Public Safety - Whitehall Fire Company
Emergency Number: 412.884.1100
Emergency Calls also at: 911
Contact the Fire Company: 412.884.1100
Fire protection provided by the Whitehall Fire Company is strictly a volunteer company formed in 1946.
The 46-member company operates out of two firehouses.
Station No. 1
4480 Clairton Road, just North of the Baldwin-Whitehall High School.
Station No. 2
601 Weyman Road, across from the Caste Village Shopping Center.
Current Fire Company Officers
Chief: Eric Harris
Assistant Chief: Jim Matragas
Deputy Chief: Bryan J. Pearson
1st Lieut: Nicholas Price
2nd Lieut: William Z. Marcus
Chief Engineer: Chris Nellis
President: Gary Mizla
Vice President: Rob Dindak
Secretary: Robert S. Brown Jr.
Treasurer: Michael L. Cecotti
Director: Robert J. Lane
Director: Michael Schonbak
Even before there was a Whitehall Borough, there was a Whitehall Fire Company. The company held its first meeting on November 1, 1946, fifteen months before the Borough was incorporated.
By June of 1947, the company had raised enough money to purchase its first piece of apparatus, a 1930 Seagrave pumper truck. The only problem was that there was no firehouse to store the truck, so it was kept on property owned by Fire Chief Chester Sayre. Meetings were held either in Chief Sayre’s garage or at the South Hills Sportsmen’s Club.
Fire calls would be taken by the Brentwood Police and relayed to the Sayre residence. Mrs. Sayre would then activate a fire siren and call the homes of two other firemen whose wives would activate sirens located at their homes as well.
In November of 1948, the Fire Company moved into its own firehouse on Route 51. Although a new structure was eventually built, that location is still in use and is known as Fire Station No. 1.
A second firehouse was opened in 1954 near the intersection of Grove and Baptist Roads, what is now the Giant Eagle parking lot. A new firehouse was built later at its current location at 601 Weyman Road.
Whitehall has always wanted its Fire Company to concentrate on responding to emergencies, not raising money.
As a result, the Company has long enjoyed the financial support of the Whitehall Borough Council and Borough residents.
While neighboring fire companies spend a great deal of time raising money that is not the case in Whitehall. The Company conducts one annual fund drive that generates much of the money needed to sustain operations.
Whitehall Fire Company
The Company is actively seeking volunteers, 18 years or older, who wish to serve the community in a substantive way.
Potential volunteers are encouraged to stop by Station No. 2 at 601 Weyman Road at 7:45 PM on the third Monday of each month, or call 412-882-8820 and leave a message for the Chief or the Assistant Chief.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced the launch of an on-line Special Needs Registry that allows residents with physical, mental health and intellectual disabilities to provide information to the Department of Emergency Services.
The voluntary information may then be shared with those responding to a home for a police, fire, or medical emergency.
The registry may be found on the county's website at: www.alleghenycounty.us/specialneedsregistry