The proposed Administrative Services Authority's articles of incorporation have been approved by the State of PA! The first Board meeting for the Municipal Emergency Services Authority of Lancaster County (MESA for short) will occur early in March. Find out more by clicking here.

The new Authority will take over the provision of Emergency Medical Services for the region, beginning in 2024.

Regional Emergency Services Authority

Emergency medical services in Northwest Lancaster County is at risk. Northwest EMS currently provides services to the northwestern portion of the county, but the organization will be insolvent in a few years due to insufficient revenue and rising costs.

What is the solution? A new municipal-led model that will ensure EMS services continue to be available in Northwest Lancaster communities.

Learn more at savingemsfornwlancaster.org

Fire Departments

Click here for a copy of the Township Fire District map to see which fire department covers your property.

Friendship Fire Department of Elizbethtown (F74)
171 North Mount Joy Street

Elizabethtown, PA 17022
(717) 367-5300

Rheems Fire Department (F70)
350 Anchor Road

Elizabethtown, PA  17022
(717) 367-1569

Bainbridge Fire Department (F71)
34 South Second Street

Bainbridge, PA 17502
(717) 426-2177
Bainbridge FD Facebook Page


Did you know that 75 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home and that 95 percent die before reaching the hospital? Did you know that trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46?

The numbers are staggering, but Northwest EMS knows that bystanders can save lives by providing basic life-saving interventions before the arrival of EMS. That is why we are committed to providing you with the simple skills needed to save a life, and will present a Hands Only CPR class or a Stop the Bleed class for your business, club or youth group.

Hands only CPR and Stop the Bleed are simple concepts that can save a life. We offer both classes free of charge and each one can be completed in about an hour. Hands Only CPR consists of two simple steps, call 911 and perform chest compression until the arrival of EMS. Stop the Bleed teaches bystanders the skills to stop bleeding from a wound before EMS arrives. A person can die in 5 to 10 minutes due to uncontrolled bleeding. Just as you are accustomed to finding AEDs (Automatic Internal Defibrillator) in public places such as schools, churches, and malls, you will soon find bleeding-control kits located next to the AEDs.

Contact our Community Outreach Manager at lshenk@nwems86.org or 717.371.8282 to schedule a class. We also offer traditional CPR and Basic First Aid classes for groups that need certification for a job.

Northwest EMS


Reflective Address Signs

The Elizabethtown Fire Department offers reflective address signs commonly seen around the area. These signs help police, fire, and EMS in locating your address in times of emergency. These signs are available for all communities in the Elizabethtown, Mount Joy, and surrounding areas.

The signs are available in blue or green and can be mounted vertically or horizontally. The cost is $20.00 each.

You can email the Elizabethtown Fire Department directly at 911signs@etownfire.com and an order sheet will be sent to you. Order forms are also available at the West Donegal Township Office.

Could You Be Our Next Fire Fighter Volunteer?

To attract more volunteers to its 67 fire companies, the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association has launched a multi-pronged recruitment campaign with the theme "Put out the fire, ignite the passion to save and protect Lancaster County."

Connections will also be made through Facebook. The website http://becomeafirefighter.org/ serves as an online hub for prospective volunteers to learn more or sign up to volunteer. Those who prefer an instead call 1-888-914-JOIN. Connections can also be made through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/becomeafirefighter.org/.