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Who We Are and What We Do
Hopewell Valley Emergency Services was formed in 1998 to offer support to the volunteer departments during daytime hours. The employees are all highly trained firefighters, emergency medical technicians, fire inspectors and are also trained in other special operations such as, swift water technician, ice rescue, hazardous materials operations, fire investigation and more. In addition to responding to fire and EMS calls, the career staff performs fire inspections and enforces the Uniform Fire Code throughout Hopewell Township and the two Boroughs. Other than the Borough Support positions, HVES is primarily split between the main office located in the basement of the Police Department and at the Union Fire Company and Rescue Squad firehouse in Titusville. Structure and Operations - Staffing includes 8 Career Specialist (Firefighter/EMT/Inspectors), 4 Career Officers, 1 Fire Official, 1 Administrative employee and several Per-Diem Firefighter/EMTs and EMTs. Hopewell Valley Emergency Services and the Bureau of Fire Safety normally operate Monday through Friday.
Include a Chief of Emergency Services, three Lieutenants who oversee overall operations and a Fire Official who directs Fire Code enforcement. The officers and administrative staff operate from 8am to 4pm.
Ambulance 159 is staffed from 6am to 6pm by two Firefighter/EMTs. 159 is the primary EMS unit for the area that Union Fire Company & Rescue Squad covers as well as a backup unit for the area that Pennington and Hopewell covers both in the township and borough. On some occasions, 159 may be called to outside municipalities for mutual aid. In addition to EMS calls, 159 responds to all fire calls in the township. The ambulance is equipped to hold the crew’s fire gear, air packs, extinguishers, hand tools, and more. Both crew members on 159 are also tasked with roughly 25 fire inspections a month each, as well as assisting with public education and fire safety events.
Engine 50 is staffed from 8am to 4pm with 3 - 4 Firefighter/EMTs. Engine 50 currently utilizes a fire truck from Union Fire Company & Rescue Squad. Engine 50 is responding to all fire calls in the township and both boroughs. Occasionally, Engine 50 will assist on EMS calls when requested. Engine 50 participates in public education and fire safety events.
The Fire Code Inspector & Bureau of Fire Safety
The Fire Inspector and Fire Official both operate out of SUVs which are equipped to respond to fire and EMS calls. The Bureau of Fire Safety inspects all businesses in Hopewell Valley at least annually. They also inspect valley residences at the time of resale or change of tenancy. The Bureau also handles fire safety public education and home safety inspections.