On February 24th Doug Ward, a member of North Warren VFD for more than 60 years, passed away. He served as Chief for a number of years and the Fire Marshall at Warren State Hospital. Chief Ward was instrumental in fire station renovations in the 1970s. He will be greatly missed and his service to the North Warren community is greatly appreciated.
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Lifelong firefighter Don Rudolph was recently honored in a segment on the Erie news. Rudy`s family submitted him for the segment.
N.Warren 10-19-13 flyer (1)On October 19th, the North Warren Volunteer Fire Department will again be hosting it’s popular Comedy Night. This evening of entertainment will showcase 2 professional comedians. A buffet dinner will be served and beverages will be provided. Dinner begins at 6pm with the show following at 8pm.
The North Warren Trash and Treasure Days will be held Saturday August 17th. Come and browse the community wide garage sale. The North Warren Vol. Fire Dept. will begin serving our delicious chicken BBQ at 12:00am until sold out. Visit us at the fire hall for a chicken dinner.
On March 16th, the North Warren Volunteer Fire Department will again be hosting it’s popular Comedy Night. This evening of entertainment will showcase 2 professional comedians. A buffet dinner will be served and beverages will be provided. Dinner begins at 6pm with the show following at 8pm.N.Warren 3-16-13 flyer
In January 2012 North Warren was awarded $29,000 from FEMA for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant to purchase new hydraulic rescue tool system and vehicle stabilization struts. The application process began back in the beginning of 2011. This year and a half long process helped North Warren upgrade from home made struts and 1970s era hydraulic rescue equipment. Without the funding the fire department would have never been able to afford the upgrades.
With these upgrades NW is now able to offer a safe, efficient, and alloy cutting capable system. The old system was not compliant to today’s standards nor was it able to cut the new reinforcements engineered into modern cars. Parts for the antiquated system were getting harder to come by and maintenance costs were climbing. Not to mention the old equipment were heavy, cumbersome, and obsolete when dealing with new car construction and the age of equipment was becoming an issue with dependability and reliability.
A committee formed in early 2011 to determine the needs of replacing the rescue tools. The committee established three priorities for replacing our current hydraulic tool system and rescue struts is upgrade to a system: it will perform with the new car construction, enhance the rescue efficiency, and consolidate the hydraulic system into a more user friendly system.
These priorities outlined what key features we wanted to see in the new rescue system. The committee determined NW needed to be able to run 2 rescue tools simultaneously off the same hydraulic pump, cutters to cut the new exotic metals in vehicle construction, be able to connect and disconnect tools while under pressure from the pump and consolidate to fewer tools and equipment that would be able to perform better than the old tools.
To determine what manufacturer of rescue tools North Warren needed the committee began in 2011 soon after the funding was awarded. The committee invited the top 3 manufactures in the industry to come to North Warren demonstrate and show NW members their equipment and discuss each tool’s capabilities. All firefighters were involved in the survey process by attending the demonstrations, using the tools, and filling out a survey about each tool manufacture. After about 10 months of research, the committee narrowed down its decision and finalized on the Genesis Rescue Tool company. With the grant funding, NW was able to purchase a pump, spreaders, cutters, combination tool, 2 rams, and a set of struts. North Warren decided on the Genesis Rescue as the company that matched NWs needs. The tools were purchased from the Genesis distributor Anthony Flemming from Howell Rescue Systems. During the demonstrations North Warren spent several Saturdays at Rareys Auto Service cutting up cars with the different tools. NW extends a special thanks to Rareys Auto Service for giving NWVFD 6 vehicles to use and destroy during the research process.
On Saturday, December 1st 2012 North Warren received delivery of the new Genesis Equipment. Anthony Flemming reviewed the equipment in station then we all went to Rareys for hands on instruction of the new system.
Here are some pics and videos of recent training attended by firefighters from North Warren VFD and a few shots from around the firehouse. The above video is from the Pittsburgh FOOLS Brotherhood Bash 11/3/12
On November 10th, the North Warren Volunteer Fire Department will be again hosting it’s popular Comedy Night. This evening of entertainment will showcase 2 professional comedians. A buffet dinner will be served and beverages will be provided. Dinner begins at 6pm with the show following at 8pm. Cash Raffle drawing will follow the show. See any North Warren Member for Show and Raffle tickets.
With the 2012 school year beginning, students will be required to fulfill graduation requirements listed in the Graduation Project Portfolio found here. An easy way to fulfill one of the requirements is to volunteer with the North Warren Volunteer Fire Department. By becoming a junior member of NWVFD any student can easily begin to meet their graduation requirements.
North Warren VFD only requires that the student be 14 years of age or older, provide working papers from the school, and give an honest effort. Little to no time beyond weekly training to be a firefighter, fire calls, and helping with events hosted by the fire department will be expected by the fire department. Training begins on Wednesday evenings and roughly lasts 2 hours. Within 10 weeks your requirement could be completed. All time spent at the firehouse or fire department event will be considered as hours toward the project. First and foremost family, school work, and sports will be a priority over the fire department.
For questions regarding becoming a junior member of the North Warren Volunteer Fire Department click the Contact Us page and leave a response. Otherwise any student or parent interested may visit on any Wednesday evening.