Emergencies: Call 911
All requests for police service use 911 in South Fayette Township.
Allegheny County 911 Center
The Allegheny County 911 Center serves South Fayette Township by dispatching police, fire, ambulance and other agencies to help during emergencies.
The South Fayette Police Department does not have a separate dispatch center. All police calls go through Allegheny County 911.
South Fayette-based public safety agencies include:
- South Fayette Township Police Department
- SouthBridge EMS (Emergency Medical Service)
- Volunteer Fire Departments: Fairview, Oak Ridge, South Fayette and Sturgeon
Tips for Calling 911
Nearly everyone will have to use the emergency 911 service during their lifetime. When a person is not properly trained in responding to an emergency, then fear, panic, and doubt can take hold.
Fortunately, training and applying some basic principles and procedures can help everyone respond properly during an emergency.
Say You're in South Fayette
To ensure the quickest emergency response when you call 911, know when your actual location is South Fayette Township.
Callers should provide not only the street address of the emergency but also the municipality--that is, the name of the city, township or borough.
When faced with an emergency situation, try to remain calm. Relax yourself for a moment by taking a deep breath to gain composure. Assess the situation, collect your thoughts, and understand what is happening. Ask yourself, "What must I do to help?" By concentrating on what you must do, you will avoid panic.
Time is extremely important and can make the difference between life and death. For example, when someone is not breathing, it takes only four minutes to die or for permanent brain damage to occur. Therefore you must respond immediately to an emergency situation. Never waste any time.
- Know the location of the emergency and be as specific as possible. If you are in South Fayette Township, say so. Do not confuse your township location (South Fayette) with your mailing address name (Bridgeville 15017, McDonald 15057, Oakdale 15071, etc.).
- Specify the kind of emergency: police, fire or ambulance.
- Explain the specific emergency, such as a crime that has occurred or is about to occur, a house that is burning, a person who is unconscious, people who have suffered a traffic accident, etc.
- State whether or not weapons are involved, such as a gun or knife.
- Indicate the number of people involved, direction of flight if applicable.
- Provide any license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions if possible.
- Keep information factual, and do not exaggerate the situation. However, never be afraid to state the seriousness of the situation. Tell the 911 dispatcher what you do know, and if you don't know or are unsure, tell the dispatcher.