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Posted on: March 25, 2021

North Hempfield Station becomes Inaugural member of the Hempfield Fire Department

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has historically been known for the dedicated volunteers who serve their communities dating back to Benjamin Franklin.  In the early 1970’s, a majority of Pennsylvania’s fire protection came from the more than 300,000 volunteer firefighters who spent their free time serving the communities through the heroic efforts that firefighters throughout the country have been known to demonstrate.  A steady decline in volunteer firefighters over the last 50 years has the estimated population of volunteer firefighters below 38,000 members throughout the entire Commonwealth.

Hempfield Township has been fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteer firefighters serving their communities through all twelve stations located throughout Hempfield Township.   The Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors have been proud of their volunteer fireman, who have continued to serve our community through a variety of emergency situations.

As costs of equipment increase, training expectations continue to evolve, and the burden of financial obligations continue to rise for all volunteer firefighters; the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors has recognized the need now more than ever to provide unwavering support to the volunteer fire service in Hempfield Township.   As such, the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors have worked with the membership of the North Hempfield Fire Station to solidify the future of volunteer firefighting within Hempfield Township.  

In an effort to provide unwavering support to the volunteer fire service within Hempfield Township the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with the membership of the North Hempfield Fire Station, will be assuming all finical burden for firefighting operations for the North Hempfield Fire Station.   Through the assumption of all financial and operational burden, firefighters of the North Hempfield Fire Station will be able to concentrate on serving their community through training and professional emergency response to incidents throughout our community.

This project, which was spearheaded by the membership of the North Hempfield Fire Station, will be the first of its kind within the newly restructured Hempfield Fire Department.   Through the dedicated leadership of the North Hempfield Fire Station and the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors volunteer firefighters will be able to continue to utilize the safest, most efficient, and most technologically advanced equipment in the fire service with no lapse of emergency service to the residents of Hempfield Township.  

“Hempfield Township has been served by volunteer firefighters for more than 100 years; as we continue to move forward, my colleagues and I look forward to solidifying the future of the fire service in Hempfield Township.  This is an exciting time for all of us as we look to the future of the fire service in Hempfield Township; I am proud of what our leadership and membership has done, and look forward to the future of the Hempfield Fire Department.”   said Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors’ Chairman George Reese.

The members of the North Hempfield Station have long been dedicated to the progression of the delivery of emergency services to the residents of Hempfield Township as well as the residents of Westmoreland County since 1955.  The volunteer firefighters have dedicated thousands of hours of training and emergency response, consistently working to provide the most professional emergency service to our residents.  

North Hempfield Chief Jay Wilkinson explains “The members of the North Hempfield Station would like to thank the community and surrounding areas for the unwavering support throughout our years of service.  By looking to the future of the fire service in Hempfield Township, our members look forward to ensuring the emergency needs of our community remains the number one priority for years to come.”

In the coming months various projects will be undertaken and completed including modernization of the current facility to meet current & future firefighting needs, delivery of a new modernized fire engine capable of delivering 2,500 gallons of water to portions of the response area without a municipal water system in place, and upgrades to the current apparatus in order to meet the new Hempfield Fire Department color scheme of silver over blue.

At no time during the transition of the administrative and operational duties will there be any delay in the delivery of emergency service to the residents of Hempfield Township.   This restructuring is meant to provide assistance and support to the dedicated volunteer firefighters of the Hempfield Fire Department.

In a dedicated effort to assist the volunteer fire service within Hempfield Township, the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors restructured the fire service within Hempfield Township beginning in 2019.  Historically Hempfield Township has been served by twelve independent volunteer fire stations located throughout our community, in addition to numerous mutual aid agreements with neighboring departments.  In 2019, Director of Emergency Service Anthony J. Kovacic was appointed as the Fire Chief of the newly restructured Hempfield Fire Department.   The appointment of Chief Kovacic allowed for all twelve fire stations to come under one common operating platform to allow for a cohesive response plan for the entire community.  Through the efforts of the membership of the North Hempfield Fire Station, Chief Kovacic, and the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors the Hempfield Fire Department continues to be a professional volunteer organization tasked with serving the community through an all-hazards emergency response platform.  Throughout this transition and advancement period, residents will continue to receive professional emergency service response, uninterrupted.

 

Contact Information

Anthony J. Kovacic, Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Services

 1132 Woodward Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601

Phone:  724-834-7232 | Email:  hempfield@hempfieldtwp.org

 

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