The results are in! The Laflin Volunteer Fire Department has soared to a 5 rating from ISO, a fire department rating agency that provides ratings to insurance companies in setting fire insurance rates. There are 2864 fire departments rated in Pennsylvania, the highest percentage are 737 departments with a rating of 9. To put this in perspective of how difficult it is to achieve the highest score of 1, Plains Township was just issued a 4 after many upgrades to their training and equipment and the addition of their new ladder truck, putting them with other cities like Bethlehem, Kingston, Scranton and Erie. Wilkes Barre has the highest local rating at 3, joining just 25 others in Pa with a 3. All of these departments have a 24/7 paid staff. Only 1 Pa department has a 1, and 2 Pa Departments have a 2 rating.
Laflin Fire Chief Marc Malvizzi said: “This is a testament to the hard work of the Laflin Volunteers who strive for excellence with training, equipment and safety. With over 2000 hours of training in the last two years alone, most Pro Board Certified FF1, FF2, and Haz Mat courses, and equipment upgrades of a new QRS/Brush unit in 2011, and a Rescue Pumper in 2012, the LVFD stands ready to serve Laflin and surrounding communities with the best in fire protection”.
Laflin Borough’s Memorial Day Program was held Monday May 27th 2013 . Enjoy the highlights by clicking on the link below.
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Laflin Boroughs Train Station – Late 1800′s
Laflin Breaker – You can see the original borough Building to right of picture – This area is the large empty lot to right across the creek of the former Muddy Moose, across from Casey Kasa – Picture taken from area of hill above Broadway Street
Newspaper Story showing Laflin Resident Mike Oley coming out of one of the many Laflin Mines
Laflins 1931 LaFrance Fire Engine now in a lot in Olyphant Pa , 2013
The same laflin engine giving fire truck rides in the early 1970′s, pictured at the former Yanko’s Picnic Grove at the end of Market Street in Laflin
Parade Day in Laflin – Laflin’s 1st Police Cruiser – Passing the area in front of current fire station approx 1973
Newspaper story on Laflins oldest house and the old long gone Railroad Street in Laflin
Laflins 1951 International Fire Engine during a parade in the early 1970′s
Laflin’s 1969 Zoning Map
Laflin Fire Officers 1977 – Top Row – l-r Andy Shedlock Sr , Tony Colonna Jr, Carlton McGrady
Bottom Row – Chief Bill McHenry, Joe McAndrew, Pat DeCinti, Frank Mudlock Sr
Borough Building dedication 1969
Laflin High School Diploma 1927
Laflin Borough Centennial Invite 1989
Laflin Borough New Library and Borough Buidling 1997
Original Zoning Map 1889
Borough Council Meetings
We encourage all residents to attend our Regular Monthly Council meetings held on the second Monday of each month. Our meeting start time has changed to 6:00pm for 2013. Work sessions, if needed, will start one hour prior to the regular meeting. Contact the borough office to inquire if there will be a work session if you are planning on attending the meetings.
Borough Council Meetings for 2013:
Meeting Start Times – 6:00pm
If scheduled, Work Sessions will be held at 5:00pm
Laflin Borough wishes to protect residents from fraud and crime and promote the safety and privacy of residents by reasonably limiting the hours of Door-to-door solicitation and requiring a permit in a content neutral manner. As a result, solicitors within Laflin Borough are required to obtain a solicitation permit. Persons soliciting for religious or non-profit charitable purposes are also required to first register at the Laflin Borough Municipal Building. Borough office hours are from 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
The Laflin Fire Department recently took delivery of a 2008 KME Rescue Pumper
The unit has a 1000GPM pump,carries 275 Gallons of Water, 15 Gallons of Foam, has a 5 Man Cab, with 4 SCBA Seats, and a 5000 watt generator
It carries 600′ of 5″ Large Diameter Supply Hose, has 2 – 1-3/4″ Preconnects (350′ total), a 1-1-3/4″ Foam Front Bumper Preconnect, BLS Equipment, a “Jaws Of Life” Amkus 30CX 32″ spreader & 25HD cutters,Honda 5.5 power unit, Cribbing, BLS Equipment, Absorbant Supplies (pigs, pads) Decon Equipment, Level B suits/boots, K1200 Saw, Chain Saw, Electric Smoke Ejector
This unit replaces a 1992 Pierce International Pumper
In addition the fire department has a 1992 Pierce Dash Pumper, and a 2011 KME Ford F350 QRS/Brush Squad
At the recent Laflin Borough Council meeting, Laflin Resident Chuck Boyd was hired as full time borough Secretary/Treasurer. Standard borough business hours havel resumed. Chuck will continue as borough tax collector, will be responsible for the day to day operations of the borough office and will also be responsible for collection of the borough garbage and sewer fee’s .