On Monday, June 28th, during the Manheim Township Board of Commissioners’ meeting, four new recruits for Manheim Township Fire Rescue took the oath, received their badges, and were officially sworn in as Manheim Township firefighters.
This class of recruits were unlike any other in the history of Manheim Township Fire Rescue because of the new path they took to join the department.
In early 2020, the Manheim Township Civil Service Commission changed the civil service process for becoming a firefighter in the Township, and now requires attendance at a municipal fire academy. Three of the four firefighters attended the Harrisburg Area Community College Municipal Fire Academy as Manheim Township recruits, while the fourth recruit attended for another department before transferring to Manheim Township.
All four firefighters sworn in attended and graduated from the Harrisburg Area Community College Fire Training Program as the first class of recruits to do so and we proudly welcome them to a community of 40,000+ and thank them for their commitment and service to Manheim Township.
Congratulations to Austin Sweigart, Jordan Mering, Sam Welk, and Tanner Bowers on joining Manheim Township Fire Rescue.
Pictured, from left to right: Austin Sweigart, Jordan Merring and Sam Welk.
In addition to four new firefighters, Chris Wertz was also promoted and sworn in as Captain, and Chris Bickings joined as Manheim Township's first ever Fire Marshal.
Pictured, from left to right: Jordan Merring, Sam Welk, Austin Sweigart, Tanner Bowers, Chris Wertz, Chris Bickings and Commissioner O'Brien.
Family and friends were invited to attend the ceremony in the Morgan Program Center at the Manheim Township Public Library. Because of COVID-19 and strict restrictions and safety protocols, the ceremony was delayed 6 months.