The Laflin Fire Department ended 2014 with it’s largest monthly call volume and largest yearly volume in it’s history. The department responded to 34 calls in December and 230 calls for 2014.
Also in 2014 the department noted the following additions to it’s fleet:
Added a new Chevrolet Tahoe Fire Command / QRS vehicle
Added a Haulmark trailer for use at large incidents. The trailer carries large qtys of absorbent , booms and pads for spills, portable generators , pumps , brush fire clothing and much more
The Fire Department operates independently and almost solely relies on residents donations. The department appreciates the $7100.00 received from Laflin Borough annually. The borough also provides a EMT / Firefighter Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm. This person also handles all the day to day maintenance of the borough . The borough allocation amount almost covers the departments yearly insurance payment. The departments Door to Door Fund Drive letter will go out late January, please be as generous as you can. The department has taken on yearly payments of $20,000.00 for it’s rescue / pumper and QRS unit.
Please see the fire departments year end report and year in review video below:
Congratulations to the following 2015 Laflin Fire Department Officers .
Fire Chief – Marc Malvizzi
Asst.Chief – Bill Kennedy
Asst.2 (Past Chief) Rick Timchack
Rescue Captain – Jody Reinard
Engine/EMS Captain – Jon Trebunak
Fire/Rescue Lieutenant 1 – Rich Lewis
Lieutenant/Training Officer – Drew Malvizzi
Chief Engineer – Eric Wruble
Tuesday approved the distribution of $12.4 million in slot machine revenue from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to help fund local projects in Luzerne County. A total of 46 projects will receive funding through the annual local share distribution approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
Laflin Borough will receive $250,000 for the resurfacing of multiple roadways throughout the borough.
Command QRS will respond to all medical calls in Laflin when an EMT is on duty / available. It is fully equipped with all medical supplies including AED, Oxygen , Pet Rescue Mask, Burn Kit, Collars, Splints, and more. It is a fully equipped command post for operation at all incidents in the borough. The 152 Special Operations Trailer has 7 electric sump pumps, 1 large gas basement pump, 6500w generator, 500 pounds oil dry, pigs and pads for oil spills, brush fire clothing and brush equipment. It will be used during times of heavy rain to take pumps to all residents in need, also respond to all large scale accidents and spills needing large amount of oil dry and pads.
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
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”.