It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of 145 Firefighter Bob Jones, 64, of Elizabeth Township who died on September 17, 2017. He lived his life dedicated to service to his community, and he was always there to help when needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife Terri, son and 145-Firefighter Scott Jones and son and 145-Engineer Erik. He will be greatly missed.
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Members from Station 145 took the Engine to the Elizabeth boat launch, where we practiced pump operations with other area fire departments. We got to familiarize ourselves with aerial master streams, drafting, and hoseline advancement. Departments in attendance were Elizabeth VFC (139), Blaine Hill VFC (142), Floreffe VFC (178), Gill Hall VFC (179), Jefferson 885 VFC (180), Lincoln Boro VFRC (184), Versailles VFC (286), and Elrama VFC (Washington 24).
Station 145 recently took delivery of a Plymovent diesel exhaust system for the fire garage. Whenever any of our apparatus are turned on, the system automatically kicks in and removes harmful diesel exhaust from the garage, allowing firefighters to breathe clean air and reduce the risk of cancer from the harmful exhaust fumes. Funding for the project was supplemented by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner grant program.
Members from Buena Vista VFC concluded an Engine Company Operations class held at the Westmoreland County Community College Public Safety Training Center, where we practiced fire attack and hoseline advancement techniques. It's always good to get back to basics to keep our skills fresh and even learn something new. Special thanks to our instructors Chad and Stan!
Congratulations to FF Ben Desmond and Lt Chris Gioia on passing their Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician exam! They both attended the BVR class hosted by Central VFC, where they were able to learn basic vehicle rescue practices and also familiarize themselves with Rescue 147's capabilities and equipment.
On Saurday October 21st, members of Station 145 (Buena Vista) and Station 147 (Central) held a joint drill to hold a meet and greet, become familiar with each others equipment, and assess our combined fire and rescue capabilities. Stations 145 and 147 have worked together on many emergency calls in Elizabeth Township. Because of our close proximity to each other, we are bettering our working relationship with them and focusing on improved teamwork and collaboration.
Come join the Buena Vista VFC at our social hall (upstairs) for a Spaghetti Dinner! Dinner includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, drinks (iced tea, lemonade, water, coffee), and dessert!Adults: $7.00Children (6 to 10): $5.00Children 5 and under eat free!Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, call 412-751-1820 for more information!
Come join the Buena Vista VFC at the Elizabeth Township Sportman's Association on November 4, 2017 for our gun bash! Doors open at 2pm with the first drawing at 3pm, and there will be a buffet from 4-7pm. Tickets can be obtained from any member for a donation of $25, and once all tickets are sold admission is $15 at the door. Guns will be provided by the Gun Rack. Winners need not be present to win. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Any winner denie...
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of 145 Firefighter Bob Jones, 64, of Elizabeth Township who died on September 17, 2017. He lived his life dedicated to service to his community, and he was always there to help when needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife Terri, son and 145-Firefighter Scott Jones and son and 145-Engineer Erik. He will be greatly missed.Robert T. Jones Obituary
Congratulations to 145-Lieutenant Chris Gioia on achieving his Firefighter 1 certification! With his certification, Station 145 qualifies for the basic level of the State Fire Commissioner's Participating Department Recognition Program.
The Buena Vista VFC is holding a golf outing at the Yough Country Club on May 20th. Golfer registration starts at noon, with a shotgun start at 12:30pm. The cost for a ticket is $95 per player, and the registration deadline is May 13th!The price of the ticket includes:-golf and cart-range time-hot dog and beverage after the 9th hole-drinks on the course-dinner and drinks following golf at the fire hall-team prize and skill prizesTo sign up as a group or individually plase call or textJack Klinge...
Congratulations to 145-Chief Rich Diehl, 145-Captain Dave Firda and Fire Fighter Corey Uranker for completing their NFPA-1670 Water Rescue Emergency Response. They completed their practical exercises on the Youghiogheny River. They will now go on to the next stage of Swift Water Rescue and be ready to proudly serve the community during emergency water situations. Good job guys.
Congratulations to 145-Assistant Matt Styche and 145-Lieutenant Angelo Gioia for completing their NFPA-1670 Ice Rescue Emergency Response. They completed their practical exercises at Somerset Lake along with members from Elizabeth VFC - Station-139. Good job guys.
Station-145 is making advancements with it's River Rescue operations. The first phase of this advancement will be the replacement of our existing River Rescue Boat, Boat-145. We have received state grant money towards the purchase of a new Zodiac ERB inflatable water rescue boat. These boats are designed for Rapid Deployment for Search / Rescue operations. These are the same boats used by Allegheny County Swiftwater / Flood Response Team. We currently have two m...
Congratulations to Assistant Chief Angelo Gioia, Captain Rich Diehl, & Lieutenant Matt Styche for obtaining PA Department of Health Certification for Special Vehicle Rescue.
Congratulations to Lieutenant Matt Styche for obtaining his PA Department of Health Certification for Basic Vehicle Rescue.
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