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Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department
Staffing 38
Annual Calls 69 (2006)
78 (2007)
Stations 1
Engines 1
Trucks 1
Rescues 1
Fire chief Terry Shaffer
Website Shanksville Vol. Fire Dept.

The Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department is a volunteer fire department in rural Pennsylvania. It is best known for its response to the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11 attacks.


Call Area

The Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and various types of rescue, including SCUBA, to the borough of Shanksville, the borough of Indian Lake, and Stonycreek Township. All are located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The fire district is approximately 65 square miles (170 km2) with an approximate population of 3,000. It also provides emergency services for 15 miles (24 km) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


The crash site of United Airlines Flight 93.
Shanksville Volunteer Firefighter Coat at the Flight 93 temporary national memorial.

The fire company was formed in February 1951. In September 1951 the company purchased a vacant building to meet and store equipment. The company built a new truck garage and meeting place in 1989.


September 11 attacks

On September 11, 2001, the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the United Airlines Flight 93 crash scene to search for survivors.[1] They found a smoking crater 8 feet (2.4 m) to 10 feet (3.0 m) deep, and 30 feet (9.1 m) to 50 feet (15 m) wide surrounded by burning wreckage of the aircraft.[2] None of the 44 people on board survived.[3] Flight 93 was one of four airliners hijacked that day as part of the al-Qaeda terror attack on the United States. It is widely held that the Flight 93 hijackers intended to use the aircraft to attack the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC.

An assistant chief was one of the first on the scene, within seven or eight minutes. Firefighters from seven other local companies also came to the crash site. [4]

Shanksville Firehouse memorial

New York City fire fighters donated a memorial made from a steel cross from the World Trade Center and mounted atop a platform shaped like the Pentagon.[5] Hundreds of firefighters riding motorcycles escorted the beams from New York City to Shanksville. It was installed outside the firehouse on August 25, 2008.[6]

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