On Friday, January 14th, Manheim Township said farewell and thank you to Manheim Township Fire Rescue Chief, Rick Kane. Chief Kane served Manheim Township as its Fire Chief since 2007. MTFR Headquarters hosted an open house where MTFR, MTPD, MT employees and family and friends enjoyed an open house and presented Chief Kane with some wonderfully touching gifts to honor and remember his service to MTFR. The open house concluded with a parade of MTFR apparatus driving Chief Kane home for the last time.
His many years of exemplary service to the residents of Manheim Township won’t soon be forgotten. We are immensely thankful for his leadership and professionalism, and his vision for what MTFR could be, and has become under his command. Although he’s moving into the private sector and no doubt will excel at that too, here are just some of the highlights of his stellar MTFR career in which we are forever grateful for:
- Helped author comprehensive strategic plan for fire rescue services in MT in 2008-2010
- Merged three (3) independent volunteer stations (at their request), into 1st municipal combination fire rescue agency in Lancaster County
- Instituted the first part-time career staffing program to supplement the volunteers in 2010; staffing program now provides fulltime and part-time career firefighters with 15 firefighters on-duty responding from 4 stations throughout MT
- Oversaw the opening of the Richmond Square Fire Rescue station, which was the first additional station in MT in over 70 years to increase service delivery to our residents
- Oversaw merger of fire apparatus fleet and replacement of entire fleet, with the last replacement vehicle in the 2022 budget
- Oversaw the creation of the first Fire Marshal office in MT; Fire Marshal office now does fire and life safety inspections in all commercial buildings in MT as well as all fire origin and cause investigations
- Professional achievements include:
- Awarded the Alan Brunacini Executive Safety Award in 2011 by the International Association of Fire Chiefs for safety leadership in MTFR and the fire service
- Elected to the Safety, Health and Survival Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs for the past 10 years, including serving as the Board Treasurer for the past 4 years
- Elected as the current 1st Vice President of the Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association (Would have assumed Presidents position if not retiring)
We wish Chief Kane all the best in his future endeavors, and we’re sure we’ll see him around the Township.