Driving safely in winter weather can be a challenge for even the most experienced driver. It’s easy to forget after months of mild conditions that...Read More
Operating Principles of the Penn Twp. Fire Dept. Operate through Teamwork and Mutual Respect Operate Ethically and with Integrity Honoring the Past, Preparing for the Future Core Values and Service Statements of the Penn Twp. Fire Dept.
In the early days Penn Township was largely farm country. Bridges, railroad underpasses and divided highways were not in demand. In fact the first bridge connecting the northern and southern parts of the township was not built until the late 1950’s, when Bittersweet Rd. was built to span the widest part of the St. Joseph River in the impoundment waters behind the Twin Branch Hydroelectric Dam.
The mission of the Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of Penn Township from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to save lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs; and to provide a work environment that values health, wellness and cultural diversity and is free of harassment and discrimination.
You might say that the history of the Penn Township Fire Department would be best described as a Dickens title – A Tale of Two Cities. It was not so much a case of bureaucracy as it was natural barriers. In the early days Penn Township was largely farm country. Bridges, railroad underpasses and divided highways were not in demand. In fact the first bridge connecting the northern and southern parts of the township was not built until the late 1950’s, when Bittersweet Rd. was built to span the widest part of the St. Joseph River in the impoundment waters behind the Twin Branch Hydroelectric Dam.
When a courageous band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John, fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors.
Driving safely in winter weather can be a challenge for even the most experienced driver. It’s easy to forget after months of mild conditions that snow and ice demand careful driving and special preparation for your vehicle. The following steps are important to review before winter really starts.
1. Drive slowly. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered road. Increase your following distance enough so that you'll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
2. Pay special attention to your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, tires, and other systems that can take a beating when the temperature drops.
3. Keep blankets, flashlights, jumper cables, and flares or emergency lights in your vehicle.
4. Make sure you and everyone in your vehicle are wearing seat belts for every ride. Never drive when distracted by an electronic device or anything else.
Remember before heading out, know the weather and traffic conditions, and plan your route accordingly. Give yourself more time to get where you’re going because you’ll be driving more slowly in inclement weather. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Veterans Day
While we were here at home,
They traveled land and sea,
To make sure we stayed safe,
To protect and keep us free.
Words are not enough;
To give them what they’re due.
On Veteran’s Day please thank them
For their service, to me and you.
Penn Fire Department wants to thank all our Veterans! ... See MoreSee Less
Cooking and heating are the top causes of fires during cold weather. Now's the time to review the following heating tips
• Furnaces, fireplaces, and chimneys should be cleaned and checked each year by an appropriate professional prior to using them. Clear away any clutter from these heating devices, at least 3 feet away.
• Only use seasoned wood in fireplaces, never use ignitable liquids to start a fire, and do not overload your appliance.
• The 3-foot rule also applies to furnaces and fireplaces. No combustible items within 3 feet of these heating appliances.
• Dispose of fireplace ash into a metal container and store outdoors away from structures on a concrete surface. Fireplace ash can ignite a fire days after they have been discarded.
Penn Fire wants to remind you to stay warm and do it safely ... See MoreSee Less
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Squad 14 is the primary response apparatus out of Station 14, at 13960 Jackson Road.
This station location provides faster response times due to its proximity to the US 20 Bypass and Capital Avenue.
All children under the age of 8 must be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat.