ASPINWALL, PA: Your Aspinwall Volunteer Firefighters were busy in February responding to a handful of working structure fires in the early half of the month, several motor vehicle accidents up and down Route 28 as well as one late last Sunday evening on Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel during the wind storm, and finished up the month with an equipment fire in the back of a 26-foot long commercial truck on Route 28 near RIDC Park.
This month saw the department roll out the new Voluntary Station Staffing program to help improve member turn-out for fire incidents during peak hours. In exchange for 4 hours of “On Duty” staffing, a member will receive one (1) credit that they can put toward their monthly and annual incident counts and bolsters their percentage of calls answered.
The department also hosted and attended a PA state certified training course on “Fire Suppression and Detection Systems” provided by Penn Hills Fire Marshal Chuck Miller. This course provided 8 hours of classroom training, provided over two nights, and covered sprinkler and inert chemical fire suppression systems, building fire detection systems, and how each work individually and in tandem.
All said and done, February saw the department dispatched to 53 emergency incidents bringing our total for the year to 100. Total man-hours on duty at training and incidents in February is ~147.25 hours. (Avg. 5 members/call * ~.525 MH per incident * 53 incidents + 8 hours training)
The Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department is always accepting new, civic minded members into our organization. Please visit the “File Download” link on our website to find our membership application.