Firefighter Insights

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...]

Fire Facts: The Sources We Use To Support Our Stories.

In our very first member profile, Lieutenant Rob Nese shared a story about how his firefighter grandfather used to listen on a police scanner to “follow” local emergencies. Following the story on a scanner helped to build a fascination with fire service that laid the groundwork for Rob’s eventual calling in life—as a full time equipment technician and proud, veteran volunteer for the Alpha Fire … [Read more...]

When Is A Fire Engine Not A Fire Engine? When It’s A Fire Truck.

Every now and again we like to take a deeper dive into the tools of the trade for Alpha Volunteer Firefighters. None capture the imagination (or admiration) of firefighters more than the vehicles that have become emblematic of Fire Services: Fire Engines and Fire Trucks.   Our guess is when you see the telltale flashing lights and sparkling red-and-white blur of the vehicle, and hear the distinctive wail of the siren and powerful bleat of the air horn, you know a fire engine is on … [Read more...]

The Good In The Bad Day Business

When you visit the National Fire Protection Association’s voluminous news and research section on their website, you will see a staggering amount of statistical data covering everything related to fire safety, firefighting and fire department emergency response you can imagine. The posted statistics date back to 1980, and the[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...]

Alpha Member Profile: Christophe Cheroret

The road taken to the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company by Firefighter Christophe Cheroret has been the one definitely less traveled by--from Paris, France to Nebraska to Australia to Kansas to State College, to be exact—over the course of seven years. But the reasons he sought out the Alpha Fire Company (while definitely unique to his international flair) are remarkably similar to so many who take on the challenge of earning the Alpha Black Hat.  He saw something here that could fill a void in … [Read more...]