Saturday, February 9, 2013
Jonathan Miracle is accused of stealing an Eastern Area Prehospital Services ambulance from in front of the Swissvale Fire Department on Jan. 8.
Jonathan Miracle, 19, the homeless man who stole an Eastern Area Prehospital Services ambulance from in front of the Swissvale Fire Station, was held for court on Feb. 6 by District Judge Thomas Caulfield in his Forest Hills courtroom. A formal arraigment is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 26 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on charges of theft by unlawful taking-moveable property and criminal mischief-tampering with property filed by Swissvale police. According to a criminal complaint, the operator of the ambulance called police to report that the vehicle was missing at 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 8. The operator told police he'd left the vehicle outside at about 8:30 p.m. A review of a surveillance video showed a man entering the driver's side …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A homeless man has been charged with taking an Eastern Area Prehospital Services ambulance parked at the Swissvale Fire Department Tuesday night.
A homeless man has been charged in the theft of an Eastern Area Prehospital Services ambulance Tuesday night. The Post-Gazette reports that Jonathan David Miracle, 19, has been charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property. The ambulance was recovered in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County. The ambulance had been parked at the Swissvale Fire Department at 7400 Irvine St. when it was discovered missing about 9 p.m. According to an official post on Twitter from Allegheny County, the Sprinter-style ambulance was fully stocked with a drug box and other supplies. The vehicle is white with orange lettering and the number 8 on its exterior. A few posts on Twitter Tuesday night said it was last seen on Route 837 near Clairton. …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Swissvale Fire Department took its new truck to Edgewood Towne Centre for a workout Saturday.
If you wondered about the water in the air over Edgewood Towne Centre on Saturday, here's the answer. Swissvale firefighters were out with their new Spartan ERV aerial ladder truck practicing hose techniques in the parking lot. A few other trucks were also on hand. The 103-foot aerial ladder truck is also a 1,500-gallon pumper truck. The truck's ability to deliver water and flame suppressants from above will help limit damage. Casey Brown sent Patch these photos of the action. Did you happen to catch any others? Share them on Patch by clicking on the "upload" button! _______________________ Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Swissvale Fire Department unveiled new truck at its Fire Prevention Week Open House on Sunday.
Swissvale Fire Department rolled out its new Spartan ERV aerial ladder truck to the public at its Fire Prevention Week open house on Sunday. Purchase of the $760,000 truck was made possible by a $722,000 federal grant and a required 5-percent contribution from the borough of $38,000. Swissvale saved about $150,000 off the cost of a new, custom-built truck by purchasing a manufacturer’s demonstration vehicle. The 103-foot aerial ladder truck—the fourth ladder truck in the fire department's history—is also a 1,500-gallon pumper truck. "It's a much safer ladder," said fire Chief Clyde Wilhelm, pointing out there is a more stable platform and a 500-pound tipload instead of the 250-pound tipload of the four-decade-old Seagrave ladder truck it …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Despite the Steelers game and the rain, residents turned out to see the new fire station and new pumper/aerial truck on Sunday.
Swissvale's two fire departments showed off their new fire station to residents on Sunday with tours, activities and food. The borough is served by paid and volunteer fire departments, which have consolidated forces at the new fire station. And both were on hand to greet visitors and take them on a tour as a kickoff to Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 7 to 13. Financing for the new facility comes through a package of government grants, proceeds from the sale of the existing volunteer fire department station and low-interest loans. David Nickel, president of the Swissvale Volunteer Fire Department, led one of the tours, starting on the first floor. He showed the training-meeting room, which will also serve as a polling place for …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Swissvale Fire Department will have an open house with activities on Oct. 7 and Edgewood firefighters will hold safety day Oct. 13.
Local fire departments will be observing Fire Prevention Week with activities this weekend and next. Swissvale The Swissvale Fire Department will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the new fire station, 7400 Irvine St., to kick off Fire Prevention Week 2012. Fire prevention activities will be conducted, including a Fire Safety House demonstration and fire extinguisher training, according to fire Chief Clyde Wilhelm. Visitors will also have a chance to tour the new fire station and see the fire department’s new ladder truck. Eastern Area PreHospital Services is offering blood pressure screenings. All borough residents are encouraged to attend. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served along with other refreshments. …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The borough's paid fire department attained gold status and the volunteer fire department reached bronze status in the Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program.
Swissvale's paid and volunteer fire departments both received new levels of recognition from the Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner’s Office. The Pennsylvania Fire Service Certification Program certifies the firefighter training levels attained by participating departments in accordance with the National Professional Qualifications Standards administered by the National Professional Board of Fire Service Qualifications. The Swissvale Volunteer Fire Department has attained a Bronze Certification level by demonstrating that at least 50 percent of the department’s active members have been trained, tested and certified to the level of the National Pro-Board requirements. The paid Swissvale Fire Department has increased from a Silver status to a …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The new building will bring together the borough's paid and volunteer fire departments under one roof.
The Swissvale Fire Department will be holding a dedication of its new fire station and new ladder truck on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. The fire station is located at 7400 Irvine St. Among the dignitaries expected for the event are: U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills), Matt Blackburn from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s office, state Sen. Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills), Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Swissvale Borough elected officials. Check back with Patch tomorrow and later this week for more details about Saturday's program. _______________________ Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Swissvale's fire safety services have taken a giant step forward by housing the paid and volunteer fire departments under one roof for the first time in nearly a century.
It’s been a long time coming and this month Swissvale’s unusual combined professional and volunteer fire companies consolidate under one roof with the dedication of a brand-new fire station at Monongahela Avenue and Irvine Street. At the same time, the firefighters will roll out their new and much-needed Spartan ERV 103-foot aerial ladder truck. The new unit replaces Swissvale's principal fire rig, a Seagrave ladder truck, that is 37 years old and already was 21 years old when the borough bought it used. Sept. 29 is the planned date for both the fire station and fire truck inaugurals. Fire-related festivities in Swissvale will continue Oct. 7 with a fire prevention open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. When talking about firefighters in …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Check out the building as it grows.
The new home for the Swissvale Fire Department continues to grow as construction on Irvine Street is ongoing. Check out the progress so far!