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Mutual Aid

As Millvale and most of our neighbors operate volunteer fire departments it is especially important that small communities work together in effort to provide the best and safest possible emergency services available. As such, Millvale mutually works with the following departments to bring uninterrupted service to Millvale and surrounding areas; Aspinwall 102, Oakmont 216, Etna Fire Police 149, Bauerstown 259, Parkview 218, Reserve Fire Police 317, Berkley Hills 247, Peebles 188, Ross Fire Police 254, Blawnox 111, Perrysville 248, Sharpsburg Fire Police 265, Cherry City 260, Quaill 249, Ross West View EMS, Elfinwild 261, Reserve 317, PGH Bureau of Fire 231, Etna 149, Seville 251, Etna Police, Evergreen 246, Sharpsburg 265, Reserve Police, Fairview 250, Shaler Villa 262, Shaler Police, Fox Chapel 157, Undercliff 264, Sharpsburg Police, Laurel Gardens 253, West View 297, North Hampton 165. The Borough also works closely with the Allegheny County Fire Marshall and Allegheny County Emergency Service 911 Dispatch. Other numerous Department and agencies are apart of the Mutual Aid understanding, although not listed we appreciate the support. Thank you all...

Millvale VFD win's prestigious Amen Corner Award

The Millvale VFD is a recipent of the prestigious Amen Corner Award for their timely reaction and swift action in preventing a potential disaster on August 8, 2012, when they extinguished an engine fire on a tractor-trailer carrying 9,000 gallons of fuel.
"Their quick response and quick suppression diverted a catastrophe," said Alvin Henderson, acting chief of Allegheny County emergency services. 

The 3rd Annual Firefighter/EMS Awards Reception was held at Engine House 25 - Clemente Museum on June 6, 2013. Amen Corner and the Pittsburgh Metro Fools team up yearly to honor our EMS and Firefighters who put their lives on the line to save others.  

Fire Dept. History

From the Fire Dept: Frequently Asked Questions: 

Where is the best place to place the smoke detector?

Place smoke detectors in the corridors leading into bedrooms. Mount the detector in the middle of the ceiling or twelve inches down from the ceiling if mounted on a wall.

If you live in a two-story home, place the detector at the top of the stairwell. Never place the detector close to a kitchen or bathroom. If possible, place a smoke detector on every level of the home.

Are carbon monoxide detectors really needed?

Absolutely! Carbon monoxide is a silent, deadly killer. Potential carbon monoxide sources in the home are clogged or blocked chimneys, portable heaters, gas or wood burning fireplaces, a leaking chimney pipe or flue, gas clothes dryers, and vehicle exhaust. These detectors are well worth the investment.

What do I do when I see an emergency vehicle approaching when I am driving?

Always remember to safely pull your vehicle to the right when you see an emergency vehicle approaching. Never stop in the middle of the road or precede though an intersection against the signals. An oncoming vehicle going through the intersection might not see you in time. Always pull to the right whenever possible.

Why does the fire department punch a hole in the roof of a house when it is on fire?

When there is a fire in a closed structure, the fire and smoke build up and move upward until it cannot go up any farther. Smoke travels upward until something stops it like a ceiling or a roof. At this time, the smoke mushrooms outward filling the structure. If the firefighters punch a hole in the roof, the smoke is able to escape. If there are victims inside, this could better enable them to breathe and be more easily located by the firefighters. If the firefighters ventilate the structure, the heat will dissipate and the firefighters can more easily locate the fire and extinguish it.

What is the best kind of extinguisher for my house?

A multipurpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A:10B, C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. It will often be labeled A-B-C.