Fame Fire Company
Fame Fire Company
2015 Calls
Working Fires Extrications
5 4

2015 Incidents
Jan 42
Feb 47
Mar 25
Total 114    

2014 Incidents
Jan 44
Feb 69
Mar 60
Apr 40
May 41
Jun 23
Jul 57
Aug 31
Sep 41
Oct 41
Nov 35
Dec 30
Total 512

Past Incidents
2014 512
2013 420
2012 476
2011 522
2010 530

Web Counters
Website Visitors
March 25, 2014
Visitors Today
Mar 28, 2015

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.

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 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.  

Silsby Room Banquet Hall

Fame has a 150 person capacity banquet hall available for rental by the public.  Click here to learn more.

2015 Letter Drive

Our 2015 Letter Drive has officially started! Please check your mailbox for our letter. For your convenience, we have also provided a PayPal account below that you can also donate through.

PLEASE help US help YOU!

We THANK YOU in advance!

Working Fire in The Borough

Captain Bill Cummings, March 15

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.
Crews setting up Delsar Life Detector to detect "victim" trapped inside.

FEMA USAR Class Begins

Captain Bill Cummings, March 10

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)

177th Anniversary Night

Captain Bill Cummings, February 21

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,

40 Years of Service:
James ... (Full Story)

Working Dwelling Fire

Member DJ Matthews, February 04

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)

Second Alarm Dwelling Fire in West Chester Borough

Captain Bill Cummings, January 31

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
Initial conditions when West Chester PD arrived on scene. Photo by WCPD


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