East Deer Township Volunteer Hose Company

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History

East Deer Fire Engine PicThe East Deer Twp. Volunteer Hose Company was organized in October of 1909 in Glassmere, PA with 56 original members, and an official charter was granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on December 17th. 1912. The original fire station (which still stands today) was located in the 700 block of Freeport Road, and the first piece of firefighting equipment was a hand-drawn fire pump and hose cart.

In the 1920’s, the fire department move into it’s current location at the East Deer Twp. Municipal Building in April of 1927. That same year, the department purchased its first new fire engine, an American La France pumper with 1200 feet of hose at a cost of $13,000.

The 1930’s saw the start of the Ambulance Service, which is still in operation today. A used ambulance was bought for the sum of $425 and refurbished by the members in 1931. Six years later in 1937, a new ambulance was bought for a little over $2,000. The Firefighter’s Relief Association was also chartered in 1931.

The 1940’s brought several new pieces of apparatus, including a 1941 Mack fire engine with 7 man cab, a 1946 Cadillac Ambulance, and a 1949 Dodge Squad Car. Because many members were serving in the Armed Forces during World War II, the age limit to join was lowered to 16 years old in an effort to gain more help.

Throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, carnivals and various other fundraisers were held on a regular basis to benefit the department. The East Deer Ladies Auxiliary also provided significant support as well. Another new ambulance and squad truck replaced the current ones in 1956 and 1965 respectively. One of the town’s biggest fires also occurred in the late 60’s at the Creighton Post Office.

In 1972, a new Ford fire engine with 1250 feet of 2 1/2 inch hose and 600 feet of 1 1/2 inch hose was placed into service in April.

In 1979, a Chevy Suburban was ordered to serve as a new squad truck.

The 1980’s brought some new changes. A tanker truck was fabricated by the members and placed into service in 1980, and was in use until the early 1990’s. A new Medtech ambulance was received in 1985, and dispatching services started to be utilized through the Tarentum Police desk. In 1989 the department became a charter member of AK PULSER through Allegheny Valley Hospital. The hospital-based parametric response unit enabled our ambulance to provide advanced care to any patient we transported.

In 1995, a new Simon Duplex engine was placed into service and replaced the 23 year old Ford engine. The engine still serves as the company’s main fire apparatus today. Also in 1995, paid EMT staff were implemented during the daylight hours to supplement the volunteers to handle ambulance calls. In 1997, a Chevy Medtech ambulance was placed into service.

In 2003, paid EMTs were added to staff the ambulance around the clock in an effort to handle increasing call volume.

In January 2005, one of the most serious incidents in the town and department history occurred…a Norfolk Southern train carrying Hydrogen Fluoride derailed near the 9th Street Bridge, and caused evacuations for nearly three days.

In following with many other communities in Allegheny County, dispatch services for the entire Allegheny Valley were transferred to the County 911 Center in February 2007. That same year, a new Ford Ambulance was put into service. One year later, in 2008, a Ford Utility pickup truck was received and replaced the Chevy Suburban squad truck.

In 2012, the department celebrated its 100 year anniversary of providing services to the residents of East Deer in December.

Today, the East Deer Volunteer Hose Company continues to proudly serve the residents of East Deer Township and surrounding communities through mutual aid, and look forward to many years of continued service.



Current Department Roster

Fire

  • Jack Bailie Jr., Cheif/BVR Tech
  • Lou Prager Jr., Asst. Chief/BVR Tech
  • Dan McKenna, Captain/BVR Tech
  • Tom Cooper, Lieutenant
  • Brett Bailie, Firefighter/BVR Tech
  • Herman Bertolini, Firefighter/EMT
  • Mike Koval, Firefighter
  • George Lassinger, Firefighter
  • Mike Lassinger, Firefighter
  • Jeff McKenna, Firefighter
  • Tim McKenna, Firefighter/EMT/BVR Tech
  • JT Naviglia, In Training
  • Frank Phillips, Firefighter/Parametric/BVR Tech
  • Ken Phillips, Firefighter
  • Joe Pomaybo, Firefighter
  • Josh Santarlasci, Firefighter
  • Chad Savka, Firefighter
  • Thad Sirakowski, Firefighter
  • Josh Tasker, Firefighter

Ambulance

  • Lori Robinson, EMS Chief
  • Paul F. Duffer, EMA Director
  • Josh Keener, EMT/BVR Tech/Supervisor
  • Jim Bartolovich, EMT
  • Amanda Behanna, EMT
  • Herman Bertolini, Firefighter/EMT
  • Dawn Delaney, EMT
  • Brian Gouza, EMT
  • Matt Johnson, EMT/BVR Tech
  • Tim McKenna, Firefighter/EMT/BVR Tech
  • Kayla Penn, EMT
  • Marissa Perlestine, EMT
  • Frank Phillips, Firefighter/Parametric/BVR Tech
  • Samantha Phillips, EMT
  • Lorie Santalasci, Parametic
  • John Whalen, EMT


 

Past Chiefs

  • 1909: Samuel Davis Jr.
  • 1910 – 1912: Thoman Lord
  • 1913: Charles McCelland
  • 1914: Roy Leahman
  • 1915: Alva Bowser
  • 1916-1928: Thomas Lord
  • 1929: Vernon Henderson
  • 1930: Thomas Lord
  • 1931 – 1932: Charles Renner
  • 1933: Llyod Schrecengost
  • 1934: Walter Orris
  • 1935: Thomas Lord
  • 1936: Lllyo Schrecengost
  • 1937: John Wysocki
  • 1938: Thomas Lord
  • 1939 – 1943: Nino Bellinoti
  • 1943: William Miller
  • 1944: Ed Dudzinski
  • 1945 – 1946: Nini Bellinoti
  • 1947: Edward Dudzinski
  • 1948: Val Fassio
  • 1949: Alfred Robinson
  • 1950 – 1951: Edward Dudzinski
  • 1952 – 1954: A.C. McLaughlin
  • 1955 – 1957: Howard McGraw
  • 1958 – 1960: Ed Frena
  • 1961: C. Miller
  • 1962: Ed Frena
  • 1963 – 1966: Richard Olean
  • 1967 – 1970: Ed Frena
  • 1971 – 1974: A.C. McLaughlin
  • 1975 – 1976: Roy McLaughlin
  • 1977 – 1978: Wayne Shoop
  • 1978 – 1980: Jack Bailie Sr.
  • 1981 – 1984: Joe Farione
  • 1985 – 1986: K. Daniel McKenna
  • 1987: Mike Lassinger
  • 1988 – 1990: Ed Savka Jr.
  • 1991: K. Daniel McKenna
  • 1992 – 1993: Jack Bailie Jr.
  • 1994: K. Daniel McKenna
  • 1992 – 1993: Jack Bailie Jr.
  • 1994: K. Daniel McKenna
  • 1995: Ed Savka Jr.
  • 1996 – 1998: K. Daniel McKenna
  • 1999 – 2001: Jack Bailie Jr.
  • 2002 – 2006: K. Daniel McKenna
  • 2006 – 2008: Tim McGorty
  • 2008 – present: Jack Baile Jr.

Charter Members

  1. John Adams
  2. William Atkinson
  3. Edward Atkinson
  4. Merle Atkinson
  5. Harry Adams
  6. Joseph Atkinson
  7. Emmett Conway
  8. Robert Clark
  9. Robert Colwell
  10. John Callender
  11. Samuel Davis Jr.
  12. John Eberline
  13. Henry Eberline
  14. Charles Eberline
  15. Conrad Eberline
  16. William Fox
  17. Joseph Fish
  18. Emil Garmo
  19. Arthur Garmo
  20. Jones Graut
  21. Joseph Garvew
  22. Clyde Holmes
  23. Walter Hill
  24. William Hobaugh
  25. Frank Long
  26. Joseph Lemage
  27. John Lord
  28. John Lehman
  29. Thomas Lord
  30. Cyril Lehman
  31. John McLaughlin
  32. Charles McClelland
  33. Tony Marliin
  34. Alvie Morshett
  35. Calvin Orris
  36. Henry Orris
  37. Herman Orff
  38. Janus Pierce
  39. W.S. Ray
  40. C.N. Schad
  41. G.E. Seibert
  42. H.J. Seibert
  43. Joseph Smith
  44. Howard Smith
  45. William Smith
  46. George Singleton
  47. Joseph H. Smith Jr.
  48. Charles Smith
  49. Gus Smith
  50. Clarence Slanford
  51. Ellib Young
  52. George Faulters
  53. Steve Usidek
  54. Frank Holsher
  55. Lloyd Schreckengost
  56. George Pann