National Weather Service Alerts for Chester County, PA
Welcome to the Official Website for the Fame Fire Company of West Chester
The Fame Fire Company No. 3 is one of three 100% volunteer fire companies that make up the West Chester Fire Department. The WCFD provides fire and rescue services to the residents of the Borough of West Chester, Thornbury Township (Chester County), and portions of West Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham and East Bradford Townships. The West Chester Fire Department covers about 26.5 square miles.
Fame Fire Company is the dedicated Ladder/Truck Company and Heavy Rescue Company for the West Chester Fire Department. The other two fire companies in the West Chester Fire Department are First West Chester Fire Company and Goodwill Fire Company #2. The specific fire apparatus responding to an emergency may range from a single piece of apparatus from one fire station to many pieces from multiple stations depending on the nature and location of the emergency.
Fame Fire Company is also an integral part of The Chester County Rescue Task Force. Fame is the lead company for swiftwater, trench and structural collapse technical rescue disciplines and operates in a support role in the rope/high-angle and confined space technical rescue disciplines. Check out the Chester County Rescue Task Force Facebook page for additional information.
Fame Capital Campaign For Building Expansion Gets Underway
As the community has grown, so has the demand for an expanding set of emergency services. Fame has responded to this regional need by adding training skill sets and related equipment for a variety of technical rescue services including trench rescue, collapse rescue, swift water rescue and high angle rescue. Our response area for technical rescue services has also expanded, with Fame now participating in regional rescue task forces serving Southeastern Pennsylvania.
As the menu of rescue services has expanded, so has our need for larger updated quarters so that we don't have to store important rescue equipment outdoors or jeopardize the safety our personnel who are currently operating in cramped engine room spaces. We have taken delivery of a new Ford F550 stake body truck as part of our rescue apparatus fleet, but currently are unable to park it inside. Our goal is to raise $2.5 million prior to breaking ground on the building expansion project. Click here to learn more about our capital campaign and how you can contribute to our success.
Silsby Room Banquet Hall
Fame has a 150 person capacity banquet hall available for rental by the public. Click here to learn more.
2014 Letter Drive
Our 2014 Letter Drive has officially started! Please check your mail for our letter. For convience, we have also provided a Paypal account below that you can also donate through. We THANK YOU in advanced!
Busy Friday Night and Saturday Morning
Captain Bill Cummings, January 16
Fame members were kept busy Friday night, January 16th into early Saturday morning, January 17th with several serious calls. Crews were dispatched shortly after 11:00 pm to Paoli Pike near East Gay Street for an reported serious accident. Upon arrival crews found a single vehicle that struck and took down a telephone pole and the attached wires. There was no entrapment. Rescue 53 assisted EMS with ... (Full Story)
2015 Company and Line Officers
Watchdesk, December 26
The following members will take office on January 1, 2015.
Don Powers - President
Jim Higgins - Vice President
Elizabeth Fix - Secretary
Sean McCausland - Membership Secretary
Julie McCarthy - Treasurer
Dave Thomas - Assistant Treasurer
Jim Leon - Trustee
Bob Torrens - Trustee
Spencer Ring - Trustee
Assistant Fire Chief - Kevin Corcoran
Captain - Bill Cummings
Lieutenant - Mark Scanlon
Lieutenant ... (Full Story)
New Department Fire Chief and New Assistant Fire Chief Take Oath of Office
Captain Bill Cummings, December 18
Last evening at the West Chester Borough Hall, Assistant Fire Chief Mike McDonald was sworn in as the new Fire Chief of the West Chester Fire Department (WCFD). Chief McDonald will begin his three year term on January 1, 2015. Chief McDonald succeeds Chief Dale McClure, whose term is complete at the end of this year. Mike has been a member of Fame for over 30 years and has served as Assistant Fire ... (Full Story)
Fame Re-Certifies at 100% For the Third Time
Captain Bill Cummings, December 03
Today we received a letter and certificate from the Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner's Office recognizing us, once again, for re-certifying 100% of our active members to the National Professional Qualifications Standards through the Participating Department Program.
The purpose of this program is to recognize those organizations that support, promote, and encourage their emergency response personnel ... (Full Story)
Ladder on Goshen Dwelling Fire
Captain Bill Cummings, November 27
Shortly after 11:30 PM, Ladder 53 was dispatched as part of the Working Fire Dispatch on Box 5402 for a dwelling fire on Carolyn Drive in Westtown Township. Goshen Fire Company units arrived to find a two story single family dwelling with heavy fire showing from the attached garage. Ladder 53 (Lt Beans) responded quickly with a crew of 5 FFs and were assigned to the Roof Division for vertical ventilation ... (Full Story)
Your feedback is important to us! Feel free to sign the guestbook.