The Franklin Borough Fire Department is an all-volunteer department comprised of approximately 25 volunteer members who strive to provide the best firefighting, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, and emergency medical services using a fleet consisting f a rescue/engine, pumper/ladder truck, and squad. The department also has an ambulance that is operated through Conemaugh Valley Regional EMS, which is a joint venture with the Cover Hill and East Taylor Township Fire Departments.
To provide these services, the department's volunteers spend countless hours maintaining equipment, raising funds, and completing extensive training in all aspects of emergency response, in addition to answering calls at all hours. In fact, the department has been recognized for having over 75% of its active members certified to meet national standards as Firefighters, Rescue Technicians, and in Hazardous Materials Operations. Many members are also certified as Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics.
Because of the efforts of the department's dedicated volunteers and through the assistance of the department's automatic and mutual aid partners, Franklin Borough has an Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Public Protection Classification of 4.
The Borough of Franklin, founded in 1868 after being carved out of Conemaugh Township, is located on the northern border of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Currently, the borough is primarily a small, aging bedroom community of 323 people (per the 2010 U.S. Census) living in an area of 0.57 square miles. For many years, the steel industry had a large presence in the borough, most of which has since been demolished. The demise of the steel industry has been a leading cause of the borough becoming a state-designated financially distressed municipality.
Our mission is to establish, maintain, and operate a firefighting and rescue service for the preservation and protection of life and property from and during such fires, entrapments, hazardous materials events, other emergencies, and disasters as may occur in Franklin Borough, Cambria County, and vicinity.
- We will work together as a team to serve the public.
- We will treat the public and each other in a respectful and professional manner.
- We will perform our duties for the betterment of the community and the department.
- We will strive to provide our services as safely, efficiently, and fairly as possible.
Teamwork, service, respect, accountability, and integrity.