On behalf of our members, welcome to the home page of the York Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local No. 627 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
On March 21, 2018 at 4:17 p.m., the York City Fire Department were dispatched to a fire at 127 N. Broad Street. The fire was in the former Weaver Piano and Organ factory, a four-story building that was in the process of being converted into residential use. The fire escalated to three alarms and eventually engulfed the building. Fire crews remained on the scene overnight.
On March 22, 2018, teams of firefighters from the York City Fire Department were inside the structure addressing hotspots that had the potential to engulf the building, putting neighboring homes and structures at risk. At 3:17 p.m., while battling the fire, four of our firefighters became trapped following a partial collapse of the structure. Firefighters, including crews from neighboring fire departments, immediately responded and the York County Advanced Technical Rescue Team was dispatched to the scene.
After being freed, the crew was immediately transported to York Hospital, escorted by the York City Police Department and the York County Sherriff’s Department.
Two firefighters, Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony, were pronounced dead at the hospital. Assistant Chief Greg Altland and firefighter Erik Swanson were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Brother Flanscha, age 50, was a decorated 20-year veteran of the York City Fire Department. Flanscha is a past recipient of York City Fire Department’s “Firefighter of the Year” award, Chief’s Commendations, and numerous awards for heroic actions.
Brother Anthony, age 29, has been with the York City Fire Department since August of 2010.
Updates will be released later. Please stay tuned to the City of York website and social media accounts.
Who are we?
The York Professional Fire Fighters Association represents the career firefighters and fire officers of the Department of Fire/Rescue Services protecting the citizens of the City of York, Pennsylvania. These firefighters and officers operate out of four fire stations, manning four engines, one aerial ladder truck and one command unit, as well as staff a Fire Prevention Bureau in the fire headquarters building.
York is located in south-central Pennsylvania, a five square mile city with a population of approximately 45,000 residents.
The members of the York Professional Fire Fighters Association proudly serve the citizens of and visitors to York, Pennsylvania 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with pride, integrity and courage.
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