Parade season is upon us…
Kirwan Heights Fire Department recently attending Public Safety Parades in Oakdale Borough and North Braddock. We are happy to announce that we are 2 for 2. Rescue 124 received "Best Appearing Rescue" in those parades.
Photo courtesy: M. Lewis
MVC on Washington Pike
At approximately 04:30, Kirwan Heights was dispatched to an MVC with injuries. Upon arrival, Medic 772 reported a sedan who rear-ended a steamroller in the construction corridor. Rescue 124 and Engine 124 continued in for a small engine compartment fire and assistance with traffic control. Both the operator of the steamroller and the driver of the sedan were transported to area hospitals for evaluation.
Photo courtesy: M. Lewis
Rescue Accreditation - more than a sticker…
After more than 3 years and close to 20,000 hours of specialized training, Kirwan Heights Fire Department received their PA Department of Health Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition Certiciation today. This recognition is a joint accreditation process though the PA Department of Health - Bureau of EMS & the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. We are very proud to be one of only 3 services in the South Hills of Pittsburgh to have reached this level of training and certification. We are currently at the Operations level and look to be at the Advanced level by Summer 2012. Click the link below to learn more about our training.
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Early Morning MVC
At around 03:00, Medic 772, Rescue 124 and Engine 124 responded to a report of a vehicle over a hillside. KHFD medics stabilized and transported one patient to an area hospital and the second was taken into police custody on suspicion of DUI. Crews provided support with thermal imaging cameras and assistance with removing the vehicle.
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Tractor Accident & KHFD is Going Green
At around 18:30, crews responded to a report of a tractor rollover with the rider pinned underneath. Medic 772 and Rescue 124 responded to find one male with neck pain only. He had purchased the tractor and was driving it up a ramp into a pickup truck when he leaned back too far and it rolled on top of him. He was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
In other news, Kirwan Heights has launched a new section of our website about our efforts to become the first "Green Fire Department" in the Pittsburgh area. Included are our past, current and future efforts to reduce our impact on the environment. Check out this new section here.
Electric Pole Fire Causes Power Outage in Collier Township
During the early morning hours on Thursday, Kirwan Heights responded to multiple reports of an electric pole on fire near the Duquesne Light substation on Washington Pike. Several Duquesne Light worked to extinguish the pole and then started repairs. Power outages were reported throughout the Kirwan Heights community and Collier Township. Duquesne Light was able to restore power to all Kirwan Heights residents by noon that day.
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Heidelberg Opens Cooling Shelter
Our sister department, Heidelberg Fire Department, has opened their hall to members of the public who are suffering from the high heat and humidity. Heidelberg VFD is located at 456 First Street in Heidelberg, and the hall will be open from noon until 5pm today and tomorrow. If you require assistance getting out of your residence or are experiencing signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion, please call 911 or contact our station at (412) 221-8382.
You may reach Heidelberg VFC at (412) 722-6314, or visit their website here.
Vehicle vs. Motorcycle
Around 19:00 Saturday evening, crews responded to an MVC with a motorcycle rider entrapped under a vehicle. KHFD Paramedics and Rescue Squad 124 were en-route within minutes with a crew of four. Crews worked together to extricate the patient and he was transported to Allegheny General Hospital. The rider presented with several burns and a pneumothorax which was decompressed by EMS. Fortunately, the occupants of the vehicle were not injured. Crews remained on scene for a significant period of time providing traffic and lighting support to Collier Police and Allegheny County Police for accident reconstruction.
Community CPR/AED Cards
For all of the people who were trained in CPR and AED at the Collier Township Community Building this past March, we would like to apologize for the delay in receipt of your cards. Along with the changes to the CPR guidelines, the American Heart Association decided to change their cards too. It was an unforeseen delay in the process. We are happy to tell you that the cards have all been printed. You should be receiving them in the mail starting early next week. If you have a problem with your card, or did not receive it, please contact our department at (412) 221-8382, option 1.
MDA "Fill The Boot" Proclamation
Kendle Haught joined several Kirwan Heights Fire Department members during our yearly MDA Proclamation Event. One month each year in Collier Township is dedicated as Kirwan Heights Fire Department Firefighter Appreciation Month. This co-insides with our annual "Fill The Boot" campaign for Jerry's Kids and the MDA Telethon. Last year, Kirwan Heights Fire Department raised just over $4,900 in 4 hours. We will be collecting money again this year and hope to break the $5,000 mark. More announcements will follow.
5th Annual Hall of Flame Golf Outing
70+ golfers invaded Nevillewood Country Club for the 5th Annual Hall of Flame Golf Outing sponsored by the Collier Township Fireman's Association. The members of Kirwan Heights Fire Department would like to thank all of the participants.
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Holiday Weekend Crash
At around 7pm on July 3rd, crews responded to a reported motor vehicle crash with entrapment. Crews arrived to find a two-vehicle crash with injuries. Three patients were transported to area hospitals.
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Throughout the month of July, Kirwan Heights Fire Department will be focusing on Disaster Preparedness within our community. The members of Kirwan Heights Fire Department would like you to be prepared.
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