Recent Calls
Mon. Apr 12th 2021
Call # 19. 4/12/21. 19:54 hours(Co 13) FD Box: 1340Fire-Vehicle Crash Unk Inj5100 TYRONE PIKE BLK, RUSH TWPCompany 13 Fire & EMS along with Bald Eagle FD was alerted for a vehicle accident with un...
Mon. Apr 12th 2021
Call # 18. 4/12/21. 15:42 hours.FD Box: 1330Fire-Automatic Fire Alarm213 OAKWOOD DR, RUSH TWPCompany 13 and Truck 22 (Osceola Mills) was alerted for a automatic fire alarm in the Linnwood Development....
Sun. Apr 11th 2021
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Call # 17. 4/11/21.16:05 hours.FD Box: 1340Fire-Vehicle Crash W/ Entrap4600 TYRONE PIKE BLK, RUSH TWPCompany 13 Fire & EMS along with Medic 23 was alerted for a vehicle accident with entrapment on...
Wed. Mar 31st 2021
Call # 16. 3/31/21.Engine Rescue 13 available as of 18:11 hours. ER 13 had a crew of 6 volunteers.Engine Rescue 13 is currently assisting EMS & Company 22 with a Specialized Rescue. Also respondin...
Fri. Mar 26th 2021
Box 13-10.Brush 13 assisted with removing a tree down off the roadway at 614 State Street, Rush Twp. Unit operated for 15 minutes with 8 volunteers.
News Headlines
Mon. Feb 15th 2021
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Tonight, members trained on RIT skills. We utilized our RIT pack to give a downed firefighter air and we also trained on packaging a downed firefighter onto our FAST BOARD. These skills are something ...
Fri. Nov 20th 2020
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Our annual ambulance subscription drive is underway for 2021. Our EMS service does third party billing. Most insurance companies only pay a percentage of the bill and will leave you with a great amoun...
Sat. Oct 3rd 2020
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Engine Rescue 13, Ambulance 13-1 and our 1933 Indiana Pumper attended the Port Matilda Fire Company parade and brought home the Judge's Choice Award, 1st placed Ambulance and 2nd place Engine. Pho...
Fri. Sep 11th 2020
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As today winds down to an end, we sit back to remember September 11, 2001. 2,977 people died, 19 years ago, from a senseless act of terrorism. 2,753 at the WTC, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 in Shankesv...
Sat. Jul 4th 2020
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Today, we attended the annual Osceola Mills Firemen's parade and brought home the Chief's Award and 1st place Ambulance! We always enjoy participating in this parade every year! Thank you for ...
Sandy Ridge History

Sandy Ridge was founded as brickyard town mainly because of the abundant quantity and quality of the clay.  The current Sandy Ridge was originaly made up of Powelton, Retort and Sandy Ridge.  During it's boom era in the early to mid 1900's, there were 2 brickyards, 3 post offices, 3 general stores, school, a shoe store, a movie theatre, and a skate rink.  During it's prime, the Sandy Ridge Brickyard, was producing the most bricks in the country; second only to Star Works of Pittsburgh. Most of the early houses in town were "company houses" which is why most had similar appearances.

In 1879, W.J. Jackson leased a track of land in the area known as Powellton which he continued a coal mining operation. The mine extended into the mountain 1.25 miles which yielded 4400 tons of coal monthly. Mr jackson employed 75-80 men at his year round mine. Also he began manufacturing brick. The "excellant" quality clay was mined about a mile away and was taken to the brick yard by tram. At this time, there were 48 tenements in Powelton. At that time, the village contained the company store, school and church.

 

Sandy Ridge Schoolhouse around 1948.

Sandy Ridge School students approx 1950.

Established in 1866, the Sandy Ridge brick works were established under the name of William R Miller. At the time, it was the most extensive enterprise of its kind, possibly in America. At the beginning of the operation, the daily brick yield was 4000 bricks daily. In August 1881, the 10 kilns were changed to the down draft pattern which yielded 25,000 brick daily and 7,500,000 for the year. This was to be the most of any brick yard in the country second only to Star Works of Pittsburgh. In "Sandy Ridge" at the time, there were 36 tenant houses for the workman. There was also a school, but no church. For worship, residents had to attend the Methodist Episcopal church in neighboring Powelton. Below is an artist rendition of the Sandy Ridge Brickyard.

Retort Brick Yard workers

 

 


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