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Jul
3
2015

A Life Remembered

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It was 18 years ago that Monroeville #4 FF/EMT Joe Vagnier lost his life in the line of duty during the July 1st floods that hit Monroeville and Pitcairn.

After making several water rescues that day Joe Vagnier died in an attempt to rescue people believed trapped in an overturned vehicle on route 48. Joe was at the safety ropes tie-off point when two other firefighters were swept under four feet of rushing water estimated at 30 mph. It was believed at that point Joe tightened the slack in the line to help the other two people and was pulled in himself. Unresponsive, Joey was rushed to the hospital where sadly, he never regained consciousness and succumbed to his injuries on the 3rd of July, 1997 at the young age of 21.

As we go into this 4th of July weekend let us all take a moment to remember the life of Monroeville #4 FF/EMT Joe Vagnier.

Jul
1
2015

Benefit Dinner

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Monroeville Fire Co. No. 4 will be hosting a benefit dinner for one of our extended family members… This past March, Chrissy Douglas (daughter of past #4 Paramedic/Firefighter Kim Edgar and grand-daughter of current #4 Member and Gateway Hall manager, “Firefighter Pat” Douglas) was diagnosed with heart failure and is in dire need of a transplant. To help offset  the enormous cost of such a procedure a benefit dinner will be held July 18th from 6:00 pm through 11:00 pm at Gateway Hall located at Monroeville Fire Station #4. Please make plans to stop by for a delicious meal while helping us support one of our extended firefighting family members.

Tickets are $20 each and will include a full spaghetti dinner and beverages.

For additional information please contact Pat Douglas (412) 721-2376 or Betsy Desmond (412) 897-1826 or email: openyourheart4chrissy@gmail.com

Monetary donations can also be made at any S & T Bank branch C/O ‘Open Your Heart for Chrissy’

Jul
1
2015

Independence Day Activities

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The Municipality of Monroeville will be hosting an Independence Day celebration once again this year! The grand parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. and traverse William Penn Highway from the Miracle Mile shopping plaza westward all the way to Macy’s parking lot at Monroeville Mall. A huge Zambelli fireworks show will cap off the festivities starting at approximately 9:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the day!

Jun
9
2015

EMS Crews Honored

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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.

Jun
8
2015

Dive Team Activation

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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.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/06/08/man-watches-pickup-truck-roll-into-yough-river-crews-called-to-remove-submerged-vehicle/

May
26
2015

Congratulations TJ!

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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!

May
11
2015

RIT Response

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This afternoon, Rescue 4 was alerted for the Rapid Intervention Response into Swissvale Borough for a working fire that eventually went to three alarms. R4 arrived on scene with five firefighters who quickly went to work sizing up the structure and making contact with the Incident Commander. The crew remained on scene and ready for deployment for approximately 1 hour before being released.

May
3
2015

Apartment Fire

 

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Just after 9 pm last evening, Truck 4 was dispatched for an automatic fire alarm at the Brentmoor Towers in Wilkins Township. While enroute, units were updated that there was fire emitting from a fourth floor apartment. C40 and Truck 4 were first arriving with heavy fire showing from the fourth division, Bravo side, and auto-exposing to the fifth division. T4 crew immediately went to work searching the fire floor for victims and locating the fire in zero visibility and high heat conditions. The Truck crew then began extinguishing the fire using the facility provided attack line from the hose cabinet while additional units began to arrive. The fire eventually reached three alarms and one resident and one firefighter were treated by EMS.

Units: T-4, 304, 303, 302, RE-122, T-227, E-137, T-153, E-229, E-230, T-283, SQ-192, R-196, T-113

Command: C-40 (Feyes)

KDKA news story and video: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/11457933-wilkins-twp-apartment-damaged-by-fire/

Apr
20
2015

Busy Day

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Today, crews were busy handling several EMS and Fire incidents including the one pictured above. Crews were dispatched to several reports of arcing electrical distribution transformers and power lines down throughout the first due. Crews arrived above to find a telephone pole on fire after taking a surge that blew a 4-6 inch hole right through the pole. Eventually, the top of the telephone pole dislodged and fell, pulling several power lines down with it. During the course of the day (07:30 – 16:00 hours) Company 4 handled 16 incidents – 7 fire and 9 EMS runs. The calls included a cardiac arrest, smoke in a structure, elevator rescue, respiratory failure, several fire alarms and a few paramedic assists.

Apr
16
2015

Motor Vehicle Crash

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Company 4 was alerted to Mosside Boulevard on this rainy afternoon for a motor vehicle collision with injuries. Upon arrival, crews found a chain-reaction type crash from a heavy dump truck striking a passenger vehicle from behind. This caused ththe pictured SUV to collide with another passenger vehicle, causing both occupants to be injured. Rescue 4 stabilized the vehicle and assisted with extricating the victim who was transported to a local trauma center by Medic 48.