O’Hara Township Suspends Volunteer Fire Department

O’HARA TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A local community has suspended its volunteer fire company.

O’Hara Township says the Guyasuta Volunteer Fire Department failed to make changes to their call assignments – a requirement that’s part of their funding agreement with the township.

In a press release, Julie Jakubec, the township manager, says the changes were recommended by the township’s emergency management coordinator back in 2010.

Officials say the recommendations were made to improve response times to local homes, in addition to Fox Chapel High School and O’Hara Elementary.

Jakubec adds that the department told the township the changes had been made, although they had not occurred.

During the suspension, neighboring fire companies from Blawnox, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel and Sharpsburg will cover Guyasuta’s district.

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  1. rider says:

    DUH!!!!! Lets suspend our VOLUNTEER fire department. Ya we will show them men and women who risk their lives for no pay whos in charge!! What a bunch of idiotic people who run O’hara township..The powers that be should hang their heads in shame and quietly leave town and head for Harrisburg because with decisions like that they should be in charge of the state,they would fit right in!! I wouldn’t blame the members of that department for quitting all together. Maybe god forbid if there is a fire the elected officials will respond and take care of the fire or maybe not that might be too much like work.

    1. Firefighter Supporter says:

      Learn the facts before jumping to conclusions! The reason the fire department was suspended is because the firefighters REFUSE to work with neighboring departments. Instead, they call on Oakmont because of their personal vendettas against the other departments. They should ALWAYS call on the closest neighborhoods instead of putting more lives at risk!!!!!!

  2. swin says:

    A friend of mine once told me about the car fire on his street. He said that the car actually sat on the dividing line between Pittsburgh and West Mifflin. My friend called the Pittsburgh Fire Department and his neighbor called the West Mifflin Volunteer Department. My friend told me that the city crew had the fire out and was preparing to leave when the West Mifflin Volunteers arrived.

    There is no substitute for a paid fire department. Not that the volunteers don’t mean well and aren’t dedicated, but the paid city department has the training, resources, and equipment. If my life is on the line, I want a city crew to respond.

    As a side point – I got to talk to the assistant fire chief in Wellsboro, Pa. It is a volunteer department. He told me that he would be in charge if he arrived at a fire scene before the chief. He was 16 years old.

    You get what you pay for.

    1. larry says:

      volunteer fire depts and paid fire depts have the same type of training and the same equip the only diff is paid has crews already there and waiting volunteer comes from their homes or their jobs if every city went paid taxes would raise just to pay for these companies volunteers collect money

    2. Firefighter Supporter says:

      A city crew wouldn’t respond to areas like O’Hara Township, they’re all volunteers. And they’re damn dedicated!!! Who do you know would run into a burning bulding to save a strangers life and not get paid? They go through as a much training as everyone else. They leave their families in the midde of the night and risk their own lives. These volunteers are a special breed and The Guyasuta fire department has no right to decide who they will and will not work with.

  3. vern says:

    Didn’t Marty Griffin save the fire departments?

  4. Jan says:

    Didn’t Marty Griffin save the fire departments?

  5. Rodney King says:

    Can’t we all just get along?

  6. eagleeye says:

    Was that the company that their chief was accused of beating his girlfriend?
    Anyhow could service be better without Guyasuta and just use closer departments?

  7. career firefighter. says:

    you people dont care whats happening wit hthe fire departments, you guys really dont. all you care about how many cents are coming out of your pocket to pay them for YOUR SAFETY..

    1. Sparky says:

      I hope you fight fires better than the way you spell.

  8. John Q. says:

    You can only bite the hand that has fed you a couple million dollars so many times, and only asks for compliance of their rules in return, before that hand takes away your toys.

  9. Concerned citizen says:

    First of all…let’s play devil’s advocate here.

    If the Township does not lift the suspension of the department, or the members of this department realize that their own township doesn’t appreciate their free time & professional services they offer, & they choose to all quit, then somehow those emergency calls must still be answered.

    This township has already stated that other departments will be responsible for handling this fire department’s call volume. Eventually, these other departments will want to be paid for their expenses relating to these calls. All I have to say is good luck to those in power, they really dug themselves a hole here.

  10. Enough Said says:

    EGO! Killed Guyasuta

    1. jorge says:

      Ego didn’t kill Guyasuta…they chose their run cards the way they did because of which departments were reliable…so yes, maybe they should have chosen depts closer but those closer depts may not have been reliable…you want the quickest response to your house when you call 911 right? depts need backup on calls so they get depts that they know that have excellent response times and can get out the door without having to be reactivated several times. if not then people complain and whine that the fire dept isn’t there quick enough or worse…theres not enough fire fighters on the scene and something bad happens…thats why the run cards are like that

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