The Mt. Oliver Borough Council‘s January public business meeting featured the December report of the Mt. Oliver Fire Department (MOFD) along with a yearly wrap-up from the fire company.

Attending the meeting were council members Amber McGough, Christina Reft, Nick Viglione, Aaron Graham, Lisa Pietrusza, and Brandon Taylor. Mayor JoAnna Taylor and Borough Manager Rick Hopkinson were also in attendance. Councilman Paul Doyle was absent.

In December, the MOFD answered 61 total calls: 32 were fire calls, and 29 were for EMS. For the month, the average arrival time was 5:53 minutes.

The department currently has 39 active members. Of those, 19 are certified to State Firefighter 1, five to State Firefighter 2, 14 in Vehicle Rescue, five as State Fire Instructors, two as Fire Officers, and 12 are active EMS members. Four active members are working to certify others.

For 2022, nine new MOFD members were brought in, one with an EMS background, one has already completed Certified Firefighter 1, and one has the basic essentials completed. Five of the new members will begin basic training through SHACOG.

In 2022, there were 523 calls for the year: 319 for EMS and 204 for fire calls. Mutual aid was given 87 times to local boroughs and was received 50 times. The average en route time for EMS was 1:50 minutes, and arrival time was 5:35 minutes. The average en route time for fire calls was 3:18 minutes, and arrival time was 7:39 minutes, including mutual aid.

The fire company spent a total of 718 hours on calls, more than 580 hours of training at outside academies, and more than 208 hours of training inside the fire station.

The department also spent more than 88 hours installing smoke detectors during the year and over 30 hours teaching at different schools and community events.

In other business, the council approved several motions:

  • Change Order #3 with Independent Enterprises for $20,539 to add thermoplastic stop bars and crosswalks to the Ormsby Avenue Paving Contract.
  • Payment Application #1 to State Pipe Services for $19,602.49 for work completed on the 2022 SHACOG Joint O&M CCTV Contract.
  • Payment Application #1 and Final to Insight Pipe Contracting for $45,750.60 for the 2022 SHACOG Joint O&M MH-MH Lining Contract.

Council also approved a handicap parking space for 318 Onyx Avenue.

The next Mt. Oliver Borough Council meeting will take place on February 20.

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