United Volunteer Fire & Rescue
United Volunteer Fire & Rescue provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to the boroughs of East McKeesport and Wall in eastern Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. As of January 18, 2006, UVFR is dispatched by Allegheny County 911.
UVFR was established in 1998 when East McKeesport Volunteer Fire Company #2 and Wall Volunteer Fire Department merged into a new company. An official charter was granted in 2000.
The merger came about as the result of a dwindling pool of volunteers in the Pittsburgh area, and a decrease in income from fund drives and other fundraisers. It was decided that the best way to keep the two companies afloat was to combine them, which would result in a larger pool of volunteers, as well as the financial benefits of avoiding the costly and wasteful duplication of fire and rescue equipment in two small towns. The net result: a better level of fire protection for the residents of each community.
UVFR operates two stations, one in each town. Station 135, in East McKeesport, houses an engine, rescue, advanced life support ambulance, and a squad/command unit. Station 287, in Wall, houses an engine, aerial truck, and a squad.
The company has one overall fire chief, while each station has its own deputy chief and line officers.
We currently respond to approximately 125 fire & rescue calls and 200 EMS calls each year. The majority of these alarms are in East McKeesport and Wall, although a fair number of them are out-of-district mutual aid responses.
UVFR is strictly a volunteer organization. Our members receive no monetary compensation for their services. We operate one of the last all-volunteer emergency medical services in Allegheny County.
Listen to UVFR on frequency 33.86 MHz
We are proud to be part of the following organizations:
- Allegheny County Fire
- Allegheny County EMS, Station 330
- Mon-Yough Fire Defense Council
- East Boroughs Emergency Services Association
- Allegheny County Volunteer Firefighters Association
- Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association
- Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety, Stations 161 (East McKeesport) and 167 (Wall)