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Project Manager: Nick Krupa
Phone: 814-658-3405

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Raystown Lake
6145 Seven Points Road
Hesston, PA 16647


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Marklesburg Volunteer Fire Department awarded the 2015 Excellence in Partnership Award for collaboration with Raystown Lake community

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, along with the Corps Foundation—the official non-profit for America’s lakes and waterways—awarded the Marklesburg Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) the 2015 Excellence in Partnership Award during a ceremony in Marklesburg, Pennsylvania, April 6, 2016. The national award, now in its 15th year, recognizes exceptional contributions by a partner to the Corps’ many recreational and environmental stewardship programs.  

MVFD was nominated by staff at Raystown Lake, a Corps flood risk management and recreation project in central Pennsylvania. The volunteer company has served the Raystown community with first responder services since 1950, covering an expansive area including Marklesburg Borough, as well as Penn, Lincoln, Hopewell, Todd, and Juniata townships.

Award-winning efforts include marking, mapping, and accessibility to the nationally-recognized Allegrippis Bike Trail System. These methods drastically improve the volunteers’ ability to swiftly locate victims of biking injuries throughout the 3,000-acre remote area. MFVD also successfully fundraised more than $100,000 to secure from the U.S. Coast Guard a 25-foot Aluminum Safe V-Hull Fire and Rescue boat that is fully equipped with remote-operated underwater camera vehicle and SCUBA team recovery equipment.

MVFD has also worked alongside the Corps during water safety awareness programs, such as the annual Glow Swim, a nighttime swimming event that teaches children to swim with a buddy and to wear their lifejackets; Critter Night, a program that uses mascots from other agencies and partners to promote water safety; and Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party, which introduces young park visitors to fire safety.

Raystown Lake is the largest lake located entirely in Pennsylvania and offers 8,300 surface acres of clear water surrounded by 21,000 acres of forested mountain slopes.  Raystown is a multi-purpose lake constructed and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood damage reduction, recreation and natural resource opportunities, and hydropower.

Visitors come to Raystown to enjoy panoramic views of undeveloped land and waters, access to excellent public recreation facilities, and fishing and hunting opportunities.  From camping and boating, to hiking and mountainbiking, to Striped Bass fishing and Whitetail Deer hunting, and everything inbetween - Raystown offers something for everyone.

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