Fire safety focus of Sunday fair in Sewickley

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Deciding on a personal project for high school wasn't hard for Nick Volk of Leet Township.

Because he always has been interested in firefighting and was influenced by his grandfather Charles Volk to become a junior firefighter with Cochran Hose Company in Sewickley, Volk's choice was clear.

The Quaker Valley sophomore, with help from Sewickley firefighters, has organized a free Fire Safety Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Cochran Hose Company, 601 Thorn St.

Firefighters will provide fire-safety tips for children, give firetruck rides and tours, and help children learn to use a fire hose.

Ice cream, donated by Sewickley Confectionery, and hot dogs will be provided.

Volunteering to help with the event will be fire Chief Jeff Neff; Assistant Chief Jed Vonhofen; Capt. Jan Vonhofen; and firefighters Bill Scalercio, Jim Jackson, Bob Bagans, Lt. Shayne Quinn, Ian Richards, Lynn Mills, Lt. Byron Harriger, Gregg Goodman, Andrew Scalercio and Danny Turner.

Volk, 16, son of Dave and Karen Volk, said he loves being a junior firefighter and has helped the department at many fires and several car accidents. He has completed various training programs.

“I have learned that there are good things and bad things and things that you don't really want to see. But it's a huge passion of mine that I will never lose,” he said.

Volk said he plans to get a degree in fire science and become a professional firefighter.

His goal for the event is “to make kids safer and to have a good time.”

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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