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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ITEMS THAT SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED
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. Perhaps someone should ask the other representatives of council that were at the meetings? Perhaps review the October 3, 2013 Committee of the Whole where Mr. Karas, who was at the meeting in August with FHVFD representatives states that it was said by FD representatives that we were not looking into a merger.

----- Possible violation of the sunshine act last Monday. Council brought forth new business and did not allow public comment before voting on it. At the end of the meeting, Council President read a press release in response to the letter that the FHVFD sent to residents. They never allowed public comment on this new business that subsequently was voted on. It should also be noted that the press release that was read was not the one that was posted the following day on the Borough website.


----- Information pertaining to the Fire Department has not been passed on to other members of council in a timely manner as noted in November minutes.

Under new business at the November 2013 meeting, Ms. Wood stated:

Borough of Forest Hills Page 15 Public Session of Council November 20, 2013
Ms. Wood stated that the debrief and what happened in that meeting was not known by the whole of council, until after the vote was taken regarding amending the ordinance.

This was in reference to the voting to change the Fire Protection Services Fee Ordinance in August and our August meeting with council. How could council make an informed decision when none of the information that came out of the meeting with FHVFD was relayed to them? When was the information passed on and how? We know it was not at any official meetings of committees or council.


----- In reference to the August meeting between FHVFD and council representatives:
Mr. Porco stated the following at the November council meeting

Borough of Forest Hills Page 15 Public Session of Council November 20, 2013
We walked away from the meeting feeling very positive about the discussion and in our mind the next steps would be that their attorney would reach out to us to schedule a follow-up meeting.


The FHVFD also left this meeting feeling positive about how things went and looked forward to working things out. Did we ask that the change in the ordinance be tabled? Absolutely!!! And one would think that since communication had been opened between the two, it would be reasonable to think that the decision to change the ordinance could be put on hold pending more conversation and considering we had waited over nine weeks for this talk and conveniently it came two days before the vote to change the ordinance.

The FHVFD agreed to continue talks and it was decided to have Mr. Porco be the contact person to set up these meetings. However, shortly after this we received verbal notice that any communication would have to be through Mr. Tomasic. Approximately a month later, one of our members was approached in the parking lot by Mr. Porco and asked why he hadn’t been contacted. It was explained that we were told we could not talk to him.

This is the reason we stressed all along that the President was the one to be contacted about things relating to the business side of the Fire Department.

-----After careful review of the recordings of meetings, we find that there is no mention of changing the Fire Protection Services Fee Ordinance until the July 9th meeting of the Public Safety Committee. At last week’s meeting, Mr. Tomasic said that the VFD was informed of the pending change in June. We were not aware of it until the July 9th meeting. This is obviously after the July 1 payment was due to the fire department.
If you are going to change an ordinance shouldn’t you follow the current one until after the new one takes affect? Can just choose to ignore your own ordinances; the public can’t ignore ordinances neither should council.


The July 9th Public Safety Committee meeting is also where it was decided to stop the contribution of $12,000 that the FHVFD had been getting for over 20 years. We used this money to pay for maintenance on the trucks or routine maintenance items inside of our building.


-----Council never involved the FHVFD in any talks about money or concerning “contracting” services. How do you send out a “proposal” to contract the services of an organization that is independent of the Borough unless you have talked to them? All of the letters from Forest Hills Borough to Braddock Hills Borough were sent without any discussion with the FHVFD.


----- In late July, the FHVFD received a policy change from the Forest Hills Borough Manager. It basically stated that the Chief was the only person that could fuel fire department vehicles. There is no discussion of anything to do with gas cards until August 1, 2013 at the Public Safety Committee Meeting. Questions have been raised as to who made this decision. It has been that it came out of committee. It has been said that it was voted on. It has been said that no vote is needed to change a policy. Which one is it? At the October 3, 2013 Committee of the Whole meeting Mr. Karas asked about the policy. Mr. Tomasic vehemently maintained that it was agreed upon by all council members. However, once again, there is no public record of any discussion taking place before this “policy” was put in place.
We have been told that the letter was misunderstood. We have all read the letter, as have some of the residents; we can find no one that doesn’t come away from it with the impression that only the Fire Chief may fuel the vehicles.

Historically, whoever was driving the vehicle was responsible for refueling.

-----Mutual Aid. Mutual aid is a well known practice in emergency services. It was such a large part of emergency services that on October 8, 2008 Pennsylvania’s House and Senate unanimously passed Act 93. The Act was sponsored by State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, and Sen. John Pippy, R-Allegheny/Washington. The purpose of Act 93 of 2008 was to create a system of intrastate mutual aid within Pennsylvania municipalities, where it is recognized that emergencies transcend the boundaries of each community and realizing that intergovernmental coordination is essential for the protection of lives and property and for the best use of available public and private assets. The FHVFD does not feel that any other type of mutual aid agreement is necessary.
In addition to this, the FHVFD is a member of several organizations that promote mutual aid and the understanding that we all need to work together. Several examples of this are: WFCC, East Boros Association, Mon Yough Defense Council, Allegheny County Firefighters Association as well as the Firemen’s Association State of Pennsylvania.

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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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