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 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!
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)
WCFD Firefighter Of The Year
Captain Bill Cummings, November 11
Ryan Opiekun was named the West Chester Fire Department Firefighter of the Year from Fame at the Annual WCFD Banquet held on Saturday November 8th at the American Helicopter Museum. FF Opiekun is among several of our younger members who consistently display a willingness to learn and pitch in where needed. Ryan was recently promoted to 2nd Class FF after completing training and being qualified to ... (Full Story)
Captain Bill Cummings, November 11
We would like to acknowledge those current Fame members who have served or who are currently serving in the US Armed Services.
FF Charlie Lang (US Air Force)
FF Jim McCabe (US Navy)
FF A.J. Pizzi (US Army)
FF Adam Huff (US Marine Corps)
FF Sam Zengel (US Army ROTC-West Virginia University)
Retired FF John Malkoski (US Air Force)
We thank these men and all who have sacrificed for and served this ... (Full Story & Photos)
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