Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire

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Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire (PBF)
Operational Area
Country United States
State  Pennsylvania
City Pittsburgh
Agency Overview
Established September 12, 1793
Annual calls 45,236 (2012)
Employees 630[1]
Staffing Career
Fire chief Darryl Jones
IAFF 1
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 1
Battalions 4
Stations 30
Engines 25
Trucks 11
Quints 3
Fireboats 2
HAZMAT 2
EMS Level BLS First Responder
USAR 1
Website
pittsburghpa.gov/fire/
www.iafflocal1.org

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire (PBF) provides fire protection to the city of the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The PBF is made up of approximately 630 uniformed members. The Bureau of Fire currently responds to approximately 45,000 emergency calls annually. The current Chief of Department is Darryl Jones.

The Bureau of Fire provides First Responder and BLS services to city residents. On April 1, 2011, the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau took over all fire department operations, including fire prevention for the Borough of Wilkinsburg.

History[edit]

Founded on September 12, 1793, the Bureau purchased a fire engine and opened a fire station on the corner of First Avenue and Market Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Originally a volunteer fire department, the Bureau became a fully paid department on May 23, 1870.

In 1820, Pittsburgh firefighter Marina Betts became one of the world's first female volunteer firefighters. On May 5, 1903 firefighters in the bureau created the first firefighter union in the world, and on September 11, 1903, organized the first local of what would become the International Association of Fire Fighters. Pittsburgh firefighters became Local 1 of the IAFF after winning a coin toss with the Chicago Fire Department.

Organization[edit]

Rank structure[edit]

The Bureau works on a paramilitary–hierarchical rank structure. Firefighters are to address concerns using the chain of command. This allows for a span of control in which the officers can maintain knowledge and enforce discipline within their units. The rank structure of the Bureau is as follows:

  • Chief of the Dept
  • Assistant Chief
  • Deputy Chief
  • Battalion Chief
  • Fire Instructor
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Firefighter
The quarters of Engine 3.

These ranks are appointed by the Administration; ranks up to and including Deputy Chief are promotable under civil service rules. Certain firefighters with over 15 years experience have the title of Master Firefighter, and senior firefighters in each company are the full-time driver–engineers, but these are not official ranks in the Bureau. Officers within the rank structure are paid 10% more than the rank under them. Master Firefighters are paid a 5% premium over a firefighter, and drivers get an additional $10 per day. Fire Instructor has recently been removed as a rank, but is paid a 10% premium above the instructor's current rank, so a Firefighter instructor gets paid lieutenant wages, a Lieutenant instructor gets paid Captain wages, etc.

Operations[edit]

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire currently operates out of 30 Fire Stations, located throughout the city in 4 Battalions, under the command of 4 Battalion Chiefs and 1 Deputy Chief per shift. The PBF also operates a fire apparatus fleet of 28 Engine Companies(including 3 Quints), 11 Truck Companies, 1 Mobile Air Compressor(M.A.C.) Unit, and numerous other special, support, and reserve units.[2]

Fire Apparatus Profile[edit]

  • 28 Engines (E3, E4, E6, E7, E8, E10, E12, E13, E15, E16, E17, E18-Quint, E19, E20, E22, E23-Quint, E24, E26, E27-Quint, E28, E29, E30, E31, E32, E34, E35, E37, E38)
  • 11 Trucks (T4, T6, T8, T13, T14, T17, T24, T26, T30, T32, T34)
  • 4 Battalion Chief's Unit (B1, B2, B3, B4)
  • 1 Hazardous Material(Haz-Mat.) Battalion Chief (Car 4020)
  • 1 Haz-Mat./Spill Unit (HM1)
  • 2 Haz-Mat./Foam Units (F29 & F37)
  • 3 Haz-Mat./Decontamination.(Decon.) Units (D1, D2, D3)
  • 2 M.A.C.(Mobile Air Compressor) Units (M.A.C.1 & M.A.C.2)
  • 3 Arson Units (AR1, AR2, AR3)
  • 1 Command Unit (CU200)
  • 1 Communications Captain (Car 4508)

Fire station locations and apparatus[edit]

Below is a complete listing of all fire station and apparatus locations in the city of Pittsburgh according to Battalion.

Engine company Truck company Special unit Chief Battalion Address Neighborhood
Engine 3 M.A.C. Unit 1, M.A.C. Unit 2, Car 4508(Communications Captain) 2 1401 Penn Ave. Strip District
Engine 4 Truck 4 2 1324 Forbes Ave. Uptown
Engine 6 Truck 6 3 3958 Penn Ave. Lawrenceville
Engine 7 Arson Unit 1, Arson Unit 2, Arson Unit 3 3 4603 Stanton Ave. Stanton Heights
Engine 8 Truck 8 Battalion 3 3 5714 Penn Circle W. East Liberty
Engine 10 PEMS Medic 5 2 2500 Allequippa St. Upper Oakland
Engine 12 PEMS Medic 7 2 4156 Winterburn St. Greenfield
Engine 13 Truck 13 2 200 Flowers Ave. Hazelwood
Truck 14 Battalion 2 2 259 McKee Pl. Oakland
Engine 15 3 7024 Lemington Ave. Lincoln-Lemington
Engine 16 3 605 Ross Ave. Wilkinsburg
Engine 17 Truck 17 3 7601 Hamilton Ave. Homewood
Engine 18(Quint) 2 5858 Northumberland Ave. Squirrel Hill
Engine 19 3 159 Homestead St. Swisshelm Park
Engine 20 PEMS Medic 12 4 514 Baldwin Rd. Hays
Engine 22 4 1945 Arlington Ave. Arlington
Engine 23(Quint) Command Unit 200 4 1704 Brownsville Rd. Carrick
Engine 24 Truck 24 Battalion 4 4 1729 Mary St. South Side
Engine 26 Truck 26 4 630 Brookline Blvd. Brookline
Engine 27(Quint) Aerial 2(Reserve) 4 96 Virginia Ave. Mt. Washington
Engine 28 4 1428 Beechview Ave. Beechview
Engine 29 Haz-Mat./Foam 29 4 2100 Noblestown Rd. Westwood
Engine 30 Truck 30 1 916 Steuben St. Elliott
Engine 31 1 3000 Chartiers Ave. Sheraden
Engine 32 Truck 32 Haz-Mat./Spill Unit 1 Battalion 1 1 900 Spring Garden Spring Garden
Truck 34 1 3284 Central Ave. Woods Run
Engine 34 1 3914 Perrysville Ave. Observatory Hill
Engine 35 1 1519 Orchlee St. Brighton Heights
Engine 37 Haz-Mat./Foam Unit 37 Car 4020(Haz-Mat. Battalion Chief) 1 1124 W. North Ave. Manchester
Engine 38 1 198 Essen St. Northview Heights

Closed/Disbanded Fire Companies[edit]

Below is a list of fire companies that have been disbanded throughout the PBF's history, due to budget cuts or department reorganization and restructuring.

  • Engine 1 - 344 Blvd. of the Allies
  • Engine 2 - 220 22nd St.
  • Engine 5
  • Engine 9
  • Engine 11 - 836 S. Millvale Ave.
  • Engine 14 - 259 McKee Pl.
  • Engine 21
  • Engine 25 - Penn Ave. and 34th St.
  • Engine 36 - 4603 Stanton Ave.
  • Engine 39 - 916 Steuben St.
  • Engine 40
  • Engine 41
  • Engine 42
  • Engine 43
  • Engine 44
  • Engine 45
  • Engine 46
  • Engine 47
  • Engine 48
  • Engine 49
  • Engine 50
  • Engine 51
  • Engine 52
  • Engine 53
  • Engine 54
  • Engine 55
  • Engine 56 - 2500 Allequippa St.
  • Engine 57 - 630 Brookline Blvd.
  • Engine 58
  • Engine 59
  • Engine 60
  • Engine 61 - 159 Homestead St.
  • Truck 1 - 344 Blvd. of the Allies
  • Truck 11
  • Truck 12
  • Truck 18 - 5858 Northumberland Ave.
  • Truck 23 - 1704 Brownsville Rd.
  • Truck 25
  • Truck 27 - 96 Virginia Ave.
  • Truck 38
  • Truck 45
  • Squad 1(Salvage Unit) - 1324 Forbes Ave.
  • Squad 2
  • Squad 3
  • Squad 4
  • Squad 11
  • Squad 12
  • Squad 24
  • Squad 28
  • Squad 33

Apparatus Specifications[edit]

Below is a complete list of all PBF apparatus, their manufacturer and specifications, and date.

Engine Companies[edit]

  • Engine 3 - 2007 KME Predator Severe Service 2000gpm./500gal./25gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Engine 4 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 6 - 2005 HME/Toyne 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 7 - 2007 KME Predator Severe Service 2000gpm./500gal./25gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Engine 8 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 10 - 2012 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 12 - 2012 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 13 - 2007 KME Predator Severe Service 2000gpm./500gal./25gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Engine 15 - 2007 KME Predator Severe Service 2000gpm./500gal./25gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Engine 16 - 2012 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 17 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 18(Quint) - 2007 Pierce Arrow XT 2000gpm./500gal./75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Engine 19 - 1991 Pierce Dash 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 20 - 2001 Spartan/American LaFrance 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 22 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 23(Quint) - 2007 Pierce Arrow XT 2000gpm./500gal./75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Engine 24 - 2007 KME Predator Severe Service 2000gpm./500gal./25gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Engine 26 - 2005 HME/Toyne 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 27(Quint) - 2007 Pierce Arrow XT 2000gpm./500gal./75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Engine 28 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 29 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 30 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 31 - 2005 HME/Toyne 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 32 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/Spencer 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 34 - 2001 Spartan/American LaFrance 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 35 - 2001 Spartan/American LaFrance 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 37 - 2009 KME Predator Severe Service 2000gpm./500gal./25gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Engine 38 - 2009 KME Predator Severe Service 2000gpm./500gal./25gal. Foam Pumper Truck

Truck Companies[edit]

  • Truck 4 - 2006 Seagrave Concorde 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 6 - 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 8 - 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 13 - 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 14 - 2007 Seagrave Marauder II 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 17 - 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 24 - 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 26 - 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 30 - 1997 HME/Ferrara 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 32 - 2007 Seagrave Marauder II 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 33 - 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck

Special Units[edit]

  • M.A.C. 1 - 2008 International/KME Medium-Duty Non-Walk-Around Air Compressor & Lighting Truck
  • Haz-Mat. 1 - 2007 Pierce Saber Heavy-Duty Non-Walk-Around Haz-Mat. Truck

Fictional portrayals[edit]

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire has been shown in many movies and television roles:

List of chiefs of department[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/fire/about
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire · About the Bureau". Pittsburghpa.gov. 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 

External links[edit]