The Avoca Fire Dept and Pittston Twp Fire Dept squared off for the 5th year in the annual Turkey Bowl. The annual flag football game raises money for the
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast PA.
The Avoca Fire Dept came out on top 4-3 and taking the series lead of 3 games to 2. The real reason for this is for the donation to an amazing charity.
The event raised over $700 to purchase Christmas gifts for children. We want to thank everyone who came out to support this amazing event.
Department Orders New Engine
Last January, an engine committee was formed and began looking at replacing the department's current engine.
Since that time, members have spent countless hours meeting with vendors, doing independent research, conducting financial reviews and following through on
Tonight, all that hard work paid off, as members approved the purchase of an E-One Typhoon engine.
This project couldn't have gotten this far without the hard word and dedication of our members. Additionally, we need to give a huge thanks to Avoca Borough
Council & Mayor, for working with us to obtain a Local Share Account grant, which will partially fund this project.
The apparatus was purchased through First Choice Fire Apparatus and will be built by E-One, located in Ocala, Florida.
Delivery is expected late summer 2018.
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.
Department Receives Grant Award
The department recently received a grant award from the Firefighters Assistance Foundation for $12,300 for the purchase of new tools and a forcible entry door.
Pictured are the new tools to be placed in service on the 112 Rescue.
The Forcible entry door will be arriving soon.
We would like to the Firefighter Support Foundation for working with us on this project.
Listed below are the tools that will be in service within the next week on the rescue.
Milwaukee 120 amp corded super sawzalls (2)
Milwaukee 28v sawzalls with quick chuck
Milwaukee 28v 10 1/4 circular saw
Milwaukee 3 bay 28v gang charger
Milwaukee 28v hammer drill
Milwaukee 28v 4 1/2" grinder
Milwaukee 28v batteries (3)
Bosch electric jackhammer
AIR Systems Air Distribution confined space system
Scott Air Distribution box adapter
Diablo saw blades
SDS drill bits from 3/16"-1 5/8"
Firestore Forcible Entry Door simulator
New Command Car in Service
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.
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.