Latest Undercliff VFC News

UNDERCLIFF VFC PASSES PA RESCUE CERTIFICATION 

We are very pleased to announce that Undercliff VFC has passed our voluntary rescue certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Office of the Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner. This certification shows that our vehicles carry the necessary equipment and our members are certified at the appropriate training levels to handle vehicle and machinery rescue incidents as set forth by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This certification is a major milestone for our station and we could not be more proud of the dedication our membership have to serving their community. Our members have spent countless hours training and working towards achieving this certification so we can better serve our residents. We started this journey over three years ago and have been working hard through all the paperwork, policies, classes, equipment, medical supplies, and inspections needed to achieve this certification. We are finally proud to say that all the hard work has paid off and we finally achieved one of our big goals! Outstanding job and keep up the great work everyone!

We would also like to take a moment and thank all of you our supporters! All your support allows us to purchase the life-saving equipment that we need to better serve you. So once again THANK YOU for always supporting us!


NEW ENGINE COMING SOON!

We have some exciting news to share! We are expecting a new addition to the Undercliff VFC family! At 31 Feet Long, 50,000 pounds is our new fire engine! A few months back, our company set out on a project to look into replacing our current aging engine that is now 22 years old. As such, a truck build and finance committee was assembled to come up with a plan to find the best apparatus that would be well suited to serve our community for many years to come. The build committee had one simple goal in mind, to build the very best engine we can to serve our residents and businesses within the allotted budget we have. We also set out to build an engine that would be firefighter friendly for our firefighters and help make their job a little easier.

After many long hours, phone calls, discussions, and meetings we are very pleased to announce that we have awarded our engine build contract to Seagrave Fire Apparatus! The build committee was very pleased and impressed with the quality of work that Seagrave puts out and felt this would be the very best long term investment for our company and the community. Seagrave has also been very accommodating throughout the build process to help make this extremely smooth. We would like to take a moment to thank Ron from Flashover Fire Apparatus for all his time, patience, and expertise during this process! It was a pleasure to work with him.

We would also like to take a moment and thank all of you, our supporters! None of this could ever of been possible without all of your generosity and support. We take the donated dollar very serious, and are committed to reinvesting the money we raise back in to public safety. This big purchase holds true to that mission as this new engine will allow us to better protect our community we serve. We cannot say THANK YOU to all of you enough and hope you will all continue to support us into the future!

Our new Seagrave Marauder engine should hopefully arrive in late 2022. Be sure to watch for updates as we go through the build process. Pictured below is Chief Ganter and President Klocko signing our build contract as well as a group photo of the build committee. There is also a preliminary computer drawing of our new engine for you all to see. We are all very excited to be moving forward with this new project! Thank you again for all your support!

~The officers and members of Undercliff VFC

 

479 CALLS FOR SERVICE IN 2021


This year has been nothing shy of busy for Undercliff VFC. In 2021, the men and women of Undercliff responded to 479 emergency calls for assistance. These calls ranged from house fires, building fires, vehicle fires, vehicle accidents, fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, odors of gas and other identified substances, and various other calls for assistance. We do not run any QRS/medical service so these are all fire service related calls.

Those 479 calls took a lot of time, dedication, and sacrifice by our members. Our members put in thousands of hours; often missing family dinners, leaving their warms beds at night, and coming out in the worst of weather to serve their community. We do it all because we care and because we believe that public safety should be a top priority in our community.

We do not get tax money here at Undercliff. We have to do our own fundraisers to keep the doors open and to keep you safe. We are so thankful for all your support in 2021! Whether you bought a raffle ticket, played our bingo, or just sent in your yearly mail in donation. It all helps us so much! Together, we make one team but we can always use more on our team. If you are ever interested in volunteering, get in touch with us! We would love to have you. We thank the community for their continued support, and look forward to another year of exceptional service!