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Another Fire, Another Supply Line Ran Over

[caption id="attachment_19061" align="alignleft" width="150"] Photo by Seville VFC Facebook page[/caption] Crews responded to a fire on Va...

Another Fire, Another Supply Line Ran Over

Photo by Seville VFC Facebook page

Crews responded to a fire on Valley Street in Stowe Township early yesterday morning.  Per Seville VFC’s Facebook post, the call initially came in as 4 people trapped, but fortunately everyone evacuated safely.

A motorist drove over their supply line causing it to fail which obviously took time away from fighting the fire to fix and re-establish the water supply.

Firefighters are a broken record asking people not to run over any hoses, but the reason they say it so much is because it constantly happens in the region.   Please think about the consequences (endangers firefighters, delays fire suppression, ruins the hose, damages your vehicle, etc) that could potentially happen and avoid running any hose over on a fire scene.

2021 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant

FEMA AFG GrantReminder to all area fire departments. The 2021 Fema AFG grant (Assistant to Firefighters Grant) application period is now open as of November 8th. It closes at 5pm on December 17th, 2021.

For more information visit FEMA’s site here.


Vacant House Fire in Elizabeth Borough

Photo by KDKA

Crews were alerted to a working structure fire at 7:05am this morning in Elizabeth Borough on Water Street near Park Alley under the Elizabeth Bridge. 

Initial crews were met with heavy fire conditions and it was determined that the building was vacant.  

Due to some water issues, Tankers from Lincoln Boro VFRC, Valley Inn VFD, and Washington Twp VFD were requested to scene to assist.

Crews fought the fire in a defensive nature due to the condition of the structure and lack of water pressure from the hydrants.

No injuries were reported.

Elizabeth Borough VFC was assisted on scene by units from Clairton, Blaine Hill, Glassport, Lincoln, Central, Valley Inn, and Washington Twp. The Salvation Army was also on scene providing food and drinks to the firefighters.

Allegheny County Fire Marshal office is investigating the cause.

Several People Homeless After Turtle Creek Fire Rips Through Apartment Building

Photo by First Due Photography

TURTLE CREEK (KDKA) — Several people are left without a home tonight after a fire ripped through an apartment building on a cold Sunday morning.

Firefighters said it started around 10:00 a.m. in the 100 block of Watson Drive.

“Over the years, we’ve been pretty lucky. We’ve had a few fires here, but nothing real major,” Turtle Creek’s Assistant Fire Chief Jack Osman said.

Cell phone video from neighbors showed flames coming out of the second floor window of the apartment.

Daniel Murray lives in the apartment next door to the blaze. Read more

13 Do’s and Don’ts of Running a Facebook Page for Fire Departments


We have compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook pages for fire departments.  Recently we updated our Western Pennsylvania Fire Department Facebook Listings page for the first time since 2014.  The majority of fire departments in the region now have Facebook pages, and if you don’t have one you are behind the curve.

This article is to assist in helping you grow your department’s Facebook page follower count, to help avoid common pitfalls that can occur, and hopefully help those who don’t have a department page make the jump and create one.

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House Explosion in Moon Township

Moon Twp House Explosion – photo via WTAE

A house on Convair Drive in Moon Twp exploded today just before 4pm.

The explosion occurred right after children got off a school bus, causing them to scatter.

Reports are that no one was home at the time of the explosion, and there were no injuries reported.  Two dogs were inside at the time of the explosion and they were transported to a local vet office and are believed to be in good condition.

This is the second home to explode in Moon in recent years, with one occurring in 2013 on Charlton Heights Road see article here.

The cause is under investigation.

DCNR Grant Available For PA Volunteer Fire Departments That Respond to Wildland Fires

dcnrGovernor Tom Wolf recently announced that the application period is open for the 2017 DCNR Grant program.  The DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) awards grants to Pa volunteer fire departments who serve a rural area, or community under 10,000 residents.  The grant money can be used for training and/or equipment for fighting brush and forest fires.

In 2016, $571,202 was awarded to 142 volunteer fire companies.

Per Governor Wolf’s website:

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