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Mission of the W.P.F.M.H.G. is to support the fire departments and the families of fallen firefighters, while promoting citizen awareness to the dangers of fire.

The Honor Guard was organized in 1991 by Commander Martin J. Kauer.  We were founded in 1995 as the Western Pennsylvania Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard.

Purposes of the W.P.F.M.H.G. - "Why we Volunteer?":

  1. To provide an Honor Guard for firefighter and emergency personnel funerals and memorial services, while providing the necessary support and equipment needed to the fire companies and families during the funeral proceedings.
  2. To promote citizen awareness of the danger of fire, and to promote the skills of firefighters, through fire prevention educational programs.  The mission of our fire prevention program is to assist the fire companies and municipalities of Western Pennsylvania with additional teaching tools and equipment needed to bring about awareness to the danger of fire.
  3. To support the fire companies and municipalities within our region with emergency support services, such as traffic support, fire / disaster scene rehabilitation, or other services needed at the time of disaster.
  4. To promote the Irish and Scottish heritage within the Western Pennsylvania fire service community through the development of the Western Pennsylvania Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard Pipes & Drums.

WPFMHG Services:


The WPFMHG provides a multitude of services that are openly available to the fire departments and municipalities of Western Pennsylvania.  They include the following:

  • Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums – available for funerals, parades, memorial services, etc.
  • Mobile Safety Training Unit – out state of the art trailer is available for your open house, community day, or event to teach fire safety, the importance of sprinklers, home safety, 9-1-1 phone training, etc.  We also offer a robotic “Smokey the Bear” teaching prop as well.
  • Emergency Services:  Rehab / Mobile Command Unit and Traffic Unit.
  • Funeral Coach –Seagrave Custom Pumper that has built in rollers in the hosebed to be used as a hearse or flower car for firefighter and emergency service personnel throughout the region.
  • Dunk Tank – an additional tool to use in fundraising at your community carnivals and fairs.
  • Social Hall – our facility is openly available for meetings, training events, and social gatherings.  The hall seats 60+ people and has an equipped kitchen, bar and small parking area.
  • Loaner Engine – we offer our 386 Engine 5 to any department or municipality should you be down a piece due to accident, breakdown….

Organization Overview:

  • Founder - Martin J. Kauer, Commander
  • Monument - Western Pennsylvania Firefighters Memorial - Voegty Cemetery, Troy Hill, Pittsburgh.
  • Non-profit, Charitable Organization 501 c 3 Status
  • Four (4) pieces of emergency apparatus
  • One Fire Safety House
  • 43 Active Volunteer Members
  • Commander and Color Sgts. are Graduates of the National Fire and Public Safety Honor Guard Academy (Florida State Fire College, Ocala, FL.)
  • County Station Number - Allegheny County Station 386
  • Primary Fire Radio Communications - County Regional Channel and Low Band.


Western Pennsylvania Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard
Allegheny County Station No. 386
501 Stokes Avenue
North Braddock, PA 15104
PH:  412-279-1641