UVFR Message From the Chief


Welcome to United Volunteer Fire/Rescue's website. With this tool, we hope to share valuable information about our department, the incidents that we respond to, and ways that you and your family can remain safe in today's hectic times.

As a company, UVFR takes a great deal of pride in the work that we do. We understand that our primary focus is to provide fire, EMS and rescue services to the citizens of Wall, East McKeesport, and the surrounding communities on that most difficult day when they have to dial 911. The mission of our department is to respond quickly, efficiently, and professionally to any situation that may arise. Our members train very frequently both in our station and with experts from the county and state level.

From time to time, we will also post information on this site about classes and opportunities that would allow us to interact with the community that we serve. I hope that you would take advantage of some of these opportunities to see what exactly UVFR has to offer.

I would also like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to anyone age 14 and up who has an interest in joining the department to stop by and talk with the members. We are always looking for people with interest in firefighting and rescue, but there are other ways you can help out such as fundraising or administrative duties.

If you have any questions about United Volunteer Fire/Rescue please feel free to stop by the station or give me a call at 412-823-9654.

Shane Spielvogle, Chief
United Vol. Fire/Rescue

United Volunteers Fire & Rescue Photo of The Day for

Dwelling Fire-Larimer Ave East McKeesport
Saturday, December 7, 2013 05:19
In the early AM UVFR Station 135 was alerted along with Wilmerding Station 306, Fire Dept of N Versailles Station 213 and Pitcairn RIT 230 for a report of a dwelling fire on Larimer Ave near Third St. Crews arrived to find a large 2 1/2 story house with heavy fire from the top floor. Crews darkened the fire from the exterior and then went inside to finish extinguishment. Due to the large volume of fire and cold weather, a second alarm was transmitted for manpower bringing Forest Hills station 153 and North Braddock station 207. The fire is currently under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall. Units on scene: 135 213 306 230 153 207 EAPS E. McK PD, ACFM

Breast Cancer Awareness Tee Shirts
UVFR is selling breast cancer awareness tee shirts with United on the left chest as in the pic and the maltese cross design on the back of a pink tee shirt. Prices are $15 per shirt up to xl and $1 additional per size above xl. Contact uvfrdc135@yahoo.com for ordering information.

UVFR will be holding a SUPER BINGO on Sunday October 6th (no Steeler game) at the senior citizens building on Chicora Street in E. McKeesport.

Tickets are pre-sold or at the door and are $25. Must be 18 years old to play.

Doors open at 12 noon, early birds begin at 1pm.

Call Cheryl at 412-770-5864 for ticket information.

Dwelling Fire, East McKeesport
Courtesy J. Zamosky
   Courtesy J. Zamosky
Saturday, August 17, 2013 01:33
UVFR was alerted to the 600 block of Pittsburgh Street in East McKeesport for a report of a dwelling fire with entrapment. Police arrived to find a structure with heavy smoke coming from the second floor and one male trapped on a front porch roof. Police assisted the male victim off of the roof prior to the fire department's arrival. Fire crews encountered fire in the basement with some extension to the upper floors. The fire was under control in approximately 45 minutes and is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall's office. Companies on scene: 135, 213, 306) RIT 230, Eastern Area Prehospital Services. Command: 135 Chief (Spielvogle)

Structure Fire Assist-North Versailles Township
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Late in the evening UVFR was alerted to assist North Versailles Township with the report of a dwelling fire on Ampere St.

135 Rescue, Squad 1 and Squad 2 responded with 14 members.

Crews found a well involved abandoned structure and assisted with suppression and overhaul.

The fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall.

Companies on scene: 211, 212, FDNV, 135, 283, 306, 230, FDNV EMS.

Motor Vehicle Crash Wall Ave
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Crews responded to the 200 block of Wall Avenue for a motor vehicle crash with hazards.

Units found one vehicle into a pole, and the incident is under investigation by East McKeesport Police.

Busy week for UVFR
UVFR was very busy this week, responding to a structure fire on Tuesday in North Braddock, an apartment building fire in N. Versailles on Thursday, and a structure fire on Friday in Rankin. Luckily noone was hurt and all fires are under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall.

Rankin dwelling fire, Friday
   Rankin dwelling fire, Friday
North Braddock dwelling fire, Tuesday
   North Braddock dwelling fire, Tuesday
Dwelling Fire-Wall Borough
Sunday, April 28, 2013 21:30
UVFR Station 135 along with stations 306, 213, and RIT 230 were dispatched to the 300 block of Grant Street in Wall Borough for the report of a dwelling fire.

First arriving crews found a large 3 story structure with fire showing from the back of the building.

Crews made an aggressive attack, however because of the size of the building and lower water pressures, a second alarm including a tanker task force was alerted.

The fire was brought under control in approximately 90 minutes. The cause is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall Office.

Stations on scene: 135, 213, 306, RIT 230, 153, 207, 193, 113 (Air), 211

Tankers: 195, 184, Westmoreland tankers 1 (Larimer) and 78 (Sardis)

Command: 135 Chief (Spielvogle)

Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, April 14, 2013 

UVFR Pancake Breakfast....9a to 2p, East McKeesport Senior Citizens Building, Chicora Street East McKeesport. All you can eat regular, blueberry, or chocolate chip pancakes...also available: sausage patties or bacon, coffee, tea, orange juice and water. $7 adults, $4 kids age 5-12, Free for kids under 5.

Hope to see you there!

Call 412-823-9654 or email contactUVFR@yahoo.com with any questions.

Structure Fire Assist-Rankin Borough
Friday, March 8, 2013
Early this afternoon 135 Rescue responded to Rankin  Borough to act as RIT for a dwelling fire. We responded with six members.

There were no team activations, and the fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall.

Units on scene: 238, 113, 207, 153, 135 RIT, 204, 298, 292, Priority One EMS, ACFM

Motor Vehicle Crash With Entrapment Assist
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
This AM UVFR Rescue 135 assisted FDNV EMS and Rescue 213 with a motor vehicle crash with entrapment on US Route 30 near Highwood Avenue in North Versailles.

Crews assisted with patient access and extrication.

Units on scene: 213 Rescue 135 Rescue 214 Engine

Motor Vehicle Crash with Entrapment Assist
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Around 3 AM UVFR's 135 Rescue was alerted to assist FDNV with a motor vehicle crash with rollover and entrapment.

Crews worked to free a patient who was trapped in the over turned vehicle using airbags and tools.

The patient was transported to a trauma center for evaluation.

Units on scene: 213R, 135R, 299R, FDNV EMS, White Oak EMS, McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service,

Severe Weather
Later this week extreme cold will come across the region. Ensure your safety by making sure that you have the proper cold weather clothing, and that your home's heating system is working properly. Beware of alternate heating methods as some may be dangerous. Lastly, take a moment to look in on your homebound and elderly neighbors.

Structure Fire Assist-North Braddock
Friday, January 4, 2013
UVFR was alerted to the 1300 block of Rebecca Street in North Braddock to act as the rapid intervention team at a dwelling fire. 135 Rescue and squad responded with 10 members. There were no team activations.

Crews arrived to find a two story structure well involved in fire. Unfortunately, two small children were found deceased during the suppression efforts. Our sympathies go out to their families.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshall.

Units responding: 207, 113, 153, 135, 137, 227, Priority One EMS, ACFM

Structure Fire Assist, North Versailles Township
Thursday, December 13, 2012
UVFR was alerted to assist FDNV with the report of a dwelling fire in the 500 block of Arlington Avenue in North Versailles. Rescue 135 and Squad 135 responded with 12 members.

Crews found a working fire and assisted with suppression and overhaul effort.

Comanies on scene: 213/214, 135, 306, 230 (RIT), 299, White Oak EMS, NVTPD, ACFM

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