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 approximately 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.
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 specialized equipment to handle a variety of complex technical rescue incidents including trench cave-ins, building collapses, swift water rescues and high angle rescues. 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 of our personnel who are currently operating in cramped engine room spaces. We have taken delivery of a new Ford F-550 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. Fame Fire Company #3 of West Chester has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization and accepts tax-deductible donations. Please speak with your accountant regarding tax deduction donation questions.
Two Fame members graduated from the Chester County Public Safety Training Center's Firefighter 1 program this evening. Matt Cohen and Jun-Oh Yoon successfully completed more than 180 hours of basic firefighting training and are the newest certified firefighters at Fame. FF Yoon was selected by his classmates to be their class spokesperson. He spoke at the ceremony about their time in the Academy and ... (Full Story & Photos)
Front (L-R): FF Matt Cohen, FF Jun-Oh Yoon, Lt Martin Helmke
Back (L-R) Assistant Chief Kevin Corcoran, Captain Bill Cummings, Fire Chief Mike McDonald, Chaplain Jerry Schwartz, Lt Mark Scanlon, Lt Mike McCarthy and FF Scott Talley.
Today, more than 30 Fame members boarded a coach bus for the two-hour trip to New York City. While there, crews visited Engine 10-Ladder 10. and Engine 7-Tower Ladder 1. However, the main purpose was to visit and pay respects at the National 9/11 Museum. It was a very solemn and emotional site to see. We Will Never Forget!... (Full Story & Photos)
This morning Lt. Helmke and Lt. Scanlon took several new members to the West Chester Fire Training Center and practiced vehicle rescue techniques. Scene stabilization and use of the Hurst tools were reviewed and practiced. We have been very lucky to have had an influx of many new members over the past two months and look forward to helping them get up to speed at the Fame!... (Full Story & Photos)
Lt Helmke reviews the plan for the morning.
Photo by: Assistant Chief Kevin Corcoran
FF Brad Cosgrove and his family have participated in the 5K for many years.
Photo credit: WCFD Health & Wellness Facebook
Today, several Fame members and guests participated in the Annual Fame Golf Outing at Broad Run Golf Club. Those participating had beautiful weather and enjoyed some laughs, stories and a nice food spread back at the station afterwards.
However, today is the Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States by cowardly radical Islamists that took the lives of over 3000 innocent people, 343 ... (Full Story & Photos)
At the dinner hour, Rescue 53 was dispatched to assist Station 36 (Po-Mar-Lin) at a working house fire. Rescue 53 made the response with five firefighters, arrived, and established RIT. Command eventually struck the 2nd Alarm and evacuated the building due to heavy fire through the roof and a partial collapse of the second floor. Firefighters put master streams into operations to fight the blaze. ... (Full Story & Photos)
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