FIRE CHIEF'S ASSOCIATION WESTMORELAND COUNTY

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Swearing of the Officers of the Association for 2017-2018 by Latrobe Mayor Rosemarie M. Wolford at Latrobe Company #1 Huber Hall Friday February 24, 2017.
Joseph G. Rudnik

Joseph G. Rudnik

December 19, 1949 - February 14, 2017, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Joseph G. Rudnik, 67 of Mount Pleasant, passed away, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at his home. Joe was the son of the late Joseph W. and Nellie (Katie) Rudnik and was a life-long resident of Mount Pleasant Borough. He was an altar boy and a member of the former Transfiguration R. C. Church and current member of the St. Pius X Catholic Church. In his youth, he played four years for the Mount Pleasant Little League with the Kiwanis Club team and two years for the Mount Pleasant Pony League with the Kosciuszko Club team coached by his late father, Joseph W. Rudnik.

He attended Transfiguration R.C. Church School and was a 1967 graduate of Geibel Catholic High School. He also graduated from the Institute of Computer Management (ICM) receiving a computer programming degree.

In 1969, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia and he also completed his Advance Training (AIT) at the same location in Military Police. From there he was assigned to Ft. Monroe, Virginia as a Military Policeman (MP). He served a tour of duty for 13 months in Central Korea, stationed in Taejon and volunteered for the MP Dog Platoon. During this time, he handled Pal and Chieftain for 9 months and was Commander of the Relief (COR) for 4 months. He received an honorable discharge in September, 1971.

Upon his return to the states, Joe began an extensive career with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Wines & Spirit Shoppe, he began as a full-time clerk and progressed to Assistant Manager in 1979 and then to a General Manager in 1985; a position he held since that time, until retiring in 2006 after 35 years of service.

He joined the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department on March 20, 1973. He held the offices of Lieutenant, Captain, Chaplain, President, County Delegate and State Delegate. In April, 1990, Joe was elected Assistant Chief and had served continuously in that capacity for 15 years. He also served on numerous committees for the fire department.

In September 1985, he instituted the Fire Safety Education Program for Kindergarten, First and Second grade students in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. This curriculum includes the "Stop, Drop and Roll" and other Safety Programs. This led to him being affectionately known throughout the community by his students and parents alike as "Fireman Joe". He also conducted fire safety education classes for other organizations.

His other firemen affiliations include being a member of the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, the Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association, PA State Firemen's Association and the group called the "Gooseneckers" . He was also a member of the Western Pennsylvania Fire Chiefs Association.
He enjoyed his many years spending time at his camp at Big Bear Lake Campland in WV and riding his Firetruck golf cart.

Surviving are his wife, Patty; a sister Paula Klocek and husband, Joseph of Mt. Pleasant; mother-in-law, Yvonne Demagall of Mt. Pleasant; sister-in-law, Linda Gowton and husband George of Mt. Pleasant, Brother-in-law, Jim Demagall and wife Pam of Acme and sister-in-law, Anita O'Neal and husband Don of Mt. Pleasant; special nieces, McKenzie and Harley, his weekend daughters and numerous special nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart. The family would like to thank Excela Home Care and Hospice, especially, Lynn Adamrovich, Stephanie Yothers, Angela Sipple and Maria Guadiano for their kind and considerate care.

Friends are invited from 2 to 8PM Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE 730 W. Main Street Mount Pleasant where a blessing service will be held at 12 PM Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 12:30PM in St. Pius X Catholic Church with Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 446 Mt. Pleasant will follow in the Transfiguration Cemetery. Members of the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 7PM Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Joe may be made to the Mt. Pleasant VFD 100 S. Church Street Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666 or the Humane Society of Westmoreland County 1152 Route 119N Greensburg, PA 15601. Please visit Joe's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.  Get Directions


 
 

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Updated: 6:29 PM EST Nov 11, 2016
Updated: 6:29 PM EST Nov 11, 2016
GREENSBURG, Pa. —

After 77 years in the city of Greensburg fire service, Chief Edward "Hutch" Hutchinson will go on his final run.

Hutch will be 95 on Sunday, which marks his 77th year. He joined on his 18th birthday -- Nov. 13, 1939.

Hutch joined the Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked but continued to serve as a member with Greensburg fire station No. 3. After almost four years in the Marines, Hutch was discharged. In 1952, he was named chief and would oversee all six stations.

"Back in those days, what were you going to do? Go down the hose house. There was no TV," Hutch said. "Greensburg was it. We had three 5-and-10 cent stores, a J.C. Penney and a Sears-Roebuck."

Hutch said he answered thousands of calls in his career, but the one that sticks with him the most was a deadly fire at La Rose store on Main Street in 1961.

"We took eight out the front from the second floor. We took eight out. I was at the top of the ladder. The last one out was a lady who was (seven months) pregnant," Hutch said.

Greensburg fire chief retires
Deadly fire at La Rose store on Main Street in 1961.

Two years later, Hutch was among the first to arrive when Saint Vincent College burned on a zero-degree day. More than 400 firefighters were on that call.

"Oh, hell. There isn't that much adventure anymore," Hutch said, recalling alarm calls that woke firefighters up out of their sleep several times a week.

In addition to responding to fires, wrecks and other emergencies, Hutch helped advance the city in emergency response. While chief, Hutch worked with city leaders to create an ambulance force, bring a helicopter to the city and establish one of the first dive teams in the state.

Edward Hutchinson
Edward "Hutch" Hutchinson

He also served as a mentor to hundreds of young firefighters.

"In the Fire Department, they lived under Marine Corps rule for 63 years and loved every minute of it," Hutch said.

An election will take place on Saturday morning to elect a new chief. Hutch's retirement will take effect at 7 p.m. on Monday when the new chief is sworn in at Greensburg's City Council meeting.

"Am I going to miss it? Hell, I think you miss anything," Hutch said. "But I'll keep busy. I'll get up in the morning and go to work for three hours. I'll go to the aerobics center. I'll take (my wife) to lunch. Then I'll watch 'Judge Judy.'"

Edward Hutchinson 
Passing of Past Chief "Ron" McNaughton

Robert R. McNaughton(1937-09-24 - 2016-05-11)

Robert R. "Ron" McNaughton, 78, Greensburg, loved and loving husband of Margaret Wiley, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Crest Personal Care Facility, New Alexandria. He was born Sept. 24, 1937, son of the late John and Margaret (Carr) McNaughton. He is survived by his wife; children, Ronald, Sally and Richard; stepchildren, Kimberly, Albert and Lee; several grandchildren and a great-grandson; brothers, John, Philip and Greg; and sisters, Kathleen and Mary Janice. He was a 1955 graduate of Greensburg High School and retired from Verizon. He was the former fire chief of New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department from 1965-1994. He was a private pilot and loved trains and Oreos. The family wishes a special thanks to Pastor Tammy Falcik and Vickie, Laurie, Lucy and Don at Crest. "Late in life, along came love."
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Luxor United Methodist Church, 187 White Church Road, Greensburg, with Pastor Tammy Falcik officiating.
Memorial contributions may be given to Luxor United Methodist Church, PO Box 114, Luxor, PA 15662. www.DeanerFuneralsAndCremations.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on May 13, 2016
Fire Chiefs Handbook 2nd Edition (Draft)

The Fire Chiefs Handbook first developed in 2010 and printed with a grant from Excela Health has been updated and will be available upon request.  This draft will also be distributed to Fire Chiefs at Fire Zone meetings to be held in March, April and May in each of the fire zones.  Please contact Public Information Officer Mary Beth Eslary [email protected] for additional information.

Link:

FCAWC HNDBK revised 2016.pdf

Caldwell Inspirational Scholarship
Norvelt VFD Meeting / Presentation

Rich Wagner of 1800 BoardUp provided an explanation of the services available to fire and flood victims in conjunction with The American Red Cross. The regular meeting was well attended and a moment of silence was observed for Pete Calisti.  The current manager of the Public Safety Training Center provided a current status of the center. 

Membership Application

Click on the link:  Membership Application 

Print out the membership application and present to Secretary at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Passing of Earl G. Dalton - Past President

Earl G. Dalton, 95, of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, August 04, 2015 at his residence.

Born February 05, 1920, in Latrobe, he was a son of the late Francis N. Dalton and Ruth Clare (Bennett) Dalton.

Earl was a member of the Latrobe Presbyterian Church. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the Latrobe Municipal Authority. A veteran of WWII, he served as a medic with the Army. Earl was an active member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department for over 75 years. He joined Hook & Ladder Company 2 on April 4, 1940, serving in various capacities until he was voted to serve as Chief of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department in 1959, a position he held for 22 years until 1981. Throughout his years in the fire department, he was an advocate and teacher of fire safety to generations of firemen and children. He also helped establish the current 911 system for eastern Westmoreland County and served on the committee to form the Fire Chief’s County Fire School. He was a member of the American Legion Post #515 and the VFW Post #3414, both of Latrobe, and enjoyed gardening.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Francis N. Jr., Clyde B., and Gene L. Dalton; and two sisters, Dorothy J. McDonald and Lois J. Frey.

Earl is survived by his wife, Bertha M. (Kuhn) Dalton, of Latrobe; one son, Michael T. Dalton, of Latrobe; two daughters, Paula D. Massa, and her husband Ted, of Latrobe, and Patricia A. Dalton, of Latrobe; two grandchildren, Claire and Anne; two sisters-in-law, Ora S. Dalton, of Latrobe and Martha Dalton, of Latrobe; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

There will be no public visitations. Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 172, Latrobe, PA 15650, the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, 428 Main Street, Latrobe, PA 15650, or Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.

The family would also like to extend a special heartfelt thanks to Earl’s caregivers, Anita, Bev, Jean, Mary, Sara, and the staff of Bethlen Hospice for their care and compassion.

Passing of Edward E. Good Sr. Past President

Edward E. Good Sr., 77, of Harrison City, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at his residence, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Valerie (Palla) Good; wonderful son of the late Anna Marie (Lux) and Marion Oscar Good; loving father of Eddie (Kami) Good and Gene (Amy) Good; adored grandfather of Ethan, Gavin, Carson and Poppy's Little Girl, Natalie; brother of Wilbert (Lois) Good, Lois Bortz, LaVerne (Alan) Mochnick, Joanne (the late Thomas) Brookover and the late Kathleen (the late Paul) Koontz; brother-in-law of Mary (the late William) Good and Sue (the late Clifford Sr.) Good; and uncle of the late Regina (Koontz) Mattucci. Ed was a life member and a past fire chief for 24 years at the Harrison City Volunteer Fire Department. He was also past president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Westmoreland County, past president of the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, past big chief of the Mohawk's Association, member of the State Firemen's Association and past director of the Fire School Committee for the Fire Chiefs Association. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, (724-744-2721). Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Penn Zion's Lutheran Church. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Fireman's memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harrison City Volunteer Firemen's Association, P.O. Box 419, Harrison City, PA 15636 or Penn Zion's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 351, Harrison City, PA 15636. www.Lindsay-Jobefuneralhome.com.

Directions

Lindsay-Jobe

3343 Route 130,
Harrison City PA 15636-0496
Norvelt Meeting

A very large contingency of members attended the meeting to listen to Roger Eckels District Magistrate about the recent Mount Pleasant drug educational grant and an upcoming meeting panel with Dr. Cyril Wecht on April 30.  Public Safety Director Bud Mertz provided information on the costs and funding of out of date radio equipment that is needed for the 9-1-1 Center.  

Lloydsville Meeting is Greeted with New Addition

Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department had their new rescue truck arrive just in time for the meeting and members were able to check out the new rig before and after the meeting.  The department will be holding an open house on Sunday, December 7, 2014 12:00pm-4:00pm to celebrate the arrival of their new rescue truck, and greet visitors to the station to learn what volunteer firefighters do at Station 114.  Light refreshments will be served.  Congratulations to Station 114. 

Regional Volunteer Fire Police Department Information Presented

Information presented by the principle organizer of a proposed volunteer fire police department in Westmoreland County. A four page handout with the purpose, description of the volunteer fire police officer and why it would be a benefit the county fire departments.  The handout was presented for each member to take home and review and think about the proposed organization.  More information will follow in the future.

Bradenville Meeting - Heroin Overdose Concerns Update

38 Members of the Chief's Association attended the second meeting of the year at Bradenville.  Dirk Matson from Human Services was present to provide an update on the heroin epidemic in Westmoreland County.  We are at 63 deaths this year at this pace and near the pace of 86 of 2013.  The past year was one of the highest in the last 12.  Heroin deaths are about the same as prescription drug deaths, due to new care by hospitals and pharmacies and the fact that Marijuana is more expensive than heroin now.  Narcan  good Samaritan Bill has been passed.  Narcan is being to be considered to be carried by fire departments.  There will be a training class to learn how to administer the life saving drug. 

PAGERS, 911 FUNDING - Meeting Topics

HC Global http://www.1hcglobal.com/12 presented the Watch Dog pager.  Discussion about the pagers were opened to the floor and questions were answered about the use and ease of use of the County bid awarded for the Watch Dog.  Brian Jones as new Public Safety Director stated that pagers are all about choice and the system was designed to provide the best service.  The current county radios are nearing end of life and the new Motorola line is the Apex line and be aware that nearing end of life could be within five years and it is time to start thinking about new radios.  911 funding of wireless is due to expire in June and we need to make sure the funding stays in place and asking the representatives to make sure that funding is going to remain available. 

ISO Representative Speaks to Chief's Association

Field Representative Tyler D. Olsen with the Insurance Services Office Community Hazard Mitigation Services addressed the Chief's Association at Bradenville March 28, 2014.  Insurance Services Office announced some of the changes to those items that were in place since 1980 and relayed some the items just recently updated.  He provided a list of all communities in the County.  The point system is as follows: 10 communication, 40 water service, 50 based on fire department remained the same.  Community risk reduction is the main purpose of the ISO.  Fire investigation, code enforcement, and fire education that reduces the risk of fire loss is the central purpose of ISO.  You can get bonus points on certain items such as fire investigation.  Automatic aid staff (must be within qualifications) is now credited, you will get points for mutual aid assistance that you have in place.  ISO no longer conducts field flow testing as July 1, 2013.  It is the responsibility of the water department to flow the hydrants and get the data.  The whole process now only takes about an hour to an hour and a half.  The process has simplified a great deal from years before.  A Community Risk Reduction packet is available by contacting his office.  The insurance industry uses the ISO rating as community classification for writing policies and qualifying risk.

Tyler D. Olsen, 4 B Eves Drive, Suite 200, PO BOX 961, Marlton, NJ 08053-3112

724-472-2150 Cell

800-444-4554 Telephone

800-777-3929 Fax

http://www.iso.com/

[email protected]

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Pager and Communication Discussion

Sam Saraff addressed the meeting on the pager options that are now available.  Research has been done recently and only two responded to the bid offering for the County RFP.  Watchdog won bid for the County, Minitor 6 came in second on the bid price.  Now Minitor 6 has matched the Watchdog price within 50 cents.  You can purchase whichever pager you choose.  There is a new pager now available called Unication available and he discussed their capabilities.  To set off your own pagers you will need an additional frequency beyond the fire and EMS that the County has and the Unication pager can do that for you.  Information is available on all the capabilities upon request. 

Westmoreland County Overdose Task Force Presentation

Presenters Dirk Matson of Westmoreland County Human Services and Ken Bacha of the Coroner's office talked about the propensity of drug abuse and the prescription drug abuse that has created a major problem in our County and in our pocketbook.  Handouts were provided showing the causes and age range of the victims of overdose.  A community based task force and a partnership of law enforcement is trying to spearhead ways to look at the root causes of these overdoses.  The main goal of the task force is to reduce overdose deaths by 25%in five years.  It is about 2/3 prescription overdose deaths and 1/3 heroin.  Ken asked that you take considerable care of your prescription medications and keep them under lock and key.

Passing of Retired Fire Chief William Henschel

UNITY TOWNSHIP BUREAU OF FIRE

Memorial Call

 

The officers and members of the Pleasant Unity Volunteer Fire Department sadly announce the passing of Retired Fire Chief William Henschel.

 

Obituary

William P. “Bill” Henschel, 59, of Pleasant Unity, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.  He was born January 31, 1954 in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Marie A. (Tlumack) Henschel of Pleasant Unity and the late William N. Henschel.  Prior to his illness he was an environmental services supervisor at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and also worked many years at the Gaut-Bacha Funeral Home and former James P. Gaut Funeral Home.  He was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant.  Bill was a dedicated 40 year lifetime member of the Pleasant Unity Volunteer Fire Department where he served 33 consecutive years as Fire Chief from 1979 through 2011.  He served as Fire Chief longer than any other chief at PUVFD and was well respected by the chiefs of the Unity Township Fire Bureau and surrounding fire departments.  He was a member of the Westmoreland County, Western PA and the PA State Firemens Associations, member and past director of the Fire Chiefs Association of Westmoreland County and member of Mt. Pleasant Firemens Club.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister:  Deborah Ament; and 2 infant brothers:  William E. and Christopher Henschel.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 34 years:  Patricia A. “Patsy” (Allison) Henschel; his son:  William Jacob Henschel and wife Tanya L. of Pleasant Unity; his daughter:  Samantha P. Eutsey and husband Brett T. of Unity Township; 2 grandchildren:  Sanova and Jacob Henschel; a brother:  Kevin “Slick” Henschel and wife Rhonda of Pleasant Unity; 2 sisters:  Susan Dorsey of  Medina, OH and Cynthia J. Walters of Pleasant Unity; a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and many loyal friends and fellow firefighters.  Bill requested memorial contributions be made to the Pleasant Unity Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 197, Pleasant Unity, PA  15676.      

 

Passing of Past President Peter M. Calabrese

Peter M. Calabrese, 81, of Bradenville, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013, at home surrounded by his loved ones. Born Oct. 22, 1931, in Bradenville, Peter was a son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (D'Angelo) Calabrese. Peter was the last surviving member of his immediate family and was a member of St. Rose Church. He worked at Gibson-Thomas Engineering and retired from Latrobe Pattern. He was a member and past fire chief of Derry Township Company No. 1, Bradenville, past president and member of the Westmoreland County Fire Chiefs Association and a member of the Mohawks. Besides his parents, Peter is preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Arquillo, Juliann "Dolly" Calabrese and Rose "Bucky" Marie Ciafre. He is survived by his wife, Janet A. (Geary) Calabrese, of Bradenville; three sons, Patrick M. Calabrese, of Scholta, Peter A. Calabrese and wife, Elaine, of Latrobe, and Michael Calabrese and wife, Jennifer, of Centralia, Ill.; three daughters, Denise Hoffman and husband, James, of Derry, Christine Klim and husband, Frank, of Bradenville, and Natalie Calabrese and Kevin, of Rector; nine grandchildren, Renee Baker and husband, Ryan, Jim Hoffman, Shelby Hoffman, Trista Klim, Frank Klim, Anna Calabrese, Michael Calabrese and Anthony Calabrese; a great-granddaughter, Gwen; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Members of the Derry Township VFD Company No. 1, Bradenville, and its Ladies Auxiliary, will hold services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Rose Church with the Rev. Stephen West as Celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Rose Cemetery. To sign our online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit http://www.lopatich.com/
Obituary courtesy of http://www.triblive.com/

William H. Fink Jr. - Past President 

William H. Fink Jr., 85, of Manor, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. He was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Greensburg, a son of the late William H. Sr. and Ruth Bauer Reynolds Fink. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a supervisor for Westinghouse Benelite in Manor. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Harrison City. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a life member of the Manor Volunteer Fire Department and he was the past chief. He was a member of the Western Pa. Firemen's Association and the Western Pa. Fire Chief's Association. He was a Pa. fire instructor and a member of the Mohawks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Hubich Fink, in 2003. He is survived by a son, William S. Fink and his wife, Kaye, of Harrison City; a daughter, Barbara A. Kegler and her husband, William, of Nathrop, Colo.; five grandchildren, Kelly, Samantha, Jim, Rebecca and Sarah; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean E. Heasley, of Harrison City, and Nancy J. Costello, of Oakridge, Tenn. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Roger L. Steiner officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to the Manor VFD, the William H. Fink Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 567, Manor, PA 15665, or MediHome Hospice, 9173 Route 30, Irwin, PA 15642.

http://www.manorvfd.org/members.htm

 

Boy Scout Fire Explorer Program

Jack Waite, Exploring, Assistant Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America

Jack discussed how the program allows them to paricipate in hands on opportunities.  Insurance is available and a minimal fee to cover those participating in the program.

Five areas of Emphasis:

Career Opportunities, Citizenship, Leadership, Life Skills, Character Education

www.learningforlife.org/exploring

The program could bring vital help to your department and you can teach young persons about the fire service.

724-837-1630 Jack Waite, [email protected]

724-433-8014 Kyle Bryan, [email protected]

724-875-9555 Tim Dingman, [email protected]

Narrow Banding Discussed

Public Safety Director Brooker discussed the Federal mandate for narrow banding.  The current equipment is obsolete and needs to be updated.  Whenever it fails it takes a long time to find replacement equipment and is difficult to keep working.  The old system has limited coverage and has lots of dead spots.  He described the importance of tone and voice and how it was decided upon by the committee to be sure to maintain that ability. 

EMS equipment is not as old as the Fire paging equipment but needs replaced also.  Low band fire is not compliant and High band EMS is not compliant either.   Also, there is no redundancy and it would be important to go forward with that in mind.  A waiver has been drafted to the FCC to extend the deadline to implement the system.   

We will move to a ten tower simulcasting system and the alert will go out countywide.  Utilization of two seperate highband VHF Channels and in the event of failure there will be the possibility of using the redundant side of this new system.  There will be a phased transistion of the low band fire paging and it will be kept lit until January 1, 2015.  This will allow two grant periods to get the new equipment.  Upgrading to Minitor V pagers will be pursued and negotiating a County discount on Minitors and programming will be also in the planning.  The Commissioners are looking at purchasing some equipment for all services such as was done in the implementation of the 800 mhz system to help get this started.  This will be procured with a competitive process and hopefully keep the best price available for the departments.

The timeline will be an installation and testing of 3-4 months.  Looking at adding an additional channel to the 800 mhz in the East and North.  FCC waiver will be July 1st.  Please do not purchase any low band pagers for the fire and no non-compliant highband pagers for EMS the director stated in the near future. 

Establishing a baseline of coverage is prioritized in bettering fire and EMS coverage with the sytem.  A map of the coverage was provided and discussion of the components of activating pagers was described by Director Brooker and how important it will be to consider setting off pagers for small devices and not just fire whistles.  It will be tried to get 95% in street coverage and there are a lot of challenes in our multi-terrain County but it should be as good as if not better for tone and voice situational awareness that the Director is willing to guarantee.

Please contact Director Brooker or Deputy Director Jones for further information.  Also please bring issues that you may have to the County Radio Communication Committee through your representatives.

Michael Brooker 724-600-7301 [email protected]

Brian Jones 724-600-7302 [email protected]  

 

 

Passing of Chief Larry Voll

Please vist Gaut Bacha Funeral Home for details and funeral arrangements. 

www.gaut-bachafuneralhomeinc.com

ELECTIONS 2012-2013

Swearing in of Officers 2012Past Presidents stand behind MartyCommissioner Courtney Reads Proclamation to MartySenator Ward Presents Marty with Senatorial Citation

The passing of the gavel and the selection of directors for the coming year took place Friday night February 24th at Huber Hall in Latrobe.  Also Marty Altenbaugh received several awards from Senator Kim Ward, Representative Petrarca, County Commissioners Anderson & Courtney, also staff members of Representative Mike Reese and County Commissioner Ted Kopas also offered their appreciation to Marty and the Association.  Also, in major business, 501c3 IRS status was read by Treasurer Calabrace for the second reading and well on its way for approval for the Association to gain its non-profit status.  The gavel was passed from Rich McNaughton to Greg Saunders to lead the Association in 2012-2013.

Senator Ward Presents Marty with Senatorial Citation

 Senator Kim Ward Reads Senatorial Citation to Marty for his years of dedicated service to the Association.

Passing of Past President "Bill" Good

William D. Good

Harrison City

William D. "Bill" Good, 79, of Harrison City, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Export, a son of the late Marion and Anna (Lux) Good. Prior to his retirement, he was a meat cutter for Giant Eagle. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Harrison City. He was a part-time policeman in Penn Township for more than 25 years, was a life member of the Harrison City Vol. Fire Department and was a past fire chief. He was a member of the Westmoreland County Fire Chief's Association and was past president, a member of the Westmoreland County Mohawks, was a member of the Penn Township Senior Citizens and loved to hunt and fish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Koontz. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary (Snyder) Good; a son, William N. Good and wife, Candice, of Middletown, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Millicent and Michelle; and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clifford "Kip" Good and wife, Sue, Edward Good and wife, Valerie, and Wilbert "Butch" Good and wife, Lois, all of Penn Township; and three sisters, Lois Bortz, of Delmont, LaVerne Mochnick and husband, Alan, of Penn Township, and Joanne Brookover, of Mt. Morris, Pa. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Zion Lutheran Church, Harrison City, with the Revs. Roger L. Steiner and Robert J. Marks co-officiating (Everyone please go directly to the church). Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The Harrison City Vol. Fire Department will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harrison City Vol. Fire Department or to Zion Lutheran Church in Harrison City.



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Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshals Address Fire Chiefs

State Police Fire Marshals invited fire chiefs from Westmoreland County to the Youngwood Fire Department to provide an educational presentation on several items regarding fire marshal call outs and vehicle code concerns.  The meeting was attended by about 30 fire department chiefs and assistants and several handouts were provided to help the chiefs and the fire marshals to efficiently work together to perform their duties.  Also, the first edition of the Fire Chiefs Association of Westmoreland County Fire Chief's Handbook was distributed.  Please call Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Kevin Karwatsky during work hours 724-832-5243 to receive the State Police provided documents provided to each chief.  The Fire Chief's Handbook will be available at the Department of Public Safety building at 911 Public Safety Road, Greensburg PA 15601 or online here in the Information/FAQ tab.

 

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