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Annual Softball Tournament

Mark your calendars, the department's 3rd Annual Softball Tournament is scheduled to be held at the Avoca Little Leage complex on August 7th, 8th and 9th.
Sixteen teams will square off in battle starting on 6pm Friday and continue through the weekend until a champion is crowned. This weekend is an important fund raiser for the department and an enjoyable time to all who attend. Besides raising funds for the Fire Department, the Avoca Lions will be selling some good food while the Little Leage will have the concession stand open. This is your chance to enjoy some softball, an adult beverage or two and support three great organizations.


Trench Rescue Demonstration

5.5.15 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.


1st Quarter Summary

4.1.15 The first quarter of 2015 is now behind us and its been a busy one for your volunteers. To date, the department has logged 125 responses, including 11 working structure fires, many of which were greater alarm fires. The department also handled one vehicle extrication.

In addition to all the responses, members completed countless hours of training including Into to Fire Service, Special Vehicle Rescue, Forcible Entry and Man v Machine classes.

As always, a HUGE "Thank You" to all the members who make this all look so easy.


Members Complete Specialized Training

2.28.15 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.


AFD Receives Grant Award

1.29.15 We are pleased to announce that we've received notification from the Office of the Sate Fire Commissioner that our grant application has been approved. We will soon be receiving $14,284.70. The monies will be put toward purchasing two thermal imaging cameras with the balance being put towards debt reduction.


2014 Report Finalized

The end of year report has been completed. Your volunteers logged 504 emergency responses in 2014. That represents an increase of 114 more calls than in 2013.

In addition to the emergency responses, members completed countless hours of training and obtaining certifications. In 2014, we averaged 7 members per call. That's up one from the previous year.

Thank you to all of our members for everything you do. Our success is driven by your passion and dedication.


New Hose In Service

12.11.14 Earlier this year, the department received a grant award through the Assistance to FireFighters Grant (AFG) program to replace our supply hose. Last night, members gathered at the station to remove all the old supply hose and begin loading 1200' of the new 5" hose.

The new hose replaces our previous hose which was close to 20 years old. In purchasing the new hose, the department opted to select two different colors: tan and red. While the majority of the hose is tan, the red provides a visual indication to the operator that less than 200' of hose remains in the bed.

To assist the department in paying our cost share of the grant project, the old hose has been purchased by Pa American Water Company.


Cub Scouts 316 Visits the 112 House

10.2.14 - We were proud to have Cub Scout pack 316 visit the station Thursday night. Members were on hand, providing a tour of the apparatus and review of the equipment. Members also provided several demonstrations of equipment, including SCBA, Hurst Jaws of Life, PAK Tracker, Thermal Imaging Camera before allowing the scouts some "hands on" with pressurized water extinguishers.

We welcome the Scouts to visit us again, as we enjoyed it as much as they did. Lt Collins and Sargeant Bartoli stand with the Scouts in the photo.


Members take in some Training

9.25.14 - Thursday night, several members traveled to the LCCC Public Safety Training Institute to take in several structure burn evolutions. The evening was sponsored by the Greenwood FD. Those in attendence all got opportunity to stretch lines, do some truck work and standby as the RIT team.

112 members attending were Captain Mike Lampman, FF Josh Taylor, FF Rich Ostrander and Sargeant Jason Bartoli.

We'd like to thank the Greenwood FD for inviting us so we could keep our skills sharp.


AFD Puts Technology to Use

Recently, the department has taken to adding Samsung tablets to each of the apparatus. The tablets host a variety of apps that can be useful to emergency responders. For example, we might use the weather app to track wind and radar during a hazardous materials incident. We might also need to access the Emergency Response Guide (ERG) app during a Hazardous Materials incident to learn more about the chemicals involved. The tablets can also store the department's pre plans for targeted hazarous buildings in the community.

In addition to those and others, the department has been using the Active 911 app among its members for several months. This app alerts members to incidents, shows which members are responding or unavailable and shows the location of the incident. We have also added this app to the tablets in our apparatus. Most recently, members have taken the time to GPS mark each fire hydrant in Avoca, Dupont and sections of Pittston Twp and Duryea. We are in the process of adding hydrant locations for Moosic & Old Forge. These locations are all areas where Engine 112 responds regularly on structure fire related responses. By marking the hydrant locations, the Engine officer can not only see the directions from the station to the incident location, but note the location of primary and secondary hydrant locations based on the route of travel. In the picture above, you can see how the hydrants display in red, while showing a gas station icon for Mike's Service station and a hazard marking for Auto Paint World.

We're proud of our members for taking the time to GPS mark each hydrant across the communities. Its a project that can make the difference in success and failure on the firegound.


AFD Receives Grant

8/1/2014 - The AFD is pleased to announce that our 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application has been approved for funding.

The primary goal of AFG grants is to assist departments in meeting their firefighting and emergency response needs. The program is extremely competitive, receiving more than 20,000 applications annually, with less than 3,000 applications receiving an award.

Our approved project focused on replacing our current inventory of large diameter supply (LDH) hose. The foundation of any fireground operation requires a sustained, reliable water supply. LDH is used to deliver water from a hydrant to the engine to supply firefighting operations. Our current hose is more than 20 years old. Over time, several sections have been shortened or retired from service due to wear or damage.

This year's award marks the seventh time the AFD has been successful in receiving an award through the AFG program. Previous awards including two regional projects as well as awards that upgraded the department's SCBA, jaws of life tools, thermal imaging camera and personal protective equipment.


FP-112 Ready for Service

The lettering and light package have been completed and Fire Police 112 is now in service.


Station 112 looking good during the Dupont Memorial Day parade.


Aircraft Crash/Rescue Training

Thursday afternoon, Engine 112 staffed with Lt Collins, Sgt Bartoli and FFs O'Brien & Chiumento assisted crews at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Int'l Airport with their annual aircraft crash/rescue training. Along with Thursday's training session, AFD crews will be participating in this weekend's mock disaster at the airport, which is required by FAA regulations.


Members Complete CSR Training

On Saturday, many members completed 16 hours of Confined Space Rescue training. This training is a continuation of their dedication to becoming proficient in the specialty rescue disciplines.

During the course of the class, members learned about the many dangers facing confined space entrants, atmospheric monitoring and ventilation techniques, familiarized themselves with the many different specialized tools used in confined space rescue. Those tools include air supply systems, escape paks, hard line communciation devices, tripods, rigging, patient packaging devices as well as raising and lowering systems.

Members from Avoca, Duryea, Pittston Twp and Clifford FDs all participated in the training class. Special thanks to our dedicated instructors, Paul Klecha and Alan Zekoski. You both made this class a great experience.


Members Complete CPR/First Aid Training

Members came together Thursday night to complete the annual CPR/First Aid refresher class. Besides recertifying members in CPR, members also reviewed basic first aid procedures, automatic external defibrulator training and saw a demo from Geisinger Medic 303's automatic compression device that is used to provide chest compressions in place of manual CPR.

Thanks to Medic 303 and Avoca EMS for sharing their equipment and expertise with us.


Volunteers Needed

An all volunteer department can only exist if it has volunteer members. Over the past year, we’ve lost several active members due to new employment or relocation from the area. This has had a drastic impact on the services we provide. The only way for us to be sure to meet every emergency response is to increase our membership. We currently have less than 15 active members, which is not sufficient when it comes to all the work involved in running our fire department.

According to nationally recognized studies, there are only four options for communities to maintain viable emergency services:

  • Recruit and retain volunteer firefighters;
  • Create and maintain a combination volunteer and career fire department;
  • Create an entirely career fire department;
  • Contract services with an outside agency

You can learn more about becoming a volunteer by visiting our Join Us page.

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