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.
This morning around 9:30 am, rescue 53 was requested to assist Stations 54/56 at an accident with entrapment in the 1100 block Shiloh Road in Westtown Twp. near Bayard Rustin High School. Crews found a two vehicle accident with one person trapped. Rescue 53 secured hazards while crews from Goshen removed the doors and B-post. The victim was treated by EMS. The Fame crew returned to service around ... (Full Story & Photos)
Just after 5 pm, Ladder 53 was dispatched on the 2nd Alarm to assist the Downingtown FD at a building fire on Wallace Ave across from Station 46. Heavy fire and smoke had taken hold of a strip of stores and offices as units from across Chester County responded to also assist Downingtown. Ladder 53, with a crew of six firefighters, was positioned at the A-B corner of the fire building and placed the ... (Full Story & Photos)
Rescue 53, along with other units from the Chester County Rescue Task Force, was dispatched to assist Station 69 (Twin Valley FD) for an injured subject on the rocks at St. Peter's Village in Warwick Twp. Units found an injured female on the rocks in the creek behind the shops at St. Peter's Village. The victim was packaged in a stokes basket and carried across the rocks to the shoreline. No ropes ... (Full Story)
Crews from Goshen, Good Will, Fame and Newtown Square train on heavy vehicle rescue.
This evening eighteen Fame members staffed Rescue 53, Squad 53 and Utility 53 and traveled to Station 54 (Goshen Fire Company) for joint rescue training. Good Will (52) and Newtown Square (Delco Station 41) were also invited to attend. Crews were provided the opportunity to work several scenarios. Station 54 staged two under-ride vehicle rescue incidents that the crews worked on. One scene was a vehicle ... (Full Story & Photos)
This past weekend, 18 Fame members, along with other members from Valley Forge and Norco Fire Companies, took part in the third weekend of the FEMA Structural Collapse Technician class. Topics included heavy lifting and rigging, calculating weights and center of gravity of slabs to be moved, crane operations, advanced metal burning and cutting techniques, overhead cutting and burning with torches ... (Full Story & Photos)
Two Squads prepare a plan for lifting the two slabs so "Little Mo" can make it through.
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