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Lives in:
Pittsburgh, PA
Safety Officer, Emergency Management Coordinator
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Funding, Training, Manpower
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter II, Fire Instructor 1, EMS Instructor, EMT. Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Specialist, Public Fire and Life Safety, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Building Code Official.
Topics you provide training for:
Firefighter Safety, Firefighter 1, EVDT, Hazardous Materials, EMS, Basic Vehicle Extrication.CORE, CERT, Traffic Incident Management, Building Construction.
Areas of expertise:
Not an expert in anything, still learning.
Andy is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Borough of Aspinwall, PA. He is enjoying his 35th year in the fire service and is presently serving with the Aspinwall Fire Department. He is active in Fire Prevention, Training and Fundraising and is one of the Safety Officers for this department. He is Local Level Instructor in Allegheny County . He also instructs C.E.R.T for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. He is employed at the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh's Public Safety Department.

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In case you missed some of the news stories, this week of October 7th is National Fire Prevention Week. There’s a lot of history behind this week. I encourage you to read how and when it all started. Many fire stations nationwide hold open houses, provide station tours, respond to requests of visiting this school or that school and for some, at the end of the week, those events are tucked away until next year. I’ve stated as well as many others have, that Fire Prevention…


Posted on October 10, 2018 at 6:28pm

The End of the Fire Service's "Killer B's"

Back in the early 1990s, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Barry Bonds, Bobby Boniilla and Jay Bell and we affectionately here in Pittsburgh, admired them as our “Killer Bs”. And later in the 1990’s, the Houston Astros also were known to have the “Killer Bs”, with Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell at the center of attention then. I am at the tail end of the baby boomer generation and I’ve always said that my generation yielded some of the best sports players of all time. I joined the fire service as…


Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:11pm

Baptism by Fire

Way back in 2009, during a church service, my Pastor got me to thinking. He was preaching about baptism. He was explaining to us his belief that some faiths baptize at too early of an age. Now before you spout off how wrong he is, or whatever opinion you may have about baptism, or other faiths, hear me out first. I will try to relate and tie in what he had to say in terms of being a firefighter. I mean this not to be a lesson in religion as the pastor did, simply an analogy, nothing…


Posted on September 20, 2016 at 10:25pm

Fire Prevention; It's Just Not for Kids Anymore

( I wrote this 7 years ago, much of it still applies. I updated it a bit as well.)

So much has been discussed about firefighter safety lately. We tend to think about firefighter safety as it relates to the fire ground, accountability systems, offensive vs. defensive fire strategies, rapid intervention teams, and the list goes on. What often times is left off of that list is fire prevention. Fire prevention…


Posted on August 25, 2016 at 12:00pm

Lead by Example

If you go back in time, especially with Fire Engineering, you’ll most likely find hundreds of articles on leadership. And you’ll find hundreds more on firefighter safety, both on the training ground and on the fireground. Many great fire service leaders who have gone before us and the ones who are among us still today, have most likely told the many of us to “lead by example”. It’s a simple message that carries with it so many lessons that young and inexperienced firefighters can place in…


Posted on August 20, 2016 at 11:27am

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At 2:59am on July 4, 2009, Andy Marsh said…
DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENCE: not subject to control by others; not requiring or relying on something else. Those who sacrificed for our Country enabled us to be independent and we do rely on those who maintain that freedom for us on a daily basis, here and abroad. To all of them, THANK YOU!!!! Thank you to all of our military personnel for keeping us safe and independent!

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