Fire Department

The Fire Department consists of two volunteer fire companies; each incorporated as an individual corporation controlling its own day-to-day operations. The companies are the Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services, and Union Fire Company. Funds to support the individual companies come primarily from a variety of fund raising activities undertaken by the volunteers. In addition, Council annually makes an appropriation to the companies to help defray their operational costs.

The Carlisle Fire Department is an arm of the Borough of Carlisle (in the form of the Borough Fire Chief). The chief is responsible for developing guidelines and making recommendations to Council for the purpose of coordinating and uniting the individual companies. The Department’s primary purpose is to provide fire fighting and emergency medical services to minimize the loss of life and property when fire, sudden illness, or accidents occur in the Borough of Carlisle. The Department’s main areas of focus include (1) Fire Suppression, (2) Fire Prevention and (3) Training.

To supply these services, the companies maintain a collective membership roll of approximately 120 active volunteers. Each station employs full-time and part-time operators to man at least one piece of apparatus. Four pieces of apparatus are owned by the Borough of Carlisle, while another ten pieces of apparatus, four ambulances, and two boats are owned by the individual companies.


If you are interested in volunteering with the Carlisle Fire Department or donating please visit for information and an application. A donation can be made directly to the Carlisle Volunteer Firefighters Association using the Paypal link below.

Please be aware that any donations at this time are being considered cash advances through the bank processing these payments.  Additional fees will apply.  The Carlisle Fire Department is working with the bank to address this issue and the webpage will be updated once this is no longer occurring.  

Please see the attached newsletter for additional information on the Carlisle Fire Department.

CFD Spring 2013 Newsletter

Contact Information

Fire Department
53 W. South Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

(717) 240-6909