On Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 AM, Langcliffe Presbyterian Church is hosting its first ever Easter Egg Hunt 5K for the community! Itís a unique 3.1 mile run
or walk around Avoca where participants can collect Easter eggs along the course, then open the eggs at the end to see how much their finishing time gets reduced.
There will be prizes for different categories and a pasta lunch afterwards (12:00) thatís open to the public. Our goal with this 5K is to raise funds for the
Avoca Hose Company and Ruthís Place, a womenís shelter in Wilkes-Barre; all proceeds will go to these organizations.
Registration is $15 until February 27th, when it increases to $20. Registration includes a T-shirt and a pasta lunch! If you or your friends and family would
like to come just for lunch, tickets are available for $5.
Registration and add't event details at: 5K Event Tickets
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
Last night, Borough Council passed a resolution allowing the community to participate in an emergency notification system that is being sponsored by Luzerne
The system allows Luzerne County, Avoca Borough and the AFD to push out instant notifications to residents to apprise them of an ongoing incident or threat.
The system might be used in cases of flooding, natural disasters, large scale incidents or simply a road closure due to construction or emergency services
activities. EMA Coordinator and AFD President Jim McMahon is an administrator of the system and recently attending a training session on its use.
Any resident who currently utilizes a landline phone service is already subscribed to the system. Anyone else can download the Swift911 app from the iphone/google
stores. (blue icon, not red)
Once the app is downloaded, you simply register and then choose your subscriptions. Some local subscriptions that may interest you are Avoca Borough, Dupont
Borough, Luzerne county Nuclear plant and other area notification plans.
There is no cost to you and you can determine within the app how you would like to receive the notification, whether it be a call, email or text.
Grant Work Almost Complete
After alot of paperwork and months of waiting, the department made great strides this week in completing the awarded scope of work from last year's
grant award. This week saw the delivery of the gear extractor and drying closet. The electrical and plumbing work has been completed.
Next week, final programming will occur and members will be able to begin regularly cleaning their personal protective equipment.
New Members always Welcome
Are you looking for a way to make your community better? Maybe you want to do something challenging? Or if you are looking for someplace for your
teenager to learn about community service while learning new skills, then we think you should check out our department.
Our volunteers (beginning at age 14) do a variety of functions that keep our department functioning and our community safe. You can join our family and learn
new skills. Whether its assisting with billing, fund raising, grant writing or completing firefighting training, operate the apparatus or just provide general
support, we'd welcome the opportunity to have you visit us and learn more.
If interested in learning more, stop by the station or contact us via our facebook page. We cannot have a volunteer department without volunteers!
President - Jimbo McMahon
Vice President - Tom Matthews, Jr
Secretary - Josh Taylor
Treasurer: Sandy VanLuvender
Trustees: Mark Mullen, Kevin O'brien Jr, Rich Ostrander
Chief - Chris VanLuvender
Deputy Chief - Tom Matthews
Assistant Chief - Jim Butler
Engine Captain - Mark Mullen
Engine Lieutenant - Chris Collins
Rescue Captain - Mike Lampman
Fire Police Captain - Gary Halagarda
Fire Police Lieutenant - Marty Mackin
Seargeant - Jason Bartoli
RIP - December 9, 2015
Its said that it 'takes a village to raise a child'. It also takes a community to operate a volunteer fire department. Today, we need your help. We need you
to get involved. We need you to show your support. We need you to join us today so that we can continue to provide essential services throughout our area.
The AFD is an ALL VOLUNTTER department.
If you are interested in learning more, please stop by the station or contact us through our Facebook page.
Trench Rescue Demonstration
Members of Rescue Co 112 were in attendance today at the Mohegan Sun Arena along with Plains Twp Rescue, Kingston Rescue, Nanticoke Rescue, and Medic 25 to
perform a trench rescue simulation for UGI, Linde, and many other local companies who perform operations inside trenches during their work day.
Rescue company officials showed the dangers of trench work and the prolonged time it takes to rescue someone from a collapsed trench. Employees were taught
different objectives about working around a trench and what to do in case of emergency.
Members Complete Specialized Training
It took a few months to put it all together, but members finally got to complete the Man vs Machine class. The class, taught by instructors from PL Vulcan Fire
Training Concepts, LLC taught members how to manage incidents relating to impalement, hands/arms in meat grinders and ring removal techniques.
Station 112 had 18 members complete the training, along with firefighters from Luzerne, Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties. In all, 51 students participated in the class.
Besides teaching us the techniques and skills needed, the class left us with re-usable scenarios for ongoing training. Now that the class has been completed,
the department will begin work on developing a Man vs Machine response kit. We'd like to thank everyone who assisted in making this class a success as well
as the great guys from PL Vulcan for sharing their expertise with us.