Fame Fire Company
Fame Fire Company
2015 Calls
Working Fires Extrications
4 3

2015 Incidents
Jan 42
Feb 47
Mar 5
Total 94    

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 06, 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 about 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 equipment for a variety of technical rescue services including trench rescue, collapse rescue, swift water rescue and high angle rescue.  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 our personnel who are currently operating in cramped engine room spaces.  We have taken delivery of a new Ford F550 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.

2014 Letter Drive

Our 2014 Letter Drive has officially started! Please check your mail for our letter. For convience, we have also provided a Paypal account below that you can also donate through. We THANK YOU in advanced!

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)

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

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)

Rescuers Complete Ice Rescue Class

Captain Bill Cummings, January 25

This weekend, eight Fame firefighters, eight Berwyn firefighters and an Avondale firefighter completed the 16 hour PA Fish and Boat Commission Ice Rescue and Emergency Response (IRER) program held at Station 53. This course was instructed by WhiteCap Water Rescue. Saturday morning was classroom where students learned about the different features of ice, the formation of ice, use of proper PPE, signs ... (Full Story & Photos)

Fame firefighter assessing the ice as he approaches the hole.
Fame firefighter assessing the ice as he approaches the hole.

Busy Friday Night and Saturday Morning

Captain Bill Cummings, January 16

Fame members were kept busy Friday night, January 16th into early Saturday morning, January 17th with several serious calls. Crews were dispatched shortly after 11:00 pm to Paoli Pike near East Gay Street for an reported serious accident. Upon arrival crews found a single vehicle that struck and took down a telephone pole and the attached wires. There was no entrapment. Rescue 53 assisted EMS with ... (Full Story & Photos)


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