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.
This morning crews from Company 4 assisted the PA Strike Team perform a trench rescue demonstration at the PA One Call conference. This event is held annually at the Monroeville Convention Center and is centered on utility worker safety. The Rescue Company from Station 4 assisted the Strike Team with a mock trench rescue allowing the attendees to see the dangers in working below grade.
This evening, just after 5pm, Companies 4 and 5 were alerted for the vehicle fire on the PA Turnpike. Initial reports placed the fire at the 50.2 mile marker Westbound, however, after units were enroute the location was corrected to the Eastbound side of the mainline. Apparatus from Companies 4 and 5 were severely delayed when they made the turn-around at the Oakmont Plaza and became stuck in the backlog of traffic. Monroeville Engine 12 was added to the assignment and proceeded into the scene traveling West in the now closed Eastbound lanes to assist Plum fire units that were then on scene.
Units: Monroeville E42, E51, Tanker 5, E12, Medic 48, Plum (Unity) E233, Plum EMS
Just after 8:30 pm crews were alerted to a commercial structure fire in the Borough of Pitcairn. Chief 229 arrived on scene with a moderate to heavy smoke condition emitting from the building. E42 arrived as the third engine company and secured a water supply before deploying a backup hand line into the A side of the store front. Crews from 230, 229 and E42 located and extinguished the rapidly progressing fire. Quint 1 performed vertical ventilation as crews from 306 and 283 assisted in overhauling. Crews were back in service in just over two and a half hours.
Units: E229, E230, E42, E306, E283, Q1, T283
Join with us today as we remember the horrific events of this day 14 years ago. Oddly enough, a few of our past Members were directly involved in the emergency efforts of that day. Former members that had either gone on to career departments or back to their home departments were deployed at both the Pentagon and the Shanksville events. Our thoughts and prayers always turn to the friends, family and coworkers of every immediate victim and those victims that continue to suffer and succumb to the lingering effects of the aftermath. We also would like to thank those that show their support to us on a local level with random acts of kindness, like those that brought our on-duty crew some breakfast early this morning.
Today, several Members of Station 4 traveled to Washington D.C. to witness the graduation ceremony of our own T.J. Dailey as he completed the D.C. Fire Academy. T.J. is a firefighter/paramedic that will be assigned to Engine 16. Known as “The Midnight Express”, E16 and Tower 3 are located in Franklin Square and are first due to the White House. We congratulate TJ and wish him all the best!! Stay safe!
This morning around 4:00am Companies 4 and 5 were dispatched to Mosside Boulevard for a reported vehicle fire. While enroute units were updated with information that an occupant may still be inside the vehicle. E42 arrived to find a Cadillac Escalade had struck a utility pole and rolled several times before coming to rest on the passenger side and was well involved in fire. Both occupants had been ejected and were tended to by EMS crews while the fire was extinguished. The utility pole had been uprooted and sheared. Both patients were transported to the local trauma center.
Units: E42, E51, M49, A18
Command: C-41 (Bacco)
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.