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.
Early this morning, WCFD crews were dispatched to a reported House Fire in the 500 block of Mayfield Avenue. Chester County Fire Radio stated the caller had a fire in a home office and were evacuating. Assistant 51 (Pelna) arrived to find a three-story single dwelling with smoke showing. he requested the Working Fire Dispatch. Assistant 52 (Stafford) established Mayfield Command. Engine 51-1 stretched ... (Full Story)
Crews setting up Delsar Life Detector to detect "victim" trapped inside.
This past weekend, 20 members participated in the first module of the 80+ hour FEMA USAR Structural Collapse Technician course held at the West Chester Fire Training Center. The class is being taught by Harrisburg Area Community College with instructors from the FEMA USAR System. Fame participates in the Chester County Rescue Task Force as the lead company in the Structural Collapse Rescue discipline. ... (Full Story & Photos)
Tonight as the snow fell, Fame members celebrated the Company's 177th Anniversary in The Silsby Room. While the inclement weather kept some away, many old and new members came out to share a meal and stories of days gone by! We all enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by President Don Powers, his wife, Diane and several helpers. Service awards were presented to the following members,
Shortly before 0700 hours, Stations 51 and 53 along with 55 Ambulance was dispatched to the 500 Block of River Bend Lane for the reported House on Fire. Assistant 51 (S. Pelna) checked on the air and Chester County advised that the homeowner was reporting a fire in the kitchen and that she had evacuated. Asst. 51 arrived with a 20 by 45 home on stilts with fire showing from the Bravo, Charlie side. ... (Full Story & Photos)
Just before 6:30 pm, Stations 51, 53 and Ambulance 55 were dispatched to the 300 block of West Gay Street in West Chester Borough for a reported house fire. Chester County Communications advised units that they were receiving multiple calls and also had a report of a burn victim. Engine 51-1 arrived and reported a three story brick twin dwelling with fire on the first floor and heavy smoke throughout. ... (Full Story & Photos)
Initial conditions when West Chester PD arrived on scene. Photo by WCPD
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