Police, Firefighters Battle Extreme Cold
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Working outside in the cold environment is certainly no picnic and local police officers and firefighters were busy with a standoff and several fires overnight.
During a briefing on Monday, officials said the county would be making Port Authority buses available when need be for emergency situations. That’s what happened in Penn Hills overnight when there was a SWAT situation on Jefferson Road.
Penn Hills Police responded and Allegheny County SWAT was brought in.
Once SWAT was on scene, a Port Authority bus was brought in to keep the officers warm. They were on scene for several hours before they finally took one person into custody.
“The Salvation Army came out to provide hot drinks for the officers and we also had Port Authority come out with a bus where we could use a warming bus to keep the officers warm,” Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said.
Also overnight, crews responded to a trailer office fire in Neville Township around 12:30 a.m.
Additional crews were brought in to rotate with the crews that had been outside for a time fighting the blaze.
There was another fire in Westmoreland County on Massung Lane in Penn Township around 2:19 a.m.
Fire crews also dealt with some pretty harsh conditions battling this fire, which is believed to have started ion the chimney.
Fortunately there were no reported injuries in any of these incidents.