A Successful Community Day Event

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our Community Day a success.

Thank you to the B-B-Q Chicken cooks, the folks who baked for the Bake Sale, and to everyone who participated in the event.

The Chicken B-B-Q and Bake Sale was enjoyed by everyone who participated.  The children’s activities included the bounce houses, the Fireman’s Game, Balloon Animals, Smokey the Bear, Sparky, Ike the Spike, and the coloring contest were a big hit. 

And, The weather held out to almost the very end.

Our Community Day Sponsors:

HealthSouth Nittany Valley

Pennwood Home & Hearth

Magnum Broadcasting

and our Contributors: 

Alpha Fire Company, Bellefonte Community Band, Best Event Rental, Boalsburg Fire Company,

Coca Cola, Curtzee Food Service, Giant, Grandville Hollow Pottery, King Printing,

Memories by JT Photography, Nittany Wildland Firefighters & Smokey the Bear,  Oasis Showrooms, 

PennDOT, Penn State Football, Pleasant Gap Women’s Club, Renova Fire Company & Sparky,

Seven Mountains EMS, Spring Township Police Department,

State College Spikes & Ike, Uncle “B’s” Balloon Creations and “Us 5”

IMG_3191Alpha Fire Company Honor Guard

Thank You to Pastors Thomas Osif, Kevin Shock & Robert Dornan and

the Alpha Fire Company Honor Guard for participation in the Memorial Service.


A Special Thank You to the members of

“Us 5”

for their melodic renditions of the National Anthem & Amazing Grace.

The raffle winners are:

Spikes Ticket Package – Connie Bair-Holt,

Penn State Footballs – Kaitlyn Snook

Grandville Hollow Pottery – Susan Hagg

Door Prize winner:

Oasis $100 Gift Certificate – Robert Silvis

Coloring Contest Winners:

$15 Gift Card – Juliet Pope & Breanna Dickey

$10 Gift Card – Elisa Shadow & Peper Meyers


Thank You.

Community Day – June 8

Centennial Celebration

Community Day

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Noon to 4:00 pm

Carnival Grounds

475 Robinson Lane

(Enter from Robinson Lane)

Activities include: A Memorial Service – 12:00 Noon

Bellefonte Community Band Concert – 2:00 pm

Children’s Activities – 12:30 to 4:00 pm

Activities include bounce house, coloring contest, Balloon Animals by Uncle Brian,
Pictures with Smokey the Bear and Ike the Spike, & various children’s games.

JT Photography will be available to take your picture, if you forget your camera.

Child Safety Seat Inspection by Spring Twp. P.D.

Chicken B-B-Q, $8.00 each – 12:30 – 4:00 pm

Includes 1/2 chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad, roll & butter.

Chicken B-B-Q available only by advanced tickets sales, by May 23, 2014.

Tickets available at: Titan Federal Credit Union, Pennwood Home & Hearth,

The Village Eating House, Ed Rose Barber Shop

or any Pleasant Gap Fire Company Member.

Baked Goods, Desserts & Beverages will also be available.

Thank you to our sponsors and contributors:

Health South Nittany Valley, Pennwood Home & Hearth, Pleasant Gap Women’s Club,

King Printing, State College Spikes, Grandville Hollow Pottery, Best Event Rental,

Alpha Fire Company, Boalsburg Fire Company, Giant, Spring Township Police,

Nittany Wildland Firefighters & Smokey the Bear

and Magnum Broadcasting.

Part-Time and Full-Time Paid EMT Positions

We are currently accepting applications for Part-Time and Full-Time Emergency Medical Technicians.  To be considered for a paid position with our service, an applicant should meet the qualifications below:

  • PA EMT-B
  • CPR/Pro/Healthcare Provider with AED
  • Hazmat Operations level
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
  • Valid driver’s license

Recommended: At least 12 months verifiable service as a crew chief (primary responsibility for patient care) on a BLS service in either paid or volunteer status.

The application for employment can be found here:


Return the application via U.S. Mail to:

Ambulance Committee
Pleasant Gap Fire Company
475 Robinson Lane
Pleasant Gap, PA  16823

or via email to amb-comm@fire8.com

The Pleasant Gap Fire Company’s ambulance is staffed by volunteers, full-time and part-time paid staff.  As such, we are what is known as a “Combination Service”.  Our ambulances are crewed by a mixture of paid and volunteer staff members who perform job duties according to their training and certification levels as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Management of our EMS Service is performed by volunteers, with an Ambulance Captain, several Assistant Ambulance Captains and an Ambulance Committee of several fire company members who handle governance and oversight of the service.

If you have questions, you can email the Ambulance Committee at amb-comm@fire8.com

Centennial Banquet

Tonight, members of the Pleasant Gap Fire Company gathered at the Mountain View Country Club for a very special 100th Anniversary version of our annual banquet. Over 190 people attended, including volunteer members of the company, paid EMS staff, spouses and their guests. We were honored to have some of our friends from neighboring companies in attendance as well.

For our centennial, we received special proclamations from Congressman Glenn Thompson, PA State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, and PA State Senator Jake Corman, and all three of our County Commissioners. We also heard some very nice words of thanks and appreciation from township representatives of Spring, Benner and Walker Townships. Our speaker tonight was PA Fire Commissioner Ed Mann whose message was to “remember our history” – very fitting for our 100th anniversary.

As we look backwards, tonight, members received a book of photographs, stories and information about our fire company’s history. This book was the result of countless hours of work by Fire Company Member Gregg Heny and the financial support of several local business sponsors.

We took a moment tonight honor Gary Royer, who has served as our fire chief for the past 20 years. We presented him with a commemorative plaque as a small token of our appreciation for his leadership and look forward to his continued involvement in our fire company.

As we turned over the reigns to the new chief, Lou Brungard, we did so in typical Pleasant Gap style, by giving him a hard time tonight about his picture in yesterday’s Centre Daily Times. Thanks Commissioner Mann for helping us with that! Commissioner Mann also presented us with a proclamation from Governor Tom Corbett and our “Participating Department” certificate and decals.

This year’s Ambulance Volunteer Award went to Marc Burns. The Ambulance Paid Staff Award went to Chris Hockenberry. The Fire Police award went to Gary Royer. The Community Award went to Swartz Fire and Safety. Gene Jacobs received his Life Member pin tonight. Rick Sherretz received the President’s Award. Tom Shade received a special “Teamwork” award for his service to the company and many years as our financial secretary and in many other capacities over they years.

Special thanks to Alpha Fire Company, Undine Fire Company and Centre LifeLink EMS for staffing our station tonight.

You can view a few pictures from our banquet at https://www.facebook.com/pgfd8/posts/611901098897547

… and now, on to the next 100 years!

Centre County Commissioners Proclamation

At their April 1 meeting, the Centre County Commissioners recognized the Pleasant Gap Fire Company for  A Century of Dedicated Service, 1914 – 2014, with a Proclamation encouraging all citizens to participate in appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities. Thank you Commissioners for the recognition.

Commissioner Steve Dershem, Fire Chief Lou Brungard, Commissioner Michael Pipe, Centennial Co-Chair Gregg Heny, President Rick Meyers and Commissioner Chris Exarchos

Commissioner Steve Dershem, Fire Chief Lou Brungard, Commissioner Michael Pipe, Centennial Co-Chair Gregg Heny, President Rick Meyers and Commissioner Chris Exarchos

Generator Safety

With windy weather in the early spring leading to power outages lasting for hours and sometimes days, many homeowners turn to portable electric generators, to keep the refrigerator running and the family comfortable.

But as families enjoy the benefits of the emergency power the generator supplies, they need to keep in mind the risks associated with improper use of the equipment.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the most common dangers involving generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. CO deaths associated with generators have increased in recent years as generator sales have risen.

Many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of a portable generator can be risky. Portable generator mishaps can be avoided if proper precautions are followed.

The NFPA and Pleasant Gap Fire Company recommend some simple safety tips that residents can follow to avoid portable generator accidents.

• Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.

• The generator should be located so that exhaust fumes cannot enter the home through windows, doors or other building openings.

• Battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with a battery back-up should be installed in the home, according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Should CO enter the home and pose a risk, an alarm will sound.

• The generator must not be refueled while it is running. The generator should be turned off and allowed to cool down before refueling.

• Fuel for the generator should never be stored in the home. Gasoline and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled safety containers. They should be stored away from any fuel-burning appliance such as a gas hot water heater.

• Appliances should be plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cord should be checked for cuts or tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin. The house wiring should not be powered by plugging the generator into a wall outlet.

• If the generator must be connected to the house wiring to power appliances, a qualified electrician should install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes.

Centennial Pottery

Centennial Commemorative Pottery is now available for ordering.

Pleasant Gap 100 Year Centennial Pottery Display

Pleasant Gap 100 Year Centennial Pottery Display

The pottery items are made to order. If you would like to see examples of the pottery, please visit our friends Melanie and Clay Phillips at the Village Eatinghouse, Marketplace & Cafe in Pleasant Gap.  They have a set on display and are willing to take your order.

Or you can download Pottery Order Form and mail it with your check to:

Pleasant Gap Fire Company
Centennial Committee
475 Robinson Lane
Pleasant Gap, PA  16823

Please make your check payable to:  Pleasant Gap Fire Company #1.
We are sorry, but we DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. Checks only, please.

Orders with the pottery maker will be placed the following Monday after the order is received.  Expect a 6 to 8 week process and production time before your items are delivered.

Prices are for delivery to Pleasant Gap, or pick up at the Fire Station.  If additional arrangements are required, please note that on your order form.  You will be contacted regarding your needed arrangements to determine additional costs, before your order is placed with the pottery maker.

Questions may be e-mailed to:  g.heny@verizion.net  In the subject line: Centennial Pottery to avoid your e-mail filtered to junk mail.

Thank you.


Favorite Centennial Activites Schedule

Below is a list of all of the events related to the 100 Year Centennial Celebration.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pleasant Gap Lioness Craft Show
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Pleasant Gap

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt
Starting at 10:00 am
Pleasant Gap Fire Company Carnival Grounds
475 Robinson Lane
Pleasant Gap

Friday, May 2, 2014

Pleasant Gap Lions Club Annual Services Auction
Starting at 6:00 pm
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Pleasant Gap

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lifegate Baptist Church Community Day
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
IOOF Lodge
756 Axemann Road
Pleasant Gap

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Community Day Centennial Celebration
Noon to 4:00 pm
Pleasant Gap Fire Company Carnival Grounds
475 Robinson Lane
Pleasant Gap

Wednesday, July 23 to Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pleasant Gap Fire Company Carnival
4:00 pm Chicken BBQ
6:00 pm activities, rides & entertainment
Pleasant Gap Fire Company Carnival Grounds
475 Robinson Lane
Pleasant Gap

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pleasant Gap Fire Company Annual Gun Raffle
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Pleasant Gap Fire Company Carnival Grounds
475 Robinson Lane
Pleasant Gap

Appliance fire on S. Main Street

At 01:26 early this morning, the Pleasant Gap Fire Company was alerted to a dwelling fire on the 400 block of S. Main Street, across from the Pleasant Gap American Legion. Spring Twp Police arrived on scene and confirmed that the homeowner had knocked down the fire.

Crew members from Engine 810 entered the structure, confirmed that the fire was out and checked for extension with a thermal imaging camera. Additionally, 810’s crew provided for positive pressure ventilation to remove the remainder of the smoke from the residence. Crews worked on scene for less than 30 minutes.

Units on the box included Engine 810, Engine/Rescue 814, Rescue 818, Quint 227, Ambulance 8 and Spring Township PD. Chief 800 (L. Brungard) had the command.

810 and 814 on scene on S. Main Street - Photo by R. Stauffer

810 and 814 on scene on S. Main Street – Photo by R. Stauffer