We assisted Southwest Greensburg Fire Department in Westmoreland County, PA in preparing their FY2020 SAFER application. We also continue to help them properly manage the award. I wanted to share a remarkable success story that occurred as a direct result of this award.
On Feb 5, 2023, Southwest Greensburg Fire Department (SWGFD) was dispatched as automatic aid to an automatic fire alarm at a 12 story high rise in the neighboring City of Greensburg. The City Fire Chief arrived and reported he had an active fire on the 9th floor. The ladder truck from SWGFD responded very quickly and arrived on scene shortly after the City Fire Chief. SWGFD firefighter Tony Hunter was serving on the SAFER funded stipend duty crew at the time and was therefore part of the staffing on the ladder truck. Upon arrival, firefighter Hunter climbed 9 flights of stairs and met up with a Greensburg City Firefighter. Together, they proceeded to the fire apartment and effected a rescue of one victim. The victim has since made a full recovery. Firefighter Hunter has received a City of Greensburg Commendation, The Western PA Fire Association Valor Award, and the Southwest Greensburg Fire Department Life Saving Award.
I felt compelled to share this story with you because Firefighter Hunter was in the station, able to respond quickly, and ultimately perform a life saving rescue as a direct result of the SAFER Program – A testament that the SAFER Program makes a positive impact at countless incidents every day.