By Marty Griffin – KDKA
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Quicker call times and greater efficiency. That’s what City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials are saying about the consolidation of 911 service.
It has been a long and controversial process, but leaders say it was well worth the wait.
Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald say the county and the city must work together to consolidate every service possible, including 911.
“This is kind of the final step of consolidating the city and county operations together,” said Fitzgerald. “They’ve been located in the same place together, but now there’s going to be actual sameness, if you will.”
“It creates greater efficiency, it creates the ability for the call times to become much less. It allows a better opportunity for the responders to be their earlier to be able to save lives,” added Peduto.
All of this will start rolling next week with training. The consolidation is expected to be completed by mid-September.
August 21, 2014- Fire crews battled a house fire very early this morning.
That fire was reported at 643 East 9th Street just before 4a.m. The fire was put out very quickly.
Erie fire fighters knocked down flames on the outside of the house quickly and moved on to the second floor and attic.
Nobody was home at the time of the fire according to the Erie County 911 Center.
Fire Inspector Guy Santone is investigating the cause of the fire.
It’s believed that the fire started in the rear of the building.
GRAPEVILLE (KDKA) – Nine people were displaced after a house fire in Westmoreland County Thursday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started at a home in the 2600-block of Brown Avenue around 4:33 a.m.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is believed to have started in the kitchen.
“Upon arrival, smoke coming from the structure. Jeannette’s engine arrived on scene first, went in and did fire attack. [The] fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes,” Grapeville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dan Nescot said.
A total of four adults and five children were able to get out safely.
“Everybody got out safely, four adults and five children. At this time, [we] notified Red Cross. They will come in and assist them,” Chief Nescot said.
Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/08/21/9-people-displaced-by-westmoreland-county-fire/
By J.D. Prose – TimesOnline.com
FINDLAY TWP. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that it has awarded a $1.4 million contract to have an underground fire on Pittsburgh International Airport property extinguished.
Earthmovers Unlimited of Kylertown, Clearfield County, will begin work next month and should complete the job in a year, the DEP said in a press release. The fire in a coal waste pile has been burning for several years and poses a risk to an airport radar facility and an underground gas pipeline.
The fire, which is close to runways, could also potentially produce smoke that could affect air traffic visibility, although there have been no incidents of that yet. The company will dig out the fire and use “several million gallons” of water and 200 gallons of firefighting foam, according to the DEP.
Also, the project will entail excavating 429,000 cubic yards of coal waste, which will be used to fill a steep drop-off, according to DEP. Afterward, the 10-acre site will be graded, vegetation will be planted, and a gravel road will be built on it.
By Patrick Cloonan – Trib Total Media
A traffic accident and weather problems tied up a number of Mon-Yough area roads on Wednesday.
Shortly before noon a car collided with a tractor-trailer along Route 837 near the juncture with New England and Coal Hollow roads in West Mifflin.
Police said there were no serious injuries in the crash, which occurred under a railroad overpass near the Valley Hotel. Police and emergency crews from West Mifflin, Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Hills were called to the scene.
The intersection was closed to clean up the accident scene, resulting in backups between Lebanon School Road and the Clairton-Glassport Bridge. For a time, the backup for southbound traffic on Route 837 extended toward the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge in Dravosburg.
One possible alternative route, Curry Hollow Road, was closed to motorists because of a collapsed 60-inch corrugated metal culvert.
By David Hurst – Tribune-Democrat
A roof worker was severely injured Wednesday when he fell from atop a home near Davidsville, a police sergeant said.
The man, believed to be in his 30s, was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown with a head injury.
“There was a storm moving in and he was part of a crew on the roof that was working to cover up exposed (wood)?sheeting,”?Zangaglia said.
The man slipped and fell after the downpour began, striking his head, Zangaglia said. The man was unconscious when responders arrived, he said.
His condition was unavailable Wednesday evening.
By Karen Zapf – Trib Total Media
Ron Novak compares his return to Logans Ferry Heights just over a decade ago as walking into a time capsule.
“I walked up and down the streets and nothing changed,” he said.
Novak, 61, left Atlanta and returned in 2003 to help care for his aging parents. As a trustee with the Logans Ferry Heights Volunteer Fire Department, today is pleased he returned to the Plum community he left as a 21-year-old as the company prepares for its 65th anniversary celebration on Saturday.
The fire company was formed in the summer of 1949 and was chartered in October of the same year with 125 members who are all deceased, department officials said.
Novak’s father, John Novak, was a charter member.
Rich Weishar, 78, whose late father was a volunteer fireman and whose son, Rick Weishar, 47, is president of the company, said the fire company was started when the Allegheny- Pittsburgh Coal Co. that operated a mine in Logans Ferry Heights donated the land for the building. The original charter members went to work to raise money for a fire truck, Weishar said.
By WPAFN – photo by Mike DeSimone
Shortly before 1 am Westmoreland County 911 dispatched units for a residential structure fire on Main Street, in the Jacobs Creek section of South Huntingdon Twp.
Crews arrived to find a vacant house on fire in the rear of the building. The fire also extend to the second floor of the house.
The fire is suspicious in nature, and there are reports that three kids were seen inside the structure shortly before the fire was reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Stations involved with the incident included:
107 – Turkeytown, 19 – Yukon, 38 – Mt Pleasant, 17 – Smithton, 80 – North Belle Vernon, 11 – Sutersville, 58 – Scottdale, 105 – Rostraver Central, 85 – Hutchinson, 103 – Collinsburg, and 74 – East Huntingdon Twp, 500 – Rehab, Allegheny 140-7 – Central (transfer to 103).
Photo by Ryan Speck
Photo via Collinsburg VFC
PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- Fire crews were called to a house and a van that were struck by fire Wednesday morning.
A house in the 1600-block of Transverse Avenue in Mount Oliver was hit by lightning around 3:55 a.m.
Everyone inside was able to make it out safely. It appears the strike only created some smoke inside the home, but fire crews quickly got everything under control.
Around the same time, lightning struck a van in the 2000-block of Dellrose Street in Carrick.
The van went up in flames. When crews arrived, it was fully engulfed and it took only a few minutes to get it under control.
Nobody was hurt in either lightning strike.
Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/08/20/lightning-sparks-two-fires/