response Service with the Department of Health and in August of 2005 we became Pennsylvania State Certified and received rescue certification at the operations level with the Department of Health and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Then in August of 2008 we re-certified at the advanced level. Our apparatus that became certified was the first rescue-pumper certified by the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council which covers 6 counties.