Pittston Fire Department Headquarters
Emergency: Dial 911
Location: 20 Kennedy Street, Pittston, PA 18640-1820
March 15, 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the tragic downtown fire that took the lives of City firefighter, John Lombardo and West Pittston Hose Co. firefighter, Leonard Insalaco. So as to commemorate their sacrifice, a memorial mass will be celebrated on the anniversary at 7pm at St. John the Evangelist Church on William Street at Church Street. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this special mass.
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 City Administrator appointed John Akenbrand as a full time firefighter. Seen here at the June 19th City Council Meeting:
Photo: (Left to Right): Councilman Joseph McClean; District Justice Andrew Barilla, Sr.; Councilman Samuel “Danny” Argo; Mayor Jason Klush; Firefighter John Akenbrand; Councilman Michael Lombardo, Esq.; City Administrator Joseph Moskovitz
Also recently promoted was career firefighter Michael Chernouskas to the position of Captain at the May 15th city council meeting:
(in photo, left to right: Fire Chief James Rooney; Mayor Jason C. Klush; City Councilman Samuel “Danny” Argo; Fire Captain Michael Chernouskas; City Councilman Joseph Chernouskas; City Councilman Michael Lombardo, Esq.; City Controller Christopher Latona; City Administrator Joseph Moskovitz)
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.