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The North Fayette Township Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1971 and continues to serve as an all hazards fire, rescue and emergency medical response organization. However, with passing year our equipment, apparatus and many costly items need to be replaced or updated to help us better achieve our goals of protecting the citizens and visitors to North Fayette Township.

We are a 100% non-profit and completely volunteer organization. We rely and operate on the financial assistance of North Fayette Township, generous donations from our residents, local businesses, and grant awards from the State & Federal government. When you selflessly donate, you support the following:

  • Training Cost for our dedicated volunteer members
  • Fire Suppression & Rescue Equipment
  • Truck & Equipment maintenance
  • Fire Prevention & Public Safety Education
  • Daily operating expenses like Building and Vehicle Insurance, Building Repairs and updates, and related operating expenses

 

We are a 501(c)4 IRC 170 (C)(1), which means that your donations are 100% tax deductible and is vitally important in helping us continue to protect you and your loved ones.

ALL DONATIONS ARE FINAL

We greatly appreciate all your support!!

Want to Make an Even Bigger Impact? Join Us!  We are always looking for new members for Firefighting, EMS, as well as Administrative & Support volunteers for a variety of roles.

The cost to outfit a Firefighter

Helmet - $350

Our Helmets have to be rated for structural fire fighting and meet or exceed NFPA 1971 standard; protective ensembles for structural fire fighting and proximity fire fighting. In NFPA 1971, our helmets have to be tested for resistance to impact, resistance to heat, and resistance to flame. Fire Fighting Helmets come in various sizes, makes, and materials used. Pricing can range from $742.59 for a leather helmet to $192.39 for a composite helmet, but averages around $350

Hood - $30

A hood is an interface element in our protective ensemble that provides limited protection to our head, face and neck areas. Our protective hoods also have to meet the NFPA 1971 standard. Firefighting hoods are made of an inherently flame-resistant fiber, typically Nomex fabric. Firefighting hoods can range from $120 for a 4ply hood to $20 for a 2 ply hood but typically averages around $30

Safety Vest - $30

We issue all of our firefighters with safety vests, which they are required to wear should they be anywhere near the street or on the street. Our safety vests meet ANSI 207-2006. ANSI 207-2006 sets the minimum performance and design requirements for safety best to ensure appropriate visibility to moving vehicles. Safety vests can cost anywhere from $10.99/each to $56.39/each but averages around $30

Coat - $1,390

Our coats have to be rated for structural fire fighting and meet or exceed NFPA 1971 standard; protective ensembles for structural fire fighting and proximity fire fighting. Fire Fighting coats come from various makes and could be custom built based on the needs of the fire department. Firefighting coats come with an outer shell, a moisture barrier, and a thermal liner. The outer shell is to protect the firefighter from direct flame while providing abrasion and tear resistance. The moisture barrier protects the firefighter from water and NFPA “common liquids”. The moisture barrier is also tested for resistance to bloodborne pathogens. The thermal liner provides the thermal protection from ambient heat.

Firefighting coats are actually custom-tailored to our firefighters. This is done to assure an accurate fit and protection to our members. Pricing can range from $1,673.39 to $1,015.16 , but averages around $1,390

Breathing Apparatus - $5,000

Our Breathing apparatus, also known as Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) has to meet NFPA 1981; Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Service. Which requires that the apparatus meets NIOSH certifications 42 CFR 84, outfitted with two End-of-Service-Time indicators (EOSTI), a Heads-up display, and a rapid intervention crew/company universal air connection. Attached to our SCBAs is a Personal Alert Safety System (PASS). This device has to meet NFPA 1982; Standard on personal alert safety system.

There are a handful of companies that build SCBAs; Scott Safety, Honeywell Safety Products, MSA Fire, Draeger, Survivair and more. Pricing for SCBAs can range from vendor to vendor, and come in all sorts of packages and added features. Typically, for a full system, with a facepiece, spare cylinder, and PASS system; a Fire Department could spend anywhere from $2,000/each unit to $6,500/each unit.

Pager - $400

Fire pagers are a communication device that connects our volunteers with 911 fire dispatch. These pagers can cost anywhere from $400 to $800, depending on the features they have. Some useful features include voice storage, that will allow our members to rewind and playback a message to verify details.

Pants - $900

Just like our coats, our firefighting pants has to be rated for structural fire fighting and meet or exceed NFPA 1971 standard; protective ensembles for structural fire fighting and proximity fire fighting. Firefighting pants come in various makes and can be custom built based on the needs of the fire department. Firefighting pants come with an outer shell, a moisture barrier, and a thermal liner. The outer shell is to protect the firefighter from direct flame while providing abrasion and tear resistance. The moisture barrier protects the firefighter from water and NFPA “common liquids”. The moisture barrier is also tested for resistance to bloodborne pathogens. The thermal liner provides the thermal protection from ambient heat.

Firefighting pants are actually custom-tailored to our firefighters. This is done to assure an accurate fit and protection to our members. Pricing can range from $720.59 to $1,061.59 , but averages around $900

Fire Apparatus - $300,000 +

A fire truck, or also known as a fire apparatus, can range in cost depending on the apparatus. The most common fire apparatus are: pumper/engine, ladder truck, heavy rescue and brush truck. There are specialty trucks out there like a hazmat truck or a mobile command unit.

A Fire Engine/Pumper could cost upwards to $300,000.00 to $400,000.00. Ladder trucks typically start at $700,000 and escalates from there. Those prices do not include the equipment that would also go on those rigs. Fire fighting equipment add on another $100,000+ to outfit the apparatus. Nearly every single fire truck is custom built for the department ordering it, which drives the cost.

Equipment and Gear Retirement

In accordance with NFPA 1851; Standard on selection, care, and maintenance of protective ensembles for structural fire fighting and proximity fire fighting.

Structural fire fighting ensembles and ensemble elements need to be retired no more than 10 years from the date the ensemble or ensemble elements were manufactured.

Which means that our helmets, hoods, coats, pants, and boots, used or not, needs to be replaced after 10 years.

As for our SCBA’s, depending on the make of the cylinder is dependent on when it needs to be retired. Our cylinders are hydrostatically tested every five years. However, after 15 years of service, our cylinders are retired.

According to the NFPA 1911; Standard for the Inspection, Maintenace, testing, and retirement of in-service automotive fire apparatus. Our fire trucks should be retired from service after 25 years.

If these items are not replaced, and our firefighter gets injured on the scene with expired equipment, It could result in being denied insurance claims, workmen’s compensation and more.