In late 2008 the Officers and Members decided to start a Live In Program. Construction idea’s were drawn out and refined, and finally agreed upon. Bid’s were sought for the Renovation’s and Ray Templer Construction was awarded the work. Ray and his crew did a fantastic job with the construction which included 2 partition walls and doors and a new floor. The bathroom and shower is being updated in the next few weeks as well. Some upgraded to the kitchen have been competed and the Furniture is being delivered Wednesday. Within the next week or so the live in members will be moving in and staffing the firehouse 24 hours a day.
Penn Hills #1 will be the first and only fire company so far to offer Live In Membership. There are many departments in the surrounding areas that offer this type of opportunity, however it is new to Penn Hills. The live in members in exchange for living at the station are repsonsible for maintaing equipment, cleaning the station and vehicles and respodning to all calls while in the station.
Our Live-In Bunkroom Facility will accomodate eight personnel at full capacity. Regular Members can also bunk in on occasion if they wish. See Live in Program SOG below for full requirements and rules/
Some of the benefits our Live in Program has to offer are:
– Dormitory facilities
- Shower / Locker’s
- Fully equipped kitchen area
- Laundry facilities
- Updated Day Room with LCD TV and XBox
- Fire / EMS / Rescue and Continuing Education Classes on routine basis
- Computer and Internet access (for educational purposes)
- Close access to PA Turnpike, Pittsburgh Parkway East, Shopping & Dining (all within a 1 mile radius of the station)
Openings in the program will be filled as per the Live In Committee. First consideration to new applicants will be given to personnel with previous Fire / EMS experience. However, applicants without previous experience will also be considered. In return for being part of the program, applicants will be expected to perform numerous station duties in addition to responding to Fire and EMS calls while in the program (to offset the cost of housing). The residency program is not only limited to college students, any Fire / EMS person is encouraged to apply. Applicants of this program must be at least 18 years of age and have either graduated from high school (with diploma) or earned their GED.
On Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – All a Board Furniture delivered out new furniture and installed all the Couches, Bunks, Dressers, and Wardrobes. Pictures will be forthcoming.