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Social Hall Rental

The Board Of Directors has made the decision that we will no longer be renting the Social Hall for events of any kind.

Bingo will continue as usual on Friday and Sunday evenings since this is a fire department function, not a rental.

Purse Bingo Saturday 10/8/2022

Designer Purse Bingo! Saturday 10/8/22, Noon - 3:00 PM, doors open at 11:00 AM.

BYOB for 21 years and up, food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase.

If you have attended any of these in the past, it's accurate to say that the members of the Auxiliary and the Fire Department enjoy these as much as the players! Hope to see you there!

Click on the text above (Purse Bingo Saturday 10/8/2022) to be taken to where you can buy tickets online, or call Laura at 814-825-4359 or Kathy at 814-823-3953 to order your tickets.

2022 National Night Out Pictures

Here are some pictures from the 2022 National Night Out event held at BVFD. Thanks to the many FD members, Auxiliary members, and Emergency Service people who participated!

Click on any of the pictures to see a larger version. Thanks to Katlyn Zimmer and Zach Kuhn for their photos.

Erie Gives and 2022 Fund Drive

We would like to express our sincere thanks to those who gave during the annual Erie Gives event recently, and who have supported us during our ongoing Fund Drive. Without you, we can't do what we do, so thank you!

2022 National Night Out

Join us on Tuesday, August 2nd, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM for the Annual National Night Out event at the station. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Click on poster to enlarge.

Ukraine Gear Donation

Through the efforts of Dan Hesch from Kearsarge Fire Department and the First Ukrainian Pentecostal Church, the Belle Valley Fire Department was able to donate 8 sets of firefighting gear that will be sent to Ukrainian firefighters desperately in need of it. The children and adults in these pictures are friends and neighbors of Dan’s who helped unload the gear and prepare it for shipment to Ukraine.

Click on photos to enlarge. Photos by BVFD photographer Katlyn Zimmer

National Patriots Tour

On 5/21, the Belle Valley Fire Department was honored to be asked to participate with the Erie Fire Department in flying an American Flag from BVFD Tower 369 and EFD Tower 1 to help kick of the start of the National Patriots Tour. A flag that was lowered from the Brig Niagara was then transported to Jamestown, NY on it’s first leg of a 14,000 mile motorcycle journey across the US, to return to Erie on September 17th when it’s journey will be complete. Several BVFD members are also members of Fire And Iron Motorcycle Club Station 280, which participated on the kickoff ride. Fire And Iron is a firefighter motorcycle club with members located throughout the US and internationally.

Click on photos to enlarge. Photos by BVFD photographer Katlyn Zimmer.

We remember, respect, and honor the members of the military and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

All Gave Some

2022 Fire Officers And Support Staff

2022 Belle Valley FD Fire Officers and Support Staff:

Chief 360 - Jeremy Moreland

Assistant Chief 361 - John Stephens

Deputy Chief 370 - Ryan Geist

Captain 371 - Zach Kuhn

Captain 372 - Jeremy Kuhn

Safety Officer 36S1 - Steve Woytek

Safety Officer 36S2 - Dave Soule

Fire Police Captain 36FP1 - Jonathan Altadonna

Fire Police Lieutenant 36FP2 - Nick Maly

Lieutenant 36L4 - Mark Longenecker

Lieutenant 36L8 - Ian Jaskiewicz

Lieutenant 36L9 - Josh Horstman

Quartermasters - Steve Woytek, Dave Soule, Josh Horstman

Mechanical Wizard - Thomas Krahnke

Photographer - Katlyn Zimmer

Election Of Officers/Board of Directors 2022

Belle Valley FD Election Of 2022 Officers

Results of the recent election are as follows. These positions become effective January 5th, 2022


President – Jeff Skonieczki

Vice-President – Steve Woytek

Secretary – Jeremy Kuhn

Assistant Secretary – Josh Horstman

Treasurer – Steve Woytek

Assistant Treasurer – Matt Rogers

Board Of Directors – Jeff Skonieczki

Board Of Directors – Ryan Geist


Chief 360 – Jeremy Moreland

Assistant Chief 361 – John Stephens

Deputy Chief 370 – Ryan Geist

Line officers and support personnel will be appointed as soon as the chiefs review the candidates.

The department wishes to thank the 2021 officers for their hard work during a truly challenging year, and congratulates the team for 2022 and wishes them much success!

Designer Handbag Bingo October 9th 2021

Designer handbag bingo, sponsored by the Belle Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Doors open at 11:00 AM, bingo begins at Noon.

BYOB alcoholic beverages, food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase.

For tickets, contact:

Carrie 814-440-8902

Kathy 814-823-3953

BVFD 814-825-4359

Handbag Bingo

National Night Out ~ Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Another fantastically successful National Night Out hosted by the Belle Valley Fire Department at the station on Norcross Road on Tuesday, August 3rd!

We would like to thank the following sponsors and participants in the event:

  • United Way of Erie County
  • Green Acreage Landscaping
  • UTZ Quality Foods
  • TOP’s Friendly Markets
  • Smith’s Provision Company
  • Schwebel’s Baking Company
  • Mammoth Restoration
  • Joe Kujawa
  • Rockdale Farms of Butler
  • Sundance Kids Farm Petting Zoo
  • Crazy Monkey Attractions
  • Erie County Firefighter’s Association Safety House
  • DJ Justin
  • Millcreek Paramedic Service
  • Millcreek Police Department
  • PA State Police
  • Pat Martin Photography
  • Kearsarge Fire Department Ropes Team
  • NW PA K9 Search and Rescue Team
  • The Anna Shelter
  • The Bair Foundation Family And Child Ministries
  • Russell C. Schmidt and Son Funeral Home
  • AT&T FirstNet
  • The Belle Valley Presbyterian Church
  • Representative Bob Merski
  • Councilwoman Kim Clear
  • Councilman Jim Winarski
  • Dr. Tyler Titus
  • Deputy Sheriff Chris Campanelli

Special thanks to the members of The Belle Valley Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary for the many hours of time and effort spent planning, preparing, and volunteering at the event!

Extra special thanks to Nathanial Hall, operator of “Lawns 4 Locals” for his generous donation of $400 to the Belle Valley Fire Department! Nathanial is a young man who mows lawns for donations, which he then passes on to local businesses and organizations.

Photos by BVFD photographer Katlyn Zimmer. Click on individual pictures for a larger version.

Glass Recycling Container Relocation


The Prism Glass Recycling container has been relocated from Headwaters Park on Wager Road to the East end of the Belle Valley Fire Department parking lot to enable easier access for East Millcreek Township residents.

Please be sure that glass items as shown in the guidelines are deposited carefully in the container only. If the container is full, please do not leave items around the outside of the container. Thank you for your assistance in keeping this area clean and safe for everyone.

Bingo Returns!

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We are pleased to announce that bingo doors will reopen April 11th! After the Sunday startup, Bingo will be held on Friday and Sunday evenings as usual. Doors open at 4:30 PM and Bingo begins at 6:15 PM.

Please keep in mind we are still under the governor's guidelines so there will be some modifications seating wise, and we are still not allowed to serve food, so please eat dinner before coming. As always, masks are required in the building. We can't wait to see you all again! Thank you for all your support and patience during the pandemic.

Bingo Returning Announcement / Social Hall Rental Announcement

Belle Valley Fire Department Bingo Announcement


We are happy to announce that based on recent guidelines from the Erie County Department of Health, we expect to be able to open for bingo again soon! Once we are able to finalize the arrangements, we hope to be able to safely welcome our loyal regulars, and fun-loving newcomers as well. Stay tuned for further details as we have them, and thanks for your past and future support! We want to emphasize that bingo is NOT affected by the Social Hall Rental announcement below.



Belle Valley Fire Department Social Hall Rental Announcement


Unfortunately, due to different guidelines that apply to rental of the social hall, we are unable to safely offer it to the public for events such as wedding receptions, birthday parties, stag and drags, etc. Based on this, as well as damage done to the hall during previous events, the Board of Directors has decided that we will no longer be offering the Social Hall for rentals.

2020 Recognition Awards

The Belle Valley Fire Department is proud to announce the following recognition awards for 2020. These are normally presented at our Christmas Party and Dinner, but were delayed until our virtual January Business Meeting on 1/6/2021

RESCUE TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR – Tom Krahnke Sr., Matt Rogers, Josh Horstman, and Parker Cerneck



CHIEF’S AWARD – Jason Wilson, Ryan Geist

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Mark Longenecker


Congratulations to all the recipients!

2021 Fire Officers and Support Staff

These are the fire officers and support staff for 2021. These positions are in effect from 1/6/2021 through 1/5/2022. We are fortunate to have a number of members are interested in accepting the additional responsibilities that these positions require. Being a member of a volunteer fire department at any level requires a great deal of time and effort, and even more so for those accepting these positions. In addition to these officers and staff, we appreciate and thank all of our members, and look forward to serving our community in 2021 as we have since 1938!

Chief – John Stephens (360)

Assistant Chief – Zach Kuhn (361)

Deputy Chief – Ryan Geist (370)

Captains – Jeremy Kuhn (371), Matt Rogers (372)

Lieutenants – Josh Horstman (36L1), Paul Rogers (36L2), John Krahnke (36L3), Jason Wilson (36L4)

Scene Support Captain – Jonathan Altadonna (36FP1)

Scene Support Lieutenant – Nick Maly (36FP2)

Safety Officers – Steve Woytek (36S1), Dave Soule (36S2), Joe Altadonna (36S3), Jeremy Moreland (36S4)

Quartermasters – Steve Woytek, Dave Soule, Josh Horstman

Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance/Repair – Tom Krahnke Sr., Paul Rogers, Josh Horstman

Santa Patrol - Saturday, December 19th

Santa Inspection Visit Saturday December 19th

Once again, the members of the Belle Valley Fire Department will be escorting Santa as he checks the roofs and chimneys in our district before he delivers gifts on December 25th.

The visit will begin approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 19th. Santa will be starting on the Eastern side of our district in the Kohler Road area and proceeding through the streets to the Western side of our district in the Glenwood Park Avenue/Perry Highway area.

In accordance with the latest CDC and PA guidelines, neither Santa nor the firefighters will be permitted to leave the vehicles, so we will sadly have to skip our usual candy cane distribution to the kids along the way. The firefighters and Santa will be masked. As usual, though, Santa will be in the bucket of our tower truck so that he can respond to the children, and we will pause as often as possible for those who want to take pictures or videos.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, but especially for children, so we’d like to do what we can to bring at least a small sense of normalcy to the season.

BVFD Election Results

Results from the recent Belle Valley Fire Department elections. All terms take effect on 1/1/2021 and are for one year unless otherwise noted.

Chief Officers

Chief 360: John Stephens

Assistant Chief 361: Zach Kuhn

Deputy Chief 370: Ryan Geist

Business Officers

President: Jeff Skonieczki

Vice President: Joe Altadonna

Board Secretary: Jeremy Kuhn

Board Assistant Secretary: Josh Horstman

Treasurer: Matt Rogers

Assistant Treasurer: Steve Woytek

Board of Directors

Joe Altadonna (3 year term expires 12/31/2023)

Dave Soule (3 year term expires 12/31//2023)

Erie Gives / Annual Fund Drive

We would like to thank those who were able to support us during the recent Erie Gives event, as well as those who contributed to our fundraising drive. Your contributions help make it possible for us to do what we do. We truly appreciate every dollar, and do our best to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely.

Bingo Canceled Until Further Notice

Due to concerns over the Coronavirus and the recommendations from authorities that we take care to avoid group events, Belle Valley Fire Department Bingo is canceled until further notice. We will be back up and running as soon as it is considered safe again. Thank you for your support of the department!

2020 Officers and Board of Directors

Here are the BVFD officers and support staff for 2020:

  • Chief 360 - John Stephens
  • Assistant Chief 361 - Zach Kuhn
  • Deputy Chief 370 - Tom Krahnke Jr.
  • Captain 371/Training Officer - Ryan Geist
  • Lieutenant 36L1 - Jeremy Kuhn
  • Lieutenant 36L2 - Josh Horstman
  • Safety Officer 36S1 - Steve Woytek
  • Safety Officer 36S2 - Dave Soule
  • 362/364 Engineer - John Krahnke

Previously announced board of directors members and business officers for 2020 are:

Board Of Directors

  • Joe Altadonna
  • Jeremy Kuhn
  • Zach Kuhn
  • Tom Lewis
  • Matt Rogers
  • Jeff Skonieczki
  • Dave Soule
  • John Stephens

Business Officers

  • President – Jeff Skonieczki
  • Vice President – Joe Altadonna
  • Secretary – Jeremy Kuhn
  • Assistant Secretary – Josh Horstman
  • Treasurer – Laura O’Connell
  • Assistant Treasurer – Steve Woytek

2019 Christmas Party and Awards Banquet

Our annual Christmas Party and Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, December 7th, at the Siebenbuerger Club.

Santa made an appearance and presented gifts to the children and grandchildren of members, and gifts were also presented to the members by the Board of Directors.

The following service awards were made:

  • President’s Award – Joe Altadonna
  • Chief’s Award – Steve Woytek
  • Safety Award – Tom Krahnke Sr.
  • Rookie of The Year Award – Ian Jaskiewicz
  • Citizen Supporter of The Year Award – Bill Kuhn
  • Vehicle Rescue Related Awards – John Stephens, Zach Kuhn, Tom Krahnke Jr., Ryan Geist, Tom Krahnke Sr., Dave Soule, Dakota Moreland, Ian Jaskiewicz
  • EMS Related Awards – John Stephens, Zach Kuhn, Matt Rogers, Ryan Geist, Jeremy Kuhn, Josh Horstman, Ray Bauer, Jeremy Moreland, Jason Wilson, Parker Cerneck, Ian Jaskiewicz

Special thanks to the Auxiliary for their donation of $5000 to be used towards the cost of the recently installed exhaust hood and fire suppression system for the station kitchen; and to member Kaitlyn Zimmer for her gift of a copy of her award winning framed picture of our firefighters in a recent parade.

And additional thanks to the Siebenbuerger Club for their hospitality and consideration in support of the department and our mission.

(Click on the pictures to enlarge them)

Elections For 2020 Officers

Here are the results for the BVFD elections held on Sunday, 11/10/2019. All positions are effective January 1, 2020:

Chief Officers

Chief 360 – John Stephens

Assistant Chief 361 – Zach Kuhn

Deputy Chief 370 – Tom Krahnke Jr.

Board Of Directors

Joe Altadonna

Jeremy Kuhn

Zach Kuhn

Tom Lewis

Matt Rogers

Jeff Skonieczki

Dave Soule

John Stephens

Business Officers

President – Jeff Skonieczki

Vice President – Joe Altadonna

Secretary – Jeremy Kuhn

Assistant Secretary – Josh Horstman

Treasurer – Laura O’Connell

Assistant Treasurer – Steve Woytek


Designer Purse Bingo

2019 Designer Purse Bingo

Designer Purse Bingo!!!

Hosted by The Belle Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
Proceeds benefit The Belle Valley Fire Department

Saturday, October 5th, 2019
12:00 - 3:00 PM (doors open at 11:00)

Food and beverages available to purchase. BYOB!
50 - 50 raffle

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Must have a ticket to enter.

To order tickets online via PayPal, click here: Designer Purse Bingo tickets

For tickets or additional information, contact Laura at (814) 825-4359

The rain may have washed away the plans that some of you made to attend The Belle Valley Community National Night Out celebration at our station on Tuesday evening, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the many Emergency Services and community-minded organizations who participated, nor the enthusiasm of the community members who were able to attend. Some of the participating organizations came from as far away as Butler, PA and Ellington, NY, and we really appreciate their extra travel effort in the rain.

Events like this are impossible to conduct without the dedicated hard work of the organizers and planners, and the community members who participate in one way or another. Thanks to some contingency plans, we were able to minimize the impact of the rain, and keep the attendees safe, dry, and well fed!

Special thanks to our major sponsor The Siebenbuerger Club, as well as additional sponsors The Belle Valley Fire Department, The Belle Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Green Acreage Landscaping, The Belle Valley Presbyterian Church, United Way of Erie, Smith’s Provision Company, UTZ Quality Foods, The Schwebel Baking Company, TOPS Markets, and former Millcreek Township Supervisor Joe Kujawa.

We expect to have pictures and videos to post soon.

Belle Valley Community 2019 National Night Out

The Belle Valley Fire Department will once again be hosting the National Night Out event for our area. This event is free, and all are welcome. It will be held at the Belle Valley Fire Department Station 36 (1514 Norcross Road Erie, PA 16510) on Tuesday 8/6/19 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

National Night Out is an event designed to allow the members of the community to interact with public safety and other community service groups to promote better understanding of what their roles are, and the services they provide.

Here is a partial listing of the expected participants:

Emergency Services (Millcreek Paramedic Service, Millcreek Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Erie County Sheriffs, Erie County 911 Center, Erie County Ropes Team, NW PA K9 Search and Rescue, Erie County Fire Safety House, Belle Valley Fire Department)

Local Organizations (Petting Zoo, Erie Bayhawks, Anna Shelter, Belle Valley Presbyterian Church)

Rockdale Farm Percheron Horses

Local Media (WICU/WSEE, WJET)

This will be a fun, family friendly, kid friendly event, with free food, a bounce house, gaming trailer, temporary tattoo parlor, petting zoo, and music by DJ Justin O'Connell, in addition to the organizations listed above.

Hope to see you there!