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About Upper Milford Western District Fire Department

Your 100% Volunteer Fire Department Since 1942.

For over 80 years, the Upper Milford Western District Fire Department (UMWD) has been a beacon of safety, service, and community spirit in our community. Established in 1942 with the mission of protecting the residents of Upper Milford’s western district, our department is comprised of 100% volunteer members of the community.

Who We Are

Upper Milford Western District Fire Company is an all-volunteer organization, consisting of community members from the ages of 18 and older, with junior firefighters eligible at age 16.  Members are trained in fire, first aid, rescue, and other critical emergency response skills.

Firefighting has become a family tradition for Upper Milford Fire Company as many of our members are multi-generation members and firefighters.  We have active firefighters, auxiliary/administrative, and fire police members.  We also have numerous veteran life members to honor those who have given over 20 years of active service to the company.  Our total membership consists of over 30 proud volunteers.

Want to contribute to the fire company but are not able to become a member? No problem! Upper Milford Fire Department is profoundly grateful for support from generous neighbors like you.

Want to know more about the opportunities at Upper Milford Western District Fire Company? Please feel free to simply stop by on Thursday evenings after 7 p.m. and we’d love to show you around and answer any questions that you might have!


Our Mission

The mission of the Upper Milford Western District Fire Company is to safeguard the lives and property of the Upper Milford community from fires, accidents, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents, and to provide emergency assistance whenever our community needs help.

Our aim is to deter fires and injury through prevention and education initiatives. Furthermore, we are committed to being a positive force in the community, fostering an environment that respects diversity and provides an outstanding family atmosphere where all are respected and appreciated.


Areas We Serve

The Upper Milford Western District Fire Company (commonly known as Old Zionsville Fire Department Station 19) is situated in the heart of Eastern Pennsylvania. Our station is located at 6341 Chestnut Street, in the town of Zionsville, PA 18092.

The Fire Company is dedicated to serving and safeguarding the local community, which encompasses Powder Valley, Shimerville, Vera Cruz, Old Zionsville, and Zionsville. Serving Upper Milford Township along with Citizens Fire Company in Vera Cruz, we also lend support to our neighbors in Hereford, Seisholtzville, Macungie, Lower Milford, and Emmaus. The fire company’s central location allows us to efficiently attend to emergencies in these areas, ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents.

We are always looking for new members, so stop by any Thursday after 7 p.m. – we’d love to show you around!


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Frequently asked questions

Why is volunteering important for the community?

Volunteer firefighters play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community, often being the first responders in emergencies and saving both lives and property. We’re on-call 24/7, 365 days per year to be there when our neighbors need help or don’t know who else to call for an emergency.

What are the requirements to become a volunteer firefighter?

Full members must be at least 18 years of age, junior firefighters are welcome if aged 16 to 17. We expect reasonable physical fitness standards and require background checks, and residency or close proximity to the station.

Do I need prior firefighting experience to join?

No! Upper Milford Fire Department welcomes new members without prior experience. In fact, we’re honored to provide comprehensive weekly training for a majority of our new members.

How much time does volunteering require?

The time commitment varies, but volunteer firefighters should expect regular weekly training sessions, monthly meetings, and to be on-call for emergencies.

Support/Administrative volunteers are needed and are welcome to contribute their time and skills as available!

Is there any training for new volunteers?

Yes! All new volunteers undergo basic firefighting training and will have opportunities for advanced courses and certifications.

Are there volunteer opportunities other than firefighting?

Absolutely! We LOVE volunteers who can contribute their skills to roles like administration, finance, community education, equipment/facility maintenance, and much more! Have a skill and want to be part of something exceptional? We’re profoundly grateful for involvement by our community!

Is there an age limit for volunteers?

While members must be at least 18 years of age (or 16 for juniors), we do not have an upper age limit for our volunteers. For safety, firefighters are expected to be in reasonable physical condition and be able to perform required tasks.

Do volunteers receive compensation or benefits?

While UMWDFD is comprised of 100%  volunteers, we offer benefits such as training reimbursements, insurance coverage, and potential tax benefits. Our primary compensation is the sense of pride and fulfillment earned by being an active member of the community and assisting our neighbors when they don’t know who else to call.

How do I apply to volunteer or become a firefighter?

It’s easy! Simply stop by any Thursday after 7 p.m., or visit our Join Us page to apply.

What kind of equipment is provided to volunteers?

The fire department provides all necessary firefighting gear and equipment to ensure the safety of our volunteers and to serve the emergency needs of our community.

Are there physical fitness requirement to become a volunteer firefighter?

Yes, firefighting is physically demanding, so volunteers must meet certain fitness standards and maintain their fitness levels for their own safety and the safety of others.

How can I support the fire department if I'm unable to volunteer?

ABSOLUTELY! There are many ways to support our fire department, including making contributions, participating in community events, or even spreading the word about volunteer opportunities or fundraising events. We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of our community and are profoundly appreciative of the support they provide.

What is the difference between a volunteer and a career firefighter?

While both career firefighters and volunteers are trained professionals, there are distinct differences between the two. Career firefighters are paid and work set shifts, whereas volunteers offer their services in their spare time without monetary compensation. Gaining emergency response skills as a volunteer is invaluable, and many paid firefighters begin their careers in such volunteer roles.

Do volunteers respond to all types of emergencies?

Yes! Volunteers are trained to respond to a variety of incidents, including fires, medical emergencies, and natural disasters. In addition, most people don’t realize that we also provide critical assistance, such as assisting ambulance and EMT crews with lift assistance, and other support.

How often are training sessions held?

Training is ongoing and is held weekly (every Thursday at 7 p.m. to ensure that all volunteers are well-prepared for any emergency.

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Our dedicated volunteer firefighters risk their lives to protect and serve our community. Volunteers are needed - join today and be a part of something extraordinary.


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    Thank you so to all of the UMWD firefighters who quickly came to the aid of our daughter in her recent car accident. We can't tell you how much we appreciate the amazing way that you cared for her in a time of need. You all are wonderful!


    Please let your firefighters know how much we appreciate their fast response during our home fire last week. We never thought this could happen to us and can't thank you enough for helping to save our home!

    MildredPowder Valley

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit our second grade class, and for the invaluable lessons in fire safety. The service that your volunteers provide is invaluable to our community.

    TaraTeacher, 2nd Grade