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

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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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Area Structure Fire Report For Thursday March 16th

Crews from western Pa responded to five different structure fires on Thursday.

Area structure fire report for Thursday March 16th, 2017:

Just before 10am crews responded to Dille Run Road in Morris Township in Washington county to battle a residential structure fire.  The two story log cabin home was destroyed, and the fire was fueled by high winds.  The Observer-Report has more at this link

Morris Twp Fire

Morris Twp (Washington Cnty) photo courtesy Observer-Reporter

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Western Pa Fire Department Twitter Accounts Directory

twitter-logoWe are happy to announce that we have added a listing page of all western Pa fire department Twitter accounts.

This list contains all the Twitter accounts that we could find, if there are any that you know of that we missed, please email us or use the contact form.

The page can be found by clicking this link.

You can find the page under the Social Media menu under Twitter accounts shown with the red arrow in the below screenshot.

Pa Fire Department Twitter Accounts

Be sure to follow our WPAFN twitter account as well!

North Apollo Annual Fire Fee to Remain

WPAFNWe have good news regarding a follow up to yesterday’s story “North Apollo Council to Vote on Discontinuing Annual Fire Fee Tonight“.

After hearing from many residents supporting the fire fee, North Apollo council voted unanimously to keep the annual fee last night during their council meeting.

Per Emily Balser of the Valley News Dispatch / Triblive.com, the fee remains at $40 to $50 a year for residents and $80 a year for businesses.  The fee brings in about $34,000 for the fire department.

Council does request more transparency from the fire department on how the money is spent.  The fire department is changing their bylaws to allow their meetings to be open to the public and have also started using new accounting software for better tracking.

You can read Emily’s full article on Triblive.com at this link.

 

North Apollo Council To Vote on Discontinuing Annual Fire Fee Tonight

North Apollo council plans on voting tonight on whether to abolish an annual fire fee that it charges residents for fire service protection.  The fee was originated in 2013 to assist with North Apollo VFD’s operational expenses.

Per the Valley News Dispatch/TribLive, North Apollo council president President Laura Ford stated they were looking into possibly eliminating the fire fee due to residents who have come to her stating they can’t afford the fee.

The fee is currently $80 a year for businesses, and between $40-$50 a year for residents.  The fire department would lose about $34,000 in revenue a year, and their annual budget is $55,000 and more than likely close their doors.

The fire department’s president, Josh McKendree, stated the department is open to alternative options for the fee, including payment plans and/or lowering it.

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