Volunteer Fire Departments
There are twelve (12) fire departments, operated strictly by
volunteers, throughout Hempfield Township. If you would like to
spend time giving back to your community, please consider
joining Hempfield's volunteer team.
Our VFDs are responsible for performing a number of challenging
duties such as controlling fires, saving lives, providing emergency
services to victims, saving property and protecting the environment.
Training is provided.
Residential Burning Regulations
All outdoor burning or fires in areas of RESIDENTIAL dwellings shall
- Limited to twigs and yard waste during the hours of 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on SATURDAYS.
- Controlled in a safe manner and has an ATTENDED
WATER SUPPLY OR EQUAL AT ALL TIMES.
- Occurring at least 50 feet from any structure and 30 feet
from any property line.
- GARBAGE, NEWSPAPERS or PAPER PRODUCTS, RUBBER,
TIRES, PAINT, ANIMAL WASTE, PLASTICS, DIAPERS, TOXIC MATERIALS, or
any other SOLID WASTE is PROHIBITED from being burned AT ANY TIME.
(Check the Township’s garbage and recycling guidelines and programs
available through Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling for alternatives to
disposing of these types of materials.)
- Outdoor fireplaces, grills, fire pits, and stone rings used
exclusively for recreational purposes and/or for food preparation
are exempt from these regulations provided the activity is conducted
not closer than 15 feet to any property line.
- Burning of any type is prohibited on any paved portion of
a street, alley, or public grounds.
- 1st Offense: Warning issued; Fire to be extinguished
- 2nd Offense: Prosecution; Up to $1,000 fine
The Township of Hempfield reminds all residents to have their street
number visually displayed. Residential mailboxes shall have the assigned
identification number affixed to both sides of the mailbox, post or
In addition, all residences shall have their assigned number affixed
to the residence in the vicinity of a front porch light, if available.
For multiple dwellings, only the main building number must be posted
where observable from the nearest public right-of-way and all interior
apartment unit doors must be numbered.
All numerals on mailboxes shall
be reflective and shall be a minimum of 3” in height and ½” in width.
All numerals displayed on the residential structures shall be a minimum
of 4” in height and ½” in width.
KNOX BOX Rapid-Entry Boxes
Another tool available to our fire fighters and
businesses are KNOX BOX® Rapid-entry Boxes.
Visit our new
KNOX BOX informational
page to learn more.
These boxes give emergency
responders access to business structures that cannot be gained
immediately. The emergency responders will be able to use a key to
access the secured boxes that businesses will locate outside their
establishment for quick entry when a representative is not available to
allow access during an undetermined alarm. Many alarms that a department
may respond to during the year are not true emergencies but must be
investigated when triggered.
The boxes allow entry without having to break down doors for
entrance in these situations and having to unnecessarily burden the
volunteers with that decision. The Township will invest $7,200 in
providing each of the 12 fire departments with the corresponding secure
keys to enter these boxes. This Rapid-entry program will be voluntary
but highly recommended to businesses in the Township.
"These additional tools are a continuing reflection of the continuing
support that I and my fellow Supervisors have towards assisting our
volunteer fire fighters perform their essential community service,
stated Supervisor Weimer.”
Fire and Life Safety Inspections
The fire and life safety inspection program was created in 2015 by
ordinance of the Township of Hempfield. The goal of the program is to
have every commercial building in Hempfield Township be free of fire
hazards and to ensure compliance with the Hempfield Township Fire
Prevention Code. The Township Code Enforcement Office and our third
party inspection service, Code Enforcement Agency, administers
this fire prevention code and life safety code.
Who will conduct the fire inspection?
Code Enforcement Agency will conduct the inspection of your
facility. They may be assisted by members of the Hempfield Township Code
Enforcement Office. The contact information for Code Enforcement Agency is:
Code Enforcement Agency
1633 State Route 51
Jefferson Hills, PA 15205
When will the fire inspector show up?
The fire inspector will not announce when he/she is coming, and the
frequency of inspection is based on the type of facility. Some
facilities are inspected once a year with some being inspected every
What types of buildings are required to be inspected?
All commercial properties in Hempfield Township will be inspected on
an annual or tri-annual basis. The frequency of the facilities
inspection will be determined by its occupancy classification found in
the 2009 International Building Code.
For more information, check out the full
Fire and Safety Inspections info sheet.
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