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Browndale Fire Company No.1 is located in Clinton Township, Wayne County, PA.  We operate an engine company  and a ladder company, out of a station located on Route 247 (Marion Street in the Village of Browndale), a subdivision of Clinton Township. 

We protect an area of 38 square miles in Clinton Township and in 2011 will assume first due responsibilities for the Borough of  Vandling (Lackawanna County). As a result, we work very closely with our neighboring emergency services, Forest City  Area Emergency Services.

To the east, in the rural non-hydranted area of the township, Waymart Fire Company (Station 75), Prompton Fire and Rescue (Station 94) and Pleasant Mount Emergency Services (Station 28), a from Wayne County, PA.

The village of Browndale is are afforded hydrant protection, but the remaining 37 square miles that comprise Clinton Township are rural and does not have hydrants. The Borough of Vandling has hydrant protection. 

Browndale Fire Co. was organized in 1913.  It consisted of about twenty-five men who felt that the village of Browndale needed fire protection.  One of the first fire stations was in the location of the Jack Bailey residence on Marion Street. 

The fire station during the 1940's and early 1950's housed a trade school until August of 1951 when the building burned down despite efforts of local firemen.  We lost everything including our fire apparatus.  Immediately after the fire, plans were in operation to rebuild. The present fire station and banquet hall were built upon the same site as the old building.

The building began it's renovation and addition process in the 1960's with new additions and renovations taking place about every 5 years. The building consisted of a banquet hall that seated 300 people, a full service kitchen area, bar area, three storage areas, a two-bay apparatus room and an apartment above the apparatus room for one of its members. 

After feeling many growing pains, the company set in motion a master plan to upgrade services. In order to do the, the existing fire station would have to undergo extensive renovations or a new station would  be needed. After much soul-searching, the company opted to construct  a new fire station. The new station, which is north of the existing station on 620 Marion Street was dedicated in October 2006. 
 

Tidbits
A $30 million project  gave our first due the largest wind farm in PA.

The population of our first due area will continue to grow with construction in  several residential developments.

Fire wipes out fire house
Our fire station and apparatus was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1951.

The membership consists of about  30 active members.

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