Latest Undercliff VFC News

2023 CASH BASH WINNERS

THANK YOU to every who came out last night for the annual Undercliff VFC / Etna VFD Cash Bash! We had a packed house! We had a ton of fun and have away a ton of money! Not to mention all the great food! This is one of the biggest fundraisers for both departments, and we are grateful for your support! Thank you very much! A photo of the board of winning numbers is posted in the photos.

445 CALLS FOR SERVICE IN 2022

This year has been nothing shy of busy for Undercliff VFC. In 2022, the men and women of Undercliff responded to 445 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 445 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 2022! 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!


Have a safe and Happy New Year!!


2022 UNDERCLIFF VFC BURN DAY

17 members, 4 vehicles, 10 hours, 10 live fire scenarios, and tons of knowledge passed around! This years Undercliff VFC burn day was a huge success! This past Saturday (10/29/22) your Undercliff firefighters spent their day drilling on structure fire evolutions under live fire to better serve their community. Crews drilled on various scenarios from residential fires to mid rise standpipe operations under live fire conditions. It was an awesome day to see everyone jumping in, working hard, and learning! At the end of the day everyone was tired and exhausted but left feeling more confident in their abilities. Thanks to all our members for giving up the day to better themselves and the station! Big thanks to instructor team and ignition team for making this day possible!We would also like to thank Berkeley Hills Fire Company, Station 247 for watching over the district while we were out training!

2022 CAR RAFFLE WINNER

AND THE WINNER OF THE 15TH ANNUAL UNDERCLIFF CAR RAFFLE IS….Kacey Cerminaro! Tonight’s PA lottery Big 4 number was 2603. Kacey is the winner of a brand new 2022 Ford Maverick XLT! Congratulations, Kacey!THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets early and often for the 15TH ANNUAL Undercliff Car Raffle! We love hearing all of your stories about how you look forward to this raffle every year and we are already very excited to share our plans for our 16TH ANNUAL Undercliff Car Raffle soon! Until then, be safe, be kind, and thank you for your continued support!

 

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 summer of 2023. Be sure to watch for updates as we go through the build process. 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