The Diamond Fire Company proudly protects approximately 2,100 people living in an area of less than two square miles located in Walnutport Borough (Northampton County). We operate out of one station that protects a primarily residential and small business area. Our department is a public safety department whose members are 100% volunteer. We have an ISO rating of 5.
Our fire company received its charter in 1896 celebrating our 117th anniversary this year. Due to the need for larger facilities, we moved into our new fire station in 1992 and due to a large number of vehicle accidents in our area, we purchased the Hurst "Jaws of Life" in 1993. Shortly after, a larger vehicle was needed to carry the rescue equipment so we then purchased a Rescue-Pumper from Saulsbury Fire Apparatus in 1995. Due to the age of our ladder truck (1981 American LaFrance 75' Water Chief), we decided to order a new American LaFrance / L.T.I. 75' Quint that we took delivery of in June of 2002.
Since March of 2000, our department has been a participant of the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program. We also have placed in service 3 Automated External Defibrillators that we run automatically with our local EMS provider (Northern Valley EMS) on cardiac arrests and unconscious persons. Our department is well trained and equipped with the most modern equipment available. In September of 2003 our department became Pennsylvania State Certified as a Quick Response Service with the Department of Health and in August of 2005 we became Pennsylvania State Certified and received rescue certification at the operations level with the Department of Health and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Unit 2941 was the first rescue-pumper certified by the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council which covers six counties. As of August, 2008 we re-certified at the advanced level which is the highest rescue certification in Pennsylvania.
Even though Walnutport Borough is physically located in Northampton County, the Diamond Fire Company is primarily, and always has been, dispatched by the Lehigh County 9-1-1 Center located in Allentown. However, effective in 2008, our station can also be dispatched by Northampton County 9-1-1 when responding mutual aid with Northampton County fire departments.