Share This Page

Fire safety focus of Sunday fair in Sewickley

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley sophomore and Cochran Hose Company volunteer firefighter Nick Volk poses inside of the station Thursday, March 7, 2013. Nick organized a fire safety program to be held March 17 at the fire department for his personal project. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley sophomore and Cochran Hose Company volunteer firefighter Nick Volk poses inside of the station Thursday, March 7, 2013. Nick organized a fire safety program to be held March 17 at the Sewickley fire department for his personal project. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley sophomore and Cochran Hose Company volunteer firefighter Nick Volk poses inside of the station Thursday, March 7, 2013. Nick organized a fire safety program to be held March 17 at the fire department for his personal project. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald

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.

β€œI 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 β€œto 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 jbarron@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.