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 Public Safety Director Bud Mertz provided information on the costs and funding of out of date radio equipment that is needed for the 9-1-1 Center.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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
March 9, 2014 the Fire Chief’s Association held their reorganizational meeting with the following in attendance:
A.Arbore, J. Buscaglio, P. Calabrace, T. Freeman, M. Kraisinger, R. Heintzleman, R. McNaughton, M. Piantine, D. Prinkey Jr., C. Tantlinger
Committees were updated and some of the following changes were discussed. Stan Zyvith would be placed as Sgt. At Arms, Cory Snyder to take over Place of Meeting, Anthony Arbore as Chairman of the Membership Committee, and Lance Alexander as Chairman of the James E. & Tirzah D. Caldwell Memorial Committee.
Items of discussion included a more concerted effort to improve the firefighter service attendance at memorials and viewings of passed members. Bylaw amendment for consideration for renewing membership after a substantial period of time of absence and or arrears for dues. Sending the flyer in lieu of the cards for updated information to all members. The officers also discussed putting the application for membership on the website. Also, it was encouraged to sign on to the Daily Dispatch www.dailydispatch.com to get the latest in Pennsylvania firefighting news every day.
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.
The Fire Chiefs Association of Westmoreland County is honored to award two $250.00 scholarships honoring one of Westmoreland County’s most dedicated volunteer firefighters, James Caldwell. One male and one female candidate who must be a current Westmoreland County firefighter or be a relative of a Westmoreland County firefighter will be awarded this scholarship. The proceeds of the James Caldwell Inspirational Scholarship will be utilized to defray the cost of any post-high school education, whether the training be vocational, collegiate or professional that the candidate engages in.
Caldwell Inspirational Scholarship application and description.
Candidates must write a 500 word essay entitled “Important Lesson Taught by a Firefighter.” Subject matter of the essay will discuss the significant contributions that firefighters make to the community and important contributions and life lessons taught to the candidate by an individual firefighter.
The James Caldwell Inspirational Scholarship will be awarded to the top two essays (one submitted by a male and one submitted by a female) as judged by a committee consisting of members of the Fire Chiefs Association of Westmoreland County. Scholarship awardees will be announced at the organization’s annual fire school and the scholarship will be paid directly to the recipients post-school learning institution.
Essays and scholarship application form must be submitted to the scholarship committee on or before March 31,2014 and should be sent to:
Caldwell Inspirational Scholarship
C/O Lance Alexander
114 Boquet Street
Ligonier, Pa. 15658
To all members of the Fire Chief's Association it is that time of the year again. The annual feast to kick off the Association's 2013-2014 year begins at Seward VFW. Please make it a priority to attend and be sure to bring your officer's and be an active part of the organization. The meal that is provided by Seward VFW Auxiliary is outstanding and you will not be disappointed. Come out and show your support. Don't forget we have a raffle and the Commissioner Anderson has been known to offer up college football tickets for the raffle as well. So please consider attending and supporting the officers and department from Seward VFD, Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30pm, come early-stay late.
UNITY TOWNSHIP BUREAU OF FIRE
The officers and members of the Pleasant Unity Volunteer Fire Department sadly announce the passing of Retired Fire Chief William Henschel.
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.
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/.
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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.
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
The program could bring vital help to your department and you can teach young persons about the fire service.
724-837-1630 Jack Waite, firstname.lastname@example.org
724-433-8014 Kyle Bryan, email@example.com
724-875-9555 Tim Dingman, firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
Brian Jones 724-600-7302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Seward VFD - September 19, 2012
The new Director of Westmoreland County's Department of Public Safety Michael Brooker and Deputy Director Brian Jones were introduced at the September Fire Chiefs meeting for the 2012-2013 session held in Seward VFD. Director Brooker presented the plan for the narrow banding project and pagers with tone and voice for all fire departments to become compliant with the new legislation. Director Brooker also discussed the SAFER grant application applied for with the help of his wife. Also he briefly mentioned the "baptism by fire" involving the June 1, 2012 tornado that touched down within the first month on the job. Director Brooker can be reached by email at email@example.com and Deputy Director Jones can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . It was also noted that State Representative of the 59th District Mike Reese was present for remarks on the newest legislation and County Commissioners Chuck Anderson & Tyler Courtney provided support for the new leaders..
Please vist Gaut Bacha Funeral Home for details and funeral arrangements.
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 Kim Ward Reads Senatorial Citation to Marty for his years of dedicated service to the Association.
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.
Irwin VFD would like to send out its deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Ben Perkins. Ben was a former fire chief at Irwin and a Police Chief. Ben has been serving the community for decades. He will be sadly missed by all the people who have been blessed by him.
JAMES CALDWELL INSPIRATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS
2010 winner CATHERINE GOETZ - ST MARYS, PENNSYLVANIA
Catherine will be attending Seton Hill University and is the sister of Westmoreland County Firefighter - William Goetz of the Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department
Dues must be paid by February Meeting to be eligible to vote and by October to be beneficial.
2013 Dues = $5.00
Initiation & Dues = $7.00 Send Dues to:
Corey Snyder, Secretary,
209 S. Shoup Street
Mount Pleasant PA 15666
COMMITTEE ROSTER 2013-2014
Lance Alexander, Ligonier 724-972-3052
1st Vice President
Mark Piantine, Bradenville 724-961-0396
2nd Vice President
Gerald Lucia, Mount Pleasant
Cory Snyder, Mount Pleasant
Treasurer Peter A. Calabrese, Bradenville 724-537-3354
Chaplain Mark Kraisinger, Mt. Pleasant 724-771-8115
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Company dues are used only to maintain the library. Join today an help us to build a bigger and better Library.
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FIRE SCHOOL 2013
Fire School will feature weekend and evening classes throughout the year and will be coordinated with the WCCC PSTC.
The week long Fire School that has been a part of the Westmoreland County Fire Service for nearly 40 years will be moving to this format to serve the fire service community as efficiently as possible. Thank you for all the support in the decades before and looking forward to the the format to provide vital firefighter training.
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