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 Good Will 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, as part of the West Chester Fire Department, is honored to be recognized by Fig West Chester as its 2016 Social Mission Partner! For more information, please visit http://figwestchester.com/
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 evening, Fame crews participated in the monthly "Technical Rescue Monday" training. This month's topic was confined space rescue. We were fortunate to be invited to conduct our training at a local chemical plant. The plant, Arkema Chemical, has a large vertical vessel that is being prepared for demolition. The scenario involved an employee who fell from his rope and became impaled by a rod within ... (Full Story & Photos)
This morning WCFD Chief 53 (McDonald) was notified of a special request for assistance at a local farm. Reports were that a large horse was stuck in a muddy hole and was in need of help getting out. He alerted Station 53 personnel to standby on station while he assessed the scene. He quickly realized that the resources and personnel from the Chester County Rescue Task Force would be needed to extricate ... (Full Story)
Just before 8 am this morning Rescue 53 was dispatched as part of the Chester County Rescue Task Force to assist East Whiteland Fire (Station 5) with a high angle rescue. About 15 minutes before, Station 5 units were dispatched to the Glasgow Quarry on Morehall Road (PA Route 29) for a serious accident. Reports were being received that a large articulating dump truck had rolled off of the roadway ... (Full Story & Photos)
Shortly after 11:00 pm tonight, Stations 53, 51, 55 and Medic 91 were dispatched to West Gay Street and Everhart Street for an accident with entrapment. Units found a single vehicle accident with an SUV on it's side and the driver pinned inside. Rescue, Engine and Squad 53 crews stabilized the vehicle and then used the Hurst tools to remove the roof to remove the victim from the vehicle. He was removed ... (Full Story)