Philadelphia Fire Department

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Philadelphia Fire Department
PFD Logo Gold.png
Motto: Dedication and Service
Operational area
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CityPhiladelphia
Agency overview[1]
EstablishedMarch 15, 1871 (1871-03-15)
Annual calls437,329 (2013)
Employees2700
StaffingCareer
CommissionerAdam Thiel
EMS levelALS & BLS
IAFF22
Facilities and equipment
Divisions3
Battalions13
Stations63
Engines58
Trucks23
Platforms4
Squads2
Rescues1
Ambulances60
HAZMAT2
USAR1
Airport crash10
Wildland2
Fireboats3
Website
Official website
IAFF website


The Philadelphia Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services (EMS) to the city of Philadelphia. The PFD's official mission is to protect 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 58 engine companies and 27 ladder companies as well as specialty and support units 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 preventive 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 emergency medical services now generates more than seventy percent of the department's total calls for services. Furthermore, the department's Regional Emergency Medical Services 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. The IAFF local is 22.[2]

The PFD is the largest fire department in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also has the busiest Emergency Medical Services division in the United States with a single ambulance, Medic 2, responding to 8,788 calls in 2013 and Medic 8 responded to 9,011 calls in 2018.

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.[3]

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[4] 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.[5] 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 twenty-eight FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in the nation and the only one in Pennsylvania.[6]

Operations[edit]

Fire station locations and apparatus[edit]

Below is a complete listing of all fire station, fire company, and medic unit locations in the city of Philadelphia along with their Division and Battalion.[7] There are three divisions in the department. Division 1 consists of 5 battalions and 23 fire stations while Division 2 has 4 battalions and 17 fire stations and Division 3 has 4 battalions and 21 fire stations. In November 2019, the Department announced plans to staff and reinstate four previously disbanded Engine Companies. Engine 1 in Center City, Engine 8 in Olde City, Engine 14 in Frankford and Engine 39 in Roxborough were restored on 23 November 2019. There are 55 medic units spread across the stations, including 42 advanced life support (ALS) and 18 basic life support (BLS) units. For special events, or to meet staffing requirements, the advanced life support (ALS) medic units may be downgraded to basic life support (BLS) units. A BLS unit will contain a 'B' in their call sign, for example Medic 9B.[8]

  • E - Engine
  • MU - Marine Unit
  • F (Foxtrot) - ARFF Crash Unit
Station # Location Battalion Division Apparatus
E1 Rittenhouse Square 1 1 Engine 1, Ladder 5, Medic 35
E2 North Philadelphia 8 3 Engine 2, Ladder 3, Medic 31, Medic 51B
E3 Bella Vista 1 1 Engine 3
E5 University City 11 1 Engine 5, Tower Ladder 6, Medic 60B, Battalion 11
E6 Kensington 10 2 Ladder 16, Medic 46, ES 9
E7 Juniata Park 10 2 Engine 7, Ladder 10, Medic 2, Battalion 10
E8 Old City 4 1 Engine 8, Snorkel 2, Medic 44, Battalion 4
E9 Germantown 9 3 Squrt 9, Ladder 21, Medic 10
E10 Passyunk Square 1 1 Engine 10, Medic 27B, Battalion 1
E11 Society Hill 4 1 Engine 11, Medic 21
E12 Manayunk 9 3 Engine 12, Medic 52B, Battalion 9
E13 Francisville 3 3 Engine 13, Medic 50B, Air Unit 1
E14 Frankford 10 2 Engine 14, Ladder 15, Medic 47B
E16 West Philadelphia 11 1 Engine 16, Medic 26B, Mass Casualty Unit 1
E18 Rhawnhurst 13 2 Foam 18, Medic 38
E19 Germantown 9 3 Engine 19, Ladder 8, Medic 28, Deputy 3
E20 Chinatown 4 1 Engine 20, Ladder 23, Medic 1
E22 Northeast Philadelphia 5 2 Engine 22, Ladder 31, Medic 20
E24 Point Breeze 1 1 Engine 24, Medic 14
E25 Fairhill 10 3 Engine 25, Medic 8, Medic 58B
E27 Northwest Philadelphia 3 3 Engine 27, Medic 13, Battalion 3
E28 Port Richmond 10 2 Engine 28, Medic 45, Decon 1
E29 Northern Liberties 3 1 Engine 29, Medic 15, Rescue 1, Rescue 1A, Collapse Unit 1
E33 Bridesburg 10 2 Foam 33, Foam Tender 1
E34 Fairmount 3 1 Engine 34, Medic 36
E35 East Falls 8 3 Engine 35, Ladder 25, Medic 16
E36 Holmesburg 12 2 Engine 36, Ladder 20, Medic 17
E37 Chestnut Hill 9 3 Engine 37
E38 Tacony 12 2 Water Tower 38, Mass Casualty Unit 2, ES 11, Deputy 2
E39 Roxborough 9 3 Engine 39, Ladder 30, Medic 5, ES 10
E40 Elmwood 6 1 Engine 40, Ladder 4, Medic 19
E41 Carroll Park 11 1 Engine 41, Ladder 24, Medic 23
E43 Center City 4 1 Squrt 43, Ladder 9, Medic 7, ES 1
E44 Mantua 11 1 Engine 44, Medic 34
E45 Strawberry Mansion 3 3 Engine 45, Ladder 14, Medic 25
E46 Torresdale 13 2 Engine 46, Medic 49B, Battalion 13, Grass Firefighter 3
E47 Grays Ferry 6 1 Squad 47, Squad 47A, Medic 40, Medic 53B, Deputy 1, ES 8
E49 South Philadelphia 6 1 Engine 49, Medic 11
E50 North Philadelphia 8 3 Engine 50, Ladder 12, Medic 22, Medic 57B
E51 Olney 2 3 Engine 51, Ladder 29, Medic 18, Battalion 2
E52 Wissinoming 12 2 Engine 52, Medic 32
E53 Pennsport 1 1 Engine 53, Ladder 27, Medic 43
E54 Overbrook 11 1 Engine 54, Medic 41
E55 Hunting Park 8 3 Engine 55, Tower Ladder 22, Medic 39B
E56 Fox Chase 5 2 Engine 56, Medic 48
E57 Walnut Hill 7 1 Water Tower 57, Medic 9B
E58 Northeast Philadelphia 5 2 Engine 58, Medic 54B, Battalion 5
E59 Hunting Park 8 3 Engine 59, Ladder 18, Medic 4, Battalion 8
E60 West Passyunk 6 1 Foam 60, Ladder 19, Medic 37, Hazmat 1, Hazmat 2, Chem 1
E61 Olney 2 3 Engine 61, Medic 29B
E62 Northeast Philadelphia 5 2 Engine 62, Ladder 34, Medic 6
E63 Oak Lane 2 2 Engine 63, Medic 56B
E64 Lawncrest 2 2 Engine 64
E66 Roxborough 9 3 Engine 66
E68 Kingsessing 7 1 Engine 68, Ladder 13, Medic 3, Medic 59B, Battalion 7
E69 Eastwick 6 1 Engine 69, Medic 55B, Battalion 6, ES 12
E70 Oxford Circle 12 2 Engine 70, Medic 42, ES 3
E71 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Engine 71, Snorkel 28, Medic 12, Battalion 12
E72 Logan 2 3 Squad 72, Squad 72A, Medic 24
E73 Stenton 2 3 Engine 73, Medic 33, Air Unit 2
E78 Philadelphia International Airport Engine 78 (F9 + F10), Medic 30, F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F21, F22, F23
MU1 Delaware River Marine Unit 1
MU2 Schuylkill River Marine Unit 2, Marine Unit 4

Disbanded, never organized or restored fire companies[edit]

* Engine 1 - 711 S. Broad St.  Restoration of Engine 1 announced November 2019 and restored 23 November 2019
* Engine 4 - 1528 Sansom St.
* Engine 6 - 2601 Belgrade St.
* Engine 8 - 101 N. 4th St.    Restoration of Engine 8 announced November 2019 and restored 23 November 2019
* Engine 14 - 1652 Foulkrod St. Restoration of Engine 14 announced November 2019 and restored 23 November 2019
* Engine 15 - 1625 N. Howard St. - Disbanded to form Marine Unit 15
* Engine 17 - 1328 Race St.
* Engine 21 - 609 N. 2nd St.
* Engine 23 - 2736 N. 6th St. - Disbanded to form Marine Unit 23
* Engine 26 - 1010 Buttonwood St.
* Engine 30 - 3548 Germantown Ave.
* Engine 31 - 2736 6th St.
* Engine 32 - 239 S. 6th St. - Disbanded to form Marine Unit 32
* Engine 39 - 6630 Ridge Ave.  Restoration of Engine 39 announced November 2019 and restored 23 November 2019
* Engine 42 - 3320 N. Front St.
* Engine 48 - 930 S. 7th St.
* Engine 65 - 5331 Haverford Ave.
* Engine 67 - Haverford Ave. & N. Preston St.
* Engine 74 - Never Organized
* Engine 75 - Never Organized
* Engine 76 - Philadelphia Northeast Airport
* Engine 77 - Philadelphia International Airport - Merged with Engine 78
* Ladder 1 - 1541 Parrish St.
* Ladder 7 - 400 W. Girard Ave.
* Ladder 11 - 1357 S. 12th St.
* Ladder 17 - 1210 Oak Lane Ave.
* Ladder 26 - 8201 Tinicum Blvd.
* Ladder 32 - 3023 Grays Ferry Ave.
* Ladder 33 - Never Organized

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. ^ "History". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. ^ 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. hdl:2027/uiug.30112054998411.
  5. ^ "American Legal Publishing - Online Library". library.amlegal.com. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  6. ^ "USAR Task Force Locations". FEMA. Archived from the original on 5 July 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Fire Houses". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  8. ^ In November 2019, the Department announced plan to staff and reinstate four previously disbanded Engine Companies. Those companies are Engine 1 in Center City, Engine 8 in Old City, Engine 14 in Frankford and Engine 39 in Roxborough. "Field Medic Units". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 9 March 2015.

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