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Roger Adams
Vice President:
Robert Laughlin
Recording Secretary:
John Redman
Financial Secretary:
Allan Shepler
Pat Fatula
Michael Bologna
Steve Letcavage
Tammy Kramer
Ernest Scott
Mike Kramer
John Denchek
Deborah Shepler

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Sunday July 9th @ 2:30PM
Tremont Fire Co. No. 1
139 Clay St.
Tremont, PA

2017 Membership Dues 

Questions were posed to the State Fire Commissioner's office regarding Fire Police and the reports submitted to the state by Fire Companies. Kraig Herman of the State Fire Commissioner's Office responded:

1. Fire Police are considered Firefighter's and are to be included in all reports submitted by the Fire Company.
2. When Fire Police are special called and respond without the Fire Department a report is to also be submitted.
3. For community events such as parades no report is necessary.

The New Advanced Fire Police Class About Ready For Deployment

From the Pennsylvania Fire Police Message Board: The new rewrite of the Advanced Fire Police program provides instructional review of the laws pertaining to fire police powers and the expected duties of a fire police officer to include health and safety and legal aspects of performance. Fire Police Officers will also be taught how to deal with people, how to manage incident response and leadership qualities. There are tabletop scenarios presented to reinforce the lessons introduced in regards to incident management and reponse. The prerequisite for this class is the New 2015 Basic Fire Police class. This is all leading up to something special possibly bringing back Fire Police Certification.

Fire Police Radios Still Available

Pat Fatula reported that he still has both portable and mobile radios available for members of this Association. Any Fire Police Captain in need of radios please contact Pat @ 570-527-2934. Pat is working with the County to obtain additional radios.

Bill to Reward Emergency Responders

November 21, 2016 Bill to reward fire, EMS volunteers with tax credits signed into law - By Myles Snyder abc 21 News WHTM

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Legislation that allows local governments to offer tax credits to fire company and EMS volunteers has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Act 172 of 2016, formerly House Bill 1683, authorizes local municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits of up to 20 percent. Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) has said his legislation gives something back to the people who volunteer their time and willingly risk their lives to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania communities. The state fire commissioner will establish annual requirements of the credit program, such as the number of calls a volunteer must respond to or their training or participation in the functions of the organization.

PA Fire Police Association Increase Benefits

The Pennsylvania Fire Police Association has agreed to provide a free $3,000.00 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy at no cost to you or the association. You will get a letter on Association letterhead from American Income Life Insurance Company. Enclosed with the letter is a card which you are to fill out listing your beneficiaries. It is not necessary to fill out the card to get the free insurance. If you do fill out the card and turn it in, you will receive a call from the insurance company asking if you want additional insurance. If you answer "no" there should be no further contact. If you do not fill out the card and turn it in, the beneficiaries on your Association documents will be the listed beneficiaries. Those who have had the visit by the insurance representative have had a good experience. No pressure. This insurance is in addition to the other insurance allredy offered by the Association - the $35.00 or $300.00 life insurance that comes with the $6.00 membership or the additional $10,000 AD&D insurance provided by the separate additional payment of $4.00 per year

Accidental Death and Dismemberment - Benefit $3,000.00

Health Services Discount Card - provides household discounts up to 60% on Prescriptions, Vision Care/Products, Hearing Care, Chiropractic Care, Optional discount dental is available.

Child Safe Kits - Kits help you gather vital data, photos and fingerprints from your children and grandchildren so they are ready for authorities in the event of an emergency.

If you have not joined yet please contact our county Financial Secretary at or 570-366-2473 for membership forms. If you are already a member you will be receiving a letter in the mail from the State Association.



Cambridge Springs volunteer fire police officer Robert Repa was looking forward to being released from the hospital on Friday.

Repa suffered significant injuries to both legs at the scene of the Riverside Inn fire on Tuesday when he was struck by a vehicle as he assisted with traffic control. Despite those injuries and a long road to recovery ahead of him, he was in good spirits Friday and expressed hopes of returning to his position with the fire department after completing rehabilitation treatment.

Fire police officers assist with traffic control and other duties at fires, motor vehicle accidents and other fire department activities. Repa, a resident of the Cambridge Springs area for more than 30 years, has served with the fire department for nearly a quarter-century, according to Chief Jeff Murdock.

Repa’s good spirits were evident as he recalled the accident that injured him as the fire raged early Tuesday.

“A guy ran over me,” Repa said with a laugh. “I’m doing OK.”

Repa’s positive attitude came in the face of what he described as two broken legs, crushed arteries and other injuries.

“He’s banged up pretty good,” Murdock confirmed. “Everyone who has been to see him says he’s been doing pretty well, all things considered.”

Those considerations include injuries to his ankles so severe that swelling prevented casts from being put on his legs for several days, Murdock said.

“It wasn’t pretty, according to the people here,” Repa said, referring to the hospital’s medical staff. “I remember getting hit — it threw me over the guardrail and out into the creek.”

Murdock explained that Repa wound up in a waterway near a culvert at the scene of the fire. He had not yet heard from police on the results of an investigation. A search of judicial system databases showed that no charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon.

Repa expected to be released to a rehabilitation facility on Friday.

“We’d love to have him back as soon as possible once he gets healed up,” Murdock said. “He’s one of us — one of the crew, one of the guys. He’s always there when you need him.”

Repa was one of two people injured as the 132-year-old structure was engulfed in flames. The other injury occurred to a bystander who tripped and fell after coming to watch as firefighters fought the blaze, Murdock said.

Firefighters continue to keep an eye on the still-smoldering ruins of the inn, Murdock said, though they have not returned to the site since Thursday morning when they doused a small section of the ruins that had rekindled.

“The rain today is helping a lot to cool things down and keep the rekindling at bay,” he said. “Our largest concern now is keeping people out so we don’t have to rescue someone from falling in.”


BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP -- A fire police volunteer was hit by a car Sunday while helping to direct traffic away from downed utility lines, police said. Stephen Ermi, 59, of Bordentown, was standing by his car on Route 130 and Rising Sun Road around 4:20 p.m. directing traffic from an earlier crash when a 2014 Toyota Scion drove through the cones and hit him, police said. The driver was 21-year-old Warren Chong, of Mount Holly, and police say driver inattention appears to be to blame.

Chong has not been charged yet, but motor vehicle summonses will likely be issued once the investigation is complete, police said. Ermi was wearing a fluorescent traffic safety vest and his car's flashing emergency lights were on, police said. He sustained a left shoulder fracture and broken toe and is in stable condition.

About 20 minutes before Ermi was hit, a 2001 Nissan Maxima struck a utility pole off the highway's shoulder near Taconic Road, police said. The crash resulted in downed power and cable lines across both the northbound and southbound lanes and police had to shut down a portion of the highway and several other side streets until the necessary repairs were made to the pole.

The pedestrian collision remains under investigation and any witnesses are asked to call 609-298-4300, ext. 2136.


We regret to pass on to you that an Austinburg (NE of Cleveland) Firefighter died in the Line of Duty this evening from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle late Thursday.

Austinburg Firefighter Dave Lemponen, 83, was with the Austinburg department for about 60 years. The fatal incident happened just before 2100 hours Thursday at the scene of a minor accident along State Route 307.

OHP troopers were processing that scene when Firefighter Lemponen arrived and began directing traffic from the north side of 307. Lemponen was struck by a car traveling westbound, just under the 55 mph speed limit. The driver stopped after the crash but didn’t see him until it was too late. He was treated and transported by Medevac but succumbed to his injuries. Our condolences to all those affected. 


MAYWOOD, N.J. -- A Maywood fire police captain was hospitalized with cuts and bruises Thursday morning after he was struck by a minivan while filling in as a crossing guard.

Thomas Stavola, 63, had his "STOP" sign up while crossing schoolchildren around 8:40 a.m. when a turning Dodge Caravan with youngsters sitting in back knocked him down, Police Chief David Pegg told Daily Voice. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries to his scalp and side, the chief said.

The driver told police that a window column obstructed her view as she turned her vehicle left onto Maywood Avenue from westbound East Central Avenue and it hit Stavola, Pegg said.

An investigation was continuing, he said.

March 16, 2017 - Man charged in hit-and-run that killed firefighters. Victims were helping with dump truck wreck - The Associated Press

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. — Two firefighters in Lamar County were killed Wednesday while at the scene of a dump truck crash.

Authorities said the Sumrall volunteer firefighters were helping to direct traffic about 6 p.m. at the scene of an accident involving a dump truck. A vehicle came through the area, hit the firefighters and kept going, officials said. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel told WDAM-TV on Thursday that Chance Eaton, 31, is charged with hit-and-run and causing death. He could face more charges, authorities said. The coroner said the firefighters killed were Clinton Beasley, 80, and Loretta Sykes, 53.

Another volunteer firefighter injured in the accident was taken to Forrest General Hospital. His condition is unknown. Metro area firefighters expressed their condolences overnight on Facebook.

The Jackson Fire Department sent out a message that said in part, “Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to the family and the entire Sumrall Fire Department.” The Brandon Fire Department said in a Facebook message, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sumrall community.”

February 26, 2017 - Fire Police Officer injured while directing traffic by NexstarBroadcasting, Inc.

Blair Township, Blair County, Pa. - A Fire Police officer was injured during a hit and run crash investigation Friday night. Authorities said a driver hit a utility pole on Dunnings Highway in Blair County and drove off. While crews responded to that scene, the officer was hit by another car while he was directing traffic. The driver involved in the hit and run crash earlier was located after the crash.

January 25, 2017 - Lawmakers seek to reverse dwindling number of volunteer firefighters 'It's long overdue,' fire commissioner says By: Alexandra Hogan

Lawmakers seek to reverse dwindling...

LAURELDALE, Pa. - In an emergency, they respond, but the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania is dropping, causing big problems for some fire companies in Berks County. State lawmakers are trying to reverse the trend. "We're 100 percent volunteer organization," said Capt. Steven Noll of Central Fire Company in Laureldale.

Central Fire is one of many companies seeing volunteer numbers dwindle. "It's obvious that there's a shortage of volunteer firefighters, not only within the state, but Berks County itself," said Western Berks Fire Commissioner Jared Renshaw. Officials said volunteer numbers dropped from 300,000 in the 1970s to roughly 50,000 today.

Monday, some members of the state House and Senate proposed a number of ideas, including billing options for agencies and volunteer incentives like online training programs, tax cuts, or tuition loan help.  "It's long overdue. You have people who give a lot of time and effort to their volunteer fire department, their communities, and there's only so much a department can do to say thank you," Renshaw said.

Steps are already being taken. A measure went into effect in January, giving active volunteers a tax credit. "Each municipality has to adopt that ordinance," said Noll. Finding volunteers is one thing. Keeping them, however, is another. "It's a lot of time to give up away from home or away from family," said Renshaw. The state requires firefighters to complete 152 hours of training. "With the training requirements for firefighters now, and call numbers that are going up, you don't have time to do a lot of fundraising anymore," Renshaw said.

Renshaw and Noll both agree combining fire companies will take better advantage of resources.

Central Fire Company hopes the plans will attract more volunteers and build momentum for better funding. "Nobody likes to see their taxes go up, but if it's a matter of life or death?," Noll said.


PA FIRE POLICE ASSOCIATION has on-line training for people thinking about becoming a Fire Police Officer. It is entitled "Introduction to Fire Police". It has a 10 question quiz at the end and a certificate is issued upon completion. To visit this site see the Links section on the left of this web page.

RESPONDER SAFETY has 23 different on-line training programs for first responders who provide traffic control. Each one requires the successfull completion of a short test. A certificate is issued for each module. If you are new to their web site you will need to register to take the training. To access this site see the "Links" section on the left of this web page. Here is a listing of the courses available:

(1) Advance Warning
(2) Blocking Procedures at Roadway Incidents
(3) High Visibility Innovations
(4) Intro to Fire Service Traffic Control Professional
(5) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
(6) Move It or Work It
(7) National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management
(8) Safe Fire Service Traffic Control Practices, Special Circumstances
(9) Safe Operations for Vehicle Fires
(10) Traffic Incident Management: Incident Command & Management
(11) Traffic Incident Management: Model Practices & Procedures
(12) Traffic Incident Management: Strategies for Public Outreach
(13) Traffic Incident Management: TIM Training & Resources for Emergency Responders
(14) See and Be Seen Emergency Lighting Awareness
(15) Scene Control
(16) Termination
(17) Sobriety Checkpoint Safety
(18) Special Hazards
(19) Law Enforcement and High Visibility PPE
(20) Traffic Incident Management on Rural Roads
(21) Understanding the new NFPA 1091
(22) Safety Service Patrols: An Underutilized Partner
(23) Planning for the Long-Term Event
(24) Who's In Charge at Roadway Incident Scenes? NEW

NATIONAL TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT RESPONDER TRAINING This web-based course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable, and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders from all TIM responder disciplines will learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively. This training covers many TIM recommended procedures and techniques, including: • TIM Fundamentals and Terminology • Notification and Scene Size-Up • Safe Vehicle Positioning • Scene Safety • Command Responsibilities • Traffic Management • Special Circumstances • Clearance and Termination. This training is brought to you by the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). To access the training Google NHI and follow the prompts to enroll. Its' free!


If you know of a member of your fire department, or Fire Police Organization, you would like prayers said for, or to have a get-well or sympathy card sent, let me know of your request. All requests are kept confidential, or can be lifted up during our monthly meetings. Details are not necessary - just a name and the nature of the prayer such as for healing; strength; guidance. Send your request to the "Chaplain" through the Contact box at the bottom of this page.

Thought for the Day:Spring has sprung! The earth is coming alive again, after the long, cold dark dead of winter. Signs of new life are emerging. Flower bulbs are pushing forth, and some are already blooming. The trees are beginning to bud, and soon will be covered in colorful fragrant blossoms. Many of the birds are returning. Goldfinches, robins, bluebirds, and geese are flying overhead. We are now in Daylight Savings time. Which means longer daylight days, fading into warm summer nights.

As all nature starts to change,and become new again, we too should take a look at our lives, and the things that need to change in us. "Spring clean" our thinking, and our living. Forgive those who have wronged us, and ask forgiveness of those persons we have hurt. Be thankful for the small things in life, like the flowers & birds, and the bigger things like our family, friends, our pets,our health,our homes,jobs, and our freedoms.Celebrate the good things and happy times, and pray when those sad, difficult times come.

Praise God for His goodness, for His Son Jesus. Who took something terrible, and final-DEATH. And made it into something wonderful and beautiful through Him -ETERNAL LIFE- and our Forever Spring! Rejoice

The Public Safety Officers' Benefits for a firefighter line of duty death as of 2012 was $328,612.73.

The PSOB program also provides a benefit to firefighters who have been permanentl and totally disabled by a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

The PSOB also provides for eduactional assistance for spouses and children of firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Pennsylvania Act 101 provides for a one time payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents of firefighters. In 2014 this is set for $123,227.64.

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Benefits provides for assistance with burial expenses and continuance of a portion of the deceased's wages to a surviving spouse and/or children.

Pennsylvania Higher Educational Assistance Agency may fully pay tuition benefits to the children of a firefighters killed in line of duty.



Official Hat - This can be any hat your fire department deems to be the official hat, but it is strongly recommended to use either a firefighter helmet or an eight point or round police type hat. Remember you are a fire police officer and either of these hats are instantly recognizable as either fire or police.
Badge - must be made of metal, have the words Special Fire Police, Name of Municipality, State Name or abbreviation or state seal.
Vest - Should be an ANSI Class 3 High Visibility vest.
Flashlight with red cone - for night time traffic control
Traffic control flag - for daytime traffic control
Flares - either chemical or electronic; each has their advantages. (Chemical flares are available from State Police for the asking, electronic flares may run for up to 20 hours on a single set of batteries)
Traffic Cones - minimum of five traffic cones 28" high with two reflective collars for road blocks and tapers.
Two-way radio - used to communicate with incident command and other fire police.
Pager - To be alerted to a call to duty.

All of the above items can be purchased thru your Firemen's Relief Association.


When you start work at an emergency scene, evaluate the scene for hazards. Look for blind corners, how heavy the traffic is, and how fast it flows. Note the weather, temperature, and visibility and how they will affect the work that you are doing and how motorists will respond. Plan out your work site layout including the staging area, buffer area, transition area, and work area. Determine, based on the road type and the typical vehicle speeds, how many advanced warning signs you will need and how long the buffer area and tapers need to be.

Use at least one warning sign before the emergency scene begins to inform motorists that they are approaching an area where emergency responders may be in the road. You may need more signs depending on sight distance along the road. Use a tapered line of cones to establish and separate the work area and redirect traffic away from workers. Use clean, unbroken, and highly visible safety cones to outline traffic lanes. Inspect all signs, signals, and lights to make sure they are working properly.

Make youself visible to the motorists passing by wearing warning garments such as vests, jackets, shirts or pants in orange, strong yellow-green, or fluorescent colors. In rainy weather, wear orange, strong yellow-green, or yellow rainwear. During hours of darkness, your warning garments should be retroreflective, meaning that light shined on the clothing from a headlight or a work light will reflect back toward the driver or user to increase visibility. The retroreflective material should be visible from at least 1,000 feet.


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