Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department

   Venango County Station 16 - Crawford County Department 36   


     Each year, the PVFD conducts a fund drive to help defer costs of equipment, training, etc.  Now is the time to send in your all important donation.  Here are some common questions and answers about your fire department:

     Who do you count on to respond in an emergency?  The Pleasantville VFD.  We take prided in providing a quick response time to your emergency.  The PVFD covers 71.6 sq. miles including Pleasantville Borough, Allegheny Twp., Oil Creek Twp. (Venango Co.), parts of Southwest Twp. (Warren Co.), Oil Creek Twp. (Crawford Co.) and a portion of Forest Co.  We respond to fire, vehicle, emergency medical, public service calls and just about any other type of emergency or request for help.  Each year, however, our calls have increased but our members have declined, so help....manual and always needed.

     What is the average response time for an emergency?  Our average response time is 3 to 7 minutes.  Without the PVFD, the average response time would be 18 to 20 minutes.  These few minutes saved can be very vital.

     Are the volunteers trained to respond to public needs?  Our members are highly trained and participate in continuing education courses, frequent training and attend the Venango/Crawford County State Fire School regularly.  This keeps us up-to-date with the most efficient and improved techniques.

     How much will I have to pay if I have the need for the PVFD to respond to an emergency?  Due to the high cost of operations, many volunteer fire departments have had to start charging for their services.  However, if you live within our covered areas, the PVFD will respond to your emergency at no cost to you or your insurance company.  That is the purpose of our yearly Fund Drive.  To raise the necessary funds to keep your department up and running.  Without it, your property taxes and your homeowners insurance premium would increase.  There would be a substantial increase for the cost of contracting an outside fire department, which you would have to incur.

     What can I do to help?  You can help by donating to the Fund Drive to keep funds coming in. Your donations will help to purchase state-of-the-art gear and equipment to keep our volunteer firefighters, fire police and EMTs safe.  The PVFD is a non-profit organization and your donation can be deducted from your taxes.  All members DONATE their time and expertise to serve our community.  You can personally help out the PVFD by volunteering.  You don't necessarily have to fight fires.  Your skills are also needed for EMS, record keeping, building maintenance or helping with fundraisers.




     The Fund Drive officially starts in Sept. but donations can be made at any time.  Below is our Donation Request form.  If you would like to donate to the PVFD, print this form and mail it with ANY amount to the address listed on the form.  You can also ask to be added to our mailing list so just mention it in a note when you mail in this form.  Or, see any fireman or pick up a form from one of the businesses around town.  If you are a camp owner or an out of town property owner, remember that your donation will also help to cover you investment as well.  Thank you in advance for any and all donations.

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Become a Member Today!!

     As explained above, new members are always needed.  Please consider donating your time to become an active member.  We need volunteers for all aspects of the fire department, including but not limited to, fire, rescue, EMTs, auxiliary, juniors, fundraising or any other skills you wish to donate.

     If interested, please send us a note to the address on the above form with your name, address, phone number and the best time to contact you.  Or feel free to drop in on one of our meetings at the fire hall, held on the first and third Thursday of every month, starting at 7:00 p.m.  Thank you and we hope to see you soon!