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.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity will be hosting its 2nd Annual Pig Roast at the Fame! The brothers are selling tickets in which all proceeds will be benefiting the capital campaign for the building expansion. See the attached flyer for more details!... (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.
Lt Helmke (L) and his "Squad" install horizontal bracing for their solid-sole raker.
The second weekend of the 80 hour FEMA USAR Structural Collapse Technician course covered emergency rescue shoring for damaged or collapsed structures. The 18 Fame members attending the class were placed in for groups, or "Squads" and rotated through a variety of different training stations.
Saturday was spent building and installing exterior shoring. The Squads had to calculate the load or weight ... (Full Story & Photos)
Today, six Fame members completed the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Water Rescue and Emergency Response course. Firefighters Matt Cohen, Matt Glass, Jonathon House, Walt Missimo, Jessica Smith and Scott Talley completed the 16 hour training program taught by WhiteCap Water Rescue Training and sponsored by Station 24 (Kennett Fire Company). Students demonstrated proficiency in swimming, self ... (Full Story & Photos)
FF Jonathon House (L), FF Matt Cohen (Center left), FF Matt Glass (Center right) and FF Scott Talley along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Gladwyne, Lower Merion Twp. (Photo by: WhiteCap Water Rescue)
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