Chief Randy Porter,
I want to welcome you to the official website of the Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company (PHVFC). I hope you will take the time to browse our site to learn more about the men and women that make up the PHVFC. Please check back periodically for updates and articles that will be informative and educational to our residents and brother firefighters.
PHVFC is comprised of 50 dedicated volunteers that serves roughly 8,500 residents and numerous businesses. We respond to roughly 500 incidents a year. We provide fire and rescue services along with mutual aid to surrounding communities.
The PHVFC was founded in 1937 and was officially incorporated in 1938 as the Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company and Relief Association of Allegheny County. Land was donated to the fire company to construct a fire station and during the spring of 1942, the station was completed. In March of 1945, a portion of the fire station became the home of the Pleasant Hills Library and in April 1947, the station became the borough building. In September of 1964, the fire company organized the Junior Fire Company. The group expanded to a Junior Fireman Explorer Scout Group sponsored by the fire company. This long standing and worthwhile program still exists today. The rapidly growing fire company was becoming very cramped in its old station and plans began in 1984 for a new building. The borough agreed to pay for 2/3 of the cost of construction if the fire company could come up with 1/3 and the costs involved in furnishing the new building. The new station was completed in 1986.
I am fortunate enough to lead this department since January 2015 however, without the leg work that my predecessors have implemented this company would not be where it is today. Most of our members are nationally recognized as Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Fire Instructors, and Hazardous Material Operations. We currently hold a silver status through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This means that 75% of our members hold a nationally recognized certification. We place a strong emphasis on training whether it’s through our company training or through state certified classed. The more we train, the better we are at protecting ourselves and the residents of our great community.
The PHVFC takes a pro-active approach with being active in the community. We can be seen at events such as Community Day, National Night Out and the annual Lion’s Club Halloween parade. For the past several years, we have had the honor of delivering Santa Claus to the police departments “Visit with Santa”. We also give fire prevention talks and station tours to numerous groups such as the Cub scouts, Girl Scouts and Daisy Troops. Every year, we visit the kindergarten class at McClellan Elementary and review safety tips and tour one of the fire trucks.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents and borough council for their continued support over the years. If there is anything that we might be able to assist you with, please don’t hesitate to call or stop by the station Monday – Saturday from 8-4 when the station is staffed.
Randy G. Porter Chief