With the recent move of the Forest Hills Borough Building our address has changed. Please send all mail to the following address:2067 Ardmore BlvdPittsburgh, PA 15221
Friday, December 16th, 2016
The Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department, offers the following tips to prepare for the extreme cold:Make certain that you have an emergency kit which includes enough food, water, medicine and other ...
Monday, May 9th, 2016
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Help support your local Volunteer Fire Department by purchasing a raffle ticket!The ticket is $10 and gives you TWO chances to win based off of the Pennsylvannia lottery on July 4th from the 7pm Daily...
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The FHVFD has completed two thirds of a lighting upgrade to our station. The FHVFD received GRANT dollars and underwent a major transition from four and eight foot T-12, fluorescent lighting to LED li...
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Information packet given to residents at last Monday's meeting or picked up at borough building...
Saturday, January 11th, 2014

We have reviewed the information distributed to residents either at last Monday's meeting or have been picked up at the borough building. We don't dispute that all of these documents are in fact correct as they relate to the FHVFD. However, we are not sure that they were in fact explained to most people's satisfaction.

The first page is a letter the FHVFD attorney did send to council members. As explained in an earlier post, this letter was sent after several unsuccessful attempts to get borough officials to meet with the FHVFD. No doubt that it is harsh, but it did the job and got their attention which was the intent. However, no meeting took place until nine weeks later in August because of "various scheduling difficulties" on the boroughs end of things. Three representatives from the fire department and our attorney met with three members of council. It was clearly stated at this meeting, with our counsel in attendance, that we were not in talks with Braddock Hills. The Borough's response to our letter indicates "Prior to your letter, Council representatives had informally (verbally) requested a similar meeting and did not receive a response." All members of council and the borough manager had been informed on several occasions dating back to the talks about the Fire Protection Services Fee in 2011 that all things related to the business side of the FHVFD fell to the President of our department. The Fire Chief is in charge of the operations as it relates to fire protection. This was simply ignored.

The second page is what we believe is the Fire Protection Services Fee Budget and the ladder truck lease payment schedule from the borough. This is not our document. Explanation would fall to the Borough. However, we will give our explanation as we see it in an up coming news item.

The front of the third page is a copy of a check made to Forest Hills Borough for Fire Relief Assn. This is a check from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Borough is required by Pennsylvania state law to distribute these funds to the Fire Department Relief Association. The Forest Hills Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association is a separate entity that runs in combination with a volunteer fire department. Every volunteer fire department has a Relief Association and only volunteer fire departments have relief associations. It is a separate entity, it has it's own Tax ID number, and is audited every other year by a state auditor. There are specific guidelines under which a Volunteer Firefighters' Relief Associations operates. There are strict regulations as to how these funds can be used, contrary to what has been stated by the Public Safety Committee Chair. Not every borough receives the same amount of relief funding. Pennsylvania collects the money from insurance companies that do business in Pennsylvania but are not headquartered in Pennsylvania. The money is divided by a formula based on how much "foreign fire insurance" money is collected and is regulated by the Auditor Generals office.

The back of the third page is a bill for the flat roof portion of the fire house. The Borough did indeed pay for this as pursuant to the lease agreement in regards to the fire department building.

The front of the fourth page is a letter sent to council in March. However, the notation typed at the bottom is not ours. Yes the presentation was given to Braddock Hills on March 20. The Public Safety Chair was informed via a phone call that this was happening and that it was only a presentation of what FHVFD had to offer. This presentation entailed information regarding the fire operations aspect of the fire department, there were NO talk of any money/dollar amounts. Braddock Hills Council was informed that this would be a long process, that these things did not happen overnight, and that all parties (both councils and both fire departments) would need to be involved.

The fifth page is the Fire Protection Services Fee as original and as amended.

The front of the sixth page is one page from the lease agreement that the fire department has with the borough.

The back of the sixth page is the Decree of Incorporation of the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Company from March 10, 1939. That is how long the department has been incorporated as a non-profit. The department has been in existence before 1939.

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With the recent move of the Forest Hills Borough Building our address has changed. Please send all mail to the following address:2067 Ardmore BlvdPittsburgh, PA 15221
Friday, December 16th, 2016
The Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department, offers the following tips to prepare for the extreme cold:Make certain that you have an emergency kit which includes enough food, water, medicine and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours.
Monday, May 9th, 2016
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Help support your local Volunteer Fire Department by purchasing a raffle ticket!The ticket is $10 and gives you TWO chances to win based off of the Pennsylvannia lottery on July 4th from the 7pm Daily Number drawing.
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The FHVFD has completed two thirds of a lighting upgrade to our station. The FHVFD received GRANT dollars and underwent a major transition from four and eight foot T-12, fluorescent lighting to LED lighting in and around the station.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
The Forest Hills VFD is saddened to hear of Forest Hills Mayor Marty B. O’Malley's passing on Monday, Feb. 23. He was a devote member of the Forest Hills Community and will surely be missed. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends in this time of great sorrow.
The Forest Hills and North Braddock Fire Departments are inviting you to golf with us at the Monster on the Mon for our inaugural golf outing at Grandview Golf Club. The two departments are 100% volunteer and have been serving their communities proudly since the early 1900s.
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
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Dear Neighbors,It is at this time the Forest Hills VFD asks our neighbors and businesses to support our fund drive. This crucial fundraiser is vital to our overall functionality. We are all coping with challenging economic times.
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
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The year 2014 was another busy year for the department in the terms of emergency responses. In 2014 the department responded to 322 calls for assistance, these calls ranged from structure fires, rescue calls, vehicle accidents, alarm calls and a variety of service calls.
Shared here is a link for you to a recent NY Times article about the declining number of volunteers across the county as well as a paper that gives you a rough idea of what the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department saves our community compared to a paid fire department.
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Crews from the Forest Hills Fire Department responded with departments from Braddock, North Braddock, Braddock Hills, Edgewood, Swissvale and Rankin to multiple calls throughout Forest Hills and the neighboring area for Carbon Monoxide detectors going off.
Monday, February 17th, 2014
The following is a Email being circulated by borough residents in advance of this weeks council meeting, though we aren't sure who wrote it we greatly appreciate it and hope you will take the time to read it.
Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Thank you for recognizing us Janet Wangler, Juniper Village. Letter to the editor/East: Forest Hills fire, police, ambulance service thankedJanuary 23, 2014 12:00 AMIn this new year, the staff and residents of Juniper Village at Forest Hills would like to express our utmost gratitude for the tireles...
~~Agenda ItemsEach and every month the Public Safety Chairman has a list on the public safety committee agenda. It was redundant for most of 2013 and was brought to everyone’s attention at committee meetings and at each council meeting.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Thanks to all the residents who came out and supported us tonight at the council meeting! We really do appreciate it. Unfortunately, it's not over yet.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
In light of the recent events, numerous residents have approached the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department (FHVFD) and questioned whether or not they should pay their 2014 Fire Protection Service Fee.
Monday, January 13th, 2014
----- At the Committee meetings last Thursday, January 9, 2014, Mr. Tomasic told an outright lie. He publicly said that at the two meetings with the FHVFD representatives it was never said that the FHVFD was NOT merging but in fact that we had said that YES we were going ahead with the merger.
We have reviewed the information distributed to residents either at last Monday's meeting or have been picked up at the borough building. We don't dispute that all of these documents are in fact correct as they relate to the FHVFD.
Friday, January 10th, 2014
The annual Forest Hills Borough Christmas tree burning will be this Friday, January 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Westinghouse Lodge on Greensburg Pike.Hope to see you there.
Friday, January 10th, 2014
A big THANK YOU to all the residents that came out to support us tonight!!! As you could see from the meeting, we are all very passionate about this fire department. Don't forget that the next public meeting, where you should absolutely be able to speak is next Wednesday, January 15th.
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Despite the information that some residents have received (whether it be outright misinformation or misunderstood), the Forest Hills VFD has not merged with Braddock Hills nor are we in talks for a merger with Braddock Hills.
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