Department of

Fire and Rescue Services

43 South Duke Street, York, PA 17401 • (717) 854-3921
Headquarters Fax: (717) 843-0464 • Fire Prevention Fax: (717) 812-9831

Mission Statement

The City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Services shall provide professional, courteous and effective emergency response to protect the lives and property of our citizens and visitors. We will make every effort to reduce the risk to our citizens through fire prevention, public education, and fire investigation.

About The Department

The City of York rests in the center of the largest metropolitan area in York County and is the county seat. The city consists of 5.26 square miles and is the 14th largest city in Pennsylvania. York was originally laid out in 1741 along the banks of the Codorus Creek. York was incorporated as a borough on September 24, 1787, and as a city on January 11, 1887.

The City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Services comprises the largest full-time cadre of firefighters in the metropolitan area, comprised of 56 career personnel and one civilian employees and 45 volunteer firefighters and fire police. The Department operates four fire stations, a headquarters building and a storage building. Volunteer staffing comes from the nine volunteer fire companies organized within the City of York. In the past two centuries the service has evolved from an all-volunteer department to the largest combination department in York County.

Offices And Hours

Fire Administration Offices
Second Floor
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday through Friday
Phone: (717) 854-3921
Fax: (717) 843-0464

David P. Michaels, Fire Chief
Chad A. Deardorff, Deputy Chief

Fire Prevention Bureau
First Floor
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday
Phone: (717) 854-3921
Fax: (717) 812-9831

Gil A. Kimes, Assistant Chief
Jeffrey A. Miller, Captain

Emergency Planning Office
First Floor
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday through Friday
Phone: (717) 854-3921

Michael R. Shanabrook, Emergency Planning Specialist

Fire Stations

Station 1 – Rex/Laurel
49-51 South Duke Street.
Station 1 consists of two separate buildings. The Laurel Fire Company building, the southern building, was constructed in 1877-78 and is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places. It is one of the oldest continuously operating fire stations in the United States. The Rex Hook and Ladder Company building was constructed in 1888 and was designed to match the Laurel’s architecture. Station 1 is adjacent to the Fire Headquarters Building.



Station 2 – Vigilant/Union
273 West Market Street, This station is our newest, constructed in 1973-74. It replaced the former Vigilant station which was demolished after flooding from hurricane Agnes in 1972.


Station 5 – Goodwill
833 East Market Street.
This station dates from 1903. The Goodwill Fire Company was originally located in Spring Garden Township until annexed by the City of York in 1900.




Station 9 – Lincoln
800 Roosevelt Avenue.
The station was constructed in 1946. The Lincoln is the youngest of the nine volunteer fire companies in York.



Fire Department Staff Changes

  • Promotions

    Adam E Smith
    Promoted to Captain on July 21, 2016

    Captain Smith has obtained numerous nationally recognized certifications since joining the department including EMT, Firefighter I & II, and Fire Instructor I & II. Captain Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and recently graduated from Millersville University with a Master’s degree in Emergency Management. Before his promotion, Captain Smith worked at Station 1 on D Platoon. Captain Smith will serve as the Captain of B Platoon in his new assignment. Captain Smith resides in York City with his wife Brittany.

  • Retirements

    Captain David L. Bowmnan
    Retired on March 6, 2016

    Bowman is a 21-year veteran of the department.  Bowman is a former member of Fire/Rescue Explorer Post #610 and became a volunteer  member of the department in 1982.  On March 6, 1995, Bowman was appointed to the York City Fire Department as a career member.  Bowman was promoted to Captain on December 16, 2014 where he served as the Captain of the Department’s B Platoon.

    Bowman attended the 14th HACC Fire Academy in 1995.  Bowman received the Department’s 2013 Firefighter of the Year Award and is also the recipient of a Letter of Commendation for actions taken at a fire in 2013.

    Bowman’s family has a long history in the department which includes his father, uncles and brother.  Bowman’s brother is currently a career Captain with the department and his father and uncles are active members of the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services Volunteers.

  • New Employees

    Lawrence Pacl – August 07, 2017

    Lawrence grew up in Red Lion Pennsylvania and attended Red Lion Area Senior High School. He enlisted in the Marines at age17. During his 6 years as an artilleryman he earned the rank of sergeant and completed his bachelor’s degree from York College. During this time, he married his wife Tamara. His general interests include motorcycles, hunting, fishing, hiking, and anything that involves the outdoors.

    Zachary Calvert  – August 07, 2017

    Zachary is 27 years old and currently engaged to Marissa Intoccia.  Zachary’s home town of Olyphant is near Scranton, PA. Zachary is a PA State certified EMT-B for 8 years and a part-time firefighter for the Dunmore Fire department, where he worked for approximately 2 years. Since the age of 14 Zachary has been involved with Excelsior Hose Co. #1 of Olyphant and The Volunteer Hose Company of Throop. Through the years Zachary has learned the trade of masonry and heavy highway construction, placing 13th in the state for brick laying. Some of Zachary’s interests include exercise, model trains, and spending time with friends and family.

    They will both be attending the 58th Fire Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College starting in September.

Fire Department Documents & Files

City of York Property Maintenance Code Knox Box Information Sheet Fire Department Annual Report: 2016 Firefighter's Pension Fund Memorandum of Agreement Fire Department Annual Report: 2015 York Thread Specifications Gamewell Box Information

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