Our officers for the upcoming year are as follows:
President: Jim Ivancik
Vice President: John Phillips
Treasurer: John Biteler
Secretary: Ernest Logan
Chief. Marty Davis
Assistant Chief: Ernest Logan
Captain: Wesley James
Congratulations to Leetsdale Firefighters Bill Crago and John Biteler for passing the PA Department of Health first responder class. All that's left now is for them to pass the National Registry test and we'll have 2 more firefighters that can respond to QRS calls in the Borough of Leetsdale.
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The Leetsdale VFD is proud to announce that our QRS (quick response service) program has begun. We are now licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and have started responding to medical calls within the Borough of Leetsdale. The purpose of the program is not to replace Valley EMS, but to supplement the EMS crews and ambulance service. Valley's base is across the Sewickley bridge and on occasion with traffic as well as other unforeseen situations, response times may suffer. Valley is a top notch service and provides everything our residents need upon their arrival. Our goal , with the fire station located in Leetsdale is to respond with our QRS unit and begin basic care as soon as possible, most of the time arriving before the ambulance. Valley EMS and Leetsdale's QRS are dispatched at the same time. As I'm sure you're aware seconds, let alone minutes can often mean the difference between life and death. Our QRS unit carries all the basic life support equipment required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We will begin patient care as soon as we arrive. When the ambulance arrives, treatment will continue as a team effort. Whatever is best for the patient is what will be done. Our QRS unit carries much of the same equipment as Valley EMS's ambulances do, we don't transport patients so obviously we don't have a stretcher. We don't carry the drugs and equipment to perform invasive procedures to a patient. However, we have all the equipment to begin basic life support until the arrival of Valley's EMS unit. And yes, we do carry Narcan for drug overdoses. The members of the Leetsdale VFD that crew our QRS unit have to be certified and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a first responder, emergency medical technician or paramedic. All three of these positions require many hours of classroom training, field training and patient contacts while being observed and evaluated in regards to their skills. These crews are also required to do continuing education and be recertified every several years. We are still a well trained fire department that responds to calls within Leetsdale Borough and its surrounding communities. With the new QRS program, we just want to provide more services for our residents to keep them as safe as possible. Many of our firefighters are cross trained in fire and EMS procedures. If you have any questions or would like to see our QRS unit and talk to some of our QRS team or firefighters, please feel free to stop by the station any Monday night around 7:00 PM.