Friday, April 12, 2013
Gary McLaughlin was the father of a former Peters Township Fire Department fire captain.
The membership of the Peters Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 764 have established a relief fund in memory of R. Gary McLaughlin, who died as a result of his injuries in a fire in his home on Easter morning. Gary was a lifelong member of the VFW Post 764 serving in many positions up to and including commander of the post. Gary served in the Air Force during the Korean Force during the Korean conflict. His wife, Phyllis, is also involved in the VFW Post 764 Women’s Auxiliary. Gary’s son, the late Michael McLaughlin Sr., spent 25 years with the Peters Township Fire Department serving many positions including fire captain, and is a life member of the department. Mike was best known to thousands of local…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Peters Township firefighters assisted on Wednesday.
Office workers at 6000 Town Center—Embassy Park West—in Southpointe were evacuated for about two hours Wednesday afternoon after a heating unit on the third floor malfunctioned, filling the bathrooms with smoke. Fire officials from Muse, Cecil, Canonsburg, Houston, Peters, North Strabane responded to the scene. Fire officials said there was minimal damage to the building. Cecil Township Police Department also responded to the incident, which took place around noon. SouthBridge EMS also responded and transported a woman to the hospital for an unrelated medical issue.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
There will be an increase in security over the next few days.
Peters Township High School was evacuated for 15-20 minutes Wednesday morning after a student alerted the administration about a bomb threat written on a wall inside a student restroom. "While this threat was general and did not appear credible, the district takes all safety matters very seriously and the building was placed in lockdown," stated Shelly Belcher, the district's spokesperson, in an email to parents. The high school's officer, Peters Township police and Peters Township firefighters searched the building and found nothing. Belcher said there will be an increase in security over the next few days and that the administration will continue to investigate teh origin of the threat.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The event is slated for Oct. 20 and you're invited.
As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Peters Township Fire Department is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. “We’re gonna do a lot of things for both kids and adults,” Peters Township Fire Lt. Michael McLaughlin said. Along with tours of the firehouse, all the apparatus used by the department will be on display for visitors to peruse. Also planned? “We will have a car or two to help display how hydraulic rescue tools work,” he said, referring to the equipment fire fighters use to free those trapped in their vehicles in the wake of a traffic accident. But there will also be plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy, too. There will be a bouncy house and a children’s fire hose challenge. The fire …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The program is the first of its kind in the area, fire department Lt. Michael McLaughlin said.
If you ever had even the slightest temptation to get involved with or learn more about your hometown fire department, the Peters Township Fire Department has an upcoming program for you. The department is planning a first for the area—a Citizens Fire Academy. “It’s a way for us to show our citizens and business owners what our fire department is all about,” said fire Lt. Michael McLaughlin, who is spearheading the program. “This is a fun opportunity to come and get some experience and training.” The education-based classes will run once weekly beginning Oct. 24 and ending Dec. 6 with a graduation ceremony to cap it off. And McLaughlin emphasized: Those who join the Citizens Fire Academy will be treated just like a member of the department…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The grant was for $43,000.
The Peters and North Strabane Township Fire Departments have received a $43,200 Grant from the U. S. Fire Administration to develop and implement a program to recruit new volunteer firefighters in both communities. This grant was submitted under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response—SAFER—program, and Peters fire Chief Dan Coyle and North Strabane Fire Chief Mark Grimm received notification of the award earlier this summer. The grant will cover this program over a two-year period, and will be used to develop a new firefighter recruit program which will include communications, media, equipment, supplies and administration. Coyle and Grimm assigned firefighters to work together on program development, which began last …
Monday, August 20, 2012
'A domino effect' of five to six poles fell between Center Church Road to Rolling Hills Country Club Monday evening, the Peters fire chief confirmed.
East McMurray Road, between Center Church Road to Rolling Hills Country Club, has reopened after it was closed for a short time due to downed poles, Peters fire Chief Noel "Mac" McMullen confirmed. At approximately 5 p.m. Monday, Verizon workers were cutting some of the power lines between poles. They dropped a pole—purposely—however, it reacted in a sense of a "domino effect," McMullen said. "They are heavy lines," he said. "Once one pole was pushed by the weight, it pushed the next pole and so on." The chief estimated five to six fallen poles. One pole landed on a moving vehicle, but the driver was uninjured and not taken by ambulance to an area hospital, he said. Editor's Note: With the help of readers, we reported this information …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The study will culminate in a detailed report with recommendations on how to make the fire services in the two communities more efficient and cost-effective.
North Strabane Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to conduct a joint fire services study with Peters Township—authorizing Maryland firm Public Safety Solutions Inc. to complete the work. The study is expected to take about 120 days to complete, and the results will be available in time for the two municipalities to consider its recommendations during budget discussions, North Strabane Manager Frank Siffrinn said after the meeting Tuesday. Peters Township Council on Monday also approved the study. The cost of the study is $28,800—and will be split equally between North Strabane and Peters. “A fire services study conducted by PSSI would be state of the art. It would suggest service delivery strategies and options that would provide a …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Here is the agenda for tonight's North Strabane Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
North Strabane Township supervisors are expected to vote on whether or not to explore continuing shared services with Peters Township Fire Department at its meeting tonight. That is one of many items on the agenda, which is attached. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the municipal building. It is open to the public. Follow Peters Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
North Strabane and Peters Township leaders are expected to approve the study next week.
Tremendous growth in North Strabane Township has sparked interest in a joint effort with Peters Township for firefighting. North Strabane's board of supervisors Tuesday discussed approving a study to determine whether joining forces would be the best course of action for the future. Township Manager Frank Siffrinn told the board that a joint committee between the two townships narrowed the search for a firm to conduct the study. It recommended the bid go to Public Safety Solutions, Inc. of Chester, MD. North Strabane fire Chief Mark Grimm said the fire department is a hybrid of paid firefighters supplemented by volunteers. Grimm said explosive growth in North Strabane is a double-edged sword. "With the economy today with families …