Philadelphia Fire Department

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Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD)
PhiladelphiaFire.png
Operational Area
Country United States
State  Pennsylvania
City Philadelphia
Agency Overview
Established March 15, 1871 (Org. 1736)
Annual calls 437,329 (2013)
Employees 1,973
Fire chief John G. Centanni
Commissioner Lloyd Ayers
IAFF 22
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 2
Battalions 11
Stations 63 (Including 2 Fireboat Stations)
Engines 55
Ladders 27
Quints 1
Squads 2
Rescues 1
Fireboats 2
Ambulances 37 ALS & 13 BLS
HAZMAT 2
EMS Level ALS & BLS
USAR 1
Airport crash 5
Website
www.phila.gov/fire/about/index_homepage.html
www.iaff22.org/index

The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD), provides fire protection and Emergency Medical Services(EMS) to the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Philadelphia Fire Department is one of the oldest established fire departments in the United States and traces its origins back to early volunteer companies, specifically the Union Fire Company, established on December 7, 1736. After 134 years, the City Council decided the growing city needed a professional, organized fire department and passed an ordinance in December 1870, creating the paid fire department.[1][2] In 2013, the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to 437,329 emergency calls, with 95,584 being fire and rescue-related and 341,745 being emergency medical-related.[3]

The Philadelphia Fire Department is the largest fire department in the state of Pennsylvania and, like many large city fire departments throughout the country, also provides emergency medical services to the city. The PFD currently has one of the busiest fire department EMS Division in the United States, responding to over 341,745 medical-related runs in 2013 alone. Also, the Philadelphia Fire Department has historically operated some of the busiest ambulances in the country. In 2013, one department Medic Ambulance, Medic 2, responded to 8,788 medical-related emergency calls.[4]

Organization[edit]

The Fire Commissioner, Lloyd Ayers, supervises and commands the entire Philadelphia Fire Department. There are also four Deputy Fire Commissioners that supervise and command the following Bureaus/Divisions of the PFD: Operations, Technical Services, Administrative Services, and EMS Operations.[5][6][7]

Bureau of Operations[edit]

The Deputy Fire Commissioner of Operations commands the PFD's Fire Suppression and Special Operations Divisions, the Fire Academy, the PFD's Safety Office, the Aviation Operations Division, the Emergency Medical Services Administration and Units, and the EMS Regional Office.[8]

Bureau of Technical Services[edit]

The Deputy Fire Commissioner of Technical Services commands the PFD's Fire Communications, Fire Prevention, Fire Code, Fire Marshal, and Technical Support Divisions.[9]

Bureau of Homeland Security[edit]

Deputy Fire Commissioner of Homeland Security commands The Homeland Security Division of the Philadelphia Fire Department is directed by a Deputy Commissioner who is responsible for overseeing the varied responsibilities which include: Progressive Leadership Innovative Training Effective Collaboration Intelligence Engagement Information Awareness All Hazards Mitigation Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery of Terrorist Attacks and All Hazards

Bureau of Administrative Services[edit]

The Deputy Fire Commissioner of Administrative Services commands the PFD's Fiscal, Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Services, Computer Services, and Facilities Maintenance Divisions.[10]

Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Operations[edit]

New Deputy Commissioner position soon to be announced for the Title of: Deputy Commissioner For EMS Operations.[11]

  • When announced it will be the first Deputy Commissioner for EMS Operations in the Philadelphia history
    • This new position when filled will oversee all EMS assignments, events, money, and responses to fires when need or LODD's
    • This new position is in place to fix EMS problems and increase EMS management.
    • He or she will Directly report to the Fire Commissioner
    • This new position may be filled by late 2013 or the latest early 2014
      • The Department as of January 2014 now has adequate funding for the new Deputy Commissioner for EMS operations. An should be placed into service soon.
      • Effective February 10, 2014 Deputy Commissioner of EMS Operations will recognized throughout the Philadelphia Fire Department as CAR 6.

Note: For the Deputy Commissioner of Operations he or she WILL NOT manage any EMS Operations as well as the EMS Regional Office only Fire Operations when the new EMS position is filled.


Rank Structure[edit]

  • Fire Commissioner (Car 1)
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner of Operations (Car 2)
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner of Technical Services (Car 3)
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner of Homeland Security (Car 4)
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner of Administrative Services (Car 5)
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner of EMS (Car 6)
  • Executive Chief
  • Deputy Division Chief (Deputy 1 & Deputy 2)
  • Battalion Chief
  • Fire Paramedic Services Chief
  • Captain
  • Fire Paramedic Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Fire Paramedic Lieutenant
  • Firefighter
  • Fire Paramedic
  • Probationary/Rookie Firefighter
  • Provisional Fire Paramedic

Operations[edit]

Fire Apparatus Profile (2014)[edit]

Philadelphia Fire Department Patch
Philadelphia Fire Department Ambulance, Medic 21
Quarters of Snorkel 2 and Battalion 4 in the Old City
  • 63 Fire Stations (Including 2 Fireboat Stations)
  • 56 Engine Companies (Including 12 Pipelines, 2 Squirts, 3 Foam Units, 2 Water Tower Units, and 1 Quint)
  • 23 Ladder Companies (L3, L4, L5, L8, L9, L10, L12, L13, L14, L15, L16, L18, L19, L20, L21, L23, L24, L25, L27, L29, L30, L31, L34)
  • 2 Ladder Tower Companies (LT6, LT22)
  • 2 Snorkel Companies (SN2, SN28)
  • 11 Battalion Chief's Units (BN1, BN2, BN3, BN4, BN7, BN8, BN9, BN10, BN11, BN12, BN13)
  • 2 Deputy/Division Chief's Units (DC1, DC2)
  • 2 Squad Companies (SQ47 & SQ72)
  • 2 Squad Support Units (SQ47A & SQ72A)
  • 1 Heavy Rescue Company (R1)
  • 1 Rescue Support Unit (R1A)
  • 1 Collapse Rescue Unit (CR1)
  • 1 Air Bottle & Lighting Unit (A1)
  • 1 Air Cascade Unit (A2)
  • 2 Mass Casualty Units (MC 1, MC 2)
  • 1 Field Communications Unit (FC1)
  • 1 Hazardous Materials(Haz-Mat.) Unit (HM1)
  • 1 Haz-Mat. Command Post Unit (HM2)
  • 1 Decontamination(Decon.) Unit
  • 1 Chemical Unit (C1)
  • 1 Foam Tender (FT1)
  • 3 ARFF Crash Rescue Vehicles
  • 2 Rapid Intervention Vehicles
  • 4 Fireboats (Including 1 Reserve Fireboat)
  • 3 Philadelphia Second Alarmers Rehab. Units (Rehab. Truck 1, Rehab. Truck 2, Rehab. Van 10, Rehab. SA 5 Units)
  • Numerous Special, Support, and Reserve Units

EMS Division Apparatus and Personnel Profile(2013)[edit]

  • 50 Field Medic Units (30 full-time, 20 part-time)(37 ALS, 13 BLS)
  • 6 EMS Supervisor Units (ES3, ES4, ES5, ES10, ES11, ES12)
  • 1 Mass Casualty Unit (MC1)
  • 1 AQR (Advanced Quick Response) Unit (AQR1)
  • 222 Paramedics

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

PFD Ladder 23 Patch

Below is a complete listing of all fire station, fire company, and medic unit locations in the city of Philadelphia according to Division and Battalion.[12][13]

The Philadelphia Fire Department's Administrative Headquarters is located at 240 Spring Garden St. The facility opened in January 1976 and houses the administrative offices of the Fire Department, as well as the Fire Communications Center and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.[14]

The Philadelphia Fire Department's Training Academy is located at 5200 Pennypack St. and is commanded by a Deputy Chief.[15]

Division 1[edit]

The 1st Division commands a total of 5 Battalions and 27 Fire Stations.

Battalion 1[edit]

The 1st Battalion commands a total of 7 Fire Stations, including 4 Engine Companies, 1 Foam Company, 3 Ladder Companies, 5 ALS Ambulances, 1 BLS Ambulance, 1 EMS Supervisor, 2 Haz-Mat. Units, 1 Marine Unit, the Chemical Unit, and 1 Marine Unit.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address Neighborhood
Ladder 5 Medic 35 Battalion 1 711 S. Broad St. Rittenhouse Square
Engine 10 Medic 27 ES4 1357 S. 12th St. Passyunk Square
Engine 24 Medic 14 1200 S. 20th St. Point Breeze
Pipeline 49 Medic 11 2600 S. 13th St. Far South
Engine 53 Ladder 27 Medic 43B 414 Snyder Ave. Pennsport
Foam 60 Ladder 19 Medic 37 Haz-Mat. Unit 1, Haz-Mat. Unit 2, Chemical Unit 1 2301 S. 24th St. West Passyunk
Marine Unit 2 Passyunk Ave. at the Schuylkill River Schuylkill River

Battalion 3[edit]

The 3rd Battalion commands a total of 5 Fire Stations, including 5 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company, 4 ALS Ambulances, 1 BLS Ambulance, the Rescue Company, 1 Collapse Unit, and 1 Air Unit.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address Neighborhood
Engine 13 Medic 50B Air/Lighting Unit 1 1541 Parrish St. Francisville
Engine 27 Medic 13 Battalion 3 1901 W. Oxford St. Northwest
Engine 29 Medic 15 Rescue 1, Rescue 1A, Collapse Unit 1 400 W. Girard Ave. Old Kensington
Pipeline 34 Medic 36 1301 N. 28th St. Fairmount
Engine 45 Ladder 14 Medic 25 2401 N. 26th St. Northwest

Battalion 4[edit]

The 4th Battalion commands a total of 6 Fire Stations, including 4 Engine Companies, 2 Ladder Companies, 1 Snorkel Company, 3 ALS Ambulances, 1 BLS Ambulance, 1 EMS Supervisor, 1 Marine Unit, 1 Advanced Quick Response Unit, and 1 Marine Unit.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address Neighborhood
Pipeline 3 AQR Unit 1 200 Washington Ave. Bella Vista
Snorkel 2 Medic 44B Air Unit 2 Battalion 4 101 N. 4th St. Old City
Engine 11 Medic 21 601 South St. Society Hill
Pipeline 20 Ladder 23 Medic 1 133 N. 10th St. Chinatown
Squrt 43 Ladder 9 Medic 7 ES3 2108 Market St. Center City
Marine Unit 1 1 Washington Ave. Delaware River

Battalion 7[edit]

The 7th Battalion commands a total of 6 Fire Stations, including 5 Engine Companies, 1 Water Tower Company, 2 Ladder Companies, 1 Squad Company, 4 ALS Ambulances, 1 BLS Ambulance, 1 EMS Supervisor, 1 Grass Fighter Unit, and the Airport ARFF Crash Rescue Units. The Deputy Chief of the 1st Division is also quartered in the 7th Battalion.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address Neighborhood
Pipeline 40 Ladder 4 Medic 19 6438 Woodland Ave. Elmwood
Medic 40 Squad 47, Squad 47A Deputy 1 3023 Grays Ferry Ave. Grays Ferry
Water Tower 57 Medic 9B 5559 Chestnut St. Walnut Hill
Engine 68 Ladder 13 Medic 3 Battalion 7 801 S. 52nd St. Squirrel Hill
Engine 69 Grass Fighter 1 8201 Tinicum Ave. Eastwick
Engine 78 Medic 30 ARFF Crash Units Philadelphia International Airport Airport

Battalion 11[edit]

The 11th Battalion commands a total of 5 Fire Stations, including 5 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company, 1 Ladder Tower Company, 3 ALS Ambulances, 1 BLS Ambulance, 1 EMS Supervisor, and 1 Mass Casualty Unit.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address Neighborhood
Pipeline 5 Ladder Tower 6 Battalion 11 4221 Market St. University City
Engine 16 Medic 26 Mass Casualty Unit 1 1517 Belmont Ave. West
Engine 41 Ladder 24 Medic 23 1201 N. 61st St. Carroll Park
Engine 44 Medic 34 ES11 3420 Haverford Ave. Mantua
Engine 54 Medic 41B 1913 N. 63rd St. Overbrook

Division 2[edit]

The 2nd Division commands a total of 6 Battalions and 34 Fire Stations.

Battalion 2[edit]

The 2nd Battalion commands a total of 6 Fire Stations, including 5 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company, 1 Squad Company, 4 ALS Ambulances, and 1 EMS Supervisor.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address
Engine 51 Ladder 29 Medic 18 Battalion 2 5931 Old York Rd.
Pipeline 61 Medic 29 5334 Rising Sun Ave.
Engine 63 1243 Oak Ln. Ave.
Engine 64 6000 Rising Sun Ave.
Medic 24 Squad 72, Squad 72A 1127 W. Louden St.
Engine 73 Medic 33 ES10 7515 Ogontz Ave.

Battalion 8[edit]

The 8th Battalion commands a total of 5 Fire Stations, including 5 Engine Companies, 4 Ladder Companies, 1 Ladder Tower Company, 4 ALS Ambulances, and 1 BLS Ambulance.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address
Engine 2 Ladder 3 Medic 31 2426 N. 2nd St.
Pipeline 50 Ladder 12 Medic 22 Battalion 8 1325 W. Cambria St.
Engine 55 Ladder Tower 22 Medic 39 4000 N. Front St.
Engine 59 Ladder 18 Medic 4B 2207 W. Hunting Park Ave.
Engine 35 Ladder 25 Medic 16 4208 Ridge Ave.

Battalion 9[edit]

The 9th Battalion commands a total of 6 Fire Stations, including 5 Engine Companies, 3 Ladder Companies, and 3 ALS Ambulances.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address
Squrt 9 Ladder 21 Medic 10 6900 Germantown Ave.
Engine 12 4447 Main St.
Pipeline 19 Ladder 8 Medic 28 Battalion 9 300 E. Chelten Ave.
Engine 37 101 W. Highland Ave.
Ladder 30 Medic 5 6630 Ridge Ave.
Engine 66 7720 Ridge Ave.

Battalion 10[edit]

The 10th Battalion commands a total of 5 Fire Stations, including 3 Engine Companies, 1 Foam Company, 2 Ladder Companies, 1 ALS Ambulance, 3 BLS Ambulances, 1 EMS Supervisor, the Field Communications, the Foam Tender Unit, and 1 Decontamination(Decon.) Unit.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address
Ladder 16 Medic 46B ES5 2601 Belgrade St.
Engine 7 Ladder 10 Medic 2 Field Communications Unit 1 Battalion 10 3798 Kensington Ave.
Engine 25 Medic 8B 2931 Boudinot St.
Pipeline 28 Medic 45B Mass Decon. Unit 1 2520 E. Ontario St.
Foam 33 Foam Tender Unit 1 4750 Richmond St.

Battalion 12[edit]

The 12th Battalion commands a total of 7 Fire Stations, including 5 Engine Companies, 1 Water Tower Company, 2 Ladder Companies, 1 Snorkel Company, 3 ALS Ambulances, and 3 BLS Ambulances. The Deputy Chief of the 2nd Division is also quartered in the 12th Battalion.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address
Ladder 15 Medic 47B 1652 Foulkrod St.
Engine 36 Ladder 20 Medic 17 7818 Frankford Ave.
Water Tower 38 Mass Casualty Unit 2 4933 Magee Ave.
Pipeline 52 Medic 32 4501 Van Kirk St.
Engine 56 Medic 48B 832 Rhawn St.
Engine 70 Medic 42B Deputy 2 4800 Langdon St.
Engine 71 Snorkel 28 Medic 12 Battalion 12 1900 Cottman Ave.

Battalion 13[edit]

The 13th Battalion commands a total of 5 Fire Stations, including 4 Engine Companies, 1 Foam Company, 2 Ladder Companies, 3 ALS Ambulances, 1 BLS Ambulance, 1 Grass Fighter Unit, and 1 Marine Unit.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Address
Foam 18 Medic 38 8205 Roosevelt Blvd.
Engine 22 Ladder 31 Medic 20 3270 Comly Rd.
Engine 46 Medic 49B Marine 46A, Grass Fighter 3 Battalion 13 9197 Frankford Ave.
Engine 58 812 Hendrix St.
Pipeline 62 Ladder 34 Medic 6 9845 Bustleton Ave.

Closed Fire Companies/Locations[edit]

Throughout the history of the Philadelphia Fire Department, many fire companies have been closed throughout the city due to various reasons, most often due to budget cuts.

  • Engine 1 - 711 S. Broad St.(Quarters of Ladder 5, Battalion 1) - Disbanded in 2009.
  • Engine 4 - 1528 Sansom St. - Disbanded in 1984.
  • Pipeline 6 - Belgrade St. & Huntingdon St.(Quarters of Ladder 16) - Disbanded in 2009.
  • Squrt 8 - 4th St. & Arch St.(Quarters of Snorkel 2) - Disbanded in 2009.
  • Deluge 14 - Foulkrod St. & Darrah St.(Quarters of Ladder 15) - Disbanded in 2009.
  • Engine 15 - 1625 Howard St. - Disbanded in 1965, Reorganized as Fireboat 1 in 1974.
  • Engine 17 - Broad St. & Race St. - Disbanded in 1972.
  • Engine 21 - 609-19 N. 2nd St. - Disbanded in 1973 to form Engine 76.
  • Engine 23 - Wake Rd. & Atoll Rd. - Reorganized as Fireboat 2 in 1972.
  • Engine 26 - 1010 Buttonwood St. - Disbanded in 1964.
  • Engine 30 - 3548 Germantown Ave. - Disbanded in 1988.
  • Engine 31 - 2736 N. 6th St. - Disbanded in 1978.
  • Engine 32 - 239 S. 6th St. - Disbanded in 1963, Reorganized Fireboat 3 1972.
  • Engine 39 - 6630 Ridge Ave.(Quarters of Ladder 30) - Disbanded in 2009.
  • Engine 42 - 3320 N. Front St. - Disbanded in 1960.
  • Engine 48 - 930 N. 7th St. - Disbanded in 1958.
  • Engine 65 - 54th St. & Haverford Ave. - Disbanded in 1988.
  • Engine 67 - Preston St. & Haverford Ave. - Disbanded in 1959.
  • Engine 74 - Never Organized.
  • Engine 75 - Never Organized.
  • Engine 76 - Northeast Philadelphia Airport - Disbanded in 1989.
  • Engine 77 - Philadelphia International Airport - Disbanded in 1987.
  • Ladder 1 - 1541 Parrish St.(Quarters of Engine 13) - Disbanded in 2009.
  • Ladder 7 - 4th St. & Girard St.(Quarters of Engine 29) - Disbanded in 1988.
  • Ladder 11 - 12th St. & Reed St.(Quarters of Engine 10) - Disbanded in 2009.
  • Ladder 17 - 1224 W. Oak Lane Ave.(Quarters of Engine 63) - Disbanded in 1988.
  • Ladder 26 - 8201 Tinicum St.(Quarters of Engine 69) - Disbanded in ?.
  • Ladder 32 - 3031 Grays Ferry Ave.(Quarters of Engine 47) - Disbanded in 1988.
  • Ladder 33 - Never Organized.
  • Battalion 5 - 21st St. & Market St.(Quarters of Engine 43) - Disbanded in 1995.
  • Battalion 6 - 2422 N. 2nd St.(Quarters of Engine 2) - Disbanded in 1983.
  • Deputy 3 - Langdon St. & Faulkrod St.(Quarters of Engine 70) - Disbanded in 1983.

Call Statistics[edit]

In 2013, the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to 437,329 emergency incidents. Of these incidents, 341,745 were emergency medical incidents, and 95,584 were for fire and other 911 emergency public safety service requests.[16]

The following were the busiest fire companies in the city during 2013:

  • Busiest Engine Company - Engine 68 - 3,539 (1,690 Fire & 1,849 EMS)
  • Busiest Ladder Company - Ladder 15 - 2,729 (1,300 Fire & 1,429 EMS)
  • Busiest ALS Medic Unit - Medic 2 - 8,788 (EMS Only)
  • Busiest BLS Medic Unit - Medic 8B - 8,313 (EMS Only)
  • Busiest Battalion Chief - Battalion 11 - 1,800 (Fire Only)

Top 5 Busiest Engine Companies

Company Runs
1. Engine 68 3,539
2. Engine 40 3,175
3. Squad 72 3,058
4. Engine 43 3,015
5. Engine 19 2,878

Top 5 Busiest Ladder Companies

Company Runs
1. Ladder 15 2,729
2. Ladder 5 2,083
3. Ladder Tower 6 1,830
4. Ladder 13 1,732
5. Ladder 24 1,666

Top 5 Busiest Medic Units

Company Runs
1. Medic 2 8,788
2. Medic 18 8,766
3. Medic 22 8,515
4. Medic 8B 8,313
5. Medic 3 8,252

Top 5 Battalion Chiefs

Company Runs
1. Battalion 11 1,800
2. Battalion 1 1,737
3. Battalion 10 1,678
4. Battalion 8 1,660
5. Battalion 7 1,548

Top 5 Busiest Firehouses for total number of responses per firehouse:

Firehouse Responses
1. Engine 68, Ladder 13, Medic 3, Battalion 7 15,071
2. Engine 50, Ladder 12, Medic 22, Battalion 8 14,476
3. Engine 7, Ladder 10, Medic 2, Battalion 10 13,863
4. Engine 51, Ladder 29, Medic 18, Battalion 2 13,758
5. Engine 71, Snorkel 28, Medic 12, Battalion 12 11,747

Rank Insignias[edit]

Response Guidelines/Protocol[edit]

Structure Fire Response[edit]

In the event of a structure or building fire, the Philadelphia Fire Department Fire Communications Center assigns the appropriate number and type of fire companies to the incident. The Communications Center sends three assignment levels to reported or confirmed structure fires:

  • Tactical Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 2 Engines
    • 2 Ladders
    • 1 Battalion Chief

The Tactical Box Alarm Assignment is assigned fires in a single-family dwelling; The Box Alarm Assignment for reports of fire in commercial, industrial, educational, and multiple-occupancy residences under six stories in height; The High-Rise Box Alarm Assignment for reports of fire in buildings over six stories in height.

  • All-Hands/Working Fire Assignments(Upgrade):

When the 2 Engines, 2 Ladders, and the Battalion Chief assigned to the Tac. Box are all working at a fire, the All-Hands Assignment is requested, bringing an additional Ladder Company to serve as the Rapid Intervention Team(R.I.T.), a Squad Company(1 of 2 in the PFD), the Rescue Company, and a Medic Unit. If the fire is severe enough, a Working Fire Assignment will be transmitted above the All-Hands Assignment, bringing a Deputy Chief to the scene.

  • Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • 2 Ladders
    • 2 Battalion Chiefs

The Box Alarm Assignment is assigned for fires in commercial or industrial buildings, factories, warehouses, educational buildings, or multiple-family dwellings under six stories in height. Again, like with the Tac. Box Assignment, if all companies are working, the All-Hands is requested, and if the fire is severe enough, the Working Fire is also requested.

  • High-Rise Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • 3 Ladders (1 for Lobby Control)
    • 2 Battalion Chiefs
    • Rescue
    • 1 Medic Unit

The High-Rise Box Alarm Assignment is assigned for fires in buildings above six stories in height. If all companies are working, the All-Hands is requested, and if the fire is severe, the Working Fire is also requested. If the High-Rise fire is the MIRA is assigned which brings the following additional Companies:

  • High-Rise Working Fire Assignment:
  • 2 Engines(including Engine 13 w/Air Unit)
  • 2 Ladders(1 for R.I.T.)
  • 1 Battalion(Safety)
  • 1 Deputy
  • Rescue
  • 1 Squad
  • 2 Medic Units
  • 1 ES Unit
  • Signal 2-2-2(2nd Alarm) Assignment(Additionally):
    • 5 Engines(1 for Logistics)
    • 2 Ladders
    • 4 Battalion Chiefs
  • Signal 3-3-3(3rd Alarm) Assignment(Additionally):
    • 4 Engines
    • 1 Ladder
    • 1 Battalion Chief
  • Signal 4-4-4(4th Alarm) Assignment(Additionally):
    • 4 Engines
    • 1 Ladder
  • Signal 5-5-5(5th Alarm) to Signal 9-9-9(9th Alarm) Assignments(Additionally per Alarm):
    • 4 Engines per Alarm

If the fire is large and of enough severity, an officer in charge(OIC) or an incident commander(IC), usually a Battalion or Deputy Chief, will transmit additional alarms, starting with a Signal 2-2-2(2nd Alarm) Assignment going up to nine, to bring more fire companies and manpower to the scene above the existing Tac. Box, Box, or High-Rise Box, and in addition to the All-Hands and Working Fire Assignments.

  • Outside Fire/Minor Fire Assignment:
    • 1 Engine or 1 Engine and 1 ladder

When the there is a report of a small fire, such as a rubbish or trash fire, the Communications Office will send an Outside Fire Assignment, for minor fires or outdoor/rubbish fires. The closest Engine Company is send. If a Ladder Company is available to respond from close by, it will also be added.

Haz-Mat. Incident Response[edit]

  • Haz-Mat. Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 5 Engines(Including Foam 60)
    • 2 Ladders
    • 3 Battalion Chiefs(Including Haz-Mat. Task Force Battalion 1)
    • 1 Squad
    • Rescue
    • 1 Medic Unit
    • 1 EMS Officer
    • 2 Haz-Mat. Units

Building Collapse Response[edit]

  • Building Collapse Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 5 Engines(1 w/Collapse Unit)
    • 2 Ladders
    • 2 Battalion Chiefs
    • 1 Squad
    • Rescue
    • 1 Medic Unit
    • 1 Decon. Trailer

Memorial[edit]

Philadelphia Fire Department Memorial

The Philadelphia Fire Department Memorial is located in Franklin Square and at the Philadelphia Fire Academy

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 39°57′40″N 75°08′31″W / 39.961°N 75.142°W / 39.961; -75.142