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Our skilled operators will work side by side with the fire company training officer to set up a crash scene tailored to their departments specific goals. This allows the rescue company to brush up on the basic vehicle rescue techniques while pushing the more seasoned heavy rescue technicians and their tools to their fullest potential.

When lives and property are in danger, first responders rely heavily on their past practical training and skill certifications to ensure a positive outcome. Once these certifications are obtained, a volunteer will constantly practice and drill to maintain their proficiency.

This is why the first responders of Lancaster County call upon Garden Spot Frame & Alignment Service, Inc. (GSFA) to assist in continued honing of these skills. We realize the importance of real-life training and using the appropriate simulators as part of the training scenario. We’ll set up a full-scale mockup of any emergency situation you can think of, including crash scenarios with an overturned tractor trailer, wrecked vehicles, simulated active fuel leaks and hazardous waste spills. In fact, we purchased our own tractor and several trailers to use specifically for training purposes. We also partner with several salvage yards to procure wrecked vehicles so that there will be no out of pocket expense to the volunteers.

While setting up and tearing down these safe but challenging scenarios does take time, our skilled operators appreciate this time and use it as an opportunity to expand their training and knowledge. GSFA typically has several trucks on location, including our 65 ton sliding rotator wrecker with its 35-foot boom, to position wrecked vehicles and to assist fire companies during recovery operations. These training exercises allow the fire service and our wrecker operators to cross communicate. This facilitates  GSFA becoming familiar with the nuances of each fire company and their particular  tactics and capabilities, which may prove invaluable on an actual emergency scene.

On the spot training at any location.

Since June, we’ve held eight training sessions using realistic mock scenarios for 17 different Lancaster County fire companies. Half of these sessions were held at our Greenfield and Denver/Ephrata locations, while half have been staged at various fire companies.  Each training event averages several hours, and GSFA provides light refreshments at each event and pizza or sandwiches.

This free service is just one of the ways that GSFA supports the volunteer fire companies of Lancaster County. Fire company volunteers raise the funds needed for supplies to clean up fluid spills caused by vehicle accidents in order to protect the environment. For these reasons we will replenish any spill control items the fire companies use on the scene, at no charge to them. We may also offer a cash donation to help offset the costs associated with a traffic incident that we are called to. We even offer traffic control for incidents lasting longer than several hours. Our ultimate goal while working side by side with our local police and fire heroes is to get them off the scene as quickly as possible while providing a superior service to the trucking industry.

For More Information, or To Set Up A Training Date, Call or Email Rob Sample At:
717-989-2487 or

Organizations we’ve conducted training with include:

  • Adamstown Fire Company
  • Bird-in-Hand Fire Company
  • Bowmansville Fire Company
  • Brunnerville Fire Company
  • Caernarvon Fire Company
  • Denver Fire Company
  • Denver/Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company
  • Gap Fire Company
  • Honey Brook Fire Company #1
  • Lafayette Fire Company
  • Lampeter Fire Company
  • Lancaster County HazMat
  • Lancaster County Rescue Task Force
  • Lebanon County Special Operations Station 50
  • Lincoln Fire Company
  • Lititz Fire Company
  • Manheim Township Fire & Rescue
  • Paradise Leaman Place Fire Company
  • Reamstown Fire Company
  • Refton Fire Company
  • Ronks Fire Company
  • Rothville Volunteer Fire Company
  • Smokestown Fire Company No 1
  • Stevens Fire Company
  • Twin Valley Fire Department
  • Upper Leacock Fire Company
  • Weaverland Valley Fire Department
  • West Earl Fire Company
  • Witmer Fire Company

“In the volunteer fire service we are always looking for ways to practice our skills for all types of emergencies. With a company like Garden Spot Frame & Alignment Service, Towing & Recovery Division helping you train and being there during real emergencies, the outcome has a much better chance of success.”
–Scott Achey, Chief 17-1
Reamstown Fire Company

We’ll setup a full-scale mockup of any emergency situation you can think of, including crash scenarios with an overturned tractor trailer, wrecked vehicles, simulated active fuel leaks and hazardous waste spills.