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

Chad A. Deardorff, Fire Chief
William H. Sleeger, Jr., 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
Kevin L. Holtzapple, 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

    Frederick R. DeSantis, III
    Promoted to Captain on January 7, 2019

    Before starting his career on August 21st 2000, Captain DeSantis served our country as a member of the United States Army. He graduated from the HACC Fire Academy.

    Captain DeSantis has received several awards throughout his 18-year career. In 2007, he received the Chiefs Commendation for his role in the rescue of civilians trapped in the debris of a natural gas explosion on W. College Ave. In 2013 he received a unit citation for his role in the successful rescue of occupants trapped by smoke and fire at the Rodeway Inn on N. George St. Captain DeSantis was also named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year.

    Captain DeSantis has obtained numerous nationally recognized certifications during his career including, EMT, Firefighter I & II, Fire Inspector I & II, Fire Instructor I & II and Fire Officer I & II.

    Prior to Captain DeSantis promotion, he worked at Station 99-2 on the C Platoon.  Captain DeSantis is being assigned to the A Platoon.

     

    Kevin L. Holtzapple
    Promoted to Captain on January 14, 2019

    Captain Holtzapple began his career with the department on March 9th 1992. He graduated from the HACC Fire Academy.

    Captain Holtzapple has received several awards during his career. He received the Chief’s Commendation in 2000 for the rescue of a civilian from a fire on N. Beaver St. In 2012, he was awarded for action off-duty. While on vacation and at a restaurant, he performed CPR on a retired police officer who went into cardiac arrest.   He received the department’s wound bar in 2012 when he was injured fighting a basement fire on Courtland St. during Hurricane Lee. He received a Chiefs letter of commendation in 2014 for the rescue and treatment of a burn victims on W. Cottage Pl. and also received a letter of commendation for recognizing deteriorating conditions at a structure fire on E. Poplar St. Realizing firefighters were trapped by a fast-moving fire, he called a mayday and organized the efforts to get all firefighters out of the building. In 2016, Captain Holtzapple received a unit citation for the rescue of a civilian who was struck and pinned between two vehicles. Captain Holtzapple was also named the 2016 Firefighter of the Year.

    Captain Holtzapple has obtained numerous nationally recognized certifications during his career including Firefighter I & II, Fire Instructor I & II and Fire Officer I & II.

    Prior to Captain Holtzapple’s promotion, he worked at Station 99-2 on the A Platoon.  Captain Holtzapple is being assigned to Fire Prevention.

     

    William H. Sleeger, Jr.
    Promoted to Deputy Fire Chief on March 25, 2019

    Deputy Chief William H. Sleeger, Jr. started with the Department on March 9, 1992. Prior to his appointment with the department, Chief Sleeger served our country as a member of the United States Navy. He graduated from the HACC fire academy and was assigned to A Platoon as a firefighter. He was promoted to Captain on May 30th 2015 and served as the Captain on A Platoon. He was promoted to Assistant Chief Janaury 11, 2019 and served as the Assistant Chief of B Platoon.

    Deputy Chief Sleeger has achieved numerous certifications throughout his career including, Pro-Board Firefighter I & Firefighter II, Educational Methodology, Pro-Board Fire Instructor I & Fire Instructor II, Pro-Board Fire Officer I & Fire Officer II and ICS 100, 200, 700 300 & 400.

    Deputy Chief Sleeger is a decorated member of the department receiving numerous awards throughout his career including a Chiefs commendation in 1994 for performing CPR on a victim of cardiac arrest while on vacation at Busch Gardens. Deputy Chief Sleeger was named the Departments 1997 Firefighter of the Year. In 1998, he was awarded for the rescue of an elderly lady trapped on the second floor of a fire on Pattison St. While on duty in May of 2015, he was awarded for his role in working under a chaotic and dangerous scene, treating two victims suffering from gun shot wounds after a large fight broke out in front of Station 2. In 2016 Deputy Chief Sleeger was part of a crew that rescued a civilian who was struck and pinned by a vehicle. He also received a Chief ‘s commendation for his role in the rescue of trapped firefighters at the collapse at the Weaver Organ and Piano Building.

    Deputy Chief Sleeger is a part of a family committed to the safety of York City. His late father served the city as a police officer and his brother Chuck is currently a firefighter in our department.

  • Retirements

    Captain Jeffrey A. Miller
    Retired on January 3, 2019

    Miller was a 25-year veteran of the department.  On March 17, 1993, Miller was appointed to the York City Fire Department as a career member.  Miller attended the 10th HACC Fire Academy in 1993.  Miller retired as a Captain where he was assigned to Fire Prevention.  Miller received numerous awards throughout his career and was the Departments 1995 Career Firefighter of the Year.

    Assistant Chief Gregory S. Altland
    Retired on January 10, 2019

    Altland was a 28-year veteran of the department. On July 23, 1990, Altland was appointed to the York City Fire Department as a career member. Altland attended the 2nd HACC Fire Academy in 1990. Altland retired as an Assistant Chief where he was assigned to B Platoon. Altland received numerous awards throughout his career and was the Departments 1993 Career Firefighter of the Year.

    Fire Chief David P. Michaels
    Retired on February 27, 2019

    Michaels was a 28-year veteran of the department. On July 23, 1990, Michaels was appointed to the York City Fire Department as a career member. Michaels attended the 2nd HACC Fire Academy in 1990. Michaels retired as the departments Fire Chief.  Michaels received numerous awards throughout his career and was the Departments 2006 Career Firefighter of the Year.

     

     

  • New Employees

    August 13, 2018

    Paul O. Moore
    Derik S. Rhodes
    Tyler E. Landis
    Gregory E. Myers
    Steven M. Whiteman
    Adam C.L. Ramsey
    Joshua A. Landis
    Mark L. Pretz

    January 21, 2019

    Michael G. Melhorn
    Joseph M. Gilbert
    Samuel A. Welk
    Scott F. Nelson
    Ryan J. Robeson
    Dylon A. Johnson
    Nathan P. Raine
    Nathan J. Huggins
    Jake M. Stephan
    Alec E. Hijazi

    February 11, 2019

    Brian E. Rohrbaugh

     

Fire Department Documents & Files

City of York Property Maintenance Code Knox Box Information Sheet Gamewell Box Information Sheet York Thread Specifications Operational Permit Application Operational Permit Fee Chart Fire Safety Inspection Brochure Fire Department Annual Report: 2017 Fire Department Annual Report: 2016

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