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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
Staffing Career
Commissioner Derrick Sawyer
IAFF 22
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 2
Battalions 11
Stations 63 (Including 2 Fire Boat Stations)
Engines 55
Ladders 23
Tower Ladders 2
Snorkels 2
Quints 1
Squads 2
Rescues 1
Wildfire engines/Brush trucks 2
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 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]

The Philadelphia Fire Department is the largest fire department in the state of Pennsylvania and, like most 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 Divisions 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.[3]

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.[4]

Organization[edit]

Philadelphia Fire Department Patch

Fire Commissioner[edit]

The Fire Commissioner, supervises and commands the entire Philadelphia Fire Department. There are also five Deputy Fire Commissioners that supervise and command the following Bureaus/Divisions of the PFD: Operations, Technical Services, Homeland Security, 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,

  • ALL EMS operations and offices are now under the command of the Deputy Commissioner for EMS Operations

[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]

Deputy Fire Commissioner of EMS Operations.[11]

  • The first Deputy Commissioner for EMS Operations in the Philadelphia history
    • This new position oversees all EMS Operations, events, money, and responses to fires when need or LODD's, EMS Administration Building, and EMS Regional Office
    • This new position is in place to fix EMS problems and increase EMS management.
    • He reports directly to the Fire Commissioner
    • Deputy Commissioner of EMS Operations will be 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]

Executive Officers[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/Chief of Department
  • Executive Chief/EMS Division
  • Executive Chief/Strategic Initiatives
  • Deputy Division Chief (Deputy 1 & Deputy 2)
  • Deputy Division Chief EMS (ES-1)
  • Battalion Chief
  • Fire Paramedic Services Chief
  • Captain
  • Fire Paramedic Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Fire Paramedic Lieutenant
  • Fire Service Paramedic
  • Firefighter
  • Provisional Fire Service Paramedic
  • EMTs/EMTs firefighters
  • Probationary/Rookie Firefighter

Rank Insignias[edit]

Operations[edit]

Philadelphia Fire Department Ambulance Medic 21
Quarters of Snorkel 2 and Battalion 4 in the Old City

Fire Apparatus Profile (2014)[edit]

Front Line Fire Companies[edit]

  • 55 Engine Companies (Including 12 Pipelines, 2 Squirts, 3 Foam Units)
  • 2 Water Tower Companies (WT38 & WT57)
  • 1 Quint Company (Q69)
  • 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 Tower Ladder Companies (LT6 & LT22)
  • 2 Snorkel Companies (SN2, SN28)
  • 2 Squad Companies (SQ47 & SQ72)
  • 1 Heavy Rescue Company (R1)

Command Units and Chiefs[edit]

  • 11 Battalion Chief's Units (BN1, BN2, BN3, BN4, BN7, BN8, BN9, BN10, BN11, BN12, BN13)
  • 2 Deputy/Division Chief's Units (DC 1, DC 2)

Special and Support Units[edit]

  • 2 Squad Support Units (SQ47A & SQ72A)
  • 1 Water Rescue Unit (R1A)
  • 1 Collapse Rescue Unit (CU1)
  • 1 Air & Light Unit (AU1)
  • 1 Air Cascade Unit (AU2)
  • 2 Mass Casualty Units (MC1, MC2)
  • 1 Hazardous Materials(Haz-Mat.) Unit (HM1)
  • 1 Haz-Mat. Command Post Unit (HM2)
  • 1 Decontamination (Decon.) Unit (Decon. 1)
  • 1 Chemical Unit (CHEM1)
  • 1 Foam Tender (FT1)
  • 3 ARFF Crash Rescue Vehicles
  • 2 Rapid Intervention Vehicles
  • 4 Fireboats (Including 1 Rescue Boat and 1 Reserve Fire Boat)
  • 3 Philadelphia Second Alarmers Rehab. Units (Rehab. Truck 2, Rehab. Truck 3, Rehab. Van 5, Rehab. Van 10)

Spare and Reserve Units[edit]

The Philadelphia Fire Department has five classes of reserve and spare apparatus.

100 Series units are fully equipped and ready to be used at a moments notice. They can be used by call back personnel during major incident or short term repairs to the front line rigs such as tire changes or preventive maintenance.

200 Series spare units do not carry any hose lines, tools or equipment. They are used to replace rigs that are down for long tterm repairs. All equipment is removed from the out of service rig and placed on the 200 series rig for use.

300 Series units are reserve apparatus usually stored with a single Ladder Company.

400 Series Units are apparatus that are stored also usually stored with a single Ladder Company.

900 Series Units are apparatus that are stored were space is available. The 900 series rigs are most times the first to be used before the 200 series rigs.

EMS Units[edit]

  • 50 Field Medic Units-37 ALS Units, 13 BLS Units ( ALS full-time 28, 9 part-time, All BLS Units now 24/7)
  • 1 EMS Field Deputy Chief's Unit (ES1)
  • 1 EMS Field Battalion Chief's Unit (ES3)
  • 1 EMS Field Captain's Unit (ES6)
  • 1 EMS F.C.C. Captain's Unit (ES7)
  • 4 EMS Field Lieutenant's Units (ES8, ES9, ES10, ES11)
  • 3 EMS S.E.R.T. Supervisors' Units (ES12, ES13, ES14)
  • 3 EMS Administrative Personnel's Units (ES2, ES4, ES5)
  • 1 AQR (Advanced Quick Response) Unit (AQR1) ( Now Out of Service Permanently)

All of these EMS changes are being done because of a new EMS Priortiy dispatch System put in place in April 2014 to help with the growing number of EMS calls. This new CAD ( Computer Aid Dispatch) system was install at a cost of $1.3 Million is the final total for the new EMS system up from ($500,000) . All CAD systems for Medic units along with all Chiefs cars in the fleet, Ladders, Engines, SOC trucks, and FCC computers had to be upgraded.

With the new EMS system all BLS Medic Units are now 24/7 (Effective on May 1, 2014), to handle more non-emergency calls. So more ALS Units are available during peak hours to handle major calls.

EMS SERT TEAM Supervisors ES 12, ES 13, ES 14

  • 4 SERT Trailers
  • 6 Gators Units
  • 2 Logistics Trucks (LOG1=2014 Freightliner/LDV Segway transport, LOG2=2012 Ford F-750 large box truck)

Major Events like: Made in America concert, WAWA 4 July concert, Broad Street Run and much more.

Note: This SERT is staff by overtime paramedics and EMTs personal with advanced training for MC Events. All SERT Team Apparatus are stored at the EMS warehouse behind Engine 55's station. Note # 2: SERT TEAM Supervisors are not overtime personnel.

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

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

(*) Note - Snorkel 2 and Battalion 4's quarters at 101 N. 4th St. in the Old City has been out of service following a fire in quarters in September 2013. (*) Note- On August 29, 2014 Snorkel 2 station reopened with Snorkel 2 & BN 4, M 44B. At this time Air/ Light Unit 1 has moved back in to Engine 13 station. AQR 1 is still OOS at this time ( The Department has now taken AQR 1 permanently OOS and will now become a spare car now, no word what will take its place at PL 3 station.), Air Unit 2 is still at Engine 73 station as well for the time being.

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Chief Battalion Division Address Neighborhood
Ladder 5 Medic 35 Battalion 1 1 1 711 S. Broad St. Rittenhouse Square
Engine 2 Ladder 3 Medic 31 8 2 2426 N. 2nd St. North Philadelphia
Pipeline 3 4 1 200 Washington Ave. Bella Vista
Pipeline 5 Tower Ladder 6 Battalion 11 11 1 4221 Market St. University City
Ladder 16 Medic 46B ES 9 10 2 2601 Belgrade St. Kensington
Engine 7 Ladder 10 Medic 2 Field Communications Unit 1 Battalion 10 10 2 3798 Kensington Ave. Juniata Park
Snorkel 2 Medic 44B Battalion 4 4 1 101 N 4th St. Old City
Squrt 9 Ladder 21 Medic 10 9 2 6900 Germantown Ave. Germantown
Engine 10 Medic 27, ES 6 1 1 1357 S. 12th St. Passyunk Square
Engine 11 Medic 21 4 1 601 South St. Society Hill
Engine 12 9 2 4447 Main St. Manayunk
Engine 13 Medic 50B Air/ Light Unit 1 3 1 1541 Parrish St. Francisville
Ladder 15 Medic 47B 12 2 1652 Foulkrod St. Frankford
Engine 16 Medic 26 Mass Casualty Unit 1 11 1 1517 Belmont Ave. West Philadelphia
Foam 18 Medic 38 13 2 8205 Roosevelt Blvd. Rhawnhurst
Pipeline 19 Ladder 8 Medic 28 Battalion 9 9 2 300 E. Chelten Ave. Germantown
Pipeline 20 Ladder 23 Medic 1 4 1 133 N. 10th St. Chinatown
Engine 22 Ladder 31 Medic 20 13 2 3270 Comly Rd. Northeast Philadelphia
Engine 24 Medic 14 1 1 1200 S. 20th St. Point Breeze
Engine 25 Medic 8B 10 2 2931 Boudinot St. Fairhill
Engine 27 Medic 13 Battalion 3 3 1 1901 W. Oxford St. Northwest
Pipeline 28 Medic 45B Mass Decon. Unit 1 10 2 2520 E. Ontario St. Port Richmond
Engine 29 Medic 15 Rescue 1, Rescue 1A, Collapse Unit 1 3 1 400 W. Girard Ave. Northern Liberties
Foam 33 Foam Tender Unit 1 10 2 4750 Richmond St. Bridesburg
Pipeline 34 Medic 36 3 1 1301 N. 28th St. Fairmount
Engine 35 Ladder 25 Medic 16 8 2 4208 Ridge Ave. East Falls
Engine 36 Ladder 20 Medic 17 12 2 7818 Frankford Ave. Holmesburg
Engine 37 9 2 101 W. Highland Ave. Chestnut Hill
Water Tower 38 Mass Casualty Unit 2, ES 11 12 2 4933 Magee Ave. Tacony
Ladder 30 Medic 5 9 2 6630 Ridge Ave. Roxborough
Pipeline 40 Ladder 4 Medic 19 7 1 6438 Woodland Ave. Elmwood
Engine 41 Ladder 24 Medic 23 11 1 1201 N. 61st St. Carroll Park
Squrt 43 Ladder 9 Medic 7 ES 3 4 1 2108 Market St. Center City
Engine 44 Medic 34 11 1 3420 Haverford Ave. Mantua
Engine 45 Ladder 14 Medic 25 3 1 2401 N. 26th St. Strawberry Mansion
Engine 46 Medic 49B Marine 46A, Grass Fighter 3 Battalion 13 13 2 9197 Frankford Ave. Torresdale
Squad 47 Medic 40 Squad 47A, ES 8 Deputy 1 7 1 3023 Grays Ferry Ave. Grays Ferry
Pipeline 49 Medic 11 1 1 2600 S. 13th St. Far South
Pipeline 50 Ladder 12 Medic 22 Battalion 8 8 2 1325 W. Cambria St. North Philadelphia
Engine 51 Ladder 29 Medic 18 Battalion 2 2 2 5931 Old York Rd. Germantown
Pipeline 52 Medic 32 12 2 4501 Van Kirk St. Wissinoming
Engine 53 Ladder 27 Medic 43B 1 1 414 Snyder Ave. Pennsport
Engine 54 Medic 41B 11 1 1913 N. 63rd St. Overbrook
Engine 55 Tower Ladder 22 Medic 39 8 2 4000 N. Front St. Hunting Park
Engine 56 Medic 48B 12 2 832 Rhawn St. Fox Chase
Water Tower 57 Medic 9B 7 1 5559 Chestnut St. Walnut Hill
Engine 58 13 2 812 Hendrix St. Northeast Philadelphia
Engine 59 Ladder 18 Medic 4B 8 2 2207 W. Hunting Park Ave. Hunting Park
Foam 60 Ladder 19 Medic 37 Haz-Mat. Unit 1, Haz-Mat. Unit 2, Chemical Unit 1 1 1 2301 S. 24th St. West Passyunk
Pipeline 61 Medic 29 2 2 5334 Rising Sun Ave. Olney
Pipeline 62 Ladder 34 Medic 6 13 2 9845 Bustleton Ave. Northeast Philadelphia
Engine 63 2 2 1243 Oak Ln. Ave. Oak Lane
Engine 64 2 2 6000 Rising Sun Ave. Tacony
Engine 66 9 2 7720 Ridge Ave. Roxborough
Engine 68 Ladder 13 Medic 3 Battalion 7 7 1 801 S. 52nd St. Squirrel Hill
Engine 69 Grass Fighter 1 7 1 8201 Tinicum Ave. Eastwick
Engine 70 Medic 42B Deputy 2 12 2 4800 Langdon St. Lawncrest
Engine 71 Snorkel 28 Medic 12 Battalion 12 12 2 1900 Cottman Ave. Northeast Philadelphia
Squad 72 Medic 24 Squad 72A, ES 10 2 2 1127 W. Louden St. Olney
Engine 73 Medic 33 Air Unit 2 2 2 7515 Ogontz Ave. Stenton
Engine 78 Medic 30 ARFF Crash Units 7 1 Philadelphia International Airport Airport
Marine Unit 1 4 1 1 Washington Ave. Delaware River
Marine Unit 2 1 1 Passyunk Ave. at the Schuylkill River Schuylkill River

Other Facilities[edit]

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]

Closed/Disbanded Fire Companies[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 Fire Boat 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 Fire Boat 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 Fire Boat 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. Tower Ladder 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

Communications[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 (one of two 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 (one 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 charg e(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

Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty[edit]

Since record keeping began in the 1700s through February 25, 1991, at least 347 Philadelphia firefighters have died fighting fires. The 76 firefighters who are known to have died before 1871, the year that a paid fire department was started, were volunteers.[17]

  • 1975, FF John Andrews
  • 1975, FF Joseph Wiley
  • 1975, FF Roger Parker
  • 1975, FF Hugh McIntyre
  • 1975, FF Robert Fisher
  • 1975, FF Ralph Campana
  • 1975, Lt. James Pouliot
  • 1975, FF Carroll Brenek
  • 1981, FF Kenneth M. Gallagher[18]
  • 1984, FF Joseph L Konrad, Jr.[19]
  • 1986, FF Edward D. Friel[20]
  • 1986, FF Harry J. Henz[21]
  • 1991, FF James Chappell[22]
  • 1991, Captain David P. Holcombe[23]
  • 1991, FF Phyllis Mcllister[24]
  • 1991, FF Stephen Douglas Yale, Sr.[25]
  • 1994, FF Vencent C. Acey[26]
  • 1994, FF John L. Redmond[27]
  • 1997, FF James E. Hynes[28]
  • 1997, Lt. Terry K. McElveen[29]
  • 1997, Lt. Stephen Earl Murphy[30]
  • 1999, FF Eric Noel Casiano[31]
  • 1999, FF Richard F. Devine[32]
  • 2003, FF James Phillip Allen[33]
  • 2004, Lt. Derrick T. Harvey[34]
  • 2004, Captain John D. Taylor[35][36]
  • 2004, FF Rey Rubio[37][38]
  • 2005, FF Robert Timothy Staepel[39]
  • 2006, FF Tracy Champion[40]
  • 2009, Lt. Stephen Michael Cospelich[41]
  • 2012, Lt. Robert Neary[42][43]
  • 2012, FF Daniel Sweeney[44][45]
  • 2013, Captain Michael Goodwin[46][47]

Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents[edit]

  • July 9, 1850, 10 firefighters were killed by explosions and/or collapses while battling a massive fire that destroyed nearly 400 buildings.[48]
  • June 19, 1867, nine firefighters were killed when the front wall of a burning theatre collapsed.[49]
  • December 22, 1910, 13 firefighters were killed in two collapses at a burning leather factory.[50]
  • July 12, 1919, six firefighters were killed when the front wall of a burning warehouse collapsed.[51]
  • October 28, 1954, 12 firefighters were killed in a commercial laboratory explosion.[52]
  • August 17, 1975, eight firefighters were killed by a flashover in the streets of an oil refinery that had just experienced a massive explosion.[53]
  • February 24, 1991, three firefighters were killed by smoke inhalation when they became trapped on the 28th floor of a burning commercial high-rise.[54]
  • January 28, 1994, two firefighters were killed by smoke inhalation when they became trapped in the basement of a burning church.[55]
  • October 27, 1997, two firefighters were killed by smoke inhalation while they fought a residential fire.[56]
  • August 20, 2004, two firefighters were killed by smoke inhalation in the basement of a burning row house.[57]
  • April 9, 2012, two firefighters were killed while battling a massive warehouse fire when an adjacent furniture store they were inspecting collapsed on them.[58]

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]

  1. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/about/index_homepage.html
  2. ^ http://www.iaff22.org/index
  3. ^ http://cdn.1starriving.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/2013_Total_Runs.pdf
  4. ^ http://cdn.1starriving.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/2013_Total_Runs.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/about/about_pfd_organizationalstructure.html
  6. ^ <http://www.phila.gov/fire/units_and_services/units_ems_overview.html>
  7. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/pdfs/2013PFDORGCHART.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/units_and_services/units_operations_overview.html
  9. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/units_and_services/units_tech_overview.html
  10. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/units_and_services/units_admin_overview.html
  11. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/units_and_services/units_ems_overview.html
  12. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/fac_and_equip/facil_firehouses.html
  13. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/fac_and_equip/facil_fieldmedic.html
  14. ^ http://www.phila.gov/fire/fac_and_equip/facil_admin_headquarters.html
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