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Meet Douglas Palenchar, Eastern Salisbury Volunteer Firefighter

Douglas Palenchar says firefighting is a great way to give back to the community

Name: Douglas Palenchar

Age: 40

Lives: Salisbury Township

Family: My parents are Rich and Bonnie Palenchar. My wife is Jessica Palenchar and my son is  (also a volunteer firefighter). I also have a dog named Molly.

Job: I own my own business, National Automated Solutions, a security business which is actually located in the old Eastern Salisbury firehouse.

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Training so far: Before I came to Salisbury, I had nine years of experience as a firefighter. At Eastern Salisbury, I have had a lot of training and I have my firefighters' certification and vehicle rescue certification among others. I will be training for the firefighter 1 national certification in January.

What's it like being a firefighter? It is a humbling experience. There is a sense of pride, giving back to the community. I didn't decide to be a firefighter to be a hero; I just like the feeling of being able to help somebody in need. It is a great organization to belong to and everyone here is like a brother or sister.

How do your loved ones feel about you putting your life in danger? They support me and my son Tyler because they know we have been given excellent training. Although, I think my wife is sometimes nervous.

Tell us a story you'll never forget about your firefighting experience. There are too many calls to remember a specific one. My very first call was to put out a car fire and just recently I was called out to put out a car fire in Salisbury Township. That brought back memories. I seem to get a lot of car fires. I also always remember if something tragic happens and I always wonder if there was more I could have done to help.

What would you tell people interesting in joining your fire company: We could use all the help we can get. You don't have to be 100 percent about going into burning buildings--there are all sorts of jobs everybody can do like driving. We would never turn a volunteer away. (volunteers need to be 16 years old)

Carl W August 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Trivia: Eastern Salisbury Fire Co. is a joining of former Salisbury #1 & River Road Fire Co.s. Once somewhat warring, they chilled out & design a common, single company. Before, first mobile piece of apparatus for the new "Weswtern Salisbury Fire Co." was an old ambulance, donated by "Salisbury - 1," ambulance team. (Belated thanks, to a once great squad). First Western Salisbury engine was found by very beloved, now deceased, Chief Jack Kelly. Shortly after, he got us a new "economy" engine, at 1/2 price. Once an awesome leader, well-equipped, she served the western end (& those of us who manned her), extremely well !! (Now stands quitely at rest, however still watching guard, at the original station on Eisenhower Ave). Thank you!

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