Upper Saucon Volunteer Fire Department # 1
UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP Newsletter Fall 2009
You Can Make A Difference
Did you know … that the Upper Saucon Fire Department
(USVFD) is made up of all volunteers? Except for Fire
Chief Chuck Castetter, that is. Everyone else – from the
firefighters, to the folks who control traffic, to the support
staff – is a volunteer. These volunteers answer an average
of 430 calls per year! They may be your next-door neighbor,
the teenager who lives just down the road or the retired
person at the market, but they all have one thing in
common – they are the ones our Township turns to
whenever there is a need to rescue people, save a burning
building, assist in storms or help control crowds and
Giving Back to the Community
Chief Castetter wants you to know that the Upper Saucon
Fire Department is in need of volunteers. If you’re looking
for a way to give back to your community but aren’t sure
how you can help – give Chuck a call. "You'd be surprised
at the talents the Fire Department needs. You don’t need to
be an active firefighter, although we always need more.
We’d be thrilled to have people who can help us write
grants, teach fire prevention in schools, or provide legal
and financial advice. We need experts in all fields and at all
times of the day!"
"Why join the USVFD? People volunteer because they want
to help the community. Every fire call is different. You could
save a life or calm a frightened child. Anyone can make a
In addition, if your teenager has an interest in firefighting
or rescue services, the Fire Department also needs support
volunteers who can help with equipment and firehouse
chores. Your son or daughter can start out at age 14 as an
Associate volunteer to explore their interest and help out
our Active volunteers.
Chief Castetter acknowledges that "life is busy, and that
hurts the Department because people don’t have as much
time to volunteer as they used to." The Department
currently faces a number of challenges that directly impact
all of us in the community.
•Fewer firefighters are available for emergencies, and
for safety reasons a fire call can’t be answered with less
than four volunteers.
•A growing number of residents mistakenly believe that
their taxes pay for the Department, but it is staffed entirely
with volunteers and funded by donations.
•Response times could be greatly improved if more
volunteers were available for calls – reducing the
Department’s need to rely on outside agencies for
In fact, the Fire Chief stated that if the number of
volunteers able to respond to calls didn’t increase, the
Township may need to hire full-time, paid firefighters.
What Full-Time, Paid Firefighters Mean
One word – Cost.
Currently the only paid employee of the USVFD is Fire
Chief Chuck Castetter. He is a full-time Township
employee tasked with building, maintaining and training
the Fire Department’s volunteers. If the number of
volunteers continues to decline, the Township will need to
hire full-time firefighters to ensure the safety of our
residents. The result would be a great expense to the
community’s residents – something no one wants to
"We need people who can teach fire prevention in schools,
write grants, or provide legal and financial advice …
among other things. We need experts in all fields and at
all times of the day.!"
Fire Chief Chuck Castetter
Learn More On Mondays
Stop by the Fire Department at 4445 West Hopewell Road
in Center Valley any Monday night (except holidays) at
7:00 p.m. or visit the Department’s website at
www.uppersauconfd.com to learn more!
Last Edit - 11/09/2012 13:55:22