The Volunteer Fire Department is staffed by professionally trained and dedicated people who give up their free time to provide fire protection to the Township. The fire fighters are not paid for the thousands of hours they spend each year in various tasks from fighting fires, to training and fire prevention, to maintaining their fire trucks.
Two-thirds of the force, including the chief and president, are required to reside in Upper St. Clair. The volunteers come from a variety of professions, including carpenters, contractors, students, bricklayers, chefs, mechanics, engineers and branch managers.
The volunteers train continually in the areas of hazardous materials, rescue and fire fighting techniques. In addition to time spent responding to calls and training, many hours are spent maintaining the equipment so that it is always ready for the next call. Time is also spent cleaning and maintaining the two fire stations and conducting fire prevention programs and tours of the station.
On average, each one of the members spends approximately 10 to 15 hours per week performing various duties such as training, fire prevention, truck maintenance, record keeping and cleaning in addition to responding to emergency calls.
The Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department leadership is divided into three categories. They are as follows:
Chief (284-Chief): Steve Moore
Deputy Chief (284-Deputy): Drew Gerlach
1st Assistant Chief (284-Assistant 1): Greg Gerlach
2nd Assistant Chief (284-Assistant 2): Mike Moore
1st Captain (284-Captain 1): Mike Gannon
2nd Captain (284-Captain 2): Josh O’Connor
Lieutenant (284-Lieutenant): Craig DeRoss
Safety Officer (284-Safety): Ray Tomnay
Logistics: Doug Heckman
Fire Prevention Coordinator: Russ Rauch
* denoted deceased