We are parents, teachers, friends and neighbors. We are also volunteer firefighters and fire police officers, committed to safeguarding our communities within the Northern Lehigh Area. The Diamond Fire Company proudly protects and serves our community of approximately 2,100 people living in an area of one square mile located in Walnutport Borough (Northampton County). We also provide automatic mutual aid to numerous neighboring communities as well. We operate out of one station that protects a primarily residential and small business area in multiple forms including; fire suppression, vehicle extrication, first responder service, traffic control, water rescue, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, flood response, and the occasional cat in the tree. Our department is a public safety department whose members are 100% volunteer including men and women of all ages and backgrounds, working together for the safety of and service to Walnutport Borough and surrounding communities. As of April, 2014 our ISO rating has improved from a class 5 to a class 4.
Our fire company received its charter in 1896 celebrating our 118th 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 and continue today to re-certify at that level.
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.
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Diamond Fire Company has only one fund drive per year. We mail this directly to the residents and property owners. We DO NOT solicit donations via phone calls and if you should receive a phone call stating they are soliciting money for the Diamond Fire Company (Walnutport Fire Department), please try to obtain the name of the company performing the solicitation and then contact us. These solicitations do not benefit your local fire services. Thank you for your assistance.