Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Scott Township Fire District - Allegheny County Station 255
Information for Members
Gear rack

Department Calendar, April 2014:
  2: 19:00 Regular Monthly Meeting, Memorial Hall
  9: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: Portable Pump Operation
12: 19:00 Meeting, Allegheny County Volunteer Firefighters Association, Elizabeth Borough
15: 18:30 Meeting, Scott Township EMS Board of Directors, Glendale
15: 19:00 Meeting, Scott Township Fire District Board of Directors, Glendale
16: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: Fire pump operation and vehicle operation
17: 19:00 Meeting, South Hills Firemen's Association,
19: 19:00 Meeting, Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association,
23: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: SCBA performance review
30: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: Line officers meeting and vehicle operator training

Apparatus Notes
  • Engine 1 is back in service. It is being reconfigured for support operations and non-fire responses. Please review to new equipment locations.
  • The shoreline on the Squad does not auto-eject. You must unplug it before attempting to pull out of the garage.
Equipment Notes
  • The CO2 fire extinguisher on Engine 3 is out of service.
  • The air cascade on Engine 1 is out of service pending replacement of two of the gauges.
Training Opportunities
  • The US Fire Administration offers many of its courses through its on-line Virtual Campus. Included in the offerings are the Incident Command courses IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 that every firefighting member of the department needs. The course materials are downloadable at the site. Click here to visit the Virtual Campus.
  • Course schedules for the Spring 2014 term for many local fire schools are posted at the station. Sign up early to assure yourself a spot.
Operational Issues
  • All operators: Remember to refuel any vehicle that has less than 3/4 tank of fuel, complete the driver log sheet, and plug the vehicle in to the shoreline after every use, emergency call or not.
  • All portable radios are now narrow-banded. The department's alert tones have been changed.The old tones have been eliminated as of February 7th. VHF paging ended the same day. See Jason to have your UHF pager upgraded to current specification. The Scott Group alert tone will be reinstated with new tones once the system is fully operational.
  • The default radio channel for all calls in Scott Township (and Collier Township, South Fayette Township, Bridgeville Borough and Heidelberg Borough) is West Operations Channel 3.
  • The mobile and base station radios have been upgraded.
  • The new Fire District Standard Operational Guidelines Manual is now available. See Jerry for your set. Please replace the current SOG pages in your white binder with the new ones.
  • The Firefighter response tracking system is fully operational. See Jason for the call-in numbers. All members are encouraged to use the system when responding to calls, so we can make an accurate assessment of resources.
  • Scott Township follows the Allegheny County ordinance on outdoor burning and recreational fires. The Scott Township Police have determined that they will defer to the fire department's judgment as to whether a particular fire is in compliance with this ordinance. All officers and all firefighters need to become fully aware of the requirements of the ordinance to be able to make an accurate judgment. Copies are posted at the station. If you determine that the fire is in violation of the ordinance, notify the Scott Township Police, and they will issue a citation. Document your decision fully, and use the digital camera to take photos to support your decision. 
  • When the Scott Township Police arrive first at a fire call scene, they will do a size-up and advise Allegheny County Communications whether they believe any further fire response is needed. This call will generally be advisory. It will be left to the discretion of the fire department officer in charge to continue or cancel the response. The police may also advise a non-emergency response. In these instances, the fire units will comply with the instruction and respond without the use of red lights or sirens.

Administrative Issues
  • All absence excuse requests for regular monthly meetings must be made in writing, and must be submitted to the department secretary by e-mail or by written or printed copy, no later than 48 hours after the scheduled start time of the meeting. No other excuses will be considered. Written or printed excuses must be placed in the secretary's mail slot at the station, or be delivered by hand.
  • The revisions to the department by-laws were passed at the September 2013 meeting. See Jerry for a copy. Replace the copy in your department binder with the new copy.
  • In compliance with state law, effective September 11, 2008, smoking is absolutely prohibited anywhere in the station and hall at all times, and within 15 feet of any open door or garage door.
  • No member who is a high school student is permitted in the station or on the scene of any call or department activity (except those at or for the high school) between the hours of 06:30 and 15:00 on any day when school is in session. No guests are permitted in the station between 23:00 and 07:00 except for official department functions or rentals.
  • Remember that all department correspondence must go through the department secretary. There are no exceptions.

Other Information

  • Station staffing shifts have been discontinued until further notice at the direction of the department president.
  • The second subscription mailing has gone out. If you take a call requesting information, take the caller's name and phone number, and place the message in the department secretary's mail box.

Bower Hill VFD
161 Vanadium Road
Bridgeville PA 15017-3025

Emergency Dial 911

Business Phone 412-221-3497

Fax 412-221-3990


This Page Last Update:

April 9, 2014