2023 Year End Review

2024 Officers

We are pleased to announce the following for the 2024 officers:

President - Jack Lawver

Vice President - John Weiss

Secretary - Hope Yeardie

Treasurer - Homer Yeardie

Fire Chief - Richard Black

Assistant Chief - Chuck Gasti

Captain - Josh Lawver

1st Lieutenant - Steven Moody

2nd Lieutenant - Ross Swords III

Fire Police Captain - TL Wardman

Fire Police Lieutenant - Ross Swords, Jr.

2023-12-05 Missing Tickets

We recently had 12 of our $85,000 tickets stolen from one of our firemen.. The numbers listed below are the ones that were stolen..

099, 100, 101, 216, 372, 399, 491, 582, 767, 820, 823, 842

If you come in contact with any of these numbers and they happen to be the winner they will all be voided and you will not be receiving the winnings. If you have seen these numbers or again come in contact with them, please contact 724-963-5642. Thank you!

2023-02-27 TIMS

Thank you to Jim Bittner from Bucks County Community College's  Department of Public Safety Training & Certification for an evening of education on Traffic Incident Management Systems (TIMS).

Members received education on how to safely establish traffic flow during on-scene operations while keeping responders and the community safe.

Thank you everyone for attending! 54 participants from 17 organizations attended the training. We're currently in the planning phases of additional classes in the future! Stay tuned for notification of upcoming classes.

2022 Year End Review

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2022-11-18 Night @ The Races

Thank you to everyone who supported our Night @ The Races. We sold over 160 horses, not including the auction race. 

We look forward to doing another one next year!

2022-10-06 Water Rescue Class

Thank you to one of our members who is also a PA Fish & Boat Instructor, Chuck Gasti, for presenting the Water Rescue for the First Responder (WRFR) course.

54 participants attended the class held at our firehouse. Thank you to all of the other companies who attended. 

2022-09-28 STAT MedEvac LZ Class

Thank you to Joe Caldwell of STAT MedEvac, a part of UPMC, and the Center for Emergency Medicine, for presenting their Landing Zone Safety lecture. 

22 of our members were part of the 64 participants that attended. Thank you to all of the other companies who attended. 

We look forward to hosting other classes moving forward!

2022-09-09 FEMA AFG Grant Award

We are happy to announce that we were selected to receive a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $24,734 which is marked for a turnout gear washer and dryer. 

This equipment is moving towards our initiative of cancer prevention. After every fire, our personal protective equipment (PPE) is exposed to toxins and contaminates that can be absorbed through the skin over time. With the award of this equipment, we can cleanse the turnout gear from carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) following a fire or exposure to best protect our members.

We want to thank Firehouse Grants for the assistance in acquiring this wonderful opportunity!

2022-08-24 County Mitigation Plan

County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (FCEMA) has reviewed and revised the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) and is ready for public review and comments. 

Please click on the red "County Hazard Mitigation Plan" to review and the link to provide feedback is listed below for any comments, suggestions, or to correct any information that may be inaccurate within the plan.

Fayette County HMP Review-Feedback Form

For additional information, please contact the County EMA Director at 724-430-1277 or by email

2022-07-28 QRS Licensure

We are proud to announce that after a few months of work we can now boast another certification. We have been inspected and certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a licensed QRS service. We are now only the 3rd Fire Company in Fayette County to hold such license.  

Each firefighter of BFCO #1 is certified in CPR and First Aid. Even more advanced care is provided by our 3 Paramedics, 1 Advanced  EMT, 7 EMT-B, and 3 EMSVO personnel. Great job to our firefighters for working so hard for this accomplishment, and we are grateful for all of the community support that allows us to serve you with the most professional volunteer services.

2022-06-29 River Safety

At the request of the Brownsville Free Public Library, Assistant Chief Richard Black along with Fire Chief Ron Barry from the South Brownsville VFD discussed water and river safety to those who attended the Summer Reading program for children in the area.

Discussions included safety in and around all moving water including swimming pools and how to activate the emergency response system by dialing 911 in an emergency.

2022-06-06 PA Act 13 Grant Award

We are proud to announce that we were awarded $3,612 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of the State Fire Commissioner from the Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Grant Program. 

The funds were earmarked five new MSA Multi-Gas Meters that will aid and assist in the response to gas odor incidents, confined space locations, or any incident where the ambient air could be compromised. These meters will notify our responders of dangerous levels within the area to move responders out of the area and also ensure no member of the community is within those limits as well.


Captain Bobby Eckert of Camden, New Jersey will be presenting his "Fire Ground Considerations" lecture at the Brownsville Son's of Italy Friday January 14, 2022 at 6:30pm. Door open at 5:45pm

16 Race Street Brownsville, PA 15417

Cost $20 /attendee (cash, card, or fire agency check will be accepted - no personal checks)

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

For more information, please contact Brandon Bailey

2021-06-22 Water Rescue

Some of our water rescue members responded as part of the Fayette County Swiftwater/Flood Response Team to assist Morrell Volunteer Fire Co. in Dunbar Township with retrieving a family of 5 from rocks after their raft become compromised, making them unable to get back to shore.

Pictured is Captain Josh Lawver, Assistant Chief Richard Black, and Lieutenant Jake Bush.

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Home fire fatalities increase during the winter. To make sure communities know about the increased risk, USFA partners with the National Fire Protection Association to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires. The initiative focuses on hazards that may increase a family’s risk of having a house fire.

In February, we are focusing on electrical fire safety, complementing the American Burn Association’s National Burn Awareness Week’s theme “Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap (A to Z)!” The National Burn Awareness Week is February 7 – 13.

2020 Year in Review

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