Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company

 We are a 100% volunteer organization established in 1959 providing fire and rescue services to the residents of Cranberry Township. The Fire Company created a unique agreement with the Township in 1981, which transferred the assets of the Company to Cranberry Township. As part of the agreement, the township provides financial support for building maintenance, equipment, and apparatus. In return the professionals of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company spend their volunteer time training, performing administrative work, and responding to emergency calls. This is a unique arrangement in southwestern Pennsylvania, and is a model of cooperation between local government and volunteerism.

Remembering Life Member, Past Chief, and Past President David Berneburg
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:32

The members of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company announce with deep regret the passing of Life Member, Past Chief and Past President Dave Berneburg on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

On January 1, 1976, after having served with the Peebles Volunteer Fire Company for 16 years, Dave Berneburg joined the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company.  Since joining the fire company in 1976 Dave served in every line officer position, including Assistant Chief from 1979 - 1980, and Chief from 1981 through 1985.  Dave also served as Cranberry Township's first Fire Marshall from 1985 - 1988.  In 1989, Dave was elected President, and served for one year.  He has also served as a Director at Large and Vice President of the CTVFC.

On May 1, 2011, Dave retired as an active firefighter, and on Thursday, May 5, 2011, the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution honoring Dave for his 35 years of service at their meeting conducted in Graham Park.

While Dave no longer participated as an active firefighter, he was still an active member of the fire company and it was not uncommon to see Dave at the station on a daily basis. We will miss his presence and we are all privileged he chose to share his life with us serving our community.

Family and friends will be received Saturday from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Sperling Funeral Home, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless Township, where a fireman's service will be held at 6:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company 9-11 Memorial Fund, 20727 Route 19, Suite 21, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.  Memories may be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com.

 

 
Ladder 21 out for Bid!
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:50

At last evening's Cranberry Township Board of Supervisor's meeting, after a presentation by Chief Brian Kovac and Truck Committee Chairman Steve Dancisin, the Township Supervisor's approved advertising for bids for our new Ladder 21.

This has been the culmination of approximately 14 months of hard work by the entire committee consisting of:

Chief Brian Kovac, Assistant Chief Rice, Captain Larry Clutter, Captain Dennis Kimmel. Lieutenant Dave Mack, Steve Dancisin, Ron Feil, Paul Brown,Jack Carney, Jason Hawk, Sean Hayden, Lee Nanna, Bill Ahlgren, and Mark Nanna.

 

Some of the highlights of the specifications for Ladder 21 include:

75' rear mount ladder
6 man cab
1500 GPM Hale Pump/CAF System
Autofill Tank
Electronic governor
Wireless intercom system
Remote control aerial monitor
Cummins engine, Allison transmission
All LED lighting
Anti lock brakes
Center mounted parking brake
Collision avoidance system for ladder
Airbags
Seat belt monitoring system
Stability control system
Vehicle data recorder
Reverse/Backup cameras

Delivery is expected by April 2015.

Thanks go to our members for their hard work, and the Township for their support!

 
Clothes Dryer and Washing Machine Safety
Friday, 14 March 2014 15:41

Dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2006-2010.

Facts and figures

  • In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.
  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.
  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (22%). Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.

Dryer Safety Tips:

The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
 
Remember the Ebenezer Baptist Church Fire
Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:14

Ten years ago, on March 13, 2004, Battalion Chief Charles G. Brace and Master Firefighter Richard A. Stefanakis with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire lost their lives during a fire at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Wylie Avenue in Pittsburgh. In addition, twenty-nine firefighters were injured during the incident.

The members of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company have not forgotten these men, and the sacrifices they made. May they both rest in peace.

 
Calling Future Members!
Monday, 10 March 2014 18:03

Have you ever considered joining our organization, but did not know where to start, or what the requirements for membership are? If so, please visit our Become a Member page right here on our website.

Additionally, why not join us tomorrow evening, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, for our monthly station work night. Our work night starts at 7:00 at both our stations located on Route 19 by the Park and on Haine School Road.

If you stop by, you will get to meet our members, learn about how we operate, and see if you you would like to join.

 
 

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Fire Call Stats

Month 2013 2014
January 70 96
February 38 47
March
57 46
April
62 31
May
62
June
72
July
71
August
54
September
51
October
44
November
54
December

66


Total
701 220

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