The Borough of
500 Wyoming Avenue , Kingston, PA 18704 | 570-288-4576 | 570-288-9493
The Kingston Fire Department, under the direction of Chief Frank Guido, is a combination department consisting of 32 career firefighters including the Chief. Twenty-seven (27) firefighters are dual certified as Pennsylvania Department of Health Paramedics. The department is supplemented by approximately 30 active volunteers. Kingston Fire Department operates out of a central station and provides a full range of fire, rescue, and advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical services. This department is one of the few fire departments of this size to offer ALS services to the community. We are able to provide these services under an agreement with the Kingston Fireman’s Community Ambulance (KFCA). The KFCA supports our community and providers by supplying and maintaining the most modern ALS equipment. Kingston Fire Department is also a member of the Luzerne County Technical Rescue Team.
The Kingston Fire Department has been involved in a functional consolidation with the Forty Fort Fire Department since 2009. The single command structure facilitates increased manpower and equipment available to the communities of Kingston and Forty Fort Borough. In addition to this functional consolidation, the department provides and receives automatic mutual aid with the Edwardsville Fire Department and City of Wilkes Barre Fire Department for fire, rescue and emergency medical responses.
The department provides a consistent dispatch to on-scene time of four (4) minutes and is an ISO Class 3 rated department. In 2021 the department responded to over 5,000 requests for service.
Kingston Fire Department aggressively trains in the latest fire, rescue and EMS practices. The department provides exemplary services to the communities we serve through this commitment to training and education.
The hiring process for career staff follows the guidelines of the Civil Service Commission of the Municipality. The Commission requires all applicants to have Pennsylvania Department of Health Paramedic certification and Essentials of Firefighting (or equivalent) to apply. Candidates are then subject to a physical agility test and if successful are permitted to sit for a written examination. After written examinations are scored, candidates are scheduled to complete the oral interview with the Civil Service Commission. Once complete, the candidates are ranked and are scheduled for an oral interview with the Mayor, Borough Administrator, and the Fire Chief. Appointments are made at the direction of the Mayor.
Kingston’s First Line Firefighting & EMS Equipment
2020 Pierce 1500 GPM Class A Pumper
2008 KME 1500 GPM Class A Pumper
2004 Sutphen 1500 GPM Class A Pumper
2001 American La France/LTI 85’ Aerial Platform
2021 PL Custom / Ford Type III Ambulance
2019 PL Custom / Ford Type III Ambulance
2016 PL Custom / Ford Type III Ambulance
2001 KME Rescue
1983 GMC/Swab Air Cascade Unit
2009 Ford/KME Utility Truck
500 Wyoming Avenue , Kingston, PA 18704