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Job Opportunity – Director of Emergency Services – Part Time Position

We were notified by Jim Harmes from Fire Chief Recruiters about an open part time Director of Emergency Services position with 1-800 Board Up.

The position is based out of Gibsonia, PA.

This position is part-time, but has a great salary and a good bonus plan to go along with it.

Per Jim, the hours are very flexible, and the biggest requirement is that the individual has fun performing it.

For anyone interested, please contact Jim Harmes at 810-964-6911, or see the additional information on the attached flyer.

Please be sure to tell him you heard about the position on our site.


6 Ways To Help Your Local Fire Department

how to help your local fire department

I often get asked by people outside the fire department on how they can help out.  The majority of people I talk to are very thankful for the work their local firefighters do, and sometimes they would like to help out more.  I have created this article to help spurn some ideas that you may not of thought about on how to help your local fire department.

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It’s Our Birthday! WPAFN is 14

February marked the 14th year that we have provided western Pennsylvania firefighting news.  It was originally created in February of 2003.  It has undergone a lot of changes, and even a new name (Hoopie World to WPAFN).  Please see the site history at this page link.

The creation and popularity of Facebook was the biggest contributing factor to the changes necessary not only to our site, but to many sites across the internet.  The biggest impact from Facebook by far was the ever so popular Hoopie World discussion forums were retired due to a lack of use after a while.

Eventually, Facebook was incorporated as a tool to be used with the site, and our Facebook page currently has 5.8k followers.  Click here to follow our page if you aren’t already a follower!  We also learned how to use Twitter and have a Twitter account that we use as well.

For a little birthday gift from us to you, click on this link to see what the original page looked like back in 2003!  Its missing some pictures, however for the folks that were with us back then, it will definitely bring back some memories.

Thanks again for the continues support, and I look forward to the next 14 years!

Pennsylvania State Fire Grant Awards 2016-2017

The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner has announced the grant amounts awarded to the fire and ems departments that applied.

Department could apply for monies to pay for items in the following categories:

Facilities – Construction and/or renovation of the fire company’s or ambulance service’s facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services.
Equipment – Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.  Includes the purchase of fuel for company vehicles.

Debt reduction – Debt reduction associated with the facility (1) or equipment (2) categories above.
Training – Training and certification of members.
Training and education materials regarding fire prevention for the general public.
Career Departments Only – Overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while fire fighters are attending training.

Below is the list broken down by county.

16-17 Grant Awards by County

Crews Extinguish Garage Fire on March 6th in Youngstown

Crews extinguished a detached garage fire Youngstown, Westmoreland county, Pa.  Youngstown was assisted by Whitney-Hostetter, Latrobe), Lloydsville, and Bradenville.

Story/Photo courtesy Youngstown Volunteer Fire Station Facebook page

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911 Vonage Problem

060515-cambria-911By Fox 8 WWCP

A desperate 911 call in Ohio ends with dispatchers in Cambria County. An important lesson for anyone using an internet based phone service. A 911 call placed Thursday morning to Cambria County 911 started off like any other medical emergency call but those at 911 say this call was anything but ordinary. The woman calling for help was in Streetsboro Ohio three hours away from the Cresson Township address attached to her phone service. 911 Officials say the woman had a voice over internet protocol phone service or VOIP. The service allows users to plug a modem into a computer and have service. The problem was Cambria County 911 Dispatchers don’t have readily available information for dispatchers in Ohio. 911 Dispatchers quickly searched for a number to reach Emergency Crews for the Akron suburb and soon learned the woman had called her daughter before dialing 911 and an ambulance was on the way. Cambria County says it took 22 minutes from the time they got the call before help arrived. The woman’s service provider Vonage states in their terms of service that 911 service is different for their subscribers than that of traditional wire line or cellphone 911 calls. The VOIP provider says tells customers when signing up for service that they must verify and confirm the address they will be using the service from and that they remind customers to update their address saying 911 calls may be sent to the emergency center near the old address. Cambria County urges all VOIP users to double check the information attached to their service to ensure their call is properly directed in an emergency situation.

Read more: http://www.fox8tv.com/News/NewsDetails.asp?NewsID=17473