New Bethlehem
Fire Company #1

425 Arch Street
New Bethlehem, PA. 16242
(814) 275-3000
[email protected]

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NewBethlehemFire-3The New Bethlehem Fire Company #1 covers the area of New Bethlehem Borough, Porter Township and parts of Redbank Township in Clarion County and South Bethlehem Borough in Armstrong County. It covers approximately 56.49 miles and is still a completely volunteer department.

The purpose of the New Bethlehem Fire Company was to establish a response group to protect the citizens of our response area from the perils of fire. As the the times changes so too has our mission. In addition to the perils of fire, we also provide our services in various types of rescue, fire prevention and many other community-minded services. In the years to come, we will continue to adapt to the ever changing risk and perils that may face our community.

new-bethlehem-fire-company-history-1Organized in 1879 under the name The Friendship Fire Association, the fire company was reorganized under the name New Bethlehem Fire Company #1 in 1904. It was again reorganized in 1932 under the name New Bethlehem Fire Company #1 and Relief Association.

It has served the borough of New Bethlehem and it’s surrounding area for many years. Since its formation two other fire companies have formed within a five mile area of New Bethlehem (Hawthorn Fire Company and Distant Fire Company).

The changes in New Bethlehem Fire Company have been many of the years. Housed originally in the borough building, the fire department now has it’s own building. It houses five pieces of equipment. The current site, which was purchased by and renovated over the years by volunteers, also provides a large hall and kitchen for community use, large meetings, banquets and weddings. It also has a small room for instructional purposes and the volunteers private meeting room. The fire hall is also the Emergency Operations Center in a time of disaster.

The fire department is staffed by all volunteer members, They annually elect a Chief, Assistant Chief, Captain, 1ST Lt and 2nd Lt. who command the members when called upon.

The business part of the company is comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Doorman, and seven Trustees who oversee the use of the building and its equipment.

Name Position
Edward Goth President
Charles Huber Vice Pres.
Kerry Gould Secretary
Georgie Carlson Treasurer
 Harry Morrison Doorman
Barry Fox Chief
Brian Fox Assistant Chief
Wayne Livingston Captain
Edward Goth 1st Lieutenant
 n/a  2nd Lieutenant
Chris Fox Trustee
John Crissman Trustee
Bruce Young Trustee
Roger Nulph Trustee
Wade Bish Trustee
Dale Ochs Trustee
Lucky Kline Trustee


all-day Martial Arts Classes
Martial Arts Classes
Apr 12 all-day
Martial arts classes are offered by the American Karate Academy at First Baptist Church in Distant on Monday Evenings. See or call 724-868-2771.
6:30 pm Mahoning Township Supervisors Me... @ Distant Fire Hall
Mahoning Township Supervisors Me... @ Distant Fire Hall
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Mahoning Township (Armstrong Co.) Supervisors Regular Meeting will be held in the Distant Fire Hall, at 6:30 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. Jackie R. Steffy, Secretary 814-275-3059.
7:00 pm Mahoning Twnshp Municipal Auth
Mahoning Twnshp Municipal Auth
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mahoning Township Municipal Authority will hold regular meetings on the 2nd Tuesday at 7 PM at the Municipal Building on Route 28.
all-day Martial Arts Classes
Martial Arts Classes
Apr 15 all-day
A variety of classes are offered by the American Karate Academy at the First Baptist Church in Distant including martial arts classes on Thursday evenings. See or call 724-868-2771.