Laflin Fire / Rescue

Station 152 

47 Laflin Rd

Laflin Pa 18702

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Non Emergency 570-655-4014

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Laflin Boro seeks Maint/Firefighters

Part-time Municipal Maintenance Employee / Firefighter Position

Laflin Borough is accepting applications for part time as needed maintenance worker/firefighters. The applicant must have a high school diploma or GED, clean Pennsylvania driving record, and provide a clean PA Criminal Background check and PA Child Abuse clearance record. This is a drug and alcohol-free work environment.

In the dual position, the applicant will be responsible for general borough maintenance, assist the borough DPW as needed, and will also be the fire driver. The applicant must be able to perform a variety of semi-skilled tasks including, but not limited to, lawn mower operation, park & recreation care, and general boro/fire dept cleaning/maintenance. They must be self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to follow instructions and use experience and knowledge to complete tasks.

The applicant must be a trained firefighter with Essentials of Fire Fighting ( Fire Fighter 1 preferred), EVO, vehicle rescue and Pumps 1 certifications. EMT preferred, EMR minimum.

The position has an hourly rate of $18.00/hr. No benefits.   Please contact Charles Boyd, Borough Manager to apply or to obtain more information.  Download and return the application below. 

Laflin Borough Municipal Bldg.

47 Laflin Road

Laflin, PA 18702-7213

(570) 654-3323

Laflin Borough is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or political affiliation.

Rescue Squad 152 now in service
Laflin Fire Department has placed its new wet rescue , Rescue Squad 152 into full service 
Laflin Fire upgrades the Rescue
Thursday Nov 16th 2023  was an exciting day for the Laflin Fire Department. Chief Marc Malvizzi and Captain Joe Boos traveled to Orange Village, Ohio to acquire the newest addition to our fleet.
As our rescue capabilities have continued to grow leading to the purchase of a walk-in style heavy rescue years ago, we still felt the need to serve our residents with two suppression capable fire apparatus.
This afternoon, we have purchased a very well maintained with just 13000 miles, 2001 Spartan/Precision Fire Apparatus Heavy Rescue/Pumper from the Orange Village Fire Department. This rescue has increased storage than our 1993 E-One Walk-In, and also comes equipped with a 300 gallon water tank, 50 gallons of on board foam and 2 pre connected hose lines. This will ensure uninterrupted fire suppression protection in the event Engine 1 is out for service or on another emergency call.
We cannot thank the Orange Village Fire Department and Chief Genova enough for making this process so quick and for their hospitality today.
Over the next few weeks, the new Rescue will receive some upgrades and lettering in addition to equipment mounting before being placed in service in  December. Stay tuned for progress updates! We think you might be surprised by what you see..
Laflin Fire again Invited to Camp Cadet
For the 10th year in a row, the Laflin Fire Department was invited by Troop P Camp Cadet to preform the vehicle rescue demonstration portion of their week.
Chief Reinard and Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Chief Szafran explained the procedure during a vehicle rescue while members demonstrated the use of vehicle rescue tools and the process of a patient extrication from a vehicle.
As always, thank you to the Pennsylvania State Police for their hospitality and trusting the Laflin Fire Department to be part of your event.
Laflin Fire assists Dupont Fire
7/23/2023 This afternoon, the Engine and Chief responded to a report of a building fire at US Hydrations in Dupont. Crews found a telephone pole that fell and caught fire in the back of the building. The fire was extinguished after the power had been cut, clearing after just over an hour.
Waterway completes Engine Hose Testing
7/20/2023  the Engine is having annual hose testing completed thanks to Waterway. This yearly testing ensures our equipment remains ready and up to industry standard.
Laflin Fire again invited to Laflin Summer Program for Fire Prevention Program
7/10/2023 The Laflin Fire Department and Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance held our annual fire safety presentation to the Laflin Summer Camp.
Fire Inspector/Captain Marc Malvizzi Jr and GPRA Paramedic Chief Ed Szafran educated the camp goers on fire safety and first aid before getting to spray some water and take a look at the tools we have on hand to serve the community.
Laflin Fire handles car fire on the "I"
6/21/2023 Laflin Fire Department and Jenkins Township Fire Dept. responded to Southbound Interstate 81 in Laflin for a car that caught fire on Wednesday afternoon.
Technical Rescue in the Borough
5/26/2023 Excellent work on this mornings technical rescue with the assistance of our mutual aid partners Pittston Township Firefighters Association Local 5109 IAFF. Avoca Fire Department and Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance
Laflin Boro Now Served by M29
4/1/2023 No it’s not an April Fools joke - as of 0000 hours today 4/1/23, the GPRA is proud to announce that we’re officially the primary EMS provider for Laflin Borough. Laflin was a charter community in the GPRA’s service area upon on our founding back in 1952, so we’re thrilled to once again be serving this community. We expect to roll out our popular annual subscription program for businesses and residents very soon. More information will be provided here. In the meantime, residents should rest assured that they’re well protected by GPRA crews
Working Fire Assist to Jenkins Fire
3/19/2023 The Engine was called as part of the 2nd alarm assignment into Jenkins Township for a structure fire.
Members assisted with opening up the roof and overhaul before clearing after 2 hours.
Laflin Fire adds Licensed QRS
1/21/2023 - Dating back to the 1990’s with our first paid firefighter trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technician, the Laflin Fire Department has provided a Medical Assist or “QRS” for our residents. Although their response is always quick, this was primarily because our first in paramedic unit comes from out of town, and our trained members can provide crucial care to patients experiencing a medical emergency.
This year, we took it upon ourselves to enhance that level of care we provide to Laflin by becoming officially recognized as a Quick Response Service through the Pennsylvania Department of Health for the Chief’s Car. This means that when this unit responds on an EMS assist, a medically trained provider equipped with everything a BLS ambulance carries besides the bed.
We will continue to strive to provide superior service to Laflin Borough by any means necessary and this becomes another tool in our tool box to do just that.
In the future. The goal is to also license Rescue 1 as a recognized service through the DOH. Rescue 1 primarily handles vehicle accidents and rescues on our 4 miles of Interstate 81 coverage area and is also utilized by other area agencies for rescue related services.
Laflin Fire handles 2 New Years day calls for Service
1/1/2023 New Year’s Morning keeps the volunteers busy:
At approximately 3am, the Engine and Chief were sent to a fire alarm on Concord Drive. Crews found a smoke condition from a cooking incident. Ventilation was completed with the assistance of Jenkins Twp Fire.
Later just after 8am, Chief A located this vehicle into a tree with rollover on Route 315/Laflin Road. It was determined the crash happened sometime overnight and the driver fled the scene.
Christmas Eve assist in Jenkins Twsp
At approximately 10:20am in near 0 degree weather, the Engine and Chief were called as part of the 2nd alarm assignment for this structure fire on Welsh Street in Jenkins.
Initial crews were tasked with fire supression duties while the Chief grabbed a secondary water supply hand laying 200’ of supply line and stretched 2 additional attack lines.
Jenkins Township, Pittston, Pittston Township, Laflin, Plains and Kingston RIT operated for over 2 hours before returning.
Commercial Structure Fire in the Boro
10/21/2022 - Commercial Structure Fire - Saylor Ave Laflin - Casey Kasa Coal - Laflin crews and first alarm companies responded at 17:05 hours - Laflin chief A first arriving - Reported Fire in the coal breaker , Fire showing side A - Laflin engine laid 300 feet supply line from hydrant in front of address - E1 pulled one 2.5 and one 1-3/4 attack line - Duryea Ladder supplied from Laflin Engine - crews operated approximately 1 hour to extinguish fire. Thanks to Jenkins Fire , Hughestown Fire , Dupont Fire , Duryea Fire , Pittston Township Fire , Trans Med Medic 10 and Duryea Fire Police for the assist
Laflin Fire receives grant for new breathing air system
10/20/2022 Susquehanna Fire Equipment this week installed Laflins new breathing air system. Our almost 40 year old Breathing Air System which we purchased used in the 90’s was well past its expected life . The new equipment and installation cost was paid in full with a grant from FEMA.
Laflin Fire Handles Head On Crash
10/19/2022 The Rescue , Engine , Car and Chief responded to a 2 car MVA on Pinewood Dr in the borough , no one was injured , crews handled heavy fluids down in the roadway .
Laflin Fire Again Invited to Camp Cadet
For the sixth consecutive year, the Pennsylvania State Police chose the Laflin Borough Fire Department for Troop P's Camp Cadet and the yearly Vehicle Rescue Demonstration. Members along with the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance did a mock car accident for the cadets and explained each step of the rescue to show them the real life operation during a vehicle rescue. We'd like to thank Ayers Towing for the donation of the vehicle, our friends over at GPRA, and the Pennsylvania State Police for once again choosing the LFD to be a part of your program.
Crews Handle Rollover Crash
6/4/2022 - The Rescue, Engine and Car with the assistance of the Jenkins Township Fire Department handled this vehicle rollover with reports of entrapment on Rt.315 in Laflin.
Thankfully minor injuries were reported and the driver of the overturned vehicle self extricated. Rt.315 was detoured for approximately 1 hour.
Duryea Fire Helps With Loaner Engine
4/26/2022 Throwing a shoutout to the gang at the Germania Hose Company, Duryea, Pa for loaning their spare engine to us for a few days while our engine is receiving some preventative maintenance.
We’re much more at ease maintaining a Class A pumper in town. Thanks guys!
Stubborn Dumpster Fire at The Warehouses
Volunteers with the assistance of Jenkins Township Fire Department worked this dumpster fire on Passan Drive in Laflin. Crews operated for about 1 hour before returning.
Route 315 3 Vehicle Wreck
3/27/22The Rescue and Chief just cleared this 3 vehicle wreck on Rt.315 outside the Oblates. Traffic was detoured while crews controlled hazards for approximately 1 hour. Traffic is back to normal flow. No injuries reported.
"Change Your Clock - 
Change Your Batteries"
Good morning everyone,
As you wake up this morning and try to shake off the effects of losing an hour of sleep, please remember when you’re changing your clocks to spring ahead; to also check the batteries on your smoke detectors.
A friendly reminder, the Laflin Fire Department is partnered with the American Red Cross for the “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” campaign which gives Laflin residents free brand new smoke detectors with a sealed 10-year battery life, no battery change required. If the smoke detectors in your home are near or past their 10-year service life, or would like more installed in your home to improve fire detection please message us on our Facebook page or contact the firehouse at 570-655-4014 and please leave a voicemail so we can schedule an appointment with you. We are happy to do in-home installations of the detectors free of charge.
Stay safe and stay warm,
Laflin Fire Department
Slicks Roads in the Boro
2022-43 3/9/22 MVA
Rescue responded for MVA vehicle over wall . On scene no SFF or injuries . Roads are very bad . Be careful out there .
MVA in the "I"
MVA - I-81 in Laflin - Rescue and Car responded r esponded
Laflin Crews Rescue Kitty
2/21/22 Laflin Rescue and Engine were called for a cat stuck in a void under a fire place . Crews were able to locate the cat in a void behind a cinder block wall and used the rescues air chisel system to open a hole for the cat to be freed . Cat and family reunited after approx 1 hour .
Laflin handles rollover crash on I81
The Rescue and Chief took in this rollover crash with reports of entrapment on Route 315 in Laflin. Units determined the patient was only confined with minor injuries.
Greater Pittston Regional Paramedics handled transport.
     It's been very busy the last few years for the Laflin Fire Dept. Laflin Fire handled 4 working fires on Main Street , the tragedy on Oakwood, 100's of motor vehicle crashes, many crashes with entrapment including the Medic 29 head on crash near the oblates,  and who can forget the tornado in June 2018.  All four Main St homes have been repaired and families have moved back to their homes. 

     In 2018 we also realized our dream to put in service a heavy rescue in Laflin.  As 2020 continues to twist and turn, we thank the members of the LVFD who continue to give the gift of their time and talents and we thank the residents of Laflin Borough for all their continued support.   

     Although you don't see us around the station as in past years with the borough building being closed to the volunteers, we are still responding 365/24/7  

     A few videos reposted below showing the solid work of the Laflin Fire Crews. Our 2018 Year in Review is also reposted below showing the dedication of the LVFD crews. 
Laflin Fire Fights Mile Long Brush Fire
2/28/2020 - Laflin Fire was tasked with a over mile long brush fire caused by a sparking train. Thanks for the  assist from Dupont Fire, Jenkins Fire, Pittston Twsp Fire, Plains Fire, Swoyersville Fire, Laurel Run Fire, Bear Creek Fire, Mt Zion Fire, Duryea Fire and West Wyoming Fire Departments and Medic 2. Fire spread with high winds was limited with the help of departments who responded. We thank everyone for the help.  
Heavy Fire on arrival in Bear Creek
Just before 10am, the Rescue and Chief responded as part of the second alarm assignment into
Bear Creek Township for a structure fire with reports of entrapment. The Rescue would be the second arriving department and be sent right to work as part of the interior operation. Shortly after, the roof began to collapse, forcing the fire to transition to a defensive operation. Crews would operate for approx 4 hours before returning.
Thankfully, the homeowner was able to escape unharmed.
"Don't train till you get it right, train till you cant get it wrong"
2019 has been a huge year for member training. Members have logged over 1000 hours YTD. We would like to congratulate Lieutenant Marc Malvizzi Jr and Training Coordinator Brendan Kelly for completing the 112 hour Bucks County Fire Academy. In addition Lieutenant Malvizzi completed his Emergency Vehicle Operators course held in Mtop, a structural burn session at LCCC and Haz Mat Operations at LCCC.  Other recent courses for members included Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations held at Hughestown and attended by 6 Laflin Members. Also Structural Collapse held in Hughestown, Pumps 1 and 2. Ropes 2  held in Exeter. Fire Department EMT's have attended multiple courses this year at Geisinger Hospital for Cold Weather Trauma and Penetrating Injuries. Also congrats to Asst Chief Marc Malvizzi who has become a Certification Evaluator for the Pa State Fire Commissioners Office. Chief Malvizzi will travel the state as needed certifying Firefighter 1 and 2 candidates and Haz Mat Operations candidates. 
Laflin Fire Releases 2018 Year in Review Video
Laflin Rescue and Chief handle 
rollover on the I
12/16/18 The Laflin Rescue and Chief handled a 1 vehicle rollover on SB I 81 MM 173.2 in Laflin at 3am. Both occupants self extricated. Units handled traffic control , scene lighting, and assisted tow operator and were released by PSP after 1 hour.
Laflin Fire receives improved ISO rating
The Laflin Fire Department was recently notified that it's ISO rating has improved to a 4! Established in 1971, the Insurance Services Office (ISO) is the primary source of fire-related insurance risk to municipalities. ISO evaluators visit and evaluate municipal fire service organizations approximately once every five (5) to ten (10) years. ISO performs a comprehensive analysis of the complete fire protection system for the municipality, including the dispatch center, water supply infrastructure, and all aspects of fire service organization and operations. When we received our last score in 2013 LVFD improved from a 7 to a 5. This year LVFD was rated a 4! This puts Laflin Fire in one of the top tiers in the country along with many local fire departments with full time staffs.   In addition Laflins score was 70 % on it's way to a 3! We are proud of the hard work of our members in training, equipment upgrades and all aspects that the ISO looks at to rate the department. 
Laflin Fire announces new officers
The Laflin Fire Department announces officers for 2019. Marc Malvizzi , who has served as Fire Chief since 2000 announced his retirement as Chief at the November Fire Dept meeting. Jody Reinard was elected Fire Chief. Jody is a Firefighter 1 and a Vehicle Rescue Technician. Marc Malvizzi will serve as 1st assistant chief. The following is a full list of those elected to serve:

President: Noelle Kovaleski
Vice President: Drew Malvizzi
Treasurer : Joe Boos
Secretary: Marc Malvizzi Jr
Financial Secretary: Jerry Halchek

Line Officers:

Fire Chief Jody Reinard FF1
Assistant Chief: Marc Malvizzi FF2/EMT
Assistant Chief: Drew Malvizzi FF1/EMT
Rescue Captain: Joe Boos
Engine/EMS Captain: Andrew Holter FF2/Paramedic
Training Officer : Brendan Kelly

Laflin Fire upgrades Jaws of Life on Rescue 152
Many upgrades have been taking place over the course of the last year, specifically to our rescue capabilities after handling nearly 200 motor vehicle accidents since 2016. Most notably, the company upgraded our “Jaws of Life” Hydraulic tools from our Amkus Rescue System purchased used in the early 2000’s, to a full compliment of Holmatro Hydraulic Tools. This includes a cutter, spreader, and ram.
These tools, although still purchased used to save our much needed funding, are still newer, lighter, and are more advanced than our previous hydraulic equipment.
In the last month, Rescue Chief Rienard and some of our other dedicated volunteers worked to make these tools easy to deploy with limited manpower. They are now powered to two electric reels powered by an electric generator with a slide out tray pictured below.
The work of our volunteers is what continues to allow us to provide the exceptional service we provide to the Borough of Laflin.
3rd Fire on Main Street in 2018 Keep the Volunteers Busy

Volunteers take in First Due Job with Entrapment & Save:
Just after 8pm, the Engine, Rescue Squad and Chief were sent to 7 Main Street in Laflin for a reported structure fire with a resident heard coughing inside and not exiting. All 3 Laflin apparatus were on the scene within 3 minutes of initial dispatch and encountered smoke showing and a working fire in the kitchen.
Engine 1 stretched a line, the resident was located semi-responsive inside the kitchen door. She was removed with the assistance of PSP.
The Engine crew then made their way to the kitchen and made quick work of the fire. 

The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and held to the kitchen area.
Along with the resident, a family dog and cat were pulled from the home alive.

Thanks to all responding departments on the third home saved on the Main Street stretch of Laflin this year.

Laflin Fire Receives Perfect Audit Report from Pa State Auditor
Often you only read about fire departments who have financial difficulties or have multiple issues when the Pa Auditor General visits to audit relief Association funds every 2-3 years. The Laflin Fire Department received the below audit report on June 25th  2018. As with every audit done by the state on our records, the Pa Auditor found all records for the Laflin Fire Department in perfect order with no issues found. We pride ourselves on running your fire department in the responsible manner  our residents have come to expect. 
Laflin crews busy in hours after Tornado Response
Crews had little rest after Tornado response as the Rescue Squad and Car took in this MVA with reported Confinement on Interstate 81 in Laflin. Rescue crews found no entrapment on scene but 2 injuries.
This came after a 7am box requesting the Engine to Centerpoint Blvd in Jenkins for a possible structure fire. It was found that a dumpster near the building was smoldering, and there was no fire at the facility.
Laflin Fire called to assist for F2 Tornado - Wilkes Barre Twsp
The Engine, Rescue and Car were requested by Luzerne County 911 to respond into Wilkes Barre Township to assist with Special Service duties after the township’s main marketplace area was hit by a large tornado. It was reported that occupants were trapped in multiple businesses with severe structural collapse, cars and trucks thrown hundreds of feet, and multiple gas leaks and power lines down in the area. Chief Malvizzi and Rescue Chief Reinard assisted with running the Technical Rescue Command post utilizing Car 152 while the remaining 5 Laflin members geared up and assisted with primary searches of area buildings to locate any trapped occupants. Multiple stores in and around the Arena Hub Plaza were destoryed or heavily damaged. Destroyed business' include, Panera Bread, Tovan , Sneaker King, Game Stop, Holiday Hair, Famous Shoes , UHaul, Kurlanchick Furniture and Dicks Sproting Goods. Heavily damaged were Barnes and Noble, Ashley Furniture, Pollock Nissan, Tj Max, and Pets Smart .Laflin units operated for approx 4 hours before returning.
Engine assists Plains Fire on the "I"
The Laflin Engine was called to I81  to assist Plains Twp on this fully involved tractor trailer fire. Engine supplied 1 handline and was refilled several times by a tanker from Bear Creek
Early Morning Worker on Main

Engine, Heavy and Car take in Early Morning First Due Job:
Just after 4am, box 5201 was sent to 24 Main Street in Laflin for the reported dwelling fire. Engine 152 signed on with additional information from Luzerne County 911 of gunshots fired and other conflicting information. The Engine arrived first with heavy fire conditions from the first floor in the rear. The Engine stretched the primary attack line to the rear and grabbed a water supply making entry knocking the bulk of the fire within minutes of the initial dispatch.
As additional companies arrived, 3 additional lines were put into service to the second floor and exterior exposures. Chief 143 (Jamie Merlino) handled accountability & IC while Chief 152 (Marc Malvizzi) handled operations command.
While the Engine was attempting to gain entry, a resident confronted Fire/EMS being combative with a knife in hand. He had to be subdued with the assistance of fire/EMS personnel and was taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson by a State Police Fire Marshal and a suspect was arrested on arson and other charges.

Thank you to our mutual aid companies for their assistance!

Laflin Rescue 152 now in service
 The Laflin Fire Departments EONE Cyclone Heavy Rescue has been placed in full service. Unit features a Amkus Cutter, Spreader and Ram set with 100' hydraulic reel, junkyard dogs, rescue jacks, Holmatro Combi Tool, 12000lb winch, Air Bags, 7 MSA Air Packs, 6 Cylinder 4500 PSI Cascade , 20 KW PTO generator , cribbing, 2 100' electric reels, stokes, reeves, backboards, rope rescue equipment, scene cleanup equipment including pigs pads and haz mat cleanup equipment, 7 500w quartz floods with 2 tripods, and LED brow lighting, Unit will be Laflin's primary response unit for vehicle accidents and used for lighting/air/equipment support at all structure fires and misc calls. Unit was purchased from the Wildwood Crest NJ Fire Dept with just 11000 miles.
Another Snowy Weekend, Another overturned auto
3/3/18 - The volunteers were out on Saturday morning for a vehicle flipped on 315. There were no injuries
Laflin Fire handles 2 crashes on Snowy Sunday
The Engine and Car handled a overturned auto with reported entrapment on I81 in Laflin. The patient was self extricated upon arrival. While enroute the 152CAR found a car  into the bridge wall at 84 lumber, 152 split crews and the CAR stayed at that call until Jenkins PD arrived. There were no injuries. 
Laflin Fire called to Heavy Entrapment Rollover on I81
At 0601hrs, box 5281 was sent to Interstate 81 North at MM172.8 in Laflin for a reported vehicle accident, possibly a vehicle rolled over and down an embankment. Engine’s 152  (Laflin) and 148 (Jenkins) arrived simultaneously and Laflin Chief 152 found a pickup truck on its side that had gone off the road, up a 20ft embankment before going airborne and traveling a total of 210 feet before striking a tree. The operator of the vehicle was heavily entrapped which prompted command to add an additional heavy rescue from Pittston Twp.
Companies from Laflin, Jenkins Twp and Pittston Twp worked for a total of 38 minutes to complete the extrication of the heavily entrapped occupant who was then transferred to the care of Medic 2.
Units cleared after approx 90 minutes. Thank you to Pittston Twsp and Jenkins Township Rescue Companies for the assist. 
New Rescue makes first call on way to Laflin
Rescue 1 made its Laflin Borough debut this afternoon on Rt.315 in Laflin. While Chief.Malvizzi and Rescue Chief Reinard were bringing our new heavy rescue home, a report of a 4 vehicle accident came in on Rt.315 in the borough. Engine 1 responded and was soon joined by Rescue 1 as it entered town.
In the coming weeks, R1 will be receiving plenty of TLC including tool mounting, and a fresh paint job to bring her up to speed with our other apparatus.
Greater Pittston Medic 29 Hit Head on in crash on Rt 315
This note from the GPRA : We received a call tonight that no emergency service agency ever wants to hear - a crash involving our own. Earlier this evening, Medic 29-B was involved in a serious crash on Route 315 in Laflin. We are happy to report that our members are doing reasonably well under the circumstances. With that said, to say the crew’s efforts were heroic is an understatement. Without any regard for their own injuries, our GPRA crew tended to the patient that was being transported and the occupants of the other vehicle. Moreover, there was a massive response of off duty GPRA personnel both to the scene and the hospital. When we say we are a family, its not lip service. We give our unending thanks to the many emergency service agencies who came to our aid (most without waiting to be called) including Laflin Fire Department, Hughestown Fire and EMS, Jenkins Twp Fire, Pittston Twp. EMS, Plains Medic 2, Trans Med Medic 10 and CHEMS Medic 38, and the multiple police agencies. Last but not least, our Pittston City Fire and Police brethren, who left a funeral detail to come to our crew’s aid. Much love, thanks, and respect to all. Finally, we offer our thoughts to the other involved parties.
Laflin Engine assists Bear Creek at fully involved Structure Fire

The Engine responded to a well involved structure fire on Velma Ln in Bear Creek Twp this morning. The Engine crew assisted with defensive fire attack operations fire before returning.

Laflin Fire Starts Year with Working Job in First Due On Main Street

01/02/2018 Run: 18-002
The Volunteers begin 2018 with first due job:

Just before 1400hrs, the first alarm assignment was struck to Main Street in Laflin for the reported structure fire, potentially caused by the homeowner attempting to thaw pipes.
Engine 152 arrived on the scene within 4 minutes of dispatch to find smoke showing from the rear. Eng.152 laid a line from the hydrant while the Engine Lieutenant completed a 360. Lt.Boos found fire in the rear outside with potential extension into the residence and stretched an exterior line.
As additional resources were arriving, Laflin and Hughestown Engine Companies stretched a second and third line to the interior where heavy fire was found in the kitchen and bathroom area.
Responding units had the fire out within 20 minutes of arrival containing it to just the rear of the home.
All companies cleared after approx 4 hours.
Great work to all of our mutual aid companies !

Laflin Fire Releases 2017 in review video
Tragedy Strikes Laflin - First Due Fire claims 3 children  - Fire Ruled Arson

Wednesday 10/25/2017
*First Due Working Fire with Rescues*

Just after 1900hrs, the first alarm was dropped to Oakwood Drive in Laflin Borough for the working fire. The Fire Command unit with the Chief and Engine 152 arrived in 2.5 minutes from dispatch reporting working fire ,  fire showing in the rear patio area and began stretching a line. The Chief notified companies of possible entrapment. The Engine crew split its duties designating 1 crew to an exterior line in the rear while a 2 man crew entered the building for a search. Within minutes, the first victim was removed by the search team from 152 Laflin. 148 Jenkins Twsp Engine had arrived and laid in and setup a water supply to Laflin Engine 152 who had 2 lines in operation. Second victim was removed 3 minutes later then 3rd approx 4 minutes later by search  crews from 143 Hughestown.
Ladder 167 from Plains went to work laddering side A and ventilating front of structure. 148 crews laddered and ventilated side c in rear.
The fire was extinguished within 25 minutes.

Excellent job by the responding paramedics from Medic 29 and Medic 2 that worked tirelessly on scene and enroute to the hospital on the victims pulled from the building.
Paramedics were able to revive 2 brothers after being pulled from the building transporting them  to Geisinger Wyoming Valley where the 12 year old brother passed in the emergency room , his brother was flown to a burn center in Philadelphia where he passed away several days later. Pa State Police have ruled the fire as intentionally set and a suspect is in custody with homicide and arson charges filed.

A huge thank you to all companies that responded to assist.
Jenkins Twp Fire
Hughestown Boro Fire & EMS
Plains Twp Fire
Greater Pittston Regional EMS
Plains Medic 2
Commonwealth Health Rehab

Machine Fire in the First Due

Tuesday 10/24/2017
Volunteers run second Working Fire of the day:
Just before 11pm , the first alarm companies were struck to US Green Fiber in Laflin for the commercial building fire. Chief.Malvizzi was first arriving establishing the command reporting smoke showing and a working fire inside. Engine 152 arrived and went to work stretching the setback line with high rise packs to begin knocking fire inside machinery and duct work inside. 148 engine supplied 152 e1 with water and it's crews assisted in fire control.
Engine 143 grabbed an additional water supply in the rear and also stretched a line to assist the Laflin crews while Chief 143 handled operations command.
Plains Truck handled the ventilation duties.

Crews operated for approx 2 hours before returning.

Working Fire in the 128 Exeter District
Tuesday 10/24/17
Shortly after midnight, the Engine and Car were requested as part of the initial alarm to Wyoming Ave in Exeter for a reported structure fire with possible entrapment. The Engine arrived as soon as the first attack line was entering the building and the crew was initially tasked with completing a primary search of the second floor apartments.
After the search was complete, the crew went to work assisting with fire attack and overhaul. AC.Malvizzi was tasked with Operations Command inside the fire floor.
Crews cleared after approx 3 hours.
Rollover Crash while 152 crews were assisting at Jenkins Crash


While the Engine was assisting Jenkins Twp with a vehicle vs.pole outside 84 Lumber on Rt.315, the volunteers were alerted to a vehicle rollover with entrapment approx 1 mile from their location in Jenkins to Laflin Boro.
Car 152 was first arriving reporting a vehicle on its roof with the operator confined inside the vehicle. Engine 1 arrived on scene and quickly stabilized the car and assisted EMS with the extrication. Patient was in the hands of EMS within 5 minutes. Station 143 assisted.

Rollover Crash on 315
Engine’s 152 and 148 were sent to a single vehicle rollover with reported entrapment on Rt.315 in Laflin. E152 was first arriving finding a single vehicle on its roof with the occupant still inside. The patient was extricated within 10 minutes via removing both passenger side doors and transported to Geisinger Medical Center with minor injuries.
152Car called to Wyoming Boro


Car 1 responded as a special assignment request to assist Wyoming Boro with a confirmed dwelling fire. Car 1 arrived quickly behind first arriving units and assumed the accountability duties while the additional crew went to work with the west side companies.
Units operated for approx 3 hours before returning.

Laflin Engine 152 - 1992 Pierce sold to Lake Ariel Fire Dept
8/21/17 - Tonight the members and officers from the Lake Ariel Fire Dept picked up Laflins 1992 Pierce Engine. Good luck to Lake Ariel Fire with your new vehicle and stay safe.
11 vehicles burn in Salvage Yard in the 148 Jenkins Twsp


Just before 2am, Engine 152 responded as part of the 1st alarm assignment to Acton Technologies in Jenkins for the reported building fire. Eng.148(Jenkins) arrived to find an unknown fire in the salvage yard across the street. Engine 152 laid 1000' of LDH from the hydrant to supply Eng.148 who had lines in operation.
152 crews assisted Jenkins and Pittston City units extinguish a total of 11 vehicles that were well involved. Companies operated for approx 2 hours before returning.
Laflin Fire again invited to Camp Cadet for Vehicle Rescue Demonstration
For the third straight year Laflin Fire was invited to Troop P Camp Cadet to do a vehicle rescue demonstration. Thanks to PSP Troop P for having us back year after year.
Laflin Paid Driver Passes Away


Early this morning, we learned the unfortunate and unexpected news of the passing of Laflin Borough Paid Engineer/Paramedic Scott Zimmerman. Scott served as a Paid Firefighter/EMT in Laflin in the early 2000's before continuing his career as a Firefighter/Medic in Virginia before returning to the area and once again becoming a member of our force earlier this year. Scott was also a full time Paramedic with Commonwealth Health EMS.
Scott, thank you for your service to not only the Borough of Laflin, but all other communities you have served.

RIP brother, we've got it from here.

Laflin Rescue 152 sold to Sandyston Fire , Sandyston NJ

Rescue 1 has taken its final ride through Laflin:

The Sandyston Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey were in Laflin this afternoon accepting the pickup of the former Rescue 152, a KME/GMC Mini-Pumper/Rescue. Good luck, stay safe, it's served us well; but our ever expanding rescue capabilities have required us to look for something... "heavier"! Stay tuned!

Laflin Fire places it's "New" E-ONE Typhoon Pumper in Full Service
Laflin Fires "New" 2002 E-ONE Pumper is now in service. 
"New" Engine 152 responds to first "Job"

The Engine and Chief B run RIT assignment into area 13:

The Engine and Chief B were requested as 2nd due Special Service this morning to Meadow Run Road in Bear Creek Twp for a reported Structure fire. The crew of 6 operated as the RIT Team securing utilities and preforming the 360 before being sent interior to assist with overhaul and some hot spots. Units operated for approx 2.5 hours before returning.
**This was also the first run for the "new" Engine 152! **

Engine assists at working job in Wilkes Barre Twp
3/17/17 - The Engine handled its second working fire of the day assisting Wilkes Barre Twp late last night for a well involved residential fire. Crews operated for approx 3 hours before returning.
Laflin Fire works vehicle fire at Oblates
3/17/17 - Laflin Fire was called to a working vehicle fire at the Oblates on 315. The engine and car handled with help of Jenkins Engine.
Rescue and Chief work Rollover with Ejection
On an Early morning call for the Rescue and Chief,  they were sent to Interstate 81 South in the borough for a 1 vehicle accident unknown injuries. While responding, units were advised of vehicle rollover with a patient ejected. R152 arrived first with a van in the ditch from the rollover with 4 total patients and 1 on the ground thrown from the vehicle. 3 station 152 EMT's responding with R1 took over patient care and assisted Regional Medic 29A with transport for ejected patient. All occupants transported to area trauma centers with Medic 2, Medic 29B and Commonwealth Ambulance. Engine 148 also assisted with patient care, provided scene lighting and traffic control.

Laflin Fire takes delivery of their "new" 2002 E-ONE Typhoon Pumper
Fire Department members on 3/4/17 traveled to Lewistown Pa for their "new" 2002 E-ONE Typhoon Pumper. Unit will replace our 1992 Pierce Pumper. Unit is planned to be in full service by April 1st.
Engine 152 on working job in WB Twsp
Volunteers Work 2nd Alarm Job:
  Engine 152 was brought in on the 2nd alarm assignment to Pulaski Street in Wilkes Barre Twp for the working structure fire. E152 was tasked to work with members from Plains Twp and Hanover Twp on division 2 knocking large bulks of fire and opening up void spaces before the fire went defensive. Crews operated for approx 3 hours before returning.
**photo courtesy of Brad Artley Photography
Laflin Fire handles vehicle under tractor trailer
Run #17-003
Evening Pin Job for the Volunteers:
Just before 7pm, Rescue Co.152 was sent to Rt.315/Pittston Ave in the Borough for a vehicle crash, vehicle under a semi trailer with reported entrapment. Rescue 152 signed on with a crew of 4 within 1 minute being immediately advised of heavy entrapment with traumatic injuries to the single occupant. Crews went to work stabilizing both the passenger vehicle and semi trailer while stretching the tools for extrication from
both Rescue 152 and Engine 148. Complete Door removals were done on both sides of the vehicle along with removals of part of the headrests and available sections of the roof. With the assistance of Jenkins Twp and Medic 2, the patient was removed from the vehicle and in EMS care in 14 minutes from the initial call to 911. The patient is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Fantastic work by all involved for the quick, efficient and safe extrication from the gruesome crash.
Working Structure in the 1st due


Laflin Volunteers make quick work of 1st due Job:

Shortly after 10am, the Structure assignment was struck for Main Street in Laflin for the reported dwelling fire. Chief A quickly followed by the Engine were first arriving reporting the smoke showing, and a fire on the first floor with 2 adolescent occupants just escaping. The first line went quickly into operation before mutual aid units were arriving quickly knocking the fire and containing it to the kitchen and living room. Engine 148 laid the supply line to Engines 152 and 128. The main body of fire was out in under 10 minutes. 3 animals were in the home at the time, 2 made it out and 1 was transported to Plains Animal Hospital by Medic 2 with a condition unknown. Solid work by companies 148 (Jenkins), 167 (Plains), 128 (Exeter), and 143 (Hughestown) assisting on the job.

2 Officers receive certifications

Congrats to Rescue Chief Jody Reinard who received his Pro Board Fire Fighter 1 Certification
Congrats to Asst Chief Drew Malvizzi who received his National Registry Emergency Medical Technician and his Pro Board Firefighter 1 certification 
The 152 ATV is now in service!
Thanks to a grant from the Geisinger Medical Center, Laflin Fire has put in service a All Terrain Vehicle. It is fully equipped with 2 way radio, lighting equipment and more.
Laflin Fire sponsors Vehicle Rescue/Vehicle Fire Class

Members spend the afternoon training on Vehicle Rescue and Vehicle Fires. Members of Laflin, Jenkins Twp and Exeter Borough worked on vehicle stabilization, extrication and vehicle firefighting. Thanks to RM Recovery for the donation of vehicles for today's training exercise.

April 9th 2016 Bailer Fire in the 152 District
The Engine and Chief along with the structure assignment were once again at 1 Passan Drive in the Borough for a reported machinery fire inside the building. The engine was first arriving confirming a fire in the bailer with heavy overhaul needed. Hughestown and Jenkins companies assisted with the fire while Plains Twp handled the ventilation duties. Thanks to all companies that responded in to assist. Units cleared after approx 2 hours.

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Laflin Fire releases year end video and fire report

Thanks to Captain Drew Malvizzi for another great video review

Click on the link below for the 2015 Laflin Fire Department Yearly Report

Former Squad 152 wins Best Appearing Utility

Congrats to Chief Jeff and his crew on winning best appearing utility at the Sept Brownsville Parade!
Machine Fire again in 1st due


Midnight Box in the First Due:

Just after midnight the box was send to 1 Passan Drive in the Borough for a Commercial Fire Alarm at Bldg 2, Green Fiber. The Engine was first arriving with smoke showing upgrading it to a fire in the building. Units went to work on 3 machine fires in the building stretching lines and gaining access to areas of the machines. Chief 148/Capt 152 handled Interior Operations Command while Chief 143/Asst.Chief 152 handled IC and Accountability. Units operated for approx 90 minutes overhauling and ventilating the building before returning.
Thanks to Jenkins Twp 148, Plains Twp Fire and Rescue 167, Hughestown 143 and Pittston Twp Fire 166 on the assist.

First Due Commercial Building Fire
9/19/2015 Engine and Chief along with the first due assignment was alerted to 1 Passan Drive in Laflin for a reported commercial fire. 152 Engine was first arriving and stretching with smoke showing from side A. Engine 1 laid the bed of 1400' of 4" supply and the 3" setback line and went to work on 2 machines that had active fire. Engines 148 (Jenkins) and 143 (Hughestown) then went to work stretching lines and putting a knock on the fire. Plains Truck and Rescue assisted in ventilation and overhaul. The volunteers operated for approx 3 hours before returning to service.
Thank you to all companies that assisted on the incident! 
Jenkins, Hughestown, Plains Twp and Pittston Medic 29

Laflin Fire Department Awarded AFG Grant

The Laflin Fire Department has been notified by FEMA that our application to replace 4 15 year old air packs has been approved. The department will receive $23,528.00 and must provide a $1176.00 match This is the 2nd year in a row the department has received this grant, last year the LVFD was able to replace 10 sets of aging bunker gear.

Rescue and Chief work Mock Car Accident at Pittston Area High School
The Rescue, Engine and Chief were invited to the Pittston Area High School by its Stand Tall Club to assist in this years Mock Accident to raise awareness for drunk driving and making safe decisions on prom night. The Rescue along with Jenkins Twp Fire and Police, Pittston Twp Fire, EMS and Police and Pittston Regional Ambulance and Police worked to extricate victims and give students a real prospective during a serious vehicle accident.
Engine and Chief called into Jenkins Twsp on the Commercial Job
5/13/15 The Engine and Chief were sent to Thompson Street in Jenkins for a working commercial fire. Due to hazardous chemicals burning in the facility, the Pittston Area High School was evacuated. Crews operated for approx 7 hours before being released.
Laflin Fire Trains at Luz County PSTI
4/11/15 - The Laflin Fire Department hosted a Structural Burn Session this week at Luzerne County Public Safety Training Facility. The class was lead by Chief Brian Mandak of the Hazleton Fire Department, with assistance by John Zagarski from the Nanticoke Fire Department, along with Chief Aulisio from Old Forge, also Paramedic Brian Bloom and Instructor Paul Klecha from the Kingston Fire Department. The department spent 16 hours this week learning tactics for structural fire fighting including multiple live fire drills on Saturday the 11th. 
The Engine Officers (Lt. Malvizzi)  POV at 1/12/15 Structure Fire in Jenkins Twp

Engine Company on 3rd working job in 3 days

The Engine, Rescue and Chief just cleared its third working job in 3 days. The Engine was requested by Eng.148 to Westminister Road in area 48 (Jenkins) for a working fire in a residential dwelling. The Engine arrived simultaneously with Jenkins Engine to find a 1 1/2 story bylevel structure with heavy fire conditions from the garage area extending into the house. The Engine stretched the 2 1/2" and 1 3/4" attack lines to begin attack. 152 crews attempted to make a push into the structure with 148 but was pulled back as the 1st floor collapsed. Operations then went defensive. Units operated for appox 8 hours before returning to service. Another long night of cleanup for the volunteers. Also see the video footage from the Engine Officer's helmet mounted camera

Engine Company on water supply then 2 rekindles
The Engine Company was tasked with water supply fill site then 2 rekindles for a structure fire in Bear Creek. Engine filled 18 tankers over 4 hours then was re located to fire scene to assist in over haul.  

Laflin Fire releases year end report

and video

The Laflin Fire Department ended 2014 with it’s largest monthly call volume and largest yearly volume in it’s history. The department responded to 34 calls in December and 230 calls for 2014.

Also in 2014 the department noted the following additions to it’s fleet:

Added a new Chevrolet Tahoe Fire Command / QRS vehicle

Added a Haulmark trailer for use at large incidents. The trailer carries large qtys of absorbent , booms and pads for spills, portable generators , pumps , brush fire clothing and much more

The Fire Department operates independently and almost solely relies on residents donations. The department appreciates the $7100.00  received from Laflin Borough annually. The borough also provides a EMT / Firefighter Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm. This person also handles all the day to day maintenance of the borough . The borough allocation amount almost covers the departments yearly insurance payment. The departments Door to Door Fund Drive letter will go out late January, please be as generous as you can. The department has taken on yearly payments of $20,000.00 for it’s rescue / pumper and QRS unit.

The fire departments year end report and year in review video are below, thank you to Lt Drew Malvizzi for another great year end video:

Squad 152 sold to Crucible Fire Dept in Crucible Pa
Squad 152 has relocated to the Crucible Fire Department in Crucible Pa. Crucible is near the West Virginia border about an hour south of Pittsburgh. Congratulations to Chief Jeff and his staff on their new vehicle.  
Laflin Fire puts new Fire Command / QRS in Service
Laflin Fire placed in service a new 2013 Chevy Tahoe Fire Command / QRS unit. Unit is a 2013 police package Chevy Tahoe customized by Fast Lane Emergency Vehicles in Purcellville Va. 
The members of the Laflin Volunteer Fire Department picked up Santa at the North Pole, took Santa around the Borough on Engine 1 and then to Saint Maria Goretti Church where Santa visited with all the good boys and girls of Laflin . — with Markie Malvizzi, Drew Malvizzi, Marc Malvizzi, Bill Kennedy, Suzanne Dudeck Kennedy and Richard Lewis.
Laflin Engine Rescue and Fire Command struck on the working Rail Box
Last Incident: 10/24/13
The Engine, Rescue Squad and Chief were dispatched to Pittston Ave/Laflin Road for a reported train on fire. Jenkins and Pittston City Engine's were already on the road investigating looking for the call in their cov...erage. PD confirmed the fire to be behind Valley Distribution Building 1. Engine 1 was first arriving with 1 train locomotive engine fully involved. 152E1 went to work stretching an 1 3/4" attack line to begin extinguishment on the right side of the locomotive. 148E1 stretching an 1 3/4" foam line to the left side. Units had the main body of fire extinguished in approx 20 minutes. Units remained on the scene for approx 2 hours controlling hot spots and assisting the conductor. Thanks to Pittston City and Jenkins Engines for the assistance
Laflin Fire ISO rating soars to a 5 !

The results are in! The Laflin Volunteer Fire Department has soared to a 5 rating from ISO, a fire department rating agency that provides ratings to insurance companies in setting fire insurance rates.  There are 2864 fire departments rated in Pennsylvania, the highest percentage are 737 departments with a rating of 9. To put this in perspective of how difficult it is to achieve the highest score of 1, Plains Township was just issued a 4 after many upgrades to their training and equipment and the addition of their new ladder truck, putting them with other cities like Bethlehem, Kingston, Scranton and Erie. Wilkes Barre has the highest local rating at 3, joining just 25 others in Pa with a 3. All of these departments have a 24/7 paid staff.  Only 1 Pa department has a 1, and 2 Pa Departments have a 2 rating.  

Laflin Fire Chief Marc Malvizzi said: “This is a testament to the hard work of the Laflin Volunteers who strive for excellence with training, equipment and safety.  With over 2000 hours of training in the last two years alone, most Pro Board Certified FF1, FF2, and Haz Mat courses, and equipment upgrades of a new QRS/Brush unit in 2011, and a Rescue Pumper in 2012, the LVFD stands ready to serve Laflin and surrounding communities with the best in fire protection”.

Laflin Volunteer Fire Department 2012 Year in Review
Early Christmas Morning Wreck in the Boro

12/25/12. Early Christmas Morning Wreck in the Boro:

Laflin Chief and Squad responded to Rt.315/Laflin Road in the Boro for a 1 Vehicle MVA, Vehicle over an embankment. Squad Co. arrived to find 1 vehicle over an embankment with no patient found. Squad assisted RM Recovery with the Tow along with Traffic Control. Squad cleared after approx 2 hours.

Engine and Rescue Due on the Working Job in Jenkins Twp
Last Call: 12/16/12. Laflin Engine and Rescue responded to Heather Highlands Trailer Park at the request of Jenkins Township Command for a 2 trailers fully involved. Laflin Engine arrived and hand laid 350' of 3'' supply to Pittston City Engine and the Rescue hand laid 100ft of 3'' supply line to Jenkins Twp Engine. Laflin Engine shuttled water from the hydrant to the fire 3 additional times. Crews would also work on the exterior to assist in finding hotspots and overhaul. The Engine and Rescue were released after approx 2 hours

Celebrating 50 years of service 


Enjoy our 50 years of memories video below

" We Got This"


Calls by Month:

June 24: 22
May 24: 19
April 24: 11
Mar 24: 16
Feb 24 : 13
Jan 24: 17
Dec 23: 19 
Nov 23:16 
Oct 23: 25
Sept 23: 18
August 23: 14
July 23:19
June 23: 18
May 23 : 18
April 23 :13
March 23 : 16
Feb 23: 16
Jan 23: 16

2024 Calls: 97

 2023 Calls: 209

2022 Calls :  190

2021 Calls : 198

2020 Calls : 187

2019 Calls : 213

2018 Calls : 212


2017 Calls: 241

2016 Calls : 266


2015 Calls: 243


2014 Calls : 230

2013Calls :189


2012 Calls : 217

2011 Calls : 196