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Good Friday April 18th (11am-7pm)

Residential Structure Fire

March 24, 2014 - Plum Station's 235,233,234,WC54 and WC56-2 were dispatched to a
residential structure fire. 233 Asst on scene reporting working fire, 235 Chief on scene
with command. 235 Engine, 235 Tanker on scene started fire attack. Westmoreland County E54 and E56-2 on scene assisting. 233 Truck on scene setup aerial for exposure protection if needed. 233 Engine 2 on scene, crew searched basement. 233 Truck, 234 Engine crews assisted with overhaul and finished off hot spots. Allegheny County Fire Marshall's Office called to the scene for investigation. 

Units: 235 Engine, 235 Tanker, 233 Truck, 233 Engine 2, 234 Engine, WC Engine 54, WC Engine 56-2, 235 Service, 233 Qrs
Command: 235 Chief (Brenner)
Operations: 233 Asst (Imbarlina)
Safety: 233 Chief (Currie)



Brush Fire

March 24, 2014 - Plum Station's 233 and 235 were dispatched to a brush fire behind Haskell Ln in East Oakmont section of Plum. 235 Tanker, 233 Engine 2, 235 Service on scene with a good size brush fire over hillside behind Certified Carpet Co. Preconnect from 235 Tanker deployed along with brooms and water cans by 233 and 235 crews. 233 Squad with 233 ATV arrived and was deployed down the gas well road to assist in extinguishment. Fire extinguished, all 233 and 235 units cleared scene.

Units: 233 Engine 2, 233 Squad, 233 ATV, 235 Tanker, 235 Service, 235 Engine
Command: 233 Chief (Currie)
Operations: 233 Asst (Turpin)



New SCBA (Self contained breathing apparatus) placed in service

February 15th, 2014 - Unity VFD recently purchased Thirty (30) New MSA Firehawk M7 Breathing Apparatus units. These units are 4500psi 30 minute bottles with the new ExtendAir II buddy breathing option. Units were placed in service on all Unity VFD vehicles as of Saturday Feb 15th. 




Girl Scout Troop #52326 visit to Unity VFD

January 19th, 2014- On Sunday, Girl Scout Troop #52326 from Plum visited Unity VFD for a field trip to learn about fire safety and see our equipment helping the girls earn their petal patch.



Busy 2013 ends with 1,051 calls

January 1st, 2014 - For the 7th year in a row Unity VFD had over 1,000 calls coming in at 1,051 incidents in 2013. 

Some of the incident totals...
- 682 Medical Qrs Calls
- 94 Auto Accidents 
- 77 Fire Alarms
- 27 Natural Gas Leaks
- 24 Brush/Trash Fires
- 23 Structure Fire related incidents
- 23 Utility/Pole/Wires down
- 21 Smoke/Odor investigations
- 19 Public Service Details (flooding, home related assistance)
- 16 Vehicle Fires
- 16 Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- 9 Misc Rescues (Off road, ATV included)
- 8 Standby Details
- 5 Haz Mat


Santa visit to Regency School

December 20th - Santa visited Regency School aboard Unity Truck 233 to the delight of all the students. Santa had gifts for the teachers and students for their classroom.



Order placed for New Pierce Impel Pumper - Engine 233-1

Nov. 1st, 2013 - Unity VFD has signed a Purchase Order with Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, WI for a 2014 Pierce Impel pumper. Preliminary schedule has delivery in June 2014. The new pumper will have a 1500 gpm pump, 750 gallon tank and 450 HP Engine.
This purchase could not have taken place without assistance from Plum Borough, the Plum Fire Chiefs, Unity VFD's members and Sales Representative Jim Sims from Glick Fire Equipment. Thank you to all and we look forward to our new Engine 233-1! more details to follow....



Fire Prevention Week 2013

October 7th thru the 13th - Unity VFD provided (9) Nine Fire Safety/Fire Prevention discussions at Schools and Day Care facilities throughout the Unity fire district of Plum Borough. Some of the sites visited include Center Elementary, Regency Elementary, Pivik Elementary, St. Johns School, Childrens Express Day Care and Bible Baptist Church. Thanks to our Fire Prevention Committee made this another succesfull year educating our young ones.

Joe and Doug with kindergarten students at Center Elementary School

Students at St. Johns School make there way over to Truck 233

Another group of students at St. Johns School pose for the cameras.

Regency Park Elementary kindergarten students with Engine 233-2

Group of youngsters at the new Pivik Elementary School



Bonfire detail at St Johns School

October 12th, 2013 - Unity VFD was requested to standby at St Johns annual fall bonfire. Engine 233-2 and crew stoodby and showed the kids our equipment.

Holiday Park VFD Open House / 50th Anniversary

An impressive display of PLUM BOROUGH FIRE APPARATUS from
Stations 233,234,235,236 at Holiday Park VFD on October 6th.
Congratulations to Station 236 on 50 years of service.


Service Detail for American Legion

August 28th, 2013 - Unity VFD was requested to hose off the 1960's vintage tank at the American Legion on Saltsburg Rd in Plum. It was to be repainted and Engine 233-2 took care of the detail. It has been repainted since and looks great!


Training Update

Aug. 1, 2013 - Unity VFD would like to recognize the following members for their recent training accomplishments:

Glenn Kopec Sr - Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Tech Level I, Fire Inspector I

Karl Kinkopf - Essentials of Firefighting Module 3 (Exterior Firefighter)


Fireworks detail - Oakmont Country Club

July 4, 2013 - Unity VFD was requested for our annual 4th of July fireworks standby at Oakmont Country Club. A small brush fire broke out taken care of, no other incidents. Firefighters enjoyed a great display along with hundreds of folks in the East Oakmont area of Plum to see the show.

Command: 233 Chief (Currie)
Units: 233 Engine 2, 233 Squad, 233ATV (Kubota), 233QRS


Training Update

June 1, 2013 - Unity VFD would like to recognize the following members for their recent training accomplishments:

Ken Sebastian - EMT, Interior Firefighter Mod 4, Emerg. Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT),
Basic Vehicle Rescue (BVRT)
Lindsay Sandusky - EMT
Kyle Englert - EMT, Basic Vehicle Rescue (BVRT), Emerg. Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT)
Eric Lovas - EMT, Basic Vehicle Rescue (BVRO)
Scott Kolar - EMT
Matt Mudar - Emerg. Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT)
PJ Mudar - Special Vehicle Rescue


Residential Structure Fire

May 16, 2013 - Plum Stations 234,233,236 and W.C. 78 were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Stone Haven Ct in the Rockland Manor plan in Plum. 234 Asst on scene reporting working fire Side B-C, fire starting into the attic. 233 Truck, 234 Engine arrived, 233 Truck started Truck Co operations, 234 Engine layed 5" supply line and crews started interior attack. 234 Attack arrived, Chief 234 assumed command. 236 Engine, 78 Engine arrived, assisted in interior ops. As fire progressed, command ordered all interior units exit the building and 233 Truck started Aerial master stream operations. Numerous other units arrived on scene assisting, Upper Burrell, Monroeville #1 on scene for RIT. Wilkins 302 for Air. After 233 Truck operations, crews went back in and finished off hot spots. Allegheny County Fire Marshalls Office on scene for investigation. Crews worked for several hours on scene.

Units: 233 Truck, 233 Rescue, 233 Engine 2, 233 Squad, 234 Engine, 234 Attack, 234 Squad, 236 Engine, 236 Truck, WM 78 Engine, 235 Engine, 192 Engine, WM Rescue 115, 302 Service, Penn Hills 223 (standby for 233), Plum Ems, Murrysville EMS, ACFM, Salvation Army (Sally Wagon)
Command: 234 Chief (Davis)
Operations: 236 Asst
Safety: 236 Safety


Brush Fire

April 6, 2013 - Penn Hills Stations 223,227 dispatched to a possible brush fire on Hulton Rd near Mack Mulch, 223 Engine, 227 Engine on scene stating fire is across RR Tracks in Plum requesting Unity Station 233 be dispatched. 233 Chief to RR Track access trail off of Elicker Rd. established command. 233 Squad with 233 ATV and 233 Engine 2 responded to Elicker Rd access as well. 233 ATV on scene to find a well involved brush fire approximately 1 acre in size across RR Tracks burning up steep hillside. 233 Chief had Penn Hills 223 Mini-Pumper respond, accessed RR at Railroad St gate, also requested Plum 235 Service to respond and access RR off of Morath Ln. 233 Engine 2 staged on Elicker Rd for water supply. 223 Engine, 227 Engine released. Crews arrived on scene worked approximately 1 hour to extinguish fire using tank water, brooms, rakes and shovels. CN Railroad contacted by County 911 to shut down RR traffic during operation. Fire out, all units cleared.

Units: 233 Engine 2, 233 Squad, 233 ATV, 235 Service, 223 MP, 223 Engine, 227 Engine.
Command: 233 Chief (Currie)
Operations: 233 Asst (Imbarlina)





Smoke in a Apartment Bldg, Mutual Aid into Penn Hills

April 4, 2013 - Unity Station 233 was dispatched for mutual aid along with Penn Hills Stations 223,224,222,226,227,225 for a possible commercial structure fire, smoke in apartment building on Garden Dr. 233 Engine 2 on scene smoke condition only no fire, 222 Engine, 224 Engine on scene also assisting. 233 Engine 2 used smoke ejector for ventilation. All units cleared.

Units: 233 Engine 2, 222 Engine, 224 Engine
Command: 223 Capt.


Unity VFD receives Certification Recognition

Mar. 7, 2013 - Unity VFD was recognized as a participating department in the Office of the State Fire Commissioners' Certification Recognition Program. We achieved the 10% level of State Certified Firefighters with 12 members at least at Firefighter I level. Our goal this year to have at least 3 more members get certified which would take us to the 50% level. Thanks to our members committment to training.



Residential Structure Fire in 233 district

Feb. 20, 2013 - Plum Stations 233,234 and 236 were dispatched to a fire in the attic of a residence on Hilltop Ct in the Kellywood II section of Plum. 235 Chief, 233 Asst 1 on scene reporting resident has fire partially out. 233 Asst 1 w/command, 233 Engine, 235 Engine on scene with a hydrant close and crews to attic. 233 Truck on scene side A for lighting and setup aerial to check roof for extension. Extension ladder inside entry way, overhaul to drywall, fire out, burned beams and insulation, overhaul with tubs and salvage covers. 234 Engine on scene assisted with overhaul, 227 Truck staged, later released. Allegheny County Fire Marshall's Office to scene for investigation.

Units: 233 Engine 2, 233 Truck, 235 Engine, 235 Service, 234 Engine, 234 Squad, 227 Truck
Command: 233 Asst 1 (Turpin)
Operations: 235 Chief (Brenner)
Safety: 235 Asst




Shed/Greenhouse Fire in 233 district

Feb. 12, 2013 - Plum Stations 233,235 and 234 were dispatched to a structure fire on Woodlawn Ave in East Oakmont section of Plum. 233 Asst 1 on scene, fully involved shed/greenhouse with exposure to residence. 233 Engine 2 on scene pulled preconnect and started extinguishment. 235 Engine on scene assisted and provided tank water to 233. 227 Truck, 234 Engine crews assisted with overhaul. No fire extension to any exposures. 235 Tanker on scene also provided water due to no hydrant being close by. Allegheny County Fire Marshall's office requested to scene for investigation.

Units: 233 Engine 2, 235 Engine, 235 Tanker, 234 Engine, 227 Truck
Command: 233 Asst 1 (Turpin)



Tree fell on residence

Jan. 31, 2013 - Plum Stations 233,234 and 236 were dispatched to a tree that fell on a residence on Jackson Rd in Plum with no reported injuries. 233 Engine 2 on scene large tree down on top of house that went thru the roof. 233 Lieut. with command. 233 Engine crew evacuated residents and shut electric and water. Command requested Duquesne Light, Plum Water Authority and Plum Bldg Inspector. 234 Engine on scene shut off gas to structure, 236 Truck on scene provided lighting and salvage covers. Red Cross contacted to assist residents.

Units: 233 Engine 2, 234 Engine, 236 Truck
Command: 233 Lieut. (Fitzhenry)


Public Service Detail - St Johns School and Church

Jan. 28-29, 2013 - Unity VFD was requested to St Johns School to participate in Catholic Schools Week on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday we showed the Engine and Qrs to the students and teachers, then Tuesday Life Flight helicopter landed for a demonstration.

Units: 233 Engine 2, 233 Qrs





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