Recent Calls
Thu. May 14th 2020
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Station was dispatched around 2100 hours for one Engine to move to Westmoreland County Station 31 while they operated on a 2 vehicle accident with entrapment. Engine 22 responded with 4, crews remaine...
Sun. Apr 26th 2020
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Around 1700 hours station 22 was dispatched to the 300blk of 7th Street in the Borough for a 1 vehicle into a building unknow on injuries. Chief 22 arrived on location to find 1 vehicle into building ...
Tue. Feb 25th 2020
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Around 15:30 Station 22 was dispatched to the Boat Launch in Lower Speers to standby with boat 22 for a possible jumper on the railed road Trussell next to the Speers Bridge. While enroute Command 105...
Thu. Feb 20th 2020
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At 15:09 Station 22 was Dispatched along with 47,33,17, & Rit 11 to Fallowfield Township for smoke in a structure fire. Engine 22 along with Utility 22 Responded with a total of 4. While Enroute L...
Thu. Dec 5th 2019
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At 01:24 Station 22 was Dispatched along with 47,33,17, & Rit 11 to Wilson Ave in Fallowfield Township For a Reported abandoned House Fire. Capt 47-2 arrived on scene with a working fire. Engine 2...
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Sat. May 9th 2020
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Sat. Apr 11th 2020
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Sat. Mar 14th 2020
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Wed. Jan 1st 2020
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Sun. Dec 8th 2019
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Fire Company History

This historical record of the founding of the Lock No. 4 Volunteer Fire Company, was taken from the memoirs of Walter S. Rockwell (1886-1974).

"The Charleroi Water Company built their new reservoir on Charleroi Hill and brought city water to Lock 4 below the street car line (present Route 88) about 1902. They placed a few fire hydrants below the railroad tracks. Some of the townsmen got together and formed a volunteer fire company. Their meetings were held in the Pennsylvania Railroad Tool House located just south of the present bridge. There was only a single main track then. The tool shed housed a hand car which the rail workers easily pulled out and placed on the tracks.

At the first firemen's meeting, Allen Goe was elected Fire Chief in 1902. He was section foreman for the railroad. Allan Goe placed a number of tunnels under the tracks so that hoses could be passed beneath the tracks since the hydrants were all on the west side ofthe tracks. Jack Anderson was Chief in 1907, John Hogan in 1911, and Joe Allfree in 1913. My two older brothers were members of the old company until they both moved from Lock 4.

The firemen held oyster suppers and socials in the old Library Hall to get money for parade uniforms and two tents they used to attend conventions. The council also held their meetings in Library Hall. (Library Hall was the former Calvary Baptist Church on East Liberty Avenue and is still standing today).

The borough had a shed behind Library Hall in which they kept picks, shovels, and wheelbarrows for street maintenance. The shed was large enough to store two small factory type hose carts. The cart whels were of steel about 40" high. Each drum would carry 150 fet of hose, but when taken out onto the streets, the hose would drag in the mud making it difficult to move anywhere."

More History to come... Up next? The 1907 fire on East Liberty Avenue.


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