Thursday, February 10th, 2022
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Truck 24 assisted City companies today with a house fire on Harrison Ave. Initial arriving crews found an advanced fire in the rear of the house extending to a 2nd house. Truck crew assisted on scen...
Saturday, January 15th, 2022
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Truck 24 assisted Youngwood with a house fire on S 7th street in Youngwood Borough. 10 members operated on scene for approximately 3 hours battling the fire and the cold temperatures.
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Last evening at 7:58 PM, The Truck and Rescue Pumper were dispatched to Farmington Place in Hempfield Twp for a possible house fire. Captain 29 arrived and reported a working fire. Truck 24 arrived ...
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
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Truck and Rescue Pumper 24 assisted the City with a house fire over night. 1st due units arrived to a well involved house spreading to a 2nd house. Crews from 24 operated on scene for nearly 4 hou...
Monday, September 12th, 2022
Tickets for the 2022 Fall Gun Bash are now available and on sale. The Gun Bash will be held at the Fire Station on Sunday, November 6. Tickets are $25.00, and can be bought from any fire department ...
Thursday, September 1st, 2022
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When Justin Schell, 38, says he grew up in the fire station — it’s not too far from the truth.Schell’s childhood home was located just a few houses away from the Southwest Greensburg...
Sunday, August 28th, 2022
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Nathan Kristoff, 23, noticed the high quality of training and equipment that Southwest Greensburg Fire Department had to offer and decided to join as a volunteer firefighter.“It’s a lot ni...
Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
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Tony “Rusty” Hunter, 26, recommends becoming a volunteer firefighter to anyone who enjoys an adrenaline rush like him. “It’s really one of those things where you have to be a c...
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Father, Son Carry on Family Legacy at Southwest Greensburg Fire Dept.
Thursday, June 16th, 2022

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/father-son-carry-family-legacy-southwest-greensburg-fire-dept

SOUTHWEST GREENSBURG — Albert “Bert” Bell was one of the founding members of Southwest Greensburg Fire Department back in 1905. Now, the family’s lineage of firefighters continues 117 years later as his great-great-grandson, Bill Wright Jr., is currently serving the department as chief.

“It’s just been part of our life basically since I was born,” said 44-year-old Chief Bill Wright Jr. “I’m a fifth-generation firefighter.”

Chief Wright Jr. has been in the fire service since 1996 when he started volunteering with the Greensburg Fire Department. He joined Southwest Greensburg Fire Department in 2008, becoming chief in 2013. His father, Deputy Chief Bill Wright, has dedicated over 45 years of his life to the fire service.

“It really is a family legacy,” said 63-year-old Deputy Chief Wright.

Chief Wright Jr.’s younger brother, Brian, is currently a Lieutenant with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. Their grandfather, Bill Wright, and uncle, Bob Wright, currently volunteer with Greensburg Fire Department.

There was once a time when Chief Wright Jr. and his brother Brian were both volunteering with their father and responding to calls together.

“It was great,” says Deputy Chief Wright. “When the three of us would go on a call, it was good for me, it was good for them, but mom didn’t appreciate it too much. Everybody was flying out of the door at the same time.”

Growing up surrounded by firefighters in his family, Chief Wright Jr. says the fire station was like a second home to him.

“He really attached to the fire department,” said Deputy Chief Wright. “The fire department was special for him long before he could even ride in the truck.”

Chief Wright Jr. is responsible for directing the activities of Southwest Greensburg Fire Department — including managing the team of volunteer firefighters. Having volunteered with his father for over 25 years, Chief Wright Jr. says he has learned a lot from his old man.

“His demeanor and the way he treats people has helped me to grow as a leader,” said Chief Wright Jr. “Back as a younger firefighter, just being able to learn everything I could from him is invaluable, such as real-world skills on the fire ground that you can’t learn from a book.”

To this day, Chief Wright Jr. recalls the feeling of responding to his very first fire calls with his dad when they began volunteering together 25 years ago.

“It was definitely unique and something that a lot of fathers and sons don’t get to experience,” said Chief Wright Jr.

During their volunteering careers, the father-son duo has held varying positions within the fire department. But no matter their title, they say they’ve always had a solid working relationship.

“Over the years, I have been his boss and he has been my boss,” said Deputy Chief Wright. “I just think that’s unique to us, and it works. I don’t think it would work with every family.”

Chief Wright Jr. has two children, Kayla, 17, and Billy, 7. He believes there’s hope for a sixth-generation firefighter in his youngest son.

“He would definitely be next in line without a doubt,” said Chief Wright Jr. “He loves being at the fire station as much as we do.”

Having described the experience of volunteering with his father as “very worthwhile and gratifying,” Chief Wright Jr. encourages more fathers to volunteer at the fire department with their sons or daughters.

“There’s not enough sons and daughters joining up with their fathers anymore,” he said.

Southwest Greensburg Fire Department is currently looking for volunteer firefighters, including members under the age of 18.

For more information or to fill out an inquiry form, visit www.SWGreensburgFirefighter.org.

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Monday, September 12th, 2022
Tickets for the 2022 Fall Gun Bash are now available and on sale. The Gun Bash will be held at the Fire Station on Sunday, November 6. Tickets are $25.00, and can be bought from any fire department member, at the fire station, or at Latrobe Army Navy.
Thursday, September 1st, 2022
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When Justin Schell, 38, says he grew up in the fire station — it’s not too far from the truth.Schell’s childhood home was located just a few houses away from the Southwest Greensburg Fire Department where his father served as a volunteer firefighter.
Sunday, August 28th, 2022
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Nathan Kristoff, 23, noticed the high quality of training and equipment that Southwest Greensburg Fire Department had to offer and decided to join as a volunteer firefighter.“It’s a lot nicer to come here because they have everything you need,” he said.Nathan’s family has bee...
Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
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Tony “Rusty” Hunter, 26, recommends becoming a volunteer firefighter to anyone who enjoys an adrenaline rush like him. “It’s really one of those things where you have to be a certain kind of person to do it,” Tony said.
https://patch.com/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/father-son-carry-family-legacy-southwest-greensburg-fire-deptSOUTHWEST GREENSBURG — Albert “Bert” Bell was one of the founding members of Southwest Greensburg Fire Department back in 1905.
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Patch.comSOUTHWEST GREENSBURG — Members of Southwest Greensburg Fire Department pride themselves on rigorous training and steadfast commitment to protecting the community. Responding to more than 1,000 calls each year, they could always use more assistance — which is why Southwest Greens...
Congratulations to FF Josh DiCriscio and FF Brian Cunningham who received notification that they have successfully completed the Driver/Operator Pumper professional certification process. This is a mandatory requirement of all of our members before being able to drive/operate a department vehicle.So...
Congratulations to FF Bill Young who received notification that he has successfully completed the Driver/Operator Pumper professional certification process. This is a mandatory requirement of all of our members before being able to drive/operate a department vehicle.
Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
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Tickets for the 2022 "Spring Gun Bash" are now available and on sale. The Gun Bash will be held at the Fire Station on Sunday, February 27. Tickets are still just $20.00, and can be bought from any fire department member, at the fire station, or at Latrobe Army Navy.
Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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Another day of Fire Prevention for the kids in our Borough. Today was a visit to Loveli Foundation Pre-School.
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
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Members from the Department, as well as members from South Greensburg and Mutual Aid Ambulance participated in a Fire Prevention program today at Hutchinson Elementary School. A joint drill between the departments and the school was held, and then a program for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes...
The annual Halloween Parade this year will be on Sunday, October 31st. Registration will be at the Hutchinson Elementary school, starting at 4:30 PM. The parade will start at 5:30, following the normal route through the Borough.
Monday, September 6th, 2021
Tickets for the 2021 "Fall Gun Bash" are now available and on sale. The Gun Bash will be held at the Fire Station on Sunday, November 7. Tickets are still just $20.00, and can be bought from any fire department member, at the fire station, Latrobe Army Navy, or at Art's Barber Shop.
Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Congratulations to SGT Jeff Falo who received notification that she has successfully completed the Fire Fighter II certification process. SGT Falo is the 13th active member of the department certified to at least the Fire Fighter II Level.Southwest Greensburg Fire Department continues to stay commi...
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
Congratulations to FF Gianna Brant who received notification that she has successfully completed the Fire Fighter I certification process. FF Brant is the 23rd active member of the department certified to at least the Fire Fighter I Level.Southwest Greensburg Fire Department continues to stay commi...
Monday, February 8th, 2021
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Life Member David Ashbaugh. Dave served the department for 50 years, serving in many capacities. Dave was also a former member of Borough Council.
Please consider sponsoring our Virtual Spring Gun Bash. Your business will be recognized throughout the day of the event.
Sunday, February 7th, 2021
Due to current PA Governmental restrictions on gathering sizes, our Spring Gun Bash will now be virtual! We will be online Sunday February 28 from 11-5 drawing our ticket winners. Additional raffles will be available throughout the day online.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
Congratulations to the following members who have received official notification of successfully completing professional certification:Sgt. Jeff Falo: Fire Fighter I, Driver Operator - Mobile Water Supply Apparatus, Driver Operator - Pumper, Driver Operator - Aerial Device FF Matt Shipley: Driver Op...
Monday, December 14th, 2020
Tickets for the 2021 "Spring Gun Bash" are now available and on sale. The Gun Bash will be held at the Fire Station on Sunday, February 28. Tickets are still just $20.00, and can be bought from any fire department member, at the fire station, Latrobe Army Navy, or at Art's Barber Sho...

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