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ABOUT US

Learn more about Rostraver Township VFD #1.

HISTORY

Rostraver Township VFD #1 was chartered on  August 19, 1949 as the first of three organizations implemented to provide fire protection and aid to Rostraver Township, which was previously protected by neighboring communities.  

The fire department is an all-volunteer run and non-profit organization that has upwards of 25 members yearly.

Throughout the last 70 years, Rostraver Township VFD #1 has undergone many changes that include:

  • Purchase of properties for expansion of the fire station and social hall

  • Purchase of new and up-to-date fire and rescue equipment

  • Purchase of extra equipment for the addition of new members

On April 27, 2005, at 11:19 a.m., a fire started in the kitchen of the older social hall building and caused over $400,000 in damages to the fire hall and social hall.  Among the damages were the entire social hall, spare equipment, and offices.

 

The new social hall is capable to serve as a warming/evacuation shelter in case of weather-related emergencies and natural disasters.  The social hall can also be rented for parties, weddings, and events.

MISSION AND PURPOSE

Rostraver Township VFD #1 strives to protect life and property while providing the best possible service by preventing and fighting fires throughout the Township and neighboring communities.

CURRENT EFFORTS

Rostraver Township VFD #1 responds to hundreds of emergency and public service calls each year.  

Members must attend many hours of training at the federal, state, and local levels yearly hosted by industry specialists on important topics such as:

  • Fighting fires

  • Vehicle rescue

  • Hazardous-materials

  • Pipeline and gas well safety

  • Water rescue

  • Boat operations

  • Wild-land and forest fire suppression

The fire department continually updates and replaces dated equipment to provide for the changing needs of Rostraver Township residents and in an attempt to modernize the current fleet.

Most recently, Rostraver Township VFD #1 acquired a new, custom-built, 75' Spartan/Smeal ("Quint 31") sold to by 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment in Moon Township, Pennsylvania and made by Smeal Fire Apparatus in Snyder, Nebraska.  Currently, the organization is attempting to acquire another custom built piece of equipment, a Spartan FC94 Rescue Pumper that is set for delivery in 2022.

Black and white photos of three vehicles from the retired apparatus.
Original charter document.
Blueprints for Quint 31.
New firetruck Quint 31.
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