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We have six members that are PA State State Fire Academy Local Level instructors.  Of these six, two are adjunct instructors for the PA State Fire Academy.

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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.

Christmas Tree Safety
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:42

Trimming a live tree for decorating is a tradition with many families. If your household has a live tree keep the tree watered. Each year live Christmas trees account for approximately 240 fires resulting in over $16 million in property damage, and unfortunately in some instances death. Follow these tips to keep your holiday season safe:

  • Before placing the tree in the stand cut 1/2" from the base of the trunk
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet from any heat source
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
  • Add water to the tree stand, and add water daily!
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Replace any string of lights that has a worn or broken cord.
  • NEVER use candles to decorate the tree
  • Always turn off the Christmas lights before going to bed.

For more information please visit the US Fire Administration website!

 
Fireplace Safety
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:22

With cooler weather upon us, CTVFC, urges homeowners to get their fireplace ready for the heating season. By having a professional service the fireplace annually and taking a few proactive steps on their own, homeowners can ensure greater heating efficiency and safety, as well as prolong the life of the unit.

Many homeowners mistakenly believe their fireplace does not require any maintenance. The fact is all fireplace types from wood to gas to electric should undergo annual maintenance. For example, gas fireplaces need the fan, pilots and burners checked each year. And wood fireplaces require an inspection and chimney cleaning to remove creosote, which can build up and cause chimney fires. Homeowners should also check the chimney or vent before the season's first fire to see if birds or animals have built nests in it, or if leaves or other debris have accumulated. At a minimum, homeowners should also install a carbon-monoxide alarm in the same room as the fireplace and another one near the bedrooms.

Homeowners can handle much of the day-to-day maintenance however, most tasks are better left to a professional. Here are some tips for getting the fireplace ready and keeping it in tip top shape this winter:

Woodburning fireplaces

• Clean out the firebox at least every week when using the fireplace regularly, but leave an inch of ash in the bottom to act as insulation. NOTE: Never use a vacuum to clean out the firebox as coals can stay hot for several days after extinguishing a fire.

• Before removing ash, open the damper so loose ash is drawn up the chimney rather than out into the room.

• Remove all ash during the months the fireplace is not in use.

• Burn only seasoned or hard wood in the fireplace. This will help minimize creosote buildup in the chimney. Burning small, controlled, hot fires rather than smoldering fires will also help keep creosote under control.

 

Gas fireplaces

• Vacuum the firebox and heat exchanger regularly (only when the fireplace is cold, of course) to keep efficiency and air quality high.

• Consult a professional to clean the pilot assembly, purge trapped air from the gas supply line, and then test-fire the fireplace.

• Use only a soft brush to remove dust or spider webs from gas logs since they can be fragile. Make sure to position logs properly after cleaning to avoid sooting.

• Use glass cleaner made especially for gas fireplaces to clean the glass front &ndash never use oven cleaner or abrasives.


Electric fireplaces

• Clean the firebox and control compartment with a brush and vacuum.

• Never use glass cleaner to clean the back of the glass, use only mild soap and water. Remove dust particles from glass by simply buffing lightly with a clean, dry cloth.

• Replace the light bulbs about every two to three years or when the flame and/or ember bed is dark on one side.

• Follow the manufacturer's instructions or consult a professional on cleaning the heater system to extend the fan's life.

 
Thanksgiving
Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:40

The members of the CTVFC ask you to follow these fire prevention tips to help you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Overnight guests should be instructed on the fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home. .

Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room.


A 2-1/2 lb. class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended. Know how to use your fire extinguisher.


Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.


Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults that are not helping with

food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.


When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The

clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills

and burns.


Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t

extend over the edge of the stove.


Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking,

turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked.


Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct

heat.

 
Santa's Stop
Friday, 21 November 2014 12:55

Santa will be arriving tonight at 7pm at the Municipal Center in one of our fire trucks.  So don't miss Santa's first stop!

 

 
Veterans Day
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:37

Thank you to all the veterans out there for the sacrifice you make.

 

 
 

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Fire Call Stats

Month 2013 2014
January 70 96
February 38 47
March
57 46
April
62 69
May
62 52
June
72 62
July
71 49
August
54 38
September
51 54
October
44 65
November
54 45
December

66

43
Total
701 666

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