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. 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.
Join us for our Second Annual Fame Night at Barnaby's of West Chester (15 N. High St. West Chester, PA) $25 per person. All proceeds go to Fame Fire Company's Capital Campaign Building For The Future! Mark your calendars, and hope to see you there!
This evening, FF Ryan Opiekun graduated from the Anne Arundel County, MD, Fire Department Training Academy. He and his colleagues in Recruit Class 53 spent the past several months enduring rigorous physical training, countless hours in the classroom learning emergency medical care, hazardous materials response and firefighting skills. We congratulate Ryan and his classmates on this amazing accomplishment ... (Full Story & Photos)
FF Ryan Opiekun receiving his diploma from County officials.
Photo courtesy of Ryan's friend Michele Anne
Ladder 53 positioned near front of fire building.
Photo by: IrishEyez Photography
It was a busy weekend at the station. Six members were enrolled in a Special Vehicle Rescue class being held at the West Chester Fire Training Center and sponsored by Berwyn Fire Company. On Saturday morning, Rescue 53 had arrived at the Fire School and poured their first cup of coffee when Stations 53, 39 (West Bradford), 55 and Medic 91 were dispatched to Price Street and S. Brandywine Street in ... (Full Story & Photos)
Just after 11 pm, units from Stations 51, 53 and Ambulance 55 were dispatched to S. Darlington Street and Holly Alley for a dwelling fire. Chester County Communications also began to receive multiple calls reporting a dwelling on fire and reports of explosions. West Chester PD located a dwelling in the 100 block of West Union Street with fire showing. Based on these reports, the Working Fire Dispatch ... (Full Story & Photos)
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