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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Cold Weather Tips
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. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may also be affected. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during such outages. Consider sufficient heating fuel if you have a secondary source of heat, and also ensure that you have adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone in your household knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk as more people turn to alternate heating sources. The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. At no time should a cooking stove or oven be used for heat. This can be a fire hazard as well as a source of deadly carbon monoxide.

If a carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you. Don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm? The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call for help from a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door and remain there until emergency personnel arrives.

If your pipes freeze, allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather. Running water, even at a trickle, will prevent freezing. As a precaution, you should also know how to shut off water valves in the event that a pipe bursts.

Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Dealing with the Extreme Cold

Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat as you can lose as much as 50 percent of your body’s heat through the head. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

If you are outdoors, watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, the dangerous and sometimes fatal lowering of body temperatures. Frostbite includes loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. Symptoms of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.

The wind chill index, which takes into account the combined effect of wind speed and air temperature, can be used to indicate the risk of frostbite to exposed skin. Frostbite can occur within 30 minutes at a wind chill temperature of -19, within ten minutes at -33 and within five minutes at -48. The Allegheny County Health Department, recommends the following precautions:

· Cover as much skin as possible to guard against frostbite. The nose, cheeks, ears, fingers and toes are most vulnerable. Wind and precipitation raise the risk of frostbite.

· Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages because they cause the body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages, broth or soup to maintain body temperature.

To treat frostbite, cover the frozen area to protect it from further injury and provide extra clothing or blankets. Bring the victim indoors, if possible, and provide something warm and non-alcoholic to drink. Rewarm the frozen area by immersing it in warn, not hot, water. Call for emergency medical assistance.

Hypothermia, occurs when someone’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees, It can occur indoors. If you can’t maintain a house temperature of 70 degrees, dress warmly and use blankets and hats to keep warm, especially for infants, the elderly and the chronically ill.

If someone is suffering from hypothermia, bring the victim into a warm room. Remove wet or frozen clothing. Place the victim in warm blankets or a tub of warm, not hot, water. If the victim is conscious, give him non-alcoholic hot liquids. Call for emergency medical assistance.

The Department of Human Services encourages all county residents to check on older neighbors to make sure they are safe during periods of severe weather and offers the following tips and guidelines:

Make sure seniors have a list of emergency telephone numbers that includes neighbors and family members who can help, if needed.

Check to see if the furnace is working if the home feels cold. Become alert to dangerous methods of heating a room, such as open flames or ovens.

Ensure that walkways and steps leading to their homes are cleared and that there is food and water in the house.

Go back later or the next day, if at all possible, to make sure everything is still alright. Remove your coat and stay at least 15 minutes to determine if the home is warm enough. This is also a great chance to share a cup of coffee (decaffeinated, of course), verify the pipes are not frozen, and check on pets.

Be particularly mindful of older neighbors during a power outage. Lack of electrical power not only presents dangers associated with lack of heat, but also risks associated with non-functioning vital medical equipment, such as oxygen systems, emergency lighting, stair glides and medication timers. If you cannot contact someone you believe is in the house, contact your local police or emergency services.

When weather circumstances dictate, the Area Agency on Aging and its contracted providers contact frail, isolated and high-risk consumers who are registered for care management. Care managers visit those at highest risk and ensure each home is well-heated and has enough food, water and medication to last for several days. Care managers also respond to emergency needs as they arise.

The Area Agency on Aging has already provided about 1,400 “Snowy Weather Boxes” to at-risk older adults who are registered with the agency and often live alone. The boxes include toilet paper, non-skid slipper socks, hand sanitizer, flashlight and batteries, peanut butter, crackers, tuna, fruit juice, bottled water, and other shelf-stable meals and drinks.


Additionally, the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES), located at Smithfield United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield Street, will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to provide temporary, overnight accommodations, professional social services, medical care, and protection from frigid temperatures. The SWES is available any night that the temperature drops to 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

After Extreme Cold

If your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold, public shelters are typically opened and information on such openings will be provided online, and through the media.

Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the old (or where the cold was mostly likely to penetrate).

Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Services and other resources. Be alert to changing weather conditions.

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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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