West Mifflin #3 Volunteer Fire Company

MVC Phillip Murray Rd. at Lebanon School Rd.

Monday, August 19, 2013  Monday evening Station 295 was dispatched to a Motor Vehicle Crash over a hillside. Upon arrival of WM PD there was a report of a truck hauling scissor lifts on its side over the hillside. Rescue 295 responded assisted by members of station 296 (Skyview V.F.C). WM PD advised that patient self extricated himself. Crews stayed on scene to help with clean up and removal of the truck.





Station 295 regrets to inform the passing of a life member

Sunday, August 4, 2013   The West Mifflin # 3 VFC Station 295 regrets to inform that Life Member Bill Drury has answered his last alarm. Bill was a life member of our company serving in a multitude of both Line and Executive offices over his 51 years of service. The Viewing for Bill will be on Wednesday August 7, 2013 from 1400-1600 hrs. and 1800-2000 hrs. with Firefighter service at 1930 hrs. The services will be hosted at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Pleasant Hills. Mass will be at Holy Spirit Church on Thursday at 1100 hrs with the wake to follow at the fire station. Firefighters wishing to attend the service are asked to be at the station no later than 1900 hours on Wednesday. 



Crews Help rescue a man from local business rooftop

Wednesday, July 31, 2013   Members of Station 295 were summonsed for a mutual aid assist into District 296 Wednesday for a reported high angle rescue. Baldwin EMS Received a call for a male that fell from a ladder at a local business upon arrival on scene they found that a worker had fallen along with a catwalk style ladder to a sub roof approx. 20-25 feet of the ground. The worker was ascending the cat walk style ladder from the sub roof to the main roof and when he was near the top of the approx. 20 foot tall ladder it became dislodged from the structure and collapsed to the sub roof with the victim falling with it. Baldwin EMS immediately put in the special request for rescue from the West Mifflin Dispatch Center. Units from 296 and 295 were dispatched to assist Truck 232 was then dispatched for their bucket ladder truck as Truck 295 is currently Out of service for repairs. Crews worked together and made access to the Pt. then assessed, treated, and packaged the Pt. on the rooftop before utilizing 232 truck to lower the Pt. to the ground. Crews used their skills in Ladders, Rope, and First Aid to assist the EMS. The Pt. was transported to a local trauma center by Baldwin EMS. Crews worked together and had the Pt. safely rescued and transported within 45 minutes of the Original Call. All Crews on scene did a phenomenal job. The Officers and Members of the West Mifflin #3 VFC would like to wish the victim a quick and painless recovery from their traumatic event. 





Motor Vehicle Crash Rt. 885


Saturday, July 27, 2013  Around 0900hrs Members of station 295 were dispatched to assist station 296 (Skyview V.F.C.) with a Motor vehicle crash on Lebanon Road by Bombardier. Upon arrival of 295 Chief Schwab and 296 Chief Pelikan found a single vehicle into a telephone pole without entrapment and the pole was sheared at the bottom. 296 Chief instructed Rescue 295 to block Lebanon road at Lebanon Church Road. Crews were on scene awaiting for Duquesne Light to insure the safety of the road. Lebanon road is closed from Lebanon Church Road to Get go till about noon and has since been reopened.



Motor Vehicle Fire Rt. 885

Friday, July 26, 2013  Members of station 295 were dispatched to assist station 296 (Skyview V.F.C.) with a motor vehicle fire in the 700 block of Lebanon Road. West Mifflin PD on scene with a fully involved car fire. Rescue and Engine 295 responded and 295 crews went to work with assisting 296 with fire suppression and opening the hood. Click on a Picture Below to see more Media from the Incident.





Severe Storms Strike West Mifflin Hard

Wednesday, July 10, 2013   Crews have been working feverishly since 0700 this morning running upwards of 20+ calls, Including 2 rescues of persons in their flooded vehicles, multiple flooded basements, Multiple tree/wires down calls, and 2 structures struck by lightning. We ask that everyone remember to NOT drive through standing water and stay at home if you can. It looks as if the volunteers will not get any rest as there is a lot of clean up to be completed, and another round of severe storms set to hit the area this evening. 



18- Wheeler Overturns and Closes Local Roadway for over 4 hours

Monday, March 25, 2013 1500 Stations 295, 296, 510 and WMPD were Dispatched to the 1000 Block of New England Road in West Mifflin (District 295) for a reported 18 Wheeler Overturned with Unknown Injuries or Entrapment. 295 Rescue (Lt. Schwab) arrived on scene to find a Tractor Trailer on its Passenger side across both lanes of a 2 lane opposite lanes of travel double yellow line divided roadway, with a Large Debris Field and Copious amounts of Fluids on the Roadway. 296 Engine arrived directly after shortly followed by 295 Squad (Meg.Wichelmann),295 Command (Chief Schwab), and 296 Squad. Chief Schwab met with Lt. Schwab for a report before Acquiring Command of the Incident. Crews Confirmed that there was No Entrapment. Single Occupant was out walking around the Scene before being assisted to EMS (Sta.510) for Evaluation. Luckily for the Occupant he was uninjured and was not in need of transport by EMS. Driver and Witness Statements concurred that speed was not a factor in the incident, it appeared as if his “Load” a large Steel Roll had shifted, Causing the vehicle to roll. Crews Utilized Absorbent Materials to Damn off Storm drains and Waterways before any of the Fluids could make their way into them. Crews also spread Absorbent around the “Hot Zone” of the Incident to minimize further Contamination of People and Equipment. McGann and Chester was notified for the Tow and Clean up of the incident and arrived in force with a very professional and hard working crew. The Vehicle was up righted and clean up commenced. PENN-DOT was notified to respond to evaluate the roadway and damage caused by the incident. Once the roadway was clear of the vehicle and all fluids/ debris Command reopened the road and cleared all units back in service before Terminating Command. All in all the incident could have had a very devastating outcome, but luckily was only a minor incident. With the exception of the disruption of traffic for 4 plus hours, and damage to the roadway/ guide rail and vehicle No One was injured or killed which is always a positive at the end of the day.   Click on a Picture Below to see more Media from the Incident.





Crews Start the Day with Snowy MVC

Monday, March 25, 2013 1217 Crews Started the day off with a Mutual Aid run for a Snowy Motor Vehicle Collision as they were Summonsed to Delwar Rd (District 296) for a vehicle over the hillside with reports that everyone was out of the vehicle. 295 Command (Chief Schwab) and 295 Rescue (Lt. Schwab) responded within Minutes. 296 Engine arrived and took command of the incident, finding a Single Vehicle MVC, vehicle was on all fours approximately 40 feet over the hillside resting against a tree. Thankfully the only occupant was out of the vehicle and up on the roadway being tended too by EMS (Sta.510) with minor injuries. 295 Chief and the Rescue arrived to support Engine 296 moments after their arrival. Crews stood by on scene while the towing company retrieved the vehicle to the roadway and cleared it from the scene. EMS Transported to a local hospital, and the Units were cleared by command.





Crews Assist Allegheny County Airport for a plane with a wheel collapsed.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1143 Stations 295 and 296 were Dispatched to the Allegheny County Airport in District 295 to assist Corporate Air Employees with a Plane that had a wheel collapse while on the ground. 295 Rescue (Lt. C. Schwab) and 296 Engine Responded, Crews arrived at the hanger to find the Aircraft leaning on its side with a Wing Wheel collapsed. Lt. C. Schwab took incident command. It was found that there was no souls on board and no fluid leaks or other life hazards on scene.  Command ordered the Crews to Utilize Airbags and 4×4 Box Cribbing to lift the plane enough for the Employees to lock the wheel into the down position and tow it into the hanger for repairs. Crews Worked the scene for approximately an hour without further incident before command was terminated.





Icy Early Morning Wake Up Call at Spring Hill Suites

Thursday, January 24, 2013 0324 On Thursday, January 24th, at 0324hrs, Stations 296 & 295 were dispatched to Spring Hill Suites at 1000 Regis Avenue for Multiple Fire Alarms going off, and that evacuation of hotel guests was in progress.

Dispatch updated moments later, that water was coming from upper floors through the lobby area.

Upon arrival of 295 Engine (D.C. Koenig), guests were in their cars in the parking lot, and water was coming out of the main entrance doors creating an icy mess.

Crews found a ruptured water pipe in the vaulted ceiling above the stairwell on side delta.  A sloppy and muddy debris, plaster, and drywall sludge had formed in the hallways, and made quite a mess.  From the staff on scene, it only took approximately 7-10 minutes for the damage to be done.

Hotel management began calling other local hotels in our area to send hotel guests to, and crews began escorting guests to their rooms to gather their belongings.  The incident was put under control, and 296 Chief released 295 Engine.

We should note that with the cold weather we are having in the low teens, and sub-zero temperatures, we stress that keeping outside water pipes, and pipes that are at risk of freezing, insulated and/or traced with UL Listed heat tape to prevent the pipes from bursting.  Water damage from a burst pipe can be quite costly.



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