The Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department has incorporated a Division of Special Rescues which includes:
Swift Water Rescue: The department first certified in the early 1990's, but has grown since. Now 8 members are certified swift water rescue technicians through the PA Fish and Game Commission and The PA State Fire Academy. We have a few other members who are working towards the same level of certification. The department is part of the Westmoreland County Swift Water Rescue Team (Westmoreland Team 175 consisting of our department, New Alexandria VFD, and Bradenville VFD). In recent years the team has seen deployments to the greater Harrisburg area in 2011 to assist with flooding from Tropical Storm Lee, as well as many local deployments for rescues on both water and ice. Countless hours of training have been spent to keep the team in a constant state of readiness.
Rapid Intervention: As an initiative taken in by Crabtree VFD, Forbes Road VFD, New Alexandria VFD and Lloydsville VFD, through funds provided by grants, the department acquired equipment and put almost all of our members through training to certify in Rapid Intervention, which is a team put together used to rescue trapped, injured, or disoriented firefighters. We currently provide these services for local departments and to those who request it.
Technical Rescue: In the same initiative as Rapid Intervention, the same departments took time to train in special technical rescue aspects such as rope/high angle rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, and wild land search and rescue. A few members also certified in CORE Rescue which is the basic rescue skills required to be recognized and national rescue technicians. The department works to provide continued education, and looks for new members wishing to add their expertise.
Anyone who is interested in joining the team, either from another department, or they don't want to fight fire but are interested in the special rescue aspects, can see any one of the department members to receive an application for the special teams. Training will be provided as it can be attained and equipment will be distributed.
Have you ever thought about volunteering in your community but not sure how to do that? Have you ever wondered if your career skills could be useful in a volunteer application? Are you a CPA, bank teller, doctor, business executive, chef, or other professional looking to either boost your resume or just donate a few hours a week to help out your community? We have good news! The Lloydsville VFD is looking for you. Our organization is growing each year, and with that growth comes increased executive needs. Currently our firefighters are holding multiple offices and roles, ranging from fighting fires and performing rescues to writing grants, cooking for fundraisers, filing taxes, and paying bills. The department is interested in finding career professionals within our area who are interested in lending their expertise to help take those duties off the responding member’s hands so we can better train to handle your emergencies. If you feel you have even 2 hours a week you can donate to the department we are more than happy to sit down and talk to you. Your volunteerism is just as important to the organization as those who respond to emergencies. If interested, please contact the station at 724-537-9872.
The Lloydsville VFD offers Address Marker Signs, compliant with Unity Township codes, as well as other municipalities. Each sign costs $15.00, will feature white reflective letters against a green background, and will be made to either a vertical or horizontal design based on your request. If interested, call the firehouse, or leave a message with us under the contact us link.