Alpha Volunteer Fire Company Member Profile: Colin Meyer

Growing up, Rescue Lieutenant Colin Meyer always had a fascination with firefighting and fire service, but didn't have the opportunity to pursue that interest until coming to State College for school several years ago.  As you will see from his profile, it's a decision so profound that it has created a desire for Colin to become a career firefighter as soon as possible. Colin Meyer: Rescue Lieutenant Certifications: Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Hazmat Operations, Vehicle Rescue Technician, … [Read more...]

The New Normal is Anything But: Alpha Thanks First Responders.

What a difference a few months makes. It wasn’t so long ago we were looking forward to filling out our NCAA brackets and cheering the appearance of a famous PA groundhog’s shadow to usher in a welcomed early spring. Now, seemingly overnight, in almost every facet of our daily lives, the American people are resolute and sequestered participants in a life-and-death war of self-discipline against an unseen enemy: a novel virus never before encountered by humankind. City dwellers, … [Read more...]

First Response Reminders During COVID-19 Outbreak

The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) recently shared a simple but important reminder video about an additional step we can all take should we need to call 911 or reach out to first responders during this critical stay-at-home stage in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The gist? Even though an emergency call is an extreme moment—remember to share the current health status of individuals in extremis with first responders. [Read more...]

Happy Belated Birthday, Smokey Bear

The latter part of our summer has featured a lot of warm, (hot), dry weather that’s likely encouraged many outdoor enthusiasts in our area to squeeze in—or plan to squeeze in—a little more fun in the outdoor sun before fall arrives. But before heading into the mountains for a peaceful stretch of hiking, fishing and camping out—we need to remind you of a birthday. Yes, it’s belated—but when it comes to our subject? Every day is this iconic fellow’s birthday. A Birthday Wish For Fire Safety … [Read more...]

What’s Steak Got To Do With Fireworks?

With summertime just around the corner, let us pause and consider the tradition of … the grilled steak. Seared to perfection with that indescribably delicious crust, bursting with flavor and mouthwatering juices from fat to bone, with an aroma that draws both drool and envy from the entire neighborhood, the grilled steak is a hallmark of the summer season. According to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, the perfect steak is cooked to perfection at 750 degrees (inside a special broiler that … [Read more...]

Coming Soon from the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company

We’ve written a lot about our new recruitment campaign and the initial success we’re having in sharing the Alpha story, and we’ve featured over a half-dozen of our Alpha Volunteer Firefighters or Fire Police members in member profiles over the last half year. We’ve dipped into some behind the scenes issues and behind the scenes stories of what modern-day volunteer fire companies actually … [Read more...]

Our New Campaign Is Burning It Up—Thank You Centre Region!

Firefighters and Fire Police don’t do “victory laps.” We do our job, close it down and then gear up for the next challenge, the next call, the next opportunity to serve. When we launched our new digital communications campaign supported by video and televised media a little over six weeks ago, what we’d hope would happen … actually did. More good people in our great region learned more about us than ever before. Thank You To On-line Browsers, Readers, TV & Video Fans, And … [Read more...]