The department took delivery Monday evening of our new 2017 Interceptor AWD Command vehicle. This vehicle replaces the 2003 Dodge Durango that served
the department for many years.
The new vehicle will be paid for with State grant awards over the course of the next several years.
Come join us on Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 4pm for our 2nd Annual Touch a Truck event.
This kid friendly event features many different type of specialty vehicles, from fire trucks to cranes. Children can touch, climb and explore with vehicle.
Additionally, food trucks, bounce houses and a smoke house will be available throughout the day.
The event will be held at 824 McAlpine St, Avoca. Cost is $5 per person.
A Call for Volunteers
We are always in NEED for volunteer members. Take a few moments and watch this video from WNEP, and then contact us to discuss how YOU can help!
As they have for the past several years, members from Station 112 and Pittston Twp Vol FDs got together for a charity flag football game this past Saturday.
The game is played to raise money for the KRZ Caring for Kids campaign, where money raised is used to purchase Christmas gifts for the less fortunate.
We couldn't be any prouder of the members from both departments for continuing to show why our area volunteers are some of the best.
(and yes, we need to do a little bragging... the 112 boys brought home the trophy with a hard fought victory!)
Chief Recognized for Service
During Friday night's opening ceremony of our Annual Softball tournament, members took the opportunity honor those we lost during the past year, while
presenting Chief Chris VanLuvender with a plaque for his years of service.
A moment of silence was held to honor FF/Paramedic Frank Wozniak, Fire Police Captain Marty Mackin and life member Alfred Moore.
Chief VanLuvender then received honors for his more than 50 years of service. Chris has been an active member for 51 years, while serving as department Chief
for more than 40 years. Chief VanLuvender is pictured above along with his family after the award ceremony.
Members Receive Promotions
During the August monthly meeting, Chief Chris VanLuvender announced several FF promotions.
Jason Bartoli promoted to Rescue Leiutenant.
Kevin O'Brien Jr promoted to Engine Sargeant.
Tom Matthews Jr promoted to Rescue Sargeant.
Rich Szumski promoted to Fire Police Leiutenant.
Rich Ostrander promoted to Chief Engineer of Rescue.
Chad Jacobs promoted to Chief Engineer of Engine.
Congrats to each of you and thank you for all your hard work!
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.
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.