Monday Evening Starts the beginning of a 24-hour Hazardous Materials Operations Class. This course provides responders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to analyze, plan, and implement performance-defensive response actions for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incidents. During this course, students receive instruction and hands-on experience in the knowledge, activities and responsibilities required of operations-level HAZMAT responders. This course trains responders to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.
Over the past three (3) months we have been updating all portable hand lights on all the fire apparatus. We have finally completed this project. All of the new lighting is LED and gives brighter illumination and allows for longer usage times. Penn Hills No.7 VFC continues to plan for replacement and modernization of our apparatus and equipment to better serve our citizens and firefighters.
We are proud to announce that on Tuesday, FireForce,Inc. installed the last eight (8) TIC’s on our G1 SCBA’s. This now means that the entire fleet has been convirted over to this technology. Station 227 is the first in Penn Hills and Allegheny County to have all SCBA’s with the integrated thermal imaging cameras. We fell this will give our firefighters an added tool in their arsenal to find any potential victims much faster.
On Monday evening, Members from 227, 221, 222, 225, 285 completed a 16hr PA State Fire Acadmey Approved Class on “Engine Company Operations”. Thank you to all the members that attended.
On Tuesday, Station 227 took delivery of 3,900 feet of fire hose that we won from a 2016 AFG grant. We hope to have all the new fire hose in service in the next few weeks.
On Friday, Station 227 took delivery of a new MSA Altair X5 multi gas detection meter. This new detection meter has cutting edge Bluetooth technology that transmits real time gas readings back to the command post for incident commanders. This meter can simultaneously detect 6 different gases.
On Monday evening, about 30 members from 227, 221, 222, 223, 225 attended “Lock-Out, Tag-Out” at Station 227. This class addresses the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment, thereby preventing the release of hazardous energy while employees perform servicing and maintenance activities. The standard outlines measures for controlling hazardous energies such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, and other energy sources.
In the 9th round of the Assistance To Firefighters Grant (AFG), Station 227 was awarded $19,480.00 for the replacement of all the fire hose in the 227 arsenal. This is our first successful AFG grant in our 68 year existence!!! 3,900ft of new fire hose has been ordered and we hope to take delivery of the fire hose within the next few weeks. The grant committee is already making preparations for next years grant application period.
Recently the entire Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of 102 New MSA G1 SCBAs. This was only possible with the help of the Municipality of Penn Hills. MSA later developed an integrated Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) as an option for the SCBAs and that technology was approved today by NFPA. We are proud to announce that St. 227 purchased 5 TIC’s to completely outfit all SCBAs on Truck 227. We feel this will give our firefighters an added tool in their arsenal to help find any potential victims much faster! In the later months our goal will be to outfit the rest of the fleet. We expect delivery of this technology by in the next few weeks.