Fire & Rescue Commission

On February 1st, 2018, the Hanover Fire Department and Penn Township Department of Fire and Rescue were officially merged into one entity, known as Hanover Area Fire and Rescue.

Hanover Area Fire & Rescue Commission

The merged Department operates under the Hanover Area Fire and Rescue Commission. This Commission consists of:

  • Two representatives of Council of the Borough of Hanover
  • Two representatives of the Board of Commissioners of Penn Township
  • One representative of Penn Township Volunteer Emergency Services
  • One representative of the Hanover Fire Department volunteer companies
  • One local business person

On April 14th, 2018, Penn Township Volunteer Emergency Services, Eagle Fire Company Number 2, and Clearview Fire Company Number 3, held their first meeting as a merged volunteer company; Hanover Area Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

They intend to provide the volunteer component of one of the most progressive fire departments in the area. Coupling the 10 to 12 dependable volunteer responders with a career staff consisting of 30 firefighters, and some 40 Emergency Medical Service providers, Hanover Area Fire and Rescue will be providing the highest quality service to the citizen of Hanover Borough and Penn Township.

Public Relations

As a new Department, we have embraced a philosophy of positive public relations. Look for our staff professionals to attend and participate in community events and visiting the community parks.

The Greater Hanover Fire Museum

In other news, The Greater Hanover Fire Museum has relocated from 241 North Franklin Street to the site of the former Eagle Fire Station at 134 East Hanover Street. Call the Wirt Park Fire Station at 717-637-6671 for hours of operation or to schedule a tour.


We are always looking for volunteer members. Anyone wishing to join can stop by the Wirt Park Station for an application. Not only do we need volunteer firefighters, but Fire Police officers as well.