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Leet Township and Fair Oaks History
Originally part of Pitt Township and the Depreciation Lands, reserved for Revolutionary War veterans, it was named after Jonathan Leet, a surveyor who laid out the town of Beaver Falls.
Leet's brother, Daniel, also was a surveyor who bought several large lots in the area. Daniel Leet served on George Washington's staff during the Revolutionary War.
Gen. Alexander Hays, a Pittsburgher who named the Mexican War streets on the present-
The original boundaries of the township included what are now Edgeworth, Leetsdale and part of Sewickley Heights.
After the Civil War, the residents decided to file a petition to form a separate municipality because they were upset at the level of services they received from Sewickley Township. The votes were counted at the home of Justice of the Peace John Way Jr, grandson of one of original property owners in the area, Caleb Way, a Quaker.
Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire Department History
The original volunteer fire department was organized July 12, 1905 with fifty members through February, 1912.
Charles W. McNamee was the first Chief. He held this office during the year 1908, prior to moving to Ambridge. Listed as honorary and contributing members at that time were A. J. Minke, Claud Davis and W. R. Motz.
No activities were recorded from 1912 until October 1915 when there was a fire in a dwelling on Mound Street. The call was responded to by the Ambridge Fire Department. Immediately after that incident a call was issued for the formation of a local fire department. At that meeting there was an overflow crowd and the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire Department was formed.
The first equipment inherited by the reorganized department was a hand-
Land on Beech Street was purchased from the Fair Oaks Land Company and the shed was moved there during the summer of 1916.
A few years later the department moved the shed and constructed a fire station consisting of a front room a double garage. A large back room was added in later years.
The first truck purchased was an American LaFrance equipped Ford. A fully equipped Ambulance was also purchased. The second truck, truck #3, was a Master Firefighter equipped Chevrolet. Free ambulance service was provided for many years.
|2012 Garage Fire|
|Beaver Road Structure Fire|
|Beaver Street Structure Fire|
|Crestview Village Structure Fire|
|Dry Cleaner Structure Fire|
|Edgeworth Structure Fire|
|George's Appliance Structure Fire|
|Hazel - Harmony Twp Structure Fire|
|Hussey Copper Structure Fire|
|Industrial Park Fire|
|Maplewood Avenue Structure Fire|
|Maplewood Avenue Structure Fire II|
|Merchant Street Structure Fire|
|Orchard Street Fire|
|Park Road Structure Fire|
|Railroad Tar Tanker Fire|
|Spencer Street Structure Fire|
|Training - 2005 EMT Extrication Class|
|Training - 2006 Beaver Valley Power Station Drill|
|Training - 2007 Chainsaw Practice Night|
|Training - 2007 Operation Steel Hammer|
|Training - 2007 Saw Equipment Demo|
|Training - 2008 Firefighter Survival Training|
|Training - 2009 Creekside Springs Practice|
|Training - 2010 Conway Rescue Training|
|Training - 2011 Between The Cones|
|Training - 2011 Health South Drill Night|
|Training - 2011 Leet Fairoaks Practice|
|Training - 2011 Training With Conway|
|Training - 2012 Maze Training At The Station|
|Training - 2012 Vehicle Practice|
|Community - 2006 Christmas Morning|
|Community - 2006 Halloween|
|Community - 2007 Ambridge Fireworks|
|Community - 2007 Turkey Bingo|
|Community - 2009 Tri-State Antique Fire Engine|
|Community - 2010 4 on 5|
|Community - 2010 Appreciation Picnic|
|Community - 2010 Blizzard - Hydrants|
|Community - 2010 Fire Prevention Expo|
|Community - 2010 Fire Prevention School Visits|
|Community - 2010 Memorial Day Parade|
|Community - 2010 Santa Visit|
|Community - 2010 Watson Institute Visit|
|Community - 2011 9-11 Tenth Anniversary|
|Community - 2011 Fire Prevention School Visits|
|Community - 2011 Leetsdale July 4th Parade|
|Community - 2011 Watson Institute Visit|
|Archives - 2005 Firehall Construction|
|Archives - 2005 Moving Day|
|Archives - 2005 New Squad 468|
|Archives - 2005 Raising The Flagpole|
|Archives - 2006 Firehall Dedication Ceremony|
|Archives - 2006 Les Powner Tribute|
|Archives - 2006 Straw Blower In Action|
|Archives - 2008 Old 461 Gone|
|Archives - 2009 New Engine 461|
|Emergency Services Photos|
|2014 Fire Call Archive|
|2013 Fire Call Archive|
|Past Fire Chiefs|
|2013 Touch-A-Truck Sponsors|
|Coloring Pages & Activity Books|