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By Member Andrew Nock
April 16, 2020

For the past 30 days the Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company has suspended all activities and programs not directly related to emergency response and maintaining our station and equipment in "ready to respond" status. This action was taken to comply with the recommended safety protocols for isolation, separation, and disinfecting to limit the spread of COVID-19.

During this same 30-day time span we have responded to 22 emergencies averaging 18.2 first responders per call. Our emergency calls have ranged from serious structure fires with multiple mutual aid fire companies to the occasional mostly benign "cooking incident". In today's COVID-19 terms that adds up to needing about 400 masks and disinfecting our trucks, gear, equipment and building 22 times in 30 days. This does not include masks and disinfecting supplies used as a result of the need to repair and maintain equipment or to perform essential administrative tasks that keep our company functioning.

To date we have been fortunate to have had timely delivery of replacement supplies in quantities enough to maintain a comfortable buffer supply on-hand. Unfortunately, we are hearing of more and more suppliers of masks and disinfectant experiencing back orders on the following items:

Clorox and/or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
Disinfecting sprays or concentrates that list Corona Virus
Reusable washable face masks
Hand Sanitizer

In an attempt to avoid any unforeseen shortage in our supply of these materials we are asking our community to watch for these items when doing your normal shopping. If you happen to encounter these items at a store and do not need them for your own use, please keep us in mind as any quantity of these items you may be able to purchase and donate to us is greatly appreciated and will help extend our buffer supply.

We will accommodate a non-contact donation process. For the most timely response in donating materials, please contact our President John Parks at president@franklinparkvfc158.org , or our Chief Bill Chicots at chief1@franklinparkvfc158.org . Alternatively you can call the main station and leave a message at 412-364-5670 (President X102, Chief X101) but be advised there may be a day or two delay before you get a reply as our station is not staffed except for emergency calls.

Although the Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company and the Borough of Franklin Park Fire Officials Office are two entirely different and independent entities, should you need to immediately speak to someone at the Fire Company about donating these materials during normal business hours, please contact the Borough Fire Officials directly at 412-303-0573. They will get someone from the Fire Company in contact with you as quickly as possible.

Thank you in advance for your generosity,

The members of the Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company No.1

 

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Incidents 2019 - - 2020
Jan 20 18
Feb 38 16
Mar 29 23
Apr 18 24
May 36 13
Jun 31 28
Jul 45
Aug 30
Sep 26
Oct 34
Nov 23
Dec 20
Total 350 122

Incidents History
Year Calls
2008 246
2009 210
2010 259
2011 214
2012 208
2013 248
2014 259
2015 247
2016 244
2017 238
2018 244
2019 350
Total 2967

Five Year Average Incidents
Years Average Calls
1970-1974 30
1975-1979 36
1980-1984 51
1985-1989 68
1990-1994 108
1995-1999 150
2000-2004 179
2005-2009 222
2010-2014 238
2015-2019 267
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Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company #1, Station 158
2360 Rochester Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
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Non-Emergency: 412-364-5670
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