By Gideon Bradshaw Trib Total Media – photo by 445photography
Monroeville firefighters said they’ll try turning up the heat to raise money by selling a calendar that features photos of scantily clad women posing on trucks and in stations.
Fire Company 5 Chief Ron Harvey said the five all-volunteer fire companies that cover Monroeville think relying on taxpayers to upgrade the public safety training center on Johnston Road is not an option, particularly in light of other pressing public infrastructure needs and financial constraints.
Monroeville firefighters and first responders from other departments train at the center.
Harvey, who also is a Monroeville councilman, and the other fire chiefs plan to prepare a sample calendar before taking their proposal to elected officials “rather than give everybody the impression that this is some sort of porn calendar.”
“It’s an honorable project,” Harvey said. “It doesn’t insult anybody. It’s a fundraiser that doesn’t cost the taxpayers a penny.”
Female models donned firefighting gear and smoldering looks last weekend for a revealing shoot at two Monroeville fire stations.
Monroeville firefighters are not the first to think of using a racy calendar to save on public funds.
By Tony LaRussa – Trib Total Media
The Irwin Volunteer Fire Department is expected to take delivery by year’s end on a new $700,000 ladder truck that is being built to order.
“We’ve just learned that the chassis, which took six weeks to build in Michigan, has been completed and transported to be finished in Nebraska,” Chad Mower, the fire company’s president, told borough council last week. “So, hopefully, we’ll be getting the new truck by no later than the end of the year.”
The truck, which is being financed, is being built by Smeal Fire Apparatus in Snyder, Neb., Mower said.
It will replace a 20-year-old vehicle that recently was sold for about $135,000 through a broker to the Wilder Rural Fire Protection District in Wilder, Idaho, he said.
A payment of $243,652 was wired to Smeal to cover the cost of the vehicle’s chassis, Mower said.
By Tom McGee – photo by Jan Pakler – Trib Total Media
The Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department will show local children the ins and outs of being a firefighter.
The department will host a firefighter-exploration program for youths Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fire Chief Gene Marsico said children between the ages of 9 and 14 will learn about different aspects of working with the department.
“They’ll get a little taste of what it is to be a volunteer fireman,” Marsico said.
The five stations setup will be — a demonstration with Gage, the department’s dog; a fire-extinguisher demonstration; a hose-line station; a safety trailer; and a rescue demonstration.
Participants will learn basic safety and first-aid tips throughout the day, Marsico said.
For older children, the hope is that some might decide to join the department.
Youths can begin to sign up to be a junior firefighter when they are 15. Four people currently serve as junior fire fighters in Aspinwall.
By Christine D’Antonio – KDKA
KNOXVILLE (KDKA)- An 8-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero for getting her sister safely out of a fire in Knoxville Wednesday morning.
According to officials at the scene. the fire started around 2 a.m. at a home in the 100-block of Zara Street.
When crews arrived, heavy fire and smoke was coming out of the second floor.
An 8-year-old girl and her 18-year-old sister were sleeping on the second floor. The 8-year-old smelled smoke, woke up and began screaming and yelling to wake up her sister.
“We [were] asleep and the candle caught on to something. She woke up and woke me up out of my sleep, and got us out of the house,” said Naquala Crosby.
The girls’ mother, Nicole Dillard, was not home at the time of the fire. But, she says her 8-year-old daughter saved her life too.
“Yeah, she saved my life because if I would have lost the life of them, I don’t know what would’ve have happened. So, yeah she saved my life too,” said Dillard.
By WTAJ News
PORTAGE, CAMBRIA COUNTY – A small town restaurant favorite went up in flames Tuesday afternoon.
For more than two hours, firefighters battled a fire at the Portage Bakery along Main Street.
Eight fire departments responded to the Cambria County blaze around 3:30pm.
The fire marshal will be on scene to determine what started the fire.
Two firefighters were hurt but not seriously.
One of those firefighters went to the hospital for heat exhaustion.
Read more: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/update-portage-bakery-fire/15725/ZLqY3yMtKkqVuq8xY5rF6w
By WTAJ News
Four people were sent to the hospital after a two-car crash in Bedford County.
Police say it happened around 9:30 Tuesday night when two cars collided on Allegheny Road in Harrison Township. Four crews were called to the scene. Two people were flown to the Altoona Trauma Center while the other two were taken by ambulance.
No word yet on the condition of those involved or the cause of the crash.
Read More: http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/crash-in-bedford-county-sends-four-to-hospital/26084/ThAraFLGukqLIzWLwHZetA
PITTSBURGH —Dozens of people were treated after showing signs of heat exhaustion during a concert Tuesday night at Stage AE on the North Shore.
People at the Austin Mahone concert began falling ill a little after 8 p.m.
Emergency responders treated 38 people, eight of whom were taken to the hospital.
One of the patients, a 14-year-old girl, was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/heat-exhaustion-at-stage-ae-concert/27751474#ixzz3Bb58Xl00
By The Erie Times-News
FRANKLIN — A driver was not hurt when he crashed into a cow on Route 322 in Venango County Monday.
The cow didn’t fare as well.
Police said that the cow wandered onto the road in Canal Township, near Franklin, in front of a pickup driven by Chad Reitz, 36, of Utica.
Reitz was driving east on the highway at about 5:05 a.m. and could not avoid hitting the animal, police said.
The cow died, police said.
Read more: http://www.goerie.com/cow-killed-in-venango-county-crash#
By The Observer-Reporter / photo Jim McNutt
Three people were injured in a head-on collision Monday on the curve where West Maiden Street turns into Jefferson Avenue in Washington.
Washington police said at least one person was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital about 10 a.m., and one or two others were taken to hospitals by ambulance. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, and names were not released Monday.
One vehicle, driven by a woman, came to rest on the median separating the four lanes of traffic. The other vehicle, which had a man and woman inside, stopped on the opposite side of the road facing toward Jefferson Avenue.
Washington firefighters had to extricate the man from the vehicle. Police said they don’t immediately know the cause of the accident, but a witness said the woman was driving toward South Main Street on the wrong side of the road when the collision occurred.