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TSAFEA Fire Muster

hw-logoIt is that time of the year again and people have been requesting information on whether there is going to be an antique fire muster this year in Pittsburgh.

If anyone from the Tri-State Antique Fire Engine Association can contact us via the contact form or and let us know to get the word out it would be appreciated.


Fire Apparatus Image Gallery – Butler County Pa

butler-rescue-9-eastbutlerAs you probably know, we have been in the process of updating the image gallery on Hoopie World.  For now, we are trying to get at least one picture from every department from every county in western PA.  Once that collection is complete, we will continue on trying to complete the collection by getting a picture of every unit from every department.

We have just uploaded the pictures that we have from Butler county.  The Butler county fire apparatus gallery can be seen by clicking on the link.

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Hoopie World Image Gallery Update – Washington County

washington-engine-69-3-canonsburg-canonsburgvfd-orgAs we talked about in this post about Allegheny County PA Fire Apparatus, we are working on the apparatus image galleries.

I’m happy to report Washington County’s Fire Apparatus Image Gallery is near complete as well.  We now have at least one image from every fire department in Washington county, with the exception of only 5 departments.

If you have a picture, please use the upload form on the image gallery, or email them to

We are still in need of pictures from the following seven departments:


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Fire Apparatus Image Gallery – Allegheny County Pa


We have been working hard on the new apparatus image gallery and have a goal to have at least one picture of at least one unit from every department in the western Pennsylvania area.

We have started with Allegheny county and have a good start, but we  currently are in the need of apparatus pictures from a few more departments.   Here is the current gallery for Allegheny County Fire Apparatus.  We will be adding more pictures from existing departments that we already have as well.

Here are the departments that we need pictures from below.

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Be Advised, Storm Mode Operations Are in Effect . . .

071713-glassportLately we’ve heard that phrase quite often from Allegheny County 9-1-1.  The amount of rain that portions of Allegheny County have seen over the last couple weeks has been remarkable, and there is more potentially coming this afternoon.

As emergency responders, we have to do a better job on the communication side of things.  Despite going into storm mode, the radio channels turn into a free for all.

Per Allegheny County’s SOGs for Storm Mode

Fire Departments shall hold all non life threatening requests such as pager/siren

Requests of utility and road crew notifications should be held until the storm subsides at
which time the fire department can call them in or give a list to the TCO. Life
threatening requests will be accepted and forwarded at once.

If you listened to East Fire Ops 2, or East Fire Dispatch over the last few storms while in storm mode, you know the above was not the case.

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Firefighters Risk Exposure to Asbestos

hw-logoWhile surfing recently, I came across this article and thought it was a good reminder for those firefighters that don’t always feel like wearing an SCBA. Stay safe, and take the precautions to keep yourself healthy.

Firefighting continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. Each year, about 105 firefighters die on the job, and many more are seriously injured (Health Hazard Evaluations, Fire Fighters, 1990 to 2001; National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety). Besides being exposed to immediate hazards such as smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, and building collapses, firefighters come into contact with toxic materials that cause chronic diseases. Asbestos may be the most deadly of these substances. It becomes airborne when it is released from damaged insulation or other building components.

Asbestos exposure is linked to asbestosis, lung cancer, and an aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. A painful scarring of the lungs, asbestosis can take from 10 to 50 years to develop. Early symptoms include shortness of breath and chest pain. Eventually, the disease leads to disability and impaired respiratory function. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the membranes lining the chest, lungs, and stomach cavity. Firefighters are more likely to develop the pleural form of the disease, which severely impacts breathing and will eventually prove fatal. Mesothelioma usually does not develop until from 20 to 40 years or more from the victim’s first exposure to asbestos.  For more information, visit and learn the ins and outs of this life-threatening disease.

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