Pittston Fire Department Headquarters
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Location: 20 Kennedy Street, Pittston, PA 18640-1820
City of Pittston – Bureau of Fire
Life safety for the residents and visitors of the City is coordinated by the City’s Fire Bureau. The Fire Bureau is led by Fire Chief James Rooney, and provides fire suppression, fire prevention, and “quick response” emergency medical services. All services are provided from the Bureau’s Headquarters, located in the City’s downtown at 20-22 Kennedy Street.
The Bureau is staffed utilizing a combination of career and volunteer firefighters. Currently, there are seven full time firefighters, supplemented by a staff of fifteen part time firefighters. Minimum shift staffing consists of two firefighters. In addition to the on-duty staff, the City is fortunate to have two volunteer companies, the Eagle Hose Company, No. 1 and the Niagara Engine Company, No. 2. These companies are steeped in tradition, and have served the City for over a century. The volunteer companies are also based out of Fire Headquarters. These dedicated volunteers provide the majority of the City’s firefighting staff.
Recently, the Pittston City Council approved promotions within the career full-time staff of the Fire Department. Assistant Fire Chief Frank Roman was appointed Deputy Fire Chief. Captain Michael Chernouskas was appointed Assistant Fire Chief and John Ankenbrand was appointed Captain. Additionally, Mr. Ankenband was previously appointed as the City’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director. The Fire Department is led by Fire Chief James Rooney. In the photo, left to right: Assistant Fire Chief Michael Chernouskas; Deputy Fire Chief Frank Roman and Captain/EMA director John Ankenbrand.
The Bureau currently operates a fleet of four pieces of apparatus. Engine No. 1 is the City’s principal fire fighting vehicle. It is a “rescue engine,” and carries a full complement of rescue gear. Engine No. 2 is the City’s secondary fire fighting vehicle, and it is also used to provide quick response emergency medical care, and to assist the City’s Ambulance service during periods of high call volume. The City also operates a 100 foot aerial truck device, Tower 1. In addition to this equipment, the Bureau maintains a utility vehicle and a fire safety trailer, which is used to assist with fire prevention programs.
For more information regarding the Fire Bureau, contact Fire Headquarters at 570-655-6663.
“LEST WE FORGET” – 3-15-93
In memory of city firefighter, John F. Lombardo and West Pittston firefighter, Leonard Insalaco. These heroic individuals lost their lives battling a fire in the City’s downtown area on March 15, 1993. Their sacrifice has not been forgotten.