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

Department Calendar, July 2014:
  2: 19:00 Regular Monthly Meeting, Memorial Hall
  3: 18:30 Fire District Picnic Set-up, Scott Park
  4: 10:00 Scott Township Community Day and Fire District Picnic, Scott Park
  9: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: Ladder Evolutions (with Station 124)
15: 18:30 Meeting, Scott Township EMS Board of Directors, Glendale
15: 19:15 Meeting, Scott Township Fire District Board of Directors, Glendale
16: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: Vehicle Rescue (didactic, at Station 256)
18: 19:00 Parade, Ohio Township. Line-up 18:00, Leave station 17:15. One engine or squad.
19: 17:00 Parade, Glassport. Line-up 16:00, Leave station 15:15. One engine or squad.
23: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: Vehicle Rescue (practical, at Station 256)
23: 19:00 Parade, Finleyville. Line-up 18:00, Leave station 17:15. One engine or squad.
25: 19:00 Parade, Oakdale. Line-up 17:30, Leave station 17:00. One engine or squad.
27: 08:00 Class, Emergency Vehicle Driver Training. Didactic at Station 780, practical at Station 255
30: 19:00 Scheduled Drill, Station. Topic: Line Officers Meeting and Equipment Review

Apparatus Notes
  • Engine 1 has been reconfigured for support operations, RIT, rescue, vehicle fire and all non-fire responses. Please review the new equipment locations in this and all other apparatus.
  • The new air gauge in the compressor compartment on Engine 1 does not operate when the vehicle is not running. Use the dash gauge to check air pressure.
Equipment Notes
  • The CO2 fire extinguisher on Engine 3 is out of service.
  • The air cascade on Engine 1 is back in service.
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 Fall 2014 term for many local fire schools are posted at the station. Sign up early to assure yourself a spot.
  • In conjunction with the EMT class being held at Medical Rescue Team South Authority, Bower Hill VFD is holding an Emergency Vehicle Driver Training course (EVDT, formerly known as EVOC) on July 27th, starting at 08:00 at MRTSA's Mt. Lebanon base. See the sign-up list at the station. All operators of all vehicles need to complete EVDT/EVOC.
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.
  • Engine 1 is to be the first out engine for all motor vehicle collisions, rescue responses including high-angle, elevator, water, structure collapse, confined space, trench and below-grade rescues, RIT assistance, water removal, pumping detail, electrical emergency, hazard isolation, hazard clean-up and hazardous materials incidents, as well as all other non-structure-fire responses. It is to be a support unit only at structure fires. It can be used for primary response to vehicle fires.
  • Engine 2 and Engine 3 are to be first out for all structure fire responses. Engine 2 is configured for optimum use at residential structure fires, and Engine 3 is configured for optimum use at commercial structure fires. Either can be a support unit only at non-fire and rescue incidents. Engine 2 can be used as a primary response unit at vehicle fires as well, and any engine can be used for outdoor trash, brush or debris fires.
  • Summer road construction has many common response routes restricted or closed. Plan responses accordingly. Exact traffic patterns change daily on some of these. Included are:
    • Bower Hill Road between Painters Run Road and McLaughlin Run Road,
    • Montgomery Avenue between the Vanadium Road tunnel and the P&OC railroad crossing,
    • Swallow Hill Road between Lindsay Road and Greentree Road,
    • Greentree Road from Cochran Road to the Parkway (I-376,)
    • Chartiers Creek Bridge from Carothers Avenue to Third Street (Total closure,)
    • I-79 from the Bridgeville Exit to the I-376 (Parkway) interchange,
    • Kane Boulevard (entire length.)

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:

July 7, 2014