Philadelphia Fire Department

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Philadelphia Fire Department
PFD Logo Gold.png
Motto: Dedication and Service
Operational area
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
City Philadelphia
Agency overview[1]
Established March 15, 1871 (1871-03-15)
Annual calls 437,329 (2013)
Employees 1,973
Staffing Career
Commissioner Adam Thiel
EMS level ALS & BLS
IAFF 22
Facilities and equipment
Divisions 2
Battalions 11
Stations 63
Engines 55
Trucks 23
Platforms 4
Squads 2
Rescues 1
Ambulances 50
HAZMAT 2
USAR 1
Airport crash 5
Wildland 2
Fireboats 3
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Philadelphia Fire Department (Philadelphia Fire Department) provides fire protection and emergency medical services (EMS) to the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The PFD's official mission is to protect the public safety by quick and professional response to emergencies and through the promotion of sound emergency prevention measures. This mandate encompasses all traditional firefighting functions, including fire suppression, with 57 engine and 27 ladder companies deployed throughout the City; specialized firefighting units for Philadelphia International Airport and the Port of Philadelphia; investigations conducted by the Fire Marshal's Office to determine the origins of fires and to develop preventative strategies; prevention programs to educate the public in order to increase overall fire safety; and support services such as: research and planning, management of the Fire Communications Center within the City's 911 system, and operation of the Fire Academy.

The delivery of EMS now generates more than seventy percent of the Department's total calls for services. Furthermore, the Department's Regional EMS Office is responsible for regulating all public and private ambulance services within the city. Lastly, the Department enforces all state and federal hazardous materials (HAZMAT) regulations within the city, and coordinates the response to such incidents.[2]

The PFD is largest fire department in the state of Pennsylvania and also has the busiest EMS division in the United States with a single ambulance, Medic 8B, responding to 8,746 calls in 2013.[3]

History[edit]

One of the oldest established fire departments in the United States, the PFD traces its origins back to early volunteer companies, specifically the Union Fire Company, established on December 7, 1736.[4]

Ordinances of 1840, 1855, and 1856 established a City Fire Department which was a voluntary association of independent fire companies which, in return for subsidies, accepted the direction of City Councils.

An ordinance of 29 December 1870, established Philadelphia's first fully paid and municipally controlled Fire Department, administered by seven Commissioners chosen by Councils. The PFD officially entered into service on 15 March 1871. In 1887 the Commissioners were abolished and the department placed under the control of the Department of Public Safety as the Bureau of Fire in compliance with the 1885 Bullitt Bill[5] and enabling ordinance of 1886. The Fire Marshal, first appointed on 1864, was a member of the Bureau of Police until 1937 when his office was removed from it and placed directly under the Director of the Department of Public Safety. In 1950 it was transferred to the Bureau of Fire.[2]

The City Charter of 1951 abolished the Department of Public Safety and established the present Fire Department.[6] At that time its inspectorial duties were transferred to the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Investigation of the origin and cause of fires remains with the PFD fire marshal's office.

USAR Task Force 1[edit]

The Philadelphia Fire Department is the sponsoring agency for Urban Search and Rescue Pennsylvania Task Force 1 (PA-TF1), one of thirty-three FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in the nation and the only one in the state of Pennsylvania.[7]

Fire stations/Apparatus[edit]

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.[8] There are two divisions in the department, division 1 consist of 5 battalions and 27 fire stations while division 2 has 6 battalions and 34 fire stations. There are 50 medic units spread across the stations. All 50 are advanced life support (ALS). For special events, or to meet staffing requirements, the medic units may be downgraded to basic life support (BLS). A BLS unit will contain a 'B' in their call sign, for example Medic 41B.[9]

Station # Location Battalion Division Apparatus
E2 North Philadelphia 8 2 Engine 2, Ladder 3, Medic 31
E3 South Philadelphia 4 1 Pipeline 3
E5 West Philadelphia 11 1 Pipeline 5, Tower Ladder 6, Battalion 11
E7 Kensington/Richmond 10 2 Engine 7, Ladder 10, Medic 2, Battalion 10
E9 Germantown/Chestnut Hill 9 2 Squrt 9, Ladder 21, Medic 10
E10 South Philadelphia 1 1 Engine 10, Medic 27, ES 6
E11 Center City 4 1 Engine 11, Medic 21
E12 Roxborough/Manayunk 9 2 Engine 12
E13 North Philadelphia 3 1 Engine 13, Medic 50, Air Unit 1
E16 West Philadelphia 11 1 Engine 16, Medic 26, Mass Casualty Unit 1
E18 Northeast Philadelphia 13 2 Foam 18, Medic 38
E19 Germantown/Chestnut Hill 9 2 Pipeline 19, Ladder 8, Medic 28, Battalion 9
E20 Center City/Chinatown 4 1 Pipeline 20, Ladder 23, Medic 1
E22 Northeast Philadelphia 13 2 Engine 22, Ladder 31, Medic 20
E24 South Philadelphia 1 1 Engine 24, Medic 14
E25 Kensington/Richmond 10 2 Pipeline 25, Medic 8
E27 North Philadelphia 3 1 Engine 27, Medic 13, Battalion 3
E28 Kensington/Richmond 10 2 Pipeline 28, Medic 45, Decon 1
E29 North Philadelphia 3 1 Engine 29, Medic 15, Rescue 1, Rescue 1A, Collapse Unit 1
E33 Kensington/Richmond 10 2 Foam 33, Foam Tender 1
E34 North Philadelphia 3 1 Pipeline 34, Medic 36
E35 Germantown/Chestnut Hill 8 2 Engine 35, Ladder 25, Medic 16
E36 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Pipeline 36, Ladder 20, Medic 17
E37 Germantown/Chestnut Hill 9 2 Engine 37
E38 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Water Tower 38, Mass Casualty Unit 2, ES 11
E40 Southwest Philadelphia 7 1 Pipeline 40, Ladder 4, Medic 19
E41 West Philadelphia 11 1 Engine 41, Ladder 24, Medic 23
E43 Center City 4 1 Squrt 43, Ladder 9, Medic 7, ES 3
E44 West Philadelphia 11 1 Engine 44, Medic 34
E45 North Philadelphia 3 1 Engine 45, Ladder 14, Medic 25
E46 Northeast Philadelphia 13 2 Engine 46, Medic 49, Battalion 13, Marine Unit 46A, Grass Firefighter 3
E47 South Philadelphia 7 1 Squad 47, Squad 47A, Medic 40, Deputy 1, ES 8
E49 South Philadelphia 1 1 Pipeline 49, Medic 11
E50 North Philadelphia 8 2 Pipeline 50, Ladder 12, Medic 22, Battalion 8
E51 Olney 2 2 Engine 51, Ladder 29, Medic 18, Battalion 2
E52 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Pipeline 52, Medic 32
E53 South Philadelphia 1 1 Engine 53, Ladder 27, Medic 43
E54 West Philadelphia 11 1 Engine 54, Medic 41
E55 North Philadelphia 8 2 Engine 55, Tower Ladder 22, Medic 39
E56 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Engine 56, Medic 48
E57 West Philadelphia 7 1 Water Tower 57, Medic 9
E58 Northeast Philadelphia 13 2 Engine 58
E59 North Philadelphia 8 2 Engine 59, Ladder 18, Medic 4
E60 South Philadelphia 1 1 Foam 60, Ladder 19, Medic 37, Hazmat 1, Hazmat 2, Chem 1
E61 Olney 2 2 Pipeline 61, Medic 29
E62 Northeast Philadelphia 13 2 Pipeline 62, Ladder 34, Medic 6
E63 Olney 2 2 Engine 63
E64 Northeast Philadelphia 2 2 Engine 64
E66 Roxborough/Manayunk 9 2 Engine 66
E68 Southwest Philadelphia 7 1 Pipeline 68, Ladder 13, Medic 3, Battalion 7
E69 Southwest Philadelphia 7 1 Engine 69, Grass Firefighter 1
E70 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Engine 70, Medic 42, Deputy 2
E71 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Engine 71, Snorkel 28, Medic 12, Battalion 12
E72 Logan 2 2 Squad 72, Squad 72A, Medic 24, ES 10
E73 Olney 2 2 Engine 73, Medic 33, Air Unit 2
E78 Philadelphia International Airport 7 1 Engine 78, Medic 30, F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F11
L2 Center City 4 1 Snorkel 2, Medic 44, Battalion 4
L5 Center City 1 1 Ladder 5, Medic 35, Battalion 1
L15 Northeast Philadelphia 10 2 Ladder 15, Medic 47
L16 Kensington/Richmond 10 2 Ladder 16, Medic 46, ES 9
L30 Roxborough/Manayunk 9 2 Ladder 30, Medic 5
MU1 Delaware River 4 1 Marine Unit 1
MU2 Schuylkill River 7 1 Marine Unit 2

Apparatus glossary[edit]

  • Engine (E)
  • Ladder (L)
  • Chemical Unit (Chem 1)
  • Decontamination Unit (Decon 1)
  • ARFF Crash Units (F- Foxtrot)
  • Hazardous Materials Unit (Hazmat 1)
  • Hazardous Materials Command Unit (Hazmat 2)
  • Marine Unit - Fireboat
  • Rescue Unit (Rescue 1)
  • Dive Truck (Rescue 1A)
  • Collapse Unit (Collapse 1)
  • Air/Light Unit (Air Unit 1)
  • Squad - Rescue Pumper (Squad 47/Squad 72)
  • Squad - Special Operations Van (Squad 47A/Squad 72A)
  • Pipeline Engine - 1500' 5" Large Diameter Hose
  • EMS Officer (ES 3, ES 6, ES 8, ES 9, ES 10, ES 11)

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Total Station Runs" (PDF). Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Fire Department". www.phila.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Busiest Ambulance" (PDF). FireHouse. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "History". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  5. ^ The Bullitt bill as adopted by the Legislature of Pennsylvania, June 1, 1885 :together with the ordinance to carry it into effect, passed by the councils of Philadelphia, December 16, 1886. Philadelphia :. 1902-01-01. 
  6. ^ "American Legal Publishing - Online Library". library.amlegal.com. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  7. ^ "USAR Task Force Locations". FEMA. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fire Houses". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Field Medic Units". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

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