Santa Claus is coming to Mocanaqua on December 17th and will be escorted around town with the help of his elves from the Mocanaqua Volunteer Fire Co. He will be starting his rounds at 1pm. So listen for those sirens and come on out to see Santa.
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and reflection with our family and friends. We at the MVFC love Thanksgiving as much as you do, but we don't want to crash your Thanksgiving dinner. As you throw the turkey in the oven, whip the mashed potatoes, and mix up the pumpkin pie, remember these safety tips to keep us out of your kitchen.
Thanksgiving by the numbers (Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division)
Congratulations to the 2017 Mocanaqua Fire Company elected officers!! The newly elected officers are as followed:
2017 Fire Line Officers:
Fire Chief - Stephen McDaniels
Deputy Chief - Stanley Helstowski JR
1st Assistant Chief - George Mitchell
2nd Assistant Chief - David Wojciechowicz
2017 Administrative Officers:
President - Michael Duda
Vice President - Gary Galazin
Secretary - Heidi Oley
Treasurer - Doug Yacuboski
Trustees - William Herstek, Josh Gregory, Kurtis Summa
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart.
The Mocanaqua Volunteer Fire Company offers the following safety tips for the holiday season:
A holiday Christmas tree is a source of joy; but if you’re not careful, it can also lead to a fire.
Christmas tree lights and other decorations set the theme for Christmas holidays. Here are some very important points to remember when using them.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! SANTA VISITS MOCANAQUA ON THE FIRE TRUCK ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th STARTING AT 1:00PM. CANDY WILL BE HANDED OUT ALONG THE ROUTE. MAKE SURE YOU LISTEN FOR THE SIRENS.
Most volunteer fire companies, like Mocanaqua, are independent, privately incorporated companies just like any other company you might think of. We are not administered by, owned by or otherwise affiliated with any municipalities other than by a "gentlemen's agreement" to provide service to you, our fellow community members. Just in the past few years, law was passed by the state government that requires municipalities to be more involved with their local volunteer fire companies. While we have a working relationship with Conyngham Township but we still remain a private, independent company.
As a private, independent organization we set the standards, require the amount of training necessary, run the day-to-day administration of the business of the organization and answer your calls in emergency and non-emergency situations. We do all this with no labor or benefits cost to you or anyone else. But that doesn't mean that we are a "free" service. Far from it. We have an annual budget to pay our utility bills, insurance, maintenance on the trucks, training, protective gear for the firefighters, purchase, maintenance and replacement of a wide variety of equipment from hoses and nozzles to chain saws to rescue equipment, we have to put money aside to replace our very expensive equipment when necessary and so much more.
So who pays the bills? You do! We do receive some donation from the municipal governments that we serve on a "first due" basis, but those donations amount to very little of our annual operating budget. It is up to us to make up the balance. We make up the balance by our annual fund drive and our fundraisers. Our fund drive, simply as the name implies, is our annual effort to raise the funding we need to keep operating. Some people criticize us for not doing other "fund raisers" where one feels like they are "getting something back for the money they spend." Where our fundraisers do help , our members, like you, have very busy lives and give so much more to you than you probably realize. We believe that your fund drive donation gives you "something back for your money" in well trained and well equipped firefighters that serve you.
We hope that having a little better understanding that YOU really do fund the majority of this necessary public service through your generous donation will help you appreciate the fact that your donation really does make a difference to the entire community. Please consider sending your donation today. Every donation matters and is appreciated by all of our members.
Don't wait, we never do when you need us!!
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages: