The volunteer firefighters/emergency medical technicians (VFF/EMT) serve the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, ranging from emergencies that immediately threaten life or property to routine citizen requests for information or assistance. They perform within the scope of the policies and procedures of Big Sewickley Creek VFD and they perform duties in the following general categories: fire suppression, emergency medical aid or rescue, hazardous material responses, training, building inspections and public education. They are also expected to perform their duties under adverse conditions and physical conditions that may pose a high risk of personal injury or exposure to hazardous conditions or infectious diseases.
Although the Big Sewickley Creek VFD does not have its own ambulance, it does however still provide Emergency Medical Services in the form of a Quick Response Service or more commonly referred to as “QRS”. The QRS designation is a Pennsylvania Department of Health certified unit that while does not provide transport services, however it does contains most of the live saving equipment found on an ambulance. This allows crews to provide care to our community prior to the arrival of an ambulance company. Care is continued to be rendered even after the ambulance arrives.
The QRS unit is staffed by our own volunteers who are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). These volunteers also help to provide fire and rescue services, however they further themselves with added medical training. These men and women go above and beyond to provide care to the community.
Our QRS unit works in conjunction with the local ambulance companies responding to approximately 120 calls a year.
If you are interested in joining, we are always looking for new members and there is no previous training or experience required.
We are looking for volunteers equipped with K-9s trained in SAR or recovery.
We are looking for volunteers equipped and certified with drones.
We are looking for volunteers trained on horseback.
FREE to qualifying residents
The car seat installation experience is an interactive one. As the caregiver, you should leave confident that your child’s seat is installed correctly AND that you are comfortable reinstalling and using it correctly. To ensure that you have the best experience you should prepare for an education.
This one-on-one education typically takes 20-30 minutes, depending on the car seat and the vehicle. The CPS Technician should take all the time necessary to ensure that you feel competent and confident in re-securing the car seat into the vehicle and re-buckling your child into the car seat on your own.