“The first responders in the city are always willing to put their lives on the line in a moment’s notice,” Rep. Readshaw said. “They have also shown a dedication to interdepartmental cooperation, which is so important in many emergencies.”
House Resolution 562 honors the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, which was formed as a volunteer group in 1793. The bureau became a fully paid, professional firefighting service in 1870 and is renowned for creating the first firefighter union in 1903. Today, the Bureau of Fire employs 318 professional firefighters in 29 stations throughout the city.
House Resolution 563 recognizes the Pittsburgh Police Department, which was formed in 1836. Currently, there are approximately 900 law enforcement officers in the city protecting 345,000 residents and the many businesses within the city limits.
House Resolution 564 honored the Pittsburgh Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, which was created in 1975. The EMS crews consist of more than160 paramedics serving on 13 ambulance crews, two rescue trucks, river rescue and other specialty services. The Bureau of EMS annually responds to more than 56,000 calls.
The three bureaus frequently work together, providing security, safety and emergency needs for major city events, such as the G-20 Summit, the Pittsburgh Marathon, and many professional and collegiate athletic events.