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Passing of Member Richard Fry

Posted by C R Tantlinger on June 29, 2021 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (3)

Here is Richard A. Fry’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Richard A. Fry of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who passed away on June 24, 2021, at the age of 77, leaving to mourn family and friends. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Richard A. Fry to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of Richard A. Fry.

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HC Global awarded contract for Watch Dog pagers.

Posted by C R Tantlinger on January 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

HC Global will program and handle all repairs.  Pagers will cost approximately $400.00 and two options will be available for a 2 channel or 5 channel voice stored pager.  Two pagers will be provided to each department in Westmoreland County.

Seward VFD Ladies Auxiliary Feast !!!

Posted by C R Tantlinger on September 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

President Greg Saunders called for a motion to suspend the meeting to eat.  Eat we did! the menu included:  Turkey, mashed potatoes, greenbeans, stuffing, noodles, cranberries, gravy and homemade cake dessert.  The meal was outstanding and noteworthy as in the past years and the auxiliary should be commended. 

New Public Safety Leadership Introduced

Posted by C R Tantlinger on September 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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 w...

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Organization Reads 501c3 for IRS to members

Posted by C R Tantlinger on February 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Pete M Calabrace read the legal terms for the 501c3 at the February 24, 2102 meeting to be voted on and signed by the membership.

2011 - 2012 Legislative Priorities PFESI

Posted by C R Tantlinger on February 27, 2011 at 10:13 AM Comments comments (0)

Don Kunkle of The PA Fire & Emergency Services Institute presented information on 18 initiatives being pursued by the organization at our change over meeting recently.  Please visit and for details on these initiatives below. 

Reauthorization of the Volunteer Fire Grant

Sprinklers in the Building Code

Cancer Presumption

Background Checks for Firefighters

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5 Scholarships Awarded for Fire School

Posted by C R Tantlinger on February 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM Comments comments (0)

John Orzehowski provided 5 $100 Fire School Scholarships from Bill Hamilton that are to be used to help defray costs for those member departments to provide fire school attendance.  These scholarships have een awarded for many years that have provided thousands of dollars to help educate firfighters in Westmoreland County

Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshals Address Fire Chiefs

Posted by C R Tantlinger on February 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM Comments comments (1)

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 ...

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Commissioner Tom Balya inducted as Honorary Member

Posted by C R Tantlinger on January 22, 2011 at 3:04 PM Comments comments (0)

It is with great pleasure that we announce the unanimous approval of Commissioner Tom Balya as an Honorary Member of the Fire Chief's Association of Westmoreland County.  Past President Tom Freeman made a motion during the special announcements at the regular meeting to make Commissioner Tom Balya an Honorary member of the Association for his support of the Fire Service in Westmoreland County.


Poster and Essay Contest for 2011 applications available now.

Posted by C R Tantlinger on September 16, 2010 at 3:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Please GOTO the Information/FAQ tab and click on the links for the contest applications.