Philadelphia Fire Department

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Philadelphia Fire Department
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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 40 ALS & 10 BLS
HAZMAT 2
USAR 1
Airport crash 5
Wildland 2
Fireboats 3
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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.[2] 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. 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]

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. Squad 72 being the premier USAR company in the city.[4]

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.[5] 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. Of those 50, 40 are advanced life support (ALS) and 10 are basic life support (BLS). The BLS units contain a 'B' in their call sign, for example Medic 41B, while ALS units do not.[6]

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 50B, 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 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 8B
E27 North Philadelphia 3 1 Engine 27, Medic 13, Battalion 3
E28 Kensington/Richmond 10 2 Pipeline 28, Medic 45B, 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 43B
E54 West Philadelphia 11 1 Engine 54, Medic 41B
E55 North Philadelphia 8 2 Engine 55, Tower Ladder 22, Medic 39
E56 Northeast Philadelphia 12 2 Engine 56, Medic 48B
E57 West Philadelphia 7 1 Water Tower 57, Medic 9B
E58 Northeast Philadelphia 13 2 Engine 58
E59 North Philadelphia 8 2 Engine 59, Ladder 18, Medic 4B
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 Olney 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 44B, Battalion 4
L5 Center City 1 1 Ladder 5, Medic 35B, Battalion 1
L15 Northeast Philadelphia 10 2 Ladder 15, Medic 47
L16 Kensington/Richmond 10 2 Ladder 16, Medic 46B, 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)
  • 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. ^ "History". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Busiest Ambulance" (PDF). FireHouse. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "USAR Task Force Locations". FEMA. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fire Houses". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Field Medic Units". Philadelphia Fire Department. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

External links[edit]


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