Over the past few weeks, 8 Monroeville Fire Department Members have been conducting extensive certified dive training. During this training, personnel from Companies 3, 4, 5 and 6 also passed their ‘Open Water’ scuba diving certification course becoming certified divers. They underwent their final underwater skill tests at the Blue Hole quarry in Williamsburg, PA. This is the opening chapter in their training catalog and we look forward to eventually seeing them on the Team. Congratulations!
Last evening all five Companies got together for some cohesive training drills. With the availability of a vacant acquired commercial structure in District 1, Chief 10 (S. Beltz) invited all Companies to have the opportunity to perform integral tasks to hone the skills of all involved. Some of the firefighters that wanted a refresher in vertical ventilation were able to use different saws and techniques to accomplish a vent hole in a pitched roof. The rest of the firefighters involved were part of a large working scenario that allowed a crew to breach a wall for access into the fire room, the attack team to extinguish the fire while the search team rescued a victim. During all of this we also drilled the RIT crew simulating a downed firefigher. We want to thank C10 and company 1 for coordinating the effort and look forward to more drills in the coming weeks.
Around 9:30 pm Thursday, August 13th Company 4 was dispatched to a call in which two vehicles were reported to be over a hillside with occupants entrapped. The Rescue Company arrived and promptly sent two rescuers over the 45 degree slope to check on the occupants and the stability of the vehicles. Upon reaching the cars it was determined that one of the drivers had already self-extricated and made their way to safety and the second car was empty prior to being pushed over the hillside by the first vehicle. Medic 48 evaluated one patient and R4 remained on scene to assist the tow company bring the vehicle off the hillside.
The Residency Program at Station #4 is currently accepting applications for interested applicants for the fall semester. If you are thinking about attending or transferring to an area college and are currently a Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic seeking a place to live, stop by and check out the facilities here at Station #4. We are one of five Municipal fire stations within Monroeville and offer a great diversity in our responses. Station 4 is the busiest station which allows applicants to quickly gain experience in the disciplines of Fire, Rescue and EMS. Last year we responded to 721 fire incidents and 2,805 EMS incidents with this year on an even busier pace.
Station 4 is closely situated near access points to the PA Turnpike, Route 376 (Parkway) to Pittsburgh, and William Penn Highway. We are also located near several colleges and continuing education institutions. Station amenities include a newly renovated station with semi-private dormitories – each having phone, television and WiFi capabilities, laundry facilities, separate male/female locker rooms and showers, weight room, full kitchen, and lounge.
There are only four spots remaining for the upcoming semester and time is running out! If you are interested in checking us out further you can click on the “Join Us” link to the left and you can check us out on Facebook.
Friday evening had the guys hanging out at Monroeville Park showing off the Engine, Truck and Ambulance for a local Church event. Harvest Bible Chapel invited Co. #4 to participate in the Church’s first annual ‘Family Fun Fest’ held on July 24th. The attending kids loved seeing, touching and learning about the fire apparatus and the guys enjoyed some great hospitality and food.
The Monroeville Dive Team was activated for deployment into Elizabeth Township last evening to assist their Fire Department and Police with a vehicle and boat trailer submerged at the Boston boat launch. Divers and riggers from Stations 1, 4, 5 and 6 assisted with removing the vehicle from the river. Crews were back in service within 4 hours.
This afternoon Company 4 was requested as a Rapid Intervention Team at a residential structure fire in Murrysville. With the Murrysville fire companies making quick work of the fire, the crew was released from RIT responsibilities and moved into Murrysville Station 20 as a stand by Ladder Truck.
Last evening before the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates – Milwaukee Brewers game, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Highmark, through the “Great Save Program”, hosted the Monroeville Fire Department Station 4 crew that responded to a cardiac arrest involving a teacher at Gateway High School. Thanks to coworkers starting CPR and the actions of EMS crews, Matt has made a full recovery. He and his family along with fellow teachers and station 4 crews enjoyed a great night at the ball park.
Just before 10:30 this morning the Monroeville Dive Team was activated to assist McKeesport officials and the PA Fish and Boat Commission with recovering a vehicle in the Youghiogheny River at the 10th Ward Boat Launch. Crews from Company 6, 5, and 4 responded and assisted with finding and rigging the vehicle for removal.
It is with great pride that we announce that another one of our FF/Paramedics is moving onto a career position with a big city department. TJ Dailey has accepted a FF/Medic position with DC Fire and EMS in our nation’s capitol and he will be heading there in early June.
TJ came to #4 from the Johnstown area (Upper Yoder TWP.) back in December of 2009 and he became a live-in member. During that time he attended college obtaining his Fire Science Degree as well as becoming a National Registered Paramedic. He has been an instrumental part of our department over the years serving most recently as an engineer as well as our head trustee and executive board member. TJ also has coordinated and completed several projects throughout the station that all of our members have and will benefit from for years to come. TJ has answered thousands of fire, rescue and EMS calls over the years and many patients have benefited from his skills. He was honored last year by Allegheny Health Network and the Pittsburgh Pirates for his quick actions at the Franklin Regional School stabbing.
TJ now joins the rank of many other #4 live-ins that have come to our station, obtained training and education and have gone onto enjoy long fulfilling careers in large departments across the country. Just this year we have had past live-ins obtain positions in Fairfax County Fire and the CIty of Pittsburgh EMS.
TJ, your brothers and sisters at #4, as well as the community thank you for your service to Monroeville and we wish you a long and safe career!