MARKLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
APOLLO, PA 15613
Markle Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1960 to serve the area in and around Markle, Pa. Fifty years later the service has expanded to include equipment to battle any type of fire from commercial structures to brush fires, water rescue response, and a (IRP) Immediate Response Personnel for medical emergencies.
Markle VFD recently reached an agreement with Lower Kiski EMS to house a medic unit at the Markle sub-station on White Cloud Road. This unit will respond to medic calls throughout Allegheny Township and also assist with daylight fire service calls.
The Markle service area includes southeast half of Allegheny Township. Allegheny Township in whole consists of 32 square miles of area with a population of approximately 8000 residents.
The Members of Markle VFD are very active in fund raising to enhance their fire service. The members rent a 3000 square foot social hall, and participate with local unions Labor Day festivities at Northmoreland Park. Information concerning these functions can be obtained by calling 724-727-7114.
To view additional information about Markle VFD please go to http://www.marklevfd.com/
The Members of Markle VFD offer both social and active membership. Person interested in taking an active part in firefighting, EMS, and or fire department fund raising can obtain an application by calling the above number.
Allegheny Township Vol. Fire Co. #1
The Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 is located on Fire Hall Road, off Route 356, near the intersection with Bagdad and Garver’s Ferry Roads. It was incorporated in 1941 and the fire house was moved to its present location in 1948. In 1981, the station was destroyed by fire and was subsequently rebuilt on the same site.
In the past, most of the firefighting apparatus was either purchased used or built partially or completely by our membership. This changed when the availability of Federal and State grants helped the Department purchase its first new pumper in 1998. Through Township support in the form of tax dollars, the Department has been able to greatly increase the quality of fire protection. It added newer, more reliable equipment including a 2001 Pierce engine/pumper, a 2002 GMC/4Guys tanker, a 2008 Dodge brush truck and most recently, replaced the 1998 vehicle with a 2013 Ford F-550/HME mini pumper.
The Township requires both fire companies, Allegheny Township VFC #1 and Markle VFD, to respond to all calls within the Township. In addition, we share mutual aid with Freeport, Leechburg, West Leechburg and other surrounding jurisdictions. Providing mutual aid means that when there is a significant event, we either assist at the scene or we take one of our trucks to their station so their area is protected if there is another problem. Most people associate our calls with structure fires and brush fires; however, thankfully, these make up a small part of them. We pump flooded basements, investigate smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, respond to vehicle accidents, provide ambulance assistance when additional manpower is needed, and handle fallen trees and wires down on the road.
For more than 70 years, ATVFC has provided fire protection to the Township through the dedication of its fully volunteer membership. It takes many talents to operate a fire company. We welcome anyone interested in joining our efforts to come to the station any Tuesday evening at 7 P.M or contact us via our website at www.atvfc.com.